Wednesday, December 09, 2015

ISLE OF HOPE - Julie Lessman - One Free Book

Dear Readers, I first met Julie at a small, intimate chocolate party at an ACFW conference a long time ago. We really clicked, so we’ve been friends since then. I told someone I wanted to write like her when I grew up J Her books are wonderful, and she knows how to pull the reader into the characters. Her books always have strong romantic tension, but in a pure way. You’ll love her books.

BIO: Award-winning author of The Daughters of Boston, Winds of Change, and Heart of San Francisco series with Revell Publishing, Julie Lessman was named American Christian Fiction Writers 2009 Debut Author of the Year and has garnered 17 Romance Writers of America and other awards. Voted #1 Romance Author of the year in Family Fiction magazine’s 2012 and 2011 Readers Choice Awards, Julie was also named on Booklist’s 2010 Top 10 Inspirational Fiction and Borders Best Fiction list. Her latest novel, Surprised by Love, appeared on Family Fiction magazine’s list of Top Ten Novels of 2014, and her independent novel 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. Julie has also written a self-help workbook for writers entitled Romance-ology 101: Writing Romantic Tension for the Sweet and Inspirational Markets. You can contact Julie through her website and read excerpts from each of her books at www.julielessman.com.

Welcome back, Julie. As an author, I know it takes a lot of people to birth each book. Who were the people involved in the birthing of this book, and what were their contributions?
Well, first and foremost, the Holy Spirit is the main “person” involved since I felt prompted to write about the estranged relationship with my own dad and how I turned it around with God’s help. Secondly, both my husband and my dear friend, Bonnie Roof, encouraged me throughout the entire process, reading, proofing, and making suggestions. As did my fabulous agent, Natasha Kern, and even my wonderful editor at Revell, Lonnie Hull Dupont, was kind enough to offer suggestions even though I opted to publish Isle of Hope on my own.

From there, I did everything on my own, which to be honest, kind of shocks me! J From designing the cover that the Killion Group finalized (along with the formatting for both ebook and paperback) … to final edits after the Brandes editorial staff proofed it. Trust me, I was a nervous wreck clicking the “publish” button on both the Kindle and CreateSpace pages, but I did, and now I’m breathing a whole lot easier … whew!

If you teach or speak. What’s coming up on your calendar?
I actually don’t do a lot of speaking or teaching anymore since I took a sabbatical last year to focus more on God, family, and writing for the sheer joy of writing, but I do have a speaking gig scheduled at a Christmas luncheon in Birmingham, where my daughter lives, so I’m mixing business with pleasure.

That sounds like fun. Wish I could be there. If you had to completely start over in another place, where would you move, and why?
Ha! I already have. J My husband and I just moved from St. Louis to the Lake of the Ozarks this summer, where we both work from home. I write on a veranda overlooking the lake while my hubby takes his coffee breaks down on the dock, fishing or feeding the ducks—a long-held dream-come-true!

I grew up in the Arkansas Ozarks. It’s beautiful. If you could only tell aspiring novelists one thing, what would it be?
I’d warn them about what an emotional roller-coaster it was going to be AFTER they get published. Like a lot of unpublished writers, I thought all the anxiety and self-doubt would dissipate after I signed on the dotted line. I mean that would validate me, right? Give me confidence as a writer? But I discovered that true confidence is not in accolades from your editor or a really good review, but instead in where your heart is with God. HE is my confidence when my sales rankings on Amazon.com are high or low, which is why I CLING to the following Scripture prayer from 2 Corinthians ll:3: Do not let my mind “be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.”

So to sum it up, my most significant advice for aspiring novelists is the critical truth that as Christian authors, we have to stay grounded in what God wants for us versus what we want for us. Sure, we would all love to be a bestselling author, but what does God want? I have learned (and very painfully, I might add) that I must become less so that He can become more. I often told fellow writer friends that I would give anything to have a spiritual lobotomy of sorts, where I could surgically remove that part of my writer’s brain that focuses on good reviews, book sales, and contest wins. But the reality is that I am a human being with a lot of flaws, and quite frankly, that’s the way God wants us—so flawed that we are forced to cling to Him, which I do, trust me!

That is so true. We authors have to grasp that truth and hold it close to our hearts. Tell us about the featured book.
Sure—here’s the jacket blurb:

Can a wild girl gone good
rebuild bridges with a good boy gone bad?

