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Is losing weight on your list of to-do’s?

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Is losing weight on your list of priorities? Maybe you know you need to make some changes, but the thought of starting is SO overwhelming.You just get overwhelmed with all the diet choices and decisions.Not to mention we are in the middle of a pandemic that’s sent many of us on an emotional tailspin.I’ve got a great resource to share with…and best of all it’s FREE.My friends Becky and Sara, who have each lost over 100 pounds and been maintaining for years, are offering a free Jump Start Your Weight Loss Challenge that starts October 19 and registration is open now.The Jump Start Challenge is a supportive one week challenge designed to help you take action and get back on track with your weight loss goals.During this challenge, you will learn 7 smart, strategic step that matter most for weight loss, plus what weight loss advice you can completely ignore.Join this challenge and plan to lose 2 pounds in one week without suffering or starving. In fact, one of the days you will learn how to include treats into your weight loss process.Save your spot here {embed your affiliate link} (even if you aren’t sure now is the right time for you to lose weight…or if you’ve tried hundreds of times before…or if you feel like weight loss is impossible for you…)I’ll be participating and hope to see you there.Becky and Sara have led thousands of women on a Christian weight loss journey, so I can confidentially say this weight loss challenge will be worth your time and effort.I know we all have a lot going on. This year has been stressful in ways none of us could have imagined.But I also know I need to be all I can be to rise to the many challenges. Let’s set aside some time to take care of ourselves so we can care for those we love.Join me?

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Posted in Book Reviews, Celebrate Lit Reviews

Texas Holiday Hideout – A Review

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About the Book

Book:  Texas Holiday Hideout

Author: Virginia Vaughan

Genre:  Christian Romantic Suspense

Release Date: October 1, 2020

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When her identity’s exposed,

hiding on a lawman’s family ranch is her last hope.

After her mother is killed, Melissa Morgan’s shocked to learn she’s spent her life in witness protection. Now it’s US marshal Miles Avery’s job to keep her and her little boy safe. And with a mole in his agency, the only way to evade the killer is to hide Melissa on Miles’s family ranch…and pretend she’s his wife for the holidays.

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Having read the story of Bree and her encounter with the Avery family, I was looking forward to reading this book. The story captured my attention as much as the first. Melissa Morgan and her son require protection, and Miles Avery must provide that protection. A leak in the U.S. Marshal service forces him to take up the assignment. The only way to provide this protection involves moving to his family’s ranch.

Miles’s brothers include a sheriff, a Special Ops member, an FBI agent, plus his dad is a former sheriff, so he knows he can trust them even if he does not tell them everything. However, secrets have a way of being discovered in a family, which proves true in this story. However, the two plus her son need all the help they can get.

The pace of this story kept my attention. I wanted to keep reading to find out how what the outcome would be. So if you enjoy Christian suspense novels, check out this book for yourself. I definitely recommend it.

I received a complimentary copy of this book, but this in no way influenced my review. All opinions are my own.

About the Author

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Virginia Vaughan is a multi-published author of inspirational romantic suspense. Blessed to come from a large, southern family, her fondest memories include listening to stories recounted by family and friends around the large dinner table. She was a lover of books even from a young age, devouring gothic romance novels and stories of romance, danger, and love. She soon started writing them herself. A former investigator for the State of Mississippi, Virginia utilizes her criminal justice background with her love of writing to transform words into powerful stories of romance and danger.

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What if one day you discovered you were in the Witness Protection Program and didn’t know it?

This is the premise for my October book, TEXAS HOLIDAY HIDEOUT, which releases this month. My heroine, Melissa Morgan, learns she and her mother entered the program when Melissa was a child. Her mother never told her and, when Melissa witnesses her mother being murdered, she becomes the assassin’s next target. US Marshal Miles Avery steps in to protect the single mom and her son from a killer, but a leak in WITSEC leaves him with little options except to take his witnesses to his family’s ranch…and pretend she’s his wife for the holidays.

So, in celebration of TEXAS HOLIDAY HIDEOUT releasing this month, here are 10 things about the Witness Protection Security Program (or WITSEC) I learned during my research for this book.

  1. The program is voluntary. No one can be forced to enter.
  2. You can leave the program at any time—although it is not recommended.
  3. No person in the program, who follows the rules, has ever been killed.
  4. People entering WITSEC sometimes keep their same first name and/or initials so that if they mess up and start to sign their name, they have time to correct.
  5. Since WITSEC is a federal program, many states have their own programs to protect witnesses of gang or street-level crimes.
  6. If you get married while in WITSEC, you must lie to your new spouse to protect your true identity in the event the relationship doesn’t last.
  7. Protected witnesses are mostly criminals. Only about 5% are innocents despite the popular trope in movies and fiction.
  8. Local law enforcement may or may not be notified when a protected witness is relocated to their jurisdiction.
  9. Divorced, non-custodial parents have had their children hidden from them and now must agree to allow their children to enter the program.
  10. WITSEC protected witnesses are expected to eventually become self-sufficient. They do not get to live off the government for the rest of their lives.

Did any of these facts about WITSEC surprise you? I’d love to hear which ones. I had a lot of fun researching WITSEC for TEXAS HOLIDAY HIDEOUT. I hope you enjoy Miles and Melissa’s story! Look out for the next book in the series—middle brother Navy SEAL Paul Avery’s story—coming in TEXAS TARGET STANDOFF in March of 2021.

Blog Stops

Through the Fire Blogs, October 8

Genesis 5020, October 8

Hallie Reads, October 8

Artistic Nobody, October 8 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Through the Lens of Scripture, October 9

Texas Book-aholic, October 9

reviewingbooksplusmore, October 9

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, October 10

deb’s Book Review, October 10

The Cafe Scholar, October 10

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, October 11

KarenSueHadley, October 11

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, October 11

Older & Smarter?, October 12

Inklings and notions, October 12

Simple Harvest Reads, October 12 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)

She Lives To Read, October 13

Hebrews 12 Endurance, October 13

For Him and My Family, October 13

Betti Mace, October 14

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, October 14

Locks, Hooks and Books, October 14

Ashley’s Bookshelf, October 15

lakesidelivingsite, October 15

Lighthouse Academy, October 15

To Everything There Is A Season, October 15

Sara Jane Jacobs, October 16

Blogging With Carol, October 16

Book Love, October 16 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Tell Tale Book Reviews, October 17

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, October 17

Batya’s Bits, October 17

Emily Yager, October 18

Labor Not in Vain, October 18

HookMeInABook, October 18

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, October 19

Mary Hake, October 19

Daysong Reflections, October 19

For the Love of Literature, October 20

Bigreadersite, October 20

EmpowerMoms, October 20

Blossoms and Blessings, October 21

Splashes of Joy, October 21

Pause for Tales, October 21

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Virginia is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and a copy of Texas Holiday Hideout!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/101f3/texas-holiday-hideout-celebration-tour-giveaway