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7:44AM

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

"Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn."

--Rhett Butler from Gone With the Wind


Uh, well ... that's not exactly true. At least, not in my version of Gone With the Wind, which just released in Splickety Love's SPARK Magazine!

Trust me, it was a dream come true to write an alternate ending for my all-time favorite novel, Gone With the Wind, and boy, did I have a ball!

Now let me make this perfectly clear -- I am no Margaret Mitchell by a long shot (except in the length of my books, I suppose!), but I've always hankered for an alternate ending to this eternal classic.

Why? Because frankly, my dear, I always believed that no matter how frustrated Rhett was with Scarlett, deep down he still loved her. I mean, seriously, I'm a diehard romance writer and reader, so why would I think otherwise??

Besides, when I think of the love between a man and a woman, I can't help but think of the love God has for each of us -- unfailing, everlasting, steadfast. After all, He IS the Lover of our Souls, and we are "the bride of Christ," so I have always believed that His love for us parralells and exceeds the same deep passion, love, and intimacy found in a great love affair.

So when I wrote this revised ending to Gone With the Wind, I couldn't help but reflect on God. No matter what we say or do or how many times we mess up, His steadfast love never changes, abounding in mercy and tenderness -- always. Which, as many of you already know, is the theme of book 3 in my Isle of Hope series, His Steadfast Love. I am almost halfway done and hope to release it this summer, so prayers appreciated.

 

Contest!

In honor of my fun Gone With the Wind alternate ending in Splickety's SPARK Magazine, you have TEN chances (five in the Splickety blog Rafflecopter contest and five via my Rafflecopter box below) to win your choice of an e-copy of any one of my indie e-books INCLUDING A Light in the Window, Isle of Hope, Romance-ology 101, Love Everlasting, OR the first e-copy of His Steadfast Love BEFORE it comes out this summer. In addition, the five winners from my Rafflecopter contest below will receive a signed paper copy of the February issue of SPARK Magazine.

How do you enter? Simply leave a comment on my interview on Splickety's Lightning Blog and indicate you have done so in their Rafflecopter box at the bottom of that page.

Then, for five more chances to win, just indicate in my Rafflecopter box below at the very bottom of this blog that you have left a comment on the Splickety blog.

NOTE: MY RAFFLECOPTER CONTEST BELOW BEGINS AT MIDNIGHT ON 2/23.

Trust me, the odds for a win are VERY good, so I hope you will give it a shot!

I leave you with a pic of our beloved Genevieve (and Rory), whom you prayed so hard for last year. She is a precious child and a great blessing to our family. Thank you again for ALL of your prayers!

Good luck in the contest and happy reading!

Hugs,

Julie

 

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