Karen’s Killer Fixin’s with KISSING KIN #Paranormal #Romance by Karen Hulene Bartell #Recipe ~ CHICKEN WITH HONEY-LOQUAT GLAZE

Karen’s Killer Fixin’s **AUTHOR SPECIAL** with KAREN HULENE BARTELL!

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, KAREN HULENE BARTELL, and her favorite recipe for CHICKEN WITH HONEY-LOQUAT GLAZE !

KISSING KIN (Trans-Pecos)

Paranormal Romance


Maeve Jackson is starting over after a broken engagement—and mustering out of the Army. No job and no prospects, she spins out on black ice and totals her car.

When struggling vintner Luke Kaylor stops to help, they discover they’re distantly related. On a shoestring budget to convert his vineyard into a winery, he makes her a deal: prune grapevines in exchange for room and board.

But forgotten diaries and a haunted cabin kickstart a five-generation mystery with ancestors that have bones to pick. As carnal urges propel them into each other’s arms, they wonder: Is their attraction physical…or metaphysical?

KISSING KIN (Trans-Pecos)

Paranormal Romance

Inspiration for Kissing Kin?

Loquats and a Dog Named Teddy!

It’s funny what twists of fate trigger our imaginations. In my case, it was a gift of loquats, something I did not recognize and had never eaten. Loquats are yellow, pear-shaped fruit that (I soon learned) taste like an apricot-cherry medley with a citrus tang.

Several springs ago, a neighbor had two loquat trees that overproduced, and she shared her bounty with the neighborhood. (Sadly, the following winter froze out the trees.) But how I enjoyed that spring and those loquats! So much so, that I wove the loquats (and the neighbor’s dog Teddy) into Kissing Kin.

Much of the story’s action takes place beneath and around the tree, and Teddy plays an integral part in Kissing Kin as the following short scene demonstrates:

“In fact, I picked the first loquats for tonight’s dinner.”

“The first fruits.” His lips twitched in a wry smile.

As I recalled our kiss, a shudder slid down my spine. We’re the fruit of Marianna and Mateo’s love…I took a deep breath, refocusing. “Since it’s my turn to cook, I thought we could eat al fresca and celebrate spring with a chicken with honey-loquat glaze.”

“It’s a date.”

Is it?


That evening, as we finished dinner on the new patio, a high-pitched whine broke the stillness.

My ears perking, I scanned the vineyard.

A small mound of dried grass and burrs barked.



Join Maeve and Luke’s culinary adventure with the following recipe. (BELOW)

About Author Karen Hulene Bartell…

Author of the Trans-Pecos, Sacred Emblem, Sacred Journey, and Sacred Messenger series, as well as Kissing Kin, Fox Tale, Wild Rose Pass, The Keys: Voice of the Turtle and more, Karen is a best-selling author, motivational keynote speaker, IT technical editor, wife, and all-around pilgrim of life. She writes multicultural, offbeat love stories steeped in the supernatural. Born to rolling-stone parents who moved annually, Bartell found her earliest playmates as fictional friends in books. Paperbacks became her portable pals. Ghost stories kept her up at night—reading feverishly. The paranormal was her passion. Novels offered an imaginative escape. An only child, she began writing her first novel at the age of nine, learning the joy of creating her own happy endings. Professor emeritus of the University of Texas at Austin, Karen resides in the Texas Piney Woods with her husband Peter and her mews—three rescued cats and a rescued *Cat*ahoula Leopard dog.


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


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[Makes 4 Servings]

Ingredients :

½ cup honey
3 tablespoons soy sauce
3 cups loquats, seeded and quartered (find at farmers markets)
4 tablespoons ginger, minced, to taste
4 tablespoons butter
4 chicken breasts, boned and skinned
Salt, to taste
Ground black pepper, to taste


Combine the honey, soy sauce, loquats, ginger, and butter in a medium saucepan. Simmer, covered, for five minutes, or until loquats soften.

Purée the loquat mixture in a blender or food processor, pulsing until the consistency of applesauce. Set the mixture aside.

Preheat the grill. Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Grill about five minutes per side, or until done, showing an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.

* (Or season the chicken and sear in butter in a skillet until browned. Transfer the chicken to a baking pan and bake at 350 degrees F for thirty minutes, or until done, showing an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.)

Add the chicken to the loquat purée in a medium skillet. Stir over low heat, simmering for 5-10 minutes, or until chicken is warmed through and evenly coated with the loquat purée.

* Optional: Serve over rice.


Special Giveaway: Karen will give away a FREE download (PDF or EPUB) of KISSING KIN to one lucky reader who comments on her Karen’s Killer Fixin’s Blog.

Happy Reading!


Thanks, Karen, for sharing your book with us!

Don’t miss the chance to read this book!

15 thoughts on “Karen’s Killer Fixin’s with KISSING KIN #Paranormal #Romance by Karen Hulene Bartell #Recipe ~ CHICKEN WITH HONEY-LOQUAT GLAZE”

  1. Good morning, Karen, and welcome to Karen’s Killer Fixin’s. I have to admit, I’ve never even heard of loquats, although I did live in California for a few years and been introduced to a few new fruits I’d never seen/tried before. The persimmon is a new favorite, even though I can no longer get them where I currently live. Anyway, the recipe sounds wonderful.

    So, too, does the book. I love your book cover. So colorful and romantic! I always associate wine country with romance. Match that all up with interfering ghosts, stir in a lot of mystery, and I’m intrigued. Thanks for sharing your book with us today!.

    And, in answer to your question, yes, I have been inspired to write because of food. But, since I also write suspense, it’s most likely been a prompt to commit mayhem. LOL

  2. Good to meet you, Karen

    Inspired by food to write? Only as far as waxing loquacious in written descriptions of same…😉

    Nice “brief” tease, there… 😊

    Thanks, Karen for introducing Karen…🤘🏻

  3. Hi, your book sounds like a great read! And the cover is Stunning! I love it!!. Thank you so much for sharing about it. I will be adding it to my TBR for sure. Thank you for sharing your very good sounding recipe . Have a great weekend.

  4. Lovely cover, the book sounds really interesting. I have never had a loquat, they sound delicious. I will have to look for them.

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