Catch up and Round up!

I've been so busy with family in town, book events, and revising String Theories, that I haven't had time to blog. This one will be a quickie, because I must share a few things.First off, it's the first annual Take Your Child To A Bookstore Day this Saturday, Dec. 4th. How cool is that? I've been taking my daughter to almost every bookstore I've visited, and we have been good for the economy while there. If you're in the DC area, I'll be doing my final appearance at a new indie, Booktopia in Bethesda (5912 Arlington Rd.) on Dec. 11th at 1 pm.  Hope you can make it!Next, I have the most amazing pink camellia blooming in my yard. It bloomed through November, and I'm a little scared to look now, because we just had a pounding rain with wind gusts. Pink camellia is for longing in the language of flowers. Just looking at it makes you long that spring and summer would stay a big longer. The leaves are beautifully glossy, and -- amazingly! -- it has the sweetest, gentlest scent. I will long to see it again next year.

I also want to share a picture of a tussie-mussie I made. I've had great fun sharing the language of flowers with schools, garden groups, and book clubs.  It's fun to explore the relationship between humans and flowers through history.  Yes, I'm a geek.

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Isn't it lovely? And I usually give it to someone in the audience who is celebrating something that week.

And, if you're in the Washington, D.C., area, don't miss the U.S. Botanic Garden's annual display. I took my family, nieces, sisters, etc. over Thanksgiving, and it's lovely.  They have all the Washington monuments in miniature plus fabulous sites around the world, such as the Taj Mahal, with mini trains running around and over and through them. I love this place!

See what I mean? Charming!!  Check back soon, because I'll be giving away an ARC of Lauren Oliver's Delirium soon.