Dessert Willow by Patricia Beal book tour

Dessert Willow by Patricia Beal book tour

Desert Willow JustRead Blog Tour
Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour & Giveaway for Desert Willow by Patricia Beal, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


Desert Willow by Patricia BealTitle: Desert Willow
Author: Patricia Beal
Publisher: Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas
Release Date: February 12, 2020
Genre: Contemporary Romance

After a failed engagement, Captain Andrew Lee James has focused on building a career in the Army he loves. That commitment includes helping a feisty, out-of-work ballerina whose devotion to her grandmother’s dying wish immediately grabs his heart. She’s the one, but will he be able to win the heart of a woman who has vowed to never be involved with a soldier?

College graduate Clara Malone swore to never love anyone in the military again but when her dying grandmother asks her to deliver a love letter to the general who broke her heart decades ago, she agrees and finds herself escorted by a handsome Army captain whose kindness challenges her beliefs. Surrounded by desert willows that shower her path with pretty pink flowers and sing with the buzzing of hummingbirds, Clara enjoys the wild beauty of El Paso—and her time with Andrew—more than expected.

Can she deliver her grandmother’s last love letter without losing her heart to a man who represents everything she fears?

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Patricia Beal

Patricia Beal has danced ballet since her childhood and has performed with pre-professional companies in South America, Europe, and the United States. She fell in love with a handsome airborne infantryman at Fort Bragg, married him, and quit her day job to have his babies. Soon came the desire to have book babies, too. Patricia is a Genesis Award semi-finalist, First Impressions finalist, and the author of A Season to Dance (Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, 2017). She writes from Fayetteville, North Carolina, where she lives with her husband and two children.

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(1) winner will receive a $50 Amazon gift card!

Desert Willow JustRead Giveaway

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule shown below. Giveaway will begin at midnight February 10, 2020 and last through 11:59 PM EST on February 24, 2020. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US/CAN mailing addresses only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.


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The author has been so gracious to allow us to share a small snippet from her book today! 🥳

I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did! Happy reading:)



She surveyed the large atrium of the El Paso International Airport, fanning herself with her grandmother’s jasmine-scented, maple-gold envelope. No sign of the general yet. Instead, across a playful and sunny path created by a series of tall arched windows, she spotted him—the young Army captain she’d seen at the airport’s Placita while falling in love with an overpriced silver bracelet she couldn’t possibly afford.

He’d stood close, so close that the subtle soap scent of his freckled skin had reached her with ease. And now here he was again.



On Wing of Devotion By Roseanna M. White blog tour

On Wing of Devotion By Roseanna M. White blog tour

On Wings of Devotion JustRead Tour
Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for On Wings of Devotion by Roseanna M. White, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


On Wings of Devotion by Roseanna M WhiteTitle: On Wings of Devotion
Author: Roseanna M. White
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Bethany House
Release Date: January 7, 2020

Against Every Warning, She’s Drawn Ever Closer to the Man Known as “Black Heart”

All of England thinks Major Phillip Camden a monster–a man who deliberately caused the deaths of his squadron. But he would have preferred to die that day with his men rather than be recruited to the Admiralty’s codebreaking division. The threats he receives daily are no great surprise and, in his opinion, well deserved.

As nurse Arabelle Denler observes the so-dubbed “Black Heart,” she sees something far different: a hurting man desperate for mercy. And when their families and paths twist together unexpectedly, she realizes she has a role to play in his healing–and some of her own to do as well.

With Camden’s court-martial looming, an old acquaintance shows up, intent on using him in a plot that sends the codebreakers of Room 40 into a frenzy. With their fragile hopes for the future in the cross hairs, Arabelle and Camden must hold on to hope–and to each other–if they want to survive.

