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.


News, Things That Are Green, & Weekly Writing Prompt

BSB News

Last week’s free download was The Biker’s Wench – a somewhat campy romantic suspense novel with some pretty serious undertones in the overall plot. This week’s free download is up and running now – find it in the Available Books section, and it’s yours for the taking! Until next Friday night, anyway.

Don’t forget about the BSB Quarterly – the newsletter goes out a week from today, and you don’t want to miss it!

I’m about 400 words into my “mushroom fairy” story based on last week’s prompt, but not close enough to the end to post it. Anyone else start a story about our little mushroom fairy? I’ll finish mine this next week and it will be included in the fairy tale short story collection I’ll publish around Christmas.

Topic of the Week: Things That Are Green

St. Patrick’s Day is on Friday – are you gettin’ your green on? If you don’t, you risk being pinched by those pesky little leprechauns, who supposedly can’t see you if you’re wearing green (which kind of makes one wonder why leprechauns tend to wear green, doesn’t it?). I don’t have much in the way of “true green” clothing, but I’ll be decked out in shamrock earrings and green nails with shamrock stickers, for sure!

Speaking of shamrocks, I think we need to read about a character who successfully manages to rest and rebloom a shamrock plant. It’s a task that requires a lot of patience and dedication…or luck and fairy dust.

We have several books with green in the cover, but only one that I can think of that is distinctly suited to this particular holiday, both in cover and name. Can you guess which one it is?

Writing Prompt of the Week: Someone buys a shamrock plant on a whim while grocery shopping. Little do they know that a fairy lives in the pot and the shamrock is her forest.

Write a 500 – 1000 word story based on the prompt, and email it to We’ll pick the one we like best to post right here on the blog the following Saturday.