Friday, September 2, 2016

Don't Ask, "What Else Can Possibly Go Wrong?"

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!

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Special delivery! 
 
Jack 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 room. 

 
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. 

 
Living 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.


MS MAXWELL AND SON cover


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.

RomancingtheStone


When 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!"

CBK


Yeah, I guess I can see how that might not have turned out very well....

PS 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!

19 comments:

  1. The book sounds wonderful and I will have to read it. Congratulations on the "new" release!

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    1. I'm hoping to have the rest of my backlist available by early next year--but since Collin's starting a new job and the backlist is his department (I'm concentrating on new projects), it's going to be a slow go.

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  2. I think I prefer the new cover over the old. Good excerpt over at your other page. I'd like to give it a read.

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    1. I do as well. It really did need an update.

      I will send you the file--thanks!

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  3. The cabbage patch doll made me smile Norma, Aimee used to pull a face when she was mad about something that I always referred to as her cabbage doll face.. actually she still does if :) I wouldn't mind reading and reviewing Norma but as you know I prefer the actual book form of reading as opposed to digital :)

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    1. The paperback will be available soon. Let me check with the publisher to see if I can get you a copy. You've already bought my books. You're entitled to a freebie!

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    2. I would have liked to have Aimee as the cover model for this one....

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    3. She is extremely photogenic. We were looking through old photos today for a project she is doing, couldn't find a bad one :)

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    4. I can tell from the photos you've posted of her!

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    5. Grace--if you or anyone else is willing to do reviews and wants it as a paperback, just send me your address and the publisher will have one shipped to you!

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  4. The cabbage patch doll made me smile Norma, Aimee used to pull a face when she was mad about something that I always referred to as her cabbage doll face.. actually she still does if :) I wouldn't mind reading and reviewing Norma but as you know I prefer the actual book form of reading as opposed to digital :)

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  5. Congratulations! Sounds like a cute story!

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    1. It was fun to write. I ended up doing them because I'm an ass. I made a comment to my agent's former assistant that anyone could write these books, so she bet me I couldn't. I had never even read one, and when I sent it to my agent, she didn't want to submit it. But she did, and they bought it and asked for more. I really enjoyed working with the editors at Silhouette.

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  6. Love your reply to Cheryl. You have to be a confident and terrific writer to know nothing about the subject/form and then write one ! Plus they liked it and wanted more.

    cheers, parsnip and thehamish

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  7. Nice cover--and no Cabbage Patch Kid. The premise is different, and probably why they liked it (originally).

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    1. I was lucky to have ended up with an editor who was a bit on the quirky side herself.

      Now that I think about it, the editors I had at Silhouette were mostly quirky. I had one character who had an offbeat fashion sense. My editor on that book said she was going to start dressing like the character.

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  8. Cabbage Patch Kid. lolololololololololololol

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