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Goodreads Giveaway for Till Dirt Do Us Part

There are only a few days left to enter for your chance to win a print copy of Till Dirt Do Us Part on Goodreads this month! To enter, click on the banner below and good luck! It looks like a hurricane might be heading my way, so as Hurricane Hal from the Pecan Bayou Series would say, it looks like time to “hunker down”.

Till Dirt Do Us Part is my seventh book in the Pecan Bayou Series and one I really enjoyed writing.

Not everything stays buried. When Betsy, a notorious brown thumb gets roped into a gardening contest sponsored by the Pecan Bayou Gazette, she finds herself digging up more than weeds. She is ridiculed by the garden club ladies, and now her heart breaks for a newly single mom whose world has just collapsed. The Happy Hinter is back so take some time to revisit the cozy little town Pecan Bayou, Texas. Grab a glass of sweet tea before you turn the dirt in the garden and sit a spell with all your favorite characters who dole out heartfelt caring and compassion with a side of humor. Till Dirt Do Us Part includes bonus recipes and helpful hints from Betsy’s column!

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Till Dirt Do Us Part is my seventh book in the Pecan Bayou Series and one I really enjoyed writing. I hadn’t written a Pecan Bayou novel in a couple of years, and the characters were like coming home.  Of course, I kept up with them through my contributions to the Happy Homicides Anthologies where Betsy, the Happy Hinter has more murders to solve, in fewer pages. Till Dirt Do Us Part centered around gardening and yes, I’m an amateur, but quite an often-failing gardener.

What’s that line in Steel Magnolias? Older southern ladies are supposed to grow tomatoes? Weezer words to live by.

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“Betsy, darlin’, I don’t know how you get yourself into these messes.” Aunt Maggie stood in the bright sunshine as a parade of ants made their way up the sidewalk. My yard held the charms of glorious red oak trees and a nice patch of grass. My family’s addition to the outdoor area included a yellow-and-blue swing set and a little red wagon with our sons’ bikes precariously leaned against it. From today on, we would look at this green space differently. Now my yard held a brand-new garden. I pulled my chestnut-brown hair back into a ponytail. I was overdue for a cut, but there just never seemed to be time to get down to the Best Little Hairhouse in Texas.

TDDUP.COVER“I think it can be surmised in one word and one word only. Rocky.” Rocky Whitson was my boss and a major pain in the asparagus at the Pecan Bayou Gazette. Our little paper covered all the news in our tiny Texas town, and when there wasn’t any news, Rocky made an effort to create some. His latest idea was to have the “Best Garden in Pecan Bayou” contest. Of course, he decided that in my position as the Happy Hinter, the writer of the local helpful hints column, I too should participate and give him reports “in the field.” I just wished I didn’t have to be in an actual field. My job would be to turn in weekly reports highlighting the ups and downs of being an amateur gardener. Amateur being the operative word. Was I a gardener? Did I anxiously await the fresh crinkle of seed catalogs every January? Did I love the sound of bees buzzing in the morning?


I was notorious for killing plants. It was so bad that my children gave me fake flowers on Mother’s Day. Still, here I was in the backyard of my home with a brand-new set of planter boxes and the entire shelf of gardening books from the Pecan Bayou library, including the official Texas gardening manual.

I clumsily tried to turn the pages of the manual with my new green plastic-coated gardening gloves. I picked them because they had vegetables printed in the soft cotton material of the gloves. Maybe I could cause the brightly colored carrots and broccoli to somehow encourage the real plants I would try to grow. “According to the manual, we should put the tomatoes over there in the bright sun.”

Aunt Maggie held her hand up to her eyes as she surveyed the patch of the yard we were now calling the garden. “Well, your boxes look good. Leo and Judd did a great job putting them together. All you need now is plenty of sunshine, water, and maybe a little fertilizer now and again. You can’t have the beauty without a little poo-ty. It should be lovely, dear.”

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May 5 – Valerie’s Musings – INTERVIEW
May 5 – Island Confidential – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

Till Dirt Do Us Part Free on Kindle- Tour Day 4


It’s Day Four! Thank you for such an excellent response from my newsletter subscribers.  Are you signed up for my newsletter? Find out about new releases, free days on Kindle, coupons and discounts. Click Here to sign up for my newsletter and get a free copy of A Heart for Murder, a Pecan Bayou novella.

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Here are some great tour hosts to visit today.

May 4 – Cassidy’s Bookshelves – SPOTLIGHT
May 4 – Sleuth Cafe – SPOTLIGHT
May 4 – The Self-Rescue Princess –  CHARACTER INTERVIEW
May 4 – Community Bookstop – REVIEW 
Goodreads #Mysteryweek

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The reviews are growing and so are the downloads! If you have already downloaded Till Dirt Do Us Part for free–Thank You! If you haven’t Go Here and get your FREE copy. Reviews are always appreciated!

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Todays travels include an interview, two reviews and see who’s talking over at Holland Reads.

May 2 – A Blue Million Books – INTERVIEW
May 2 – Bookworm Mom – REVIEW
May 2 – Babs Book Bistro – REVIEW
May 2 – A Holland Reads – CHARACTER GUEST POST
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Come Along for the Till Dirt Do Us Part Book Tour!

I’m on tour today to celebrate five FREE DAYS for Till Dirt Do Us Part! Here is my schedule for May 1.

Here is my schedule for May 1.

May 1 – Laura’s Interests – REVIEW
May 1 – Brooke Blogs – CHARACTER GUEST POST
May 1 – I Read What You Write – REVIEW
I am also participating in Goodreads Mystery Week during the tour!
Read my answer to the mystery question: What mystery in your own life could be a plot for a book?