Southern Smoke: Barbecue, Traditions, and Treasured Recipes Reimagined for Today

SOUTHERN SMOKE                                MATTHEW REGISTER

In this book, Matthew teaches the basics of smoking with a grill or smoker. He outlines how to manage the fire for long smoking sessions and shares pitmaster tips for common struggles (like overcoming "the stall" on large pieces of meat). He then explores iconic barbecue regions and traditions:
Start off in North Carolina, the home of slow-smoked pork and tangy vinegar sauce. Other highlights include chicken quarters with church sauce, barbecue potatoes, collard chowder, and pork belly hash.
Travel the Lowcountry, where seafood meets barbecue. Go all out with Frogmore stew, pickled shrimp, and fire-roasted oysters, or sample unique recipes like funeral grits, like pudding, and James Island shrimp pie.
Then take a trip to Memphis and the Delta, a longtime barbecue hub known for dry-rubbed ribs. Other standouts might surprise you! Learn the secrets behind Delta tamales, Merigold tomatoes, okra fries with comeback sauce, and country-style duck.
And, of course, what barbecue spread is complete without baked goods? The final chapter includes everything from skillet cornbread and benne seed biscuits to chocolate chess pie and pecan-studded bread pudding.

Whether you've long been a fan of barbecue or are just starting your own barbecue journey, Southern Smoke offers a unique collection of recipes and stories for today's home cook.


This book opens with how to set up your grill types of wood to use and the difference between each one as in flavors and also the difference between wood and charcoal. He then takes you through the different regions of North Carolina, Memphis, the Delta, and the Low Country. The author gives you many different recipes that are unique to each region. Having visited a few of those places and had their barbeque I can say each one is truly different. Much, much better than having grown up in Southern California dealing with people trying to copy. Now you have recipes for vinegar sauce, a mustard crème sauce which sounded good, also a pork belly sweet potato hash that if you like hash you have to try, made this very good. You also get a Memphis dry rub and BBQ SAUCE. I had to make the Memphis slaw for it reminded my wife and me when we visited there. You also have a dessert section with the author giving you a pie crust recipe in a BBQ book goes figure, win, win. A book for any cook and a must for any person wanting to enhance their skills at the grill or if they are just beginning. I received this book from I gave it 5 stars. Follow us at 

Gluten-Free Vegan Baking for Every Occasion: 75 Classics and New Creations to Celebrate


Sticky Buns, Fudgy Brownies, Salted Caramel Cupcakes, and more—who says your favorite sweets can’t be gluten-free and vegan? Gluten-Free Vegan Baking serves up the best recipes for the tastiest treats so that you can bake your cake and eat it too!
Celebrate every occasion with new recipes that rival traditional favorites. Complete with an introductory guide for seasoned and new bakers alike, this cookbook offers everything you need to indulge your inner baker and taste how great gluten-free vegan baking can be.
The Gluten-Free Vegan Baking cookbook includes:
Everything You Need to Know—Learn the basic Do’s and Don’ts of baking delicious gluten-free and vegan baked goods. 75 Classic and New Recipes—Whip up breakfast bakes, breads, cookies, brownies, bars, cakes, cupcakes, pies, and tarts. Sweet and Simple—Forget about fancy equipment and ingredients—this vegan baking cookbook keeps things hassle-free with on-hand kitchen equipment and easy-to-find ingredients.
RSVP for the party filled with showstopper desserts for every occasion. Gluten-Free Vegan Baking makes your taste buds go wild!

Since my daughter has now had to stop gluten when I came across this book, I was excited and Leary. One I not her enjoys food and was sure that there was going to be a huge change in taste. Once she and I made cookies and sticky buns using the recipe from this book I figure we can move forward and have since tried other recipes. The back of the book also has substitutions that you can use in place of sugar, eggs, and buttermilk which is very helpful. This is a very good book and I must say a book for anyone with a gluten problem. 

Wade McClusky and the Battle of Midway


During the Battle of Midway in June 1942, US Navy dive bomber pilot Wade McClusky proved himself to be one of the greatest pilots and combat leaders in American history, but his story has never been told until now.

