Nothing with the story has changed, I just wanted a new cover for it. :) I also want to give a shout-out to the cover artist, Morningstar Ashley. She did a wonderful job with this, and I highly recommend her.
So what’s an alien to do when his mate refuses to say what’s bothering him? Why, he sends a deep space message to his mate’s mother on earth, what else?
Keyno not only learns the importance of Christmas to his chosen, he’s also shocked and confused as to why Dale hasn’t shared this with him. There is no such celebration on Tah’Nar, but that doesn’t stop Keyno from trying to bring happiness to Dale. He’s not only a starship captain, he’s also an excellent strategist. He gathers his closest friends—Doc and Gibor—and researchers the holiday.
He finds three important things about Christmas: First there is an older, heavyset male called the Santa Claus. The second is the holiday usually revolves around a tree laden with shiny baubles and lights with gifts under it. And finally they learn they’re supposed to eat way too much, then lie around and moan because they ate too much.
Humans are so odd.
These mighty warriors survived the birth of their young, surely an undertaking of this magnitude is not beyond their grasp. Hopefully Dale will be pleased with all the trouble Keyno went to. But just in case, Keyno has a very special surprise in store for his chosen for his first Tah’Narian Christmas.
prep time 15 minutes
cook time 50 minutes
total time 1 hour 5 minutes
1 1/2 pounds small red and purple potatoes halved
3-4 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon seasoned salt + 1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 cloves garlic minced or grated
zest of 1 lemon
4 skin on boneless chicken breast
1/2 cup walnuts lightly toasted
1 cup fresh basil
1 clove garlic minced or grated
1 tablespoon olive oil
6 ounces brie cubed
2 ounces cream cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt + pepper
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
3/4 cup apricot preserves
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Add the potatoes to a large sheet pan with sides. Drizzle the potatoes with olive oil. Add the seasoned salt, pepper, garlic and lemon zest. Toss well. Roast for 10 minutes or until you are ready to add the chicken to the pan.
Meanwhile, prepare the chicken. Place walnuts, basil and garlic in food processor and slowly add the olive oil until mixture becomes paste like.
Next add brie, cream cheese and egg to the food processor and pulse until mixed well. Season with salt and pepper.
Gently pull up skin from chicken breasts and spread about 1-2 tablespoons (depending on the size of your chicken) of cheese mixture under skin of each breast.
Remove the potatoes from the oven and slide them around a bit to make room for the chicken. Place the chicken on the pan. In a bowl, combine the apricot preserves, balsamic and 1 tablespoon olive oil. Brush the mixture all over the chicken breasts.
Place the pan back in the oven and roast for 30-40 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and the potatoes golden. If the potatoes are cooking faster then the chicken, just remove them a bit early to avoid burning. Serve the chicken with a side of potatoes and fresh basil for garnish.
books I’ve read and really enjoyed. Most of what I talk about will probably be
paranormal/scifi but not always. Although it’s rare, I do read some
is: Witchblood (Kitsune Chronicles #1) by Lissa Kasey
survived a fox among wolves by running from everything he ever loved.
is an omega who has never even dreamed of finding his alpha. A fox raised among
werewolves, Seb has spent his entire life fighting to survive, until Liam
rescues him from a demon from his past.
alpha werewolf, Liam is everything Sebastian has spent the last year, and his
entire life, avoiding. Except that when they are together everything makes
sense, the stars align, and fated mates becomes Seb's reality rather than
past catches up with them, he and Liam will need to accept the bond or die
fighting the darkness that is determined to tear them apart.
romance features fated mates, an alpha and omega, a ghost cat, a snarky
kitsune, a lot of action, and some super hot romance.
Whew boy. This one will tug at your heartstrings. If you’re looking for fluffy/low angst, this isn’t it, so make sure you have time to get lost in the book because you won’t want to put it down.
In her bio, Lissa states she specializes in depth characters, detailed world building, and twisting plots. All stories have a side of romance and emotionally messed up protagonists. Take that seriously. Seb will make your heart bleed. I teared up a few times, and I don’t normally. The things he goes through are just devastating. Needless to say, his lack of trust is understanding.
The world building is phenomenal. And there is kitsune lore! And werewolves, fae, vampires, witches, and magic! There is twist on the usual shifter mythology, which I found creative. I thoroughly enjoyed this one and can’t wait for book 2. (Which is in the works. It’s been written, and now has to go through the final stages. I can’t give a timeframe except to say it’s coming.)