Between the Lines: Hawthorn, Hope, and Storytelling


Here in the northern hemisphere, autumn has painted our surroundings with its rich palette of golds, reds, and oranges. The days are growing colder, and the nights are drawing in faster, and I coorie ever deeper into my heavy knit cardigan… It’s hard not to reflect on summer’s sunnier, vibrant moments.

Today, for Cee’s FOTD, I bring you a bloom from summers past – the gentle and serene hawthorn blossom. It’s a breath of fresh air.

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Embracing Individuality: Lessons from a Yellow Rhododendron

Hey there, lovely people,

I hope this finds you all well. For today’s Cee’s FOTD, I’ve got another floral treat for your eyes. If you thought rhododendrons only came in shades of white, pink, or purple, think again! 🌸➡️🌼

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Rhododendron Blooms to Brighten the Day

Hi there!

It’s been almost a month since my last post 😬. A brief holiday to visit the in-laws down in England, combined with an extended run-in with illness and a nightmare migraine, has kept me away. But as the petals unfurl after a storm, I, too, am beginning to recover and lift my head to the sun… well, let’s pretend there’s some ☀️

Living with complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) has its set of challenges, not only in how it affects the use of my hand and arm but also in how it impacts my immune response.

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Red-Capped Radiance: A Surprise Star from Pollock Country Park

Today, my Flower of the Day (FOTD) is a bit unconventional but no less captivating. I stumbled upon this highly photogenic Amanita muscaria mushroom while on a stupendously long walk around Pollock Country Park with Jez.

I’d only ever seen this type of mushroom in paintings and never quite believed they were real. Well, at the very least, I didn’t think we had them in Scotland. 😂

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Writing and Blooming: A Sneak Peek into Researching My Next Heroine

For many, many, many months, I’ve been working on the edits for Running the Asset. Much of the work I’ve been doing lately involves research, confirming facts, and location scouting. It’s been a fun but time-consuming part of the job.

Not only has it been necessary for the story’s verisimilitude, but it’s also helped me connect with the characters on a far deeper level. It’s a process I want to streamline for future books in the series.

I mentioned this desire to my wonderful husband, Jez, and he came up with a great idea. Post to Cee’s FOTD challenge–he’s been posting his amazing flowers for several years now! (Give both Jez and Cee a follow to fill your day with stunning photos.)

Okay, why would I post to a Flower of the Day challenge to help with romantic suspense novel research? Well, my next heroine, Bron, is a florist (with some kick-ass moves).

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