Kissed by a Cowboy by Debra Clopton


Can Cassidy find a home and a cowboy to steal her heart? Find out in Debra Clopton’s Kissed by a Cowboy, book three in the A Four of Hearts Ranch Romance series. Rancher Jarrod sets his mind to breaking down the walls around Cassidy’s stubborn heart. How can he show her that a cowboy’s kiss lasts forever? For the good folks of Wishing Springs, falling in love has never been so much fun to witness.


Cassidy was looking for a home and a place to belong . . . not for a cowboy to steal her heart.

Having lived through her parents’ endless string of “matrimonial bliss gone wrong,” Cassidy Starr knows when the odds are not in her favor. Divorced and humiliated, her faith on rocky ground, Cassidy is through with love. She’s been bucked off that horse far too many times. Instead, she returns to Wishing Springs, Texas, and the rundown farm she’s inherited from her great aunt Roxie. She’ll reopen the strawberry farm and a bed & breakfast and follow in her aunt’s footsteps, remaining forever-independent, happy . . . and single.

Rancher Jarrod Monahan’s hands are full running the ranch, looking after his ailing grandfather, and chasing down a group of rustlers on the loose. He’s pushed his longing for a family to the bottom of his list of priorities. Besides, he was in love once but ran scared and lost his shot at happiness. But suddenly, the biggest regret of his life has moved in next door with a wounded heart, determined to become a spinster . . . and that’s a challenge that Jarrod can’t pass up.

Jarrod sets his mind to breaking down the walls around Cassidy’s stubborn heart. How can he show her that a cowboy’s kiss lasts forever? For the good folks of Wishing Springs, falling in love has never been so much fun to witness.

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My Review

In book 3 of the Four Of Hearts Ranch Romance Series, We find that Aunt Roxie’s Great Niece, Cassidy comes home to Wishing Springs, Texas, after her divorce from Jack.  What she comes home too, is a house and barn full of clutter, a farm full of over ran fields and a garden full of weeds.  She knows this will take everything she has to rebuild and clean up the place.  Cassidy is okay with that.  After the passing of Aunt Roxie and her divorce, she needs something to keep her mind occupied and she has great expectations for the farm.  Cassidy has no plans to fall in love.  She has no plans to make herself a part of the community and no plans to get involved in anything but raising a Strawberry Farm.

God has many other plans for her.

While the Four of Heart Ranch is next door and Jarrod Monahan’s is busy running the ranch and taking care of pops; his two brothers are busy with their lives.  When Jarrod realizes that Cassidy has moved in next door.  He remembers how much he loved her before he left town. 

Cassidy remembers how much he hurt her before he left town.  Jarrod promised he would come back when he leaves for college but never does.  He gets hung up in a snow storm and that was before the days of cell phones and emails.  So Cassidy marries the first man who says he loves her.  That man, is everything wrong for her.

After God places them in each other’s way and the family helps them find each other again, they end up hurting each other again, only to realize that they are each other’s one true love

This book is NOT a stand alone book.  You could read it alone, but it would make a LOT more sense if you read it after reading the other two.  I dislike that in the book  As well as the fact that it is predictable.  It is the typical, boy meets girl, boy loves girl, boy loses girl, blah, blah.  You get the picture.  However, for me, there are just days you need to lose yourself in those kinds of books just for the entertainment value alone.  Escapism is a real reason to read any book!  As long as you come back 🙂

As all of Clopton’s books, I really liked this book.   While it was predictable, it was good!


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Debra CloptonDebra Clopton is a multi-award winning novelist and has written more than 22 novels. Along with writing, Debra helps her husband teach the youth at their local Cowboy Church. Debra’s goal is to shine a light toward God while she entertains readers with her words.

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Another Way Home

Have your plans ever gone awry, only for you to realize what happened was God’s plan—and much better than what you had planned for yourself? You’ll want to read Deborah Raney’s Another Way Home, the third Chicory Inn novel. Danae and her husband, Dallas Brooks, have tried for years with no baby in sight. Danae is finally learning to live her life with gratitude, but then heart-wrenching events on Thanksgiving weekend threaten to pull the entire Whitman clan into turmoil—and leave them all forever changed.