It was Wade McClusky who remained calm when the Japanese fleet was not where it was expected to be. It was he who made the counterintuitive choice to then search to the north instead of to the south. It was also McClusky who took the calculated risk of continuing to search even though his bombers were low on fuel and may not have enough to make it back to the Enterprise. His ability to remain calm under enormous pressure played a huge role in the US Navy winning this decisive victory that turned the tide of war in the Pacific.

This book is the story of exactly the right man being in exactly the right place at exactly the right time. Wade McClusky was that man and this is his story.


A very captivating story about dive bomber pilot Wade McClusky and how by his steadfast action and patience turned the tide of the war by locating the Japanese fleet. The author mentions numerous times how he should have been acknowledged, more and given more credit for finding the Japanese fleet. This point I got the first few times he mentions it but the author repeats this many, many times in the book and does take away from what actually is a good book. What I believe the author was wanting to do was show how valuable he was to the entire battle and debunk other historians who have said that McClusky should not have been leading his squadron that day or how he missed when releasing his bomb. His group though sunk two carriers and after his miss, the pilots after him had a better alignment for the release of their bombs.
What should be noted is the author speaks about how the Japanese left carriers back in Japan thinking they would not need them. Also, he talks about how Pearl was already in the rebuilding stage and rushed to put a carrier back out with men working around the clock. This would be the beginning of the change that the Japanese did not foresee. The Imperial Navy suffered a great loss that day for the pilots they lost were not replaced. Their experience was far greater than the Americans, but now with the loss of planes and men, the war would begin to change slowly. Overall a good book. I received this book from I gave it 4 stars. Follow us at

Four Hours of Fury: The Untold Story of World War II's Largest Airborne Operation and the Final Push into Nazi Germany

FOUR HOURS OF FURY                        JAMES M. FENELON

On the morning of March 24, 1945, more than two thousand Allied aircraft droned through a cloudless sky toward Germany. Escorted by swarms of darting fighters, the armada of transport planes carried 17,000 troops to be dropped, via parachute and glider, on the far banks of the Rhine River. Four hours later, after what was the war’s largest airdrop, all major objectives had been seized. The invasion smashed Germany’s last line of defense and gutted Hitler’s war machine; the war in Europe ended less than two months later.

Four Hours of Fury follows the 17th Airborne Division as they prepare for Operation Varsity, a campaign that would rival Normandy in scale and become one of the most successful and important of the war. Even as the Third Reich began to implode, it was vital for Allied troops to have direct access into Germany to guarantee victory—the 17th Airborne secured that bridgehead over the River Rhine. And yet their story has until now been relegated to history’s footnotes.


This WWII book is about Operation Varsity, an allied paratrooper assault which included the U.S. 17th Airborne and also the British 6th Airborne. It would be the largest paratrooper landing in WWII with the objective being the Northern part of the Rhine River with its bridges and towns forcing the Germans from the North and South especially after the Battle of the Bulge. The first part of the book goes into the planning and details of the mission. How Montgomery wanted Ridgeway to be the American commander and who Ridgeway fought not to but was ordered. Them how he would disagree with Montgomery on when the jump should take place and other items as well.
The second part of the book is about the jump into the different drop zones different battles that took place and the gallant and sometimes heroic effort to make sure that what was planned was succeeded. I found all of this book to be very informative especially since none of the information is ever covered in any other history books that I can think of. The efforts again of the troops go and show the dedication to each other and to the defeat of Germany and its war machine. Overall a very good book and worth the read for anyone who likes history. I received this book from I gave it 5 stars. Follow us at

The Frozen Hours: A Novel of the Korean War

THE FROZEN HOURS                            JEFF SHAARA

June 1950. The North Korean army invades South Korea, intent on uniting the country under Communist rule. In response, the United States mobilizes a force to defend the overmatched South Korean troops, and together they drive the North Koreans back to their border with China.

But several hundred thousand Chinese troops have entered Korea, laying massive traps for the Allies. In November 1950, the Chinese spring those traps. Allied forces, already battling stunningly cold weather, find themselves caught completely off guard as the Chinese advance around the Chosin Reservoir in North Korea. A force that once stood on the precipice of victory now finds itself on the brink of annihilation. Assured by General Douglas MacArthur that they would be home by Christmas, the soldiers and Marines fight for their lives against the most brutal weather conditions imaginable—and an enemy that outnumbers them more than six to one.

