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Celebrate Lit: Lone Star Sweetheart by Shannon Sue Dunlap


About the Book

Book: Lone Star Sweetheart

Author: Shannon Sue Dunlap

Genre: Inspirational Rom-com

Release Date: May 23, 2023


Katherine Bruno is the shrew of Sweetheart, Texas. Her passionate, unfiltered temper clashes with the gentle pace of her tiny hometown. When she’s drafted to help the mayor’s wife who wants to run in the local election against her own husband, she meets big city political consultant Ryan Park, and cue the fireworks! The handsome campaign manager gets under her skin in a big way, but fraternizing with the enemy is off-limits.

Katherine must battle her lack of experience, campaign sabotage, and her growing feelings for Ryan as she strives to succeed. His unprejudiced acceptance of her strong-willed character beckons her heart, but his rejection of God is an insurmountable barrier. Will Ryan return to his faith and stay with her in Sweetheart or leave when the election ends?

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About the Author


Shannon Sue Dunlap lives in the lone star state of Texas. She’s a die-hard fan of happy endings and believe there’s a Heavenly Father who’s designed one for each of us. Inspiration comes from everywhere—including worldwide travels, her adorable music students, and the fun and flirty Korean dramas she enjoys watching.


Even in the hard times, there’s humor to be found, and Shannon tries to infuse every story with moments that bring a good chuckle or an all-out belly laugh. One of her greatest hopes is that readers recognize themselves in her books. We’re all such a fabulous mix of flaws and greatness, and everyone is the hero or heroine in their own life story.


She holds an M.A. in Journalism from Regent University and has published three romances under the pen name Shannon Kent. You can connect with her at www.shannonsuedunlap.com, and if you sign up for her newsletter, you’ll receive a free copy of her romcom novella Flower Boy Tour Guide.

More from Shannon

“How could she survive the night without a cookie?”


This line introduces my feisty sugar-loving heroine Katherine in Lone Star Sweetheart. She and I have a lot in common when it comes to enjoying our sweets. One hidden gem I discovered has won me more than one holiday baking competition in my church’s ladies group, and I’d like to share the recipe for Lace Cookies.

Warning: These are very fragile and may look like a healthy snack because of the oatmeal. But when you bite into them, the taste is unexpected and addictive.

I hope they bring you the same joy they’ve brought me. I know Katherine would have loved them.

(If you would like to see the original recipe, you can find it and other sweet sensations at jensfavoritecookies.com.)

Ingredients

10 tablespoons of butter (Yes, 10!)

1 cup of brown sugar

3 tablespoons of flour

½ teaspoon of salt

1 ½ cups of rolled oats

(I also include a dollop of vanilla. Just tilt the bottle over the bowl and give it a quick few drops. It adds to the rich taste.)

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line your baking sheet with parchment paper so the cookies won’t stick.

Heat the butter at a medium temperature in a saucepan. Mix in the brown sugar. Stir it well and remove it from the heat.

Mix in the flour and salt first. Then add the oats until the ingredients are evenly combined.

Drop small balls of the mix (about ½ tsp. in size). In the oven, these cookies spread quite a bit, so space them out accordingly. Bake for 6-9 minutes and remember to keep an eye on them. The edges should turn brown when they are done. (If you’re like me, it may take burning a trial batch, to get the right feel.)

Allow the cookies to cool on the tray for 3-4 minutes before removing them. They will be almost see-through like candy and very fragile. Handle with care and try not to eat too many. You can also crumble any broken ones and use them as a delicious ice cream topping.


Blog Stops

Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, July 23 (Author Interview)

A Reader’s Brain, July 24 (Author Interview)

Bliss, Books & Jewels, July 27 (Author Interview)

Artistic Nobody, July 30 (Author Interview)



Giveaway


To celebrate her tour, Shannon is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon gift card and a copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


My Review:


This book is a relatively light-hearted romance and a much-needed break from the other book I'm reading--a realistic story of St. John the apostle.


There are things that happen in this book--conflict between the small-town heroine who talks too much and the New Yorker hero who talks too little, at first. There is also the conflict between their bosses--rival candidates for mayor in a small Texas town.


But nothing happens that makes the reader upset and there is a good bit of laughter and smiles. I really liked how God "talked" to the hero in the end--and for anyone who might think that is cheesy...I promise you, I have had similar moments in my life.


I received a complimentary copy of this book as part of Celebrate Lit tours, but the opinions are my own. I was not required to leave a positive review.


So, readers, do you like recipes, free stories, book reviews? What is your favorite part of a blog? Thanks in advance!

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Roxanne Cruz
Roxanne Cruz
Jul 25, 2023

This sounds like the book to pick up to read after a tough day, something to lighten up one’s mood.

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Guest
Jul 24, 2023

Thanks for sharing!

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ChristinaSinisi-Author
ChristinaSinisi-Author
Jul 24, 2023
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Thank you for reading--hope you have a fabulous day!

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Guest
Jul 24, 2023

This sounds like a fun story! We all need easy reads at times.

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ChristinaSinisi-Author
ChristinaSinisi-Author
Jul 24, 2023
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Yes, we do! Have a wonderful week!

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Debra Pruss
Debra Pruss
Jul 24, 2023

Happy Sunday. Thank you for sharing. Please stay safe and cool with the heat. God bless you.

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ChristinaSinisi-Author
ChristinaSinisi-Author
Jul 24, 2023
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Thank you for reading! I am staying inside a lot, except when I get in the pool! Blessings to you as well!

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Stephanie H
Stephanie H
Jul 23, 2023

My favorite parts of following a blog are the fun giveaways, yummy recipes to try, and reading about authors & their books!

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ChristinaSinisi-Author
ChristinaSinisi-Author
Jul 24, 2023
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Thanks for reading, and for answering my question--I will definitely share more recipes and the rest are a given. :)

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