Saturday, February 18, 2012

Someone Else's Garden

I recently moved into a new house in DC. The previous owner was an avid gardener and a thick wall of roses encircles our back patio. Since it's been such a balmy winter, the roses keep trying to bloom. The hard part is knowing what to do with them. Cut them back? Or let them bloom? I think the general rule is to cut them back in the fall so they have a nice long rest through the winter. But what if they keep growing and forcing out buds?

The really bizarre part about all of this is that in my Irish romance, The Selkie Spell, the heroine moves into a cliff-cottage where winter roses grow so tall they try to push their way in through the windows at night. Perhaps life really does imitate art?

It's strange getting to know someone else's garden. Trying to figure out what each plant wants and how to care for it. I'm used to starting from scratch with soil, seeds, sun and water. But this time I'm working from someone else's vision. And I need to find a way to make it my own.

What about you? Have you ever moved into a home or inherited a garden from someone else? How did you make it your own?

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Romancing the Valentine Giveaway Hop

Romancing the valentine giveaway hop
Who doesn't want to win a romance for Valentine's Day? To celebrate the month of love, I'm giving away 3 free copies of The Selkie Spell!
About the book:
In this modern-day fairy tale romance, American doctor Tara Moore's life is transformed when she travels to an enchanted Irish island and discovers she has the power to break a 200 year old curse. Desperate to escape a dark and dangerous past, she struggles against a passionate attraction to a handsome islander, Dominic O'Sullivan. But the enchantment of the island soon overpowers her and she falls helpless under its spell. 
To enter to win a free e-copy of The Selkie Spell:
1) Leave a comment about how you discovered your first romance novel, what it was, and why you loved it.
2) If you follow my blog by clicking on the "Join this Site" button to the right, you get brownie points. :)
Winners will be announced on Valentine's Day.
Hop and enter the other giveaways!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Review of Mermaid: A Twist on the Classic Tale by Carolyn Turgeon

Mermaid: A Twist on the Classic Tale
I discovered this book on Goodreads, and couldn't wait to read it. If last week hadn't been so crazy, I would have devoured it in a day. What a stunning retelling of Hans Christian Anderson's classic fairy tale, The Little Mermaid. I was blown away by the quality of the writing, the depth of the story, and the intense emotions of the main characters. Told from the perspective of both the mermaid and the princess, the story takes you on a journey both on land and under the sea, following two women desperately in love with the same man--a prince who can only choose one of them in the end. This achingly beautiful tale reminds us to never stop looking for magic, to search for truth in ancient myths, and to trust, above all, in love.