Friday, March 31, 2017
Thursday, March 30, 2017
The next full moon, Sydney makes her first shift from human to wolf. The transformation won’t be easy. Thanks to her human genes, it could leave her disfigured. Or, worse. Dead.
Edward knows he can't rush Sydney to the hospital if something goes terribly wrong, so he sends his only daughter to live with his late wife’s wolf clan deep in Louisiana’s alligator infested bayou. Despite holding Edward responsible for her sister’s death, Susan agrees to help.
Sydney learns Kyle is in Bayou Fontaine. But, for the sake of the pack, the council has already chosen Emily, as his mate. The relentless she-wolf will stop at nothing to claim what is rightfully hers and teams up with Kyle’s twin brother, Justin, who’s hell bent on revenge.
The clock is ticking...
Tammy is having a goodreads giveaway right now!
Here is the link to participate: https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/3c13e2d7d4708052
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
The paintings of Evgeny Lushpin have an ethereal, dreamlike quality that draws the eye of the viewer into the beauty of his photo-like art work. At first, you think it’s a photo; a really, really great photo, with perfect lighting and balance of hues and tone resonance, a perfect picture of a familiar famous city or landmark scene.
But upon further examination, one sees it is a painting, a beautiful painting with a golden light emanating from a
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Dear Gentle Readers,
BLUE LAKE was the first book I published. I wrote BLUE LAKE and BELTERRA at the same time, so I could never decided which came first. BLUE LAKE was originally titled Belpiccolo but my editor thought it was too ethnic, so we changed it.
Here is the target audience statement for BLUE LAKE from 2010, when I was sending query letters to the big publishing companies.
Sunday, March 26, 2017
Today we are celebrating the 6th AnnualAuthors in Bloom 10 Days of Daily Giveaways Blog Hop.
Here on Vision and Verse you will see some photos of my garden, hints, a garden recipe or two, and my giveaway instructions.
I love my garden. I love to putsy around in the dirt. To the left, my peonies by the waterfalls fell down after a good spring rain. That's okay, they'll perk up again!
I love that lush greenness of springtime.
I have a very special recipe for you. It was my father's "dirt recipe." His flowers were always gorgeous and full of blooms. He used it in his vegetable and flower beds and in his container gardens. If you want to use it in your beds, window boxes, or pots too big to move, it's convenient to mix it in a wheelbarrow, so you can move it around to where you need it. For my deck, I mix it in a large plastic storage container with a lid.
Dad's Dirt Recipe
Vermiculite or Perlite
Mix as much or as little as you think you'll need. Now, you MUST mix it with your hands. If you are a fussy girlie-girl type, wear gardening gloves. Thoroughly combine the mixture. It is a good idea not to breathe in when you add the spaghnum moss.
I make it in big batches, put a lid on it, and keep it on the deck. It's good for houseplants, too. The combination makes a lightweight planting medium that allows rapid root growth and good drainage.
Now, I live in a woodsy, county area and deer and other woodland creatures do find their way into my beautiful gardens. They can be very destructive This recipe will keep them from devouring your beautiful blooms.
This recipe is not my father's. This one comes from a book called Jerry Baker's Terrific Garden Tonics! Jerry has 345 gardening formulas for just about any gardening problem you can think of. It is available at jerrybaker.com.
All-Purpose Varmint Repellent
1/2 cup Murphy's Oil Soap
1/2 cup lemon-scented dishwashing liquid
1/2 cup castor oil
1/2 cup lemon-scented ammonia
1/2 cup hot pepper sauce (like Frank's)
Mix in a 20-gallon hose-end sprayer. Spray to the point of run off. If you apply once a week for a month, the woodland creatures will cross you off their list of favorite dining spots.
Wear gloves. Mix it outside. You may have to reapply after several days of hard rain.
Sometimes aphids and other little bugs will attack your plants. I know they're disgusting, but they are easy to get rid off if you do it early in the infestation.
How? Soapy water. Water the plant with soapy water. Add a few drops of dishwashing liquid to a watering can and wash away the problem. Do it as soon as you notice the problem, because the insects weaken the plant.
Container gardens are lovely additions to benches and walkways. The key is to group plants together that have the same watering and light needs. Shade plants together, Sun plants together. Plants like petunias need much watering and need it often, in hot spells every night.
I am giving away copy of my romantic adventure novel, BLUE LAKE. It's the first story in the Time After Time series, that follows a pair of lovers through their many lifetimes together. All you need to do to be eligible to win is comment below!! If I get a lot of comments, I give away more.
I love planting lavender in window boxes. even the slightest breeze will send the wonderful aroma of lavender into your open windows. At the end of the growing season, just plant in the ground. They are perennials and will be ready to go back in your window boxes next spring.
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Winners will be posted on both the first (Dianne Venetta) and last (BloominThyme) websites. Remember, I will be hosting a Facebook Party, including more garden tips, recipes, fun facts, etc. at facebook.com/DianneVenetta. Feel free to join in, or host one of your own! If you do decide to host a FB or Twitter party for the event, please let me know and I will pass the information along to the other participating authors.
10 Days of Giveaways
by Carol Ann Kauffman
of Evgeny Lushpin
by Tammy Tate
How We Fall by Melissa Toppen
Friday, March 24, 2017
Jim Gray is a special kind of artist. He is first and foremost an American adventurer, who records his experiences, not with the camera or a tape recorder, but with the canvas. For over fifty years, he has allowed us to join him on his adventures through his paintings.
Jim's first job was not the typical grocery store stocker or newspaper delivery boy, but an illustrator for a loan company. His good-natured humorous drawings drew in the customers.
During the Korean War, Jim was an electronics instructor and later a technical illustrator in the Air Force. Afterward he moved back to Mobile, Alabama, where he worked at an illustrator for an ad agency. In 1962, he and two partners opened their own ad agency.
In 1966, Jim and his family visited the Great Smoky Mountain National Park in Tennessee and it was a life changing experience. He moved to Tennessee, leaving behind a very successful business, allowing his creative spirit to explore and paint the beautiful countryside surrounding the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.
In 1968, Jim was featured in National Geographic, and the writer from NG was taken with Jim's enthusiasm and immense talent. This article led to nationwide coverage in other magazines like American Artist and Southern Living.
When Carl Sagan was picking photos to be included on CD for the Voyager I and II missions, he chose one of Jim in his studio, painting a scene from the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.
Thursday, March 23, 2017
She was an outstanding cook and baker. Everything she made was outstanding. She made it all look effortless. She was her happiest in the kitchen. Our home was always filled with hungry friends and relatives.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Monday, March 20, 2017
Madison's Christmas tells the story of Madison Rand, a young woman dealing with grief during the holiday season, and is afraid to get involved with a handsome, new man at work who wiggles his way into her life. Although the Christmas season is a backdrop for the book, I wouldn't call it a Christmas book.
Madison Rand's story continues in Christmas at Star Lake, which takes place the following December. Madison discovers the death of her father and Bob Turner, her best friend/sometimes boyfriend, were not natural causes. Someone is targeting Madison's highly specialized employees and eliminating them. She closes down her business, sends her people into hiding, and heads to a cabin in the woods on the lake in upstate New York. What could POSSIBLY go wrong? This one is a madcap adventure you don't want to miss.
There is a third and final installment in the Madison Rand book series. I'm working on it now. It should be out this coming holiday season. The Madison Rand short stories are published by Books To Go Now Publishers.
Madison's Christmas http://tinyurl.com/lys6yqj
Christmas at Star Lake http://tinyurl.com/ncizhl9