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Reviews for Ghost Orchid and Bamboo Ring

Two great reviews at Amazon.com:

"Bamboo Ring"

"Ghost Orchid"
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Naples Press Club features D. K. Christi by Jean Amodea

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Faces of the NPC: Meet D.K. Christi
by J.C. Amodea • March 31, 2015 • 0 Comments
D.K. Christi

D.K. Christi

D.K. Christi has a colorful background that has no doubt contributed to her storehouse of experiences, today expressed through her craft as an author and journalist.

A native of Michigan, while her travels have allowed her to spend time in many states, she is most influenced by time spent in California, as well as in Europe, Asia and the Caribbean.

During five years in Seoul, South Korea, as the editor for all international financial reports published in English at a Big 10 CPA firm, she became fluent in the language.

And while doing volunteer work as a school teacher in Georgetown, Exuma, Commonwealth of the Bahamas, she lived solo on her 67-foot yacht.

“It was a truly memorable and wonderful experience and a vignette from three years of blue water, live-aboard sailing in the Caribbean,” she mused.

After owning a rental property, in Bonita Springs and returning to refurbish it, Christi “found a position at International College, stayed temporarily for the Gulf, the weather and the comfort of home,” where she continues to reside – and write.

Naples Press Club: How long have you been writing and in what areas?

D.K. Christi: Writing in my teen years, I wrote news releases and ads as an announcer on WKBZ, planning a career in radio broadcasting and television news. Instead, I worked in public relations for a major airline manufacturing company and wrote press releases, toured the media and anyone else, and wrote the in-house communications. I wrote curriculum materials implemented by state departments of education in several states. I also designed and implemented electronic data collection systems and wrote the technical manuals and provided the training. I wrote graduate curriculum in vocational education for the University of South Florida. As a grant writer and state and regional board director for workforce initiatives, I brought millions to public, private and state programs and provided promotional packages and media support. I contributed articles to technical journals and professional organization magazines. I delivered keynote addresses and workshop training at national and state conferences for education and private businesses as a strategic planner and trainer and spokesperson for diversity, writing training materials and presentation media packages. In the last 10 years, I started fiction writing as a counter to the years of technical and factual reporting.

NPC: What have been your most notable accomplishments?

D.K.C.: My greatest accomplishment used writing and presentation to advocate for people who needed extra support to reach economic self-sufficiency. In 1985, I was a founding board member for the Community Foundation of Collier County. Later, I brought together academic leaders in five counties that have continued to meet for the benefit of area students, K-university. My novel “Ghost Orchid” was praised by National Public Radio reviews for its advocacy for the preservation of natural habitat through a fictional story appealing to a new audience beyond the traditional environmentalists. My career income was totally derived from competitive contract proposals, and at one time, personnel in the State of Florida Department of Education said my grant applications received the highest scores of any submitted. I also taught grant-writing at national conferences.

NPC: What have you published?

D.K.C.: My most recent novel, “Bamboo Ring,” was released Dec. 11, 2014, and is a prequel to the popular “Ghost Orchid,” inspired by the “super ghost” orchid of Corkscrew Sanctuary. I also have short stories published in seven anthologies.

NPC: What are you involved with now?

D.K.C.: As a freelance writer, I write articles for online e-zines and print magazines. I average 14 articles per month and write the “Our Best Friends” dog column with southwest Florida’s “Spotlight” magazines. I am writing a third novel in the Bamboo Rings series, “Caribbean Odyssey” and a Civil War novel. I present talks about ghost orchids at organization meetings and am available as a strategic planner and workshop trainer. I was recently one of six presenters at the inaugural Authors and Books Fest at South Regional Library, Collier County.

NPC: Who is your favorite fiction and non-fiction author and book title?

D.K.C.: “The Little Prince,” by Antoine de St. Exupery, fiction and “The Four Agreements,” by Dom Luis, non-fiction.

NPC: What advice do you have for newbies to the field of writing?

D.K.C. Write something every day. Competition is stiff and “starving artists” are many. Find a muse, a critique partner and an editor that are painfully honest. Plan ahead for the arduous task of promotion. Continue to learn your craft and expand your creative horizons. Network from the beginning, not after publication. Most of all, enjoy the journey.

Contact D.K. Christi, M.Ed., at dkchristi.com and dkchristi.webs.com.

