June 03, 2009

Review & Giveaway: A Passion Most Pure by Julie Lessman


She's found the love of her life. Unfortunately, he loves her sister ...
As World War I rages across the Atlantic in 1916, a smaller war is brewing in Boston. Faith O’Connor finds herself drawn to an Irish rogue who is anything but right for her. Collin McGuire is brash, cocky, and from the wrong side of the tracks, not to mention forbidden by her father. And then there’s the small matter that he is secretly courting her younger sister. But when Collin’s affections suddenly shift her way, it threatens to tear Faith's proper Boston family apart.

I loved, loved, loved this book. This is not your typical Christian romance. In fact, it has been called "edgy" by CBA standards. But that is one of the things I love about it. There is real and honest physical attraction portrayed in this book that you don't see elsewhere, at least not in a Christian bookstore. It's all just kissing, but (sigh) it is all the emotions and turmoil amid the romantic scenes that causes your heart to skip a beat. Julie takes you through the moral journey of passion and purity. And what a lovely journey it is!

I love how Julie allows her secondary characters to take a major role in the book. She draws you into their heads and are drawn into the drama of their lives. Julie does an amazing job in developing these characters to where you feel you really know them. They come alive on the page!

I cannot say enough good things about this book, A Passion Most Pure. I first heard about it on The Seekers blog where Julie was blogging about romantic tension (passion) in writing. I felt like I had hit the jackpot.

You see, I had read romance novels since I was a teen. Now, I admit that not all of these were books I should have been reading at that young age, but I read them anyway and was swept away by romance. I love a good heart skipping, sigh-producing romance.

Once my faith grew, I tried to find these kinds of novels in the Christian book store, but never could quite find what I was looking for. Granted, these were clean reads from a Christian worldview, but lacked the kind of romance I felt all women want and experience in real life.

So, after reading about Julie, and reading her thoughts and her heart come through her interviews, I knew I had to get my hands on her book. I checked the library and there were tons of holds on the books, so...I cyber-stalked her! I entered every giveaway I could and low and behold, I won 5 books!!! Yes, it's embarrassing. I won the first one and read it, then won all three in another contest. Then, I won another one...but I put it back for a redraw.

Since I now own TWO copies of A Passion Most Pure, I am giving away a copy to a lucky commenter. You have until Sunday night to post a comment for a chance at a random draw for this wonderful book! Remember to leave your email address like this: sherrinda[at]gmail[dot]com, so I can contact you if you win. I will draw a winner Sunday, June 7.

63 comments:

  1. I really want this book! So please enter me into the drawing! I've heard awesome things about it!
    My email addy is keganshert@yahoo.com. :)

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  2. Oh enter me for sure! I've been hearing a lot about her books now too! I'm curious to see how her edgy style compares with mine. My editor highlighted sections of mine that she thought might be too edgy for CBA. But Rachelle told me to leave them in for now. So now I want to see how Julie handled the passion.

    Thanks, Sherrinda, for doing a giveaway!

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  3. Katie, it is wonderful and you will love it!

    Jody!!! I didn't get far enough in your MS to compare Julie's book with yours. I do remember a scene, though, that made my heart skip, so if that foretells more to come, then Woo Hoo! I love romantic tension! I'm sure Rachelle was right to leave it in, because I think it would sell. It's real life, don't you think?

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  4. SHERRINDA!!!!! WOW ... what a WONDERFUL review and what a fabulous way to kick off a cup of hazelnut coffee and a rainy day in St. Loo! YOU, my friend (because you are now one of my favorite online friends!) are just the type of reader I like to connect with because our hearts flutter at the same hummingbird pace, apparently, when it comes to romance. It is SUCH a gift from God, to feel this pulse-pounding feeling, not only for our spouses, but for our God. Thank you SO much for your incredibly kind words, your invaluable support and your precious friendship. I hope and pray we get to meet some day ... perhaps at one of my book signings OR yours!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  5. Julie!! I am also drinking a cup of hot, hazelnut coffee on a rainy day. Isn't it just lovely? I count it an honor to be a friend of yours and I can't tell you how excited I was to finally get a hold of a book of yours! It's what I've been searching for way too long! I love that you are breaking the ground for others to make my heart flutter too! I am so grateful for the opportunity to share your book with others and I will continue to "share the love, share the passion". :)

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  6. count me in for sure! If I don't win I'll probably resort to cyberstalking her, too. Too poor right now with no definite job to buy ANY book. :-)

    charactertherapist (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  7. This sounds like a great book, please enter me. Thanks for the chance!

    sphinxcw (at) aol (dot) com

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  8. Wonderful review of a wonderful book, Sherrinda! You've got an impressive blog presence and following. Way to go! I have A Passion Most Pure so don't enter me.

