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, Linda Mooney, and her favorite recipe for QUICK & EASY BEEF TIPS with RICE (OR NOODLES)!
The Rim of the World, Book 1
BY LINDA MOONEY
Two species, bitter enemies, are determined to destroy each other, until they realize they need one another to survive a major catastrophe.
As they race through a nebulous anomaly in the midst of a major battle, the Terrans and Seneecians are blown through a wormhole to crash land on an uncharted world. A half world. A world containing the remains of a long-dead civilization.
Lt. Kelen Chambliss knows she has no reason to trust the furred, humanoid creatures, but she and her crew members cannot survive without their help, and the Seneecians cannot survive without theirs. Neither can she ignore the fearsome-looking one called Kyber, with his wicked talons and piercing green eyes.
As they slowly come to realize there is no escape or forthcoming rescue from the barren planet, Kelen learns there is much about the enemy she never knew. Including the fact that Kyber’s formidable appearance hides a strong, brave, and caring heart.
Warning! Contains glowing glyphs, blue pancakes, eye worms, endless tunnels, and two people of different species daring to take their last and only chance at love
The Rim of the World, Book 1
BY LINDA MOONEY
“Head’s up!” Sandow laughed and tossed cylindrical-shaped objects of a dark blue color at them. “I can’t vouch for its taste, but it’s edible.”
“It looks like blue thumbs, minus the nail,” Fullgrath groused, but bit into his anyway.
“How do you know it’s viable for us?” Tojun inquired.
Sandow paused in his chewing. “Not too bad. Crunchy, but not much of a taste. To answer your question, I’ve done a lot of studying on Seneecian physiology. It’s required by the potentate when entering the space force. Other than a few minor DNA strands, both of us are very similar. So what’s the verdict, gentlemen? Gentle lady?” He winked at Kelen and took another bite.
“Doesn’t taste like chicken,” Dox remarked sourly, earning a laugh from the other Terrans. Kyber made a note to ask Kelen later to explain the joke.
Sandow went back to his examinations, and Dayall continued. “We have water, we have sustenance, but we may not be safe. We have no way of knowing what creatures could be watching us this very minute, or if those eye worms can infiltrate down here.”
“What is this place? Any idea?” Fullgrath glanced around at each of them. “Is this a city? A temple? A garden?”
“Whatever it is, it was abandoned,” Kyber answered.
Kelen frowned slightly. “Abandoned?”
He looked over at the thick brush. “The vegetation. You can see where it was set into the stone. It was laid out. Designed. Planted in a pattern. That’s civilization. But the plants are overgrown. They’ve grown out of their planters, and the bearers haven’t been cultivated in at least one season.”
“How can you tell?” Dayall questioned.
“By the amount of deadfall on the ground. By the number of rotting fruit…or whatever we’re going to call this food.”
“So you think whoever, or whatever built this place, or lived here, may be gone for good?” Mellori probed.
“Gone or dead.”
Dayall cleared his throat. “Jules, how many hours of night did we have?”
“Six hours and six minutes, but that’s an estimate, since we have no idea what time of night we landed. And the fact that it’s freaking difficult to tell when this sun rises and sets, since we don’t have a horizon. I’m judging from the moment we noticed the sky getting brighter. We should know after another full cycle how long the days and nights are here.”
“Which still leaves us guessing about weather, the seasons…” Mellori’s voice trailed off.
“Are we settling here?” Gaveer inquired in Terranese.
“Settling?” Dayall scratched his chin. “Do we have any choice? For now, we’ll make this our base camp. There is no telling how far down this place goes. There could be another garden like this on another level. There could be another stream.” He shook his head in bewilderment. “We have no idea what we’ll find.”
Dox’s interruption got their attention.
“What lights?” Mellori questioned the young man.
Dox waggled a finger, pointing at the windows. “Those are solar. They make the sun brighter. Stronger. Better for the plants.” He cocked his head. “Listen.”
Everyone stilled. It took Kyber a few seconds to catch on.
“It sounds like a machine. A motor or an engine.”
“A machine?” Kelen got to her feet and scanned the area. “Where? In here? Or on another level?”
“It sounds like it’s coming fr—”
Something moved behind them. Kyber caught a glimpse of it, and threw out an arm to shove Kelen onto the rock. He acted instinctively, launching himself at whatever appeared to be tracking them from the other side of the stream.
Linda loves to write sensuously erotic romance with a fantasy, paranormal, or science fiction flair. Her technique is often described as being as visual as a motion picture or graphic novel.
A wife, mother, grandmother, and retired Kindergarten and music teacher, she lives in a small south Texas town near the Gulf coast where she delves into other worlds filled with daring exploits, adventure, and intense love.
She has numerous best sellers, including 10 consecutive #1s. In 2009, she was named Whiskey Creek Press Torrid’s Author of the Year, and her book MY STRENGTH, MY POWER, MY LOVE was named the 2009 WCPT Book of the Year. In 2011, her book LORD OF THUNDER was named the Epic Ebook “Eppie” Award Winner for Best Erotic Sci-Fi Romance.
In addition, she write naughty erotic romances under the name of Carolyn Gregg, and horror under the pseudonym of Gail Smith.
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Note from Linda:
Two species have crash-landed on an alien world. They’re hungry, and all they have to eat, what little there is, are basic survival supplies. Outer space MREs.
Ever wonder what astronauts eat while circling the Earth? Check it out sometime. You might be surprised. They get meals like Barbequed Chicken, Beef Stroganoff, and Tuna Casserole, but it’s a paste and sometimes liquefied. It has to be sucked through a straw because of the lack of gravity. Same goes for desserts. Ever have a banana split from a packet?
In my book Neverwylde, I had to come up with an alien world with edible food for the survivors to eat in order to survive. But it had to be something two different species could consume without any disastrous effects. Actually, it’s fun creating a new food, with weird coloration, and an odd flavor and texture.
Fortunately, my Quick and Easy Beef Tips with Rice (or Noodles) is neither alien, strange looking, nor odd tasting. And my mostly meat and potato loving family enjoys it whenever I fix it.
QUICK & EASY BEEF TIPS
with Rice (or Noodles)
1-2 lbs beef tips or beef cubes (You can also use stew meat.)
¼ small onion, chopped
2 tbl. Olive oil
1 packet brown gravy mix (I use McCormicks.)
1 can (drained) of sliced mushrooms – optional
Salt and pepper
On medium heat, sauté the onions in the oil. Lightly salt and pepper the beef, along with a little garlic powder. (Or you can use garlic salt. Just don’t add more regular salt.)
Brown the beef tips in the oil and onions. If you like mushrooms, braise them along with the beef tips.
In a separate glass, mix the brown gravy with water, adding about another cup more of water than it says on the packet. Pour mixture over the browned beef. When mixture begins to boil, turn heat down to simmer but leave uncovered. Stir occasionally.
Fix rice or noodles while the beef tips simmer. When done, serve beef tips over the rice or noodles. Add a salad if preferred.
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Thanks, Linda, for sharing your story with us!