J.C. Amodea is a Naples Press Club member responsible for compiling Faces of the NPC. If you are interested in being profiled or know someone who should be featured, contact Jean at JeanAmodea@gmail.com. Read More 
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Exotic locations and romance - Bamboo Ring review

Exotic locations and romance - D.K. Christi entices the reader with deliciously seductive breadcrumbs as she entwines the stories of her first two books, Arirang and Ghost Orchid, with her new endeavor, Bamboo Ring.
You will follow Melani's loveless marriage as she finds steamy romance and excruciating loss with a stranger who captures her soul. Her story is set against the backdrop of the rich yet humble Korean culture, and on to San Francisco and the Midwest; travel with her to other exotic places on extended vacations that are both tender and harrowing. Bamboo Ring follows the twists and turns of tortured romance as Melani struggles to find herself and her true love. Every new twist draws the reader deeper into Melani's personal heaven and hell from volcanic emotional eruptions to desert-like hell as she follows an impossible love. Walk with her on her journey toward fulfillment.

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D. K. Christi Interviewed by Cheryl Holloway at her blog

Guest Author Interview – D.K. Christi
Posted on January 9, 2015 by Cheryl Holloway

Title: Bambo Ring

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Synopsis: Korea, Iraq, Iran, Egypt – they jump from today’s headlines and from the pages of Bamboo Ring, a novel of high stakes adventure and romance set in the 70’s and weaving through exotic foreign locations.

The unfolding scandal between a young ex-patriot wife and a charming military officer capture the heart. The terror of surviving life-threatening adventures and the agony and ecstasy of passionate love provide an emotional roller coaster with a surprise at every turn of the page.

Explore the elite ex-patriot community of Europe and Asia, U.S. military bases at the end of Vietnam and international experiences that enrich and confuse the lives of young professionals outside the comforts of the U.S., connected to each other by U. S. citizenship, an intimate club of their own that spans the continents.

A prequel to the well-received Ghost Orchid, Bamboo Ring is the back story, complete and satisfying in its own rich tapestry. Meet Melani and Jack and discover the back story that sets the stage for the best-selling novel, Ghost Orchid.

D K Christi

Author: D.K. Christi

CH: Welcome D.K. Christi. Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to share your writing world and publishing journey with my audience.

CH: Please tell us in one sentence, why we should read your book.

DKC: Bamboo Ring is a tale of love and obsession set in exotic, foreign locations that excite the senses with page-turning adventures.

CH: Where do you get your inspiration and ideas from when you write?

DKC: Usually a true incident fascinates me and leads to the development of a story that creates the world in which the incident occurs. My life has been rich with travel, work, family, and friends of infinite variety from which to glean characteristics to create new characters who live in the pages of the stories.

I write in the real world, with people who may step from the pages and emotions the readers may share. Amazon.com said that my readers “may discover something” about themselves when they read my stories.

CH: Your cover is bright and cheerful. Who designed the cover?

DKC: I do love the cover, designed by Dave King at Black Rose Writing. The bamboo’s strength is a key element of Bamboo Ring and the walk into the unknown. Have you ever heard bamboo sing? It makes its own haunting percussion sound in the slightest wind that grows in intensity.

CH: Where are you from? Does your background have any influence on this book?

DKC: Born in the U.S. Midwest, I left in my teens and spent the rest of my life moving on the average of every 1 ½ to 3 years across the nation and the world. However, when Melani needed to return to some secure place, I sent her to the Midwest.

I think a moralistic viewpoint from my early protestant roots influences the deeper story in Bamboo Ring, the story of a life unraveling because of choices that rattle the ‘perfect’ life of a young wife and mother and shine a moral spotlight on Melani. She ‘sold her soul.’

CH: Did the readers of Ghost Orchid, want to know the backstory? Why did you decide to write this book?

DKC: In Ghost Orchid, Neev searched for her roots, hoping for a love story to validate her birth, to explain her feelings of abandonment and the false hope of a fantasy father who did not exist. Their story, the story of her parents, remained to be told in full. Bamboo Ring tells half of that story and is a complete novel in itself.

CH: Did you find anything challenging while writing this book?

DKC: Researching the countries to which Melani traveled was challenging. I wanted to give readers the excitement of foreign travel, the fears in dangerous countries and the awesome variety in the world. It was a big order. I wanted them to feel as though the journey was theirs.

