Authors in Bloom Blog Hop



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I love growing tomatoes. My favorites are the yellow pear tomato. They’re a variation on the cherry tomato, and are considered a heritage plant.

My favorite gardening tip: To save your favorite tomato for the next years planting, squeeze out some of the seeds onto a clean napkin or paper towel and spread it out. Wait until dry, then store in a sealed container or Ziplock bag.  When you’re ready to plant in either a peat pot, or into potting soil, simply tear out a seed or two (paper towel included) and plant.  Done. Now water and wait.

And while you’re waiting, here’s some lovely almond blooms from around the house where I live. I bought a new camera on Cyber Sunday and waited until early spring, so I could take these photos. 🙂

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Here’s something to help heat up your springtime.
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Blurb: Team Alpha Three’s spaceship is out of power after fighting a wormhole, and parked on the primitive world of Zenevieva. With half the team sick from radiation poisoning, the team commander entrust geologist, Maya Gladstone, to find enough matrix crystals to power up their spacecraft, so they can go home to Earth.
Vach Namaste of the powerful Clan Namaste, a native of the planet, has desired the lovely Maya since she stepped off the spaceship on that astonishing day a year ago. He’s hounded her every step since. As Hymeneal Night approaches, he makes plans to take her as his bride… willing or not.
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Excerpt: As promised, Maya bought another cheap tote so she wouldn’t damage her prize. Then she worked her way through the bazaar, buying supplies for the next day’s trip. As she went from tent to tent, hunting down the few veggies, fruit and other types of food that she could digest, she caught glimpses of the Zeeman following her. She tensed. What does he want with me?
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She stalked completely round one of the tents to come face to face with him. Now’s my chance. “Why are you following me?”
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“What? I don’t know what you mean.” He took a step back.
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Maya grabbed a fistful of his dark brown robes. “Yes, you do. You’ve been dogging my steps from the moment I set foot on your planet.” She suddenly noticed that the young man was bigger than she’d thought. His chest was deep and his shoulders broad. His arms were larger than Bobby’s and he worked out. And here I am, holding him by his clothes.
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He stared at her hand. “I like you and want to get to know you. If you were one of my people, I would woo you.”
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She realized his robe wasn’t made from the rough, homespun fabric used by the common Zeeman. Is he a clan lord?  Maya loosened her grip on the silky material. “Who are you?”
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He moved back and swept his arm down in an elaborate bow. “My name is Vach Namaste of the Namaste clan. It would please me if you remembered it.”
With a flutter of his robes, he hurried away, weaving through the crowd. It wasn’t until he had disappeared that Maya realized that he’d been speaking to her in English.
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Vach finally reached the edge of the bazaar, where he had tied up his steed. He patted its thick neck. “Hey, Brawley.”
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His mount woke up with a snort, then lipped at his hand, demanding a treat. It was still standing in the same place that he left it and no one had bothered it. No one would dare touch a sherakey, not even this sleepy fellow. Reaching into a pouch, Vach dug out a sweet lump for his mount. Giving him the treat, Vach turned to see if the human female had followed.
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She hadn’t.
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He felt disappointed. But she wasn’t of his race and didn’t understand the proper way to act. If she wanted him to woo her, she should have followed him. If she didn’t, then she should have knocked him on his well-bred butt, just like the human guard had suggested.
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Vach had wanted this human female since he saw her step out of the spaceship on that astonishing day a year ago. Her blue eyes drew him closer. Her long, red hair made him want to run his fingers through it. Her curves sent flames of desire flickering through his body. He’d taken to coming into town regularly to stroll by the compound, just to see if she would be there. Today had been one of those rare good days when she was there to follow. He learned a little more about her each time.
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Now he knew she wanted to find something. If he knew what it was, maybe he could find it for her.
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Climbing up on the saddle, Vach clicked his tongue and his mount started down the dusty road toward the Namaste bachelor compound. He contemplated his plan for Hymeneal Night. Vach already knew from eavesdropping at the map seller’s tent that Maya would be out on the desert, all alone.
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And then he’d get his chance to have her.
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I also like to present my Christmas story. A two for one.

My new eBook, Matrix Crystal Christmas, which follows, Matrix Crystal Hunters, is now available: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GJCNBAY
Matrix Crystal Christmas is made up of two short stories (one erotic and one sweet) for the fans of my novel, Matrix Crystal Hunters, who told me that they wanted to know what happened next.
In Crystal Flower Christmas: Vach and Maya are on a mission to undam the Laonooco River for the drought stricken region. As heartache fractures their marriage, will the gift of a crystal flower mend their relationship or break it beyond repair?
In Crystal Clear Christmas: Plague has struck the village of Zama and the citizens blame the only human left on Zenevieva, Maya. Will Vach make the ultimate sacrifice to save his wife?
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 ***For Janice Seagraves’s contest***

***Leave a comment about what you like about spring or gardening along with your email addy***

Contest rules: The prize is an Amethyst Crystal necklace or if you live outside of the US a five dollar or similar amount in the winners country’s currency in a gift certificate to Amazon. The prize is valued at no more than five $5.00 USA dollars. 

Contest starts April 7th and ends April 16, 2014. If no one claims the prize within Forty-eight hours of being notified, then another winner will be selected. No one under the age of eighteen need apply.

