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




If one must labor, let it be a labor of love.
Julie Lessman 

Okay, hold me down … and for pity’s sake HIDE THE COFFEE!!! I’m bouncing off the walls now as it is, and God knows that “Fridays” don’t help!! Then plop Labor Day on top of that and LOOK OUT!! But, WHEW … what a week!!

Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!! (Thank you, Erica Vetsch and Renee Chaw, for introducing me to a new form of expressing my excitement.) First of all, as some of you may or may not know, my latest book in the O’Connor saga—A Heart Revealed—released just yesterday, and that’s always a skittery time for an author because you’re waiting for people you love (YOU!!) to read it. It was SO fun to receive the picture above from one of my “bud/prayer partner” reader friends, Michelle Tuller, whose name is also in A Heart Revealed as a subordinate character. Michelle came in second place in my newsletter contest to have a character named after her in A Heart Revealed, and then, of course, Casey Herringshaw (to the left) came in first, so her character is more prominent. So when you see their names in the book for the first time, I’m asking each of you to say a little prayer of blessing for them because they truly are a blessing to me.

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Of all the animals, the boy is the most unmanageable. 

— Plato

WHOO-HOO, guess what I received yesterday??? Yep, my own personal copy of A Heart Revealed!!! Oh my, but it’s beautiful, and WOW, what a feeling when I crack the book open and read the first lines, which I always do!

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“If you’re going to steal, steal a heart!

— Anonymous Toast

Ah, romantic larceny—there’s nothing quite like it. Which is why, quite frankly, I’m a romance writer. There are few things I like better than having my heart stolen away by a wonderful novel with a pulse-tripping hero and a heroine I can not only cheer for, but swoon with when that heart-melting hero finally steals her heart. And mine!

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 “Sweet thunderation—deliver me from pretty men!

Cassady McClare, Dare to Dream, by Julie Lessman,

Book 1 of The Cousins McClare

And sweet thunderation, what a week! I’m closing in on a 100 pages of book 1 of The Cousins McClare, and I gotta tell you that I am LOVING this book so far!! Which is SUCH a relief because after being joined at the hip with the O’Connors for FIVE YEARS (from the point of writing to now), I’ll be honest—I was worried.

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Friday, August 5, 2011

“If you love me, keep my commands.”

-- John 14:15

The cutest thing happened a few days ago. You see, I sent out my summer newsletter this week, which is ALWAYS a major pain for my artist husband who designs it because he says I am worse than any client he has, which given my SUPER anal personality, is no great surprise, right? In fact, I did a Seeker blog talking about this once appropriately entitled “Stupid In Love” (http://seekerville.blogspot.com/2011/02/stupid-in-love-bookcritique-giveaway.html) because when I asked my husband why he puts up with my high-maintenance personality, this was his response: “I don’t know,” he says, giving me a quick kiss on the lips. “I guess I’m just stupid in love.” To quote just a paragraph from that Seeker blog I wrote, here’s a glimpse at what the newsletter process looks like in our household:

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