October 1, 2012

Steven O'Connor

*Deep, shuddering hero-girl sigh* That's really the only way to begin Steven's feature. Julie's brand is Passion With A Purpose and believe me, it is. With that established, I'm very comfortable reporting Steven O'Connor is a romantic hero so hot, you should wear oven mitts when reading A Love Surrendered. Steven is a 1920's prohibition agent, bee's knees handsome, with that oh-so-endearing wounded heart this hero-girl just eats up like homemade ice cream. Let's meet Steven and get those orange heads popping as we hearken back to the Roaring 20's.
From A Love Surrendered by Julie Lessman:

     Billy eased her to the steel railing, and she shivered again, remembering "Harv's" near kiss on the boardwalk. That was the first kiss any boy ever tried to give her, and she was quite sure it didn't count. No, it'd left her shaken and nauseous, and a true first kiss had to be magical.
     Didn't it? Like a moonlit kiss on this piazza with a handsome man like Billy who actually stirred her pulse? Her mind suddenly leapfrogged to Steven O'Connor, and heat braised her skin. All at once her stomach lurched when Billy molded his body to hers, causing panic to rise in her chest. His mouth slid softly to her throat, and she forced herself to relax, determined to enjoy this milestone in her life. And then with a harsh catch of her breath, he feathered her ear with his mouth, tongue invasive. Frantic, she tried to push him away but he only locked her tighter, his breath hot against her skin. "Oh, babe, I never met a girl like you--"
     "Sure you have, Brubaker, dozens of times, at this very railing alone." Steven O'Connor strolled forward, hands loose in the pockets of his blue serge slacks and lips sculpted in a smile colder than the cast-iron statue she'd passed on the Pier.
     Heat singed Annie's cheeks when a swear word hissed in her ear, and she gasped when Billy spun around. "You looking for trouble, O'Connor? Because if you are, I'll give it to ya."
     Steven folded his arms, tone casual despite a tic in his jaw. "Trouble? Naw, but you are." His dangerous smile gleamed white in the dark. "Ever hear the term 'age of consent'?"
     Billy didn't answer right away, but Annie saw the strain in the clench of his fists. "What the devil are you talking about? I ain't done nothing wrong."
     "Not yet." Steven nodded to Annie. "But look at her, Brubaker, she's jailbait and way too young for what you got in mind."
     "That's her decision, fuzzball, not yours."
     Annie eased away, arms clutched to her waist as Steven arched a brow. Gaze lidded, his chiseled face was calm and matter-of-fact as he held out a hand. "Want to stay with him, Annie, or come with me?"
     She shot into his embrace, burying her face in his shirt while she sobbed against his chest. His arms closed around her like a steel fortress, and when he spoke, his voice was as biting as the sudden gust of wind whipping her back. "If I ever see you around Annie or anybody this young again, Brubaker, I'll toss you in the cooler so fast, you'll have frostbite."
     "Yeah? On what charges, flatfoot?"
     Amusement laced Steven's tone. "Oh, don't worry, you two-bit greaseball, I'll come up with something--assault, maybe, or even that rotgut stashed in your coat."
     Annie sniffed and pulled away. The steely smile on Steven's face appeared all the more ominous, given the shadow of bristle on his hard-angled jaw.
     "Or maybe just because you're downright ugly. Either way I have friends in the precinct who owe me favors, so go ahead, Brubaker, I'm beggin' you to just give me a shot."
     Billy cursed and shoved past, leaving Annie quivering in the cold while she stared at the floor, too embarrassed to meet Steven's eyes. She heard his noisy sigh before he took off his jacket and draped it around her shoulders with a parental air. "I'm taking you home, kiddo."
     "But Peggy--"
     He gripped her arm, pulling her up short, his glare making her squirm. "I don't care about Peggy. She can handle this, you can't. You're too young."
     "I'm as old as she is," she said, a pout in her tone as he dragged her inside. "Or will be."
     He held the door, palm hard against the small of her back, steering her in. "Peggy's been around, you haven't. In a place like this, you stand out like a sore thumb, begging for trouble."
     She wheeled on him with fire in her eyes. "I am not stupid, you know, nor some dumb cluck who's gonna let every Tom, Dick, and Harry take advantage."
     He angled his brow. "No... just every Harv, Grove, and Billy."
     She blinked, cheeks burning at the truth of his statement. She looked away, tone angry despite tears pricking her eyes. "I don't care, Steven, you treat me like I'm a kid and I'm not."
     He chucked a finger to her chin, his tone suddenly soft. "No, you're not. You're a young woman too special for a place like this, Annie, mixing with the likes of Joe, Peggy, and Erica."
     "And you?" she said with a hike of her chin.
     He smiled. "Yeah... especially me."

