Monday, May 11, 2009

Meet Julie Lessman and read excerpt from A Passion Denied

I'm so excited to have my good friend (and fellow Seekerville blogger) Julie Lessman with me this week. Julie has a new book out, the third in her Daughters of Boston series, titled A Passion Denied. I'm reading it now and will post a review at a later date, but I can tell you I'm loving it!

Julie is generously giving away a copy of one of her books, winners choice, in a drawing from those who comment. So once you're finished reading the interview and wonderful excerpt, please leave a comment with contact information! So now, here's Julie...
1. Readers may know you used to work in the travel industry. I'm wondering what your dream vacation would be.

Mmmm … a beach bungalow on an unspoiled tropical island with my husband and lots of my favorite things—good friends, great books (including the Bible!) and old movies!

2. What's something romantic you love to do with your husband?
Dinner out at a really romantic steak restaurant followed by snuggling on the couch to watch a movie (preferably romance).

3. What does a typical day of writing look like for you?
Gosh, lately pretty sporadic because life has been “getting in the way,” but usually I rise at about 6:30 or 7:00 AM, eat peach oatmeal and drink coffee while I check a few blogs (The Seekers, for one, at http://seekerville.blogspot.com/), then I listen to worship music on the treadmill for 30 minutes followed by Bible reading and prayer time. Laundry, paperwork, etc. gets my attention briefly before I dive into e-mails. When I write (I don’t write everyday like a good author should), I start about 10:30 or 11:00 AM and crank ALL day (usually without lunch) until Keith’s stomach starts to growl around 6:00 PM or so … :) Not real “disciplined,” I know, but it works for me.

4. Julie, can you give us a sneak peek at an excerpt from A Passion Denied?

Gosh, twist my arm, Missy! Here is the first love scene between Beth (who has changed her name to Lizzie) and Brady, who sees her only as a little sister. She is plotting with her sisters to try and get Brady to kiss her because Charity tells her that “A kiss is the only thing that will haunt him until he admits he’s in love.” (Note from Missy: I apologize for any formatting changes in my cut and paste.)


The porch was dark except for a soft wash of moonlight that cast distorted shadows as he leaned against the railing. He crossed his arms and waited while she settled on the swing with a soft swish of her skirt. She patted the seat beside her. “Why don’t you sit here? This could take a while, and I want you to be comfortable.”

Comfortable? With her scent as clean as lilacs in rain and her burgeoning body obscuring the little girl he once knew? He sucked in a full breath and stood up straight, shoving his hands deep into the pockets of his trousers. Exhaling, he positioned himself on the far right of the swing, determined to ignore the wood of the beveled handle as it sliced into his waist. He shifted to face her and draped an arm along the back of the swing. “So, what’s on your mind, little buddy?”

She bit her lip and scooted close enough that he could feel her body shivering. “Do you mind if we snuggle? It’s colder than I thought.”

He stared straight ahead, lips clamped tight as the heat of her body singed his. It set his nerves on edge, but she seemed nervous too—from the tug of her teeth against her lower lip to the clutch of her hands as they fidgeted in her lap. His arm—which had been resting comfortably on the back of the swing—suddenly felt like hardwood lumber. With almost painful motion, it hovered over her shoulder for eternal seconds before finally drawing her close. For pity’s sake, this is Beth and she’s cold. Settle down, Brady, and just get through this.

“What’s on your mind, Beth?”

She sighed and burrowed into his arms, causing the scent of her hair to invade his senses. It triggered an unwelcome warmth, despite the coolness of the night. But at least she was warm, he reasoned, noting her shivers had stopped. He closed his eyes and ground his jaw. While his were just beginning.

Her voice was soft and low. “I’m sorry for losing my temper the other day, but I … well I guess I’ve been struggling with my feelings for you …”

Tension stiffened his hold. “Beth, these feelings you’re having, they’ve got to stop.”

“I know, Brady,” she whispered. “I finally understand.”

He drew in a breath and leaned forward. “You do?”

She looked up with a soulful expression. “Yes, I do. It doesn’t change the attraction I have for you or the love I feel inside …” She blinked several times, as if to clear the gloss of wetness from her eyes. His gut twisted. “But I finally realize I need to move on … I don’t want to lose your friendship.”

The tightness in his chest suddenly released like an audible sigh. Thank you, God, they could still be friends! He exhaled the weight of the world from his shoulders and scooped her into an overwhelming hug of relief. “Oh, Beth, I’m so grateful you understand. I love you too, and I’ll always be there for you, the best friend you’ve ever had.”

