Wednesday, August 13, 2014

FROM SWEET TO SWOON, PART 3 ... Ramping Up the Sigh Factor in our Heroes!


Question: 
When you finish a reallllly great romance novel that lingers in your mind long after you turn the last page, what exactly are you thinking about … the heroine, the hero, or the plot?


Okay, if you said the heroine or the plot … you might want to click on the little X at the top of the page and move on, because I’m not sure this blog is for you.

But … if you said the hero … ding, ding, ding, ding ding!! You’ve come to the right place because today we continue with PART 3 of my series entitled From Sweet to Swoon: Ramping Up the Sigh Factor in our Heroes! So if you missed PART 1 and PART 2, you can catch up with the links provided, then arrow back to today’s PART 3.

So … how do I like to ramp up the swoon factor in a hero to take him from ho-hum to hot?

Well, the ways are ENDLESS, but here are a few of my favorites that I employ over and over again and since we’ve already covered the six most common types of heroes in Christian romance in PART 1 as well as Points 1-4 below in PART 2, let’s move on to the highlighted Points 5-9 today, and we’ll finish up Points l0-16 in my next blog.

1.    Make the Hero Decidedly Male through Speech, Body Language, and Mindset.
2.    Make the Heroine Affect Him Like No Other Woman.
3.    Make His Attraction/Love for the Heroine Reform Him.
4.    Make Him Be Able to Walk Away From Temptation.
5.    Make Him Sacrificial.
6.    Show His Love for Kids, Family, and Animals.
7.    Make Him Dominant.
8.    Give Him an Endearing Quirk.
9.    Show Him Aware of the Heroine’s Interest.
10. Make Him Aloof and Unavailable.
11. Show His Humility.
12. Show His Mental Desire for the Heroine.
13. Show His Spirituality.
14. Give Him a Noble Cause.
15. Give Him a Wounded Heart.
16. Give Him a Sense of Humor.

5.)             Make him sacrificial: Okay, almost nothing is more appealing in a hero than a man willing to sacrifice his own happiness for the sake of someone else. Not only does it reflect strength of character in making a selfless decision, but it reveals a core of strength and discipline that is so very attractive in a hero.

One of the reasons that Luke McGee from my novel A Hope Undaunted is one of my top two favorite heroes I’ve ever written is because he does just that—he sacrifices his own happiness in order to rescue his best friend, Betty, from an illegitimate pregnancy. That is noble in itself, but when Luke stays the course with Betty even after he discovers that the heroine he's loved since he was a boy is FINALLY ready to love him back, it becomes even more powerful, not only deepening the respect and love of the heroine, but the reader as well.
       
        Luke stared out his bedroom window, body numb and eyes glazed in a hard stare. The lamppost across the street blurred into a halo of light, foggy and out of focus—like his mind at the moment—and as dim and surreal as this nightmare that wouldn’t end.
        The scene in his office replayed, and the tragic turn of events twisted his gut once again.
        “I . . . I think I’m in love with you, Luke . . .”
        He slumped at his desk, hand to his eyes, never believing those words could have caused him such pain. She wanted him to stay, but he had promised to go. Two women who stirred the love in his heart . . . but only one who stirred his passion.
        He closed his eyes, and thoughts of Betty were immediate, producing an ache so deep, more tears welled beneath his lids. Like him, she had lived in the gutter all of her life. Not just in the streets of New York, but in the littered ruts of destiny as well, where life denied her any chance at happiness. A father killed in the war and a destitute mother, a stepfather who thrived on abuse, and a lover who took it a step further. The result was a baby destined to be born a bastard, and a friend who had vowed it would never happen.
        Betty and he were blood, not in the literal sense of heritage, but in the true sense of all they had shared . . . as friends . . . as family . . . as lovers. Grief pierced anew, and the emotion shifted in his throat. Brady and the O’Connors had taught him well. Luke had little or no experience with family, but one thing he knew to the core of his being—family didn’t desert family . . . not in their time of need.

6.)            Show his LOVE FOR kids, family, friends and animals: Seriously, in romance … is there anything sweeter than a big, hulking hero in love with a child? Anything more powerful than a friend who’ll lay down his life for a friend?  Anything more satisfying than a man who cherishes God and family above all else? Well, not many things, that’s for sure because when you see how a hero treats his family, friends, or animals, you see clear into his heart, telling you if he’s a manor a heroworthy of your respect and love.

The following scene from Dare to Love Again shows the impact that a little six-year-old orphan has on one of my most hulking, grouchiest heroesNick Baroneand I can’t tell you how many letters or reviews I’ve received where the readers loved Nick more for the tenderness he showed Lottie.
       
        Nick circled Lottie’s waist, the scent of baby powder and Pear’s soap calming his senses.
        “Are you going to spank Mr. Nick with a stick, Miss Penny?” the little dickens asked, making him smile.
        Miss Penny’s lips squirmed while Mrs. Lemp chuckled. The steel in her eyes melted into affection. “I’m considering it, Lottie, if Mr. Nick doesn’t behave.”
Hopping up on Nick’s lap, Lottie hugged him with a husky, little grunt before she braced his face with two tiny palms, depositing a sweet peck to his lips that dissolved any frustration he had. “Don’t be bad, Mr. Nick,” she whispered with a gloss of moisture in her eyes that nearly wrung tears from his own, “I don’t want Miss Penny to hurt you.”
        He released a silent sigh and tucked a curl over her shoulder, the risk of disappointing her a far greater deterrent than any piece of wood. “I’ll be good, Lottie,” he said quietly, “I promise.”

Okay, in our next example, I’m sorry, but I can’t help itwhen I see a hero with a fierce loyalty and affection for his best friend, I melt just a little bit more because that demonstrates loyalty loud and clear. And let’s face itevery woman out there is looking for loyalty from a man … especially in a hero! Which is why friendship scenes like the one below between my heroes Collin McGuire and John Brady in A Passion Denied greatly enhance my love for both men.


        Brady continued to stare, his bleary gaze lost in a sea of bitter coffee. “I’m not hungry.”
“Yeah, well you need a little something other than vodka to sustain that thick head of yours.”
That woke him up. His head shot up, and the red in his eyes singed like fire. “Go to the devil, Collin. As if I didn’t pull your head out of the latrine more times than I can count.”
Collin eased back into his chair, all humor depleted. “That’s right, John, you did. Which makes this all the more upsetting. What’s going on?”
Brady closed his eyes and ran a shaky hand over his face. “I can’t tell you.”
“Why? From the very beginning, you’ve known everything about me—my past, my present, what I think, what I feel. The best of friends, closer than brothers. Don’t you think I deserve the same?”
Brady lowered his head. “You do, but I can’t tell you.”
Collin’s jaw tightened. “Why?”
“Because I’m not ready.”
Collin slammed his fist on the table. “Not ready for what? To be a friend?”
Brady’s head lunged up, his eyes swimming with pain. “No, Collin, not ready to lose one.”
Collin blinked. He swallowed the emotion lumped in his throat and nodded. “If I leave, will you promise to talk to Father Mac?”
Brady nodded slowly, his eyes dull.
Collin stood. He glanced at Father Mac. “Can you try to get him to eat? I want him healthy at work tomorrow.” Collin gave Brady’s shoulder a quick squeeze. “I’m tired of carrying him.” He started for the door.
“Collin?”
“Yeah?”
“I’ll have half of day’s work done before you even shadow the door.”
Collin turned, hand poised on the knob. His throat tightened. “I want you to know, John, whatever you did, no matter how bad you think it may be, I will stand by you. I’m proud to call you my friend, because I know who you are—a man of integrity, honor and passion for God. And nothing—nothing—you can say will ever change that for me. I love you like a brother, John, and always will.
The door clicked softly behind him.

And finally, when I see a hero who is fiercely protective and loyal to his own family, it goes a long way in redeeming a rogue like Logan McClare in the clip below from Dare to Love Again, not only winning more of the heroine’s heart, but hopefully the reader’s as well.

        He cocked a brow. “So we take precautions. We hire a full-time handyman/guard to assist Mr. Bigley year-round, not just for a few months. Then we put our foot down with Allison as well, restricting her working at the school past five or taking the cable car on her own.”
        Cait’s lips wobbled into a faint smile. “We?” she whispered, not wanting to burden Logan further but painfully aware he was becoming more and more a part of her life every day—her decisions, her problems, her responsibilities.
        And my heart?
        He paused to study her, the potency of love she saw in his eyes making her want to weep all over again. “Yes, ‘we,’” he whispered, skimming several fingers along the line of her jaw. “We’re a team, Cait, you and I. We may not be a ‘couple’ in the true sense of the word, but we are two people in love with the same family, nonetheless. Which means your family is my family, and I will support and protect you—and it—until I take my last breath.”

7.)            Make him dominant: Yes, women are notorious for trying to change a man or push him around, but the truth is that most women are drawn to a man they can’t push around. A man who is his own man, in control and won’t allow a woman to take the upper hand. From early cavemen and Viking warriors, to the more genteel gentlemen of the South like Rhett Butler or the likes of rough-and-tumble cowboys like John Wayne, it’s Taming of the Shrew all over again because women want heroes who are strong. And when that strength and control is spiritual as well as physical, even better!

Here’s a scene from A Hope Undaunted that demonstrates the iron-will dominance of hero Luke McGee, something that is desperately needed with a strong-willed heroine like Katie O’Connor.

        “Wait!” She ran to grasp his arm in a death hold, fingers clenched as tight as her stomach. “Don’t do this, please—don’t just walk away. I care about you, Luke, and I need your friendship. And you need mine.”
        His gaze fixed on her hand where Jack’s diamond glittered in the lamplight, then slowly rose to her face, his blue eyes almost black. “No, Katie,” he whispered with a thread of pain in his voice, “I need your love.”
        Her heart crashed to a stop. She removed her hand and lowered her eyes, her gaze fused to the fringed tongue of his brown leather shoe. “I . . . care about you, Luke, I do.” Her voice trailed off, fragile and reedy with regret. “But please . . . why can’t we just be friends?”
        Taut fingers gripped her chin and jerked it up, the dominance of his hold matched by the anger in his eyes. “Because it will be lovers or nothing, Katie Rose. The choice is yours.”

Of course, when it comes to dominance in a hero, I would be remiss if I didn’t include Rhett Butler in this famous kissing scene from Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind where Rhett dominates Scarlett with a proposal few woman could refuse. Following is a mix of the book and the movie:

        "You've been married to a boy and an old man. Why not try a husband of the right age, with a way with women?"
        "You're a fool, Rhett Butler, when you know I shall always love another man."
        "Stop it. You hear me, Scarlett, stop it! No more of that talk."

(He jerks her to him and kisses her)

        “Don't, I shall faint," she whispered, trying to turn her head weakly from him.
        "I want you to faint. This is what you were meant for. None of the fools you've ever known have kissed you like this, have they? Your Charles or your Frank or your stupid Ashley."
        “Please—”
        “I said your stupid Ashley. Gentleman all—what do they know about women? What did they know about you? I know you.”
        His mouth was on hers again and she surrendered without a struggle, too weak even to turn her head …

8.)             Give him an endearing quirk (especially if he’s an alpha-male):
Let’s face it—endearing quirks make us smile. And when they belong to a hero? Sigh ... they can soften the crustiest of men, making our hearts smile, too, with added affection.

In book 2 of the “Heart of San Francisco” series, Dare to Love Again, my alpha-male hero Nick Barone is a fearless and armed rough-and-tumble Italian police detective who, like Leroy Jethro Gibbs of NCIS, is not afraid of anybody or anything. You know the type—rock jaw, perennial shadow of beard and gruff manner? Well, Nick is railroaded into escorting the heroine home everyday on a cable car. The quirk I gave him? He’s afraid of cable cars, of course, as depicted below, a flaw that provides levity, I hope, as well as humanize our grouchy hero and endear him to the reader. And just to be ornery, I tossed in an addiction to animal crackers that not only help settle his stomach, but give him animal-cracker breath throughout the book.

        Her head wheeled to face him, eyebrows tented in shock. “What? This is your first time on a cable car? Then how on earth did you know you’d be sick? Do you get sick on boats?”
        “No.” It was a croak as he smothered what could have been a belch.
        She squinted. “Then I don’t understand. If you don’t get seasick, then why—” Her eyes went wide. “Wait—you’re afraid, aren’t you?”
        Well, that certainly helped his color. Blood gorged his cheeks. “Don’t be ridiculous,” he snarled, singeing her with a glare.
        Her lips took a twist. Oh, good—familiar territory! “Sweet mother of mercy, you are, aren’t you?” She clamped a hand to her mouth to smother a laugh, the idea of this mammoth, gun-toting grouch afraid of anything delighting her more than it should. She forced a serious demeanor, noting from his ruddy color that their sparring had apparently taken his mind off the ride. “For heaven’s sake, it’s nothing to be ashamed of, Nick,” she said sweetly. She tilted her head, attempting to contain the chuckles that bubbled up in her chest. “Unless, of course,” she whispered in a voice hoarse with restraint, “you’re afraid of mice too . . .” Her laughter broke free in a glorious swell of giggles.
        The gray-green eyes narrowed over the handkerchief he held to his mouth. “Don’t tempt me, Miss McClare—I had kippers for lunch.”

