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"Historically, the term ""yellow rose"" referred to an attractive mulatto woman. Also historically, the original ""Yellow Rose of Texas"" was for sure one Emily West, and her story is intertwined in song and legend with the Texas Revolution of 1836. That series of battles, led by Sam Houston, made Texas a Republic, its own country until it joined the union in 1845. The Yellow Rose is set during the revolution and supposes that Emily and Sam not only collaborated in certain incidents that gave the Texans victory, but became romantically involved in the process. The novel mixes legend with fact. No one knows for sure, despite the many tales about her that arose from her presence in Texas at the time, if our Emily ever met Sam Houston or if she participated in the revolution at all. On the other hand, no one has proved the contrary. So, The yellow Rose asks the question: What if…"
Carl R. Brush
“Bob Stewart died shortly after The Yellow Rose was first published. He was 75 and had been a writer for his entire professional life. As a freelance journalist, he conducted literally thousands of interviews with people famous and infamous, ranging from presidents to serial killers to movie stars. The interviews were published in Life Magazine, People Magazine, and many others. In the entertainment field, he wrote the weekly cover story for TV guide and did movie interviews for KSAT TV. His hometown newspaper, The San Antonio Light, was a venue for much of his work. After retiring, he turned to writing both fiction and non-fiction books. They ranged in theme and style from Man to Man, When The Woman You Love Has Breast Cancer, to the comic detective novel Alias Thomas A. Katt. In The Yellow Rose, Bob presents a story based on the history of the founding of Texas, the state he loved. Carl Brush has been writing since he could write, which is quite a long time now. He grew up and lives in Northern California, close to the roots of the people and action of his California-based historical thrillers–The Maxwell Vendetta, and its sequel, The Second Vendetta; Bonita, and its sequel, You Can’t Keep Her. The Yellow Rose took him to Texas at the invitation of his late co-author, Bob Stewart who though deceased Shortly after The Yellow Rose was first published, still lives in his heart. You can find Carl living with his wife in Oakland, California, where he enjoys the blessings of nearby children and grandchildren.”