Hello and welcome to Romance Recipes where I am happy to introduce you to a new author and a new recipe! Two of my favorite things! Today I am bringing you author, Cyndia Rios-Myers, and her recipe for Cindy’s Easy Onion Soup Potatoes along with an introduction to her contemporary western romance/women’s fiction, Nice Shootin’ Tex!. Please join me in welcoming Cyndia and savor her recipe for Cindy’s Easy Onion Soup Potatoes as you read about her new book!
The book I would love to preview is Nice Shootin’ Tex!, a Contemporary Western/Romance/Women’s Fiction novel about a cowgirl who is ready to strike out on her own. Here is the write-up:
Lauren McCoy is a beautiful smart, artistic, sweet, hardworking, sharp-shooting cowgirl of a woman who is feeling the urge to leave her daddy’s farm and strike out on her own to make a life for herself, and hopefully find love too. The catalyst for change in her life is cable TV show shooting contest that her brother enters her into. Defying her father and going further away from home than she ever has before, she goes on to show the world (and a very sexy TV show host) just how good a shot she is. However, there is more to winning at shooting and winning at love than meets the eye. Lauren learns that even though she can’t win at everything, she is still triumphant because she has a home full of love to come home to, and a happy future she could not predict.
The recipe that I would love to showcase for this book is my Onion Soup Potatoes recipe. It is not one that Lauren makes in the book, but it is one that she would make as it is easy and way delicious.
Cindy’s Easy Onion Soup Potatoes:
1/3 cup of cooking oil (canola, corn – anything in your cupboard)
Warm up your oven to 450 degrees.
After that, line a baking dish in non-stick foil (for easy cleanup). With a cutting board and a very sharp knife, cut potato-chip thin slices of potatoes and place those in the baking dish. (You can throw them in there any way you’d like).
Once that is done, put it into the pre-heated stove. It will take about 40 minutes or so for this to cook. Be sure to flip the potatoes once ever fifteen minutes or so. You will know that they are done once the potatoes on top are a light golden brown and crispy. Enjoy!
Vibrant red canopies covered the grounds behind the mansion. Under one canopy was a Barbeque pit being tended to by uniformed employees. Another tent contained tables with electronic equipment with small monitors, and a few people watching those. The third tent, a very large one held a massive screen. Stepping closer to that tent, I found that the images on the screen were bits and pieces of Season One of American Sharpshooter. I was impressed by the skills demonstrated by the competitors on the show. Some of the shots I knew I could have made; others I was certain that I could not make.
“I’m going to go mingle,” said Suzy after a minute.
“I think that I’ll stay here to watch the footage for a while longer,” I said with a smile.
“It’s good preparation; I watched the entire show myself already.”
With that, she left my side. I watched her as she easily mingled with a few of the guys outside of the food and beverage tent. I knew that I should do the same, but I was too transfixed with the footage from the last season of the show.
“I hated the way my hair looked last season,” I heard a voice say from next to me.
Trevor was standing right next to me; he wasn’t looking at me at all but was watching the video on the large screen. My heart began to pound in my chest at the realization of his presence. How long had he been standing there? Not knowing what else to do, I looked back at the screen. His hair had been longer, but it didn’t look bad. Nervously, I turned to look at him and noticed that it was shorter – and that it looked better too.
“It looked good then, Trevor. It looks good now,” I said with a blush.
Just then, he turned his beautiful green eyes from the screen to my own. My breathing quickened and my pulse raced as I felt his eyes drink me in. I watched as his eyes looked me over and I felt my mouth dry.
“You look lovely tonight, Lauren,” he said in a quiet, husky tone.
I took a breath and held it as I looked at him up close. His skin was lightly tanned – he probably worked in the sun a lot. He had a long straight nose that looked so refined on him. His dark brown hair and his dark eyelashes made his green eyes pop even more. He wore a red canvas shirt like the kind Tim wore. He also wore blue jeans and boots. He wasn’t that tall though – maybe only five foot ten to my five feet of height but with all of his features, he looked like he belonged on a commercial or a magazine or something – he looked that handsome. Which was probably why he was on television, after all. Finally, I released the breath I’d forgotten I’d been holding. He half smiled at me before speaking again in a low tone.
“It was nice…standing with you here, Lauren. But I’ve got to get back to work now.”
My heart picked up its pace with those words. Did that mean that Trevor…the person and not the TV host might be interested in me? God, I hoped so. I then remembered my words earlier and my face flushed.
“I’m sorry about what I said earlier – when I called you a Prison Warden. I’m sure that you have a job to do and I’m sorry if I offended you.”
He leaned his head back then and laughed out loud. His green eyes were mischievous as he looked at me again.
“Don’t you apologize for that. It was pretty funny, actually.”
I smiled in relief at that.
His expression went a bit serious then. I watched his eyes go from me to something just behind me. He then looked down at me and smiled again, but the expression looked forced.
“I am the face of this show. Sometimes that’s fortunate but other times it is unfortunate. Just like it is now.”
I watched as he took a step away from me and addressed someone I had not yet seen. Looking around, I saw that the rest of the contestants were watching us with varying degrees of interest. Had I done something wrong?
“One of those unfortunate things is the footage I am about to show you all here on the big screen. It is the audition footage that each of you sent in. From this point on, you’ll be able to gauge your competitors – see their strengths and weaknesses.”
Trevor took a couple more steps away from me and spoke in a louder voice.
“You might have made friends in the past four hours or so – or might have at least made friendly with your competitors. That might be about to change.”
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Cyndia Rios-Myers is a writer based out of San Diego, California. She is the author of The Song of the Sleeping Grass, Joppa Park, Summation of Love, and the paranormal series of novellas called The Wolves. When not writing, she is a stay-at-home-mom, a social media addict and a daydreamer. You can keep up with on her website at: www.cyndiariosmyers.blogspot.com.
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