    Janet

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  9. Gals, what a great interview.

    Sherrinda, darling girl, I loved this book too. Faith is such a treat.

    And Colin...

    Oh mylanta, to die for. Seriously.

    Since I own the book don't put me in the drawing, but know that I'm not only a big Julie Lessman fan, I'm Irish Catholic enough to be a big fan of Irish stories, family sagas, etc. Love 'em!

    Ruthy

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  10. SHERRINDA ... thanks again, my friend, for your kind words. And I still love that great tagline you came up with -- "Share the love, Share the passion"! Sooo cool!!

    Oh, JEANNIE honey, we just HAVE to get you this book! I totally relate about the "poor" part (I quit my day job last year to write fulltime, and trust me, you don't get rich!), so check out my website calendar because although approximately 15 contests are already over to win a signed book in this series, I still have a number of them out there yet, so follow Sherrinda's lead and "cyber-stalk" the giveaways. I just won two books myself last month doing the same thing! :)

    SPHINX ... Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. Good luck in the contest!

    JANET!!! Always great to see a fellow Seeker bud -- thanks for stopping by, sweetie.

    RUTHY!!! The Seekers are up early today, apparently. Thanks SO much for lending support AND for your sweet comments -- I treasure them along with any snarky ones! :)

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  11. Hi, Sherrinda. I love Julie's work. If you've only read the first one you're in for a wonderful, passionate treat.

    And Cyber Stalking is definitely the way to go. Seekerville has a weekend edition that will tell you where all the Seekers are going to be during the week and many of our 'appearances' include a chance to win a book.

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  12. I have heard GREAT things about this book! I'd love to have it. Your review was great. I also enjoy getting swept up in a romance. Ah...

    Anyway, please enter me! Thanks for doing the giveaway!

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  13. Hi Sherrinda -

    Great review. Don't enter me as I've read all Julie's books.

    Hey everyone, Sherrinda's right. This book is a winner!

    Blessings,
    Susan :)

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  14. Oh I so want to win this!!!! I love edgy Christian romance that is so me in a nutshell. But if I don't win I will take the high road and purchase this one myself ;) I can't wait!
    whiteplatonicdreams(@)yahoo.com

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  15. Hi, Sherrinda! All of us over in Seekerville are mighty proud of our Julie! She may be pushing the boundaries of "edgy" when it comes to romantic passion in Christian fiction, but she does it masterfully and tastefully. If you enjoyed A Passion Most Pure, you'll love the next two novels as well! Just hold onto your heart!

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  16. I already have it and second everything you said. Awesome book. I flew it and my heart just pitter pattered the whole way. LOL

    Congrats to whoever wins!

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  17. Julie's passion for God and romance shines everywhere she goes, whether it's with friends over coffee, through her books, or in her online presence.

    phillmn(at)netdoor(dot)com

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  18. I'd love to win this book! Thanks for the chance. You can email me through my blogger profile.

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  19. Oh, I have this book and am so looking forward to getting to read it. I've still got one to finish before tackling this one so I'm not reading your post fully in case there are spoilers in it.

    Obviously, don't enter me, but it's nice to see it getting some marketing time.

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  20. this looks great thanks for the giveaway

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  21. Holy Cow!!! I spend a little time trying to shape Katie O'Connor up in the next series, and WOW, everybody has been dropping by to say hi!!

    MARY!!! Thanks SO much for taking the time to stop by, and I totally agree -- "cyber-stalking" IS the way to win a lot of free books! Thanks for your sweet comment, and you know I feel exactly the same way about your books too!

