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June 19, 2014 / diannegray

Freebie, pitcher picture and anniversary

Just a quick update to let you know my novel Let Sleeping Gods Lie is free on Amazon until Sat 22 June. Pick up a copy, I promise you won’t be disappointed. This novel is set in Australia and the scenery is based on the land around the farm where I live. The story is about a man called Nick who returns home to visit his estranged family of cult members. Nick has a demon on his back and the closer he gets to the truth, the harder it is to shake it off. For some reason I have no reviews on Amazon for this one (there are reviews on other sites) so if you decide to read it, please feel free to leave a review.

The other day when I was wandering around the garden I noticed my Pitcher Plant was in bloom. It’s an odd looking thing!



Do you like chilli plants? While I was hacking my way through the rainforest of my yard weeding the other day I found two Bird’s Eye chilli plants. I’ve picked some of the chillies and am going to infuse them in oil to add to anything I feel like eating HOT!

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I received a notice from Word Press on Monday congratulating me for my 2 Year Blogging Anniversary.

Whoopee – congrats to me! 


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  1. ygm17 / Jun 19 2014 7:21 am

    Congrats Dianne! LOVE the pitcher plant so vibrant and delectable -looking which I suppose is how they should look if they hope to eat anything 😉 will leave a review on your books once I’ve read them (they’re on my Kobo and ready for our vacation).


    • diannegray / Jun 19 2014 7:47 am

      That plant is amazing, Yolanda! I actually got it to get rid of the flies, but didn’t realise how beautiful and strange looking it would be. It collects water in the tube and lures insects to their demise.

      I really hope you enjoy the stories and have a wonderful vacation! 😀

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  2. avwalters / Jun 19 2014 7:22 am

    Oooh, that pitcher plant is something to behold! We have some rare Michigan pitcher plants that I know up north, but nothing compared to the color of yours. My peppers are in, and I’m looking forward to harvesting–and just a tad jealous in the interim. It’ll take me a couple of days, but I’ll do an Amazon review…..


    • diannegray / Jun 19 2014 7:49 am

      Thanks so much, Alta 😀

      I don’t think I captured the brilliant red of the plant – it really is something to behold (and it eats insects, which makes it all the more lovable) 😉

      Best of luck with your peppers!


  3. cravesadventure / Jun 19 2014 7:28 am

    Beautiful Plant 🙂 Congrats on 2 years – Happy Blogging and Writing and Adventuring!!!


    • diannegray / Jun 19 2014 7:50 am

      It actually seems longer than 2 years because I’ve met so many wonderful people 😀


  4. Theo Fenraven / Jun 19 2014 7:32 am

    Nice plant pic. It looks a little scary, like once you disappear down its throat, that’s it. 🙂


    • diannegray / Jun 19 2014 7:51 am

      I’m glad it’s not ‘people size’ otherwise I’d stay right away from it 😉


  5. Ruth Rainwater / Jun 19 2014 7:32 am

    Congratulations on your 2 year anniversary! I’ve been on WordPress that long, too, but started on Blogger way before that. Pitcher plants are so fantastic as are the other carnivorous plants. I had one, but it died because it’s too dry here and I forgot to mist it a few days. 😦


    • diannegray / Jun 19 2014 7:52 am

      Awww – that’s no good. It’s been very wet here so I think that’s why this one has done so well.

      It’s nice to know we’re the same WP age 😉


  6. nrhatch / Jun 19 2014 7:48 am

    Don’t stick your finger in that pitcher plant . . . or it will try to digest you!
    Congrats on two years!

    If I can add “Let Sleeping Gods Lie” to my Kindle for P.C., and find it to read it, I promise to do a review.


    • diannegray / Jun 19 2014 7:58 am

      Thanks so much, Nancy. I think you’ll like it and understand what I’m talking about when I sometimes mention things that happen around here through my comments on your blog (lol) – I can’t say much more than that here 😉

      I think I’ll call the pitcher plant ‘Audrey Jr’ from Little Shop of Horrors (and stay right out of it’s reach) 😀


  7. T. W. Dittmer / Jun 19 2014 8:03 am

    Two years. Holy Moly. 🙂
    The pitcher plant is weirdly beautiful.
    Got my copy.


