Karen’s Killer Fixin’s with THE MARSHAL’S LADY, Liberty Valley Love Book 3 #Historical #Western #Romance by Josie Malone #Recipe ~ Ma Sim’s Old-Fashioned Doughnuts

Karen’s Killer Fixin’s

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, JOSIE MALONE, and her favorite recipe for MA SIM’S OLD-FASHIONED DOUGHNUTS!


Liberty Valley Love Book 3


While trailing a serial killer on horseback, homicide detective Beth Chambers finds she has somehow ridden back in time—to 1888! When she comes across injured Marshal Rad Morgan, she has no choice but to try to save his life. Though the handsome marshal believes a lady should stand behind her man, Beth is determined to catch the killer she’s chased through time and prove she’s a capable law enforcement officer in any century.

A former Union soldier, Rad has survived the Confederate hellhole of Andersonville Prison—but his toughest challenge is beautiful Beth Chambers. As the headstrong female detective from the future lets him in on why she’s there, Rad becomes convinced that her stubbornness may get her killed. But when he is shot and left for dead, the marshal has no other choice but to put himself in Beth’s hands—and hope they can both survive!

Two officers of the law from different centuries chasing the same killer could be a recipe for disaster—especially with the distraction of love!

Liberty Valley Love Book 3


Thanks for inviting me. I’m glad to be here and talk about horses…..

I grew up on a pony farm in Everett, Washington. I say, “grew up” although we didn’t move to the farm until I was seven years old. I received my first pony, Star, as an Easter present that year. And I learned everything the hard way, i.e. how to feed carrots, how to avoid being kicked, how ponies see – and no, they don’t like mud puddles. Got that lesson by being bucked off into one and walking home looking like the Loch Ness Mud Monster – Star made it to the barn before I did.

When I was growing up, people still did things the old-fashioned way. I learned to ride from the old cowboy who ran my 4-H club like a drill sergeant. His wife used to throw live firecrackers under our horses’ hooves to prepare us for the Fourth of July parade every year. The lecture went something like, “The safest place for you is in the saddle. You don’t want to bust your head like a watermelon on the city street when some dude does that to your horse.”

This was in the days before our horses were our “friends” and natural horsemanship meant leaving your saddle in the tack-room and riding your horse on a grocery string hackamore. Yes, I can still do it, but I sure don’t let the kids I teach try that one. I also insist on equestrian helmets – another “new” innovation. So, when I wrote my western romance novels, I remembered those “good old days,” and tried to incorporate that traditional attitude into the books. If you think of horses as the equivalent of pickup trucks, you start to understand how cowboys viewed their working buddies.

In A Man’s World, the first western romance in the Liberty Valley Love series, Trace Burdette masquerades as a man, fooling everyone but new neighbor, ruggedly handsome Zebadiah Prescott. With their love on the line, they had to deal with the past and the outlaw who killed her grandfather and stalked her. Trace was busy on the ranch so her housekeeper and cook, Missus Sims not only ran the house, but she also looked after the orphaned children Trace collects.

During the story, everybody raves about Missus Sims’ doughnuts or “bear sign” – yes, sign means what you think it does – “poop,” and Ma Sims as everyone calls her always takes offense at the description. The recipe I had for the doughnuts comes from the 1908 edition of the Fannie Farmer’s cookbook. It was the one my grandmother used, and I always got to dump powdered sugar into a brown paper sack and put in the hot doughnuts and shake, shake, shake until the fresh doughnuts were covered with sugar.

And of course, then we got to eat them – my grandfather swore that he always needed a fresh pot of coffee to go with them or it didn’t count. He liked it when we made coffee in the tin camping coffee pot, but Grandma swore the electric percolator was simply fine. And since it was “her” kitchen, that’s the way things were. If you decide to go with Grand-dad’s coffee, let it perk in the pot until it’s a dark brown – then you can dip the doughnuts.

The Marshal’s Lady is a spin-off of A Man’s World. Trace and Zeb have been married for just over six months when renegades rob the bank, she owns in the town of Junction City. Rad Morgan, the marshal of Junction City sets off to capture the miscreants. Along the way, he meets his match, Afghanistan War veteran/homicide detective Beth Chambers who takes no prisoners. She’ll fit right into 1888 Washington Territory. Of course, I had to figure out how to get a woman from 2018 to the Old West and why she was even there, but that was part of the adventure and the paranormal elements kept escalating.  Much to Rad’s initial dismay, Beth and Trace become fast friends.


As a child, I loved to dream away the days in an old cherry tree on my family’s pony farm. In my imagination, the tree became a beautiful Arabian stallion, a medieval castle and even a pirate ship. I got in trouble for making my little sisters walk the plank, but hey, they never broke any bones. On rainy days, I headed for my fort in the hayloft. While the rain thudded on the cedar shingled roof, I read books, eventually trading Carolyn Keene for Georgette Heyer.