9.)            Make him aware of heroine’s interest: Call me crazy, but to me, there’s just something attractive about a man who’s confident in the fact that the heroine is attracted to him. Call it a hint of cockiness if you will, but I think it gives the hero the upper hand, which plays right in to the “dominance” mode that is so appealing to me. In these two clips from A Hope Undaunted, we see the hero’s awareness of the heroine’s attraction, first in THOUGHTS where he’s remembering her ready response to his forced kiss in a prior scene, then in ACTION when he reminds her of it in the second clip:

        His jaw hardened. But dirt beneath her feet or no, that hadn’t stopped her body from responding to his, not that she would ever admit it. She may not be attracted to him as a person, but as a man, the passion in her kiss told him all he needed to know. 
        The memory suddenly surged through him like the sticky June heat outside his window, stifling his air. A silent curse hissed from his lips as he hurled his suit jacket across the room. Either way, she had made a fool of him.
        Again.

Then later on in the story, when the hero and heroine are on speaking terms, he reminds her with one look and one word that he knows she’s attracted to him:

        Luke lifted the mammoth burger to his lips, pausing to give Katie a weighted gaze. “And unlike you, Katydid, some women actually enjoy doing what I ask.”
        “Ask maybe, but force? Do they enjoy that?”
        He bit into his sandwich and chewed slowly, a smile surfacing at the edges of his mouth. “Sometimes,” he said, heating her with a look while he took a slow swig of his drink.
        Katie’s cheeks flamed hot, and she itched to slap that smug smile off his handsome face.

GIVEAWAY!!
Okay, that’s it today, so leave a comment for a chance to win your choice of a signed copy of any of my books, including my upcoming release in October, Surprised by Love

HUGS AND GOOD LUCK!

BIO:
Award-winning author of “The Daughters of Boston” and “Winds of Change” series, Julie Lessman was American Christian Fiction Writers 2009 Debut Author of the Year and voted #1 Romance Author of the year in Family Fiction magazine’s 2012 and 2011 Readers Choice Awards. She has also garnered 17 RWA and other awards and made Booklist’s 2010 Top 10 Inspirational Fiction. Her book A Light in the Window is an International Digital Awards winner, a 2013 Readers' Crown Award winner, and a 2013 Book Buyers Best Award winner. You can contact Julie and read excerpts from her books at www.julielessman.com.



161 comments:

Marianne Barkman said...

Yes, Julie, when I fall in love with a novel, it is almost ALWAYS with the hero. I wonder if it's different for male readers? Thanks for a great post. I learn to know you and your books better through each one. And if I win, I'd need the new coming in October (that's also my birthday month) as I've got the rest!

Julie Lessman said...

YIKES ... I CAN'T BELIEVE I'M STILL UP, BUT I MADE THE MISTAKE OF EATING CHOCOLATE AT NINE. SIGH.

BAD, BAD GIRL!!

MY STOMACH IS RUMBLING 'CAUSE I JUST SAW AN I-HOP COMMERCIAL FEATURING THE MOST AMAZING EGG SCRAMBLES EVER, SO I'M HAVING I-HOP -- MY FAVORITE PANCAKE PLACE -- CATER BREAKFAST.

MY FAVORITE OFF THE MENU IS THE DENVER OMELOT WITH EXTRA-LIGHT PANCAKES, BUT I'M THINKING THE NEW SCRAMBLES ARE GONNA REEL ME IN! HOW 'BOUT YOU?

SO DIG IN, AND LET ME KNOW YOUR FAVORITE PANCAKES, OKAY?

HUGS,
JULIE

Julie Lessman said...

BLESS YOU, MARIANNE , FOR GETTING A HOLD OF ALL MY BOOKS -- MUCH APPRECIATED, MY FRIEND!

THAT'S A GOOD QUESTION FOR VINCE AND WALT, SO I HOPE THEY COME BY. :)

OOOO, AN OCTOBER BABY, HUH, WELL LET'S SEE WHAT WE CAN DO ABOUT A BIRTHDAY WIN ... ;)

HUGS,
JULIE

Cindy W. said...

I'm like Marianne, I usually always fall in love with the hero, at least at first and then the heroine sometime later.

Breakfast sounds scrumptious! I'll have to visit an IHOP soon.

I would love to be entered to win your newest book.

Smiles & Blessings,
Cindy W.

Ruth Logan Herne said...

I agree, hero first... he needs to tug my heartstrings for me to invest in the book, and there are multiple ways he can do that....

But if it's a wimpy, whiny heroine, I don't even bother finishing. Now mind you, my version of wimpy and whiny isn't the same as NORMAL people, because they would consider it "normal". When you're a Pull Yourself Up by the Bootstraps kind of gal, I find simpering heroines to be annoying and not worth my time...

BUT!!!!! THERE ARE READERS WHO LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THEM!!!!! I see them all the time, and some are high selling authors, so there's an audience for those books! It's just not me. And that's okay.

Julie, I love to make latkes when the boys are in town, and I use the frozen shredded potatoes and fresh, sweet onion, chopped fine... And I don't use the sweeter pancake batter. What a treat they are!!!! The boys and the latkes!

Ruth Logan Herne said...

You know, Vince didn't like my "Try, Try Again" because he couldn't forgive the hero's past indiscretions after they lost their little boy...

And Vince is a man of honor. So I wonder if it's like that for him, if the hero is a disappointment in the "hero" category, a man of honor like Vince can't identify with him.

VINCE!!!! COME SEE US AND TELL US WHAT YOU THINK!

Laney4 said...

Always the hero, but oftentimes a particular scene bubbles to the top, over and over again.
I enjoyed your explanations. They made me realize that a book I finished yesterday indeed had those attributes.
Now I want to read one of YOUR books and am off to check them out. Thanks, Seekerville!

Kav said...

Sigh...I'm in a swoon just reading over your list and thinking about all that hero potential. I love a hero who has a soft spot for animals. I figure if he can commit to a dog or a cat or a bunny he's well on his way to being able to commit to a relationship. LOL.

DebH said...

the cocky, I-know-she-loves-me hero.
the hero that comes to my mind immediately is Han Solo in the Empire Strikes Back.

Leia: I love you.
Han: I know.

I think that's when I uber crushed on Harrison Ford.

Julie, someday when I "grow up" writing-wise, I hope I can create swoon worthy heroes such as yours. I am very glad you're providing the how-to, free for the taking here at Seekerville.

I'm behind on your books, but I'm an October baby too. If I actually win, I'll have to figure out which hero I want to swoon over next.

DebH said...

p.s.
I am with Ruthy: I really want to hear from Vince and Walt on this subject.

Mary Hicks said...

Thank you, Julie, for a great post! I love a hero with all the character traits you listed.

It's easy to get lost and accidentally leave one or two out. Thanks for the check list!

Cindy Regnier said...

My heart beats for the hero - usually long before the heroine is even thinking of such a thing. But even if I don't fall in love with her, I have to like the heroine from the beginning or I won't finish the book. Could it be a smidgen of jealousy there - if she's not good enough for him, well, that's just not right.
Julie - you just made me so hungry with all that talk about egg scrambles. Maybe my handsome hunky hero will have a romantic breakfast with my sweet lovable heroine this morning. Sigh!

Wilani Wahl said...

Julie, loved your post. I must admit you are right. It is the hero that makes the novel memorable.

Please enter me in the drawing for one of your books.

Jackie Smith said...

Loved your post, Julie....as always! And I knew ...from the first sentence...that it is YOUR day on Seekerville...YAY.
Would love to be entered for you book coming in October....have read all the others and LOVED them!

Dawnelle Anderson said...

loved your post. I have loved all your books. Cant wait for the new one

K. L. Bridgewater said...

Love your advice, Julie. Going to print it off and keep in my writing notebook. I love your books and would love to win Surprised by Love.

Kate said...

Hmmm, you broke that down in such an interesting way. I do think the quality of the hero makes the book in so many ways. A total cad would demean any heroine! Yet as one commented, a whiny heroine doesn't befit a quality hero. They do go hand in hand.

Sandra Leesmith said...

Great post Julie and a wonderful list to keep handy for those heroes we want to develop and love.

Of course loved the refreshing reminders of some of my favorite heroes. smile

Janet Dean said...

Julie, terrific post on creating a hero that melts readers hearts! I love the excerpts, each one perfect for the point you're making, and evidence that your heroes are bigger than life. I'll be printing this.

I need to remember to create a charming quirk for my heroes. Must write that on a Post It note and stick it to my monitor.

Janet

Janet Dean said...

Denver omelot and pancakes were delicious! Thanks, Julie! Hope I'm not too full to exercise this morning. :-)

Janet

Mindy Obenhaus said...

Jules, there's nobody better than you to teach us about swoon-worthy heroes. I will be printing these lessons out and assembling them into a nice little booklet that I can refer to often. :)

THANK YOU!!!!!

Hope to see you in St. Louie.

Myra Johnson said...

Definitely a keeper post, Julie! Thanks for this super list of hero traits! I plan to refer to it again when I begin revisions on a manuscript that will become the first in my new Heartsong Presents contemporary series. My hero's heroic qualities could use a wee bit of tweaking.

Julie said...

I'm a hero fan! I think Patrick from the O'Connor series may be my favorite hero from your books ;) Even though he has ticked me off a few times :) As for IHOP...I just had the new Californian scramble because anything with an avocado on it has got to be amazing, and it truly was! I can take or leave a pancake though. Always fun to read one of your posts Julie!

Myra Johnson said...

And, uh, what's up with the ALL CAPS IN YOUR COMMENTS, MS. LESSMAN????

ARE YOU SHOUTING AT US, OR WAS THAT THE HYPER-CAFFEINATED CHOCOHOLIC SPEAKING???

Tamera Lynn Kraft said...

I would love to win Surprised by Love. Julie, your heroes are always memorable.

Sarah said...

My favorite pancakes are the apple cinnamon ones my grandma used to make - I've taken up the habit now. I don't care for plain pancakes, after eating them. And now I'm hungry! Thanks a lot! LOL :)

Linda Finn said...

Love this post Julie, you know I just can't wait for my copy to show up in my mailbox, but I am still working on that goal of owning all your books in paperback as well as on my kindle, kindle is filled ! Chocolate at 9...sounds good ! I didn't make it to bed till after midnight ! I moved my office to my room last night. Starting school on the 25th for Graphic Arts and guess what happened...PC died on me. Not Good. Pray for the Lord to supply me a new one that is windows 7 or Mac 10.9 or higher. Someday maybe it will be me designing these wonderful book covers ! Art is my first love. Did you tell these folks that Linda Marie Finn is in this book !!!! I have plugged it to the hilt this morning, hopefully more traffic for Seekerville !!!!
Blessings
Linda

Tina Radcliffe said...

Do I see another Julie Lessman How To book in the future? This series is perfect for that.

Sarah said...

I almost always love the hero - actually in many books I've read, he's the character I remember the best. *sigh* You know the only bad part about romance novels for me? I almost always end up jealous of the heroine - her man is always so great! Even Collin and Mitch, when they were being bullheaded pains in the rear, were sigh-worthy. :)
I do love all the traits you mentioned and I adored DTLA and Nick Barone! I was laughing so hard at the beginning, when he's fussing at her and Alli just tears into him - calling him a Neanderthal, among other things. And the animal crackers were a nice touch - especially at the end, with Logan. And oh my, the stick! *sigh* I'll stuff it now, or I will be here all day, talking about my favorite parts. :)
I would love to win a copy of Love at Any Cost (I've read it, just don't own it) or Surprised by Love!
Hope you're having a great week!
~Sarah

P.S. I'm not sure if I'm supposed to leave my email or not, but just in case: bookluver1492[at]gmail[dot]com

Tina Radcliffe said...

Favorite pancake? WAFFLE GIRL HERE.

Whole wheat waffle dusted with powdered sugar with a dipping bowl for syrup. (fussy too)

Julie Lessman said...

OOOOO, CINDY ... I'M WITH YOU. IN FACT, I THINK IT'S A MISTAKE IN A BOOK TO WAIT TOO LONG TO INTRODUCE THE HERO. I FIND MYSELF A LITTLE BORED UNTIL THE HUNK SHOWS UP.