    • diannegray / Jun 19 2014 8:07 am

      Weirdly beautiful indeed, Tim. I’m just glad (and hope) it grows no bigger or it’ll be a ‘people eater’! It reminds me of Little Shop of Horrors 😀

      Thanks so much for picking up a copy of the book, I really hope you enjoy it 🙂


  8. Jill Weatherholt / Jun 19 2014 8:24 am

    Time flies when you’re having fun! Congratulations on your two year blogging anniversary, Dianne. It’s your anniversary and we get the gift…how cool! Thank you! I just loaded it onto my Kindle and I promise to write a review once I read it. I love the plant and I love hot peppers!


    • diannegray / Jun 19 2014 8:51 am

      Thank so much for your support, Jill – wonderful!

      The plant is amazing and the most beautiful red (red must be the colour for the season) 😀


  9. ramblingsfromamum / Jun 19 2014 8:29 am

    Congrats on your 2 year lovely one. Those plants freak me out in some small way, but I guess there is beauty in every part of nature…somewhere ~ smiles. Love chillies and how nice of you to put your book up. Not being at home I can’t download nor do I have a Kindle…yes I am so behind the times.
    Here is to another 2 years my friend. ❤ xx


    • diannegray / Jun 19 2014 8:53 am

      It’s so lovely to hear from you my dear one! Thank you so much for the congrats and may we have many more years of blogging together 😀


  10. Carrie Rubin / Jun 19 2014 8:42 am

    Yay! Just got my free copy. Thank you! As for your Pitcher Plant, it has a distinctly feminine look to it, don’t you think? 😉


    • diannegray / Jun 19 2014 8:56 am

      LOL – that’s exactly what hubby said (and then I noticed) 😉

      Thank you so much for the tweet and wonderful support my friend 😀


      • Carrie Rubin / Jun 19 2014 9:10 am

        Always! It’s a pleasure for me to share your wonderful writing with others.


  11. Janna G. Noelle / Jun 19 2014 8:49 am

    The pitcher plant is the provincial flower of Newfoundland and Labrador, which is not where I grew up (I’m from Nova Scotia), but I did live there for 6 months, plus it is part of Atlantic Canada. The pitchers there look a little different than yours – not quite as vibrant and showy as yours (love the crest!) Here is a pic I found:

    Watch yourself: pitcher plants are carnivorous!

    Congrats on your second blogiversary! 😀


    • diannegray / Jun 19 2014 8:58 am

      Thanks for the link, Janna 😀

      I’m just hope this plant doesn’t grow and bigger, otherwise I’ll be taking the ‘long walk’ around it in the garden! 😉


  12. John / Jun 19 2014 9:44 am

    An amazing plant!


  13. valleygrail / Jun 19 2014 10:29 am



  14. Aimee / Jun 19 2014 10:36 am

    Congratulations on two years! I cannot wait to read your book!


    • diannegray / Jun 19 2014 12:12 pm

      Thank you so much, Aimee – I really hope you enjoy it! 😀


  15. sedge808 / Jun 19 2014 11:12 am



  16. sedge808 / Jun 19 2014 11:13 am

    …and happy 2 years 🙂


  17. Amy / Jun 19 2014 11:16 am

    Congrats to your 2 Year Blogging Anniversary!


    • diannegray / Jun 19 2014 12:13 pm

      Thanks so much, Amy. I’ve met some awesome people here in the last two years! 😀


  18. Jacqui Murray / Jun 19 2014 11:20 am

    I’ll go check it out, Diane, though I can’t get there for at least a day. It sounds great. Congrats on getting it out!


