About Nancy Radke

A USA Today bestselling author, Nancy Radke grew up on a wheat and cattle ranch in SE Washinton State. She attended a one-room country school through the eighth grade. She learned to ride bareback at age 3 (Really! It was a common practice.) and when she got off or fell off, she would pull her horse's nose to the ground, get on behind its ears, and the horse would lift its head so she could scoot down onto its back. Nancy spent most of her childhood exploring the Blue Mountain trails that bordered the ranchlands. She and a friend once took a trail that turned out to be a two day trip. They always rode with matches and pocket knives, so made camp and returned the next day. These long rides worried her parents, but provided plenty of time to make up stories. Her first novel was set in the Blues, and is entitled APPALOOSA BLUES. TURNAGAIN LOVE was the first one published. It rated a four star review from Affaire de Coeur. Scribes World said "Turnagain Love has some fascinating twists and turns, unexpected complications, and charming scenes." It is light and humorous. Nancy currently has over 30 books written, both modern and western. All her stories are sweet and wholesome.  View website

Zsuzsa’s Christmas Wish by Nancy Radke

I like writing stories with some humor in them, often using animals such as the dog,
Brat, in Avalanche Puppy. My book, Zsuzsa’s Christmas Wish, in the Dear Santa set centers around Percival, a mule that won’t stay in his corral. The owner of the mule, Zsuzsa, writes a letter to Santa asking for a strong man who will fix her fences. Percival discovers the horses at a neighboring ranch and always ends up visiting there. Since that ranch is owned by two handsome cowboys, Glen and Kevin, the mule becomes the link to bring Kevin and Zsuzsa together. Glen has his romance told in my next story, which will be a short one in our New Year’s Shorts set.

I’ve always owned horses, not mules, but my father, a wheat and cattle rancher, used
four horses and thirty-six mules to pull his combine and other farm equipment, back
in the time before tractors. His favorite riding animal was a white mule, which he
preferred over the horses. I wrote about another mule, one called General Wheezer, in my book, The Quietest Woman in the South. That mule was lethal at both ends, but put a small child on him, and he was the perfect babysitter.

The Dear Santa set contains 18 brand new novellas by your favorite authors. Here’s a short video overview.

My romances are always clean and wholesome, although if there are villains, I do kill them off in various ways. I usually write one novel and three novellas a year. Look for my books under my name and also in many of the Authors’ Billboard sets.

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Fried Green Tomatoes

Serve these either for snacks or dessert, if you have any left after cooking.

Right now, with the end of summer, a lot of tomato vines are wilting, leaving green tomatoes on them. Among the treats you can make are fried green tomatoes. You want tomatoes that are not too deep a green, more a greenish yellow. Avoid ones that have already started to turn red, as they won’t be as crisp. Don’t peel them. Slice into 1/2 inch slices. Keep the oil hot and the batter cold. There are many different green tomato recipes online. Some add milk, eggs, and cornmeal. Here’s an old-fashioned recipe given to me by a friend of mine.

Dip tomato slices in a mixture of flour, with salt, pepper and sugar added to taste. The greener tomatoes may need more sugar. Fry in bacon fat for 1/2 hour over a slow fire.  Tomatoes may be placed in your oven on broil at 400 degrees for 1/2 hour, turning them after ten minutes.

Many fruits, like cantaloupe, do not ripen after they are picked. But tomatoes are great for ripening off the vine, even when picked totally green. Each year my tomato plants would produce lots of green tomatoes at the end of summer. I waited until it was close to the first frost and picked them clean. Then I would put newspaper down in an area I could keep undisturbed, and spread the green tomatoes out in one to two layers. Tomatoes will ripen if left inside, and sometimes I would have fresh red tomatoes through Thanksgiving. The only ones that wouldn’t ripen were the ones that were too dark a green to start with, or that had been touched by a frost, so would rot. If you have an abundance of tomatoes you can always try this way of ripening the green ones.

