Meet and Greet with Author Julie Lessman | www.sarahforgrave.comI’m so excited to welcome author Julie Lessman here today! If you’ve ever met Julie in person or online, you know a party follows her wherever she goes. So it’s no surprise that her books are filled with emotion and passion. Her unique brand of fun splashes into the interview below!

American Christian Fiction Writers 2009 Debut Author of the Year and winner of 14 RWA awards, Julie Lessman 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, and Booklist’s 2010 Top 10 Inspirational Fiction. Julie 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, A Passion Denied and the “Winds of Change” series—A Hope Undaunted, A Heart Revealed, A Love Surrendered. You can contact Julie through her website and read excerpts from each of her books at www.julielessman.com or connect with her via Facebook.

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Welcome, Julie! Here come the questions….

Opener Question: What seven words best describe you?

Passion. Faith. Passion. Drama. Passion. Romance. PASSION!!

Meet and Greet with Author Julie Lessman | www.sarahforgrave.comEither/Or Questions:

1) Take action or Take it as it comes? TAKE ACTION!

2) Mountain cabin or Beach resort? BEACH RESORT.

3) From scratch or From the microwave? HA!! USED TO BE FROM SCRATCH. NOW FROM MICROWAVE.

4) Stretch limo or Yacht? ARE YOU KIDDING?? YACHT!!!

5) Fierce competitor or Cheering on the sidelines? LOL … FIERCE COMPETITOR and, sadly, BORDERLINE SORE LOSER.

6) Chocolate chip cookie dough or Cookies and cream? CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE DOUGH.

7) Shop ’til you drop or Shop only if necessary? Oooooo … COLD CHILLS!! DEFINITELY ONLY IF NECESSARY.

Thanks, Sarah, for such a fun interview and allowing me to connect with your readers! 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/. My newsletter is chock-full of fun info on my books and there’s always a contest featuring signed book giveaways including two right now to win a Kindle Fire or have a character named after you or a loved one in my next book. Contest details can be found at http://www.julielessman.com/contest/ or by clicking on the contest link on this blog.

I also have a personal blog 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 would 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.

Hugs,

Julie

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I love all the ways you connect with readers, Julie. And I loved your interview answers, especially your seven words (well, technically four, but I’ll let it slide :)). And I’m curious about this shift from making things from scratch to relying on the microwave. It wouldn’t have anything to do with a busy schedule, would it? 😉

Thanks so much for visiting today! What a treat to have you here.

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Blog Readers: Let’s Talk…What best describes your cooking style–from scratch or from the microwave? Has life ever forced you to change your approach? What’s the best microwave food you’ve ever tasted?


 


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Meet and Greet With Author Julie Lessman

111 thoughts on “Meet and Greet With Author Julie Lessman

  • October 15, 2012 at 5:25 am
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    It was a fun interview thank you.

    I cook from scratch. It’s much cheaper & healthier. We only use the microwave to re-heat or make a hot chocolate etc.

    • October 15, 2012 at 8:37 am
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      Oh, MARY … way to make me feel like a slouch, girl!! 😉 I almost don’t know anybody who cooks from scratch anymore, so you go, girl!!

      Hugs,
      Julie

  • October 15, 2012 at 6:16 am
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    Fun interview, Sarah ad Julie! Looking forward to reading more of your books, Julie. 🙂

    I more of a from scratch kind of girl, but I wouldn’t be able to get along without the microwave either. My favorite microwave food? Definitely popcorn. 🙂

    • October 15, 2012 at 8:38 am
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      Hey, HEIDI … “scratch” girl, eh??? Well, I am too, when it comes to writing, but cooking??? I leave that to you young’uns!!

      Hugs,
      Julie

  • October 15, 2012 at 7:41 am
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    Great interview questions this week Sarah. I have 2 of Julie’s books on my TBR pile and can’t wait to get to them. If her books hold even a fraction of the passion she has, it’ll be full of sparks! :o)

    I’m a from scratch girl. BUT, life is often about throwing those leftovers from scratch into the microwave! And I know you didn’t ask, but have to say, most of the time, I’d rather not shop!

