Monday, July 30, 2012


The Letter That Started It All Dear Jean-Jacques- I'm so thrilled you'll be helping the Roanoke Garden Society with our feature article in June's Garden Delights Magazine. Your work is beautiful, and I believe perfectly suited to display one of Roanoke's most exquisite gardens. La Fontaine is a historic home west of Roanoke and the majestic garden to the back covers more than an acre. Each season, master gardener Henry Larsson collaborates with Neil and Evangeline Patrick, owners of La Fontaine, to design a seasonal masterpiece. The spring feature is scheduled to create a mosaic of a stargazer lily from above and includes rhododendrons, azaleas, jasmine, sweet olive, and a variety of smaller flowers in reds, pinks and whites. The text I'll be including will talk about the founding of the Roanoke Garden Society and their commitment to gardening excellence in Roanoke, so I'd like to pull a few examples of your photographs from your African shoot and note that we are looking for the equivalent, only from the gardens of La Fontaine.
In addition to the gorgeous mosaic garden, La Fontaine has a series of greenhouses, each set for a different season, so La Fontaine is one of the only places a person can see a full four years of Virginia's gardening glory in a single afternoon. I will be sure to put together a list of star features for your ease with photographing the most beautiful parts of the garden. I look forward to working with you. Camellia Harris
The Azalea Assault Cam Harris loves her job as public relations manager for the Roanoke Garden Society. It allows her to combine her three loves, spinning the press, showing off her favorite town, and promoting her favorite activity. She's just achieved a huge coup by enlisting Garden Delights, the country's premiere gardening magazine, to feature the exquisite garden of RGS founder, Neil Patrick. She's even managed to enlist world-famous photographer Jean-Jacques Georges. Unfortunately, Jean-Jacques is a first-rate cad—insulting the RGS members and gardening, goosing every woman in the room, and drinking like a lush. It is hardly a surprise when he turns up dead. But when Cam's brother-in-law is accused and her sister begs her to solve the crime, that is when things really get prickly. Alyse Carlson is the pen name for the author some of you may know as Hart Johnson. She writes books from her bathtub and when she isn't writing, does research for a large, midwest University or leads the Naked World Domination Movement (your choice). Links Barnes & Noble Paperback or Nook Amazon Paperback or Kindle Confessions of a Watery Tart *note: All images from Africa and the rhodedendrons are actually from Wikimedia Commons, Jean-Jacques being fictional and Alyse never having been to Africa and all...


  1. How good of you to allow the Tartlette on your property! She is so full of mischief - do check to make sure she hasn't booby-trapped your side-bar. Just kidding! I love the tart and I love gardening and she is a fun and funny writer so kudos for having her by!

  2. Talynn-thank you so much for having me today! And yes... I will try not to incite your regular readers to a nudist rebellion... wait. No I won't. But it will be fun! Jan knows me too well.

  3. I know the book is about murder and all, but somehow every time I see the cover, it makes me want to smile.

  4. Alex-makes for an exotic garden, eh? teehee

    JL-it IS pretty! (and it smells nice)... and the guy who bites it is really asking for it.

  5. Lovely to see most naked Tart here! Aha!! Such an innocent floral fragrant letter to begin a most heinous cosy crime! Yay! Take care

  6. How flowery and sweet and pink and lovely your story appears! But beneath the Azaleas lurk dark, murderous deeds...