Thursday, December 8, 2011

Wonderful Winter Smiles, Stories, and Fun with Julie Lessman (Plus Giveaway!)

Well, you all made it through yet another Wednesday! How do you feel? I'm feeling happy that we're one day away from Friday! I am even MORE happy, however, that my dear friend Julie Lessman is visiting us! Lemme tell you, this lady needs no introduction, but since she sent me her own introduction....I guess we'll let that speak for me ; )

Julie Lessman is an award-winning author whose tagline of “Passion With a Purpose” underscores her intense passion for both God and romance. Winner of the 2009 American Christian Fiction Writers Debut Author of the Year and Holt Medallion Awards of Merit for Best First Book and Long Inspirational, Julie is also the recipient of 13 Romance Writers of America awards and was voted by readers as “Borders Best of 2009 So Far: Your Favorite Fiction.” Chosen as #1 Romance Fiction Author of the Year in the Family Fiction magazine 2011 Readers Choice Awards, Julie was also awarded #1 Series of the Year in that same poll and #3 Author of the Year, #5 Novel of the Year and #4 Historical Fiction Author of the year.

Hannah: Jules!! You FINALLY managed to make it onto my blog :D Woot woot lol! Was so bummed last year when you couldn't make it, but thanks for joining this year *hugs* When does the Christmas season officially start in your household? What is the first thing done that marks the start (i.e. putting up Christmas tree, baking first gingerbread men, etc)?

Julie: For the Lessmans, the Christmas season officially kicks off the weekend before Thanksgiving when I put up our Christmas tree and decorations. You see, we split holidays in my family, and I have Thanksgiving, so it just makes sense to put up my decorations prior to so my family can enjoy them as well. Besides, it makes the house SO festive and fun and especially romantic when my hubby and I watch Christmas movies Thanksgiving weekend. Nothing says “romantic” to me quite like snuggling in the glow of the Christmas tree and a crackling fire in a hearth decorated with greenery and lights!

H: Oh you have NO idea how much I can't wait to have what you have with your special hubby, Jules. I know I'm young and definitely not looking for marriage yet, but someday....it's gonna be amazing, I can imagine : ) In the meantime, a boyfriend might be nice! :P In a Christmas fantasy land – who would be the famous figures, past and/or present, at your dinner table and why?

J: Well, Jesus is a given, of course, along with his folks! :) But then I would LOVE to see Margaret Mitchell there along with Harper Lee, Audrey Hepburn, Doris Day, Marilyn Monroe, Cary Grant and Clark Gable.

H: Should've known about some of those people, especially Margaret Mitchell and of course Jesus! What did you ask Santa for Christmas this year? *wink*

J: Oh, I am SO easy to buy for, it’s downright disgusting and I ask for the same things every single year—a favorite book, flavored coffees, fun and sexy tops and cheap costume jewelry. Heaven help me, I am a glutton for cheap costume jewelry, and the more dangle, the better!!

H: :O Sexy tops? I'm surprised! LOL! Would've never expected that one out of you ; ) Sounds fun, though! What is one unique tradition for your family during the month of December to celebrate Christmas?

J: As one of thirteen kids, I’d wake up Christmas morning to a wall of presents halfway up our ceiling-height tree. I remember it being pure chaos with everyone opening gifts at the same time, paper flying and everything over within minutes. It wasn’t until I married and we adapted my husband’s family tradition of sitting in a circle while each person took their turn opening one present at a time that I realized how magical and peaceful Christmas could be. Lots of ooohs and ahhhs laced with love and gratitude while we enjoyed the unwrapping of other’s gifts as well as our own. Pure bliss!!

H: Oh man.....that would probably give me an anxiety attack. All unwrapped at once in minutes!? Eeeeeeeek! There's only my sister and I that have ever lived together (I have 5 other siblings) and so it's always been a fairly slow pace. We have been taught to cherish every gift given and usually Mom has to shoo us onto the next one or it'd take too long! LOL! How will you be spending your Christmas day this year?

