My friends-to-lovers contemporary romance novella, Rose in Bloom, releases on Nov. 1. Today, I thought I’d share what inspired me to write it.
Like so many, I really struggled creatively during the pandemic. I thought I’d use the time saved in commute to write, but that isn’t how it worked out. I would sit down in front of my laptop and draw a complete blank. I kept trying, researching for my dual timeline set in Pompeii, but I couldn’t make the words come.
Anyway, I use an electronic greeting card service, Jacquie Lawson. The cards are lovely, and the membership cost is low. Each year there is an Advent calendar, and there is also a Country Cottage game. In the game, you do puzzles to earn points to decorate a cottage. The Advent calendar last year was Christmas in London, with a townhouse as your home base; each day, you collected an ornament for the townhouse tree.
As I played the games, decorating both homes, I found myself wondering what kind of people lived in the houses I created. That’s how I decided that the cottage was being let to an American author who was writing her first book. Then, I decided that the townhouse belonged to a gentleman whom she would meet. But how might that happen?
That’s how Rose Davis and Gareth Llewellyn were born. I decided to write a story just for myself, not caring how long or short it was … and, honestly, whether it was worthy of publication. I just wanted to finish something.
And, I did! I came to love Rose and Gareth so much, and was really happy with their story. I asked a friend to read it and, even though romance is really not her jam, she had the same reaction.
That’s when I decided to publish Rose in Bloom.
I hope you’ll love Rose and Gareth’s story as much as I do. You can pre-order from your favorite bookseller at this link.
Back cover copy:
Rose Davis always prided herself on being sensible. But when she loses her job, she takes an uncharacteristic leap of faith and agrees to spend six months living in Wisteria Cottage, just outside of the tiny village of Shalbourne, England. It will give her the chance to fulfill her secret dream of writing a book, and an opportunity to figure out next steps.
What she doesn’t reckon with is Welsh gardener Gareth Llewellyn. With his long hair and scruffy beard, he’s definitely not Rose’s type. And yet, there’s something about him …