Face-Off with Julie Lessman!!

Now, this is an EXCITING day!! Julie is tops!! If you haven’t read any of her books, please check them out. The two series that follow the O’Connor family are wonderful!!

Julie Lessman, award ­winning author of The Daughters of Boston, Winds of Change, and Heart of San Francisco series, was named American Christian Fiction Writers 2009 Debut Author of the Year and voted #1 Romance Author of the year in Family Fiction magazine’s 2012 and 2011 Readers Choice Awards. Julie has garnered 17 RWA and other awards and made Booklist’s 2010 Top 10 Inspirational Fiction. Her latest novel, Surprised by Love, appeared on Family Fiction magazine’s list of Top Ten Novels of 2014. Her indie book A Light in the Window is an International Digital Awards winner, a 2013 Readers’ Crown Award winner, and a 2013 Book Buyers Best Award winner.

Now that’s a resume!!

Let’s get on with it…Shall we??


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The rules are simple. I ask Julie some random questions. She replies and then I give my answers. Each winning answer is worth one point and I get to decide whose answer is better.

It’s my blog.

Here we go!

1. Which model was your favorite on your book covers? Haha

Julie – Ooooo, good question and the first time I’ve ever been asked that in over 225 interviews, Charity, so you score high on creativity!

Well, my favorite-­favorite model on all of my covers is my daughter Amy, who is on the cover of my award winning indie novel, A Light in the Window.
Her pic for that cover was actually shot in my kitchen by my artist hubby who also made the cover and the great video as well, so I hope you check it out HERE.

But as far as the books published by my publisher, Revell, my favorite is the male model who portrays my hero Collin McGuire on the cover of my first book, A Passion Most Pure (ebook on sale now for only $1.99 and 700 five­star reviews on Amazon) (Link Above in Pic). Over and above the fact that this model is just plain hot­hot­hot, there’s also a fun story that goes along with it.

You see, the artist originally sent me a pretty namby­pamby picture of the model where he almost looked like a whipped puppy, and I was pretty distraught. So I asked my artist if she had any other shots of the guy we could use. “Only one,” she told me, but insisted nobody thought it would work because he looked angry. “Can you send it to me?” I asked, and when I saw Collin’s sullen expression, my mind went, Ding­Ding­Ding because that was SO how I pictured him, a rogue who’s ticked off because he can have any woman he wants but the one on cover! And when you combine the sweet, almost sassy look of the heroine with that brooding bad boy, well, can you say “chemistry”?

Charity – Well, I have seen the pics you’ve posted “then and now” of the “hothothot” Collin… BTW, here is a post with some pics, cover evolutions, etc…

–Julie gets that one. That was a dumb question on my part because there was no way I could win it!!

Charity 0 / Julie 1

2. Favorite piece of jewelry you own and why?

Julie – Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but they’ve never been mine. That is until my husband gave me a simple diamond wedding band for our 35th to replace the engagement ring I lost somewhere in my house years ago. Never found it back then, but never really cared either, since diamonds leave me cold. But I have to say, this band is so sweet and simple and doesn’t get caught on anything, so I absolutely love it. But mostly because I love him!

Charity – No Fair! You can’t use a wedding/anniversary bandIMG_6549! ahh. Well, ASIDE from those very meaningful pieces of jewelry, I love a necklace that my son bought me. It is a turquoise, chunky stone on a gold chain. Love it! He was out one day and saw it, so he picked it up for his ol’ ma!!!!

There’s the cute booger now!! —–>

— Has to be a tie!!

Charity 1 / Julie 2

3. What’s the longest you can float on your back in the water?

Julie – Mmmm … never tried, but I can sleep on my back all night long like a mummy corpse, hands crossed over my chest. 😉

Charity – hmm…Well, I could take a nap in the WATER like that. It is not possible to sink me…

— I get that one! woot woot! Who needs the Dead Sea anyway??

Charity 2 / Julie 2

4. Strangest fan experience?

Julie – I have to admit, I’m not overly crazy about the word “fan” because it sets an author apart from her readers, which I don’t like because we are all just women who love God and romance. But the “strangest” (or I should say most original) reader­/friend experience I ever had was because of blog review of A Passion Most Pure that came up in a Google Alert once. I was stunned to read that this reviewer stayed up reading APMP till about 2:00 AM or so, but finally forced herself to go to bed. In the morning she decided she would read just a little bit more while soaking in the bathtub. Would you believe this gal stayed in that tub for all 481 pages till she finished? Well, I didn’t believe it, so I contacted her through her blog because frankly I had questions. Like did she prune? Did she take bathroom or lunch breaks, does she live in Florida where the water would stay warm?? Inquiring minds want to know! That was the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

Charity – Well, first of all, I love that you feel that way about your “fans” (They still are!). Secondly, wow. haha. That is really gross. The idea of a bath makes me want to throw up. The idea of a cold, dirty, multi-hour bath …well, there are just no words.

I will add to your fan base! I remember emailing you a few years back after I had read your second book about CHARITY and Mitch. I couldn’t believe it because you almost wrote my story in her. So many similarities and you even used my name!!

“Blood surged to her cheeks. ‘I … no, that’s fine. Just fine.’ She staggered back, lightheaded. Settle down, Charity. He’s just a man.” — Couldn’t resist an exerpt!

–Again, dumb question I couldn’t win…

Charity 2 / Julie 3

5. Have you ever found a sand dollar on the beach? (Not at the gift shop! ha).

Julie – Yes, in Marco Island and Naples, Florida, but as pretty as they are, I’d rather find real dollars!

Charity – I have spent MANY hours looking for those darned things. Never found one. My 8 year old (youngest) has taken over for me. He loves looking for shells!!! Still haven’t found one. Had to buy him some from a gift shop. boo!!!

–Julie totally gets that!

Charity 2 / Julie 4

6. Have you ever swam with sharks or dolphins?

Julie – Nope, the closest I’ve ever come is watching Jaws.

Charity – Oh man. Me either. Although, we have seen people find sharks at the Outer Banks when we are on vacation. *shudder*

— Tie

Charity 3 / Julie 5

8. Favorite vacation story?

Julie – Oooo, another good question!10403350_10153279840623455_6893309030632104928_n As a matter of fact, one summer when we took our teenage kids to Disney World, I saw a magazine with Catherine Zeta Jones on the cover, and I remember being overjoyed that she was really short­waisted (at least on this cover), with only two inches or so between her chest and her hips, as well as a little thick in the middle. “Look,” I say to my family in an excited tone, waving the cover in their faces. “Catherine Zeta Jones body is just like mine—she’s really short­waisted!” Well … let me tell you that I never quite lived that down after that, desperately trying explain that I was ONLY referring to her waist. My family called me “Catherine” the rest of that vacation, and my daughter even bought me leopard­skin pants so I could look the part. Which, I’m happy to say, I only wore once on that vacation, and almost never again after that!

