Karen’s Killer Fixin’s **Author Special** with L.A. Sartor

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CookingKaren’s Killer Fixin’s
with L.A. SARTOR!

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, L.A. SARTOR, and her favorite recipe for RUM OR BRANDY BALLS!


Star Light ~ Star Bright Series, Book 3


It’s the week before Christmas and Belle Grantham has won the best gift ever. A website makeover she’s certain will save her struggling literacy nonprofit.

Mitchell Thomas is giving Belle what she needs, a new website to maximize potential donations. In return, he’s getting the Christmas present he so badly wants, an escape from snowy Boulder, Colorado, and haunting memories.

Their wishes are threatened after Belle meets with a donor and discovers his financial rescue comes with unwanted strings…and a ticking clock.

As Mitch and Belle work side by side against time, Mitch is sure that Texas-bred Belle, born with a silver spoon in her mouth, will have little in common with him, who barely owned a spoon until college.

Will Belle believe in him after being dealt a soul-shattering complication??

Star Light ~ Star Bright Series, Book 3

I’m pleased to offer you an excerpt from my newest release, Believe In Me This Christmas Morn, the third book in the Star Light ~ Star Bright Series. All three books will be on sale for 99¢ from Dec. 11th-25th. My holiday gift to you.

And if you join my MAILING LIST I offer gifts, discounts and other swag. I send out about 4 newsletters a year.


She cut him a chunk of the fragrant cheese and lifted it toward his mouth. Belle expected him to take it with his fingers. Instead he opened his lips, ready for the bite.

As she placed it gently into his mouth, his lips closed around her fingers. She slowly pulled them out. Talk about an action that went right to the core of her desire. Damn him.

Mitch’s eyes twinkled in the firelight’s dancing flames, telling her he was well aware of what he was doing.

So maybe, just maybe, he was feeling a bit of the magic between them.

After he’d left to get firewood, she’d turned on two lamps at the back of the living room, so they had firelight in front and a soft glow behind. It would be perfect to be snuggled together on the couch, exploring each other, learning what spots elicited the most intense feelings.

She blinked and returned to the subject of cheese. “What do you think?”

“About? Oh, the cheese?”

Belle looked away quickly and grabbed the wine glasses, handing him one. “Of course, what else?” she said, finally meeting his gaze.

His brow rose as if taunting her. “There are many ‘what elses.’” He took a sip of the wine, he gaze not leaving hers. “But back to the cheese—it’s really good by itself and even better after a sip of wine. I wonder what else you’re going to teach me.”

The words by themselves were innocuous, but add in those wicked eyes, and they seemed to be loaded with the promise of fulfillment rather than innocence.

Belle took a sip of the wine and decided, reluctantly, that changing the subject was safer. “I love a roaring fire in winter. Actually anytime. On the ranch, we’d take supplies out to one of the line camps, have a simple dinner, and then drink coffee and watch the stars, all by a campfire. Usually one of the hands had a guitar or mandolin, and we’d sing or just listen to the music.”

Those moments were the only other time Belle had felt at peace with herself since her mama died. And though peace wasn’t what she felt around Mitch at the moment, nevertheless it was the same sense of security.

About Author L.A. Sartor…

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L.A. Sartor began telling stories around the age of 4 when her mother, at L.A.’s insistence, wrote them down and L.A. illustrated them. As an adult she writes suspense and action adventure novels with a dash of romance, and screenplays—she’s had a contracted adaptation! She lives in Colorado with her husband whom she met on a blind date. L.A. loves to travel and thinks life is an adventure and we should embrace the journey.