Excerpt used with permission. All rights reserved.

Gallant Score: Steven is a man determined to right the sins of his past by not repeating them. He works hard to protect Annie's innocence, even from himself. And the biggest gallant moment is a spoiler (and WOW what a twist when it came) so I'll let you enjoy it like I did when it comes. Or rather, let it rip your gut out. In that moment your heart is going to break right along with Steven's.


Wounded Score: If guilt could walk around with a badge and a gun, it would be Steven O'Connor. His remorse over his past failings is such a part of who he is and you genuinely understand that as a reader. You can't help but love him for his sincerity to never return to the man he once was. But the problem is that determination shackles his heart inside the body he's put on lockdown.

Softie Score: Steven earns almost all of these in moments with his family. He's great with kids, always ready to help his mom and dad, and under the badge and the scars on his heart, there's a tenderness there that runs deep. I (heart) Steven O'Connor!

Stupid Strikes: I say this here often but the more they're wounded, the more they're inclined to do dumb things. While all may be fair in love and war, Annie's falling in love while Steven is at war with himself to keep her as far away from him as possible for her own good. So sometimes the tempers flair and things are said and done our hero will add to the long list of things he wishes he'd never done.
Swoon Score: Potholders. Seriously. Or at least one of those old-school paper fans on the wooden sticks. Preferably with a picture of Steven on it. Except that would be counter-intuitive. Nevermind. If you want to swoon all over a tortured hero trying to do the right thing while saving the dame and unlocking how God can use a man's friends, family, and even his own failures to gently draw that man out of guilt and shame to a relationship with Him, you will want this book.

About Steven O'Connor's novel A Love Surrendered (released TODAY October 1, 2012):

She's hoping to find her first true love. He's hoping to forget his. Will her secret come  between them?

Orphaned in Iowa, Annie Kennedy has moved to Boston and is embracing the city life, with a new name and a wide-open future. When she gets involved with a fast crowd at Ocean Pier--one that includes the handsome Steven O'Connor--she is pulled deeper and deeper into a world of rule breakers and mischief makers. She finds herself drawn to Steven and the whole O'Connor family. But a secret Annie is keeping has the power to destroy her best-laid plans.

Will Steven ever see her as more than a sweet country girl who need protecting? And will he break her heart when he finds out who she really is?

With heart-pounding romance, intense family drama, and the emotional twists and turns Julie Lessman fans have come to expect, A Love Surrendered will ignite your senses and inspire your spirit.


About Steven O'Connor's author:
 Julie Lessman is an award-winning author whose tagline of “Passion With a Purpose” underscores her intense passion for both God and romance. Winner of the 2009 ACFW Debut Author of the Year and Holt Medallion Awards of Merit for Best First Book and Long Inspirational, Julie is also the recipient of 14 Romance Writers of America awards and was voted by readers as “Borders Best of 2009 So Far: Your Favorite Fiction.” Chosen as the #1 Romance Fiction Author of the Year in the Family Fiction magazine 2012 and 2011 Readers Choice Awards, Julie was also awarded #1 Historical Fiction Author of the Year in that same poll and #3 Author of the Year, #4 Novel of the Year and #3 Series of the year. She resides in Missouri with her husband, daughter, son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter and is the author of “The Daughters of Boston” series—A Passion Most Pure, A Passion Redeemed, and A Passion Denied. Book 1 in her “Winds of Change” series A Hope Undaunted ranked #5 on Booklist’s Top 10 Inspirational Fiction for 2010 and is followed by A Heart Revealed and A Love Surrendered. You can contact Julie through her website at www.julielessman.com.