    • diannegray / Jun 19 2014 12:14 pm

      This isn’t my latest story, Jacqui – that’s still with the editor 😦 I thought I’d just give this other one a push while I’m waiting – I’m sure you’ll enjoy it! 😀


  19. JackieP / Jun 19 2014 12:01 pm

    Congrats Dianne! I will have my two years in August. Wow, a beautiful plant. Fascinating, really. I am off to download your book! Will leave a review when I am done reading it.


    • diannegray / Jun 19 2014 12:16 pm

      Thanks so much, Jackie. It’s had reviews on Goodreads and Smashwords, but for some reason not on Amazon and I can’t figure out why. I just thought it was time I gave it a little push 😉


  20. Kozo Hattori / Jun 19 2014 12:06 pm

    Congrats Dianne. You are a gift to your readers (of books and blog). I am grateful to have read both books and blog for the last year and a half. {{{Hugs}}} Kozo


    • diannegray / Jun 19 2014 12:17 pm

      Awww – thank you so much, Kozo. You’ve been very quiet of late and I miss you 😉



      • Kozo Hattori / Jun 19 2014 12:20 pm

        Lots going on here, Dianne. I started a men’;s group, finished an audio program on Raising Compassionate Boys, and was invited to give workshops and speeches at two events. I’ve missed you as well. {{{Hugs}}}} Kozo


      • diannegray / Jun 19 2014 1:15 pm

        Well done and congratulations! It’s wonderful work you’re doing 😀


  21. Photos With Finesse / Jun 19 2014 1:19 pm

    Have never seen a pitcher plant before. Quite fascinating! My teenaged son is the pepper grower in this family – his personal challenge is the hottest ever. We’ve had Super Chilis, Hungarian Hots, Cayenne and this year he’s attempting a Bhut Jolokia hybrid – the world’s hottest pepper. Of course, with the Calgary climate those will be indoor ones. The rest get put out in the summer (or will if we ever warm up), and are harvested in early September. We’ve been drying and grinding them and they make excellent additions to curries, chilis and the like. Congrats on your two year anniversary! I think it’s been about that long since I started, but I probably confused them when I went from .com to .org.


    • diannegray / Jun 19 2014 2:14 pm

      I certainly didn’t do the pitcher plant justice with this photo, Suzan. It’s the reddest red I’ve ever seen! Such a bizarre plant (that actually eats insects).

      Your son is a champion! I love hot peppers although I don’t know if I’d go as far as a Bhut Jolokia – very hot indeed. Best of luck with the plants! 😀


  22. Minuscule Moments / Jun 19 2014 1:35 pm

    Congrats on another book I don’t have a kindle otherwise I would love to read and review it is there an ebook foe for a mac? Loved the picture too Dianne.


    • diannegray / Jun 19 2014 2:17 pm

      I don’t know if you can read e-books on a Mac, Kath (not much help am I!) I guess you could just click on the download option and see what happens. It may open up a whole new world for you and you and the kids could read all the free books you like 😀


  23. Amy Reese / Jun 19 2014 1:52 pm

    Congrats on two years! Yay for you and for us. You have some exotic plants there. Thanks for the info about your book. I’d love to read it.


    • diannegray / Jun 19 2014 2:19 pm

      The plants certainly are exotic. I got this one so it would ‘eat’ the flies and mosquitoes and it’s doing a pretty good job! 😀

      I really hope you enjoy the book, Amy! 😀


  24. jannatwrites / Jun 19 2014 3:15 pm

    Congrats on the two years! That is a strange looking plant… I’ve never seen anything like it. I see that it eats insects…hmmm…wonder if it will grow in the desert, haha!

    Thanks for the info on the book. I’ll have to fire up the Kindle and download it. (I have to go camping again… I haven’t been able to read more of your short stories since our last camping trip!)


