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Fall Recipe Potluck | SECOND CHANCE ON CYPRESS LANE by Reese Ryan

Second Chance on Cypress Lane
Reese Ryan




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December 2020
On Sale: December 1, 2020
ISBN: 1538734451
EAN: 9781538734452
Kindle: B085C72M17
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Also by Reese Ryan:
Second Chance on Cypress Lane, December 2020
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A Reunion of Rivals, July 2020
Secret Heir Seduction, March 2020
Off Limits Lovers, August 2019


Welcome to the First Day of our Fall Recipe Potluck! We have an awesome lineup of authors telling about their new books coming out this fall and sharing delicious recipes--perfect for the cooler weather and cozy nights. Be sure to check back all week long for posts every morning. Also! Comment to enter to win a copy of the book featured each day. We hope you enjoy this potluck and find some new books and recipes to try.


In my upcoming release, SECOND CHANCE ON CYPRESS LANE, rising star reporter Dakota Jones is inadvertently caught up in an international scandal that derails her promising career. She returns to the small town of Holly Grove Island to lick her wounds and regroup after spending the better part of two decades in New York City. The island town no longer feels like home, or so she thinks. But Dakota quickly begins to discover all of the things she’s been missing during the five years that she’d been actively avoiding the island since the death of her mother.

Dakota discovers a new appreciation for her family and friends; the beach; the townsfolk who will always consider her one of their own. And she falls in love with the homecooked, Southern comfort foods she grew up on.

While Dakota’s cooking skills could use some fine-tuning, her best friend Sinclair Buchanan is an award-winning cook who loves making memorable meals for her friends and family. When Sinclair picks up her old friend Dakota at the bus station and ushers her back into town, she has a complete, home-cooked Southern feast in tow.

Dakota doesn’t possess her friend’s culinary talents, but she’s smart and determined. So she’d rely on a shortcut like using her late mother’s slow cooker to make a tender, delicious meal like the smothered pork chops with mushroom and onions that I made in my crockpot last week.

Here’s the recipe:


  • 4-6 thick pork chops
  • Himalayan sea salt and fresh ground pepper
  • Smoked paprika
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • 1 can of cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 can of cream of chicken or cream of celery soup
  • 6 oz of chicken broth
  • 1 medium to large onion
  • 1 8 oz carton of sliced mushrooms
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil


  • Slice onion and layer in slow cooker along with sliced mushrooms.
  • Season pork chops with salt, pepper, smoked paprika, garlic powder, and onion powder.
  • Heat oil in skillet over medium heat.
  • Brown pork chops for a few minutes on each side.
  • Remove browned chops from skillet and place on top of onions and mushrooms in slow cooker.
  • Mix up soups and broth in same skillet. Once combined, pour over pork chops, onions, and mushrooms in slow cooker.
  • Cook pork chops on low for about 7 hours.

The pork chops come out tender and delicious, and the tasty gravy is especially good served over rice, mashed potatoes, or egg noodles.


COMMENT TO WIN: Sweater weather, Halloween, changing leaves… What’s your favorite thing about Fall? Tell us in the comments and you’ll be entered to win a copy of SECOND CHANCE ON CYPRESS LANE by Reese Ryan (US and Canada only). Good luck! (Please note: this is a December release, so the winner's copy will be sent closer to the publication date. Thank you for your patience!)



Second Chance on Cypress Lane

In this heartwarming second-chance romance, a woman returns home and discovers that, when it comes to finding love, there's no place like home.

When a romance gone wrong lands reporter Dakota Jones in the pages of the tabloids, her rising star crashes and burns. Instead of getting the weekend anchor job she'd been promised, she's promptly shown the door. Which leaves her one option: return home to lick her wounds, eat lemon meringue pie, and plot her comeback while actively avoiding the man who once broke her heart.

Dexter Roberts made a huge mistake when he walked away from Dakota, and he's regretted it ever since. So when Dakota returns to Holly Grove Island to regroup and decide what's next, Dex can't pass up the opportunity to win back the love of his life. Now he just needs to convince Dakota to give him a second chance. 

Romance Contemporary | Multicultural African-American [Forever, On Sale: December 1, 2020, Mass Market Paperback / e-Book, ISBN: 9781538734452 / eISBN: 9781538734438]

About Reese Ryan

Reese Ryan

Reese Ryan is the author of fifteen published works of romantic fiction and counting. Her stories feature complex, deliciously-flawed characters. She presents her characters with family and career drama, challenging love interests, and life-changing secrets while treating readers to an emotional love story with unexpected twists.

Born and raised in the Midwest, she now resides in Central North Carolina. She treads the line carefully between being a Northerner and a damned Yankee, despite her insistence on calling soda pop. She gauges her progress by the number of “bless your lil’ hearts” she receives each week. She is currently down to two.

