Everything’s coming up roses

May 30th, 2013

I was on the East Coast last week (more about that trip anon), and returned to find that our garden had made the leap to lush.  I can’t recall a springtime when my Zephirine Drouhin climbing rose has looked this gorgeous!

Zepherine Drouhin 2013


She’s a fragrant, thorn-free heirloom variety rose that we bought years ago at a wonderful nursery in St. Paul, Oregon called (appropriately) Heirloom Roses.  One of my favorite things to do in June is to go for a drive through the countryside to this lovely spot and wander their acres and acres of gardens.  And of course, we nearly always come home with a new “baby” to tuck somewhere on our property.

I love roses.

But only the ones that smell delicious, because really, what’s the point otherwise?  And that means I only plant “heirloom” or old-fashioned roses.  Zephirine is a beauty, isn’t she?

Zepherine closeup 2013

This picture almost makes her look fake, but she really is this bright lipstick pink color.  Too bad I can’t embed scents on my blog….


Interview & giveaway on Writer Mama!

May 29th, 2013

I’m on deck today as part of Christina Katz’s fun Writer Mama Every-Day-in-May-Book-giveaway!

Click here to hop on over and read an interview with yours truly, and to enter for a chance to win a complete set of my SPY MICE novels (autographed, of course)!

I’ve been thoroughly enjoying reading what the other writers have to say about the giveaway’s theme topic of self-expression, and what this means to an artist.  You’ll get to add your two cents as well, so what are you doing still here?  Off you go!






She’s a winner in my book

May 15th, 2013
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