    • October 15, 2012 at 8:40 am
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      Oh, ANNE, seriously??? “IF” my books hold a fraction of passion??? Girl, I’d keep a fire extinguisher handy, my friend, because sparks WILL fly and pages ARE singed!! 😉 HAPPY READING and if you like them, let me know, okay? If not … uh, never mind. 😐
      Hugs,
      Julie

  • October 15, 2012 at 8:37 am
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    How fun to have Julie here!!! She’s awesome to talk to in person and I’ve really enjoyed her books. She does have a lot of passion in them, but I also think she rocks with characterization. Thanks for the interview ladies!! (and shopping gives me yucky chills too….*shudder*)

    • October 15, 2012 at 8:43 am
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      JESSICA!!! Thanks SO much, you sweet thing, for the kind words!! And a fellow hater of shopping — YES!!! I send my daughter out for EVERYTHING if I can. 🙂

      And I would like to go on record that yes, my books ARE passionate, but not just romantically. In fact, I would say the spiritual passion leaves the romantic in the dust … or at least I hope it does … 🙂

      Hugs,
      Julie

  • October 15, 2012 at 8:56 am
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    Now I would never ever guess this – Julie – what about Super kindness!! Passion. Faith. Passion. Drama. Passion. Romance. PASSION!! I love those mY seve are still in process one is Strength!! and Love!

    • October 15, 2012 at 11:39 pm
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      LOL, JENN … I think my “passion” for God is the very reason that I have a “passion” for people, which compels me to be “super kind.” That and the fact I was ridiculed by classmates and my siblings when I was very young, just like Katie O’Connor in A Hope Undaunted, also explains my passion to treat people with the love I never received as a little girl. But THANK YOU for your sweet comment, my friend and GOOD LUCK!!

      HUGS,
      Julie

      • October 16, 2012 at 5:37 am
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        I think your Passion is a small seed you were born to find, pick up as others passed it by, nurture it and grow it into a living breathing part of your amazing self. Your words have God written all over them – without Him I believe you would be a great writer, but the lives you change would not be at the amazing level they are today. I mean seriously this amazing girl Sarah Forgave (What a name) asks about popcorn and we are all stammering because it may lead to another dropping of your necture nurtured from God and placed on these pages. I long for you signature – A day I shake your hand and tell you that I was a Paul figure and without word and authors such as yourself I would still be fighting for woman’s rights to terminate young life, show you the link between us and apes, and dislike you just because your head was on backwards because you believed in a myth someone sold and keeps selling years ago.
        Praise God for 9/11 in all its horror I found Him Knocking Loud and like a baby I opened the door 2,2,2002 and started on a long journey of testing asking being mentored and finding ways to love my books and still Hear Him in them. I still wonder what authors I am missing,. If there is a commentary that would change my life. If there is a book nobody mentioned but would make me feel less a sinner and more at home. I have a 18 year old daughter. Once I found Jesus I have an amazing husband and 2 more amazing children. I am still scared popping my popcorn that I have not done His will. He took my Right leg 1 year ago so i am homebound – a great place to read and review. Personally longing for dark chocolate. and Fruit oh how I love fruit. -noodle returns – so Thank you Julie for picking up that seed and nurturing it into the passion you share with us every book you write. As He has said I am the Banches – branches come from seeds hence “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes[a] so that it will be even more fruitful. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.

        5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. –

        Thank you Julie for helping prepare the vine in your work. may I lear no others that feel the same way – and Sarah for the network to share this.
        Jdovefamily@gmail.com
        Blessings~Jenn

        • October 17, 2012 at 8:12 am
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          JENNIFER!!! I just now saw this because I don’t always check back on the responses to my responses, but I am glad I did this time! WOW … what a poetic way with words you have, my friend, and I hope you are nurturing your own “seed,” one that clearly indicates the gift of writing. Especially with the wealth of emotional experience you’ve undergone with trials in your life.

          Your statement, “I think your Passion is a small seed you were born to find, pick up as others passed it by, nurture it and grow it into a living breathing part of your amazing self” is beautiful and I never thought of my “passion” in that way. And, DOUBLE WOW — your statement that my “words have God written all over them,” blesses the socks off of me because oh, Lord, let it be so!!!

