Sunday, May 17, 2009

A Week of Pure Passion!!! (Take a Chance on Passion Contest)

I am so thrilled to celebrate the fabulous Julie Lessman's newest release A Passion Denied! We are going to have a very passionate week of celebration around here and Julie has offered some truly great prizes!! Here's what you can look forward to:
1) My Review of A Passion Denied
2) A Discussion about Romance
3) An Interview with Julie
4) A collection of links to other reviews and highlights on A Passion Denied!

But want to know about the giveaways, don't you?

FIVE people will get the chance to choose a copy of A Passion Most Pure, A Passion Redeemed, or A Passion Denied!

ONE person will win a set of all three books!

ONE person will win a 15 page writer's critique from Julie herself!

To enter these giveaways, leave comments on any post this week labeled A Week of Pure Passion. Each comment will gain you one entry into the contest. Since I know not everyone will be interested in the writer's critique, if you ARE interested in it, please end your comment like this--#WC. That way I know you are!

For an additional three entries, write about A Week of Pure Passion on your blog and include a link back to this post.

For one additional entry, twitter about this contest with a link back to this post.

Subscribe to Julie's newsletter for another two entries. Then, either send me an email or leave a comment on this post telling me you did so.

For another three entries, subscribe to this blog (My Friend Amy) via RSS or email.

Be sure to leave a comment on this post telling me about all of the ways you should be eligible to win!

Take a Chance on Passion
AND finally...a special contest. I really love Julie's books and would like to see them sell as well, as say, Harry Potter. So, here's my contribution:
If you purchase ANY of the books in the Daughters of Boston series and forward either your online receipt to me or a scanned version of your paper receipt, you can choose one of the following:
Ten entries into the contest for
A) The Writer's Critique
B) The Full Set of Books
C) A $30 Amazon Gift Card
A guaranteed small surprise gift from me that I can guarantee will not equal the cost of the book but might include a gently read copy of another book, or a few small My Friend Amy gifties. :)
To be eligible, your receipt must be dated between the days of May 18-22. And it must be a brand new copy of the book. With your email, please let me know what you want (additional contest entries or surprise gift from me)



Sherri said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! Hope to see more of you!

patti lacy said...

Ooh, readers, tis a glorious opportunity to win a series that will touch your writer's muse as well as your heart! Mrs. Passion has labored to create a book full of literary elements, epic adventures, unexpected twists, and...ROMANCE!!!!!!!!!!

Last night I stayed up WAYYY too late reading A Passion Denied. Shame on you, Julie!

Go for it, ladies!

Linda said...

I have heard SO much about this series that I have a feeling I am missing something great if I Don't read them. Winning them is even better.
desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

Helga Marie Bee said...

What a great idea Amy, I loved the entire series, and at this point have given away all my copies, so can I enter to win some new ones?? I will email you receipts from my purchases, which I think are up to 4 copies of Passion Most Pure, 2 copies of Redeemed and 2 Copies of Denied :o).
I have added this contest to my twitter, and facebook links. I subscribe to your blog via email, and am trying to subscribe to Julie's right now... I agree with you completly that these books should be owned by everyone, I talk about this every chance I get and have them being read by friends from multiple circles... Thank you Amy for another great post (I wish we were friends IRL, I love reading your blog and am sure we would get along great)

Courtney said...

Well, I'm already subscribed to Julie's newsletter....does that count?

I subscribed to your blog via My AOL. ;0)

And I'm leaving a comment. Haha!

The first two books in this book are FANTASTIC! They are so interesting that you have to stay up long into the night to finish them!

Julie Lessman said...

AMY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What a fun week we are going to have here, and I can hardly wait for the discussion on ROMANCE -- YEAH!!! Thank you SO much, my friend, for hosting me on your blog this week.

SHERRI, thanks for stopping by! Good luck in the contest.

