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A Day in the Life with Lenny by Rebecca Adler

The Good, the Bad and the GuacamoleFirst things first: A big Texas howdy to you from Lenny–that’s me–and my readers.

Next: A shout out to all the inhabitants of Broken Boot, Big Bend County, and creatures ginormous, puny, and somewhere in between currently reading The Little Dog Blog on the World Wide Web.

Writing a blog is fun and all, but it’s not what it’s cracked up to be. Other folks might enjoy sharing their feelings online, but most of them have fingers. You try slapping your nose against a keyboard for an hour at a time and see how you like it. Not to mention, I have to run to the other side of the computer just to hit the backspace. My owner, spunky waitress Josie Callahan, came up with this bright idea. Her way of keeping her journalistic muscles toned while saying what she really thinks about the mysterious events going on in our rustic, postage-sized town. After all, who could be offended at the scribblings of an adorable long-haired chihuahua?

Speaking of goings on, if you find you’re bored enough to bust open your billfold, I have just what the vet ordered. The town council, bless their hearts, is hosting another humongous event. This one’s The Homestead Days Festival. There’s a toe-tapping concert by Ty Honeycutt, a gifted guitar player and talented singer–or so he claims. Not to mention, the weekend’s headliner is The Jeff Clark Band, led by that too-sexy-for-his-hat Clark–or so says Patti Perez. (She’s my owner’s best friend since junior high, so I put up with her occasional high dives off the springboard of love.)

If music ain’t your thing. . .something must be seriously wrong with you.

Just kidding. There are other things going on in town. You might not want to attend the singer songwriter competition, but you can dress up like a Texas pioneer or fill your belly to overflowing with tasty Tex Mex.

Milagro is the place to find delicious fajitas and marvelous margaritas served by the friendliest folks in town, the Martinez family. And after you finish with flan be sure to kick up your bootheels at the only dance hall in the county with a real live mechanical bull, Two Boots.

(You like how I mentioned both the family businesses, Milagro and Two Boots? That should get me in good with Senõra Marisol Martinez, our household’s queen of cuisine. Shoot. She might give me some meat bones for a change instead of barring me from the kitchen.)

Well, I hear kibble a tumbling into my bowl. That’s all for now from The Little Dog Blog.

Hope to see you at The Homestead Days Festival this weekend. And don’t forget to try the guacamole. It’s to die for.

Adiós, amigos!
Lenny


The Good, the Bad and the Guacamole is the second book in the Taste of Texas mystery series, published by Penguin Random House, November 2016.

Tex-Mex waitress and part-time reporter Josie Callahan is about to serve up some Lone Star justice in this spicy Taste of Texas Mystery from the author of Here Today, Gone Tamale.

Tourists are pouring into the town of Broken Boot for the annual Homestead Days Music Festival. Opening the celebration at Two Boots dance hall is smooth-talking country singer Jeff Clark, the ex-boyfriend of Josie’s best friend, Patti Perez. When the charming Clark woos Patti onstage in an attempt to rekindle some sparks with his old flame, Josie fears her friend will end up as just one more notch on the singer’s guitar strap.

To impress her editor at the Broken Boot Bugle, Josie and her Chihuahua, Lenny, pursue the singer to Patti’s house, hoping for an interview. Instead, they discover Clark facedown in a bowl of guacamole with a bloodied guitar at his side. With Patti suddenly a murder suspect, Josie must use her reporter skills to find out who had a chip on their shoulder—before the killer double dips….

INCLUDES TEX-MEX RECIPES!

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About the author
Rebecca grew up on the sugar beaches of the Florida Gulf Coast. Drawn to the Big Apple by the sweet smell of wishful thinking, she studied acting on Broadway until a dark-eyed cowboy flung her over his saddle and hightailed it to the Southwest.

rebeccaadlerPrior to writing, she always found a way to add a touch of the dramatic to her life from dinner theatre in Mississippi to playing a giant Furskin in the New York Toy Fair, plus plays and musicals.

She’s currently content to pour her melodramatic tendencies into writing the Taste of Texas cozy culinary mystery series set in far West Texas filled with sweet, Southern-fried flavor, delicious suspense, and scrumptious Tex-Mex recipes. Rebecca’s alter ego, Gina Lee Nelson, herds middle school thespians and occasionally writes sweet contemporary romance.

Find her online at AuthorRebeccaAdler.com and on Facebook. More about The Good, the Bad, and the Guacamole and the Taste of Texas Mysteries here.

All comments are welcomed.

Giveaway: Leave a comment below for your chance to win a print copy of The Good, the Bad and the Guacamole. US entries only, please. The giveaway ends November 18, 2016 at 11:59 AM EST. Good luck everyone!

Spending Time with Lenny by Rebecca Adler

Here Today Gone TamaleHowdy, y’all. My name is Lenny, blogger extraordinaire. I write a kickin’ blog with my owner Josie Callahan. After she adopted me when I was a mere pup, we lived the good life in Austin, Texas.

The Live Music Capital of the World was a cacophony of sensations, what with the heavenly scent of Tex-Mex and barbeque and the constant temptation of bats and Monarch butterflies. We loved it. How could we have guessed she’d lose both her job at the Austin Gazette and that idiot fiancé of hers in a matter of months? We had no choice but to high-tail it back to her home in Broken Boot.

