Friday, May 27, 2011

Guest Post by Julie Lessman ++ Book Giveaway!!

THE CINDERELLA EFFECT:
TRANSFORMING A WICKED CHARACTER
INTO A LIKABLE HEROINE

Okay, I admit it —I was when my second book in The Daughters of Boston Series, A Passion Redeemed, hit the stores with a heroine that everybody hates. YIKES! Can I help it if I was warped at the age of twelve after reading Gone With the Wind, resulting in an obsessive kinship with characters like Scarlett O’Hara???

I can still smell the fear in the e-mails from my agent and editor as they grappled with the prospect of my turning Charity O’Connor—the woman that so many readers wanted to slap (and whom fellow Seeker Camy Tang wanted to kill or maim)—into a LIKABLE heroine to whom readers could relate.

An impossible task? I didn’t think so, but time would tell if readers would fall in love with this wonderfully flawed woman who was such a pleasure to redeem. I simply employed a certain strategy that I like to call “The Cinderella Effect”—transforming a wicked stepsister into a princess at a ball with an easy wave of the wand and a few strokes of the keyboard.

For instance, in A Passion Most Pure, Collin McGuire is a drinking, womanizing rogue that most readers wanted to hate, but by imparting a glimpse of his painful past, his tender heart and his passion for family, readers found themselves pulling for him instead. Okay, okay, I know what you’re thinking—easy to do with a handsome and warmly passionate man, but what about a female who appears to be nothing more than a cold and manipulative flirt?

Also easy! I believe you can make ANY character more likable and relatable to the reader by implementing some or all of the points indicated below, all of which I utilized to TRY and transform Charity in A Passion Redeemed:

Show the characters’s compassion:
With Charity, I interjected a number of important things, such as the tender relationship she had with her great-grandmother, which is witnessed in this scene by the hero, unbeknownst to Charity:

At eighty years old, Mima was little more than skin and bones, a tiny Dresden china doll with long, snowy hair fanned out across her pillow. Charity stood over her, sponging her pale, translucent cheek with a wet cloth, her voice soft and tender.
“There you are, Mima, your skin is as glowing as a newborn babe’s. How pretty you look! Now just a dab of color.” Charity rubbed her finger across her own lips and applied a hint of blush to her great-grandmother’s cheeks. Then she leaned back, hands on her hips. “Goodness, Mima, I’ll bet if Great-Grandfather could see you now, he’d fall in love all over again.”

Her defense of her best friend, Emma:

“Speaking of Emma, how are things?”
Charity glimpsed up. Her smile faded into a frown. “Not good, but she refuses to leave.”
The soft gray of Horatio’s eyes darkened to pewter. “How can a woman stay with a monster like that?”
Charity forced herself to concentrate on folding the charcoal-colored morning coat. She blinked several times to dispel a sting of wetness in her eyes. “I don’t know, Mr. Hargrove. She claims she loves him. Swears he didn’t mean it. That it was the bottle and not ‘her Rory’ who threw the hot grease in her face.” Charity shivered.
Mr. Hargrove placed a gnarled hand on top of hers. “She told me what you did, my dear. How you saved her job, threatening to quit if Emma lost hers.”
Charity whirled around to scoop tobacco into a bag, heat flooding her cheeks. The sweet, rich scent of maple rum drifted in the air. “Goodness, Emma and I are a team, Mr. Hargrove. I can’t keep this shop running by myself, you know.”
“You’re a good friend, Charity O’Connor. Putting your job on the line to save hers.” He released a quiet sigh. “What a tragedy. One so young and lovely … now so disfigured. I pray God watches over her.”

SHOW THE CHARACTER’S REMORSE:

She groaned and jolted up, suddenly noticing the clean counter where stacks of dishes should have been waiting. Guilt slithered within. Not only had she made a fool of herself with Mitch, but she had disappointed her grandmother and Mima. Flitted off to do her own bidding, completely flaunting their wishes. And after Grandmother had slaved for hours to make a special Thanksgiving dinner just for her. Charity choked back a sob. She was a miserable creature. An ungrateful granddaughter and a selfish human being. She didn’t deserve Mitch’s love. Why would God even consider it?

