Roses are associated with romance, right? Very few women turn down a dozen red roses on a birthday or anniversary. I prefer yellow roses, but red will do in a pinch. Roses represent love and that’s why I’m so happy about the launch of a very special novella collection called Christmas Roses. And to help me celebrate, I’ll be giving away a copy of Christmas Roses to one of you.
But let me tell you about this book:
This project was created by my RWA Chapter–the NOLA Stars–back in Louisiana. They decided to write some short stories and novellas to benefit the chapter and to help both their published and aspiring writers gain some exposure. Part of the proceeds will got to the chapter and part of the proceeds will go to the American Rose Center, located in Greenwood, LA (near Shreveport).
The Garden of the American Rose Center contains one-hundred-and-eighteen acres of botanical wonders and boasts twenty-thousand varieties of roses. The garden moved from Columbus, Ohio to Shreveport in 1974. Each year the center celebrates “Christmas in Roseland” as part of the Trail of Lights that extends from East Texas into Northwest Louisiana and highlights several towns and cities. Strolling through the festive gardens with a cup of hot chocolate is a highlight of Christmas each year. Local schools create huge Christmas cards that are displayed along the path each year, too. They are fun to look at and touching in their creative messages. There is music every night and even a Christmas market where this book will be sold.
The novella collection has nine short novellas by Lenora Worth, Winnie Griggs, Liz Talley, Jackie Rod, Mallory Gaile, Marie Juneau and Michelle Allums. All of the stories are set at Christmas and have scenes at the Rose Center. It’s a wonderful way to celebrate the holidays and to honor friends who have worked tirelessly at the center as volunteers and board members.
To find out more about the American Rose Center, you can check out this link:
My story is titled “A Rose by Any Other Name”. It’s the story of a landscaper who loves the rose center and a bitter, grieving young woman who tries to grow roses but keeps killing them. He used to kill roses, too. But now he nurtures roses and the people who grow them. Maybe he can help her to heal.
I hope you’ll consider downloading a copy of Christmas Roses, available exclusively at amazon.com:
Do you love roses? Do you have them in your garden? Leave a comment and I’ll draw one name to received an e-book download for your Kindle. If you don’t have a Kindle, I will have print copies later and I’ll mail you one of those. I hope you enjoy wandering through Christmas in Roseland with us!
I’ll announce the winner on Facebook tomorrow and again when I post here on December 6th.