Authors in Bloom Blog Hop

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Hello to everyone!

It’s time for the Authors in Bloom blog hop. Make sure you leave a comment with your email address so you can be entered in the grand prize.

I love gardening, but living in Phoenix, we usually have to start our garden in January. Given that January was the month of disasters, we missed planting our tomatoes so we decided to focus on the planting beds around the pool. Both hubby and I decided that we would focus on desert (low water) plants and those that could serve another purpose besides just looking good.

But first we wanted to experiment. Part of the disaster in January was a water leak so we excavated the bed near the house and filled it with sand, soil and bark. Then hubby decided to try planting bulbs. We were expecting lots of rain this winter, and yet, no, it’s been bone dry for months. So thanks to the hose, we’ve finally achieved sprouting:


Across the pool, we managed to find some literature on grape vines and finally cut the thing back at the right time. Now, it’s taking off and we hope to get some grapes.


Next to it is my mini rose bush. This is my contribution to save the bees that come to my pool to drink. And hey, you can make tea.


I finally got around to replanting our nearly dead Aloe vera from a crowded planter to the ground. I don’t care how much sun screen I slather on, I always end up burned, and bonus more flowers. Although the hummingbirds usually harvest these.


And lastly is our pomegranate bush. I love these fruits, and this year it looks like we’ll have a bumper crop. BTW, that fence behind it is over six feet tall.


Well, that’s it for my garden. In my latest release, my heroine dreams of a summer garden where she can put up lots of fruits and vegetables to feed her new family.

KissandaDreamGretchen Foltz escapes the workhouse with a dream of a family and a dead woman’s name. Reeling from his wife’s betrayal, widower Kian Byrne is struggling to keep his children out of his rich in-law’s clutches. Gretchen and Kian will forge a desperate alliance until an innocent kiss leaves them yearning for more. Can they untangle the lies before someone separates them forever?

Here’s the link if want more:

It’s currently only 99cents or free for KU folks.


GIVEAWAY: Now for the fun part of the blog hop. I’m giving away a $15 USD amazon gift card to one lucky winner. You can enter one of three ways: follow me on Facebook, my amazon page, or join my newsletter (only subscribers to my newsletter will receive a free e-copy of Hearts in Barbed Wire). Each action equals one entry for the GC drawing, so let me know which one(s) you did. Winners will be announce April 18th.

And please leave a comment with your favorite item to plant with your email address to be considered for the grand prize.

Good luck!

Now, hop along to the next one on the list for more great prizes.

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About Linda Andrews

Linda Andrews lives with her husband and three children in Phoenix, Arizona. When she announced to her family that her paranormal romance was to be published, her sister pronounce: "What else would she write? She’s never been normal." All kidding aside, writing has become a surprising passion. So just how did a scientist start to write paranormal romances? What other option is there when you’re married to romantic man and live in a haunted house? If you’ve enjoyed her stories or want to share your own paranormal experience feel free to email the author at She’d love to hear from you.
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34 Responses to Authors in Bloom Blog Hop

  1. sherry butcher says:

    I love roses and have 3 in bloom now. Thanks for sharing.

  2. grandmatina says:

    Liked your facebook page #422 follow you on Amazon Tina joined your newsletter.. grandmatinaof2(at) Thank you.

  3. throuthehaze says:

    Liked on FB: Rae Pavey
    I like planting cucumbers.
    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

  4. Zana712 says:

    I like to plant anything. Watching life form and grow,, even in plant life is such a rewarding and hopeful feeling.

  5. Shannon Oneill says:

    I did all 3.
    FB Shannon Marie O’Neill
    Amazon Shannon O’Neill

  6. ACM (@acm05) says:

    I don’t plant anything, I’ve got worse than a brown thumb.


  7. ACM (@acm05) says:

    BTW, I follow on FB Anne M. and Amazon.

  8. Savannah Miller says:

    I like to plant veggies :). The main reason is it always feels good to serve my family food that I grew with my own hands!!

  9. Amber Ag says:

    Tulips are my favorite flower so I enjoy planting them. Thank you! 🙂
    I did all 3:
    -followed you on fb
    -followed you on Amazon
    -signed up for your newsletter

    kissedbymidnight AT

  10. Melissa says:

    Hi 🙂 I liked your page on facebook. Thanks for the giveaway!

  11. Carly Carson says:

    I don’t garden. I fear seeing worms. No joke. But I admire my husband’s efforts!

  12. Alisha Sienkiel says:

    My favorite things to plant are garlic and cherry tomatoes!

    liked on Facebook as S Alisha Sienkiel
    sienkiel1821 at yahoo dot com

  13. Linda Trinklein says:

    I have never garden myself ( but my dad always did a great job grow us food) !
    Thank you for the great post!

    Im a new follower on Facebook!
    Linda Trinklein

  14. Linda Trinklein says:

    Im following on amazon too!!
    Linda Trinklein

    thanks again!

  15. Very pretty garden pictures!!! cchant86 @

  16. Sandra Watts says:

    This year I am going to plant some peppermint. I am hoping it will deter some rodents from coming inside our home. I heard it is supposed to work.

  17. tfs93 says:

    FB- Tia Sills Dalley

    I followed you

    videoclimber at yahoo dot com

  18. Laura Bradley says:

    Followed on FB: Name is Laura Bradley

  19. Laura Bradley says:

    Followed on Amazon as Laura Bradley

  20. Beth T. says:

    I just signed up to receive your blog posts by email–I hope that’s the same as your newsletter, as it was the only sign up I could find.

  21. Beth T. says:

    My favorite thing to grow is roses.

  22. Michele Hayes says:

    I have several peony plants that I hope come back this spring. I like you on facebook, following on amazon and signed up for your newsletter.
    (mybeach52 at yahoo dot com)

  23. My favorite item to plant has to be popcorn. I’m still enjoying our bountiful harvest from last summer! blueberrycrisp@gmail dot com

  24. bn100 says:

    plant roses
    followed on Amazon
    signed up for newsletter

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  25. rsbrandt44 says:

    My favorite thing to plant is onions. I love it when they bloom.
    rsbrandt44 (at) hotmail (dot) com

  26. rsbrandt44 says:

    Followed you on Amazon (Richard Brandt)
    rsbrandt44 (at) hotmail (dot) com

  27. Deborah says:

    My favorite item to plant is perennial flowers and lots of vegetables…cucumbers, lettuce, tomatoes, bok choy, etc

    I Follow you on Facebook.

    Happy Spring!

    sprocket 215 at g mail dot com

  28. ELF says:

    I signed up for the newsletter. I love the idea of you trying to give traffic directions to wayward owls, and I have also seen plenty of raccoons in an urban area (they can be a problem because of the parasites they carry), they enjoy dry cat food kibble and some will even play with string like a cat! elewkf1 at yahoo dot com

  29. Leah Shumack says:

    I like you on FB (Clair Freebie) and my favorite thing to plant are roses! So pretty!! lshumack at gmail dot com

  30. amy bowens says:

    I Love Lilacs. Thanks for sharing Liked on facebook and following on amazon. (under amy bowens) amybowens34(at)yahoo(dot) com

  31. BookAttict says:

    My favorite thing to plant is night blooming jasmine.
    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth(at)bookattict(dot)com (subscribed)
    Facebook: Elizabeth Hyatt
    Pinterest: BookAttict
    WordPress: BookAttict

  32. Thank you everyone who entered and participated in the blog hop. has selected Richard as the winner of the gift card. I hope to see everyone next year for some more great gardening tips.

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