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Just What the Doctor Ordered by Nancy Radke #mgtab

“Put ice on it and sit and watch TV.” That advice from my doctor would have been great except he also told me to stay off the computer. I tore the ligament in my shoulder and needed to keep from using it while it healed, so I watched a lot of TV. Still not healed completely, still watching TV. Able to do a limited amount of computer work.

Thankfully I have Netflix and discovered the many Asian romantic TV series on that site. Subtitled, I didn’t know if I could get used to reading the words until I found myself turning up the sound when I didn’t quite catch something said. Needless to say, turning up the sound doesn’t help.

It is interesting to note how many different ways of meeting the writers come up with. My favorite meeting so far is in the series called “O2O.” The couple play online video games and their characters meet in the game and agree to act as a married team. She doesn’t know who he is, but he saw her playing at an Internet Cafe and knows who she is. She actually falls in love with him before they ever meet. This is the kindest couple and a delight to watch.

Another of my favorites is called “Cinderella and the Four Knights.” This one has the mean stepmother and stepsister, but it puts a funny twist on the Cinderella story with four guys interested in her. This one made me laugh, cry, and just feel good.

I wish I could put music into my books, as the music that accompanies the better ones of these heightens the emotions, so that I found myself laughing or crying on cue. I’ll mention some of my other favorites: “Fall in Love With Me,” “Good Morning Call,” “Meteor Garden,” “Crash Landing on You,” and “I Hear You,” about a violin maker.

Their last name is said first, they do a lot of bowing out of respect for each other, and some of the scenery in South Korea, Japan, and Taiwan is spectacular. Try some of these and see if you are as pleased as I am. Some are annoyingly juvenile, with the actors too old for their parts, but I’ve learned to watch at least 2-3 episodes, because often the first two episodes take place in high school, while the rest occur several years later and then the age is better.

I’ve recently put up a story entitled “The Golden Legacy, The Prisoner Returns.” The Golden Legacy books are still coming out, with a new story, Aurora’s Treasure, by an award-winning author, Jacquie Rogers, which involves magic and fairies. See if her magic makes your reading fun.

Jacquie’s book will be out around the 20th, so I don’t have a link for this now. To find it, search “Golden Legacy” on Amazon. All the series books are together there.

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Texting vs. Talking

God gave us tongues and ears to speak and hear, and skin and arms to touch and hug. When we stay away from other people, we aren’t able to hug them and give and/or get the psychological comfort that human touch can give. And when we stop talking to one another, we remove the sound of the human voice. This is why solitary confinement is so hard on many of us.

There is great comfort in the sound of another human’s voice. If you can’t go see your friend or relative, then call them on the phone. Better yet, Skype them so they can see you talk to them. Don’t send a text message. Especially if they are isolated, they need to hear a voice, even if you say the same thing you would have texted. The human voice has a huge range of inflection to it. You can say, “I love you,” in many ways, giving those simple words many meanings, even being sarcastic when said. Those meanings do not come across in the printed word of a text message. People need to HEAR the meaning, along with the words.

When I’m working I turn on talk radio. I can listen when I want to and not listen when I’m thinking about other things. But I can listen to talk radio a lot longer than I can listen to just music, as much as I love music. The radio commentators make me laugh and smile, and sometimes get me angry at an injustice done, or sad for someone else. I can read the same information, but reading the words usually doesn’t evoke the same kinds of feelings. So instead of just texting, use your phone to call, especially someone who you know is all alone during this time.

Do your part for mental health, which can be harder on people than poor physical health. Let them hear the sound of your voice, encouraging them onward. Reading a good story will also help. Send your friends a copy of a book you love.

Turnagain Love was the first book I had published. I wanted a story that had humor, pets, and a situation that people found funny. It makes an ideal read for someone who wants a gentle story that is rated PG. Send this to an elderly relative to give her a spot of cheer. This is also out in a print edition with large type.

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