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Roseanna M. White

Roseanna M. White is a bestselling, Christy Award-nominated author who has long claimed that words are the air she breathes. When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two kids, editing, designing book covers, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna is the author of a slew of historical novels that span several continents and thousands of years. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to find their way into her books…to offset her real life, which is blessedly ordinary. You can learn more about her and her stories at

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(1) winner will receive a On Wings of Devotion inspired prize pack including a Recreation RFC Pilot Wings pin, a mini globe, Cadbury Chocolate, Caddie the Cocker Spaniel (handmade by Roseanna), and One Seat and Tea Package for an Online Tea Party Book Club with Roseanna (Winner’s choice of scheduled dates. Includes treats, loose-leaf tea, and book club goodies. A $25 value! For more information, visit!

On Wings of Devotion giveaway JR

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule shown below. Giveaway will begin at midnight January 7, 2020 and last through 11:59 PM EST on January 14, 2020. US only. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize.

Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.



Follow along at JustRead Tours for a full list of stops!


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As a Special treat, Author Roseanna has been gracious enough to provide an excerpt of her book to share here!! yay!! So here it goes! Hope you enjoy and don’t forget to check her page and books out 🙂


On Wings of Devotion, Excerpt 1

A stranger stalking down the street shouldn’t make her hands tremble in anticipation. Arabelle Denler forced her breathing to calm, forced an easy smile to her lips for the soldier whose bandage she’d just changed, and stood with the old bandage balled up in her bowl. “Is there anything else you need, Captain?”

The thrashing of his head from side to side may have been the answer to her question. Or it may have been simple agony. Poor chap. He’d just arrived in Charing Cross Hospital yesterday after ordnance had stolen his entire left leg.

“Ara!” The stage whisper came from the hallway, where Eliza, one of the volunteer nurses, motioned her frantically.

He’d be stomping down the street any moment. Brooding and aloof and mysterious and so handsome that just looking at him could make one’s heart crack a bit.

She resisted the urge to dart out. Black Heart, as the papers had dubbed him, was of no concern to her. She had a fiancé. And more, she had a purpose. Right here, right now. Resting a hand on the captain’s shoulder, she closed her eyes and whispered a quiet prayer. Only after her amen did she move away, her pace no faster than it ever was. The fact that she didn’t stop at any other cots in the ward had nothing to do with the view out the window and everything to do with the fact that her shift was over and she needed to deliver these bloodied bandages to the laundry on her way out.

If the window facing Agar Street happened to be on the way to said laundry, that was pure coincidence.

And if she went into the little room where the nurses and volunteers took their brief breaks rather than directly to her destination, she could blame it on Eliza, who seized her by the arm and tugged her into the cupboard of a room with a giggle. “Hurry.”

Arabelle rolled her eyes, even as she knew it was more to cover the thumping of her own pulse than because she found their daily ritual silly. She slid the bowl of sullied bandages onto a table and quickly washed her hands before golden-haired Eliza pulled her over to the window.

“There!” Susan, a pretty girl of perhaps eighteen who had been volunteering here for only a half year, leaned into the windowsill until her cheek was pressed to the pane.

Arabelle tugged her back an inch. Gracious, but sometimes these girls made her feel ancient. She was only twenty-five, but she couldn’t recall ever acting so giddy simply because a man was walking down the street. “A bit of propriety, if you please, Sue. He could look up again, and you don’t want him to catch you staring.”

The girls had about fainted dead away last week when he’d glanced directly up at their window and sent them all a devil-may-care grin. As if he knew exactly what they were doing and the effect he had.


My Reading Standards

My Reading Standards


Hi! *Sips Matcha 🍵*

Today I’m going to talk about my reading standards! Yeah…umm…don’t think its something easy for me to do because…there are many thoughts and its rather difficult to put a ”fixed rule” that applies to every single book, but I think we can figure it out.