          Thank you for your kind words, my friend, and God bless you richly!!
          Hugs,
          Julie

          • November 8, 2012 at 1:32 am
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            May he never stop that gentle whisper in your ear Julie! You have a gift
            Blessings – Jenn

  • October 15, 2012 at 8:58 am
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    I tweeted and posted on and forgot to mention oops = So my third would be forgetful!~:)

  • October 15, 2012 at 8:59 am
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    Last year, I married a terrific guy who likes to cook. (Yay, me!) Here’s our deal. He covers the weekends, and I cook three weeknights, then microwave leftovers for two nights. Julie, I love your books but I didn’t know you blog about your “relaxed” style of writing. Girl, I’m all ears!

    • October 15, 2012 at 11:46 pm
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      ROXANNE, “YAY” for you is right, girl — WHOO-HOO!! What a GREAT deal to marry a guy who cooks on weekends — VERY cool!!

      And, YES, I have a weekly blog I publish on Fridays called Journal Jots and NOW readers can actually sign up for both RSS feed AND to have an e-mail sent whenever I post! So if you’re interested, just pop on over to sign up at the link below and GOOD LUCK in the contest, my friend! Hope to see you in Indy next year. 🙂

      JULIE’S JOURNAL JOTS BLOG

      Hugs,
      Julie

  • October 15, 2012 at 9:02 am
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    Not from scratch anymore although I love to cook. Julie, for some reason I was surprised to see that you hated shopping, don’t know why. Me, too, although book shopping is an exception 🙂

    • October 15, 2012 at 11:48 pm
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      Oh, JULES, if possible, I love you EVEN more than I did before, girl!! I hate, hate, HATE shopping!!! I think I missed out on that girly gene and the one that likes diamonds too!! BUT … I’m happy to say I got the costume jewelry dangly earring gene, the flashier, the better!! 😉
      Hugs,
      Julie

  • October 15, 2012 at 9:04 am
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    Love the all CAP answers! I get the sore loser bit…bocce rematch is a must! 😀

    ~ Wendy

    • October 15, 2012 at 11:49 pm
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      LOL, then remind me never to play bocce ball with you, girlfriend … and I wouldn’t advise you ever playing Spoons with me!! 😉

      Hugs,
      Julie

  • October 15, 2012 at 9:10 am
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    What a fun interview with Julie!! Now as far as that question goes….I love to bake from scratch, but I do meals MUCH better in the microwave, lol!

    • October 15, 2012 at 11:51 pm
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      Thanks, CARLA … that compliment goes to Sarah for coming up with such fun (and BRIEF … thank you, Sarah!!) questions. 🙂

      I actually love to bake from scratch, too … or I did before writing books, but cooking meals? I’m with you — nuke ’em!!

      Hugs,
      Julie

  • October 15, 2012 at 9:11 am
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    I do both. If I am feeling good I like to cook from scratch for my family. I microwave a lot, esp. if it is just me. Oh and don’t enter me as I have all of Julie’s books and LOVE her writing!!! Thanks!

    • October 15, 2012 at 11:53 pm
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      Of course you do, CARRIE … because you do EVERYTHING well, you sweet thing!! And another primarily nuker … YAY!! We could be roomies!! 😉
      Love you, my friend!!
      Hugs,
      Julie

  • October 15, 2012 at 9:16 am
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    Definitely from the microwave-haven’t really learned to cook yet. The best microwaved food I’ve ever tasted is Marie Callender’s chicken pot pie!

    • October 15, 2012 at 11:55 pm
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      Oh, MARISSA … you and my daughter!! She is a fanatic for chicken pot pie, whether Marie’s or the Colonel’s!!
      Good luck, sweetie!
      Hugs,
      Julie

  • October 15, 2012 at 9:32 am
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    I do both, but guess I favor microwave more!!! Loved this interview with Julie and love her books! My fave author!!!
    Jackie S.

    • October 15, 2012 at 11:56 pm
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      Now, JACKIE, you KNOW with sweet comments like that you make me want to rig the contest, don’t you?? 😉
      But, being the ridiculously honest (to a fault) person I am, that probably won’t happy, sweetie, so GOOD LUCK!!
      HUGS,
      Julie

  • October 15, 2012 at 9:47 am
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    Fun!! interview…

    Um, my cooking style on more days than I care to admit looks a little like this: Pull bag of mixed salad out of fridge, open bag, drizzle dressing into the bag, eat straight from the bag. 🙂 Hehehe…I console myself that at least it’s salad in a bag, not a bag of M&Ms or something.

