WHEN THE STORM BREAKS (Lost Stars #2) by EMERY ROSE

‘That night I fell a little bit harder for the man who fixed broken horses and for the boy who had been forced to see the ugly side of life too young.’

We were intrigued by Brody in When the Stars Fall (Lost Stars #1) and couldn't wait to dig a little deeper into his past, and of course, spend some time with Brody and his sweet little boy Noah. What a wonderful relationship these two had. We knew it would take a tenacious woman to snag this gorgeous gruff cowboy and gain his hard-earned trust, and once again, this author didn't let us down.

We’re officially addicted and hope more characters get to tell their story! We know we’ll be there for every single one of them! Who will be next we wonder? We want to hear them all! If you love angst, heat, passion, rock stars, cowboys and romance, a small-town vibe, and a loveable little boy, be sure to add this book to your TBR’s!

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Must-Read Biography & Memoir Books | March 2021

Must-Read Biography & Memoir Books | March 2021

There have been some amazing new biography and memoir book releases recently, so we wanted to share some of our favorites with you. Don’t miss the latest books by bestselling authors Hari Ziyad, Julia Cooke, Jamie Kern Lima, Luvvie Ajayi Jones, Mia Hayes, and Isabel Allende. We hope you enjoy your new books!


Black Boy Out of Time

by Hari Ziyad

Release Date: March 1, 2021

One of nineteen children in a blended family, Hari Ziyad was raised by a Hindu Hare Kṛṣṇa mother and a Muslim father. Through reframing their own coming-of-age story, Ziyad takes readers on a powerful journey of growing up queer and Black in Cleveland, Ohio, and of navigating the equally complex path toward finding their true self in New York City. Exploring childhood, gender, race, and the trust that is built, broken, and repaired through generations, Ziyad investigates what it means to live beyond the limited narratives Black children are given and challenges the irreconcilable binaries that restrict them.

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Come Fly the World

by Julia Cooke

Release Date: March 2, 2021

Required to have a college education, speak two languages, and possess the political savvy of a Foreign Service officer, a jet-age stewardess serving on iconic Pan Am between 1966 and 1975 also had to be between 5′3″ and 5′9″, between 105 and 140 pounds, and under 26 years of age at the time of hire.Cooke’s intimate storytelling weaves together the real-life stories of a memorable cast of characters.

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Believe IT

by Jamie Kern Lima

Release Date: February 23, 2021

In Believe IT, Jamie Kern Lima, founder of IT Cosmetics, shares the wild but true story of how a once struggling waitress turned her against-the-grain idea into an international bestselling sensation, eventually selling the company for over a billion dollars and becoming the first female CEO of a brand in L’Oréal’s 100+ year history.

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Professional Troublemaker

by Luvvie Ajayi Jones

Release Date: March 2, 2021

Luvvie Ajayi Jones is known for her trademark wit, warmth, and perpetual truth-telling. But even she’s been challenged by the enemy of progress known as fear. She was once afraid to call herself a writer, and nearly skipped out on doing a TED talk that changed her life because of imposter syndrome. As she shares in Professional Troublemaker, she’s not alone.

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Always Yours, Bee

by Mia Hayes

Release Date: February 28, 2021

On a rainy November day, Mia Hayes’ husband left for work on his Vespa. Normally, she would have driven him, but Mia was waiting on a phone call with an editor and didn’t have time. She never saw that caring, loving version of her husband again. The fallout from his accident–Mia’s guilt and her husband’s PTSD, memory loss, and depression–consumed their lives over the next five years as her laid-back husband changed into an angry man with few memories of their past. Desperate to hold her fragile family together, Mia ignored her own unraveling and plunged into bipolar depression.

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The Soul of a Woman

by Isabel Allende

Release Date: March 2, 2021

“When I say that I was a feminist in kindergarten, I am not exaggerating,” begins Isabel Allende. As a child, she watched her mother, abandoned by her husband, provide for her three small children without “resources or voice.” Isabel became a fierce and defiant little girl, determined to fight for the life her mother couldn’t have.

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New Mystery & Thriller Books For Your Reading List | March 20201

New Mystery & Thriller Books For Your Reading List | March 20201

Have you made it to the end of your mystery and thriller reading list? On the lookout for some new book recommendations to add to your list? You’ve come to the right place because we’ve found these exciting new releases from bestselling authors Blair Howard, Willow Rose, Stephen King, Alex Finlay, T E Kinsey, and Nalini Singh. Enjoy your new books!


