Karen’s Killer Fixin’s **Author Special** with Meg Benjamin


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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, MEG BENJAMIN, and her favorite recipe for PEG BRACKEN’S OYSTER OLIVE DIP.


The Salt Box Trilogy, Book 2


Love in the Morning
Breakfast with benefits…

The Salt Box Trilogy, Book 2

The reality show Lovely Ladies of L.A. should have launched Lizzy Apodaca’s catering company into solvency. Instead, when her carefully prepared appetizers mysteriously gave the cast on-camera food poisoning, she lost everything.

To make matters worse, her car breaks down in Salt Box, Colorado, a town not much bigger than a salt shaker. But maybe her luck is changing—the handsome owner of Praeger House, the town’s premier hotel, needs a kitchen assistant.

Clark Denham realizes his diamond in the rough is a polished gem when Lizzy steps up to save the hotel’s breakfast buffet after his temperamental head chef quits. It isn’t long before she’s winning his heart as smoothly and efficiently as she runs his kitchen.

Their relationship goes from simmer to rolling boil with the speed of a short order cook. But when a bevy of not-so-lovely ladies shows up in Salt Box, Lizzy’s past disaster threatens to flatten her happily ever after faster than a falling soufflé.

Warning: Contains salty dialogue, several servings of high-carb cooking, and a big platter of screaming-hot bedroom delights.

The Salt Box Trilogy, Book 2


You could defuse this situation by moving away.

She stayed where she was.

He raised his hand to her cheek, running his fingertips lightly along the line of her cheekbone, leaving a trail of sparks behind.

Now. You should really move now. But still she stayed. She took a shuddering breath, staring up into those brown-green eyes, then licked her lips.

She heard his quick inhale, as if the lip licking had been some kind of signal. Maybe it had been.

And then he was leaning forward, stepping off the stool, one arm sliding around her waist, bringing her body up against his. She had time to feel the shape of his arousal against her belly, and then his lips touched hers and she lost track of whatever it was she’d been thinking about.

Heat blossomed inside her, feelings she hadn’t had for weeks, months if she was honest. The warmth spread through her body, her mouth opening beneath his, his tongue sliding along hers. Invitation, dangerous invitation. She had to fight the impulse to wrap her leg around his, to rub her calf against him. Instead she looped her arms around his neck, moving closer.

He angled his head again, taking the kiss deeper, his tongue rasping against hers now. She rubbed her hand along the back of his neck into his hair, tangling her fingers in the soft wisps, her fingertips dancing across his scalp, feeling the shape of his head.

He made a sound that was almost a growl, close enough that she suddenly felt nervous. Suppose he wanted more? Suppose she did? Was she really ready for this? Back off. For God’s sake, back off!

After another moment, he raised his head again, then leaned his forehead against hers. The whisper of his breath against her cheek sent another flash of heat rushing to her core. Powerful stuff, Lizzy. Way too powerful for you.

He leaned back again, looking down at her, his expression cautious. “Should I apologize?”

She shook her head. “It wasn’t that bad.”

For a moment he went on staring at her, until his teeth flashed in a grin. And then he was laughing, shaking his head. “Well, all right then. I wouldn’t want you to be disappointed.”

“Definitely.” She blew out a quick breath. “Definitely not disappointed.” She kept her gaze on his, waiting. Your move, boss.

After another moment, he touched his fingers to her cheek. She felt them tremble slightly. His lips moved up in a faint smile. “Good night, Lizzy. I’ll see you tomorrow. Sleep well.”

Right. Good move. “You too,” she said gently, her smile echoing his.

He gave her another grin, then turned and headed back out the door toward his office.

Lizzy stayed where she was, watching the kitchen door swing closed behind him. And trying to convince herself that his leaving was really the best thing for both of them.

About Author Meg Benjamin… Meg Benjamin

Meg Benjamin is an award-winning author of contemporary romance. Her Konigsburg series for Samhain Publishing is set in the Texas Hill Country and her Ramos Family Trilogy is set in San Antonio’s King William District. Her Salt Box trilogy takes place in her new home the Colorado Rockies. Meg’s books have won numerous awards, including an EPIC Award, a Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, the Holt Medallion from Virginia Romance Writers, the Beanpot Award from the New England Romance Writers and the Award of Excellence from Colorado Romance Writers.


Links to Meg’s Website, Books, & Social Media:

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1qsHWAu

Meg’s Web site is http://www.MegBenjamin.com and her blog is http://megbenj1.wordpress.com/. You can follow her on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/meg.benjamin1), Pinterest (http://pinterest.com/megbenjamin/), and Twitter (http://twitter.com/megbenj1). Meg loves to hear from readers—contact her at meg@megbenjamin.com.

To purchase Meg’s books, you can visit her author page at  SamhainAmazonBarnes and Noble, iBooks, Kobo, or All Romance Ebooks.

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


P.S. We’re at 253 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.


[From I Hate to Cook Book by Peg Bracken]

Note from Meg: This recipe comes from a bestselling cookbook of the sixties, the I Hate To Cook Book by Peg Bracken. It’s a lovely, decadent dip—definitely not for those counting calories or watching carbs. But it’s so, so good. I’d serve it with crackers or pita chips myself.


1 8 oz pkg cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons mayonnaise (or sour cream)
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
1 dash Tabasco sauce
1/2 cup chopped ripe olives
1 can (9 ounces) smoked oysters, drained and chopped


Combine cream cheese, mayonnaise, lemon juice, garlic, salt, and hot sauce in a small bowl. Mix until well blended. Fold in olives and smoked oysters.


Burst_02**SPECIAL GIVEAWAY**: Meg is giving away a copy of either Salt Box, Colorado ebook—Finding MR. RIGHT NOW or LOVE IN THE MORNING (Reader’s choice) to one lucky reader who comments on her Karen’s Killer Fixin’s blog. Thank you, Meg, for sharing your story and favorite recipe with us.

Don’t miss the chance to read this book!

7 thoughts on “Karen’s Killer Fixin’s **Author Special** with Meg Benjamin”

  1. Good morning, Meg, and welcome to Karen’s Killer Fixin’s. What a steamy excerpt! These two characters have such chemistry. Thanks for sharing your book with us today.

    I love oyster dips so I can wait to try this recipe, too. 🙂

  2. The recipe sounds good. I like dips and I like oysters. The excerpt is great. I looked the book up on Amazon. I love romantic comedies.

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