Tuesday, July 19, 2011

BSP: Bleeder Blog Tour with Guest Post & Giveaway

Reader Girls are the host today for the Bleeder Blog Tour. Author L. L. Rigel has a guest post and is offering a giveaway. We welcome all.
Blurb: The King of Garrick wants to kill her. 
The King of Allel wants to love her.
And shapeshifters stole her baby's soul! 

It's been a hundred years since sea-level rise and global nuclear war wiped out most of humanity. Mallory is a chalice, one of the world's rare fertile females who contract with the kings of the Concord Cities to provide natural-born heirs.

It was supposed to be a pampered and uneventful life, but Mal becomes caught between King Garrick's scheme for world domination and the goddess Asherah's desperate plays for another god's attention.

In her struggle to survive, Mal must confront the most terrifying threat of all -- the truth of her past and the inevitability of her destiny.

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We welcome L. K. Rigel.

Chicken a la Harriet

Thanks so much to the Reader Girls for hosting Bleeder on its blog tour and for having me here today. My post is inspired by the Reader Girls’ trivia question for the $100 Amazon or B&N giveaway – so no excuses for getting the answer wrong!

One of my favorite side characters in Bleeder, Harriet, has great love for a certain ingredient in this dish, and this is the only way she truly loves chicken. This recipe was developed by author Carolyn Jewel (whose books are so fun and smart, by the way, both her historicals and her paranormals.)

You’ll need:
Chicken breasts
Cinnamon stick
Garlic cloves
Olive oil
Salt and pepper
5 or 6 blood oranges

1. Sear two or three chicken breasts.
To sear: Heat a couple tablespoons olive oil in pan until it shimmers. 
Salt and pepper the chicken breasts. (sea salt is good) Place in pan.
Using tongs, turn the meat over ONLY when the meat releases from the pan. If you have to pull the meat, it's not ready. It will come away from the pan by itself. Only sear an amount of chicken that leaves plenty of space in the pan between the pieces. When they release, take out of the pan and keep searing if you have more chicken.
Slice the chicken. Don't worry that it's not cooked inside. It will finish cooking when simmering. Cut to bite sized and set aside.
When you finish searing, pour in 1/4 cup of water and mix it up to use in a minute. Pour the chicken juice into my simmer.

2. (You can be doing step two while the chicken is searing.)
Dice 2-3 cloves of garlic, to taste.
In a separate pan on medium low heat, heat some olive oil.
Throw in a bunch of rosemary and the garlic just until the garlic is starting to brown.
Add cinnamon stick -- maybe only half if yours is fresh
Cut up 5-6 blood oranges (quarters). Peel off the rind over the pan (the juice will drip in) and throw in the peeled oranges. It doesn't matter if the oranges smoosh. Add more rosemary if it seems like you need it. 
Add in 3-4 tablespoons of honey (4 TBS would be 1/4 cup) and stir the lot up.
Add the juice from the chicken searing pan. If you don't have enough liquid, add a little water (probably depends on the oranges). Add in the seared chicken, stir and cover, making sure liquid is just simmering.
Simmer until chicken is cooked and tender. -- Doesn't take long, maybe 15-20 minutes? Check your seasoning when it's close to done. You may or may not need more salt and pepper.

Serve over rice.
Invite Harriet to dinner.

About the author: LK Rigel lives in California with her cat, Coleridge. She was once a singing waitress, scored the independent science fantasy karate movie Lucid Dreams, and was a reporter for the Sacramento Rock 'N Roll News. Her BA is in humanities and religious studies. Her work has appeared in Literary Mama and Tattoo Highway. Her short story "Slurp" will appear in Anne Frasier's 2011 Halloween anthology Deadly Treats published by Nodin Press.

Author website   goodreads

Next stop on the tour:  Baffled Books


  1. A recipe for chicken!!! I am so chickened out it's not funny. Will have to save this one for another day. We are having Pork Chops for dinner tonight!

    Stephanie O.

  2. Hi
    Recipe looks yummy! thanks for sharing!


  3. Sounds good, might have to try it for dinner tomorrow :)

  4. Great post thank you so much for sharing!