Monday, March 6, 2017

Race to Win (review) + Cowboy Fiction Giveaway

To celebrate the release of Race to Win (DVD format) I'm hosting a different king of giveaway today. I'll review the movie which I had the opportunity to view ahead of time and then I'm doing a giveaway of any Christian Fiction Cowboy Themed novel published through to March 2017.
Read below for further details.

Race to Win DVD Release

Race to Wind (originally titled Race to Redemption) is an inspirational, heart-warming story of hope and perseverance, even when the giant is tall. The film tells the story of a young woman who struggles to find the courage to compete in the race of her life after her father's devastating death. If she loses the race, her family will lose everything, including the legacy and home they worked so hard to build. If she wins, her life might just fall back into place!

My Review:

A clean, family-friendly horse-centric movie. Preteen girls will especially enjoy all the horse action.

A classic drama that exposes the struggles and grief of a family trying to move on after the death of the husband/father. In some ways the story unfolds in a predictable manner but I was surprised by a few unexpected twists too. One of the predictable elements is the truly vile villain but it was so much fun to hate him and finally be able to stand up and cheer when he gets his comeuppance that I didn't mind his cookie-cutterness. :-) Overall, Race to Win offers a solid story -- I just felt it needed more time to dig deeper into relationships and more fully develop plot threads. Fresh and appealing to young eyes but a bit stagnant for seasoned viewers.

My thanks to Graf-Martin Communications and Mongrel Media Inc. for providing me with an online screening of this movie.

GIVEAWAY

The Giveaway Details:

Since I'm all about giving away books not movies, I decided to make this a Cowboy Themed Christian Fiction novel published any time up to March 2017 giveaway. Here's how it will work:

* Just state the title and author of the book you want to win in the comment section. (up to 3 different suggestions per person). BUT EACH TITLE/AUTHOR MUST BE IN A SEPARATE COMMENT. (makes it easier to tally)
*  Books must be Christian Fiction and can be any genre as long as they feature a cowboy/cowboy setting.
*  Books must still be available (obviously) and published any time up to March 2017
*  Remember to include your email address in your comment using AT and DOT instead of @ and . to protect yourself from spammers.
*  Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday March 12 2017
*  Offer open to international readers

Having some trouble thinking up cowboy novels? Here's some authors who have written at least a few cowboy stories you might what to check out: Mary Connealy (she has a new just out), Ruth Logan Herne, Sharon Gillenwater, Debra Clopton, Margaret Brownley, Karen Witemeyer, Shannon Taylor Vannatter, Robin Lee Hatcher, Erica Vetsch, Linda Ford... I know there's a ton more but that's just off the top of my head. GOOD LUCK!

114 comments:

  1. Mary Connealy
    Long Time Gone

    mindyhoungATmsnDOTcom

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  2. Mary Connealy
    No Way Up

    mindyhoungATmsnDOTcom

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  3. Ruth Logan Herne
    Home on the Range

    mindyhoungATmsnDOTcom

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    1. Great choices, Mindy. You can't go wrong with these two authors. Good luck.

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  4. Undercover Bride by Margaret Brownley
    lattebooksAThotmailDOTcom
    I might just check out this movie for my horse loving teen!

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    1. I love Margaret Brownley. I need to catch up on some of her books. Good luck, Susan!

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  5. Long Time Gone by Mary Connealy

    rachaeldalquist AT yahoo DOT com

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  6. Gunpowder Tea by Margaret Brownley

    rachaeldalquist AT yahoo DOT com

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    1. Oh, I've never heard of Gunpowder Tea. How much fun is that title????? Good luck, Rachel.

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  8. Short Straw Bride by Karen Witemeyer
    dixiedobie at yahoo dot com

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  9. Home on the Range by Ruth Logan Herne
    dixiedobie at yahoo dot com

    Thanks!

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  10. What a fun idea! My first one is about a modern day cowboy/rancher who deals with horses. I think this will "fit".
    A Love Like Ours by Becky Wade

    dixiedobie at yahoo dot com

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    1. Yes, A Love Like Ours by Becky Wade definitely fits the bill. Great choices all, CC. Good luck.

