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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Happy 1 year Blogiversary + A Julie Lessman BOOK GIVEAWAY! {WIN 3 BOOKS!}

One year ago today, I made my first blog posts!  This is how it all got started . . .

I had been considering a blog of my own, but didn't think I really had too much to say, or offer, to the "world," but I thought I'd give it a try.  It was also about this time that Julie Lessman was running her "Post-a-Review" contest to have a character named after you in her then upcoming book, A Heart Revealed.
I had been posting reviews like crazy, and I was coming to the end of the line -- I was running out of places to post more reviews when I had a light bulb moment!  I could get four more entries if I had my own blog to post them to.  And that, my friends, is how Sweet Treats & Inspiration was born!

After posting reviews like there was no tomorrow, some of you may know that I came in second place to my friend, Casey Herringshaw, of Writing for Christ - The Audience of One.  I finished with a total of 169 reviews posted, and Casey finished with 240 reviews posted!  She's pretty amazing!  :)  You'll find both of our names in A Heart Revealed . . . which is pretty cool, to say the least!  If you'd like a chance to have YOUR NAME in Julie's next book, A Love Surrendered, just visit her contest link for all of the details.

If you want to read more about it on Julie Lessman's Journal Jots, you can visit her archives and search for the March 25, 2011 entry.  And it goes without saying, that if you haven't read Julie's books yet . . . you simply must!  Just be sure to start with A Passion Most Pure, which is book one in the Daughters of Boston series.  If you haven't read my reviews for these OUTSTANDING books, you can find them here . . . A Passion Most Pure, A Passion Redeemed, A Passion Denied, A Hope Undaunted, and A Heart Revealed. 

 
And without further adieu, I'd like to present THE GIVEAWAY!  In celebration of my one year of blogging ( over 120 posts!), I'm offering a copy of A Passion Most Pure, plus, Julie has graciously offered to giveaway two books -- winner's choice of one of her books (including Steven's upcoming story, A Love Surrendered!), AND a top CBA book of their choice from her personal library as well.  That's THREE BOOKS going to the WINNER!!!  To be entered into the contest simply leave a comment on this post saying that you'd like to be entered.  Be sure to leave your email address in your comment -- NO EMAIL ADDRESS=NO WIN.

If you'd like an extra entry --  Follow Sweet Treats & Inspiration, and leave a separate comment saying that you're a follower.

Contest ends on January 31, 2012 at 8:59 P.M. PST.  Winner will be announced and notified on February 1st, and will have until February 8th to contact me to claim their prizes.

Thank you all for making this such a fun year of blogging!

121 comments:

  1. Congratulation on 1 year of blogging!
    I would love to be entered!
    Julie Lessman is an amazing author and I love her books!!
    I would really like to get a copy of A Love Surrendered.

    dymesich(at)juno(dot)com

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  2. I am also a follower.
    dymesich(at)juno(dot)com

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  3. Hi Michelle! Congrats on your blogaversary! I do enjoy your blog, and would love to follow you, but for some reason...my computer won't pull up your GFC with your blog :-( I would like to be entered in the giveaway. I've had my eye on "A Passion Most Pure" for some time. Thanks for this opportunity!

    gwen[dot]gage[at]gmail[dot]com

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  4. I love Julie's books, they are so good. I would love to be entered.

    jen.whitney08 at gmail dot com

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  5. I am a follower also.

    jen.whitney08 at gmail dot com

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  6. Aw, thanks, LEAH -- appreciate your kind words and thanks for coming by to help celebrate Michelle's blogaversary! If you win, I will send you a signed copy of A Love Surrendered AND a packet of Kleenex 'cause you're gonna need it ... ;)

    Hugs and GOOD LUCK!!

    Julie

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  7. Congrats on your anniversary! Love your blog!
    I signed up to follow via E mail!
    jackie.smith[at]dishmail[dot]net

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  8. GWEN!!! Oh, honey, we desperately need to get APMP in your hands, girl, because that's the book that started it all, this roller-coaster called The O'Connors! Without question, they are one of the most passionate families (both for God and in romance) in the CBA. So, thanks for coming by and here's to a win!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  9. Hi, JEN, thanks for coming by, my friend, and here's hoping Michelle's blogaversary giveaway nets you a win!! You go, girl ... :)

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  10. Love Julie and love her books!!! Am so anxious to win AHR and/or A Love Surrendered (with the tissues) ....thanks for the chance!
    jackie.smith[at]dishmail[dot]net

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  11. LOL, JACKIE, I'll send you tissues, too, if you win because God knows I love to make people cry ... and laugh ... and swoon ... and love God more!! Good luck, sweetie.

