Friday, November 25, 2016

Cowboy Rising: MacKinnon Ranch Salsa

With: Mia Hopkins

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Howdy! Thank you for having me as a guest today. My name is Mia Hopkins and I write supersexy cowboy romance. My newest release, COWBOY RISING, is about an introverted cowboy who butts heads with the feisty newspaper reporter who’s writing a story about his family’s ranch.

On the surface, Daniel MacKinnon and Georgia Meyers have little in common. He’s a conservative country boy with deep roots, she’s a liberal city girl with a taste for adventure. Despite these differences, they constantly surprise one another. Soon their shared passion, intelligence and stubbornness lead them to the bedroom, where a scorching one-night stand turns into something much, much deeper.

COWBOY RISING begins just before Christmas, so there are lots of opportunities for family gatherings. In addition to cattle, MacKinnon Ranch has a serious garden and Daniel’s mother is a serious cook. A native Californian, she makes this fresh salsa and serves it with damn near everything.

I love to cook almost as much as I love to write, so today I’d like to share one of my favorite recipes. In the Hopkins household, this salsa is served with chips, grilled meats, tacos, and eggs. It is marvelous mixed with a pot of black beans.

This recipe makes one big jar that I’ve been told lasts a week but I can’t verify that information because we finish it in two or three days.

Enjoy! Hugs and cowboy kisses from MacKinnon Ranch.

MacKinnon Ranch Salsa
makes about 3 cups

Adapted from a family friend…thank you, Andrea! <3

5 Roma tomatoes (about a pound)
2-3 Serrano peppers, stemmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
1 lime
3 cloves of garlic
Salt

Preheat the broiler. Line a baking sheet with foil and broil the tomatoes and Serrano peppers for 15 minutes. With tongs, remove the Serrano peppers and set aside. Turn the tomatoes and broil for 15 minutes more. The tomatoes should be deeply charred.

Meanwhile, blend the garlic, lime juice, and a few tablespoons of water in a blender or food processor. Add the tomatoes and blend to desired consistency. Add salt to taste. Add peppers one piece at a time, blend, and taste until you reach the desired heat. All peppers are different, so do not skip this step unless you like to live on the edge.


Store in a jar in the refrigerator for up to one week.


Feisty reporter vs. gruff cowboy—buckle up for a hard ride…

Come back to the rodeo with Mia Hopkins and the newest release in the Cowboy Cocktail series, COWBOY RISING!

COWBOY RISING

Journalist Georgia Meyers is writing an article about MacKinnon Ranch in a last-ditch effort to save her job at a failing newspaper. At first, the hot-as-hell rancher wants nothing to do with her. But butting heads leads to knocking boots, and soon she’s getting the real story—in bed and off the record.

Cattleman’s son and petroleum engineer Daniel MacKinnon turned down a lucrative oil career to take over the family farm. Frustrated about giving up his dreams and worried about money, Daniel buries himself in ranch work—that is, until gorgeous Georgia shows up and rocks him to the core. A blazing one-night stand leads to something deeper. Despite their feelings for each other, he’s tied to the land and she’s a rolling stone. When the time comes to part ways, will the lovers choose duty over desire? Or will they face their fears and rise to the challenge of love?


Warning: Get ready for sassy banter, sizzling sex, orgasms galore, and a nerdy dirty-talkin’ cowboy who can go all night long.


See what people are saying about the Cowboy Cocktail series:
Wow, wow, and wow…The love that blossoms between [the hero and heroine] is unrushed, genuine, true. *sigh* I loved this book from start to finish and highly recommend it, and not just for fans of western romance.”
           —Goodreads review, 5/5 stars

The writing is excellent, the emotions leap off the page, and the sex is downright earthy…This is a feel-good romance with a strong, career-minded heroine, a swoon-worthy working class hero, a great setting and lots of lovingly detailed sex.”
             —Jill Sorenson, RITA-nominated author of romantic suspense

 “Mia Hopkins one of the most exciting new voices in red-hot contemporary romance. Add her to your must-read list. Now!”
-Samanthe Beck, USA Today Bestselling Author

“Mia Hopkins' sexy cowboy hero and sassy bookish heroine burn up the pages from the moment they lock eyes.”
-Cat Johnson, New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author

“Beautifully descriptive...hot, sexy and full of yearning!”
-Delilah Devlin, New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author