The Fiction Hero Feature Exclusive from the author: 

Well, originally I wanted to make Steven O’Connor an FBI agent rather than a Prohibition Agent because I thought it sounded more dangerous. BUT … I also wanted to model him after Eliot Ness, the very famous and VERY handsome Prohibition Agent (hubba, hubba!) who took Al Capone down.

You see, I used to watch the Untouchables TV show years ago that starred Robert Stack as Eliot Ness. In that show, Ness was a quietly strong and incredibly ethical and honest hero who didn’t pull any punches. Kind of a “still waters run deep” type of guy, which I LOVE! So that’s what I wanted Steven to be. He starts out in A Passion Most Pure as a sweet, shy and good little boy who goes off the beaten track in college during the Roaring 20s, butting heads with his father and morality. When his wild lifestyle almost threatens his father’s life in A Hope Undaunted, Steven does a 180 and becomes honest and moral once again, which is why he becomes a Prohibition Agent. Only problem is, the morality and ethics are based on his guilt, not on his faith in God, which, of course, changes by the end of the book.

Now for the giveaways:

We have drawings for a print copy of Steven's novel and a separate drawing for a $10 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card for those of us who couldn't wait and bought the e-book (like me!) and have already read A Love Surrendered. FHF's veteran followers know the drill. Just tell me book or giftcard in your comment, and if it's the giftcard, name a character from the novel not used in the excerpt and once that character has been used, later commenters please choose another. Now let's talk heroes!

=> THIS JUST IN! Julie Lessman is donating a second book, winner's choice from any of her published titles! Everyone who leaves a comment will be eligible for this drawing. Thank you Julie!

76 comments:

Anonymous said...

I love Julie's books and am so anxious to read ALS....please enter me for the book! Thanks!!
Jackie Smith

jackie.smith[at]dishmail[dot]net

Julia M. Reffner said...

I'm all about the book! I love your unique way of writing reviews, I'll be sure and bookmark this site. Anything with Julie's name on it is going to be impossible to put down.

julesreffner(at)gmail(dot)com

Carla Laureano said...

You completely cracked me up with this review! Potholders... I love it.

Dawn Crandall said...

I'm 81% through with this book on my kindle... at the end of chapter 14-- which made me scream because of the writing talent and the truth of God's love poured into those 100 or so words! And everything in the world keeps getting in my way of me finishing it! I still have one more book to read this week before I can get back into it. And YOU ARE KILLING ME, Nancy!!!! I just want to read it the whole rest of the day to find out what the heck spoiler you're talking about! I cannot wait to write my own review for this book--I know I'm going to be gushing, crying, laughing--and oh so sorry that it's finished. I want this book so bad just so I can make all my friends read it!!! Thank you for this awesome blog, nancy! --crandallberries at gmail dot com--

Melissa Jagears said...

Nancy, I love your reviews, the lines, "Or at least one of those old-school paper fans on the wooden sticks. Preferably with a picture of Steven on it." was just awesome.

Put me in for the book, don't have it yet.

Ganise said...

Praise the Lord.
Hi Nancy! Julie is one of my top favorite authors!! (And a good friend:-) I love this sweet woman)

Soo glad to see this here! Haven't read A.L.S but looking forward to it though!

Please enter me in the drawing and thank you for this post!

Blessings.

g.gclermont AT gmail DOT com

Julie Lessman said...

Hey, NANCE, thanks again for hosting Steven and me on your blog -- it's a blast seeing your review of the boy!! :) Like Carla, the term "potholder" cracked me up!!

JACKIE ... thanks for coming by, sweetie, and here's to a win!!