She returned a tremulous hug. The sound of her words rumbled against his chest. “That’s good, Brady, because I could use the advice of a friend.”

“Anything, little buddy!” He leaned back against the swing and tucked her safely under his arm. She was his sweet, little Beth once again, flooding his soul with joy. “What kind of advice do you need?”

“About men. Actually, one in particular.”

His joy fizzled faster than warm foam on week-old root beer.

She glanced up with wide, innocent eyes, a stark contrast to the jealous surprise churning in his gut. “There’s this boy—his name is Tom Weston—and he’s asked me out, on and off, for over two years now. And lately, well … it seems he won’t take no for an answer.”

He blinked. Men have been asking her out? For two years? His Beth?

He sat up, desperate to convey a composure he didn’t feel. “Well, Elizabeth, you’re almost eighteen, and I suppose it’s time … time to find the man that God has for you. Do you … like him?”

She sighed. “Well, he’s certainly attractive and hard-working. He’s worked two jobs as long as I’ve known him and plans to go to law school after he graduates college next spring.”

Jealousy rose in his throat like bile. “So, you’re … attracted to him, then?”

“Well, I wasn’t initially because I had hoped you and I …” Her voice faded. She took a deep breath. “But I think now … now that I know you and I can only be friends, well, I think maybe I could be attracted to him …”

“Does he go to church?”

Her soft chuckle floated in the air. “Well, if you mean is he as spiritual as you, no, he’s not. But he’s from a good family who go to church regularly, and I think in time—”

“Is he a gentleman?”


Lizzie felt herself blush to the tips of her shingled hair. She bit her lip and turned away, slipping her hand into the pocket of her jacket. With trembling fingers, she pinched the cracker she’d hidden there and swiped crumbs into both of her eyes.

“Beth?”

She didn’t answer. She was too busy blinking.

He reached for her chin and gently tugged her gaze to his. He was suddenly the consummate big brother, concern etched in his handsome face. “Answer me. Is he a gentleman?”

The crumbs were masterful as they welled in her eyes. “I’m …n-not sure.”

“What do you mean you’re not sure? Has he given you cause to think otherwise?”

“Well, he … he kissed me once.”

Disapproval darkened Brady’s features. “Did you encourage him?”

Her lips parted in shock. “No! I promise you I didn’t. He c-cornered me …”

“So, he’s not a gentleman?”

Her eyes went wide. “I don’t know … maybe … but probably not.” She began to shake, not sure if it was her nerves or the drumming of Brady’s fingers hard on the wood.

He eyed her through narrowed lids. “Well, he doesn’t sound like the type of young man you need. I suggest you forget about him and look elsewhere.”

She blinked. “What?”

“You wanted my advice as a friend, and I’m giving it. Forget him.”

A rare rush of indignation heated her cheeks. “I wanted your advice on how to ward off his advances, Brady, not if I should date him. I’ve already decided on that.”

“You can’t date some clown with one thing on his mind.”

Crackers and fury forced hot tears from her eyes. He didn’t want her, but no one else could either? She rose to her feet. “How dare you, John Brady? I have no choice! My heart is breaking because of you, and if it takes Tom Weston to get over you, then so be it.”

He jumped up. “Beth, forgive me, please, and don’t cry. We can pray about this…”

Disbelief paralyzed her for a painful second. “No! You leave me be. I don’t want anymore of your prayers—”

His hand gripped her. “Beth, please, sit with me? Can’t we just talk and work this out?”

She relented, allowing him to tug her back to the swing, where the feel of his powerful arms only enflamed the longing in her soul. He bundled her against his shoulder, and the clean, pure scent of musk soap taunted her senses.

“Beth, you’re so special to me,” he whispered, “I never want to hurt you.” He kissed the top of her head, and she could smell a trace of the peppermint he kept for children at the shop. A sharp ache pierced her heart. He was her Brady … good and strong and kind … but he would never really belong to her. Not the way she yearned in her heart—as a husband, a man, a lover. The thought all but crushed her, and she collapsed against his chest in painful weeping.

“Beth, don’t cry, please. I love you …”

She felt his lips in her hair, and her anguish surged. She jerked away. “No, don’t lie to me, Brady! You don’t love me—”

He groaned and embraced her. “I do love you, little buddy, more than anyone in this world.” With grief in his eyes, he searched her swollen face. He caressed her wet cheeks with gentle hands. “You mean everything to me,” he whispered. He bent to press a light kiss to her forehead.

