Sunday, December 1, 2019

12 Days of Christmas Book Giveaways: Julie Lessman's Christmas stories


Let's welcome my author friend Julie Lessman to the blog!

She's our first guest for my blog's holiday series, "12 Days of Christmas Book Giveaways" and she's certainly the most generous because she wants to give away a bundle of SIX e-books to EACH of the six winners of this book giveaway contest!

Enjoy this special treat because it's only happening once (the other authors are not giving away these many books but they are each giving away at least one, so stay tuned)!

Now let me tell you a little bit about Julie and her wonderful Christmas stories:

This is Julie:


Author Bio:

Julie Lessman is an award-winning author whose tagline of “Passion With a Purpose” underscores her intense passion for both God and romance. A lover of all things Irish, she enjoys writing close-knit Irish family sagas that evolve into 3-D love stories: the hero, the heroine, and the God that brings them together.

Author of The Daughters of Boston, Winds of Change, Heart of San Francisco, Isle of Hope, and Silver Lining Ranch series, Julie was American Christian Fiction Writers 2009 Debut Author of the Year and has garnered over 18 Romance Writers of America and other awards. 

Voted #1 Romance Author in Family Fiction magazine’s 2012 and 2011 Readers Choice Awards, Julie’s novels also made Family Fiction magazine’s Best of 2015, Best of 2014, and “Essential Christian Romance Authors” 2017, as well as Booklist’s 2010 Top 10 Inspirational Fiction and Borders Best Fiction. Her independent novel A Light in the Window was 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. Contact Julie through her website and read excerpts from each of her books at www.julielessman.com.

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These are Julie's books:


Book Blurb for A Light in the Window:

A Light in the Window: An Irish Christmas Love Story (Award-winning Novel)

One Woman. Two Men.

One stirs her pulse, the other her faith.

But who will win her heart?

Marceline Murphy, a gentle beauty with a well-founded aversion to rogues, catches the eye of two of Boston’s most notorious. Patrick O’Connor and Sam O’Rourke are best friends with a bond like brothers … until they meet one woman neither can have.

Overseeing St. Mary’s Christmas play—A Light in the Window—Marcy wrestles with her attraction to both. But when disaster strikes, she’s destined to discover the play’s message firsthand. For although two men have professed their love, only one has responded to the light in the window.

Here's the video for A Light in the Window: http://bit.ly/1ROm4d6

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Book Blurb for A Whisper of Hope:

A Whisper of Hope — An O’Connor Christmas Novella (associated w/Daughters of Boston and Winds of Change Series):

She’s desperate for a baby.

He’s desperate for an empty nest.

Love is desperate to surprise them both.

With a husband dead set against adoption,

Charity O’Connor Dennehy has barely a whisper of hope

for more children. But if hope doesn’t disappoint …

will it be enough to find a precious bundle under her tree?

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Book Blurb for The Best Gift of All:

The Best Gift of All — An O’Connor Christmas Novella (associated w/Daughters of Boston and Winds of Change Series): 

She longs to be the perfect mother.

He just longs for his wife.

Until they receive ... the best gift of all.

Everyone knows Lizzie and John Brady have the perfect marriage.

But when Lizzie’s desire to be a good mother

eclipses her desire for her husband, the honeymoon is definitely over.

Can the spirit of Christmas heal their hearts when Lizzie gives John the best gift of all?

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Book Blurb for A Dream Fulfilled:

A Dream Fulfilled — An O’Connor Christmas Novella (associated w/Daughters of Boston and Winds of Change Series):

She’s always dreamed of a best friend.

He’s always dreamed of a large family.
Until hope intervenes with a dream fulfilled.

Katie O’Connor McGee learned early on not to let anyone get too close. Picked on mercilessly in school because of an unsightly handicap, she kept everyone at arm's length, including three big sisters seven to fourteen years older. As far as Katie was concerned, friends were meant to be restricted, not embraced.

But when she meets Arlene Campbell and her little girl, Addie, during playtime at a park with her own children, she discovers a friendship for which she’s waited a lifetime. A dream hidden deep in her soul she didn’t even know existed until she connected with a woman who would change her life forever, teaching her the depth and sacrifice of true friendship.