J: Years ago when the kids were about eight and fourteen, my husband and I awoke early to the smell of fresh coffee and bacon. To our complete surprise, our kids had gotten up early to fix us the same breakfast I’d fixed for them every Christmas—scrambled eggs with cheese, bacon, biscuits, hash browns, coffee and juice. What a treat!! This went on for years until my son moved away and got married, but now my daughter gets up to fix the breakfast for all of us along with help from my son and daughter-in-law when they arrive. So we start the day off with breakfast, followed by presents opened one by one, all wrapped up with a reading from the Bible. Then we dress up in our Christmas best for an afternoon of appetizers and fun at my sister-in-law’s followed by dinner. The day concludes with a Christmas movie with just my kids and us or just my hubby and I. Very nice.

H: This is one of my all-time favorite reasons for doing this blogfest - truly hearing how my friends spend their Christmas day. On such a celebratory and reflective day as well, it's amazing to hear of all the different traditions incorporated. Thank you for sharing those memories with us : )What have been the highlights throughout 2011 for you?

J: The number one highlight would be my new granddaughter, Aurora Grace (Rory) Lessman, who is now almost three months—OH MY, what a blessing!!! Following on her heels would be the Seeker get-together at my house during the ACFW Conference in St. Louis (where I was blessed to meet Casey Herringshaw!!) and the “A Kiss is NOT Just a Kiss” workshop that Ruth Axtell Morren and I taught—SO much fun!!

Career highlights would have to be A Hope Undaunted coming up #5 on Booklist's Top 10 Inspirational Fiction 2010 and Family Fiction magazine 2011 Readers Choice Awards of #1 Romance Author of the Year, #3 Author of the Year, #4 Historical Fiction Author of the Year, #1 Series of the Year and # 5 Novel of the Year for A Hope Undaunted.

H: Ohhhhhhh I LOVE your new granddaughter's name!! Truly love it :D It's gorgeous! You sure have a busy year, girl! What I would give at the chance to meet you....very jealous of Case on that one lol. Do you have any New Years resolutions for the upcoming 2012?

J: YES!!! Write more, get back on the treadmill and lose five pounds!!

H: I WISH five pounds was all I had to lose *groan* These are some “short answer” questions. You can answer them in as few words as possible, if you want.

Favorite Christmas book read this year? Movie seen?


Ooops … haven’t read any Christmas books … yet!! Favorite Christmas movie? White Christmas.

Last Christmas song you heard? Emmanuel by Amy Grant

Favorite food to make or eat during the season? Shrimp cocktail, turkey and dressing, and my mom’s Bourbon Pumpkin Pie.

Briefly describe your favorite ornament.
What else??? Scarlett O’Hara in a red dress … : )

(Okay, I know it's not the red dress, but I just LOVE this picture! :D)

Anything else you would like to say? : )
Thanks SO much, Hannah, for hosting me on your blog this week. I want to wish you and your readers a most BLESSED holiday season and an even better new year! I LOVE to hear from reader friends, so they can feel free to contact me through my website, either by sending an e-mail via my site or by signing up for my newsletter. My newsletter is chock-full of fun info on my books and there’s always a contest featuring signed book giveaways including one right now to have a character named after you or a loved one in my next book. Also, I have a cool feature on my website called “Journal Jots”, which is a very laid-back, Friday journal to my reader friends that would give your readers an idea as to my relaxed style of writing. Then finally, I can be found daily at The Seekers blog, a group blog devoted to encouraging and helping aspiring writers on the road to publication.
Hugs,
Julie

Julie! I was going to add all that info on you at the end; you just made my job a little easier! Lol! Thanks ; ) I sure hope you have a spectacular season as well. I can't tell you how much I appreciate you joining me here on my blog. I can't wait to finally have my hands on a copy of A Heart Revealed - nooooo, I still don't! *big hugs*

IT'S GIVEAWAY TIME! Everyone, you are in for a treat!! Julie was in the Christmas spirit when she answered my email ; ) She is offering winner's choice of any of her books AND a copy of "A Kiss is NOT Just a Kiss" that her and Ruth Axtell Morren taught at this year's conference! Wow! What a prize package!
Rules:
~ Leave a comment for Julie here
~ Include a valid email address so I can contact you if you win
~ Must have US mailing address for this giveaway

+1 For becoming a new follower of my blog
+1 For signing up for Julie's newsletter
+2 For being an old follower : )


Okay so for today's song, I stumbled upon these two singers recently on Youtube. They do not post songs terribly often, usually more podcasts and vodcasts. However, I found this AWESOME Christmas song they posted!!! Enjoy!