One Dark Night

by Blair Howard

Release Date: February 28, 2021

The sixth book in the Harry Starke Genesis Series by Blair Howard… One Dark Night… Geeze, was that ever a doozy of a case? See? It was April first, 1998 when the bodies of two teenagers, a young fella and his girlfriend, both high school seniors, were found among the trees on a lonely road just inside the city limits. The bodies had been stripped and left for the wild animals to… well, you get the idea. The cops had a good idea who the killer was, but they never could prove it, so the case went cold… until April first, 2012 when local DA, Larry Spruce, asked me to take a look at it.

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To Die For

by Willow Rose

Release Date: February 28, 2021

The eighth book in the Eva Rae Thomas Mystery Series by Willow Rose… It is a typical Tuesday morning. Scott Benton gets up, kisses his girlfriend Sarah goodbye, and goes to work. But when he returns home from work later in the afternoon, his girlfriend of two years is gone. And just like that, Scott’s life is turned upside down. The police are after him, thinking he hurt her. His friends and family have turned their backs on him, thinking the same. Meanwhile, there is one thing Scott can’t stop thinking about.

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Later

by Stephen King

Release Date: March 2, 2021

The son of a struggling single mother, Jamie Conklin just wants an ordinary childhood. But Jamie is no ordinary child. Born with an unnatural ability his mom urges him to keep secret, Jamie can see what no one else can see and learn what no one else can learn. But the cost of using this ability is higher than Jamie can imagine – as he discovers when an NYPD detective draws him into the pursuit of a killer who has threatened to strike from beyond the grave.

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Every Last Fear

by Alex Finlay

Release Date: March 2, 2021

After a late night of partying, NYU student Matt Pine returns to his dorm room to devastating news: nearly his entire family—his mom, his dad, his little brother and sister—have been found dead from an apparent gas leak while vacationing in Mexico. The local police claim it was an accident, but the FBI and State Department seem far less certain—and they won’t tell Matt why.

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The Deadly Mystery of the Missing Diamonds

by T E Kinsey

Release Date: March 1, 2021

The first book in a Dizzy Heights Mystery Series by T E Kinsey… Missing diamonds. Mysterious deaths. And all that jazz. London, 1925. With their band the Dizzy Heights, jazz musicians Ivor ‘Skins’ Maloney and Bartholomew ‘Barty’ Dunn are used to improvising as they play the Charleston for flappers and toffs, but things are about to take a surprising turn.

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Quiet in Her Bones

by Nalini Singh

Release Date: February 23, 2021

When socialite Nina Rai disappeared without a trace, everyone wrote it off as another trophy wife tired of her wealthy husband. But now her bones have turned up in the shadowed green of the forest that surrounds her elite neighborhood, a haven of privilege and secrets that’s housed the same influential families for decades. The rich live here, along with those whose job it is to make their lives easier. And somebody knows what happened to Nina one rainy night ten years ago.

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New Fantasy and Science Fiction Book Recommendations | March 2021

New Fantasy and Science Fiction Book Recommendations | March 2021

Need some fantasy and science fiction reading list recommendations? You’ve come to the right place because we’ve got a new list of latest release books from bestselling authors Kim Petersen, John Reedburg, Spaulding Taylor, Angelina J. Steffort, JMD Reid, and Kate Hope Day. Happy reading!


Blood Legends: The Complete Trilogy Part One

by Kim Petersen

Release Date: March 2, 2021

What if saving humanity meant facing your deepest fears? A deadly virus has ravaged the earth. Human survivors spend their days and nights fighting to stay alive in a world now owned by vampires. Jett’s plans to get further off-grid fall apart when his woman suddenly disappears at the hands of the hawkers – the most deplorable and dangerous humans to survive the apocalypse. Now, Jett is forced to confront evil head-on as he faces choices that he never dreamed possible. Will Jett play it safe and conform to the new world? Or will he stand firm in his beliefs and fight for freedom?

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Cracks Of Light

by John Reedburg

Release Date: February 8, 2021

Growing up in a broken home will always be a rough ride for any child caught in the crossfire. Naturally, when The Light speaks to nine-year-old Demetrius, he is too afraid to tell his bipolar mother what he has seen… However, after young Demetrius develops a secret friendship with The Light, he is taken to “The Other Side,” a metaphysical realm where he meets his ancestors and learns about coping with childhood trauma, domestic abuse, and mental illness.

