Spring Gardening – and insects

I spent a lot of time this past weekend working in the garden: putting in string beans as well as taking out a lot of the winter-killed plants.  (Yes, out of 12 roses, I have only 4 left.) The vegetable garden in enclosed by a fence, and most of the larger yard is fenced to keep out the deer. I coated my gardening pants with off (Deet variety) but I still got bitten by mosquitoes and black flies. Welts all over my ears and neck. But my husband, who was mowing in the front, and unfenced yard, got a tick. And the dog and my grandson (who spends hours running around the yard ‘with the doggy’) both got ticks.

It is the season. Be careful out there.

flowers and flowering trees

After the harsh winter, it is wonderful to see the flowering trees and all the other flowers.

crab apple

From the number of flowers on the apple trees, we will have a great crop. As the flowers fall off, the ground is white, as though with snow.






apple tree








Lettuce and radishes are coming out in the garden and I have transplanted the tomatoes, peppers, basil, eggplant and so on, some into the garden and some into the earth boxes on the deck.

earth eggplant








earth tomato

Malice Domestic

I spent last weekend in Maryland at Malice Domestic. This was my first Malice and I had a great time. I had planned to take lots of pictures but got caught up in the activity and only took two, of a fairly early panel.

malice one

At least this one was with Sara Paretsky.

I always find listening to other authors interesting as I discover how similar our experiences are.

malice two

I also try to read something by all the authors new to me. I go home with bags of books.

Goodreads Giveaway ends

I am thrilled to announced that 880 people put their names in for “Death in Salem”. That is just about half the number in two weeks than “A Simple Murder” did in four. Thanks everyone. Good luck!

Goodreads Giveaway – One Day Left

I cracked the 500 bar of requests! Yay! And I am so close to 600 that I am optimistic that I will reach that as well. So, if you want to put in your name for a free book, do it now. Reviews so far have been great.

Goodreads Giveaway – Two Days left

I think I will cross the 400 mark. My giveaway runs out Sunday night and I always see a big bump over the weekends. I am really excited since I, as the author, think this is my best. Salem is such an interesting town and with a fascinating history – right from the beginning. A community that evolved from witch trials to the leading shipping center of the fledgling USA – amazing.