I hope everyone is having a beautiful summer so far! I have book news, appearances, and garden pictures to share.
First, I have finally committed to writing an e-newsletter. You can subscribe here on my website, and each newsletter will include exclusive news, book releases and fun happenings. The sign-up process is easy and your email will never be shared. Also, I'm writing each letter personally, so at this time I'm only planning to send four a year. Quarterly is such a lovely word, isn't it? Much like the changing of the seasons. My summer newsletter will be sent soon.
I am so thrilled to share with you that Koko's Journal, along with the illustrations, will be included in Summer Moon, and available September 30, 2014. I can't thank my editor and publishing house enough for all the extra work they put into making this happen. The drawings will be in black and white, but you can read the excerpts and view the paintings in color on my website...
|Illustrations from Koko's Journal found in Summer Moon scattered around my desk.|
|Koko's Journal excerpt of Luc, the hero in Summer Moon.|
A few minor changes were made to the cover of Summer Moon but it's finalized, and I simply love it, so I'm going to share it yet again.
|Cover illustration by Gordon Crabb|
Cover design by Diana Kolsky
In the Garden:
On another subject, but one I adore, my garden is in full bloom, and this is my favorite time of year in Maine. So here's a summer toast, if you will, starting with the first bouquet of summer arranged in a champagne glass.
|A toast to summer.|
My favorite planter of the year is this following basket. I had a hodgepodge of leftover annuals I needed to use, so I planted them all together in a basket and they seem quite happy with the situation.
|A basket of flowers.|
I love pairing growing vines that flower at the same time. This first one is an example of one I like. It's honeysuckle and clematis.
|Honeysuckle and clematis pairing.|
|Clematis twisted around delphinium.|
Every year I trim the Dutchman's pipe vine away from the garden bell, and every year it finds its way back. It's so beautiful that I usually let it stay the season. Elen, my female protagonist in book 3 of the Celtic Wolves Series, has a gift with plants and I am using my own garden as inspiration for her character.
|Dutchman's pipe vine around the garden bell.|
|Dutchman's pine vine arching over the garden gate.|
Wherever you are, I hope you're enjoying your summer!
All my best,