Karen’s Killer Fixin’s **Author Special** with DEAD GIRL IN A GREEN DRESS, #PI #Mystery #Romance by Loucinda McGary #Recipe ~ Chicken Veggie Soup in the Crockpot

Karen’s Killer Fixin’s

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, LOUCINDA McGARY, and her favorite recipe for Chicken Veggie Soup in the Crockpot!


PI Mystery Romance


Most people consider Mackinac Island a paradise that harkens back to a genteel bygone era. But for Byrony Long, paradise turns into a nightmare when her half-sister Jessica is found dead near Mackinac’s Grand Hotel.

Convinced Jessica was murdered, Byrony hires private investigator Tate Madison to help her find the truth. But the more secrets they uncover, the higher the danger mounts around them. With the killer poised to strike again, will Byrony or Tate be the next victim?

PI Mystery Romance


Welcome to Mackinac Island!!

If you haven’t heard of this idyllic place, you are in for a treat. This little scrap of land located in Lake Huron between Michigan’s upper and lower peninsulas is reached by boat and has no motor vehicles. All the transportation is by walking, bicycles or horse-drawn carriages.

A few years ago, my hubby and I decided to take a vacation to Michigan, the state where his paternal grandfather was born and raised. Since I’d been interested in Mackinac Island since I saw the movie Somewhere In Time, I was enthusiastic about the trip. So on a sunny September morning, we found ourselves on a ferry headed for the island.

Our day-long visit turned out even better than I’d imagined. The main street was lined with adorable, gingerbread-clad Victorian cottages in pastel colors. One of the lines uttered by my hero in Dead Girl in a Green Dress was actually uttered by my hubby, “Who lives here, the Sugar Plum Fairy?” And then there were the fudge shops… It seemed like every third store sold various heavenly concoctions involving chocolate, and I’ll admit I tried quite a few of them.

We took a tour of the island in a wagon pulled by two gorgeous draft horses, Duke and Daisy. All along the way, as we passed the Grand Hotel, the Mission Church, and looked through Arch Rock, I kept saying to myself, “I should put this in a book. I should write a story about this.” So when I got home from vacation, I finished my WIP and started writing Dead Girl in a Green Dress, my romantic murder mystery set on Mackinac Island. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed ‘researching’ and writing it!

Thank you, Karen, for inviting me back to your blog! I’ll be giving away 2 ebook copies of Dead Girl in a Green Dress to lucky commenters.

About Author Loucinda McGary...

Loucinda McGary’s two great passions are writing and travel. To date she has visited 47 states, 39 countries, and taken 40 cruises. She likes to set her stories of romance and suspense in some of the exotic locations she has visited.

She has three traditionally published novels and seven that are Indie ebooks. Her stories have placed and won several contests and awards including the Romance Writers of America Golden Heart contest, the Australian Romance Readers Awards, and the Kindle Book Review’s Best Indie Book of 2012 and 2013.


Links to Loucinda’s website, blog, books, etc.:

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I hope you enjoy the recipe Loucinda is sharing today on Karen’s Killer Fixin’s. Happy Eating!


P.S. We’re at 521 recipes and counting with this posting. Hope you find some recipes you like. If this is your first visit, please check out past blogs for more Killer Fixin’s. In the right-hand column menu, you can even look up past recipes by type. i.e. Desserts, Breads, Beef, Chicken, Soups, Author Specials, etc.



Winter seems determined to hang on all over the US, so I thought I’d share one of my favorite comfort foods, my Grandma’s vegetable soup, but updated to cook in the crockpot.

I cup cooked chicken cut into small pieces (this is a great way to use up leftover rotisserie chicken)
1 can diced tomatoes
1 cup chicken broth
2 tbls minced garlic
1 small red onion chopped
1 rib of celery chopped
1 medium carrot chopped
1 cup frozen corn
1 medium potato chopped
salt and pepper to taste

Put all ingredients in your crockpot except the potato. Stir well and cook on low for 4–5 hours, then stir in the potato. Cook on low for 2 more hours then serve. Makes 4 or 5 generous servings. Serve over cooked rice to make it extra hearty.


Special Giveaways: Loucinda is giving away an ebook copy of DEAD GIRL IN A GREEN DRESS to two lucky readers who comment on her Karen’s Killer Fixin’s blog.

Happy Reading!


Thanks, Loucinda, for sharing your story and recipe with us!

Don’t miss the chance to read this book!

8 thoughts on “Karen’s Killer Fixin’s **Author Special** with DEAD GIRL IN A GREEN DRESS, #PI #Mystery #Romance by Loucinda McGary #Recipe ~ Chicken Veggie Soup in the Crockpot”

  1. Nice to meet you, Loucinda. Mackinac Island is a fascinating location…
    I’ve never put tomatoes iin my chicken soup but this sounds good…
    Thank, Karen and Loucinda.

    1. Hi Kathleen,

      You can put beef in the soup instead of chicken if you prefer. 😉 It’s one of those recipes that adapts easily to whatever you might have in the fridge or cupboard.

      I loved Mackinac Island and can’t wait to go back for a longer visit!

      Thanks for stopping by the blog!

    1. Hi Eileen,

      I appreciate you stopping by today!

      The recipe always makes me think of my grandma, who used to cook the soup on the back burner of the stove all day long!

      Hope you enjoy the book.

  2. Oh, my goodness, Loucinda! I loved Somewhere in Time. I’ve always wanted to stay at the hotel. I didn’t realized it wasn’t accessible by car. I love the idea of stepping back in time. It has such a mysterious air that I’m sure a mystery set there will be wonderful. Cannot wait to read it. Thanks for sharing your book with us today!

    Love the recipe as well. I have a chicken soup recipe but there are enough differences, I’m going to have to try your version. Thanks again!

    1. Thanks so much for inviting me back to your blog, Karen!

      I’d LOVE to stay at the Grand Hotel next time I visit Mackinac Island. The ferry ride over is lots of fun too! The area is so beautiful, and historical! A battle was actually fought on the island during the War of 1812!

      I adore my crock pot, you just put everything in, set it and forget it. The reason I add the potatoes last is because they cook away to nothing if you put them in at the start. 😉

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