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, JENNIFER RAYGOZA, and her favorite recipe for ONE-POT PARMESAN CHICKEN ZITI WITH ARTICHOKES AND SPINACH!
THE GUARDIANS I: FEEL THE FIRE
By JENNIFER RAGOZA
I thought I had life all figured out. We live. We suffer pain. We die. Death never bothered me much. It is love that scares the hell out of me, because love makes you weak, and in my line of work there is no room for that. My name is Gianna Botticelli. I am the daughter and only female employee of a Los Angeles mafia boss. Today was supposed to be like any other day, and then Caleb walked into my life.
He is sexy and mysterious and knows things he shouldn’t. I don’t like it at all, but I can’t help the way he makes me feel inside. There is something different about him. What is he? All I know is that after meeting Caleb, things will never be the same as he introduces me into his world, an unknown world where the battle of good versus evil rages on.
Sacrifices will be made, hearts will break and lives will be taken. How far am I willing to take this journey, I keep asking myself? If I have to sacrifice myself to save everyone and everything then the answer is easy. All the way.
THE GUARDIANS II: THE REVELATION
By JENNIFER RAGOZA
It’s been three years since I have turned, and I am not sure who I am anymore. I don’t even know if I want to be what I have become. Is love enough to keep me alive inside even if I am dead? How can I find peace within myself when everything around me screams war and death? How will things end when one man holds my eternal love and another wants me dead? There is no end as far as I can see. It’s just the beginning because I can feel the darkness approaching. It wants me. It calls for me by name. I will keep on fighting until it arrives. The problem is, if I don’t learn to shut off my emotions I may just become my own worst enemy. Is it all too much, or not enough? These are the things a vampire queen, new mother and woman fighting with her past human morals must ask herself. I have one more important question to answer that could change everything.
IS THIS REALLY WHAT I WANT?
I looked at him and realized why I felt the way I did around him. I had fallen head-over-heals in love with a vampire; but I could never admit it. This was impractical. Love on these terms? I must be crazy.
“Caleb, this isn’t going to work. I don’t feel the same way for you,” I lied, trying to avoid eye contact with him. In my mind, I thought, I love you, sickly. I love you so much, it’s stupid.
No. Stop and focus, Gianna, I told myself. I expected sadness from him, or for him to be angry, but Caleb smiled and started snickering as he pulled away from me.
“Why the hell are you laughing? I’m serious,” I barked at him.
He was still smiling. “You’re a bad liar. You’re in love with me. No, you’re not a bad liar – you’re a terrible liar,” he said. He turned away from me to open the door.
“Well you’re… you’re still an asshole,” I said, fuming. “And stop reading my mind, jerk.”
Jennifer Raygoza lives in Corona, California with her husband and children. She developed a love for writing poetry at the young age of twelve. She did not want to become a writer when she was young.
She had dreams of becoming a Marriage Counselor and majored in Psychology when she was older. Although that dream did not work out she still councils relationship advice to friends and family.
In 2013 she published her first book called The Guardians. Originally it was a story written for fun, and out of curiosity was self published.
Little did she know that it would be a hit with vampire lovers. Fans encouraged her to write part two in the series. She was currently working on another project, but pushed it back to write part two in the series to please the fans. The third and final book in The Guardians series is in the works set to come out 9/2014.
Links to Jennifer’s website, blog, books, etc.
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ONE-POT PARMESAN CHICKEN ZITI WITH ARTICHOKES AND SPINACH
(Courtesy of BettyCrocker.com)
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