Just as researching was challenging, so were the final edits to a complex work.

CH: Did you have to do any special research to write this book?

DKC: I did.

CH: Was it hard creating believable situations and issues or did you take them from real life?

DKC: Writers create from what they have stored in the recesses of their memories or from what they learn new. They don’t create something from nothing. Thus, a childhood friend’s claustrophobia becomes a characteristic of one of the adults in the story. A remembered college professor becomes an officer in the military.

Emotions are transferred from the writer to characters. In my work as in the work of most authors who will admit it, one finds a bit of the author spread throughout from people to places, values and things. Even complete vignettes are transferred with new bits that change the story, but still start with the incident.

Real life is more difficult to believe than fiction. Real life often imitates fiction. In Ghost Orchid, I wrote of a tragic accident inspired by a dangerous curve I knew. A year after the novel was published, that same curve was re-marked with a left turn lane and bright silver guard rails.

CH: Where did you get inspiration for your characters?

DKC: I was a new bride in the seventies. I lived the upwardly mobile life surrounded by friends on the same express. We worked hard, played hard, followed our spouses with their career transfers, raised families and were influenced by changing values and the role of women. We were affected by Vietnam and the realization that life was uncertain. We had romantic hopes and desires fulfilled and unfulfilled. All these factors figured in for the development of the main characters, Melani and Jack and all those whose lives swirled around them. Love in all its manifestations is what makes life worthwhile. My muse keeps my heart full and my pen in motion.

CH: When you wrote the first book in the series, did you realize it would be a series then?

DKC: I realized at the end of Ghost Orchid that the story went deeper. My characters were real to me by then, and I knew that Neev’s son would pursue more information about his grandparents, if Neev ever released his grandfather’s ghost orchid photograph to him. Before I could help him with his quest, I needed to write Melani’s story. Readers needed to understand why Neev’s quest and Melani’s redemption mattered.

CH: Are you a self-published author? Can you tell us about your publishing journey?

DKC: Actually, Ghost Orchid was published by L & L Dreamspell, a wonderful publisher that closed its doors upon the untimely death of a critical, creative partner. They helped their authors gain new publishers, but the contract offered to me required re-writing the sensual content of Ghost Orchid to a sexual heat level that was not my writing style. In the meantime, I published with Kindle. I now have a contract with Vinspire to publish Ghost Orchid in print and more in the spring. I prefer a small press to self-publishing. I want my novels vetted to know they are marketable and worthy of publishing—beyond my opinion.

CH: Was your second book harder to write than the first?

DKC: Writing is easy for me. The words and stories flow. The difficult part is reducing the back stories and limiting the content to just what the readers want to know. Edits are my challenge. The time needed for marketing and promotion takes me away from writing. It’s the time thing—I am also a journalist for a local in print and online news magazine and several online ezines. Time is the issue. If I could just write it and leave it, I would be in fantasyland. Professional publications require work when the creative writing is done. That is only the first step.

CH: Last but not least, why do you write, and what do you want readers to take from your novels?

DKC: I think Amazon.com said it best, “Themes of friendship surviving tragedy, love conquering adversity and the triumph of the human spirit over the hardships of life serve to uplift and inspire…through her stories perhaps discover something new about yourself.”

I write because I must. I experience and I write. Words are my paint and paper is my canvas. I have no choice. The word is my friend and my companion, my therapist and my obsession. I want readers to enjoy the escape into the pages of other lives that take them from their own and give them new thoughts or even new perspectives in this complex world in which we write our stories for real with all their agony and ecstasy.

In Ghost Orchid, I wanted them to know the magnificence of one flower and the serenity of the Everglades, while identifying with the heart yearning for roots. In Bamboo Ring, I want them to experience other cultures, their challenges and their beauty while trying to understand an obsession that unravels a perfect life and forgive the flaws that lead to dire circumstances.

In both, I give the readers imperfect people to take into their hearts and minds for a few pages—perhaps lingering a bit after the book’s cover is closed.

CH: Do you have a website?

DKC: My main web site is www.dkchristi.com but my prior site is also packed with info, www.dkchristi.webs.com

CH: Where is your book sold?

DKC: Soon Amazon.com, BN.com and all online booksellers and some brick and mortar stores. Currently, www.blackrosewriting.com Send me an email at dkchristi at yahoo dot com and make arrangement to receive a signed copy through Paypal.