Shallow breaths rose from her throat at the warmth of his lips against her skin. Her body stilled. “A kiss is the only thing that will haunt him until he admits he’s in love.”

She lifted her gaze, taking great care to impart a slow sweep of lashes.

“Beth, are we okay?” He ducked his head to search her eyes, then brushed her hair back from her face. A smile shadowed his lips. “Still friends?”

Friends. A deadly plague only a kiss could cure. Resolve stiffened her spine. “Sure, Brady … friends.”

He smiled and tucked a finger under her chin. “That’s my girl. Now what do you say we pray about some of these things?” He leaned close with another quick kiss to her brow, and in a desperate beat of her heart, she lunged, uniting her mouth with his. She felt the shock of her action in the jolt of his body, and she gripped him close to deepen the kiss. Waves of warmth shuddered through her at the taste of him, and the essence of peppermint was sweet in her mouth.

“No!” He wrenched back from her hold with disbelief in his eyes.

Too late. She had never felt like this before. Years of seeking romance from flat parchment pages had not prepared her for this. This rush, this desire … her body suddenly alive, and every nerve pulsing with need. All shyness melted away in the heat of her longing, and she pounced again, merging her mouth with his. John Brady, I love you!

A fraction of a second became eons as she awaited his rejection. His body was stiff with shock, but no resistance came. And in a sharp catch of her breath, he drew her to him with such force, she gasped, the sound silenced by the weight of his mouth against hers. He groaned and cupped the back of her head as if to delve in her soul, a man possessed. His lips broke free to wander her throat, and shivers of heat coursed through her veins. In ragged harmony, their shallow breathing billowed into the night while his arms possessed her, molding her body to his.

“Oh, Brady, I’m so in love with you,” she whispered.

Her words severed his hold as neatly as the blade of a guillotine. He staggered to his feet, and icy cold replaced the warmth of his arms. She opened her eyes and saw pain in his. She grabbed his arm. “Brady, can’t you see? You love me too … not as a friend or a sister, but as a woman.”


“God help me, Beth, I can’t love you that way.” He stared like a zombie, chest heaving with jagged breaths that swirled into the cool night air, drifting away.

Just like her dreams.

She reached for his hand, but he pulled it away. She blinked. “You just did, John. Nothing can convince me otherwise. You love me … and you want me … just like I want you. Why can’t you admit it?”

His tone was rough with emotion. “Because it’s wrong, Elizabeth. You’re a little sister to me, nothing more.”

She rose, along with her ire. “I see. And that’s how you kiss a sister?”

Blood gorged his cheeks. His shoulders straightened as he stood stiff and tall. An uncommon show of anger glinted in his dark eyes. “I regret what happened tonight, and I apologize. Please give my thanks to your mother and my good-byes to your family.” He moved toward the stairs.

“Brady, wait!” She latched onto his arm while tears pooled in her eyes. “You can’t leave like this. Not now. I opened my heart to you … and you took it when you gave me that kiss.”

The anger in his eyes faded to pain. “I know, Beth. Forgive me. It won’t happen again.” His back was rigid as he strode down the steps.

She ran after him. “No! Don’t leave—please! Friends don’t leave when you need them the most.”

He stopped, hand poised on the gate, and the coolness of his manner was totally foreign. He turned with a look of agony she had never seen.

“No, Beth, they don’t.”

And without another word, he unlocked the gate and hurried away. Fading quickly—just like her hope—into the darkest of nights. (end excerpt)
Julie, thank you so much for sharing! Now readers need to pick up A Passion Denied to see what happens! :)
Book 3, A Passion Denied, is the story of Faith and Charity’s little sister, Lizzie, a shy bookworm who dreams of a fairy-tale romance. It unfolds a man’s dark past and a young girl’s shattered dreams … and the God who redeems it all.

Elizabeth O’Connor is the little sister John always longed for. With a fire for God in his belly, he has been her spiritual mentor since she was thirteen, sharing her love of literature and her thirst for God. But when his gangly protégé blossoms into a beautiful young woman bent on loving him, he refuses to act on the attraction he feels. His past won’t let him go there. Unfortunately, “Lizzie” won’t let him go anywhere else … until his dark and shocking secrets push her away.
Be sure to leave a comment with your contact information for a chance to win your choice of Julie's books!

54 comments:

Courtney said...

