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, LILY BISHOP, and her favorite recipe for FABULOUS OMELET & HOME FRIES SHORTCUT!!
SWEET GEORGIA FORGOTTEN
A Reunion Story
BY LILY BISHOP
The one that got away…
When best-selling author Dexter Drake needed a tax lawyer, he found the best. He never expected it to be the woman who left him behind twenty years ago.
She never forgot her first love…
Georgia Mayer just realized her new client was once her college sweetheart. When they reconnect, she remembers all the reasons why she loved him. There’s no reason why they can’t try again.
Except he teaches in Tennessee and she has a thriving law practice in New York. She’s up for a promotion demanding more hours, and neither one of them has time for a long-distance romance. Dex has to capture her heart again before she learns his secret: his most recent best-seller tells the story of their breakup and paints Georgia as the villain.
SWEET GEORGIA FORGOTTEN
A Reunion Story
BY LILY BISHOP
Dexter Drake hated waiting and he hated lawyers. Even worse, he hated being cast aside in a posh reception area to meet with a lawyer he shouldn’t need.
He should be able to start a non-profit foundation for mental health awareness without a team of lawyers standing by, but the IRS rejected the submission for errors. Fortunately, his dad had stepped in and found him a top-notch expert in tax law and foundation planning. If this guy couldn’t help him straighten things out, no one could.
Dex wore the uniform of the South to the meeting—khaki pants and a pale blue Oxford cloth shirt. He didn’t bother with the requisite blue blazer. Either the tax lawyer would take his business or he wouldn’t. If he wouldn’t take the case, Dex would find a lawyer in Knoxville with more reasonable charges.
When the receptionist looked up, Dex introduced himself. “I’m Dexter Drake, here to see G.L. Mayer.”
She frowned at a list on her desk and then looked back up at him. “I don’t see that name. Are you sure you have the right day?”
Dex sighed. Would his dad have booked the appointment under his pen name? “Check under Drake Hamilton.”
Her eyes widened. “The Drake Hamilton.”
“Afraid so,” he said, surprised she was a fan.
“Oh wait, I see a D. Hamilton. I can’t believe it’s you! Can I trouble you for a picture?” she asked. “All of my friends will be so jealous!”
Dex wasn’t used to attention since he wrote under a pen name. Few took the time to connect a stodgy university professor with a man who wrote love stories for the masses.
“I don’t mind at all. What’s your name?”
“LauraLee. One word, capital L in the middle. I know. It’s a little old-fashioned.”
“I like it,” Dex said. His publisher’s marketing staff targeted women like her: over forty, in an administrative job, and from the South. He guessed, just from her name, that LauraLee met all three.
After a quick selfie and an impromptu hug, she promised that she would tell them he was waiting.
Dex sat down to wait in the small lobby, surprised that an aquarium filled a whole wall. Was that a baby shark? Was it a professional courtesy? He had to be mistaken. No one would have baby sharks in an aquarium.
He smirked at his own joke. He didn’t hate all lawyers, but he tended to avoid them. He hadn’t needed one since he hired an entertainment lawyer to review his book contract. He had avoided the whole profession on principal since his first girlfriend left for law school.
A young man in a suit came through the double doors and headed straight to Dex with his hand extended. He towered over Dex by at least a head, but looked as young as Dex’s students.
“I’m Kyle Martin, Ms. Mayer’s assistant. You must be Drake Hamilton.”
“That’s my pen name,” Dex corrected him without a second thought. “My legal name is Dexter Drake. You can call me Dex.” He would have to explain the concept of a pen name to his dad. Again.
“Oh. I’ll make a note of that.” He made notes as they walked. “Ms. Mayer is ready for you now, if you’ll come this way.”
Dex thanked him, confused. So G.L. Mayer was a woman with a male assistant. Why had he assumed the lawyer would be a man? Female sharks were just as dangerous, if not more so.
Open blinds showcased floor to ceiling windows displaying Manhattan’s iconic buildings. He wondered if the legal mind was worth the fancy trappings of the office. Wishing he had hired a Knoxville lawyer instead, he turned and caught a glimpse of the woman coming around from behind her desk.
As she came toward him, her hair glimmered the color of sunshine. His mind went blank. It couldn’t be.
He slipped back through time as he stood face to face with the main character in his most recent book, Sweet Georgia Forgotten.
Sweet Jesus, he wished he could.
Lily Bishop was born in a small town near Athens, Georgia. She attended the University of Georgia and received a Bachelor’s in English, and then enrolled in the MFA program in Creative Writing at Purdue University. After a year, she left the program and moved to Atlanta. Like a siren’s call, Athens wanted her back, and she returned to Athens where she received her Master’s in Public Administration. She now lives in the Upstate of South Carolina and works full-time as a database administrator for a university. She is married to her best friend, and they have two children. When she is not writing, she and her family are playing German or Euro-style board games.
Lily writes contemporary romance and romantic suspense, and her goal is to blur the lines between romance, chick lit, and women’s fiction. Her books are peppered with family members who make things complicated and couples who can’t seem to find a way to be together. Lily writes with a Southern flair, but her characters find themselves in exotic locations and dangerous situations. She loves to interact with readers about her characters and stories.
Links to Lily’s website, blog, books, etc.
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FABULOUS OMELET & HOME FRIES SHORTCUT
NOTE FROM LILY: I like to cook, and I’m always looking for shortcuts in the kitchen. Here is a shortcut that will help you pull together a fabulous omelet and home fries breakfast in no time at all.
My character Dex is a vegetarian, so I’m going to tell you about a vegetarian omelet that I love. You can always add sausage, ham, or bacon if you prefer. This is one of his favorite meals.
feta cheese (or other strong cheese of your preference)
The night before, bake your potatoes and put them in the refrigerator. (400 degrees for an hour should do it) Cook one per person, or if they are small, one and a half per person.
The next morning, dice the potatoes in cubes less than an inch. Try to keep them uniform. Toss them in olive oil, salt and pepper, and set them aside in a bowl.
How many omelets do you need? For each omelet, grab a big handful of spinach, chop a few big mushrooms and toss all of it with feta cheese. (Cheddar or provolone will also work) Heat all of it in the microwave for a couple of minutes, just enough to wilt the spinach.
For each omelet, crack three eggs and whisk them together until the egg whites and yolks are merged.
Heat the Potatoes:
Spread a thin layer of oil over a nonstick pan and sear the potatoes until they are heated through. Cover until the omelets are ready. Serve with ketchup or ranch dressing.
Cook the Omelet:
Spray a nonstick ten-inch skillet. When the skillet is hot enough that you can feel the heat above it with your palm, pour the eggs in. When the edges of the eggs are set to the point that you can lift the eggs with a spatula, they are ready. Layer the spinach, mushrooms, and feta on one side of the omelet and then lift half the egg to cover it.
If you are nervous about it being a perfect omelet, scramble all of the ingredients together. To me, it tastes just as good. That is a good answer if everyone wants the same ingredients in their omelet.
You’re done. Whip up some toast or toast a bagel and you have a gourmet breakfast in no time at all.
I always bake extra potatoes on Saturday night now, and my family loves these home-fried potatoes for breakfast.
**SPECIAL**: Lily’s book, SWEET GEORGIA FORGOTTEN, is on sale for 99 cents through 10/24/2018 for all Karen’s Killer Book Bench readers. Download here: https://amzn.to/2COGP8q
Thanks, Lily, for sharing your book with us!
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