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, TARA JANZEN, and her favorite recipe for GRANOLA!
RIVER OF EDEN
Contemporary Romantic Suspense
BY TARA JANZEN
A LOST WORLD
In the heart of the rain forest lies a prize Dr. Annie Parrish is willing to risk her life for…if she can find it. All she needs is a captain with a boat heading upriver. With a dangerous load of illegal contraband weighing her down and time running out, she’s only got one name left on her list, and it’s at the bottom. The good thing is, he’s right where she’d expected to find him – the last, ramshackle dive bar on the waterfront.
A ROGUE SCIENTIST
Will Travers has macaw feathers in his hair, a week’s worth of beard, and a shaman’s crystal hanging around his neck, convincing Annie that even the wildest stories she’s heard about him don’t tell the tale. A Harvard-trained botanist, the once world-renowned professor lost his reputation – and some say his mind – when he vanished from his camp on the Rio Cauaburi and disappeared for a year in the rainforest. Now he’s back, in a seedy waterfront bar with a beer in his hand and a mulatto woman doing the lambada on his lap – and against every ounce of common sense she has, Annie’s about to make him an offer.
ONCE THEIR JOURNEY BEGINS, THERE’S NO TURNING BACK
The last thing Will needs is a woman whose secrets run as deep and dark as his own. A renegade in her own right, the legendary Amazon Annie is a magnet for trouble – and he’s already got plenty. He’s out to destroy a devil named Corisco Vargas before he can unleash his nightmarish forces on the whole of the Amazon. Trapped between a shaman’s mystical visions and the violence of the real world, their journey quickly becomes one of desperate danger. But which force will rule their fate – the yearning for vengeance, or a power as potent and seductive as the heart of a singular, magical orchid?
RIVER OF EDEN
Contemporary Romantic Suspense
BY TARA JANZEN
CHAPTER ~ 1
Drenched to the bone, Dr. Annie Parrish stood in the doorway of the ramshackle waterfront cantina called Pancha’s and wiped what she could of the rain off her glasses. Putting them back on, she let her eyes adjust to the dim light. Water dripped off her green shirt and baggy khaki shorts, adding to the mud she’d dragged in with her off the street. The tropical afternoon rain poured down behind her, running off the cantina’s tin roof and coursing in streams down the dirt slope to the black waters of the Rio Negro where it flowed past the city of Manaus, Brazil. Inside the tavern, a samba beat blared out of a radio, while a toothless young man added percussion with the rapid beat of his open palms against the bar.
A scattering of seedy-looking patrons littered the shadowy interior, their faces obscured by a pall of cigarette smoke, but it was the couple dancing in front of the bar that held Annie’s attention.
The woman was mulatto, her skin a creamy café au lait color, her yellow halter top and orange sarong the brightest things in the dingy room. Her partner was chameleon-like in comparison. The most noticeable aspect about him was movement—the flick and sway of his hips to the music, the flash of gold bracelets on his upraised arms, the rippling of his open, midnight-blue shirt against his sun-bronzed skin.
The woman was a sunburst. He was a star-flung night, his dark brown hair streaked blond in places and flying with every toss of his head, then falling back into multihued layers that hung low on his neck. Red seed bracelets stacked four inches high around his right ankle were revealed by the rolled-up legs on his black pants, shoroshoro seeds from the forest adding a susurrus of sound with every step he took.
Annie didn’t have a clue who the woman was, but the man was William Sanchez Travers, and sure as she was standing there, he didn’t look like any Harvard-trained ethnobotanist she’d ever seen, “defrocked” or not. He looked like the kind of man mothers warned their daughters about and the reason fathers kept shotguns. But he was Annie’s best chance for getting upriver, and given that one asset, she was inclined to overlook a lot of faults.
With an absent gesture, she shoved her fingers back through her short-cropped blond hair, slicking the wet strands off her face. A quick pat-down of her pockets proved them bulging with the usual junk, too full to organize, so she stuffed what she could deeper, and ignored the rest. Tidied up as best as she could manage, she squared her shoulders. For better or worse, Travers was exactly the type of man she’d been looking for—broke enough to come cheap and shady enough not to ask too many questions. Annie knew plenty of men who fit that description, but she’d worked in the Amazon long enough to add a third caveat: she needed a man who wouldn’t slit her throat in the dead of night. When her research sponsor, Dr. Gabriela Oliveira, had recommended Travers, telling Annie he was back in Manaus and headed upriver to Santa Maria, Annie had figured the ex-Harvard botanist, no matter how degenerate, would more than fit the bill. Hell, she’d read every book he’d ever written—twice.
Now she had an offer to make.
TARA JANZEN is the New York Times and Nationally Bestselling Author of eleven Steele Street novels and one Steele Street novella, thirteen Loveswepts, a medieval fantasy trilogy beginning with The Chalice and The Blade, and the stand-alone adventure romance River of Eden. She has won numerous awards from Romantic Times and a RITA award.
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2 1/2 cups uncooked oatmeal
1 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes (coconut that’s been “flaked” rather than “shredded” holds up a little better)
1/2 cup wheat germ
1/2 cup chopped nuts (I like pecans)
1/2 cup sesame seeds
1/2 cup sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds
Optional: add 1/2 cup dried fruit: raisins, craisins, chopped dried apricots – whatever you like
MIX all the dry ingredients together in a bowl
ADD 1/2 cup coconut oil – melted and STIR
ADD 1/2 cup honey and STIR
PUT THE GRANOLA ON A BAKING SHEET
BAKE at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, stirring once.
Thanks, Tara, for sharing your book with us!
Don’t miss the chance to read this book!