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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.

ABOUT THE BOOK

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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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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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  • An autographed copy of Christmas with the Cowboy
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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, Christianbook.com or your favorite retailer.

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

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Nourish by Katie Farrell May 30, 2018

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NOURISH will provide you with encouragement and practical knowledge for living a healthy lifestyle, both physically and spiritually. 
NOURISH is not another health or diet book; the message of this book is unique as it addresses all three aspects of health: spirit, soul, and body. The practical and spiritual tools provided in this book are what sets it apart from the rest of its kind. Too many people give up on their journey to health because they have a plan that addresses only the physical aspect of health. However, this book encourages the reader to first pursue health at a heart level, bringing lasting change that comes from the inside out.
In this book, you will discover how the health of your soul is the foundation to your overall health. Katie shares how to renew your mind and study God’s word, which will change the perspective on how you see yourself, making loving yourself (and your body) possible.
You will learn how to replace lies with the truth and shift your focus from what the world says to what God’s Word says. In addition to the spiritual truths, you will learn how to nourish your body with clean eating foods and get practical tools that make healthy living enjoyable and maintainable.
NOURISH will provide you with encouragement and practical knowledge for living a healthy lifestyle, in addition to providing a balance of spiritual and physical nourishment. This book will inspire you to get healthy from the inside out.

My thoughts:

My heart broke as I read Katie’s story and then it rejoiced as I read about how God redeemed her. Such a powerful testimony. Katie definitely has a Genesis 5020, what the enemy tried to use to harm her she now uses to encourage and help others.

This book is about much more than just food, it’s about overall good health, but especially spiritually, which, I believe, is the root of ultimate health.

At the end of each chapter is a recipe too, yum! Since I follow the Trim Healthy Mama plan I probably won’t make most of the sweet stuff since it uses honey and baking stevia but they sound good.

This is a great book for anyone who is struggling in any area of their lives to get a refresher or wake up to the truth of who God says you are.

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

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

 

Austen in Austin, Volume 2: Four Texas-Set Novellas Based on Jane Austen’s Novels May 18, 2018

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Four Texas-Set Novellas Based on Jane Austen’s Novels

Discover four heroines in historical Austin, TX, as they find love–Jane Austen style. Volume 2 includes:

Simply Lila by Suzie Johnson, based on Lady Susan
Yearning to find a real-life hero, a wallflower must learn to live outside the pages of an Austen novel.

Fully Persuaded by Niki Turner, based on Persuasion
A brokenhearted artist struggles with the shame of her family s bankruptcy and the return of her first love whose proposal she d spurned because he was poor.

Mansford Ranch by Dina L. Sleiman, based on Mansfield Park
An aspiring novelist with a keen eye for character must determine who is worthy of playing her own leading man.

Sense and Nonsense by Lisa Karon Richardson, based on Sense and Sensibility
A would-be missionary is determined to make it to Ceylon, but when her funds disappear, she has to accept help from the man she most wants to avoid.

My thoughts:

I reviewed Volume 1 earlier this week and loved it, so I was eager to read volume 2. I really enjoyed this collection as well.

Again, there is a connection to each story through the Academy most of these women work in.

Each romance is sweet and well-written. I don’t know if I had a favorite, I really enjoyed each story. If you love historical romance that I highly recommend this collection and the first one.

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

 

 

Austen in Austin , Volume 1: Four Texas-Set Novellas Based on Jane Austen’s Novels May 14, 2018

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Discover four heroines in historical Austin, TX, as they find love–Jane Austen style. Volume 1 includes:

If I Loved You Less by Gina Welborn, based on Emma
A prideful matchmaker examines her own heart when her protégé falls for the wrong suitor.

Refinements by Anita Mae Draper, based on Sense and Sensibility
A misguided academy graduate spends the summer falling in love . . . twice.

One Word from You by Susanne Dietze, based on Pride and Prejudice
A down-on-her-luck journalist finds the story of her dreams, but her prejudice may cost her true love . . . and her career.

Alarmingly Charming by Debra E. Marvin, based on Northanger Abbey
A timid gothic dime-novel enthusiast tries to solve the mystery of a haunted cemetery and, even more shocking, why two equally charming suitors compete for her attentions.

My thoughts:

Jane Austen fans will adore this collection (I will be reviewing the 2nd volume later this week).

Each story had it’s own plot but there were characters that connected each as well.