Ok. My reading standards. If I were to write a quick list of things I really don’t read or recommend they are the following:

-No explicit romance (sexual) scenes

-No explicit gore scenes

-Excessive violence

-Cussing/bad words

-Using the Lord’s Name in Vain

-Encouraged unhealthy relationships

-Very dark magic


Yeah, BUT, there are some exceptions to the case. So, I really don’t like to read those type of books with those things because, first, I consider my body cough and that includes BRAIN, as God’s temple. And really, I believe those things don’t edify me as a Christian and promote my spiritual growth. I’m not judging you if you do read those things, I believe that there is no one better to tell you what’s right than God. You ask He answers. And its really a very personal issue…maybe you don’t like what I read, and that’s totally fine. We all are entitled to our opinion and standards in front of God, and I’m not going to be the one to cast the first stone. sips matcha

But how did I determined my standards, you may ask? Well, my friends, I used my life guide book, the Bible. A Bible verse that is always in my mind when I pick a book is Romans 14:12, ”So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God”. Yeah, that kind of always gives me goosebumps. It is very important to consider well what we read, write, watch, etc. I’m no pro at this tho! I’m still learning, and yeah, maybe I’m making mistakes, but one thing I ask the Lord is, show me! Show me what I’m doing wrong! You don’t know how much responsibility it is to recommend books to you, guys! Don’t get me wrong, I love making you reviews and filming little bookish updates, etc., but then comes the part I ask myself, am I doing wrong? Are my book recommendations good? So, my best advice for you is, NEVER LET ANYONE DECIDE FOR YOU WHAT YOU READ, WRITE, or WATCH! NEVER! We are all humans bound to make mistakes, but there is One who never makes mistakes! Something that helps me a lot, and its not just with books, its to ask myself, ”What would Jesus do?” It sounds quite radical but, as Christians, aren’t we striving to be more and more like Him?
Just a little something to meditate on….

As I said above, there are some cases when I do allow myself to read some of the before mentioned subjects. Maybe it’s the life of a drug addict and his journey to finding the Lord, or real-life situations that real people went through… but there’s a thing pauses for effect I will only read it if there is a message at the end of the story. Period. If you are just putting those things as fillers in your books, then sorry, but nope, not going to read that. Of course, it can’t be extremely explicit, or I won’t read that either.

Now on the subject of violence. I’ll put it simply. The most violence I will read is Marvel movies type violence. I won’t read a book that gives me every single gore little detail of throat slicing or beheading. If you just say in your story, ”and they beheaded him” yeah, I can read that.

Also, Romance, another fetish subject, eek! I could write paragraphs and paragraphs about this. No explicit sex, no explicit kisses, not an EXCESSIVE amount of either, and no LGBLT relationships. Period. On to the next one.

Something nonnegotiable is using the Lord’s name in vain. I’m sorry if that seems a little too radical for you, but I really can’t tolerate that.

Encouraged unhealthy relationships, and what I mean by that is when the book portrayed unhealthy relationships as normal, I mean abuse, sexual harassment, unfaithfulness, etc. None of those are things that should be celebrated or encouraged, so that is not a book I will be putting on my bookshelves.

Cussing and bad words….yeah, also none of that. What I do tolerate are the made up bad words that Shakespeare made, lol, they always make me cry of laughter! ”Thou art a boil, a plague sore” heheheh. I love my Shakespeare!

What I mean by not reading very dark magic is when magic meets dark, hehehe you guys know what I mean. If magic intermingles with the ”spiritual world of the dead” or things like that, I’ll pass thank you very much.

And yeah, those are my main ”nopes” when reading. There may be some I might be missing that I don’t remember right now, but I’ll update this page as time goes by. I really want to glorify God with everything I do, so maybe this list changes in a month, year, week, who knows? But what I do really encourage you is to seek God’s guidance in this subject. He knows exactly what you need and what will edify you.

I’m doing a post this week on a new rating system for books that (I hope to employ soon!) I’m developing so you guys can have a more detailed idea of what type of content each book has!

If you read this far, GAHHH!! I JUST WANT TO HUG YOU! I really appreciate you, and I’m so blessed to connect with you guys through social media! You are all awesome!

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