Welcome Lynnette Austin

lynnettehallbergI’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

Check out www.lynnettehallberg.com for her non-Maverick Junction books.


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42 thoughts on “Welcome Lynnette Austin”

  1. Welcome Lynette,

    I’m not a follower of Country music.

    That said, I do like two of Willie Nelson’s hits: On THE ROAD AGAIN and YOU WERE ALWAYS ON MY MIND (Elvis cover)!

  2. My all time favorite is “how do I live” by Trisha Yearwood! I love this song.
    I have been with my hubby for 32 years! I don’t know what I would ever do if he was gone. Some say we are like Siamese twins. We do everything together. I have some ask “don’t you ever get tired of him”? I always tell them nah he’s my life. When they are gone, you won’t get the chance again! So enjoy them while you can. I know I am!
    Thanks for stoping by!

  3. Goodness, my favorite country song? I have too many to mention. I could go on for days with the ones that are favorites. The first comes to mind is what I heard last and was on my mind all night. Come Wake Me Up by Rascal Flatts. I’ve gotta try Bubba’s pulled pork recipe, That sounds so good (and easy). I can’t wait to read your new book.

  4. Oh I love all country music but right now my favorite song is “Hey Girl” by Billy Currington. I just love the covers of your book and they are on my list to read.
    Also, I loved the recipe for the pulled pork, will be trying it out soon.


  5. Hi Lynnette! Welcome to Petticoats and Pistols. We’re thrilled to have you come chat with us. I love country music. In fact I attended a country music festival last month in Red River, New Mexico. The highlight of that trip was meeting Richard Leigh who wrote “Don’t it Make My Brown Eyes Blue.” I thoroughly enjoyed listening to him play and sing. And then of course, there were the Tejas Brothers who are up and coming. My favorite country singer though (George Strait) was not there and that was a pity. I do love King George!! I could listen to him all day.

    Wishing you lots of success with your books!

  6. Janine and Melinda, I think you’ll love the pulled pork. So easy and oh, so, good. Add a side of baked beans, some corn pudding, and a glass of sweet tea. Put a little Blake or Miranda playing in the background as you eat. What could be better?

  7. Kim,

    I love Trish Yearwood. Now that lady not only sings, but she can cook! Have you taken a walk through her recipe books? In Somebody Like You, Cash needed help from his sister to fix dinner for Annie. He should’ve checked out one of Trish’s books. Although, I have to say, the fruit salad he fixed rocks! The recipe is in the book, BTW. 🙂

  8. I like the ideas for your dinner (although I’m not sure what corn pudding is, I’ll have to google it). Thanks for sharing.

  9. Welcome to the Junction, Lynnette!!! I love country music. I think my favorite song (today) is DONE. by The Band Perry. Such a fun song to join in with the singing. Not that I could carry a tune in a bucket…but still. 😉

  10. Renee,
    I swear Kimberly Perry has more energy than any one woman has the right to! 🙂 I watch her dancing and stomping in those heels she wears…and it makes my feet hurt even as I smile. I can’t sing, either, but that sure doesn’t stop me from doing it when some of my favorites come on. Do you remember Mississippi Girl by Faith Hill? Could not NOT sing with that. Same thing with Sugarland’s Stuck Like Glue.

  11. I’m loving the new Florida Georgia Line song “Cruise”… especially the remix with Nelly 🙂
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  12. Oh, Janine. You’ve never had corn pudding?!? I’m so sorry! It’s the ultra in comfort food. It’s also a Southern thing. Some call it scalloped corn. I was actually first introduced to it when we lived in Wyoming. My husband’s cousin’s wife (got that? 🙂 ) brought it for Thanksgiving…and I’ve never celebrated another Thanksgiving since without it.

  13. I will have to go with ALWAYS ON MY MIND by Willie Nelson! I was always a big fan of Willie. I love the older country music. Also Marty Robins had some awsome country western songs that I really enjoyed.

  14. Country’s not my musical genre, but I can come up with a few. Love John Prine — “Hello in There” is as sad as they come. For another sad one, Fred Eaglesmith’s “Harald Wilson.” And if I want something upbeat, “Wagon Wheel” by Old Crow Medicine Show.

    Love Cash Hardeman, too!

