Karen’s Killer Fixin’s **Author Special** with PICKET FENCE SURPRISE Author Kris Fletcher #recipe ~ Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

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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, KRIS FLETCHER, and her favorite recipe for SLOW COOKER CHICKEN TORTILLA SOUP!


Comeback Cove, Canada


They weren’t expecting this… 

Heather Jacobs has a lot in common with Xander Sorenson: they’ve each got a great kid they adore, and neither of their paths to parenthood started out easy. So he’s the perfect guy to help her with her plan to seek joint custody of her daughter. But the perfect guy for her? Not so much, especially when she’s not convinced his reckless ways are behind him. Plus, he brings out a side of her that she’d rather keep in check.

And then the impossible happens…

Comeback Cove, Canada


The cake had been cut and the gifts opened. Xander prowled the edges of the party with his camera, gathering trash with one hand while sneaking in some candid shots of the birthday girl and her guests. Cleaning, preserving memories and casually working his way toward Heather, all at once. Who said men couldn’t multitask? Add in the way he managed to sneak a few peeks at Heather’s shorts—or, more precisely, what they covered—and he felt positively superhuman.

Well, except for the fact that Heather’s shorts—and, more precisely, what was in them—were strictly off-limits.

She was a damned fine looking woman who made him laugh. More than that, when he was with her, he felt he could relax more than with most folks. Maybe because she understood how it felt to be on the outside looking in. Maybe because she, like he, knew all about duct-taping a life back together after throwing it in the toilet.

Heather was a friend. And while Xander wanted someone to build a life with, these days he needed friends. So, yeah. Off-limits.

But off-limits didn’t mean he couldn’t be a buddy. So when Heather finished saying something to Millie and sent the child off with a laugh, he raised his camera.

“Say cheese!”

He’d expected her to squeal and whirl away from him. Instead, she raised her hands to her head so they resembled antlers, wiggling her fingers while scrunching up her face.

He lowered the camera. “Seriously? You want me to take your picture when you look like a moose that ate a lemon?”

“It got you to stop, didn’t it?”

About Author Kris Fletcher… 

Kris Fletcher writes about small towns, big families, and the love that grows despite them. She has a thing for underdogs, which probably explains her lifelong devotion to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Kris shares her central New York home – fondly known as Casa Kitty – with her husband, kids, two cats, and a large population of wild killer dust bunnies. You can learn more about Kris, her books, and the view from her balcony at www.krisfletcher.com.


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

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


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(Adapted from Fix It and Forget It, Phyllis Good)


4 chicken breast halves
2 15-oz cans black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can tomatoes stewed with peppers (Rotel)
1 cup salsa (heat level your choice)
4-oz can chopped green chilies
15-oz can chicken broth
14 -15 oz can tomato sauce
1 ½ cups frozen corn


1 – 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro (if desired)
Tortilla chips
Shredded cheese – cheddar, Mexican blend, or whatever floats your boat
Sour cream

  1. Combine all soup ingredients in a large slow cooker
  2. Cook on Low 6 – 8 hours, or 3 – 4 on High.
  3. Just before serving, remove chicken. Shred and return to soup. Add chopped cilantro if using.
  4. To serve, put a few chips in each soup bowl. Ladle soup over chips. Top with cheese and/or sour cream.


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

Don’t miss the chance to read this book!

8 thoughts on “Karen’s Killer Fixin’s **Author Special** with PICKET FENCE SURPRISE Author Kris Fletcher #recipe ~ Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup”

  1. Good morning, Kris, and welcome to Karen’s Killer Fixin’s! Love your excerpt and the new recipe. Can’t wait to try both. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by to visit with us today!

  2. Thanks for the chance to pop in, Karen, and thanks to all of you reading! I’m delighted to meet you all. New friends, yay!
    I do love this soup. The best part is it’s so forgiving – you can tweak it endlessly to suit your tastes. Enjoy!!!

  3. Another new author with a great sounding book. Thanks so much for sharing the excerpt and the recipe.

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