Karen’s Killer Fixin’s **Author Special** with MAKE BELIEVE, The Drummonds Book One by Ariella Talix #Romantic #Comedy #Suspense #recipe ~ “Huevos Dudley” for Two

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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, ARIELLA TALIX, and her favorite recipe for HUEVOS DUDLEY” FOR TWO!!


The Drummonds Book One


After a tragedy nearly ruins her, Lily Drummond moves to Indiana to make a new start for herself.

Once she is settled into the lovely bungalow she found on Craigslist, she heads to the dog park where she meets tall, ridiculously handsome Finn Reilly.

There is a matter of Lily’s roommate and her strange behavior. Just how far will she go to ruin everything?

There is plenty of suspense, humor, and romance, but how much is real, and how much is make-believe?

Make Believe is Book One in The Drummonds two-book series. It is not a cliffhanger and has a guaranteed HEA, but the family’s story continues with Book Two, The Designer. Both are standalone novels that are more fun when they’re read in order.

*Warning*: possible triggers, bad language, and hot, steamy, sexy scenes.

18+ readers.


The Drummonds Book One


Finn noticed Lily had a habit of twisting her ring around when she spoke of Andy. He figured it must hurt like crazy for her to even think about the guy, but she seemed to be doing well. He’d like the job of helping her forget, that was for sure.

Lightening the mood, Finn asked, “What’s your guilty pleasure?”

“Steamy romance novels. Oh, and mint chocolate ice cream.”

“Any food you dislike?”

Lily shuddered and replied, “Brussels sprouts. They should be illegal. And nuts should be banned from chocolates and desserts. They just mess with the texture.”

“Got it. No Brussels sprouts and no nuts.”

“No, nuts are fine by themselves!” she laughed.

“I see. So, what food feels like in your mouth is as important as what it tastes like?” Finn liked the idea that she had a sensitive mouth.

“Pretty much. What about you? What’s your guilty pleasure and what foods do you detest?”

“Guilty pleasure… sex. Food, I dislike… sushi.”
“Oh, thank God.” Lily heaved a comically dramatic sigh. “Huh?”

“That means we’ll never turn into one of those insufferably pretentious couples who are so cool and go out for sushi all the time. It’s pretty gross stuff, and they have to be pretending to like it, right? Why do you feel guilty about sex?”

Finn laughed, “I would feel guilty if the sex were mediocre. I strive to make it memorable, and that is my great pleasure.” He gave her a wink. “I guess it’s not a guilty pleasure after all.” He loved the idea that she seemed sure they would turn into a couple.

Lily gazed at Finn, considering his words. Those blue eyes and those dimples of his made her heart speed up, and her panties go damp. A slow smile spread across her beautiful face. They sat in comfortable silence for a moment as they studied each other’s expressions before they resumed chatting.

After dinner and dessert, they lingered over coffee a while. Eventually, they decided it was probably time to go, but before they stood up to leave, Finn took her hand in his big warm ones and looked right into her eyes.

“Lily, I honestly can’t remember when I’ve enjoyed anyone’s company as much as I do yours.”

Lily blushed and dropped her gaze. “Thank you, Finn. That’s sweet of you to say. I’m enjoying you too.” With that, she looked up straight into his beautiful eyes.

“And I am dying to ask you a question,” he continued.


“Do you have anything from your sister’s Spice Closet boutique?”

A shy smile spread across Lily’s face as she answered, “As a matter of fact, I do. Molly gives me samples of her newest products once in a while.”

Finn stared at her and tried unsuccessfully to stifle a happy groan. He felt his jeans getting tight.

As they walked to the car, he slipped his arm around her and gave a little squeeze. She leaned into him and then felt weird. It felt good, but it was so different from what Andy had felt like. Finn was at least five inches taller than Andy and had a completely different body type. Not worse at all, just different.

Finn felt her tense up and figured he needed to play the tortoise game with her. Slow and steady.

When they got back to Lily’s bungalow, Finn walked her to the door and planted a sweet and gentle kiss on her lips. That would do for now. Slow and steady.