Charity – Oh my word! HAHAHA!! Well, I am EXTREMELY short waisted too!! I am legs, boobs, head. Seriously. But, I’m no Catherine like you 😉

I guess I don’t have anything really exciting like that! Hmm. Life is always crazy in my world, so it would be nothing out of the ordinary.

— I am getting obliterated.

Charity 3 / Julie 6

9. How do you strive to bring God the most glory in your life?

Julie – “Strive” is certainly an appropriate word because I work reallllly hard to make Him Lord of my life, predominantly by application of His precepts, which is a major theme in my very first book, A Passion Most Pure, and really all of my books. In APMP, the heroine Faith O’Connor consistently has to learn to forgive and pray for the sister who berates and betrays her and the fiancé who cheats on her, something I also strive to do in my life. In truth, Faith is my spiritual self and mirrors the intimate relationship I long to have with God. Like Faith’s character, I talk and pray to Him as naturally as if He is my best friend (and He is!), but I also get angry with Him too. You might say that Faith and I are emotionally engaged with the God of the Universe—we laugh with Him, tear up at His goodness to us, and worship Him with all of our hearts.

Charity – Beautiful! I love that. We often try too hard to get everything right when all we have to do is just love God. Simply love Him. All the rest falls into place from there. Satan likes to keep us focused on “doing doing doing”.

— God Wins!

Charity 3 / Julie 6

10. Beach Boys or Beatles?

Julie – Oh, wow, tough question there! I’ll have to go with the Beatles because they dominated my life from the minute they hit Ed Sullivan’s stage, and their music was so creative and unique.

Charity – I was a huge Beach Boys fan when I was growing up. Not so much now. In fact, I would have to say NEITHER. I am not really a fan of either one. I know I am going to lose most of my followers now…It may even be illegal to not love the Beatles. We shall see…

— Julie had a favorite…

Charity 3 / Julie 7

11. Are you a good whistler?

Julie – Nope, but I can hum up a storm, which drives my daughter crazy since I never remember any lyrics.

Charity – ha. I love to whistle. Saying that makes me sounds lame. HAHA!

Speaking of humming though…We play “name that hum”. If you ever saw “name that tune” many decades ago, you know how to play. It was my favorite game show when I was growing up. Anyway, we usually play with Christmas songs. You have to go against someone and say how many hums you can name the tune in. The person that gets it with the lowest number of hums wins that round. hahaha. I am always the official “hummer”. I know all the songs.

— I get that one! woot!!

Final:

Charity 4 / Julie 7

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Thank you, Julie! So much fun 🙂 Custom-Balloon-design-tool

Guess whaaaaat????? Julie has agreed to giveaway ANY one of her books to one lucky winner! Oh, did I mention it would be SIGNED??

All you need to do is comment on this post with any questions or comments you have for Julie. She will even reply, so now is your chance! WOOT WOOT! (Comment by clicking on the orange button with a number on it.)

Once you have done that, head on over to a Rafflecopter giveaway and start entering!! <—- Just click here!

*U.S Rez Only (Sorry! We do love the rest of you too!)

** Entries will be checked and falsified entries will be disqualified.

GOOD LUCK!!!

You can contact Julie and read excerpts from her books at http://www.julielessman.com, or through Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, or Pinterest, as well as sign up for her newsletter. Check out Julie’s group blog, The Seekers, Writers Digest 2013, 2014, and 2015 “Best 101 Websites for Writers,” and Julie’s own personal blog, Journal Jots, voted blog of the month in the Readers’ Choice poll of Book Fun Magazine.

129 thoughts on “Face-Off with Julie Lessman!!

    1. KATHRYN!!! Thank you soooooooo much, you sweet thing, and you can expect a new series THIS OCT. OR NOVEMBER when I epublish my very first contemporary novel called Unfailing Love, book one in the Isle of Hope series. It’s a wee bit biographical and as long as my O’Connor books used to be, which is why I’m pubbing it instead of my publisher since they wanted me to cut it in half, which I didn’t want to do.

      You can find out what it’s all about and get a sneak peek at celebrity pix for the characters as well as read an excerpt on a prior post on my Journal Jots blog, so here’s the link:

      ISLE OF HOPE SERIES

      ALSO I will be releasing a Christmas novella about Lizzie & Brady in October in the Seekers’ “Home for Christmas Historical Collection,” so be sure to subscribe to my Journal Jots blog for updates and you’ll get an email every time I post, okay? Here’s that link as well:

      JULIE’S JOURNAL JOTS BLOG

      Kath, thanks again for your support and your friendship and GOOD LUCK in this contest!

      Hugs,
      Julie

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      1. Thanks Julie! I’m already an avid follower! I can’t wait for these new books!!!! It will be on my birthday (Nov 30) list for sure!

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      2. Hey, ASH, soooooo great to see you here, and I can’t wait to see what you think of the new series, my friend, so be sure to let me know after you read it, okay?

        Hugs,
        Julie

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      3. Hi! I wondered if you got my address and book request from my last week’s win of one of Julie’s books. Would it be possible to get her newest novel? I don’t remmeber the title, but it was her new series.

        Thank you!!

        Kathryn

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  1. Hi Julie! I love your books as well. I liked your answer about your favorite jewelry – a simple diamond band that doesn’t get caught on things. I outgrew my wedding ring while I was pregnant and I took to wearing the promise ring that my husband gave me before we got married. I actually prefer it because the diamonds are inside the band and don’t get caught on things. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Hi Charity! I was so excited to see a face-off in my mailbox. Hope things are going well with your potential adoption plans.

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    1. Hey, LORAINE, bless you, girlfriend, for reading my books!! And we sound like two peas in a pod as far as practicality goes, so you go, girl!!

      And Charity is adopting??? That is soooooo exciting!! Am saying a prayer all goes well, my friend, RIGHT NOW!!

      HUGS!!
      Julie

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  2. I enjoyed the interview. I have one question for Julie. Do you only write for women? I love to read and often read the Christian romance novels that I borrow from the library for my wife to read.

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    1. WHOO-HOO, EDWARD — you go, mister!! Ironically, I have a number of male readers, which pretty much stunned me when I first found out.

      Before I quit my day job, I lent a friend of mine one of my manuscripts to read in the original black binder form I used back then. I found out later that there was a waiting list for that binder book around the building, which made me laugh. But what really tickled me is when I received an email from the HUSBAND of a girl I worked with, who apparently waitlisted my ms. for him, not her, because he’s the romance reader in the family. Imagine my shock when he told me I was one of his two favorite authors, the other being Nicholas Sparks. Weeeellllll, just to be MENTIONED in the same sentence as ol’ Nick pretty much thrilled me to the bones, and this guy even came to my booksignings, so it blessed the socks off me!!

      And then when I checked in at an American Christian Fiction Writers Conference one year, a guy registered me. When I told him my name, he said he already knew it because he loves my books. DOUBLE SHOCK!!