She’s the town flirt serving up trouble. He’s a pastor’s kid bent on serving God. Until tragedy separates them for eight years, turning tables—and hearts—to restore hope for them all.

At the age of eighteen, Lacey Carmichael was a wild girl bent on fun, promised to Jack O'Bryen, a straight-and-narrow pastor’s kid bent on the seminary. When her father kicks her out of the house, she runs away from Isle of Hope, turning her back on everything she loves. Now, eight years later, she’s back as a woman of faith, hoping to make amends to the father she defied, the boyfriend she deserted, and the best friend she denied. Only the bridges she’s burned are still smoldering, kindled by an adulterous affair by Jack’s pastor father that damaged his son’s faith. But can God’s unfailing love lead the way to His true “Isle of Hope”?

Please give us the first page of the book.
Many are the woes of the wicked,
but the Lord’s unfailing love surrounds the one who trusts in Him.
—Psalm 32:10
Isle of Hope, Georgia, Early Summer
When it comes to burning bridges, I am the Queen of Kerosene.

Puffing out a wispy sigh, Lacey Carmichael squinted into the rearview mirror to make sure the coast was clear, then dragged her bulging purse onto the seat with an unladylike grunt. The action caused her dusty blue Honda to swerve on Skidaway Road—along with her stomach.

Oh, crud! She straightened the wheel with a jerk, body rattling more than her 2008 Honda after a cross-country trip. Her gaze flicked to the mirror, and relief coursed like high tide. The road behind revealed nothing but palms and Georgia pines, silent sentinels ushering her home.

Home. Where full moons rose over the marsh and the scent of wisteria embraced summer nights. Where the lazy lull of river grasses swayed in the breeze, soothing a sleepy coastal community that burrowed into one’s memory like a long-lost friend. A haven where tidy cottages nestled next to lush antebellum homes, evoking a postcard setting that harkened back to a simpler time.

A simpler time?

Lacey sucked in a deep draw of the rich and humid low-country air that was pungent with the salty smell of the marsh, and instantly zipped back eight years to a time that had been anything but simple. Memories of an eighteen-year-old wild child constricted her throat. A rebel daughter who’d bolted from the hometown that had been anything but a home.

Her shoulders slumped as she passed the Piggly Wiggly.

What am I doing here?

She cut loose another gust of ragged air while her eyes focused straight ahead. Returning to the scene of the crime. The charred debris of all the mistakes that I’ve made. One hand welded to the steering wheel, she rifled through her studded leather purse with the other, fingers fumbling on a tube of lip-gloss. With amazing dexterity, she untwirled the screw-on cap and applied “Ooh La La,” then puckered her lips. Now if she could only gloss over her past as easily ...

The BP loomed ahead and she slapped on her blinker, veering in to park at the closest empty pump. Her car squealed to a stop at the exact moment the contents of her purse careened to the floor. Lacey, you lead foot—when are you going to learn? Mumbling under her breath, she turned the car off and leaned to pick up the spilled items. A woman’s high-pitched laughter suddenly riddled the air, desecrating the sacred strains of Justin Timberlake from a radio nearby.

“Jack, you bad boy,” a woman’s sultry voice said, drifting from the other side of the pump, “what am I going to do with you?”

“Well, I know a few things that come to mind.”

Wow! I can’t wait until my copy comes. It will go to the top of my to-be-read pile. I might even stop what I’m reading at the time and dive right in. Where can we find you on the Internet?
Thank you, Lena, for hosting me on your blog—it’s been fun! Readers can find and contact me at www.julielessman.com, or through Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, or Pinterest or by signing up for my newsletter.

I also have a blog called “Journal Jots,” which is a very laid-back journal to my reader friends, or readers can check out my favorite romantic and spiritual scenes from each of my books on the “Excerpts” tab of my website. In addition, I can be found daily at The Seekers, a group blog of 13 published authors that inspires, encourages, teaches, and informs aspiring writers on the road to publication and beyond. Although Seekerville has been listed on Writers Digest 2013 and 2014 “Best 101 Websites for Writers,” it is also a blog devoted to readers as well.

Finally, I have the following sales/contests currently going on:

AWARD-WINNING IRISH LOVE STORY ON SALE! The eBook for my Irish love story, A Light in the Window—224 five-star reviews on Amazon and winner of three awards—is on sale for only $.99, so I invite you to take a peek at the excellent video my artist hubby did for A Light in the Window, starring my daughter. ALITW Video.

