Monday, May 17, 2010

Short Update and a Contest

First off, I want to thank Patricia Stoltey for giving me the Sweet Blog Award last week. I will be passing it on in the future -- when I have a bit more time. She also tagged me to answer five questions, and that will be coming soon as well.

Over here at Hearth Cricket life is full of writing projects and deadlines, with guests slated to arrive in the near future. Timing is everything, and the confluence of events right now is slightly mind boggling.

Much of the garden is just now going in, quite late, since it snowed last week. Almost eight inches, in fact. So we're scrambling on that front while cleaning up the broken branches, sad peonies, and general mess that a heavy, spring snow like that causes.

To make up for this short communication, I have a contest for you. Leave a comment on this post -- or any other Hearth Cricket post -- this week, and you'll be entered in a drawing for an Advanced Readers Copy of Something Borrowed, Something Bleu, the fourth in my Home Crafting Mystery Series. It won't be available in book stores until July 1. If you're commenting as Anonymous, please include your contact information this one time if you want to be included in the contest.

Happy Monday!


  1. Congratulations on the award. It's strange to think of snow one week and garden items growing the next.

    Thoughts in Progress

  2. We have some crazy weather in Michigan, but at least we didn't get snow last week! I hope your garden gets back to normal soon. Congrats on your award!

    I can't wait to read your new book. I love bleu cheese. :)

  3. Congrats on the award. I sadly have not read any of your home crafting books. What kind of crafts are you talking about?


  4. Hmmm...I'll see if I can send some more folks over here. Contests are good.

  5. Kudos on the award and the writing success. I've figured out that, as far as novels go, writing isn't nearly as difficult as editing your own work. Urgh! I'm so glad for you that you've got it figured out. I'm still learning to be patient with myself. Love your blog. You deserve the award.

  6. I really love the cover - it looks to be a great read:)

  7. Thanks, Mason. A lot of veggies were already in, but they didn't seem to mind the snow.

    Janel, bleu is one of my favorites, too. 'Course, I never met a cheese I didn't like ...

    Clarissa, the crafts in my books are colonial home crafts -- soap making, food preservation, spinning, cheese making, etc.

    Pat, you flat out rock!

    Thanks, Kathleen! It's the switching back and forth between writing and editing that tweaks my brain. ; - )

    Ann, I'm lucky to have a wonderful cover designer. I love all her creations.

  8. That snow messed up a lot of garden plans in that area, I hear. Here's hoping that your deadlines go smoothly, your company is a joy, and you get everything done without wearing yourself out.

  9. I can't wait to read this one! The cover is making me hungry! ;)

  10. Can't wait to read your next book! I've really enjoyed this series.

  11. Thanks to Pat for letting us know about you and your new book. Can't wait to win it and read through it!

    Ar Foster

  12. you need to take a break and do something fun like golfing with a good friend...who adores you...hmmmm?

  13. Jeff from PalaverMay 19, 2010 at 8:45 AM

    I haven't commented in far too long, but your contest prompted me. And be forewarned: if I don't win the book I'll just go buy it. So there.

  14. We had a large green ash limb tumble out of the tree and hit our garage. That took a morning to chop and bundle branches. I still have my beans, squash and a tomatillo to plant but I'm thinking the soil is too cold yet. Tomatoes are tucked under walls o'water. The cold crops are doing well. I have silver dollar sized heads forming on broccoli. I'm looking forward to your book!

  15. Thanks for the kind words, Shel.

    Hey, Autumn -- I understand the artists' department had a feast after that photo shoot. ; - )

    Glad to hear you've enjoyed Sophie Mae's antics, Barbooch.

    Ar, I bet we run into each other at an NCW event one of these days.

    Brian, I'm told there's a foursome in the offing...

    Hey Jeff -- Look for me at Third Place Books on August 11.

    Linda, sorry to hear about your ash tree. Hope the tree is okay, as well as the garage. And thank heavens for wall o' water!