an early CINCO de MURDER

Taste of Texas, book 3
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Tex-Mex waitress and part-time reporter Josie Callahan serves up more Lone Star justice in this spicy mystery from the author of The Good, the Bad, and the Guacamole.

It's fiesta time in Broken Boot, Texas, and tourists are pouring into town faster than free beer at a bull roping for the mouthwatering Cinco de Mayo festivities. Tex-Mex waitress Josie Callahan, her feisty abuela, and even her spunky Chihuahua Lenny are polishing their folklórico dances for Saturday's big parade, while Uncle Eddie is adding his own spicy event to the fiesta menu: Broken Boot's First Annual Charity Chili Cook-off.

But Uncle Eddie's hopes of impressing the town council go up in smoke when cantankerous chili cook Lucky Straw is found dead in his tent. And when Josie's beloved uncle is accused of fatal negligence, she, Lenny, and the steadfast Detective Lightfoot must uncover who ended the ambitious chilihead's life--before another cook kicks the bucket

GINA NELSON writing as REBECCA ADLER  grew up on the sugar beaches of the Florida Gulf Coast. Drawn to the Big Apple by the sweet smell of wishful thinking, she studied acting on Broadway until a dark-eyed cowboy flung her over his saddle and high-tailed it to the Southwest.
Rebecca is a member, and former president, of North Texas Romance Writers and a member of Sisters in Crime North Dallas. She spends her days corralling high school Thespians while pouring her own melodramatic tendencies into writing the Taste of Texas cozy culinary mystery series set in far West Texas filled with sweet, Southern-fried flavor, delicious suspense, and scrumptious Tex-Mex recipes. Rebecca's alter ego, Gina Lee Nelson writes sweet contemporary romance.

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ANGI: What do you love best about your sleuth, Josie Callahan?
GINA: I love that she’s a bit scatterbrained, but courageous and stubborn when it comes to defending her family and friends. I’m so proud of her. She left her crushed dreams behind and managed to make a new life in the high desert town where she grew up.

ANGI: Favorite date night…fancy or at home?
GINA: I prefer home because I eat out way too often—the life of a writer/ theatre teacher I guess. Home is where I’m most comfortable; and now that my kids are old enough to take care of themselves, I eat what I want.

ANGI: Would you put yourself in a Fairy Tale or Action Adventure?
GINA: I would put myself in an Action Adventure so that I would have a better chance of being my own boss. Of course, I could still be the boss if I were an evil queen or ugly stepmother. Hm. It’s a toss-up.

ANGI: What’s your favorite cartoon character?
GINA: Wow. Love, love to watch Wallace and Gromit. If I had to pick a traditional cartoon, Scooby’s cool and so are Popeye and Olive Oil.

ANGI: Benedict Cumberbatch or Chris Pine?
GINA:  Is there any contest? Of course, Benedict Cumberbatch. Kicking myself that I missed his live performance in Frankenstein with Johnny Lee Miller that was shown in limited release in cinemas.

ANGI: What’s your favorite thing about your town, Broken Boot?
GINA: I’m a big fan of Far West Texas. Big Bend Country near the national park has the rugged beauty that takes my breath away. The dark skies at night, the mountains surrounded by desert, the coyotes and the roadrunners. The setting is my favorite thing about Broken Boot. The citizens of Broken Boot may be rugged; but they’re friendly.

ANGI: Your favorite play?
GINA: I just saw an incredible production of Trojan Women. It’s my new favorite. Women taking control in the midst of pain and loss.

ANGI: Got a favorite song? What makes it special?
GINA: I’m an Overcomer by. When I am in the midst of the daily and cyclical chaos, it reminds me that I can do all things through Christ Jesus who strengthens me.

ANGI: Do you read reviews of your books? If so, do you pay any attention to them, or let them influence your writing?
GINA: I do read a lot of them. I think most of them are valuable. They help me to improve and also help me to not be so hard on myself and my writing.

ANGI: Geek or Jock?
GINA:  Geek. I teach a lot of jocks. Though they are very sweet, I prefer the bookish sort.
ANGI: Favorite inspiration
GINA: Dance as though no one is watching. Love as though you’ve never loved before. Sing as though no one car hear you. Live as though heaven is on earth.

ANGI: The most daring thing you’ve ever done… Care to share?
GINA: Climbing Enchanted Rock near Fredericksburg, in the summer, alone, as if I exercise…which I don’t…was pretty daring. My heart nearly sprung out of my chest. No idiom intended.

ANGI’s GOTTA ASK:  Where is your favorite place to write and why? 
GINA’S GOTTA ANSWER:  Hm. No place special. I’m just too busy. Too many kids at home…sharing a small space. Sometimes I write in my special director’s chair…a gift from my first drama team.

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  1. Welcome back, Gina along with your alter ego Rebecca !!
    I love all Tex Mex !! LOVE IT FOR REAL!

  2. I love Cinco de Mayo we have so much fun trying to plan a different dinner than we have done in previous years even though every year I have to explain what it means. When the kids were little and growing up this was a special day for us I would put little things around the house that told them what day it was and always made a meal that was with the Mexican culture a fun day even though I am Swedish it is still fun! Peggy Clayton