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  12. Happy Blogoversary! A great milestone!

    And then you mention Julie Lessman! Oh my, I know which book I want--A Love Surrendered!

    Please enter me. Thank you.

    Linda at: desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

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  13. I'm already a follower.

    Linda at: desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

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  14. Happy Blogaversary to my best pen pal! I'd love to be entered. I guess I should start at the beginning of her series, since I haven't read any of them yet. So many books, so little time!

    donnyandshelly at yahoo dot com

    www.atticgirl.com

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  15. I am already a GFC follower
    donnyandshelly at yahoo dot com

    www.atticgirl.com

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  16. Congrats on your blogaversary! I would absolutely love to be entered!
    toppnotchfamily(at)gmail(dot)com

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  17. Congrats on your blogiversary! I love Julie's books, they are the BEST! Thanks for the giveaway.
    tsmathews61(at)gmail(dot)com

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  18. JULIE! You know I want to win ;). Love you, darlin'!

    And how cool to have your name in Julie's book, Michelle! That's awesome!

    carolmoncado at gmail dot com

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  19. I wam now a follower :D.

    carolmoncado at gmail dot com

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  20. I now follow you by email. :)
    tsmathews61(at)gmail(dot)com

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  21. Congrats on your 1 year of blogging! Please enter me angadair@nwcable.net

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  22. I am also a follower.. angadair@nwcable.net

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  23. I am becoming a follower today!!! Would love an opportunity to win...Thanks!!! margie at mijares dot net

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  24. Congratulations on the one year anniversary. I am a follower and enjoy your reviews. Thanks for the chance to win one of the books. God bless you.

    Glenda Parker
    http://glendaparkerfictionwriter.blogspot.com

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  25. Congrats, Michelle! Love ya!

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  26. Happy Anniversary Michelle...I love visiting your blog :)

    I, too, am a huge fan of Julie's work. Please count me in your giveaway.

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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  27. i'm a follower, too :)

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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  28. Congrats on your 1 year anniversary! I would love to be entered in the drawing. Love Julie's books. I have the most recent one in my to be read pile=)

    Patty
    pattymh2000 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  29. Hey, Michelle ... I got this message from a reader friend on Facebook who said she couldn't post, so I'm entering her now. Here's her message:

    Amanda Harrison Cruz
    I tried to post but I don't have an account that will allow me to.

    I was going to say, "I am cracking up! It is just my luck that there would be a giveaway a mere couple of weeks after I purchased the entire series. LOL Well, with the exception of A Love Surrendered, of course....which I also plan to own at some point. I don't think I will enter the giveaway, but I would like to wish you a HAPPY ONE YEAR BLOGAVERSARY!!! I believe I am going to become a follower. :)"

    Is it possible for you to pass the message along perhaps?? Thanks!

    AMANDA!!! Consider yourself entered for Steven's story, my friend, and here's to a win!!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  30. LINDA!!! You're throwing me off with that new addy, girlfriend (Carman 7351), but no, you don't have to tell me which book YOU want, because I already know!! :) So GOOD LUCK in the contest, my friend, because I would LOVE to send you a signed copy! Thanks for coming by to wish Michelle Happy Blogaversary!!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  31. How fun to hear about how you started your blog! :D Happy blogoversary, dear blogging friend!!

    And huge thanks to you and Julie for offering such great prizes!!