SHOW THE CHARACTER’S SENSE OF HUMOR:

Dooley nodded and fisted the bag in one hand and the peppermint stick in the other. His grin was ear to ear. “Thank you, Miss Charity. Me mum’s right. You are an angel from above.”
Charity chuckled as she walked him to the door. “There are some who would argue that point, Dooley. See you next week.”
“Yes, ma’am. Good night.”
Charity closed the door softly and flipped the bolt. Humming to herself, she strolled back to the register to record the cost of the bunting and peppermint stick on her personal charge. She glanced at the dirty burlap on the counter and sighed. She didn’t have high hopes for the raisin bread, but she’d take it home nonetheless. The neighbor’s dog seemed genuinely fond of it.

SHOW THE CHARACTER’S PAINFUL PAST TO INVOKE SYMPATHY:

Charity dropped on the bed. A mix of anger and guilt shuddered through her like the chill of the room. She couldn’t escape it. She’d betrayed her sister. Now regret shadowed her in shame, never allowing her to forget.
She grappled her fingers through her hair. If only she could be free. A clear conscience. A forgiven heart. The love of the man she longed for. Her fist trembled to her mouth as an involuntary cry escaped her lips. Oh, Faith, I’m sorry. When did I start hating you?

SHOW OTHER CHARACTER’S POSITIVE PERCEPTION OF CHARACTER :

Charity. The very name inflicted a sharp ache in his heart. Sky blue eyes that teased and tempted, lips that were the curse of his resolve. A wounded little girl, stubborn and strong, defiant in her quest for love. And all the while, a sensual woman, resilient to the core, fiercely devoted to those she opened her heart to. He drew in a deep breath to ward off the longing. No! He may love her and, yes, forgive her, and certainly pray for her, but he would never trust her. Not enough to make her his wife.

SO … there you have it, just a few of the things I incorporated to help Charity win the reader’s heart. Of course (grin), you won’t know if I actually succeeded unless you read the book! (

Hugs,
Julie


Readers, Julie has offered a giveaway of any copy of her book you would like! I am sure you will enjoy this so please get your entries in below:)

MANDATORY ENTRY-
Tell me your favorite character from one of Julie's books or who you think would be a favorite? Here is the link to her website so you can go check them out:) This comment is mandatory and must be done or the extra entries do not count. I have to tell you, my favorite was Charity. Partly because she has my name but partly because of her character.

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EXTRA ENTRIES-Please leave a comment for each entry.

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6.Tell me which book you would like if you won. Check out her website to see the list of her titles.
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This giveaway will end 6/10. Winner will be chosen through Random.org. They will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.

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Hannah E. Rollett said...

Sounds great! If I won, I would probably ask for A Passion Most Pure...it's an excellent book.

H.E.R. said...

My favorite character is Faith from A Passion Most Pure.

CarolM said...

JULIE!

Heyya lady!

I knew you could redeem Charity! I had faith in you!

Favorite character? Ouch. That's a tough one.

Emma? Luke? They're both wonderful. Perhaps the upcoming introduction of Casey ;). I have this feeling AHR is the best yet [which would be the one I'd want ;)].

Think I have to go with Luke. I just <3 him.

Okay - lotsa entries coming up... One post per? Really?

carol at carolmoncado dot com

CarolM said...

I get Julie's newsletter.

CarolM said...

I get Julie's newsletter. Still ;).

CarolM said...

Became a KingsDaughter follower on Twitter.

CarolM said...

I follow Julie on Twitter.

CarolM said...

I follow Julie on Facebook.

Julie Lessman said...

Hey, HANNAH, thanks for your sweet comment, and good luck in the contest.

H.E.R. ... Faith seems to be everybody's favorite, but I have a feeling Emma just may give Faith a run for her money ... :)

CAROL!!! Good to see you here, girl, and boy, am I with you on Luke!! Sigh ... he and Mitch are my favs!! Thanks for coming by , sweetie, and good luck!

Hugs,
Julie

Pamela S Thibodeaux said...

I absolutely Love, Love, LOVE this book! But my favorite character in Julie's books so far is Beth in A Passion Denied.

CarolM said...

Retweeted Julie's tweet re this.

And yes - I know you love Mitch Julie ;). He's fine, but you know why I can't get on board with the lovin' =D.

[am I doing this right?]

CarolM said...

Posted on my Facebook about it [do I really paste this two more times? Wanna do it right and not just clog up comments if I'm doing it wrong...]

