Heroine Interview from A Passion Denied

» Posted on Nov 5, 2009 in Blog | 36 comments

This week I’m hosting Myra Johnson with One Imperfect Christmas and Julie Lessman with A Passion Denied. If you want to enter the drawing for the book, please leave a comment on one of the post during the week with your email address. I will not enter you without an email address (my way to contact you if you win). If you don’t want to leave an email address, another way you can enter is to email me at margaretdaley@gmail.com. The drawings end Sunday (Nov. 8th) evening.

Interview with the heroine from A Passion Denied by Julie Lessman:

1. Lizzie O’Connor (formerly known as Elizabeth or Beth), tell me the most interesting thing about you.

The most interesting thing about me is that I have been madly, undeniably and irrevocably in love with my brother-in-law’s business partner John Brady since I was thirteen. I’m almost eighteen now, but Brady (that’s what everybody calls him) refuses to see me as anything but a little sister. But I’ll let you in on a little secret—John Brady has NO idea, but he’s about to fall madly in love with me … that is, once my sisters and I figure out a plan to turn his head.

2. What do you do for fun?

Sigh … read romance, of course. And dream of John Brady.

3. What do you put off doing because you dread it?

Dating Tom Weston to make Brady jealous, like my sister, Charity, wants me to do. She calls Tom “Plan C,” which makes me really nervous because Tom Weston is a college boy who cornered me at Millie’s party last year. Brady says Tom is not a “gentleman,” which I can certainly attest to.

Plan A is trying to make Brady realize he’s attracted to me by getting him to kiss me while we’re talking on the front-porch swing, and let me tell you, I get warm goose bumps just thinking about that. Plan B is kissing Brady instead, which I have to admit, scares the living daylights out of me. Come to think of it, so does Plan “A,” but in a really, really good way!

4. What are you afraid of most in life?

Not waking up next to John Brady each morning for the rest of my life—as his wife.

5. What do you want out of life?

A house with a white picket fence, six children and a knight in shining armor.

6. What is the most important thing to you?

Family, God and John Brady—not necessarily in that order.

7. Do you read? If so, what is your favorite type of book to read?

Do I read? Oh my, I’ve read since I’ve been a little girl, everything from fairy-tales to great literature. I work in a bookstore, but sometimes I think I’d work there for free even if I didn’t get paid. I love romance, especially Pride and Prejudice because Lizzy and I share the same name and, of course, Brady is as stubborn and aloof as Mr. Darcy.

8. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

I’d make myself bolder like Charity and Faith and not so shy.

9. Do you have a pet? If so, what is it and why that pet?

Yes, a golden retriever named Blarney. Our neighbors had a litter when I was a little girl, and I fell in love with them because they looked like baby polar bears. My sisters and I begged our parents for a puppy, and we won—yeah!

10. If you could travel back in time, where would you go and why?

To England to meet Jane Austen because she’s been my favorite author ever since Brady bought me every one of her books when I was fourteen.


  1. That was too much fun, Margaret and Julie!

    I love The "Passion" books! Thanks for a fun interview.

  2. I have this one, and Julie signed it at the conference, but would love a chance to win one of the others in the series. Loved reading Lizzie's responses! Too fun.


  3. Wonderful interview! I read the first two books from this series and would love to read this one too. Please enter me in the drawing. Thank you!


  4. I loved hearing from your heroin. she's delightful. And I'd be honored to be entered in the drawing.


  5. CRYSTAL!! Thanks for stopping by AND for reading the series — I am MOST grateful!


  6. EILEEN … SO good to "see" you again, and yes, we definitely need to get you the other books, so good luck in this contest. And if you don't win here, I have several other blog giveaways going on this month that you can check out on my website calendar, okay?

    And, uh, PLEASE tell me you haven't read book 3 first, Eileen, PLEASE … because this is definitely a series that needs to be read in order to get the TOTAL impact of several big surprises in books 1 and 2. If you have, you have, but, sigh, the experience is SO much better reading 1, 2, 3. 🙂


  7. CHERIE … oh, good, then this is the perfect contest for you! Most of my friends and relatives like A Passion Denied best of all three books, so hopefully it will be worth your time in leaving a comment. Good luck in the contest!

    And, uh, thank you SO much for reading them in order!! 🙂


  8. Thanks, AGGIE, for dropping by … you are a new name to me, one I haven't seen before so I don't know if that means you've not read any of the other books in The Daughters of Boston series or not.

    At the risk of sounding like a nag, if you do win, I will be happy to send you a signed copy of A Passion Most Pure (book 1) if you are new to this series because as I mentioned MANY times before, this is definitely a series that needs to be read in order to get the greatest impact.

    Good luck!


  9. I've already read these, but gave my copies away to my neighbor, so would like a chance to win. I realized they are 'keepers.' Please enter me. Thanks.
    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

  10. I would love to finish out my collection of her series with a passion redeemed! 🙂

    Rebornbutterfly (at) sbcglobal (dot) net

  11. This is wonderful! Thank you so much for this giveaway!

    I'm currently reading A Passion Most Pure, and I am greatly looking forward to reading the others in the series.