    • diannegray / Jun 20 2014 5:40 am

      I love it when you take my stories camping with you, Janna! 😉

      The plant is an odd one and I hope it doesn’t get any bigger or I may disappear down it’s throat! LOL 😀


  25. EllaDee / Jun 19 2014 4:19 pm

    Congrats on your blogoversary… I’ve really enjoyed your blog posts, and novels… and think I have now read them all. I cross-checked my Goodreads reviews and by way of housekeeping copied across a few to Amazon that weren’t there…it seems Amazon Australia i.e. .au and the US plain .com may not co-opt on reviews and for a while I was directed to .au but I’ve now changed back…
    Wonderful pic of the Pitcher Plant… it looks like it could say “feed me Seymour”, and I love chilli plants but chilli doesn’t love me, but it is beautifully decorative.


    • diannegray / Jun 20 2014 5:44 am

      Your reviews are absolutely wonderful and I’m always so excited when I see one. I know people discourage writers commenting on reviews, but I am so thrilled by yours that I just have to shout it out! 😀 Thank you so very much xxx

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  26. Roy McCarthy / Jun 19 2014 6:00 pm

    Just to verify what Dianne said, you won’t be disappointed. The descriptive work is some of the best I’ve read. I feel guilty about not doing a review though 😦


    • diannegray / Jun 20 2014 5:56 am

      Oh no, Roy – don’t feel guilty at all. Writing reviews takes a lot of time (I rarely write reviews for that reason). This story is one of my favourites and I couldn’t figure out why it had no reviews at all. It was dying a slow death so I thought I’d give it a bit of a boost.

      It’s now #4 in the Kindle mystery/thriller/suspense category, and #4,096 in the Free in Kindle Store (whatever that means) so I’m very happy about that. 😀


  27. cocoaupnorth / Jun 19 2014 6:10 pm

    Hei Dianne:) What a lucky coincidence that I happen to pop by today. Congratulations on your blogging anniversary. I’ve just downloaded the freebie and put it right on top of the pile of books I’m reading right now. I promise I’ll do a review when I’m done. Thank you for this gift…”Reading gives us some places to go when we have to stay where we are.”
    Have a splendid day…x


    • diannegray / Jun 20 2014 5:58 am

      Thank you so much, my dear! I’m so happy you’ve got it, you’ve made my day – YAY!

      I absolutely love that quote 😀


      • cocoaupnorth / Jun 29 2014 11:58 pm

        Wow! I’m blown away by your book and I really enjoyed it. Sorry that it took me so long to read one of your books but I’m now hooked, and am already looking at next one to read. Anyway, I did a brief review as promised, not sure when it will show on your customer reviews. Thank you for a good story and happy writing:)


      • diannegray / Jun 30 2014 6:10 am

        I saw the review this morning and didn’t know who it was from. Thank you so much, you’ve made my day/week/year! 😀


      • cocoaupnorth / Jun 30 2014 6:29 pm

        It’s a pleasure:)


  28. bodhisattvaintraining / Jun 19 2014 7:17 pm

    Yes I love chilli and have way less than that growing! Thanks for the Amazon tip 🙂


    • diannegray / Jun 20 2014 6:00 am

      This picture was of the smaller plant – I actually transplanted the larger one but all the leaves went droopy so I didn’t want to put that shot in this post 😉

      I love chilli too – yum, yum!


  29. Gallivanta / Jun 19 2014 8:01 pm

    Congratulations on your second blog birthday. You can have a super charged celebration with those hot chillies!


    • diannegray / Jun 20 2014 6:01 am

      Thank you! I’ve cut some up and put them in oil to sit for a while – YUM! 😀


  30. Letizia / Jun 19 2014 11:02 pm

    Looking forward to reading your novel (thanks for making it available for free). It sounds like a great story! Your pitcher plant looks like the jack-in-the-box plants we have on the Eastcoast of the US (although mine aren’t bright red!).


    • diannegray / Jun 20 2014 6:04 am

      I really hope you enjoy the novel, Letizia 😀

      I haven’t heard of a jack-in-the-box plant – I’ll have to google it 😉


      • Letizia / Jun 20 2014 8:15 am

        That’s what my mother calls it but I’m assuming it’s what it’s known by locally.