All are well-written and it don’t know if I could really pick a favorite. If I had to pick one it would probably be Refinement. But as I said, I enjoyed all of them and think anyone who lost Austen or historical romance will thoroughly enjoys this collection.

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 the publisher. All opinions are my own. 

 

Review and Giveaway: The Heart’s Appeal by Jennifer Delamere March 26, 2018

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Book Title: The Heart’s Appeal

Author: Jennifer Delamere

Release Date: March 6, 2018

Genre: Inspirational Historical Romance

Strong-minded and independent, Julia Bernay has come to London to study medicine and become a doctor–a profession that has only just opened up to women. When she witnesses a serious accident, her quick action saves the life of an ambitious young barrister named Michael Stephenson. It’s only later that she learns he could be instrumental in destroying her dreams for the future.

Coming from a family that long ago lost its status, Michael Stephenson has achieved what many would have thought impossible. Hard work and an aptitude for the law have enabled him to regain the path to wealth and recognition. His latest case puts him in the middle of a debate over the future of a women’s medical school. He’s supposed to remain objective, but when the beguiling and determined Julia reappears with an unexpected entreaty, he begins to question what he’s made most important in his life. But Julia may be hiding her own motivations. As the two are tangled into spending more time together, will their own goals be too much to overcome?

 

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About the Book

Delamere_Jennifer-240x300Jennifer Delamere’s debut Victorian romance, An Heiress at Heart, was a 2013 RITA Award finalist in the inspirational category. Her follow-up novel, A Lady Most Lovely, received a starred review from Publishers Weekly and the Maggie Award for Excellence from Georgia Romance Writers. Jennifer earned a BA in English from McGill University in Montreal, where she became fluent in French and developed an abiding passion for winter sports. She’s been an editor of nonfiction and educational materials for nearly two decades, and lives in North Carolina with her husband.

 

Guest Post from Jennifer Delamere

Power couples?

Perhaps that’s not a concept that initially comes to mind when one thinks of Victorian England! And yet, they did exist. I love to include real people from history in my books, and in The Heart’s Appeal, Julia Bernay meets two inspiring real-life couples who will make a positive impact in her life.

In 1865, Elizabeth Garrett Anderson became the first woman to qualify as a physician in Britain. She did this through a legal loophole, but soon the laws were changed to open the medical field to all women. In 1874, Dr. Anderson co-founded the London School of Medicine for Women. She remained involved in the school in various capacities for the rest of her life, even as she continued to run her own busy practice. In The Heart’s Appeal, she becomes a mentor for Julia, opening doors for her education and introducing Julia to people who can help her succeed in medical school.

Dr. Anderson’s husband, James Anderson (Jamie), was the joint-owner of a successful shipping line and also served on the boards of several organizations (including a children’s hospital). He was a handsome man, very much in love with his wife, and fervent in supporting her choice of a career.

In a letter he wrote to her while they were engaged, Jamie explained his vision for their future—how they could keep their professional and private lives separate, yet still give each other plenty of love and support:

“I think we had better lay it down once for all as a rule that I am under no circumstances to bring people ‘favorably under your notice’ or ‘exert any influence’ or anything of the sort. It will give people a wrong idea of you unless I take a decided line in this matter — and as I mean to be if I can a successful man of business, neither interfering with your pursuits nor being interfered with by you (but having our confidences on all feasible subjects at off times of the day and week and mutually advising and fortifying one another), I must let people know unmistakably not to come bothering me about your public affairs. Will you think about this, dearest?”

Who couldn’t love a man like that?

Jamie Anderson’s outlook on life comes into play later on in The Heart’s Appeal, when he provides advice and aid to Michael Stephenson, the book’s hero, at a critical time.

Julia also has an inspiring encounter with Dr. Anderson’s sister, Millicent Fawcett. Millicent was married to a Member of Parliament and actively supported her husband’s career in many ways, including acting as a scribe for him since he was blind. She is most remembered for her role in the women’s suffrage movement. In fact, a statue of her will be placed in Parliament Square in London this summer. She was not a militant suffragette, but rather campaigned for suffrage under the banner “Law-Abiding Suffragists.”

Both couples raised families, too, and their children’s successes in life show they were raised to have the same energetic and “can-do” attitudes that their parents had.

Julia initially believes she must remain single to achieve her life’s goals. But soon she finds her heart drawn to successful barrister Michael Stephenson, who admires Julia’s intelligence and ambition. She learns that love and the freedom to pursue her dreams do not have to be mutually exclusive. A meeting of minds to spark a true romance? Yes, please! I hope readers will agree this can be the most satisfying of all.