JULIA ... if your luck and history hold, my friend, you should have a signed book real soon ... ;)

CARLA ... I'm with you -- that line cracked me up too!!

DAWN!!! I can't wait to read your review either, my friend, and I hope the "spoiler" blows you away!! ;)

MELISSA ... I love her reviews, too -- TOTALLY unique and unlike any others I've ever read!!

GANISE ... just put your signed copy of ALS in the mail today, darlin', so I hope you get it soon!! Good luck in this contest, hopefully for ALITW or LAAC!!

Hugs,
Julie



Ganise said...

Thank you, Julie!! So excited to get in =).
Bless you. And exactly what I'm thinking! Now we're aiming for either ALITW or LAAC!!

Thank God for giving you talent in writing!

:-)

Angi said...

OH NANCY! One of Julie's men made it to FHF. SO glad to see Steven on here. I LOVE Julie's books (and her heroes). I've been anxious to read ALS, so I'm real excited that the release date is today. And after seeing your review of Steven, I can hardly wait to hold it in my hands. Please enter me in the drawing. :)

bookwarp(at)gmail(dot)com

Julie Lessman said...

LOL, GANISE ... I can read your mind, darlin'!! ;)

ANGI ... YES, today is THE day for Steven O'Connor to come center stage, so I cannot WAIT to see what you think of him!!

Good luck, guys!!

Hugs,
Julie

Angi said...

Hi Julie, my friend. SO good to see you here. I'm excited that this is Steven's big day. I'm already feeling the sigh factor kicking in. :)

Hugs back at ya!

Abbi Hart said...

I'm going to be starting A Passion Most Pure as soon as I finish a couple books I HAVE to read. I can't wait to finally delve into the wonderful world of Julie Lessman! Would love to win the book!
gatorade635(at)gmail(dot)com

Julie Lessman said...

ABBI!!! I am SO excited that you will finally get to meet the O'Connors! I hope they win your heart like they've won mine. :) Thanks for coming by and here's to a win!

Hugs,
Julie

Marianne said...

Nancy,, thanks for an awesome, and i mean awesome, blog. i love it! Thanks for the chance to win Julie's novel. i love her characters, too!

Patty said...

I would love to win a paperback copy! It would complete my collection of the O'Conner family books. Except for of course the parents story=)

Patty
pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

Amada Chavez said...

Paperback book please!

Amada (pronounced: a.m.a.th.a) Chavez

amada_chavez[AT]yahoo{DOT}com


Nancy Kimball said...

JACKIE, me too and you are in!
JULIA, thank you and I love writing them. =)
CARLA, I try. So great to have met you in Dallas.
DAWN, you're welcome. Thanks for being a faithful follower and it was also great to meet you in Dallas.
MELISSA, thank you! You're in!
GANISE, great to see you back and you are in!
ANGI, you are in!
ABBI, you will really enjoy Julie's work. You are in!
MARIANNE, you're WELCOME! I love this blog too. You are in!
PATTY, you are in!
AMANDA, I can pronounce that pretty name! (I'm half-hispanic. ;-) You are in!

JULIE, thank you for sharing Steven with us. =)

Anonymous said...

I would love to win Julie's book. Thanks! Maxie ( mac262@me.com )

karenk said...

a great posting...looking forward to reading steven's story :)

karenk
kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Jan said...

Love, love, love, Julie's books. I would love to win a print copy of Julie's A Love Surrendered. The hero sounds wonderful and he has the same name with the same spelling as my husband. I just love the reviews on your site, because they are so much fun. :)
godblessamerica.jan(at)gmail(dot)com.

Julie Lessman said...

Hey, MARIANNE, thank you for coming by and, yes, Nancy's blog is one of the most "awesome" I have seen as well -- SO much fun!! But then I'm a wee bit boy crazy, so heroes are a favorite of mine!! ;)

Good luck in the ocntest!

Hugs,
Julie

Julie Lessman said...

LOL, PATTY, I like the idea of all six of my books on your shelf, girlfriend, so here's to a win -- GOOD LUCK!!