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{More about Another Way Home}Another Way Home (Abingdon Press, October 2015)Sometimes God’s ways are not at all what we expect . . . and exactly what we need.Grant and Audrey are adding grandchildren to their family left and right, but middle daughter, Danae, and her husband, Dallas Brooks, have tried for years with no baby in sight.Though Danae is ready to consider adoption, Dallas will not even discuss it. Despairing of ever having a family of her own, Danae decides to pour her passion and energies into volunteer work with a newly opened women’s shelter in town. Looking for a good cause to fill her lonely days, she never expects to give her heart to the hurting women she meets there. She’s finally learning to live her life with gratitude, but then heart-wrenching events on Thanksgiving weekend threaten to pull the entire Whitman clan into turmoil—and leave them all forever changed

My Review

Another Way Home brings us back to catch up with Grant and Audrey from the Chicory Inn Novels,  by Deborah Raney.

Misty and her son Austin are in the shelter because she was abused.  Her husband is a violent man who attacked her and this is where Misty landed.  Danae, in the role of her job takes a vested interest in Misty. 

Danae and Dallas soon find that meeting Misty and Austin was  God thing and God thins are happening in their life.

then only to have it squashed by a relative that comes forward to Misty..

Will Austin’s life stop being so wishy-washy, will Denae and Dallas Brooks have a life that includes children?  Will Danae ever stop being  jealous of her sisters are having children?

When circumstances give Danae and Dallas everything they have dreamed of they must decide as a family, will love be enough, or will God’s Call be enough.  Go check out this part of the Chickory Inn Series to see what happens and if Danae, Dallas and the Whitman Family do over Thanksgiving and the next few months to assure that happiness will be had from all the family.

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{More About Deborah Raney}Deborah RaneyDeborah Raney’s books have won numerous awards, including the RITA, National Readers Choice Award, HOLT Medallion, and the Carol Award, and have twice been Christy Award finalists. She and her husband, Ken, recently traded small-town life in Kansas—the setting of many of Deborah’s novels—for life in the (relatively) big city of Wichita, where they enjoy gardening, antiquing, movies, and traveling to visit four children and a growing brood of grandchildren who all live much too far away.



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Miracle Drug by Richard Mabry | Blog Tour


Miracle Drug by Richard Mabry | Blog Tour 


Richard Mabry’s new fast-paced medical drama, Miracle Drug, will keep you turning pages until you find out if the experimental drug can cure the fatal disease the former President of the United States has contracted. The situation goes from bad to worse when Rachel Moore, a nurse Dr. Josh Pearson is falling in love with, falls ill. With the nation’s eyes on him, Josh must pull off a miracle to save a man who holds a good deal of power and the woman who holds his heart.


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Miracle Drug (Abingdon, September 2015)

Overcoming these odds will take more than a miracle drug—it will take a miracle.

The infection wasn’t supposed to happen, but it did. The treatment was supposed to take care of it, but it didn’t. Then Dr. Josh Pearson discovers why—his patients, including the former President of the United States, have been dosed with a different strain of the original virus, one that is universally fatal. The only chance for survival is treatment with an experimental drug, but the manufacturer might already have discarded its supply.

As if treating the President of the United States isn’t stressful enough, the situation goes from bad to worse when Rachel Moore, a nurse Josh is falling in love with, falls ill. With the nation’s eyes on him, Josh must pull off a miracle to save a man who holds a good deal of power and the woman who holds his heart.

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Rachel and the former president of the United States are on a trip overseas. Little do they know, that trip will change their lives forever.

The former President;s personal physician is murdered, Rachel  (a practicing nurse) and David Madison (the former president) are poisoned.  Josh Pearson is the new physician that must save them both.

Josh must figure out what they were poisoned with and then fight the poison for Mr. Madison and the woman he is falling in love with, Rachel.  In doing so he also must fight the killers and a thief.

