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, LYNESSA LAYNE, and her favorite recipe for LYNESSA LAYNE’S CHEWY CHOCOLATE BUTTERSCOTCH COOKIES!
DCYE: Don’t Close Your Eyes Book 4
BY LYNESSA LAYNE
An Enemies to Lovers Series Continues.
In the fourth volume of the Don’t Close Your Eyes series, the stakes in the tumultuous love triangle between Jase, Kinsley and Klive climb new heights.
Who killed Sara Scott? Is he coming for Kinsley next?
With Kinsley aware of Klive’s true identity, Jase pits her against her former love-interest to help him trip Klive into making a mistake that may bring Klive to justice for murder.
As Kinsley works to ensnare ‘Complicated Moonlight’, Klive’s mind games mar her attempt to remain resistant to his cunning counteraction.
Is he onto her?
Klive realizes Kinsley knows too much. Angry, he manipulates his alter ego to his advantage, striking Kinsley’s emotional weaknesses but mistakenly uncovering his own for her in front of rival gang, Inferno.
Torn between seeing Klive as her enemy and longing for his protection from Inferno’s leader, Ray, Kinsley exploits Klive’s affinity for her as her greatest defense.
Meanwhile the harder Jase holds to Kinsley, the faster his chances for infiltrating Nightshade slip from his fingers. He cannot lose her, but can he keep her and his case, or will he sacrifice everything to take Klive down?
Before we get started talking about your writing, tell us a little about yourself, where you’re from, what you do for a living (if you’re not a full-time writer) what hobbies you have, etc. Whatever you’d like to share to introduce yourself.
I am a native Texan from the rural outskirts between Bryan/College Station and Houston. As a military wife I’ve bounced around the country with my husband and currently we’ve landed in Prattville, Alabama. I’m a stay-at-home mom and homeschool three of our five children. When I’m not writing or homeschooling, I love reading at the local coffee shop and exploring various thrift shops and antique stores for whatever treasures others have discarded. My favorite find is an old gramophone in working condition and a bird cage from the early 1900’s where my finches now make their nests.
1. What appeals to you about the genre that you write?
I am a cross-genre romantic suspense mystery series writer. My work is spiced with action/adventure. I love my genre(s) because I wrote first for myself. My brain is always analyzing and I can figure out the who-dun-it way too early in most works. In a series, I can’t just rush in and declare the criminal or solve the whole mystery at once, plus I love a great romance in the midst.
2. Are you a plotter or a pantser (one who writes “by the seat of your pants”)?
Pantser. When I am forced to plot, I feel like I’m back in English Lit forcing myself to do what I have to for an A.
3. What is your favorite part of writing?
Watching a movie in my mind and losing track of my fingers on the keyboard. I can go anywhere or become anyone I want.
4. If you had to give up writing and do something else, what would you do instead?
I love architecture. I did a brief stint at the Art Institute of Houston for Interior Design, but in another life I’d have loved to become an Ornithologist and watch birds by profession. Boring, right? But there is so much I’ve learned from watching birds. For example, a mocking bird will battle an eagle if her nest is in danger. There’s amazing inspiration in something so small possessing giant courage – and winning!
5. What’s your favorite meal of the day?
Breakfast. I could eat breakfast for all meals of the day.
6. Which are your favorite characters to write, the female characters or the male characters? Why?
I write dual, first-person POV because I love seeing inside both heads and calling the crap of the characters from each perspective.
7. If you had a superpower, what would it be, and how would you use it?
This will sound so cheesy, but love and empathy are superpowers to me and I’m blessed to extend both to people blindly. I’m often taken advantage of, mistreated or used, perceived as weak, but I choose this naive vantage on those I meet because of Hebrews 13:2 – Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. I’d rather extend love and empathy on the chance of getting hurt because people need to know they matter no matter their package or circumstances and you never know if you’re speaking to an angel in disguise.
8. Many writers dream of having the ideal location to write. If you could live anywhere in the world or live a particular lifestyle, where would you be answering these questions right now?
I’d be living in an RV in whatever city or town that gripped my curiosity to absorb the sights, sounds, characteristics and traits of the culture and people. I find this to be a problem for permanent living because I’m happy in so many different places, picking just one place is difficult. My husband retired from the military two years ago and I actually miss the mystery of where we’d end up moving next.