Hugs,
Julie

Julie Lessman said...

AMADA ... soooo proud of you tracking down these giveaways!! We'll get an O'Connor book in your hands yet, my friend, so GOOD LUCK!!

Hugs,
julie

Julie Lessman said...

It's been my absolute pleasure, NANCY -- thank YOU for hosting Steven and me. It's been a blast!!

Hugs,
Julie

Julie Lessman said...

MAXIE!!! You sound like a new name to me, which means you probably haven't read any of my books yet, so I am going to encourage you to check out the "Excerpts" tab of my website where I have posted my favorite romantic and spiritual scenes from each of my books. If you only have time for one, I suggest scrolling down to the romantic scene for A Hope Undaunted -- it's my fave!! Here's the link:

<a href="http://www.julielessman.com/excerpts/>JULIE'S EXCERPTS</a>

Happy reading and GOOD LUCK in the contest!!

Hugs,
Julie

Julie Lessman said...

Hey, KAREN, thanks for coming by and you definitely deserve a win, my friend, so fingers crossed that I'll get to send Steven straight to your door!! ;)

Hugs,
Julie

Julie Lessman said...

Hey, JAN -- GREAT name for a hero, eh? Thank you SO much for your kind comment, and here's hoping for another "Steven" hero to take up residence in your house ... ;) GOOD LUCK!!

Hugs,
Julie

Amada Chavez said...

Thank you Julie!

Hugs and Blessings!

Anonymous said...

i can NOT wait to read this book! i need to read it ASAP, so before i go out and buy it, im going to try and win it!

pinkbonnie93@yahoo.com

Amy said...

I just discovered Julie's books at the beginning of this year and my A/C bill skyrocketed while reading them. Can't wait to 'warm' up to this one, too. Thanks for the chance to win it.

aimmesser@yahoo.com

Sarah said...

I would love to win, Enter me!!
Sarah Richmond
sarahrichmond.12@gmail.com

Edwina said...

I love Julie's books and definitely want to read this one - book please!

Samantha Kuiper said...

If I won I definitely would choose this exact book! I just love to read your reviews! :)

samanthaakuiper(at)gmail(dot)com

Julie Lessman said...

LOL, PINKBONNIE, you are a stitch!!! Believe me, sweetie, I desperately want to get this book in your hands, too, so if you don't win here, beg, borrow or check it out of the library, darlin', but get it, PLEASE!! ;) Who knows -- maybe THIS is the blog that will do it, so GOOD LUCK, my friend!!

Hugs,
Julie

Julie Lessman said...

ROTFLOL, AMY!! That is SO adorable, you sweet thing, so THANK YOU for "warming" up to my style and my books!! ;) I'm pulling for you, my friend, so here's to a win!

Hugs,
Julie

Julie Lessman said...

SARAH ... consider yourself entered, girl, and here's hoping this visit to Nancy's blog will net you a win. :)

Hugs,
Julie

Julie Lessman said...

EDWINA!!! Gosh, I miss you, girl, so it's SO great to see you here! I can't wait for you to read Steven's story, so here's to a win, my friend.

Hugs,
Julie

Julie Lessman said...

Hey, SAM, thanks for coming by. I have to admit, Steven's story made me cry more than any other -- I went through 40 Kleenex when I was proofing galleys, so I'm excited for you to read it too, so GOOD LUCK, my friend.

Hugs,
Julie

Stacey said...

I can't wait to read this book! Please add to me the drawing. Great blog post, Nancy. I loved it!!

Rachelle said...

Love, love, love Julie, her books, and her amazing faithfulness in replying to giveaway comments. I want to be as sweet as her when I'm an author... :)

Thanks for the chance to win!

biblioprincess15 (at) yahoo (dot) com

Dawn Crandall said...

Oh, I still want to be in the drawing for the book, Nancy!! I want that thing in paperback!!!!!!!! I need to pass it around!

Julie Lessman said...