First! :0) Interesting interview!


courtney(at)aol(dot)com

Missy Tippens said...

Yay, Courtney! Yep, you're first. :)

I've got you entered.

Jennifer Hudson Taylor said...

I don't have this one yet, and would love it.

Mary Connealy said...

Julie, I just finished A Passion Denied. I know how talented you are but I start reading and it's like...oh, yeah, this is why I love her......

and I am just gone.

Wonderful story, so well done. You tackled some tough stuff with grace and faith and of course passion, but as much passion for God as for romance. Wonderful.

I'm so proud to know you.

Jessica said...

Woohoo! I'm coming back to read this excerpt.
Love your schedule Julie. I think it's awesome that you have that prayer and worship time.
Enter me please!

jessica_nelson7590 (at) yahoo dot com

Mary Connealy said...

Oh, and Missy, darlin' your book is next. YAY!

Missy Tippens said...

Mary, I'm with you. I'm reading A Passion Denied right now and it's hard to put it down to get some sleep at night!

And thanks on adding my book to your TBR stack!

Missy

Missy Tippens said...

Jessica and Jenn, I have you both entered. Thanks for stopping by!

Carolynn W. said...

Wow, that excerpt just makes me want to read the book even more!! Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win!
carolynnwald[at]hotmail[dot]com

Kat said...

The excerpt made me want to read the book, and it's not even in my normal reading genre. Very cool!

katiemstout(at)gmail(dot)com

Raynene said...

Oh, what a lovely story! I felt the pain and hesitation of both Lizzie and John. Young love struggling to blossom with God's help that's so difficult to understand when you're in it sometimes! Can't wait to ready this one! For the drawing, my email is raynene@sc.rr.com.

Debby Lee said...

Dear Julie,
I just read the excerpt and was blown away. Such real emotion that I believe all women can relate to, and so eloquently written. I can't wait to read the rest of the book.
Debby Lee

Missy Tippens said...

I agree with all of you about the excerpt! I'ma bout halfway through the book now, and I'm dying to see what happens!!

Carolynn, Kat, Raynene and Debby Lee, thanks so much for stopping by!

mez said...

Thanks for a sneak peek, I can't wait to read A Passion Denied. Julie has an amazing gift with words!

worthy2bpraised[at]gmail[dot]com

Janet Dean said...

Great interview, Missy and Julie! I'm reading A Passion Denied and I'm loving every word, Julie!!

His Forever Love is next on my TBR stack, Missy! I loved your first book so can't wait for this one.

Janet

Melanie Dickerson said...

Hi, Missy and Julie! Just wanted to say that this book is wonderful! I loved it! In fact, just posted a review on my blog today, www.melaniewrites.blogspot.com if you're interested.

Don't put me in the drawing. I just wanted to drop by and say how much I loved the book. It's funny, because Missy and I were talking about how great it is at the Readers Luncheon in Huntsville last weekend!

Keli Gwyn said...

I have the first two books of Julie's Daughters of Boston on my groaning TBR shelves. I've heard such great things about all three. Can't wait to read them. Just need more hours in my day.

Missy Tippens said...

Mez, thanks for stopping by!

Janet, I appreciate you kind words on Her Unlikely Family. I can't wait to read Courting the Doctor's Daughter!! Oh, and congrats again on finaling in the Bookseller's Best!!

Missy Tippens said...

Melanie, I enjoyed seeing you in Huntsville!

Keli, thanks for stopping by! Maybe you can win the 3rd one, and then read the whole series. :)

Courtney said...

I'm sorry...I had a typo in my email.
It is actually courtneylp1323(at)aol(dot)com.

Again, I'm sorry.
=0)

BTW--Julie's previous two novels will have you staying long into the night to finish reading them. They are that intersting and well-written.

Missy Tippens said...

Thanks, Courtney. I got the change.

Renee said...

Wow! I cannot wait to read this book! That excerpt was awesome so I can just imagine what the rest of the book is like! Please don't enter me to win, I just won a copy on another blog and I just wanted to say Julie's first 2 books are excellent and if you bloggers haven't read the first 2 go pick them up today!!! Good luck to all!

Julie Lessman said...

OMIGOSH, I am SO sorry I am late, but I am primary caretaker for my 90-year-old aunt and had an emergency that thanknfully has been resolved!

COURTNEY ... good job being first, girl ... don't you wish that gave you extra points in the contest??? :)

JENNIFER HUDSON TAYLOR ... well, then, we just have to get it to you, don't we? You can increase your chances by checking my website calendar for additional blog contests running right now. I just awarded three signed books to three DILIGENT young ladies who commented on almost every blog I ran, so checking out my blog schedule pays!!