  15. Love the post! My Texas roots run deep, I have lived in Texas all my life. You just can’t beat a cowboy, a pickup truck and country music playing in the background.

  16. Country music favorite……I love them all and to pick just one seems disloyal to all the others but I do love anything by Lady A! And a new favorite is Hush Hush by the Pistol Annies.

    Bubba’s BBQ sounds great and I shall have to try it!

    Looking forward to reading your books!

  17. Lynette, I love the sound of these books. What fun. Love the tripletts and the city girl and the cowboy with no time who can’t get the WRONG woman off his mind.
    PERFECT! 🙂
    And all set to country music.
    Thanks for stopping by.

  18. Bubba’s pulled pork sounds delicious. I’m making that. I love good pulled pork but I never make it. It’s a favorite when I go out for that very reason. I like to eat things in restaurants I don’t make at home. If I could master this, I could save my eating out meals for something else. 🙂

  19. I’ve had such a great time here today with all y’all. 🙂 Mary, do try the pulled pork. The root beer acts as a tenderizer. I love it.
    And you absolutely have to have that country music playing–while you’re making it and while you’re eating it!

  20. Howdy from Texas, Lynnette! I enjoy tapping my toes and singing along with whatever country tune is playing on the radio! I can’t wait to visit Maverick Junction and meet all the great folks there!!

  21. Hi Britney. Somebody else said today that their favorite country song was whichever one was playing on the radio right then…and that’s pretty true, isn’t it?

    The Maverick Junction gang welcomes you! 🙂 They’re a very friendly bunch.

  22. Hi, Lynnette!

    Enjoyed your post, & love the idea of songs titles for your book titles. I’m sure Nearest Thing to Heaven is full of action with triplet three year olds running around causing trouble – sounds like a fun read.

    I like the country music from some years back, rather than a lot of what is playing now – there are a ton of songs that I like, but one of them is Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue by Crystal Gayle.

    The BBQ recipe is the easiest I’ve ever seen – I plan on trying it.


  23. I never thought I’d like country music! Growing up my parents listened to some (they grew up on farms) and I thought it sounded awful! Then when my middle daughter started listening to it when she was a teenager, I thought “No, not country music in my house!!!”. But, she had me listen to some and it wasn’t too bad! Now, many years later, I actually listen to some on my own (my daughter is long out of the house, on her own now!) I L-O-V-E the song, Need You Now by Lady Antebellum and several other country songs are on my iPod! Who knew???? 🙂

  24. Welcome, Lynnette. I love the sound of all the stories. Nearest Thing To Heaven sounds like it will touching. Who can resist triplet boys? That dad has his hands full and needs a good woman by his side. It seems Sophie is it, whether she knows it or is ready for it. I look forward to reading it as well as the others.
    I hope you have a wonderfully successful release for Nearest Thing To Heaven.

  25. I am new to Petticoats and Pistols as well. I am looking forward to hanging around on the site for awhile.

    As for a favorite country song of mine, I really like “Better Dig Two”.

    I am excited about the release of Nearest Thing to Heaven. I can’t wait. I love cowboys and your description of them was great to read. Not many men like that where I come from. Can you ship me one? LOL

  26. Thanks for the post Lynette. I haven’t got a favoirte song really. I love King George too. He’s still mighty fine. I went through my major country phase back when he was getting big. There is a song that I can’t remember the artist, it was done in the 80’s called Redneck Girl. I so liked that one. I drove my dad’s pickup to work so much it was almost mine. I was in between places and stayed with my folks for a while and had car problems so part of that song talks about driving her daddy’s truck and wearing her cowboy boots. I ran around in jeans and ropers about then. So fun to remember. Would truly like to read your book.

  27. Pretty Woman is one of my favorite movies. I don’t know how many times I’ve watched that movie. Tim McGraw is originally from my part of the country. I have family and friends that are cowboys and cowgirls. You can’t get much better than that. Loved your post! Please enter me in your giveaway. Thank you!

  28. Hey, Lynn,

    So sorry I’m late to the party. Busy weekend…3 commitments. But you know I LOVE your NEAREST THING TO HEAVEN. Can’t wait for its release, my forever critique partner 🙂
    Best, best, best with it!

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