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!
DEAD GIRL IN A GREEN DRESS
PI Mystery Romance
BY LOUCINDA McGARY
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?
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.
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!
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CHICKEN VEGGIE SOUP IN THE CROCKPOT
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.
Thanks, Loucinda, for sharing your story and recipe with us!
Don’t miss the chance to read this book!