Every day Mother Earth presents us with a new gift. The daffodils, those first heralding trumpets of spring, have made way for the pansies, hyacinths, snapdragons and irises. As each flower makes its glorious debut another is waiting backstage for its moment. Soon the crepe mytles will bloom and the marigolds will spread their happy golden petals around the tomato plants. But, today, we welcome the roses. The most glorious gift of spring.
I've always been drawn to roses and the incredible healing power of simply stepping outside and inhaling their sweet scent. They say nature is the great healer, and that's why I set my stories on remote Irish islands where the only sounds are the sea crashing against the rocks, the wind whistling through the stone walls and the gulls circling the harbor as the lone passenger ferry comes and goes.
Each story in the Seal Island Trilogy includes a different colored rose with a unique and magical power. In The Selkie Spell, American doctor Tara Moore is in hiding and cannot reveal her true identity, but she uses the mysterious, fast-growing red rose petals as an herbal remedy to heal ailing islanders. But the magical power of Tara's roses goes far beyond medicine when they begin to play a part in unraveling the mystery of a centuries-old Irish curse.
In The Selkie Enchantress, coming out this summer, the magical roses are white and hold secrets to unlocking a mysterious Irish fairy tale that has remained hidden for hundreds of years, overlooked even by seasoned professor of Irish folklore, Liam O'Sullivan. When the petals of a white rose grown in winter start to fall, the legend is set in motion. And only one woman holds the power to change the ending before the last petal falls.
Roses will always hold hidden meanings and secrets for those who believe in their magic. Every day now they grow stronger and taller, unfurling their delicate petals to the light and we get a fleeting glimpse of that powerful magic and those mysteries still untold. As we honor the beauty of nature on this Earth Day of 2012, I ask only this. What is your favorite color rose? What special meaning does it hold for you?