Keukenhof Gardens with a California sky

Happy Saturday!  I hope you are having fun. I did a lot of chores this morning then I took an hour to have fun with digital art. I did my first sky replacement with this photo. I needed something with a building in it so that I didn’t have to do trees, which are way beyond me at this point. Laura Mackey talks about how she did some amazing work with replacements here. Take the time to look at that image, it is mindblowing. Anyhoodles, she used a bunch of tools I don’t have, and I’m not quite ready for all that, though I have bookmarked it for future reference. I wanted to get started with the simple sky replacement that Leanne Cole showed us. Here it is. I obliterated the trees behind the building, and you can see in the windows that the real sky was cerulean, whereas the California sky is indigo. However, though that cerulean sky was lovely in the windows, it was all washed out in the sky, so that’s why I thought it would be fun to put in an intense sky.


#Giveaway Monday

Happy Giveaway Monday! To soften the blow of having to start a new week,  I am giving away a high resolution picture from the Keukenhof Gardens in the Netherlands, just outside Amsterdam and telling you about a great free book.

I use this picture as  background on my phone. It looks really good as wallpaper.


Next up: This very popular book is free for a short time! I grabbed a copy for myself. It’s a romantic comedy, my favorite!


She’s Gotta Be Mine
Cottonmouth Book 1
Copyright 2011 Jennifer Skully

For the first time in e-book!

If you missed it previously, KOD Daphne Award winner “Sex and the Serial Killer” is back with a new title, “She’s Gotta Be Mine”, and a slight text revamp.  It’s still laugh-out-loud funny, peopled with hilarious characters in the small town of Cottonmouth, California.  Not to mention an alleged serial killer who’s too devilishly handsome to ignore.

4 1/2 Stars, Top Pick! “Skully’s novel is a triumph. It’s fabulously funny, with top-notch dialogue, terrific pacing and witty compelling characters.”
Romantic Times

“A witty novel that will keep you engrossed until the very end!”
Huntress Reviews

“An absolute delight.”
Road to Romance Reviews

Dumped? For her husband’s high school sweetheart he hasn’t seen in twenty years? Roberta Jones Spivey isn’t going to lay down for that, no way. Instead, she decides to reinvent herself. The new Bobbie Jones—new haircut, new name, new attitude—will follow her soon-to-be ex to the small Northern California town of Cottonmouth. And there she’ll show him—and his sweetheart—what a big mistake he made.

What better way to show him what he’s missing in the brand new Bobbie Jones than taking up with the town’s local bad boy—who’s also reputed to be a serial killer. Nick Angel is devilishly handsome and sexy as all get-out. In a word, perfect.

It’s all going exactly according to plan…until a real murder rocks the little town of Cottonmouth. Of course, Nick didn’t do it…did he?

~Previously published in 2005 as Sex and the Serial Killer~

Don’t miss the sequel, Fool’s Gold!


Kindle UK 
Kindle CA
iBooks AU
iBooks UK 
All Romance 
Coffee Time Romance

Here are three free recipes for cookies, some that are even healthful for breakfast!




These showed up on my husband’s wallpaper and we were trying to remember where I took them. They were in the conservatory in the Keukenhof Gardens last May. It’s very hot and muggy inside the building and heavily scented with lilies because of these lily arches: