Monday, May 9, 2016

Pluck Your Flowers from Your Writer’s Tool Box

This week, author Sandra Cox joins us with her non-fiction tip. Multi-published author Sandra Cox writes YA Fantasy, Romance, and Metaphysical Nonfiction. She lives in sunny North Carolina with her husband, a brood of critters and an occasional foster cat. Although shopping is high on the list, her greatest pleasure is sitting on her screened in porch, listening to the birds, sipping coffee or a latte, and enjoying a good book. She's a vegetarian and a Muay Thai enthusiast.

Sandra's Tip - Pluck Your Flowers from Your Writer’s Tool Box

As romance readers and writers there are two things we love: a male protagonist that can sweep us off our feet and flowers. So let’s combine the two. Our hero decides to give the heroine flowers.  Now let’s take it one step further. Our hero is a history buff and he knows that in Victorian times flowers were used to send secret messages and that they had a language all of their own. So our rugged, Harley-riding male, not only brings the woman of his dreams flowers, he brings the flowers that speak from his heart because underneath that tough, devil-may-care exterior, he’s a true romantic. His bouquet consists of amaranths, which represents immortal love, azaleas—fragile passion, carnations—fascination and love, red Camellias—you’re a flame in my heart, primroses—I can’t live without you, and a red rose for passion. And once her florist friend, who is also a Victorian buff clues her in, she falls into his arms.  Or maybe, he’s not willing to take the chance and includes a card that explains the meanings of the flowers and after she reads it, he gets down on one knee and holds out a blinding diamond.   
Or you want to know what your heroine Laurel’s name means (glory) and she’s looking for a poisonous plant (belladonna) to grind up and feed her unfaithful lover.

Angelica (inspiration) makes her own oils and needs a sleep aid recipe.
These are just a few examples of the wonderful uses for flowers when we are writing.

Flower Gardens and More is on sale this week at Amazon for .99 cents.  I hope you find it useful for your tool box. (Also available in paper for 8.75.)

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  1. Thanks for hosting me, Beverley.

  2. What fascinating information and a lot for suitors to remember. I love your cover. Thank you for sharing.

  3. It is a lot for suitors to remember. Grin.
    Thanks, Vicki:)

  4. Very interesting to learn about the secret messages of flowers! All the best!

  5. As a gardener, I can appreciate the flower message. Somehow gardens play into many of my stories, but not in the manner you've shown. Certainly something to think about. Thanks, Sandra.