“The steadfast love of the Lord


never ceases; His mercies never come


to an end; They are new every morning;


great is Your faithfulness.” 

— Lamentations 3:22-23

Oh my goodness, I am SO grateful for His steadfast love — both God’s AND the book He led me to write! A book, I might add, that releases TODAY!!



At long last Cat and Chase’s story is here, and I’m going to tell you right off the bat that is is one of the most spiritual AND one of the most romantic I have ever written. And — WHOA, BABY — just look at some of these reviews:

❤️  💜  ❤️ 

❤️ “This book drew me closer to God in a way that no work of fiction has before. It hit something inside me and I several times stopped reading because I just felt a burning desire to spend time with God in those moments. It was truly amazing.”– Christian Novels Blog

💜 “Julie Lessman has delivered a captivating romance that is both unapologetically passionate and unapologetically spiritual. If you’re looking for stories that present the messes of life against the backdrop of redemption – with a hearty dose of stick-your-head-in-the-freezer passion, this series is for you!” — Reading is My SuperPower Blog



❤️ But it’s so much more than a story to quicken your pulse, it’s a story to quicken your spirit and encourage your heart. At least it did mine, in ways I didn’t know I needed.” — The Green Mockingbird Blog

💜 His Steadfast Love, book three in the Isle of Hope series by Julie Lessman, was my absolute favorite book I have read in a long time.” — L123, Amazon reviewer

❤️ OH MY GOODNESS! I love Cat’s story! I’m a sucker for Prodigal stories anyway … A perfect ending to the series and a perfect story of Christ bringing one of His own back into the fold. I loved it!” — My Favorite Pastime Blog



💜 “I’m blown away at how this author welcomes readers with open arms into the family she’s created.” — The Book Club Network

❤️ His Steadfast Love is, quite simply, an AMAZING book! I laughed. I cried. I savored every sweet moment …” — Sherida Stewart, Amazon reviewer



A HUGE THANKS to all the reviewers above who took the time to read and review Cat’s story.

AND MEGA THANKS to those of you who preordered His Steadfast Love and are reading it now. I hope you enjoy it and most importantly, I hope the spiritual lesson within — one that God taught me forty-three years ago — blesses you as much as it has blessed me.

I do a favor to ask, however. I don’t know if you are into posting reviews or not, but if you are, would you consider possibly posting a brief review for His Steadfast Love if you read it and like it? And if you do, please let me know so I can personally thank you, okay? Most people don’t realize how critical good reviews are to authors — especially on an indie series like this where I don’t have a major publisher promoting me. But so many potential readers base their book-buying decisions on the number of good reviews posted, that that is the very best way to bless an author you like. BUT … if reviews are NOT your thing, I understand and am just so very grateful you read my books in the first place! 🙂


We Have Winners …

 MEGA HUGS to all of you that worked so very hard in this contest! I always hate to award just one award because there are too many of you who give it your all, so what I have done is in addition to my grand-prize winner, I have decided to pick three additional winners — one based on the top # of entries and two based on random selection so that everybody has a chance to win regardless of points. And so without further ado, the grand-prize winner who wins a character named after her in His Steadfast Love, a signed paperback copy, and her choice of a $50 gift card OR ten top-CBA gently used recent releases is …

❤️  Bianca Santelices  ❤️

SUPER CONGRATS to Bianca — you certainly earned it, my friend!


 And now the three additional winners who each have a character named after them in His Steadfast Love and have their choice of a signed e-book copy along with e-book copies of the entire series OR a signed paperback copy when they release in September are:

Kerri Kodjovi
Terrill Rosado
Abigail Allen

Congratulations to each of you, and let me just say it will be such a blessing to have a character named after you in my book. It makes me smile every time I come across your names. 🙂

 In the upcoming weeks, I will be giving you sneak peeks at each of my upcoming novellas, so if you are not subscribed to this blog, I encourage you to do so now at the top right-hand side of this page so that you will receive an email whenever I post a new Journal Jot.


Thank you and God bless each of you for your continued support!

Hugs and Happy Reading!


Grace Like Rain:

A Heart Of San Franciso Novella

Yes, it’s true — Blake “The Rake” McClare has found love in his own novella, so you won’t want to miss this one because it’s one of my faves. So much so, that I am including the first chapter down below, so do check it out. Here’s the blurb:

He’s everybody’s lovable rogue.
She’s nobody’s fool
who hopes to steer clear.
Until a thunderstorm sinks them both
into a sea of love.

Blake “The Rake” McClare has a notorious reputation as a womanizer, which is why soft-spoken Patience Peabody carefully avoids the lovable rogue attorney at the law firm in which they both work.

Until a rare thunderstorm brings them together in a love soaked with the grace of God and a whole lot of lightning!


