The award-winning author of “The Daughters of Boston” and “Winds of Change” series, Julie Lessman, joins us today to tell us a little about true romance!
She is also offering to giveaway a copy of her latest book. Please make sure to leave a comment below with your email address. Continental US only. (Update: winner chosen February 18th.)
This delightful lady was the ACFW‘s 2009 Debut Author of the Year and was voted #1 Romance Author of the year in Family Fiction magazine’s 2012 and 2011 Readers Choice Awards, #1 Historical Fiction Author, #3 Author, #4 Novel, #3 Series, as well as Booklist’s 2010 Top 10 Inspirational Fiction and recipient of 14 RWA awards.
Julie knows romance! So let’s dig right in and hear what she has to say!
I have a confession to make: I’m addicted to romance. I suppose that’s not as bad as being addicted to Twinkies or Ho Hos because at least it won’t slap extra pounds on my hips. But it does compel me to hunt down romance in every conceivable form like a heat-seeking missile. Books, movies, date night with my husband, or just getting a “fix” by writing my own romantic novel—to me, it’s all good.
So when a friend asked me to do a guest blog on romantic stories from my own life, I strained my brain trying to come up with some stomach-fluttering event that was so sensational, sighs of envy would drift forth into cyberspace. But the honest-to-God truth is that my husband has never danced with me in the dining room or kidnapped me at work to take me on a secret bed-and-breakfast anniversary trip like several of my friends. True, he fixes me coffee every morning, holds my hand in the car, and sent me roses at the birth of our son and daughter. But as far as a heart-melting, knee-weakening moment that swept me off my feet, I was alarmed to realize that I—a card-carrying romantic—was drawing a blank.
So that got me thinking—hard! I mean, I’ve been married almost 35 years to this wonderful man and consider our relationship one of the most romantic I have ever seen. But I can’t validate that with stories that would qualify for the Romance Hall of Fame. So what makes our relationship so special, I wondered?
And then I thought about what romance is really all about. Being cherished, loved, made to feel like you are the most precious thing to someone. It’s basically Ephesians 5:25 in a nutshell—husbands, cherish your wives. It’s why romance sales account for 40% of the fiction market—women want to be cherished.
All of a sudden, I realized my husband does that for me every day of my life. A tender look, a lingering kiss or just spooning at night. Telling me he never gets tired of being with me (yeah, I know, his boredom threshold must be pretty high), or dancing with me at weddings when I know he’d rather have a root canal. And then there were all those times he supported me and took my side in front of the kids, even when I was wrong. Followed by gentle conviction and prayer when we were alone. It’s a big, hulking guy reading my debut novel instead of Sports Illustrated and then tearing up when tragedy befalls a favorite character. It’s swooning at the sink when he kisses me from behind, purposely mimicking a scene in my book. It’s a man who makes me feel like I am the moon and the stars to him and tells me life with me is never dull.
Yes, my name is Julie Lessman, and I am a romance addict. And my husband is my biggest supplier.
Now, I don’t know about you, but I think that was the sweetest post on romance I’ve ever read! Thank you so much, Julie, for joining us!
Julie has offered a GIVEAWAY today!
Leave a comment below with your email address for a chance to win your choice of any of Julie’s books, including her latest releases, A Light in the Window and A Love Surrendered, or her next release, Love at Any Cost. We must have at least ten comments. Continental U.S. only, please.
I love to hear from reader friends, so if they like, they can contact me through my website at http://www.julielessman.com, either by sending an e-mail via my site or by signing up for my newsletter at http://www.julielessman.com/sign-up-for-newsletter/. Also, I have a cool blog feature on my website called “Journal Jots” at http://www.julielessman.com/journal-jots1/, which is a very laid-back Friday journal to my reader friends that will give your readers an idea as to my relaxed style of writing. Or readers can check out my favorite romantic and spiritual scenes from each of my books on the “Excerpts” tab of my website at http://www.julielessman.com/excerpts/. Finally, I can be found daily at The Seekers blog at http://seekerville.blogspot.com/, a group blog devoted to encouraging and helping aspiring writers on the road to publication.