I’ve already mentioned before that I do a lot of research before bringing things into my book! A fun research project was watching an instructional video on piloting a bell helicopter on YouTube. I needed to do this if I wanted to accurately describe what a character was feeling, hearing and visualizing while sitting co-pilot in a bell helicopter!
Another type of research I do is related to symbolic ‘items’ in the book. One of them being the ‘blue rose!’ Without giving too much away, we all know that the blue rose is not a natural rose on Earth and there are many symbolic meanings for it! Well, there are many reasons my main character, Levi, is attracted to this particular rose that grows at the Oxley’s estate near the ocean, and it isn’t only because they remind him of the color of Reece’s eyes. If Reece had not been so concerned over other issues at the time, Levi would have explained to her ‘the other reason’ that he is drawn to the blue rose!
As an author and knowing this character very well, it made this particular meaning the perfect reason that Levi would be quite fond of the rose and why (at the time) he felt the need to show her them.
This is the symbolic meaning I read and it fit how Levi feels about having Reece’s love in return.
The meaning of the blue rose is that it symbolizes the impossible, or the unattainable. Since the blue rose itself is a rarity in nature, it stands for something that is hardly within one’s grasp, an object that seems too difficult to be achieved. Thus the blue rose is admired and revered as an unrealizable dream….
This meaning defines everything about how Levi feels with having Reece’s love. In The Legacy of the Key…the readers learn that Levi was in love with her long before having to bring her into Pemdas for her protection. In the Uninvited, the reader will learn how he never believed he would ever find a love like hers….
Excerpt: Levi; The Uninvited
Growing up with the burden of being an entire world’s next emperor isn’t as charming as one would believe,” he said with a laugh of disgust, “To have parents eyeing you skeptically, watching you and studying you in hopes that you would consider taking their child as a wife. To have every woman you encounter stare up into your eyes, longing for your attention, and seeing their strong desire to be the wife of an emperor is utterly repulsive to me.” Levi ran his hand along her arm. “You never looked at me in such a way.” He smiled. “Not only did you have a vibrant, strong personality, but you never changed how you interacted with me once you realized my status.”
So there you have it, a behind the scenes look at Ancient Guardians: The Uninvited