    • October 15, 2012 at 11:57 pm
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      LOL, MELISSA … makes perfect sense to me … no dishes!! 😉
      GOOD LUCK in the contest, girl!
      Hugs,
      Julie

  • October 15, 2012 at 10:15 am
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    Well, we have so many allergies in my family, so we normally cook from scratch. It’s easier and there is more of a variety.

    Julie, I love the seven words that describe you! Passion takes up a lot of space, therefore it’s only fair it be mentioned at least 4 times! lol! I was wondering if Love at Any Cost was included in this giveaway? If not, then, obviously my comment doesn’t count…ehehe!…but I thought I’d ask anyway!

    Loved the interview!

    • October 15, 2012 at 11:58 pm
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      EM!!! You bet Love at Any Cost is included, as well as A Light in the Window, so you go, girl!! And SORRY about the allergies — YUCK!!
      Hugs,
      Julie

    • October 16, 2012 at 9:34 am
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      Oh, I totally forgot…I shared this on Twitter….oops!

  • October 15, 2012 at 10:44 am
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    I really enjoy Julie’s books! It’s great to get to know her a little better. Thanks so much for the info and giveaway!

    As for cooking, I prefer from scratch, but it doesn’t always happen. I often use a combo; the microwave is a great tool for speeding things along. Another kitchen item I couldn’t live without is my crock pot. A little slower but very handy. 🙂

    Congrats to V.V.!

    • October 16, 2012 at 12:00 am
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      Oh, KAREN, AMEN to that!! Microwave and Crockpot, and I’m cooking like Paula Deen … 😉
      Thanks for your sweet comment, my friend and GOOD LUCK in the contest!
      Hugs,
      Julie

  • October 15, 2012 at 11:01 am
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    Can I cheat and say both? I have Pampered Chef’s Deep-Covered Baker, which you can put in the microwave and it’s changed my life. Seriously. I can throw chicken in with a little seasoning for 15-20 minutes, steam microwave veggies in a bag, and voila! Dinner…from scratch. Sorta. 🙂

    And Julie, I love your books. Passion is right. 😉

    • October 16, 2012 at 12:01 am
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      Oh, YUM, LINDSAY … can I come over for dinner … sounds FAB!!! And thank you, you sweet thing, for your kind comment. 🙂
      Here’s to a win!
      Hugs,
      Julie

  • October 15, 2012 at 11:05 am
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    I don’t enjoy cooking, but I do like to eat. If I were rich, I’d hire a chef to prepare healthy meals that taste great. For now my microwave and I are good friends.

    • October 16, 2012 at 12:02 am
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      LOL, KEL … move over!! If I were rich, I’d do the same … along with plastic surgery on my double chin … 😉
      Hugs,
      Julie

  • October 15, 2012 at 11:09 am
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    I enjoy a cooking a little both ways. Best microwave food is those vegetable packs–toss them in and in less than five minutes the vegies are perfectly steamed.:) That being said I don’t cook any other kind of food in the microwave. I mostly use it for heating and boiling water.
    Love Julie’s writing. Great interview. I’ll tweet this too.:)

    • October 16, 2012 at 12:06 am
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      Thanks, KIMBERLY, for your kind words and YES, I have heard those veggie packs are to die for in the microwave, but I’ve never tried them yet. Guess I need to, right?
      Thanks for coming by, my friend, and for your sweet comment — MUCH appreciated!!
      Hugs,
      Julie

  • October 15, 2012 at 11:15 am
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    I’m more of a from scratch kind of girl. But with two little ones, its hard to always do so. My mac n cheese is pretty good from the microwave.

    • October 16, 2012 at 12:03 am
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      Oh, sure, AMY, make my stomach growl, why don’t ya?? It’s ll:00 PM at night and I am STARVING, so enough with the mac and cheese,K? 😉
      Good luck in the contest!!
      Hugs,
      Julie

  • October 15, 2012 at 11:16 am
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    Great interview, and I LOVE that book cover! I used to be more from scratch but I don’t have as much time now so I’m kind of in between. I need to do more from scratch, though!

