By: Marcia King-Gamble
This month in honor of my new release, Islands Apart, we are celebrating all things Hawaiian. My novella, Islands Apart is set in beautiful Honolulu, where I once lived eons ago.
As an island girl I feel highly qualified to say that Hawaii has some of the most beautiful flora in the world. You're probably most familiar with Plumeria, known as the lei flower. Plumeria and Franchipani are actually the same flower and used in making traditional leis. In addition to being pretty, they have the most awesome smell. They also come in an assortment of colors like white, yellow, pink and red. Here's a pic of one of the leis sent to a winner at my recent launch party.
And here’s our own blog queen, Judith Ashley after getting leied. Judith won this lei at The Generista’s fourth anniversary Facebook party. Doesn't she look stunning?
Here's Franchipani or Plumeria from another angle. This is the Franchipani tree growing poolside. While lovely to look at, and aromatic as they come, there are challenges. I've got to fish these flowers out of my pool each day and that's no fun!
Another lovely Hawaiian flower, and a favorite, is the orchid. I’ll take orchids over roses any day. My collection is growing and when the bloom is off, I grow them outdoors. My secret - I do absolutely nothing to them except to twine them around the trunks of palm trees , amazingly they blossom.
Here’s a pic of one of the orchids growing in my backyard.
There’s a scene in Islands Apart where my hero, Caden comes to take my heroine, Livvy to dinner and an orchid plays a part in the budding romance. Below you can find an excerpt from the scene.
“You’re throwing me to the wolves,” Livvy wailed, even as Mal pushed her out the door.
Somehow she managed to make it to the lobby without breaking her ankle.
Caden waited, arms behind his back, in front of one of the overstuffed couches, looking so handsome that. Livvy’s breath hitched in her throat. He was wearing a jacket with a white polo shirt underneath and pressed jeans. He tucked an orchid behind her ear, making her feel like Diana Ross in Mahogany, the old movie about Billie Holiday; except Billie wore gardenias.
Livvy was swept into Caden’s arms and kissed soundly on the mouth.
“Lady, you take my breath away. I can’t wait to show you off,” he said, whisking her toward the valet.
Another exotic flower is the hibiscus. In Hawaii they grow in abundance and are used even as hedges. The colors are unusual and no luau would ever be complete without the requisite hula girl with the flower tucked behind her ear. Isn't this sweet little girl just the cutest?
Of course, no woman’s life is ever complete until she receives an exotic Hawaiian bouquet. These flowers last forever, and as my sexy hero, Caden knows, what better way to apologize to the one you love, than to say it with flowers.
Another excerpt from Islands Apart:
“Someone likes you. They’re beautiful,” the pretty Polynesian woman at the concierge desk said, when Livvy went off to claim her delivery. The attendant struggled under the burden of an oversized arrangement consisted of trailing orchids, birds of paradise and anthuriums. “I can have the flowers sent up.”
Please let it not be from Thorne.
With some trepidation, Livvy opened the accompanying card and read the message. Her cheeks heated up and her heart jumped.
I owe you and Bryan a huge apology. Will you have dinner with me?
I miss you,
I hope this teaser makes you download a copy of Islands Apart. Be sure to enjoy the beautiful scenery and smell the flowers, and hopefully the storyline will keep you hooked.
Here's a Blue Hawaii to keep you reading!