Live: Growing Beautiful Hydrangeas

The summer garden wouldn’t be the same without hydrangeas. These old-fashioned shrubs have made a resurgence in recent years but for us they never really went out of fashion. When planting hydrangeas think position, position, position- they need a semi-shade spot away from the harsh afternoon sun and strong, hot winds. Other golden rules are to water deeply and regularly through summer (leaves will start to droop telling you its time to water), apply a liquid fertiliser in spring and autumn and mulch year round to protect roots. The colour of these spectacular blooms will alter depending on the soil – more acidic soils produce blue blooms, alkaline soil produce red, pink and purple whereas white will stay white regardless of the soil. Following a few simple rules will reward you with beautiful blooms every summer.

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Live: Creating a Simple Herb Garden (no matter how much space you have)

Whether you live in the countryside with acres of land to spare, or in the middle of the city with only a balcony you can create a simple herb garden that will provide you with an abundance of herbs. Here are some of our top tips to get you started:

  1. Choose the right position. Most herbs like up to 6 hours of sunlight per day so try to find a sunny, sheltered position preferably close to the kitchen so you can easily access your herbs when you are cooking.
  2. Use a variety of pots in different shapes and sizes to add interest and make the garden visually appealing.
  3. Use good quality potting mix, or if you are using soil from your yard or garden make sure it is well fertilised.
  4. Some herbs (like mint) can grow like wildfire so check each seedlings label to choose the right size pots.
  5. Water…

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NO FEE Submission call + editor interview — Jet Fuel Review, DEADLINE: Mar. 15, 2017

Trish Hopkinson

16426015_1485220514822989_1240988289660125953_nJet Fuel Review is a literary journal based in Romeoville, IL that publishes contemporary poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction and artwork biannually.

I wondered how and why this press came to be, so I asked Managing Editor Sam Gennett a few questions to find out. See my interview with Gennett and a link to their submission guidelines below.

HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about Jet Fuel Review.

GENNETT: Our mission is to publish high-quality writing and artwork from all over the nation (and sometimes the globe). JFR also seeks to connect with the literary world through our blog where editors write about a variety of artistic medias (i.e. literature, art, film, music). The link to our blog is:

HOPKINSON: How/why was Jet Fuel Review originally started?

GENNETT: JFR was founded by Lewis University alum, Mary Egan, in 2011. The original intent of JFR was to showcase and promote contemporary literature…

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The Bridge

Coloring Outside the Lines

Angry clouds rumble. The faint swirls of the remains drift through the knoll. Smoke fingers break and disperse. Front winds clean up the last of it. Embers of trees sizzle as the brush of drizzle arrives. The work of the lightning quelled by its rainy shadow. Still angry clouds rumble. Unseen hands throw rain bitterly to the fields.

Stephen runs from the woods. His young eyes hope to spy a break in the weather. Instead the weather spits harder. He tucks his head within his jacket. It’s turned collar worthless. Innocence of young eyes glow with a dull sheen. His eight years are enough to know the way but unable to get by the bridge.

“Davey! Davey!” Stephen raises his face to the rain. A voice ripples in fear and wavers hope. ”Davey! I know you are here! Come help me!”

Stephen looks left and right. The darkness of evening…

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Take the book marketing challenge w/@BadRedheadMedia : How to energize your book sales in a month! #MotownWriters

Motown Writers Network . . . Michigan Literary Network

30-day-brhm-marketing-challenge-with-logo_twitter-shareableAre you unsure how to market your book? Do you feel overwhelmed by the sheer number of author platform options out there (or not even sure what the term means)? Do you wish someone could break it down for you in simple steps?

Then this is the book for you!


Over the course of one month, Rachel provides you daily challenges containing a wealth of information, and easy to follow assignments to help energize your book sales. If you haven’t released your book yet, this book will help you set the stage necessary to build the strongest foundation possible for success.

Topics include:

*Twitter secrets
*Facebook page must-do’s
*Social media ideas you might not know or haven’t thought of
*Promotion, giveaways, and other book marketing secrets
*Website, blogging, and SEO tips designed just for authors

This book is a must-read and must-DO for any aspiring, new, or veteran…

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