Karen’s Killer Fixin’s **Author Special** with THE IMPACT ZONE, Ryder Bay Book #2, #YA Author Jordan Ford #recipe ~ Autumn Log

Karen’s Killer Fixin’s
with Jordan Ford!

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, JORDAN FORD, and her favorite recipe for AUTUMN LOG!!


Ryder Bay Book #2


A nomad. A wallflower. A riptide of romance…

Savannah enjoys living in the shelter of her best friend’s shadow. But when a mysterious accident sends her BFF into a coma, Savannah is left adrift. In search of a hobby to distract her, she takes up surfing but can’t keep her eyes off the hot new guy hiring out surfboards on the beach…

Griffin dreads the impending moment when the life he left behind washes up on shore. But the more time he spends with the irresistible Savannah, the easier it is to ignore his past. As he falls hard for the newbie surfer, he hopes the undercurrent of his secret doesn’t pull them both under.

As Savannah finds her voice, Griffin’s fear forces him to pull away. Can they overcome their past to keep their passion afloat?

The Impact Zone is the second book in the intense Ryder Bay young adult contemporary romance series. If you like raw emotion, enigmatic heartthrobs, and earnest love stories, then you’ll love Jordan Ford’s gripping novel.

Buy The Impact Zone to be washed away in an unexpected romance today!


Ryder Bay Book #2


The Truth, But Not The Whole Truth


The ocean breeze kisses my face and I inhale the salty scent. I’m right down at the end of the pier, gazing out across the water. No one else is around, the sun is shining above me, and I’m overcome by that sense of peace I can’t stop chasing. It never stays with me for long, but when I do get my hands around it, I like to hold on and feel it course through my entire body.

I’ve always loved the ocean. The endless blue. An unreachable horizon. No matter what’s happening in my life, this vast body of water gives me a sense of hope. Like maybe anything is possible.

As a kid I used to imagine it taking me away from the pain. If I walked straight into those waves, they could wash me clean and every bad thing around me would be wiped away. But life doesn’t work like that, and childish dreams only make reality hit that much harder.

I close my eyes and shake the dark thoughts loose. It’s my day off; I don’t want to cloud out the sunshine or kill the peace with shit from my past.

It’s my past.

And I never have to go back to it.

Vallejo is a lifetime ago.

I’m not that person anymore. I never have to be him again.

Guilt niggles as I think about Marshall, my new boss. I lied on my application form. He has no idea that my driver’s license and social security number are fake. If I was fully transparent, he’d learn that I’ve never even taken a driving test. I kind of taught myself and then bought the ID…along with a social security number that hides who I really am.

My first name’s still the same, but everything else is just a cover.

I’ve been living this lie since I skipped out two and a half years ago. The fake documents cost a pretty penny, but I’ve been Griffin Ayala for nearly two years now and I’ve managed to make it work. As far as anyone knows, I am that guy, and I always have been.

I scan the beach of Ryder Bay and wistfully hope I can stay here, but it’s a pipe dream. I’ll be lucky if I make it through to the end of the summer. Staying in one place too long is never a good idea, but damn I wish I could. Something about this beach speaks to my soul.

Yeah, I may have seen prettier. The two resorts I worked at in Mexico were amazing. The beach where I learned to surf—white sand, clear water…a freaking utopia.

But this place. I don’t even know what it is.

It’s like my soul has some connection with Ryder Bay, because the second I drove into this small town, I felt like I’d come home.

It’s a dangerous feeling. I should have ignored it and just kept driving.

But I pulled into the parking lot. I got out of my truck. I fell in love and applied for the first job I could find—renting out surfboards and boogie boards on the beach.

I get to spend my days on the sand, watching people have fun in the water.

It’s a pretty sweet deal.

My new boss, Captain Marshall Swinton, is a lifeguard, but he owns Ryder Rentals as a side business. Suits me just fine. I like that he’s around to chat with. I’ve never worked for a nicer guy.

Things just keep falling into place for me here. That should be a freaking siren warning, but I keep ignoring it. I’ll stay for as long as life will let me.

