Sometimes when I hunt through Google Images for photos, it isn't such an easy match with what I'm looking for. But the photo below--a woman leaping with joy, through a color fiesta of stars and flowers and butterflies--is EXACTLY what I wanted. It looks and feels like CELEBRATION.
And that's what I'm doing this week, because of some very terrific news:
I've accepted a contract offer from Tyndale House for another 3-book series!
Yes, it will be my third medical fiction series for this publisher, and I couldn't be more delighted to team with them again to offer readers these exciting and hopeful stories. Just thinking about it makes me giddy--look out, I'm scattering those butterflies and stars with another "Whoo hoo" leap!
Of course, these new books are down the line aways, since there is still one more book to come in the current Grace Medical series. I'll wait awhile and not boggle you with details just yet. BUT, I do think we should celebrate with a recipe that fits the fiesta atmosphere. So here's a wonderful (and simple) summer appetizer that's a favorite at the Calverts:
Fire & Ice Watermelon Salsa
In this salsa, cool and sweet watermelon replaces the usual tomatoes, and is the perfect complement to the tang of peppers, green onion, and cilantro. It's great on chips and a wonderful addition to grilled fish or chicken.
3 cups chopped seedless watermelon
1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
2 Tbl. lime juice
2 Tbl. chopped fresh cilantro
1 Tbl. chopped green onion
1 Tbl. chopped jalapeno pepper (may substitute Poblano if you prefer salsa milder)
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
To fix, simply mix all ingredients in a bowl and chill.
As you can see, it makes a pretty addition to a table of fiesta food:
I wish I could offer you all a plate to help me celebrate!
Thank you for cheering on my good news, and until next time . . .
Bon appetit and happy reading!