      Anyway, I say all this to let you know that my books can definitely be enjoyed by men because they are built on life lessons God has taught me in my own marriage and life, which affects a husband as much as it does a wife. In fact, my novels are not only some of the most romantically passionate you will find in the Christian market, but some of the most spiritually passionate as well, so I’d love to see what you think. If you want a taste of my style, you can read my favorite spiritual and romantic scenes from most of my novels on the EXCERPTS tab of my website, so here’s the link. Pssst … my favorite is the romantic scene from A Hope Undaunted. 🙂

      JULIE’S EXCERPTS

      In the meantime, here’s hoping you win so I can send you a signed copy, okay”

      Hugs!!
      Julie

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    1. STEPH!!! Thanks for coming by, my friend, and THANK YOU for reading both the blog and my books — MUCH appreciated!!

      Now, here’s hoping we can pull out a win for you, okay? GOOD LUCK!!

      Hugs,
      Julie

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  3. CHARITY!!! I got so carried away with responding to the comments above, I forgot to thank you for having me on and to say …

    NA-NA-NA-NA-NA-NA!!

    Seriously, I think you threw me a bone on several of those rounds, so thank you for respecting your elders, young lady! 😉

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  4. CHARITY!!! I just now reread your answers and cannot BELIEVE you have a son that old!!! He’s adorable, with a heart as beautiful as his form, so you are BLESSED!!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  5. Julie, I LOVE your answers. This was so much fun to read through. I can’t believe the Walt Disney story where your family called you Catherine!

    I am eagerly awaiting your next book. Whatever it may be.

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    1. LOL, yeah, DAWN, my family never miss an opportunity to razz ol’ “Cath”! My daughter says it’s because I am just SO easy to pick on — LOTS of great fodder from her CDQ mom!! 😉

      Thanks for your sweet comment, my friend, and like I mentioned to Kathryn above, you can expect a new series THIS OCT. OR NOVEMBER when I epublish my very first contemporary novel called Unfailing Love, book one in the Isle of Hope series. It’s a wee bit biographical and as long as my O’Connor books used to be, which is why I’m pubbing it instead of my publisher since they wanted me to cut it in half, which I didn’t want to do.

      You can find out what it’s all about and get a sneak peek at celebrity pix for the characters as well as read an excerpt on a prior post on my Journal Jots blog, so here’s the link:

      ISLE OF HOPE SERIES

      ALSO I will be releasing a Christmas novella about Lizzie & Brady in October in the Seekers’ “Home for Christmas Historical Collection,” so be sure to subscribe to my Journal Jots blog for updates and you’ll get an email every time I post, okay? Here’s that link as well:

      JULIE’S JOURNAL JOTS BLOG

      Thanks again, Dawn, for your support and your friendship and GOOD LUCK in this contest!

      Hugs,
      Julie

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  6. I LOVE Julie Lessman’s books. I eagerly wait for your next book. Thank you for writing such great books that it makes it so easy to recommend your book to a lot of my friends and people who enjoy reading my reviews.

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    1. Aw, KELLY, what a sweet comment, my friend — BLESS YOU!! And THANK YOU for recommending them to your friends (all except the Amish ones, I’m guessing … ;))

      Well, you won’t have too long to wait, girl, because my first contemporary releases this OCT. or NOV. as well as my Lizzie/Brady Christmas novella, so check out the details in my comment above to Dawn, okay?

      Hugs and GOOD LUCK in the contest!
      Julie

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  7. Hi Julie! I read A Light in the Window earlier this and loooved it!! I am super excited to read all your novels!! I have all of them on my TBR. 🙂 Do you have an author(s) that helps inspire your writing?

    ~Sydney

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    1. YAY, SYDNEY, I know and I was THRILLED you did, so THANK YOU!! Now be sure you start with book 1 in the Daughters of Boston series when you continue, A Passion Most Pure, because this is one series best read in order. A word of warning, however — get ready to want to scratch “Charity’s” eyes out (the one in the book, not the one who owns this blog!), but I promise by the time you get to book 3, you will love her, and when you get to book 5, I’m betting she will become your favorite O’Connor. Or at least she is mine … 🙂

      Hugs and here’s to a win in the contest!
      Julie

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  8. Great blog, I especially loved the stories about your book covers. I always thought that picture of Collin is quite attractive and all your book covers are intriguing. But the one of your daughter is definitely my favorite too.

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    1. Thanks, AMANDA, it’s fun to have my daughter “immortalized” on the cover of a book and in a video! 🙂 I agree, Revell has done a wonderful job with my book covers, so I am a very lucky gal. 🙂

      Hugs and GOOD LUCK in the giveaway!
      Julie

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  9. Julie!! Your answers to Charity’s face-off made me chortle, smile, and hop up and down in glee that in only a few months there will be a new novel for me to read! Woohoo!

    I’m so proud of you for sticking to the story you needed to tell, and trusting Him enough to step out and self-pub this newest novel. (As a fan of nice long stories–during which I occasionally respond to the characters like they’re real people–it doesn’t bother me one iota!) 🙂

    So how many books are you planning for this new Isle of Hope series? So far 3 seems to be the magic number!

    And, how different for you was writing this first contemporary story after all the historical ones?

    Would love to win this chance for a signed book from you, dear friend 🙂 Hope to ‘see’ you during my next stop in Seekerville soon!

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    1. Thanks, SARAH, I really felt strongly about this new book being in its entirety and so did my agent, so I’m excited to be pubbing the Isle of Hope series on my own. It’s a story of hope restored (so how cool is it that Isle of Hope, Georgia is a real place??) and the main thrust of the story is mine, that of a young woman who is estranged from her father after he kicks her out of the house as a teen because of her wild ways. She then returns years later as a Christian whose first mandate from God is to make amends with her dad, which is exactly what I did after I became a Christian at the age of 23. As a result, several of the scenes in the book are scenes that actually happened with my dad.

      There will be three books as usual — one for the original heroine, then one for each of her twin best friends. I have to admit that writing a contemporary was actually a little more difficult for me since I’m basically a historical reader/writer, especially getting the modern-day lingo right that young people use today. Trust me, THAT took a lot of research! 😉

      Would LOVE for you to win a book as well, girlfriend, so fingers crossed and thanks for your wonderful support — you ROCK, Sarah!!

      Hugs and GOOD LUCK!!
      Julie

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  10. I don’t really have anything clever to say, but I did enjoy the part in the interview where you shared about your model for the cover. I had to click on the link to follow it to both the Youtube video & the before/after shoots of your book covers. I have to agree….I LOVE the “after” shots and the chosen male models! I do have “A Light in the Window” on my Kindle just waiting for me to get around to reading it. I enjoyed the Youtube book trailer, I know I will enjoy it 🙂 Thanks for a fun face-off!!! I’ve missed these lately!!

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    1. TRIXI, sooooo thrilled you have A Light in the Window on your Kindle, THANK YOU!! If you like it, PLEASE let me know and if you don’t? Uh … well … never mind … 😉

      And, Charity, remember when I said I am Internet illiterate? Um, yeah, somehow I missed the link for the Journal Jot you included where I compare covers, so THANK YOU for including that and THANK YOU, TRIXI, for bringing it to my attention. Gotta go take a nap now …

      Thanks again, Trixi for taking the time to read this face-off AND following the links. Here’s hoping you pull out a win!

