A few months ago, I mentioned that Love Inspired is repackaging one of my backlist titles into a two in one. To begin with, I’m thankful to have a backlist. I got my box of books last week and it just never gets old. Sweetheart Reunion releases in June. It includes my title, Reuniting with the Cowboy and Tina Radcliffe’s Rocky Mountain Cowboy. I got to meet Tina several years ago at a writer’s conference. As one of the brains behind Seekerville, a blog geared toward helping pre-published writers improve their craft, she’s invited me to write several posts for them over the years.
Once I read a little bit about Tina’s book, I realized why the two are a good fit into one volume. Our stories have similar themes. Both are reunion stories, our heroes are cowboys, and both have food scenes to mention a few.
It surprised me that they used a version of my original cover. It’s closer up, minus the dog. But Tina’s cover has a couple with the little girl on a horse and my book doesn’t have a child. So I guess it was easier to zoom in above the dog than to cut the little girl on the horse out.
Since I’ve never shared a recipe here, I thought it would be fun to share my recipe for Taco Soup. In my book, Ally takes a pot to her bachelor next door neighbor when she realizes he’s nursing a rodeo injury and doesn’t even have a kitchen table, much less anything to eat. And to convince him, she’s over him and seeing him doesn’t bother her at all. Even though it really does of course.
2 pounds Hamburger, Ground Turkey, or Ground Venison (cooked and drained)
1 can Stewed Tomatoes
1 can Rotel (I use Original)
2 cans Ranch Style Beans
2 cans Hominy (white and yellow) drained
1 envelope Ranch Dressing Mix
1 envelope Taco Seasoning Mix
2 cans water (More if you like it soupier)
Cook meat. Add all ingredients in dutch oven and bring to boil, then simmer for 20 minutes. (You can use corn instead of hominy or one can corn and one can hominy.) Serve with shredded cheese and Fritos.
This book was a lot of fun for me to write. Ally is a vet and runs a no kill animal shelter. I’m an avid pet-lover and considered being a vet when I was younger. Until I realized they have to anesthetize pets. I enjoyed living the vet life vicariously through my character. And since my dad was the announcer at our small town rodeo and I worked in the concession stand, it’s always fun for me to touch on the rodeo life in my books.
Besides my recipe, I’m giving away a copy of Sweetheart Reunion. Print for US and e-book for international. Tell me your favorite soup or casserole to get in the drawing. Deadline: May 21st, 11:59 pm central.