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5 Plumes boast their favorite blooms

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According to the calendar, spring has supposedly sprung. Personally, I think that someone needs to have a conversation with Mother Nature because the temperature display on my car’s dash is making me sad. But that is a rant for another day. Today, we appeal to Mother Nature’s literary aesthetic. We called upon some of our favorite authors to share their best blooms in hopes that Mother Nature will hear our call and finally remove the veil of winter. Steve Berry, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Patriot Threat “The Morning Glory. It blooms every day, in the morning, with the fresh sun.  Then, by mid to late-afternoon, it tires, withdraws within itself, and waits for the…

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CAPTION CONTEST for Vivian Probst’s DEATH BY ROSES

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Are you hung-up over the one who got away? If you were given the chance, what would you do? What would you say? DEATH BY ROSES is about second chances and this is your chance to remind someone just how special they are to you. Enter to win a dozen luscious roses to send to someone special in time for Valentine’s Day. To enter please write a caption for the book cover featured in the image above. Write your caption in the comment section below. The winner will receive a dozen beautiful roses from Surroundings Flowers to send to their loved one.  

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What kind of flower are you? Six literary heroines and their floral alter egos

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A red rose means love. A daisy, innocence. A violet signifies faithfulness. Vanessa Diffenbaugh’s bestselling novel The Language of Flowers (Ballantine, 2011) sparked renewed interest in Victorian “floriography,” or flower symbolism. Recipients used floral dictionaries to decode the meanings of complicated “talking bouquets” and made floral arrangements to communicate feelings society would not permit them to say aloud. To celebrate spring, BookTrib offers a bouquet of seasonal blooms and their fictional counterparts. These female characters (and one real-life heroine) are no shrinking violets. Daffodil: Scarlett O’Hara (Gone with the Wind)  The daffodil, also called the narcissus, has several meanings in floriography. Sharing a name with a Greek character who falls in love with his own reflection, it’s no surprise that…

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Hey, Mom! Win an exquisite bouquet to decorate your refeathered nest

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You swore after nearly 20 years of soccer and marching band practices, last-minute school projects (remembering trying to create the solar system at midnight?), and mountains of laundry you’d celebrate when the kids left the nest. So why do you feel so blue now that your youngest is preparing for high school graduation? Licensed psychotherapist Wendy Aronsson says it’s because you’re going through “The Shift” – a sea change from full-time responsibility to adviser to independent offspring. In her new book, Refeathering the Empty Nest: Life After the Children Leave, Aronsson provides practical advice on how parents can embrace this new chapter of their lives while building stronger relationships with their young adults. To celebrate your independence—or to help someone…

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Cooking With Flowers takes the cake

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Some might say that receiving a bouquet of roses, lilacs and violets really takes the cake this time of year.  But what if they were part of the cake? How about Cardamom Cake with Raspberry Rose Mascarpone? Or perhaps violet cupcakes with a side of lilac sorbet? Pastry chef Miche Baker of Mali B Sweets wants you to think outside of the vase and consider adding flowers to your dessert repertoire. To inspire, she’s written COOKING WITH FLOWERS: Sweet and Savory Recipes with   Rose Petals, Lilacs, Lavender, and Other Edible Flowers (Quirk Books). While the idea of cooking with flowers might seem a little strange or even sacrilegious (who wants to destroy such beauty?) you most likely have been…

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