Karen’s Killer Fixin’s with EIGHT YEARS GONE #SecondChance #Military #Romance by Cate Beauman #Recipe ~ Preppy Kitchen’s Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie

Karen’s Killer Fixin’s **AUTHOR SPECIAL** with CATE BEAUMAN!

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, CATE BEAUMAN, and their favorite recipe for Preppy Kitchen’s Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie!

A Second Chance Military Romance


A steamy second chance…

Jagger Tennyson never had it easy, but that all changes when Dr. Steven Evans knocks on his front door. Leaving poverty and hopelessness behind, Jagger creates a life he’s been too afraid to dream of. But tragedy strikes late one night, and everything falls apart. Jagger is forced to walk away, leaving the woman he loves.

Grace Evans grew up with wealth and privilege, but she’s no stranger to loss and pain. When she meets the gorgeous boy from the wrong side of the tracks, everything changes for the better. Grace has never loved anyone the way she loves Jagger. But he vanishes on the night that nearly destroys her.

Eight years later, Jagger comes home, and nothing is how it was supposed to be. Dreams were shattered, and trust was broken, but he wants to make things right. He’ll do whatever it takes to fight for Grace, but proving he still loves her won’t be easy.

When tragedy befalls Grace again, Jagger can help her pick up the pieces. But can Grace forgive the past?

A Second Chance Military Romance


Jagger settled his sunglasses in place as he stepped out of the shop’s short alleyway. He passed Simplicity’s storefront as Grace opened the big glass doors in anticipation of the day’s patrons.

She paused with her hand on the Open sign as their eyes met. Then she turned away, heading farther into the shop.

“Damn,” he muttered as he kept his pace steady on his walk down the pretty tree-lined stretch of Main Street, barely paying attention to the fall flowers decorating window boxes or the fact that a few of the stores along the block had changed hands since the last time he’d been there.

He exhaled a long, frustrated breath because the last twenty minutes had gone far worse than he’d expected. Cornering Grace had been a bit of a dick move, but he hadn’t known what else to do, especially after she’d locked him out.

This entire situation was boggy ground. Everything about the present was new territory.

Clenching his jaw, he flared his nostrils, remembering how Grace had looked at him while he followed her around the store—hostility and poorly guarded vulnerability. That was new, too, and he didn’t like it.

He’d watched her. When he pulled up at an empty spot by the coffee shop, he hadn’t realized she would be sitting by the window with Christy.

Initially, he’d planned to walk over to Maggie’s place and find Grace there, but he’d stared across the street instead, studying how easily Grace talked and laughed with her longtime best friend.

It was a shame when that had changed. He’d known the exact moment when she spotted him—when her eyes had grown huge with shock and her shoulders stiff with tension.

“Damn,” he said again because things used to be so easy between them. He and Grace had spent long stretches of each day together for the better part of five years.

Occasionally, they had argued or pissed each other off, but they’d never been able to stay mad at each other for long. Laughter and fun had always followed apologies and hugs—or a hell of a bout of sweaty makeup sex.

Clearly, those days were over. But he rubbed at the back of his neck because even as he thought it, he knew it wasn’t that simple. He’d seen the flash of desire in her eyes—had heard the breathiness in her voice after he’d touched her. Time had passed—years—but there was still something between them.

They needed to have a conversation, even if Grace wasn’t necessarily excited about the idea.

Is there really anything we need to say?

He shook his head as her last words to him stung. There was plenty to talk about because Grace had her hands full. When he’d left her behind, her life was supposed to have been better for it. She was supposed to have capitalized on her opportunities and made her dreams come true.


I love listening to music any time I write. I find that the right song at the right moment helps me lock into my flow state. And that’s where the magic happens! These were the songs that spoke to me as I told Grace and Jagger’s story:

  • Wonderstruck by Jane & The Boys
  • 18 by One Direction
  • Longer Than I Thought by Loote ft. Joe Jonas
  • Ghost Story by Carrie Underwood
  • Hard Sometimes by Ruel
  • Butter by BTS
  • For Tonight by Giveon
  • My Rose (Luca Edit) by Luca and Emma Castellino
  • Anyone by Justin Bieber

Enjoy the Eight Years Gone soundtrack at this Spotify link:

About Author Cate Beaumann…

Cate Beauman is the multi-award-winning, international bestselling author of The Bodyguards of L.A. County series and the Carter Island Novels. She is known for her full-length, action-packed romantic suspense and contemporary stories.

Cate’s novels have been named Readers’ Favorite Five Star books and have won the Booksellers’ Best Award, Maggie Award for Excellence, the Holt Medallion Award, two-time Aspen Gold Medal, two-time Readers’ Favorite International Gold Medal, three-time Readers’ Favorite International Silver Medal, and the Readers’ Crown Award.

Cate makes her home in North Carolina with her husband and their St. Bernard, Jack.


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


Universal Link: https://books2read.com/u/3yQKZV

Website: https://catebeauman.com/




Amazon Author Page:

BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/cate-beauman

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6543858.Cate_Beauman


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


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Preppy Kitchen’s Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie
{Found at Preppy Kitchen]

The leaves are slowly changing color as summer gives way to fall—my favorite time of year! Sweater weather, pretty views, bonfires, and delicious cozy foods are just the thing to kick off the very best season.

Plus, a good book! There’s always time for a good book, which is why I’m excited to share this simple, sinful recipe and tell you about Eight Years Gone, my latest novel.

When I think of autumn and cookies, oatmeal is often involved. Add chocolate chips to any oatmeal cookie batter, and you’ve got magic!

I found Preppy Kitchen’s Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe when I had a hankering for a sweet treat, and they didn’t disappoint (even when I used refined coconut oil in place of the butter and Enjoy Life chocolate chips because I can’t have dairy).

I hope you’ll enjoy these cookies as much as I do. I hope you’ll love Jagger and Grace’s steamy second-chance romance even more!

Happy reading and happy eating!



Thanks, Cate, for sharing your book with us!

Don’t miss the chance to read this book!


11 thoughts on “Karen’s Killer Fixin’s with EIGHT YEARS GONE #SecondChance #Military #Romance by Cate Beauman #Recipe ~ Preppy Kitchen’s Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie”

  1. Cate’s books are not to be missed…

    Thanks, Cate and Karen.

    The gift card contest says closed, though…😬

  2. Good morning, Cate, and welcome back to Karen’s Killer Fixin’s! I do love your books. Especially love second chance romances. Can’t wait to see how Jagger and Grace find their HEA. Thanks for sharing their story with us today. Thanks, too, for the cookie recipe. This is one I’m going to have to make for my hubby. <3

  3. Both the book and recipe sound delicious!! I make a similar cookie but add butterscotch chips with the chocolate chips. YUM!!

  4. What an intriguing and Great sounding book, I love the book cover! The cookie recipe sounds delicious, Thank you so much for sharing about this great book and the delicious cookie recipe. Have a Great weekend .

  5. It sounds like he made a decision that he thought would benefit her, not realizing it would do just the opposite. He ended up damaging both their lives. It should be a good read.

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