Everything’s coming up roses

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!

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!






Fan mail (and fan art) Friday

This just in from Claire, one of you who was recently in PARIS!

“It was so much fun and I took WISH YOU WERE EYRE with me and tried to go where Megan went. We drank hot chocolate at Angelina’s and had ice cream at Berthillion and went to Laduree but I didn’t eat any macaroons. It was awesome!”

*sigh*  I’m trying not to be envious.  Oh to be in Paris right now … it’s supposed to be gorgeous in the Spring!  And how fun that my book inspired some of Claire’s jaunts around the city.  Do you know how cool it is for a writer to hear that? (Answer: Very Cool)

Claire also sent some artwork along.  Check it out:

Claire's MDBC cover

I swear I have the most talented readers in the world.  I love this! Thank you, Claire.  🙂

Happy weekend, everyone!