    • October 16, 2012 at 12:08 am
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      CINDY … says who?? Sometimes life just gets a little too crazy for scratch, right?
      Thanks for your compliment on the cover. Revell does really nice work on their covers, as does my artist hubby on my e-book cover, which as I mentioned above, my daughter modeled for! 🙂
      GOOD LUCK in the contest!
      Hugs,
      Julie

  • October 15, 2012 at 1:18 pm
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    Fun interview! I make some dinners from scratch – mainly on the weekends when I have time. Crazy work days during the week are pizza, crock pot, or microwave. I might cook once or twice.

    The best thing that I ever tasted from a microwave would be popcorn.

    • October 16, 2012 at 12:09 am
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      Oh, man, LOREE … popcorn sounds pretty good right about now!! Thanks for coming by, and here’s to a win!
      Hugs,
      Julie

    • October 16, 2012 at 12:10 am
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      SARAH, consider yourself entered, darlin’, and GOOD LUCK!!
      HUGS,
      Julie

  • October 15, 2012 at 1:49 pm
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    Scratch. Never really cooked in a microwave–just heating things up and of course, microwave popcorn–so I don’t have any favorite microwave dishes. Not even the popcorn. Much prefer kettle-popped on the stove (think Jiffy Pop). But the microwave is good for a quick egg when I’m running out of time in the am.

    • October 16, 2012 at 12:11 am
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      Hey, PATRICIA, always get amazed at you scratch gals who don’t use the microwave much. It is literally my most NECESSARY cooking appliance … that and my hubby when he grills … 😉
      Hugs,
      Julie

  • October 15, 2012 at 3:16 pm
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    I try to cook mostly from scratch, but there’s just some nights where take-out is the way we roll. Our microwave gets used mainly to defrost meat I forgot to take out in time to cook and to heat up leftovers. I have been using the crock-pot much more often as the weather cools. I love being introduced to new authors!

    • October 16, 2012 at 12:14 am
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      Oooo, DEBBIE … and I LOVE being introduced to new readers!! If you would like to check out my passionate style of writing, girl, I suggest you mosey on over to the “Excerpts” tab of my website where I’ve posted my favorite romantic and spiritual scene for each of my books. That will give you a good idea if you will like my style or not, okay? Here’s the link and GOOD LUCK in the contest!
      JULIE’S EXCERPTS
      Hugs,
      Julie

  • October 15, 2012 at 3:39 pm
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    Wow, you all have been busy today! Don’t you just love Julie? I’ve been busy chasing my little ones, which means I’ll probably have to resort to microwave cooking tonight.

    Oh wait, I take that back. I have the meat I prepared yesterday for church and then forgot to actually put in the oven BEFORE I left for church. (That, combined with getting pulled over for speeding on my WAY to church, made for a fun day. :))

    Anyway, I look forward to curling up on the couch after my kiddos are in bed tonight. I’ll probably have a cup of hot chocolate (prepared in the microwave, of course) and will open my laptop to enjoy your comments.

    Keep ’em coming! 🙂

    • October 15, 2012 at 4:03 pm
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      I threw my back doing all the fun things the kids love you would not believe I got a Bag of at least 50 stamps for 4:93!! Praise GOt. Time to walk a straight line. Why would you make your popcorn first? Have you tried it with Lemon Pepper- oh so good.
      But my favorite Microwave dish is – Galss bowl quick outs on bottom Peanut butter next, layer of chocolate chips them some flax seed or poppy – colored sprinkles if your out. 1:25 in the microwave wait. you have – peanut butter oat cookies, stir and enjoy!! Great Snack!
      Tweet and Face:)

      • October 17, 2012 at 8:15 am
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        Oh, JENN … now you’re making me hungry, girl — sounds DEE-LISH!!
        Hugs,
        Julie

    • October 16, 2012 at 12:17 am
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      LOL, SARAH … don’t you just LOVE when you get pulled over pulling into church or your children’s Christian school? It’s happened to me before, and it’s not pretty. Hope you didn’t get a ticket, sweetie — “going to church” should have some pull with the Man Upstairs as far as mercy, eh?
      BUSY BLOG, young lady!! 🙂
      Hugs,
      Julie

    • October 16, 2012 at 12:18 am
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      YES, MEL, they do, in my humble opinion, so you go, girl!!
      Hugs,
      Julie

  • October 15, 2012 at 6:19 pm
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    When I cook, I like to cook from scratch. Microwave meals do serve a purpose though on occasion.
    If you have not read Julie’s books, you are definitely missing out on some great, passionate reading! Get her books however you can and set aside some reading time. You’ll be glad you did.