SIGH. WHAT CAN I SAY -- I AM SUCH A JUVENILE DELINQUENT!

GOOD LUCK IN THE CONTEST, SWEETIE!

HUGS,
JULIE

Julie Lessman said...

RUTHY ... I'VE HEARD OF LATKES, BUT DIDN'T KNOW WHAT THEY WERE. THEY SOUND LIKE A GERMAN DISH -- ARE THEY?

LOL ... WIMPY HEROINES!! EXACTLY WHY I LIKED SCARLETT BETTER THAN MELANIE IN GWTW ... UH, UNTIL MELANIE STOOD AT THE TOP OF THOSE STAIRS IN HER NIGHTGOWN, WITH A SWORD IN HER HAND, PRAISING SCARLET FOR SHOOTING THE UNION SOLDIER. THAT GIRL WON MY RESPECT RIGHT THEN AND THERE ... AND I'LL BET MARY'S TOO! :)

HUGS,
JULIE

Julie Lessman said...

RUTHY ... I DIDN'T REALIZE VINCE DIDN'T LIKE YOUR HERO FROM TRY, TRY AGAIN -- I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THE GUY!! OF COURSE, THE PICTURE ON THE FRONT DIDN'T HURT ... ;)

I THINK ALL YOUR HEROES ARE HOT, GIRLFRIEND. :)

HUGS,
JULIE

Angi said...

Good morning, Julie! Love your post! I usually end up falling in love with the hero first, although there have been rare occasions where I related to the heroine so much that she grabbed my attention first. But that doesn't happen too often. ;)

Hmmm...my favorite kind of pancakes. I love blueberry, but my Mom has a recipe for Ginger pancakes that is out if this world, topped with homemade apple syrup. YUM! YUM!

Have a great day, my friend! :)

Julie Lessman said...

LANEY4 SAID:
"Always the hero, but oftentimes a particular scene bubbles to the top, over and over again."

OH, I KNOW JUST WHAT YOU MEAN, GIRLFRIEND, BUT THE TRUTH IS, WHEN THAT HAPPENS, THE HERO IS USUALLY INVOLVED IN THAT SCENE, RIGHT??

I'VE GOT A SCENE STUCK IN MY MIND FROM A BOOK I READ THAT HAUNTS ME OVER AND OVER ... BUT IT'S BECAUSE OF THE WAY THE HERO LOOKS AT THE HEROINE IN THAT SCENE THAT MELTS ME INTO A PUDDLE. :)

WHOO-HOO ... I AM SOOOOOO THRILLED YOU ARE GOING TO CHECK OUT MY BOOKS, LANEY, AND MAY I SUGGEST YOU START WITH BOOK 1 IN MY IRISH FAMILY SAGA, A PASSION MOST PURE? IT'S CURRENTLY AVAILABLE ON FREE DOWNLOAD, SO THE PRICE AIN'T GONNA GO MUCH LOWER THAN THAT ... ;)

I'M VERY PROUD THAT IT WON AMERICAN CHRISTIAN FICTION WRITERS 2009 DEBUT BOOK OF THE YEAR AND HAS 511 FIVE-STAR REVIEWS ON AMAZON, SO IT'S NOT A DOG, I PROMISE. BUT I WILL WARN YOU THAT IT'S A WEE BIT MORE PASSIONATE THAN MOST CHRISTIAN ROMANCE, BOTH ROMANTICALLY AND SPIRITUALLY, SO MAKE YOUR DECISION ACCORDINGLY.

HERE ARE THE LINKS:

AMAZON


B&N NOOK

CBD

NOTE: REGRETTABLY, THE EBOOK IS NOT AVAILABLE ON DEEPER SHOPPING.

GOOD LUCK AND HUGS,
JULIE

Julie Lessman said...

KAV SAID:
"I figure if he can commit to a dog or a cat or a bunny he's well on his way to being able to commit to a relationship. LOL."

GIGGLE! LOL IS RIGHT, MY FRIEND, ALTHOUGH I HAVE YET TO SEE A HERO ATTACHED TO A BUNNY ... UH, UNLESS SHE LIVES IN A MANSION ... ;)

LOVE YOU, GIRL!!

HUGS,
JULIE

Julie Lessman said...

DEB H SAID:
"Leia: I love you.
Han: I know."

LOL ... LOVE THIS!! AND LOVED HANS SOLO, ALTHOUGH I DID THINK HE WAS A BIT CLUELESS. BUT HEY ... MAYBE THAT'S ANOTHER POINT IN THE LIST ... AFTER ALL, IT WORKED FOR MARY IN HER AWARD-WINNING "CLUELESS COWBOY," RIGHT???

THANKS FOR YOUR SWEET WORDS, DEB, AND HERE'S HOPING I CAN SEND YOU A SIGNED BIRTHDAY PRESENT. AND, NO, IT WILL NOT BE A CHECK ... ;)

HUGS,
JULIE

Julie Lessman said...

DEB H SAID AGAIN:
"I am with Ruthy: I really want to hear from Vince and Walt on this subject."

ME, TOO!! SOUNDS LIKE I'M GOING TO HAVE TO DRAG THE BOYS IN HERE ... ;)

HUGS,
JULIE

Julie Lessman said...

MARY, YOU ARE MORE THAN WELCOME, MY FRIEND. AND YOU KNOW, I'M PRETTY DARN SURE WE HAVEN'T EXHAUSTED THE LIST HERE, EITHER, BUT IT'S A START ANYWAY, RIGHT??

GOOD LUCK AND HUGS!
JULIE

apple blossom said...

Your Heroes are definitely deadly. I love your romance books. Been long time since I've stopped in to say hi. Thanks for chance to win and thanks for writing yummy Christian romances for us to enjoy.

Abi

Sally said...

I've been looking forward to this post in the series! Nine was my favorite today. Confidence in a man is pretty attractive.

I do think that what men believe women find attractive in a man isn't the same as what woman find attractive in a man (and vice versa, I'm sure). I'd love to see a man's take on Julie's list, and maybe I'll have to check out a romance written by a man. Any suggestions, anyone?

Julie, hope you got your pancakes!

Susan Anne Mason said...

Hi Julie,

Love all your suggestions for heroes and totally agree with all of them!

And Ruthy, I loved your flawed hero from Try, Try Again. I don't mind if the hero has made mistakes in the past, as long as he's trying to make amends in the present.

The hero in my wip has just been released from prison, so it's going to be fun redeeming him!

Prayers appreciated for a book deadline which is being thwarted by many house problems and family issues! Had one meltdown already (sigh). Thanks.

Cheers,
Sue

Julie Lessman said...

CINDY SAID:
"Could it be a smidgen of jealousy there - if she's not good enough for him, well, that's just not right."

COULD BE, CINDY, BUT I'M THINKIN' IT MOSTLY HAS TO DO WITH THE HERO ONCE AGAIN AS WELL AS GOOD OL' BELIEVABILITY. BECAUSE IF HE CAN FALL FOR SOME WHINY OR WITCHY HEROINE WE DON'T LIKE, WELL THEN WE LOSE A WEE BIT OF RESPECT FOR HIM SINCE HE'S BEING A DUMB CLUCK. ;)

OOOOOO ... I HOPE YOU CAN CONVINCE YOUR HUBBY TO GO WITH YOU, CINDY. I ALMOST BEGGED KEITH TO TAKE ME LAST NIGHT AFTER I SAW THE I-HOP COMMERCIAL, BUT HE WAS WATCHING THE GAME AND WE ALL KNOW SOMETHINGS COME BEFORE FOOD FOR SOME GUYS ... UH, LIKE SPORTS! ;)

HUGS,
JULIE

Julie Lessman said...

YAY, LANI!!! GLAD WE ARE IN SOUND AGREEMENT, GIRLFRIEND!

HERE'S HOPING IT NETS YOU A WIN, MY SWEET FRIEND. :)

HUGS!!
JULIE

Julie Lessman said...

AW, JACKIE, I CAN ALWAYS COUNT ON YOU TO MAKE ME SMILE, MY FRIEND, SO THANK YOU FOR COMING BY.

AND IF YOU DON'T WIN HERE TODAY, I WILL BE COMING OUT OF HIBERNATION THIS FALL WITH THE RELEASE OF SBL, SO I WILL HAVE LOTS OF CHANCES FOR YOU TO WIN, OKAY?

GOOD LUCK!!

HUGS,
JULIE

Julie Lessman said...

DAWNELLE, THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH, YOU SWEET THING, AND I THINK YOU'RE GONNA LIKE MEG'S STORY BECAUSE I ENDED UP ABSOLUTELY LOVING MEG, WHICH I WASN'T TOO SURE WOULD HAPPEN FOR ME BECAUSE I TEND TO LIKE THE FEISTY HEROINES.

DUH ... WONDER WHY???

HERE'S TO A WIN, MY FRIEND, AND THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

HUGS,
JULIE

Julie Lessman said...

AW, THANKS, K.L., SOOO APPRECIATE YOUR KIND WORDS, BOTH ABOUT THE BLOG AND MY BOOKS.

HERE'S HOPING YOU CAN PULL OUT A WIN, YOU SWEET THING!

GOOD LUCK!!

HUGS,
JULIE

Janka H. said...

What swoonworthy guys! Today I am in a mood to fall in love obviously!:)

Chocolate, Julie? If there is a need, I can always send some :)

And for the pancakes? Hmmm...salty caramel ones, I think.

God bless you A LOT!

Julie Lessman said...

KATE SAID:
"A total cad would demean any heroine!"

AH ... AN INTERESTING POINT, KATE, GIVEN ONE OF MY FAVORITE HEROES OF ALL TIME -- RHETT BUTLER FROM GONE WITH THE WIND.

IN ALL HONESTLY, RHETT WAS A CAD -- USING WOMEN FOR HIS OWN PLEASURE AND PRETTY DARN SELFISH. WHAT MADE HIM HOT ... IN ADDITION TO HIS GOOD LUCKS AND COCKY ASSURANCE ... IS HIS OBSESSION TO WIN SCARLETT, NO MATTER THE COST. SO HE'S A MIX OF THE COCKY, DOMINANT BAD BOY WITH A BIT OF SACRIFICE THROWN IN, AND WHEN I LOOK AT MY LIST, HE ACTUALLY ENCOMPASSES QUITE A FEW POINTS.

SO, WHAT I'M SAYING IS, SOMETIMES CADS ARE ATTRACTIVE TO SOME WOMEN, BUT THEY DO HAVE TO HAVE REDEEMING QUALITIES, SO IN THE END, YOU'RE RIGHT -- HE CAN'T BE A "TOTAL" CAD.

OUCH. THANKS FOR MAKING ME THING SO EARLY IN THE MORNING. ;)

HUGS!
JULIE

Julie Lessman said...

THANKS, SANDRA, I ALWAYS HAVE A LOT FUN REVISITING MY CHARACTERS IN THESE CLIPS. KINDA KEEPS THEM ALIVE FOR ME, YOU KNOW?

HUGS!!
JULIE

Jan Drexler said...

No wonder I love your heroes so much, Julie! This is a great list.

And timely! I'm working on my hero for the next book this week. I'm printing off this list so I can refer to it as I get to know this guy.

I'm so glad there's another Julie book coming in October! I can hardly wait :)

Julie Lessman said...

OH, JANET, I THINK QUIRKS ARE SUCH A GREAT WAY OF HUMANIZING AND SWOONING UP A HERO!!

I THINK OF JETHRO GIBBS FROM NCIS -- HIS CRANKY, NO-NONSENSE PERSONALITY AND PENCHANT FOR REDHEADS, AND THESE THINGS MAKE HIM STAND OUT TO ME AS A MAN WHO IS UNIQUE AND UNLIKE ANY OTHER.

THANKS FOR YOUR SWEET COMMENT, MY FRIEND.

HUGS!
JULIE

Missy Tippens said...

Great post, Julie! I'm already thinking of quirks for my wip. :)

Marianne, I recently heard from a male reader who said he was irritated with the hero! He was glad my hero came around in the end. :)

Julie Lessman said...

AW THANKS, MINDY ... GUESS I'M IN TROUBLE IF I EVER PLAN TO PUT THIS SERIES INTO A BOOK ... ;)

YES, I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING YOU AND SO MANY GOOD FRIENDS AT ACFW NEXT MONTH, SO GET READY FOR MEGA HUGS ... AND GOOD LUCK IN THE CAROLS, MY FRIEND -- I'LL BE CHEERING FOR YOU!!

HUGS,
JULIE

Julie Lessman said...

UH, MYRA, I HAPPEN TO THINK YOUR HEROES ARE PRETTTTTY DARN GOOD, GIRL, ESPECIALLY WITH ALL THE AWARDS YOU WIN, SO DOESN'T SOUND LIKE YOU NEED ANY "TWEAKING" AT ALL. :)

HUGS,
JULIE

Julie Lessman said...

