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 YA novels, whether fantasy or realistic, as well as a few MG novels for younger readers.

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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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THE FLAME OF BATTLE will be available in late May!

USA Today bestselling author Pauline Creedon and I will be publishing a novel together in May!

This will be the beginning of the Dragonriders of Skala series, called THE FLAME OF BATTLE.

It will have Vikings and dragons and bloody battles all over the place. You’ll see courage and valor and a young commander who rides dragons, leads armies, and is absolutely devoted to her little sister.

Here are the first two chapters of THE FLAME OF BATTLE. If you like what you see, take a look at my blog and I’ll give you a bunch of sample chapters – and a link to the preorder page once we get our cover! (The cover designer had a death in the family and that has slowed the process -- thanks for your patience while we wait for the final product.)

 

In the flame of battle, even the innocent get burned…

Dyrfinna is a born commander. She bests her peers in dragon riding, sword fighting, and battle strategy. So when the Queen calls the people of Skala to battle to revenge her murdered daughter, Dyrfinna outfits a ship and brings a crew.

Once in the field, Dyrfinna leads her troops to victory in a series of hard-fought battles over overwhelming odds. Yet a commander is raised over her, and because of his clumsy leadership, a horrifying disaster decimates a quarter of the Queen’s army. The commander unfairly blames a second disaster on Dyrfinna. She is denied her job as a dragonrider -- the work she's trained for all her life, her heart's desire.

That’s when the wrong stroke of her sword undoes everything that Dyrfinna has ever worked for, earns her the fury of her friends ... and exile to certain death.

But you can't keep a true warrior down. When things are darkest, a flame rises out of the desolation.

Dyrfinna crop

Butterfly Chaos has a new cover!

There's Cassie and her tornado, and I love this. Molly at We Got You Covered created this cover for me. Isn't it a pistol?

I'll be starting some promotions for this book now that we have a beautiful cover for it -- stay tuned.

Butterfly Chaos is available on Amazon and CreateSpace.

Three months after her cousin Toni died, Cassie is still reeling. Toni’s best friend now ignores her in the halls. Cassie’s cousin is dating the girl who torments her in gym. And Cassie has maybe a teeny-tiny crush on the boy who pulled Toni’s body out of the river.

Then Toni’s ghost visits Cassie and reveals that in two nights, a powerful EF3 tornado will rip into a dance hall, killing those three kids.

Cassie sets out to keep everyone from going to the dance. As she argues and cajoles (and stockpiles illegal munitions to clear the building) she uncovers stories about her friends’ connections with Toni – and all the reasons they refuse to skip this awesome dance. Why does everyone have to be so bullheaded! Despite everything Cassie does to change their destiny, they find themselves directly in the killer tornado’s path....

Fans of Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt, Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu, or choice-driven games like Life is Strange will love this book.

(P.S. 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.)

Nine 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 reading books from somebody who has actually spent time in a garden. I don't blame them; I'm the same way about gardening books.

 Leave Me A Lawn, and is the seventh book in the Easy-Growing Gardening series. I love writing these books and coming up with bad puns for the titles.

The eighth book is Japanese Beetles and Grubs, and I've dug through archives and scientific writings to find the best control methods for these destructive beetles. The ninth book is Stay Grounded, and the motto of this book is "Feed the soil and the soil will feed you."

The tenth book will be about Gardening Life Hacks! So watch this space!

Find all my Easy-Growing series here!

 

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