Guest Post (and a Giveaway!): Tina Radcliffe & His Holiday Prayer

Posted November 10, 2020 by meezcarrie in Author Interview, Christian, Christmas, contemporary, giveaway, romance, Tina Radcliffe / 85 Comments

I’m so delighted to welcome the incomparable Tina Radcliffe back to the blog today to chat about underdog characters & her new contemporary romance His Holiday Prayer!

Hearts of Oklahoma #3
GENRE: Inspirational Contemporary Romance
PUBLISHER: Love Inspired
RELEASE DATE: December 1, 2020
PAGES: 224

A new beginning could be closer than he thinks.

What he wants for Christmas… may not be what he needs.

After receiving an unexpected job offer in Texas, widower Tucker Rainbolt decides he and his twins need a fresh start. But moving on means leaving his best friend, Jena Harper, and their vet clinic behind. For the first time, Tucker sees Jena as more than a buddy. What if leaving isn’t the answer? Maybe what he’s been missing has been right beside him the whole time…


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rooting for the underdog

by Tina Radcliffe, author of His Holiday Prayer

One of my favorite character archetypes to portray in books is the underdog. I’m sure you’re familiar with them in movies and books such as Rocky, Die Hard, Harry Potter, The Karate Kid, Shrek, or Rudy. What about David in the story of David and Goliath? Definitely an underdog.

But what about female underdogs?

Think Pride and Prejudice, Matilda, The Hunger Games, The Help, Jane Eyre, and even Stephanie Plum from the Janet Evanovich books. And don’t forget our favorite childhood fairy tale heroines, Cinderella, Snow White, Rapunzel, and Mulan.

What is the underdog character?

They could be someone the world considers a failure. Or perhaps they consider themselves a failure. They’ve messed up and can’t forgive themselves.

This literary heroine might be in a situation where the odds are stacked against her. It could also be a tale of undeserved misfortune.

These characters usually have qualities that endear others, such as kindness, determination, long-suffering, and a strong moral compass. You’ll often see animals, children, and society’s outliers (the seven dwarfs!) as companions of the underdog because the underdog is also likable and empathetic (some more than others).

The underdog seems like the least likely to win at the story start, but their grit and determination will help them rise above their circumstances.

As readers, we love underdogs because they are relatable. That’s why we root for them. They’re usually ordinary people, just like us, caught in extraordinary situations. We care. And that is the reason why we keep turning the pages. We know that ultimately they must face their fears, and because we’ve grown to love this character, we want to be there for the victory.

Of course, I’m talking about this topic today because the heroine of His Holiday Prayer is an underdog. With a rocky start to adult life, Dr. Jena Harper feels like a failure. She’s certain anyone who looks too closely will see that she’s imperfect.

Because of this, she’s introverted and phobic about crowds. She’s content to be a wallflower and happy to stand in the shadow of her fellow veterinarian, Tucker Rainbolt.

When she’s pushed into the boss position, she must take charge and fight for the vet clinic and the rescue animals who are her world. Jena must come to the place where she embraces the fact that the Lord’s unconditional love and forgiveness are not based on her worthiness.

Besides a romantic happily ever after, the female underdog also gets a personal happy ending that she fought for.

Now it’s your turn. Tell me about your favorite underdog heroines in books or movies.

Leave a comment, and I’ll be sending a Reader Giveaway Pack to one commenter. It includes an Enesco “Like a Boss” stoneware mug and a $25 Amazon gift card.

A freelance writer for over twenty years, Tina Radcliffe is a Romance Writers of America Honor Roll member, and an American Christian Fiction Writers Honor Roll member. She is also a four-time nominee of the ACFW Carol Award and a three-time ACFW Mentor of the Year Finalist. In 2014 she won the ACFW Carol Award and in 2018 she was an ACFW Mentor of the Year recipient. Besides her novel-length fiction for Love Inspired, Tina has sold over three dozen short stories to Woman’s World Magazine. A former registered nurse and library cataloger, Tina is a frequent workshop presenter. She currently resides in Arizona, where she writes fun, heartwarming romance.

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What about you? Who are your favorite underdog heroines in books or movies? What makes you want to read His Holiday Prayer by Tina Radcliffe?

