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, REBECCA YORK, and her favorite recipe for DANALON DIP!
Off-World Series Book 7
BY REBECCA YORK
Max Cassidy, a space pilot who operates on the edge of legality, doesn’t know he’s risking his life when he picks up a shipment of contraband from Naxion. On this forbidden planet, all the inhabitants are beyond ugly except the gorgeous women raised for the interplanetary slave trade. When Cassidy discovers the cargo is one of these slaves, he vows to save her. But he doesn’t know how much the woman who calls herself Amber is hiding from him. Attraction flares between them. As their sexual relationship turns steamy, the chase is on to escape the corrupt official who bought Amber. But the only way to ensure her safety is to terminate the man’s sadistic avocation. Passion builds as they rocket off to what could be Max’s final mission.
One of the smugglers took a step toward him and spoke in heavily accented standard speech. “You bring . . . payment?”
“If you have my merchandise,” he replied. He was outnumbered, and he didn’t like the confident look in the alien’s bloodshot eyes. This guy was sure he had the situation under control, and he was planning something tricky.
“Where’s my package?”
“No package. Kawanda.”
Another of the men pushed the hooded figure forward.
At the rough shove, the captive almost lost his balance and fell in the mud. As he fought to steady himself, Max saw his hands were secured behind his back.
Fates, what was this guy? A criminal? Or just dangerous? And what the hell did Rafe want with him?
He wavered on his feet a few meters away.
Unprepared for this new development, Max blinked. “The cargo is a person?”
“Dung to us. Valuable—to you.”
“Gods,” he muttered. He’d come here for merchandise. What kind of exchange was this anyway?
“You no want?”
His immediate reaction was, No want. He’d thought he was bringing expensive goods back to Danalon, and he hated the smell of this deal. His best guess now was that the bound man was a slave.
The idea of human trafficking made Max sick. He wanted to turn around and head back to his shuttle. But that could be dangerous under the circumstances. These men were expecting payment. Not only that, what would happen to the prisoner if Max rejected him?
A New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly best-selling and award-winning author, Rebecca has written over 150 books and novellas. In 2011 she became the dozenth author to receive the Romance Writers of America Centennial Award for having written 100 romantic novels. Her Killing Moon was a launch title for Berkley’s Sensation imprint in June 2003. Five more books in the series have followed.
Rebecca has authored or co-authored over 65 romantic thrillers, many for Harlequin Intrigue’s 43 Light Street series, set in Baltimore, and many with paranormal elements. She now writes the Decorah Security series, set around a security agency where the agents have paranormal powers or investigate paranormal cases. She also writes the Off World Series, romances and romantic suspense stories, set on planets in the far future.
Her many awards include two Rita finalist books. She has two Career Achievement awards from Romantic Times: for Series Romantic Suspense and for Series Romantic Mystery. And her Peregrine Connection series won a Lifetime Achievement Award for Romantic Suspense Series.
Links to Rebecca‘s Website, blog, books, etc.
ESCAPE VELOCITY Purchase Links:
I hope you enjoy the recipe Rebecca is sharing today on Karen’s Killer Fixin’s. Happy Eating!
P.S. We’re at 477 recipes and counting with this posting. Hope you find some recipes you like. If this is your first visit, please check out past blogs for more Killer Fixin’s. In the right-hand column menu, you can even look up past recipes by type. i.e. Desserts, Breads, Beef, Chicken, Soups, Author Specials, etc.
NOTE FROM REBECCA: Party Food from an Off-world Banquet.
Max Cassidy has agreed to pick up illegal cargo from the forbidden planet Naxion. He doesn’t realize the package he was dispatched to deliver is a slave who is desperate for freedom. When he hears her story, he vows to help. He realizes that the corrupt Danalon official who purchased her is out to kill him and recapture his property—the woman was named Amber by Max. She, Max, and his friend Rafe—who got him into this mess in the first place—hatch a plan to extricate themselves from danger, but they need help from a tribe that lives in the Danalon bayou near the official’s vacation retreat. Posing as traders, they bring exotic off-world clothing to the tribe’s compound. After they arrive, they’re treated to a welcome dinner prepared in the group kitchen. Here’s one of the appetizers they served, a traditional seafood dish. Although it’s made with Danalon ingredients, you can recreate it on earth with artichokes and shrimp.
Preparation Time: 12 minutes
16 servings / serving size: 2 tablespoons
1 13-14-oz jar or can water packed artichoke hearts, drained
1 cup small cooked shrimp
1/4 cup sour cream or reduced-fat sour cream
1/4 cup mayonnaise or reduced-fat mayonnaise
1½ tsp Italian seasoning
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tsp instant minced onions
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
1/8 tsp salt, or to taste (optional)
1/8 tsp white pepper
- Remove and discard the coarse outer leaves from the artichoke hearts. Chop the hearts slightly, and set them aside in a medium bowl. Chop the shrimp slightly, and set them aside with the artichoke hearts.
- In a small bowl, stir together the sour cream and mayonnaise. Add the Italian seasoning, garlic, onions, vinegar, salt, if desired, and pepper. Stir to mix well. Stir the mixture into the shrimp and artichokes.
- Cover and refrigerate at least ½ hour and up to 12 hours to allow the flavors to blend.
- Serve on crackers or thin bread rounds. Leftover spread will keep in the refrigerator 1 or 2 days
**Special Giveaway** Rebecca will give away an ebook (any ebook of the Off World Series, except the Boxed set & her new release, ESCAPE VELOCITY) to two lucky readers who comment on her Karen’s Killer Fixin’s blog. Happy Reading!
Here’s the link to the Amazon Off World Series page: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B074CDHF21
Thanks, Rebecca, for sharing your book with us!
Don’t miss the chance to read this book!