Reese, an advocate for the romance genre and diversity in fiction, is the past president of her local Romance Writers of America chapter, a panelist at the 2017 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, and the 2018 Donna Hill Breakout Author.





34 comments posted.

Re: Fall Recipe Potluck | SECOND CHANCE ON CYPRESS LANE by Reese Ryan

I love the changing leaves and Halloween
(Meredith Winn 1:03am September 7)

the cooler temp.
(Martin Bodnar 10:43am September 7)

I love the changing colors and it's also my birthday season.
(Cynthia St. Germain 4:42pm September 7)

I love the cooler temperatures and the changing of the
(Jessica Whitacre 6:28pm September 7)

The cooler temps, less humidity and the Fall holidays!
(Tracy Urschler 9:40pm September 7)

I enjoy seeing the changes in colors of leaves, pumpkin
everything and the start of using fireplaces with that
unmistakeable smokey smell plus the crackling noise of logs
settling down.
(Alyson Widen 11:52pm September 7)

I think we are still more Damn Yankees than Northerners,
even after 28 years. Thank you so much for the recipe. I
look forward to trying it. Fall is my favorite season. I
love the cooler, crisp air, the changing leaves, the crunch
of leaves underfoot when we go walking, the smell of those
leaves, and the wonderful Fall produce. I always look
forward to it and it never lasts long enough.
Best wishes fir a successful release of SECOND CHANCE ON
Stay safe and healthy.
(Patricia Barraclough 12:17pm September 8)

I love everything about Fall. Autumn is my favorite season.
I love the cooler temps, the changing leaves, the SMELL in
the air. I love it all.
(Nancy Reynolds 9:43am September 8)

The cooler temps is what I like.
(Sherry Haut 10:43am September 8)

The cooler tempt. and the changing of the leaves I love it all Apple cider Pumpkin Spice Thank you for the amazing giveaway!
(Sarah Taylor 4:56pm September 8)

cooler weather and football
(Vickie Couturier 6:26pm September 8)

The cooler Fall weather for sure
(Robert Young 12:52pm September 9)

I love the colorful leaves around my property.
(Sandra Dufoe 9:11pm September 9)

Fall leaves and pumpkin season!
(Rebecca Shields 8:51pm September 10)

oh that book looks good and the recipe tasty
(Jodi George 1:23pm September 11)

I love the fall color changes. Burning a crackling candle. Wrapping up in a throw
blanket with a cup of tea.
(Lydia Robinson 8:57pm September 11)

What i love most about fall is the leaves and the fashions
. It's like fall brings on a new beginnings.
(Lisa Marshall 10:24am September 12)

That looks so good! Can’t wIt to try. Looking forward to reading your book
as well. I love Fall because the air is crisp and cool,instead of high humidity
combined with heat. These old bones are not liking winter as much as they
(Renee Collins 4:52pm September 12)

My hubby would love this recipe! Thanks for sharing!
(Kathleen Kelly 6:24pm September 12)

apple picking and apple pie
(Laurie Gommermann 8:14am September 13)

Autumn prompts us to be colorful, encourages us to be warm,
and reminds us to be thankful.
(Lisa Sabatini 10:49am September 13)

I love the cooler weather and everything pumpkin!
(Shannon Capelle 5:53pm September 13)

I love the beautiful colours in nature this time of year.
(Jennifer L. 6:03pm September 13)

The cool weather (before it gets cold) and all the changing leaves.
(Zarah Robinson 6:08pm September 13)

Definitely the cooler weather. Summer is too hot.
(Jana B 6:27pm September 13)

I love all the changes of color and the cooler weather. My favorite holiday
has always been Halloween. And my husband and my anniversary are in
(Megan Gustafson 8:00pm September 13)

I love the brilliant color changing leaves and cooler
(Maryann Skaritka 8:29pm September 13)

Fall is my FAVORITE season! I love the scents, the sights,
the changing colors of the leaves, the crisp jacket weather,
cloudy days, the smells of cinnamon and apple... everything
about the season!
(Elizabeth Haney 10:20pm September 13)

(Katrina Dehart 11:14pm September 13)

I love the leaves changing colors.
(Diana Hardt 12:21pm September 14)

I like the cooler weather, being able to wear long pants and
sweaters, and Halloween!
(Linda Herold 2:07am September 14)

I love the return of sweater weather, the changing of the leaves, and BOOTS!!
(Qr Smith 9:16am September 14)

I like the cooler weather and the scary movies that are on
in October. Thanks for the chance.
(Lynn Brown 2:05pm September 14)

My favorite thing about fall is Hot Chocolate with lots of
Marshmallows in it.
That recipe looked good.
Love reading and reviewing print books.
Hope I Win
(Crystal Stewart 2:58pm September 14)

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