Mr. Mabry brings it once again to this medical thriller.  Packed full of intrigue, mystery and the faith that can move mountains.  Or save lives.

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Dr. Richard Mabry is a retired physician who writes “medical suspense with heart.” His novels have won multiple awards: a semifinalist for International Thriller Writers’ debut novel; finalists for the Carol Award, Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award, and Romantic Times’ Reader’s Choice Award; and both finalist and winner of the Selah Award. “Miracle Drug” is his ninth published novel. He and his wife live in Frisco, Texas.

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Just Show Up’ by Kara Tippetts and Jill Lynn Buteyn (Plus a Tried & True Friendship Giveaway)

What does friendship look like in the midst of changing life seasons, loads of laundry, —and even cancer? Kara Tippetts and Jill Lynn Buteyn teamed up to write Just Show Up, a story of their close friendship and walk through Kara’s battle with terminal cancer. Whether you are eager to be present to someone going through a difficult time or simply want inspiration for pursuing friends in a new way, this eloquent and practical book explores the gift of silence, the art of receiving, and what it means to just show up.

Celebrate the gift of friendship with a Tried & True Friendship giveaway—a prize for you and for a friend!

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Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on October 23rd. The winner will be announced October 26th on Jill’s blog.

Is one of your friends going through a tough time—maybe you need some encouragement? Stop by Kara and Jill’s author page, click on the reviews bar, and read through some bloggers’ stories of how their friends got them through suffering.

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About the Authors

Kara Tippetts and Jill Lynn Buteyn

The late Kara Tippetts was the author of “The Hardest Peace” and blogged faithfully at Cancer was only a part of Kara’s story. Her real fight was to truly live while facing a crushing reality. Since her death in March 2015, her husband, Jason, is parenting their four children and leading the church they founded in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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Jill Lynn Buteyn is the author of “Falling for Texas,” an inspirational novel, and a recipient of the ACFW Genesis Award for her fiction work. She has a bachelor’s degree in communications from Bethel University. Jill lives near the beautiful Rocky Mountains with her husband and two children.

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Bestselling author Kara Tippetts and Jill Lynn Buteyn answer those questions in the new book Just Show Up: the Dance of Walking Through Suffering Together (David C Cook/ October 1, 2015/ISBN: 978-1434709530/$15.99). With grace and practical advice, the friends wrote about what relationships look like in the midst of changing life seasons, loads of laundry and even Tippetts’ battle with cancer, which she tragically lost on March 22, 2015.

As Tippetts walked the road of cancer, learning to receive offers of help from friends — and the vulnerability that comes along with it — was sometimes an uncomfortable journey for everyone involved. Yet, she discovered an astounding depth of relationship with women who wanted to walk with her and her family, including Buteyn, who became one of her closest friends. “We all have tough times, but there’s a beauty that comes in doing the really hard stuff together,” Buteyn reveals. “When I look back on my time with Kara, I see a lot of tears, prayers and pain, but I also see grace and even peace. It was beautiful to walk with her, even though it hurt so much. It still hurts. But I would choose her all over again.”

Buteyn faced her own challenges as she reached out to Tippetts and her family. Maintaining friendships can be difficult even on the best of days, and troubles compound relational challenges. For Buteyn, it was hard at times to know what to say or do, and there were moments when her words sounded awkward and hollow. Along the way, though, Tippetts and Buteyn both discovered ways to meet each other in the “hard.” The book offers insightful chapters full of wisdom about the gift of silence, the art of receiving and the beauty of just showing up.

“Presence is so important in suffering because sometimes that’s really all we have to offer,” Buteyn admits. “We don’t have the right words or there isn’t anything we can do to help. Sometimes it is just about being there.” In addition to sage advice born from experience, Just Show Up offers practical tips, such as what clichés to avoid, why it’s important to be specific in your offers of help and how to avoid making your friend’s pain all about you.

Whether readers want to be present with someone going through a difficult time or find inspiration for pursuing friendship in a new way, this eloquent book reveals the power found in being present during the everyday as well as the terribly hard — and reaching out to others, no matter what.