    • October 16, 2012 at 12:20 am
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      Thanks, PAM, for the great plug, sweetie — that deserves a win!! 😉
      It just occurred to me that my books are like both a Crockpot and a microwave because sometimes the passion warms up realllllly quickly, and sometimes it simmers nice and slow. 😉
      Hugs,
      Julie

  • October 15, 2012 at 6:25 pm
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    I love Julie! Especially since she thinks I’m so young. 😀 Great interview, Julie and Sarah.

    I used to love cooking and from scratch, but my day job kind of ruined that for me. Now it’s a mix of microwave and scratch. I’d love to have a live-in cook. My son is going to culinary school, but I doubt he’ll move back home so his mama doesn’t have to cook.

    • October 16, 2012 at 12:22 am
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      LISA, honey, you ARE young, girl, so don’t give me any guff on that point! I didn’t look as good as you in my 20s, much less older, so whatever you’re doing, keep it up!! And a son in culinary school??? That’s kind of like a dream come true, isn’t it??? 😉
      Good luck in the contest, my friend.
      Hugs,
      Julie

  • October 15, 2012 at 8:17 pm
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    Hello! PLEASE enter me! 🙂 Hi Julie!

    I shared this on Facebook and Twitter (let me know if you need links)

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

    Exodus 14:!4

    • October 16, 2012 at 12:24 am
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      AMADA … I LOVE how you always pronounce your name, sweetie!! People must butcher it a lot, I bet since it doesn’t sound like it’s spelled, but you keep setting them straight, girl, okay? AND GOOD LUCK — you deserve a win!!
      Hugs,
      Julie

      • October 16, 2012 at 11:41 am
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        Thanks and hugs back Julie! Yes actually people ALWAYS butcher my name! LOL! It’s habit now to write the pronunciation; my finger just automatically go there! 🙂

        Blessings!

  • October 15, 2012 at 8:36 pm
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    loved this interview sarah & julie…
    especially the 7 words that describe julie…passion!

    • October 16, 2012 at 12:25 am
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      THANKS, KAREN … yeah, “passion” certainly fits, doesn’t it??? 😉
      GOOD LUCK, sweetie.
      Hugs,
      Julie

  • October 15, 2012 at 8:50 pm
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    Hi Sarah & Julie –

    Delightful interview! I’m not big into cooking. My life is too busy.

    I’d love to Julie’s newest book. susanjreinhardt AT gmail DOT com

    Blessings,
    Susan

    • October 16, 2012 at 12:26 am
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      SUSAN!!! How the heck are you, my friend — long time, no see!! I sure hope I can send you a book, girl, so GOOD LUCK!
      HUGS,
      Julie

  • October 16, 2012 at 12:33 am
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    I am a from scratch kind of girl. Fun interview.
    godblessamerica.jan(at)gmail(dot)com

    • October 16, 2012 at 7:42 am
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      GODBLESSAMERICA … Okay, sweetie, I almost like I need to just make you the winner with an addy like that because I am nothing, if not patriotic!! 🙂 Thanks for coming by to enter and GOOD LUCK!!
      Hugs,
      Julie

  • October 16, 2012 at 7:50 am
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    Last one – how about a rice sock for warming a hurt back! – Please enter me
    jdovefamily @ gmail dot com
    Love you both Jiulie and Sarah the Scratch and Their have been a blast of great ideas!!!!
    Have a gerat day and God Bless the Winner!
    Blessings ~ Jenn

    • October 17, 2012 at 8:17 am
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      JENN … a “rice sock”??? Okay, that’s a new one on me, but I’m guessing you mean fill a sock with rice and … microwave it??? Mmm … you are a wealth of ideas, my friend!! May just try that it you say it works …
      Hugs,
      Julie

      • November 8, 2012 at 1:28 am
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        Your ouch will never feel better – oh and thats just the beginning! We need to catch up – Offline you have my personal e-mail right?

  • October 16, 2012 at 9:30 am
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    Microwaves are great, wouldn’t want to live without one! But that being said I have certainly become more of a ‘scratch’ girl in the last year or so. haven’t had a frozen entree in at least six months. I do heat a can of soup up occasionally=) So more stovetop and crockpot cooking for me, and in the process I lost 25 pounds and dropped my cholesterol about 25 points!

