My upcoming Heartsong Presents release, Rose of Sharon, is a perfect fit with Cheryl’s anniversary celebration! The heroine in my book is making a Rose of Sharon quilt for her twin sister’s 50th anniversary gift.
The Rose of Sharon quilt motif was popular in the mid 1900’s, and regained popularity in the 1920’s and 1930’s. Just like in Songs of Solomon, the Rose of Sharon quilt block pattern represents romantic love and the sacrament of marriage. An appliqued Rose of Sharon quilt was a popular wedding gift during these eras. There are many variations of the Rose of Sharon quilt block, as you can see by the picture, yet they all represent the sanctity of love and marriage.
An excerpt from Rose of Sharon:
Was he talking to her or just talking?
“Maybe the relatives won’t stay around for breakfast. Maybe they’ll go to Jeanie’s.” Walt’s voice cracked and he wiped his eyes with the middle knuckle on his right index finger.
“Would you like some time alone?” Lil rested her arms on the tabletop, resigned that now just wasn’t the right time to tell Walt she wanted to be released from this assignment. Besides, Tiffany hadn’t returned her call yet, so she didn’t really know if she’d be leaving in a day or two.
Walt sniffed. “No,” he said, shaking his head. “I don’t want to be alone.”
Lil’s chest swelled with fear. Those mesmerizing eyes conveyed another meaning to his words as his hand engulfed hers.
“Do not arouse or awaken love until it so desires.” It wasn’t possible for feelings to develop this quickly, was it? Swallowing hard, Lil knew it was, had lived it. But this wasn’t genuine, just fleeting infatuation.
Silent minutes ticked by as Walt stared at the china cup and Lil stared at their hands.
Today I’m giving away, a copy of the first and second book in my quilting series, Lily of the Field and Job’s Tears, along with a quilted potholder made with the quilt pattern that corresponds with the title of the book, to two lucky commenters.Please leave your email address to be entered in the drawing.
Job's Tears, and, Rose of Sharon, are only available by calling 800-873-8635. You can order as many as you'd like. Several people have told me that they are very pleasant to work with. The first book, Lily of the Field is now available as an ebook through Nook and Kindle. It is still available in print through the publisher, Barbour Publishing (http://www.barbourbooks.com/).
Rose Ross Zediker lives in rural Elk Point, South Dakota, with her husband of thirty years. Their grown son has started a family of his own. Rose works full-time at The University of South Dakota and writes during the evening or weekends. Some of her pastimes include reading, sewing, embroidery, quilting, and spoiling her granddaughters.
Rose’s quilt themed romance novels include Lily of the Field, Job’s Tears and Rose of Sharon. Besides writing inspirational romance novels, Rose has many publishing credits in the Christian children’s genre including a non-fiction book, Wealth In Biblical Times. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. Visit Rose on the Web at www.roserosszediker.blogspot.com.