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, STEPHANIE AYERS, and her favorite recipe for SOUTHERN FRIED RATTLESNAKE!
THE PLAGUE GODDESS
#DarkFantasy #UrbanFantasy #Myth #Legend
BY STEPHANIE AYERS & PAUL R. DAVIS
As a snake slithers silently in the woods exacting her evil plan, and the great bear king is slaughtered, a new power quietly, unwillingly rises.
What happens when an unexpected storm covers Finland in a plague, creatures of legend appear, and a faithful believer goes missing? The gods wake up and take notice. The problem is, Kyle has no idea what’s going on, who the strange-looking man is, or why the beautiful woman invites him to her home in the forest. As a lifetime of lies and betrayal is unveiled, Kyle’s beliefs are tested. Unable to trust anyone, he must decide whose truth is worth fighting for. Will he honor a promise made at his birth and save the world, or will he refuse to see what’s right in front of his eyes?
A cry breaks the stillness of the forest. The mother raises her newborn son to the sky with bowed head, the child’s father beside them.
“Tapio, Meilikki, I give my son to you. May our joined seeds bring our ascension and protection for the people always. Bless us this day,” the father said.
The mother tucked the infant to her chest for a moment, then set him down. He wobbled for a moment, testing his balance, and then lumbered off after a fresh scent of fish. As he dove into the water, she watched from a close distance, ready to rescue him should he need it. She needn’t have worried, though. His father also watched closely, his pride casting a soft glow around him.
Ahto rose from the water and splashed the baby.
“My son,” Ukko said. “He will summon the storm one day. Teach him well.”
Tapio and Meilikki watched the boy in the distance, and said, “We will make sure to draw him to our castle when it is time. Our daughter will be prepared for his arrival.”
Ukko put a hand on Tapio’s shoulder. “Everything depends on her being prepared.”
Lovietar went to Jata in a dream. “The forest is given to those who don’t deserve it, and you are cursed with plagues. I have no love of Tapio or Meilikki, but you would make a suitable queen.”
“What should I do?” the serpent asked. The invitation was tempting.
“Wait. Enlist Hiisi’s help. He is a self serving god. Lie to him, though, and he will see you as a better ruler of the woods.”
“To do what?” Jata was desperate. Lovietar was cast to the land of the dead, but the two shared a hatred for the gods. Surely Lovietar would help Jata in throwing down those who threw down the plague and death queen.
“Kill the bear king. Strike him through the heart with your poison. Hiisi will provide the arrow.”
“When? What do you get out of this?”
“You will know. And I get revenge. Nothing more or less.” Lovietar grinned, and it rattled Jata. But oh what Jata would do to be queen.
A creative ninja with a dark mind and a quirky nature, Stephanie Ayers writes all the words and spins twisted tales filled with horror, fantasy, suspense, and anything in between. With a trunk full of tricks thanks to a checkered past, she haunts Irish castles and snowy mountaintops in her dreams, while living the unicorn life in Ohio disguised as a human. When she isn’t listening to the voices in her head, she spends her days as a mom, Gigi, cat lover, and Netflix binger, while avoiding housework at all costs.
Since signing with Crazy Ink Publishing, Stephanie has managed to somehow meet (most of) her deadlines and produce over a dozen solo works (with no ending in sight). With ink in her blood, an absence of fear, and a passion for telling stories, she isn’t afraid to dip her pen in the inkwell of many genres, and even has two successful series in her name—the stand-alone horror volumes of The 13 Series and her epic five book fantasy series, Destiny Defined.
When she isn’t lost in her overactive imagination or entertaining her mini-unicorns, you can find her stalking her weekly Dear Stabby column at Gothic Bite Magazine© and weaving words for Ladies of Horror fiction.
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SOUTHERN FRIED RATTLESNAKE
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