Luke McGee has dreamed of having a large family since he roamed the streets of Boston as a virtual orphan, finally finding a home—and his heart—in a marriage to Katie O’Connor and their two young girls. However, once Katie’s time and affection shifts toward a new friend who needs her, it creates turmoil in Luke’s happy home. It doesn’t help that as Director for the Boston Children’s Aid Society, Luke works long hours providing homes and hope for troubled children on the streets.

But when he reaches out to one hardened little boy, his hope to make a difference suddenly coincides with that of his wife’s, sowing the seeds of a dream fulfilled for them all.

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Book Blurb for A Gift Like No Other:

A Gift Like No Other — An O’Connor Christmas Novella (associated w/Daughters of Boston and Winds of Change Series):

Her dream is writing.
His is the perfect wife and mother.
Until God fulfills them both with a dream like no other.

Twelve years ago, Faith O’Connor happily gave up her dream as a copywriter to become a wife and mother, clinging to her husband’s promise she could return someday. But when the opportunity arises to write for the Boston Herald again two days a week, her dream hits a snag … along with her marriage.

To Collin McGuire, family is everything because he never really had one of his own. Raised by a father who died early and a mother who didn’t care, Collin is determined to give his children the very best with a full-time mother. But when he denies Faith her dream, he soon discovers he’s denied his own as well … until Christmas day brings a healing through a gift like no other.

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Book Blurb for The Gift of Grace:

The Gift of Grace — A Frontier Christmas Novella (formerly part of the Cowboy Christmas Homecoming Collection):

She’s the Accident to His Prayers …

Pastor Cole McCabe isn’t sure he’ll survive the holidays

with his new housekeeper and nanny.

She’s caught fire to the kitchen, dyed his long johns pink,

and scorched nearly everything she cooks.

But he’s desperate, and she’s as destitute as they come.

Even though she’s no good with her hands,

Grace sure has a way with her heart.

She’s brought a warmth into Cole’s home,

added color to his daughters’ lives, and broken

down the wall he’s built up since his beloved wife died.

But when Grace’s past threatens Cole’s family,

she’s given one last chance to be home for Christmas ...

if she hasn’t burned it down yet.

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Book Giveaway Details:

Enter this multiple book giveaway contest for your chance to WIN a bundle of these books written by Julie Lessman, by filling out the entry form on the Rafflecopter widget below:

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36 comments:

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    1. Hey, Calvin, thank you for taking the time to leave a comment! If you haven’t read any of my books before, I would be honored to send you a free e-book just for coming by. If you are interested, simply send me a private FB message telling me so, and I'll give you a choice between two of my award-winning books -- either my historical or a contemporary, okay?

      I wish you and yours a happy, healthy, & holy holiday season!

      Hugs,
      Julie

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  2. I haven't read any of Julie's books before, but they sound really good!

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    1. Hey, Candy, SO happy you came by! And since you haven’t read any of my books before, I would be thrilled to send you a free e-book just because you took the time to check out Alexis's wonderful giveaway. So, if you are interested, simply send me a private FB message telling me so, and I'll give you a choice between two of my award-winning books -- either my historical or a contemporary, okay?

      I wish you and yours a happy, healthy, & holy holiday season!

      Hugs,
      Julie

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  3. Why do I want to win Julies books... Many years ago I won getting my name in one of Julies books and I made it my goal that day to own all of her books in my Kindle and in Paperback!
    I was greatly touched by the first book of hers that I read and we are not only Sisters in the Lord but friends. It would be a great honor to win these at Christmas time.
    Blessings to All this Christmas Time!
    Linda Marie Finn
    Faithful Acres Books & Author Services
    faithfulacresbooks @ gmail dot com

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    1. LINDA!!! SO great to see you here, darlin', and I wish you and yours a glorious holiday season!

      Here's to a win, my friend!

      Hugs,
      Julie

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    2. Cheers !!! Where else would I be Jules, no funner place to be then with you celebrating !!!
      Linda

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  4. All the stories look wonderful, and a mix of contemporary and historical! Such variety!

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    1. Thank you, D. Irvin! Originally I wrote historicals for Revell, but then I expanded my scope by switching over to writing contemporary on my own as well, so that accounts for the variety (which also includes Historical Western, if you can believe that!).

