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A weekly journal where you can learn what I'm up to on my books, giveaways, fun things I'm doing or even my own personal devotional for the day. It's a broad mix of what's on my mind, allowing me to feel a little bit closer to some of the most important people in my life -- YOU! So please stop by from time to time, and if you have questions or comments, I'd love to hear from you via the "Contact Julie" tab or via my Facebook page.  Hugs, Julie

 

9:20AM

Friday, November 3, 2016

"What you do

matters far less to God

than how you do it."

-- Anonymous

I am a Christian author. That's what I do. But you know what? I've discovered that although this is a ministry given to me by God, that's not the most important thing to Him. Nope. What's important to Him is how I do that ministry. Am I going to rely on my own efforts and talent? Or am I going to rely on Him?

I decided I want to rely on Him, so as most of you know who read this blog, I am stepping back from most promotion to focus on writing for a season. But ... it seems the moment I did that, promotion opportunities fell from the sky to literally drop in my lap. First one of my favorite Christian magazines asked me to be on the cover of their December issue with an interview inside, then one of my favorite bloggers asked me to be a part of her 10-year blogaversary, and finally one of my favorite authors  asked me to do a Flash Christmas giveaway with her on Facebook today. So, since giveaways are involved in two of these ventures, I thought I better tell you about them to win some free books!

Today Only!       (Friday, Nov. 4)

Head on over to my Facebook  page today to enter the dual giveaway of two signed Christmas books for two winners! All you have to do is leave a comment on my FB page and then click on the link there to my good buddy Denise Hunter's Facebook page, too, and you'll have TWO chances to win TWO signed Christmas books, both Denise's wonderful novel, Falling Like Snowflakes, and my Irish Christmas love story, A Light in the Window. And if you already have A Light in the Window, then I'll give you your choice of another of my books, okay? Here's the link to my FB page (where you'll also find Denise's FB page link), so hope to see you there!

Click Here for Julie Lessman's FB Page

And ... I invite anybody who'd like to see the cool video my artist hubby did for A Light in the Window using my daughter as the model to do so HERE.

 

Fri.& Sat., Nov. 4-5:

This Weekend, November 4-6: Come by to say hi and help celebrate Andi Newberry Tubb's ten-year blogaversary with me. I'm giving away three signed copies of my paperback books -- A Passion Most Pure, A Passion Redeemed, and A Light in the Window. Here's the link -- hope to see you there! NOTE: You have to enter by clicking on the "A Rafflecopter Giveaway" link at the end of the post.

RADIANT LIGHT BLOG GIVEAWAY


The Paperback for Love Everlasting is Coming ...

And JUST in time for Christmas! It will be up this week on Amazon, so do keep checking HERE.

Those of you who have won signed copies will be receiving them soon, so happy reading!

 

 

 

 

Sale!!

 If you haven't had the chance yet to read the award-winning, 5-star book 1, Isle of Hope, your timing is good because it is now on sale for 50% off at the lowest price yet of $3.99, so you can check it and all the reviews HERE.

 

Free Download!!

Finally, if you haven't downloaded the prequel novella to Isle of Hope, A Glimmer of Hope, what are you waiting for? It's FREE and available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo, so I hope you take advantage.

 

 

Thanks for coming by, and I'll leave you with a couple of fun pictures from our visit to see our brand-new granddaughter EVIE (whom you prayed for!!) and the other two cuties.

Hugs and have a WONDERFUL weekend!

Julie

 

Sweet little Genevieve (Evie) at one month.

 

LOVE these two! Check out the gleam of trouble in those eyes! ;)

 

 

4:25AM

Sunday, October 16, 2016

There is a time for everything,

and a season for every activity under the heavens ...

a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing …

a time to be silent and a time to speak ...

Ecclesiastes 3:5 & 7

Anybody that knows me knows I'm a hugger. And I don't just give one hug, I give several, with all my might because when I care about someone, I want them to feel that I am pouring every emotion into that hug to let them know just how special they are.

But even for hugs, there is time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing. For instance, this week my hubby and I spent the weekend with dear friends whom we enjoy immensely. But my sweet friend of almost 45 years does not like to hug. You see, she's a very private person with a very big heart, but hugging is not something she's comfortable with. So I try to avoiding overhugging her, which is difficult for a hugger like me, although she is gracious enough to allow both a hello and a goodbye hug, for which I am most grateful.

Unfortunately for me and my hugger nature, lately I have felt a very strong leading to not only "refrain from embracing," but to be silent. 

