It's probably Maleficent's favorite tree

Hi all! Happy Thanksgiving if you live in the States, just a general happy fall if you don’t. Look at this great tree I discovered in my research:

Spindle tree. Photo by Stanmoon. Image source: Wikimedia Commons.

It’s called a spindle tree and it has really unique fall colors.

I know the blog’s been a little quiet. That’s because all my time is going to revising my next book, Sweet Disorder. I’ll still be around on tumblr, twitter, and facebook though, even if less than usual. (Links to me on those are in the sidebar at the left.)

I’m so thankful right now for all your support. I wouldn’t be where I am today without all of you. You rock! Olivia Waite did a post about how thankful she was for readers that about sums up how I feel.

7 thoughts on “It's probably Maleficent's favorite tree”

  1. Happy Thanksgiving Rose! 😀 I’m excited about new books. 😉 BTW, if you have any suggestions that I should add to my Christmas list, let me know, I’m trying to build a list.

      1. That’s a good question. I give book lists as ideas for Christmas and birthday presents, and there were complaints last year that the books were too hard to find. 😉 I love your books and seem to enjoy many of the same type stories, so really, anything that really stood out that you think I might like. (Except maybe zombie books, I’m not big on zombies…)

        1. I’m not big on zombies either! At least, I don’t mind zombies, but I don’t like horror and zombies are usually horror. When they get to be mild Gothic fun like vampires, I’ll probably be all over it.
          I’ve been raving about this book all over the internet, but if you haven’t read “The Dragon and the Pearl” by Jeannie Lin, it should definitely go on there. Ditto for (sorry if we’ve already talked about any of these books, I can’t remember it but I have a terrible memory–I’m pretty sure we’ve talked about Joanna Bourne, Meredith Duran, Tessa Dare, Sherry Thomas, and Courtney Milan, but if not, their books should go on this list):
          Season for Temptation by Theresa Romain
          the Mercy Thompson books by Patricia Briggs
          The Raven Prince by Elizabeth Hoyt
          The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie by Jennifer Ashley
          Susanna Fraser’s stuff, but it’s only available in e-formats, I’m not sure how that would work as gifts
          I’ve heard amazing things about Driven by Eve Kenin (dystopian future ice trucker romance) and No Proper Lady by Isabel Cooper (time travel romance) but haven’t found time to read either yet
          and some non-romances:
          Demon’s Lexicon, Demon’s Covenant, and Demon’s Surrender by Sarah Rees Brennan
          The Dresden Files mystery series by Jim Butcher (Harry Dresden is a P.I., and the only wizard in the Chicago phonebook)
          the Marcus Didius Falco mystery series by Lindsey Davis (noir PI stuff set in ancient Rome, I love my genre tropes)
          the Oracle Glass by Judith Merkle Riley (sort of a romance, but historical fiction really—I LOVE LOVE LOVE this book)
          the Temeraire books by Naomi Novik (Aubrey/Maturin but with dragons)
          The Perilous Gard by Elizabeth Marie Pope (this one’s another romance-but-really-historical-fiction, it’s a retelling of Tam Lin set in the Elizabethan Era and it’s AWESOME)
          The Dress Lodger by Sherri Holman (gritty Dickensian stuff about grave robbers, prostitution, poverty, and the cholera epidemic of 1831)
          Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
          You probably already read Discworld, but if not, do! The first book (The Color of Magic) isn’t really that similar to the rest of the series but probably you should start there…from there my favorite strand of the series is the Night Watch, the first couple books being, I think, “Guards, Guards” and “Men at Arms.”
          An Inconvenient Wife by Megan Chance (disturbing early psychiatry/Gilded Age stuff, really really brilliant, I love everything this author’s written–her romance backlist is amazing too but probably falls in the “hard to find” category although it’s all available on Kindle–my favorites are “Candle in the Dark” and “Fall from Grace”)
          The Snarkout Boys and the Avocado of Death by Daniel Pinkwater (YA)
          The Ironside and Curse Worker serieses by Holly Black (YA urban fantasy)
          any of Graham Robb’s nonfiction–if you like biographies, his Rimbaud is AMAZING (his Hugo is also amazing, but it’s very long and I’m not the biggest Hugo fan so I only got halfway through), and he’s got two great books about rural France and Paris (at least, I’m assuming the Paris one is great, I’m partway through the rural France one now and have both on my Kindle), but my favorite is Strangers: Homosexual Love in the 19th Century.
          I COULD GO ON. 🙂 Let me know if you end up reading any of it!

          1. Yay! Thanks. 🙂 I’m so excited.
            I have read and enjoyed the Dresden Files (I haven’t read the last one yet, but the rest). And I LOVE Pratchett! 🙂 Hopefully I’ll be able to sit down and make up the list tonight. Thank you for the wonderful suggestions!

  2. Ooh, a spindle tree! We have one in our garden. In German it’s called Pfaffenhütchen (diminuitive of “parson’s hat”), which is more evocative, but probably too cute for Maleficent to approve of.

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