Valentine's gift - D.K.Christi signs Ghost Orchid at Barnes & Noble Booksellers at noon, Saturday, Feb.6
Special Event on Saturday, February 13:
D.K. Christi returns at noon to sign her book Ghost Orchid, inspired by Corkscrew's Ghost Orchid. After the book signing, visitors can take their signed books for a walk on the boardwalk to see the locations shared by the characters in the novel. Learn more...
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Ghost Orchid book signing: Saturday, February 6 Noon
D. K. Christi signs the book, Ghost Orchid, inspired by D. K. Christi's fascination with the ghost orchid of Corkscrew Swamp that was first seen on her birthday in 2007 and was chronicled by the Naples Daily News in 2008, the second year of her visits to the ghost orchid and the year the novel, Ghost Orchid, was submitted to her publisher.
The signing at B&N is just one stop on the book launch tour. Ghost Orchid is found at local Barnes & Noble stores, www.dkchristi.com, and all online book stores and e-book sites.
Valentine's Day catching up with you? Take the Ghost Orchid walk with your signed book by D.K. Christi and experience the locations shared by the characters in a mystery unfolding, one coincidence at a time. One flower; four destinies wrapped around the ghost orchid. The fascinating boardwalk won't reveal the real ghost orchid until late June or early July, but you may enjoy the walk itself and experience the serenity and peace shared by the characters whose lives in Ghost Orchid find redemption and the answer to their question, "Is love eternal?"
What a book to commemorate Valentine's Day! Love, lies and redemption surround the ghost orchid, the "heart and soul" of the novel according to NPR's audio review at its Florida Book Page web site. It's a "must read" for those who love the Everglades and wonders of nature.
Feb. 6 2010
The Everglades were far from silent; birds were singing in many different tunes, all in harmony. The crickets and the tree frogs were also in competition. Red-headed woodpeckers were handling the drum section, accompanied by the deep base of bull frogs and an occasional alligator. I call it the "Swamp Symphony" and believe it's written just for me.
I was in a little hurry to reach my ghost orchid before the guides took down the scope. I made it. I gingerly put my eye to the eye piece careful to mind the sign, "look, but don't touch and don't kick the scope." A few rain drops at the eye piece and at the viewing end blurred the vision a little as I gazed upward into the high cypress canopy.
Nothing could diminish the beauty I experienced. Large, white blooms were framed by the wide trunk in the background; the blooms hid the roots that snake around the tree. My heart raced with the beauty. This is my ghost orchid, my annual birthday gift in July that has continued blooming into August this year, a first.
The sheer size of the blooms far exceeded any I have seen in the two previous years since its first appearance. I know why. I became obsessed with the ghost orchid in July of 2007, following its blooming daily through the three summer months and returned in 2008 for a second rapturous experience. I saw the dancing ghosts and felt their spiritual power; I almost cried as their blooms turned brown and disappeared.
The Naples Daily News even documented my obsession among the other strangers who became equally fascinated.
My obsession and fixation on this rare and exotic flower led to writing "Ghost Orchid" a novel of mystery surrounding one family's lies, loves and redemption while the ghost orchid worked its magic. A beautiful Irish girl in search of her history finds more than she seeks in this drama of death and resurrection. Her passion is photography; yet a chasm in her heart seeks what only the ghost orchid can fulfill.
I was compelled to write "Ghost Orchid" as its framework and characters met me on my daily walks to my own viewing of this special flower that has no leaves. Some say it is often associated with graves, the manifestation of the soul. I see elegance and beauty beyond imagination.
Today, my ghost orchid celebrated the completion of its story with glorious, healthy white blooms in my honor. What a day of celebration! I even thought, "if I marry, I want to carry ghost orchids, pure and white." What a silly thought! That's the power of my orchid ghost.