There’s always a first time. That was one of my Mum’s favourite sayings – usually in answer to one of my closely reasoned arguments about how such-and-such could never happen in a month of Sundays. And it’s something that’s stayed with me and makes me smile – because one thing I’m certain of in this life, is that I don’t know what’s going to happen next, nor do I know what I’m going to make of it. But the thought that we’re never quite done with ‘first times’ is one of the things that carries me forward.
Since I’ve become a writer there have been a lot of first times, and here’s the latest. September brings the release of my first two-in-one, Rescued by Dr Rafe and Saved by the Single Dad. Here’s the blurb for this duo.
Stranded in his arms. Falling in love in the face of danger!
As the water level rises in a Somerset village ambulance partners Mimi Sawyer and Jack Halliday race towards a pregnant woman fast approaching her due date. But when a river bursts its banks this fearless team is separated, and Mimi and Jack find themselves facing the strongest challenge yet to the walls around their hearts…!
Rescued by Dr Rafe follows Mimi’s next move, and Saved by the Single Dad follows Jack’s.
There’s another unexpected first, too – my first Spot the Difference! Can you see the difference between the images on the UK and US versions of Rescued by Dr Rafe? (I think this is a relatively easy one, but you have to remember that I spend a very long time staring at every detail of my new covers 🙂 )
And here’s the Australian cover for Saved by the Single Dad. I wanted to show it to you, because the heroine on this cover is just as I imagined Cass.
I’d also like to introduce you to the two real-life women that these books are dedicated to, because they’ve both been there for me for many years and many, many firsts. Rescued by Dr Rafe is dedicated to my sister Kath, who died suddenly last November. My big sis always believed in me and encouraged me with whatever I wanted to do, and she’s one of the reasons that I’m here today, writing about my books. Always loving and very much loved in return, it’s impossible not to include her in this special first.
Saved by the Single Dad, is dedicated to my dear friend Cass, whose name I borrowed for my heroine. The one thing she has in common with the fictional Cass is that she has gorgeous red hair – but she would like to be six feet tall and I suspect she might also have a hankering to emulate Cass’s rather impressive fireman’s lift 🙂 I’m constantly thankful for her friendship and loving honesty over the years.
I have a copy of the two-in-one to give away to one commentator, so please leave a comment to be included in the draw!
And finally – for those who’ve been following our Perfect Hero and Perfect Heroine quizzes. The answers are in, and every one of them is much appreciated! Annie O’Neil will be bringing you more on this soon and so I’m not going to spoil the surprise she’s busy cooking up 🙂 So look out for her post, at the end of this month.
[EDIT – Adding a scan of the hardback cover for Laney]