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, KAT MARTIN, and her favorite recipe for CHILLED ASIAN ASPARAGUS!
INTO THE FURY
A Boss, Inc. Novel
BY KAT MARTIN
A bodyguard, a bounty hunter, a P.I.—the men of Brodie Operations Security Service, In. are down for the job…
Sinners, whores, and sluts beware—your time is at hand: a faceless menace is threatening lingerie models on a cross country tour, and Ethan Brodie is there to defend and protect.
Ethan’s learned the hard way that beauty is no substitute for character. So even though Valentine Hart is one of the most breathtaking women he’s ever seen, he’s keeping his hands off and his eyes open. Or that’s what he tells himself.
Then one of the models is murdered, and the closer Ethan gets to the answers, the closer he finds himself to Valentine—and the hotter the pressure feels. There’s more to Val—more to the other girls—than he could have guessed. But one is keeping a secret that could kill them all.
INTO THE FURY
A Boss, Inc. Novel
BY KAT MARTIN
Worry rode Ethan’s shoulders all the way across town. What if the murdered woman had been Valentine? What if she was the killer’s next target? Thinking of Samantha’s beautiful friend lying dead made his stomach burn. He’d promised to protect her. If something happened, what would he say to Sam?
He was in a dark frame of mind when he climbed out of the Jeep and pushed through the door of the Perfect Pup. What the hell was a pampered woman like Valentine doing at a dog grooming parlor on the day of the fashion show?
He scoffed. Probably having ribbons tied on the topknot of some little rat dog. Maybe one of those prissy little lap-poo whatever the hell they were called.
No one was behind the counter in the waiting area, but he could hear feminine laughter at the back of the shop. At the door to one of the shampoo rooms, he spotted Samantha’s mop of nutmeg curls as she shampooed a gigantic white dog. A blond woman worked next to her, both of them up to their elbows in soapy water.
Ethan jolted to a halt as the great beast leaped out of the tub, soap bubbles flying, knocking down the taller woman, who went sprawling on her behind, the wet dog landing on top of her.
She let out a squeal of laughter matched by Samantha’s burst of hilarity. Ethan just stared. Good Christ, it was Valentine Hart.
“Hi, Ethan.” Samantha grinned. “That’s Harry.” Just then the dog gave a mighty shake, sending a barrage water droplets flying.
Sam and Valentine broke into fresh gales of laughter. Valentine’s dimples popped out and Ethan couldn’t stop staring. Her soggy T-shirt clung to a pair of perfect breasts, but it was the joy in her pretty blue eyes that made his chest feel tight.
He reached down to help her up, and she grabbed hold. As he pulled her to her feet, he felt a jolt all the way to his low-topped boots.
“Thanks,” she said, smiling.
Ethan couldn’t stop a smile in return. “You’re just full of surprises, Ms. Hart.” His gaze traveled from her messy ponytail, down her long, jean-clad legs, to a pair of worn sneakers.
Behind him, Samantha snapped Harry onto a leash and the big dog politely sat down.
“I think it’s time I introduced you two,” Sam said. “Ethan, this is Valerie Hartman. Valentine Hart is her stage name. She’s not really a model. I mean, she is, but it’s only temporary. Val’s actually a student at the university. She’s studying to be a veterinarian.”
Feeling like a fool, he turned to the pretty blonde. “I think maybe we should start over. I’m Ethan Brodie.” He stuck out a hand. “It’s nice to meet you, Valerie.”
She shook his hand. “Valerie Hartman. A pleasure, Ethan. You…umm…came here to see me,” she reminded him. “What’s going on?”
The moment of levity was over. He was there to keep her safe. “I’m afraid I’ve got some bad news, Val. Earlier this morning, Delilah Larsen was found murdered in her apartment.”
“Oh, my God.” Her eyes widened as the possibility sank in. “It wasn’t…wasn’t the guy who wrote those notes?”
“There’s a chance it was. That’s why I’m here. From now on, Val, you’re under my protection.”
New York Times bestselling author Kat Martin is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara where she majored in Anthropology and also studied History. She is married to L.J. Martin, author of western, non-fiction, and suspense novels.
Kat has written more than sixty-five novels. Sixteen million copies of her books are in print and she has been published in twenty foreign countries, including Japan, France, Germany, Argentina, Greece, China, Russia, and Spain.
Born in Bakersfield, California, Kat currently resides in Missoula, Montana, on a small ranch in the beautiful Sapphire mountains.
Her last 10 books have hit the prestigious New York Times bestseller list. AGAINST THE WILD, AGAINST THE SKY, and AGAINST THE TIDE her latest release, took top ten spots.
Links to Kat’s Website, Books, & Social Media:
Amazon: Into the Fury (BOSS, Inc.)
Books A Million:
I hope you enjoy the recipe Kat is sharing with us today on Karen’s Killer Fixin’s. Happy eating!
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CHILLED ASIAN ASPARAGUS
2 pounds fresh asparagus (the skinnier the better)
1 teaspoon finely minced fresh garlic
1 teaspoon finely minced ginger
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon sesame oil
fresh ground pepper
- Put approximately 1 inch of water in a 12-inch skillet and bring water to a boil.
- Put 2 inches of water and several large cups of ice cubes into a large bowl. Set aside.
- Clean asparagus; break off the ends and rinse in cold water.
- Put all marinade ingredients in a small bowl and wisk together until well mixed. Set aside.
- Place asparagus in boiling water and let them cook for 2-4 minutes. Asparagus should be crisp (do not over cook!).
- After cooking asparagus for 2-4 minutes, immediately drain the hot water and rinse asparagus under cold water.
- Transfer the asparagus from skillet to the bowl with water & ice and let the asparagus cool for 10-15 minutes.
- Remove the asparagus from ice water and gently wrap in paper towels to remove as much water as possible.
- Place asparagus in serving dish and pour marinade over asparagus and gently toss.
- Serve within 30 minutes.
Thank you, KAT, for sharing your story and recipe with us.
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