CH: Any closing remarks?

DKC: I spent much of my earlier career as an entertaining and informative platform presenter at national conferences and workshops. I love talking to audiences and interacting with them. I am mobile and available for writing workshops, conferences and panels.

I thoroughly enjoy your site and thank you for including me and my new release, Bamboo Ring. As a special thank you to your readers, I will provide a signed copy of Bamboo Ring to a person randomly selected by you from those leaving comments.

CH: Thank you D. K. Christi, it has been a real pleasure talking with you. We look forward to following your career.

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Christmas in Butzbach, (excerpt from Bamboo Ring) Vietnam Era

“The most romantic experience in my life until now came from my
best friend’s Christmas miracle. Her fiancé, Jeremy, stationed on a Navy
ship in France, hoped he could get leave for Christmas. Shirley joined us
in Germany in hopes he could get that far.

“Jeremy’s assigned ship, an aircraft carrier, in the Mediterranean Sea,
represented an impossible distance from my friend, Shirley, who
attended college stateside. Jeremy’s naval service during Vietnam kept
them apart. Only letters provided communication, and they traveled
painfully slow. Often letters crossed.

“However, a plan emerged. Derek and I lived in Germany in a
small, garret apartment off base. If Jeremy could get leave over the
Christmas holiday, Shirley would fly to Germany and stay with us. The
plan had challenges, nebulous at best. First, as the most junior man in his
division, Jeremy knew the officer in charge would not promise him
leave until the time approached. Coupled with the slow mail deliveries,
Shirley never knew for sure if or when he would be able to make it to
Germany. On faith, Shirley got her passport and plane ticket and joined

“On December 21, Jeremy’s ship pulled into Cannes, France for the
Christmas holiday. The Navy granted Jeremy a four-day pass with
written permission from the Executive Officer to travel to Germany.
On the 22nd, he had day liberty and took a train to Nice and the nearest
airport. A Christmas Eve flight to Germany might work for him the first
day of his leave. December 23 represented a ship workday. He got ready
so he could get off the ship as early as possible the next day.

“Christmas Eve day arrived. Traveling military personnel in Europe
were required to wear the uniform for identification. They were
allowed to cross boarders without a passport if they carried the proper
documentation. By 10:00 a.m. at last, Jeremy had permission to leave
the ship and take the boat ride to fleet landing. Once ashore, it did not
take long to make it to the train station for the short ride to Nice.

“Shortly after noon, a flight headed north to Bern, Switzerland.
There he suffered the frustration of a long wait in the terminal for the
next connecting flight. Switzerland as a neutral country behaved equally
suspicious of servicemen from any country. An official told him and the
other servicemen who were also traveling that they had to wait in a
special roped off area. Jeremy saw Switzerland as a seat in a designated

“Finally, he boarded the next plane to Stuttgart, Germany. On this
short flight darkness arrived as they flew over the Alps. In Stuttgart after
a short layover, the same plane would go on to Frankfurt. When he
touched down in Frankfurt, the darkness and quiet felt like a
mausoleum. Everything stops for the Christmas holiday in Germany. All
native Germans were home celebrating. He found a pay phone and
managed to call for a taxi for the airport and the train station.

“Forty miles north of Frankfurt, reaching Butzbach required a train
or car. At the nearly deserted train station, Jeremy saw a train and one
worker. He approached and still remembers what he said, “ Ist das der
Zuge geht zu Butzbach?”“Ja, ja. Shnell, shnell” replied the worker.
Jeremy ran and jumped aboard. No sooner had he climbed the steps to a
passenger compartment than the train began to move.

“He breathed a sigh of relief and sat near another service man that
happened to be on the coach. In a little while, a conductor came by
asking for tickets. Jeremy had no ticket; but with a little negotiation in
his broken German, he paid double the cost of the usual fare.

“Except for the ghosts, an uneventful train ride took him the rest of
the way. The train stopped at two small stations. At each, a few bare
light bulbs illuminated an old wooden platform. Imagining German
soldiers in uniform saying good-bye for maybe the last time as they
headed to battle occupied Jeremy’s stressed mind. The quiet eeriness of
those stations made such visualization effortless.