“Thank you for going out with me tonight, Lily. I had a wonderful time. And I hope you’re up for doing this again soon.”

Lily smiled and blushed. “Um, yeah. Me too. Thank you.” She squeezed his hand and went inside. “Goodnight, Finn,” she said before she closed the door. Then she immediately chastised herself for sounding so tongue-tied. Me too? How eloquent. Duh.

She was just locking the deadbolt when a soft knock sounded. “Oh, did you forget something?”

“Yes. I forgot that slow and steady is boring.” Finn wrapped his hands around her confused face and tilted her up to meet his lips again. Then he wrapped his arms tightly around Lily and leaned in for a searing, hot, delicious kiss. It was a kiss that held a promise. It was a kiss that stole Lily’s breath away. He kissed her to erase all previous kisses in her life.


Meet Author Ariella Talix…

Ariella Talix is the nom de plume of a genteel and creative lady who lives in America’s Heartland.

Her goal is to preserve the dignity of family members who would rather not be associated publicly with a woman who writes such scandalous and stimulating novels. She’s not going to stop writing them though.

She loves her family, pets, great books, not-so-great books that still entertain, and art.

Born and raised near the beaches of southern California, Ariella Talix traveled the world extensively and then found her true home in the Midwest. She has a second-degree black belt in Karate and has been a professional artist for many years. Her work is displayed in countries all over the world.

A sudden brainstorm prompted the first of her novels, Make Believe, and since then the ideas just keep tumbling out like an avalanche.

Photo information: Instead of a photo of myself, I’ve included a photo of Maya who was the inspiration and model for the VERY important character Bells in Make Believe. In the book, Bells’ full name is “Solasta’s Wedding Bells.”

Maya is our third Gordon Setter, the most beautiful and wonderful dogs ever. If anyone who reads the book falls in love with her as much as I did, I suggest checking with the American Kennel Club for a reputable breeder in your area. As beautiful as she is, we don’t show Maya; we’re turning her in to a wonderful agility dog.


Links to Ariella’s website, blog, books, etc.

Make Believe is available at Amazon Free with Kindle Unlimited, or $.99 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07M6478T5

The Designer is available at Amazon Free with Kindle Unlimited, or $3.99 https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07MH1GHV7/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi _i1

Porter the Importer, the prequel novella to the Drummonds Series, is also available for free download. https://dl.bookfunnel.com/jc59cpe42x

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


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Note from Ariella: My All-Time Favorite Breakfast from the now defunct Dudley’s Diner in Aspen, CO. It may not be exact, but it’s what I remembered when I got home.

Flour tortillas
4 eggs
1⁄2 small can chopped green chilis (Ortega)
2 green onions, chopped
Green chili salsa (red is OK too if you like it better) Sour cream
1 cup grated Longhorn or Colby cheese

Scramble the eggs with 1⁄2 of the chilis. Put the eggs and the rest of the chilis into a tortilla. Wrap it up like a burrito. Pour salsa over the top, and add the green onions and cheese. Heat in the microwave until the cheese is melted. Top with sour cream.


Thanks, Ariella, for sharing your book and recipe with us!

Don’t miss the chance to read this book!

4 thoughts on “Karen’s Killer Fixin’s **Author Special** with MAKE BELIEVE, The Drummonds Book One by Ariella Talix #Romantic #Comedy #Suspense #recipe ~ “Huevos Dudley” for Two”

  1. This book sounds right up my alley! The recipe sounds very good, too!
    Thanks, Karen and Ariella!
    (Love the doggie, too!)

  2. Good morning, Ariella, and welcome to Karen’s Killer Book Bench. I’m with Kathleen, both sound right up my alley. Really enjoyed your excerpt. Thanks for sharing everything with us today!

  3. Love what I read in the blurb and excerpt. A book for my TBR pile.
    Haven’t made scrambled eggs on a tortilla with toppings on hand in ages. Your recipe sounds super delish! Going grocery shopping next week…just made my grocery list longer. Thanks for sharing both book and recipe.
    Thanks Karen!!!

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