Happy Thursday, friends! Jules, thanks again for joining us! See you tomorrow,
Hannah

80 comments:

  1. I love how people take time to open presents and appreciate them. It does make the season magical and peaceful. It also helps you appreciate the people that are in your life and took time to find that gift and wrap it with love. Sometimes slowing down and appreciating what we have is an awesome present in and of itself.

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  2. New follower!

    I'd love to win 'A Passion Redeemed'! I just recently won 'A Passion Most Pure' and would love to win the second book! :)

    I already signed up for Julie's newsletter.

    Melanie
    frequentreader19 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  3. HANNAH!!! Goodness, just being here during the holidays puts me in a festive mood, my friend!! Thanks for hosting me and I am SO glad I was able to make it this time. You are my LAST interview this year, and I only have one next year so far (I'm tamping down on interviews to write until Steven's story comes out in September), so GOOD LUCK to all the hopefuls out there -- I'm pulling for you!!

    And, Hannah, if I were you, I would get yourself over to my second-last interview/giveaway this year at Amanda Barratt's blog at Amanda's Blog to take a shot at a win, okay?

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  4. AJ ... you are SO right. I cannot remember but one Christmas as a child for all the bedlam going on, but the ones since I started the one-present-at-a-time circle??? Almost every detail!!

    Besides, we are supposed to focus on Christ and others at Christmas, and it is SO much fun watching the excitement and joy on someone ELSE'S face when they open your present!!

    Good luck in the contest!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  5. MELANIE!! GOOD GIRL!! Thanks for signing up for my newsletter -- I need to get over there and send the last one two you, although it's the summer newsletter, but at least it will give you an idea of what to expect, right?

    And WHOO-HOO, so glad you won APMP!! Book 2, A Passion Redeemed, is actually my fave of the Daughters of Boston series, so I hope you like it too. You probably won't be real crazy about Charity at first because she is the "vixen" from book 1, but trust me, when all is said and done, you WILL like Charity by end of book and by end of series??? She could very well be your favorite character because NOBODY does more growing than that girl, and with good cause! ;)

    Good luck in the contest, sweetie!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  6. Oooooo, would lve to win this book! :-) pick me! Pick me!

    I had the pleasure of meeting Julie at the ACFW writing conf in sept. we "divinely" sat together and I just fell in love with her immediately!

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  7. I've been dying to get my hands on a copy of "A Heart Revealed"! Thanks for this opportunity!

    gwen[dot]gage[at]gmail[dot]com

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  8. What an AWESOME interview!! How could you just not love, Jules! As I read, I couldn't stop giggling at the, "Sexy top". Who knew, right? I LOVE it!

    Well, I am a new follower for sure now and I already get Julies newsletter:)

    srprater@gmail.com

    Blessings to you both!!

    Robin

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  9. Enjoyed the interview, thanks so much! It was fun to learn more about Julie. :)

    Appreciate the giveaway too. I am a follower and live in the US.
    Many thanks and blessings,
    Karen
    karenelange(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  10. May God bless your blog abundantly. You're touching people and ministering to them. Have bold plans for our Lord will make your path straight...

    Serge
    SRL Ministries

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  11. I'm a new follower here and I subscribed long ago to Julie's newsletter.

    Hannah thanks so much for hosting Julie and the giveaway. I won APMP on Casey's blog several months ago. Then I spent all my birthday money on the next three books. I'm ready to win A Heart Revealed.

    Julie, thanks for offering a free book to all us broke book lovers. I'd love to win the new one. I was thinking of your new grand daughter as I read this interview. I think someone's getting spoiled this Christmas. ;-)

    It's true, Charity's story is wonderful. I'm set to read Liz's when I finish all the "for review" books waiting in line. I think I'm down to three of those.

