Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Roses and Such...

My new release, For the Love of Dogs, is selling rather briskly, if I do say so myself! I've loved hearing readers' comments about it. In fact, if you've read it, please put in a customer review on Amazon! (Assuming you liked it, natch.) It only takes a second and it is a huge, huge help for authors.

I'm starting work on Novel #3 set in a series based on an Amish community in Stoney Ridge, Pennsylvania. I'm trying to get about 2500 to 5000 words written a day...doesn't mean those words won't be slashed and edited and chain-sawed, but that's my goal. So far, so good. I'm up to about 19,000 words. (By the way, most novels are 75,000+ words.)

And I love this story line, too. Haven't come up with a title yet, but I have my characters in place. It's based on a rose farm, where a funny, quirky Amish grandmother makes old fashioned rose petal jam and cooks up a bundle, including a mystery or two.

Have you ever had rose petal jam? I was in Oregon recently and went to a street fair with my daughters. A vendor was offering samples of rose petal jam, saying that if angels eat, this would be their food of choice.

Wow...she was not kidding! Sweet but not too sweet, with a delicious, gently perfumed taste.

So I've been studying about roses and learning all kinds of odd and unusual bits of info.

For example, did you know that Coca Cola makes a great pesticide?! Maybe it's just me, but that is a little bit of a scary thought. What is it doing to your innards?

My friend Nyna says that Dawn dishwashing detergent works well, too.

So if you know anything about roses, or even have a favorite variety, send me an e-mail: or leave a comment. And if I can incorporate it into the book, I promise to add your name in the acknowledgements. I am nothing if not a grateful author!