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, SHIRLEY ANN WILDER, and her favorite recipe for CHICKEN TORTILLA CASSEROLE!!
A Western Romantic Suspense
BY SHIRLEY ANN WILDER
Kate Gallagher, single parent of a teenaged girl and manager of a mustang relocation center for the Bureau of Land Management, has her hands full. She doesn’t have time for romance, but when her daughter is found murdered, she discovers her long-ago lover and father of her child is crucial in getting justice.
Rodeo champ Matt Oglesby was not aware he’d fathered Kate’s child. When he learns the truth, he is torn by the recurrence of his love for Kate and anger that he was cheated out of knowing his daughter and maybe his ability to protect her.
Can they work together to solve the mystery and restore the love relationship they had years earlier?
This book was inspired by a lady who ran a relocation center for the Bureau of Land Management when the program was started in the early 1970’s. She was gifted in handling wild horses and gave a great service to the wild mustangs.
“Cindy, knock it off.” He pushed her over to her side of his truck in spite of her protests. He’d shared many a love sessions with her on the back roads of this rural California community, but not tonight. She was drunker than he’d thought and frankly it wasn’t attractive. He’d slowed the vehicle down to a snail’s pace. They’d arrived at her ranch, but there was no way he was going to drive her up to the house. She would catch hell from her mama and deservingly so, but he didn’t plan to be the recipient of Kate’s wrath.
Suddenly she wrenched open the passenger door and jumped out. She ran to the middle of the gravel road and began doing some kind of strip tease act. Seductive and sexy when she wasn’t losing her balance and stumbling around, laughing like a hyena and taunting him with gyrations someone her age shouldn’t have even been capable of.
“Cindy, stop. Put your shirt on. Cindy, do you hear me?”
By the time he’d gotten out of the truck, she’d shed her shirt, jean shorts and was scooting her bikini panties down to her knees. He reached out and grabbed her by the arm and jerked hard, hoping to jolt some sense into her. She responded by shrieking his name and he couldn’t have that.
Something inside him snapped. He back-handed her with more force than he’d intended and lost his grip on her arm.
She went plummeting across the road and stumbled at the edge, plunging into the ravine which bordered the roadside. Voluntary scrubs grew thick in the trench; some had been thinned out and chopped down, leaving ugly stumps.
“Cindy, get up. Get out of there. Put your clothes on and get to the house.”
She just lay there.
His heart went into overtime and his pulse pounded at his temples. What the hell? What’s wrong with her? She didn’t fall that far. He jumped in after her.
Her head rested awkwardly on a scrubby pine stump. He’d pulled on her arm and, when she hadn’t responded, he’d touched her face and then saw the wound near the temple. Blood gushed. Thick stubby splinters of wood were imbedded in the soft flesh of her young face. Along with the temple gash, blood flowed from a deep puncture in her neck. It bled fast and furiously.
The stump must have punctured the carotid artery.
He tried to stop the flow with his handkerchief. He sopped it until it stopped. Then he realized the blood had stopped because her heart had ceased to beat. He knew CPR and tried to revive her.
He’d just wanted her to be quiet. Now she would be.
Shirley Ann Wilder was writing stories on brown grocery store bags as soon as she could hold a pencil. Her love for books guided her in her journey to become an author. She especially loved books about horses and when she married the love of her life, they raised Quarter horses, German Shepherd dogs and four children—not in that order. After the children were grown, Shirley Ann began to pursue her passion to write novels and has published five romantic suspense books. In 2008, she lost her husband and swears the writing is what has kept her reasonably sane. Kate’s Quest is about horses, mystery and of course, romance. It is a work of fiction based loosely on fact regarding the wild mustangs.
Links to Shirley’s website, blog, books, etc.
Amazon Kindle: https://amzn.to/2q2oFYn
Amazon Print: https://amzn.to/2PKOtTN
I hope you enjoy the recipe Shirley is sharing today on Karen’s Killer Fixin’s. Happy Eating!
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CHICKEN TORTILLA CASSEROLE
6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (cooked/boiled in deep pan (saving some of broth and make chicken soup)
12 corn tortillas- cut in 1 or 2 inch strips
½ cup milk or chicken broth
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 large can Ortega green Peppers – remove seeds and cut into strips same as tortillas
Shredded cheese- cheddar or mixed cheddar and Tillamook
Mix soups, broth and onion together and spread evenly into “pam” sprayed 9×12 casserole dish. Layer tortillas covering soup. Add layer of chicken cut in small pieces. Add pepper slices and lastly top with shredded cheese. Let sit in refrigerator for 24 hours then bake in 300 degree oven for one hour.
Thanks, Shirley, for sharing your book with us!
Don’t miss the chance to read this book!