    Merry Christmas, all!

    andeemarie95 at gmail dot com

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  12. Great interview. Love learning more about my favorite authors. Love your blog, I'm a new follower now and subscribe to Julie's newsletter.

    adamsfammys@yahoo dot com

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  13. I will subscribe to your newsletter but I'm not too good with the blog thing:( I do buy your books and would love a chance to win one. Thanks!! Margie in SC margie at mijares dot net

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  14. ELIZABETH!!! You mean I didn't scare you away at ACFW??? I tend to do that from time to time with my "out there" personality. I'm still chuckling over the time my husband told me he'd met the new neighbor next door, a pastor's wife, and said she was the nicest person he ever met. I was PUMPED to meet her, trust me, so when my hubby told me she was walking down the street with her daughter, I hightailed it outside, running all the way up driveway to where she and her daughter stopped dead in their tracks, like two deer caught in headlights. "Hello!!" I said with breathless enthusiasm, "I'm Julie, and I am SO glad to meet you -- I've been praying for Godly neighbors for years now!!" Would you believe the woman actually took a step back and just blinked at me in horror, quite certain, no doubt, that I was a crazy person who was WAY too friendly!! I was so embarrassed that I did what I always do when embarrassed -- I started rambling, saying such stupid things that I'm sure I confirmed her suspicions right on the spot. Well, she never said boo to me after that, until I met her at a neighbor's party, and we clicked right off and talked all night. Go figure.

    Anyway, you should get an extra point in this contest just for putting up with me at the table, my friend, so GOOD LUCK!!! :)

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  15. Thank you for the interview! It was really good.
    I love all Julies books... so much so that I'm one the first at my library to get the books.
    samanthaakuiper@gmail.com

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  16. LOL ... don't "die," GWENDOLYN -- even my books aren't worth that!! :) Thanks for your enthusiasm, and here's hoping you pull out a win!!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  17. A MERRY HOLIDAY SEASON TO YOU, AND YOUR FAMILY JULIE!!!
    Thanx for posting,
    I pray that this holiday season will be the best you've ever had!

    GREAT to see you again!

    It's sad that canadians are not included in the giveaway... (shy smile)

    Ganise

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  18. ROBIN!!! Yeah, who knew??? Unfortunately, all my friends do because they know what a romance freak I am!! And I hesitated using the word "sexy," but I am nothing if not honest to the bone, so what you read is what you get, I'm afraid. :)

    Thanks for coming by and so far YOU, my friend, have the only interview next year until Steven's story comes out, or at least at this time, because I am going to lay low for a long while and WRITE!! :)

    Good luck!!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  19. Hey, KAREN, thanks for coming by to enter, and here's to a win, my friend!! :)

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  20. SERGE ... I'm with you on that prayer for Hannah!! I pray for abundant blessings to come her way, both with this blog and in her life.

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  21. ANDREA!!! Always love "seeing" you, my friend, and it is my pleasure to provide giveaways for "broke book lovers," trust me!!

    And, boy, I relate to those "for review" books in the TBR list -- mine is toppling over as well. But I'm glad APD is creeping up the list ... :)

    Good luck, sweetie!!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  22. Hey, JAMIE, THANK YOU for coming by to encourage and comment, my friend. Hopefully it will net you a win. :)

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  23. Hey, MARGIE ... I'm not too good at the blog thing, either ... or the computer thing, the Internet thing, the FB thing ... you name it!! All the more reason I appreciate you coming by to leave a comment. Good luck in the contest, sweetie!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  24. SAMANTHA, GOOD GIRL!!! Asking for my books at the library is a VERY good thing, so keep it up, girlfriend, and let's hope this contest makes it one last book you have to "borrow," okay? Good luck!!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  25. GANISE!!! My fault, sweetie -- I should have told Hannah that this giveaway IS international, because I canNOT leave out some of my most WONDERFUL reader friends, right (hint, hint!). So consider yourself entered, okay? And THANK YOU for the holiday wishes AND the prayers that you always send my way -- SO appreciated, my sweet friend!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  26. Hi Julie, Great interview. Can't wait to read A Heart Revealed. I loved A Hope Undaunted.