Dec. 5-12, 2015 ONLY — O’connor christmas novellas on special CHRISTMAS sale! ‘Tis the season, and I’m ready for it with two novellas that are part of the Hope for the Holiday’s Historical Collection and the Home for Christmas Historical Romance Collection, both of which include novellas from other award-winning authors for only $.99 per  collection, so I hope your readers check them out.
Calling All Writers!! My writer’s workbook entitled Romance-ology 101: Writing Romantic Tension for the Sweet and Inspirational Markets is on e-sale for $2.99



CONTEST TO HAVE A CHARACTER NAMED AFTER YOU IN MY NEXT BOOK, A SIGNED COPY, AND CHOICE OF ONE OF MY OTHER BOOKS. Sound good to you? If so, just head on over to the CONTEST tab of my website and check it out.

Hugs,
Julie

Thank you, Julie, for sharing this new book and these sales with us today.

Readers, leave a comment for a chance to win a free copy of the book. You must follow these instructions to be in the drawing. Please tell us where you live, at least the state or territory. (Comments containing links may be subject to removal by blog owner.)

Void where prohibited; the odds of winning depend on the number of entrants. Entering the giveaway is considered a confirmation of eligibility on behalf of the enterer in accord with these rules and any pertaining local/federal/international laws.

The only notification you’ll receive is the winner post on this blog. So be sure to check back a week from Saturday to see if you won. You will have 4 weeks from the posting of the winners to claim your book.

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62 comments:

Anonymous said...

would love to win. angela in Ky

Caryl Kane said...

Lena, I love it that you met Julie at a chocolate party! Thank you for the wonderful interview. I can't wait to read ISLE OF HOPE.

Caryl in TEXAS

Beth Gillihan said...

I love Julie's books! Can't wait to read this one! Thanks for the chance to win!

Beth in Montana

Julie Lessman said...

LENA!!! ALWAYS LOVE BEING ON YOUR BLOG, MY FRIEN, SO THANK YOU FOR HOSTING ME!

Dear ANONYMOUS ... I'm with you because I would LOVE to have you win, too, so GOOD LUCK!!


CARYL, I can't wait for you to read IOH either, my friend, so GOOD LUCK!!

BETH, THANK YOU, you sweet thing -- SO appreciate your support and here's to a win!

Hugs!!
Julie

Beth S. said...

I am looking forward to reading Julie's contemporary title! I love all the O'Connors :)
southern Illinois

Winnie Thomas said...

Thanks for the great interview. It's fun getting to know wonderful authors better. This book is on my wish list, so I'd love to win. I'm from Utah.

Just Commonly said...
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Just Commonly said...

A lovely interview, and Julie, it's so amazing to see you here. Your enthusiasm in your responses are contagious! Just wanted to say hello.

Lena, I already own digital copies of Julie's books. Print copies are on my Christmas wish list this year. So if this is for a print copy, please put my name in the hat. If not, no need to.

Good luck to everyone. You won't be disappointed!

And Beth S, I LOVE the O'Connors. Can't seem to get enough of them!

Oops, forgot to say, this is Annie from MD

grams said...

Love Julie's book and would love to win a copy!

Lynne Feuerstein said...

Thank you for the wonderful interview. Julie,you are an inspiration both as a woman and an author! Always enjoy reading your interviews,I always learn something new. Also wanted to say while I'm a died in the wool O'Connor fan have just started and am enjoying Isle of Hope!

Abby Breuklander said...

Oh this sounds so good, I can't wait to read it for myself!!

Abby in Michigan

Trixi said...

No need to enter me either, as I have a copy Julie sent me...with a character named after me :-) I have yet to peek through the pages to see my name in print, I don't want to spoil it for myself if I'm not reading the book right away....ya know what I mean? ;-)
I just wanted to chime in and say that I enjoyed the author interview. I love getting to know more about the authors I admire. And Julie, your faith is something to admire, especially when you don't compromise your stand in Christ in your life or writing! Too many do, and it's disappointing, disheartening & discouraging. We should let our light shine for Him no matter our profession :-) I remember you telling the story of your self-appointed sabbatical and how it changed you for the better. I love that! What a joy it must have been to commune with God more intimately and come out the other side a better Godly woman :-) You are an encouragement to me and have blessed me even though we've never met yet! Keep up the faith, my dear, God smiles at you when you do.
Lena, thanks for featuring Julie on your post today. As with all your posts, I enjoy each author you bring on board. Blessings to you both!!

