Julie
Lessman’s passion for romance and the written word was ignited by
Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler. “I read Gone with the Wind as a little
girl, and when Scarlett seared Rhett with a look on the winding
staircase of Twelve Oaks, I was a goner.” She immediately penned 150
pages which became the basis of her debut novel, A Passion Most Pure,
some forty years later.

Julie
believes romantic passion gives us a glimpse into the very heart of
God. “After studying the Song of Solomon, I’m convinced the God who
created passion and intimacy did so to mirror the intensity of His own
love for mankind.” Julie despairs that the world uses God’s gift of
romantic passion to shove sin down peoples’ throats. “I want to use
romantic passion to teach people God’s precepts and therein, His love.
It’s the cry of my heart, and I hope and pray that for my readers, my
stories of romantic passion translate into passion for God.”

Julie
acknowledges her stories are a tad more passionate than the majority of
Christian romance novels. “I love romance, make no mistake, but I’m
sorry—to me, romance is just not romantic unless God is in the middle!
If the world can take something that God created and use it to sell its
amoral agenda, then I ask you—why can’t Christians utilize this
God-given passion to promote Him and His precepts?”

A
Heart Revealed
is somewhat of a departure from Julie’s previous stories
where sparks usually fly immediately. Sean and Emma’s relationship is
based on a ten-year friendship that grows spiritually and emotionally,
ripening into unconditional love where two people sacrifice themselves
for the other. “It is my hope Sean and Emma’s story will not only reveal
the grace and mercy of a loving God, but the healing power of His truth
… which truly does set us free.”

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About The Author

Julie Lessman is an award-winning author whose tagline of "Passion With a Purpose" underscores her intense passion for both God and romance. Winner of the 2009 ACFW Debut Author of the Year and Holt Medallion Awards of Merit for Best First Book and Long Inspirational, Julie is also the recipient of numerous Romance Writers of America awards. She resides in Missouri with her family.