It’s finally springtime—Or maybe not!

It’s hard to believe that after such a long, hard winter, spring has finally arrived. Except for when it hasn’t. :-) We’ve just experienced Dogwood Winter with lows in the 30s again. Next will be Blackberry Winter when the blackberry briars are blooming. (Unless I’m overlooking one of the winters.) Is there another cold spell in the offing? I hope not. The two I’m familiar with are plenty for me.

Happy Valentine’s Day

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Here’s wishing everyone a happy Valentine’s Day! May you always love and be loved in return!

A gentle reminder: Both Falling for Dallas and My Cupcake, My Love are scheduled to go back to their regular price tomorrow, from 99 cents to $2.99. Be sure to get them at the sale price if you haven’t already downloaded them.

To buy Falling for Dallas, click here: Falling for Dallas

To buy My Cupcake, My Love, click here: My Cupcake, My Love

Another book deal: Falling for Dallas

I was pleased recently to receive an email from Amazon informing me that they were including one of my books in their “Kindle Romance from $0.99 cents” promotion, which will run through February 14. (As an aside, Amazon owns the rights to two of my books because they purchased the backlist from my original publisher.) The book being featured is Falling for Dallas, and you can purchase it for only 99 cents by clicking on the following link: Falling for DallasFallingforDallas

Of course there are many books other than mine that are also available at a reduced price, beginning at 99 cents, and if you’d like to take a look at all of them, just click on this link: Kindle Romance from $0.99

I will also remind you that my Valentine-themed book, My Cupcake, My Love, is on sale for 99 cents until February 15. You can get it at the reduced price by clicking here: My Cupcake, My Love. (And while you’re at it, you may want to order something for your own Valentine. I’ve been looking here: Valentine’s Gift Suggestions)

But no matter whether you buy one of my books or one of the others in the promotion, I hope you find something you enjoy reading. If you’re like me, you don’t want to be caught without something good to read. :-)

Sale: My Valentine-themed book just 99 cents

In honor of Valentine’s Day, I’m reducing the price of My Cupcake, My Love from $2.99 to just 99 cents until February 15.

As you might surmise from the title, My Cupcake, My Love deals with baked goods and a budding romance. Following is a brief synopsis of the book, which you can get for 99 cents on Amazon by clicking on the following link: My Cupcake, My Love

Briana Galen is perfectly content operating her bakery in her hometown of Cedar Hollow, Tennessee, until famous novelist Devin Morris moves back to town with his six-year-old daughter. Devin seems determined to think the worst of Bri, even accusing her of canceling her cupcake decorating class for children just to spite him.

Twitter copyDevin’s move back to the mountains from New York City was designed to comfort his daughter Kaitlin, whose mother deserted her to relocate to Europe with her lover. The last thing Devin wants is to become involved with another self-centered female, and Briana Galen appears to be just that. But if she thinks he’ll let her cancel that cupcake decorating class, she’s got another think coming.

At the same time, who would have guessed that his volunteering to supply Valentine-themed cupcake decorations for Bri’s class would leave him with his own heart pierced by Cupid’s arrow? Now he can only hope that Cupid has Bri in his sights too.

And it’s not too early to look for something for your own Valentine. I’ve been intrigued by some of the offerings in Amazon’s current promotion, which can be found here: Shop Amazon – Top Valentine’s Day Gifts

Holiday books: What’s your preference?

I’ve noticed that readers, including me, enjoy books with a Christmas theme. Sales of these books increase dramatically in December, but they’re also popular throughout the year.

But what about other holidays? Do you enjoy books with a spooky theme around Halloween? Or a love story around Valentine’s Day?

cupcake-web-copyBecause I enjoy Valentine’s Day, I wrote a book entitled My Cupcake, My Love that is a love story with a Valentine’s Day setting. Since February 14 is just a couple of weeks away, I’m planning to reduce the price next week of My Cupcake, My Love from $2.99 to just 99 cents and leave it on sale until February 15.

So if you enjoy holiday-themed books, watch for the sale on My Cupcake, My Love. I’ll announce it here.

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The year the trees froze

It’s difficult to believe the first month of 2014 is drawing to a close. It’s been an eventful month in many ways, but the weather is probably the most universally discussed topic, including the heat and draught in the western part of the country and the miserable cold in my neck of the woods (East Tennessee). The snow, of course, has contributed to weather-related miseries in much of the nation.

Our recent single-digit lows remind me of the night almost 30 years ago when the temperature got down to 24 below zero (air temperature) in my part of the state. (We were the coldest spot in the nation.) The next night was 18 below zero. One effect of that frigid temperature was that the trees froze. I would never have imagined that sort of effect from the cold, but I had to deal with the results for years to come.

As it happened, the previous fall my husband and I had done some extensive landscaping, including planting several dogwoods and a large maple. Although some of our shrubs were killed back to the ground, they came out from the roots and were fine. But the bark on the western-facing side of the trees that had frozen and then thawed was loosened to the point that insects could get under it, creating further damage. I was told that the only hope of saving the trees was to scrape away the loose bark and coat that area with a tree-wound dressing.

But once was far from enough. This procedure had to be repeated on a regular basis until the bark eventually filled back in from either side, which took several years. In spite of the number of hours I spent sitting on the ground scraping away dead bark, I wasn’t able to save all of the trees. In the years that followed, we lost three dogwoods, including a wild one growing in the edge of the woodland behind the house.

So on the frigid nights of this January of 2014, I think back to that January so many years ago and am thankful that for this day at least, I don’t have to worry about the trees freezing.

Forgotten Christmas Tree on sale until Dec. 28

forgotten christmas web copy 3Just a quick note: My fifth Barbourville book, The Forgotten Christmas Tree, is on sale for 99 cents until December 28. Then it will go up to $1.99 for a couple of days, then to $2.99, and finally back to its original price of $3.99. Even if you’re not in the mood for more Christmas reading, buy it for your Kindle at this special price and save it until Christmas of 2014. :-)