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The gift that keeps on giving

When I first moved into this house, when it was still a mess of boxes and unpacked chaos, my friend Deb dropped around, bearing two plants she’d propagated herself.  Zygocactus, or as many people call them, Christmas Cactus. (But since they flower in late autumn early winter here and Christmas comes in summer, I don’t call them that.)

A few weeks later the first one started to flower, this gorgeous soft pink one. Up to then, the only flowers I’d seen were on my mum’s plants, which were all the same, a kind of hot pink. I liked these ones much better.

I kept them indoors until they’d finished flowering, then put them out on the deck, where they get whatever the weather sends them, including rain

Now, a year later, the pink one is in flower again, so I’ve brought it inside. I know that when it’s almost finished flowering, the red one will begin to bloom. On these grey and gloomy days, the splash of color is such a joy.

They’re very easy to propagate, I found. Last year a couple of the little links fell off the red one, and I poked them into a bit of potting mix in a little pot, and they’ve grown and it looks like they’ll even flower this season. Another friend has expressed interest in the cuttings.

I’m now keeping an eye out for different forms and colors.

Do you propagate plants? What’s your favorite?

More about the Perfect Kiss

Just a reminder — from 3rd June to 9th June the e-book of THE PERFECT KISS is on a Bookbub special, costing $1.99 instead of the usual price of $7.99

If you’d like to read an excerpt of THE PERFECT KISS  click here. It’s the hero and heroine’s first meeting.

And if you’d like to see some of the images that helped inspire the story click here. And see the snippet below.

The stairs
I’d written about the stairs with the dips made by generation of feet long before I found this image on the web.

One of the primary schools I attended as a child was quite old — one of the earliest built in Victoria, my state — and I was fascinated to see the dips in the steps made by generations of children climbing them.

It gave me a small thrill each time I fitted my feet into those dips, thinking of children more than a hundred years ago doing the very same thing. So I put them in THE PERFECT KISS and much later was thrilled to see this image of a cathedral with the same sort of worn stone steps.

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Another BookBub special

My publisher has just informed me that the e-book of  THE PERFECT KISS is coming up on a Bookbub special, starting some time after June 2 until June 9th (US dates).  (Check the price before you buy — not all bookstores post at the same time.)

However I know that in the past some people have missed out and been disappointed, because this blog has been emailed to subscribers too late for them to grab the special price.— 

This blog is emailed out automatically and I have no control over it, so the best way to ensure you get notified of these specials is to follow me on Bookbub. It’s just a quick click and a tick, and you’ll never miss out again. You can follow other authors too and get their specials.

Here’s a little more about THE PERFECT KISS:  “To rescue her friend from a loveless marriage, a daring woman dons a disguise and finds herself captivated by a mysterious rake in this “perfect Regency romance”* from award-winning author Anne Gracie.”  —Google Books.

RITA Finalist 2008 (Historical) Romance Writers of America

Nominated for Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award for Innovative Historical Romance

“A powerfully emotional, steal-your-heart story… This magical romance not only warms your heart, it raises your temperature too. Brava!” — Romantic Times Top Pick, & K.I.S.S. (Knight in Shining Silver) Award

“Another totally perfect Regency romance from this talented author.” — Fresh Fiction.

THE PERFECT KISS is a warm and witty conclusion to a wonderful series” — Romance Reviews Today.

“Romance at its best… I was captivated by this story … Rush out and pick up this book you won’t be disappointed.” — Romance Junkies

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