“I love this author’s writing style; her prose is beautiful, and I can definitely see myself checking out her future work. I’m wondering if Caleb’s brothers will feature in future books?” 
-My YA & NA Book Obsession

"I love a story that surprises me by putting a different spin on the standard trope of boy meets girl...Mia Hopkins is an imaginative author who doesn’t take the easy road to a formulaic book." 
—Becky Condit, USA TODAY Happy Ever After blog

"This erotic romance is seriously dirty. Dean and Monica play hard....I have also read the first book in this series, Cowboy Valentine and recommend it as well." 
—Jennifer Porter, Romance Novel News


COWBOY VALENTINE

Forget chocolate and flowers. This homegrown honey is all the sweetness he craves.

Small-town life is nothing but a waiting room for eighteen-year-old honor student Corazón Gomez. Work and school leave little time for love, but with a full-ride Ivy League scholarship and a one-way ticket out of the boondocks, who needs it?

The answer appears on Valentine’s Day when her old cowboy crush ambles into the ice cream parlor where she works, inviting her to go on a late-night ride in his truck. For the first time she wavers between staying on the straight and narrow, and going off-road with the handsome heartbreaker.

After four years working on ranches all over the country, Caleb MacKinnon is back on the family farm helping out his mom and brothers while his father fights cancer. The one bright spot: smart, funny, and wickedly sexy Cora.

From the start, they both know this blazing-hot love affair can’t last. But when autumn comes and Cora has to leave for the East Coast, Caleb must find a solution to keep himself—and his heart—from falling apart.

Warning: Contains hard, cherry-poppin’ sex in a pickup truck and a cowboy charmer who talks dirty in two languages. 
Book 1 Available at: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Google Books | Kobo | BAM

COWBOY RESURRECTION

Ball-busting business woman meets no-holds-barred cowboy. He’s gonna need a longer rope…

Marketing hotshot Monica Kaur has put her big-city life on hold to help bail out her brother’s failing business. Now she’s got three months to plan and promote a rodeo, the first her tiny hometown has ever seen.

To ensure the rodeo’s success, Monica enlists a local hero, a rancher’s son who’s made a name for himself on the bull-riding circuit. Problem? She can’t stop daydreaming about the cocky bastard—and all the things she longs to do to him out behind the chutes.

Professional bullfighter Dean MacKinnon is home helping his family while his father fights cancer. Haunted by bad memories, jaded by love, Dean finds escape in a no-strings-attached go-round with brainy, sexy Monica, whose close-knit Sikh-American family would sooner run him out of town than see her with a notorious rodeo Romeo.

In private, Monica and Dean play as hard as they work. But as the rodeo draws near, that clean break they promised each other is getting more and more hung up in the rigging.

Book 2 Available at:  Amazon  |  B&N  |  iBooksKobo  | Goodreads

COWBOY PLAYER

This cowboy and cowgirl sell the steak and the sizzle.

COWBOY COCKTAIL, Book 3

For eight years, Melody Santos played the game of love and lost—big time. Now she’s back in her tiny hometown looking after her younger sister, making ends meet with an assortment of odd jobs. When her childhood best friend hires her to help him sell his family’s grass-fed beef, the last thing she anticipates is falling in lust with the legendary, brown-eyed player.

To put his family’s cattle ranch back in the black, Clark MacKinnon has his sights set on big contracts—gourmet chefs and restaurateurs. If that means long hours traveling from farmer’s market to farmer’s market, Clark doesn’t mind. Particularly since his new assistant is his childhood crush, all grown up and sexy as hell.

One night in bed leaves them breathless and hungry for more. But when his love-’em-and-leave-’em reputation collides with her trust issues, Clark and Melody must face the truth about what they’ve become: not friends, not lovers, but players in a game that’s impossible to win.

Warning: Contains filthy banter, raunchy sex, excessive Johnny Cash references, and hundreds of pounds of raw beef.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mia Hopkins writes lush romances starring fun, sexy characters who love to get down and dirty. She’s a sucker for working class heroes, brainy heroines and wisecracking best friends. When she’s not lost in a story, Mia spends her time cooking, gardening, traveling, volunteering and looking for her keys. In a past life, she was a classroom teacher and still has a pretty good "teacher voice" and "teacher stare." She lives in the heart of Los Angeles with her roguish husband and two waggish dogs.

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