    Would love to win Julie’s newest book.

    Patty
    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

    • October 17, 2012 at 8:19 am
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      WHOO-HOO, PATTY, you go, girl!!! Twenty-five pounds dropped on both the scale and the cholestral is AWESOME!! You definitely deserve a win, so GOOD LUCK!!
      Hugs,
      Julie

  • October 16, 2012 at 11:44 am
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    My daughter and I mostly do things from scratch. There are some meals I use the microwave more than others, but it’s rarely for anything more than a side dish or reheating. I usually have to cook from scratch because of health reasons. But for my son and huband…well, they do have their days when the microwave does its job well. lol!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    • October 17, 2012 at 8:21 am
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      Hey, DEB … goodness, I have to be honest — I’m pretty surprised at all you “scratch” gals out there AND quite impressed to boot!! Can I come for dinner?? 😉
      Good luck in the contest, sweetie!
      Hugs,
      Julie

  • October 16, 2012 at 1:03 pm
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    Thanks for this chance to win!
    What a fun interview.
    I posted this on Facebook.

    • October 17, 2012 at 8:22 am
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      YEAH, LEAH, thank you!!! Hope it nets you a win, my friend! 🙂
      Hugs,
      Julie

  • October 16, 2012 at 2:56 pm
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    Enjoyed this interview. It was a good one. I only shop when it is a” have to” thing. And, I don’t cook much anymore from scratch. Whatever is easy. I tried many times to win this book, but will just keep trying. Please enter my name. Maxie ( mac262@me.com )

    • October 17, 2012 at 8:23 am
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      Hey, MAXIE, who knows — maybe Sarah’s blog is the charm, or at least I hope so! Would LOVE to send you a signed book!! And if I’ve never told you before, I LOVE your name!! Short for Maxine, I presume?
      Hugs,
      Julie

  • October 16, 2012 at 5:48 pm
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    *Grin* Well, well, how fun!
    What a unique meet and greet I enjoyed it so much. Brillian idea, Sarah 🙂
    Cooking. Well’ I’m afraid I don’t cook in the microwave so it’s from scratch, I guess. But on a side, randomn note, let’s just say I wouldn’t complain if I had a chef for the REST of my life.

    Any ‘Amen’ from those who understand? *Grin*

    Thanks again for this. So fun.

    Bless you ladies : Julie and Sarah 🙂

    • October 17, 2012 at 8:24 am
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      LOL, GANISE … I’m with you!! I was always jealous of Oprah when she had that chef who cooked delicious and healthy meals for her! Sigh … not in this lifetime …
      GOOD LUCK, my sweet friend!
      Hugs,
      Julie

  • October 17, 2012 at 11:58 am
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    Fun interview! Sometimes I get in a cooking mood and I’ll hit pinterest for a yummy from-scratch recipe but usually I like the microwave. When I do cook I make enough for the week and just do leftovers. Ah, so easy!

    ecriggs1990(at)aol(dot)com

    • October 17, 2012 at 10:46 pm
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      LIZ … you are my kind of gal, my friend — leftovers ROCK!! Unless, of course, they’re TOO old, and then they’re hard as rock … 😉

      GOOD LUCK, sweetie!
      Hugs,
      Julie

  • October 18, 2012 at 12:34 am
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    Wow Julie you are sure a popular lady! We all love you! And I am excited because I would love to win one of Julie’s books that I haven’t read.
    And as for cooking, well I like cooking from scratch, but I don’t do as much of it now as I use to. I don’t really do a lot of Microwave cooking, I pretty much use it to warm up stuff, but I do love, love my slow cooker. In fact I just pulled out a couple of slow cooker recipe books to find some new recipes to try. I’m fixing BBQ tomorrow,
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    Blessings…..Joy
    ibjoy1953[at]yahoo]dot]com

    • October 19, 2012 at 2:50 pm
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      Yum, Joy! I have a wonderful pulled pork recipe I make in the crockpot. In fact, it’s on the menu for this weekend. 🙂

      • October 19, 2012 at 4:24 pm
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        Thats cool, my family loves deer hunting so I just use a deer roast yesterday and fixed a big crock pot of bbq. I don’t care for it but the guys gobble it up!

