If you are interested in blogging or want to promote your book next year, please contact E. B. Davis at writerswhokill@gmail.com

Our April author interviews: Perennial author Susan Wittig Albert--4/5, Sasscer Hill, horse racing insider--4/12, English historical, cozy author, TE Kinsey--4/19, Debut author, Susan Bickford--4/26.

Saturday Guest Bloggers in April: Heather Baker Weidner (4/1), Christina Hoag (4/8), Susan Boles (4/29). WWK Saturday bloggers write on 4/15--Margaret S. Hamilton and on 4/22--Kait Carson.

Julie Tollefson won the Mystery Writers of America Midwest Chapter's Holton Award for best unpublished manuscript (member category) for her work in progress, In The Shadows. Big news for a new year. Congratulations, Julie.

Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Warren Bull's new Lincoln mystery, Abraham Lincoln In Court & Campaign has been released. Look for the Kindle version on February 3.

Shari Randall's "Pets" will be included in Chesapeake Crimes: Fur, Feathers, and Felonies anthology, which will be published in 2018. In the same anthology "Rasputin," KM Rockwood's short story, will also be published.

Margaret S. Hamilton's short story, "Once a Kappa" was published as a finalist in the Southern Writer's Magazine annual short story contest issue. Mysterical-E published her "Double Crust Corpse" in the Fall 2016 issue. "Baby Killer" will appear in the 2017 solar eclipse anthology Day of the Dark to be published this summer prior to the eclipse in August.

Linda Rodriquez has two pending book publications. Plotting the Character-Driven Novel will be released by Scapegoat Press on November 29th. Every Family Doubt, the fourth Skeet Bannion mystery, is scheduled for release on June, 13, 2017. Look for E. B. Davis's interview with Linda here in June!

Cross Genre Publications anthology, Hidden Youth, will contain Warren Bull's "The Girl, The Devil, and The Coal Mine." The anthology will be released in late November 2016. The We've Been Trumped anthology released by Dark House Press on September 28th contains Warren Bull's "The Wall" short story and KM Rockwood's "A Phone Call to the White House." KM writes under the name Pat Anne Sirs for this volume.

James M. Jackson's 4th book in the Seamus McCree series, Doubtful Relations, is now available. His novella "Low Tide at Tybee" appears February 7 as part of Lowcountry Crimes: Four Novellas, which is available for order.


Saturday, April 30, 2016

A Tropical Spring By Kait Carson

I admit to being green. Green with envy. It’s spring. My favorite time of the year, in the north. Here in Florida spring is much like any other season. We’re seeing the last of the cool weather—there is a projection that the low will be 60 tonight. Positively frigid for a south Florida spring. I’m looking forward to the last breaths of cooler air before the humidity comes in and blankets everything like a 1950s rubber sweat suit.

Recently there have been a lot of blog posts with photos of budding trees and early flowers. My pity party was in full swing before I walked outside and looked around. Spring has sprung in South Florida. Everywhere I looked bushes and ground that had been merely green throughout the fall and winter have burst into bloom. The angel trumpet plant is sprouting its bell shaped flowers. The oleander is beginning to burst into bloom. Bougainvillea is developing its colorful bracts. The colors on the croton are deepening and becoming more variegated. The plumbago, always in bloom to a greater or lesser extent, is bursting at the seams with new growth. Yes, it’s spring in south Florida.
A hearty Florida spring has another benefit for mystery writers. Every single one of the plants I’ve listed above grow in my garden. Each of them is poisonous to one extent or another. Some only from the standpoint of causing nasty rashes in the sensitive. Others…deadly. Motive, means, opportunity, anyone? A cornucopia of beautiful death. Springtime in South Florida.

On a lighter note, I’m attaching a photo of the oak that grows in my back yard. The arborist estimated it could be between four and five hundred years old. Many of Florida’s deadly shrubs and wildflowers, including the deadly castor plant, not currently in bloom, but nestled among the roots, grow in his shadow. The granddaddy oak overseeing his garden of good and evil.


E. B. Davis said...

Great pictures, Kait. I love the colors of spring following brown-gray winter, but I hate the pollen. On Hatteras, we have tree pollen now. I never realized how much pollen can come off evergreens! Deciduous trees evidently aren't the only pollen producers. It makes sense, but I thought I get off easy without them. Nope--Live Oak and Pine give off pollen--then the wind whips it all over my decks and porches. Keep up the spring spirit, and I'm hoping your next book writes itself so I can read it.

Kait said...

Thanks EB! About the write itself...nope, but I am making progress. Pollen here is very seasonal. We are in citrus country and are surrounded by groves. Every spring light yellow dust covers everything for about a month. It's interesting to watch the beekeepers bring in the hives. The sight of people in fields covered from head to toe in white suits becomes normal. Sounds like a plot to me! Mystery plot that is.

Margaret Turkevich said...

I used to sweep the thick yellow pine pollen off the car in Atlanta. And I remember children in southern California eating oleander blossoms and making a fast trip to the ER for an activated charcoal treatment. I used the ASPCA list of plants that harm dogs when identifying and planting our Cincinnati yard.

One of our male dogs had a lust for coneflowers, though I'm not sure what Echinacea did for him.

Kait said...

Getting rid of it was my first thought when I saw the oleander in the yard. Of course, I remember when highway medians were covered with oleanders. It made no impression at the time, but now I wonder what they were thinking!The castor bean plants astounded me when they first popped up. I had no idea what they were and had to ask. I know that castor oil production used to be a viable industry in South Florida back in the day. As a pet owner I wanted to rid the yard of anything remotely toxic to animals. That proved futile, so the mystery writer in me kicked in and I realized just how many innocently useful plants grew in so many gardens. So much opportunity!

Warren Bull said...

Spring in Portland is much longer than spring in Kansas City. My wife and I are going to New Zealand during the fall here, which will be spring there. We will have two long springs this year.

Jim Jackson said...

One of the reasons I winter in Savannah rather than southern Florida is my preference for four seasons. We’ve had a great spring, but now I am heading north and so going back in time. When we reach our northern home, the trees will still be bare and I get to see the budding again.

Kait said...

Warren, how wonderful that you will have two springs! And what a great trip to look forward to. Can't wait to hear about it. Spring in Maine was a wonderful long time too. It began with the crocus poking out from the snow and ended in late May with the leaves in full bloom. There was a period of time that the horizons looked like pointillist paintings. That was my favorite.

Jim - I never think of Savannah as having four seasons, but of course, it does get cold there. In any weather, it is a beautiful city. Have a safe trip north, and enjoy spring again. Sigh, I miss it.

mickibrowning.com said...

Down in the Keys, the color is constant--mostly the bougainvillea with all its wonderful colors. The variegation on leaves may change, adding some yellow or deeper greens, but otherwise, there isn't very much change in the vegetation. Unless, of course, you are like me and leave a container plant in the sun... Wait, brown is a color, right?