JULES!!!

ALWAYS FUN TO SEE YOU DROP BY, MY SWEET FRIEND, AND LOL ... YES, HOW WELL I KNOW YOU WANTED TO BOPP MORE THAN ONE OF MY HEROES, BUT I FORGOT PATRICK WAS ONE.

OH, I AM SOOO JEALOUS -- I WILL HAVE TO DRAG KEITH TO I-HOP THIS WEEKEND, I GUESS, EVEN THOUGH I'M WATCHING WHAT I EAT. LOL ... I'LL JUST WATCH MYSELF EAT A SCRAMBLE!! ;)

THE CALIFORNIA ONE SOUNDS DEEE-LISH, BECAUSE I LOVE AVOCADOS TOO!

THANKS FOR COMING BY, AND GO BACK TO HAVING FUN, YOU LITTLE BRAT!

HUGS,
JULIE

Julie Lessman said...

LOL, MYRA ... I FORGOT HOW MUCH THAT IRKS YOU, YOU SWEET THING.

NO, I AM NOT SHOUTING -- IT'S JUST A WHOLE LOT FASTER TO TYPE THIS WAY, AND THEN WHEN I GO THROUGH TO COUNT FOR A WINNER, IT'S EASIER FOR ME TO SKIP RIGHT OVER MY POSTS TO INCLUDE THOSE WHO ENTERED. SO IT'S BASICALLY A PRACTICALITY/SPEED THING FOR MOI.

BUT ... I'LL TELL YOU WHAT. IF I GET A GENERAL CONSENSUS FROM READERS TODAY THAT THEY DO NOT LIKE ALL CAPS, I'LL DITCH THEM, DEAL?

LET THE GAMES BEGIN ...

HUGS!!
JULIE

Julie Lessman said...

TAMERA!!! WOW, SOOO GOOD TO SEE YOU, MY FRIEND -- HOW THE HECK HAVE YOU BEEN?? HOPEFULLY SELLING LOTS AND LOTS OF BOOKS!!

GLAD YOU CAME BY -- YOU'RE NAME'S IN THE HAT FOR WHAT I HOPE IS A "TRULY MEMORABLE HERO" IN NONE OTHER THAN MR. BRAM HUGHES.

HUGS!!
JULIE

Julie Lessman said...

UH-OH, SARAH ... MADE YOU HUNGRY, DID I??
I'M SORRY, BUT I HAVE TO ADMIT THAT APPLE CINNAMON PANCAKES SOUND AMMMAAAAAZZZZZIIINNGGG!!

NOW I WANT SOME TOO ... :(

HUGS AND HAPPY PANCAKES!
JULIE

Julie Lessman said...

LINDA!!! SOOOO THRILLED FOR YOU, MY FRIEND, GOING BACK TO SCHOOL -- YAY!!! I LOVE THE GRAPHIC ARTS (AND GRAPHIC ARTISTS, SINCE I'M MARRIED TO ONE!), SO I HAVE A FEELING YOU WILL LOVE THIS CAREER AND IT WILL LOVE YOU!!

NO, I'VE BEEN INCOGNITO FOR THE LAST SIX MONTHS, SO I HAVEN'T DONE MUCH PLUGGING FOR SBL, BUT I WILL, AND WHEN I DO, I WILL MENTION YOU HERE AND THERE, OKAY? AND YOU KNOW WHAT? YOU ENDED UP WITH A PRETTY GOOD-SIZE PART FOR A BAD GIRL ... ;)

HUGS,
JULIE

Mary Connealy said...

Julie, love these hero traits. All such solid, good advice.

I guess what lingers with me is scenes. Not necessarily the hero or heroine but the package.

Is it all there, the emotion, the romance, the hook at the end, an explosion, advance the story. This level of writing is what stays with me afterward!

Julie Lessman said...

TINA SAID:
"Do I see another Julie Lessman How To book in the future? This series is perfect for that."

OH, WOW, DEJA VU!!! I JUST SAID THIS VERY THING IN ONE OF MY COMMENTS ABOVE AFTER SEVERAL PEOPLE SAID THEY PLANNED TO PRINT IT OFF.

SWOON-OLOGY 101, HERE I COME!! OR WOULD HERO-LOGY WORK BETTER???

THANKS FOR THE KICK IN THE PANTS ... YOUR FOOT'S A LOT SMALLER THAN RUTHY'S ... ;)

HUGS,
JULIE

Mary Connealy said...

Gibbs likes redheads? That's really a 'thing' on that show?

Well, it's too late for me to get hooked now.

Honestly I tried to watch it but found that one woman's extremely unflattering bangs were just too much to handle.

And yes, I know that's shallow but I am always looking for an excuse to NOT watch a show.

OTOH I'm really looking forward to the first NFL games. Preseason doesn't count. They're not half trying!

Julie Lessman said...

SARAH SAID:
"Even Collin and Mitch, when they were being bullheaded pains in the rear, were sigh-worthy. :)"

LOL ... YEAH, BUT THAT'S PART OF THEIR CHARM, RIGHT? THEY HAVE ACTUAL MALE FLAWS, BUT THEN WE LOVE THEM WHEN THEY COME TO THEIR SENSES. ;)

SOOOO GLAD YOU ENJOYED DTLA!! I REALLY HAD FUN WITH THE SPARKS AND SPARRING BETWEEN ALLI & NICK, SO I WAS HOPING THE READERS DID TOO.

YES, WE LOVE IT WHEN YOU LEAVE AN ADDY, ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU PROTECT IT FROM SPAMMING LIKE YOU HAVE -- GOOD GIRL!!

AND GOOD LUCK IN THIS CONTEST TOO! ;)

HUGS,
JULIE

Julie Lessman said...

TINA SAID:
"Whole wheat waffle dusted with powdered sugar with a dipping bowl for syrup. (fussy too)"

YAY ... A WAFFLE GIRL AT LAST!! AND A FUSSY ONE AT THAT, WHICH IS PERFECTLY OKAY BECAUSE I AM FUSSY ABOUT MY PANCAKES. LIKE THEM ALMOST ALBINO WHITE, WITH JUST A KISS OF GOLDEN BROWN. IN FACT, I'M SOOO FUSSY, THAT SOME FRIENDS ONCE GAVE ME THREE PERFECTLY ROUND, ALBINO DOLLAR PANCAKES MOUNTED IN A FRAME. THE BRATS.

HUGS,
JULIE

Julie Lessman said...

ANG!!! ALWAYS LOVE SEEING YOU HERE, MY SWEET FRIEND, AND I'M WITH YOU, I LOVE FRESH BLUEBERRY PANCAKES!!!

MY DAUGHTER MADE THEM FOR ME RECENTLY, AND I PRACTICALLY MOANED THROUGH THE WHOLE MEAL. ;)

I'M NOT TOO BIG ON GINGER AS A SPICE, BUT I'LL TAKE YOUR WORD FOR IT BECAUSE THEY SOUND SO UNIQUE.

HUGS!!
JULIE

Julie Lessman said...

ABI!!! SOOOO GREAT TO SEE YOU HERE, GIRL -- IT HAS BEEN A LONG TIME, BUT I'M GLAD YOU STOPPED BY TODAY.

YOU SAID: "Your Heroes are definitely deadly."

LOL ... THANK YOU, I HAPPEN TO THINK SO, TOO, BUT ONLY BECAUSE I WRITE 'EM THE WAY I LIKE 'EM, SO YOU MIGHT SAY I'M THEIR FIRST LOVE ... OR THEIR FIRST SHOT AT LOVE, I GUESS. ;)

Sandy Smith said...

Chocolate is good any time. Chocolate chip pancakes for me!

Susan Grondin said...

Usually, I'm thinking of the hero and the relationship between him and the heroine that developed more than the plot itself. That' what I like about your novels or those of some of my favorite authors. They use sometimes difficult subjects for their characters to deal with and in turn that affects them and their relationships. Would love to win your book.

Julie Lessman said...

SALLY ... NOPE, NO PANCAKES YET, BUT I HAVE HOPE FOR THE WEEKEND, SAL! ;)

DON'T WORRY ... I PLAN TO STALK BOTH VINCE & WALT TODAY TO HAVE THEM POP BY TO GIVE THEIR TAKE ON YOUR QUESTION AND OTHERS POSTED TODAY.

YES, I DO HAVE A GREAT SUGGESTION FOR A MALE ROMANCE WRITER -- DAN WALSH IS AN AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR WHO WRITES IN THE VEIN OF NICHOLAS SPARKS.

AND SPEAKING OF "SPARKS," IF YOU WANT TO-DIE-FOR SPARKS IN A HERO, CHECK OUT NICHOLAS SPARKS "A WALK TO REMEMBER." IT'S ONE OF THE FEW BOOKS OF HIS I'D RECOMMEND (ALTHOUGH I DIDN'T READ THE BOOK, JUST SAW THE MOVIE) BECAUSE IT'S MORE SUITED TO THE CHRISTIAN MARKET. MOST OF HIS OTHER BOOKS HAVE ADULTERY/SEX BEFORE MARRIAGE IN THEM, WHICH TURNS ME OFF, BUT A WALK TO REMEMBER IS FABULOUS, AND THE MOVIE IS ONE OF MY TOP FIVE FAVES. SERIOUSLY, I'VE SEEN IT ABOUT FIVE TIMES, BUT I STILL CRY THROUGH THE WHOLE SECOND HALF -- WONDERFUL MOVIE!!! OH, AND ANOTHER NICK SPARKS BOOK I'D RECOMMEND IS THE WEDDING, ALSO NO ADULTERY OR SEX BEFORE MARRIAGE, AS I RECALL.

HAPPY READING!!

HUGS,
JULIE

Julie Lessman said...

SUE SAID:
"The hero in my wip has just been released from prison, so it's going to be fun redeeming him!"

OH, YOU BET, BUT YOU CAN DEFINITELY DO IT, SUSI-Q, SO YOU GO, GIRL!!

YOU ALSO SAID: "Prayers appreciated for a book deadline which is being thwarted by many house problems and family issues! Had one meltdown already (sigh). Thanks."

YOU GOT 'EM, MY FRIEND, AND JUST SO YOU DON'T FEEL TOO BAD -- "MELTDOWNS" ARE PART OF WHAT MAKE A GOOD WRITER. ANYBODY THAT EMOTIONAL AND PUSHED TO THE EDGE CAN MORE THAN LIKELY POUR IT OUT ON PAPER THE SAME WAY. BUT I'M SAYING PRAYERS FOR YOU NOW ALL THE SAME.

HUGS!!
JULIE

Julie Lessman said...

JANKA SAID:
"Chocolate, Julie? If there is a need, I can always send some :)"

LOL ... YOU BETTER NOW, YOU SWEET GIRL, YOU -- YOU'VE ALREADY SPOILED ME ENOUGH! I'M GUESSING THAT CHOCOLATE YOU SENT WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR MORE THAN A FEW LBS. ON THIS OLD BOD OF MINE, BUT I WILL SAY I THOROUGHLY ENJOYED IT! :)

YOU ALSO SAID: "And for the pancakes? Hmmm...salty caramel ones, I think."

OOOOOO ... THOSE SOUND SOOOOO YUMMY, JANKA, AND I'VE NEVER SEEN THEM ANYWHERE, BUT I MAY HAVE TO GOOGLE A RECIPE ... ;)

HUGS!!
JULIE

Julie Lessman said...

AW, JAN, WHAT A SWEET THING TO SAY, MY FRIEND -- MUCH APPRECIATED!! AND I'M GLAD THE LIST HELPS YOU OUT BECAUSE OUR HEROES ARE WAYYYYY TOO IMPORTANT TO LEAVE TO CHANCE, RIGHT??

HUGS AND HAPPY WRITING!!

JULIE

Julie Lessman said...

OH, YES,MISSY, QUIRKS ARE SOOOO FUN TO PUT IN, AND I EVEN DID A POST ON QUIRKS YOU MIGHT WANT TO CHECK OUT FOR A LIST OF SUGGESTIONS:

THE QUEEN OF QUIRK

HUGS,
JULIE

http://seekerville.blogspot.com/2012/07/queen-of-quirk-and-giveaway.html

Julie Lessman said...

MARY SAID:
"I guess what lingers with me is scenes."

I KNOW WHAT YOU MEAN, MARE, BECAUSE LIKE I SAID IN A COMMENT UP ABOVE, I HAVE THIS ONE SCENE PLAYING OVER AND OVER IN MY MIND, BUT THE TRUTH IS THE REASON IT IS DOING SO FOR ME IS BECAUSE OF THE WAY THE HERO LOOKS AT THE HEROINE IN THIS SCENE -- LIKE SHE IS THE SUN AND MOON AND STARS TO HIM.