    CINDY, so you enjoy getting "swept up in a romance," do ya??? Well, girl, then this could be just the ticket because I DO love romance and I have been known to "sweep" on a page or two ... :)

    SUSAN!!! So fun to see you here too! Thanks for the plug, my friend.

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  22. T. ANNE ... So, Edgy Christian Romance is so you in a nutshell, eh? Well, then you better buckle your seatbelt, girl, because it's going to be a wild ride in this series, guaranteed! :) And before you buy any of the books yourself, check out my website calendar at www.julielessman.com to try and win one on the several blog giveaways I have going on right now. Good luck!

    Aw, MYRA, you went and made me cry!! Thank you SO much, not only for your incredibly kind words, but for your friendship. Friendship with my Seeker Buds is one of the most precious things in my life.

    JESSICA ... Sooo glad I can mess with your heartrate like that -- that's something EVERY romance writer definitely wants to hear, so THANK YOU! :)

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  23. PAMMY!!! Gosh, thank you SO MUCH for your beautiful comment!! And I sure hope and PRAY my passion for God shines through, along with the romance, of course!

    LYNNETTE ... Thanks for your interest in this series, and here's to a win!

    EILEEN ... And trust me, I am SO looking forward to you reading it too, my friend! Thank you for dropping by to leave a comment AND for your support.

    Thanks, MINDY, for stopping in to leave a comment and good luck in the contest.

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  24. OK so now I'm seeing this series several places so I definitely want to put my name in the hat too!

    msboatgal at aol.com

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  25. The cover really intrigues me...and yes I do judge books by their covers.

    judall@hotmail.com

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  26. Woah! I just got home from a LONG day at work and was so excited to see how many of you love Julie! I thought about the blog all day, but am not really supposed to check personal stuff at work and being a rule follower...well, I refrained!

    Julie!!! I think one of the things that sets you apart is your love for your fans. You make everyone feel so special. You "share the love"!!!

    Jeannie, cyber-stalking Julie paid off BIG time, girl! I won 5 of her books! Kinda embarrassing, but like you, our financial situation with my husband out of a full time job has made me quit buying books. Oh, the depths of despair! :) I did turn one of the wins down so they could draw someone elses name and then I am giving away one here! Keep trying! It works! Maybe you will be the lucky one.

    Hey Sphinx! Thanks for stopping by! Your name is going in the drawing and maybe you will get lucky and get one of the best books ever! :)

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  27. Janet, thanks for the encouragement! I know Julie is lucky to have Seeker friends like you to come and support her and her books! Thanks for stopping by!

    Ruth, you are funny! I always enjoy your posts on Seekerville! I just love Colin...even the picture of him on the cover. Sigh... Thanks for stopping by to give Julie your love and support.

    Hi Mary! You are so sweet to stop by and love on Julie here! I just love all you Seeker Ladies. And yes! I do peruse the Weekend Edition and have even tried a couple of times for your Nosy in Nebraska book! Sounds like a winner!

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  28. This book was great!!! I've read it so don't enter me in the contest, but I'll second your review! :)

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  29. Cindy, don't you just love a good heart thumping romance?! Julie sure has alot of sigh producing scenes and you will just love it!

    Susan!! You've read them all! How wonderful! I just got all 3 in the mail today and am sooo excited! That means little sleep for me tonight! ;)


    T. Anne, girl, you need to do like me and cyber-stalk! You'll get the book...keep on trying! Though, I must say, this book is worth the purchase price!

    Myra, I know Julie is so lucky to have her Seekerville friends support and love her so well! I am so excited to read the next two! I'm ready for some heart thumping!

    Jessica! That is one of my favorite things about romance books...the pitter patter they give! Have your read the other two?

    Awww, Pam, what a sweet thing to say! You can certainly "hear" Julie's heart online, can't you?

    Lynnette, I will certainly put your name in the hat! You will love this book!

    Eileen! I don't think I had a spoiler, but I certainly understand not wanting hear the end! You are gonna LOVE it!!

    Mindy, thanks for stopping by! Good luck in winning this wonderful book!

    Hi scottsgal! Thanks for stopping in and putting your name in for the draw!

    Joyce, I also judge by a cover! Don't you think Julie's cover is just lovely? Colin's picture is just dreamy, I think. ;) Your name's in the hat!