Melanie Backus said...

I would love to read this book. Thank you for the opportunity.

Melanie Backus,TX

Julie Lessman said...

BETH S, thank you SO much for "loving" the O'Connors! I actually love them, too, which is why it is SO fun for me to revisit them by writing a Christmas novella each year!

Mitch & Charity and Luke & Katie are my faves, so I especially had fun writing "A Whisper of Hope," which is Charity & Mitch's Christmas novella from last year, and next year I have a story all mapped out for Katie and Luke, so I'm psyched!!

Lizzie and Brady's story this year, "The Best Gift of All," is a more serious story that portrays an actual problem I saw in the marriage of a good friend of mine, so it conveys a very important lesson for those who need it.

Thanks for coming by, Beth, and GOOD LUCK in the contest!

Hugs,
Julie

Julie Lessman said...

WINNIE!!! Thank you SO much for your interest in Isle of Hope. It's actually a very special book for me because it's loosely based on my own life, so I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Good luck, my friend, and here's to a win!

Hugs,
Julie

Julie Lessman said...

ANNIE!!! I soooooo appreciate seeing your sweet name, my friend, because you are SUCH an encourager, so you can come by to say "hello" anytime!!

And I love the O'Connors, too, like I told Beth above -- I miss them so much that I have to revisit each year with a Christmas novella! Thank goodness there are so many of them so I have enough stories for years to come, eh? And when I start writing my O'Connor cousins trilogies (beginning with Gabe, Henry, and Hope), I'll have even more novella fodder, right?

Hugs and more hugs!
Julie

Julie Lessman said...

Hey, GRAMS, trust me -- I would "love" for you to win a copy of Isle of Hope, too, so here's to a win!

Hugs!!
Julie

Julie Lessman said...

Oh, LYNNE, I can't wait to hear what you think of the O'Bryens and Carmichaels. They're not the O'Connors by a long shot, but they grow on you ... ;)

LOVE seeing you hear, my friend, so THANK YOU for coming by!

Hugs and more hugs,
Julie

Sydney Anderson said...

I currently live in Nevada.

Currently reading IOH, but would love to win a print copy. :) Absolutely looove Julie's books! :D

Terrill R. said...

This is on my Christmas list, literally. My husband made me make one. It's just easier that way. haha I have forbid myself to purchase books the last 6 weeks, b/c I have been overwhelmed with the ones sitting on my Kindle, next to my bed (on the floor, on the kitchen table, on the stairs, in the bathroom. TMI?) Anyway, Isle of Hope is one of those books that is calling out to my wallet, but I have resisted temptation, so far.

Terrill - WA

Loraine Nunley said...

I love reading interviews with Julie - she is such an encouragement to me, especially as a writer. I am really looking forward to reading her new book. Thanks for the interview and giveaway!

Loraine in TX

Julie Lessman said...

Hey, ABBY, I'm with you, girlfriend -- I "can't wait" for you to read it either, so here's hoping you pull out a win. ;)

HUGS AND GOOD LUCK!!
Julie

EJ said...

Love Julie's books & this one definitely needs to go on my list. And a chocolate party sounds perfect!

Julie Lessman said...

TRIXI!!!! Sooooo great to see you here, girlfriend, and talk about admiration -- I admire your ability not to even peek into a novel that has your name in it -- WOW!! I sure hope it's worth the wait ... :)

YOU SAID: "What a joy it must have been to commune with God more intimately and come out the other side a better Godly woman :-)"

Well, it DEFINITELY was a joy to draw closer to God, Trixi, which I definitely have, but coming out "a better Godly woman"? I certainly pray so, but humanity has a way of putting a dent in our best intentions! ;)

And I hope and pray that we CAN meet someday, my friend, so if you are anywhere near Nashville during the American Christian Fiction Writers Conference, PLEASE try to come by to see me and your favorite authors as well, because I would love to give you a hug in person. :)

Hugs and more hugs,
Julie

Julie Lessman said...

Hey, MELANIE, thanks for coming by, and here's hoping it nets you a win, my friend, so GOOD LUCK!!

