We’re so pleased to be bringing you Joy today, and its author, C.S. Poe, who’s joining us to celebrate the release of her newest release, a part of the States of Love line from Dreamspinner Press. What brings more joy than a good comfort recipe? Maybe a great giveaway? Be sure to check out the details below.
Hello, everyone! I’m C.S. Poe and I’m so happy to be visiting The Novel Approach for the second stop on the blog tour for Joy. Part of Dreamspinner Press’s States of Love line, Joy takes place in beautiful northern New Hampshire.
The story follows Gideon Joy, a young man with laughable bad luck, stranded in Coos County after hitting a moose and totaling his car. An important element of the story is local cuisine. A number of the dishes are Irish in origin, which over generations have been spun into something wholly unique to the area. Below is a recipe for Sheppard’s Pie, followed by a fun giveaway! If you make this dish, be sure to tell me what you think.
1 lb hamburger (that’s ground beef to everyone else.)
1 can creamed corn
1/2 cup beef broth
1/2 cup frozen diced or fresh cut carrots
1 tbsp Worcester sauce
8 tbsp butter
1-2 tbsp oil
Dash of salt & pepper
Directions: Wash, peel, and cut potatoes into chunks. Boil until soft. Place in bowl with butter and mash. Add salt and pepper to taste.
In frying pan, add oil and cook onions 2-3 minutes. If using fresh carrots, add to onions and cook until slightly soft. Remove from pan.
Add ground beef to pan, break apart, and cook until no longer pink. Put onions and carrots back in, creamed corn, beef stock, and Worcester sauce.
Pour beef mixture into casserole dish and level out. Place potatoes on top of beef mixture, either in spoonfuls or level, but be sure not to mix the potatoes in with the beef. Sprinkle top with paprika and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, or until bubbly.
About the Book
Down on his luck is Gideon Joy’s default state. He doesn’t know why he expected anything different on his cross-country trip, but not surprisingly, the hits keep coming—literally this time. Gideon strikes a moose with his car in New Hampshire, not only totaling his own vehicle, but damaging one belonging to local construction worker Silas Bright. He has no choice but to stay in Lancaster and take a job that’ll pay for the repairs. And in a town so small, Gideon’s always running into Silas. What starts as annoyance between them soon blooms into something much more romantic. But when Gideon’s notorious bad luck rears its head yet again, how many disastrous dates will Silas be willing to weather before realizing Gideon’s not worth it?
Despite Gideon’s desire to remain in the quaint community that has accepted him as one of their own, past fears of inadequacy threaten the very joy he left Los Angeles to discover. If he’s to find a happily ever after with Silas, Gideon must learn that sometimes it’s okay to not be the best. And true happiness might be waiting in a small town nestled among the great White Mountains.
States of Love: Stories of romance that span every corner of the United States.
About the Author
C.S. Poe is an author of gay mystery, romance, and paranormal books.
She is a reluctant mover and has called many places home in her lifetime. C.S. has lived in New York City, Key West, and Ibaraki, Japan, to name a few. She misses the cleanliness, convenience, and limited edition gachapon of Japan, but she was never very good at riding bikes to get around.
She has an affinity for all things cute and colorful, and a major weakness for toys. C.S. is an avid fan of coffee, reading, and cats. She’s rescued three cats, including one found in a drain pipe in Japan who flew back to the States with her. Zak, Milo, and Kasper do their best on a daily basis to sidetrack her from work.
C.S. is a member of the International Thriller Writers Organization.