    ~Amber

    stokes[dot]a[at]suddenlink[dot]net

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  32. SHELLY!!!! WHOO-HOO, fresh blood!!! :) LOVE it when I am introduced to a new reader because it's so much fun to think of you entering the world of the O'Connors for the very first time. Get ready to love and hate a few characters and YES, you may even throw one or two of the books across the room before you are through because the angst is just as high as the passion in this passionate family saga. So good luck!!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  33. HORSENRT!!! Thanks for coming by to wish Michelle Happy Blogaversary, and I assume you love horses?? Although there are no "horses" in the O'Connor family saga, I do have them in my next series, so stay with me, girl, for a bronc ride with more than a few kicks and spills. GOOD LUCK!!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  34. TERESA!!!! Hey, girl, talk about THE BEST ... you write some pretty stellar reviews, both for my books and others, so THANK YOU!! And trust me, I would LOVE to get another of my books into your hands, so here's to a win ... :)

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  35. CAROL ... you're here ... YAY!!! Know you're busy, so thanks for dropping by. Fingers crossed for a win ... :)

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  36. ANGIE ... your name reminds me of Ireland (Adare County!), so wishing you the luck of the Irish in nabbing a couple copies of this Irish family saga.

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  37. YAY, MARGIE, for becoming a follower!! You won't be sorry because Michelle's blog is GREAT!! Good luck in the contest!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  38. Hey, GLENDA, thanks SO much for dropping by, and here's hoping your visit pulls out a win! Good luck!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  39. TINA ... great day to visit Michelle, so here's to a win!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  40. KAREN!!! SOOOOO good to see you, darlin' ... let's see if we can't pull out a win for you since this will be my last giveaway for a while ... GOOD LUCK!!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  41. PATTY, soooo thrilled you have AHR in your TBR pile. Sounds like you've read the others, so a word of warning. AHR starts out a LOT slower than the others because Sean and Emma have been friends for ten years, so it's a slow ripening into love instead of the fast and furious sparks that fly between, say Katie and Luke. The good news is, there's a spark-flying sub story for both Katie and Luke and Charity and Mitch that I think will keep the pages warm until Sean and Emma heat up, so happy reading!!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  42. Hey, AMBER, SO good to see you here, my friend. Hope all is well in college and that you find time to read a few non-scholarly books!! ;)

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  43. Hey, Michelle, here's another FB add:

    Jessica Huchrowski happy blogiversary....please enter me....steelergirl5(@)verizon(dot)net

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  44. Julie
    I have to tell the rest of your readers that I read 5 of them and I CAN HARDLY wait for the next one. I'm going through withdrawal.
    I have other I follow also, but your books are one of a kind -- mine is in my desk and not been worked on for a year.
    I will get back to it, but I have my 93-year-old father here and that is a priority now. I may include that in my book -- Mary Pierce says about life: "It's all material." Love you, Julie

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  45. Whoa Nellie.....had to stop at this giveaway, first of all to congratulate you on your blogaversary..that's fantastic. Now...Julie is my very favorite author and a lady very high on my love list, and I'd be more than honored to be a winner of her newest novel about Steven in Love Surrendered; and any novel I haven't read....if there is one! Thank you for this giveaway and the chance to be a winner. I hope I am!

    Blessings,
    Barb Shelton
    barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

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  46. Hi Michelle, I've enjoyed visiting your blog, it's very pretty. This is my first time here, but it won't be my last. I'm now your follower and a newsletter subscriber. Also, went to your Pinterest page and repinned all of Julie's books to my page. I'm looking forward to learning more about you.

    God Bless,
    Barb Shelton
    barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

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  47. Congrats on your 1 year of blogging! I love Julie's books. They have brought me much comfort during my treatments. I am currently undergoing one this week and had to pull out some of her books to reread! So excited for the new one to come out!

    Christina Chastain
    cchastain@bbc.edu

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  48. Michelle, I can't think of a better way to start a blog that with one of Julie's books -- she's awesome! Congratulations on keeping it going for a year; here's to at least 10 more! Please enter my name in the contest! Thanks, Susan
    susan(dot)stitch(at)sbcglobal.net

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  49. Okay. I just love this blog. A little like mine with the books and music, but with the added benefit of recipes. Yay! I am now a follower!

    andeemarie95 at gmail dot com

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  50. Julie

    I'm definitely up for a chance to win. I read A Passion Denied a few weeks ago and enjoyed it very much. And I'd love to get a gander at your collection.

    andeemarie95 at gmail dot com

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  51. Congratulations on your first Anniversary.
    Please add me to your contest, I love your books and can't wait to read this one.

    ingrids62448(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  52. Michelle, SO thankful to hear how you began blogging - guess we owe Julie a HUGE thank you for that! Since she's one of my favorite people in the whole wide world, as are you, I just wanted to come by and say what a blessing you, your blog, and life are to me and many:) I know the Lord has many wonderful things in store for you in 2012! Since Julie's books are on my keeper shelf, please omit me from the drawing.