Hugs,
Julie

Julie Lessman said...

SYDNEY!!!! SOOOOO fun to see your sweet face pop up, girl, so thanks for coming by! AND ... thanks for your kind words! Hope you are enjoying IOH. :)

Hey ... have any authors contacted you yet about blog tours because I sent out an email to 24 of my best author friends, so hopefully you will hear from them. Bragged you to the high heavens, my friend, so I would love to see you bless them too. :)

Hugs and more hugs,
Julie

Julie Lessman said...

LOL, TERRILL, that is toooo cute and sooooo relatable, I assure you! I swear my Kindle is 25 lbs. heavier than it was when I bought it, given all the freebie/sale books loaded on it. :)

Here's hoping I can send you a winning copy, but if not, I'm praying hubby comes through ... ;)

HUGS AND GOOD LUCK!
Julie

Julie Lessman said...

LORAINE, thank you SO much, my friend -- SO appreciate your support! And it blesses me that I can encourage a respected peer, so thank you for your kind words. Prayers rising that I can send you a winning copy of IOH!! :)

Hugs and more hugs!
Julie

Julie Lessman said...

YES, EJ ... chocolate and Isle of Hope ... a perfect combination!! ;) Although once you read IOH, you'll be craving pizza and cookies, both of which play a very important role in the book. ;)

Hugs and GOOD LUCK, my friend!!
Julie

Kelsey Perkins said...

I love her books, would really like to win!

Cyndi said...

Great interview! Have loved all of Julie's books! (Just finished Blake's novella!) Am seriously looking forward to Isle of Hope! Love the location since my daughter lived in Savannah. 😃

Cyndi in Alabama

Kim Amundsen said...

Nice interview. love her books. kamundsen44ATyahooDOTcom. North Platte Nebraska

Karen Hadley said...

Would love to win this books. I always enjoy her books! Thank You

Patty said...

I love Julie's historical novels, and I've heard that this one makes a great argument for Julie as a contemporary author! Can't wait to read it.

Patty in SC

Abigail Richmond said...

Enter me.
Blanch NC

Julie Lessman said...

Hey, KELSEY, thanks for coming by, and fingers crossed for a win, my friend!

Hugs and GOOD LUCK!!
Julie

Julie Lessman said...

CYNDI, seriously??? Your daughter lives in Savannah?? I absolutely LOVE Savannah and had fun writing a scene for Isle of Hope at a riverfront hot spot there called Rocks on the Roof. I would LOVE to see what you and your daughter think of how I depicted Savannah and Isle of Hope, so if you read it, PLEASE let me know, okay?

And, YAY, isn't Blake's novella fun??? I absolutely LOVE the title Grace Like Rain, which I got from a FABULOUS song by Todd Agnew. If you liked the novella enough to post a review, DO let me know so I can enter you in my contest to have a character named after you in my next book, okay? But if reviews are not your thing, NO WORRIES!! I just appreciate you reading my books in the first place. :)

Hugs and GOOD LUCK!!
Julie

Julie Lessman said...

Hey, KIM, thanks for coming by AND for "loving my books" -- MUCH appreciated, my friend!

Here's hoping I can send you a winner's copy of Isle of Hope, okay?

Hugs and GOOD LUCK!!
Julie

Julie Lessman said...

Thank you, KAREN, and I would "love" for you to win this book, too, so here's to a win, my friend!

Hugs and GOOD LUCK!
Julie

Julie Lessman said...

Mmmm, PATTY, so that's what you've heard, eh? ;) Well the proof is the pudding, I guess, but I'll tell you what -- I was shaking in my boots over what to use instead of the word "blast" to show annoyance by the characters~~ ;)

Actually, I loved writing this book, but my heart is in historicals, I'm afraid, so I will finish this series out, but then I'm heading back to the O'Connor cousins during WWII. :)

Would love to hear your impression of my first efforts at a contemporary after you read IOH, so do let me know, okay?

Hugs and GOOD LUCK!
Julie

Julie Lessman said...

LOL, ABIGAIL ... short and sweet ... I like that! AND I admire it because heaven knows as an author of 500+page books who loves drama and angst, nothing is "short and sweet with me! ;)

Good luck!

Hugs,
Julie

Sharon Richmond Bryant said...

Enter me in your great contest!!
Conway, SC.

Pam K. said...

