Karen’s Killer Fixin’s **Author Special** with RETROGRADE, The Afflicted Zodiac Book 2 #ReverseHarem #Fantasy by M.J. Marstens #Recipe ~ Loaded Baked Potato Soup

Karen’s Killer Fixin’s
with M.J. MARSTENS!!

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.J. MARSTENS, and her favorite recipe for LOADED BAKED POTATO SOUP!!


The Afflicted Zodiac Book 2
A Reverse Harem Fantasy Novel




Hilarious new series that will have you laughing out-loud. –Book Blurb Reviews about Virgo Rising: Book 1 of the Afflicted Zodiac Series


No, wait- I mean FIIIIIIIIRE!

This is a Trust Tree S.O.S.

My world is crumbling around me and I don’t even know who I really am anymore.

Only three things are for certain:

  1. I am not the white Zahra Delsol. I am the peach Zahra Delsol.
  2. Moon is white. Literally. (Also, psychotic and deadly.)
  3. Red is the universal safe word.  No food words allowed.

If that were not ridiculous enough, apparently I am Venus. . . destined to break Moon’s diabolical curse over my bosses.  All we need to do is vow our undying love to one another.

Sounds easy, right?

Except, they don’t love me and I don’t love them. . . and this is not a fake it ‘til you make it moment.

But time is running out and when Moon’s curse sends us all to different realms, I must find a way to reunite all my guys again back on earth.

Luckily, we have the help of some Minor gods and my amazingly awesome skills as a human being.

We’re doomed, aren’t we?


Retrograde is book two in the Afflicted Zodiac Series.

WARNING: This novel is intended for readers 18+. There is explicit language, sexual scenes with multiple partners, dominant/submissive content, and threats made by men who KNOW they are gods.


The Afflicted Zodiac Book 2
A Reverse Harem Fantasy Novel



A beat of silence.

Then five more beats of silence.

“Great. . . my, ah, celestial pillar of ah, pastiness. . . care to tell me?”

Her eyes narrow at my term of endearment, but it was the best I could come up with on short notice.  Because let me tell you something, I am no longer the white Zahra Delsol.  Not-uh.  I am the peach Zahra Delsol.  This lady is white.  Literally.  As in she makes freshly fallen snow look sullied.  Maybe I shouldve just coined her as Snow White, instead.  Her hair and eyes are the same deep, contrasting sable of the Disney princess, but she lacks Snow’s sweetness and innocence.  I mean, she has a bloodied tool dangling in her hand, so. . .

“I do not understand you, my dove, what do you mean?”

“Just that. . . um. . . you look a little. . . um. . . hoary. . . is all.”

Meet Author M.J. Marstens…

Bestselling author M.J. Marstens mixes romance, suspense, comedy, and sassy characters who can say whatever they are thinking because it is just a story. When she is not creating steamy scenes or laugh-out-loud fiascos, she is refereeing her three children that she homeschools. In her free time, she loves to eat, sleep, and pray that her children do not turn out like the characters she writes about in her books.


Links to M.J.’s website, blog, books, etc.


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


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NOTE FROM M.J.: This is my own soup recipe, so I am guessing at measurements, lol.

4 quarts bone broth

1/4 C soy sauce (add/subtract as desired for flavor, really hits that umami taste)

Bag of potatoes washed and diced.  (I use goldens because they’re softer and cook faster.  I also love their buttery flavor.  I prefer not to peel my potatoes.  Of course, you can.  Again, add/subtract whether you want more bulk or broth to your soup.)

2 bags of cheese (I use colby jack)

1 15oz container of sour cream

1 package of cream cheese

1 C heavy cream or milk

1 stick of butter

2 or 3 or 4 or more packages of bacon, cooked and crumbled already into bits

Salt, pepper, garlic, and parsley to season and flavor as you desire.

Cook everything in a large pot.  Melt or mix the sour cream and cream cheese first to avoid chunks.  Whisking also helps to smooth out the soup.  Make broth first, adding cheeses and then the potatoes and bacon.  Eat and enjoy.

Now, I know what everyone is thinking. . . this is a very heavy, cream based soup.  It is delicious, but definitely more of a winter staple, but my kids and I adore it.  I think I just got suckered into making it and it’s almost June, haha.  All the ingredients are tweakable to your preferences and likings.  Sometimes we even add shredded carrots and onions.  Chives on top, too.  Go all out.  Whatever you like on your loaded baked potato will probably be a good addition for your LBP soup!


Thanks, M.J., 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 RETROGRADE, The Afflicted Zodiac Book 2 #ReverseHarem #Fantasy by M.J. Marstens #Recipe ~ Loaded Baked Potato Soup”

  1. Ooh, now I’m hungry! Thanks for sharing both the recipe and that hilarious description and excerpt…”celestial pillar of pastiness” (snort!)

  2. Hi M.J., and welcome to Karen’s Killer Fixin’s. I love the book peek and recipe! Such great descriptions. I’m not familiar with reverse harem novels but I’m intrigued. Thanks for sharing with us today!

  3. This sounds like a super fun read! The soup sounds delicious! I love potato soup and bacon? i have never thought to put them together in a soup…then with sour cream and cheese… Thanks for sharing!
    Thank you, Karen!
    Both of you have a great weekend!

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