Spring Flowers, Fresh Herbs, and Porch Swings

It’s that time of year and you all know how much I love Spring! My husband and I get out the patio furniture and I go to the local nursery for petunias, begonias, sweet potato vine, and anything else that strikes my fancy. The pot stands come out and the patios are in full bloom for another season. I love it! We’ll have a small veggie garden this year, too.

daffodils

 

I sit outside and enjoy myself on a swing in the back yard or in a chair on the patio reading or researching for that next book you’re waiting for. Fresh herbs grown in pots along the edge of the patio smell wonderful to the touch and will be the perfect compliment again in our kitchen when it comes time for my husband to cook dinner while I write. (I really do know how to cook, but I’ve gotten spoiled over the years. Greg is a great cook and how could I ever get those books written if I did all the cooking anyway? lol)

As I’ve mentioned, there is another book at the publisher, Buoy Up Press, Mary’s Exile. I’m working on the fifth book for the series.  Have a great Spring and happy reading!

Spring Reading

We’re all spending more time outside with spring and summer activities. Gardening. Baseball. Picnics and time at the park with our children or grandchildren.

Some of the great new reads include:

Mystery & Thrillers –

I’ll Walk Alone, Mary Higgins Clark

The 6th Man, David Baldacci

10th Anniversary, James Patterson

Romance:

Southern Comfort, Fern Michaels

Smokin’ Seventeen, Janet Evanovich

Texas Blue, Jodie Thomas

Books for Spring

With the weather warming up in at least some parts of the country, Spring is in the air. The old saying is that “a young man’s fancy turns to love.” I always wondered what the girl’s minds turn to. Now I feel like I have the answer – gardening books.

If you live in an apartment and think you have a black thumb, then put silk flowers in pots on your balcony or patio area. Put soil in the pots and then put the stems into the ground. They don’t care if you water them or not and stay pretty all summer. You can put them away for the winter. They can be cleaned by gently spraying them with water, shake them out, and let them air dry.

However, for those of you who want to make the effort to work in your yard there are always new books each spring. For example, Gardening All-in-One for Dummies, Vegetable Gardening for Dummies, Organic Gardening for Dummies, and the list goes on. There are plenty of books available that are not a part of the “Dummies” series. You can find books about gardening specifically for your area and climate. If your budget is tight this year like some are, Kindle is less expensive, but you can also go to the public library. You may have a garden club with free classes to help you learn more about gardening.

For those of you who have no interest in gardening, then check out “A Turn in the Road” or “Hannah’s List” by Debbie Macomber – released this month! Jodi Thomas has a new book out this month, “Texas Blue.” These can get you started. Happy reading.

Blizzards and Daffodils

In West Texas we had a blizzard last Friday and today the snow is long gone and my daffodils are getting ready to bloom. Ah, Spring!

Hope Spring brings to mind new books and stories to write or read. When the weather warms up, my favorite thing to do is take a book out on the swing in my back yard under a huge Mulberry tree.

You can now order Rebekah Redeemed directly from a link in the right hand column of this page.

I’m finishing up a final draft on a ghostwriting project this week. Then, focus turns to my next book. One in the works – first draft in progress. Another waiting to hear from the publisher. Two others in research.

I brought a lot of new books home with me from the Christian Book Expo in Dallas a week ago. What an awesome and fun experience. Now that I”ve rearranged my book shelves to accomodate them I need to decide which one to read first. I have autographed books from Max Lucado, Jerry Jenkins, Jennifer Rothschild, Elizabeth George and others.

Happy reading and writing!

Come back Wednesday for another guest author  – Carolyn Howard Johnson.