      Anyway, if you haven't ever read any of my books, I will make the same offer to you that I did to Calvin & Candy above -- a free e-book just because you took the time to check out Alexis's wonderful giveaway. If you are interested, simply send me a private FB message telling me so, and I'll give you a choice between two of my award-winning books -- either my historical or a contemporary, okay?

      I wish you and yours a happy, healthy, & holy holiday season!

      Hugs,
      Julie

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  5. I love Julie's books. She captures me from the first.

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    1. DAWN!! I hope you had a wonderful birthday yesterday, my sweet friend! And thank you for your very kind comment -- MUCH appreciated!

      I wish you and yours a happy, healthy, and holy holiday season!

      Hugs!!
      Julie

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  6. ALEXIS!! Thank you SO much for allowing me to kick off your wonderful Christmas giveaway -- I am honored and thrilled, so let's give away some books!!

    AND ... anyone who wants even more chances & prizes to win, I invite you to head on over to my Journal Jots blog for the details at JULIE’S JOURNAL JOTS BLOG

    Hugs,
    Julie

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    1. You're welcome, Julie! Thank YOU for participating in my blog's holiday series and for being so generous with your book giveaway! :)

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  7. I’d love to win Julie’s books! They all sound like great reads! Thanks you Alexis for sharing her with us!

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    1. Hey, PHDMAMA ... I would LOVE for you to win one of my books, too! So if you never have, I would be honored to send you a free e-book just for coming by. If you are interested, simply send me a private FB message telling me so, and I'll give you a choice of two of my award-winning books -- either my historical or a contemporary, okay?

      I wish you and yours a happy, healthy, & holy holiday season!

      Hugs,
      Julie

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  8. Love the covers and the stories sound good.

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    1. Hey, Anonymous, THANK YOU for your kind comment. It sounds like you haven't read my books before, so if not, I would be honored to send you a free e-book just for coming by. If you are interested, simply send me a private FB message telling me so, and I'll give you a choice of two of my award-winning books -- either my historical or a contemporary, okay?

      I wish you and yours a happy, healthy, & holy holiday season!

      Hugs,
      Julie

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  9. What a wonderful giveaway. Julia always has such a giving heart. I’ve read “Daughters of Boston”, “Winds of Change”, “Heart of San Francisco” and “ Isle of Hope” books and they are all amazing. “Daughters of Boston” is my favorite because those were the first ones I read of hers.

    Hugs,
    Lesley

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    1. WHOA, Lesley, thank you, Thank You, THANK YOU for reading my books -- SOOO appreciated, my sweet friend!

      And if you don't win in this giveaway, you send me a private FB message, and I will be happy to send you your pick of one of my Christmas novellas to express my gratitude, okay?

      I wish you and yours a happy, healthy, & holy holiday season!

      Hugs,
      Julie

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  10. I LOVE Julie’s books! They always bless me. I love the more mature dialogues because they represent life and passion.

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    1. MOMMABEAR, I just lOVE your addy!! And, YAY ... another "mature dialogue" fan like me because, YES, it DOES represent life and passion, at least it does for me and sounds like for you too, my friend.

      Thank you for coming by and for your kind comment. And I hope you check out my Journal Jots blog for even more chances to win, like a $15 g.c., ANOTHER chance at 6 of my Christmas books plus any one of my indie books AND a character named after you or a loved one in my next book (which will either be Love's Silver Bullet or A Wing & a Prayer (Gabe's story). Here's the link, and thank you again for your incredible support!

      JULIE’S JOURNAL JOTS BLOG

      I wish you and yours a happy, healthy, and holy holiday season!

      Hugs,
      Julie

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  11. Love her books! Would live to win and immerse myself in her books.

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    1. LAYNE, thank you SO much for your sweet comment, and I would LOVE to send you winning copies of the books listed, so if you don't win here, I encourage you to head on over to my Journal Jots blog for even more chances to win, like a $15 g.c., ANOTHER chance at 6 of my Christmas books plus any one of my indie books AND a character named after you or a loved one in my next book (which will either be Love's Silver Bullet or A Wing & a Prayer (Gabe's story). Here's the link, and thank you again for your incredible support!

      JULIE’S JOURNAL JOTS BLOG

      I wish you and yours a happy, healthy, and holy holiday season!