Titles published:

Dare to Believe (2012)

Stone of Heaven (May 2013) Carswell Adventure Series Book One

Be Mine This Christmas Night (Holiday 2013) Star light ~ Star Bright Series Book One

Forever Yours This New Year’s Night (Holiday 2014) Star light ~ Star Bright Series Book Two

Viking Gold (July 2015) Carswell Adventure Series Book Two

Believe in Me This Christmas Morn Star Light ~ Star Bright Series Book Three

The Prince of Granola (A romantic comedy coming 2016)


Links to L.A.’s Website, Books, & Social Media:

Buy Links:


The other two books in the series
(Both bestsellers making #1 on Amazon)

Social Links


Facebook   (please friend me for giveaways 🙂 )

Facebook Author Page





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


P.S. We’re at 238 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.


A NOTE FROM L.A.: Rum Balls, a good book, like Believe In Me This Christmas Morn and a cup of coffee or hot chocolate…is a great combination. And to make it easier, I’m giving away 2 Kindle copies of this book to 2 lucky folks who make a comment.

And thanks, Karen, for hosting me today. This recipe goes way back in our family and I do have Annie making rum balls in my first book of the Star Light ~ Star Bright Series, Be Mine This Christmas Night.


Dated 1952 from Fort Washington, given to my mom by Dorothy Stauffer

1 12oz box of vanilla wafers
3 T white corn syrup
1 cup chopped nuts (pecans or walnuts)
1 cup confectioner’s sugar (reserve for rolling)
2 T cocoa, the best you can find.
3 Jiggers of rum or brandy

Grind vanilla wafers until fine but not too fine. (I love those directions.)

Add all ingredients (except confectioner’s sugar).

Scoop up a tablespoon of the dough, roll into ball and then roll in confectioner’s sugar.

Cover and store in refrigerator. They are potent and addicting. Enjoy.

Stockings_2**SPECIAL GIVEAWAY**: L.A. will give away a Kindle copy of BELIEVE IN ME THIS CHRISTMAS MORN to two lucky readers who comment on her Karen’s Killer Fixin’s blog. Thank you, L.A., for sharing your story and recipe with us.

Don’t miss the chance to read this book!


16 thoughts on “Karen’s Killer Fixin’s **Author Special** with L.A. Sartor”

  1. Good morning, L.A., and welcome back to Karen’s Killer Fixin’s! I lost my recipe for rum balls so this is great timing! My husband will thank you when I make them for him. I love the sound of this new book, too. 🙂

    1. Hi Rose,
      Thanks for stopping by. The series is all on sale for 99¢ each. A fantastic price.
      Merry Christmas back 🙂

  2. Hi Karen,
    Thanks for having me. Funny that you, woman of a million recipes, have lost your rum balls 🙂 Happy to help.

    The book was fun to write. The series was great. I’m not quite ready to let go, so will write Caro’s story someday. Caro is Brice’s sister in book 2.

    Merry Christmas!!

    1. Hey, woman, it happens! I get a feeling it’s in one of the million recipes I have in my two huge 3-ring binders but it’s probably been misplaced. You just saved me from cleaning up my binders. I’m glad for your help. 🙂

      It’s wonderful when we connect with characters we can’t let go. I look forward to Caro’s story someday. Merry Christmas, my friend!

      1. And you my friend. Folks, Karen and I have know each other for a lot (not telling how many) years. Watched either grow up as writers. It’s been a fun journey.
        Merry Christmas!

  3. Good morning, ladies…so nice to meet you, L.A.
    I love the excerpt and am curious to see where this goes…”strings from mysterious donor” and misconceptions of character….right up my alley!

    1. Hi Kathleen, this is the perfect time to get into the series, all the books are 99¢ until the 26th…


    1. Hi Connie,
      Too funny, and sounds good. The rum balls really do pack a punch even w/o the eggnog.

      Thanks for visiting.

  4. Thanks for today’s recipe! A friend used to make these and they sound really good right now. Have to look in the cupboards but I think we have all the ingredients needed.

  5. Hi Susan,
    Let me know how they turn out. I’m salivating and will head to the market tomorrow to make my own. I used to bring them to the office…ha, not anymore. But then no office but my home office now.


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