I’m so pleased to be included in this anthology of seven holiday stories written by great western romance authors. My story is titled Forged By Fire and features a blacksmith and a boarding house cook. Yes, I know what the anthology is titled but as soon as I started thinking about hot summer in central Texas, I pictured a blacksmith slaving away at his forge. And then he hears lovely notes sung by a beauty (get the beauty and the beast theme?), and I just had to write Berg’s story. My contribution to the recipes that accompanied each story is a recipe for Buttermilk Crispy Chicken. Yummy!
Forged By Fire
Can a wounded soul find solace in the attentions from a cook who nurtures through her culinary creations?
Ivey Treadwell, cook at her family’s boarding house, wants to accomplish something big. For now, she satisfies herself with improving on the traditional recipes for the boarders by adding herbs and spices she gathers. An incident with a broken pan causes her to see Berg Spengler, the town’s blacksmith, in a new light.
Stigmatized for his huge size and blamed for his brother’s injury, Berg has discovered being alone is safer for his heart. But when he sees interest spark in Ivey’s eyes, he decides to take a chance and approach her. The pair discovers an attraction that heats up each time they are alone together. Will Ivey convince Berg his wandering days are over and home is here with her in Comfort?
Other stories are:
The Longest Way Home by Lorrie Farrelly—Maddie, an orphan, is torn when her father shows up to reclaim her from her adoptive mother.
Winner Takes All by Meg Mims—Cora Peterson’s plan to beat her rival at a picnic auction brings about a surprising end and an unexpected love…
For the Love of Grace by Julia Daniels—Poppy travels west to find her sister—but her own happily-ever-after awaits, as well.
Brighter Tomorrows by Beverly Wells—Callie trusts no man. Chase Matlock is fearful to love again. He gets his man, she gets her adventure, and together they find it all.
Second Chance at Love by Agnes Alexander—A temporary living arrangement might lead to something else when love enters the mix.
Never Had a Chance by Angela Raines—How can a deadly trick bring two people the love they didn’t know they needed?