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7:51AM

Monday, November 12, 2018

“My little dog – a heartbeat at my feet.”

– Edith Wharton

🐶 A Bunch of Puppies!

OH MY, do I relate to our header quote this week!

You see, I have had ELEVEN "heartbeats" at my feet this week, and it has been sooooo much fun!

How? Well, my grand-dog Bootsy (a wire-haired pointing griffon) had TEN puppies eight days ago, so you might say I've fallen in love ten times over this week alone! According to research, puppies and dogs are so therapeutic, that they utilize them to lift the spirits of the elderly, shut-ins, sick people, and prisoners. And although I'm only one of those (no comment on which one), I can certainly attest to that. So, I thought it would be fun to show you a few pics from my week in Birmingham that included LOTS of puppies, a birthday celebration for me, my SIL (same day!) and my daughter (1 week later), AND a really cool Sunday service my daughter's church, Church of the Highlands, does called "At the Movies."

The "At the Movies" concept is where the pastor teaches a sermon based on clips from a particular movie, and honestly, it's one of the BEST ways to do church, in my opinion. The first time I saw one of the Highlands' "At the Movies" sermons, I silently sobbed on Keith's chest a good part of the movie because it hit me so very hard regarding my own father. That sermon was based on the movie Saving Mr. Banks, which is about Walt Disney trying to convince the woman who wrote Mary Poppins, P.L. Travers (who had a dysfunctional relationship with her own father just like I did) to allow Walt Disney to make a musical out of Mary Poppins. WOW ... talk about a POWERFUL means of conveying a spiritual message! And I'd give you the sermon link, but unfortunately The Highlands cannot post the video of the movie sermon on their website due to copyright restrictions. 😢

 

🎁  A Bunch of my Christmas Books!

Okay ... Not as cute as a bunch of puppies, maybe, but for those who love romantic, family-oriented Christmas stories, a bundle of books for only 99 cents may be just the ticket!

So, if you haven't read ANY of my Christmas stories -- whether my award-winning novel, A Light in the Window, or my three Christmas novellas, A Whisper of Hope, The Best Gift of All, or The Gift of Grace -- now's your chance!

Think of it -- FOUR BOOKS FOR ONLY 99 CENTS TOTAL! So, here's the link where you can read a short jacket blurb about each of the books:

A CHRISTMAS STOCKING BUNDLE

And to get you in the mood to read Marcy and Patrick's love story prequel for the first time or even again, here's the video my husband made for that book with my daughter as the model:

 

📕 A Bunch of Books by a Bunch of Authors!

Have you seen this awesome giveaway from BookSweeps? You can win a signed paperback copy of my book A LIGHT IN THE WIND, plus books from authors like Suzanne Woods Fisher, Natalie Dean, Wanda Brunstetter and others.

PLUS ... you’ll also get a brand new eReader if you win, just for following me and other great Christian & Inspirational authors on BookBub. This giveaway ends soon, so make sure you hurry and enter!  Good luck! 

Join the fun here! 👉 http://bit.ly/christianinspy-nov2018


🎁  A Bunch of Authors & Giveaways!

DECEMBER 1-12, you not only will have the opportunity to get into the Christmas spirit with 12 fun Facebook Live chats with 12 of your favorite authors ... BUT, you will also be eligible to win a book by each of the authors PLUS a $150 GIFT CARD! So, here's the schedule -- hope to see you there!

12/1, 2 PM EST -- Cara Putman
12/2, 4 PM EST -- Deb Raney
12/3, 2 PM EST -- Robin Lee Hatcher
12/4, Time TBA -- Colleen Coble
12/5, 8 PM EST -- Tamera Alexander
12/6, 9 PM EST -- Becky Wade
12/7, 2 PM EST -- Rachel Hauck
12/8, 1 PM EST -- Denise Hunter
12/9, 6 PM EST -- Katherine Reay
12/10, Time TBA -- Beth Vogt
12/11, 2 PM EST -- Hannah Alexander
12/12, 2 PM EST -- Julie Lessman

 

🎁  A Bunch of Giveaways!

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6, I invite you to join me for a chat on the ACFW Book Club loop, where I will be giving away FIVE COPIES OF A DREAM FULFILLED! The ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) book club has an email group that allows readers and authors to discuss books of ACFW members such as myself.

Book Club participants are invited to join an e-mail group set up to facilitate announcements and host discussions about the current reading selection. Members will be eligible for monthly free book drawings.

To join, send a blank e-mail to acfwbookclub-subscribe@yahoogroups.com or visit groups.yahoo.com/group/acfwbookclub and click "join this group." You will receive a confirmation e-mail after joining. Follow the instructions given in the e-mail to complete your subscription to this e-mail list.

Then all you have to do to be eligible to win one of five copies of A Dream Fulfilled is show up on the 6th is to participate in my chat when you receive the email from ACFW Book Club, responding with an email of your own. A comment automatically enters you to win, so GOOD LUCK and hope to see you there!

 

  A Bunch of Reviews!

Okay, everyone! I have a favor to ask. If you have read A Dream Fulfilled and liked it, would you consider posting a review on Amazon for me? All it takes is posting a BRIEF review (1 or 2 lines would do it, just saying you liked it if you did). And if you do, please let me know so I can personally thank you, okay?

Most people don’t realize how critical good reviews are to authors, but so many potential readers base their book-buying decisions on the number of good reviews posted, so that’s the best way to bless an author you like. Especially on indie books like A Dream Fulfilled, where I don't have a big publisher promoting it. Just little ol' me! Think of it this way -- the more good reviews, the more sales, and the more sales, the more books I can write, okay? 😍 THANK YOU SOOOOO MUCH! ❤️

HUGS and HAPPY WINNING!

Julie

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