Friday, July 31, 2009

Suzanne Brockmann Visits Barnes & Noble's Center Stage

Best-selling author Suzanne Brockmann will be visiting Barnes & Noble's Center Stage next week, August 3 to 7 to talk about to talk about her new release, HOT PURSUIT. The 15th book in her Troubleshooter series, HOT PURSUIT continues the story of her Navy SEALs team favorites, bringing Alyssa Locke back into the spotlight.

Clicking the title of this post will take you straight to Center Stage -- join us!

Barnes & Noble's Mystery Book Club, Featured Titles for August

In August, the Mystery Book Club at Barnes & Noble ( will feature ASKING FOR MURDER by Roberta Isleib and DARK AND DEADLY by Jeanne Adams.

Both authors will be joining us to discuss their books and to respond to your questions and comments. Stop by and join us! (Click the title to access the Mystery Book Club.)

Garden News at Barnes & Noble

Lots of things are happening at GARDEN VARIETY, my new blog for Barnes & Noble at, and at the Garden Book Club.

Recent topics of my GARDEN VARIETY blogs include:

*Make Your Garden a Hummingbird Haven

*A Taste of the Tropics

*Growing Up Green

*What Flower Are You?

*Gnome & Garden

*Landscape Visionary: Jens Jensen

*Sticks & Stones

*Lilies Are Not Always What They Seem

*Emerge From the Ordinary with a Butterfly Garden

What for new posts a couple times a week!

My blog, Sticks and Stones, mentions one of our featured books for August in the Garden Book Club: Richard Louv's groundbreaking book, LAST CHILD IN THE WOODS. It's well worth a read, and if you feel like talking about it, stop by the Garden Book Club!

We also have a very special guest in August: Ellen Dugan, author of several books including our second August feature, the GARDEN WITCH'S HERBAL. I hope you'll stop by to talk to Ellen and learn more about her enticing book!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Suzanne Brockmann at Barnes & Noble, Live on Facebook!

I had the pleasure of meeting Suzanne Brockmann, one of my all-time favorite authors, at the Romance Writers Convention in Washington, DC last week. I will be moderating Suzanne's visit to Barnes & Noble's Center Stage at the first week in August. (More on this later.) You can read more about the RWA convention at Michelle Buonfiglio's Heart to Heart blog at

Get to know Suzanne Brockmann, the bestselling author of the Navy SEALS Troubleshooters series and romantic thrillers like Otherwise Engaged, The Kissing Game, at Barnes & Noble's first-ever Facebook event this Wednesday, July 29, kicking off the release of her latest Troubleshooter's novel, HOT PURSUIT.

The daylong conversation will take place on the Event Wall at Facebook, where Suzanne will answer your questions about her books, her writing, and whatever's on your mind.

RSVP at Facebook (see link below or click the headline to this post) and invite your friends! (The above photo was taken at the Romance Writers Association convention in Washington, DC in July. That's Michelle Buonfiglio of B&N's Heart-2-Heart and Romance B(u)y the Book, Suzanne Brockmann and me.)

Date: Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Time: 12:00pm - 9:00pm

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Barnes & Noble's new GARDEN VARIETY blog debuts

The new GARDEN VARIETY blog debuted today at Barnes and Noble. Check it out, and post a comment. Follow this link or click the title to this blog post:

Now Blogging at Romance B(u)y the Book!

I lead a double life. I write garden books and articles, and I moderate the Garden Book Club at Barnes & Noble's website. Any day now, the new Garden Variety blog will be up, and you'll find my blogs there a couple times a week.

I also am a long-time mystery addict, and I moderate the Mystery Book Club at Barnes & Noble, too.

My love of mystery led me to romantic suspense authors such as Mary Stewart, Dorothy Eden, Evelyn Anthony, Victoria Holt, Anya Seton, Velda Johnston and more. Those authors, in turn, led me to Suzanne Brockmann, Karen Rose, Wendy Corsi Staub, Lisa Jackson, Linda Howard, Lisa Gardner, Anne Stuart, Mariah Stewart, Samantha Graves, Roxanne St. Clair, Brenda Novak and, yes, many more.

I'm also a fan of contemporary romance: Jennifer Crusie, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Lani Diane Rich, Nora Roberts, Kristan Higgins, Toni Blake, Rachel Gibson, Lori Foster, Julie James and -- oh yes, this list does indeed go on and on and on!

Starting this week, mystery and romance converge as I join Michelle Buonfiglio and her new team of contributing editors at Romance B(u)y the Book. My blogs will focus on -- no surprise here -- romantic suspense and contemporary romance. My first blog goes up tomorrow, but Michelle has posted an introduction today:

Stop by and say "hello!"

Saturday, July 04, 2009

Happy Independence Day!

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