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  30. Hey Jaime! I just loved the book too and can't wait to dig in the the second one tonight after I buy groceries!

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  31. SCOTTSGAL ... pretty happy to hear you are seeing this series around -- that's good news!! And does your e-mail addy mean you belong to a guy named Scott? Or are you from Scottsdale?

    And oh, JOYCE, I am SO right there with you, as bad as it may be. I also am guilty of "judging a book by its cover," I'm afraid. And fortunately for me, Revell lets me put my two cents in.

    On book 1, the picture of Collin that Sherrinda loves (and me too!) was originally a pretty namby-pamby expression by the same model. I was heartsick and asked the Revell artist if there were ANY other poses available from which to choose. She said there was only one other, but that the model looked "angry," which none of the people at Revell thought would work. I had her send it to me, and I swooned!! It is soooo Collin, with that moody, smoldering look that I almost kissed my monitor! Anyway, as they say, the rest is history because obviously Revell let me have my way. :)

    JAIME, gosh, thank you SOOO much for the plug, and for stopping by to encourage both Sherrinda and me!

    SHERRINDA ... A wee bit nervous on this end knowing you're cracking into A Passion Redeemed tonight, but I have a feeling (just knowing you the brief time I do), that you are going to love our girl Charity as much as I do before you are through. And Mitch?? Sigh. 'Nuff said. :)

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  32. i really think i would love this book.please enter me into the draw thanks
    kellie

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  33. Please, please enter me!! Looks great! You can email me at joanne@BarnabasWorks.com or
    visit me at http://www.BarnabasWorks.com

    Blessings!

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  34. Kellie! I know you would LOVE this book! Consider yourself entered! :)

    JoAnne! I just accepted your Twitter request!I'll put your name in the hat! Thanks for stopping by!

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  35. I would like to be entered for this contest too. I 'had' a copy of this book but loaned it to a friend of mine and now she isn't giving it back! :) And I love Julie's books and always want to re-read them. So if it's okay, please enter me too. Thanks so much!
    carolynnwald[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  36. Carolynn, I totally understand your wanting a copy of your own! These are definitely re-readers!!! I will definitely put your name in for the draw! Good Luck and thanks for stopping by!

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  37. Man, Sherrinda, you have good luck in blog drawings! :)

    I also loved this book. Don't enter me in the drawing. It's already on my keeper shelf. :)

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  38. Missy! Another Seeker Girl! Thanks for stopping by to support Julie. Yes, I VERY lucky in book drawings for some reason. All that stalking pays off! ;)

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  39. KELLIE ... thanks for your interest in this series and hopefully I've done my best to make sure you won't be disappointed ... :/

    JOANNE ... SO appreciate your interest and wish you luck in the contest!

    CAROLYNN!!! Can't believe you haven't won that book yet, but can't help but believe your diligence will pay off on one of these blogs! Thanks for support, my friend! :)

    MISSY ... I really appreciate you stopping by to say hi AND your sweet comment. I just finished His Forever Love this week and absolutely LOVED it ... but, uh, no surprise there!! :)

    SHERRINDA ... hope you didn't lose any sleep last night, my friend, over Charity's shenanigans ... :)

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  40. I haven't read romance in a while and this sounds like just the right book to get back into it.

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  41. This is by far my new favorite book (and new favorite author!!) I am completely in agreement with you about most Christian fiction books - which is why I LOVED how Julie gave us this heart-stopping romance ALL THROUGHOUT her books and not just saved for the last few pages of the book!!! Please enter me into the drawing!! :-)
    -Alli
    papatya213[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  42. Looks like a great book. Thanks for the chance


    jason(at)allworldautomotive(dot)com

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  43. Little Eagle, if you haven't read a romance in awhile, you will love, love, love this one! Good luck!

    Allie, another Julie fan!!! woohoo! She is so good at the romance and you will love her other books! I'll put your name in the hat! (though I am just getting into the 2nd...ooo-la-la!)
    BTW, your 3 littles ones are soooo cute!!!

    Nickolay, it is a great book and I am putting your name in for the draw! Good luck!