SIGH.

HUGS,
JULIE

Julie Lessman said...

LOL, MARY ..., YES, GIBBS REALLY LIKES REDHEADS. WHEN YOU WATCH THE SHOW, YOU ALWAYS SEE REDHEAD PICKING HIM UP IN CONVERTIBLE.

AND OH WOW ... I KNOW WHAT YOU MEAN ABOUT ABBY (THE CHARACTER WITH THE DOG COLLAR AND BANGS), BUT I GOTTA TELL YOU, I LOVE HER TO PIECES NOW, AND SHE IS ONE OF THE REASONS I LOVE THE SHOW SO DARN MUCH -- HER FATHER-LIKE RAPPORT WITH TOUGH-AS-NAILS GIBBS IS ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL!!

HUGS,
JULIE

Julie Lessman said...

SANDY SMITH ... OOOOO, YES, I LOVE CHOCOLATE CHIP PANCAKES, TOO ... ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY KIND OF MELT INTO THE PANCAKE -- YUM!!

GOOD LUCK AND HUGS!!

JULIE

Julie Lessman said...

SUSAN SAID:
"Usually, I'm thinking of the hero and the relationship between him and the heroine ..."

YES, YES, YES!! ME, TOO, THE WAY THEY INTERACT, AND THE CHEMISTRY BETWEEN THEM. HOOKS ME EVERY TIME. :)

GOOD LUCK, SWEETIE, AND HUGS,
JULIE

Janet Dean said...

LOL, Missy, sounds like we both forget to give our heroes quirks! We need to brainstorm quirks for our wip.

Janet

Barbara Shelton said...

Hi Julie, Good golly Ms. Molly, have I missed two of your newest already? I can't believe that. So I had better get on the ball..... For some reason I'm not getting your email any longer, perhaps that is the reason. Anyway - I wish you greater success than ever. You know I always want to read your novels - they are the greatest!! Thank you for this giveaway and the chance to win a great read!

Vince said...

Hi Julie:

I just read all three of your posts again. (The links were very helpful). I think everything is fine from the male POV regarding what a hero needs to be attractive to female romance readers. However, I think you are leaving out some important points:

1. The hero should be intelligent and wise. I like to see wisdom in a hero. A wise man, beyond his years in wisdom, would be a good father and steward of the family assets.

2. It does not hurt if the hero is rich. In secular romances a very popular word in titles is ‘billionaire’.

Before you object: a Christian can be rich, too. In fact, a rich Christian can feel he made it on his own and that he does not need God. Such a man, with such a fortune, is in need of a wife who can bring him to the Lord. (This is kind of like what Jane Austen wrote.:))

3. The hero should be romantically thoughtful and like “The One Minute Manager” he should always be building up the heroine – even if he only gives one minute compliments. Also he should do things like telling her girlfriends how wonderful she is. This behavior should start as soon as he decides he is falling in love with her. A woman deserves to be romanced (and if not in a romance novel, when?)

That’s what I would add to your wonderful series of posts. In a way, I think the hero I like best in all your Boston stories is the basketball playing priest. But then he’s the good boy that only the bad girls have a shot at! : ) (Just funning.)

Vince

P.S. Hint: Direct marketing research has shown that writing in all CAPS can reduce readership by 80%. I could not find even one such bad example to show in my advertising class. I wonder why. : )

Vince said...

Hi Ruth:

My, my, you seem to be a hard author to please! I did the 5th review on Amazon for “Try, Try, Again” and gave it five stars. Here it is to prove my point:

Emotional Tour de Force..."It's a Wonderful Feeling Life", August 9, 2013

"Try, Try, Again" is the Ruth Logan Herne story you'd get if you took off the editor's governor. I've read all the author's other books by Love Inspired and they are all award winning quality reads; however, this book is unmercifully emotional. I don't think there was a time I had a dry eye. It's as if the author selected the most emotional situations possible and combined them into one story.

The story opens like "It's a Wonderful Life" and quickly moves into "Miracle on 34th Street" and then makes a run at great inspirational themes like forgiveness and second chances.

There is no pretense here. The moment the author foreshadowed an event I knew what was going to happen. But I was like a deer frozen in the headlights as I got smacked with the emotional force of the coming event.

Many fans read romances because they like how reading them makes them feel as they are reading the story. "Try, Try, Again" delivers all those wonderful romance feelings - only it does not let up and it shows no mercy. It's the espresso to the normal coffee of romance.

I am going to have to read this book again in a month so I can better observe what is going on in the writing rather than be overwhelmed with its emotional tour de force. I loved that the hero and heroine were older and not kids. I also like that the story took place both in NYC and Princeton. I also like the bookstore theme.

Yes, I loved it but I do feel a little guilty for liking it so much. Definitely a feel wonderful book!

Ruth Logan Herne will make you feel the romance -- feel that it is indeed a wonderful life.

*****
If that is not liking it, then criticism ‘should be made of sterner stuff’. Which reminds me to mention Shakespeare in the next post about honorable men.

Vince

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Debby Giusti said...

Julie, you're such a good teacher. Love your blog with all the great info about making heroes...well, heroic!

Thanks so much!

Niki Chris said...

I so do love your heroes!!!! Can't wait for this new book, from the first Passion Most Pure I have been hooked.

DiAnn said...

Always the characters - but how the characters show who they are in the midst of trials means I'm thinking about the plot, setting, and dialogue too. Great blog!

Debbie Maxwell Allen said...

Great post, Julie! I wanted to let you know that my husband absolutely loves your books! He keeps asking me if you've got another one coming out--he's addicted. : )

~Debbie

Linda Syman said...

Yeaaaaaaah....after reading your books, after following you interviews, after the fact that your words stay in my mind and challenge me spiritually, my biggest complaint is...you don't write books fast enough for me.
God has blessed you with a gift!
Thanks for sharing that with us. I would love to read the newest book in your book family!

Stephanie Queen Ludwig said...

Hi Julie! I just love all your heroes...well, some more than others. I agree, Luke is probably my favorite of all of them. Mitch is a little too grumpy to live with, Brady had too much guilt, but Luke, strong, reliable, teasing, funny Luke. I think that's why I like A Hope Undaunted best, and Katie was also one of my favorite heroines.

I'm working loyalty to family and sacrifice into my current hero. He has ambitions to take his career to the next level, in a bigger city, but his father is sick and has no other family. So, the hero is sacrificing his career and ambition to stay with his father and care for him, as long as he needs to.

Hope you are having a wonderful day!

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Liza Bermudez said...

Each and every section of your books that you included in this bolg make me smile... Absolutely love every single one can't wait for the next book to come out!!! Favorite hero would be a tie between Luke and Collin... Heroine... Its far to hard to decide..
Big fan thanks for all your beautiful work
--Liza Bermudez

Virginia said...

I was just wondering about you...then I got worried...and started saying "where is she?" and then walaa....here you are...and yes yes yes I want to read your new book....woohoo another Lessman book is out...and I'm all in!!!!!!

Julie Lessman said...

LOL, JANET, I noticed that you and MISSY DID SAY THE SAME THING, SO IT SOUNDS LIKE QUIRKS ARE DEFINITELY IN ORDER. :)

HUGS,
JULIE

Julie Lessman said...

BARBIE DOLL!!!

GIRL, I MISS SEEING YOU, AND SOUNDS LIKE THE SUBSCRIPTION THING TO SEEKERVILLE STOPPED WORKING FOR YOU, SO YOU MAY WANT TO SUBSCRIBE AGAIN.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR KIND WORDS, MY FRIEND, AND YOUR INCREDIBLE REVIEWS. I JUST HAPPENED ON ONE THE OTHER DAY THAT PRACTICALLY TEARS TO MY EYES, IT WAS SOOOO ENCOURAGING -- THANK YOU!!

LOVE YOU!!
JULIE

bonton said...

Julie - just the joyful voice I needed to "see" today, along with some other Seekerville voices who always make me smile - Ruthy, Mary, and Vince, for starters!!

Love pancakes and love I-HOP but have to agree with Tina as waffles are my fave. I use a Belgian waffler to make mine. Heard a salty caramel pancake ad recently, but couldn't locate it - best I could come up with is banana caramel pancakes at Bob Evans - being a cinnamon lover, you would probably love their pancakes with cinnamon chips in the batter and topping also.

I fall in love with each of your heroes (even had to buy some animal crackers after meeting Nick Barone with the long E, and by the way those ginger pancakes would settle Nick's belly also - hope you received your commission for all the animal crackers sold to readers, LOL)- but I fall in love with ALL of your characters, and like Mary - the plots also - and find it hard to choose. And those babies and small children ALWAYS steal my heart and bring on the tears.

Am interested in reading a romance book written by a man after reading this post and comments. I've loved all the movies based on Nicolas Sparks books, but have never read one of his books. Sounds like I would prefer to read Dan Walsh - so thanks for the tip. I just happen to have 5 of his waiting on my Kindle (along with hundreds of wonderful books from other authors, wish I could read 24/7, LOL).

Saying a prayer for Suzie, have to read Ruthy's "Try, Try Again" now after reading about all the emotion within - from Vince, and so eagerly awaiting the release of "Surprised By Love", Julie!!

Just keep on being the delightful juvenile delinquent you think you are and turning out those beautiful, inspiring, books with the unforgettable characters that bring tears, tug at my heart, stay with me, and always leave me wanting more!! Love you and your books!!

bonton said...

P.S. Will love reading that 2nd "How To" book also!!

Salyna xD said...

Great post Julie! I cannot wait to get my hands on your next book whether I have to buy it or not! I will try to get those collages to you soon, I just started school back up so I'm a little behind. :) :) :)

Micaela Wood said...

Every time I read a post by you about writing, I learn something! Thanks so much for sharing this post, Julie! The heroes in my books are nice enough but lack realistic emotion. :P
Oh, and I recently started Love At Any Cost....loving it!

Thanks again and God bless!

~Micaela
www.micaela419.wordpress.com

Pepper said...

I thought I smelled smoke coming from this direction ;-)
Woohoo! Fantastic clips and fun, Jules as usual!

Pepper said...

I thought I smelled smoke coming from this direction ;-)
Woohoo! Fantastic clips and fun, Jules as usual!

Julie Lessman said...

VINCE!!! SOOO GLAD YOU ARE HERE!!

FIRST OF ALL, I CANNOT BELIEVE THAT YOU TOOK THE TIME TO REREAD THE POSTS -- YOU'RE AMAZING!!

SECONDLY, YOUR POINTS ARE VERY WELL TAKEN, ESPECIALLY THE ONE ABOUT A HERO BEING INTELLIGENT AND WISE -- DUH!! THAT ONE IS SO OBVIOUS THAT I MISSED IT.

BUT THINKING ABOUT IT, I'M NOT SURE I HAVE EVER SEEN A "DUMB" HERO, HAVE YOU? THE ONLY UNINTELLIGENT HERO I REMEMBER IS CLIFF ROBERTSON IN THE MOVIE CHARLY, WHERE HE STARTS OUT AS A MENTALLY HANDICAPPED YOUNG MAN WHO TURNS INTO A GENIUS AFTER HE BECOMES PART OF AN EXPERIMENT. AND THEN, OF COURSE, THERE'S SHREK, IN A MANNER OF SPEAKING, BUT THEN HE'S AN OGRE. :)

BEING "RICH" IS DEFINITELY SOMETHING I SEE ALL THE TIME IN TITLES FOR SECULAR ROMANCE NOVELS, WHICH ALWAYS MAKES ME LAUGH. YEAH, RIGHT -- DROP-DEAD GORGEOUS BILLIONAIRES WHO ARE TOTALLY DECENT HUMAN BEINGS AND NOT MARRIED GROW ON TREES, FOR SURE, AT LEAST IN SECULAR ROMANCE. ;)

I DON'T HAVE ANYTHING AGAINST WEALTHY HEROES -- MITCH AND BRADY ARE WEALTHY, AND EVEN SEAN IN A MODEST WAY, BUT MOST OF MY HEROES ARE MIDDLE CLASS OR DOWNRIGHT POOR. THE SAVING GRACE WITH THEM IS THEY ARE HARD WORKERS WHO MAKE SOMETHING OF THEMSELVES. BUT I DO MAKE SURE THAT THEIR OCCUPATIONS ARE ADMIRABLE ENOUGH. ORIGINALLY I WAS GOING TO MAKE NICK BARONE FROM DARE TO LOVE AGAIN A POLICE OFFICER, BUT I THOUGHT A DETECTIVE WOULD BE MUCH BETTER. :)

LOL ... I LOVE FATHER MAC, TRULY!! HE IS A GREAT, SOLID CHARACTER, ISN'T HE? TOO BAD I CAN'T WRITE A LOVE STORY ABOUT HIM, ALTHOUGH I HAVE TOYED WITH THE IDEA OF WRITING A LOVE STORY FOR PARKER RILEY, LUKE MCGEE'S BEST FRIEND IN A HOPE UNDAUNTED WHO WENT INTO THE SEMINARY. AFTER RECEIVING A NUMBER OF LETTERS FROM READER FRIENDS ASKING ME TO CONTINUE PARKER'S STORY, I ACTUALLY BRAINSTORMED THE IDEA OF HAVING HIM FALL IN LOVE WITH A TEACHER AT THE SCHOOL BEFORE HE IS ORDAINED. PROBABLY HAVE TO BE AN INDIE NOVEL, THOUGH, 'CAUSE I DOUBT A PUBLISHER WOULD TOUCH THAT ONE! :)

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, VINCE, FOR TELLING ME THAT ABOUT CAPS. I WILL REFRAIN FROM USING CAPS FOR MOST COPY AFTER THIS BLOG. UNFORTUNATELY, BEING ANAL TO A FAULT, I CARE MORE ABOUT CONSISTENCY THAN OPINION AT THE MOMENT, SO I'LL FINISH THIS BLOG OUT IN CAPS AND THEN CHANGE. :)

SOOOO APPRECIATE YOU, MY FRIEND!!