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  53. Congrats on your anniversary! Please enter me in the drawing.

    edwina(at)edwinacowgill.com

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  54. Just signed up to follow your blog!

    edwina(at)edwinacowgill.com

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  55. Happy 1st Birthday! :) Your blog is absolutely wonderful!

    Please enter me!!

    Julie, thanks for giving 3! books away. I admire you a lot!

    marissamehresman(at)aol(dot)com

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  56. I also am a follower of your blog!

    marissamehresman(at)aol(dot)com

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  57. I love Julie's books and would love to win some to make my collection complete. It is fun to read your blog; I like the title.
    Thanks.

    pmk56[at]sbcglobal[dot]net

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  58. I'm also a follower of your blog. Thanks for the extra entry!

    pmk56[at]sbcglobal[dot]net

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  59. Congratulations on the year of blogging and thank you for hosting the giveaway, Julie does a great job.

    wfnren(at)aol(dot)com
    wrensthoughts.blogspot.com

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  60. I am now a follower of your blog, love the design.

    wfnren(at)aol(dot)com
    wrensthoughts.blogspot.com

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  61. Hi Michelle, congrats on your first blogiversary!!! I love your blog, your honest and heartfelt posts, and the yummy recipes! Keep posting!

    It's so cool that you got your name in A Heart Revealed. I'll be looking for it when I read it!

    I have Julie's first 4 books and have read the first 3. LOVED A Passion Most Pure! I don't know if I can enter, being Canadian, but if so please enter me! If not no worries.

    God bless :)

    sunshine6892 at hotmail dot com

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  62. I'm also a follower!

    sunshine6892 at hotmail dot com

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  63. Finally making it here after a very long day! Julie, THANK YOU SO MUCH for the giveaway and for being here to post comments! You're one incredible lady, and a HUGE blessing to me! I love ya! (((HUGS)))

    And thank you to all of you wonderful ladies who have entered the contest and become followers. I appreciate your "sweet" comments and your interest in the giveaway!

    Have a blessed week everyone!
    Michelle

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  64. I am a new follower. Happy Blogiversary! May you have many more. What a wonderful giveaway. Thanks for the chance.
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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  65. WANDA!!! How the heck are you, my friend?? Thank you SO much for coming by AND for your kind words!! And "withdrawal"??? LOL ... I know what you mean -- I've been editing book 1 of The Cousins McClare all week, and it's been hard because let's face it, I was locked into the O'Connors for eleven years now (started writing it in 2001), so it's BIG TIME withdrawal for me as well!!

    And, goodness, I sure understand about your dad because I have a 93-year-old aunt for whom I am the responsible party, so it does eat up a lot of your time, as it should. BUT ... timing is everything, and God's is best, so you WILL get back to that book and it will FLOW like crazy, in Jesus name!!

    Good luck in the contest and OH MY, Mary is soooo right -- "it's all material"!! Good luck in the contest, girlfriend!!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  66. BARB!!! Seriously ... your "very favorite author"??? WHOA, BABY, I don't take that likely, my friend, so THANK YOU SOOO MUCH!!

    Hope you are completely back to normal (a relative term, if you're anything like me! ;)), and thank you for dropping by AND for following Michelle -- she's a sweetheart just like you and both of you, I assure you, are "high on my love list" too, my friend, so GOOD LUCK!!

    HUGS,
    Julie

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  67. Hey, CHRISTINA, saying one for you RIGHT NOW, my friend, that this will be an easy treatment. Sure wish I had a new book for you to read, but only seven months to go till Steven's story breaks out the Kleenex!! I usually go through about 11 Kleenex when I edit my books, but I went through approximately 30 on A Love Surrendered, so maybe that's just because I knew I it was the last one ... ?