    Sweet Blessings to you,
    scraphappy71 at sbcglobal dot net

  12. The "Passion" books look so good. I would love to have a copy of one. Thanks for having these type of contests. 🙂 katey(dot)1m(at)hotmail(dot)com

  13. LINDA … "Keepers" … oh, I really like that, girl, thank you!! And some people prefer to have signed copies anyway. Besides, I really like writing a special note to favorite readers. 🙂


  14. REBORNBUTTERFLY … And I would LOVE to finish out your collection with a signed copy of Redeemed too! But you already read it, right? If not, we have to get you busy, girl … 🙂


  15. MICHELLE … Bless you for reading A Passion Most Pure, and I hope you like books 2 and 3 as well. Book 2, Charity's story, was my favorite for a long, long time, but I think Book 3, A Passion Denied, is now edging it out. AND, I'm happy to say, I think I like Katie's story best of all!!

    Thanks for stopping by, and good luck in the contest.


  16. KATEY, trust me … I would LOVE for you to "have a copy of one" too!! We'll see if we can manage that on one of these blog giveaways. And if you don't win here, please check my website calendar for additional blog giveaways to increase your chances. Good luck in the contest.


  17. This was such an interesting interview. I can't wait to read book 3 and would love to have a signed copy!

    Thanks, Julie!


  18. Thanks, COLLETTA, and let's just see what we can do about getting book 3 into your hot, little hands, okay? And if you don't win here, you might check my website calendar for other giveaways. Thanks for dropping by.

    And happy weekend, all!


  19. Julie, you signed a postcard for my mom at ACFW! She's read all three of your books and has told me numerous times how she loves your books. Well, it's high time I read one! I hope I win A Passion Denied!


  20. I've only read the first book in the series so far…loved it!! 🙂 Looking forward to reading the others in the series and trying to get my mom to read the first book. 😉

    sundaisy920 at gmail dot com

  21. SHERRY … That is so cool that I met your mom!! And THANK YOU for taking the time to leave a comment and enter the contest. BUT … I am BEGGING you … read the books in order, PLEASE!! A Passion Denied is book 3, and you really, really don't want to read it first. I've gotten reviews from people who have and although they loved it, they regretted not reading books 1 and 2 first. Books are expensive, so make the most of mine by reading them in order and getting every single twist and turn I've put in, okay? Good luck in the contest, girl!


  22. ANGIE … good girl, trying to get your mom to read the books — where do I send the check? 🙂

    I am actually rereading book 2, A Passion Redeemed, right now and whoa, baby, I forgot how much heat and tension I packed in there! Hope you get the chance to win it.


  23. Ohhhh how I LOVE LOVE LOVE these books!!! A word of advice to those of you who haven't read all three books, go buy them they are worth every penny! I absolutely cannot wait for the fourth book and all the others that will follow! Mrs. Lessman is a very talented writer and I thank God for her gift!

  24. I really enjoyed the interview and looking forward to reading the book, even if I'm not a lucky winner!


  25. JACIE, you sweetheart, you!! Thanks SO much for dropping by to say hi AND for your amazing support. It's readers like you that make all the trials and tribulations of deadlines and promotion SOOOO worth it. THANK YOU!!


  26. CAROL … That's so nice of you to say — thank you! I really appreciate your interest and your time in leaving a comment. Good luck!


  27. i hope it's my chance to start collecting your book Julie!

    uniquas at ymail dot com

  28. Thank you for the giveaway. I'm visiting from Seekerville…a great source of inspiration and information!

  29. MARISKA … Gosh, I hope it's a chance for you to start collecting my books, too, girl!! 🙂 Thanks for dropping by, and good luck in the contest.


  30. JENNY!!! Welcome from Seekerville, our cyber-home away from home … and, uh, where the food is WAY better than the fare at my house! 🙂

    I cannot tell you how much the Seekers appreciate die-hard friends like you, so THANK YOU for adding to the fun mix in Seekerville.


  31. I hope I can still comment of this fabulous interview/post…I have read Julie's first two books in the series…I would LOVE to read this wonderful third book…I need to read it…Julie, you are an amazing storyteller. Love your books.

    karen k

  32. Gosh, KAREN, thank you SO much for your really encouraging comment! And, yes, I totally agree — we need to get the third book in your hands, pronto! Be sure to check my website calendar for additional blog giveaways, okay? Again, thank you for your kind words AND your support. Good luck in the contest. 🙂


  33. Loved the interview with Lizzie! Margaret, thanks for the interviews. I learn so much from the characters, even after I've already read the books!

  34. PAMMY!!! How great to see you here! I just love it when Seeker buds drop in — bless you!


  35. I know I'm too late for the book giveaway *sigh* but I just wanted to stop by and say what a wonderful interview that was. I loved Lizzie in APD and can hardly wait for "A Hope Undaunted" to see what happened after the "I Do's". I don't know how my family will be able to stand me until Sept. 2010!
    Love Y'all,

  36. Has the winner been announced?

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