Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Help Me Celebrate . . . with Salsa!

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!  


Anonymous said...

Congrats on the new series! The table of food looks yummy! I'm not a big salsa fan but this one looks interesting with the watermelon. Thanks for sharing!


Rebecca DeMarino said...

oh my goodness, Fire and Ice Salsa!! I love salsa and I love watermelon! It looks delicious and refreshing!! Thanks for sharing the recipe - and congratulations on your 3rd medical series contract!! Woo hoo!

CandaceCalvert said...

Thank you for stopping by, Andrea. Plenty of snacks beyond the watermelon. Cheese quesadillas, guacamole, black bean and tomato salsa, cucumber dip . . . we've got this little fiesta covered. Help yourself!

CandaceCalvert said...

Thank you, Becky--I love sharing this news with you, especially since you were onboard at the agency WAY back. :-)
The melon salsa is really good. I hope you think so too!

Lorin said...

Stupendous news girlfriend!!! You keep the torch burning brightly for me - I'm inspired! Mahalo and Congrats!!! Makahiki (celebration) time!