    Anyway, thank you SO much, not only for coming by to wish Michelle a Happy Blogaversary, but for reading my books. Here's to a win -- both in your treatments AND in this contest!! :)

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  68. Aw, SUSAN, thank you SOOO much, my friend, and I am in TOTAL agreement on Michelle's blog -- here's to ten more, and may they continue to bless her and the people she touches. :)

    Good luck in the contest, girl!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  69. Gosh, ANDREA, I know what you mean about Michelle's blog -- music, books and recipes are some of my favorite things, and when Michelle had the song "How He Loves" by David Crowder Band on my interview last time, I would start crying every single time I visited -- LOVE her taste in music, and, obviously, books!! :)

    SO glad you enjoyed APD, and I am anxious to see what you think of Katie and Cluny's story, A Hope Undaunted. It is my favorite of all the books I've written, so let me know whenever you read it. Who knows? Maybe it will be after you win it here???

    Good luck, sweetie, and thanks for coming by!!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  70. INGRID, thank you SO much for your kind comment AND for coming by to say "hey" and congratulate Michelle on her first-year blogaversary! Here's to a win, my friend. :)

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  71. LAURA!!! Talk about "favorite people," girlfriend, you are DEFINITELY one of Michelle's and mine and I am STILL praying for you both on Monday's in particular, so hope things are going well.

    And, YES, YES, A THOUSAND TIMES YES -- I agree with your statement about "what a blessing (Michelle) is, her blog and her life, to SO many, ESPECIALLY you and me, Laura!!

    Thanks for coming by, my friend -- cannot WAIT to read the new book, although I am reallllly wondering how you're going to top it as TCL was, as you know, one of my FAVORITE books ever!!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  72. Hey, EDWINA, thank you, darlin', for coming by to say hello, and here's hoping it nets you a win!!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  73. Aw, MARISSA, you are MORE than welcome, sweetie, but I'm only giving away two books -- Michelle is actually giving away APMP, so I'm grateful to her for that.

    And, LOL ... you "admire me a lot"??? :)I guarantee you that's ONLY because you don't have to live with me ... ;)

    Good luck in the contest, my friend!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  74. Hey, PAM, I am more than happy to complete your collection, darlin', because goodness knows all the books need the others to give you the total perspective on this passionate family, so GOOD LUCK in the contest, my friend! :)

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  75. WFNREN ... thank you SO much, sweetie, for your kind words -- heaven knows I try! And I LOVE the design of Michelle's blog too, especially the colors AND the pictures of desserts!!

    Good luck in the contest, girl, and here's to a win!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  76. CATHY!!! You bet Canada is included, sweetie, at least for the two books that I will be giving away, but not Michelle's winner copy of A Passion Most Pure, I don't think.

    And, ohhhhh, you've read three of the four??? That means that A Hope Undaunted is next, which is my all-time FAVE of all the books I've written!! Absolutely LOVE the head-butting between Cluny McGee and Katie Rose -- it's SO reminiscent of John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara butting heads in McClintock or the The Quiet Man, although that movie is more like Charity and Mitch's relationship, I think. At any rate, if you win here, I will be happy to send you A Heart Revealed because there is some GREAT head-butting in that one between both Katie and Cluny and Charity and Mitch too, so GOOD LUCK!!

    HUGS,
    JULIE

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  77. MICHELLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Honey, for you??? ANYTHING, you know that -- you are one of my MOST special reader friends and I love ya!!

    Hugs and more hugs!!

    Julie

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  78. RUBY, appreciate you coming by to wish Michelle Happy Blogaversary, girl, and here's to a win in the contest!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  79. I just became a follower -- have read through your blog and I love it!

    susan(dot)stitch(at)sbcglobal.net

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  80. SUSAN, soooo glad you took a good look at Michelle's blog because it really is a great place to browse!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  81. I would love to win any of Julie's books!
    amylachina@gmail.com

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  82. I am a follower too!
    amylachina@gmail.com

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  83. Love seeing all of these entries and new followers! Thank you ladies! : )

    Also, I am loving all of your comments, Julie! You're always such a ray of sunshine in my day! Lots of love and hugs backatcha!!! ;-)

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  84. Oh, I also meant to add . . .

