The Reason is You with new digs!
Yesterday was release day for THE REASON IS YOU. Again.
It debuted last year in trade paperback, and this year it is back in mass market with a hot new cover and new price. With a dog—because my editor decided that dogs are the new blue, and boots and bluebonnets because Texas is evidently the thing. Now, I live in Texas and there are no bluebonnets around me, and I don’t own a pair of boots, but I’m game.
And I love that cover. It’s so much fun, and I’m tickled to death that Bojangles the Rottweiler made the cover.
In addition to a new cover, I got creative with some swag that really reflects both my main character Dani and myself. Because let’s face it, we all end up writing about some version of ourselves.
Do you like to eat? Do you like to cook? Do you like to bake?
I love food. Like—way too much. Like—I plan my day around what we’re going to eat that night. Now, that being said, that does not mean I like to cook.
Cooking, no. Baking? Yes.
I don’t do it as often as I’d like, which is probably a good thing, but I love the smell of things baking and bubbling and filling the house with yum. I love that look my dog gets when it’s all just too much and she’s about to go postal on me from the sheer drool-worthy aromas.
So, when I was writing THE REASON IS YOU, and Dani and her daughter Riley go into this boardwalk restaurant, Ella’s, I had to go there. And I had to go with dessert. Here’s a little snippet…
Just inside heavy double-oak doors was a giant framed chalkboard that looked to weigh a thousand pounds and sported several specials in different colored chalk. The floor appeared to be the original planking, and stainless steel buckets lined the wall, filled with napkins and wrapped silverware. A waitress snagged a bucket and nodded for us to follow her.
“We’re just getting something to go,” I said, pointing at the menus under her arm. “Could we just—?”
The perky little blue-eyed blonde glared at me as she handed us the menus.
I opened one and we perused with our heads together. Bread pudding. Key lime pie—yum, but already had pie. Already had lots of things, but somehow still ended up with my nose in the dessert section. Giant brownie volcano. Sopapilla cheesecake.
“Oh, now that has possibilities.” I pointed at what was likely death by butter.
“I recommend the banana pudding.”
The voice came from behind and over my head, and I spun around to see Jason walk past us and up to the counter.
Riley’s eyebrows shot up. “Who’s that?”
“Like I said.”
In the last year, I cannot tell you how many book club events I attended that made both of these dishes! It so inspired me, that I got recipe cards made up for the sopapilla cheesecake. Are these cute or what?
They are 3×5 and will fit beautifully in a recipe box. And because I couldn’t stop there, I did one for my other book, BEFORE AND EVER SINCE, too. Couldn’t help myself.
Have you ever had sopapilla cheesecake? I make it for every holiday, every event I have to bring a dish to, and every event my husband has to bring a dish to. Dani says it’s death by butter, and she’s right. It’s not good for you. But it’s reallllllllyyyyyy good. And these crackers are so easy to do, it makes appetizers a breeze.
What are your go-to dishes?