Linda Wood Rondeau joins us today to tell us about her book Days of Vines and Roses. Back cover blurb:
When a romance writer and her estranged publisher husband attempt to reconcile, malignant forces and a pending lawsuit seem bent on keeping them apart. After fifteen years of marital disarray, Henry and Sylvia Fitzgibbons (aka Lana Longstreet) independently contemplate divorce, their relationship relegated to Henry’s infrequent visits to the Connecticut estate and their once a week meeting at Chez Phillipe’s in Manhattan. But, not yet. There is the matter of the decaying rose gardens and the thirtieth anniversary party the children are planning. Reluctantly, Henry moves in for the summer, steeled against the hauntings that torment only him. As reconciliation seems possible, the evil forces within begin to target Sylvia as well. Like the strangling vines within the rose beds, Henry and Sylvia have become victims of spiritual neglect. Their only hope remains in surrender to a power greater than the evil determined to destroy them.
This sounds like an intense book, Linda. What is the spiritual takeaway?
The decaying gardens are symbolic of Henry and Sylvia’s marriage, choked by years of neglect. Satan wants to destroy our marriages, but God wants to preserve them. The miracle of healing is possible, when we turn the wreck of our lives over to God.
Do you have a favorite scene in the book or a scene you especially enjoyed writing and why?
I enjoyed writing about Charlie Michaels, the Gardener Henry hires to save the roses. Unknown to Henry, Charlie has a past connection to the estate. Not familiar with gardens or roses, I am much like Henry…ignorant yet appreciative of their beauty. I enjoyed learning about gardening and specifically about roses. Vines are pretty to look at, but left to their own devices will take over a yard and strangle anything that gets in their way. The vines represent evil that grows out of control from our spiritual neglect.
Great analogy! What else do you have in the works?
I am currently working on a Christmas romance about a country western singer and a journalist who is caring for her adoptive autistic brother. I am also working on another Adirondack romantic suspense that includes a mysterious house, much like The Other Side of Darkness. In addition, I have started a multi-author devotional blog. I am contracted for a book this fall with the working title, Songs in the Valley, inspired by the book of Hosea. A minister, who finally believes he could start a new romance, is reunited with his runaway wife only to learn she has terminal lung cancer.
You have a lot going on. I love reading and writing Christmas romances. My debut novel which releases in November is a Christmas romance. 🙂
How has your personal life been reflected in this story?
I think in some ways, I am a lot like Sylvia. In my early years of writing, I became obsessed and lost myself in my work. God delivered me from the addiction, but did not take writing from me. He taught me how to balance my life and my passion. Sylvia has allowed her writer persona to completely dominate her life. In many ways, she is as possessed in spirit as the ballroom.
What are you currently reading and/or what is your favorite book you have read so far this year?
I enjoyed Melody Carlson’s book, Blood Sisters. It is an earlier book of hers. But she definitely writes a compelling story. The book is about a widow who has given up on life, ready to end it all, when she receives a notice of a friend’s death. Drawn to the mystery of it all, Judith is moved to live so she can find out what truly happened to her childhood friend. I am currently reading a Science Fiction book by a dear writing friend, The Second Intelligent Species. It is self-published and the author did a spectacular job.
I once tried to grow Zinnias. Watered, weeded, and nursed them all summer long. Stems grew as high as my window. Then a neighbor said, “Linda, I hate to tell you but you’ve got the healthiest pigweed I’ve ever seen.”
Linda has offered to give away one copy of her book Days of Vines and Roses. To be entered you must answer the following question: What are your gardening stories?
Rules: Drawing is open to US addresses only. You must answer the question to be entered. There must be at least ten qualifying questions for the drawing to take place. Drawing ends Sunday June 2, 2013. The winner will be notified by email on Monday June 3, 2013. Void where prohibited by law.
Winner of the 2012 Selah Award for best first novel The Other Side of Darkness/Harbourlight, LINDA WOOD RONDEAU, writes stories of God’s mercies. Walk with her unforgettable characters as they journey paths not unlike our own. After a long career in human services, Linda now resides in Jacksonville, Florida.
Linda’s best-selling Adirondack Romance, It Really IS a Wonderful Life, is published by Lighthouse of the Carolinas and is available wherever books are sold.
These books are also available in ebook format along with her other ebooks by Helping Hands Press: I Prayed for Patience/God Gave Me Children and Days of Vines and Roses. Songs in the Valley is scheduled for release this fall by Helping Hands Press.
Readers may visit her web site at www.lindarondeau.com or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or find her on Facebook, Twitter, PInterest, and Goodreads.