“Kara Tippetts changed my life and thousands of others’ lives because she was a rare, singular voice who, when facing the end of her life here, had street cred to speak about what really matters. Open these rich, radical pages and give yourself the gift of friendship like you’ve always wanted and community like you’ve only hoped for—before it’s too late to just show up.

—Ann Voskamp, New York Times bestselling author of One Thousand Gifts

My Review

Have you ever had a friend that you just know is there for you no matter what, no matter when, no matter what, no matter where.  They will Just Show Up.  That kind of friendship is rare  There are very few people who sacrifice their everything for you.  That being said, that friendship is usually a once in a lifetime friend.  It could be your spouse, your childhood friend that you have had for life, or it maybe the person you met a couple of days ago and you just haven’t needed them to Just Show Up yet.  Or them you.

When you do find that person, you will know it.  The instinct to call them about everything and anything.  Whether your day is going great and you want to share.  Whether you want to get their kids and have a play date.  The person you took for your spouse because you know, no matter what, it is forever, for life, in sickness or in health, for better or worse  

You also know that no matter what you say or do with that person they are always going to be there.  You are always going to be there for them.  

In Kara and Jill’s book “Just Show Up” Kara faces the battle of her life.  Cancer.  Jill and Kara had that relationship  Both gave, both received, but the one thing in common was they were all in    One of the statements made in the book said Showing up in suffering benefits both sides, and iit has to be entered in from both sides  Had either pushed or pulled the other, there is no way it would have worked.  

This book is that journey.  Their struggle through the hard and in that struggle, God meets you right there,  both of you, all of you, everyone involved and all that being said, you have  a completely different form of worship.  

This book became that form of worship to me also.  Because I am a blogger in the Christian Women’s  genre, I heard about Kara and her beautiful life.  I had read her story before and actually followed her for a while.  Going into this book was like visiting that trusted friend.

I love the way that Jill and Kara used Jill’s unpublished thoughts as lead-ins for Kars’s thoughts.  In what I believe has every chance of  becoming (in my opinion) one of the best books on being a caregiver to someone who is seriously or terminally ill  I pray that it finds its way into Therapist and Counselor libraries everywhere.  That Cancer patients have it as a choice to put into their arsenal of how to fight and win,  How to deal with the emotions  and even more so, how to ask when they need it.   “Just Show Up”  needs to be considered as one of those books that is kinda like the Dummies Series not only for friendships everywhere, but then also for anyone who is ill, who is a caregiver, who is a friend, who is a spouse.  This is how struggling through the hard with a friend or set of friends needs to bec

Walking this path will give you such a great experience in how to meet someone.

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#Stolen by Jessica Fralin | Instagram Contest and $100 Cash Card Giveaway


Author: Jessica Fralin

Is social media stealing your identity? We need an #IdentityRevolution! Take part by reading Jessica Fralin’s debut book, #Stolen! In #Stolen, author Jessica Fralin uncovers our deep desire to be affirmed, valued, and loved and then points to the only place where that desire can be filled: in Christ not social media.

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One grand prize winner will receive:

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Enter today by following the instructions below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on October 30th. The winner will be announced November 2nd on the Litfuse blog.

Here’s how to enter the contest:

  1. Take a no-filter selfie of you either holding up a copy of the book (if you have one) or holding up a sign that says, “I will not be #Stolen!”
  2. Caption the photo with the following (just copy/paste this on your mobile device): “I’m participating in an #IdentityRevolution with @JessicaFralin’s new book, #Stolen! Learn how to be affirmed, valued, and loved through Christ, not social media. #contest”
  3. Follow @JessicaFralin on Instagram.

Rules: Open to the U.S. only. Entries will be tracked by using the hashtags #Stolen and #IdentityRevolution. Entries must be submitted by 10/30/15 at 11:59 PDT. The winner will be chosen at random and announced on 11/2.

Per Instagram rules, this promotion is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with Instagram, Inc. By entering, entrants confirm that they are 13+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram’s terms of use. Void where prohibited by law.