STACEY ... trust me, girl, I can't wait for you to read it either!! And when you do, and if you like it, then I encourage you to post a review to enter my contest, okay? You can find the details on the "Contest" tab of my website, okay?

Plus, if you don't win here, check out my website calendar for even more opporunities, okay?

GOOD LUCK!!

Hugs,
Julie

Julie Lessman said...

Aw, RACHELLE, you are TOO sweet -- thank you!! But don't talk to my family because "sweet" is not exactly a word they use to describe too often ... ;)

GOOD LUCK ... both in this contest AND on the road to publication!!

Hugs,
Julie

Julie Lessman said...

DAWN!!! I would LOVE to send you a signed book, my friend, so here's to a win!!

Love ya!!
Julie

Nancy Kimball said...

MAXIE, welcome to FHF! You are in. =)

KARENK, good to see you back! You are in. =)

JAN, Steven IS wonderful and thank you, I think they're fun too! Especially to build and write them and then see people enjoying them from the archives already.

PINKBONNIE, Yes, You do!!! (And welcome to FHF!) You are in. =)

AMY, LOL!!! I hear you. ;-) You are in!

SARAH, Welcome to FHF! You are in. For the drawings I load all the entries into random.org's list randomizer. That's how the winners are chosen. I used to use slips of paper in a special bag for the drawings but there got to be too many of you, hehe. A good problem. =)

EDWINA, welcome to FHF! You got it!

SAMANTHA, thank you!!! I love when friends and readers and fellow hero-lovers nominate them, then I love writing the features, and working with the authors to put them together. =)

STACEY!!! Good to see you, friend. Thank you and you are in!

RACHELLE, that is SO me too, my friend. Julie's done a better job keeping up with all of you then me, hehe.

DAWN!!! My literary twin! You got it girl, you're in the book drawings and I loved your review of ALS on your blog. Good to see you here and thanks for stopping by.

JULIE LESSMAN, I love that you've put me to shame on responses, hehe. Thank you for being so engaging and giving above and beyond in both your fiction and for your fans. My "excuse" is I've been very busy building a new hero of my own for the WIP... and he is... epic, awesome, and a switch-hit for me this time... contemporary. =D

Lady DragonKeeper said...

I've already pre-ordered "ALS", so please enter me for the gift card or the second book drawing! I can't wait to get my copy, read Steven's story and (among other things) see how Sean O'Connor and his new bride are doing. (Do you like how I slipped in the character name there?) ^_^

Thanks for the chance to win! I'm a first time visitor to your site and I love the "fiction hero feature" idea!

jafuchi7[at]hawaii[dot]edu

Julie Lessman said...

NANCE ... you are MORE than welcome!! This has been a LOT of fun -- like you and your blog!! And let's face it -- there's NO better "excuse" than a hero, eh????

Hugs,
Julie

Julie Lessman said...

LDK!!! You should be getting ALS any day, then, so HAPPY READING, my friend!! Let me know what you think, okay? Uh, that is if you like it. If not ... have a GREAT day!! ;) Good luck in the contest, sweetie. :)

Hugs,
Julie

Lady DragonKeeper said...

Thanks, *Ms.* Julie! Haha, I have a feeling I'll love it! ^_^

Merry said...

Nancy, I love your score card review, bees knees handsome sounds good to me! Julie's books are amazing, I'd loved to be included for a copy of A Love Surrendered. Thanks!
worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

Anne Payne said...

You sure have an exciting review system! Please enter me for a print copy. I ♥ Julie's books :)

homesteading[at]charter[dot]net

Anonymous said...

Nancy, I found your article, "Why Free Won't Build...) on Seekerville and it warms my heart to see
how you are such a blessing to others, as always. Of course, I am not
surprised. I enjoyed reading all the comments and thoroughly enjoyed
the "white color" comments. I remember years ago, a very agitated little girl coming up to me and stating, "this color is broken! it won't color!" I had no answer then, but I do now.
Years ago, a prominent Houston socialite by the name of Georgette Mosbacher (your bosses my know her) was quoted as saying, "I was not
born a redhead, I was born to BE one!" By the same token, the white
color has no color, until the individual uniquely gives it one. It's
like when we are born, we are handed a blank, white piece of paper,
we fill it in with all kinds of colors throughout our life.
Again, you are a blessing to many by being a good steward with what God has given you. Love, Mom

Hi to Ms. Julie Lessman

Julie Lessman said...

