GREAT GIVEAWAY…with Author Deanna Raybourn

The Great Giveaway is with Author Deanna Raybourn!   THE WINNER OF TODAY’S GIVEAWAY WILL WIN THE JASMINE-ROSE HAND WARMERS AND A SIGNED ARC OF CITY OF JASMINE! (Please note: Valerie photographed the hand warmers with a copy of A SPEAR OF SUMMER GRASS, but you’ll be entered to win the NEW release, CITY OF JASMINE.)

Contest closes on Friday February 14th, at 6:00 pm Eastern Time.  Be sure to enter often and don’t forget to register your entry as noted below.

Here’s what you need to know.

1. Contest is open to residents of US/Canada only.

2. Contest will be open until Friday, Feb 14, 6pm eastern.

3. You can enter by retweeting our tweets about the contest, following us on twitter, sharing our FB posts about the contest, liking our FB pages.

4. Once you have entered, you must register your entry by commenting on Deanna Raybourn’s blog  Winners will be chosen from those who have registered by commenting on Deanna Raybourn’s blog.  This way all entries are located in one place for the draw.  See links below to enter. ENTRIES CANNOT BE COUNTED UNLESS YOU HAVE LEFT A COMMENT ON THIS BLOG LETTING US KNOW HOW YOU ENTERED. Do forgive the aggressive caps lock, but I want to make sure you see that part!

5. Comments here are in moderation, so please don’t be alarmed if you don’t see your comment appear immediately. I will be approving them in batches and all comments will eventually appear.

THAT’S IT! Below are the links to our FB and Twitter accounts, as well as Deanna Raybourn’s site, lots of great information about Deanna Raybourn and her newest book “City of Jasmine” below.

Deanna Raybourn:





Valerie Baber Designs:





Deanna Raybourn:

Deanna Raybourn
Deanna Raybourn

A sixth-generation native Texan, New York Times bestselling author Deanna Raybourn graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a double major in English and history and an emphasis on Shakespearean studies. She taught high school English for three years in San Antonio before leaving education to pursue a career as a novelist. Deanna’s novel Silent in the Grave won the RITA® Award for Novel with Strong Romantic Elements and the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best First Mystery. The Lady Julia Grey series has been nominated for several other awards, including an Agatha, three Daphne du Mauriers, a Last Laugh, four additional RITAs, and two Dilys Winns. Dark Road to Darjeeling was also a finalist for the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best Historical Mystery as well as a Romantic Reviews’ finalist for Best Book. Her latest novel, A Spear of Summer Grass, chronicles the adventures of a scandalous flapper in 1920s Kenya. Deanna makes her home in Virginia, where she lives with her husband and daughter. Her next release, City of Jasmine—a 1920s adventure novel—will be released March, 2014.

CITY OF JASMINE, by Deanna Raybourn

Set against the lush, exotic European colonial outposts of the 1920s, New York Times bestselling author Deanna Raybourn delivers the captivating tale of one woman who embarks upon a journey to see the world—and ends up finding intrigue, danger, and a love beyond all reason.

City of Jasmine by Deanna Raybourn
City of Jasmine by Deanna Raybourn

Famed aviatrix Evangeline Starke never expected to see her husband, adventurer Gabriel Starke, ever again. They had been a golden couple, enjoying a whirlwind courtship amidst the backdrop of a glittering social set in prewar London until his sudden death with the sinking of the Lusitania. Five years later, beginning to embrace life again, Evie embarks upon a flight around the world, collecting fame and admirers along the way. In the midst of her triumphant tour, she is shocked to receive a mysterious—and recent—photograph of Gabriel that brings her ambitious stunt to a screeching halt.

With her eccentric and elderly Aunt Dove in tow, Evie tracks the source of the photo to the ancient City of Jasmine, Damascus. There she discovers that nothing is as it seems. Danger lurks at every turn, and at stake is a priceless relic, an artefact once lost to time and so valuable that criminals will stop at nothing to acquire it—even murder. Leaving the jewelled city behind, Evie sets off across the punishing sands of the desert to unearth the truth of Gabriel’s disappearance and retrieve a relic straight from the pages of history. Along the way, Evie must come to terms with the deception that parted her from Gabriel and the passion that will change their destiny forever…

Deanna Raybourn is a seasoned Author and one of my  new favourites.  I can’t wait to read her newest book “City of Jasmine”.  I previously shared on my blog that Deanna also creates with yarn.  She loves both knitting and crocheting.  I took the opportunity to ask her more about her fibre passion.  You can read more on my blog at  I was honoured when Deanna asked me to be a part of this Great Giveaway, thanks Deanna!

The Deanna Jasmine Rose hand warmers were designed to match the scarf I designed for Deanna Raybourn see this blog posting for more information:  (the Deanna Jasmine Rose hand warmers are available  at

Treasured Friends…update and giveaway prelude

Susanna Kearsley and Friends Tour
Susanna Kearsley and Friends Tour

The Treasured Friends Collection is based on a collection of scarves and fingerless gloves that Susanna Kearsley  had asked me to design for each of her treasured friends, that joined her on this wonderful tour.  This picture shows some of the fantastic Authors who toured with Susanna Kearsley sporting their unique scarf designs from left to right: Lynn Spencer from All about Romance, Deanna Raybourn, Susanna Kearsley, and Joanna Bourne.  Many of the designs were specifically designed for the Author it was given to based on their newest or a previous book or a design that Susanna felt they would like based on who they are or are passionate about.  This new collection will be called Treasured Friends.  Here are some pictures and some links to a few of these designs.  I will be adding more designs in the near future to the Treasured Friends Collection available on my Etsy site at

MYSTERY GIVEAWAY!  I will be joining one of these Authors in a giveaway that will be announced on Feburary 13th so mark your calendars.  There will be a variety of ways to enter.  Who is this “mystery” Author….you have to wait and see.  Pop by in the next few days as I blog more about this great giveaway and the “Mystery” Author.  Your first hint…she loves to knit!

Thanks to Susanna Kearsley for asking me to be a part of this wonderful venture.  I find great enjoyment in designing and making specialty items for treasured friends!  Treasure your friends today wherever they are let them know they are special to you!

You can link to the various designs in the Treasured Friends Collection now available here:

Susanna Rose Scarf:

Deanna Jasmine Rose Scarf:

Beatriz Poppy  Scarf:

Lynn Rose N Lace Scarf:

Lauren Plumeria Scarf:

Karen Rose Fingerless Gloves:

Ariel Art Deco Fingerless Gloves:

Kimberly Pumpkin Patch Fingerless Gloves:

The remainder of the Treasured Friends designs will be available soon.

Check out all of these wonderful Authors and put them on the top of your reading list today.

Susanna Kearsley:

Deanna Raybourn:

Beatriz Williams:

Kimberly Brock:

Karen White:

Ariel Lawhon:

Lauren Willig:

Julie James:

Sarah Wendell:

Mary Robinette Kowal:

Lynn Spencer:

Joanna Bourne: