As of August 31st, I've published my first new book in...how many years? I've lost track. That's how long it's been. Even I can't remember!
Spangler was a night owl and, snowstorm or no snowstorm, he didn't
appreciate being interrupted in the middle of his work to take his
pregnant-and-alone neighbor Katie Maxwell to the hospital. But off he
went, since the alternative was to deliver her baby right in his living
Things only got worse from there. Somehow he
found himself mistaken for the nonexistent Mr. Maxwell and whisked into
the delivery room to help young Jeremy into the world. He even found
himself caring about the baby - not to mention Katie herself.
next door to a crying newborn was enough to make Jack crazy, but
craziest of all, it looked as if making marriage - and instant
fatherhood - a priority was the only way to stay sane.
Actually, it's not really new. Creativia has now reissued my 1988 Silhouette Romance, Ms. Maxwell and Son,
in ebook format, with an updated paperback to follow soon. It has a new
cover, which I love. I wrote this novel on a bet. Seriously. The covers--the new one and the
original--have an odd backstory. Both covers feature a couple holding a
baby, but neither quite fit the descriptions I gave of the characters.
The female protagonist, Katie, is a redhead. The male protagonist, Jack,
is a rather scruffy-looking fellow inspired by Michael Douglas'
character in Romancing the Stone.
the book was originally published over twenty-five years ago,
Silhouette's art department sent me a form to complete, giving them all
sorts of details about the character and the story. I was asked to
describe the baby. Smartass that I am, I wrote, "a Cabbage Patch Kid."
My editor was quick to request (demand?) a correction. "Don't tell them
that," she warned. "That's what they'll give you!"
Yeah, I guess I can see how that might not have turned out very well....
There's an excerpt of Ms. Maxwell and Son at my WordPress blog. The book could use some reviews, so if anybody's interested, give me a
holler and I'll send along the digital file. Good reviews--four or five
stars--are preferred, but I've been in the crazy business too long to
expect them all to be good, so guys, it's open season on the author!