***Winners are those who leave the best comment in the comment section and leave an email address*** 

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58 comments on “Authors in Bloom Blog Hop

  1. I grow tomatoes at my house too last year I had a bush that gave me more tomatoes then I knew what to do with! I kept some of the seeds and fingers crossed they do as good as the original plant

    savannahm1987@gmail.com

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  2. I didn’t know you could store the seeds for growing like that. I love tomatoes, fresh and warm off the vine. The vines itself make me itch. I can’t be around them too much. Sometimes the tomato plants get too big and they fall over. We use cages but the tomatoes are still too big. Then I have to touch the plant and I’m running in the house, rushing to the sink. 🙂

    daringzoey at yahoo.com
    Melissa

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    • Hi Melissa,

      I’m sorry to hear that. I love tomatoes. I use cages too to keep the vines upright.
      I’m allergic to summer squash vines: Zucchini & Yellow Crookneck. I can eat them just fine, but it’s when I’d hunt around for the squash, I’d brush my arms against the vines and get a rash.

      Janice~

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  3. Love your post and I am another fellow gardener. I save my seeds every year. Once I get a vegetable I love I must have it again. I also love your excerpts, but I am a big fan already of your work.
    Lynda

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    • Hi Lynda,

      Thank you very much, that’s very sweet.
      Hi fellow gardener. 🙂 I’ve saved certain veggie seeds that I like, but mostly I just buy at the store anymore.

      Janice~

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  4. I don’t love tomatoes a lot. They look great, but somehow I don’t enjoy eating them. But whenever one talks of gardening I remember my childhood days…I used to help my grandma in her hobby of vegetable gardening. I miss those good old days of my life. i know everyone does. 🙂

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    • Hi Ray,

      My grandmother too had a garden, but hers was with her roommate. They raised flowers as well as veggies.
      I cherish those memories, and I bet you do too. 🙂

      Janice~

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  5. I’ve got a stack of cherry and globe tomato seedlings coming up at the moment. When they get a little larger, I’ll separate them. You may have seen my post in my FB the other day…I even have tomato plants growing in my guttering…with loads of cheery cherry toms on them! One of my neighbours gave me a whole lot of their homegrown cherry toms the other day…so I’ve been feasting on those. And my landlords have plants everywhere…I live on the same block of land (3 acres) that they do…I might have to do a couple of midnight raids until my own plants are ready! 😉

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  6. That’s a great tip! I love growing cherry tomatoes. They seem to do better in my yard than regular tomatoes. Love your pictures of almond blossoms. We have two trees that were sold to us as almonds, but the fruit they give looks more like a yellow peach. Not sure if that’s normal or not. LOL! But they sure are pretty in the spring.
    cchant86 @ yahoo.com

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    • Hi Catherine,

      Thank you. 🙂 Cherries are the easiest tomatoes to grow. My favorite is the yellow pear tomato.

      Did you know that peach, almond and nectarines are all closely related? They’ve been developed from the same plant. When my grandmother was young you could eat the peach, then enjoy the pit.

      Janice~

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  7. How I wish I had a green thumb. I love tomatoes and after reading your post I am definitely going to try this. I always imagined it to be too involved but this is great. Thanks Janice for sharing the tip. Love your pics because they are really beautiful. I love Spring because it brings such a happy vibe. Bird song, the smells of all those glorious flowers and the warmer weather. What isn’t to love about Spring. 🙂
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

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    • Hi Carol,

      Thank you. 🙂 I love spring too, and taking photos. I live in the middle of an almond orchard and take photos of the blooms every year.

      Tomatoes are easy and the best plant to start with. They’re talerant of many soil conditions. They just need good soil, six hours of sunlight and water. And then they’ll grow like mad. When I first moved into my current house, I didn’t do anything fancy. I dug a trench, mixed in some soil admindents and started planting. As my tomatoes grew, I tied them to the fence and had more tomatoes than I knew what to do with, LOL.

      Janice~

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  8. I am so ready for the trees and flowers to start budding. We live in the South and it has been a bad winter for us too. Thanks for your giveaway participation in this hop. Great gifts.

    Judy
    magnolias_1(at)msn(dot)com

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  9. Love your gardening tip. And if I had a green (rather than brown) thumb, I would try it. But, plants are in danger in my presence. So I’ll stick to buying those little gourmet tomato medleys from the grocery store. I do patronize farmer’s markets in the summer and love it when I find those beautiful heirloom tomatoes….so good!

    Thanks for the giveaway.

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

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  10. Those pictures are sooo pretty!! Thanks for sharing them!! And I loved the excerpt! Definitely adding the book to my TBR list!!

    The best thing I like about spring is the warmer weather!! I love to sit out on my porch to relax & read,… & I love going & taking walks by the water! =)

    Thank you for having this giveaway!!

    Take care & I hope you have a great day!!

    Brandi
    BLeigh1130 at yahoo dot com

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  11. I like the longer days.

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com
    WordPress: BookAttict

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    • Hi Jeanette,

      Cherries do have the prettiest blooms. 🙂 I don’t think we have dogwood here, so I’ll have to take your word for it.

      I bet both spring and fall are lovely where you live. 🙂

      Janice~

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  12. I love the warmer weather and longer daylight hours. Since I like to cook and can our produce, my vegetable garden inspires quite a few of our meals in the summer. Nothing can beat having fresh tomatoes, basil and garlic!
    sienkiel1821@yahoo.com

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  13. My husband grows the best tomatoes, but doesn’t eat them! More for me!!! I especially enjoy the cherry and Big Boy tomatoes.
    bhometchko(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  14. Hi! Wonderful post! Love the tip! Im a terrible gardener. Thank you for sharing! 🙂
    ​And ​thank you for being apart of this awesome hop!
    shadowluvs2read(at)gmail(dot)com

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