    Cathy -- Yes! You're entered! :D

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  85. Gwen - I wish I knew why you're not able to follow, but I'm not tech savvy. :/ I know you've tried following a couple of times, so I'll add you in for a second entry. : )

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  86. Hey, AMY, soooo good to see you here, my friend!! Thanks for coming by and following Michelle, and GOOD LUCK in the contest!!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  87. Hey, Michelle, this is SO fun because I almost forgot how much I love connecting with reader friends in these giveaways!! I've been laying low to write The Cousins McClare, so this has been a nice break.

    Love you!!
    Julie

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  88. Hey Michelle! I just got your "wave" over at Amber's and wanted to stop by and say hi :) First, I must say Happy Blogiversary, girl!! Your blog is so beautiful, LOVE the colors and design! Gosh, you've been blogging a whole year and I'm only now getting around to your lovely blog - This is not to be borne!! lol ;) Will have to stop by again soon! :)

    Last year was one of the craziest of my life and for the past few months I've barely spent any time online. But I've missed you too and hope to get on here more often so I can "see" you around the blogging world too - your comments always bring a smile :) Oh, and I LOVE that your listening to Kari Jobe right now! She is so awesome! Was just listening to Find You On My Knees - so powerful!

    I'm definitely going to follow you now, but please don't enter me in the giveaway as I've already read Julie's books :) Hey Julie! May the Lord richly bless you both!!

    ~Amanda

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  89. I haven't been by yet to wish Michelle (such a dear friend!!) a HAPPY, HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY!! The blog world is so much better with you in it, Michelle!!

    (not an entry. :)

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  90. Amber!! Thank you so much for stopping by and saying hi! I look forward to seeing you here again -- I truly appreciate you taking time to stop by! : )

    So you got the new Kari Jobe CD, too? It is AMAZING! She has such an anointing on her music ministry -- it's truly incredible. Glad you're enjoying it. : )

    Hi Casey! Thanks for the sweet comments! Glad you could stop by, and thanks so much for retweeting the giveaway. I appreciate it!

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  91. Hi Michelle and Happy Blogoversary to you!!! What an accomplishment, so happy for you! I have not read Julie Lessman yet, but I've had my eye on A Hope Undaunted and would love to be entered :) I am now a follower and looking forward to getting to know you!
    Thank you and thanks to Julie for this awesome giveaway :) Blessings to you both and best wishes to everyone else who entered :)
    Kara
    Wman4JC@AOL.com

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  92. Hi Kara! It's nice to meet you! So glad you could stop by and get your name in the giveaway. Thanks so much for your kind words. I look forward to getting to know you, too! : )

    When you do read Julie's books, be sure to start with the Daughters of Boston series, book 1, A Passion Most Pure. You don't want to read A Hope Undaunted until after you've read the DOB series. Each book builds on the previous one, so it's best to read them in order. :D

    Have a blessed weekend!
    Michelle

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  93. AMANDA!!! Soooo good to see you here, girl!! Hope all is well in your world, albeit busy, and that you are enjoying school. Here's to blessings galore in 2012!!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  94. CASE, I couldn't agree more that the blogsophere is WORLDS better with Michelle in it!! Here's to many more blogaversaries ahead ...

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  95. KARA!!! Oooooo, fresh blood!! :) LOVE to "meet" potential new reader friends because it's fun to see them embark on the journey with the O'Connors! Good luck in the contest because I would LOVE to send you a signed book, and A Hope Undaunted just happens to be my FAVE of all the books I've written!!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  96. MICHELLE, LOL!!! Boy, girl, I have you trained, don't I??? :) Thanks for emphasizing that this is a series best read in order, my friend -- you're hired!! :)

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  97. LOL, Julie! Yes, you have me trained well. ;-)

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  98. Wow congratulations on your blog Michelle, I love all the books you recommend! Julie really is an amazing and inspiring author.
    Bberry(at)aol(dot)com

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  99. Hey, Berryfoot, thank you for coming by to congratulate Michelle AND for your sweet comment! Good luck in the contest, and here's to a win!!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  100. Congrats on your blogaversary! I'd love to be entered in the giveaway for A Love Surrendered. Julie is an amazing author and one of my favorites!!!

    ecriggs1990(at)aol(dot)com

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  101. I'm a follower also

    ecriggs1990(at)aol(dot)com

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  102. HI, I want to be entered into this contest too!