    • October 19, 2012 at 3:29 pm
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      JOY!!! Oh, girl, I am SO excited you still have books of mine to read because it’s SO much fun to see what you think of them since I know we apparently like the same level of passion in our books, both spiritually and romantically! Do check out my website calendar, Joy, because I have giveaways going on all the time, this month and next, okay? GOOD LUCK, my sweet friend!
      Love ya!
      Julie

    • October 20, 2012 at 9:55 am
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      WHOOPS … I always forget to reply here instead of in a new comment, so my comment to you is below, Joy — sorry! 😐

  • October 18, 2012 at 2:01 am
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    What best describes your cooking style–from scratch or from the microwave? For the most part, I still have mom keeping me fed (one advantage to being in school and living at home), but when I do have to “fend for myself” it’s a combination of both microwave and cooking from scratch. I prefer cooking over buying my food since it’s generally cheaper. =) Thanks for the chance to win!

    • October 19, 2012 at 2:55 pm
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      Amen on saving money, Lady! (And thanks for Tweeting! I’ve got you in the drawing. :))

    • October 19, 2012 at 3:30 pm
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      LDK!!! Always good to see you, darlin’, so here’s to a win so we can get more reading material on that long commute. Uh … that WAS you, right??
      Hugs,
      Julie

  • October 18, 2012 at 4:42 pm
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    I’m definitely a from scratch girl. I started baking on a regular basis last fall when I bought a new hand mixer, and after almost a year of friends telling me I need to be doing this for business, I decided they were right. However, microwaving, aside from reheating or cooking frozen food, what I probably do most is melt chocolate to use as a garnish on my cupcakes.

    Holly
    oceandreamerfla(at)gmail(dot)com

    • October 18, 2012 at 11:29 pm
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      Oh Holly – I went and bought a 365$ kitchen-aide top of the line the moment I found out that I was expecting. Can you say spontaneous to the extreme? just because I was having a bundle all had to be done naturally from scratch, and the world of do I really want that burrito’s from QT anymore went far, far away.

    • October 19, 2012 at 2:56 pm
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      Oh wow, Holly, can I come over to your house for dessert?! (all part of blog research, of course ;))

    • October 19, 2012 at 3:34 pm
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      HOLLY!!! Oh, drool … you have you have a cupcake or baking business??? I actually LOVED baking once, but now the only kitchen I heat up is the O’Connors … with my laptop instead of an oven!! And the only cooking up I do is plotting ways to torture my characters AND my readers … 😉
      Hugs,
      Julie

  • October 19, 2012 at 12:22 am
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    Love the interview questions and learning about Julie through her answers! 🙂 Except for 1) and 3) I would answer exactly the same way. 🙂 Although my cooking style is from scratch – it is still of the quick and easy variety! The best microwave food I’ve ever tasted is my mother’s chocolate cake! 🙂 Thanks for sharing this fun interview!

    • October 19, 2012 at 2:57 pm
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      Jes – A chocolate cake that’s made in the microwave?! Now that’s a recipe I need to find!

    • October 19, 2012 at 3:35 pm
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      Hey, JES … we’re two peas in a pod, eh? And I bet we cook ’em the say way too!! 😉 I LOVE canned peas cooked in LOTS of butter — a craving left over from my grade school cafeteria days, no doubt … 🙂
      Hugs,
      Julie

  • October 19, 2012 at 4:17 pm
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    I’m hardly ever home to cook a meal from scratch so it’s the microwave for me. Though I do love to use my crockpot from time to time.

    • October 20, 2012 at 9:57 am
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      Hey, JANET, I have the opposite problem but the same — I’m always home, but hardly ever cook a meal from scratch, so I would DIE without the microwave!! 🙂

      Thanks for coming by and GOOD LUCK in the contest@
      Hugs,
      Julie

  • October 22, 2012 at 6:46 am
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    Virtual wave to Julie! Thanks for a fun interview Sarah!
    I’m a “from scratch” kinda cook – when I cook. 🙂 My fav is the slow cooker.

    • October 22, 2012 at 7:38 am
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      Hey, EDWINA … ALWAYS love seeing you, my friend, and hope all is well. I soooo like the term “slow cooker” over Crockpot, don’t you?? Sounds so much more appealing, foodwise. 🙂
      Good luck, girl!!
      Hugs,
      Julie

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