Hey, MERRY, thank you for your kind comment and I would LOVE to send you a signed copy of ALS, so GOOD LUCK, my friend!

Hugs,
Julie

Julie Lessman said...

Thanks, ANNE, and I TOTALLY agree -- Nancy's review system is AWESOME!!

GOOD LUCK, my friend!!

Hugs,
Julie

Julie Lessman said...

MOM!!! WOW ... no wonder Nancy is SUCH a love and a total BLESSING to so many people -- she had YOU for a mom!! I do believe you are one of the few "moms" I have ever seen comment on their daughter's blog, so that in and of itself speaks VOLUMES to me and everyone else who visits Nancy's blog. My mom died when I was 16 and we did NOT have a good relationship AT ALL, so seeing what you and Nancy have blesses the socks off of me. You are are an AMAZING mom who has raised an AMAZING daughter!!

Hugs,
Julie

Nancy Kimball said...

LDK, I like how you slipped that SEAN O'CONNOR in there. You are in the gift card drawing! We all love FHF too and are delighted to add you to our "orange heads" family.

MERRY, I agree and you are in!

ANNE PAYNE, why thank you and you are in!

Hi Mom! Always a good day when you come by the blog. =) I don't remember saying the color was broken, LOL, but that sounds like me, hehe. Love you!

Nancy Kimball said...

Thank you, Julie. God has granted me with two amazing parents, though I didn't always think so at times growing up. There's a lot of Marcy and Patrick in my mom and dad. =) And plenty of Kate and Gabe in me growing up, hehe, but God can make all things beautiful in His time. I'm proof. =)

happygret said...

OK where do I start on why Steven O'Connor entices me? Hmm. The paper fan with his picture on it. Classic NK humor.
Of course you have me with "wounded hero"
The Roaring Twenties and all of the fun clothing & slang of that era
Mostly because he's based on Robert Stack's Elliot Ness. I didn't watch the Untouchables but I loved him on Unsolved Mysteries and can only imagine what he was like as a younger man.
This one is going on my TBR pile for sure!

Julie Lessman said...

HAPPYGRET ... I'm with you, girl, on Robert Stack -- hubba, hubba, both as a young man AND an older one!! But Google Eliot Ness too, because he was also VERY attractive!!

Sounds like you have never read my books before, my friend, so if that is the case, I want to encourage you to start with the very first book in this family saga because these are two series best read in order due to a number of BIG surprises in book 1. The first book is A Passion Most Pure, which won American Christian Fiction Writers Debut Book of the Year in 2009. If you want to read an excerpt of my favorite romantic scene and spiritual scene from that book (or any of my books), you can do so at the "Excerpts" tab of my website, for which I've posted the link below. I encourage you to do so to see if you like my VERY "passionate" style of writing, okay?

JULIE'S EXCERPTS

And if you win in this contest, I will be happy to send you APMP first, all right?

GOOD LUCK!!

HUGS,
Julie

Rina said...

Is the giveaway open internationally? If so I would love to win a copy of A Love Surrendered. Great post! You make me want to start swooning over Steven and I only know what you've written here!
kentiapalm a gmail address

Nancy Kimball said...

You're in G! You know I love it when you drop my blog, right? =)

Nancy Kimball said...

Rina, YES. I had to go check flat rate international shipping before I answered you, hehe, but YES.

>>>Julie, if Rina wins your drawing, I'll have you ship to me first and I'll forward it on.<<<

Julie Lessman said...

RINA ... YES, of course I'll ship internationally, no problem!! I have too many great Canadian, N.Z. and Aussie friends to not include them in ALL of my giveaways, so GOOD LUCK, girl!!