      Hugs,
      Julie

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  12. Absolutely love her books! I’ve read some of these novellas but need to read them all!

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    1. Hey, Mindy, I accidentally typed my response to you below in a separate comment.

      Sorry!

      Hugs,
      Julie

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  13. I love the Isle of Hope series. I can’t wait to dive into more of your books!

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    1. Hey, Jaime, I accidentally typed my response to you below in a separate comment.

      Sorry!

      Hugs,
      Julie

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  14. LOL, Mindy, YES, you do need to read them all because I guarantee both laughs and tears (or at least mistiness) in all of them! ;)

    Hope you are doing well, my friend. Thank you for coming by and for your kind comment. And I hope you check out my Journal Jots blog for even more chances to win, like a $15 g.c., ANOTHER chance at 6 of my Christmas books plus any one of my indie books AND a character named after you or a loved one in my next book. Here's the link, and thank you again for your support!

    JULIE’S JOURNAL JOTS BLOG

    I wish you and yours a happy, healthy, and holy holiday season!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  15. Hey, JAIME -- thank you, my friend, for reading my Isle of Hope series -- MUCH appreciated!

    But, girl, we need to get you hooked into the O'Connor family saga, beginning with The Daughters of Boston series, book 1, A Passion Most Pure, American Christian Fiction Writers 2009 Debut Book of the Year. So, I hope you check out my Journal Jots blog for even more chances to win, like a $15 g.c., ANOTHER chance at 6 of my Christmas books plus any one of my indie books AND a character named after you or a loved one in my next book. I've included the Journal Jots link below and if you win there, the indie book I can send you is A Light in the Window, which is the prequel love story for The Daughters of Boston series, so you'd be all set to plow through the O'Connor family saga with its six books! ;) Here's the link to the video for ALITW, just FYI:

    A LIGHT IN THE WINDOW VIDEO

    Thank you again for your incredible support!

    JULIE’S JOURNAL JOTS BLOG

    I wish you and yours a happy, healthy, and holy holiday season!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  16. I want to win because I haven't read these books and I'd like to. Thanks!

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    1. Hey, Kim, SO happy you came by! And since you haven’t read any of my books before, I would be happy to send you a free e-book just because you took the time to check out Alexis's wonderful giveaway. So, if you are interested, simply send me a private FB message telling me so, and I'll give you a choice between two of my award-winning books -- either my historical or a contemporary, okay?

      And I hope you check out my Journal Jots blog for even more chances to win, like a $15 g.c., ANOTHER chance at 6 of my Christmas books plus any one of my indie books AND a character named after you or a loved one in my next book. Here's the link, and thank you again for your interest.

      JULIE’S JOURNAL JOTS BLOG

      I wish you and yours a happy, healthy, and holy holiday season!

      Hugs,
      Julie

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  17. I haven't read any of Ms.Lessman's books but would love to!

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    1. Oooo, Gloria -- you're just the type of reader I'm looking for -- fresh blood! 😘 And since you haven’t read any of my books before, I would like to make the same offer to you that I made to other commenters above who've never read my books before to send you a free e-book. Consider it a sample to see if you like my style. So, if you are interested, simply send me a private FB message telling me so, and I'll give you a choice between two of my award-winning books -- either my historical or a contemporary, okay?

      And I hope you check out my Journal Jots blog for even more chances to win, like a $15 g.c., ANOTHER chance at 6 of my Christmas books plus any one of my indie books AND a character named after you or a loved one in my next book. Here's the link, and thank you again for your interest.

      JULIE’S JOURNAL JOTS BLOG

      I wish you and yours a happy, healthy, and holy holiday season!

      Hugs,
      Julie

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  18. I am over here like doing the happy dance!!! Thank you for the win, totally made my day since it is 1:28 am here... Thank you and Julie for this lovely win!!!
    Linda Marie Finn

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    1. LOL, Linda Marie ... will you buy me a lottery ticket?? ;)

      Just teasing -- I don't buy lottery tickets, but if I did YOU would be the one I would get to buy them!!

      CONGRATS, MY SWEET FRIEND!

      HUGS,
      Julie

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    2. Julie, you are too funny! You know that I have never bought one in my life!!! lol
      Linda

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