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Review and Giveaway: Christmas with the Cowboy by Tina Radcliff September 27, 2018

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Welcome to the JustRead Publicity Tour’s BLOG TOUR for Christmas with the Cowboy by Tina Radcliffe.


9781335509796Title: Christmas with the Cowboy
Series: Big Heart Ranch, Book 3
Author: Tina Radcliffe
Publisher: Love Inspired
Release Date: September 18, 2018

Home for the holidays
A second chance at love on Big Heart Ranch

Former Navy SEAL Zach Norman has been avoiding his ranching roots—and the woman he couldn’t have. Back to visit his brother’s widow, Emma Maxwell Norman, and her adorable toddler twins, the bah-humbug cowboy is roped into helping prepare the ranch for the holidays. Working side by side, can Emma and Zach overcome their troubled past…and receive the greatest Christmas gift of all—love?

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Tina March 2018 2Originally from Western, N.Y., Tina Radcliffe left home for a tour of duty with the Army Security Agency (a branch of the NSA) stationed in Augsburg, Germany and ended up in Tulsa, Oklahoma. While living in Tulsa she spent ten years as a Certified Oncology R.N. Her move to Colorado led to a career as a library cataloger. A freelance writer for over twenty years, Tinamanages Seekerville, 13 author blog which is starting its tenth year. Seekerville is a Writer’s Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers award winner.

Tina is a two-time RWA Golden Heart finalist, a 2012 ACFW Carol Award finalist, a 2014 ACFW Mentor of the Year finalist, a 2014 Golden Quill finalist and a 2014 ACFW Carol Award winner. In 2016 Safe in the Fireman’s Arms was a Holt Medallion Merit Award finalist and a Detroit Bookseller’s Best finalist and a NERFA finalist. She has won first place in over twenty RWA chapter affiliated contests in her career. Tina is also a short story writer and has sold over twenty short stories to Woman’s World Magazine. She currently resides in Arizona where she writes fun, heartwarming romance.

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christmaswiththecowboy_Blog_GiveTina has graciously offered (1) winner an awesome Christmas with the Cowboy prize pack that includes:

  • An autographed copy of Christmas with the Cowboy
  • LED Christmas Bulb Necklace
  • $50 Amazon gift card.

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My thoughts:

Another fabulous Love Inspired book, right here.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story of love and lose and surrounded by the Christmas theme (even though it’s a bit early for me).

Zach is this mysterious cowboy that has a secret. Little bits are revealed slowly about what drove him away. The reader has an idea but it isn’t spelled out immediately.

Even Emma’s feelings for Zach aren’t handed to us. How did she feel about him before he left? Was he her first choice?

And then there is the real-life of dealing with twins. I can’t even imagine how hard that would be, but the author did a great job of showing the reader what that might be like.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes Noble, or your favorite retailer.

A copy of this book was given to me. All opinions are my own. 


Signs of the Times by Greg Lauria September 26, 2018

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  • Reveals what’s next for the nation, the planet, and the body of Christ
  • Exposes what is taking place in the invisible spiritual world
  • Points to a God who is in complete control

The signs are unmistakable.

We’ve always had earthquakes but this many? We’ve always faced natural disasters but this terrible? We’ve always had Middle East tensions but this intense? This widespread? 

Jesus said there would be clear signs in our world before His return. Over the last few months and years, as we read headline after amazing headline, those signs seem to be escalating. Could Christ’s return and our world’s final days be very far away? Greg Laurie opens the Scriptures, offering insight, warning, and encouragement to “make the most of every opportunity” in these challenging days.

My thoughts:

I always enjoy books about the end times and this book was no exception. I really enjoyed this authors perspective and he made a lot of sense.

It also reignited my excitement for Christ’s return. We can get so wrapped up in our day-to-day lives we forget about the hope we have as believers.

If this topic interests you I think you will enjoy this book.

Visit Greg here.

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A copy of this book was given to me. All opinions are my own. 


October Kiss by Kristen Ethridge September 25, 2018

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He’s a brilliant businessman,

but there’s one thing she can teach him:

how to enjoy the moment.

Poppy’s tried a lot of things. Yoga instruction. Pizza making. So far, none of them have seemed like her thing. Still, she doesn’t have to know where her life is headed to live it with enthusiasm.

Ever since his wife’s death, Ryan’s thrown himself into his work. Launching a successful new app will secure his children’s future…even if it means he can’t spend much time with them now.

As a short-term nanny for Ryan’s children, Poppy brings some much-needed fun and laughter. She’s never been one to commit, so why is she feeling so attached to these children…and even more, to their dad? Could it be she’s found her place at last?

This funny, feel-good romance contains a free Hallmark original recipe for Pumpkin Soup with Parmesan Croutons.

My thoughts:

I love Hallmark movies. So I was very excited to review some Hallmark books.

I come with a different expectation when reading a Hallmark book. I know how the movies are so that is what I expect with the book. It’s a different expectation then I have with other books.

So this book was what I expected. It good romance with a sweet storyline. I could easily picture this taking place in my mind.

It certainly put me in the fall state of mind.

If you love Hallmark movies why not enjoy a Hallmark book, I don’t think you will be disappointed.

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A copy of this book was given to me through All opinions are my own. 


