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, Michel Prince, and her favorite recipe for MAC AND CHEESE!
THE POLITICIAN’S HEART
The Growing Strong Series ~ Book 3
BY MICHEL PRINCE
Karen Schroeder made the choice to be a politician. Her local success has caught the eyes of her party and she’s suddenly thrust into the national stage. She knows how to play the game and exactly who she needs to be, even if it’s not who she really is.
Sarah Lindstrom has never questioned her feelings, even when they made her believe her girlfriend would say yes to her proposal instead of breaking up with her. When she sees Karen Schroeder campaigning the rush of attraction is undeniable. Sarah knows she’s been wrong before, but her feelings for Karen overwhelm any apprehension for this woman who’s trapped in the closet.
As the relationship grows Sarah learns love can be the painful when the one you love can only be herself with the door is closed. More importantly her love of Karen could cost her everything she’s worked for. Can love bloom when hidden in the dark?
THE POLITICIAN’S HEART
The Growing Strong Series ~ Book 3
BY MICHEL PRINCE
Editor’s Note: Some language has been edited to maintain PG-13 rating.
Karen’s heart pumped hard as she heard the woman explain her business, the plans, the hard work it must have been. Her blue eyes, though tired when Karen first arrived, were now alive and surrounded by blonde lashes and sun kissed skin.
“I’m Karen by the way,” she said as she extended her hand. “I don’t think we were properly introduced.”
“You mean your first name isn’t Representative?” the woman smiled and gently held Karen’s hand. There was no firm I’m-sure-of-myself squeeze or awkward sweaty palm. It was soft, inviting, and had Karen stepping closer. “I’m Sarah, Sarah Lindstrom.”
“It’s very nice to meet you, Sarah. I hope you have a lot of success with your school.” Karen didn’t want to break the connection. She couldn’t. Her hand stayed nestled in Sarah’s as her lips began to tingle.
Sarah nervously wet her lips and Karen leaned closer, then remembered her surroundings.
“I’m sorry,” she said as she pulled away and moved to the other side of the table.
“You are…aren’t you?” Sarah asked as her hands rested on the table in front of her.
“Are what?” Karen’s breath quickened and the fear of outing herself came back. The gut ache between her want and need to take Sarah in her arms and explore every inch, and throwing away everything she’d worked hard to construct.
“A closeted Republican.”
Karen looked around to see if anyone was hearing their conversation. Sweat beaded on her forehead and the heat of the day finally hit her as her head swum.
“I’ve never heard it put that way,” she finally replied when she’d convinced herself no one was listening. “Can I please sit in that chair?” she asked.
“Yes,” Sarah said as she dug in a cooler under the table and fished out a cold bottle of water. “You okay?”
“I’ll be fine,” Karen assured as she took a drink from the bottle and felt the cold rush through her system. F*(k, f*(k, f*(k.
“I didn’t mean to knock you off balance. It was… Mandy just… Mandy said I wasn’t allowed to daydream about a straight Republican. I guess now I’ll be allowed to have my fantasies.”
The words rolled from Sarah’s lips and sparked Karen into her own fantasies, her own desires. The ones she had to keep hidden from the world. Only a few women had touched her and those had been ones with something to lose too. She dreamed of the day she could hold the woman she loved in public. Everyday going to work during the protests on the capitol steps, she caught herself looking longingly at the couples proud together. Then Ashton would take her hand and guide her to her office. Alone in there she’d cry until she needed to have a brave face again.
“Who’s the man candy you have protecting you?”
“I can’t talk about this…here.” She didn’t know why she hesitated, but she wanted to tell Sarah more. She wanted to have Sarah in her life. It was a rush she’d never felt before, even with the other women.
“I’ve got twenty minutes before they close the doors and I can lock up.” Sarah looked at her watch and let out a light laugh. “I know it sounds bad, but… will you meet me behind the barn at nine?”
Sarah was so sure of herself and who she was. Openly discussing a girlfriend without vetting Karen to make sure her secret wasn’t going to hit the front page. A warmth tingled through Karen’s core at the strength of self Sarah had to have and how that would translate in other areas.
“I… um… it’s just—”
“You can’t come out and play. I gotcha.”
“It’s not that. Anyone I’m with has to understand my belief system on ninety-nine percent of the platform is Republican. I need this to go no further than you and I.”
“You haven’t said anything, I have, and you’ve neither confirmed or denied my accusations. Very good, Representative Schroeder.” Sarah sat back and locked her eyes on Karen’s. “But you caught my eye across a field where there were mini-doughnuts, cheese curds and funnel cake. That’s saying something. And we both know a few minutes ago you were less than an inch from kissing me. That says something too.”
Michel Prince is an author who graduated with a bachelor degree in History and Political Science. Michel writes new adult and adult paranormal romance as well as contemporary romance.
With characters yelling “It’s my turn damn it!!!” She tries to explain to them that alas, she can only type a hundred and twenty words a minute and they will have wait their turn. She knows eventually they find their way out of her head and to her fingertips and she looks forward to sharing them with you.
When Michel can suppress the voices in her head she can be found at a scouting event or cheering for her son in a variety of sports. She would like to thank her family for always being in her corner and especially her husband for supporting her every dream and never letting her give up.
Michel has been awarded Elite Status with Rebel Ink Press in 2013, the service award for her local RWA chapter Midwest Fiction Writers and is a Pro member of RWA. She lives in the Twin Cities with her husband, son, cat and new puppy.
Links to Michel’s website, blog, books, etc.
Michel Prince Books
I hope you enjoy the recipe Michel is sharing with us today on Karen’s Killer Fixin’s. Happy eating!
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MAC AND CHEESE
** Do not share unless you want people to demand to join your holiday parties.
1 tbs vegetable oil
1 lb LARGE macaroni
8 tbs butter
1/2 cup muenster cheese shredded
1/2 cup mild cheddar cheese shredded
1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese shredded
1/2 cup monterey jack cheese shredded
2 cups half and half
8 oz Velveeta cheese, cubed
2 eggs lightly beaten
1/2 tsp seasoning salt
1/8 tsp pepper
Preheat over to 350 degrees. Lightly butter a deep 2 1/2 quart baking dish. Fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil.
Add macaroni and oil. Cook for 7 minutes, or until somewhat tender. Drain well and return to pot.
While macaroni is cooking combine all of the cheeses together in a large bowl. In a small saucepan melt 8 tbs of butter. Pour melted butter over macaroni and put both in cheese bowl. Add beaten eggs, half and half, seasoning salt and pepper. Stir until fully blended.
Transfer into casserole dish and sprinkle with seasoning salt. Bake covered for 30 minutes then remove cover until the edges are golden brown and bubbly,
Thanks for sharing your story and your recipe with us, Michel! Happy Holidays!