Be still and know that I am God. --

What does that mean? Well, for me, it means that over the last month, I'm strongly feeling that this is my season to write and only write. Those of you who read my final book in the Heart of San Francisco series, Surprised by Love, may recognize "The Abraham Factor" in play here.

What is The Abraham Factor, you ask? It's a Biblical concept I included in Surprised by Love where the hero, Bram Hughes, explains to Logan McClare, the older hero, about putting his love for Caitlyn McClare "on the altar" like Abraham did with his son Isaac in the Old Testament. You can read about it in more detail HERE in a prior Journal Jot, but basically it's a concept that God first taught me while writing my Heart of San Francisco series, and now I'm ready to put it into action in my writing in a deeper way than ever before.

So, beginning with this Journal Jot, I will be pulling back from most promotion, social media, and even Journal Jots to a degree. BUT ... I promise I will keep you apprised of anything you need to know such as sales, freebies, new releases, and what I'm working on at the moment, so although it won't be as regular as my once a week Journal Jot, I will keep you in the loop, I promise.

However ... in order to do that, I strongly suggest you subscribe to my Journal Jot blog if you haven't already because as soon as I DO post something you need to know, you will receive an email with the entire post in it, but ONLY if you subscribe! All you have to do is enter your email address in the box at the top right of this page that says, "Enter your email address to subscribe to Julie's Blog." That way, you will never miss any news, okay?

During this time, I'll be focusing hard on my writing, so I'm hoping to have both book 3 in the "Isle of Hope" series, Unchanging Love, and book 1 in my Western "Silver Lining Ranch" series, Love's Silver Lining, out next fall, plus a prequel novella to that Western series in the spring. And then hopefully -- fingers crossed! -- separate ebook releases of Charity & Mitch's Christmas novella from the Seeker's Hope for the Holidays collection and Lizzie & Brady's novella from the Home for Christmas collection (both of which are no longer for sale). In addition, I hope to write new Christmas novellas for Faith & Collin and Katie & Luke, so again, if you want to be kept in the loop about these ventures -- please subscribe to Journal Jots!

Update on Evie!!

I can't thank you all enough for your prayers for my granddaughter, Evie (Genevieve). She is doing very well, and although the echocardiogram she had on 10/7 did not reflect the total healing I was hoping for, she is doing very well. My son and daughter-in-law are trying to fatten her up for surgery in February to correct her heart problem, and after that, my sweet little Evie will be able to live a normal life, so praise God! Your continued prayers for the surgery would be greatly appreciated, and I will keep you posted.

We Have a Winner!!

My month-long Thunderclap contest is over and I want to thank everyone who participated -- you guys are AMAZING!! So the winner of a character named after them in the Love Everlasting paperback due out in November (and her name will be in the revised e-copy as well), plus a signed copy and signed paperback or ecopies of 3 of my books and a framed quote from Isle of Hope is ...

Beth Erin!!!

SUPER CONGRATS to Beth and all of her hard work! I will be in contact soon.

Again, I want to thank every one of you who read my Journal Jots on a regular basis. So many of you are kind enough to contact me to tell me you are praying, and I can't tell you how much that means to me. You are not just readers of my blog -- you are good friends who mean a great deal to me, whether I post a JJ once a week or once a month.

I'd appreciate your continued prayers for God's leading in my career, His anointing on my writing, and, of course, for sweet Evie.

Hugs and more hugs!

Julie

Last Contest of the Year!!

40-BOOK PROMO ENDS TOMORROW, 10/17!! To celebrate the beginning of fall, I have teamed up with more than 40 fantastic inspirational contemporary romance authors to give away a huge collection of novels, PLUS a Kindle Fire to one lucky winner!

Which means you can win my novel, Love Everlasting, plus books from tons of other top authors! So, enter the giveaway by clicking HERE. Good luck, and enjoy!

 

Sale!!

 If you haven't had the chance yet to read the award-winning, 5-star book 1, Isle of Hope, your timing is good because it is now on sale for 50% off at the lowest price yet of $3.99, so you can check it and all the reviews HERE.

 

 

 

 Free Download!!

Finally, if you haven't downloaded the prequel novella to Isle of Hope, A Glimmer of Hope, what are you waiting for? It's FREE and available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo, so I hope you take advantage.

 

 

 

 

 

4:07AM

Friday, October 7, 2016

"I would give this book ten stars if allowed.

Romance lovers, do yourself a favor and buy this book!"

 -- Amazon Reviewer about Love Everlasting

 BUT WAIT ... 

You don't HAVE to buy the book because guess what? For LESS THAN TWO MORE DAYS, I have 18 giveaways going on RIGHT NOW where you can win your choice of an e-book of my new release, Love Everlasting, or Isle of Hope, or in some cases, a paperback copy of LE (depending on the giveaway). 