The Frozen Hours tells the story of Frozen Chosin from multiple points of view: Oliver P. Smith, the commanding general of the American 1st Marine Division, who famously redefined retreat as “advancing in a different direction”; Marine Private Pete Riley, a World War II veteran who now faces the greatest fight of his life; and the Chinese commander Sung Shi-Lun, charged with destroying the Americans he has so completely surrounded, ever aware that above him, Chairman Mao Tse-Tung watches his every move. 

Written with the propulsive force Jeff Shaara brings to all his novels of combat and courage, The Frozen Hours transports us to the critical moment in the history of America’s “Forgotten War,” when the fate of the Korean peninsula lay in the hands of a brave band of brothers battling both the elements and a determined, implacable foe.


Frozen Hours is Mr. Shaara's look at the beginnings of the Korean War. Frozen because of the men at Chosin Reservoir. How our troops were surrounded and how General MacArthur and his staff were so out of touch with what was actually taking place. Of course, with all of them being in Tokyo might have something to do with it plus the idea that no the Chinese were not sending any troops, when in fact approximately 140,000 men were sent in and ended surrounding our troops. Now, of course, men are working together to survive and to bring each other out of that hell hole.
Once again just one look at the war, not the entire war or all of the battles going on between Truman and MacArthur. You do get to see MacArthur arrogance and how it is passed on to Almond. He also takes through General Smith who I think is forgotten and how he and his staff work to bring the men out and not abandon them. The author once again takes you through the fighting with soldiers from both sides which always adds to the story. Overall another good book by this author. I received this book from I gave it 4 stars. Follow us at




Rad-Reader:  What made you want to write this story?

Rhonda:  I've always loved the idea of forbidden love. And the whole "Best friend's sister" always gets me. 

Rad-Reader:  Where did the idea come from?

Rhonda:  Brantley and Cassie came to me in a dream. I'd been in the middle of a project that I wasn't overly thrilled with and one night I had this crazy dream about a hot hockey player and his best friends. I remember waking up from that dream and rushing out to grab my laptop. I sat down and started typing and couldn't get the words down fast enough. I've never had a book come together as easily as Jersey Girl did. Those characters just wouldn't stop talking. Each and every day the words poured out of me and I was so deeply in love I didn't care how much sleep I lost in the process. 

Rad-Reader:  How long did it take you to write the book?

Rhonda:  Four months from start to finish. I wanted to make sure everything was just right before I sent it off to be published.

Rad-Reader:  How did you develop the two main characters?  Are they similar to anyone you know?

Rhonda:  It's funny because I can't recall putting a lot of thought into them. I just kept replaying that dream over and over and used those images as my guide. I feel that Cassie is probably a combination of myself and several girls I knew growing up. Many of us had times when we'd fallen for someone we weren't supposed to fall for. The whole concept of wanting what you can't have played a huge part in B and Cassie's love affair. It also made it a lot of fun to write!

Rad-Reader:  Why did you choose hockey over other sports to write about?

Rhonda:  I love hockey. Growing up, I had a thing for Steve Yzerman. I still do!!

Rad-Reader:  Scotty has a girlfriend why are none of the other guys allowed?  Or just not her?

Rhonda:  The other guys can have girlfriends, they have just chosen not to. As far as Scott was concerned, his sister was off-limits. I think it was because Scott knew what 'players' they all were. I truly believe he didn't want to see his little sister get hurt.

Rad-Reader:  What is with this Justin ex?  Did he physically hurt her?

Rhonda:  Not in the sense that he beat her. But he was verbally abusive and very controlling. He wasn't always that way but became that way over time. I never went into a lot of detail, but I feel Justin was controlling because he didn't want Cassie discovering what a lying cheat he really was.

Rad-Reader:  Cage like’s Cassie.  Why doesn’t he just ask Scotty to date, Cassie?

Rhonda:  Because he wouldn’t man-up! Don't get me wrong. I love Brantley. He stole my heart from the moment we met. But I really wished he would have told Scott to go F--- himself. Scotty was protective over Cassie, but the longer he dated Ashley the more temperamental he became. I think the guys all felt it was easier not to rock the boat and sneak around instead. Also, it played into the whole "no commitment" rule B had made for himself.