PATTI!!!! Turnaround is fair play, my friend -- your book What the Bayou Saw caused me several sleepless nights, girl!! Fabulous book, especially for all Boomers who remember the day Kennedy was shot!!

COURTNEY ... Thank you SO much for your great comment AND for already being a newsletter subscriber -- I soooo appreciate your support! Good luck in the contest!

HELGA MARIE!!! You and Amy are BOTH incredible blog supports for my series, and I cannot thank you BOTH enough for all you have done.

LINDA ...I have a feeling I'm "missing something" by you NOT reading them, too, so let's hope Amy's fabulous contest will do the trick. Thanks for stopping by!


Courtney said...

I meant to say "first two books in this series". Ha! Forgot to proofread.


Carolynn said...

What a great contest! I love, love, love Julie's books and am entering every contest I can, here's keeping my fingers crossed! Thanks for the chance to win!
I am subscribed to Julie's newsletter.

BurtonReview said...

AWESOME! I love learning about new authors!
Count me in..
I have looked at julie's website, you may want to change the link to her newsletter to put the www. in there, it wouldn't come up for me the way it's currently entered.

I have to add this is an awesome contest and I am looking forward to the Week of Passion.
I HAVE SUBSCRIBED to her Newsletter, and of course I follow you, Amy.
marieburton2004 at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

Wow, these sound great and the comments make me want to read them even more! I blogged about Passion Week here: and am about to Twitter about the contest as well. I already follow you in Google reader and I subscribed to Julie's newsletter.

Amee said...

I've been wanting to read these books ever since you wrote that letter to Julie for the Faith and Fiction meme!

I subscribed to your blog via email.
I am signing up for Julie's newsletter too.


LuAnn said...

Sounds like a fun week! I'll be sure to stop by.

chey said...

The series sounds great!

BurtonReview said...

OK here's the link to my Blog Post about The week of Passion... Give me 3 more entries please:)
marieburton2004 at yahoo dot com

BurtonReview said...


marieburton2004 at yahoo dot com

Renee G said...

Wow. This is awesome. I would love to read one(all) of these.

Julie Lessman said...

CAROLYNN!!! This is the perfect contest for you to win, girl -- LOTS of chances here! Thanks SO much for your kind words. I've got my fingers crossed for you too, sweetie!

MARIE, way to go, girl!! Thanks for your interest and all work on my behalf -- good luck in the contest!

DEBBIE ... Wow, thanks for blogging about it, the Twitter, newsletter, etc. Looks like it's gonna be a bizzzzzzzzzzy week!

AMEE, oh I remember Amy's letter (printed it off, in fact!). Made me cry, not a particularly hard thing to do, I guess, given I tend to be a wee bit emotional ... :)

LU ANN and CHEY ... So glad you stopped by! Good luck in the contest!

KITTEN22 ... thanks for the "Tweet" ... MOST appreciated!

RENEE G ... And trust me, I would LOVE for you "to read all of these," so let's see what we can do about that, okay?


Ashley E said...

Wow, what a neat contest! I posted about it on my blog here:

Doreen said...

I have all but 'A Passion Denied'! :) Awesome giveaway!

clenna said...

I'd love to win these books.

clenna said...

I tried to subscrib to Julie's newsletter but i couldn't get on the site.

clenna said...

I subscribe to my Friend Amy via email #1

clenna said...

I subscribe to my Friend Amy via email #2

clenna said...

I subscribe to my Friend Amy via email #3

Carole said...

I don't think I'll ever win, but I'm going to enter anyway because I love Julie's books.

I subscribed to Julie's newsletter and I'm already a subscriber to Amy's blog through e-mail.

Thanks for a fun contest!

cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net

Jessica Nelson said...

I wouldn't be surprised if Julie makes a huge name for herself in CBA. :-) I can't wait to find out who the winners are. LOL!
Enter me please, for the writer's critique too.

jessica_nelson7590 (at) yahoo (dot) com #WC

Julie Lessman said...