MARY!!!!! Oh, gosh, I knew you were reading it and have been sweating bullets. Whenever one of my close friends or Seeker buds (of which you are both!) read my books, I shake in my boots. Soooo glad you liked it, my friend. We all know how much I LOVE your books, kiddo.

JESSICA ... I always smile when I see a familiar face or name, and you have been SO diligent with commenting on my blog interviews -- THANK YOU -- and I hope it pays off!

CAROLYNN!!! Honey, you just gotta win a book soon with all your persistence, and boy, would I LOVE to sign one off to you, girl! Good luck!

Julie Lessman said...

KAT ... oh, WOW, the excerpt hooked you in and it's not even your genre??? Very cool, Katie. And it's a good thing the winner gets their choice of which book they want because this is one series that needs to be read in order, so if you win, Katie, I will send you A Passion Most Pure, okay?

Hey, RAYNENE, nice to see you again, and thank you for your sweet comment. Good luck in the contest, my friend.

WOW, Deb, soooo glad I could blow you away!! I tend to do that to people, but not always with my writing and not ALWAYS in a good way, according to my husband ... :)

MEZ!!!! And you, my friend, have an "amazing gift" for blessing me -- THANK YOU!! Not only for your kind words, but for your diligence in leaving comments on my blog interviews!

Julie Lessman said...

JANET!!! Another Seeker bud and author extraordinaire leaving me a comment -- thank you, sweetie!! And I am glad you are enjoying Denied. Courting the Doctor's Daughter is next up for me, and I can't wait!

MELANIE!!!!!! OH, you sweetheart, you! I JUST read your review on Amazon and on your blog -- thank you SOOOO much, my friend! You are the best!

KELI -- Thank you SO much for reading the other two books, and I hope you like Denied as well. Thanks, too, for telling me you have been hearing good things. That means a lot right now.

COURTNEY, thanks, sweetie, for the plug! :)

RENEE!!! Grin ... thanks for the plug, girl, totally unsolicited and really sweet of you, especially since you already won the book! Big hugs!

Amber S. said...

Thanks for another chance to win! The interview was great--I love your dream destination! Sounds like fun! And congratulations to all those who have won on the blogs so far!

stokes[dot]a[at]suddenlink[dot]net

Missy Tippens said...

Julie, I'm sorry you had another emergency with your aunt! I hope all is well now.

Renee and Amber, thanks for stopping by!

Edwina said...

I have just read the excerpt and am sitting on the edge of my chair wanting to read the entire book! I would love to have it!!

Julie Lessman said...

AMBER ... I am hoping you are next, sweetie, so thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

MISSY, thanks for your prayers for my aunt -- things have been rocky, but we're getting through it.

EDWINA ... I am SO excited that you are excited about reading the book! Good luck to you in this contest, and remember, if you don't win here, keep checking my website calendar for additional giveaways that will be posted soon.

Thanks, ALL, for stopping in and leaving a comment.

Hugs,
Julie

Cynthia said...

Wow, I can't wait to read the rest of the book and see how it ends. So much emotion. I love stories that really tug at the emotional strings of your heart.

cynthiakchow@earthlink.net

Mary Hawkins said...

A great excerpt, but, oh so tantalising! Congratulations, Julie. I know this will be another book I too have to watch for in our shop here in Tasmania. I can't say we get all the books but though a fairly long wait it will eventually cross that Big Pond between us.
Mary
http//www.mary-hawkins.com

Julie Lessman said...

CYNTHIA ... Emotion? Uh, yeah, in spades, I'm afraid, mostly because I tend to be a MAJOR drama queen, so every scene has to grab me. I have one friend, however, who likes a nice, calm read, and I think my books make her too edgy ... :) But she should have expected that, though, because this IS "Edgy Inspirational" ... :)

Hey, MARY, you won't have to wait till it comes to the stores in Tasmania IF you win the book here or on any of my other blog interviews listed on my website calendar! Go for it!

Hugs,
Julie

Carole said...

I love Julie's books! They don't come quickly enough to suit me. Thank you for the chance to win A Passion Denied.

cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net

Missy Tippens said...

Edwina, Cynthia and Carole, thanks so much for stopping by!

Mary, I'm glad you stopped by as well. We still need to set a date for you to visit on my blog!