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Last Star Standing

by Spaulding Taylor

Release Date: February 18, 2021

Aiden has always felt like an outsider. After the rebel assassin is captured and imprisoned by the world’s galactic overlords, he awaits execution. Then a mole working for the occupying regime alerts him to a plot that could destroy the entire resistance… Engineering a daring escape, Aiden’s growing feud with the new rebel leader leaves him out in the cold and smouldering with resentment. Faced with deceit and betrayals on every side, he recruits a group of overlooked outcasts and stakes everything on one last mission.

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Shadow Rule

by Angelina J. Steffort

Release Date: February 28, 2021

The third book in the Shattered Kingdom Series by Angelina J. Steffort… Gandrett can no longer hope that she has a dying chance to save the Prince of Ulfray nor the friend the Dragon King has taken from her. But she won’t give up—even if it means she has to travel to the forests of Ulfray first to help the Prince of Fae to wake his people. Gandrett leaves behind the ruins of the future of Sives and embarks on an adventure of her own—where she gets more than she bargained for.

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Jewels of Illumination Box Set

by JMD Reid

Release Date: February 17, 2021

Life had gone wrong for Obhin. Once a respected palace guard, now he sells his sword as a bandit. Trapped by his missteps, he has little reason for hope… Until one young woman sees more in him. Passionate and headstrong, Avena has no patience for bullies. Haunted by her own bleak past, the healer sees in Obhin a chance for escape…a chance for them both. This misfit pairing must learn to trust each other as they struggle to survive in a city of poverty and vice, for dark sorcerers, underworld crime bosses, and brutal bandits scheme to destroy them.

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In the Quick

by Kate Hope Day

Release Date: March 2, 2021

June is a brilliant but difficult girl with a gift for mechanical invention who leaves home to begin grueling astronaut training at the National Space Program. Younger by two years than her classmates at Peter Reed, the school on campus named for her uncle, she flourishes in her classes but struggles to make friends and find true intellectual peers. Six years later, she has gained a coveted post as an engineer on a space station.

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Must-Read Romance Books | March 2021

Must-Read Romance Books | March 2021

March is here and what better way to start the month than with some new must-read romance book recommendations. Check out the latest from bestselling authors Kelsey Kingsley, Lorelei James, Carly Grant, Melanie Harlow, Olivia Miles, and Kristen Callihan. Enjoy your new books!


Scars & Silver Linings

by Kelsey Kingsley

Release Date: February 26, 2021

Two little, pink lines should have been a good thing, but for Kendall Wright, it felt like the end of the world. Especially when her career as a successful romance novelist had only just begun to take off. But with the acceptance of her flaky boyfriend, and the help of a friendly bartender, she begins to see how those two little, pink lines could actually be a blessing. Except pregnancy isn’t always what it’s cut out to be, and sometimes, things can take a turn for the worst when you least expect it.

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Cowboy Bites

by Lorelei James & Suzanne M. Johnson

Release Date: February 23, 2021

New York Times bestselling author Lorelei James has whipped up six brand new Rough Riders short stories featuring fan favorite couples—Cord and AJ, Colby and Channing, Keely and Jack, Colt and India, Carter and Macie, and Boone and Sierra. These slice of life tales are the perfect accompaniment to USA Today Bestselling author Suzanne Johnson’s delicious, down home recipes—family fare created to share round the table with love, laughter, and plenty of second helpings.

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Back to You

by Carly Grant

Release Date: February 15, 2021

The first book in the Turning Tides Series by Carly Grant… Heartbroken and lost. That’s how Annie Collins left small-town Crestpoint Beach when she was eighteen and an aspiring interior designer. And that’s how she returns years later, starting over as a widow at thirty-five. Coming home to help care for her aging father while she sorts out her life, Annie moves into her grandparents’ old beach house. The big, beautiful home needs a little TLC, but Annie has the support of her free-spirited younger sister, Hannah, who dreams of turning the beach house into a B&B together.

