Add Essie’s Roses to your fall reading list! Essie's Roses is a sweeping, moving historical novel set before the Civil War about secrets, freedom, and the power of love. To learn more about the reasons and history behind the book and to read an excerpt visit my website at: www.MichelleMuriel.com Read on for info on how to enter Michelle's Fall Facebook Giveaway!
“Love must be as much a light, as it is a flame.” ~Henry David Thoreau
One of the things that spoke to me as I wrote my novel Essie’s Roses was the tender love story that unfolded among all of the women of Westland: Miss Katie, Delly, and especially between Evie and Essie. I had no idea where their journey would take me, but I treasured how Evie and Essie persevere in the face of tremendous political and social pressure, even danger, to remain by each other’s side. Their friendship is that of committed and sometimes tough love. Read on...
Friends, I can hardly believe another year is coming to an end. Essie’s Roses had amazing success this year because of you. I’m so grateful it continues to find its readers and touch hearts as you have touched mine with your continued encouragement, support, and friendship. Read on...
While writing Essie’s Roses, I had an encounter with someone who wasn’t a reader. They couldn’t believe a story could do anything but provide entertainment and an escape. We absolutely read to be entertained, but I have seen firsthand how stories, particularly plays, can give someone a voice, understanding, and healing. Read on and be encouraged by this message of hope . . .
I love the quiet of winter and the start of a new year. A new year brings thoughts of new goals, plans, and resolutions. We all have a tendency to label a year, don’t we? A year of getting in shape. A year of quitting a bad habit. A year of doing that dream inside of you. A year of taking that first step of faith into something new. A new job. A new house. A new relationship.
Two are better than one. Thank you for your amazing support this year. I cannot believe winter is upon us. What a beautiful journey having you in my corner, cheering on Essie’s Roses as it reaches more readers. Thank you for everything you have done to spread the word about my debut novel. Feeling so blessed! As a new year approaches, I wish you everything that is beautiful, edifying, and good.
The holidays can be a hard time for many. Whether missing lost loved ones, feeling a little down as the year comes to an end, fear of the unknown, pressures from work, family, and the holiday rush . . .all of these things can take their toll.