Thursday, April 29, 2010

Ready for Mother's Day?

The high winds in Albuquerque today are playing havoc with our blooming irises. One with three large blooms was blown to the ground, so I clipped it and made it an indoor cut flower. It looked so nice I photographed it and posted it on Facebook. See?

My highly talented artist friend, Cullan Hudson, liked it, so I gave him the photograph. He added a great background and enhanced it to look like this:

He liked it so much, he turned it into a series of Mother's Day gifts here: Mother's Day Iris Gifts.

Bottom line: My rescued purple iris is now famous, all thanks to this annoying wind and my talented friend.

Moral: When Mother Nature slaps you (or your irises) around, take a picture.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

5 Days in AZ

We returned yesterday from a quick trip to Sedona and Tucson. Both places were having record cold weather, but we still managed to have a great time. In Sedona, we got in a nice hike up Mount Doe before a snowstorm hit. Beautiful. Lots of green this year.

It was a great hike. See how happy we were?

Then Jack and I pushed on to Tucson. One day we drove to the top of Mt. Lemmon. What views! Here's one from part way up.

At the top is a very small and picturesque ski resort. I tried unsuccessfully to befriend the local feline. She was either pregnant or old (I'm a terrible judge of cats), so I didn't push it, but she still added to the charm of the little resort.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Cover contest

I've loved Dark Knowledge's cover since I first saw it. The artist, Renee Rocco, did a great job of capturing the feel of the novel.

The cover was recently selected as a finalist in a contest. Take a look and vote for your favorite cover over at Susan Whitfield's blog.

And while I'm on the subject of Susan's blog, here's a direct link to my interview with her: My Horror with Heart Interview.

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Struck book signing in Old Town Albuquerque

I haven't had a book signing since Halloween, so I'm already looking forward to the one this Saturday. It'll be at a favorite independent bookstore. Here are the details:
Saturday, April 10th
1 PM to 3 PM
Treasure House Books & Gifts
2012 South Plaza NW
Old Town Albuquerque
(opposite the church)
It's predicted to be sunny and mid-70's, so it'll be a great day to stroll around Old Town, sit under a tree or on a park bench, and read your freshly signed copy of Struck.

If you want a teaser, read a couple chapters by clicking here. Hope to see you Saturday.

Monday, April 05, 2010

Today's Hero of the Treadmill

I missed most of my runs last week (I ran once instead of my usual 4 or 5 times), and I thought I might cut today's run short. Then this song came on. Love running to this beat.