We’re just a few days past Thanksgiving and I’m still working my way through turkey leftovers.
It’s making me nostalgic for the weekend I spent in Oklahoma when I was there visiting the restaurant I wrote into my two contemporary western romance series set in Oklahoma. Yes, I write real locations into my books, and actual menu items, such as the now infamous fried bologna sandwich on the menu at Joseph’s Fine Foods.
Amid the glut of turkey, I’m missing that smoked brisket with jalepeno hushpuppies, the fried bologna with sweet potato fries, and the biscuits and gravy the Joseph’s crew fed me.
I ate well while there and I always make sure my characters do too, like in my latest release, Midnight Wrangler. In the below scene, my hero is looking for barbecue but finds something else instead . . .
The smell of that day’s batch of meat in the smoker was enough to have Rohn’s mouth watering before he’d even cut the engine and climbed out of the truck’s cab.
Tyler could be an ass some days, but he hadn’t steered Rohn wrong when he’d brought him to this place and claimed Rohn would never eat barbecue anywhere else after tasting the food here. He didn’t like to give Tyler credit for being right too often—it might give the young cowboy a swelled head—but as he anticipated his first bite, he had to admit the kid knew his barbecue.
Rohn had just stepped out of the truck when a woman who looked too familiar to be a stranger caught his attention. He squinted through the midday glare, frowning, until recognition hit him like a sledgehammer to the chest.
A smile bowed Rohn’s lips. It had been a long time, but it was her. Yeah, she had changed a bit. She was older, a bit curvier, but he’d recognize her anywhere. From the blond curls that had tickled his cheek, to the curve of the hips he’d held on to tight in the bed of his truck where they’d first made love, he knew her. Even twenty-five years later.
Midnight Wrangler (Midnight Cowboys) by Cat Johnson
One Lonely Widower…
Rohn Lerner is a successful Oklahoma rancher. He’s old enough to know what he likes, and still young enough to enjoy it. But losing his wife five years ago wore him thin. He’s not ready to date, but he needs someone to share a meal with as badly as someone to warm his bed.
One Woman with a Secret…
Bonnie Martin fled her Oklahoma home years ago, leaving behind her abusive father, and Rohn, the lost love she never forgot. Now she’s back to settle her father’s estate, but she has no idea that she’s about to bump into Rohn or that they’ll fall for each other all over again.
One Night That Changes Everything…
“Johnson…sensitively paints a sweet and sizzling contemporary romance”
“a moving story about second chances and rediscovered love that will delight fans”
RT Book Reviews
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A New York Times and USA Today bestselling contemporary romance author, Cat Johnson is known for her creative marketing practices. Cat has sponsored bull-riding cowboys, promoted romance using bologna and owns a collection of cowboy boots and camouflage for book signings. A fair number of her research consultants wear combat or cowboy boots for a living. Find more at http://CatJohnson.net. Sign up for sale and new release alerts at http://catjohnson.net/news.