WHERE, you say?

Well, right here at the blog links below, where all you have to do is leave a comment to be entered!  But remember ...  

Giveways End Sunday, 10/9!

 

The following blogs only require a comment for entry:

Overcoming With God Blog -- Diana's Review

Overcoming With God Blog -- Bonnie's Review

 

The following blogs are part of a blog tour

where you can only enter through the Rafflecopter Box:

Reading is My SuperPower

Bibliophile Reviews

Wishful Endings

Book by Book

Singing Librarian Books

Flowers of Quiet Happiness 

Getting Your Read On

The Green Mockingbird

 Faithfully Bookish

Just Commonly 

Daysong Reflections

Bookworm Mama

​Begins October 8: Smiling Book Reviews

Begins October 8: Zerina Blossom's Books

 

40-BOOK PROMO BEGINNING MONDAY, 10/10/16!! To celebrate the beginning of fall, I have teamed up with more than 40 fantastic inspirational contemporary romance authors to give away a huge collection of novels, PLUS a Kindle Fire to one lucky winner!

Which means you can win my novel, Love Everlasting, plus books from tons of other top authors! So, enter the giveaway by clicking HERE beginning TOMORROW, MONDAY, 10/10. Good luck, and enjoy!

My promo season for Love Everlasting is short this year, so other than entering the blog giveaways above or my own Rafflecopter contest below, there will only be ONE MORE BLOG GIVEAWAY, and that will be:

Next Wednesday, Oct. 10, when I have the privilege of not only interviewing my editor from Revell, but YOU get the chance to win the following for just dropping by to leave a comment:

Signed paperback copies of A Passion Most Pure, A Light in the Window, and Isle of Hope along with a framed pic of my favorite quote from Isle of Hope.

 

PLUS ... because it's Seekerville's 9th birthday month, a chance to win an iPad Mini as the grand prize!!

So be sure to come on by next Wednesday to leave say "hey," and you'll be in the draw for a lot of great prizes!

AND ... come by Seekerville ALL MONTH LONG for a chance to win Kindles, a $50 gift card, an iPad Mini, and LOTS of free books!!

Hope to see you there and have a GREAT weekend!

Hugs,

Julie

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8:37PM

Friday, September 30, 2016

WHOO-HOO!!

  TWO BABIES HAVE BEEN BORN!!

(Note: Contest Entry Box at Bottom of This Page)

Birthdays are always special, and none more than this one for me -- the birth of our precious Genevieve (Evie), my brand-new granddaughter for whom most of you prayed, so thank you all, and THANK YOU, God!!

As you may recall, Evie had a terrible prognosis at the onset that entailed at the worst, either death before or after she was born, or at the best, an 80% chance of living to the age of fifteen. But through your prayers and ours, we now have a precious little girl who, following a heart surgery at 4-6 months, will have a normal life with full life expectancy!!

At a peanut weight of 4 lbs., 15 oz., Evie was taken two weeks early due to placenta problems that curtailed her growth, but this little dynamo still managed a 9 Apgar score (a measure of the physical condition of a newborn infant), which is the best you can get, according to my daughter-in-law! Trust me, there's been lots of happy tears and texts flying back and forth over this joyous event, with lots of pictures that I will include below, so thank you, everyone, who said a prayer for our little girl. We are SO very grateful!

And Baby #2? Well, definitely not as important as Baby #1, but a new baby nonetheless, and that is the release of my second book in the Isle of Hope series, Love Everlasting, so if you preordered, THANK YOU and HAPPY READING! And if you haven't ordered it yet, you can do so HERE!

As you know, reviews are critical to an author, so if you read LE and like it, please consider leaving a short review on Amazon, which can be as brief as one or two lines. And if you do, I've added additional entries in my contest below to say thank you!

 

 Contest!!

And, YES, you still have lots of time to enter my contest to have a character named after you in the paperback version (and ebook version!) of Love Everlasting PLUS all three books in the pic below and a framed quote from Isle of Hope.  

All you have to do to enter is click on each of the Thunderclap links below, then click on a support button (which allows Thunderclap to post a brief promo about Love Everlasting and Cowboy Christmas Homecoming on your Facebook or Twitter page on a particular date (you do nothing but click!). So click on each of the links below and get entry points for both separately! Then scroll down to the bottom of this post to enter the contest via my Rafflecopter box.

CLICK HERE FOR LOVE EVERLASTING THUNDERCLAP

CLICK HERE FOR COWBOY CHRISTMAS HOMECOMING THUNDERCLAP

 

Sale!!

