Months ago when I’d read stories about people baking to pass the time under lockdown I’d roll my eyes, thinking that will never be me. Boy, was I wrong! I have not turned into Mrs. Pillsbury but I have started cooking at home more … like a LOT more. My regular trips to pick up take-out have dwindled as I quickly grew bored with the options available.

But, I know me, right?

Trying to make some complicated recipe is not in my wheelhouse. That’s the kind of thing that makes me exhausted just thinking about it. So, I’ve gotten creative and started to cook things that I can look at a picture and basically “wing it” to make it. 

And it is turning out super good! 

Like the 7-Layer Bean Dip, I made this past week. Oh so YUMMY!!!

(Layers from bottom to top)

  • Old El Paso Fat Free Refried Beans
  • 1 lb ground beef cooked and seasoned with Frontera Ground Beef Taco Skillet Sauce
  • H-E-B Guacamole
  • Daisy Light Sour Cream
  • 2% Sharp Cheddar Shredded
  • 10 oz can of sliced black olives
  • H-E-B Pico de Gallo mild

The 7-Layers got me to thinking about writing …

Creating compelling characters involves giving them complex layers. No one wants to read about someone who is all good or all bad. Those kind of characters fall flat and aren’t interesting enough to care about.

One of the characters I loved writing most in The Relentless Hero was Tubeec Hirad.

Tubeec is the ultimate bad guy, but he had layers that helped to make him a complex villain. He was unscrupulous and methodical in exacting mayhem, yet he was haunted by the loss of his wife and kids. He was driven to grab power to avoid being hurt, yet he wanted to be accepted and loved for who he was again. He was known for not yielding to reason, yet he and Mena had something in common … and it influenced the trajectory of her fate in The Relentless Hero

Curious to know more about Tubeec and the devastation he rains down on Mena and Julian’s lives???

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