Beth K. Vogt said...

I've read one of Julie's books: A Passion Most Pure.
All her books look intriguing, but I'm especially curious about Elizabeth O'Connor in A Passion Denied.

Jenni / Jennifer Saake a.k.a. InfertilityMom said...

I don't believe I've had the privilege of reading any of Julie's books yet, but always love Irish characters and would love to start by getting to know Katie O'Connor. :)

Beth K. Vogt said...

I also just Followed you on Twitter and RTed the announcement about the blog & giveaway! Have fun, everyone!

Pam said...

My favorite Julie Lessman character is Faith, though it's hard to choose. Julie did a great job of redeeming Charity into a likeable person.

I subscribe to your blog via e-mail.

If I win, I'd like Julie's newest book, A Heart Revealed, so I can continue this wonderful series.

Pam said...

I follow Julie on Facebook and subscribe to her newsletter.

Anne Payne said...

I haven't read any of Julie's books so I would just start with this one, A Passion Redeemed, because I have been redeemed in Christ. Maybe I would be able to identify with Charity :)

Anne Payne said...

I'm a follower thru email and GFC.

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Jackie S. said...

I love Julie's books....hard to pick a favorite character, but guess I would say Faith! Can't wait for her new book! Thanks for entering me.
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Jackie S. said...

I just signed up to follow you via E mail.
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Jackie S. said...

I do get Julie's newsletter! Love her journal jots, too.
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Anonymous said...

Yes you are doing right, Carol. That way I get all your correct amount of entries:) Have fun everyone! Glad you all stopped by. Seems Julie is a very popular lady:D

Charity

Julie Lessman said...

PAM!!! How the heck are you, girl?? What number book are you on now?? I don't know if I ever told you, but I loved your book!!

I have to be honest, I'm shocked at how many people relate to Lizzie. Charity is my favorite because she is SO flawed and funny, but I LOVE Faith too. I had a little trouble writing Lizzie and Brady because they are the farthest from my own personality, but I ended up loving them a lot when I was done. Thanks for stopping by.

Yes, CAROL, I DO know why you gravitate toward good boys like Brady and Luke, especially with young girls to raise, so no worries -- I've got enough heroes to go around. But trust me, you are going to LOVE Sean!! ;)

Hey, BETH, that's really interesting that you're interested in Beth (i.e. Lizzie). She comes of age in the wild Roaring 20s, but remains a good girl who dreams of a fairy-tale romance. Her love interest, John Brady, is the good guy who becomes Collin's friend during the war, but denies Lizzie the love he feels because of his past. If you win in this contest, I can send it to you, okay?

Hugs,
Julie

Julie Lessman said...

JENNI!!! How fun to see you here, girl! Thanks for coming by AND thanks for considering my books. And you can start with Katie's story, A Hope Undaunted, which is book 1 in the "Winds of Change" series because it is a stand-alone, but the best way to read this series is to begin with book 1 in "The Daughters of Boston" series, A Passion Most Pure, since it is an ongoing family saga. But either way is fine.

Hey, PAM, nice to see you here, sweetie. I love both Faith and Charity too, and especially together like in A Passion Denied and the later books because they are such a great foil for each other and SO much fun! Good luck in the contest, my friend.

Oh, ANNE, I SO relate to being "redeemed"!! Charity's story could be so many of our stories, at least I know it's mine, which is one of the reasons I love her so much. She goes through more growth in this family saga than any other character because she is SO flawed in the beginning. Most people HATE her in book 1 and she's definitely an unlikely heroine, but I hope you end up loving her as much as I do.

JACKIE!!! Hey, girl, good to see you here. Hope all is well with you and your family. Thanks for all the entries -- good luck, my friend!

Hugs,
Julie

Megan said...

Charity is my favorite character.

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I tweeted about this giveaway @Celtic_Girl

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I tweeted about this giveaway (again) @Celtic_Girl

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I signed up for Julie's newsletter.
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Megan said...

I just blogged about this giveaway, http://hardcoverfeedback.blogspot.com/2011/05/book-giveaway.html.

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Megan said...

I just blogged about this giveaway, http://hardcoverfeedback.blogspot.com/2011/05/book-giveaway.html.

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Megan said...