 If you haven't had the chance yet to read the award-winning, 5-star book 1, Isle of Hope, your timing is good because it is now on sale for 50% off at the lowest price yet of $3.99, so you can check it and all the reviews HERE.

 

 

 

 Free Download!!

Finally, if you haven't downloaded the prequel novella to Isle of Hope, A Glimmer of Hope, what are you waiting for? It's FREE and available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo, so I hope you take advantage.

 

 

Thank you again, EVERYONE, for your prayers and support -- it means more than I can ever say, and most of you already know from reading my doorstopper books -- I can say an awful lot! ;)

Have a blessed weekend, my friends. I know we will! :)

Hugs,

Julie

Welcome Sweet Genevieve (Evie) ...

We've Waited SO Long to See Your Sweet Face!

 

Evie Arrives!

Proud Daddy!

Big Sister's First Glimpse!

Big Brother is Not Impressed!

Big Sis's New Favorite Doll!

And Grandma Juju is Crazy Excited Even Though She's 1,400 Miles Away!!

 

 

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4:43AM

September 20, 2016

Tick ... Tick ... Tick ...

Guess what?  In only 12 days, book 2 in my Isle of Hope Series, LOVE EVERLASTING, will release in e-book, so I hope you are as excited as I am about this sequel to Isle of Hope. And if you haven't preordered yet, you can do so HERE!

SO ... to gear up, I thought I'd not only give you a few sneak peeks at Love Everlasting, but TWO opportunities to still win a character named after you in the paperback version of LE, a signed paperback or ebook copy of it, PLUS a signed copy of THREE of my books (see the pic below under "New Contest"), and a framed quote from Isle of Hope.

That's FOUR PAPERBACK BOOKS, a character named for you in the paperback of my new release, and a frame with my favorite quote from Isle of Hope!


UPDATE ON GENEVIEVE:

But first things first, an update on my granddaughter, Genevieve (Evie) who is now scheduled to be born in ONE WEEK on September 27, so I'm still asking for your prayer. Little Evie has been growing steadily thanks to so many prayers on her behalf, yours among them! But because she is so small, they are taking her two weeks early to better feed her outside the womb, so PLEASE continue to pray for a safe and healthy delivery with no problems and a beautifully healthy little girl! THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH, and I will keep you posted!

And now ...

SNEAK PEEK #1

 NEW CONTEST!!

Ever hear of Thunderclap? Well, it's an opportunity for you to help me get the word out about the release of Love Everlasting.

Thunderclap allows a single message typed by me to be mass-shared, flash mob-style, so it rises above the noise of social networks. If I am able to get 100 people to click on the SUPPORT LINK of my two Thunderclap pages below, the thunderclaps will go live on the dates specified for each. And THAT means the messages you see on my Thundercap pages will automatically be posted on YOUR Facebook or Twitter page without you doing a thing. Pretty cool, huh?

SO ... can you help me out by clicking on the support link of each of my two Thunderclap page links below? If you do, simply tell me you did in the Rafflecopter Box at the bottom of this page, and you are automatically entered to win in each Thunderclap.

WHICH means TWO CHANCES to win a character named after you in the paperback version of Love Everlasting, a signed paperback copy of Love Everlasting, PLUS a signed copy of EACH of the books in the pic above and a framed quote from Isle of Hope.

 

 

 

CLICK HERE FOR THUNDERCLAP

FOR LOVE EVERLASTING


 

 

 

 

CLICK HERE FOR THUNDERCLAP

FOR COWBOY CHRISTMAS HOMECOMING

 

 

And guess what? You can even up your chances of winning with extra entries earned in the Rafflecopter box at the bottom of this blog after you enter, so GOOD LUCK!

 

FHL FACEBOOK PARTY GIVEAWAY THIS WEDNESDAY!!

WHOO-HOO ... I' M EXCITED, SO LET'S PARTEEEE!!!  Please join me and FHL authors Winnie Griggs, Linda Goodnight, and Tracee Lydia Garner this WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21st from 7:00-8:30 PM to chat and win prizes.

FHL is Faith, Hope, & Love, which is the Christian fiction chapter of Romance Writers of American, so we'd love your support! I'll be hanging out most of the night, but to enter my giveaway of a signed paperback or ebook copy of Love Everlasting, you'll need to leave a comment during my segment of 8:00 PM to 8:15 PM, so do come by to say, "hey," okay? Here's the link and hope to see you there!

FHL FACEBOOK PARTY

 

SNEAK PEEK #2

Hugs and have a GREAT WEEK!

Julie

 

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