Hello and welcome to Romance Recipes! Every Thursday and Friday I will introduce you to a new author and a new recipe! Two of my favorite things! This week I am bringing you author, D’Ann Lindun, and her recipe for Cowboy Coffee along with an introduction to her two newest releases, Cooper’s Redemption & Rodeo Man. Please join me in welcoming D’Ann and savor her recipe for Cowboy Coffee as you read about her new books!
I can’t cook. Don’t like to. Don’t want to beyond the very basics. I don’t think I’ve ever had a hero or heroine make a fancy meal. Like me, they’re basic. But in almost every book I write, my characters drink cowboy coffee. Lots of it. Probably because this is taken straight from my own life. I drink it, so does my husband, daughter, dad, sister and her family.
Camp coffee is a little different than the regular old percolator variety.
a coffee pot that won’t burn
1 pot of cold water
regular coffee grounds (we like it strong, but add to taste)
Boil ½ water over campfire. Add grounds. It’ll bubble up and over. Add the second half of water. This will settle the grounds. Remove from heat and drink. We like to add condensed milk and white sugar!
There you have it! My best recipe.
I have two books releasing this week: Cooper’s Redemption and Rodeo Man.
Blurb, Cooper’s Redemption:
Elizabeth Adams is a Los Angeles native who has always dreamed of living in the Rocky Mountains. She loves western movies and riding horses, and dreams of being a heroine in a western film. She gets her chance for real life adventure when her mother disappears from Salt Lick, Colorado, after going there to sell a ranch she inherited.
J.B. Cooper (just Cooper) is under suspicion for killing his neighbor, Henry Harper, over a water dispute. There is no evidence to convict him, but the shadow of doubt hovers around him. He just wants to be left in peace.
Circumstances throw Elizabeth and Cooper together when he tracks rustled cattle to her ranch … and discovers a body in the barn. Once again, he is the suspect in a suspicious death. Elizabeth is convinced Cooper had nothing to do with the murder of her cousin because to her, he’s a true western hero. Together, they search for her mother, clear Cooper’s name and fall in love along the way.
Excerpt, Cooper’s Redemption:
“Would you like a cup of coffee?” Cooper surprised himself. He hadn’t expected to see this woman again. He couldn’t encourage any relationship with her.
“Regular.” He moved toward the kitchen.
“Love some,” she called after him.
“Make yourself at home while I get it.” He filled two generous mugs, and as an afterthought, opened a tin of canned milk and filled a small bowl with sugar. As he carried the items into the living room, he saw Elizabeth had removed her jacket. His memory hadn’t failed him. Her figure could turn a scarecrow’s head. She wore a tan-colored sweater that clung to her curves, tight jeans and a pair of English riding boots.
She sipped the steaming coffee and made a face.
He grinned. “Milk?”
“Please.” She held out her cup and the sweater rode up her arm. Her pale skin, dotted with freckles, contrasted with his own sun-darkened hand. Only one example of the differences between them. The diamond bracelet she wore illustrated yet another. Her jewelry probably cost what he made in a month. “Sugar, too. Lots.”
He poured an ample amount of both in her coffee. His mouth curved upward for a moment. “Better?”
“Yes, thanks.” Elizabeth tasted the hot liquid again. “Ah, that’s good.”
Buy Cooper’s Redemption:
When Laney Ellis’ husband is killed by a bull, she is left alone to run their small cattle ranch and raise their son, Justin, on her own. One thing she is determined her son will never do is ride rodeo bulls. But that is the dream Justin holds dearest—to be exactly like his dad, the onetime Colorado State High School Rodeo Champion.
After his rodeo career peaks and begins to slide, Cody Utah opens a bull riding school. Although attracted to his next door neighbor, he steers clear. Cody has heard rumors Laney trapped her husband into marriage by getting pregnant in high school. The last thing Cody wants is children. His mother was a drunk, and he doesn’t know who his father is.
A bull’s hooves turned Laney’s world to dust; bull riding gave Cody a life worth living—can they find common ground?
Excerpt, Rodeo Man:
The kitchen felt too hot to Laney.
“Sit down. I’ll wash up and be right back.” She almost ran out of the room, glad to escape his prying eyes. Taking her time in the bathroom, she tried to come to grips with her raging hormones. Her face and neck wore a bright red flush. She hadn’t blushed this much in years. After scrubbing her hands and arms and running a brush through her hair, making it messier than ever, she returned to the kitchen. Cody sat at the table, a cup of coffee in front of him and another at the place opposite.
“You found the cups?” Duh.
“Yeah. I poured you some too.” He indicated her cup.
“Thanks.” She sat and took a sip. The hot liquid burned her mouth, and she coughed.
“Take it easy,” Cody said gently.
“I’m fine. Now that we’re warm and cozy, will you tell me why you showed up instead of my son?” She wasn’t going to be deterred again. He was going to answer her.
“He’s in my extra bedroom.” He acted as if this wasn’t the least bit unusual.
She shook her head. “Why, exactly?”
“You heard me. He showed up about an hour ago and wanted to stay. I told him he could sleep there for the night, but in the morning, he had to come home.” He met her eyes. “I’m not much happier than you are.”
For a minute, she couldn’t breathe. “You have no idea how unhappy I am.”
“I can guess.” He sounded so sure of himself she wanted to scream.
“Don’t bet on it.” She couldn’t sit there while he looked at her with a mixture of pity and smugness. Lurching to her feet, she grabbed her coat. “Take me to Justin now.”
He stood and blocked her way. “Do you think that’s a good idea? Maybe it would be a better idea to sleep on it. Settle down a hair—”
“I’m not going to calm down.” Her entire body trembled. “When I get hold of him…”
Buy Rodeo Man:
Falling in love with romance novels the summer before sixth grade, D’Ann Lindun never thought about writing one until many years later when she took a how-to class at her local college. She was hooked! She began writing and never looked back. Romance appeals to her because there’s just something so satisfying about writing a book guaranteed to have a happy ending. D’Ann’s particular favorites usually feature cowboys and the women who love them. This is probably because she draws inspiration from the area where she lives, Western Colorado, her husband of twenty-nine years and their daughter. Composites of their small farm, herd of horses, five Australian shepherds, a Queensland heeler, nine ducks and cats of every shape and color often show up in her stories!
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