LEY, thanks for posting on your blog, girl!! And, yeah, Amy puts on a very cool contest.

DOREEN ... thanks SO much for reading books 1 and 2. I hope you like book 3, A Passion Denied, as well. Most seem to, although I keep hearing it's more "passionate" than the other two. I'll let you be the judge ...

CLENNA, thanks for trying to subscribe to my newsletter. Try going to my website at and just clicking on the "Newsletter" tab. That usually works for most people. Let me know on Amy's blog if it still doesn't work and leave your e-mail (spelling out the "at" and "dot"), and I will contact you to do it manually, okay?

CAROLE ... don't say that, sweetie, because if you keep posting on every blog giveaway I am currently featuring on my website calendar, I have a good feeling about it ... Of course, that a two bucks will get you a coffee at Starbucks ... :)

Hey, JESSICA ... so nice to see you here! Thanks for your sweet comment -- may it go from your lips to God's ear!! And, except for a couple of really tough reviews about the "passion" in my books, I'm hopin' and prayin' the "name" is a good one ... :)


Unknown said...

What a fantastic campaign to keep the buzz going on your books. Haven't read them yet, but winning them would be great. ; )
Of course, winning the critique would be nice, too.

Kathleen L. Maher

Tamera Lynn Kraft said...

I left a post on A Week of Pure Passion. I twittered with a link to this site. I joined Amy's blog and Nancy's newsletter.

Roseanna White said...

First of all, Julie ROCKS. I met her at the '06 ACFW conference, offered to review her soon-to-be-releasing first novel for her, and totally fell in love with the Daughters of Boston Series!

So to show my support, I'm going to be commenting constantly on each day's posts (LOL), I signed up for Julie's letter, I signed up for this blog, I posted a link to it in my ShoutLife blog (the only one I have at the moment), I wrote a note about it on Facebook (does that count instead of Twitter? I'm not on Twitter yet) . . . and, er. I already own all three of the books. Two of A PASSION MOST PURE, actually. And I tell everyone I know to buy them.

So--I don't need to win the books, but I would LOVE the critique! Julie's already read my one small-press book, but I'd adore her input on one of my others! #WC (only--no books;-)

Gaby317 said...

This sounds so fun! Pls count me in

I'm a new follower as well

gaby317nyc AT gmail DOT com

Gaby317 said...

+3 I posted a link to your contest on my blog's sidebar

(aside from the +3 above - as a new follower)

gaby317nyc AT gmail DOT com

Renee (BlacknGoldGirlsBookSpot) said...

I just posted a link for this contest on my blog!

Renee (BlacknGoldGirlsBookSpot) said...

Also I just subscribed to your blog via email and I'm a subsriber to Julie's newsletter! :-)

Sherrinda Ketchersid said...

Whew! I posted a link to this post on my blog at and I twittered about it. I signed up for your newletter, as well as Julie's newletter. Now, was there something else??? hhmmm....
I won A Passion Most Pure, but would love a chance to win one or all OR even the critique!! What an awesome must be a super duper fan!

Krista Phillips said...

Okay, I like contests. LOL

I blogged about it at (3)

I subscribed to My friend amy's rss/e-mail thingy. (3)

I subscribed to Julie's newsletter. (2)

I tweeted. (1)

And I'm commenting here. (1)

SO far, that's 10 entries! *grin*

Julie, LOVE your books. I'm reading #2 right now:-)

Krista Phillips said...

Forgot to leave my e-mail (and that I'd love to be entered into the critique drawing too! *grin*)
krista at

ibeeeg said...

Great giveawy...please enter me!

I posted a link to your giveaway on my sidebar.

I follow your blog via GoogleReader.

I subscribed to Julie's newsletter.

I tweeted:

Cindy R. Wilson said...

What a fun contest and the books sound great! I'll be back!

kristybee said...

