Which do you choose? Pretty. There is too much ugly going on in the world today. So, I choose pretty. And, specifically, I choose flowers. And, even though I love flowers of all kinds, I choose roses. Duh. This is not new news for those who know me. But, a bit of background.
For most of my life, I have loved flowers. When I was little, Mother grew flowers for fun. She would buy seeds at the hardware store (owned by my Uncle Beamus) and plant them in the back yard. I specifically remember sweet peas. But, that is because they were easy to grow. She would try roses, but she did not do what roses wanted her to do. They did not thrive under her care. Haha. But, that did not keep me from loving them. I would see them in the florist and at funerals and weddings but not in the back yard or front yard. She did well with geraniums. Here in Paris, people grow geraniums a lot. And Azaleas. I think that Azaleas are difficult, but people buy them a lot. Not me. I don’t spend a lot of money on flowers here (so far) but that may change. But, I digress…..
So, when I was living in Westwood in Los Angeles (just after I married Steve in 2005), I got a new Blackberry phone with a camera. So, on my early morning walks, I started using my camera. I would see a rose bush, and take an up close and personal picture of a rose and post it on Facebook. Then I would post that rose on Instagram. And, then on a website called Foap. I sold this image to “Getty Images”
Then, Steve and I started writing books for Amazon. And, one of the first books I wrote I called “Capturing Beauty”. I took 200 of my favorite rose pictures, added a quotation that I liked and published it. It was lovely! I wanted the pictures in color and that was very expensive, making the book expensive. And, the pictures were matt. I wanted glossy. Not to be. Ok, I would do matt. Well, I would also do a Kindle version in color. It was lovely. Converting to kindle took a hired expert and that was expensive. But, I did it anyway.
But, I have never promoted that book. I have never promoted my books – period! So, I have resolved (especially during lockdown) to begin to change that. They are not best-sellers. But they are fun. And “Pretty”… And I am limited in what I can photograph with my Paris location for now because of lockdown. Soooooo. That is the background.
I did a new cover that I LOVE! And, I don’t have any copies of this book. I gave the last copy to a restaurant owner (GUISEPPE) in Nice, who LOVED it.
I autographed it for him. I had brought it to give to my friend Christine – who was treating me to a birthday lunch, but Giuseppe wanted it, so I promised to get Christine another one. I still owe Christine that book.
I don’t have any updated paperback copies of my books or Steve’s 8 books. I have vowed to get copies with new covers for my bookshelf, but – with all of the moving and knee surgeries – I have it on my “to do” list. And all of the covers need to be updated to Paris. That is a chore for another time. But, today, I am going to share with you “Capturing Beauty”. I published two books in that genre, but “Capturing Beauty” is my favorite. (the other one is “Moments in Time”)
The book is lovely. (I think). It is filled with 200 of my favorite rose photographs. Each rose has an accompanying quotation to go with it – favorite quotes and photos that I wanted to include. I need to get copies on my own bookshelves. Here is the cover:
It is for sale on amazon.com in the paperback (coffee table version) and Kindle versions. It says I live in Nice (4 years in Nice) and now I am in Paris. ToBeUpdatedSomedaySoon. But, I will help you take a look. Here is the link on Amazon (if this works).
And, there is information about me on Amazon Author Central (all needing to be updated at another time). But, the book is lovely. And, I don’t plan to change that. So, I would love it if you would introduce yourself to my Amazon personality and bookshelf. I am in the process of re-editing “Janet Tallulah” so that it “flows” better. It is my favorite of my writings but it needs work (which I am doing and enjoying). Stay tuned.