Welcome to my Friday bonus feature called Karen’s Killer Fixin’s **Author Special**!! Today, in lieu of one of my own recipes, I’m going to introduce you to a new author who will share one of her favorite recipes. Not only will you and I occasionally learn how to make something new and delicious, but we’ll get a chance to check out some wonderful authors. Introducing author, KIT FRAZIER, and her favorite recipe for KIT’S KNOCK YOU NAKED CENTRAL TEXAS SALSA!!
Cauley MacKinnon Mysteries Book 1
BY KIT FRAZIER
Banished to the “Dead Beat” at the Austin Sentinel after sleeping with her boss, Cauley MacKinnon is eager to shed her dubious title as the Obituary Babe and put her new journalism degree to good use. When her childhood friend Scooter Barnes, exotic pet store owner and former Dallas Cowboy, threatens suicide, she sneaks into the crime scene and manages to talk him out of it. But Scooter is later found dead and everyone — a hot FBI agent, a menacing one-eared maniac, the Argentinean mafia, and a flirtatious customs agent — wants the scoop on what he told Cauley in his last hours. Up to her eyelashes in dead bodies, Cauley gets mixed up in a Texas-sized hunt for Scooter’s killer and also manages to fall for a couple of cuties involved in the murder case.
Cauley MacKinnon Mysteries Book 1
BY KIT FRAZIER
Lightning crashed so close to the house that the thunder was almost instantaneous. The lights dimmed as the thunder shook the house from foundation to rafters.
A chill skittered up my spine. As if I’d called him, Marlowe appeared in the hallway, fur bristling along his backbone.
“There is something about Selena,” I said to the dog, and nearly screamed when a knock sounded at my door.
“Who is it?” I said, frantically searching for my phone.
“Cauley, it’s me.”
I swung open the door.
John Fiennes stood in the darkness, the storm lifting his dark hair. Lightning crashed behind him and he seemed very handsome and dark in the night.
I swallowed hard.
“I’m here until Sunday,” he said.
Screw the stupid Eight Ball and its stupid prediction.
I opened the door and let him in.
Wrangling baby tigers, swimming with jaguars and interviewing three Texas governors—with the pictures to prove it—Kit Frazier admits she’s participated in some once-in-a-lifetime adventures.
“If you see a chance, take it,” says Kit. “And while I’ve done—or participated—in some amazing things, the one I’m proudest of is when I meet readers who tell me my books make them laugh. Especially during tough times.”
As the managing editor of a regional magazine, I Kit says she’s met some of the most interesting and at times, eccentric people. “I love writing about Austin, Lake Travis and Central Texas, but the newspaper that publishes the magazine frowns on fiction, my first love. So, obituary writer Cauley MacKinnon, my alter ego was born.”
Cauley is the hell-on-high-heels obituary writer in Scoop (Midnight Ink, Sept. 2006) and Dead Copy (May 2007), A MacKinnon Christmas (Nov. 2009), and the upcoming Morgue File.
“This is the hardest, most emotional book I’ve ever written,” Kit says. “Cauley has misgivings she’s known Detective Jim Cantu her whole life–or she thought she did.
“He’d been a savior to the young girl who’d witnessed the murder of her father. But when her childhood hero guns down a man in cold blood and leaves his pregnant wife and three children behind, Cauley’s got a choice. Destroy the legend she’d grown to love–or find the man she never really knew?”
Kit’s blog (www.kitfrazieronwriting.com) is just the beginning of her adventures, with foundations laid for her YouTube channel on writing, publishing and publicity, along with a vlog with her eccentric, ridiculously funny friends. “Kind of like Sh*t Southern Women Say), centered on the outrageous lives of fallen Southern Belles and the men they play with and stay with,” Kit says, “And of course, the men who just flat out need killin’.”
Links to Kit’s website, blog, books, etc.
Email Kit: firstname.lastname@example.org
I hope you enjoy the recipe Kit is sharing today on Karen’s Killer Fixin’s. Happy Eating!
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- 4 ripe tomatoes and quartered (I use Roma, but use what you’ve got)
• 1 Vidalia onion, peeled and quartered
• 3 garlic cloves, peeled
• 3 jalapenos, stemmed and seeded (If you’re more adventurous and your tongue can take it, substitute 1-2 habanero or serrano peppers.
• 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
• 1 tablespoon ground cumin
• 2-3 teaspoons sugar
• 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
• 15 ounce can crushed san marzano tomatoes
• 4.5 ounce can diced green chiles (mild, medium, or hot, and I often use poblano or Hatch chilies when they’re in season)• Note: You can add 1/3 cup fresh chopped cilantro. (I don’t, because some folks have a genetic reaction to cilantro, that makes it taste like dish soap)
1. Place the fresh tomato quarters, onion quarters, garlic, peppers, lime juice, cumin, sugar, and salt (and cilantro if you’re so inclined) in your favorite food processor and pulse those babies until they’re coarsely crushed to your taste.
2. Pour in the crushed tomatoes and green chiles. Give it a few more pulses until mostly smooth. Refrigerate until ready to serve.I do serve with fresh, restaurant-style white tortilla chips, but I also use this salsa on eggs, in migas (scrambled eggs with tortilla chips) and just about anything that needs a little kick.*Note: If your salsa’s a little too spicy—don’t drink water—it just makes the heat worse. Drink some cold milk or eat some yogurt! Your tongue’ll be cooled down in no time.
Thanks, Kit, for sharing your book with us!
Don’t miss the chance to read this book!