Karen’s Killer Fixin’s **Author Special** with HELLFIRE & EVOLVED, A Beyond Human Novel Books 1 & 2 #UrbanFantasy #SciFi by Michelle Schad #Recipe ~ Michelle’s Whiskey Smash & French Onion Burgers

Karen’s Killer Fixin’s **AUTHOR SPECIAL** with MICHELLE SCHAD!

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, MICHELLE SCHAD, and her favorite recipe for Michelle’s Whiskey Smash & French Onion Burgers!


A Beyond Human Novel Book 1


For many, the United States is a land of opportunity and new beginnings – unless you happen to be ‘different’ from everyone else. Hadi Shahir is one of those people, different in more ways than one. Hadi can manipulate fire; he is ‘Evolved’.

All he wants is a new life and new adventures in this land of opportunity. His dreams become endless nightmares, however, that begin with an inexplicable hate crime that leaves the young man traumatized and untrusting of the world around him. A chance encounter with a pretty face cracks that shell, showing him that not everyone in Chicago is out to get him until a rash of violent, deadly fires breaks out around the city.

Suddenly, all eyes focus on Hadi when too many coincidences bring his abilities to the forefront. In a matter of moments, Hadi jumps to the top of the AEC’s most-wanted list. His quiet life as a bartender quickly turns into a tangled mess of chaos, lies, and murder that drag the entire city of Chicago down in flames with the remnants of Hadi’s ruined life.

Publisher: Chaos Publications; 2nd edition (April 30, 2021)
Releases: April 30, 2021
Genre: Urban fantasy/Scifi/superhero
Language: English
Print Length: 144 pages
ISBN: 9781954413023

A Beyond Human Novel Book 2


Trust has been broken. Lives have been lost and most of Chicago burned to the ground. Blame is placed on those unfortunate enough to be born different; on Evolved. Demands for justice create a great deal of tension across the globe. The Agency for Evolved Control struggles to maintain order, spread too thin to combat a growing drug epidemic wreaking havoc across the populace.

James Kendall took an oath to protect the innocent and powerful alike. He is finding his new role as a member of global security team, the Peacekeepers, is not all it’s cracked up to be. Saddled with two new partners and a growing number of disturbing Evolutionary episodes, he learns that the ones he trusted most have betrayed him. In order to set things right, James is forced to make decisions that could alter the future in catastrophic and unforeseen ways and uncover a scheme that is years in the making; a scheme that may spell disaster for everyone he holds dear.

Publisher: Chaos Publications; 2nd edition (April 30, 2021)
Releases: April 30, 2021
Genre: Urban fantasy/Scifi/superhero
Language: English
Print Length: 186 pages
ISBN: 978-1954413047

About Author Michelle Schad...

Michelle Schad, a Virginia author, has been writing stories of the fantastic, the horrific, and the mysterious for as long as her fingers have been able to hold a pen.

In a world that passes for ‘normal’, she is all of the ‘normal’ things one might expect: mother, wife, keeper of fur-babies. She is also a student of life, meaning if there is something to learn, she will learn it, thus making her a veritable font of only partially useful knowledge.


Links to Michelle’s website, blog, books, #ad etc.:


Amazon: http://mybook.to/HellfireBH
Barnes&Noble: https://tinyurl.com/hxp3d778
Goodreads: https://tinyurl.com/22pyfmun
Booktopia: https://tinyurl.com/x24pnex4
Book Shop: https://tinyurl.com/58fek2t3


Amazon: http://mybook.to/EvolvedBH
Barnes&Noble: https://tinyurl.com/2uzhftkx
Goodreads: https://tinyurl.com/9pu45bz4
Booktopia: https://tinyurl.com/567ha4zt
Book Shop: https://tinyurl.com/hedesp7r

Find out more about Michelle’s life and goings on social media:
FacebookTwitter–or on her website at https://tamingchaos.net/

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


P.S. We’re at 529 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.