    New follower of this blog
    Subscribe to Julie's newsletter
    Thanks for the opportunity to enter giveaway.

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

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  27. Oh My what an awesome giveaway... would love to win!!!

    breathoflifebookreviews@yahoo.com

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  28. Caitlin O'ConnorDecember 8, 2011 at 1:45 PM

    Well I've recently become a fan of Julie and love the books I've read so far. I come across them quite by accident when I found her Hope Undaunted book at Barnes&Noble free. You can imagine I jumped at the chance to get a historical, Christian, romance book and I loved it! Then I looked up to see if she had written other books and so I bought the Daughters of Boston series...I've loved everyone and right now I'm finishing up Charity's story. She does an excellent job writing!

    Since learning about Julie I have subcribed to her newsletter. I'd like to subcribe to your blogs too, but haven't figured out how...lol

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  29. Caitlin O'ConnorDecember 8, 2011 at 1:50 PM

    Oh dear...i forgot to give my email address for ya it's : bigsisof10@hotmail.com

    Also wanted to tell Julie that my dad wanted to name my youngest brother Rory...but my mom prevailed and he got named Benjamin.

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  30. hannah...thanks for hosting julie :)
    i just became a follower of yours, too.
    and i subscriber to julie's newsletter, too!

    julie...it's me (again!!!) i can't believe that rory is 3 months old...how time flies.

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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  31. Hannah thanks for having Julie on your blog, Julie thanks for excepting. I have read all of your books but I confess I borrowed them from the library! Yea, for the library carrying them! LOL! I would love to have my own copy. :) I am a new follower of your blog, and I receive Julie's newsletter.
    Thanks again for the chance to win. Merry Christmas
    tsmathews61@gmail.com

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  32. Hey Julie, You know I'd love to win a copy of one of your books!! And thanks for the interview ladies!
    Blessings.....Joy
    ibjoy1953{at]yahoo[dot]com

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  33. Hey, Miss Kallie, you are SOOO due to win, my dear friend, so I am really pulling for you on this one, okay?

    And next week I have one more giveaway (non-interview) on my Seeker blog, so be sure to check my website calendar, okay?

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  34. REV. KIM!!! Thanks for coming by again, girl, and hopefully this visit will net you a win!! Good luck!!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  35. CAITLIN ... you go, girl!! Soooo glad you came over to Hannah's blog too, to throw your hat in the ring. Hope you love Charity's story as much as I do -- Mitch Dennehy, hubba-hubba!! :) Good luck, sweetie. :)

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  36. CAIT ... RORY??? Soooooo glad "Benjamin" prevailed because as we all know from A Heart Revealed (and A Passion Denied), "Rory" is NOT a nice person!! Although my 3-month-old granddaughter's name is "Rory," but on a 3-month-old girl, that's okay! :)

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  37. KAREN ... me, either!!! This is why I am so old -- time flies!! :)

    Thanks for coming by, Karen, and good luck in the contest, my friend.

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  38. One of 13 kids? Wow! My daughter-in-law is one
    of 7 kids and we get with her family it's a party. I hope you have a great Christmas. You've inspired me to ask for a sexy top for Christmas. LOL!
    Merry Christmas!
    Jackie
    joyfuljel(at)gmail(dot)com

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  39. TERESA ... good for you, girl!! I often wonder when reader friends tell me they can't afford my books right now just why they don't put their name on a list at the library to get them. And if the library doesn't have them, all you have to do is ask them to order it, and they usually will. So I'm glad you did that! But ... I would also love to get a signed copy into your hands, so good luck in the contest, my friend and thanks for coming by to comment and encourage me -- BLESS YOU!!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  40. Hey, JOY, yes I know you would, but not as much as I'd like you to win, girl, so here's to a win!! Good luck, sweetie. :)

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  41. LOL, JACKIE!!! I am SO glad I "inspired" you, girl, although I hesitated to say "sexy tops" because as a Christian writer, I'm not supposed to say things like that, but I'm a gal who's passionate about both God and my husband, so I don't see a whole lot wrong with that, you know? :) Get one with sparkles -- SO much fun!!

