Hi, I'm with the GOLD TEAM, bling bling.

Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! This bi-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors...and a chance to win some awesome prizes! At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize--one lucky winner will receive one book from each author on the hunt in my team! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 72 hours!

Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are eight contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the GOLD TEAM--but there is also a red team, an orange team, a gold team, a green team, a teal team, a blue team, a purple team, and a pink team for a chance to win a whole different set of books!

If you'd like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page.

Directions: In my blog post HERE, I've hidden my favorite number. (Actually it is in plain sight.) Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the GOLD team, and then add them up (don't worry, you can use a calculator!).
Entry Form: Once you've added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.
Rules: Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian's permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by SUNDAY, OCTOBER 8, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.
MY BLOG POST WITH THE LUCKY NUMBER IS RIGHT AT THE TOP OF MY BLOG. Come on over and meet Selene Castrovilla, she's a damn good writer, you have no idea.


Get my free book on Instafreebie!

This book is FREE at Instafreebie, guys! I wrote this back in ... geez, clear back in 2012, and actually read the first chapter at my graduate reading at Hamline University, where I got my MFAC in writing for children. But I'm giving away this novel because I need to make a fresh start with it. I plan to write a trilogy from this. The first novel will be Gabe's, the horse -- and I just realized that I did not include the story of his transformation into a horse. He's the first guy that changed. The second novel will be Leila's, and she's the mountain lion. The third novel will be Meira's, the raccoon, and her brother Nathan.

Fun fact: I started writing Seraphim when I was pregnant with my son, and my daughter (who was 10 at the time) was very happy to FINALLY get a baby brother. Meira and Nathan, the sis/bro duo in the book, have the kind of relationship I wanted my kids to have. And you know, they do, though there's more yelling. I need to fix that in the novel. 🙂

Anyway, be looking for the new Seraphim trilogy next year, I HOPE.


Gardening Books

I worked in horticulture for 20+ years, and now I write gardening books. It's a little easier on the back.

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YA and MG novels

I write novels for readers in middle school, high school, and college.

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Civil War books

I also write about Civil War history, but I plan to add some Harry Truman books to this stack at some point.

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Those Black Wings is out and it's one of my favorites.

Those Black Wings is now available in Kindle and also in paperback! And I just got a beautiful review on Goodreads -- somebody understands me!

Kay Bachmann leaps into her freshman year of college, eager to start fresh and be the girl she’s always wanted to be. She meets Carter, who falls for her like a skydiver with a busted parachute. He sweeps her away in a whirlwind romance, and before Kay can think straight, they’re going on dates. But when Kay discovers a family secret, she starts looking at the relationship with new eyes.
Then she meets her old friend Wyatt again – who she’s loved desperately for so long. Kay tries to break free of Carter, but he raises the emotional ante and attempts suicide right in front of her. That act pulls her right back to his side.
Kay knows she cannot stay with Carter. She knows that his next attempt may be fatal. But she wants, above all, to live her life on her own terms – not on somebody else’s.

Buy a copy! Heck, buy five copies and give 'em to your friends. If you don't like the book, give 'em to your enemies.

(And, hint hint, if you review this book and send a screenshot of your review to me at rosefiend@gmail.com, I can send you another free ebook to review. Seriously. I need reviewers like you wouldn't believe.)


Seven books in the Easy-Growing Gardening series

I worked over half my life in horticulture -- but now I work inside in the air-conditioning. You cannot believe how much I love AC. It's been 95 degrees all week, with a relative humidity of 95%. I'm very happy to work inside, believe me.

But I still miss my plants and roses, so I've been writing book after book to pass along everything I've learned so far and people really seem to appreciate the skills I'm passing on.

My newest book is Leave Me A Lawn, which will make seven books. Boy, I love writing these books and getting to make bad puns.

Find all my Easy-Growing series here!

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