      Hugs,
      Julie

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  11. Though I’ve read many interviews with Julie and subscribe to her Journal Jots, I learned some new things about her. Charity always has such unique questions that make these Face-offs fun. I love Julie’s books and have read them all. I might be behind on the novellas, though. Those are harder to keep track of. The cover with Collin and Faith is my favorite too. I’m looking forward to more books by Julie. Thanks for giving away a book; I’d certainly love to win.

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    1. Julie, can you offer a quick list of your novellas and where to find them, pretty please? I know there’s one in Hope for the Holidays, and one in With This Kiss (I love Patience, by the way!). Is that all until the Christmas one?

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      1. YAY, this one worked, allowing me to reply to Sarah’s comment directly beneath her comment. Whew!

        Hey, SARAH, because of you and only you, I put together a list of all novellas, both current and future, which helps me too, so thanks for the suggestion. I posted it above for Pam as well, so here it is for you too.

        I’m sooooo glad you liked Patience! Believe it or not, I reallllly liked her when I wrote the series, even though I never intended to write a novella about her or Blake. But so many readers kept asking me to write Blake’s story, that I did, and Patience just seemed like the perfect complement to our lovable rogue. 🙂

        Here’s the list, girl, and thanks again for your incredible support!!
        HUGS,
        Julie

        JULIE LESSMAN NOVELLAS:

        1.) “A Whisper of Hope” from the Hope for the Holidays Historical Collection, which is a Charity & Mitch novella where Charity is up to her old shennanigans in plotting to get Mitch to adopt a baby.

        2.) “Grace Like Rain” from the With This Kiss Historical Collection is the story of Blake “The Rake” McClare, the lovable rogue brother from the Heart of San Francisco series.

        3.) “The Best Gift of All” from the Home For Christmas Historical Collection, releasing this October, is the story of Lizzie and Brady and a glitch in the road of what everyone in the family thinks is a “perfect marriage.”

        4.) Spring/Summer 2016, I will release “For the Love of Liberty” as part of the Seeker spring or summer novella, and it will kick off my upcoming western series called Silver Lining Ranch, which takes place in 1880s Virginia City, Nevada on the heels of the transcontinental railroad and Comstock Lode. Book 1 is called Love’s Silver Lining.

        5.) Christmas 2016, I hope to write a novella about one of my favorite couples in the O’Connor saga, Katie and Luke from the Winds of Change series.

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    2. PAMMY!!! Always sooooo nice to see your sweet name pop up, my friend, so thank you for your faithfulness!

      And I agree that Charity’s Face-offs are sooooo much fun, which is because Charity is sooooo much fun, and I am THRILLED to get the chance to know her better through this Face-off.

      And, Pam, if you are behind on the novellas, here’s a breakdown of what’s out there now and what will be out in the future:

      NOVELLAS:

      1.) “A Whisper of Hope” from the Hope for the Holidays Historical Collection, which is a Charity & Mitch novella where Charity is up to her old shennanigans in plotting to get Mitch to adopt a baby.

      2.) “Grace Like Rain” from the With This Kiss Historical Collection is the story of Blake “The Rake” McClare, the lovable rogue brother from the Heart of San Francisco series.

      3.) “The Best Gift of All” from the Home For Christmas Historical Collection, releasing this October, is the story of Lizzie and Brady and a glitch in the road of what everyone in the family thinks is a “perfect marriage.”

      4.) Spring/Summer 2016, I will release “For the Love of Liberty” as part of the Seeker spring or summer novella, and it will kick off my upcoming western series called Silver Lining Ranch, which takes place in 1880s Virginia City, Nevada on the heels of the transcontinental railroad and Comstock Lode. Book 1 is called Love’s Silver Lining.

      5.) Christmas 2016, I hope to write a novella about one of my favorite couples in the O’Connor saga, Katie and Luke from the Winds of Change series.

      Hugs and GOOD LUCK in the contest, my friend!
      Julie

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    3. Whoops … Pam, I wrote my reply comment to you down below instead of beneath your comment, so be sure to check it out.

      Hugs,
      Julie

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  12. UH-OH, CHARITY … not sure what I did, but I tried twice to post my response to Pam beneath her name, and it gave me a new comment instead. Just further evidence of my ongoing battle with the Internet, I suppose. 😦

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  13. Hey mrs. Julie! I have honestly never read any of your books, but I trust my Aunt charity’s book choices! You see, aunt charity isn’t really my aunt, but everyone at our homeschool group called her that! She is one of the awesomest people ever! Anyway, my mom is having trouble finding a book to read. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks so much! God bless!!!!!!

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    1. Well, KATIE, any friend of Aunt Charity, is a friend of mine, sweetie, so YES, I do happen to have a great suggestion of a book your mom can read. (heh-heh-heh)!

      My indie novel, A Light in the Window JUST went on sale for 99 cents yesterday, and it’s won three awards and has 217 five-star reviews on Amazon for a 4.7 rating, so it’s not a dog, I promise! Anyway, here’s the video to give you a sneak peek to see if you and your mom might like it:

      A LIGHT IN THE WINDOW VIDEO

      Then if you SO like it, it is followed by six more books about this very passionate Irish family in pre-WWI Boston, so lots to read if you want to continue, INCLUDING a book about a heroine called “Charity.” 😉

      Hugs!
      Julie

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  14. I loved the interview/faceoff! It was so much fun to read! I usually pester Miss Julie with all of my questions via Facebook messaging after I’ve read one of her books. Yes, I’m “that” annoying person. 🙂
    I have to confess, I think my favorite of Julie’s books is Dare to Love Again (because really, who can resist “Mr. Gah-roan”?) – that being said, I have to ask: did you ever find yourself laughing out loud while writing it? Also, which of your books has been your favorite to write and why?
    Last and most important question: how can I pray for you?

    Thank you so much for the chance to win!
    Blessings,
    Sarah

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    1. Okay, SARAH, you just made me cry, seriously. Thank you SO much for your offer of prayer — that blesses me more than I can say. I would SO appreciate prayers for my daughter’s business success and pelvic pain she has been experiencing, for God’s wisdom and anointing on my writing, and for a precious friend named Bonnie who is struggling with tumors and the prospect of surgery. Now … you have to let me know how I can pray for YOU! 🙂

      LOL … trust me, Sarah, you are anything but annoying, my friend!! And I had sooooo much fun writing Dare to Love Again because of Mr. Gah-roan, so I’m glad he won your heart too. 🙂

      And do I find myself laughing out loud when I write??? Oh you bet, TONS of times, especially whenever I’m writing a scene with Charity in it. Honestly, that gal just makes me laugh out loud, which always surprises me because I’ve never particularly thought of myself as a funny person. Funny, weird, yes, but funny humorous? Nope. So when those lines come up, it’s always because of Charity and who she is in my mind. 🙂 And, YES, I also laughed while writing DTLA, a LOT, which is why it was so fun to write. 🙂

      My favorite book to write? No contest. Katie and Luke’s story, A Hope Undaunted is my absolutely FAVORITE of all the books I’ve written, not only because I love Katie and Luke so much and their fireworks chemistry, but because in my opinion, it is the perfect O’Connor book where every single O’Connor — not just the hero and heroine and Marcy and Patrick — plays an important role. This book gives the reader a complete picture of this family and the dynamics that makes it work so well. On top of that, I think the friendships between Luke and Parker, Luke and Betty, and even Luke and Katie, are some of the best friendships I’ve ever written, except for Collin’s and Brady’s, of course, which is an ongoing friendship/brotherhood throughout all of the books.

