When I decided to write my novella, A Summer of Stars for the Summer Hearts Compilation, the first thing I knew I wanted in the story was Maryland blue crabs. While most writers would work on their hero and heroine first, I was figuring out ways to incorporate my love of seafood into my story. Since our common theme for the compilation was summer, and or the beach, I decided that I’d set my story in the fictional small town of Shady Glen, Maryland on the Chesapeake Bay. It brought back lots of great memories for me since my paternal grandparents had a beach house in Shadyside, Maryland. I had very fond memories of visiting there during summers. I learned how to crab, fish, and get attacked by mosquitoes like a pro. There was even a guy there that I had a crush on one summer. Granted, that went nowhere, but it was fun just the same.
So back to crabs…I believe my dad put my first crab in my hand at three. Of course, he had to help me navigate the intricacies of eating one properly, avoiding the “Devil’s fingers” which were the lungs, and never, ever eating the yellow glop called mustard. Trust me, it’s not mustard! I also recall with great fondness my Aunt Adele’s crab dipping sauce she’d make for our steamed crabs. In my story, my hero, Zane Davidson, invites heroine, McKinley Graham to his house for dinner. I knew that I wanted to pay homage to my Aunt’s awesome sauce by having him make it, and a special meal for McKinley because nothing says, “I really like you” like a crab feast!
While I’m not a huge fan of sitting stationary with the sun beaming down on me, I am big on hanging out with family and friends…along with my 7 summer must haves. One you’re probably already guessed:
- Cook outs
- Fruity frozen concoctions
- Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock 55SPF
- Deep Woods Off Dry
Yes, I’m big on dry. These are things I can’t do without during the summer months. I live in North Carolina now, so I’m not able to have blue crabs as often as I’d like, but when I get back to Maryland…which is pretty often…they’re on my To-Get list! That being said, I thought I’d share Aunt Adele’s Crab Dipping Sauce recipe with you.
1/2 cup mayonnaise (Aunt Adele says don’t use Salad Dressing)
1/3 cup Mustard
Season to taste. Old Bay seasoning is salty so use a little at a time. You want to ensure the sauce takes like crab, but you don’t want it so salty that you go running for ice water.
1/4 tsp Worcestershire sauce
Add each item to a small bowl. Stir with a whisk until the mixture gets nice and creamy and looks like custard. This recipe feeds about 4-5 people. Make it in small batches, because you want to use it when it’s fresh, and not have leftovers.
About the Author-
A native of Washington D.C., Lisa Watson writes multicultural novels with engaging storylines, strong, fun characters with universal appeal. Lisa’s Match Broker series, introduced readers to Love Contract, and matchmaking guru, Norma Jean Anderson, aka The Love Broker. Book two in the series, Her Heart’s Desire, was a #1 on Amazon’s Bestseller list, and was listed as one of 2014’s Top 25 Books of the Summer, and Top 50 Best Reads. Book three, Love by Design was #2 on the Amazon Bestseller list.
Her latest story is a Sweet Romance. A Summer of Stars, is one of the novellas in the Summer Hearts Compilation. This exciting new collection featuring five additional authors, and their sweet, beach-themed romances, will be released May 2015.
Lisa works at a technology consulting firm, is the co-publicist for RT BookReview Magazine’s annual RT Booklovers Conventions, and host for Reader’s Entertainment Radio show.
Married for nineteen years, with two teenagers, and a Maltipoo, Brinkley, Lisa lives outside Raleigh, NC and is avidly working on a Sweet Romance, and her next series.
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A native of Washington D.C., Lisa Watson writes multicultural contemporary romance novels. Having her debut novel nominated for Best Contemporary Fiction, sparked Lisa to continue creating engaging storylines, strong characters with universal appeal, and a keen sense of humor. They are drawn together by love, respect, and a strong family ties.
Lisa loves traveling, so weaving beautiful destinations into the pages of her novels as lush backdrops, or the heritage of her characters is not uncommon.
Lisa’s latest novella, A Summer of Stars, is featured in the summer compilation, Summer Hearts: 6 Summer Tales of Sweet Romance. It introduces readers to McKinley Graham, and Zane Davidson, both hardworking people that escape to a small, waterfront community to search for balance in their lives. Neither was looking for love, but it certainly found them.
Her three novels for the Harlequin’s Kimani line, The Match Broker series. Book one, Love Contract, a #2 Amazon Bestseller, introduced readers to matchmaking guru, Norma Jean Anderson, aka The Love Broker. Book two in the series, Her Heart’s Desire, and book three, Love by Design, hit #1 and #2 on the Amazon Bestseller list respectively.
Lisa works at a technology consulting firm, is the co-publicist for RT BookReview Magazine’s annual RT Booklovers Conventions, and the host for Reader’s Entertainment Radio show.
Married for eighteen years, with two teenagers, and a Maltipoo, Brinkley, Lisa lives outside Raleigh, NC and is avidly working on her next series.
Connect with Lisa on Facebook (NCLisaWatson), Twitter (@LisaYWatson), Goodreads, Pinterest, and here.