Recipes from the 13th Hour (Hellfire: Beyond Human Book 1)

Direct from the kitchen and bar of the titular character’s place of employment, we present the two most-ordered items (onion brick not withstanding) from the 13th Hour Bar in Southside Chicago.

Both drink and burger are the brain children of Hadi Shahir who brings his mother’s French influence to the cuisine and his own sense of unique creativity to the drink. When he’s feeling a little sassy, Hadi – or ‘Haze’ as he is known to the patrons of the 13th Hour – has been known to light the drink on fire for a bit of ‘flare’.


i n g r e d i e n t s

  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • 1/2 teaspoon Orange Zest(zest of half an orange)
  • 60 ml Hellfire** Whiskey
  • 30 ml Orange juice
  • Soda or sparkling water to top it off
  • 1-2 Orange Slices

i n s t r u c t i o n s

  1. Break the cinnamon stick into pieces and add them to a shaker. Add orange zest and juice and muddle it up. Add whisky and orange juice and shake it.
  2. Add ice to a glass and double strain the cocktail into the glass. Top it up with a little soda and add some orange slices. Serve immediately.

** Actual Portuguese bourbon whiskey infused with cinnamon.


French Onion Burgers loaded with caramelized onions and Gruyere cheese! These juicy and savory burgers will become your new favorite. Get the taste of restaurant burgers right from your own kitchen!

  • Prep Time:10
  • Cook Time:40
  • Total Time:50 minutes
  • Yield:4 burgers
  • Category:Burgers
  • Method:Saute
  • Cuisine:American


For the Onions
2 white onions
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon flour
1 tablespoon beef stock
1 table spoon white wine
1 teaspoon fresh thyme
1/4 teaspoon white sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt

For the Burgers
1lb ground beef
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
Gruyere cheese
4 hamburger buns instructions

  1. Slice the onions into thin slices. In a large pan over medium heat, add the olive oil then the sliced white onions. Cook for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally and adjusting the heat to medium low if the onions are getting blackened or charred. The goal is to get a rich brown, but not black or burnt.
  2. After 30 minutes, reduce the heat to medium low if you haven’t already. Add the butter and allow it to melt, then add the flour and mix it into the butter. Add the beef stock, wine, thyme, sugar, and salt and mix to blend over the onions. Cook for another 10 minutes, then spoon onto a plate.
  3. While the onions are cooking, prepare your ground beef. Add the beef to a mixing bowl and add the garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, salt, and pepper. Mix well, then add the Worcestershire sauce and mix lightly to blend in. Form into 4 patties, using your thumb to make an indent in the center of each patty so that they cook evenly.
  4. To cook the burgers, heat a large pan over medium heat. Add the patties and cook for 4 minutes on the first side. After 4 minutes, flip and cook for another 4 minutes. During the last 90 seconds of cooking, top each burger generously with slices of Gruyere cheese, then cover the pan for the remaining cooking time. Internal temperature of the burgers should be 160 degrees.
  5. To serve, top each burger with the caramelized onions and plenty of arugula.



Special Giveaway: Michelle is giving away a $10 Amazon Gift Card & a Winner’s Choice of a Hellfire or Evolved Mug. Check out her Rafflecopter giveaway below to enter. Happy Reading!

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

Don’t miss the chance to read this book!

5 thoughts on “Karen’s Killer Fixin’s **Author Special** with HELLFIRE & EVOLVED, A Beyond Human Novel Books 1 & 2 #UrbanFantasy #SciFi by Michelle Schad #Recipe ~ Michelle’s Whiskey Smash & French Onion Burgers”

  1. thanks for the book information and the recipies! The whisky smash is slightly different than the one we’ve used. We’ll have to try it soon!

  2. Good morning, Michelle, and welcome to Karen’s Killer Fixin’s. The premise of this book is intriguing. I love SciFi Urban Fantasy, and Hadi’s special skill sounds fun until you start thinking of the bad side of what that means in society. It’s going to be a fun read. Thanks for sharing your books with us today, Michelle. Love the recipes, too.

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