“At last the conductor announced, “Butzbach!” The Butzbach
station had a small platform and no visible terminal building. However,
Jeremy had directions as to how to find the apartment where Shirley
would be staying with us. A short walk from the train to the center of
the town took him back at least five hundred years.

“Built around a cobblestone square with the remains of the old well
in the center, Butzbach looked like a picture postcard with buildings
trimmed in gingerbread from a Brothers Grimm fairytale. All around the
square, the steep roofed buildings were all fashioned of timber and
stucco. Off the square to the right, a narrow alleyway led to the Piccolo
Bar with a small neon sign over the door, the landmark Jeremy needed.

“He entered and found the tavern room filled with mostly American
soldiers drinking noisily. One loud mouth wanted to pick a fight with
Jeremy just because he wore a Naval uniform. Fortunately, when he
heard that Jeremy had traveled a long way to visit an Army friend, he
backed off and went back to his drinking.

“The woman behind the bar, the owner and the mother of my new
German friend, left the bar and took him up the three narrow flights of
stairs to our apartment and knocked. No answer. They returned to the
bar again. A young German fellow standing at the bar suggested that
maybe we were at the Kirke. They could see it not far away.

“Around a few corners and down a little way, there stood the old
Lutheran church, by far the largest building in the town. The German
Lutheran Church, a 17th century building with exquisite high spires and
stained glass windows had a high stone wall around the outside with a
wrought iron gate.

“Jeremy’s new German friend took him to the door, and they
peeked inside. People filled the sanctuary with no room inside. He did
not see us. The next best thing, he stood by the gate. When the
Christmas Eve service ended, everyone would pass through the gate.
Jeremy waited. In a short time, bells rang out for midnight. People
poured from the church, walking four and five abreast. The full moon
clouded over briefly as huge white snowflakes began drifting down,
sparkling like new diamonds.

“Shirley had been in Germany for three days already. She had heard
nothing from Jeremy and anxiously waited for his arrival. In church that
night, she enjoyed the music but could understand nothing of the rest of
the service. So, she prayed. As she prayed, she found peace within
herself. She came to understand that if Jeremy could not make it to
Germany, everything would still turn out as God intended, her thoughts
as she left the church.

“Then Jeremy spotted Shirley, a slim figure in her blue wool coat
and tan beret. The ancient gate, decorated by the drifting snow, framed
Jeremy in his dress blues. He let out a yell and grabbed Shirley around
the waist, lifted her off the ground and smothered her with kisses. The
crazy sailor and dark-haired American girl were a strange sight to the
German parishioners passing by, but Jeremy and Shirley did not care.
Christmas had begun!

“Big, white snowflakes covered the wall and the ground; yet, even
with the snow falling, the moon still peeked out enough to spread more
diamonds across the glistening snow. The best white of all, however,
perched on top of Jeremy’s head, framed in the gate, as he swooped
Shirley into his arms. With a wave to us, they disappeared toward the
station for his bags. In true German tradition, we left to haul home our
already purchased Christmas tree.

“By the time Jeremy and Shirley arrived, freshly lit candles on the
Christmas tree spread a warm glow across our tiny apartment on the
third floor above the Piccolo Bar. The Christmas tree decorations
included carved ornaments from German craftsmen. The best glow,
however, came from the faces of the engaged couple whose faith in the
Christmas season had seen them through the anxiety of finding each
other on the moonlit night, the first snowfall of the season and a
Christmas miracle to remember.”
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Bamboo Ring launches to waiting audience

Ghost Orchid fans celebrate the launch of the long-awaited prequel, Bamboo Ring, a fiction novel that takes the reader on a world tour laced with love and obsession that unravels the life of a perfect wife and mother. Set in South Korea, Bamboo Ring is alive with the sights and sounds of exotic, foreign locations in the seventies, following the end of Vietnam.

Black Rose Writing offers a 25% holiday discount with HOLIDAY2014 promo code at www.blackrosewriting.com Available at all online book sellers soon.

D. K. Christi presents the inspiration for the Bamboo Rings Series February 13 at 1:00 p.m. at Lakes Regional Library, Fort Myers, Florida hosted by Friends of the Library and followed by book sales and signing for Ghost Orchid and Bamboo Ring. Ask for a Ghost Orchid discount when purchased as a set with Bamboo Ring. Read More 
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Posted on July 25, 2014 by Joanne Tailele

Welcome D.K. Christi M. Ed., CWDP Consultant, Speaker, Author & Journalist. She is a member of the Authors Guild and Naples Press Club. She is a feature writer for Spotlight Magazine. http;//members.authorsguild.net/dkchristi/ . She has so many credentials, I am not even sure what they all mean. LOL

Do you have a background in writing or take any special writing courses that helped you along the way?