A Whisper of Hope:

An O’Connor Christmas Novella

Ahhhh … Charity & Mitch … two of my very faves, and now they have their very own Christmas novella that you will not want to miss.

I know that Mitch doesn’t look a lot like his orginal cover picture on A Passion Redeemed, but it’s incredibly difficult to find a historical-looking couple that actually resembles a prior cover, so I did the best I could, even though I realize the couple looks more modern than historical. But I do think the pose replicates the love Mitch has for Charity very nicely, especially after you read the story! 😉  Here’s the blurb:

She’s desperate for a baby.
He’s desperate for an empty nest.
And love is desperate to surprise them both.

With a husband dead set against adoption, Charity O’Connor Dennehy has barely a whisper of hope for more children, but if hope doesn’t disappoint … will it be enough to find a precious bundle under her tree?


The Best Gift of All:

An O’Connor Christmas Novella

This is Lizzie and Brady’s story because it was a subplot that was cut from A Love Surrendered, the final O’Connor book. Since it was already basically written, I used it instead of writing a Christmas novella for Faith & Collin and Katie & Luke. But rest assured that each year I plan to release another O’Connor Christmas novella until I have covered everyone in the family, including Marcy & Patrick!

I have to say that this particular novella contains a very important life lesson I learned, so not only is it a good read, I hope, but it contains a powerful lesson as well. Here’s the blurb:

  She longs to be the perfect mother.
He just longs for his wife.
Until they receive … the best gift of all.

Everyone knows Lizzie and John Brady have the perfect marriage. But when Lizzie’s desire to be a good mother eclipses her desire for her husband, the honeymoon is definitely over. Can the spirit of Christmas heal their hearts when Lizzie gives John the best gift of all?


The Gift of Grace:

A Frontier Christmas Novella

Although The Gift of Grace is basically a Christmas story, I didn’t want the cover to be limited to only Christmas. And actually, since Grace almost burns down the hero’s house on a number of occasions, I thought the flame-orange sky was somewhat fitting! 😉 Here’s the blurb:

She’s the Accident
to His Prayers …

Pastor Cole McCabe isn’t sure he’ll survive the holidays with his new housekeeper and nanny. She’s caught fire to the kitchen, dyed his long johns pink, and scorched nearly everything she cooks. But he’s desperate, and she’s a destitute ex-saloon girl.

Even though she’s no good with her hands, Grace sure has a way with her heart. She’s brought a warmth into Cole’s home, added color to his daughters’ lives, and broken down the wall he’s built up since his beloved wife died. But when Grace’s past threatens Cole’s family, she’s given one last chance to be home for Christmas . . . if she hasn’t burned it down yet.


So there you have it — four new reads for Christmas and a novel — His Steadfast Love, so I hope you get a chance to read them all. I wish you a happy weekend, happy summer, and happy reading!



99-Cent Sale on Isle of Hope
Ends Soon!




If you haven’t read book 1 in the Isle of Hope series, now is your chance! Award-winning Isle of Hope: Unfailing Love was voted as one of Family Fiction magazine’s Best of 2015, currently has a 5-star rating on Amazon with 221 reviews, and will be on sale for only 99 cents for a few more weeks, so take advantage! Here’s the blurb:


Can a wild girl gone good
rebuild bridges with
a good boy gone bad?

She’s the girlfriend serving up temptation. He’s the pastor’s kid bent on serving God. Till tragedy separates them for eight long years.

Now she’s a woman of faith, back to make amends to the father she defied, the boyfriend she deserted, and the best friend she betrayed. But can a turning of tables—and hearts—lead the way back to “hope” for them all?





 50% Sale on Book 2 Ends Soon!

Now’s your chance to buy Love Everlasting at almost half off, because the sale ends soon! LE has a 5-star rating on Amazon with 109 reviews, so here’s the blurb:


Hunk of Heartache
Vs. Sweet & Shy


School teacher by day, ghostwriter by night, sweet and shy Shannon O’Bryen doesn’t mind writing romance on the sly, but to live it? No, thank you, not since the man she loved turned out to be a player who broke both her heart and her spirit. Now focused more on her faith and her fiction, she vows the next time she falls in love, it will be safely—through the pages of a book.

Dr. Sam Cunningham is a charismatic player who breaks hearts as regularly as he washes his pearl-white Corvette. Abandoned as a young child, Sam was an orphan shuffled through the foster-care system, bitterly driven to prove he is worthy of love—the kind that lasts forever. Once he learns Shannon is a romance writer, he enlists her help in winning back his ex-girlfriend. She teaches him about faith and the true definition of love, and he soon discovers he’s been seeking it in the wrong place all along—and with the wrong girl. But can he convince a woman who’s been burned by love to open her eyes—and her heart—to a love everlasting?