Rad-Reader:  I understand him avoiding her but why was he all-out mean when at the bar with the redhead?

Rhonda:  Because Brantley was actually drunk that night in the bar. He wasn't intentionally being mean. He was merely being an idiot. Plus, he thought if he was rude then she wouldn't come around and he wouldn't be tempted by her. See... IDIOT! LOL

Rad-Reader:  Ashley sounds possessive or is it that Scotty is self-absorbed that he won’t find the time for his sister?

Rhonda:  A little of both. In Jersey Girl we see Scott Rivers at his absolute worst. But he wasn't always a prick. In Save My Heart (which is Scott's book) you meet the man behind the mask. While he still isn't always at his best, you get to see that he truly wants to make things right again.

Rad-Reader:  Brantley seems like a nice guy so why does Scotty wants him to date his sister?

Rhonda:  Scotty is just your average big brother who "knows" his sister may be sexually active but having his best friend date her would take that awareness to a whole new level. And he can't handle it.

Rad-Reader:  Once Cage hears about his dad, we hear no more.  He was going to talk to Candy.  Will he now talk to Cassie?

Rhonda:  Well, seeing as how Candy was actually Cassie, he actually did talk to her about his dad. Part of what my intention with that was to show how self-absorbed we can become. If we aren't careful, we can hurt those we love. That is exactly what happened with Brantley's parents. 

Rad-Reader:  What happens to his dad?  Are his parents getting a divorce?  Was he having an affair?

Rhonda:  No. You later learn that his dad wasn't fooling around physically. But he did emotionally turn to another woman for support and advice instead of trusting his wife. But I reveal that his parents work things out.

Rad-Reader:  Scotty seems like he is ghosting his sister.  Why?

Rhonda:  Ashley demanded too much of his time. She was bossy, but she was also very focused on her future and the attention she gave Scott really stroked his ego. In his book, Save My Heart, you learn that somewhere along the path of life Scotty sort of lost his way.

Rad-Reader:  What is the thing with Davis?  Does he have a crush on Cassie?  Is that why he’s playing so bad?  Since Brantley is spending time with her?

Rhonda:  Davis actually does have a bit of a crush on Cassie. Davis is this amazing guy who never settled down. He admires what Cassie and Brantley share. Not the sex aspect, but the genuine friendship and idea of knowing you're with someone who only wants the best for you. It's what he grew up with and what he secretly longs for. He finds it in his own story, Fire and Ice.

Rad-Reader:  Ashley seems like she has or wants total control of Scotty.  What does she have on him?  Like what he did to her for their one on one dinner.

Rhonda:  Ashley basically has Scotty by the balls, only he was too blind to see how whipped he was. He does start coming around though. It isn't until the big blow-up with B and Cassie that he finally saw how out of control his life had become.

Rad-Reader: Is Scotty feeling whipped by her?  She seems like she has plans set for him, her and his career.

Rhonda:  Scott is a pleaser. He may be a leader on the ice and with his friends, but he is easily influenced by others and what they think is best for him. You see and learn more about that in Save My Heart.

Rad-Reader:  Is Ashley why the team is not jelling?  Since Scotty is not around?

Rhonda:  I wouldn't necessarily blame Ashley, but she sure isn't helping the situation. I believe it had more to do with the fact that most of the high scoring team members had graduated the year prior and the team is now made up of younger talent and they just haven't found a rhythm yet.

Rad-Reader:  Scotty has turned to be a total disappointment.  I don’t know why they're worried about him and his rules.  Why are they?

Rhonda:  We are seeing Scott at his absolute worst. These guys have known him for a long time. Since before he met Ashley. And they know she is the problem. they just don't know how to help Scott see what they see.

Rad-Reader:  Cage seems to be running from his fear of commitment to a girlfriend.  Doesn’t he realize that’s what he is already doing now with Cassie?

Rhonda:  No. And that is what frustrates Cassie the most. Knowing of his fear yet experiencing the tender way he speaks to her. The way he holds her. Protects her. Makes love to her. She knows in her heart there is more to what they share than they are letting on. She just doesn't know how to make him realize it.