HUGS,
JULIE

Vince said...

N.B.

I deleted the Shakesphere post above because I thought the spoiler was too detailed. TMI.

Here’s the operative quote:

I fear I wrong the honourable men
Whose daggers have stabb'd Caesar;
I do fear it


Vince

Julie Lessman said...

GOSH, VINCE ... HOW MANY BOOKS ARE YOU ABLE TO READ IN A MONTH?? IN A YEAR?? ESPECIALLY IF YOU REREAD THEM LIKE YOU PLAN TO DO WITH RUTHY'S TRY, TRY, AGAIN ... WHICH IS DEFINITELY ONE I WOULD REREAD, TOO, BECAUSE IT WAS THAT GOOD! :)

HUGS,
JULIE

Julie Lessman said...

AW, THANKS, DEB, I SO APPRECIATE THAT BECAUSE I DON'T THINK I AM, ESPECIALLY AFTER I FINISH A BLOG LIKE THIS. I THINK TO MYSELF -- AM I REALLY TEACHING ANYTHING HERE OR WILL PEOPLE THINK I'M JUST LOOKING TO POST EXCERPTS???

THE TRUTH IS I REALLY DO TRY TO TEACH SOMETHING BY LOOKING AT HOW I DID IT AND RELATING THAT TO THE READER, BUT I'M NEVER SURE I'M SUCCESSFUL UNTIL SOMEONE SWEET LIKE YOU MAKES A COMMENT, SO THANK YOU!!

HUGS,
JULIE

Julie Lessman said...

BLESS YOU, NIKI ... SOOO APPRECIATE YOUR SWEET COMMENT, AND MY HEROES APPRECIATE IT TOO! ;)

HUGS FROM PATRICK, COLLIN, MITCH, BRADY, LUKE, SEAN, STEVEN, JAMIE, NICK, AND BRAM. :)

OH, AND ME.

GOOD LUCK!!
JULIE

Julie Lessman said...

THANKS, DIANN, I AGREE -- DEFINITELY THE CHARACTERS, ESPECIALLY WHEN IT COMES TO ROMANTIC HEROES!!

IF I WANTED TO READ ABOUT A SETTING, I'D PICK UP A TRAVELOGUE, AND IF I WANTED TO READ A PLOT, I'D BUY A SUSPENSE NOVEL ... :)

HUGS AND GOOD LUCK!
JULIE

Julie Lessman said...

OKAY, DEBBIE, YOU PRETTY MUCH JUST MADE MY DAY WITH THAT COMMENT, GIRLFRIEND!!

I AM SOOOO IMPRESSED THAT YOUR SWEET HUBBY READS MY BOOKS -- YOU MUST HAVE A VERY ROMANTIC MAN, MY FRIEND, SO YOU ARE VERY BLESSED!

PLEASE THANK HIM FOR ME BECAUSE MALE READERS IN THIS GENRE ARE RARE AND I SOOO APPRECIATE THEM.

WHEN I WORKED AT A TRAVEL COMPANY DURING MY EARLY YEARS AS AN AUTHOR, I FOUND OUT AFTER I QUIT THAT THE UNPUBLISHED MANUSCRIPT BINDERS I USED TO LEND TO SEVERAL OF MY FRIENDS WERE BEING PASSED AROUND THE TRAVEL COMPANY VIA WAITLIST. THE WAY I FOUND THIS OUT IS I GOT AN EMAIL FROM THE HUSBAND OF A GAL AT MY OLD COMPANY, TELLING ME HE ABSOLUTELY LOVED MY BOOKS AND THAT NICHOLAS SPARKS AND I WERE HIS FAVORITE AUTHORS. HOLY COW -- TELL ME THAT DIDN'T MAKE ME FEEL GOOD!!

ANYWAY, I WAS NOT ONLY SHOCKED THAT HE WAS READING MY MANUSCRIPTS BEFORE THEY WERE PUBBED, BUT HIS WIFE ACTUALLY GOT ON THE WAITLIST SPECIFICALLY TO BRING THEM HOME TO HIM BECAUSE SHE DOESN'T READ ROMANCE, BUT HE DOES. SOOOOOO FUN!!! I LAUGHED OVER THAT ONE, TRUST ME.

SO PLEASE DO GIVE HIM A GREAT BIG HUG FOR ME AND TELL HIM I THINK HE'S A TRUE ROMANTIC HERO.

HUGS!
JULIE

Julie Lessman said...

WOW, LINDA, THERE TRULY ISN'T A BETTER COMPLIMENT YOU CAN GIVE A CHRISTIAN AUTHOR THAN THIS:

"your words stay in my mind and challenge me spiritually."

HONEY, THANK YOU SOOO MUCH FOR THAT INCREDIBLE COMMENT, BECAUSE THAT IS WHAT EVERY CHRISTIAN AUTHOR WANTS TO HEAR. IT'S THE MAIN REASON WE DO WHAT WE DO, SO IF THAT'S WORKING FOR YOU, THEN I AM BLESSED.

GOD BLESS YOU, GIRL, AND I'LL TRY TO STEP UP ON THE SPEED ... ;)

HUGS,
JULIE

bigreadersite said...

Would love to win a copy of your newest book coming out in october.

Julie Lessman said...

OOOOO, STEPH ... I LIKE YOUR HERO ALREADY, SO YOU GO, GIRL!! FAMILY IS KEY, AND SACRIFICE IS IMPORTANT, TOO, SO IT SOUNDS LIKE YOU HAVE A HUNK ON YOUR HANDS. ;)

YEAH, LUKE'S MY FAVE, TOO (DON'T TELL MITCH), FOR THOSE VERY REASONS YOU MENTIONED. BUT I AM QUITE FOND OF GROUCHY CHARACTERS WITH HEARTS OF GOLD LIKE MITCH AND NICK AS WELL, AND I HAVE ANOTHER ONE COMING UP IN MY CONTEMP NOVEL I'M WRITING CALLED ISLE OF HOPE. HE'S THE OLDER SUBORDINATE HERO (LIKE A PATRICK OR LOGAN) AND BOY, IS HE A GROUCH OF A HERMIT THAT THE PERKY NEXT DOOR NEIGHBOR MOM WORKS OVER GOOD. :)

I'M ALSO HAVING A LOT OF FUN WRITING A CHRISTMAS NOVELLA ABOUT MITCH AND CHARITY FOR THE SEEKER HISTORICAL CHRISTMAS ANTHOLOGY CALLED HOPE FOR THE HOLIDAYS. IT'S BASED ON A MITCH/CHARITY SUBPLOT THAT MY EDITOR CUT FROM A LOVE SURRENDERED WHEN HER LEGAL DEPT. TOLD HER I HAD TO CUT 50,000 WORDS TO MEET MY CONTRACT WORD COUNT. SIGH. SHE LET ME GET AWAY WITH FIVE LONG BOOKS PRIOR TO THAT, BUT THE ECONOMIC TIMES ARE TOUGH, SO LESS PAGES MEANS LESS EXPENSE.

HOPE YOU ARE HAVING A WONDERFUL DAY, TOO!! MINE IS PRETTY GREAT 'CAUSE I'M SITTING WITH MY FEET UP ON COMFY OUTDOOR FURNITURE ON MY LOWER DECK IN 81 SUNNY AND LOW-HUMIDITY DEGREES. PURE HEAVEN!!

HUGS,
JULIE

Julie Lessman said...

OH, LIZA, THANK YOU SOOO MUCH FOR YOUR SWEET COMMENT -- YOU ARE A DOLL!!

AND "Luke and Collin" ARE PRETTY GOOD CHOICES (AND MOST OF MY READERS' TOP CHOICES), ALTHOUGH I WOULD DEFINITELY HAVE TO THROW MITCH IN THERE TOO. THERE'S JUST SOMETHING ABOUT THAT GRUMPY OLD GUY THAT HIS PERKY OLD GAL LOVES. :)

HUGS AND GOOD LUCK IN THE CONTEST, MY FRIEND!

JULIE

Julie Lessman said...


VIRGINIA!!!

LOL ... YOU ARE SOOO CUTE, YOU KNOW THAT??

YEP, TOOK A SABBATICAL AND HAVE BEEN DOING A LOT OF TRAVELING TO SEE MY KIDS AND BIKING WITH HUBBY, SO HAVE BEEN PRETTY BUSY AND ENJOYING EVERY MOMENT. BUT, COME OCTOBER, I'LL BE BACK DRIVING YOU CRAZY ON FB AGAIN, SO ENJOY THE PEACE AND QUIET WHILE YOU CAN, OKAY? ;)

THANKS FOR THINKING OF ME, MY FRIEND -- YOU ROCK!!

HUGS,
JULIE

Vince said...

Hi Julie:

While I have not seen a dumb hero in a romance that actually got published, I have seen a few ‘educated idiots’. : )

I’m thinking here of both intelligence and practical wisdom (spiritual wisdom would also be nice in a Christian romance). The hero could be known for coming up with ways to peacefully solve life’s problems. People could come to him for advice. If he is truly respected by the community, then I see him as being attractive as a potential mate. How’s that for a swoon enhancer?

A hero a heroine could rightfully be very proud to call her husband.

I can just ‘see’ a heroine looking at the hero and thinking, “Imagine how proud I’d be to be able to say he’s my husband.” I think 'proudability' should have its own place on a list of swoon supliments. Of course, this is a very strong male POV! : )

Also, when the reader reads about these real world solutions, she has learned something she can use in her own life. Each wisdomoid counts as one reward point in my RPP system. Your priest was such a man.

This is part of what I call advancing the ‘reader’s arc’. If the reader feels smarter after reading your book, then you’re the kind of writer she will feel most justified in spending her time reading.

BTW: If you write a new “how to” book on writing, would you consider a blue cover? It will go real well with the red books on the shelf.

Vince

Abbi Hart said...

Happy sigh...
This post was JUST what I need after a stressful draining day at work! My stress started to slip away and was replaced with a smile-Thank you! Though now I want nothing more than to curl up with all the O'Conner books and not get up till I've read them all! Sadly I am not at home so I don't have access to them or I'd probably go do just that! I'll have to just settle for the books I have with me!
These are some of my favorite characteristics of heroes (as I mentioned last time) and the scenes you picked were perfect! Some of my favorite moments, especially the one with Brady and Collin!! Their friendship is so amazing!
Thank you so much for brightening my day!

Connie said...

I agree with most everyone who has posted: the hero is the one I continue to dwell on. A man who values friendship and is deeply loyal; someone who treasures a child and able to communicate with them without being condescending; and a person who loves God and puts that faith into action every day of his life. Who wouldn't love someone like that: a HERO? Thank you Julie for giving us such amazing characters in your novels!

Julie Lessman said...

BONNIE!!! GOSH, IT'S GOOD TO TALK TO YOU, GIRL -- I'VE MISSED YOU!! I'VE BEEN SO BUSY WITH ALL THE TRIPS I'VE BEEN TAKING THIS SUMMER, SO WHEN I COME HOME, IT SEEMS I'M ALWAYS BEHIND ON CATCHING UP WITH MY FAVORITE PEOPLE! :|

UH-OH ... BANANA CARAMEL PANCAKES AT BOB EVANS?? NOOOOOOO!!! WHY DID YOU TELL ME THAT, BONNIE -- THERE'S A BOB EVANS RIGHT BY MY STREET THAT AMY USED TO WORK OUT, SO NOW I'M IN TROUBLE ... ;)

LOL ... CANNOT BELIEVE YOU BOUGHT ANIMAL CRACKERS AFTER READING DTLA, YOU SWEET THING!! TALK ABOUT POWER OF SUGGESTION, EH? ;)

YES, YOU WOULD LOVE DAN WALSH, SO DO PUT HIM AT THE TOP OF YOUR LIST.