I just blogged about this giveaway, http://hardcoverfeedback.blogspot.com/2011/05/book-giveaway.html.

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Megan said...

If I won, I would LOVE to get "A Heart Revealed", book 2 in "The Winds of Change" series.

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Julie Lessman said...

WHOA, MEGAN, you really go all out, don't you??? Thanks for being so diligent here AND so supportive of Giveaway Lady's blog and me!! Good luck in the contest, although I'd say you're halfway there ... :)

Hugs,
Julie

P.S. LOVE the shamrock!! :)

Vickie McDonough said...

Hey Julie!

This is such great advice! I almost didn't want to read this book because she was such a snit, but I'm glad I did.You did a wonderful job of redeeming Charity. It was really good, and even though it's been a year or two since I've read it, I still remember much of it. Great job!!

You don't have to enter me in the drawing, but I wanted to comment. My favorite characters so far have been Faith and also John Brady.(I think that's his name.)

Julie Lessman said...

Aw, VICKIE, I always get SO tickled when one of my favorite author friends stops by -- THANK YOU!! And Charity a snit??? Puh-leeeez!! She is a royal hoot in the next book, so redemption has come all the way to that vamp, trust me!!

Hugs till ACFW!!
Julie

Anonymous said...

I must be honest to say I have not read any of her books, but I have learn that I would like to read more of the character of Katie O'Connor of WINDS OF CHANGE SERIES, BOOK 1 -- A HOPE UNDAUNTED. Thank you for leading to a good book and the chance to won one.

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Anonymous said...

I follow by e-mail.

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Anonymous said...

I follow by Facebook.

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Julie Lessman said...

C.P. HARNEY!!! You are JUST the type of reader I am looking for, girl -- new ones!! :) Good luck in the contest, because I would LOVE to send you a book! :)

Hugs,
Julie

cynthia said...

So hard for me to choose. I like both Faith and Beth. I think I choose Beth because I can relate to her more, but I love the faith that Faith has in God, yet I love the struggles that she's had to face.
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Julie Lessman said...

Hey, CYNTHIA -- SO good to see you here, girl. And I gotta tell you, if Faith and Beth are your favorites, you are going to LOVE Emma, my friend, seriously. My husband says she is the best heroine I have written to date, but YOU will have to be the judge ... :)

Hugs,
Julie

karenk said...

HI Julie...As you know, I love ALL of the OConnor family...and their spouses...and family friends...I can't select only one favourite...

I am sooo looking forward to your latest novel :)

karenk
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karenk said...

i'm a follower :)

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i'm an email subscriber, too :)

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i'm an email subscriber, too :)

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Andrea Strong said...

My favorite character? Well, I've only read APMP... As much as I love Faith, I'm gonna choose Collin. I understood him almost immediately. The scene very early in the book where he's playing kickball with neighborhood boys and carries the little handicapped boy around the bases...I was a goner.

Andrea Strong said...

I followed this site with feedburner

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I recieve Julie's Newsletter.

I've forgotten to leave my email. Here it is.

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Andrea Strong said...

I just blogged about this post.

Please stop by and see it.

http://andreastake.blogspot.com/2011/05/check-out-this-great-giveaway.html

Julie! If you're still lurking here I'll give you a heads up...I want APR. I'm dying to read Charity's story. I loved the little tastes you left in this post, but it's just not enough. ;)

Andrea Strong said...

I just commented on your review of When All My Dreams Come True.

Andrea Strong said...

Once again, I blogged.

Andrea Strong said...

Third time...I blogged.

Well, I blogged once, but I'm telling you three times...

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Andrea Strong said...

I also followed with GFC.

I think that's all since I'm not on Facebook or Twitter. :(

Julie Lessman said...

Hey, KAREN, good to see you here, my friend, and I'm looking forward to you READING my next novel, so we're even!! I hope you like it as much as my hubby and crit partner do! Good luck, sweetie.

Hugs,
Julie

Julie Lessman said...

ANDREA!!! Oh, I am SO thrilled you want to read Charity's story -- it's my favorite of The Daughters of Boston series, so I'm anxious to see what you think. Thanks for coming by and for all the hard work you put in. Good luck, sweetie!

Hugs,
Julie

Katy said...