      Thank you again, Sarah, for your wonderful comment and your prayers, and especially your precious friendship!

      Hugs,
      Julie

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  15. Enjoyed the interview, interesting questions and answers. So love to hear from you Julie! And Colin – totally agree with hothothot. I am partial to blond hair, blue eyes, cause you know my sweetie rocks that combination, however I always need a fan when I look at that cover. 🙂

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    1. Hey, KATH, my sweetie’s blonde hair (or used to be!) and blue eyes too, so I totally understand! I’ve kept the model pic of Collin that appeared in one of my Journal Jots blogs — JULIE’S JOURNAL JOT
      — over my desk for years now because of that very reason. It’s taken when he was a college student named Reed, so just for fun, here’s a link of him all grown up:

      COLLIN A FEW YEARS LATER

      Thanks for coming by, Kath, and GOOD LUCK IN THE CONTEST!!

      Hugs,
      Julie

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    1. Hey, SARAH, I realllllllly DO enjoy writing books, especially when I have time to do so without a deadline breathing down my neck. Would you believe I actually get a little tremor of excitement running through me when I open my thesaurus??? Weird, I know. 🙂

      You know, Sarah, your name looks SO familiar that I would have bet you’d already read one of my books, so if not, then we need to fix that. It just so happens that my indie novel, A Light in the Window, JUST went on sale for 99 cents this week, and it’s won three awards and has 217 five-star reviews on Amazon for a 4.7 rating, so it’s not a dog, I promise! Anyway, here’s the video to give you a sneak peek to see if you might like it:

      A LIGHT IN THE WINDOW VIDEO

      Then if you DO like it, it is followed by six more books about this very passionate Irish family in pre-WWI Boston, so lots to read if you want to continue. 😉

      AND … here’s hoping for a win in this contest, too! 🙂

      Hugs!
      Julie

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  16. I loved this interview, what a fun and different way to approach it. Great job Charity!!

    Julie, I love your books and am really looking forward to your new book. When does it come out?

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    1. LISA, I totally agree about Charity’s approach to interviews — out of the tons of interviews I’ve done over the years, I have NEVER done one like this, which just goes to show what a fun and creative gal Charity is!

      And thanks for reading my books, my friend! You can expect a new series THIS OCT. OR NOVEMBER when I epublish my very first contemporary novel called Unfailing Love, book one in the Isle of Hope series. It’s a wee bit biographical and as long as my O’Connor books used to be, which is why I’m pubbing it instead of my publisher since they wanted me to cut it in half, which I didn’t want to do.

      You can find out what it’s all about and get a sneak peek at celebrity pix for the characters as well as read an excerpt on a prior post on my Journal Jots blog, so here’s the link:

      <a href="ISLE OF HOPE SERIES

      ALSO I will be releasing a Christmas novella about Lizzie & Brady in October in the Seekers’ “Home for Christmas Historical Collection,” so be sure to subscribe to my Journal Jots blog for updates when you’re on my blog checking out the link above.

      Finally, not sure if you’ve read my two latest novellas, so if not, here they are too:

      1.) “A Whisper of Hope” from the Hope for the Holidays Historical Collection, which is a Charity & Mitch novella where Charity is up to her old shennanigans in plotting to get Mitch to adopt a baby.

      2.) “Grace Like Rain” from the With This Kiss Historical Collection is the story of Blake “The Rake” McClare, the lovable rogue brother from the Heart of San Francisco series.

      Thanks for coming by, Lisa, and GOOD LUCK in this contest!

      Hugs,
      Julie

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  17. Hi Julie,
    I love reading your books! I saw above that you will be publishing a new series. What time period will the story be set in? Will it be historical or contemporary? Also, thank you for so many great and inspiring reads. Everytime I read one of your books, I find I have a new perspective on life. I cannot wait to read your new series!
    Thanks again!
    Stefanie

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    1. Aw, STEF, what a sweet thing to say about the “new perspective” — THANK YOU!! That’s one of the biggest reasons I write, to try to share the lessons I’ve learned about God’s perspective on things like purity, marriage, relationships, so that’s a true compliment!

      Yes, I tell Lisa in the comment above all about it, so check out that comment for further info. But Isle of Hope will be my first contemporary series, set in 2015, so fingers crossed that I got the “young” terminology right or people will think I’m “cray cray”!! 😉

      Hugs and GOOD LUCK!
      Julie

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  18. Thanks for the questions and answers ladies! What fun, such great questions. I loved both of Julie’s O’Conner series and historicals are usually my genre of choice, but I really look forward to a contemporary novel by her=)

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    1. Hey, PATTY, historical is my genre of choice, too, both as a reader and a writer, but when I took my sabbatical last year to focus more on God, family, and writing for the sheer joy of writing, I felt compelled to finish a book I started before I ever got published. That book just happened to be a contemporary, primarily because it’s somewhat biographical and although I am old, I’m not THAT old! 😉

      Good luck, Patty!

      Hugs,
      Julie

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    1. Thanks, KATHY, I agree — this was fun, but then Charity’s fun, so ’nuff said.

      Hugs and GOOD LUCK in the contest!
      Julie

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    1. EDWARD!!! Thank you SO much for taking the time to come back, my friend — that blesses me. I sure hope you win so I can send you a book!

      Hugs,
      Julie

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      1. Don’t know about that, Charity, but I do know I enjoyed this interview a lot, which is totally a credit to you, my friend!

        Hugs,
        Julie

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  19. Hi Julie! Your books are like the darkest, most delicious chocolate – something to savor! I am excited to hear a new book is being published soon, but my question, is will you be writing a new historical series as well? Also, any historical fiction recommendations to read while we wait? Something for us romantics to swoon about?
    Thanks so much!
    Tiff

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    1. LOL, TIFF … but no calories, right??? Thanks, my friend for that delicious analogy — MUCH appreciated!!

      One thing I learned for sure from writing this contemporary novel was that I love writing historical novels — I missed that component, so YES, I plan to mostly stick with historicals after this series.