AND ... IF YOU EVER GET THE CHANCE TO WATCH THE MOVIE "A WALK TO REMEMBER," PLEASE DO IT!! YOU AND I NEVER STEER EACH OTHER WRONG, GIRL, SO I KNOW YOU WILL LOVE IT!! IN FACT, HERE IS A CLIP FROM MY FAVORITE SCENE IN THE MOVIE. HE IS A POPULAR GUY AT SCHOOL AND SHE'S A DOWDY LONER PASTOR'S DAUGHTER THAT HE AND ALL THE COOL KIDS MAKE FUN OF. UNTIL ... THEY BOTH PLAY THE LEADS IN THE SCHOOL PLAY, WHERE YOU CAN SEE HIM FALLING IN LOVE WITH HER ON STAGE. AND THE SONG MANDY MOORE SINGS IS ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL, SO DO WATCH IT. HERE'S THE CLIP:

A WALK TO REMEMBER
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CVbe00lK9I

LOVE YOU, BON-BON!!
JULIE

Julie Lessman said...

HEY, SALYNA, TAKE YOUR TIME, GIRL, BECAUSE I REMEMBER HOW SUPER BUSY THE BEGINNING OF SCHOOL USED TO BE FOR ME (ALTHOUGH THAT WAS LIGHT YEARS AGO ... ;))

I HOPE YOU LIKE MEG'S STORY (AND BRAM'S) BECAUSE I REALLY DO. :) AND LOGAN AND CAIT'S STORY??? HUBBA-HUBBA!! ;)

HUGS,
JULIE

Julie Lessman said...

MICAELA, THANK YOU SOOO MUCH -- APPRECIATE YOUR KIND WORDS AND AM SOOO GLAD YOU CAN TAKE SOMETHING AWAY FROM MY BLOGS BESIDES A HEADACHE FROM THEM BEING TOO LONG! ;)

AND, WHOO-HOO ... JAMIE AND CASSIE -- SOOO FUN!! BUT ... NOT AS FUN AS ALLI AND NICK IN THE NEXT BOOK, SO BUCKLE UP ... :)

HUGS AND GOOD LUCK!
JULIE

Julie Lessman said...

PEP!!!! HEY, GIRL, LONG TIME, NO SEE -- YOU MUST BUSY-BUSY ... AND I HOPE IT'S A GOOD BUSY-BUSY, LIKE THE WRITING/PUBLISHING KIND OF BUSY!

LOL ... AND YOU BET, BECAUSE HEAVEN KNOWS HOW MUCH I ADORE FIRE AND SMOKE ... ;)

THANKS FOR COMING BY, MY FRIEND!

HUGS!!
JULIE

Julie Lessman said...

BIGREADERSITE ...

WELL, GIRL, YOU CAME TO THE RIGHT PLACE, BECAUSE THIS IS THE ONLY BLOG WHERE YOU CAN WIN THAT BOOK UNTIL OCTOBER, WHEN I START DOING MY BLOG GIVEAWAYS, SO GOOD LUCK!!

HUGS,
JULIE

Julie Lessman said...

THE INVINCIBLE VINCE RETURNS!! ;)

YOU SAID: "While I have not seen a dumb hero in a romance that actually got published, I have seen a few ‘educated idiots’."

LOL ... SOOO TRUE!!

YOU ALSO SAID: "I’m thinking here of both intelligence and practical wisdom (spiritual wisdom would also be nice in a Christian romance). The hero could be known for coming up with ways to peacefully solve life’s problems. People could come to him for advice. If he is truly respected by the community, then I see him as being attractive as a potential mate. How’s that for a swoon enhancer?"

IT'S A WINNER, MY FRIEND, FOR THE CHRISTIAN MARKET, FOR SURE. IRONICALLY, THAT'S HOW BRADY WAS FOR ME, AND HE'S MY LEAST FAVORITE OF ALL MY HEROES, SO MAYBE I NEED A BIT MORE OF A BAD BOY IN MY HEROES. SEE? I TOLD YOU I WAS A JUVENILE DELINQUENT!!

"I can just ‘see’ a heroine looking at the hero and thinking, “Imagine how proud I’d be to be able to say he’s my husband.” I think 'proudability' should have its own place on a list of swoon supliments. Of course, this is a very strong male POV! : )

HMMM ... "PROUDABILITY" ... LEAVE IT TO YOU, MY FRIEND TO COIN A NEW WORD IN A COMMENT ... :) BUT I LIKE IT -- A LOT, AND I MAY HAVE TO ADD IT WHEN I PUBLISH THIS BOOK, WHICH ... WILL HAVE A DIFFERENT COLOR THAN ROMANCE-OLOGY ... BUT NOT SURE IT WILL BE BLUE. PINK, MAYBE?? ;)

"Also, when the reader reads about these real world solutions, she has learned something she can use in her own life. Each wisdomoid counts as one reward point in my RPP system. Your priest was such a man."

LOL ... ANOTHER NEW WORD COINED BY VINCE MOONEY -- WISDOMOID -- LOVE IT!! AND I JUST LOVE, LOVE, LOVE YOUR RPP SYSTEM, TOO, AND CANNOT WAIT TO READ/PROMOTE THAT BOOK WHEN IT'S DONE!!

HUGS AND MORE HUGS,
JULIE

Jennifer Smith said...

Aw, I'm sighing just reading the excepts in this post... :) Would love to win one of your books!

Julie Lessman said...

ABS!!!

GIRL, YOU ALWAYS MAKE ME SMILE AND MAKE MY DAY BETTER TOO, SO THANK YOU!!

I'LL TELL YOU WHAT, ABS, YOU AND I ARE SOOO MUCH ALIKE IN OUR TASTES THAT IF YOU EVER FIND A BOOK YOU ARE OVER THE TOP ON, PLEASE LET ME KNOW SO I CAN READ IT BECAUSE I TRUST YOUR OPINION THAT MUCH!!

THANKS AGAIN FOR COMING BY AND FOR BEING SUCH A WONDERFUL ENCOURAGEMENT TO ME. :)

HUGS AND MORE HUGS!
JULIE

Pam said...

You are certainly a master at writing hunky heroes, Julie! I love these tidbits from your books as we re-visit some of your heroes.
I'd love to win one of your books.

pmk56[at]sbcglobal[dot]net

Julie Lessman said...


CONNIE SAID:

"a person who loves God and puts that faith"

OH, WOW, GIRL ... I READ YOUR COMMENT AND FROZE BECAUSE FOR ONE THUNDERING HEARTBEAT, I THOUGHT I FORGOT TO INCLUDE SPIRITUALITY INTO MY LIST!!! YIKES ... I HAD TO SCAN UP QUICKLY TO THE POST TO MAKE SURE I INCLUDED IT.

WHEW ... CLOSE CALL!! ;) BECAUSE IN CHRISTIAN FICTION, THAT IS TOP DOG!! :)

THANKS, CONNIE, FOR COMING BY AND FOR YOUR SWEET COMMENT -- GOOD LUCK!!

HUGS,
JULIE

Teresa Mathews said...

Julie, Julie, Julie, you are killing me with the walk down memory lane with all those wonderful heroes; it makes me want to reread all of their stories again. There is nothing like one of your "fellows". Whether they are sweet, cocky, gruff or a little grumpy you know how to make them so appealing! I cannot wait for Surprised by Love to come out. :-) Love ya Girl!!

Cara Lynn James said...

Julie, I love these posts! I thought I kept parts 1 and 2, but I guess I didn't. So I found 2 and now I have 2 and 3. But I can't find part 1 anywhere. Would you mind giving me the link? Thanks.

Tanya Agler said...

Dear Julie, Thank you for your post about heroes. I am plotting my next book and I've been trying to think of a quirky device for my hero.

Tina, you had me at waffles. I love waffles.

Thanks, Julie for helping me think more in depth about qualities for my hero.


Julie Lessman said...

WELL, JENNIFER, WE'LL HAVE TO SEE WHAT WE CAN DO ABOUT GIVING YOU A FEW MORE HERO SIGHS, WON'T WE??

HERE'S HOPING FOR A WIN, GIRL!

AND I'M NOT SURE, BUT I THINK I MAY HAVE MENTIONED THIS TO YOU LAST MONTH, BUT JUST IN CASE I DIDN'T ...

BOOK 1 IN MY IRISH FAMILY SAGA, A PASSION MOST PURE IS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FOR FREE DOWNLOAD, SO THE PRICE AIN'T GONNA GO MUCH LOWER THAN THAT ... ;)

I'M VERY PROUD TO SAY THAT APMP WON AMERICAN CHRISTIAN FICTION WRITERS 2009 DEBUT BOOK OF THE YEAR AND HAS 511 FIVE-STAR REVIEWS ON AMAZON, SO IT'S NOT A DOG, I PROMISE. BUT I WILL WARN YOU THAT IT'S A WEE BIT MORE PASSIONATE THAN MOST CHRISTIAN ROMANCE, BOTH ROMANTICALLY AND SPIRITUALLY, SO MAKE YOUR DECISION ACCORDINGLY.

HERE ARE THE LINKS:

AMAZON


B&N NOOK

CBD

NOTE: REGRETTABLY, THE EBOOK NOT AVAILABLE ON DEEPER SHOPPING.

GOOD LUCK!
JULIE

Julie Lessman said...

WHY, THANK YOU, PAM, AND I SURE HOPE I CAN SEND YOU A SIGNED COPY OF SBL, GIRL, SO HERE'S TO A WIN!!

GOOD LUCK!!

HUGS,
JULIE

Julie Lessman said...

TERESA!!!

HEY, GIRLFRIEND, HOW THE HECK ARE YOU AND THAT SWEET HUBBY DOING?? HOPE THINGS ARE LOOKING UP FOR YOU GUYS, AND IF MY PRAYERS HAVE ANYTHING TO SAY ABOUT IT, THEY SHOULD BE!

CAN'T WAIT TO SEE WHAT YOU THINK OF SURPRISED BY LOVE, MY FRIEND -- IT'S A SWEET STORY ABOUT A VERY SWEET GIRL AND HERO! :)

HUGS,
JULIE

Brittany said...

Hi Julie! Your heroes ALWAYS make me swoon and I think it definitely has a lot to do with the points you are making. Wow, even the excerpts make me swoon ;-)

Who wants a wimpy hero? They have to be strong and dominant! If they aren't, there just isn't that pull for me. But those special little insights into their sensitivity that you mentioned, such as love of kids, family, best friends...those make a huge difference in seeing the hero as strong, yet deep and worthy of that heroine's love.

And seeing a bad boy change because of God...well, that is priceless!

You know I can't wait to read this next one!

Blessings,
Brittany McEuen

Julie Lessman said...


OH, CARA, YOU BET, MY FRIEND!

HERE'S THE LINK TO PART 1, AND I AM SOOOO HONORED THAT YOU WANT TO PRINT THEM OFF, GIRL -- HIGH PRAISE INDEED!!

HERE'S THE FIRST BLOG, ONLY IT DOESN'T SAY "PART 1"-- MY GOOF!

FROM SWEET TO SWOON, PART 1

HUGS,
JULIE

Julie Lessman said...

HEY, TANYA, YOU ARE MORE THAN WELCOME, MY FRIEND, AND IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR QUIRKS FOR YOUR HERO, I SHOULD TELL YOU THAT I DID A BLOG ON QUIRKS A WHILE BACK, SO HERE'S THE LINK IN CASE YOU WANT TO CHECK IT OUT:

THE QUEEN OF QUIRK

HUGS AND GOOD LUCK!!
JULIE

Julie Lessman said...

BRITT!!!

SO FUN TO SEE YOU HERE, GIRL, AND I TOTALLY AGREE WITH YOUR STATEMENT THAT SAYS:

"Seeing a bad boy change because of God...well, that is priceless!"

AMEN AND AMEN!! I'M WITH YOU ON THAT FOR SURE!!

THAT'S ONE OF THE REASONS THAT COLLIN IS SO POPULAR WITH MY READERS BECAUSE HE WAS THE ULTIMATE "BAD BOY" OF ALL MY HEROES, ALTHOUGH STEVEN RAN A CLOSE SECOND, SO WHEN THOSE TWO BOWED THEIR KNEES AT THE THRONE ... WOW!!!! :)

GOOD TO SEE YOU, BRITT, AND I HOPE YOU LIKE MEG'S STORY.

