Whom the Bluebell TollsAudrey Bloom here, to tell you about our great deal on poinsettias!

Yeah, I didn’t think there’d be too many takers in January. But since my cousin Liv is majorly prego—and seems to be making decisions with her hormones rather than her usually keen business sense—she ordered enough to keep the whole town of Ramble, Virginia, in bloom for the next twenty Decembers. So we still have poinsettias for any willing takers. And yes, if you pull up to the back door of the Rose in Bloom, I can sneak a few out to your car for free, when Liv isn’t looking!

And yes, you can keep poinsettias alive until next year. Here’s how: www.wikihow.com/Keep-Poinsettias-Growing-To-Next-Christmas

But yes, Liv and I run the Rose in Bloom, the small flower shop she and I started using the money our Grandma Mae left us. Liv does a great job (normally) running the day-to-day operation, which has allowed me to specialize in weddings, particularly bridal bouquets. Brides seem to like that many of our flowers are grown locally, but also I like to give our brides a little special attention by creating bouquets just for them using the old Victorian language of flowers. So many of them find it romantic and really get into the process. And I enjoy helping a bride choose flowers to match her unique personality or characterize her relationship with her fiancé.

Of course, the downside of that is when flowers aren’t available, or when a bride chooses a flower that has a negative connotation. For example, the bluebell. All bellflowers (campanula) can symbolize gratitude. But the bluebell in particular? It’s come to signify sorrowful regret. You can imagine how I felt when we were scrambling to replace bellflowers for a big wedding—and one that was part of the reality TV show, Fix My Wedding—and all we could get was blue!

There was probably more sorrowful regret than gratitude that day, especially after the murder… But that is part of a bigger, longer story that I don’t want to give away! I would, however, be happy to throw in a poinsettia or two. (Or three.)

You can read more about Audrey in For Whom the Bluebell Tolls, the second book in the “Bridal Bouquet Shop” mystery series, published by Berkley Prime Crime. The first book in the series is Bloom and Doom.

GIVEAWAY: Leave a comment by 6 p.m. eastern on January 29 for the chance to win a copy of FOR WHOM THE BLUEBELL TOLLS. The giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.

Meet the author
Beverly Allen writes cozy mysteries with a healthy dose of comedy and sometimes a splash of romance. Bloom and Doom, the first book in the Bridal Bouquet Shop Mystery series was released in April 2014, and For Whom the Bluebell Tolls is now available! Beverly grew up in the suburbs of Buffalo, NY. When not reading or writing, she enjoys cooking, crafts, home-improvement projects, and spending time with her husband, daughter, and four naughty, but adorable cats.

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