July Harlequin Spotlight: Bon Appétit and a Book with Cathy Gillen Thacker, author of A Texas Soldier’s Family




A Texas Soldier’s Family cover




On the last leg of his tour of duty, Captain Garrett Lockhart is summoned home to Laramie, Texas, to handle an urgent family matter—a scandal that could destroy the enduring legacy of the Lockharts. Except it’s already being “handled” by Hope Winslow, a professional crisis manager.

Hope is also the beautiful single mother of the most adorable baby boy the Army doctor has ever seen. Garrett is resisting Hope’s efforts at damage control—and pushing her clearly defined boundaries. Too bad she can’t resist him…and fantasies of a future with her Lone Star soldier!


Bon Appétit and a Book: A delicious recipe to enjoy alongside the book!


Triple Berry Scones

2 and ¼ cups all-purpose flour

1/3 cup sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 tsp grated orange or lemon zest

¼ tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

6 Tablespoons salted butter/room temperature

1 cup mixed berries (blueberries, blackberries and raspberries)

2/3 cup buttermilk

1 large egg

1 tsp. vanilla

Directions:  Preheat oven to 400.  Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl, and use a pastry cutter to mix, until it resembles coarse crumbs.  Add berries to flour mixture and toss carefully to coat.

Whisk buttermilk, egg, and vanilla in a small bowl.   Gently mix wet and dry ingredients just until combined.  Flour hands and pat out into an 8 inch circle ¾ inch thick.    With a sharp knife, cut into eight pie shaped wedges and place on parchment paper, leaving spaces in between.  Brush with extra buttermilk and sprinkle with sugar.  Bake 14 minutes or until tops are golden brown.  Cool on wire rack, and enjoy!




About the author:

Dear Readers,

The love stories in my family have always been fodder for romance novels.

My maternal grandmother and grandfather simultaneously ran a business together and raised four daughters, long before it was an accepted thing to do. Grandpa O’Dell ran the gas station and the barber shop; Grandma O’Dell managed the grocery and cooked for customers. They were true partners and madly in love and parted, tragically, way too soon when he succumbed to cancer when he was in his early fifties. Grandma grieved deeply but eventually picked herself up, started a new career as a cafeteria chef, and eventually found deep romantic love and happiness again, in the form of a second marriage.

Read more here…


  1. Barb Muse says:

    Recipe sounds yummy! And that cover, are you kidding me with that hat?! Love it!

  2. Kathleen Bylsma says:

    Really enjoyed the story of your family life re lifetime mates and the ups and downs of real life, Cathy. Will be reading your books.

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