18 October 2023

Running to You | Excerpt + Giveaway

JustRead Publicity Tours


From a USA Today Bestselling author…

Sam never understood why Eliza left him five years ago, ghosting him without explanation. He’s avoided romance ever since, focusing on building his business. Money might not keep him warm at night, but it can sure buy a lot of blankets.

Then Eliza shows up on his doorstep and throws herself into his arms. She can’t explain her bruises or the head injury that’s left her with no memories of the past five years, including their breakup. No matter how good it feels to hold her, though, there’s no way he’s getting sucked into romance again.

He’ll deliver Eliza to her mother, and that will be that. But instead of finding her mom, they’re met by two attackers and barely escape alive. Despite the danger to his life and his heart, he can’t leave Eliza to fend for herself.

Together, they embark on a journey to reconstruct her past while evading the men chasing her. As Sam and Eliza close in on the truth, their romance reignites, but her secret threatens to destroy them both.

Prepare to be enthralled by this gripping story of amnesia, a second chance at love, and a secret baby. Running to You is an edge-of-your-seat Christian romantic suspense set in Maine that will keep you reading all night long.

Publisher: JDO Publishing
Release Date: October 10, 2023




Eliza startled, barely keeping the thick book from landing on the floor.

Sam stood in the entryway. Arms crossed. Brows lowered over angry eyes.

She swallowed the fear that jumped to her throat. “Hey. Uh…” She closed the Bible, cringing as she did. She’d lost his place.

After setting it on the side table, she pressed the button to lower the footrest, cursing the time it took to go down.

Sam hadn’t moved.

“I shouldn’t have… Sorry. I just wanted to see. You mentioned yesterday that you’d had places—”

“Private places.”

“You’re right. I’m sorry.” Her heart was thumping, her hands shaking. She stood on unsteady legs, itching to bolt from the room. Afraid of…


Sam wouldn’t hurt her. She squeezed her hands into fists and took a deep breath. Then another. “I didn’t know you read the Bible.”

“Yeah, well…” He dropped his arms. “Why are you here?”

She didn’t think he’d appreciate the real answer—she’d been curious and nosy. And anyway, he could guess those.

She was trying to come up with a suitable response when her gaze snagged on a photograph. She crossed to it and lifted it from the end table.

Mountains in the background. A white railing in the foreground. And a woman, hand shielding her eyes, staring at the view.

The photo’d been taken from the side. A snapshot.

Of her.


Robin Patchen is a USA Today bestselling and award-winning author of Christian romantic suspense. She grew up in a small town in New Hampshire, the setting of her Nutfield Saga books, and then headed to Boston to earn a journalism degree. After college, working in marketing and public relations, she discovered how much she loathed the nine-to-five ball and chain. After relocating to the Southwest, she started writing her first novel while she homeschooled her three children. The novel was dreadful, but her passion for storytelling didn’t wane. Thankfully, as her children grew, so did her writing ability. Now that her kids are adults, she has more time to play with the lives of fictional heroes and heroines, wreaking havoc and working magic to give her characters happy endings. When she’s not writing, she’s editing or reading, proving that most of her life revolves around the twenty-six letters of the alphabet.

Connect with Robin by visiting robinpatchen.com to follow her on social media or subscribe to email newsletter updates.


(1) winner will receive hardcover copy of Running to You, a “Welcome to Nutfield” mug, and a $50 Amazon gift card!

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight October 18, 2023 and lasts through 11:59 PM EST on October 25, 2023. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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  1. thanks so much for being on the tour, Hallie!

  2. This looks like a killer novel. Thanks for hosting this giveaway.

  3. This sounds like a something I’d love to read!!

  4. Sounds like a book I would enjoy.

  5. The tension between the main characters is already high. Add the suspense element, and this story will raise adrenaline.

  6. Robin Patchen is one of my favorite authors of all time.

  7. This sounds like a really great suspense read-- I can't wait! Thanks so much for sharing it!

  8. I cannot wait to read this book!