“Betsy, darlin’, I don’t know how you get yourself into these messes.” Aunt Maggie stood in the bright sunshine as a parade of ants made their way up the sidewalk. My yard held the charms of glorious red oak trees and a nice patch of grass. My family’s addition to the outdoor area included a yellow-and-blue swing set and a little red wagon with our sons’ bikes precariously leaned against it. From today on, we would look at this green space differently. Now my yard held a brand-new garden. I pulled my chestnut-brown hair back into a ponytail. I was overdue for a cut, but there just never seemed to be time to get down to the Best Little Hairhouse in Texas.
“I think it can be surmised in one word and one word only. Rocky.” Rocky Whitson was my boss and a major pain in the asparagus at the Pecan Bayou Gazette. Our little paper covered all the news in our tiny Texas town, and when there wasn’t any news, Rocky made an effort to create some. His latest idea was to have the “Best Garden in Pecan Bayou” contest. Of course, he decided that in my position as the Happy Hinter, the writer of the local helpful hints column, I too should participate and give him reports “in the field.” I just wished I didn’t have to be in an actual field. My job would be to turn in weekly reports highlighting the ups and downs of being an amateur gardener. Amateur being the operative word. Was I a gardener? Did I anxiously await the fresh crinkle of seed catalogs every January? Did I love the sound of bees buzzing in the morning?
I was notorious for killing plants. It was so bad that my children gave me fake flowers on Mother’s Day. Still, here I was in the backyard of my home with a brand-new set of planter boxes and the entire shelf of gardening books from the Pecan Bayou library, including the official Texas gardening manual.
I clumsily tried to turn the pages of the manual with my new green plastic-coated gardening gloves. I picked them because they had vegetables printed in the soft cotton material of the gloves. Maybe I could cause the brightly colored carrots and broccoli to somehow encourage the real plants I would try to grow. “According to the manual, we should put the tomatoes over there in the bright sun.”
Aunt Maggie held her hand up to her eyes as she surveyed the patch of the yard we were now calling the garden. “Well, your boxes look good. Leo and Judd did a great job putting them together. All you need now is plenty of sunshine, water, and maybe a little fertilizer now and again. You can’t have the beauty without a little poo-ty. It should be lovely, dear.”
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Todays travels include an interview, two reviews and see who’s talking over at Holland Reads.
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Where to next? Will there be Cheetos dropped?
What a great Monday! Thank you to all of the sites who hosted Color Me Dead yesterday. The book is still FREE on Kindle today, so make sure you pick up a copy. Here’s where I’ll be today.
January 24 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, &, Sissy, Too! – SPOTLIGHT
January 24 – Books Direct – GUEST POST
January 24 – Community Bookstop – REVIEW
January 24 – Island Confidential – SPOTLIGHT
This beagle’s real name is Baxter and is available for adoption in Tampa, Florida.
Luigi says “Tour Time! Maybe there’ll be snacks later!!”
What a crazy week! Not only is Color Me Dead free on Kindle but I am on a whirlwind blog tour promoting my book! I am on four different blogs today so click on the links below and come by and say “Hi” in comments.
January 23 – Valerie’s Musings – REVIEW
January 23 – Books,Dreams,Life – SPOTLIGHT
January 23 – StoreyBook Reviews – REVIEW
January 23 – Readeropolis – INTERVIEW
To celebrate the Fourth of July, I am offering Doggone Dead free through Smashwords until July 15 with coupon code NH97G.
Pecan Bayou Series #3
Give me land lots of land….and a puppy on the loose. When Betsy Livingston’s puppy runs away, she has no idea it will lead her to a murder on a movie cowboy star’s estate. Not only has there been a murder, but the town reports sightings of the dead cowboy himself. He’s out to seek revenge on all who wronged his daughter who became the victim of her own money-loving butler. Enjoy a little time on the Fourth of July in the tiny town of Pecan Bayou Texas where old cowboys never die…
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As we reach the triple digits in Texas, I have been busy writing, trying to make Windows 10 work and giving away a free ebook. My newsletter subscribers already know about this one, but if you like coupon codes here’s the chance to get Overdue for Murder free until August 31. Overdue for Murder is the second book in my Pecan Bayou Series and the book where I have fun picking on writers and librarians. What happens when you get a room full of writers together for a library talk? Well, if you’re a mystery writer, you kill one of them!
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Pecan Bayou Mystery Series #2
Good news! I’m being interviewed at Deal Sharing Aunt and my newest novel Burnout is FREE ON KINDLE today! Find out when I started writing and then pick up the book for free. Trust me–it’s a good deal:) Only a few days left on my tour so don’t forget to enter to win an Amazon Gift card for $25.