Karen’s Killer Fixin’s **Author Special** with Cynthia St-Pierre

Purse to die for 

CookingKaren’s Killer Fixin’s **AUTHOR SPECIAL**

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, Cynthia St-Pierre, and her favorite recipe for CHOCOLATE BANANA PROTEIN SMOOTHIE!



What’s more treacherous than navigating a pack of society matrons at a designer sale?

Stalking a killer…

When fashionista and television celeb Gina Monroe goes home to attend the funeral of her late grandmother, the last thing she expects to encounter is murder. And the reading of the will is anything but fashionable as unanswered questions arise. Who is the dead woman in the woods behind the family house? And why is she dressed in Milano designer clothes?

With help from her cousin Tony and Detective Rob Dumont, Gina investigates the not-so-model citizens around her. When another murder occurs, a pattern slowly emerges and Gina wonders if her grandmother’s death wasn’t so natural after all.



Chapter 1


Gina ran. Each pounding step took her further away from the death of her grandmother, the house full of relatives and thoughts of Tony.

Running in the early morning gave her a sense of peace and power that fuelled her entire day. Working under television cameras was insanely stressful. She cherished the relief that came with solitary running.

She moved at a moderate pace, taking in the vibrant foliage and clean air. This was not the time to think. This was cleansing time. She jogged along Centre Street into town with a plan to re-approach the house from the forest at the back.

The trees sparkled with morning sun bouncing off leaves. Gina kept to the path and slowed her pace to a walk as she entered the clearing that led to her grandmother’s property. Someone was sitting on the bench by the back fence.

She moved forward and then smiled. “Aunt Mandy! Tony will be pleased. When did you get in?”

Aunt Mandy’s eyes were wide and fearful. She opened her mouth, but nothing came out.

“What’s wrong?” Gina noticed Tony standing just a little ways off and there was something at his feet. A pile of something red.

“Gina, don’t come any closer,” he warned. His voice was like gravel.

She moved as if something pulled her forward. She took in the gold purse, the red dress on the twisted female body and farther off, the baseball bat streaked with blood.

“Gina,” Tony pleaded.

Far away, she could hear her own voice screaming.

CYNTHIA COLOUR-1About the author…Cynthia St-Pierre.

In marketing Cynthia wrote promotional, packaging and communications materials; penned articles for business periodicals; and a chapter of How to Successfully Do Business in Canada. Currently a member of Crime Writers of Canada, she has one award for fiction and has been a writing contest judge. In 2012, Imajin Books published Cynthia’s first novel, A Purse to Die For, co-written with Melodie Campbell.

Cynthia grows vegetables in her backyard, makes recipes with tofu, and speaks English-accented French with husband Yves.

Links to Cynthia’s website, blog, books, etc.

Website: http://fashionationwithmystery.com

Blog: http://www.vegetariandetective.blogspot.com

Twitter: http://twitter.com/stpierrecynthia


Amazon.com link:

Member, Crime Writers of Canada

I hope you enjoy the recipe Cynthia is sharing with us today on Karen’s Killer Fixin’s. Happy eating!


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1 cup light coconut milk
2 tablespoons Sunwarrior raw vegan protein powder
1 tablespoon cacao
1 tablespoon agave syrup
1/2 frozen banana, ever so slightly thawed
3 ice cubes

Blend in a high-speed blender.

Serves 1.


Don’t miss the chance to read this great story! Thanks, Cynthia, for sharing your story and recipe with us!

4 thoughts on “Karen’s Killer Fixin’s **Author Special** with Cynthia St-Pierre”

  1. Hi Karen, what a nice layout and thanks for having me!

    It’s a little past 9:00 a.m. here in Ontario, Canada, and I just finished drinking my own Chocolate Banana Protein Smoothie, slightly thawing the 1/2 frozen banana by adding it to the blender first. This time I used 1/2 cup light coconut milk and 1/2 cup water for a “lite” version. Now I’m raring to go!

    It has been a great pleasure and thanks again!

  2. Welcome to Karen’s Killer Fixin’s, Cynthia! I’ve become a recent smoothie fan and this recipe sounds yummy. I’ll have to look for some of the Sunwarrior protein powder. Will any protein powder do if I can’t find it?

    I love mystery and suspense and your book sounds like fun, too. What a great title!

    1. Hello again,

      Oh yes, any protein powder will do. I picked that one because it’s vegan and raw.

      Titles…Melodie and I are just about ready to publish book number two—A KILLER NECKLACE—and I’ve got this fab idea for a title for book number three. Ha. Titles are a heck of a lot easier to come up with than finished books!

      1. Good to know, Cynthia. I have some protein powder in my cupboard so I have everything I need to try this sooner. I’ll watch for the vegan kind my next trip to my local health food store.

        I drive my own books by titles. If I don’t have one, I don’t have my story. But, you’re right. It’s much easier to write the title. 🙂

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