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  11. No Other Will Do by Karen Witemeyer. Not quite sure if the Hero is a cowboy, but I know her stories are set in the wild west! ;) lattebooksAThotmailDOTcom

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  12. A Worthy Pursuit by Karen Witemeyer
    lattebooksAThotmailDOTcom

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    1. Love Karen Witemeyer. Good luck, Susan.

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  13. Home on the range by ruth logan herne. cheetahthecat1986(at)gmail(dot)com

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  14. undercover bride by maragret brownley. cheetahthecat1986(at)gmail(dot)com

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  15. Long time gone by mary connealy. cheetahthecat1986(at)gmail(dot)com

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  16. This is so fun and the movie looks good too :)

    #1 Beauty for Ashes by Dorothy Love

    samanthabis23 at gmail dot com

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  17. #2 Back in the Saddle by Ruth Logan Herne

    samanthabis23 at gmail dot com

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  18. #3 The Doctor's Texas Baby by Deb Kastner

    samanthabis23 at gmail dot com

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    1. I haven't read much by Dorothy Love. I'll have to check that one out. Good luck, Samantha.

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  19. Home on the Range
    Ruth Logan Herne

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  20. What about novella collections? I would love a copy of Cowboy Christmas Homecoming, various authors.

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  21. One more novella collection - Seven Brides for Seven Texans

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Yes, novella's count and there have actually been a lot of cowboy ones. I've read Seven brides for Seven Texans and it's superb. The Christimas one sounds fun too. Good luck, Patty.

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  22. My sister wants to enter 3 chances for this giveaway too, but for some reason she's unable to post comments. So I was wondering if I could post her comments for her even though it'll be put under my google account name? And then I'd just specify in each comment whether it's for me or her by putting whoever's name. Would that be alright?

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    1. Yes that's fine, Elly. Just put her name at the very top of the comment for her selections.

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  23. I'd like to complete my "Wild At Heart" series by Mary Connealy, so my first pick would be "Tried and True" (2014)

    That movie sounds good, I'll have to see if I can obtain a copy from the libary! :-) I love good movie recommendations!

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Oh yes, must complete your Connealy collection. :-) Good luck, Trixi.

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  24. Back in the Saddle – Ruth Logan Herne
    jacsmi75 at gmail dot com

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  25. Long Time Gone (The Cimarron Legacy Book #2)
    Mary Conneally
    jacsmi75 at gmail dot com

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    1. Both authors are on my 'must not miss a new release' list. Good luck, Jackie.

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  26. Also wanting to add to my "Undercover Ladies" series by Margaret Brownley, "Petticoat Detective (book 1)".

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. I love her as well...and I need to catch up on that series too. Good luck, Trixi.

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  27. Rocky Mountain Sheriff – Tina Radcliffe (LI)
    (not sure if this counts; I can’t find exact date for publishing but Tina recently said spring)
    jacsmi75 at gmail dot com

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    1. I can't find that title anywhere...not on Harlequin's website or Amazon. I was thinking maybe she's self-publishing it and it isn't up yet? The latest one in the Love Inspired line is Rocky Mountain Cowboy which came out January 2017

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  28. And finally a Love Inspired Historical that I'd pick because I fell in love with the cover; "Pony Express Christmas Bride (Saddles & Spurs)" by Rhonda Gibson. I hope this counts as a western themed.

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Definitely counts as western themed. I've read some of that series, must catch up on the rest. Good luck, Trixi.

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  29. I've been enjoying Barbour Books collections lately so I'd like to add a couple of those, got to be a few cowboys in there! Love those marriages of convenience and neccessity!

    The Convenient Bride Collection

    Thanks for the giveaway Kav!
    tracey14567 at gmail dot com

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  30. The Courageous Bride Collection

    tracey14567 at gmail dot com

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  32. At Love's Bidding by Regina Jennings

    Thanks again
    tracey14567 at gmail dot com

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    1. Barbour seems to be doing a lot of novella collections, aren't they? Good luck, Tracey!

