Monday, March 30, 2009

Author Guest Post - Sheila Roberts

Love in Bloom
Sheila Roberts
336 p, St.Martins Griffin,
ISBN: 0312384815
Readers, please join me welcoming Author Sheila Roberts who will be guest blogging here today!

About the Book

Hope Walker survived early breast cancer at just thirty-years-old, but a mastectomy left her with a lot of scarring—and some serious fears about dating. Hope owns Changing Seasons, Heart Lake’s most popular flower shop. When it comes to love and relationships, she’s able to work magic through her expert flower arranging…for everyone but herself. Then one day a handsome contractor starts coming into her shop, but Hope knows he’d rather have a whole woman than someone like her.

When Hope stakes a plot of ground at Heart Lake’s community garden, she finds that a woman can grow all sorts of things there: flowers, herbs, vegetables and even friendship. As she gets to know the two women who share neighboring plots, they discover that they can learn a lot from each other—not just about gardening, but about life. And Hope realizes that in order to live life to the fullest, sometimes you have to take a chance on love.

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THE LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS: WHAT CAN I SAY TO MY FRIENDS?

In addition to sharing some wonderful gardening tips, I really enjoyed incorporating tidbits about what you can say with flowers in my new book Love in Bloom. I first learned about flower language years ago when I stumbled on a magazine article about it and always thought it would be fun to use somehow in a book. When I found myself writing the character of Hope Walker, who is a florist, I realized I had the perfect opportunity to share some fun information. Hope really thinks about the “message behind the message” when she’s putting together those fictional flower arrangements. Maybe, when we’re sharing gifts from our gardens, we can, too.

With spring right around the corner, it might be fun to plant goodies that we can enjoy giving to friends later when those plants and seeds grow into lovely blooms.

Giving flowers with special meaning behind them is a great way to send a special message to someone you care about. Did you know, for example, that Bells of Ireland symbolize good luck? (Well, duh. They’re Irish!) You can give a man a camellia blossom for good luck. Give him a red one and he’ll know he’s the love of your life (or, in true Victorian flower language, the flame of your heart). Daffodils can stand for a number of things, but one feeling they symbolize is respect. What a lovely spring present for someone who has been a powerful influence in your life! Lavender, in addition to making wonderful sachets and cakes, makes a lovely gift when tied up with a pretty ribbon. It symbolizes devotion. Yellow poppies stand for wealth and success – a wish you can probably think to give to any number of people right now. And pink roses symbolize perfect happiness. We should all fill our houses with pink roses! A bouquet of roses in full bloom symbolizes gratitude, so next time you want to thank a friend for doing something special, you know what to do.  Slip in some chocolate, too. In fact, a bouquet of chocolate roses sounds like the perfect gift to me. Not sure what chocolate roses mean. Oh, wait. Who am I kidding? They mean another pound for each hip!

Thank you for that informative post just in time for Spring, dear Author! Readers, your thoughts / comments are most welcome.


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1 comment :

  1. Oh it's so nice to see Sheila out there again. We had her on tour a few months ago and really enjoyed her.

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