  31. anotherday2paradise / Jun 19 2014 11:41 pm

    Congrats on your two years’ blogging, Dianne, although it seems that I’ve ‘known’ you for ever. That Pitcher Plant is huge and looks quite lethal. Mind you don’t fall in; it may eat you alive. 😯 Thanks so much for the free book download. I really must get down to some reading if I can stop blogging for long enough. 🙂


    • diannegray / Jun 20 2014 6:07 am

      Thank you, Sylvia – I feel like I’ve known you forever as well 😀

      I really hope you like the book (if you get a chance to read it – blogging is very time consuming I must say) 😉


  32. Denise Hisey / Jun 20 2014 1:40 am

    Dianne, congrats on 2 years, your book, and lovely garden! 🙂


  33. Britt Skrabanek / Jun 20 2014 2:48 am

    Haha! I see it was already mentioned above, but “Little Shop of Horrors” is all I can think about! Congrats on your blogiversary and thanks for the freebie…I’ll definitely check it out. Love your work!


    • diannegray / Jun 20 2014 6:09 am

      Thank you so much, Britt and quadruple thanks for the tweet! YAY! Happy dancing 😀


  34. Luanne / Jun 20 2014 5:44 am

    I’m sorry, Dianne! Writer Site did some sort of weird glitch and tried to reblog this, but I didn’t intend that as I was writing you a comment. So sorry for the hassle!! xo


    • diannegray / Jun 20 2014 6:10 am

      I really don’t mind if it was reblogged Luanne – the more the merrier! 😀


  35. mcwoman / Jun 20 2014 6:01 am

    I always enjoy the pictures you post because where you live is so different from where I live. Congratulations on the book and the blog. I’ve enjoyed getting to “know” you through this medium. Barb


  36. the eternal traveller / Jun 20 2014 6:37 am

    Thanks Dianne. I’ve downloaded “Let Sleeping Gods Lie” to my kindle…When I eventually make it to Cairns I will take you out to lunch to say thank you for sharing your work for free. I will read it while I am on holidays NEXT week! Can you tell I am counting down?

    I love your pitcher plant. The colour is divine.


    • diannegray / Jun 20 2014 6:49 am

      Going to lunch would be absolutely fantastic! 😉

      Enjoy your holidays (and the story) – 😀 😀 😀


  37. 1girl4adamwest / Jun 20 2014 7:11 am

    The most beautiful things in life, are often the sheer beauty of nature…and it’s free to look at too!


    • diannegray / Jun 20 2014 7:56 am

      An absolutely magnificent plant that my photo just couldn’t do justice for! I’ve never seen a red colour like it! 😀


  38. char / Jun 20 2014 7:57 am

    I love all the unique plants and animals in Australia and am glad you show us. Congrats on the 2 year mark.


    • diannegray / Jun 20 2014 10:13 am

      Thank you so much, Char. I’ve met some awesome people here over the past two years (hey – that means you!) 😉


  39. the Jotter's Joint / Jun 20 2014 8:13 am

    Happy 2 yet at Blogiversary.


    • diannegray / Jun 20 2014 10:14 am

      Thank you so much – and quadruple thanks for the tweet! 😀


  40. bluebee / Jun 20 2014 8:45 am

    Whoa – that pitcher plant looks as if it could eat a human! Congrats, Dianne 😄


    • diannegray / Jun 20 2014 10:15 am

      I really don’t want it to get any bigger. If I disappear off the blogosphere send in the FBI gardeners! 😀


  41. billyraychitwood1 / Jun 21 2014 3:04 am

    Like Chili plants and you! 🙂


  42. ocdreader / Jun 21 2014 3:44 am

    Gorgeous pitcher plant! Wow. Also, great idea on the chili oil, a little heat without the hassle 🙂


    • diannegray / Jun 21 2014 5:04 am

      I mixed it up yesterday – cut up with the chilies (with gloves on LOL) and mixed them with olive oil and a bit of vinegar. Wow, can’t wait to try it out 😉


  43. restlessjo / Jun 21 2014 6:39 am

    Oh darn! I was all set to burst into song, Dianne, but ‘Happy blog-aversary to you’ doesn’t sound great, and now I’m a day late 😦 I don’t have a Kindle either but if I can pick it up from the library I’ll happily do you a review. After all, I have to have some uses! Have a good weekend.


