Karen’s Killer Fixin’s with A HOOK AND A HATTER, A Portal to Madness Series #Novella #FairyTale #Fantasy by Stephanie Ayers #Recipe ~ Unicorn Cheesy Creamy Goulash

Karen’s Killer Fixin’s **AUTHOR SPECIAL** with STEPHANIE AYERS!

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 UNICORN CHEESY CREAMY GOULASH!


A Portal to Madness Series Novella


A Portal to Madness stand alone by international bestselling author Stephanie Ayers mybook.to/hookandhatter

Everyone knows James Hook is a scoundrel, but what happens when the Hatter whisks him away from Neverland and drops him in an unfamiliar world instead?
Will the women he meets fall prey to his wiles, or will they knock him off his game?

Can Hook make it back to the Jolly Roger before he gets trapped in this new world forever, or will he risk it all for a love he can’t live without?

A Portal to Madness Series Novella


“What a horrid looking creature,” Apolliana said. “So like us, yet so very different.”

“I’ve never seen anything like it before. We should take it to Queen Jerika,” Bristney said.

Apolliana tapped Hook with her staff. “Is it dead?”

Bristney shrugged. “Doesn’t matter. The queen will still want to see it. What if it’s a part of that invasion she keeps talking about? We’d be in big trouble if we kept this to ourselves. I don’t know about you, but I’m not ready to be flogged.” She hauled Hook from the ground and slung him over her shoulder. Her knees buckled slightly under his weight. “Oof. It’s as heavy as a bear. Queen Jerika will be pleased.”

The women marched quickly across the dry terrain. Within a few strides, they reached the base they called home. A large tent had been set up in the middle of the base, with smaller tents circling it. The base hummed and thrived as women of all sizes bustled about. Some carried clothing, which they dropped bundles of in front of the tents they passed. These were the laundry workers, responsible for every cloth item on the base, including repairs.

Others hauled large vats of water on a homemade wagon, stopping only long enough to allow other women to fill their pitchers from the vats before moving on to the next tent. These were the water bearers, tasked with ensuring the water quality and portioning it equally among the all-female society.

A few women armed with makeshift spears stood guard around the base. One of these women stopped Bristney and Apolliana.

“What in Jerika’s name is that?” the guard said, her battle-scarred face wrinkling with disgust. She poked Hook in the side with the tip of her spear, and he grunted. “What an awful sound. Take it to Jerika. She’ll want to see this monstrosity immediately.”

Find out what happens next! Grab your copy today, available on KU, ebook, and in paperback!

About Author Stephanie Ayers…

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 three successful series in her name—the stand-alone horror volumes of The 13 Series, the individual fairy tale retellings of the Portal to Madness 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 weaving words for Ladies of Horror fiction or playing with graphics and building her newsletter.

You can find Stephanie all over social media and find a full listing of her works on her Amazon author page.  Her favorite wandering place is her readers’ group on Facebook. Join the herd now!

Stay up to date with everything unicorn by subscribing to her monthly newsletter and get a free read as a thank you!


Links to Stephanie’s website, blog, books, #ad etc.:

Amazon Kindle: https://amzn.to/34Kv8yr

Amazon Paperback: https://amzn.to/3rAeR8h

ONE CLICK https://linktr.ee/stephanieayers

Email theauthorSAM@gmail.com




Amazon https://amazon.com/author/sayers/



Facebook Author Page

Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/ayersstreetteam

Twitter https://twitter.com/theauthorSAM

Instagram https://instagram.com/theauthorSAM

MeWe https://mewe.com/i/stephanieayers

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


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[Makes 10 Servings]

Originally found on I Wash You Dry and modified to my family’s preferences. Enjoy!

PREP TIME: 5 Minutes
COOK TIME: 30 Minutes
TOTAL TIME: 35 Minutes


1 tbsp olive oil
1 cup diced onion
1 diced green pepper
2 lb. ground beef (or substitute for
1 lb. ground italian sausage)
3 tsp. minced garlic
2 15 oz cans Hunt Tomato Basil spaghetti sauce
2 15 oz can Rotel diced tomato mix
3 cups beef broth
3 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
2 tsp garlic herb seasoning blend
2 tbsp italian seasoning
1/4 tsp tarragon leaves
1/2 tsp basil and 1/2 tsp oregano
2.5 cups uncooked elbow macaroni (small)
1 cup cheddar cheese (or whatever cheese you want)
1 cup sour cream

1. Brown beef, onion, green pepper in olive oil coated large pot over medium-high heat. Drain excess fat and return to stove top. Add in garlic and stir until fragrant (about 30 seconds).

2. Pour in the spaghetti sauce, Rotel, beef broth, Worcestershire sauce, seasoning, and elbow noodles. Stir and bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer, stirring occasionally, until pasta is tender (about 20 minutes).

3. Stir in the sour cream and cheese just before serving and enjoy.


Thanks, Stephanie, for sharing your story with us!

Don’t miss the chance to read this book!


8 thoughts on “Karen’s Killer Fixin’s with A HOOK AND A HATTER, A Portal to Madness Series #Novella #FairyTale #Fantasy by Stephanie Ayers #Recipe ~ Unicorn Cheesy Creamy Goulash”

  1. Had never thought to put cream cheese in my goulash, although I served it with sour cream as a side…thanks for the idea…

  2. Good morning, Stephanie, and welcome back to Karen’s Killer Fixin’s. I can’t wait to try this recipe. Sounds different and delicious. So does the story. I have loved the character, Hook, since Once Upon a Time and can’t wait to read about another sexy pirate. Thanks for sharing your story with us today!

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