Hugs,
Julie

P.S. Nancy, you are TOO sweet, but I have no problem shipping internationally and do it all the time. God knows I'm not in this for the money ... ;)

misskallie2000 said...

Hi Julie, I have had ALS on my wish list since the first time I read review. I love your books and can't wait to read Steven's story. Thanks for this opportunity to enter giveaway.

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

Julie Lessman said...

Hey, BRENDA, soooo glad you got your bid in on this giveaway, girl!! Here's to a win!

Hugs,
Julie

Marisa Joelle said...

Hey! Book, please! This is awesome, thank you! marisaloves2read@bellsouth.net

Julie Lessman said...

Hey back, MARISA, and THANK YOU for coming by, sweetie!! LOVE your addy, girl, and if you truly love2read, then I highly recommend you popping over to the "Excerpts" tab of my website to read my favorite romantic and spiritual scenes from each of my books. It will give you a good idea of my passionate style of writing, okay? Here's the link and GOOD LUCK in the contest!

JULIE'S EXCERPTS


Hugs,
Julie

Deanna Mundy said...

I have a love affair with books and would like to win yours. I love books with unusual plots and this one fits the bill!

deamundy@gmail.com

Julie Lessman said...

Hey, DEANNA ... I think you got into this contest right under the wire, darlin', so GOOD LUCK!!

And you sound like you may have never read any of my books before and if so, I encourage you to hop on over to the "Excerpts" tab of my website to check out a sample of my favorite romantic and spiritual scenes from each of my books, okay? If you only have time for one, I suggest the romantic scene from A Hope Undaunted -- it's my fave!! Here's the link:

JULIE'S EXCERPTS

Hugs,
Julie

Nancy Kimball said...

WE HAVE DRAWING WINNERS!!!

Courtesy of random.org, the winner of Nancy's print copy of ALS is:

ACK! My literary twin, Dawn Crandall! =)

Courtesy of random.org, the winner of Nancy's print copy of ALS is:

Jackie Smith

Not courtesy of random.org because she was the only ALS reader who provided a character name not used in the excerpt (very creatively I might add, hehe), the winner of the FHF $10 Amazon or B&N giftcard is:

Lady Dragon Keeper

Thank you all for sharing Steven with Julie and I and our next feature posts in a little over 12 hours. Those of us who do wounded hero will want to be there for that. Seriously. =)

JULIE LESSMAN, you are a credit to the Creator with your craft and storytelling and it's been a true pleasure to host you and Steven.

Julie Lessman said...

Right back at you, Nance, and THANK YOU for hosting Steven and me!! And a HUGE hug to all the wonderful commenters who came by -- you guys ROCK!!

Hugs,
Julie

Dawn Crandall said...

Thanks for making my day Nancy and Julie! I about swooned when I saw that email!!! YAY!!! And yes, Julie-- I didn't mention the spoiler specifically in my review, but you literally had my heart stop. Perfection. Perfection. Perfection. I can only hope my fututre readers will love my plot twists and "character-torturing" someday as much as love yours. :D

Anonymous said...

Whoopee, Thanks, Nancy. I've been in touch with Julie already.
Love her books....and Julie, too.

Jackie Smith

Nancy Kimball said...

Epic fail! I see you bright ladies figured it out but Jackie was the winner of a book of her choice from Julie. Like a good friend says "The number of mistakes I make is proportional to the volume of work I'm producing." hehe. Many thanks, all.

Anonymous said...

Would love to win a copy of the book. I haven't read your books (yet). Winning a copy would be a great way to start.
bvs1964(at)yahoo(dot)com

Nancy Kimball said...

BVS, welcome to FHF! You missed the drawing for Steven O'Connor but if you will check out the great blog Fiction Addiction Fix or Julie Lessman's website for other giveaway opportunities, they'll be there. =)

FHF's newest hero posts in two hours so come on back, meet a new hero, and as always here at FHF, we'll have a drawing for his book!