      In fact, I am writing — are you ready for this? — a WESTERN!! It’s called the Silver Lining Ranch series, and I plan to kick it off with a Seeker novella called For the Love of Liberty. It takes place in 1880s Virginia City, Nevada on the heels of the transcontinental railroad and the Comstock Lode. Think Taming of the Shrew meets Bonanza meets McClintock. Here’s the link from my Journal Jot blog with all the details:

      SILVER LINING RANCH SERIES

      BUT … then I plan to embark on something I’ve been wanting to do for a while now, and that’s write a trilogy for each of the O’Connor cousins during WWII, beginning with Gabe, Henry, and Hope, followed by one about Collin and Faith’s girls and so on.

      As far as authors who lean more to my own type of writing (i.e. more emotional and romantically passionate), you can’t go wrong with Laura Frantz, MaryLu Tyndall, Liz Curtis Higgs (particularly her Lowlands of Scotland series) for historicals, then Becky Wade and Denise Hunter for contemporary, all favorites of mine.

      Thanks, Tiff, for coming by and GOOD LUCK in the contest, my friend!

      Hugs,
      Julie

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      1. Ahhh! Happy dancing!! Julie just said the O’Connors will be back in future books!!

        Julie, will the littlest McClare have her own story, do you think? Or Jess, Jamie’s sister?

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      2. SARAH, YES, and I have to admit, it’s been a desire of mine for a while now to get back to the O’Connors because frankly, I miss them!! So I’m reallllly looking forward to Gabe’s story, particularly, because she is going to be in a special select group of women pilots called WASPS (Womens’ Airforce Service Pilots, an actual group during the war) that delivered supplies and planes for the war effort. And I’m also looking forward to incorporating a lot of Henry and Hope in the book, along with Winnie, Charity’s adopted daughter, who will be a sassy teen by that time. 🙂

        As far as the McClare’s, I actually intended to write a novella about Jamie’s sister, Jess, and guess who??? Devin Caldwell!!! They will all be in law school together — Jess, Meg, and Devin, so I think that will be fun. As far as Maddie goes, the youngest McClare, I will more than likely write a novella about her, too, just to revisit Logan and Cait again, along with the rest of the gang. 🙂

        Hugs,
        Julie

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  20. I don’t really have a question but just wanted to say how cool thiscwhole idea of a face off was! Kudos to you both! Julie I would sonlove an autographed book by you!!

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    1. Hey, LORI, thank you, and trust me, I would LOVE to send you an autographed book, girl, so here’s to a win!!

      Hugs and GOOD LUCK!
      Julie

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    1. LOL, CARYL … I wish!! 😉 My favorite genre to read, hands-down, is historical romance, the more romance the better! 😉

      Hugs, and GOOD LUCK, girlfriend!!
      Julie

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    1. Thanks, NANCE, me too! Both about this interview being “fun,” which is SO Charity, and about looking forward to my new book coming out because that means I can start working on the next one instead of handling all the epubbing stuff! 🙂

      Thanks for coming by, my friend!

      Hugs and here’s to a win!
      Julie

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  21. I cannot wait for your new series! I LOVE your books. I just went back and watched A Light in the Window video link from above and now I want to go back re-read that one again. One of my favorite things about the Daughters of Boston series was the continued storyline of Patrick and Marcy.

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    1. Hey, SHANNON, me too!! Marcy and Patrick are very special to me because their marriage is actually based on my own, so a good deal of my life is in their story. So much so that once after my hubby read one of my books (yes, he reads ALL of my books, sometimes twice, which is saying something for a guy who doesn’t read much of anything but the sports page, fix-it books, and art journals), he walked into the kitchen waving the book and said, “For crying out loud, Julie, our whole life is in here!” 😉 “Yes, babe, it is,” I said calmly, but nobody knows that.” Uh … until now … 😉

      Hugs and thanks for coming by, Shannon!!
      Julie

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  22. What a fun interview! Julie, I have enjoyed reading A Light in the Window and A Passion Most Pure. I’m looking forward to reading more as soon as possible! 🙂

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    1. Thanks, BETH, and THANK YOU, too, for reading ALITW and APMP.

      I’m guessing like most people, you pretty much hate Charity after reading APMP, but I encourage you to read her story, A Passion Redeemed, because it is my favorite of the Daughters of Boston series and the true beginning of understanding why Charity is the way she is. And I promise you if you do, by the time you get to the fifth book in this family saga (A Heart Revealed, which is book 2 in the 2nd series, Winds of Change), you will absolutely LOVE her because she is SUCH a hoot and so darn funny and frankly, grows more than anyone in the series, both spiritually and emotionally.

      Good luck in the contest, and here’s hoping I can send you a signed copy of A Passion Redeemed. 🙂

      Hugs,
      Julie

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      1. MEL!!! Hey, girl, sooooooooo fun to see you here, so thank you for making my day, girlfriend!! Gosh, haven’t talked to you in forever, it seems, so I hope things are going well. If you are going to ACFW next year in Nashville, PLEASE let’s get together for coffee or lunch, okay?

        Hugs,
        Julie

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  23. It’s always so much fun to read about behind-the-scenes happenings with Julie’s books! I picked up Luke and Katie’s story first because, well, the cover attracted me and the synopsis dragged me in and had me adding the book to my library. 🙂 instant new favorite author!! Julie is always on my list for new books to come out – and they don’t come fast enough. 😉
    Please keep writing Julie!! I find s certain thrill whenever I see a new book to be released by you and so many others!
    P.S, if you ever do write a short with Katie and Luke McGee, can I be first to read it? I wouldn’t even complain if you returned to San Francisco to the McClare family! 🙂

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    1. YAY, NICOLE, thanks soooooo much for picking up Luke and Katie’s story — it’s my fave of all I have written, so I don’t even mind that you read it first (it’s book 4 in the O’Connor family saga).

      LOL … I absolutely DO plan on writing a novella on Katie and Luke, either for Christmas next year or maybe a summer novella, not sure. They are definitely next on my hit list for novella plots, though, so be sure to sign up for my Journal Jot blog so you are among the first to know when they do come out, okay?

      Thanks again, Nicole, not only for coming by, but for reading my books in the first place!

      Hugs,
      Julie

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    1. PAT!!! What an honor to have you swing by, my friend, along with Melanie Dickerson above, two of my faves!! And trust me, whistling is NOT important when you can write like you do, girl, so PLEASE let’s connect in Nashville, okay?

      Hugs!!
      Julie

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  24. Hi Julie,
    Thank you for writing books that make me smile and keep me glued to each page as your words glide across the page with grace. My question is, Where do you get your ideas from? Do you do any research before writing a book? How important are reviews to you?
    Blessing
    Jhdwayne@peoplepc.com

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    1. No, JHDWAYNE, thank YOU for reading them, my friend!! It STILL always amazes me that people want to read something I wrote, so I never take it for granted, trust me!

