Karen’s Killer Fixin’s **Author Special** with RISK MANAGEMENT, By the Name Book 12 #Cozy #Mystery by Leeann Betts #recipe ~ Fruit Smoothie

Karen’s Killer Fixin’s

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, LEEANN BETTS, and her favorite recipe for FRUIT SMOOTHIE!


By the Name Book 12


Carly Turnquist, Forensic Accountant, can never ignore a good mystery. Or in this case, three. When her sometime friend tells her a mystery is afoot, with links to a Quechuan temple, a Peruvian jungle monster, and murder, Carly is hooked. But when her investigations come close to home, she must decide whether to step back or continue, because now her family—and her own life—are at stake. Never one to give up without a good fight, Carly finds herself under attack from a third direction—her body is failing her. Will she continue? Or will she retire gracefully? Perhaps she can do both.

By the Name Book 12


Chapter 1

When the office phone rang, Carly glanced at the caller ID.

And groaned.

Amanda, from Well Dressed, the only boutique shop in Bear Cove, Maine, which offered designer dresses for the discerning shopper. At least, that’s what the sign over the door read.

Should she answer? Or let it go to voice mail?

Truth be told, she’d ignored the previous dozen or so calls. And the three messages over the past week—each one more frantic and making less and less sense.

She sighed. Yes, several months ago, fresh off her last extra-curricular crime-solving spree, she’d promised to help Amanda, her on-again, off-again friend. At the time, the woman’s problem was tenuous. Something about an order from Peru that didn’t arrive. Or didn’t come in as expected. Or —

She snatched up the receiver. “Hello, Amanda.”

A hiccupping half-sob traveled the telephone wire to her ear. “Oh, Carly, I’m so glad you finally answered.”

Carly leaned back in her chair and propped one foot on the corner of her desk. “Sorry. I’ve been busy. Finishing up with a client. Preparing for the next. What can I do for you?”

From this angle, she had a delicious view of her backyard. Of course, February in Maine was nothing to write home about. Snow. Heavy cloud cover. Wind. She sighed. Maybe she’d  convince Mike to move them south for the winter. Being self-employed, they could work from anywhere, so long as they had Internet. Then again, six months without seeing her kids or grands seemed a poor trade for sunshine and no snow.

“Well, my problem—which you aren’t taking seriously, by the way—hasn’t gone away. I’m sure you were probably hoping it would vanish like Christmas canes in January.”

“Not at all. I never said that.”

A deep inhale and exhale. “I know you didn’t. But really. This is super serious.”

Ah, now Amanda had her attention. Using those magic words: super serious. Still, Amanda was a tad more personable than her predecessor, Susan Markham. Perhaps dress shops emitted some kind of ion that sent its employees down the loony-bin trail. Like mercury did to Mad Hatters of old.

About Author Leeann Betts...

Leeann Betts writes contemporary romantic suspense, while her real-life persona, Donna Schlachter, pens historical romantic suspense. Risk Management, which releases June 30th, 2020, is the 12th and final story in her cozy mystery series, “By the Numbers”. Watch for a segue novella in September that weaves Carly’s story with the upcoming new cozy mystery series, “Mysterious Ink Bookstore Mysteries”, with its first title releasing in December 2020. Together she and Donna have published more than 30 novellas and full-length novels. They ghostwrite, judge writing contests, edit, facilitate a critique group, and are members of American Christian Fiction Writers, Writers on the Rock, Christian Authors Network, Pikes Peak Writers, and Sisters in Crime. Leeann travels extensively to research her stories, and is proud to be represented by Terrie Wolf of AKA Literary LLC.


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I hope you enjoy the recipe Leeann is sharing today on Karen’s Killer Fixin’s.

Happy Eating!


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NOTE FROM LEEANN: I don’t make this, hubby does, so I’ll give the recipe he told me.


Start with a frozen banana or other frozen fruit, as much as you want. Add to blender

Add a couple of dollops of yogurt, whatever flavor you like; we use plain Greek

A teaspoon of vanilla

A cup or so of milk

Ice cubes if you like it super cold – a handful or so

Ice cream if you can afford the calories – a scoop or so

Turn on frappe cycle or whatever is equivalent on your blender until the chunks are gone. If you like it chunkier, turn it off sooner.

Share with the love of your life. Or friends. Or family. Or drink it all yourself.


**Special Giveaway** Leeann will give away a print (US only) or  ebook copy of RISK MANAGEMENT to one lucky reader who answers the following question: 

What’s your favorite flavor for a fruit smoothie or milkshake?

Happy Reading!


Thanks, Leeann, for sharing your book with us!

Don’t miss the chance to read this book!

17 thoughts on “Karen’s Killer Fixin’s **Author Special** with RISK MANAGEMENT, By the Name Book 12 #Cozy #Mystery by Leeann Betts #recipe ~ Fruit Smoothie”

  1. Thanks for sharing here. Interesting story. And I make smoothies somewhat similar, but never thought of frozen bananas. Good idea.

  2. Good morning, Leeann, and welcome back to Karen’s Killer Fixin’s. I love your unique mystery storylines. You make numbers FUN. Thanks for sharing your newest book in the series as well as the smoothie recipe. I love smoothies. Wish I could afford to add those 2 scoops of ice cream! LOL

  3. For cozy readers, this will be a treat.
    Your smoothie recipe certainly is.
    Nice to meet you, Leaann, and thank you, Karen.

  4. You snagged me!! I need more!! Sounds like a good story, definitely one I want to read. Thanks for joining us and sharing an excerpt and recipe. The recipe sounds good too!!

  5. Your book sounds interesting! My favorite flavor of smoothie is pretty much any berry one. Fav shake is chocolate!

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