Julie Lessman said...

CAROLE, thanks so very much for the sweet compliment ... and, yeah, they don't come quickly enough to suit me, either, to be honest. Wish I could write like a house afire like Seeker buds Mary Connealy or Cheryl Wyatt, but alas, I am LONG-WINDED, I'm afraid. :)

Hugs,
Julie

Missy Tippens said...

I'll be off the computer for a couple of days. But keep the comments coming! I'll do the drawing this weekend. :)

Carmen7351 said...

With the excerpt you supplied, I am going to need to read your first books before I read Passion Denied. Please enter me in your contest.

desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

donna said...

I want the other books in the series! I have Denied, but need the others! :)

rebornbutterfly (at) sbcglobal (dot) net

Julie Lessman said...

LINDA/CARMEN (boy, you've got all kinds of names, just like an author!!) -- Thanks again for stopping by and, YES!!, we need to get you A Passion Most Pure first, girlfriend, because this is definitely a series that needs to be read in order!

DONNA/REBORNBUTTERFLY -- Don't you DARE read Denied before the others, you hear??? If you have to beg, borrow or steal the other books, at least read book 1 first, A Passion Most Pure, because that lays all the groundwork and has the most surprises in it. If you read book 1 and don't have time to read book 2, then yes, you can get away with reading book 3 before 2, but I still don't recommend it.

Gosh, I'm a pushy one, aren't I? Telling readers what to read first??? :)

Hugs,
Julie

Tammy said...

loved the excerpt! cannot wait to read the rest!

bookwurm70 said...

wow, love the excerpt!!! I can tell it is going to be an awesome book. Julie, you are such an amazing writer. Please enter me!

Gail
bookwurm70 at gmail dot com

Julie Lessman said...

TAMMY!!! Soooo glad to see you here and pushing for the win! Thanks for your sweet comment and good luck!

GAIL!!! You and Tammy seem to be neck-in-neck in diligence here, so I wish you both a book win! And thank you for your kind comments ... uh, maybe you better wait till you read the book, though, before you go singing my praises. YIKES ... what if you think it's "smut"????

Hugs,
Julie

Nade said...

I've read a lot "about" this book--would enjoy reading the real thing.
Sylvia G.
nade@gorge.net

Julie Lessman said...

NADE (SYLVIA), you are making the rounds, girl! That's the way to win a book, for sure. Thanks for your interest and good luck!

Hugs,
Julie

dmarsh81588 said...

I've read all three books and I love each of them! I don't think I could pick a favorite if I tried. I can't wait for the next three!

Julie Lessman said...

HOLY COW, DMARSH81588 ... you read them already??? Thank you SO much for your sweet comment and to be honest, I can't wait for the next three, either! I am putting the finishing touches on book 1 of the next series now, Katie's story, which doesn't come out till next June. Sigh. I just hope the people who enjoyed my books don't forget about me by then -- a year is a long time between books! :(

dmarsh81588 said...

A year may be a long time between books, however, I'm sure that I will re-read the three that I have afew times between now and then...they are way too good to be forgotten! Besides, it gives us something to look forward to, right?

Julie Lessman said...

DMARSH81588, WOW, you're going to reread them? That is always the highest compliment to an author -- thank you SOOO much, and God bless!!

Hugs,
Julie

dmarsh81588 said...

Julie- you are very welcome! I sent you an e-mail last night, and was blessed by your response. Thank you for your heart felt desire to share God's love with so many, myself included. God is using your talents and heart to bless many...praise His name!

Julie Lessman said...

OMIGOSH, DONNA, I did not realize DMARSH81588 was you!!! What a blessing you have been to me, my friend -- THANK YOU for your encouragement.

Hugs,
Julie

Edna said...

I would love to win one of her books, that is my pastime and I have lots since I have gotten so old.

mamat2730(at)charter(dot)net

Julie Lessman said...

Grin, EDNA, well move over, because I've gotten pretty "old" too! :) But we never get too old to enjoy romance, I hope, so thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. And, good luck!

Hugs,
Julie

Missy Tippens said...

I'm finally back in town! Thanks to everyone for stopping by. I've got you all entered in the drawing.

I'll do the drawing tonight, so please leave a comment sometime today to be included in the drawing!

Missy Tippens said...

We have a winner!

Mez, I drew your name!! Congrats! I'll be emailing you for your info and to find out your choice of book. :)

Thanks to all who particiated! I hope you'll keep following Julie on her blog tour.