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In the fall of 2018, I started playing around with a late-in-life romance, featuring Andre Bellaire, the father of Delia Bellaire Norton. Readers first met Andre in Glorious Montana Sky, when he suffered a heart attack, stranding him and his newly discovered daughter in Sweetwater Springs. Andre made appearances in Bright Montana Sky and Montana Sky Justice, and I came to love his generous heart. I figured it wasn’t too late for him to find love.
At some point, I was listening to the Christmas carol, “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming” and the title A Late-Blooming Rose came to me. I knew then that Andre would have to find his Rose, and the novella would be a Christmas story.
I began writing the novella, and then the wild fires started burning in California. In addition to being an author, I’m also a psychotherapist and corporate crisis and grief counselor. I often travel to companies who’ve suffered some kind up incident that upsets employees, such as a death, accident, robbery, or layoffs. While I didn’t provide crisis counseling for fire victims—I live a little too far away—I did do a lot of crisis work in November, covering my area and taking over the cases of the counselors who did counseling for fire victims. That extra work left me little time or energy to write. Andre and Rose’s story had to be postponed until next Christmas. But I think you’ll find A Late-Blooming Rose is worth the wait.
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Debra Holland’s sweeping Montana Sky saga continues in Montana Sky Justice, Book 9 of the Montana Sky series. Read more!