Saturday, July 4, 2020

Happy 4th of July, a New Quarter, and Changes Coming

I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July. Unfortunately, no fireworks this year. Thank you, COVID.

Like many of you, Mr. C and I stayed home. He grilled some shrimp and beef bites. I made a new rub too. It's a little spicy and a little sweet. 

One of the things I've learned from making rubs, is to blend together the flavors you like. If you don't like the flavors, you're not going to like the rub. 

Here is the base recipe for my new rub (Yes, I'm sharing!)

1/4 cup of your favorite Cajun spice mix

1/8 cup granulated garlic

1/4 cup of paprika

1/2 cup brown sugar

Mix all together and put into an empty shaker.

After you mix these ingredients, taste it. If it's not exactly the way you want it, add a little more of one of the mixes. I didn't add salt to this mix because the Cajun mix I used already had salt in it. We sprinkled this on half of the shrimp and half of the beef bites. And yes, everything was eaten.

This week is the first week of the 3rd quarter. Honestly, I'm glad 2nd quarter is over with, because it was not fun. First, I and all the other teachers in Texas, as well as around the country, moved to on-line teaching and finished out the school year this way. I was in an auto accident. I'm good. The safety features in the car kept me safe, but the car was declared a total loss. Mr. C had a had some heart issues. Twice we were in the hospital overnight. Yes, I stayed with him. 

It's kind of funny, but I bought my teacher planner back in June, and it's sitting on the shelf. Usually, I

would have already taken the new school calendar and written in the dates. This year I haven't done it. I haven't even opened my planner. I'm waiting. COVID has everything in a mess. I don't want to writing in dates and then have to cover them with correction tape.

This quarter, I'm focusing on my Children of Atlantis series. I'm giving the first four books some attention they need, so there are going to be some changes to the series. Some of the changes include new covers, new blurbs, and a new series title, as well as revisions and updates. Lots of changes, but for the good of the stories. 


Book 5 is currently in the draft process. I will be releasing it in the next few months, and as I get closer to that time, I will let you know the exact release date. I will start giving regular updates, including title reveal, a cover reveal, etc. 

I plan to spend the rest of July drafting the manuscript. 

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I’m excited about Book 5. There were several unanswered questions in book 1. Book 5 will answer one of those questions…the question about what happened to a specific missing person. Hint. Hint. 

Have a great week and a great Summer, or at least the best summer possible.