Karen’s Killer Fixin’s **AUTHOR SPECIAL** with ELURA COREN!
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, ELURA COREN, and her favorite recipe for ELECTRIC SKILLET FUDGE!
SciFi Fantasy Romance
BY ELURA COREN
Every Spring she stands in the poppy field waiting on her groom. No Nine years ago, Galactic Virus 442-C devastated Volitar, and every nearby planet, wiping out nearly all of their women of child-bearing age. After recovering from their grief, Prince Vaxeehl and his brothers began traveling the universe, searching for brides willing to uproot their lives and travel to their home planet to mate. They’ve had very little success thus far, but this new planet Vaxeehl has found shows promise.
Seven years ago, an asteroid hit outside Mount Victory, Kentucky, carrying with it a new virus, Influenza B15, that has circled the Earth, mutating faster than any other ailment in history. It now kills within 24-48 hours. Keira Sutton lost everyone she cared about to the virus and has been left alone. She has wandered the U.S., trying to find some place that feels like home. One dark night, she falls asleep in the back seat of her car, and wakes inside a nondescript room, surrounded by strange technology. She wonders where on Earth she is and how she got there. It’s not until the burgundy-skinned woman with 6 arms appears before her that she realizes she’s not on Earth anymore.
Flame Touched is romance with a blend of science fiction and fantasy, hidden inside a tale of devastation, suspense, and mating magic. It contains graphic descriptions of horrible events, as well as mature situations. If you need a TW, consider this as one.
As I relaxed my shoulders, I realized this Earth woman had me holding my breath more than any creature yet. She had picked up on the strangeness of the soldier’s offer quickly and had gotten the admission out of him. She had used neither intimidation, nor force. Just her sheer will as she stared into his soul until he cracked. I made a mental note to pass on the information about the security gap, although I suspected that Denali’s crew had already found it.
During his confession, though, Gilnax had mentioned the seeking of mates. I had expected Keira to display more anger, or any reaction. She had paused briefly, as if considering the words, yet she had not questioned further on that line. I wondered if she had missed the comment, or merely disregarded it.
I opened my mouth to dismiss the soldier, but the tiny creature beside me spoke again.
“Gilnax, you look as if you have not slept in days. I command you to return to your quarters. You will eat, you will rest, and you will report back to me no sooner than tomorrow. Today, I have things I must do and figure out.” She nodded. “After that, we’ll take it one day at a time.”
The Vesper male rose to his full height, easily towering the tiny woman. Then he bowed to her. “As you wish, my lady.” He turned in the manner of soldiers throughout the universe, sharply and with an efficiency of movement, and left the room.
Keira chuckled once the portal closed again. “At least he didn’t call me ‘mistress.’ I don’t think I could have kept a straight face if he had.”
I shook my head. “You are a force to be reckoned. Are you ready for your next visitor? You have many, each awaiting their turn.”
I signaled toward the wall where another portal now formed.
She groaned. “You promised I would be able to see Reganda—and bathe—after I dealt with Gilnax. If anyone other than Reganda—” She stopped when the wall faded, revealing a burgundy-skinned woman with a large man behind her.
Keira smiled at first, but as the new visitors came more into view, that expression faded. She squinted toward the woman now entering. She studied the features closely, seeming to make note of the differences. She spoke hesitantly. “You’re not Reganda.”
The woman shook her head. Then she smiled. “This is true. I am not Reganda, but I pulled rank as matron of our tribe.”
Keira gasped. “Taylana? Is it really you?”
The Borkanian matron smiled. “I have missed you, my friend.”
Without another word, Keira darted across the floor, wrapping her arms around the other woman, almost knocking her over. They would have fallen had Marlux not stood directly behind his wife.
As Taylana’s arms closed around the pale woman, blinding white light exploded in the room. It lasted only a moment, not even long enough for me to shield my eyes. Just as quick as it had formed, it faded again, soaking into their skin. Both women staggered under the weight of the magic.
I rushed forward, catching Keira as she fell while Marlux swept his wife into his arms.
My captain stared at me with eyes wide. He voiced what I thought.
“What in the name of Helvana was that?”
Elura Coren is a wife, mother, and grandmother. She lives in south western lower Michigan with her husband, children, and four cats. She spends her free time creating strange worlds and scenarios in the hopes that others will enjoy the stories she chooses to tell.
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ELECTRIC SKILLET FUDGE
[Courtesy of Home Cooking Magazine]
NOTE FROM ELURA: I found this recipe over twenty years ago in Home Cooking Magazine. My husband only liked his grandmother’s fudge, but I am incapable of measuring a “scant dash” of anything, which is how all of the measurements in her recipe read. Nothing had actual measurements. I figured I would try this. If he didn’t like it, I wasn’t out much. When I handed him the spoon to taste, his eyes grew HUGE. “You got Grandma’s recipe right?” I very quickly assured him that, no, I absolutely did not, but that this new recipe was now going to be handed down through the rest of our generations.
Electric Skillet Fudge
Prep EVERYTHING ahead of time. Measure all of your ingredients and butter your dish before you start. The whole process only takes about 10 minutes.
2 cups white sugar
1 cup evaporated milk
1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups chocolate chips
1 cup mini marshmallows
Electric skillet with temperature settings
Silicone spatula (for scraping the pan without scratching the surface)
Cake pan, buttered
Timer (preset for 5 minutes)
In the skillet, put everything except the chocolate chips and marshmallows. Set the temperature to 285 F. Stir constantly. Once it begins boiling (not rolling boil, literally BEGINS boiling), start your 5-minute timer. At the end of 5 minutes, turn off the heat. Add the chocolate chips and marshmallows. Stir until blended. Pour into your pre-buttered pan. Let set, cut, and serve. (And yes, this can be used to make butterscotch, peanut butter, white chocolate… if it comes in ‘chip’ form, you can make fudge with it.)
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