    And talk about "fun" -- 13 kids certainly had its good times, I'll give you that! :)

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  42. Hello Julie. I feel like I am stalking you - stopping at all the blogs you visit, and hope for a chance to win. :) So fun to learn new things about one of my favorite authors. Would love your recent book. Blessings!

    kauppatgridcomdotnet

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  43. Hi, Julie! I'd love to win A Heart Revealed! Still waiting at library... Aren't grandbabies wonderful?! I have 5!
    Merry Christmas!
    Diana O'Ryan, aka Gamma Trubble
    Ok3co@yahoo.com

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  44. Oh, & I subscribed to this blog & already get your newsletter! Won APMP previously! XD
    Diana/Trubble

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  45. Julie, your Christmas celebration sounds just perfect! Being an only child, I can't even imagine what Christmas morning would've been like at your house. Yikes!!

    So glad you survived the chaos and now enjoy very romantic times in front of your gorgeous, decorated hearth snuggled up with your handsome hubby!

    I feel a very deep sigh coming on : )

    Great interview, Hannah. Wonderful job!!

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  46. WOW! Seriously....I am in awe right now. I am completely touched by the turnout on today's post. If only everyday could be this popular, eh? Julie, you've really made an impression on a large audience of people, I hope you realize that.

    Though I'm not going to take the time to thank you individually, I am so gracious for each and every one of you that joined us today, signed up (or previously had!) for Julie's newsletter, and became a new follower on my blog. Today alone, I had 13 people follow my blog, that is mind-blowing to me. So thank you, thank you, thank you! I do hope you will continue to stop by the blog because this party will be going until Christmas with more Christian authors coming AND more giveaways too!! (Check out yesterday's post - Susan Sleeman has a giveaway!).

    Thank you so much again to everyone, Julie included : )
    Hannah

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  47. LOL, KATH ... "stalk" away!!! How else are you going to win a free book??? And it works, trust me. I usually win 3-4 books a year "stalking" my favorite blogs and, in fact, JUST won a cool book yesterday on a blog!! Not that I need another book to read with the height of my TBR list, BUT, I just can't resist if it's an author I've been wanting to read, you know???

    And anyway, I have at least 4 or 5 reader friends who have won 4 or 5 times each in my giveaways, and one of them has just won for the SIXTH time, so "stalking" is the ONLY way to go, girl!! That said -- GOOD LUCK and may the best "stalker" win! ;)

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  48. DIANA ... you're STILL waiting at the library for AHR??? Hope it's because it's a waitlist and not that they had to order it ... :|

    Well, we definitely need to get your own personal copy in hand, don't we? I have ONE more blog giveaway next WEDNESDAY on my Seeker blog (see my website calendar for link), then that's it for the year, so do check it out, okay?

    And, YES, grandbabies are SO much fun!!! And you have FIVE already??? I'm jealous, and I'll just bet you're way younger than me too, aren't you, you little brat! :)

    Even so ... good luck in the contest, Diana! :)

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  49. AUDRA!!! I just NOW realized I owe you an e-mail, girlfriend -- I am SO sorry!! I remember getting your last e-mail, reading it and minimizing it to answer when I could take the time to really expound like I'm SO very fond of doing, and sometimes when I do that, I tend to lose them. Will go hunt it down and get back to you, my friend.

    And THANKS for coming by -- ALWAYS love to see one of my favorite Seeker buds stop by ... :)

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  50. WHAT am I doing wrong....my post does not show...and notice the non posts in time of noonish til about 6 PM....maybe others did not get posted....mine was in that time range?? I also signed up to "follow"....Hope that "took"....Anyway, hope it is not too late to be entered for AHR......gotta read it! lol Love Julie and love her books! THANKS.
    jackie.smith[at]dishmail[dot]net

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  51. You guys are having too much fun! Thanks for the chance to win. I'm a new follower. twinwillowsfarm at gmail dot com