Hey sweet Amy,
I have the first 2 books in the Julie Lessman trilogy. i have a blog, but I have been deathly ill for months, but I subscribed to Julie's newsletter and your blog.
My pimary email is
Thanks a bunch,

Anonymous said...

I look forward to reading the series of books. They sound very interesting.

Please enter me in the book giveaway. I've subscribed to this blog and also to Julie's newsletter.

Julie Lessman said...

KATHLEEN, yes, it IS a fantastic campaign, and I owe it ALL to Amy! She is clearly one of the top bloggers I know, and I am blessed she likes my books.

TAMERA LYNN ... thank you for posting and twittering and for signing up for "Nancy's" newsletter, but I'm not sure who she is. But you will get points if you sign up for mine! :) Just go to and click on "newsletter."

ROSEANNA!!!! Thank you SO much, sweetie, for all of your hard work on my behalf, and boy, would I LOVE to critique your stuff, girl, because I have a feeling it would be a real breeze ...

GABY and RENEE and SHERRINDA ... thanks for all the effort you guys are putting out. Very cool!!

KRISTA ... thanks SO much for your sweet comment, and hope you are enjoying the redemption of our O'Connor vixen. :)

IBEEG ... thanks for entering the contest and going all out. Good luck!

CINDY, thanks for dropping by and DO come back!

KRISTYBEE ... So sorry you have been sick and hope you are back in the pink. Uh, hope my books weren't responsible ... :)

CYNTHIA ... thank you for your interest! Good luck in the contest.


Julie Lessman said...

AMY, one of my favorite readers contacted me to say she keeps trying to post on this blog page and can't get it to work, so I told her I would post for her.

Her name is Amber, and I call her "Borders Girl" because she commented once on one of my blogs that she really wanted to win one of my books because she was currently reading A Passion Most Pure at Borders and loving it! She even sent me a picture of her reading the book at Borders, and I got such a kick out of that, that we have become good friends. Anyway, she actually won A Passion Redeemed on another blog giveaway of mine, so now she wants to go for the writer's critique.

So give her a big #WC.


Keli Gwyn said...


I have all three of the books now and can't wait to read them, so please don't add my name to the books portion of the contest. What I'm most interested in is Julie's critique. #WC

I'm commenting here. :)
I put a tweet on Twitter linking to this post.
I just subscribed to Julie's newsletter.
I'll be sending you a copy of my receipt via email.


CherylS22 said...

+1 This looks like a fun book to read & I'd really enjoy reading the whole series.

+3 I'm an e-mail subscriber

Please count me in - Thanks!

Julie Lessman said...

KELI ... oooo, I would LOVE to critique your stuff, girl, so good luck in the contest!!

CHERYL S ... thanks for dropping by AND for your interest!


Jenny Girl said...

Well since I just commented that I couldn't think of many epic romances, count me in for this drawing please.

I'm already a followe :)
Enjoy your holiday weekend girlie!

L said...

I'd love to win this!Enter me please.

I subscribe via email.

Suzana said...

Great giveaway. I haven't read any of those yet, but they sound good. Count me in, please

Teresa said...

I love Julie's books, so please count me in the giveaway
teresa dot fav at gmail dot com

Julie Lessman said...

JENNY GIRL ... Yeah, unfortunately, I can't think of too many "epic" romances except for Gone With the Wind (my favorite!), Thornbirds, and, of course, Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. And I'm not real sure my series would even qualify for that caliber of romance, but it sure is one sprawling family-saga romance, I will give you that ... :)

ALEXA ... thanks for dropping by to enter the contest -- good luck!

SUZANA ... haven't read any yet, well then we really need to get these books into your hands, don't we?? In addition to having a chance to win on Amy's blog here, you can also check out my website calendar at, because I am running lots of giveaways on various blog interviews.

TERESA ... thank you SO much for your kind comment about my books!! Trust me ... a new writer (or any writer) NEVER gets tired of hearing that! :)


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