What happens when you take one grill ninja, add one inspired romance author…
and mix with a BBQ smoked bologna sandwich?
You get…I remember it this way… I had just started writing my 83,000 word contemporary western romance, my first for Kensington Publishing, my first of that daunting length, so of course, I was
wasting time networking on Twitter. I’d noticed that one of my new followers had a URL for a restaurant located in Drumright, OK in their Twitter profile bio. So I cruised on over to the website to check it out. My reason being, the book I was working on was set in Stillwater, Oklahoma. I thought it might be fun to have the characters drive to an actual existing establishment for a date. And, the New Yorker in me also needed an example of Oklahoma menu fare, to add realism.
Little did I know what would happen next. I checked out the menu at Joseph’s Fine Foods, and made a comment on Twitter that I wasn’t sure even I could make their signature smoked fried bologna sandwich sexy, even if it was “hickory smoked and deep fried and served topped with cheddar cheese”. That began an exchange between me, my readers, and the owners of Joseph’s regarding bologna, which eventually resulted in a challenge. Could I write a sexy scene based on Joseph’s fried bologna sandwich? Never one to back down from a challenge, I accepted. I wrote the scene that very day, and it’s in ONE NIGHT WITH A COWBOY (OKLAHOMA NIGHTS, BOOK 1), released, with much fanfare, on February 26, 2013 in both eBook and trade paperback by Kensington Brava.
Do you have to wait to read this infamous bologna-inspired scene? No, you don’t! I’ve posted the restaurant scene here.