Today I live on the family ranch in the Cascade foothills of Washington State in what was once a summer vacation cabin. It’s been modernized and even has indoor plumbing – woo-hoo!  I share the cabin with my two cats or maybe, they share it with me. I usually write at night after a long day on the ranch from 8PM to 2AM, seven days a week.

I’ve had a lot of adventures over the years – and I plan to write all about them. I hope you enjoy reading about them!

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

A Man’s World: A Historical Western Romance (Liberty Valley Love Book 1) – Kindle edition by Malone, Josie. Romance Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.


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Easier to make and more cakelike than yeast-leavened doughnuts, these doughnuts have a fine, creamy crumb. The temperature of the cooking oil is crucial, so use a frying (candy) thermometer.

½  cup milk
1 tablespoon butter, melted
½  cup granulated sugar
1 ¾ cups white flour, approximately
2 teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
½  teaspoon salt
1 egg, beaten
Vegetable shortening or oil for frying
Confectioners’ or powdered sugar for dusting

Mix the milk, granulated sugar, baking powder, nutmeg, salt, egg, and butter in a large bowl. Add the flour gradually, using just enough so that the dough is firm enough to handle yet as soft as possible. Cover the dough and chill for about one hour. Turn out onto a lightly floured board and knead for a few minutes. Roll out about a ½ inch thick.

Cut with a doughnut cutter or sharp knife into 3-inch rounds, cutting out and saving the centers (which can also be fried). Place on a lightly floured piece of wax paper and let rest for about 5 minutes. Using a heavy pan and a thermometer, heat about 4 inches of shortening or oil to 360°F. Fry three or four doughnuts at a time, turning them with a fork or tongs when one side is browned and continuing to fry until brown all over. Drain on paper towels and dust with sugar.


Special Giveaway: Josie is giving away an ebook copy of A MAN’S WORLD, Book 1 of the series, to one lucky reader who comments on her Karen’s Killer Fixin’s blog.

Thanks, Josie, for sharing your story with us!

Don’t miss the chance to read this book!

12 thoughts on “Karen’s Killer Fixin’s with THE MARSHAL’S LADY, Liberty Valley Love Book 3 #Historical #Western #Romance by Josie Malone #Recipe ~ Ma Sim’s Old-Fashioned Doughnuts”

    1. Thanks Glenda,
      The doughnuts always bring back memories of my grandparents and the stories they shared of their adventures. Yes, I incorporate some of them in the books.

  1. Good morning, Josie, and welcome to Karen’s Killer Fixin’s. I love time travel/historical tropes. I can’t wait to read this story! Thanks for sharing it with us today. Thanks, too, for sharing your recipe. Can’t wait to try this one out on my family someday soon!

    1. Thanks Karen,
      I always love visiting with you. I appreciate the invite. Rad and Beth are two of my favorite people and I loved it when they showed up in Book 5 – A Trail Through Time – which is Rad’s younger brother’s story.

  2. Nice to meet you, Josie… Back in the good old days when Everett still had farming country…sad to see those days go….
    Interesting blend of old/new in your blurb…also, an interesting recipe.
    Thanks, Karen and Josie.

    1. I loved living outside of Everett, WA when I was a kid – close to Silver Lake. Back then, there weren’t a lot of roads and we used to ride around what we called, Mud Lake. It always makes me laugh when I see the housing development and fancy homes there – it’s now Hilton Lake. I modeled the pony farm in Cowboy Spell (Book 2) after the one we had near there.

  3. Hi, your books sound like great reads, very intriguing ! Thank you for sharing about them and thank you for sharing your delicious sounding doughnut recipe . Have a Great weekend and stay safe.

    1. Thanks Alicia,
      I love this series and my sexy cowboys. It’s so much fun to write. Rad Morgan is one of my favorite heroes especially when he tries to tell Beth to pin up her hair so people will know she’s a “decent” woman. Wow, have things changed! Oh and Beth doesn’t take any prisoners as the saying goes – so she and Rad have some terrific clashes!

    1. Thanks Eileen,
      I always loved making the doughnuts at Grandma’s house. They were a lot of work and her kitchen was very small when I see the ones on House Hunters today. It always seemed big enough for all of us, my mom, sisters, aunts, cousins. The guys congregated with Grand-dad in the living room & we certainly didn’t miss them once we started talking.

  4. I’m not a fan of time travel romance, but after reading the blurb, I definitely want to read The Marshall’s Lady! I’ll have to check out your other books. The donut recipe sounds yummy! Thank you for sharing.
    Thank you Karen for introducing a new author to me.

    1. Hi Judy,
      Hope you enjoy this story. I love these two especially when the sparks fly between them. Rad is one of my favorite heroes. He certainly thinks he’s all that and the proverbial bucket of chips as the saying goes and Beth kicks his “you know what” on a regular basis.

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