Karen’s Killer Fixin’s with ALL THE BEST THINGS, Good Things Come Book Six #Contemporary #Small-Town #Romance by Linda Shantz

Karen’s Killer Fixin’s **AUTHOR SPECIAL** with LINDA SHANTZ!

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, LINDA SHANTZ, and her favorite recipe for NANAIMO BARS!

Good Things Come Back Book Six


Emilie likes her life just the way it is. She spends her mornings riding ex-racehorses so she can find them new careers, her evenings working at the physiotherapy clinic and comes home to her sweet black Labrador Holly, who she adopted at Christmas. If Mr Right were to come along, she wouldn’t push him away, but she’s done waiting around for him — especially since Tim Miller ghosted her.

Tim’s supposed to be living the dream as a professional hockey player, but after a brief stint in the NHL he was sent back to the minors… then got hurt. Now his whole career is in jeopardy, and what is he going to do if he can’t play anymore? So when his brother invites him to the farm to rehabilitate, making it sound like Club Med, he reluctantly accepts. And maybe, just maybe, he can make up for what he did to Emilie. 

Emilie is not amused that her brother-in-law didn’t consult her on the invitation. She’ll endure Tim’s presence while he’s around and try to stay out of his way until he goes home. It should be easy, with her busy life.


Good Things Come Back Book Six



The voice jolted him and his head snapped up so abruptly he fumbled the book, his phone tumbling to the floor. Instead of reaching for it, he stared. Because that voice didn’t belong to Liv. 

Emilie Lachance stood there, the dress she wore not as fancy as what she’d had on at the wedding — but the indignant expression on her face was more or less the same as the one she’d given him that afternoon. Her dark hair was down, straight and skimming her shoulders; her arms crossed over her chest, shoes matching her outfit — which he noticed because he was sure he’d caught her toes tapping with impatience.

“Oh. Hi. Sorry.” He stashed the book then reached for his crutches, pushing himself to his feet. Or foot. His good leg protested more than the bad one. 

“Crutches? Are you kidding me?” Her hands were on her hips now, dark brows knotted. “Nate didn’t tell me you were still on crutches.”

“Sorry for being such a bother.” He scowled at her; he couldn’t help it. Then he knocked the bag closest to her out of her reach with the end of one crutch before she could grab it. “Just lead the way.” 

She gaped at him, remaining rooted in the same spot as he scooped up first the carry-on, then the duffel, layering them on his left side again and regretting this most recent of his life choices. He should have known coming here would be a disaster. Optimism didn’t come naturally to him; he should have remembered that and stayed home where he belonged. 

“Is that your phone?” Emilie asked, spotting it before he remembered he’d dropped it.

He slumped his shoulders, and the bags slipped to the floor. “I’ve got it. It’s fine.”

But she was faster than he was, probably because both her knees functioned properly and she wasn’t encumbered by crutches. Even though his arms were longer, she snatched it from where it lay just before he reached it, his fingers brushing her arm. He retracted his hand like he’d been burnt.

They both straightened, her dark blue eyes simmering, but she dropped her gaze first.

“Here.” She slapped the phone into his palm.

“Thanks,” he muttered, staring at it like it had betrayed him before tucking it into his back pocket.

“Will you give me one of those bags?” she asked, exasperation in her voice.

“I said I’m fine.” He arranged them on his shoulders once more and shot her a glare. “Can we go, please?”

She didn’t move for a moment, her hands back on her hips. Then she sighed and spun on her heel with a toss of her hair, her deep brown locks swinging with her hips. It mesmerized him. All of her did.

About Author Linda Shantz…

After many years of working with racehorses, from foaling through to grooming and galloping at the track, Linda now lives with her adopted ex-racehorses and a happy-go-lucky Border Collie. They usually give her enough time off to paint and write. She’s best known for her art, which can be seen on her covers and at www.lindashantz.com


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

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3XDgxfh

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


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NOTE FROM LINDA SHANTZ: Shantz family recipe, published in Merry Little Things, by Linda Shantz.

Preheat oven to 350°F.



  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa

Stir and add:

  • 1 beaten egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  • 2 cups vanilla wafer crumbs
  • 1/2 c walnuts
  • 1 cup coconut

Press above into lightly greased 8 x 8 pan and bake for 10 minutes. Let cool in pan.



  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 cups icing sugar
  • 1 tablespoon custard powder
  • 1 tablespoons hot water

Spread on first layer and refrigerate for 1 hour.



  • 2 squares (2 ounces) unsweetened chocolate (semi-sweet can be substituted for a slightly sweeter version)
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Pour and spread over filling. Slice once topping is set, and store in refrigerator.


**Special Giveaway** Linda will give away e-books for All The Best Things and Merry Little Things to one lucky reader who comments on her Karen’s Killer Fixin’s blog.

Happy Reading!


Thanks, Linda, for sharing your book with us!

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11 thoughts on “Karen’s Killer Fixin’s with ALL THE BEST THINGS, Good Things Come Book Six #Contemporary #Small-Town #Romance by Linda Shantz”

  1. Good morning, Linda, and welcome to Karen’s Killer Fixin’s. I’m intrigued! Can’t wait to find out what happened between Emiie and Tim to cause such conflict! It practically jumps off the page. Thanks for sharing your book with us today. Thanks, too, for the cookie bar recipe. Sounds delicious!

  2. Good morning, your book sounds like a very good read! And the cover is so Beautiful and sweet!I am not entering this ebook giveaway as I am not tech savvy and so I don’t read ebooks at all, but Thank you so very much! I will have to look up your great sounding book in print . Thank you for sharing about your book and thank you for sharing your delicious sounding cookies recipe. Have a great day and a great weekend.

  3. I remember Nanaimo bars well, having lived in Victoria for several years…
    Retired race horses need all the care they can get, thank you, Linda.

  4. Your book sounds like it’s going to be a good one. One I’d love to read. Thanks for sharinag the recipe of this yummy dessert.

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