I may be a long-haired Chihuahua, but I’d never seen the Chihuahuan Desert or the Chisos Mountains until we reached that dusty, postage-sized town.

The small town vibe is nice, I guess, but the best part is the smell. Less auto fumes and more Tex-Mex. Josie and I live in the loft apartment above Milagro, her family’s restaurant. She works as a waitress while I keep watch from our apartment overlooking Main Street. From my perch I can see Elaine’s Pies, which always smells tasty on my walks through town, and Wicks of the West, which gives me the headache when they burn more than three scented candles at a time.

Josie’s family’s nice and all, but they sure are persnickety about keeping me out of the restaurant, especially the short alpha that smells like garlic, Senora Marisol Martinez. I don’t get what all the yapping is about. Who cares if someone calls the health department–whatever that is? Senora Mari acts like she hates me whenever anyone else is around; but when we’re on our own she gives me yummy bones and month-old meat from her tamale kitchen.

You should see Josie when Coach Ryan, her college sweetheart, is around. She lights up like a firefly. Too bad he’s hounded these days by a gal who wears enough perfume to choke a horse. Don’t understand why folks around here use that phraseology ‘cause I’ve yet to meet a horse that smells anything other than sweaty.

I heard tell there’s a new deputy in town named Lightfoot. Haven’t met him yet. Not sure I trust someone with a name like Lightfoot, makes me think of cats. Never met a cat I liked and I ain’t holding my breath.

On the whole, things are a little too sleepy in Broken Boot. Can’t wait until something exciting happens so Josie can try her hand at investigative journalism, the way she’s always dreamed.

Adiós amigos,
Lenny


You can read more about Lenny in Here Today, Gone Tamale, the first book in the NEW “Taste of Texas” mystery series, published by Berkley Prime Crime.

About Here Today, Gone Tamale

Reporter turned Tex-Mex waitress Josie Callahan is about to go from serving queso to solving cases. . .

After losing her newspaper job in Austin and having her former fiancé unfriend her on Facebook, Josie Callahan scoops up her Chihuahua, Lenny, and slinks back to Broken Boot, Texas. Maybe working as head waitress at Milagro—her aunt and uncle’s Tex-Mex restaurant—isn’t exactly living the dream, but it is a fresh start.

And business is booming as tourists pour into Broken Boot for its famous Wild West Festival. But when a local jewelry designer is found strangled outside Milagro after a tamale-making party, Josie’s reporter instincts kick in. As suspects pile up and alibis crack faster than taco shells, Josie needs to wrap up this case tighter than her tía’s tortillas—before another victim calls for the check. . .

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GIVEAWAY: Leave a comment by 12 a.m. eastern on December 10 for your chance to win a print copy of HERE TODAY, GONE TAMALE. (US entries only, please.) Good luck everyone!

Meet the Author
Rebecca Adler is the pen name of author Gina Lee Nelson. Gina grew up on the sugar beaches of the Florida Gulf Coast. Drawn to the Big Apple by the sweet smell of wishful thinking, she studied acting on Broadway until a dark-eyed cowboy flung her over his saddle and high-tailed it to the Southwest.

Prior to writing women’s fiction, Gina always found a way to add a touch of the dramatic to her life: dinner theatre in Mississippi, can-can club in Florida, flower shop in Germany, acting school on Broadway, sweatshirt boutique on Madison Avenue, all night dive on the Lower East Side, video series in Jersey, and a giant Furskin at the New York Toy Fair, plus the occasional play and musical.

She’s currently content to pour her melodramatic tendencies into writing cozy mysteries with a hint of romance and a sweet, Southern-fried flavor.

Visit Gina on Facebook and Goodreads.

My Musing ~ Here Today, Gone Tamale by Rebecca Adler

Here Today Gone TamaleHere Today, Gone Tamale by Rebecca Adler is the first book in the NEW “Taste of Texas” cozy mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime, December 2015

Reporter turned Tex-Mex waitress Josie Callahan is about to go from serving queso to solving cases. . .

After losing her newspaper job in Austin and having her former fiancé unfriend her on Facebook, Josie Callahan scoops up her Chihuahua, Lenny, and slinks back to Broken Boot, Texas. Maybe working as head waitress at Milagro—her aunt and uncle’s Tex-Mex restaurant—isn’t exactly living the dream, but it is a fresh start.

And business is booming as tourists pour into Broken Boot for its famous Wild West Festival. But when a local jewelry designer is found strangled outside Milagro after a tamale-making party, Josie’s reporter instincts kick in. As suspects pile up and alibis crack faster than taco shells, Josie needs to wrap up this case tighter than her tía’s tortillas—before another victim calls for the check. . .

I like it. This was a lively and light drama that entertained me from beginning to end. I like the comfortable tone and how easy the story flowed from chapter to chapter. The author did a great job in pulling this mystery together with plenty of suspects and it was quite enjoyable watching how this all played out with the revelation of the perpetrator. I love the interaction between Josie, her family and friends who I found to be quirkingly appealing. (Yes, I made up quirkingly). This was a fun read with a lovable cast of characters, engaging dialogue and a small-town atmosphere that was delightfully appetizing. I look forward to more adventures in Broken Boot with Josie and her friends.