No Safe Place by H.L. Wegley

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How much would you sacrifice to regain your honor?
After ex-football star, Matt Mathison, allows a career-ending injury to send him to the far country, the prodigal wants to come home and regain his honor. But Matt returns with an assassin on his trail. When he encounters a young woman with secrets, a woman he is drawn to and who seems to need him, he must choose between helping her or endangering her.
Miranda (Randi) Richards, a young meteorologist, takes a job in a remote area near the Olympic National Park to nurse her wounds after her parents brutally disowned her when she converted to Christianity at college. When Randi, a world-class, middle-distance runner literally runs into Matt on a park trail, she believes she’s found someone who can help heal her heart. But she learns Matt has secrets that threaten both her heart and her life.
No Safe Place, book 1 in the Witness Protection Series, is an action-filled, romantic-suspense story that races from the scenic beaches of the Olympic National Park to the beauty of Lake Chelan in Central Washington State, a story of courage, honor, faith, forgiveness, and love.

My thoughts:

This is an action packed book that will have you on the edge of your seat from the very first pages.

I enjoyed the suspense and wondering what would happen next.

I did feel the romance was a bit quick, thinking about marriage after knowing each other two days. That part of the story really didn’t resonate with me.

I did like wondering what would happen with Matt when he went to the police with his story. Even though it was the right thing to do I didn’t want him to do it. So that kept things interesting.

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A copy of this book was given to me by the author. All opinions are my own. 


The Patriot Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse September 20, 2018

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Faith Jackson and Matthew Weber are both working covertly to aid the Patriot cause. But will they be willing to sacrifice all for their fledgling country?
A brand new series for fans of all things related to history, romance, adventure, faith, and family trees.

Spies Work Together for the Patriot Cause
Faith Jackson is a wealthy widow, friend of George Washington, and staunch supporter of the Patriot cause. Matthew Weber is friends with both Ben Franklin and his son William, who increasingly differ in their political views; and Matthew finds himself privy to information on both sides of the conflict. When a message needs to get to a spy among the Loyalists, Faith bravely steps up and in turn meets Matthew Weber. Suddenly she believes she could love again. But someone else has his eye on the Faith she portrays in elite social circles. What will Matthew and Faith have to sacrifice for the sake of their fledgling country?

My thoughts:

I am enjoying this series and journey through history as each book progresses and written by a different author.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and Faith and Matthew’s story. I also like George Washington and Ben Franklin being a part of the story. You don’t often see this historical figure as part of a fiction book.

If this time period interests you and like a good romance I recommend this one.

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A copy of this book was given to me through . All opinions are my own. 




Popular in Heaven Famous in Hell by R.T. Kendall September 19, 2018

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  • Balanced teaching on heaven and hell, good and evil, and the effect our lives have on both realms
  • Insights to help readers access God’s purpose and plan so they can live truly meaningful lives

Would you risk your reputation to find out what is pleasing to God?
The greatest thing that can ever be said about a person is that he or she pleased God. But while pleasing God makes you popular in heaven, it may not make you popular on earth. Do you have the temptation to be well received here on earth? Do you make spiritual decisions based upon what people will think of you?
Going a step further, have you considered whether you have any reputation in hell? Are you living the kind of life that causes a threat to Satan’s interests? That’s how you become famous in hell.

It’s time to stop valuing your reputation with people more than your reputation with God. Start living your life with eternity in mind. Respected theologian and author R. T. Kendall has written this book to help you discover the keys to living a life that truly pleases God, making you not only popular in heaven, but also famous in hell.

My thoughts:

This book basically speaks to something many people struggle with. Pleasing people.

If we try to please people here on earth we often aren’t pleasing God. He should be our main focus, all we care about. But when we try to make the world around us happy or fit in we might not be very well liked, not the most popular kid in school (or in your community, workplace, etc.).

The author gives some great Biblical examples of people who didn’t care about being popular on earth but they are popular in Heaven. This should be our goal as well.

If this sounds interesting to you then give this book a read.

Visit R.T. here.

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A copy of this book was given to me. All opinions are my own. 


A Christmas by the Sea by Melody Carlson September 18, 2018

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Wendy couldn’t believe she was standing here discussing toilets with a perfect stranger. Not
that he was perfect–although he 
was rather attractive. But he was obviously enjoying her discomfort a bit too much.

He eased the bulky box from the shelf and onto the floor, leaning it against his leg. “So . . . you’re new in town?”

“Not exactly.” She watched as he easily picked up the container. Was he trying to be friendly or actually hitting on her?

When Wendy Harper inherits her family’s beachside cottage in Seaside, Maine, she sees it as a way to finally pay off the debts that have mounted since her husband died. Her twelve-year-old son Jackson sees it as an exciting new start in a life that has grown rather gray without his father.

Before it can be sold, the neglected property must be renovated. Wendy and Jackson move in–temporarily, she reminds him–in order to fix the place up before Christmas. But the charming town, along with local craftsman Caleb Colton, pulls on Wendy. She knows that the most responsible thing to do is to sell the cottage and return to Ohio, but the lure of the sea–and a fresh start–is hard to resist.

My thoughts:

I really enjoyed the setting of this book. I could picture the town and it felt very Hallmark like.

I did struggle with Wendy constantly going back and forth in her mind about telling her son the truth. If felt wrong and not what most parents would do.

I also felt the ending was rushed and a bit to unrealistic. I didn’t buy it.

This wasn’t my favorite Melody Carlson book, but it was a very quick read.

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A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher. All opinions are my own.