July 1, 2016
Welcome to the City of Roses, aka Portlandia, little copy of Sun-Kissed: Effusions of Summer! And more particularly, welcome to my home, Tanglevine Cottage, which has appeared in numerous gardening books and on many garden tours. To our Unknown Winner I say welcome to my garden: your copy has been on a tour of its own on a hot June day, looking for shady places full of flowers and comfy wicker chairs for smelling the roses and curling up with cold sparkling wine and a good story or two, or in this case, eight!
Included with my signature on the title page of my story, "The Incomplete Education of Fitzwilliam Darcy" are three packets of seeds for your sun-kissed garden, Dear Winner. These are all types of plants—sweet william (from the Berlin Botanic Garden), hollyhocks (from East Lambrook Manor in Somerset), and ragged-robin (from the Lost Gardens of Heligan, Cornwall) that Jane Austen could have grown, and surely did, in her garden at Chawton Cottage. I collect seeds as I travel, and am delighted to send these on to you! Happy Planting and Happy Reading!
You have until July 15th to enter the drawing (https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/fe4b73487/) to be the winner of this unique book with all the author and editor signatures and tons of swag from its journey across the continent and two countries. You could be the final stop on this journey.
San Francisco, CA
June 19, 2016
Sun-Kissed is full of the pleasures and promise of summer. So when our fun-loving book headed out on tour, one of its stops had to be in California! Like me, it’s always ready for a little sun and sand—no matter what the calendar says. I couldn’t take the book to Sanditon, where Anne De Bourgh cuts herself a swath in my short story, but this spot looked like the next best thing.
No trip to the San Francisco Bay Area is complete without a pilgrimage to the top of the Marin Headlands, where you can stand in awe of panoramas of the ocean, the bay, the city, and of course the Golden Gate Bridge.
But there’s a lot more to the Bay Area than gorgeous vistas, and I wanted to take Sun-Kissed to meet one of my favorite heroines of days gone by, Rosie the Riveter. Rosie has her own museum in my hometown of Richmond, full of stories of the gutsy women who took care of business while the men were fighting overseas in World War II.
Rosie was kind enough to contribute to the swag pile that Sun-Kissed has been picking up along its journey: she threw in an image of her famous poster as well as a little tin of chocolates—because any romantic short story is better with chocolate!
I think of Rosie, and the heroines of my stories, as “obstinate, headstrong girls,” so we also teamed up to add a T-shirt with that message to the swag pile.
And now it’s time for Sun-Kissed to move along to its next destination, after one last romp in the California poppies.
Morgan K Wyatt
June 8, 2016
The great thing about this time of year in Indiana is so green that is almost hurts your eyes. I decided to take the book on an early morning walk along Potter’s Bridge Park. The park includes a covered bridge that was a marvel when it built. Now, it mainly used as a backdrop for wedding and prom photos.
The Hamilton Fairgrounds hosts everything from the 4-H fair to the Master Gardner’s sale. Sun-kissed: Effusions of Summer had the opportunity to spend time in the rose garden created by the master gardeners.
-Morgan K Wyatt
May 21, 2016
Detroit, Michigan sits on the Detroit River facing Windsor, Ontario right across the way. The Ambassador Bridge is the connection between Detroit and Windsor. Sun-Kissed wanted a road trip across to Canada, but the traffic line for the bridge is waaaay too long today. Poor thing got rained on but it does like prancing in front of the camera.
It's nickname, Motor City, attests to it's history as the place where the automobile industry took root and grew into a big part of modern life with such innovators as Henry Ford, the Dodge Brothers, and Walter Chrysler leading the way. Ford Rouge Plant was the first assembly line factory plant that Henry Ford built and the model A was the first to roll off the line there. That's me with my buddy, Hank Ford. He loves Sun-Kissed. I could tell.
Historic Fort Wayne (not Indiana), was built around the time of conflicts between the United States and Britain during Jane Austen's lifetime. Sun-Kissed posed with a Viet Cong reenactment soldier near the guardshack and gates.
May 1, 2016
Spring has definitely sprung in the Pacific Northwest, and I'm inclined to think that if Spring comes, Summer can't be far behind. Summers in the Pacific Northwest are spectacular--not too hot, not too cold, and glorious sunshine. On any given weekend, you can find my family hiking in the Olympic or Cascade mountains, exploring tide pools by the Salish Sea, or simply enjoying our own backyard not five miles from the Canadian border. And a book is usually in hand (or backpack).