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  52. HANNAH, sooooo glad you've got some new followers -- that is AWESOME!!! Here's to even more, my friend ... :)

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  53. JACKIE, MAJOR BUMMER, girl!!! SO sorry your prior post did not take ... uh, I was kind of wondering where you were ... ;)

    Rest assured you ARE in the tally for AHR, my dear friend, and do stop by Seekerville next Wednesday for my last giveaway of the year, okay? Because trust me -- I would like nothing better than to send you a signed copy of Emma and Sean's story before the year is out, so here's to a win!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  54. Yes, PEG, we are having way too much fun, and SO glad you're a part of it, sweetie pie!! Thanks for following Hannah AND coming by to support me -- MUCH appreciated!! Good luck in the contest, my friend.

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  55. Hi Julie! Great interview... as always :) I would love to win another one of your books! If I do, I will be giving the book as a Christmas gift.

    Thanks for the giveaway and I hope you have a very Blessed Christmas!

    bookcrazy124 at gmail dot com

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  56. New follower

    Signed up for Julie's newsletter

    bookcrazy124 [at] gmail .com

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  57. Hey, MELISSA, Christmas gifts are good ... so here's hoping we can provide you with one for somebody in your family or circle of friends, okay?? Thanks for coming by and GOOD LUCK in the contest! :)

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  58. Hi Julie,

    I have all your books except for A HEART REVEALED. Thanks for the opprotunity to win this one! I met you at Life Way Christian Bookstore in the fall of 2009. I was the one that talked with you and Maggie Brenday about our house flooding in the "great Atlanta Flood". LOL. Many blessings to you and Merry Christmas!!!

    tab

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  59. Ohh, a copy of A Kiss is NOT just a Kiss would be SWEET!!! Deff worth the win! Please count me in!

    Julie, great to see you here! Oh, your Thanksgiving weekend sounds SOOO sweet and romantic. Your hubby sounds like great guy! Kinda like my dad. I always say that I hope my future husband is as romantic and loving as my dad is to my mom. I love watching them together!! :-)

    I am an old follower (+2) and already subscribe to Julie's newsletter(+1)!

    ~ Katie
    agirlslegacy(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  60. TAB!!! Soooo good to "talk" to you again, sweetie, and I hope things have gone a little better for you guys since the flood! :|

    Thanks SO much for coming by AND for reading all my books -- MUCH appreciated!! Now, let's see if we can get a signed copy of AHR in your hot, little hands, okay? Good luck in the contest, and I hope I can get back down Atlanta way one of these days because I'd love to see you again AND all my great reader friends down there!!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  61. Hey, KATIE, you have NO idea how much that blesses me to hear you say that about your mom and dad, that you hope your future husband is as romantic and loving as your dad is to your mom. LOVE your comment that you "love watching them together!! :-)" because my daughter is just the opposite. Here's a quote she put on Facebook:

    "I love my parents. I'm grateful they let me live at home. I'm glad they're happily married. HOWEVER, their PDA makes me want to hurl..."

    And she's 24!!!! She has a dry wit like Katie O'Connor, so I know she was just joking, but it's funny about her reaction and yours. She does admit, however, that she is looking for a guy who treats her JUST like her dad treats me, romance and all, so she may be embarrassed, but she wants the same thing! ;)

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  62. You two are so lucky to have experienced this kind of love....I hope you realize how lucky you are.

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  63. Trust me, HANNAH, I DO know how blessed I am to experience the kind of love I have in my marriage. I was single and alone a LONG time and PRAYED for a long time, so I know what a blessing God has given me and I NEVER take it for granted and thank God EVERY SINGLE DAY ... and EVERY SINGLE HOUR of my life for the gift He has given me in my husband. AND I PRAY for the same for you, my sweet friend. :)

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  64. Thanks, Julie. Not sure that it'll ever come. I pray to not be jealous of my friends' parents. Everyone gets the parents in love. I don't get why God wouldn't want us all to have the same kind sometimes.

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  66. +1 -- Great interview! It's such a respite from finals ... please enter me in this drawing! I can't believe I missed Ms. Julie's last giveaway ... LOL. I haven't been to your blog in awhile, but I like your layout right now --so Christmassy!