9. Do you have any rejection stories to share? Reviews that meant something special to you?
When I originally published my series in 2014, I had no idea what I was doing. I met some amazing people, but cyber bullies ultimately caused me to pull my books offline and re-evaluate. I wasn’t strong enough in my craft, spirit or character to handle negativity. I spent the next five years joining legitimate writing groups, thickening my skin through constructive criticism, rewriting, learning my craft, and earned my copy-editing certification. When I was ready to hit publish again, I wanted an agent. When I queried in person, all three offered representation, but another online sent me the best advice:
If your novel is your baby, don’t go traditional because it will be torn to shreds and your writer’s heart will be broken. Instead, send in the works that aren’t connected to your heart strings or personal to you, that won’t break you when an editor turns them into something else or orders you to do the demolition yourself.
My series is a heart project. It kept me sane through postpartum depression. I went Indie rather than accepting agent representation.
10. Tell us about your next book & when is it being published?
The next volume of my Don’t Close Your Eyes series is looking to be published in early December. Originally it was due out at the beginning of October, but I broke my wrist rollerblading. This particular volume is one of my personal favorites because there is quite a bit of steam, but also this portion of the story delves deeper into the dark places of Klive’s (my male anti-villain) life as a hitman and Kinsley’s (female protagonist) admission of loving him despite his wicked ways. That “can’t help who you love” inner battle ensues.
Lynessa Layne is a native Texan who grew up in the small town of Plantersville, home of the Texas Renaissance Festival. She’s a fan of cosplay, exploration, history, loves the beach and is always game for devouring a great book. A military wife, she’s bounced around the US, including the settings in DCYE, currently landing in the heart of sweet home Alabama where she and her husband are raising their blended family.
Lynessa is a certified copy editor with memberships in Mystery Writers of America, Tuscaloosa Writers and Illustrators Guild, Florida Writers Association, Alabama Writers Co-op to name a few. She’s had work featured by Writer’s Digest and Mystery and Suspense Magazine and is currently nominated for Indie Book of the Year and Goodreads Choice Awards 2021.
Links to Lynessa’s website, blog, books, #ad etc.:
Amazon (Don’t Close Your Eyes):
Amazon (Complicated Moonlight Book 2)
Amazon (Mad Love Book 3)
Paperback is available at over 40,000 retailers worldwide.
Target, Walmart, B&N, Books-a-Million, Half-Price Books, etc.
Amazon (Dangerous Games Book 4):
For more information please visit:
Lynessa Layne – Romance-Suspense Mystery & Crime Writer
Lynessa Layne (Author of Don’t Close Your Eyes) | Goodreads
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LYNESSA LAYNE’S CHEWY CHOCOLATE BUTTERSCOTCH COOKIES
These cookies beat out 27 other cookie recipes in an annual church cookie contest for their texture and contrast between the sweet butterscotch tamed with peanut butter.
1 large egg
½ c butter (softened)
½ c peanut butter (crunchy if you love more texture)
1/3 c packed brown sugar
½ c granulated sugar
½ tsp vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
½ c rolled oats (use food processor or blender to grind into powder)
1 tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
1 c chocolate chunks
1 c butterscotch chips (if too sweet, substitute Heath bits, candy of choice or omit from recipe, but batter may seem too bland without the butterscotch sweetness, so compensate with a little more sugar if desired)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 C).
In a large bowl, cream together butter, peanut butter, white sugar, brown sugar and vanilla. Stir in the egg until well-blended.
In a separate bowl combine powdered oats, all purpose flour, baking soda and salt. Mix thoroughly. Pour the dry ingredients by the cup-full, stirring into the wet ingredients, until all the dry mixture is fully blended into the wet ingredients to make dough.
Add the chocolate chunks and butterscotch chips and stir thoroughly into dough. If cookie dough is too soft, place in refrigerator for five minutes to firm a little so the cookies won’t fall flat during baking.
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or lightly coat with baking spray. Drop cookie dough by tablespoon full onto cookie sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until edges begin browning. Remove from oven and cool for 2-5 minutes before transferring to cool completely.
Special Giveaway: Lynessa is giving away one autographed copy of book 4 to one lucky reader who comments on her Karen’s Killer Fixin’s blog. Volume 4 ebook will available for free download on Amazon, November 12-14.
Thanks, Lynessa, for sharing your story with us!
Don’t miss the chance to read this book!