I just hope it’s more than—

A noise over my shoulder makes me tense. I glance behind me and notice a cop ambling down the pier. My muscles knot a little tighter. Cops always have that effect on me. He doesn’t say anything as he stops beside me, his feet spread apart. He rests his hands on the cruddy railing and lets out a heavy sigh before looking at me and slowly removing his shades.

The right side of my mouth twitches with a nervous smile. “Afternoon, Officer. Can I help you with something?” I can’t help swallowing, and pray he doesn’t notice.

The man studies me for a second longer, then sticks out his hand. “Officer Malloy.”

I glance at his hand for a beat before forcing myself to take it and then mirror his smile.

“I’m just trying to figure out what happened to a member of our community last night. She was down here and…” His voice trails off with a sad sigh.

“The girl,” I murmur. “I heard about that.”

“Oh yeah?” He looks back at me, his gaze sharp. “What’d you hear?”

Meet Author Jordan Ford…

Jordan Ford is a huge fan of clean teen sports romance novels, and that’s what she loves to write as well! Filled with high school angst, mystery, danger and young love, these books offer a fun escape. Her new release, Over the Falls (Ryder Bay #1), is out now. If you like surfing, beach culture, hot guys, and youthful passions, then you’re gonna love this new series! Get your FREE introduction to the series HERE: https://www.subscribepage.com/JF_NEW_signup “Writing high school romances brings me the greatest joy. My heart bubbles, my insides zing, and I am at my happiest when immersed in a great scene with characters who have become real to me.”


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

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Email:  hello@jordanfordbooks.com

Jordan Ford is a pen-name of Melissa Pearl

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


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(Cadbury… A Taste of Chocolate cookbook)
Serves Approx. 6-8

Cake Ingredients:
4 eggs, separated
4 tablespoons caster sugar
2 tablespoons orange juice
grated rind of 1 orange
125 g (1 cup) Cadbury Dark Cooking Chocolate, melted (5 rows

Filling Ingredients:
300ml cream
75 g (2/3 cup) Cadbury Milk Cooking Chocolate, chopped (3 rows)

Icing Ingredients:
100g (3/4 cup) Cadbury Dark Cooking Chocolate, chopped (4 rows)
grated rind of 1 orange
75 g unsalted butter

  1. Make the filling first. In a saucepan bring the cream and chocolate to the boil, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat. Cool, then chill for at least 5 hours or preferably overnight.
  2. Make the cake next. Whip the egg whites with half the caster sugar until stiff.
  3. Whip the egg yolks with the remaining half of the sugar until thick and pale.
  4. Into the yolks fold the orange juice and rind, then the chocolate, followed by the stiff egg whites. Pour the mixture into a greased and lined 25 x 30 cm swiss roll pan. Bake at 200 degrees celsius for 15 minutes.
  5. Turn the cake out onto a sheet of baking paper and starting with a short edge, roll up. Cool.
  6. Make the icing next. Melt the chocolate with the orange rind. Have the butter very soft, but not melted. Thoroughly stir it into the chocolate. Cool until it starts to thicken.
  7. To assemble, unroll the cake and remove the paper. Lightly whip the filling, then spread over the cake and reroll. Tighten the roll by pushing a long-bladed knife firmly between the paper and the cake. Cool. Cover with the icing and make markings on the top with a fork to resemble bark.


**SPECIAL GIVEAWAY**: Jordan will give away an ebook copy of THE IMPACT ZONE to one lucky reader who comments on her Karen’s Killer Book Bench blog.

Thanks, Jordan, for sharing your book with us!

Don’t miss the chance to read this book!

9 thoughts on “Karen’s Killer Fixin’s **Author Special** with THE IMPACT ZONE, Ryder Bay Book #2, #YA Author Jordan Ford #recipe ~ Autumn Log”

  1. Good morning, Jordan, and welcome to Karen’s Killer Fixin’s. I’m sure this book would appeal to my teenaged granddaughter since it’s “sweet” romance. Sounds great! So does the recipe, although my days of baking are pretty much over now that the children are gone and we’re watching our weight. But making a note because I’m always on the lookout for BYO parties. Thanks for sharing with us today!

    1. Thanks so much for having me, Karen.

      Yes – I don’t bake much either. If I bake it, I eat it!
      But on special occasions, this Autumn Log is a real treat 🙂


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