    I have not read any of these books but was intrigued by Tori Chases' blog. They definitely sound like something I like to read.

    Congrats Michelle on your 1 year anniversary! I too am daring to step out there and create a blog though I don't think I doing that great but you have encouraged me to atleast keep trying.

    Lovesshades(at)gmail(dot)com

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  103. I would like to be entered into this contest.

    psagens at gamail dot com

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  104. I'm also now a follower. Great blog!

    psagens at gmail dot com

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  105. Hey, LIZ, THANK YOU sooo much for your sweet comment, and I would LOVE to send you a signed copy of A Love Surrendered, so good luck in the contest, my friend!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  106. DESPOINA!!! Oh, I just LOVE to see new readers in these giveaways because it's so much fun to introduce them to this very passionate family!! Please tell Tori THANK YOU for referring you to my books -- she is a sweetheart who has written some really nice reviews, I know, and GOOD LUCK in the contest, sweetie!!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  107. Hey, Sandy, thanks for coming by to enter the contest and here's hoping it nets you a win, girl, okay? Good luck!!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  108. I would love to win A Passion Most Pure and two other books of Julie's. I haven't read any books of Julie's yet but would love too. I've heard some amazing remarks about her books.

    Thank you for this giveaway!

    Blessings!
    Judy

    sweetpea.judy@yahoo.com

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  109. I forgot to say...Happy 1 year Blogiversary!

    I am a follower through GFC, Pininterest and email!

    Blessings,
    Judy
    sweetpea.judy{at}yahoo{dot}com

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  110. you are a great blogger lady....and a very talented writer ;)

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  111. Happy BLOGOVERSARY!!! I'm currently celebrating my blog's one-year blogoversary too! :)

    I'd love to be entered in this fantastic giveaway!!!

    Thanks,

    Melanie
    frequentreader19 (at) gmail (dot) com
    http://christianbookshelfreviews.blogspot.com/

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  112. New GFC follower!

    Melanie
    frequentreader19 (at) gmail (dot) com
    http://christianbookshelfreviews.blogspot.com/

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  113. Hey, JUDY, thanks for your kind comment, and I hope you will find out for yourself about my books soon, hopefully through this contest! Thanks for coming by and GOOD LUCK!!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  114. JMOORE!!! I couldn't agree more -- Michelle is not only a "great blogger lady," but one of the nicest gals you will ever meet -- I love her to pieces!

    Here's to a win in the contest! :)

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  115. MELANIE!!! WHOO-HOO, Happy Blogaversary, girl, that's AWESOME!!

    And I don't think you've read any of my books yet, have you?? If not, we need to get one in your hot, little hands, girl, so GOOD LUCK!!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  116. Julie,

    Thanks! :)

    I haven't read any of your books yet! I have A Passion Most Pure on my shelf and I'm just waiting until I have the time to read it! :)

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  117. Love your books, Julie and would love to win this one...Thanks to you and Michelle for this opportunity! I saw one of your comments that you are responsible for your 93 year old aunt. I have a precious Aunt Lena who is 97 and still lives in her own apartment ALONE. She is remarkable and God willing, she will be 98 in August...the last and longest living member of my Dad's family...margie at mijares dot net

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  118. Hey, Mel, I thought so!!! Your addy -- frequent reader19 looks SOOO familiar to me, so I think I may have sent you APMP, right? Anxious to see what you think, sweetie!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  119. Hey, MARGIE, thank you SO much, sweetie, and YES, I am responsible for my sweet Aunt Julie, a true labor of love. And HOLY COW, Aunt Lena is 97 and still in her own place??? WOW AND DOUBLE WOW -- she sounds AMAZING!! Give her a hug for me next time you see her, okay?

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  120. THANK YOU to everyone for entering and following!! I appreciate you being here, showing your support, and all of your great comments!

    And THANK YOU, Julie!! You're such a sweetheart!! (((BIG HUGS))), love, and prayers!!

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  121. My pleasure, Michelle!! Here's to another fabulous year of Sweet Treats & Inspiration!!

    I'll wait to hear from you as to our winner!

    Hugs and more hugs,
    Julie

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