We are always thrilled when JP Barnaby pops in for a visit. Today she’s here to celebrate the release of Sophie, the fifth book in her Survivors Stories series.
by JP Barnaby
Depression steals a lot of your time. The lethargy, the self-doubt, and the constant fog of melancholy take away your desire to do things you enjoy. Last year, my doctor put me on the right combination of medications, and I finally got out from under those dark clouds. I saw the sun for the first time in ages, and I resolved to stay in its warm light.
Once I had that time, that desire back—I learned a lot of things about myself. First, I’m a pretty good cook. Of course, feeding Paul helps with that desire to be the best cook I can—but also, I genuinely enjoy it. I like the process and the precision. I like the results and the positive reinforcement.
When I started cooking, I started the easy way. I used canned everything, dried herbs, and processed staples (like instant mashed potatoes and Rice-A-Roni). Now that I’ve expanded my comfort zone in the kitchen, I’m branching out more and one of those branches is my own little garden.
My mom will grow herbs in her garden window from time to time, so I’ve seen it growing up – but I didn’t know anything about planting an urban garden. So, I spent a lot of time researching urban gardens, consulting frost dates, germination periods, and starting seedlings. I also happen to have a friend who is a hobby gardener – well, maybe it’s more than a hobby when you have your own tractor. He has been invaluable in answering my questions.
I started them out (at John’s suggestion) in Dixie cups with seeds and soil pods that I’d gotten from SeedsNow.com (a wonderful company with excellent customer service). I started with 25 little cups, but of course, no one has a 100% success rate. I now have 18 strong and healthy plants including cilantro, lemon grass, oregano, garlic, rosemary, thyme, basil, poblano peppers, and tomatoes—most of them with two cups that made it. They’re growing out of their little cups now, after the move (in just two days!) I’ll pick up the pots and soil needed to transplant them.
We have a plan for them with shelving on our south-facing patio in the new apartment. I can’t wait to see what it looks like in a month!
(Survivor Stories #5)
Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press
Published ~ 15th March 2017
Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance
A Survivor Story
It’s amazing how a single word from a tiny girl can change your life.
Spencer Thomas’s world turns upside down when his beloved Nell dies and leaves custody of her three-year-old daughter to him. Her “Spenna” comes when Sophie needs him most, but his boyfriend, Aaron, can’t be a parent. He just can’t. Neither of them expected a baby to fall into the lives they’d finally just settled.
When Nell’s ex comes to claim Sophie, Aaron needs to make a decision: man up or walk away as Spencer faces the fight of his life.
::: JANE’S REVIEW :::
Connect with JP Barnaby
JP Barnaby, an award-winning gay romance novelist, is the author of over two dozen books, including Aaron and the Little Boy Lost Series. She recently moved from Chicago to Atlanta to appease her Camaro who didn’t like the blustery winters. JP specializes in recovery romance, but slips in a few erotic or comedic stories to spice things up. When she's not hanging out with hot guys in leather, she binge watches superheroes and crime dramas on Netflix. A physics geek, she likes the science side of Sci-Fi, and wants to grow up to be Reed Richards.
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