I started out planning a career for radio or television news. Read More 
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Sex, Myths and Magic - The Rare and Endangered Ghost Orchid

Sex, Myths and Magic - The Rare and Endangered Ghost Orchid
Available for presentation to conferences, workshops and organizations by:
D. K. Christi, author, journalist and lecturer

D. K. Christi shares her obsession with the “Super Ghost” of Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary and why it’s a “matter of consequence.”

D. K. Christi lived and worked in Europe, Asia and the Caribbean.
Her stories and novels capture the multi-cultural experiences and the beauty, fear and excitement of foreign lands.

Three years of blue water sailing in the Caribbean add tropical spice.
A polished and professional platform speaker who includes the audience.

Christi spent her U.S. years in Michigan, California and Florida with stops in Idaho and Washington, D.C. Today she contributes feature articles to the Bonita Springs Southwest Spotlight, and is available for freelance writing, editing and grant proposals between novels. Favorite local haunts are Bonita Beach, Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Koreshan State Park, and all outdoor places to kayak and ride her bicycle.

Contact D. K. Christi at dkchristi dot com
Email: dkchristi at yahoo dot com
P.O. Box 367061, Bonita Springs, FL. 34136

The rare and endangered American ghost orchid is a protected species for good reason—it only grows in the wilds of the Everglades in Florida and is found in Cuba.
It is among the most complex and sophisticated of the orchid species, and is credited with legendary powers and mysticism.

July 10, 2007, D. K. Christi was spending her birthday wandering the boardwalk in one of her favorite places, Blair Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. To her surprise, “the air was filled with excitement—the discovery of the ‘Super Ghost.”’
D. K. Christi’s obsession with the “Super Ghost” led to write-ups in the Naples Daily News for her daily walks for three months following every nuance of change in the orchid plant that reached into her soul and took hold.

The novel, Ghost Orchid, grew from that obsession. She also became a certified Corkscrew Swamp naturalist to take visitors on tours along the boardwalk and gained expertise, both legendary and botanical. The mixture of sex, myth and magic provides an entertaining experience and a new appreciation for the habitat that is the domain for this rare and endangered treasure.

“Haunting” “Enlightening” “Amazing” “Brilliant” (A few reviews…)

Ghost Orchid Synopsis: A story of love, lies and redemption unfolds one coincidence at a time under the aura of the rare and mystical ghost orchid high in the cypress canopy of the Everglades.

NPR Reviews praise Ghost Orchid for the beauty of the Everglades that shines through on every page, the ghost orchid the heart and soul of the story; a must read. Photographers seek the perfect subject in the perfect light, finding themselves and the answer to the question: Is love eternal?

A complex unraveling of family secrets and unique friendship touches the heart, adding new meaning to the roots that strengthen family ties.

Buy Ghost Orchid: online print and ebook sellers; Corkscrew Sanctuary Gift Shop, Naples Visitors Center 900 5th downtown; Hallmark gift shop & Eastfork Orchids in Bonita Springs; Sarasota & Lee County libraries. Order from bookstores & purchase at frequent D. K. Christi book signings. www.dkchristi.com . ISBN 978-1-60318-136-5

Review by Amazon.com —“Themes of friendship surviving tragedy, love conquering adversity & the triumph of the human spirit over the hardships of life serve to uplift & inspire...through her stories perhaps discover something new about yourself.” -

Book club conversation starters:
Why did Mel find such peace and serenity at the swamp?
What happened to her singular love relationship?
Neev had no desire to travel in Florida. Why?
Roger was faced with a heart rending dilemma. Describe it.
When did the mystery begin to unfold? The first clue?
Was the ghost orchid more than an exquisite flower? Why?
Find the coincidences as they occur.
Does the unraveling feel coincidental, spiritual or contrived?
Symbolism, spiritual and paranormal, threads through this story; point out incidences and their meaning.
Why is the setting critical and a “matter of consequence?”
Do you see any other potential endings for this story?
What do you think a sequel would include?
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