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Monday, April 7, 2014

Authors in Bloom Blog Hop



Welcome to the 3rd annual Authors in Bloom Blog Hop. This is my first time and I hope you have as much fun as I am.



Spring is my favorite time of year mainly because of new growth. Since I moved last fall, I had to hurry and plant bulbs so I would have tulips and daffodils this spring. My tulips are poking their heads out of the ground right outside my office window. Here in Michigan we had a horrendous winter. The snow is finally gone around our house. Yay! 

GARDENING TIP



Planting spring bulbs is easy and they produce every year, each time more abundantly. The bulbs will multiply until they are too crowded. So every four or five years, it helps to dig them up and divide. Tulips are among the most colorful of the spring bulbs. If you want continuous color, choose bulbs that are early blooming (should say on the package), mid-season and late blooming. For the effort expended one fall, you will enjoy color for many years.



My latest romantic suspense ONE RED SHOE takes place in spring. Here’s the blurb.


Daria Mason’s life is too predictable. Nothing ever happens in her small Iowa town where everybody knows everybody else. But when she travels to New York City looking for a little excitement, she never expects to bring home a wounded spy.

From the moment agent Sam Jozwiak steals intel vital to US security from a Russian Mafia kingpin, Murphy’s Law takes over. No matter how he covers his tracks, the kingpin’s assassins find him. What’s worse than getting shot in the butt? Accepting help from an Iowa tourist.

Sam and Daria flee cross country with the assassins right behind them. Sharing danger and excitement—and a few kisses—with Sam soon has Daria convinced he’s the man for her. He thinks she’ll be better off once he’s out of her life for good. With their lives on the line, can she convince him they belong together?

What is your favorite spring flower?

I will be giving away a $10 Amazon Gift Card to a lucky commenter. For more chances to win, use the Rafflecopter below. Available to U.S. & International residents.


Be sure to leave your email address with your comment. To be eligible for the Grand Prizes, you must visit and leave a comment on each participating author’s blog.

GRAND PRIZE

Kindle or Nook (a $200 value) and a $25 gift card worth of ebooks

(Winner’s choice which ereader and ebook retailer gift card. U.S. residents only.)


2nd Prize

$25 ereader gift card

(available to U.S. & INTL residents)

VOID where prohibited by law

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46 comments:

  1. Thanks for the chance to win!
    Froggy
    froggarita@gmail.com

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  2. Due to a million critters, we can only grow a few hearty plants--periwinkle, ferns, foxglove. Deer even ate the blue rug this winter. Sigh. Anyway, One Red Shoe looks like a great read. Thanks for the blog.

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  3. id o not have a favorite i like a lot of different ones

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    1. forgot my email address esseboo@yahoo.com

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  4. Hi, Diane,
    I noticed an enormous jumble of tulips coming up, which reminds me to stake them out and divide them up...it must be one place I missed last fall. lisalickel@yahoo.com

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  5. Wild violets. I love their scent, and they are very cute.

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  6. I love participating in these blog hops~ I always come away with a longer TBR as well as new bloggers added to my Bloglovin’ feed :)

    ilookfamous at yahoo dot com

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  7. Awesome tip! Thanks!
    Eallen99@juno.com

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  8. Daisy is my favorite. :)

    ladyunwritten[AT]gmail[DOT]com

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    1. My mom had Shasta Daisies. Love them.

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  9. My email id that I have included in the above comment is different from the one I have used in the Rafflecopter giveaway. Sorry.

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  10. lilies
    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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    1. I brought some lilies from my old house. Can't wait for them to bloom.

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  11. I can't spell it to save my life, but my favorite spring flower is the hythinica I love the sent.
    I'm always amazed at how many of my tulips return each year :)
    savannahm1987@gmail.com

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    1. I love the smell of hyacinths (I think that's right). At my old house, I think the rabbits ate them before they bloomed. :(

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  12. I've been trying to grow flowers that bloom at night by my window so when I leave my window open it can fill my home with their beautiful scent.
    greeniejoey at gmail dot com

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    1. That sounds cool. Can you grow night-blooming jasmine?

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  13. I love freesias, especially the yellow ones!

    vitajex(at)Aol(dot)com

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    1. I don't know what freesias look like. I should check them out.

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  14. Thank you for sharing your tips with us! My favorite flowers are Tulips,... I just love them! <3

    Thank you for the giveaway! I hope you have a great day! =)

    Brandi
    BLeigh1130 at yahoo dot com

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  15. Thanks you for the tip! I've always wondered how to go about keeping a tulip bed colorful all season long. I didn't realize there were tulips that came up at different times.

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  16. My favorite flowers lately have been zinnias. They are easy to grow from seed and stay in bloom all summer long.
    cchant86 @ yahoo.com

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    1. Zinnias are very colorful. Here in Mich. they don't bloom until July/August.

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  17. My favorite spring flower would have to be the cherry tree blossoms and dogwood blossoms... They are so pretty in the springtime in NC. Thank you for being part of the hop.

    j.m.platt83@gmail.com

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  18. I love Pussy Willows and Forsythia.

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

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    1. I haven't thought about pussy willows for ages. Thanks.

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  19. Orchids and night-blooming jasmine.

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

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  20. Hyacinths are my favorite spring flower. Thanks for the great giveaway!
    bhometchko(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  21. My favorite flowers are tulips and daffodils! Thanks for the giveaway!

    Alisha Sienkiel
    sienkiel1821@yahoo.com

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  22. I do alot of Colorful Tulips and some Daffodils and Hythinica.Deb P
    r.d1@myfairpoint.net

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  23. My favorite is azaleas.
    bituin76 at hotmail dot com

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  24. Hi! Great post! I love wildflowers. There so pretty! :) Thank you for sharing! :)
    ​And ​thank you for being apart of this awesome hop!
    shadowluvs2read(at)gmail(dot)com

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  25. Iris is my fav - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

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    1. Iris is my all-time fav flower. They don't bloom here in Mich. until the beginning of June.

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  26. Thank you to everyone who commented. Loved all your favorite spring flowers. Good luck on the giveaway. I'll post my winner here tomorrow and will send an email.

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