Friday 24 May 2024

The rose girl is a potent reminder of our capacity to turn our greatest pain into love.


Rose Girl:
A Tale of Resilience and Rumi 
By Holly Lynn Payne

Publication Date: 1st September 2023
Publisher: Skywriter Books
 Page Length: 334 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction

From Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers author Holly Payne, Rose Girl is a medieval thriller that unravels the mystery surrounding an orphaned girl saint in the 13th century. Named after the flowering rosa damascena, the rose girl grows up in a monastery under a tyrannical monk but flees his wrath and soon develops a mysterious gift‚ turning roses into rose oil and is exploited as a saint for performing miracles. Determined to unburden herself of her servitude, the rose girl escapes to medieval Turkey and undergoes a powerful transformation when she meets the great mystic Rumi and discovers the secret of her birth. The rose girl is a potent reminder of our capacity to turn our greatest pain into love.

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Rose Girl

Holly Lynn Payne

Holly Lynn Payne, MFA, MIM, is an award-winning, internationally published author of four novels, private writing coach, and the host and producer of the Page One Podcast. Her debut, The Virgin's Knot (Dutton), was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers book. She earned a master’s degree from USC, BA in journalism from University of Richmond, and has served on the faculty of the California College of the Arts, Academy of Art University, San Francisco State University and Stanford. She is the former CEO and founder of Booxby, a startup that built AI powered book discovery software, backed by a grant from the National Science Foundation. She has served as a volunteer producer for Litquake, the West Coast’s largest literary festival and lives near a mountain with her daughter and dog, and enjoys mountain biking. She is also a trained intuitive healer in Energy Medicine®. 

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  1. Replies
    1. It really is a beautiful cover. It certainly catches the eye.

  2. That cover! I have added Rose Girl to my to-read list.

    1. The cover is beautiful. I hope you enjoy Rose Girl

  3. I agree with everyone else, what a cover. If I may ask you Holly, what inspired you to write about this era?


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