So sadly, I haven't read one of Julie Lessman's books yet. But I have the first, A Passion Most Pure, sitting in my TBR pile just taunting me to pick it up and read it! I honestly cannot wait! I'm trying to go through my TBR in order of most pressing reviews, but hope to soon have my list freed up enough to pick up that one. :-D

I'd love to be entered into the giveaway to win the next book after APMP! Thanks for the chance!

~ Katy
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Katy said...

I follow this blog, Charity!


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Katy said...

I'm signed up for Julie's newsletter! :-)


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Katy said...

If I won, I would ask for A Passion Redeemed. :-)


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Julie Lessman said...

KATY ... I totally understand about the looming TBR file -- I am judging a pubbed contest right now and have a number of endorsements/reviews due, not to mention Seeker books, so I relate. But when you DO get to APMP, I would love to hear if you liked it. But, uh ... if you don't ... never mind. :)

Hugs,
Julie

Anonymous said...

I think My favorite is Katie O'Connor she looks neat. My email is billysundayfan[at]yahoo[dot]com

Julie Lessman said...

ANONYMOUS... SO glad Katie's a favorite of yours, which means you must like A Hope Undaunted, my favorite of all the books I've written. And I LOVE your e-mail addy -- billysunday fan!! I actually have a Billy Sunday revival in my next book, A Trust Restored, which is Steven O'Connor's story. I was pretty tickled that the time frame fit to include Billy Sunday since he was a big influence during Prohibition.

Hugs,
Julie

Ann Lee Miller said...

I love Faith in A Passion most Pure because she makes hard choices to honor God.
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I'm a follower. :)
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Sassy said...

I'll be honest and say I have never read any of her books but I am very interested. If I just had to take a guess, it would be Emma.

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Sassy said...

I'll be honest and say I have never read any of her books but I am very interested. If I just had to take a guess, it would be Emma.

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Carrie Fancett Pagels said...

Such a nice article and fun post, great recommendations, Julie. Hey, when are you gonna write a colonial so I will just jump right in and read one of your great books? Will refer back to this article later as I have a heroine with some of these issues, too! Blessings!

Julie Lessman said...

Hey, ANN, always good to see you, my friend, and I can see why you and most of my reader are partial to Faith. She really is THE main heroine in the DOB series, not only because of deep faith and diligence, but because she is actually the catalyst in this family, the first domino to fall for Christ among her siblings. Good luck in the contest, sweetie.

SASSY ... oh, girl, you are JUST the type of reader I am looking for -- one who hasn't read my books yet. If you do, PLEASE begin with A Passion Most Pure, book 1 in the Daughters of Boston series because there are a number of big surprises in that book, in particular, that would be missed if read out of order. And with an addy like "Sassy," I would think you might like the youngest O'Connor daughter, Katie O'Connor. Her husband calls her "Sass" because she is a real pistol from little on (age 5 in book 1 the Daughters of Boston series, all the way up to age 21 in book 3 of The Winds of Change series). Good luck in the contest!

CARRIE ... (grin) ... unfortunately I don't have any immediate plans to write a Colonial, although Laura Frantz's books and MaryLu Tyndall's are among my favorites. BUT ... with you being a psychologist, I'm guessing I could convince you to switch to pre-WWI to the Roaring 20s with the O'Connors, given the psychological roller-coaster these people live on!! :) Thanks for coming by, my friend.

Hugs, Julie

splashesofjoy said...

Ok I signed up for Julie's Newsletter, and I can't believe I don't have any of Julie's books, but I don't! So any of them will be great.
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apple blossom said...

Loved Faith and Charity both but think like Charity best for her feistiness.

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Julie Lessman said...

SPLASHES OF JOY ... have I ever told you how much I LOVE that addy?? Makes me happy just reading it ... And you don't have any of my books, eh? Does that mean you read them but don't own them or does that mean you haven't read them??? Because if you haven't, girlfriend, we need to get you on the stick ... that is, if you like LOTS of passion in your romance and your relationship with God ... :) Good luck!

APPLE BLOSSOM!!! Hey, Abs, how the heck are you doing, girl??? And THANK YOU for choosing Charity because she is my fav too -- not just feisty, but FUNNY!! Wait till you read her in AHR -- she is a hoot!! Thanks for coming by ...

Hugs,
Julie

Anonymous said...