      My ideas? Well, as you know, A Passion Most Pure is the story of a close-knit Irish-Catholic family in pre-WWI Boston where a love triangle occurs between two sisters and the bad-boy hero. As one of 13 children (in a family that included 10 girls!), I guess you can say I experienced my fair share of sibling rivalry. Part of the idea came, I suppose, from butting heads with my sister who was two years older than me. She was … ahem … quite voluptuous and very attractive to boys while I was … well, basically not! ☺ I was so skinny, in fact, that when I played on a girls’ softball team, my older brother commented: “What position do you play? The foul line?”

      So I guess you could say the idea of a sisters’ series where two of them compete for a boy’s affection was deeply rooted in my childhood. That’s when I actually started writing APMP, at the age of 12, after reading Gone With the Wind. Suddenly my passion for romance awakened, and although I only penned a 150 pages of a single-spaced manuscript at that time, the story is actually the basis for my debut novel, A Passion Most Pure. Unfortunately (or fortunately, however you look at it!), almost forty years passed before God breathed new life into that early attempt and inspired me to finish my childhood novel of passion—only this time the “passion” would be for Him! ☺

      Once I got the O’Connors down on paper, it seemed like each sibling’s story just evolved out of the last one, so that series was easy. The Heart of San Francisco series, ironically enough, also evolved out of the O’Connor saga because I had so much fun with the O’Connors, that I wanted another large family to play with, but I knew I had to change it up. So what better way then to switch coasts and family dynamics (i.e. married mom and dad vs. matriarch/brother-in-law romance)? And again, each story seemed to springboard off of the last.

      I will say that I do pray A LOT for God’s anointing and creativity because as you know, I like to have a twist or surprise ending in my books. Well in A Heart Revealed, I was stumped because Emma was married, which meant everybody would assume I would have to kill her ex off in order to make it work, which really bothered me because where’s the surprise in that? So one autumn day I’m sitting on my lower deck brainstorming when I looked up into the sky and said, “God—you are the God of creativity and you have an ending for me that I just know will blow everybody way. Would you mind sharing it with me, please?” As God is my witness, within ten seconds, an idea fluttered into my brain like those scarlet and gold leaves that were fluttering all around me. The idea was SO masterful and SO genius, that I literally jolted straight up in the chair and started laughing, knowing that I could have never come up with anything like that on my own. And do you know that to this day, no one has guessed the ending so far? Now that’s the kind of brainstorming partner you want!

      And Reviews??? Oh, honey, don’t get me started!! Authors crave good reviews because it really does help sell books. Consequently, I run a newsletter contest every year where my newsletter recipients (usually die-hard reader friends) can win having a character named after them in my next book and a signed copy for posting reviews that some would be posting anyway, so this way they get credit for them. Others send me emails, saying how much they liked a certain book, so by encouraging them to put that assessment in a review, they also get credit for it. These are dedicated readers who promote me anyway with word of mouth, so I figure why not have an incentive where they can be rewarded for doing so? And FYI, I have a newsletter contest going on right now that will be ending soon, so do let me know if you post any reviews, okay? There are three chances to win — top two prizes for those who post the most reviews, and then one random drawing where only one review posted gives you a shot in the contest because I want everyone to have a chance to win.

      Okay, you get the prize for getting me to ramble on the most, so I’m gonna shut up now … 🙂

      Hugs,
      Julie

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    1. Thanks SO much, TAMMY, I really appreciate you taking the time to check the video out, and keep in mind that A Light in the Window JUST went on sale THIS WEEK for the lowest price ever at 99 cents, so now would be a good time to check it out.

      Hugs and Happy Reading!
      Julie

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    1. NDLUEBKE, I’m with you — Beatles over the Beach Boys any day, although I do like the Beach Boys a lot. “My Love” is a great song to share with your hubby, so good choice!

      Hugs and GOOD LUCK!!
      Julie

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    1. Aw, thanks, SHELIA … I really appreciate your sweet comment and support! I can’t wait for them to come out either because it’s been almost a year since I’ve had a new novel release, so I’m just as anxious as you! I’m hoping to try and get future novels out a little more frequently, so we shall see. 🙂

      Hugs and GOOD LUCK, sweetie!
      Julie

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  25. Hi, Julie!!
    I have every one of your books, in every form, but couldn’t pass the opportunity up to say “hi” to my fave author!! Always love the little personal tidbits you drop in each of your interviews, and you know I’ve read them all, lol!! I love Charity’s “Face-Off”, it’s probably the most unique interview I’ve seen – love her humor, she has an amazing spiritual testimony, also.

    Hope all is well – praying for you, always!! Trying to wait patiently for your next release, lol. Thanks for your precious transparency and all that you mean to me – you had me in tears with your response to one of the commentators questions. Love your books, and love you more!!

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    1. Aw, BONNIE, you never fail to bring tears to my eyes either, my friend, with your encouraging love and powerful prayers.

      And I totally agree — this is clearly the most clever and unique interview I have ever had the privilege to participate in, and I think I have Sydney Anderson to thank for hooking me up with Charity, is that right, Charity? I know you and I connected way back when, but it seems that it was Sydney who contacted me initially about this face-off? Or am I crazy? DON’T ANSWER THAT!!

      Bonnie, I’m dying to hear how the reunion went, so just shoot me a one-liner as to yay or nay (yeah, right — that’s akin to asking ME for a one-liner, isn’t it!!). 🙂

      Love you!!
      Julie

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  26. LOVING the series, Julie. Fellow FHL Chapter member! 🙂 I’m only on book two with the mischievous Charity, I don’t know if you will redeem her after what she did to Faith but I’m willing to give her a chance. Can’t wait to find out. Thanks for a great, informative post.

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    1. Hey, TRACE, I love FHL, so thanks for coming by!

      Oh, girl, THANK YOU for giving Charity a chance. I will make you a promise — if you do not LOVE her by the end of book 5, A Heart Revealed, I will send you the last book, A Love Surrendered free, okay? She is a royal hoot and makes me laugh in every single scene she is in and no character grows more in my books — spiritually and emotionally — than Charity. Let me know what you think of her by the end of APR, okay? APR is my favorite book in the DOB series. 🙂

      Hugs and Happy Reading!
      Julie

      Hugs,
      Julie

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  27. Julie, have any fans ever creeped you out? I am always worried when I write to you that you will think I am some creepy stalker lol. I love your books, and I think you rock!

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    1. Hey, DEB, no I can’t say anybody has ever “creeped me out” because there all kinds of human beings in the world, some a little more eccentric than others, but there have been one or two that I had to tone down my responses to because they get a little too demanding of my time.

      As far as you are concerned, Deb, I just truly appreciate reader friends such as yourself who encourage me and pray for me. Authors are a needy lot when it comes to their work, so when a reader takes the time to bless them with a compliment or a good review or an email to tell them how much they appreciate them, trust me, that’s a blessed experience, not a creepy one.

      So THANK YOU, Deb, not only for reading my books in the first place, but for your sweet encouragement!

