Happy New Year! I hope your holidays were spectacular and now you are resting up and getting back into your routine. Between you and me, I’m glad 2015 is over. Once we hit Halloween, it seems to all go downhill and there isn’t a chance to blink before Thanksgiving and Christmas. Whew, what a wild ride.
The New Year is always something to look forward to. It’s a clean slate, a chance to start fresh, and many of us need that. Renewal is a good word, and we all need to renew our enthusiasm, hope, and perseverance with each new year. I hope you’re looking as forward to starting again in 2016 as I am.
Speaking of 2016, I’m happy to say I will have three books out with Harlequin Medical Romance and I loved writing each of them for different reasons. January 1st was the release of A MOTHER FOR HIS ADOPTED SON, and I am blown away by the early reviews. Check out these reviews from CataRomance and Booked Solid. A writer can’t ask for better reviews than those.
So let me tell you a little about this book. Here’s the blurb:
Notoriously cool, calm and always in control, single dad Dr. Sam Marcus is facing every parent’s worst nightmare. His adorable adopted son, Dani, has cancer, and Andrea Rimmer is the only woman who can help!
As Andrea treats his son, Sam sees the warmth and compassion behind her independent exterior. Can he prove to Andrea that she’s the only mummy for Dani, and that together their family is a perfect fit?
Now you may be tensing up and thinking, a child with cancer? No! Who wants to read that, it’s too heartbreaking, and everyone knows you can’t kill a child or a dog in a book if you want anyone to read it. Believe me, this story was a tough one to write, but trust me, I didn’t kill anyone off!!!!
Here’s what Sam, Dani and Andrea looked like to me when I wrote the book.
Why did I write the book? Because a few years ago I read an article in a magazine about a lady who was an ocularist. A what? A person who makes artificial eyes. Prosthetics. I found what she did fascinating, and when I decided to write a heroine who was an ocularist, well, I needed patients for her to help. Also, I really pushed the envelope of medical professional with her particular talent. Surprisingly my editor was completely onboard with this pairing of doctor and apprentice.
Before you make your decision about whether or not you want to read this book, I hope you’ll read the reviews on GoodReads, or at least the two reviews I linked to above. The main point is, this love story was both a challenge and a blessing to write. I had to delete and rewrite the original ending, about 5,000 words worth, then added 6,000 more words for the new ending, which was tough, but it made the book so much better. So it’s true, tackling hard topics isn’t easy and writing books where two people are supposed to fall in love in those difficult stories is an even bigger challenge. Believe me, I know! But I’m going to end by saying this, it was well worth the effort. I love Sam and Andrea’s story. That’s all there is to it, and that’s the best job satisfaction a person can ask for. Right?
Have you read or written a particularly tough storyline lately, or read one in the past that still sticks with you? Please share!