    JULIE!!! I finally made myself turn off the light at midnight, so as not to disturb my husband anymore with the light and the sighing. That little fun stinker Charity is just so fun! You got another winner, it looks like! I'm taking it with me tonight for inbetween basketball games (and then stay up late again!)

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  44. LITTLEEAGLE ... Thanks for stopping by all my blog giveaways -- that's definitely the way to win a free book!

    ALLI!!! Sooooo great to see you here, my friend, and THANK YOU for your WONDERFUL words -- WOW! I can't tell you how much that encourages me. God bless and good luck!

    NICKOLAY ... I really appreciate you taking the time to enter the contest -- here's to a win soon!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  45. Oh, enter me enter me!!! Love Julie Lessman's books!

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  46. Yea Krista!!! I'll defnitely put your name in!

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  47. Please enter me in the book giveaway. I've read so many interviews and reviews that I'm looking forward to reading this book this summer.
    cynthiakchow@earthlink.net

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  48. Cindy, I would love to enter you in the drawing! Thanks for stopping by! You won't be disappointed in this book!!!

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  49. KRISTA!!! You sweetheart, you -- thank you for the sweet comment, and good luck in the contest, my friend. And I know you are a Seekers regular visitor, so you will also get a chance to win the book next week when I post another Seeker blog on Wednesday, 6/10, okay?

    CYNTHIA ... Oh, I would just LOVE to be a summer read for you, so we are going to have to get this book in your hands one way or another ... :)

    SHERRINDA ... you have a busy blog here, girl! Thanks again for hosting this giveaway!! :)

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  50. Mary
    zenrei57 (at) hotmail (dot) com

    You hooked me in at the start of your blog 'but he loves her sister' ... I've GOT to find out what happens lol
    GREAT REVIEW and thank you so much for the opportunity to win - am crossing my fingers :)

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  51. Sounds like a great read - thanks!
    1bmore @ gmail . com

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  52. Love to have this.

    Thanks,

    darkfyre1(at)gmail(dot)com

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  53. MARY ... grin, if the first line of the jacket blurb hooked you, you're in trouble, my friend!! :) Sounds like your kind of book, so good luck in the contest. And if you don't win here, check my website calendar at www.julielessman.com for more book giveaways.

    BELINDA ... thanks SO much for stopping by to leave a comment, and I wish you luck in the contest.

    CHRISTINA ... uh, I'd "love" you to have it too!! Let's just see what we can do about that ... :)

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  54. Mary, I am crossing my fingers with you, girl! This book is such a treat and you will love it. Like Julie said, check out her site for more opportunities to win...I cyber stalked her and won all 3 books!!!!

    Belinda, you will love this book! Thanks for stopping by and good luck!

    Christina, I'm putting your name in the hat and crossing my fingers for you! Thanks for stopping by!

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  55. I've read the second one and am also stalking Julie to win the third one. *grin* But if I don't win it, I'll definitely buy it because I've really been looking forward to it. :-)

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  56. Yea Jessica! Stalking definitely works!!! Good luck!

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  57. JESSICA ... Thanks SO much for your confidence in me!! I hope you love book 3 as much as I do! And Sherrinda is SO right ... cyberstalking is such a great way to win great books. I know, because I do it all the time too! :) Good luck!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  58. I really want to read this book

    jdmimi at gmail dot com

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  60. if I'd win this book it would be my first by Julie Lessman; I haven't even heard of her until now so am exicted to see the kind of writing she does. Thanks for the chance.

    yourstrulee(at)sasktel(dot)net

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  61. Jdmimi, I am sure you would absolutely LOVE to read this book! Thanks for stopping by and good luck in the draw!

    Robyn, you will become a great fan of Julie's work! I am crossing my fingers for you! Thanks for stopping by!

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  62. I also want this book, I am a semi-disabled as I can't stand for long so I stay around the house most of the time. I am 66 so I don't have anything to do except read or play on the computer trying to find contest I can enter, MAy God bless all.

    mamat2730(at)charter(dot)net

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  63. I am sooo sorry Edna, but I had the drawing last night for Julie's book! I know she has a list of blogs and sites that are giving away copies of her books on her website.

    www.julielessman.com

    Check out her site and leave comments for a chance at her books! They are worth the chase!

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