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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.

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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.

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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. 


Auschwitz Lullaby by Mario Escobar September 14, 2018

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Auschwitz Lullaby brings to life the story of Helene Hannemann—a woman who sacrificed everything for family and fought furiously for the children she hoped to save.

On an otherwise ordinary morning in 1943, Helene Hannemann is preparing her five children for the day when the German police arrive at her home. Helene’s worst fears come true when the police, under strict orders from the SS, demand that her children and husband, all of Romani heritage, be taken into custody. Though Helene is German and safe from the forces invading her home, she refuses to leave her family—sealing her fate in a way she never could have imagined.

After a terrifying trek across the continent, Helene and her family arrive at Auschwitz and are thrown into the chaos of the camp. Her husband, Johann, is separated from them, but Helene remains fiercely protective of her children and those around her. When the powers-that-be discover that Helene is not only a German but also a trained nurse, she is forced into service at the camp hospital, which is overseen by the notorious Dr. Mengele himself.

Helene is under no illusions in terms of Dr. Mengele’s intentions, but she agrees to cooperate when he asks her to organize a day care and school for the Romani children in the camp. Though physically and emotionally brutalized by the conditions at Auschwitz, Helene musters the strength to protect the children in her care at any cost. Through sheer force of will, Helene provides a haven for the children of Auschwitz—an act of kindness and selflessness so great that it illuminates the darkest night of human history.

Based on a true story, Mario Escobar’s Auschwitz Lullaby demonstrates the power of sacrifice and the strength of human dignity—even when all hope seems lost.

My thoughts:

This is one of those books that hooks you from the beginning and doesn’t let you go. It is heartbreaking to read this and know that these were actually conditions these people had to live in.

I was struck anew by the way the SS viewed anyone who was not German. But until reading this book I don’t think I realized to the extent of their disgust of anyone who was not German, not just the Jews.

I wouldn’t say the writing itself was spectacular it was the story that sold this book for me.  It was very memoir like in the way it read.

If you enjoy books that give you an inside look into Auschwitz I am sure you will like this book.

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

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


Holy Sexuality and the Gospel by Christopher Yuan September 12, 2018

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download (1)Sex, Desire, and Relationships Shaped by God’s Grand Story

Dr. Christopher Yuan explores the concept of holy sexuality—chastity in singleness or faithfulness in marriage—in a practical and relevant manner, equipping readers with an accessible yet robust theology of sexuality. Whether you want to share Christ with a loved one who identifies as gay or you’re wrestling with questions of identity yourself, this book will help you better understand sexuality in light of God’s grand story and realize that holy sexuality is actually good news for all.

My thoughts:

This was a very insightful book. It didn’t give some of the answers you come to expect on this topic and it really spun my thinking around a bit.

Christopher showed that these desires that people are following are really all about stealing our identity. The enemy wants nothing more then to trick people into believing they are what they feel and instead of they do what they feel. They become what they feel and this isn’t what God intended.

There were many great qoutes in this book here are a few:

“We don’t need to find our identity,; our identity is give by God.” Location 241

“The imago Dei is the only true foundation of human rights” Image of God. Location 370

“Instead of determining how we ought to live based on enduring patterns of erotic desires, God’s call for all humanity, quite simply, is holiness.” Location 783

There is much more to this book then these few quotes but it was very eye-opening. If you find this topic interesting I recommend this book.

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Alive: Gospel Sexuality for Students September 11, 2018

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Alive: Gospel Sexuality for Students gives teenagers and young adults a biblical, gospel-centered framework to understand sexual issues. In a changing culture where feelings about our identity inform our sexual choices, this ten-week small group resource by Cooper Pinson of Harvest USA, applies biblical truth in a compassionate way to sexual struggles.

Cooper Pinson, with years of experience working with students, aims to bring the theological truths of our union and communion with Christ into the world of sexuality. Students are met where they are and encouraged to talk about the issues that are part of their everyday world. At the same time, they are guided to learn robust, deep, and strengthening theological content that will help them follow Jesus in how they express their sexuality.

Out of this framework, topics addressed include God’s good design for sexuality, gender-related issues, singleness, dating, marriage, masturbation, pornography, and same-sex attraction, among others. Students are shepherded to understand their sexuality in the light of who Jesus is and to approach these issues with truth, faith, and compassion.

My thoughts:

This would be a great group study for teens. It talks about a lot of issues that we often try to sweep under the rug. I  believe the way this is laid out and the questions it offers would highly engage the teen reader.

There are truly tough topics in this study but we can’t keep ignoring them, they are not going away. We need to empower our young people to deal with the many issues around them and this study will do this.

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

A copy of this book was given to me by New Growth Press. All opinions are my own.