My good friend Vicki has an October release, so I asked her to tell us about it.
I don’t know what it is about recipes and romance novels, but they fit together like bread and butter. For fun I thought I’d share a recipe of my own. This isn’t something you’ll whip up in the kitchen. It’s not food for the body, but rather food for the heart. It’s the recipe for Wyoming Lawman, my October release for Love Inspired Historicals. I’m calling it “Happily Ever After Cake.”
1 single mother
1 deputy sheriff
2 children -- girl, age 5. Boy, infant.
5 bad guys
1 best friend, slightly grizzled
1 guilty secret, pre-cooked
1 female cousin, borderline spinster
1 saloon fire
Preheat the oven to “Warm & Cozy.” Remove single mother from carriage and place her in danger. Add little girl. Stir vigorously. Add hero with badge. Stir until ingredients are well blended. Add baby boy. Season with a kiss and set aside.
In a separate bowl, crack open the bad buys. Scramble with the guilty secret. Cook on low heat in a frying pan, stirring constantly. Turn up the heat with the saloon fire. Turn it up even higher with the cousin falling for the hero and the best friend being cantankerous. When the ingredients thicken, add the contents of the first bowl to the frying pan. Turn up the heat yet again. Continue to cook, stirring vigorously. Season liberally with kisses.
When the mixture is at a full boil, pour into a heart-shaped pan. Let the mixture cool for exactly one final scene. Frost with an epilogue.
That’s the recipe for “Happily Ever After Cake.” I hope you enjoy it!
The Deputy’s Decision
Matrimony? Never again for deputy sheriff Matt Wiley. The only good thing from his first marriage is his daughter. His little girl might want a mother, but Matt knows that no woman should have to deal with his guilty secret, or his anger at God. He’ll do his duty, serve the town of Cheyenne and keep his distance. Yet when courageous single mother Pearl Oliver comes to town, watching from the sidelines isn’t an option--especially when Pearl lands herself in danger. His heart, Pearl’s life and the safety of their town are all at risk. Only the love and faith he thought he’d left behind can help him win his way to happily ever after.