HUGS,
JULIE

Chill N said...

Fun post, Julie. About the hero having an endearing quirk -- my thoughts immediately went to Indiana Jones and his dislike of snakes.

You've shared so many great tips in these posts. And of course I like the examples :-) Thanks!

Nancy C

Susan Anne Mason said...

Hey Julie,

Had to chime in again.. You said TOO BAD I CAN'T WRITE A LOVE STORY ABOUT HIM, ALTHOUGH I HAVE TOYED WITH THE IDEA OF WRITING A LOVE STORY FOR PARKER RILEY, LUKE MCGEE'S BEST FRIEND IN A HOPE UNDAUNTED WHO WENT INTO THE SEMINARY. AFTER RECEIVING A NUMBER OF LETTERS FROM READER FRIENDS ASKING ME TO CONTINUE PARKER'S STORY, I ACTUALLY BRAINSTORMED THE IDEA OF HAVING HIM FALL IN LOVE WITH A TEACHER AT THE SCHOOL BEFORE HE IS ORDAINED. PROBABLY HAVE TO BE AN INDIE NOVEL, THOUGH, 'CAUSE I DOUBT A PUBLISHER WOULD TOUCH THAT ONE! :)

Guess who is one of the heroes in Irish Meadows? Yup, a seminarian who falls in love with one of the O'Leary daughters!! And Bethany House is brave enough to publish it! God is amazing!!

Cheers,
Sue

Terri said...

This has been a great series. Thanks for sharing and I'd LOVE to have your upcoming release.

Julie Lessman said...

NANCE!!! OH, GREAT EXAMPLE -- WONDERFUL EXAMPLE!!

I WAS ACTUALLY TRYING TO THINK OF SOME EXAMPLES TODAY, BUT I TOTALLY FORGOT ABOUT INDIANA JONES!! LOVED THAT MOVIE. :)

AND GUESS WHAT? YEP ... I'M HUNGRY FOR CHILI ... ;)

HUGS,
JULIE

Julie Lessman said...


SUE!!!

OMIGOSH ... I JUST GOT COLD CHILLS, GIRLFRIEND!!! I SURE IN THE HECK HOME YOU ASK ME TO ENDORSE THAT SERIES, SUZI-Q, OR YOUR NAME IS MUD, DO YOU HEAR ME?? IRISH SISTERS ... AND A SEMINARIAN??

HUBBA, HUBBA!!!!

I JUST WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT IF I EVER DO WRITE PARKER'S STORY, YOU WILL KNOW THAT I DIDN'T COPY YOU BECAUSE I WAS THINKING ABOUT IT FIRST, RIGHT??? PROBLEM IS ... EVERYBODY ELSE WILL THINK I COPIED YOU!! ;)

SOOOO EXCITED FOR YOU!!

HUGS,
JULIE

Julie Lessman said...

HEY, TERRI, THANKS SOOOO MUCH, MY FRIEND, AND TRUST ME, I WOULD LOVE TO SEND YOU A SIGNED COPY OF SBL, SO HERE'S TO A WIN, GIRL!!

HUGS,
JULIE

Natalie Monk said...

Hi, Julie! I recently realized the things I like most about characters are those quirky little thinks that make them tick.

My poor first hero. He needs a revamp, I believe. He's lacking a bit in the quirk department. The second hero is reticent, limps because of an incident in book #1, and takes his hound dogs everywhere he can. I like the idea of "flavoring" the hero's breath with some particular sweet tooth habit. I loved how you did that with Jamie and Sean, I believe Patrick, too, and now Nick.

Thanks for this awesome post!

Heidi Robbins said...

I'm loving this series by you that picks apart the different types of heroes and what makes us love them! It's been enlightening and I've been able to become more aware of the characteristics that I'm more drawn to as a reader. Thank you!!!

Starlight Starbright said...

I love all of your books Julie Lessman and I seriously cannot wait until I can get my hands on Surprised by Love :)

I always think about the hero when I read a novel because I love how he sweeps the heroine off her feet :) In the case of Love at any Cost, Jamie literally does that haha.

Mary Preston said...

I love to love the hero. Such a fantastic post thank you.

Sandy Elzie said...

Thanks for all the information...the reminders are needed every so often. I agree that the hero must carry the day. If he's a wimp in any way (other than a wounded part that he's striving to overcome) then it doesn't matter how great the heroine is.

May the K9 Spy (and KC Frantzen) said...

Julie,
You make this so very clear and as usual, the examples shared cement the concepts.
Thank you!!!

Julie Lessman said...

LOL, NATALIE, YEAH, THERE'S JUST SOMETHING ABOUT SWEET BREATH THAT LEADS THE READER'S MIND INTO SWEET KISSES. ;) AFTER ALL, MY MOMMA DIDN'T RAISE NO DUMB CHILDREN ...

REGARDING YOUR HERO WHO TAKES HIS HOUND DOGS EVERYWHERE (I LIKE THAT, BY THE WAY), YOU COULD HAVE HIM ALWAYS CARRY SOMETHING IN HIS POCKET TO FEED THEM, LIKE BACON OR EVEN SMOKED JERKY -- SOMETHING THAT HAS A MORE MASCULINE SMELL THAT LINGERS ON HIM AND THE HEROINE IDENTIFIES WITH HIM IN A GOOD WAY.

I DON'T KNOW IF YOU SAW THE LINK I GAVE FOR THE QUEEN OF QUIRKS BLOG I DID A WHILE BACK, BUT HERE IT IS AGAIN IF YOU WANT TO CHECK IT OUT FOR QUIRK SUGGESTIONS:

QUEEN OF QUIRK

GOOD LUCK!

HUGS,
JULIE

Julie Lessman said...

OH, HEIDI, I AM SOOOO GLAD YOU GOT SOMETHING OUT OF IT AND I COULD BE OF HELP. WE AUTHORS NEED ALL THE HELP WE CAN GET IN THIS CRAZY BIZ, SO YAY!!

HAPPY WRITING AND GOOD LUCK IN THE CONTEST!

HUGS,
JULIE

Julie Lessman said...

STARLIGHT, STARBRIGHT!!! SOOOO GOOD TO SEE YOU AGAIN, GIRL, AND I KNOW I'VE TOLD YOU THIS BEFORE, BUT I LOVE YOUR ADDY!!

THANKS SO MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT, AND I HOPE YOU LIKE MEG AND BRAM'S STORY (UH, AND DEVIN CALDWELL'S, SINCE IT IS A LOVE TRIANGLE ... GOSH, I LOOOOOOOVE LOVE TRIANGLES!!).

AND, YEAH, JAMIE IS THE FIRST OF MY HEROES TO LITERALLY SWEEP A HEROINE OFF HER FEET, SO THAT WAS FUN. :)

HUGS AND GOOD LUCK!!
JULIE

Julie Lessman said...


MARY SAID:
"I love to love the hero. Such a fantastic post thank you."

LOL ... ME, TOO, MARE!! THUS WHY I GRAVITATE TO WRITING BLOGS LIKE THIS ... ;)

THANKS FOR READING THE POST AND COMMENTING -- HERE'S HOPING IT EARNS YOU A WIN!

GOOD LUCK!
JULIE

Julie Lessman said...


AMEN SANDY!!!

BRING ON THE STRONG HEROES IF YOU DON'T WANT TO LOSE AND YOUR READERS TO SNOOZE!!

THANKS FOR COMING BY, AND GOOD LUCK IN THE CONTEST. :)

HUGS,
JULIE

Julie Lessman said...

WHY THANK YOU, MAY!!

HOW HAVE YOU BEEN, MY FRIEND? HOPE YOUR HEART IS GETTING LIGHTER EVERY DAY.

HUGS AND PRAYERS COMING YOUR WAY ...

JULIE

The Artist Librarian said...

A bit late to the party ('cause it's always a party when Julie Lessman writes on Seekerville), but my computer was having wifi issues. I love #9's last excerpt with Luke and Katie! #9 is also very attractive when the guy isn't normally very confident or sure of himself ... Or maybe that's just me. :)

Julie Lessman said...

ARTIST LIBRARIAN!!!

AREN'T YOU THE SWEETEST -- CALLING MY BLOG A PARTY! I THINK THAT MAY BE BECAUSE I'M SUCH A HERO-CRAZY JUVENILE THAT I GET GIDDY WHEN I TALK HEROES. ;)

SORRY ABOUT THE WI-FI TROUBLES, BUT GLAD YOU GOT BY BEFORE THE DRAWING, SO GOOD LUCK!

AND, YEAH, I LOVE ANY EXCERPT WITH LUKE AND KATE, TO BE HONEST, BECAUSE THOSE TWO JUST SPARK, YOU KNOW?

YOU SAID: "#9 is also very attractive when the guy isn't normally very confident or sure of himself ... Or maybe that's just me. :)"

MMMM ... CAN YOU GIVE ME AN EXAMPLE? THE FIRST THING THAT CAME TO MIND FOR ME WAS ROCK HUDSON IN LOVER COME BACK WHEN ROCK IS PRETENDING TO BE THAT BACKWARD AND SHY AND INEXPERIENCED SCIENTIST THAT DORIS DAY IS TRYING TO LAND AS A CLIENT. I PERSONALLY LIKED THE ROGUE ROCK IN THAT MOVIE MUCH BETTER THAN HIS RUSE AS THE SCIENTIST, BUT MAYBE THAT WAS BECAUSE THEY MADE HIM A BIT OF A WUSS.

ANYWAY, I HAVE A FEELING YOU CAN CONVINCE ME WITH THE RIGHT HERO ... ;)

HUGS,
JULIE

The Artist Librarian said...

Ooh, Rock Hudson and Doris Day ... I don't think I've seen that one. I just DVRed "The Bachlor and the Bobbie-Soxer" (or something like that), starring Cary Grant and an older Shirley Temple among others ... Can't wait to watch that. :)

Off the top of my head, Barry Allen from the new Flash tv show --I couldn't find a scene or clip except for a montage.
http://youtu.be/v_j_5YZFgbQ

Hiccup Haddock from the "How to Train Your Dragon" film series is another. I am sure his confidence and growth from the first and second movies has something to do with the support and encouragement of a certain special someone. :)

I know there are some Christian fic examples, but I'm drawing blanks right now ... Maybe a couple of Jill Williamson's heroes like Achan Cham.

Kristin Vayden said...

Julie, that post was BRILLIANT! I actually posted the link on FB to several of my author friends. Thanks for putting into words what we as authors all try to convey, what we 'see' in our head and you very beautifully put it into a methodology. You are awesome. (You always have been!)

Julie Lessman said...

ARTIST LIBRARIAN!!!

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THAT BARRY ALLEN CLIP, GIRL, SO GREAT JOB CONVINCING ME!! I NEVER HEARD OF THE FLASH TV SHOW OR BARRY ALLEN BEFORE, BUT THAT CLIP CONVINCED ME YOU ARE 100% RIGHT -- HE IS VERY ATTRACTIVE AS A SHY, NERDY GUY WHO DOESN'T COME ACROSS VERY CONFIDENT. :)

OH, GIRL, DORIS DAY MOVIES ARE SOME OF MY ALL-TIME FAVES, MY FAVORITES BEING THAT TOUCH OF MINK WITH CARY GRANT AND THEN PILLOW TALK WITH ROCK HUDSON -- RENT THEM PLEASE!! YOU WILL LOVE THEM. :)

I HAVEN'T HEARD OF HICCUP HADDOCK OR ACHAN CHA EITHER, SO I GUESS I NEED TO GET OUT MORE ... ;)

THANKS FOR TAKING THE TIME RESEARCH THOSE HEROES AND COMING BACK TO TELL ME ABOUT THEM -- YOU ROCK!!

HUGS AND HAPPY WEEKEND,
JULIE

Julie Lessman said...

WOW, KRISTIN, THANKS SOOOO MUCH FOR YOUR SWEET COMMENTS AND ESPECIALLY FOR POSTING THIS LINK ON FB -- YOU ARE SUCH A DOLL!! AND YOU ARE AWESOME TOO, MY FRIEND!!

HUGS AND HAPPY WEEKEND!
JULIE

Julie Lessman said...

SUPER CONGRATS TO JENNIFER SMITH FOR WINNING HER CHOICE OF ANY OF MY BOOKS!!

MEGA HUGS TO EVERYBODY WHO ENTERED, AND WISH I COULD SEND A FREE SIGNED BOOK TO EACH OF YOU, BUT MY HUSBAND WOULD SHOOT ME IF I DID.

HUGS AND HAPPY WEEKEND!!

JULIE

Kate said...

I've been waiting for this book! What projects do you have planned next?