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#Stolen: Is Social Media Stealing Your Identity? (Abingdon, August 2015)

Take back what social media has stolen.

How many hours do we spend scrolling Facebook newsfeeds, retweeting something on Twitter, or posing for the perfect selfie on Instagram, hoping what we post will get likes and comments from our friends and followers? To get those likes, we post what is—according to social media standards—pretty, popular, and acceptable. We hide the messy parts of life, play up the fun times, and even twist the truth a bit so we look a little better, smarter, and funnier. But what happens when people start holding us up to these unrealistic standards? What happens when you realize that who you are on social media isn’t who you really are? Have we let social media steal our identity?

In #Stolen, author Jessica Fralin uncovers our deep desire to be affirmed, valued, and loved and then points to the only place where that desire can be filled: in Christ not social media. She offers creative #FunFact, #GiveItATry, and #WhatDoYouThink callouts containing fun notes, activities, and ideas to discuss with your youth group and friends. As she tackles the issues and insecurities like popularity, body image, and cyberbullying, Jessica shows you how to find your identity in the one voice that really matters, not the million of voices online.

Learn more and purchase a copy.

Jessica Fralin

{More About Jessica Fralin}

Jessica Fralin is an author & blogger in Nashville, Tennessee. Whether speaking from a platform or typing away on, her heart is to convey the message of love, acceptance, and worth that can only be found in the gospel. On any given day, you can find her holding a book or a latte and passionately teaching others who they are―and why it matters―when it comes to social media.

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Finishing School

The Finishing School by Valerie Woerner

The Finishing School

The Finishing School: How One Book Nerd Began Living What She Learned (Nyree Press, August 2015)

Are you tired of waiting for change to happen in your life? Do you feel stuck, even though you want to live intentionally?

In today’s world, our most precious pursuit of a life well lived gets squeezed out by the silliest of things, like binging on Netflix or ice cream, shopping trips for things we don’t need, bad habits we can’t seem to get a handle on, and so much more. Valerie has been there despite knowing what she wanted for her life. Actually do it? That’s the challenge.

After gobbling up all the non-fiction and self-help books her donut-filled belly could handle, she decided it was time to put her knowledge to good use and start actually living it out. You will hear about her journey through victories and plenty of failures and find practical tips to apply to your own pursuit of holiness. You will find homework at the end of each chapter that includes a worksheet to put real change in motion for your own life as well as recommended books to further study those topics that really test you.

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Valerie Woerner

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Tattered and Mended – #BookReview #litfuse


How can the wounds that keep us from living the life we want to live be mended and healed? In Tattered and Mended, Cynthia Ruchti walks readers through a gallery of reclaimed and restored art as well as broken and restored lives of those who have gone before us. With a gentle touch and personable wisdom, Cynthia shows how even the most threadbare soul can once again find healing and hope.

I missed the blog tour of this book due to internet and hardware issues.  I apologize to the author for that and to Litfuse.  I am so bummed about not being able to share all the giveaways with you.   However, go on over to Cynthia Ruchiti’s website at the following link and read all about what’s been going on with the release of this book!  Check it out here

I have to admit while reading this book, I have not been able to concentrate t red ate on it. BUT THAT THAT’S JUST ME.
But that being said, I love Cynthia’s concept of our lives are just like art and when we will not treat ourselves with respect. We become Tattered and Mended.
However,through God, we can always be made whole I’d we put the effort into it.
The writer talked about an old oil painting and how it needed to be repaired
As the artist was repairing it, they had to take goggles like a neurosurgeon might use to be able to get the finest aspects of the painting just right.
Except the signature. They never touch the signature
god’s salvation is like His signature. It can never be touched. However to live our lives in a repaired frame of mind, we are under constant repair.
Our hearts, our minds, our bodies. They are God’s work and while he is only perfection. We choose to break his will and therefore become Tattered and Mended


(this is not part of my review, but came directly from the book.  However, it is too good not to mention) I have read, reread and printed, placed in my Bible etc.  This is some good stuff right here.

Tattered and Mended Notes and Conclusions

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