Friday, November 4, 2011

with Roxanne Rustand

Welcome to the Barn Door Book Loft, Roxanne!
Is there a story behind this book?

This book is part of the Rocky Mountain Heirs series, from Harlequin Love Inspired. I was so delighted to have a chance to work with wonderful authors Linda Goodnight, Arlene James, Lenora Worth, Carolyne Aarsen, and Kathryn Springer! I also loved the Colorado setting, as many of my books are contemporaries set in the West. But beyond that, the theme of my own book happened to involve a heroine who had been adopted at a young age and brought into an entirely different culture. I was adopted when I was three, after spending my earlier years in foster care, so I found Mei's emotional journey to reflect some of my own experiences and emotions.

What kind of books do you enjoy reading?
I love reading contemporary romance, romantic suspense, straight suspense, and, well---just about anything. Books that I've read recently and loved include The Taking, by Dean Koontz, The Affair by Lee Child, and Until There Was You, by Kristan Higgins. Last year, I read The Help, by Kathryn Stockett, and just went to the movie last night. The book, of course, offered so much more, but Octavia Spencer, Viola Davis, and Cicely Tyson were wonderful. When I think about Cicely Tyson in that movie, it still brings tears to my eyes. She was incredible.

If you were a style of music, what style would you be?
My tastes are eclectic--from classical to Christian praise, to country western and blue grass.

Whoo! I'm not the only one who bounces all over the music world! Yay! What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
I left college for a while to work for Monte Foreman, a horse trainer out West. He traveled the country coat-to-coast giving horse training clinics, and I got to be one of his two demonstration riders for a while. It was a blast! My mother was a nervous wreck, though, and I know she was relieved when I came home to start college again!

Are there things you put off doing because you dread them?
Cleaning my office. I am sooo glad you can't see it today. It looks like the county landfill! But the weather has been so gorgeous lately--sunshine, 60's, and there are still some bright fall colors on the trees--that I've been spending every nice day riding our horses. The snow and ice will be here all too soon!

What's your favorite meal with family and friends?
Our kids often land at our house on Sunday evenings with their friends, and I am so happy when I have a big crowd around our dining room table! I love to cook, and probably go overboard, but I am just thankful for every opportunity to have us all together. I learned that once kids go off to college, the house is never the same boisterous place, so I treasure being together.

There are so many recipes that I'd love to share that I don’t know where to start. But here is one that's really special to me, and this time of year is coming up fast. It's the sage Thanksgiving dressing that my mom made every year, as long as I can remember. She's gone, now, but I will still always make this--and double or triple the recipe. As a registered dietitian I do know that all the butter isn't heart healthy, but this is just once a year! :)

ARLINE'S SAGE DRESSING from her daughter, Roxanne Rustand

Dry ingredients
2.5 quarts bread--cubed (let it dry out for a day or it just mushes up...or buy cubed bread)
2 tsp salt
2 tsp sage or savory (powdered)
½ tsp pepper
Sprinkle seasoning on bread, toss well in big, big bowl

Cook until tender:
2 cup celery, cut small
½ cup fresh parsley--chopped up well
½ cup onion, chopped
1 cup REAL butter

Giblet broth
Simmer giblets in saucepan for hours with water, fresh onion, parsley, leafy fresh celery tops, salt, pepper--use the resulting broth for dressing prep and as water for the gravy

Final prep
Add ½ cup broth from cooking giblets, then toss everything together.
Fluff lightly into 9x13 pan--don't press down.
Taste, adjust seasonings. Drizzle on additional butter.
Put in the refrigerator while the turkey is roasting.
Pull turkey out of the oven...then increase temp to 375 degrees and bake dressing uncovered til thoroughly hot while turkey is setting its juices and being carved.

I always double this dressing recipe--drizzling lots of extra butter over the top after its in the 9x13 pans.

I may add extra poultry seasoning (a powder), crumbled dried sage, more onion, a touch of celery salt. I once thoroughly sautéed mushroom and added them--but you must sauté them very well or they retain too much moisture and make the dressing soggy.

Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you.
“Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. If you do this, you will experience God's peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” --Philippians 4:6-7
This is such a wonderful verse--I have it on my refrigerator and in the front of my daily planner, and I've used it as the verse for the front of several of my books. My mom was a worrier and I can be that way also, and it's a beautiful reminder that I need to give my cares over to God and trust in Him.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
My next book is out next month! Duty to Protect is a December, 2011 Love Inspired Suspense, part of my Big Sky Secrets series. All of the books in the series stand alone, but take place in the Montana Rockies and each involves a heroine from a group of childhood friends who witnessed a tragedy as kids.
This heroine was in the witness protection program, but is on the run because her cover was blown, she has been framed for a murder, and the killer is after her. The hero is a Montana rancher. I had great fun writing these two!

You can purchase The Loner's Thanksgiving Wish from Amazon.

Roxanne is giving away a copy of The Loner's Thanksgiving Wish. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.


apple blossom said...

please enter me thanks

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Rebecca said...

Oh this book looks amazing. I would love to win this. Thanks for the chance.


Judy said...

Roxanne, I'd love to win a copy of A Loner's Thanksgiving Wish. The verses from Philippians 4:6-7 that you shared felt like it was aimed at my husband and myself. Two weeks ago he lost his job of 19 1/2years. We both haven't gotten over the shock yet. Thank you for sharing them!

Arline's Sage Dressing sounds yummy! I will have to copy it down and give it a try!

Thank you for this giveaway. Please enter me.


Satan CANNOT steal our Joy!

wfnren said...

Thank you for doing this giveaway. Love stuffing, but don't like the giblets in it.


ann said...

a great heartfelt story for Thanksgiving when we need to be thankful for what we have especially family. Enter me please

amhengst at verizon dot net

Teela said...

thanksgiving is my fav holiday, usualluy all the kids, spouses and grands come and we have a tradition of bonfire complete w/roasting weiners and making smores on the night before. this year b/c o extended family dynamics changing, we are not going to get together for something I look forward to all year, it's sad, but the situation behind this decision is heartbreaking. i would love to read the beautiful Roxanne's book The Loner's Thanksgiving Wish. Thanks for the interview and the chance to win.

margie said...

As the adoptive Mom to 5, I'm sure I will enjoy this book!! Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy. margie at

Merry said...

I will be watching for Duty to Protect, I love your books in LIS.
worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

RoxanneRustand said...

It's so nice to see all of you here and to read your posts!

Teela, I'm sorry to hear your holiday will be different this year. What fun it would be, having that bonfire the night before, and being able to spend more time with family!

Judy, I am so sorry to hear about your husband's job. These are such difficult times. My brother lost his job of 25 years a few months back, too. Best wishes to you!

Wfnren, I agree on the giblets. I don't ever put them in dressing. And one could sub chicken broth in the recipe.

Greetings to everyone!

Roxanne Rustand

Linda Kish said...

I would love to read this book.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

marybelle said...

THE LONER'S THANKSGIVING wish looks wonderful. I have not read any books from the Rocky Mountain Heirs series yet.


lgm52 said...

This book just sounds so good...and I love the cover!

Jo said...

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. This book sounds so good and really want to read it. Please enter me!


Lady DragonKeeper said...

Mmm, just reading that recipe makes me hungry for Thanksgiving food! Thanks for the chance to win a book!


Amanda Stephan said...

LOL, Roxanne! I'm the same with my music and book tastes! I haven't read The Help yet, but a good ole Dean Koontz...mmm hmmm!

Thank you for offering this giveaway ~ :)
I'll check back on Wednesdays!

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