Karen’s Killer Fixin’s **Author Special** with Mackenzie Crowne

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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, MACKENZIE CROWNE, and her favorite recipe for MARYLEE’S CHICKEN WINGS!



The Players Series Book Two


Can she trust this player with her heart?

Ever since experiencing a childhood trauma, reclusive artist CC Calhoun has suffered from panic attacks. But when a fateful kiss from handsome wide receiver, Kevin “Tuck” Tucker, is enough to stop one of those episodes cold, she wonders if guarding her heart has been the right choice. Will going on a test date with Tuck open her to trusting someone for the first time in years? Or will she wind up being just another notch in the football player’s bedpost?

Tuck has a reputation for charming women into bed, but after his kiss with CC, he’s left aching for more. When he proposes a second date, his attraction to the sexy blonde looks like the makings of true love—something he’s never quite believed in—until now. But when Tuck discovers CC’s childhood secrets, will the pro athlete be tough enough to stay by her side—or will he betray her hard-earned trust?

The Players Series Book Two


“I have a proposition for you.”

“Whatever it is, I’m in.”

She blinked. “That’s it? No hesitation or questions?”

“Oh, I’ll get to them, eventually, but when a beautiful woman starts a conversation with ‘I have a proposition for you,’ a smart man doesn’t question his luck.”

The immediate blush coloring her cheeks pleased him to no end, as did her sexy habit of chewing on her bottom lip. He wanted to suck that plump flesh into his mouth and sink his tongue deep, just as he wanted to sink another body part even deeper. He tucked his hands into the front pockets of his jeans and rolled his shoulders.

The challenge faded from her eyes, replaced with uncertainty, but she forged ahead. “You may have noticed I have a problem with, uh…elevated anxiety.”

The admission surprised him, considering her comment the other day about privacy, but with his plan for seduction about to take a major step forward, if she wanted to share details he hadn’t asked for, he was happy to oblige. Since she was the one to bring up the issue, he saw no reason to mince words.

“Elevated anxiety? What I saw looked more like a full-blown panic attack.”

She nodded. “Yes, well, I have a form of agoraphobia. I’ve suffered from it most of my life.”


“What do you mean, why?”

“You nearly fainted in my arms, all because a handful of strangers stopped to look at you. I’m no expert, but anxiety that intense has to have a root cause. What brought about the attacks?”

She stiffened and her face went blank of all emotion. “For the purpose of my proposition, the root cause of the attacks isn’t important.”

The coolness in her voice was a roadblock he couldn’t afford. Not when he was finally getting somewhere. He curled his lips in a boyish grin. “Aww, but I’m curious.”

“Then you’re destined to be disappointed because it’s not up for discussion.”

“What if I insist?”

She matched his cross-armed stance. “What if I insist you go and never come back?”

He chuckled and backed off. For now. “Fair enough, but if the subject isn’t up for discussion, why mention it?”

“I didn’t mention the cause, you did. I brought up the attacks themselves or, more precisely, the attack I experienced yesterday, which directly correlates with my proposition.”

“Which is?”

“Since Ronald obviously isn’t available, I’m wondering if you’d be interested in…dating me? Temporarily, of course.”

His gut muscles clenched in anticipation. A huge step toward victory. He cocked his head. “Well, now. Can you give me a second to think about it?”

She met his teasing grin with a blank stare.

“That’s a question you don’t need to ask.”

Meet the Author, Mackenzie Crowne… Head shot 2014

Wife, mother and really young grandmother, Mackenzie lives with her high school sweet heart husband, a neurotic Pomeranian, and a blind cat. She calls Phoenix home because the southwest feeds her soul. Though her friends claim she’s a princess, she disagrees. After all, one can’t raise two rambunctious boys to wonderful men without getting a little dirt under their nails. A lover of the romance genre, her resolve to share her stories with others was sharpened by a bout with breast cancer. Today she is an award-winning author and eight year survivor, living the dream. Her friends call her Mac. She hopes you will, too.


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


P.S. We’re at 240 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.



6 lbs. chicken wings (cut up)
1 Lg. Bottle Soy Sauce (8-10 oz.)
3/4 cup Orange Juice
1/2 cup Brown Sugar
1/2 cup White Sugar
Season with Garlic Powder to taste.

Marinate wings over night. Remove some sauce – you don’t want to boil them – and arrange in a pan. Bake at 350 for 50 minutes to an hour, turning and basting about half way through.

These make great appetizers for gatherings, but we eat them as a meal, too, and I serve them with stuffing on the side. (Out of a box, of course)


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7 thoughts on “Karen’s Killer Fixin’s **Author Special** with Mackenzie Crowne”

  1. Good morning, Mackenzie, and welcome to Karen’s Killer Book Bench! Thanks so much for stopping by to share your newest release with us. Enjoyed the excerpt and can’t wait to try this recipe! 🙂

    1. Hiya, Karen and thanks. These wings are so yummy and perfect for dinner or to nibble on during the game.

    1. Hiya Kathleen.

      Thanks. These characters were a blast to write and it’s available in print as well.


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