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January 30, 2008  
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  • Book Report
  • Out and About
  • Lifescapes & the Pecan Springs Journal
  • All About Thyme
  • Herb Snips
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    Book Report
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    Get an Early Peek into Nightshade
    Go here to discover some surprising facts about the fascinating nightshade family, check out a recipe, and read the first chapter of Susan's upcoming novel. The book, China's sixteenth adventure, will be in your local bookstore the first week of April. Or you can preorder your very own signed copy here.

    Susan's Podcasts Susan's Podcasts
    If you haven't yet listened to Susan's herbal podcasts, check them out here. You can learn all about the secret lives of parsley, rosemary, the notorious nettle, and more. When you listen to the podcasts, be sure and drop in on the resource pages for more information, recipes, and crafts. Fun!

    Book Review Site Relaunched
    In case you missed the recent announcement, the Story Circle Book Review site—the largest and most comprehensive women's book review site on the Internet—has been completely renovated. Susan (the site's creator and a current editor), invites you to check out our Author Interview feature. This month's interview: Roberta Isleib, the author of Preaching to the Corpse and current president of Sisters in Crime.

     

    Out and About

    Susan is planning a Texas tour for Nightshade. Check our Events listings for April to see whether she's scheduled to be in your area.

    She's also planning a Nightshade Blog Tour. If you're a blogger and think you might like to participate, go here to check out details and let Susan know of your interest.



     

    Lifescapes & the Pecan Springs Journal
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    Check out Susan's blog, Lifescapes, to see what she's been up to lately. She recently finished another China Bayles mystery (to be published in 2009) and blogged about the process at the Pecan Springs Journal.

     

    All About Thyme
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    Got a sore throat? You're not alone. For centuries, people have been treating mouth, throat, and lung ailments with herbal candies. Find out how in the January 28 issue of All About Thyme, the weekly herbal eletter all about thymes and seasons. Go here and look for the "sample copy."

     

    Herb Snips: Winter-Thyme Healers

    Many of our summer-time herbs are winter-time allies, and in the cold-and-flu season, they shine. Here are a few garden remedies our grandmothers used.
    • Thyme for a cough. Modern research lends support to thyme's traditional use as an expectorant. Use 2 tsp dried thyme per cup of boiling water. Steep 10 minutes. Drink up to three times a day.

    • Yarrow and plantain for a stuffy head cold: 1 tsp dried yarrow and 1 tsp dried plantain per cup of boiling water. Steep for 10 minutes. Drink three or four times a day.

    • Horseradish for a chill: Add 1 tsp grated fresh horseradish to a cup of hot water. Drink three times a day. (To preserve your own horseradish, scrub and peel the root and grate. Place in a jar and cover with white vinegar. Refrigerate. Each day for a week, add a shake or two of salt and stir. Store, covered, in refrigerator.)
    For additional herbal remedies, The Healing Herbs, by Michael Castleman, is a readable, reliable resource.

    Read more herb snips.

     

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    Nightshade
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    The Tale of Hawthorn House

    The Tale of Hawthorn House


    "This whimsical blend of romance, mystery, and nostalgia will keep cozy fans happily entertained." —Publishers Weekly

    A foundling baby, gypsies camped in the meadow, a fox on the loose, and a nest of unhatched eggs. Miss Potter has another flock of mysteries to solve! Read the prologue and order your autographed / personalized copy.

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    Take a Trip
    to the Lake District

    The Tale of Cuckoo Brow Wood


    Virginia Leishman's reading of The Tale of
    Cuckoo Brow Wood
    is magical! For details,
    and to see all ten available books (six in
    the China Bayles series and four Cottage
    Tales), click here. And please be sure to tell
    your local library that the Cottage Tales are
    available in audio!

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    An Unthymely Death

    An Unthymely Death


    A one-of-a-kind collection featuring a one-of-a-kind sleuth who's worth spending some "quality thyme" with!

    "Albert artfully brings the down-home town
    of Pecan Springs alive."
    —Dallas Morning News

    Go here to read more or to order the book.

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    This newsletter is a publication of Partners in Crime, (P.O. Box 1616, Bertram TX 78605-1616). It is provided free, via e-mail, to anyone, worldwide. ©2008 Bill & Susan Albert

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