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, LYNN NODIMA, and her favorite recipe for ENCHILADA BAKE!!
Texas Ranch Wolf Pack Series
BY LYNN NODIMA
Human-raised Nate Rollins struggles to unite all werekind, worldwide, into one kingdom. Building a kingdom is hard when you don’t have a country of your own. With enemies attacking his family and pack, Nate must defend them all while striving to fulfill the charge given him by the Progenitors.
But that’s not easy when both human and were leaders don’t yet have a reason to trust him.
As Nate’s step-father, Dusty was tortured for two full decades for preventing evil forces from finding his step-son before he could protect himself. With Nate grown and his captivity over, all Dusty wants is to settle down with his true mate and create a blended family. But every time he approaches her, she runs.
Widowed, Nettie won’t take the risk her true mate will be as evil as the alpha she was forced to mate. After years of spousal abuse, the thought of mating again is terrifying. Even if her true mate is the king’s step-father.
Besieged by enemies within and without, will Nate keep his people safe, or will rogue vampires destroy the were and enslave humans?
Vice-President Zachary Collins slammed his cellphone onto his desk on top of the treaty negotiation documents he should be reviewing. Five weeks and still no news. And now, Arthur Tyler, his Huntsman advisor was missing. Wiping his face with his hands, he stood and turned to the window behind his desk. The first shadows of evening drifted across the manicured White House lawn. He shook his head and wondered what to do. Even now, he twitched when anyone tapped on his office door. Keeping watch in every direction was getting to him, but since the failed attempt on the president’s life . . ..
He heaved a shuddering sigh, swallowed, and sat in his office chair. No one knows I was involved, he assured himself. Well, no one but Secretary of Defense Bianchi. And he wouldn’t talk. Not unless Bianchi wanted President Whelan to know he was a werewolf. Among the government officials, only Bianchi even knew of the failed attempt. A knock resounded through the room, then strains of canned Christmas carols drifted faintly on the air when the office door opened, and his secretary stepped inside.
“Sir, Arthur Tyler called. He asked to speak with you, but the call was cut off before I could put him through.”
Collins gritted his teeth. “What did he say?”
“All he said was HQ is gone.” She tilted her head, her short brunette hair falling forward to caress her cheek. The tiny seasonal bell earrings she wore rang softly when her head moved. “He didn’t say what HQ he was talking about. The call just ended.”
Pulling in a long, slow breath, Collins nodded. “Thank you, Ms. Tremaine. That will be all.”
With a nod, she stepped out and shut the door behind her. Collins stared at the door. Gone? How could HQ just be gone? He stood and walked around the desk to give himself room to pace. Head down, hands clasped behind his back, his footsteps echoed in the small office while he tried to decide what to do. If HQ was gone . . .. Gone? Blown up? Destroyed? Overrun? Why didn’t Tyler give more information than that?
He shivered. If something happened to the Triumvirate, the Huntsmen leaders would blame him. Unless he could do some damage control. He blew out a harsh breath and walked to his desk. Sitting in his desk chair, he unlocked the bottom desk drawer and pulled the drawer completely out of the desk. The phone he needed was wrapped in plastic and taped to the back of the drawer. Retrieving it, he took another slow breath, then pressed the Favorites button marked Uncle Victor. He had no Uncle Victor. Instead, the number was a direct line to Huntsman HQ hidden somewhere in middle Europe. His rank in the Huntsmen wasn’t high enough to let him know exactly where in Europe.
When the call went through Collins wasn’t surprised there was no voice answer. He twitched and glanced around, then decided to trust the device he installed to prevent anyone recording or listening to conversations in his office. “This is U-leader One. I need to speak to the Consul.”
“The Consul is unavailable. You will be contacted.” The line went dead.
Following Huntsman protocol, Collin triggered the virus installed on the phone, waited for it to complete, then pulled the back off the burner phone and removed the battery. Using his pocket knife, he pried out the encapsulated SIM card, then shredded it. He wiped everything carefully to remove his fingerprints. The phone might be found, but no one would ever be able to follow the call. Putting some of the pieces back in the plastic bag, he retaped it to the back of the drawer and replaced the drawer. The rest of the pieces went into his pockets. The great thing about being Vice-President is that he wasn’t searched like most of the people who came into the White House.
Having done what he could to ensure his future remained viable, he leaned back in his chair and wondered if the enemy, whoever they were, caught or killed Tyler. Shame if he was dead. It was hard to find a man you could trust. Collins shrugged and turned back to the negotiation contracts President Whelan asked him to review. Tomorrow morning, the Huntsmen would contact him, but for now, he had work to do.
Lynn Nodima’s two favorite activities are writing and reading. She learned to love telling stories from her tall-tale telling grandfather, her story-spinning father, and her mother’s round-robin storytelling games. Spinning yarns is in her blood, and she happily continues the family tradition.
The main difference is that Lynn writes her stories down to share with people she will never meet. Lynn writes paranormal romances/adventures, fantasy, and science fiction. Lynn Nodima is a pen name for Linda Pogue. Using her own name, she writes non-fiction, which includes textbooks and books for writers.
Links to Lynn’s website, blog, books, etc.
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Website URL: www.lynnnodima.com
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If you are from Texas, you understand the difference in Tex-Mex and Mexican cuisine. Mexican cuisine is the food actually served in Mexico, and therefore is authentic to the country. Tex-Mex, however, is not authentic Mexican cuisine, but is instead food cooked with Mexican flavors and tastes.
The Tex-Mex Enchilada Bake recipe is one I found in a magazine sometime in the mid-1980s. Over the years, I have tweaked it until it is my own recipe. My family loved it the first time I baked it, and love it even more with my changes. Enchilada Bake is a staple dish to take to family get-togethers and all other types of covered dish dinners, too. While it is not authentic Mexican cuisine, it is delicious!
Over the years, I have tweaked the recipe and made it my own. As per copyright for recipes, I have rewritten the instructions. As Texans, we often enjoy eating Tex-Mex food, and this recipe is always included.
1 lb. hamburger meat
1-15 oz. can tomato sauce
1 pkg. taco mix
12 flour tortillas
1-4 oz. can chopped green chilies
2 cups sour cream
2 cups grated sharp cheddar
Canola baking oil spray
- Brown hamburger meat and drain.
- Add tomato sauce and taco mix to the meat. Stir well and simmer to 15-20 minutes.
- Spray a 9″x13″ pan with the canola oil.
- Place small amount of meat mixture into a tortilla and roll. Repeat until you have filled pan.
- Mix the sour cream and chilies in medium bowl. Pour over rolled enchiladas.
- Top the enchiladas with the grated cheese.
- Bake at 350° until cheese melts about 20 minutes.
Serving suggestion: Serve with salad and jalapeno cornbread.
Thanks, Lynn, for sharing your book and recipe with us!
Don’t miss the chance to read this book!