Tuesday, February 22, 2022




In 1975, budding entrepreneurs Ted and Janet purchase a floral shop and greenhouses where they plan to grow their dream.

Leaving friends and family behind in Illinois and losing the security of two paychecks, they transplant themselves, their one-year-old daughter, and all their belongings to Fremont, Michigan, where they know no one.

Will the retiring business owners nurture Ted and Janet as they struggle to develop a blooming business, or will they desert the inexperienced, young couple to wither and die in their new environment?

Most of all, can Ted and Janet grow together as they cultivate a loving marriage, juggle parenting with work, and root a thriving business?

Follow their inspiring story, filled with joy and triumphs and obstacles and failures experienced as they travel along the turbulent path of turning dreams into reality.

Book Details 

Title: Arranging a Dream: A Memoir

Author: J.Q. Rose

Genre: memoir
Publisher:  BWL Publishing (January 1, 2021)

Print length: 267 pages


A few of your favorite things: perusing our family photos taken when our kids and grandkids were little to today, my kindle, our newly renovated kitchen.

Things you need to throw out: delete blurry, ugly photos on my cell phone, the expired items in my bathroom medicine cabinet, old files on my computer.

Things you need in order to write: a cup of tea, my blue light glasses, M&M candies.

Things that hamper your writing: a beautiful day, malfunctioning laptop, Facebook scrolling.

Things you love about writing: when the words flow on the page to create delightful word pictures, my granddaughter thinking I’m “famous,” opportunities to meet so many caring and sharing authors and bloggers, discovering new-to-me words, buying more books to read and having the excuse that they are for my writing business.

Things you hate about writing: fishing for that elusive word in an ocean filled with possibilities, the wonder of where to place or not place commas, the isolation in order to get the work done.

Easiest thing about being a writer: blogging, creating graphics and book covers using canva.com, utilizing Grammarly for editing.
Hardest thing about being a writer: marketing, marketing, marketing.

Things you love about where you live: in Michigan I love the lakes, charming towns along Lake Michigan and fruit orchards, in Florida the lush foliage, flowers and fresh vegetables in the winter, socializing with friends with no threat of driving on  icy roads or snowstorms.
Things that make you want to move: the desire to experience new places and people, snowstorms, and hurricanes.

Things you never want to run out of: energy, thirst for learning, printer ink.

Things you wish you’d never bought: that ugly swimsuit, an electric pressure cooker,  books that did not hold my interest.

Favorite foods: pineapple upside down cake, anything chocolate, pot roast with potatoes and carrots, Wendy’s Frosties (soft ice cream).

Things that make you want to throw up: beef tongue boiling in a pot, sewer odor, blood sausage.

Favorite music: Celine Dion and Whitney Houston songs.

Music that make your ears bleed: rap and heavy metal, some karaoke performances.

Favorite beverage: Constant Comment tea brewed in the Christmas teapot my mother gave me for Christmas 52 years ago.

Something that gives you a pickle face: sour Skittles candy.

Favorite smell: roses.

Something that makes you hold your nose: ammonia.

Something you wish you could do: play a piano concert at Carnegie Hall.

Something you wish you’d never learned to do: laundry.

Things you always put in your books: always some good in a bad villain.
Things you never put in your books: open-door bedroom scenes, dirty language.

Things to say to an author: I couldn’t stop reading your book.

Things to say to an author if you want to be fictionally killed off in their next book: Your punctuation and spelling needs to more work.

Favorite places you’ve been: Mackinac Island in Michigan, driving through the Rocky mountains in Canada in autumn.

Places you never want to go to again: London, England.

Favorite things to do: play Pegs and Jokers board games, watch the sunsets both in Michigan and Florida,  travel to a place I have always heard about e.g., the Grand Canyon.

Things you’d run through a fire wearing gasoline pants to get out of doing: washing windows.

Things that make you happy: dining out at the Silver Dolphin with my hubby, eating popcorn every Sunday afternoon, enjoying a Netflix or Free YouTube while relaxing in our recliners, spending time with friends and/or family, attending church services and Bible studies.

Things that drive you crazy: speeding cars, the phrase “each and every one,” pop-up” ads on my computer screen.

Proudest moment: A standing ovation when “kicking up my heels” as a Hoover bum in the chorus line in the community theater production of Annie.

Most embarrassing moment: During my freshman year of high school—falling down the school steps on Dress-Up-Day due to wearing high heels—not just once but three times!


Whether the story is fiction or non-fiction, J.Q. Rose is “focused on story.”  She offers readers chills, giggles and quirky characters woven within the pages of her romantic suspense novels and provides entertainment and information with articles featured in books, newspapers, and online magazines.

Using her storytelling skills for writing mysteries and her experience in non-fiction, J.Q. penned her memoir, Arranging a Dream.

Blogging, taking photos of their garden, nature and family, Pegs and Jokers board games, travel and presenting workshops on life storytelling are the things that keep JQ out of trouble. She and her husband spend winters in Florida and summers up north with their two daughters, two sons-in-law,  four grandsons, one granddaughter, two grand dogs, four grand cats, and one great-grand bearded dragon.

Connect with the author:

Blog  |  Facebook  |  Goodreads  

Buy the book:

Amazon  |  Barnes & Noble

1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for featuring my memoir! It was fun remembering this important turning point in our lives and sharing the story with readers. I hope it encourages readers to dream big and go for it!


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