All you need to know about Roberta L. Gibson:
Trained as a scientist, she now has a serious blogging addiction. She hopes writing novels and children’s nonfiction will help her kick the habit. Until then, check out It’s a Mystery blog for reviews of mysteries, thrillers and romantic suspense, as well as a few insights into writing. If you’re interested in children’s nonfiction, try Wrapped in Foil blog.
For clarification, she is not the Roberta Gibson who wrote The Deal or Applegate Garden. For more information, see that author’s GoodReads page.
The Queen of the Night
There is a cactus that hides in the desert. Camouflaged as a grayish green stick, it grows concealed in the safe arms of other plants throughout most of the year, unnoticed and unloved.
When the violent summer rains come, however, the cactus reveals its true nature. Emerging from a rapidly bursting bud comes a glorious white flower. It is the fragrant, enchanting queen of flowers, and it holds court for a single night. In the morning when the first rays of the sun touch the white petals, they wilt and curl. The flower quickly disappears and the cactus lies low once again.