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, MADDIE WADE, and her favorite recipe for CHILLI JAM!
An Eidolon Black Ops Novel
BY MADDIE WADE
A Soulmates Romance Kicks off this new British Black Ops Series.
Alex Martinez is a ghost who lives in the shadows. Despite doing a job he loves, Alex has never forgotten the love of his life—the woman he proposed to at eighteen—whose disappearance changed the course of his destiny.
Evelyn Garcia’s dreams were ripped away from her one dark, sultry Cuban night when she was just a teen. She’d fought the horrors she’d witnessed by becoming the feared and deadly assassin Siren. Using seduction, she gets men to spill their sick, twisted secrets before exacting revenge.
When Alex comes face to face with Evelyn again, he witnesses her killing a man in cold blood. Unable to reconcile the woman from his memories with the cold-blooded killer she is now, Alex vows to have nothing to do with the woman he’d once loved.
Then Alex is handed a new contract—Siren has a kill order on her, and he must carry it out.
Can Alex overcome his anger and feelings of betrayal and save Siren, or will he follow orders and terminate her?
Editorial Note: Edited for language.
He stood watching the woman he had loved since they were six years old as she laughed and chatted with Zack and Ava. She had changed so much and yet hardly at all. She was still the most beautiful woman he had ever met, still had that dimple in her left cheek when she smiled, still quirked her head the way he loved when she was listening to someone, and yet she was not the same.
The woman he had loved had been soft and gentle and wouldn’t hurt a fly much less kill a man in cold blood and then walk away. Evelyn had disappeared a little under fifteen years ago, taken from their village on the same night he had proposed and had never been seen again.
He had spent years searching for her with no luck and then suddenly, she popped into his life from nowhere throwing him into chaos. It made him inexplicably angry that she seemed so unaffected. As if what they’d had was insignificant, worthless, when he’d spent his adulthood pining for her, missing her goofy laugh and the way she made him feel.
But Siren as she was now, acted as if he was nobody and nothing to her, and yet he still felt his body stir every time he caught sight of her. Alex took a swig of his gin and tonic and then slammed the glass down, almost smashing it as she flirted with Gunner. He needed another f**king drink. He stalked to the bar and felt eyes on him as he passed by them, deliberately ignoring them all.
F**k, her voice, the way she said his name made his body ache to touch her, to make her remember how it had been between them when they were barely seventeen. Even after all this time, he could hear the sweet sound of her voice as she came, her hands clinging to him, a look of love so intense in her eyes that it almost blinded him.
“Please, Alex,” she said and the scent she had always worn, vanilla and jasmine wrapped around his senses like a drug holding him immobile.
Stiffening his stance, he turned around. “What can I do for you, Siren?” he asked his voice cold.
“I just wanted to say how well you look and it’s really good to see you,” she said looking injured at his curt tone.
“Really? After fifteen years of me believing you were dead, you want to make nice?” he spat with derision and saw her flinch.
“Look, I know you’re angry, but I missed you,” she said reaching out to touch his arm.
The touch sent a thousand tiny electrical pulses through his arm as memories flooded him. Hurt and anger doused them in cold water as he shook off her hand. “I’m not angry, and honestly, I hardly thought about you,” he said hitting out and knowing he had scored a direct hit when she stiffened.
“Fine, if that is how you want to play it, fine, but I had my reasons for doing what I did. Looks like both of us changed. You used to be the sweetest, most wonderful man I knew and now you’re an arrogant, hurtful pr**k like all the rest. I’m sorry to have bothered you,” she said as colour rose on her cheeks.
He watched trying to decide what to do, annoyed with how turned on he was by her fury as she walked away. Like a fool, he let her go.
About Author Maddie Wade…
Maddie is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the Fortis Security Series.
Steamy Romantic Suspense, Paranormal and Contemporary Romance are her favourites to read and that is why she writes them. Writing a world where her readers can immerse themselves for a few hours and find complete escapism is what she strives for. Maddie is a married mum of three children, she always wished for twins but boy was she shocked when it happened. She lives in Hereford in the UK, which is the proud home of Bulmer’s Cider and the SAS. Maddie loves martial arts and ale, although not together. Gaining her black belt in karate at just 14 yrs old, she then went on to study Jujitsu. She now watches her twin sons from the sidelines. Her love of books began in high school but she discovered writing when her boys were young.
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NOTE FROM MADDIE: My favourite recipe and one I get asked to make every Christmas is my Chilli Jam.
- 8 red peppers, deseeded and roughly chopped
- 10 red chillies, roughly chopped
- finger-sized piece fresh root ginger, peeled and roughly chopped
- 8 garlic cloves, peeled
- 400g can cherry tomatoes
- 750g golden caster sugar
- 250ml red wine vinegar
- STEP 1
Tip the peppers, chillies (with seeds), ginger and garlic into a food processor, then whizz until very finely chopped. Scrape into a heavy-bottomed pan with the tomatoes, sugar and vinegar, then bring everything to the boil. Skim off any scum that comes to the surface, then turn the heat down to a simmer and cook for about 50 mins, stirring occasionally.
- STEP 2
Once the jam is becoming sticky, continue cooking for 10-15 mins more, stirring frequently so that it doesn’t catch and burn. It should now look like thick, bubbling lava. Cool slightly, transfer to sterilised jars, then leave to cool completely. Keeps for 3 months in a cool, dark cupboard – refrigerate once opened.
Recipe credit to Barney Desmazery
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