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Call Me Crazy

by Melanie Harlow

Release Date: February 22, 2021

It was the perfect plan. I needed a wife–temporarily–in order to inherit the family business. And she needed a favor–the kind that takes nine months to deliver. We had it all worked out, from the no-touching policy on our wedding night (her rule) to the no-falling-in-love decree (mine). She’d marry me, I’d give her the means to have the baby she’d always wanted, and one year later we’d amicably part ways with no hassle, no demands, and certainly no regrets.

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Return to Me

by Olivia Miles

Release Date: February 16, 2021

The fifth book in the Blue Harbor Series by Olivia Miles… When Brooke Conway left Blue Harbor six years ago, she said goodbye to more than just her friends and family. Newly married with big dreams and plans, the future she had envisioned took an unexpected turn, leaving her on her own in the life she and her husband were supposed to share. Now Brooke is back in town to open her bridal boutique, an irony that is not lost on her. Because while she may be giving other women the wedding dress of their dreams, she knows it’s time to end her marriage to Kyle Harrison once and for all.

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Make It Sweet

by Kristen Callihan

Release Date: February 23, 2021

Life for Emma isn’t good. The world knows her as Princess Anya on Dark Castle, but then her character gets the axe—literally. The cherry on top is finding her boyfriend in bed with another woman. She needs a break, and sanctuary comes in the form of Rosemont, a gorgeous estate in California promising rest and relaxation. Then she meets the owner’s equally gorgeous grandson, ex–hockey player and current recluse Lucian Osmond, and she sees her own pain and yearning reflected in his eyes.

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CANDY COLORED SKY by GINGER SCOTT

‘I don’t know exactly who I’m supposed to be around her, or rather, what version of me she needs the most. I don’t think I actually have versions.’

Candy Colored Sky by Ginger Scott was a beauty of a book, so much so, we couldn’t put it down and upon finishing had to sit and process the words for a while. Whilst agonisingly heartbreaking, this story is inspiring, hopeful, sweet and uplifting. It is real life, and Candy Colored Sky had an authenticity we do not often come across in our fiction, which we loved. Told purely in eighteen year old, Jonah Wydner’s pov it offers a perspective we are not often privy to, either. A young man who despite his own self-deprecating thoughts knows exactly who he is and what his heart wants. Steadfast and loyal, his character stole our hearts and we saw him as nothing short of wonderful.

Brilliantly written and compelling, Ginger Scott ensures you connect with every single character and whilst the storyline moves along slowly, time truly ceases to exist on your journey alongside, Jonah. We don’t often read YA these days as the essence of this genre can oftentimes lose its ‘age’ and realism, whilst still staying in its fictional lane, however, when we do and are treated to such a wonderful book as Candy Colored Sky we feel invigorated and in awe. No hesitation in our recommendation, that this is a book that needs to be read. Everyone should meet Jonah!

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Interview with Spaulding Taylor, Author of Last Star Standing

What can you tell us about your new release, Last Star Standing?

Last Star Standing is basically escapism – it feels like much more like action/adventure or a straight thriller than science fiction.

It’s set in the near future – 2094 – and follows an alien invasion – so it has to be marketed as sci-fi – but it’s really about the narrator’s tough, terrifying, but ultimately life-affirming personal journey.

This book ambushed me, about three years ago. I was meditating, something I do very badly. Despite this, I’ve had several great experiences when I try – swirling colors come to me – images, ideas – in this case, a character.

I was looking down, from the Earth’s surface, about a hundred meters, through a metallic shaft, at a young man imprisoned in a metal chair. It was Aiden, my narrator, and – from that first, bizarre introduction – he pursued me, even pestered me.

With sinking heart I realized that he was asking me to write science fiction, about which I knew almost nothing.

A crazy idea. Every time it returned, I pushed it away.

But Aiden fought back. He wanted the book to happen. He wanted to be. And – long story short, because he wouldn’t give in – he persuaded me. Today, Last Star Standing will be published.

If you read it, I hope you enjoy it. If you enjoy it, I hope you review it.

But most of all, in these tough times, I hope that it really does offer at least a little – escape.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I come from a very bookish family – my father is a biographer and my mother an editor – but I also suspect it’s also because I grew up in Bangkok, Seoul, Singapore and Myanmar.

My father was a US diplomat and we moved around a lot. But wherever we moved, in the Asia of the 60s and 70s there was very little American TV.

