Shamrocks, Luck, & Things That Are Green

Irish Cream CoverAre you Irish? Or more importantly, are you Irish once a year, on St. Patrick’s Day (which is this coming Saturday, if you haven’t been paying attention to the calendar)?

I was thinking about this holiday, and how though I am partially Irish (and a lot of other things – read: garden variety “mutt”), I don’t really “claim” that particular heritage more than any other. And I don’t really feel like I can claim it on St. Patrick’s Day, just because I’m so…diluted. But I do enjoy watching everyone celebrate, and sporting green nails and a shamrock or two. I’ll pass on the haggis, but I do love a good corned beef that isn’t green (though it’s liable to make my allergies act up…stupid allergies).

In any case, shamrocks are green, lucky clovers (which are not Jasmine Betrayal Covershamrocks or part of St. Patrick’s Day, obviously) are also green, and green seems to be not just the color of the Irish, but a lucky color overall. Personally, I love the color green, and it does seem to bring with it a certain…lucky vibe. Why is that, I wonder? Is it just that it’s a very calm, peaceful, neutral color? Is it that it’s a main color in nature for things that grow and give life?

Are the Irish actually the luckiest people on earth?

Deep thoughts for a Monday.

In any case, I also got to thinking about “green” book covers in our offerings, and came up with a little something for pretty much everyone. And *that* got me thinking that maybe those three books with predominantly green covers/themes should be on sale for Saturday. Which would make green a lucky Sprouted Covercolor for all of our readers!

So, if you check your favorite online retailer on Saturday, March 17th, you’ll find these three books for just 99 cents:

Jasmine Betrayal by Jamie DeBree
Irish Cream by Trinity Marlow
Sprouted by Alex Westhaven

Enjoy the holiday, and grab yourself a “green read” while you’re at it!

Monthly Writing Prompts:

  • Prose Prompt: Write a story about a field of sunflowers, and at least two people who meet there one day/night. 
  • Poetry Prompt: Write a poem about the beautiful flower on a plant considered a weed.

Stories and poems for each month should be submitted by the last day of that month to The following month, one poem and one story from the previous month will be chosen for publication here on the blog, and also in our monthly newsletter. Authors will receive a flat fee of $10 per poem or story we choose to publish. Items submitted must be original, unpublished works, however we only ask for non-exclusive rights to post the work here on our blog for one year, and in one monthly newsletter.


Reader’s Report & Weekly Writing Prompts

An Elemental Earth CoverReaders Report – Watcha Reading?

On my nightstand, I’m deep into the paperback of The Seventh Plague by James Rollins at the moment. And undecided about whether I’m enjoying it a little more than I should be, given the subject matter and general state of things (as in, everyone in the world could die, in very short order). It’s rather thrilling, as all of his are, and I’m anxious to see who makes it to the end and who might not. Anxious and just a smidge worried, that is.

On the kindle app, I’m working on Neanderthal Seeks Human (Knitting in the City Book 1) by Penny Reid. It’s a first person romance that took me awhile to get into, but the main character is just quirky enough that I’m still reading just to see how it’s all going to play out. Not my favorite book, or narrative style for romance by any means, and I have some issues with…things, but not enough to quit on it. We’ll see how it ends, eventually.

And in comic books, I’m finally all caught up with I Hate Fairyland, and this week while I’m off work from the day job, I’m going to catch up on Scooby Apocalypse and see how far I can get caught up on the various Harley Quinn series’ as well. I need to hit the comic shop again next weekend too.

Inquiring minds want to know – what are you reading this month? Doesn’t have to be a BSB book (obviously), just whatever’s keeping you occupied these days.

Wanna write? Grab a prompt!

  • Weekly Prose Prompt: Two strangers bump into each other on a busy street, and both apologize before moving on. Later, one finds a note in their coat pocket – addressed specifically to them. What does it say?
  • Weekly Poetry Prompt: Write a poem about your favorite pen, pencil or keyboard.