Since I love all the books Julie has written, I'm looking forward to reading Isle of Hope and would be very happy to win it here. Thanks for the interview and the chance to win.

pmkellogg56[at]gmail[dot]com
Kansas

Julie Lessman said...

SHARON, you're entered, girlfriend, and GOOD LUCK!!

Hugs,
Julie

Julie Lessman said...

PAM!!! I gotta feeling you're gonna realllly like this book, so fingers crossed for a win!!

Hugs and more hugs,
Julie

Kathy Anderson said...

Kathy from Missouri
Lol I have had the very same experience. I stop and my purse falls to the floor.
I agree with you we need to keep our focus on Christ and remember it's what he wants for us and not what he wants. Even if it means we have to let something or someone go.
Thank you for sharing the first page with us.

Kathy Anderson said...

Kathy from Missouri
Lol I have had the very same experience. I stop and my purse falls to the floor.
I agree with you we need to keep our focus on Christ and remember it's what he wants for us and not what he wants. Even if it means we have to let something or someone go.
Thank you for sharing the first page with us.

Bonnie Roof said...

Thanks for the, as always, entertaining and inspiring interview, Julie and Lena!!

Thanks for the "shout-out", Julie!! It was such an honor and pleasure to be one of the first to read "Isle of Hope" - as you know, it has touched me deeply, and rendered me speechless at times (which is often hard to do, as you also know, lol). Can't say thanks enough - for allowing me to be a part of it at such an early stage.

As has been stated by some of it's reviewers - it has the power to change one's life, I'm so thankful you allowed God to lead you in it's writing and publishing. I know He will use it to inspire, give hope and forgiveness, and heal troubled relationships. Each reader is in for an indescribable treat with this special book!!

Please don't enter me in the giveaway - just wanted to comment on "Isle of Hope"!! Blessings to you, Lena - I enjoy and appreciate you, your writing, and your blog!!

sm said...

Wild girls gone good and good boys gone bad sure does sound challenging. Sounds fun and good. sm wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com CA

Julie Lessman said...

LOL, KATHY, I can't tell you HOW many times that has happened to me, so I figured it was only fitting to have it happen to Lacey, especially since this story is loosely biographical. ;)

Kathy, I know I've probably already asked you this at one time or other, but where in Missouri do you live? We just moved from St. Louis to Lake of the Ozarks this summer. :)

Hugs and GOOD LUCK!!
Julie

Julie Lessman said...

BONNIE!!! ALWAYS sooooo appreciate you coming by each of my blog interviews, my friend -- you are THE MOST faithful person I have ever met, and I thank God every day for you!

You said: " (Isle of Hope) has touched me deeply, and rendered me speechless at times (which is often hard to do, as you also know, lol)."

LOL ... well, you know we are two peas in pod there, my sweet friend, so I will definitely take that as a compliment!! ;)

Hugs and more hugs and more on top of that,
Julie

Julie Lessman said...

LOL, SM WILEYGREEN, trust me -- it IS VERY challenging, but it sure makes for a good story to both write and read (I hope!).

Thanks for coming by and GOOD LUCK!

Hugs,
Julie

Anonymous said...

Love Julie's books! Shelia Hall sheliarha64@yahoo.com

Julie Lessman said...

Hey, SHELIA, thank you soooo much, my friend, and here's hoping I can send you a winning copy of Isle of Hope!

Hugs,
Julie

Lourdes said...

Really looking forward to reading Isle of Hope would love to win.

Lourdes in Long Island, NY

Julie Lessman said...


Thanks, LOURDES, and I'm realllllly looking forward to you reading IOH too, so GOOD LUCK, my friend!

Hugs,
Julie

Brenda said...

I would love to win! From MS

Connie said...

I enjoyed reading the first page and I love the premise of how people change when they reach adulthood. Hopefully, it is for the good!
Connie from KY
cps1950(at)gmail(dot)com

Julie Lessman said...

Hey, BRENDA, I would love you to win, too, my friend, so GOOD LUCK!!

Hugs,
Julie

Julie Lessman said...

LOL, CONNIE, YES ... hopefully it IS for the good, which isn't always the case. But I assure you it is in Isle of Hope, so GOOD LUCK!

Hugs,
Julie

Merry said...

Whew! I feel the heat... love Julie's books!
Merry in MN

Pam Graber said...

Wow! This sounds amazing! Would love to win.

Pam in OH