      Hugs,
      Julie

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  28. Julie I have enjoyed your books for awhile. It is funny to me that I will read the next book in the series thinking I couldn’t enjoy it more than the previous book, and yet falling in love with it more. I was reluctant to read A Passion Redeemed because I didn’t like Charity in the book, and yet by the end of the book I felt like I had transformed like her. I find myself feeling like I am a friend of the family sitting in the O’Conner living room because of your writing style. I am also excited to hear that you are going to be continuing the story line with the next generation because I felt like these characters had their own story to tell. The question I have for you is which authors do you enjoy reading?

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    1. Hey, KIRSTEN, thanks SO much for your sweet comment, my friend, and I know what you mean about those O’Connors — they feel like family to me, too, but then I’ve been living with them since I was a love-struck twelve-year-old who started writing A Passion Most Pure after I fell in love with Gone With the Wind. 🙂

      And THANK YOU for giving Charity a chance — she is one of my favorite characters in the clan because she is SUCH a hoot and has grown the most of any of them.

      Which authors do I enjoy reading? Well, there are TONS I enjoy, but I obviously can’t name them all, soit goes without saying that I enjoy anything my Seeker sisters write, which is one of the reasons I SO enjoy being in novella anthologies with them. But as far as authors who write more like I do, with lots of drama and heavier romantic passion, I would have to say you cannot go wrong with Laura Frantz, MaryLu Tyndall, Liz Curtis Higgs as far as historicals and Becky Wade and Denise Hunter in the contemporary genre.

      Thanks for coming by, Kirsten, and GOOD LUCK!

      Hugs,
      Julie

      And, yes, if ever a character had a story to tell

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    1. Thanks, REBEKAH, it was fun, wasn’t it? I really enjoyed interacting with everyone, especially Charity, who is SO much fun!!

      Appreciate you coming by and here’s to a win!

      Hugs,
      Julie

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  29. *Miss* Julie! Just got back from volunteering at a summer camp and was very happy to see I made it in time to enter! So excited for Isle of Hope and your upcoming western series! Thanks for posting your novella list — apparently I missed a couple of them but they’re on my “to read” list now.

    Charity, awesome job on the interview! Loved your unique questions. 🙂

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    1. JENN!! I’m glad you got back in time, too, sweetie, and good for you, volunteering at a summer camp. 🙂

      I’m glad Sarah asked me for the novella list — I never thought of posting one, so a big hug and thanks to her AND to you for your continuing interest in my books, my friend.

      Hope you enjoy the novellas — I will admit, they’re fun to do. At 25,000 words each, they’re practically like a single chapter of my book, so I wasn’t sure I could do them. 😉 But turns out, they’re about the size of one of my subplots in my novels, so when my editor cut two subplots from my last O’Connor novel — BOOM! Three novellas, just like that. 😉

      Hugs and GOOD LUCK,
      Julie

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  30. Hi Julie! Great interview! I love your books so much. I haven’t found any other romance novels that bring me closer to God than yours, so thank you for that. I also wanted to ask a question. Are you going to write any more novellas for the San Francisco series? Because I noticed that if you did write another within the time period you chose for the setting, you could incorporate the San Francisco earthquake as part of the plot and it might be really interesting. But that was just an idea and I know I will LOVE any other books you write. Blessings!

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    1. MARISSA!!! Girl, you have NO idea how much you blessed me with the comment, “I haven’t found any other romance novels that bring me closer to God than yours, so thank you for that.”

      WOW!! Bottom line, THAT is why most Christian authors write, to bring readers (and themselves) closer to God through their words, so THANK YOU, my friend, SO much!

      Yes, I plan to write a novella about Jamie’s sister Jess in law school with Meg and Devin Caldwell, with a romance between Devin and Jess, but I’m not sure when that will be. I will probably also write a novella about Maddie, the youngest McClare down the road too.

      I have to admit, It’s SO much easier for me to write a novella about a character I already know and love than create a new one, so I’ve even thought about writing a novella about Parker Riley, Luke McGee’s best friend from A Hope Undaunted, because I absolutely LOVED his character, as did many of my readers, but time will tell. 🙂

      Thanks again, Marissa, for your very sweet comment!

      Hugs,
      Julie

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  31. What a fun interview!

    The O’Connor family will always be a favorite of mine! Julie you are awesome and I can’t wait until your next book comes out!!

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    1. Aw, thanks, BEACH BUM, for your very kind comment — MUCH appreciated, my friend! The O’Connors will always be a favorite of mine, too, because they truly are like family … or the family I always wanted as a little girl. I came from a family of 13, but unfortunately, it was a very dysfunctional one, so the O’Connors became all the good things from my family that I loved without the bad, except of course, for the scrapes the O’Connors got into. 🙂

      Thanks for coming by, my friend, and here’s to a win!

      Hugs,
      Julie

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    1. Thanks, BRENDA, and I agree — it was a “fun interview,” so all credit goes to the interviewee, a truly unique young woman … or “not so young” if you talk to her! 🙂

      Hugs and GOOD LUCK!
      Julie

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    1. Hey, ANNA, THANK YOU, my sweet friend — I can’t wait for you to start them either, because I’m anxious to see what some of my favorite reader friends think, of which you are DEFINITELY one! It’s a bit of a departure for me, not just contemp vs. historical, but apparently both Revell and my agent felt it leaned more toward women’s fiction, which shocks me to no end because I am NOT a women’s fiction kind of gal. But I think the subject matter is deeper and more personal to me since it is somewhat biographical, so the estranged relationship between the heroine and her father is front and center, along with the romance, of course. 🙂

      Hugs and more hugs!
      Julie

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    1. WHOO-HOO, KATHRYN!! Being our very first commenter paid off, girl, so thanks for coming by to get us rolling in the comments section!! SUPER CONGRATS and remember, if you choose an ebook (i.e. my novellas and new contemp will only be in ebook format initially), those can be electronically signed through Authorgraph, okay?

      CHARITY, thank you SOOOOOOO much for a GREAT interview — one of the best I’ve ever had, which is saying something, my friend! Let’s stay in touch, okay?

      Hugs and more hugs,
      Julie

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      1. Oh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Finally!!! I’ve entered almost all of your contest so far, and I FINALLY won!!! I’m hopping up and down in joy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  32. Hi Julie, I have never read any of your books, so my question is, for someone that hasnt read any of your books, which book out of all of your awards winners would you recommend first? I am really intrigued. And your daughter is beautiful and your husband very talented, loved the Light in the window video. Thank you for this interview it was a fun read Charity!

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    1. Hey, DANA, that’s actually a very easy answer since A Light in the Window ebook is only 99 cents right now, won three awards, and is the prequel to the Daughters of Boston series, so it’s an excellent way to kick off that series off. And it’s actually one of the “sweetest” of all my books, meaning it’s not as romantically passionate as the others, so it’s a good starting point.

      Thanks for your interest in my books, and if you like ALITW, let me know, okay? And if not? Uh … well … never mind! 😉

      Hugs,
      Julie

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      1. Hi Julie, Dana here once again. Is there plans for it to be old fashion paper book, by chance.? I still like my paper books!!! Thank you for your previous response!!!

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