    • diannegray / Jun 21 2014 6:44 am

      LOL! I love ‘Happy blog-aversary to you’ – I’ll be singing that all day now 🙂

      I don’t have a kindle either, but I just download to Kindle for PC (it’s great because I usually look for free books on rainy weekends – which we’ve had a load of lately!)

      I hope you have a wonderful weekend as well xxx


      • restlessjo / Jun 21 2014 6:47 am

        I am so un-clued up! (but I’m learning 🙂 )


      • diannegray / Jun 21 2014 6:57 am

        Me too 😉 It’s amazing what’s out there, I guess it’s just a matter of trial and error finding these things xxx


  44. cestlavie22 / Jun 21 2014 9:48 am

    Wow I have never seen anything like that Pitcher Plant! Crazy cool looking! Happy 2 Year blogiversary!


  45. mccannx / Jun 22 2014 12:30 pm

    Downloaded Let Sleeping Gods lie… I am hoping I can read it soon so that I can post a review for you. Best of luck! -Joe


    • diannegray / Jun 23 2014 7:21 am

      Thanks so much, Joe! I really hope you enjoy it 😀


  46. Hazy Shades of Me / Jun 23 2014 1:12 am

    That is one cool plant…never heard of it and, I believe, have never seen one either. Your posts are so eye-opening!

    And hello? You’ve only been blogging for two years?! Oh my, what a following you’ve garnered in such a short time. CONGRATULATIONS!!


    • diannegray / Jun 23 2014 7:28 am

      I’ve got another three of those big flowers coming out and am beginning to feel like Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors (LOL) 😉

      Thank you so much for the congrats. I’ve met a load of awesome people (you included!) in my two years here 😀


  47. Alarna Rose Gray / Jun 23 2014 4:10 pm

    A bit behind the times, as I had a busy weekend. But I’ll definitely check this out, since (quite apart from anything else) that blurb and title have some personal appeal. Happy 2 years to you!


    • diannegray / Jun 23 2014 6:58 pm

      Oh no, Alarna. I’d send you a free copy but because it’s on Amazon KDP I can’t 😦 If you’re on Smashwords I can send you freebies of my other books. If you’re ever in the mood for reading just let me know 😀


      • Alarna Rose Gray / Jun 23 2014 8:55 pm

        It’s okay Dianne, when I went to Amazon it was still for free, so I did get a promo copy. Though I’d have happily paid anyway – it’s all good! 🙂


      • diannegray / Jun 24 2014 5:39 am

        YAY – I’m so glad! Enjoy 😀


  48. dex / Jun 26 2014 2:12 am

    This is what I get for being behind on my blog reading. I missed the free version of your book!


    • diannegray / Jun 26 2014 9:06 am

      Do’h! I’d give you a freebie, but it’s Amazon and near impossible to organize that kind of thing when the freebie time is over. Next time 😀

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      • dex / Jun 28 2014 3:59 am

        It was my own fault, so no worries. Thanks for the thought, though!


  49. jmmcdowell / Jun 26 2014 8:46 am

    Wow, how big is the bloom on that pitcher plant? The ones I see in the US are small, and yours looks huge! Congratulations on the 2nd anniversary for blogging, and I hope all is well at the RUC.


    • diannegray / Jun 26 2014 9:09 am

      The plant now has three of these things – wow, it’s certainly getting very impressive! 😀


  50. tw / Jun 30 2014 6:26 am

    Congrats Dianne and here’s to the next twenty-two years of blogging 🙂 Loving that pitcher plant and the chillis look hot hot hot! 🙂


    • diannegray / Jun 30 2014 6:47 am

      I tried my chilli concoction on the weekend and it’s very hot hot hot! 😀


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