Welcome to my Friday bonus feature called Karen’s Killer Fixin’s **Author Special**!! Today, in lieu of one of my own recipes, I’m going to introduce you to a new author who will share one of her favorite recipes. Not only will you and I occasionally learn how to make something new and delicious, but we’ll get a chance to check out some wonderful authors. Introducing author, PATY JAGER, and her favorite recipe for PATY’S GRANOLA BARS!!
Lacey Wallis has put blood, sweat, and tears into her dream of making it to the National Finals Rodeo and isn’t about to let an injury stop her. However, she didn’t expect the ER nurse to be the man she had a crush on years ago, or to discover that crush hadn’t been one-sided.
Jared McIntyre lived through loving and the death of one thrill-seeking woman, and wasn’t about to let that happen again. Especially not to Lacey. But that would mean he’d have to allow himself to love again.
Which will it be, a life-long dream, or the love of a lifetime?
Melanie Trask ran away from an abusive husband and is hiding at a remote dude ranch. When she and the ranch owner can no longer deny their feelings, he offers to help her divorce her husband. But she has one more secret she hasn’t revealed…
Brett Wallis has fallen hard for the quiet, competent woman who landed at his ranch when he needed help. But will he be able to choose between Melanie or the ranch when he discovers the truth behind her secrecy?
By Paty Jager
Eating right is something we all strive for. It’s not always easy. The heroine in 8 Seconds to Love is a bull rider. To keep herself in top performing shape, she has to watch what she eats and do strength building workouts.
While researching for this character I asked a former high school bull rider, who was female, what it was like to ride a bull and what she did to prepare. She said once the boys realized she was there to ride bulls and not mess around, they helped her instead of chided her. She also said that most women don’t have the physical strength to hang on. She did push-ups twice a day and would do pull-ups on the bow gate panels while waiting for horse troughs to fill when she was at work at a stable.
Any kind of sport takes dedication and a willingness to stay focused on the task. When I asked her what she did to prepare herself for the ride mentally, she said, “I would run the scenario over and over in my head when I went to bed at night, imagining every which way that bull might turn or twist, or anything that could possibly happen while in the chute. But doing so helped me to where, when I did get on one I was calm and focused. The more nervous you are the more they start to thrash in the chute. They can feel your anxiety and it makes them anxious too. Best way to be is just focused on the moment while in there.”
Food is a great way to improve your physical and mental state. Below is a recipe from the Better Homes and Garden magazine that I revamped to make it healthier for me and my goals with my body and life. Because of my changes I call it: Paty’s Granola Bars
Paty Jager is an award-winning author of 32 novels, 8 novellas, and numerous anthologies of murder mystery and western romance. All her work has Western or Native American elements in them along with hints of humor and engaging characters. This is what Romance Junkies has to say about the Tumbling Creek Ranch series: “There are twists and turns to the story with a nice flow and a depth to the characters. The vivid scenic descriptions made me feel like I was there… I hope to return to Tumbling Creek Ranch over and over again.”
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2 cups crisp rice cereal
1½ cups rolled oats ( I use regular)
1 cup toast almonds chopped in chunks
½ cup extra dark chocolate baking chips (63% cacao) I use Ghirardelli and chop it into chunks.
1/8 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
¼ cup agave
1/3 cup almond butter
½ teaspoon vanilla
- Line an 8x8x2 or 9x9x2 inch baking pan and line with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl combine cereal, oats, almonds, chocolate and salt. Set aside.
- In a small saucepan combine brown sugar, agave, almond butter, and vanilla. Heat and stir over medium heat 3 to 5 minutes or until mixture is smooth and warm. Pour over cereal mixture. Stir to combine.
- Transfer mixture to prepared pan, pressing firmly and evenly; let cool. Use parchment to remove from pan; cut into 16 squares.
**SPECIAL GIVEAWAY**: 8 Seconds to Love is $0.99 through the month of July to help showcase the Book 2, Love Me Anyway, of the Tumbling Creek Ranch Series just released. Post a comment and your name will go in the drawing for an ebook of Love Me Anyway.
Thanks, Paty, for sharing your book with us!
Don’t miss the chance to read this book!