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

Moose Roast (Roast Beef) by Nancy Radke #mgtab

When we were married in 1959, my husband and I lived with his folks in Anchorage, Alaska. My mother-in-law belonged to the Anchorage Woman’s Club and they put out a recipe book that I still use. Many of the women were military. These ladies came from all over the world, so the book contains recipes from Spain and Japan as well as the lower 48 (Alaska term meaning the states).

I don’t make the Spiced Moose Tongue, Jellied Moose Nose, the Stuffed Ptarmigan Breasts, or the Caribou Shish Kabobs, but I do use many other moose recipes since moose meat is similar to bison. It tastes like rich beef meat and has more vitamins in it than regular beef. Like many Alaskans, I prefer moose to beef.

The amounts in this recipe are for a very large piece of meat. You might want to halve the amounts if your roast is average. I have used this recipe with beef heart and it turns out great. Also, you might want to adapt this for an Instant Pot.

1 1/2 T. vinegar
3 T. shortening
1 T. cinnamon
1 T. ginger
1 tsp. nutmeg
1 T. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 1/2 c. water
3 c. apple juice
1 can condensed tomato soup
1 c. chopped onion
1 tsp. chopped garlic (optional)

Melt the shortening in the bottom of a Dutch oven and brown the meat. Blend the vinegar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, salt, and pepper. Mix these with the water and apple juice; juice from cooked dried apples is excellent. Pour over the meat. Then spoon the concentrated tomato soup, the onion, and garlic atop the moose hump. Cover and cook in enough heat to keep the pot simmering for four hours or until the meat is tender. Thicken the gravy with flour and then give a yell, before some nose-twitching stranger wanders into your house and eats it all himself.
— Recipe by Mrs. Clayton A. Schule

One of the ladies was Peggy Loft who ran the Airport Cafe. Her recipes give quantities to serve 100 people, such as 10 loaves of bread and 200 rolls, 4 gallons of ice cream, and 3 pounds of cheese. For tamale pie, you need 15 pounds of ground beef and 20 eggs, along with the other ingredients.

My story in the New Year’s Short collection is Changing Horses, about a rancher (Glen, from Zsuzsa’s Christmas Wish) who is pursuing a lady vet. She loves someone else, and Glen has to put a brake on his feelings and search for someone who puts him first. Right now Changing Horses is only available in the New Year’s Shorts collection.

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Hey Dude! Dude Ranches are Fun! by Nancy Radke #mgtab

Have you ever gone to a dude ranch as a guest or a worker? In my book just released, called Sunbeams & Shadows, the heroine takes a job as a cook at a guest ranch in the Cascade Mountain area of Washington State. Besides cooking, the ad insisted she be able to ride since she will have to provide meals once a week during an overnight stay on the trail.

This is a “second chance at love” romance. When Jean arrives she finds that Hal, a young man she knew in college, runs the ranch. She had hoped to marry him, but when he unexpectedly left during finals week, she had waited, and when no word came from Hal, she married a man she had known from high school. Bill had been pressuring her for several years to marry him and run a restaurant together. The place they ran in California for three years was just becoming well known when she lost her husband. Two years later she ends up at Hal’s ranch.

Jean has excellent cooking skills as well as being a skilled rider, so quickly fits in. Hal doesn’t want her to stay, but they are desperate for a cook as the guests are due next week. Then a woman comes in with the guests who met Hal last year and intends to marry him. She wants the horse Jean is riding and the man Jean loves. With plenty of horses, dogs, cowboys, and ranch guests, this novella is sure to make you want to try the dude ranch experience for yourself. Plan to include one in your family vacation spots next summer.

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Love at First Sight by Nancy Radke, USA Today bestselling author #mgtab

Is there truly such a thing as love at first sight? In many of my books I have the couple falling in love in around a week—or less. It makes the reader wonder if this could actually happen in real life. I say, “Yes,” because I know of couples who have.

My father-in-law saw his future wife for the first time as she passed by him in a canoe with one other young woman. He told his friend standing beside him, “That’s the girl I’m going to marry.” He did and they stayed married all their life, into their 90s. Ditto his son, my brother-in-law, who saw his future wife for the first time across the room at a college event and told my husband, “I’m marrying her.” Neither even knew the girls’ names.

My husband and I met in college, where he was in a fraternity contest to meet new girls. He had to at least take them out to coffee to count for the contest, and he was winning. He took me out, quit the contest, and asked me to marry him. When I met him, I told my roommates, “He’s the one.” Our marriage lasted 51 years until he died of cancer.

Another life-long marriage happened after a writer friend of mine met her husband at a wedding. They were married after 4 days because he had to go overseas (World War 2) and they wanted to marry before he left.

Not all “love at first sight” marriages hold together but the phenomenon exists. How many couples do you know of who fell in love at first sight, married quickly, and their marriage endured?

In many of my Christmas novellas, I have the couple finding instant attraction, mainly because of the short word count. Here are two that I think you’ll enjoy. Christmas on Cougar Mountain is free.

I made this book free because I felt it addressed an issue that many parents face: that of a child that can’t seem to learn. The story is a simple romance, but the underlying problem is a child who seems disobedient. The person who helps his father understand him is a young woman trained in helping children like him. Because my grandchildren needed this training, I wanted to tell others about it while also writing a story. The dog steals the story, as my animal characters usually do.

Another story with a dog in it. This one’s name is Brat, for he obeys when he wants to and gets into trouble the rest of the time. He loves digging out people hiding in the snow, making him an ideal avalanche puppy. After rescuing a ski patrol leader, Brat decides the handsome man is an ideal mate for his owner and proceeds to make life difficult for them while he gets them together. https://getbook.at/avalanchepuppy

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.

What would the holiday season be without a party? We are holding a Facebook Party with lots of gifts at our ABB Party Place. Be sure to preorder the Dear Santa set so that you’ll have it this month.