Definitely Lizzie (Elizabeth) I believe, from "A Passion Denied".

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misskallie2000 said...

I have not had the pleasure of reading any of Julie's books but after reading this post and interview Charity would be my choice also.
Thanks for the opportunity to enter giveaway.

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I would like A Hope Undaunted should I win.

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Renee (SteelerGirl83) said...

Hahaha yep, I didn't like Charity very much at all but she grows on ya. ;-) I loved every second of the DoB series and the new spin off series is on track to be a new fave of mine! I gotta say my favorite character is John Brady, I just love those strong, silent types. ;-)

Please don't enter me I already have all of Julie's books and a copy of AHR coming to me.

XOXO~ Renee C.

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Julie Lessman said...

ANONYMOUS ... Lizzie seems to be a favorite of a lot of readers, maybe because so many of us romantic types are dreamers at heart. Good luck in the contest!

Hugs,
Julie

Julie Lessman said...

MAMABUNNY ... what a CUTE addy!! Thank you for all the entries, and I think you may be right about Emma in A Heart Revealed ... she is slated to become a favorite of A LOT of people because she is one of the most special characters I have ever written. Hope you think so too!

MISS KALLIE ... For some reason your addy sounds SO familiar, so I thought you had read my books, but if not, then, girl -- we need to remedy that!! You're off to a good start here, so good luck in the contest!

Hugs,
Julie

Julie Lessman said...

RENEE!!! I'm glad Charity grew on you, my friend, because you are going to LOVE her in A Heart Revealed, I promise. Thanks for your kind words, and I like the strong, silent types too ... so you will definitely like Steven's story ... :)

ABI ... you've been busy, girl -- thank you!!! And good luck ... :)

Hugs,
Julie

Kristie said...

Faith O'Connor seems the most intriguing. Of course I would have to read the books in order. I wouldn't want to peek and ruin the surprise. *LOL* kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

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I would like to start with "A Passion Most Pure". kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

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Julie Lessman said...

Good girl, KRISTIE -- it's best to start with book 1, A Passion Most Pure if you haven't read any of my books before. Good luck, sweetie!

Hugs,
Julie

Lady DragonKeeper said...

Ooh, so hard to choose just one favorite character! While Faith is one of my favorites, I have to say that I've loved all the glimpses we've ever seen of Sean O'Connor. If I had an older brother, I'd want him to be like Sean. =) I'm glad he's getting his own story out soon! All the "sneak peaks" of "A Heart Revealed" on Ms. Julie's "Journal Jots" page add to the "I can't wait." =D

I absolutely hated Charity in book one ... but over the series, she's really progressed and turned out to be such an endearing character.

Thanks for the chance to win --I'd pick APR.

jafuchi7[at]hawaii[dot]edu

Lady DragonKeeper said...

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Julie Lessman said...

LDK!!! How you doing, girl??? I bet MUCH better now that school is out, right? And you like Sean??? Oh my, then you are going to LOVE AHR, my friend!! I've always liked Sean as a big brother too, but in the next book, he turns out to be a hero I love as well. Hope you do too! Good luck, and say hi to your sister for me.

Hugs,
Julie

Lady DragonKeeper said...

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Hey, Ms. Julie!

Definitely much better! --I'm working double hours at my job, but at least I don't have to worry about papers and projects anymore (until school starts again, at least). =)

Kris says "hi" also and she hopes you're having a great summer so far!

Tamara said...

This was interesting to read, because I have to admit I didn't care for Charity either until I read A Passion Redeemed.

My fav character would have to be Luke :) And my favorite book so far has been A Passion Denied.

Tamara said...

If I won I would love to recieve A Heart Revealed...I don't know if you can win that one though so if not, A Hope Undaunted.

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Julie Lessman said...

TAMARA ... YAY!! Then that means I did my job if you ended up liking Charity in APR!! Oh, and isn't Luke to die for??? Oh-my-gosh ... he and Mitch are my favs, but I do believe Luke has an edge. Of course I just proofed a love scene between Katie and him in Steven's story, A Trust Restored, so Luke is definitely at the foreground of my mind this week ... :) Good luck in the contest!

Hugs,
Julie

Tamara said...

You definitely did do a good job! Mitch is great but Luke will always be my fav, especially as Cluny in APD :)
Thanks!

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