March is here, and that means spring is near. What a lovely thought. This month brings the switch to Daylight Saving Time on the 8th, St. Patrick’s Day on the 17th, and Palm Sunday on the 29th.
In addition, this is Irish-American Month. Most schools have a spring break this month—applauded by students and teachers. I not only love living in spring, I love writing books set then.
|Bluebonnet photo by Nelda Liles|
One of my books set in spring is BLUEBONNET BRIDE. Pardon me for being immodest, but I love that book. (Okay, I love most of my books.) My friend Nelda Liles gave me the lovely bluebonnet photo for the cover and Hero applied the image of the lovely woman who (in my head) looks like the heroine, Rosalyn. Many of you readers have commented on how much you like the book’s cover. Thank you. If you haven't read the book, here's the link to purchase it. (hint, hint)
In addition, bluebonnets are the Texas state flower and one of my favorite flowers, second only to pink roses. Did you know bluebonnets smell like orange blossoms? Every spring when they bloom along the highways, we see families stopped to take photos of children sitting in the fields of flowers. Picking the flowers from public land is illegal, but smelling them and photographing them is just fine.
Ennis, Texas has an annual Bluebonnet Trail. That’s where Nelda photographed some lovely pictures of fields of bluebonnets. I’ve always wanted to drive that trail, but life always interferes. Le sigh.
Regardless of your politics, Texans have Ladybird Johnson to thank for the wildflowers, including bluebonnets, that grow along Texas highways. She persuaded then Senator Lloyd Bentsen to promote planting wildflowers on highway right of ways. He even promoted it in Washington D.C. for national roadways. The last grass cutting of the year, cutting crews tossed out seeds. For many years, free bluebonnet seeds were available from the State. Amazing what one influential person can accomplish, isn’t it?
I’m not a fan of summer heat, but spring and fall are my times of year. Not too hot, not too cold, just right. We do have violent storms in spring, but we always need the rain they bring. My books often feature extreme Texas weather. BE MY GUEST has a spring flood which strands the heroine on the ranch of the hero. The cover features Jimmy Thomas standing in front of a photo I took of spring flowers. BE MY GUEST is also the first book I had published. Once I recovered the rights from Kensington, I self-published.
As happy as I am to see spring approach, I know all those in the frozen northeast are even more eager to see the end of winter. What a winter they’ve had! In the meantime, stay warm.
What’s your favorite time of year?