Instead, we read. My sister Kathy (fifteen months my junior) and I read constantly. And, to amuse her, I wrote stories from about age five, rubbish poetry from about age seven, and finished writing my first novel at fourteen. This novel, of course, was also really terrible. But the fact that I wrote it shows how dedicated we were to books!

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

Jane Austen’s Emma, Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, The Catcher in the Rye, 1984, Jane Eyre.

(Off the top of my head. But the first two never change.)

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?

I can’t even imagine being the host of a literary talk show, sorry!

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Its solitary nature. Which is also my least favorite thing about writing!

Before the pandemic hit, I had the ideal life: freelancing on the cello in London orchestras AND writing – or else ghosting – fiction. The combination was perfect: in an orchestra you’re surrounded by people, while when you’re writing you’re all on your own. Writing fiction feels like heaven after being an orchestra team member all day – walking into a crowded concert hall feels revitalizing after working alone in a study for hours.

At the moment, of course, orchestras are not happening.

What is a typical day like for you?

In the pandemic? Boring… No chamber music, no orchestras – and no tennis!!! I’m addicted to tennis!!!

I also miss traveling: I’ve lived in seven countries and visited 44. I have family in America that I miss. I have a second home in Crete that I miss… But it can’t last forever, right?

What scene from Last Star Standing was your favorite to write?

I love the end of Last Star Standing. It has a hugely life-affirming ending. Even when I was proofreading it moved me, and made me feel honoured to have been gifted with this particular story. It’s at moments like that one when I thank Aiden for nagging me into writing it!

Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?

No, I don’t, but this quote from Nelson Mandela has always moved me:

“As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison.”

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Interview with Spaulding Taylor, Author of Last Star Standing

What can you tell us about your new release, Last Star Standing?

Last Star Standing is basically escapism – it feels like much more like action/adventure or a straight thriller than science fiction.

It’s set in the near future – 2094 – and follows an alien invasion – so it has to be marketed as sci-fi – but it’s really about the narrator’s tough, terrifying, but ultimately life-affirming personal journey.

This book ambushed me, about three years ago. I was meditating, something I do very badly. Despite this, I’ve had several great experiences when I try – swirling colors come to me – images, ideas – in this case, a character.

I was looking down, from the Earth’s surface, about a hundred meters, through a metallic shaft, at a young man imprisoned in a metal chair. It was Aiden, my narrator, and – from that first, bizarre introduction – he pursued me, even pestered me.

With sinking heart I realized that he was asking me to write science fiction, about which I knew almost nothing.

A crazy idea. Every time it returned, I pushed it away.

But Aiden fought back. He wanted the book to happen. He wanted to be. And – long story short, because he wouldn’t give in – he persuaded me. Today, Last Star Standing will be published.

If you read it, I hope you enjoy it. If you enjoy it, I hope you review it.

But most of all, in these tough times, I hope that it really does offer at least a little – escape.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I come from a very bookish family – my father is a biographer and my mother an editor – but I also suspect it’s also because I grew up in Bangkok, Seoul, Singapore and Myanmar.

My father was a US diplomat and we moved around a lot. But wherever we moved, in the Asia of the 60s and 70s there was very little American TV.

Instead, we read. My sister Kathy (fifteen months my junior) and I read constantly. And, to amuse her, I wrote stories from about age five, rubbish poetry from about age seven, and finished writing my first novel at fourteen. This novel, of course, was also really terrible. But the fact that I wrote it shows how dedicated we were to books!

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

Jane Austen’s Emma, Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, The Catcher in the Rye, 1984, Jane Eyre.

(Off the top of my head. But the first two never change.)

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?

I can’t even imagine being the host of a literary talk show, sorry!

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Its solitary nature. Which is also my least favorite thing about writing!

Before the pandemic hit, I had the ideal life: freelancing on the cello in London orchestras AND writing – or else ghosting – fiction. The combination was perfect: in an orchestra you’re surrounded by people, while when you’re writing you’re all on your own. Writing fiction feels like heaven after being an orchestra team member all day – walking into a crowded concert hall feels revitalizing after working alone in a study for hours.

At the moment, of course, orchestras are not happening.

What is a typical day like for you?

In the pandemic? Boring… No chamber music, no orchestras – and no tennis!!! I’m addicted to tennis!!!

I also miss traveling: I’ve lived in seven countries and visited 44. I have family in America that I miss. I have a second home in Crete that I miss… But it can’t last forever, right?

