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, Crystal Miles Gauthier, and her favorite recipe for HURON SIMPLE PLUM DRESSING!
Time Travel Society Series ~ Book One
BY CRYSTAL MILES GAUTHIER
HE WAS A BRIEF ENCOUNTER
Troianne Shelden is a high school student with a bright future. She’s smart, shapely and a catch for any guy. But after a night of passion with a handsome stranger, everything changes. Her future is in doubt when she finds herself pregnant.
THEN LEFT HER ALONE
When her grandmother passes away, and with her parents long dead, Troianne suddenly finds herself with a large inheritance, but absolutely no one she can trust to turn to for help.
Fate takes a hand when she goes into labor. Blinded by pain, she passes out in the back of an ambulance – and wakes up somewhere very different.
She opens her eyes to find herself not in a modern ambulance, but in the back of a horse-drawn carriage. When the door opens she’s greeted by a handsome man dressed like he stepped out of the past. In shock, Troianne realizes that she’s somehow traveled back in time.
And she has no idea how to return home…
Time Travel Society Series ~ Book Two
BY CRYSTAL MILES GAUTHIER
Finding Her True Potential.
“Diana Elizabeth, you are a very powerful sorceress, it is true. And you may not ever need to know these things. However, there may come a time in your life when knowledge of this backwards way of doing things could come in handy, when your powers are diminished and you cannot perform to your full ability.”
“Aunt, when would that possibly ever happen to me?”
“Diana it could happen anytime a demon is near or a follower has attached itself to you.”
Being one of the most powerful sorceresses in the world is a challenge for sixteen year old Diana. Still haunted by the evil forces who kidnapped her in infancy, she is taught to fight those who want to steal from her everything she loves.
One night during what was supposed to be a teenagers rebellious night out, she encounters a sight that rocks her to her knees. Diana runs away angry, veering off the normal path, a small accident leaves her unconscious.
When she wakes she finds herself in a strange new place. Everyone seems to be joyful and content in this place called Shae’lan. What awaits Diana in this happy place will not only leave her wanting more, it will also have her questioning her life’s decisions.
Two men will determine Diana’s fate. One is Evil, One is Good. Both will be a factor in determining the rest of her life.
Lexington, Kentucky 2013
Bam! Bam! Bam!
“Troianne! Why have you locked this bathroom door? I need to go now! You know this old woman can’t hold it very long. Come on outta there ‘fore I pee my pants!”
“Just a minute, Meemaw, I’m busy.”
One minute more was all she needed in order to see if the test would tell her if she really was pregnant or not. She was two months late and terrified to think that one night of passion could alter her life forever.
When she thought about it, being twenty-one and in her third year at the University of Kentucky wasn’t the most terrible time to be pregnant, although it sure did dampen her plans to major in World History and become a teacher. Troianne excelled at anything she put her heart into. Her dream would just take a bit longer.
Ellie and William were loving and very attentive parents to their only child. Their tragic end had rocked Troianne’s young eighteen years to its very core.
Broken hearted and left alone with no siblings or any other family in Pleasure Ridge Park—a small community south west of Louisville, Kentucky—Troianne decided to pack up all of her belongings and her seven-toes-on-each-paw tiger-striped cat named Diesel, and move to Lexington, Kentucky to live with her ailing grandmother, Louanne Waires. Her grandmother lived in an old farmhouse. Troianne used her inheritance money to go to the University of Kentucky to follow her dream of becoming a teacher. Now, however, she would have to rethink everything. Her life was changing quickly, too quickly.
Now looking down at the pregnancy test stick in her long slender fingers, a low groan escaped her full pink lips. Right there, glaring at her big as a neon sign was a plus sign on the stick she had recently urinated on, indicating that yes she was definitely pregnant!
“Oh, Lord! Now what do I do?” she asked herself.
Looking into the mirror above the sink, she saw her deep sea-green eyes filling with tears. Grabbing fistfuls of her long black hair, she screamed as the reality of it hit her. “I am pregnant! Really pregnant, shit!”
Bam! Her Grandmother hit the door with her tiny fist one last time. “Troianne Lee, you better open this door right this minute or I’m gonna whoop your hide! I’m serious, girl, I gotta go!”
“Meeeeeooooooowww!” Diesel the cat decided to put his two cents worth in too. He liked going into the bathroom so he could jump on the sink and have you turn the water on so he could get himself a drink.
“Okay, Meemaw, hang on to your panties,” she yelled, as she walked to the door, quickly unlocking the knob and yanking it open. In slipped Diesel, and up on the counter he jumped.
“Girl, I almost peed right there on the floor. What the heck are you a doin’ in here anyway? Move,” she spat out as she pushed her granddaughter out of her way, knocking the cat gently off the sink.
“I don’t need your ole’ cat’s eyes watchin’ me neither. So, git. I gotta get on that pot!”
Troianne moved out of the old lady’s way and walked out, shutting the door. As she headed to her bedroom, she realized she left the pregnancy test lying on the bathroom sink.
No! No! No! Oh, crap.
She ran back down the hallway to the bathroom. Meemaw is gonna see it and…just in that precise moment the bathroom door opened and Meemaw stood there with her face white as a sheet blowing in the wind, the positive pregnancy test in her shaking, old gnarled hand.
“Is there something ya wanna tell me, girl?”
With a huge lump in her throat and tears threatening to spill out of her sparkling sea-green eyes, Troianne replied, “Um…yes, ma’am, I guess there is.”
I am a Retired paralegal, housewife, mother of five, grandmother of 13. I have two cats. I have lived all over the northeast and south. Have traveled the USA. In 2001 I married my husband Joe, a retired Army Military Policeman, who is now a Regional Marketing VP for a local consulting firm.
My First Novel TROIANNE released on August 4, 2014. Published by Beau Coup Publishing, LLC. I am working on book 2 in the series, Diana’s Magic and have Rheanon’s Heart, Athena’s Warrior and Camberleigh’s Castle in the works. I do have two psychological thrillers and a screenplay I am contemplating.
Links to Crystal’s website, blog, books, etc.
Amazon link to DIANA’S MAGIC:
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HURON SIMPLE PLUM DRESSING
[Makes 10 Servings]
1 Extra large Ball jar or 2 medium size Ball jars with rings and lids. (sanitize or clean in dishwasher)
6 good size purple plums, cut into slices. Throw pit away.
4 cups of water
3 cups of sugar/sweetener if you are diabetic
½ cup white or cider vinegar
½ cup vegetable, olive or canola oil
1 Tablespoon of Nature Seasoning or Regular seasonings of your choice.
In a medium sauce pan put slices in with water, add sugar. Boil plums, water and sugar until plums have broken down to mush consistency. Turn off burner and let plum mixture cool. Once it is cool, pour plum mixture into jars, add vinegar and seasoning. Close jars tightly and shake.
Store in refrigerator. When ready to use make sure to shake dressing well before opening.
**SPECIAL GIVEAWAY**: Crystal is giving away an ebook copy of TROIANNE to one lucky winner who comments on her Killer Fixin’s **Author Special** blog. Don’t miss this chance to read her debut story. Thanks, Crystal, for sharing your release and favorite recipe with us!