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, M.L. GUIDA, and her favorite recipe for CHOCOLATE SHEET CAKE w/FROSTING!
Dragons of Zalara
BY M.L. GUIDA
Damon is in love with the queen of the dragon warriors and the only way to get close to her is to be her personal guard. But the Fates are against him. Instead of wooing the queen, he’s forced to go to Earth to steal his destined human mate.
Three months ago, Hera Athans woke up in a park with no memory of who she is, where she lives, or what she does for a living. Now, she’s in survival mode. Two months behind on her rent she’s one step away from being homeless—again. She didn’t think things could get any worse. But she was wrong.
Kidnapped by an alien and held captive on board the spaceship Orion only Hera has the power to soothe his savage beast. She must mate with a dragon shifter to save both their worlds and unleash a love that will shake the stars…or lose both Earth and Zalara forever.
Dragons of Zalara
BY M.L. GUIDA
She gasped for breath, her chest heaving.
“I like a woman with fire,” he sneered.
She glowered. “Then prepared to be burned.”
Vehemence dripped from her voice. It was an empty threat. Desmond was twice as tall and strong as she was, but she refused to go down without a fight.
His friends slowly fanned out around him. Not one of them had pity in their eyes–only lust.
Desmond laughed as he ran the back of his hand down her face. “I don’t think so. Your would-be hero isn’t here. Who’s going to save you now?”
Her throat closed with despair.
No one would hear.
No one would care.
No one would appear.
She was alone. God, she was in real trouble.
“Please, let me go.”
Her pleading didn’t seem to penetrate his drunken mind. He squeezed her cheeks hard. “Not until my pretty little leprechaun grants me four wishes.”
She glanced at him and his friends–four burly men that only had one wish on their mind. Their cold looks froze her like a Colorado blizzard, temporarily paralyzing her legs, her heart, her lungs. How could she survive this?
Suddenly, a loud rumble frosted her bones. It sounded animal, not human. And it was coming from behind Desmond. Hera couldn’t see behind his broad back.
“Desmond,” one of his friends squeaked.
“What the hell?” Desmond glanced over his shoulder. He immediately released her and pushed himself against the door.
Hera blinked. Great balls of fire! An orange dragon with the most intense golden tiger eyes glared at them. His eyes reminded her of her rescuer. The creature was bigger than Desmond’s SUV. It pulled back its lips into a snarl, revealing sharp teeth, and its tail twitched.
“Oh, God,” she whispered. She trembled uncontrollably and held on tight to her purse–the only weapon she had.
Desmond’s friends edged backward. The blood drained from their stricken faces.
“What is that thing?”
Their voices were barely a whisper.
“It can’t be real. It can’t be real. It can’t be real.” Desmond repeated, as if saying would make the creature disappear.
The beast took a step closer.
“Let’s get the hell out of here,” one of his minions cried. Like frighten cockroaches, they fled in different directions, abandoning Desmond.
The beast snorted, and smoke puffed out of its flaring nostrils.
Desmond slid across the building. “Please don’t hurt me.” His plea sounded as pitiful as hers had.
A stream of fire spurted out of the dragon’s mouth, igniting Desmond’s jacket. He ran after his friends, beating the flames and screaming.
Holy Mary of God, she was next. Hera ran, her heart beating faster than a cornered rabbit’s.
But then the beast lunged. In a split second, it transformed–scales disappearing to smooth flesh, eyes and noses changing from beast to man. Great horny toads, it was her handsome hero from the bar.
He blocked her path, then seized her shoulders, pinning her to the wall. “I told you, you’re mine.”
Hera shrieked with terror.
He reached into his jacket and pulled out a small bottle. He squeezed it, and blue smoke swooshed out. She turned her head but inhaled something sickly sweet. Dizziness swept over her. Her legs turned into wet spaghetti, and she collapsed into strong arms. She couldn’t move or scream. The last thing she remembered was being whisked into the darkness.
Award Winning Author M.L. Guida loves the paranormal. Even when she was four years old, she would watch the soap opera, Dark Shadows, and fell in love with vampires! Who wouldn’t want a bite on the neck? But she didn’t stop there. Witches, dragons, angels, and demons are sprinkled throughout her books.
Today, she continues to love the preternatural and watches Supernatural, Paranormal Survivor, and A Haunting. Like Dean Winchester, she loves to write alpha males who aren’t afraid to face the forces of evil.
M.L. lives in Colorado near the Rocky Mountains. She loves to take her cocker spaniel, Raven, for walks on the trails behind her house. When she travels, she tries to go on ghost tours. Her favorite so far was the Jack the Ripper tour in London.
Links to M.L.’s website, blog, books, etc.
My private facebook group for readers:
ML Guida’s Supernatural Lounge
Facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/MLGuidaauthor
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NOTE FROM M.L.: With Valentine’s Day close by I thought I’d include my family’s favorite chocolate cake recipe.
CHOCOLATE SHEET CAKE w/FROSTING
[Makes 9×12 Sheet Cake]
Sift together 2 cups of flour, 2 cups of sugar, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. Set aside.
Put in saucepan 1/2 cup cooking oil, 1 stick of butter, 4 tablespoons of cocoa and 1 cup of water. Bring to a boil and pour while hot over dry ingredients. Mix well.
Add 1/2 cup butter-milk (or milk) to which 1 teaspoon of baking soda has been added.
Add 2 slightly beaten eggs and 1 teaspoon of vanilla and beat. Beat 25 minutes @ 375′
In saucepan melt 1 stick margarine, 6 tablespoon milk, 4 tablespoon cocoa, while hot pour over 1 box of sifted powdered sugar beat, and 1/2 cup nuts, spread on hot cake.
It’s rich and yummy!
Thanks, M.L., for sharing your book with us!
Don’t miss the chance to read this book!