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85 responses to “Guest Post (and a Giveaway!): Tina Radcliffe & His Holiday Prayer

  1. Megan

    I love a good underdog story! One of my favorite is Cinderlla, but I also see Jane Eyre as an underdog as well. There are so many, its hard to narrow it down to just one.

  2. Anne

    Anne of Green Gables is my ultimate favorite underdog heroine since she is filled with life, courage, and is an example to all of us. The book sounds captivating and wonderful. The name Jenna Harper is my niece.

  3. Winnie Thomas

    Thanks for the thoughtful and interesting post. I love stories where the underdog wins. This book is at the top of my TBR pile. I’m looking forward to it!

  4. Kay Garrett

    To me the underdog is always the winner. It’s not because they are prettier, smarter or richer, but because they give of themselves, love wholeheartedly with their heart and never ever give up.

    I would want to read any book that Tina wrote. She’s that good that her books always go straight to my TBR list. “HIS HOLIDAY PRAYER” should be on everyone’s TBR list this holiday season because it’s a fabulous read.

  5. James Robert

    Well, I am not the reader but help purchase books for two sisters and daughters,. One of my sisters is all into romance books so this one sounds like one she will enjoy.

  6. I would say my underdog herorine would be Angel from Francine Rivers book Redeeming Love, Because Angel has been through so much and she felt she wasnt worthy of any kind of Love! But somehow show her the way and she came out on top as someone who is worthy! I really like Tina’s Books and She seems like a really sweet person and I had fun chatting with her facebook in one of the groups that i am in! This is a wonderful giveaway Carrie and Tina! I hope both of ya’ll have a blessed night!

  7. Sherri G

    My mind is blank as I try to think who my favorite literary underdog would be. But I do love a story where the underdog gets his/her happily ever after.

  8. Audrey Stewart

    I just know that Tina Radcliffe is one of my favorite authors and I read all her books. I own most of them and am growing my collection.

    • Hi Sara! I’m a holiday reads too. I love grinch heroes or down on their luck heroes, and I love underdog heroines. Swooon combination. This hero is just blind to what’s right in front of him. We’ll fix that!!!

  9. Connie Porter Saunders

    So many reasons that I will read this book. A favorite author and a leading man named Tucker because my first leading man, my Daddy, was known as Tucker all of his life. One of my favorite underdogs is John Coffey, the black man falsely charged and sentenced to The Green Mile. This movie disturbs me and fascinates me at the same time, as only Stephen King can do!

    • Yes. The Green Mile is such a hook book that keeps you reading. OH MY~ Another Tucker. How cool???
      Okay, here’s a secret. Missy Tippens or her kiddo had a dog named Tucker. I think it was her grand dog. This was years before this series, but I keep a list of favorite names and when the Rainbolt brothers needed names, I KNEW IT WAS TUCKER’S TIME!

  10. Teresa Kunberger

    I want to read this book because first the title and cover got my attention and then i read about the book and now i must know the story!

    • Thanks, Heidi. Funny you should say that. The winter ones sell the best. I never really thought about it until now. Must write more winter books immediately. hahahahaha

  11. David Hollingsworth

    I have to with Sigourney Weaver in the Alien films. She was tough, strong, and didn’t need a man to rescue her in space.

  12. I would like to read this book because I have had the good fortune of reading and enjoying several of Tina’s Love Inspired books and a few of her short stories in ‘Woman’s World’ magazine. It is rewarding to read a story where the hero/heroine underdog comes out ahead. Besides, I absolutely love a Christmas holiday story — no matter what time of year I’m reading it! Thanks for the awesome giveaway. :0}

  13. Holly Ison

    Hey Tina, sounds like a great new story and I love the cover!
    I will have to say one of my favorite underdogs is Mary Lennox in The Secret Garden. She didn’t have a lot going for her and in the beginning wasn’t even very likeable. But as the story progressed and she learned to trust those around her, a beautiful personality came out, and she changed an entire household for the better.

  14. samantha

    I love you Tina Radcliff you are an extraordinary writer! Ill be home for Christmas is simply amazing! I can not wait to read His Holiday Prayer ! Thank you for this awesome chance. I live vicariously through characters in books 🙂 I have no real life lol just a 6 year old lol I havent even dated in over 5 years! But books keep me from being so lonely most of the time.

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