Rad-Reader:  Or is he long term like Scotty with Ashley who doesn’t want to have a carry-over girlfriend to the pros?

Rhonda:  Cage has always dreamed of playing professional hockey. He's signed his intent to play with the Detroit team. But unlike Scott, he would be willing to walk away from it all once he realizes he's in love with Cassie. That he's been in love all along. Once he's able to admit it, he knows in his heart she is worth more to him than anything else. 

Rad-Reader:  Will there be a follow-up book?

Rhonda:  There already is. Most readers may not realize that Cassie and Brantley have their HEA told in a separate book that is titled, B my Forever. When I wrapped up Jersey Girl, I intentionally ended it without an Epilogue. In fact, It's the only book of mine that doesn't have one. But as their story unfolded, I knew I wanted to write their wedding story. However, I didn't want it to be only a chapter or two. I wanted to go into more detail. And those two characters made it easy because they never stopped talking! LOL

Rad-Reader:  If your book was made into a movie who would you want to play…

Scotty:  Gabriel Landeskog

Rhonda:  I honestly never gave it a lot of thought but when I looked at your picks I was floored! You nailed each one of them to a tee!!! Great job!

Rad-Reader:  What song or songs best describes your book as a whole or parts of your book with the characters in mind?

“Let’s Go Home – Ella Henderson & James Arthur”

When Cassie and Cage meet there was an instant connection.  More importantly, there is a friendship.  Neither was what others would be with to the normal eye.  But they work.

“After You – Meghan Trainor”

After that first kiss, she wanted “B”(Brantley Cage) badly no matter what.  But her brother’s crazy Bro Code spooked “B”.  He started ghosting her then when she found her in her dorm, he came around, but was it all of him?

Just Friends – Ally Barron

When they put the roadblocks up so “B” could honor her brother’s crazy bro code.  She was so hurt though each time would introduce her as Scotty’s Little sister.  Treating her as less than what they had that first day.

“Chance Worth Taking – Mitchell Tenpenny”

“B” has kept his heart heavily guarded after a bruising break up freshman year.  No girlfriends for him.  When is BFF’s sister arrives in his bed without notice his world changes and his heart starts to crack for the better?

Rhonda:  I absolutely love those songs! One song that stood out over and over was “Charlie Puth's "One Call Away." That song seemed to embody everything that B was to Cassie. In her eyes, he truly was her Superman.

Rad-Reader:  What is your favorite type of music?

Rhonda:  I love all kinds of music. 80's. Country (old and new). Boy Bands (love me some BSB). Classic Rock. I listen to Spotify while I'm writing and each book has a specific playlist that matches perfectly with the story being told.

Rad-Reader:  What is your favorite food?

Rhonda:  Fried chicken and Mexican food

Rad-Reader:  What other genres would you like to try your hand out?

Rhonda:  I would love to write Suspenseful Romance. I also am a sucker for the whole high school (think senior in HS) romance books. Not the bully romance. I hate bullies. But I am a sucker for young love and the whole art of falling into love when you are young and naive.

Rad-Reader:  What was the first book you ever published?

Rhonda:  Across the Miles which I published in March of 2015. It seems like a lifetime ago.

Rad-Reader:  What is the next project you have coming out?

Rhonda:  I am honored to be a part of Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward's Cocky Hero World. I will be writing a story based off of the characters in Cocky Bastard. My book, Charming Bastard, will feature a thirty-something veterinarian that's taken by surprise when his estranged wife shows up not only in the town he now resides in, but the veterinary practice he works in. It's a second chance romance. Those are my favorites! I can't wait for you to read it later this year!

Rad-Reader:  Where can our readers buy your books?  Links

Rhonda:  All of my books can be purchased on:

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Thank you for being with us.  We had been gone for awhile due to illness and the holiday so we are so glad that you were able to be with us.  I truly enjoyed your book and your characters.

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Feb. 21 – Rhonda James

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March 13 – Jacie Floyd

March 20 – Kelly Anne Blount

March 27 - Liv Arnold


Southern Smoke: Barbecue, Traditions, and Treasured Recipes Reimagined for Today

SOUTHERN SMOKE                                 MATTHEW REGISTER In this book, Matthew teaches the  basics of smoking with a grill or smo...