Sunday, April 22, 2012

The Magic of Mother Earth

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?


12 comments:

  1. I love all roses but especially peach colored ones. My home would be surrounded by gardens of roses if it were not for my loving dog who for some reason loves to eat them-the entire bush...thorns, roots and all. Just bought one yesterday, set it out on the porch thinking surely she's outgrown that obsession by now and I can start planting. But, no, by midafternoon, the rose was a stump in the pot. So I will settle for reading your books and living the magic of roses through them.

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    1. Perhaps if you set a single peach rose beside her dog dish, it might appease her hankering for chomping on the petals?

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  2. Though not my favorite flower, I do love the fragrance and appreciate the words of your post. One of my daughters used the yellow-pink combination rose for her wedding (only the pink was the dominant color) and it was so feminine and inviting.
    I look forward to the day when I can physically hold one of your books in my hands and read them!

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    1. Thank you, Kim! The flowers in your daughter's wedding sound absolutely enchanting. And I do plan to make the Seal Island Trilogy available in paperback, hopefully before the end of 2012!

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  3. at the very least I could give her some petals in her food now and then! Thanks for the suggestion. I think she was trying to tell me something.

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  4. I love roses and your beautiful post! We are two months ahead here in Colorado and the roses had very little die back over the winter. It could be an amazing year for them as long as it doesn't snow....It's going to be in the 80's today!

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    1. We had some roses blooming through January here. So bizarre. But I have to admit I kind of liked it. :) Enjoy the gorgeous weather in Colorado and let me know when your roses come alive!

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  5. PURPLE!!! Chris and I have a weird obsession with the color purple, so he got me purple roses on Valentine's Day. LOL. Can't wait for the rest of the trilogy to come out!! Loved the first one and can't wait for more Ms. Moss!!!

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    1. Well, what do you know? Lavender roses are my favorite flower, too. :) You have excellent taste!

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  6. I must say because you don't see lavender roses very often they draw me to them.

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    1. There's something very magical about lavendar roses. :)

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