What scene from Last Star Standing was your favorite to write?

I love the end of Last Star Standing. It has a hugely life-affirming ending. Even when I was proofreading it moved me, and made me feel honoured to have been gifted with this particular story. It’s at moments like that one when I thank Aiden for nagging me into writing it!

Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?

No, I don’t, but this quote from Nelson Mandela has always moved me:

“As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison.”

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The Story Behind Cowboy Bites by Lorelei James

By Lorelei James

I’d like to claim that the concept of pairing beloved reader stories with a kick-ass chef’s recipes was entirely my idea.

Truth is…it wasn’t.

Blue Box Press has put out several volumes of these writer and chef cookbooks. Some of my author friends have gone this route and I admit to jealousy about the cool stuff they were creating with words and food. So when the sweet and talented Suzanne Johnson had an opening in her schedule, I jumped right in, asking if she’d be interested in collaborating. She said yes, and we immediately sat down and began planning what type of cookbook it’d be.

Many of the characters in my Rough Riders series are great home cooks and there were a few infamous foodstuffs (like jams and brownies) that I knew my readers would love to recreate in their own kitchens. Since a few of my characters work in the restaurant industry, I wanted to explore the “signature dish” situation of a hometown diner. But because the series is set in rural Wyoming, I didn’t want odd or exotic ingredients for the recipes. And beings the McKay family are ranchers, I asked that some of the recipes be hearty enough to feed hungry, hard-working men, as well as being family friendly. But I also suggested a section of recipes for people who aren’t great cooks (like one of my female characters) that were super easy to prepare. Oh, and needed a fun section with appetizers and drinks.

Sort of a tall order, but to no one’s surprise, Suzanne delivered every single thing I asked for!

For the story aspect of the cookbook, I chose six couples from my Rough Riders world. Rather than writing a linear timeline, I opted to pick a different time in each of the couples’ lives, which allowed me to show my readers a slice of life, after the happily-ever-afters 😊

Because of COVID-19, Suzanne and I weren’t able to get together physically so I could sample her creations, but I had laid claim to a couple of recipes she’d had created during our author retreat weekends. Instead, she sent me pictures of everything she whipped up, and man, that was torture because I could see the love and care she put into the preparations.

So readers are in for a treat with good food and fun stories!

 

Lorelei James is the author of the new book Cowboy Bites.

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The Story Behind Cowboy Bites by Lorelei James

By Lorelei James

I’d like to claim that the concept of pairing beloved reader stories with a kick-ass chef’s recipes was entirely my idea.

Truth is…it wasn’t.

Blue Box Press has put out several volumes of these writer and chef cookbooks. Some of my author friends have gone this route and I admit to jealousy about the cool stuff they were creating with words and food. So when the sweet and talented Suzanne Johnson had an opening in her schedule, I jumped right in, asking if she’d be interested in collaborating. She said yes, and we immediately sat down and began planning what type of cookbook it’d be.

Many of the characters in my Rough Riders series are great home cooks and there were a few infamous foodstuffs (like jams and brownies) that I knew my readers would love to recreate in their own kitchens. Since a few of my characters work in the restaurant industry, I wanted to explore the “signature dish” situation of a hometown diner. But because the series is set in rural Wyoming, I didn’t want odd or exotic ingredients for the recipes. And beings the McKay family are ranchers, I asked that some of the recipes be hearty enough to feed hungry, hard-working men, as well as being family friendly. But I also suggested a section of recipes for people who aren’t great cooks (like one of my female characters) that were super easy to prepare. Oh, and needed a fun section with appetizers and drinks.

Sort of a tall order, but to no one’s surprise, Suzanne delivered every single thing I asked for!

For the story aspect of the cookbook, I chose six couples from my Rough Riders world. Rather than writing a linear timeline, I opted to pick a different time in each of the couples’ lives, which allowed me to show my readers a slice of life, after the happily-ever-afters 😊

Because of COVID-19, Suzanne and I weren’t able to get together physically so I could sample her creations, but I had laid claim to a couple of recipes she’d had created during our author retreat weekends. Instead, she sent me pictures of everything she whipped up, and man, that was torture because I could see the love and care she put into the preparations.

So readers are in for a treat with good food and fun stories!

 

Lorelei James is the author of the new book Cowboy Bites.

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