I’m thrilled to be here at Petticoats and Pistols! To celebrate, I’m giving away an eBook edition of Nearest Thing to Heaven, the second in my Maverick Junction series. Entering in the drawing is as simple as leaving a comment. So pour yourself a tall, ice-cold glass of sweet tea and let’s chat.
I watched Pretty Woman—again! When Edward arrived in that white limo with La Traviata blaring, I tried to imagine it without the music. I couldn’t—anymore than I can imagine life without country music. Chris Young, Tim McGraw, Band Perry…the list of favorites is long. These songs tell stories—happy ones, sad ones, stories about breaking up and stories about finding new love. This music played a huge role in my Maverick Junction, Texas series.
Although I’ve never lived in Texas, I did live in Wyoming for almost twenty years. A cowboy is a cowboy, whether he’s from Wyoming, Texas, or parts in between. Cowboys are strong and confident, and they’re not afraid of equally strong women. Instead, they celebrate them. Cowboys carry in their hearts old-fashioned values. They stand for their country and its flag, say yes ma’am and no sir, and love their mamas and daddies. They know how to treat their women and aren’t afraid of emotion, whether it’s anger or passion. They’re a throwback to a slower, easier time but with a kickass edge, and they’re irresistible in their worn jeans, cowboy boots, and Stetsons.
When Chris Young sings, I Can Take It From There, you know he can.
And don’t we just love that in our heroes? In Nearest Thing to Heaven, Ty Rawlins is that kind of guy.
With the holiday season fast approaching. Sophie London finds herself back in Maverick Junction for her cousin’s wedding to Cash Hardeman and runs headlong into Ty Rawlins, the widowed father of rambunctious triplets. Sophie, owner of Stardust Productions, believes in fairies and magic. Long-horned cattle, wide-open spaces, and three-year-olds with fishing worms dangling from their poles are enough to make any city girl run all the way back to Illinois in her Jimmy Choos. Ty, busy with the day-to-day duties as single daddy and owner of the Burnt Fork Ranch, has no time for romance. He’s had love and lost it. Yet he finds himself thinking of Sophie night and day. Can Ty convince both himself and Sophie that Maverick Junction is where she belongs, right beside him and his boys?
The titles of all my Maverick Junction books pay homage to great Country-Western songs. Somebody Like You is Cash and Annelise’s story—one sexy cowboy and a Harley-riding heiress, each with a secret. Nearest Thing to Heaven mixes strong emotion with a great deal of humor. In the third, Can’t Stop Lovin’ You, Brawley, country to the tips of his cowboy boots, is coming home to Maverick Junction; Maggie can’t wait to leave.
When any of the gang wants great barbeque, they head to Bubba’s Roadhouse. Psst. If you don’t tell anyone, I’ll share his secret recipe for pulled pork. It’s made in a slow cooker, so it’s not only the best ever but the easiest. Talk about taking the blue ribbon at the county fair!
Bubba’s Pulled Pork
1 (2 lb) pork tenderloin
1 (12 oz) can or bottle root beer
1 (18 oz) bottle BBQ sauce—I love Sticky Fingers myself!
Place the pork in a slow cooker and pour the root beer over it. Cover and cook on low until well-cooked, about 6 to 7 hours. Drain well. Shred, then stir in the BBQ sauce. That’s it. You’re good to go!
Since I’ve spilled Bubba’s secret recipe, how about telling us your favorite country song? And remember, I’ll choose a winner from those who leave a comment for a free eBook of Nearest Thing to Heaven, releasing October 1st but available now for preorder at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
Thanks so much for stopping by today! Hope to see you in Maverick Junction. I think you’ll like it there!
Lynnette Austin grew up in Pennsylvania’s Alleghany Mountains, moved to Upstate New York, then to the Rockies in Wyoming. Presently she and her husband divide their time between Southwest Florida’s beaches and Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Visit Lynnette at www.authorlynnetteaustin.com or twitter@lynnettaustin, Facebook, www.Goodreads.com/author/LynnetteHallberg
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