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To celebrate her tour, Jennifer is giving away a grand prize package of that includes All four March Bethany House historical releases (The Heart’s Appeal, plus A Most Noble Heir by Susan Anne Mason, A Chance at Forever by Melissa Jagears, In Places Hidden by Tracie Peterson) and a $20 Starbucks gift card!!

Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/cacd

My thoughts:

This is the second book in this series. I read the first one and enjoyed it very much but knew that this author would only get better. This second book proved true.

First, let me say you do not need to read this first book to thoroughly enjoy this one.

I loved getting to know Julia better in this book. In the first book we are introduced to her and it’s clear she is strong-minded young woman. It becomes even more clear in this book.

I loved the tension between Julia and Michael and the situation they found themselves in, it was sure to make a wonderful romance and it did.

If you love historical romance you will not be disappointed with this one.

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

A copy of this book was given to my through the Celebrate Lit Team. All opinions are my own. 

 

The Nevada Testament by Wil Mara February 1, 2018

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Americans work more and get less than ever before.
What happened to the ‘Great American Dream’ they were promised?
Howard Hughes knew, and it cost him his freedom.
Jason Hammond is about to find out, too—and it might cost him his life.

LAS VEGAS, NOVEMBER 1970—In a darkened suite on the top floor of the Desert Inn, billionaire Howard Hughes gives his last will and testament to twenty-year-old Chase Wheeler. Chase is a member of the kitchen staff who, through his simple good nature, has gained Hughes’s trust. Hughes tells him to keep the will hidden, because it contains information that will anger many powerful people—including a group working in the shadows to bring America to ruin. Just over a week later, Hughes’s minders abruptly move him out of Las Vegas in the middle of the night, and Chase Wheeler vanishes without a trace. In the years that follow, Chase’s widowed mother will gradually lose her desire to live as the chances of finding her beloved son dwindle to nothing.

PRESENT DAY—Demolition expert Randy Miller discovers forty-eight pages of Hughes’s rough notes just hours before the Desert Inn is imploded. Still in financial straits due to the Great Recession, Randy and his wife, Jeanine, decide to put a few of the pages on eBay. Days later, the Miller family is attacked by a gunman who wants them all. The Millers take their children into hiding and contact the only person they feel they can trust—Jason Hammond, the master sleuth who recently made international headlines when he closed the case on the Kennedy assassination.

Jason reads through the cryptic notes and realizes they contain a great deal of information about Hughes’s legendary lost will. If discovered now, it would endow certain people with great fortune while stripping it from others—more than adequate motivation for someone to bring a professional killer into the equation. But the situation is far from that simple.

Jason is determined to find the will before anyone else, in order to provide closure for the Miller family as well as Chase Wheeler’s sole surviving relative, his embittered sister Denise. But Jason gets more than he bargained for when his investigation leads him to the chilling truth behind America’s decline—and the terrifying reality that the people responsible for it aren’t done yet….

My thoughts:

Don’t judge a book by its cover. I will admit, the cover doesn’t really draw me to this book but I read the previous book  in this series by this author and LOVED it so when I was asked to review this book I didn’t hesitate. And I am glad I didn’t.

This book will pull you in from the very beginning with the mysterious Howard Hughes (who, honestly, I didn’t know much about) and this will of his and the person he gave it to.

Then we are thrown into another scene of high intensity and just have to know what will happen next.

There is a lot going on in this book and we get to see many points of view. I didn’t mind that, in fact it gave more depth to what was happening all around the book. And each point of view had a distinct purpose.

If you like action packed books then I highly recommend this one. I couldn’t wait to get back to the story each day and make time to read it.

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

 

The Battle Begins by Bill Myers December 27, 2017

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What if Jesus were in high school today? Who would he hang out with? What would he say? What would he do?

In Book one of this novella series, the stage is set and introductions are made by none other than Satan himself…as he tries to destroy Eli’s mission before it ever begins.

My thoughts:

This is a very short book, it can be read in an hour, it should be easy to get your teen to read it. It starts with a power-packed sentence, “I hate God.” Whoa. It’s one thing to know that about our enemy it’s another thing to read it.

I will say this book is definitely PG-13. But let’s be real, our kids are exposed to so much we don’t know about I am sure this book is tame compared to that. It brings to light the way the enemy works in our lives and the tricks that he is up to. I am hoping I can get my daughter to read this.

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