    +1 -- I'm a new google follower

    +1 --I'm subscribed to Ms. Julie's newsletter.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    jafuchi7[at]hawaii[dot]edu

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  67. LDK!!! Hope finals went well, my friend, and SO nice to see you here!! I hope you get to relax now and have some fun ... hopefully reading some good books!!

    I wish you and yours a most BLESSED Christmas and an even better new year!! And, of course, good luck in the contest!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  68. Caitlin O'ConnorDecember 14, 2011 at 1:38 PM

    Julie...I as well! I never liked the name Rory even before I began reading your books! It's a very Irish name, but I didn't care! Benjamin is soooo much better and he has an awesome middle name!

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  69. CAIT ... actually I DID really like the name Rory because I got hooked on The Gilmore Girls when it first came out (before it got sleazy and the daughter and the mom started sleeping around), so when my son and daughter-in-law told me that's what my granddaughter's name was going to be, I was ecstatic ... and that was AFTER I already Rory as the bad guy! But Benjamin is definitely the better name, and I like "Ben" a lot!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  70. I'm so glad I found your blog! Love the interview. One of these days I am going to read one of Julie's books :) I sure hear how good they are!

    +1 New Follower
    +1 Signed up for Julie's Newsletter

    homesteading[at]charter[dot]net

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  71. ANNE!!! Girl, we are just going to have to do something about that, now aren't we???

    And you know what??? I've been seeing your name in lot of places, but I'm not sure where. All I know is your name looks VERY familiar to me. I know you just left a sweet comment for me on FB, but that's not what I'm talking about. Have we communicated in the past, per chance??

    Here's hoping for a win for you, Anne, so we can get one of my books into your hot, little hands, okay? GOOD LUCK!!

    Hugs,
    Julie

    P.S. PLEASE check out my website calendar if you don't win here because I have two more giveaways left, one blog interview and then a Seeker giveaway for New Years.

    H

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  72. I'm already a follower of Julie's newsletter and I just can't keep up with all the blog pages...sorry!! I'm a full-time stay at home Grandma:) I would love an opportunity to win one of Julie's books! Thanks!!! margie at mijares dot net

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  73. Hey, MARGIE, a "full-time stay at home Grandma"??? Does that mean you watch your grandchildren full time??? Good night, girl, when on earth would you have time to read anything but Dr. Seuss???

    Well, that alone should entitle you to an extra entry, sweetie, because that's a class act. Thank you for being a newsletter recipient, and I would love to send you a signed book, so here's to a win in this contest. And if you don't win here, you have TWO more chances to win, one of which is at a 1-hour on-line chat tomorrow night, so PLEASE check out my website calendar, okay? It should be a good opportunity to win since I don't think too many people will show up. Hope to see you there!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  74. I have been entering giveaway after giveaway trying to win one of Julie's books. So, I'm trying again:-) I would love to win the "Daughters of Boston" series, so please enter me! Fun interview:-)

    Yecenia@optonline.net

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  75. AIZESS!!! Sooooo good to see you here, girl!! I would LOVE for you to win, so here's hoping your visit to Hannah's blog will pay off!! If you win, I will be thrilled to send you the first book in the series, A Passion Most Pure, so GOOD LUCK, my friend and MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  76. It's always great to "see" Julie out and about!
    I'd love to win a copy of her latest!

    edwina(at)edwinacowgill(dot)com

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  77. Hey, EDWINA, thanks for coming by, my friend, and I hope your Christmas was WONDERFUL!! Now to clean up all those boxes and bows, right??? Here's to a FABULOUS new year ... AND a win!!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  78. Hi Julie,
    It was fun to read about your Christmas memories. Thirteen children - well, that makes me pause. It must have been hard to get a word in, lol.

    LynH
    spooler(at)comcast(dot)net

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  79. LYNH ... LOL ... YES, it was hard to "get a word in," especially since I was #12!! But it sure provided me a lot of great fodder for my O'Connor family saga, I'll tell you that!

    Happy New Year, and thanks for coming by, Lyn!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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