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  33. Ruth Logan Herne
    Home on the Range
    leliamae54(at)aol(dot)com

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  34. The Matchmakers Brides Collection by Barbour
    I hope this one qualifies.
    leliamae54(at)aol(dot)com

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  35. The 12 Brides of Christmas Collection by Barbour
    Not sure if this qualifies
    leliamae54(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. I think those two novella collections work, Lucy, since at least some of the stories are set in the west. And you can't go wrong with Ruth Logan Herne. Good luck, Lucy.

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  36. The Sheriff's Surrender (Ladies' Shooting Club #1)
    by Susan Page Davis

    Amada
    amada_chavezATyahooDOTcom

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  37. Petticoat Detective (Undercover Ladies #1)
    by Margaret Brownley

    Amada
    amada_chavezATyahooDOTcom

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  38. And.......The Outlaw's Secret
    by Stacy Henrie

    Amada
    amada_chavezATyahooDOTcom

    Thanks Kav! :)

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    1. I haven't read any of Susan Page Davis's Western novels. Must get cracking. And that last one -- The Outlaw's Secret sounds really good too. Good luck, Amada.

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    2. YES! I HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend Captive trail by Susan!!!!!!! It was GREAT! I don't recommend Cowgirl trail however, because I personally found it to be horribly inaccurate among other things. So sometimes she's hit or miss, but her plots are usually really good and intriguing! :)

      It does, doesn't it! :D I haven't read any of Stacy's books yet, but THAT BOOK DESCRIPTION!!! WOW!

      :) Hugs, A

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    3. Thanks for the recommend, Amada. I'll see if my library has Captive Trail. And yes, that LIH description looks scrumptious.

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  39. Long Time Gone by Mary Connealy

    pmkellogg56[at]gmail[dot]com

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  40. Petticoat Detective by Margaret Brownley

    pmkellogg56[at]gmail[dot]com

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  41. Undercover Bride by Margaret Brownley

    pmkellogg56[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. Two great authors that know their cowboys. Good luck, Pam.

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  42. The Outlaw's Secret by Stacy Henri
    pwestfall7 at hotmail dot com

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  43. Long Time Gone by Mary Connelly
    pwestfall7 at hotmail dot com

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  44. At Love's Bidding by Regina Jennings
    pwestfall7 at hotmail dot com

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    1. Great choices, Pam. Good luck.

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  45. Thanks so much for this awesome chance
    I Know one choice is Seven Brides for Seven Texans Romance Collection
    iamabho (at) gmail (.) com

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  46. Here's a Second Choice for me
    Four Weddings and a Kiss: A Western Bride Collection
    Thanks iamabho (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Both great novella collections. Good luck, Linda.

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  47. Tori
    Lassoed In Texas (Lassoed In Texas, #1-3)
    Mary Connealy

    toricox DOT elroi AT gmail DOT com

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  48. Tori
    Full Steam Ahead
    Karen Witemeyer

    toricox DOT elroi AT gmail DOT com

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  49. Tori
    Heart On The Line
    Karen Witemeyer

    toricox DOT elroi AT gmail DOT com

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    1. Love both Mary Connealy and Karen Witemeyer. Good luck, Tori.

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  50. Elly
    Seven Brides for Seven Texans Novella Collection by various authors.

    jcservantslaveATicloudDOTcom

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    1. That's my favourite novella collection ever. The authors did such a fantastic job of blending their stories. Good luck, Elly.

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  51. 3rd Choice Is
    The Cowboy's Bride Collection: 9 Historical Romances Form on Old West Ranches
    Thanks again Kav iamabho (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. You're welcome, Linda. Good luck.

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  52. Elly
    Three Wishes by Lisa T. Bergren.
    This book is about Mexican Ranchers, which I considered "cowboys" when I read it. I hope this counts.

    jcservantslaveATicloudDOTcom

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  53. Elly
    Four Winds by Lisa T. Bergren.
    Once again, not sure if you'd count this or not. (But I hope so😁)

    jcservantslaveATicloudDOTcom

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    1. Oh that sounds like a great series. I read Lisa T. Bergren's time travel series set in Italy. This one looks awesome too. Good luck, Elly.

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  54. #1 Undercover Bride. Margaret Brownley
    paulams49ATsbcglobalDOTnet

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  55. #2. Calico Spy. Margaret Brownley
    paulams49ATsbcglobalDOTnet

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  56. #3. Love on the Line. By Deanne Gist.
    paulams49ATsbcglobalDOTnet
    Thanks for the chance to win!

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    1. You're welcome, Paula. Good luck.

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  57. Song of the Prairie by Vickie McDonough

    colorvibrant at gmail dot com

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  58. Home on the Range by Ruth Logan Herne

    colorvibrant at gmail dot com

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  59. Long Time Gone by Mary Connealy

    colorvibrant at gmail dot com

    Thanks for the fun giveaway!!! :)

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    1. I haven't read much by Vicki McDonough -- must check this one out. Good luck, Heidi.

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  60. Long Time Gone by Mary Connealy
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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  61. Home on the Range by Ruth Logan Herne
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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  62. Undercover Bride by Margaret Brownley
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. That's a power trio! Good luck, rubynreba.

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  63. Long Time Gone by Mary Connealy. mauback 55 @ gmail dot com

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    1. I love all of Mary's books. Cowboy comedy is the best! Good luck, Melanie.

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  64. The Cowboy's Bride Collection (Barbour)

    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

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  65. Long Time Gone by Mary Connealy

    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

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  66. Left at the Altar by Margaret Brownley

    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

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    1. Ohhhh...I haven't heard of that last one by Margaret Brownley. Going to check it out right now. Woot! Good luck, Britney.

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  67. Fun, as always, Kav. When you conduct a giveaway like this it helps me to see some of the books on my tbr that have gotten lost in the shuffle, as well as many newbies.

    Since I finally purchased the first book in this series this past weekend, I'm selecting the second book AN UNCOMMON PROTECTOR by Shelley Shepard Gray. tlhcoupon(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  68. I've been wanting to read this next book for some time. I'm not sure if this book is applicable. It takes place in the late 1800's and involves traveling west, but cowboys? Let me know, if not. BEYOND THE SILENCE by Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse. tlhcoupon(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  69. Last, but not least, NOW AND FOREVER by Mary Connealy. tlhcoupon(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. I'm soooooo gladyou mentioned Shelley Shepard Gray's new one -- I'm making an order with CBD and I forgot to add that one! Phew -- just in time! Thanks!

      As to Beyond the Silence...well, if they're traveling west they are bound to run into some cowboys somewhere, right? :-)

      Good luck, Terrill.

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    2. Bwa ha ha!! That made me laugh! And you're absolutely right.

      BTW, you're welcome for the reminder. :-)

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  70. For the Record by Regina Jennings adult4beckyATaolDOTcom

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  71. A Most Inconvenient Marriage by Regina Jennings adult4beckyATaolDOTcom

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  72. Full Steam Ahead by Karen Witemeyer adult4beckyATaolDOTcom

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    1. Two of my favourite authors. Good luck, tickmenot.

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  73. The Cowboy Bride's Collection

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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  74. Left at the Altar by Margaret Brownley

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. My goodness, there are so many great cowboy novels out there! I need to get reading. Good luck, Melanie.

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  75. Home On The Range by Ruth Logan Herne.
    d[dot]brookmyer[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  76. A Most Inconvenient Marriage by Regina Jennings
    d[dot]brookmyer[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  77. Undercover Bride by Margaret Brownley
    d[dot]brookmyer[at]yahoo[dot]com

    Thanks for this great giveaway! Cowboy novels are some of the best reading material!

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    1. I agree, Donna. There's something about cowboys....Good luck!

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