by Sarah Mayberry
Hello everyone. Long time no speak! I have been taking a break from blogging for a little while, locking myself in my writing cave so I could meet some pretty hefty deadlines. So far, so good. Sort of. But we won't get into that.
One of the things I wrote while in my writing cave was a saucy little romance called Her Best Worst Mistake, which I self published in early May. Since it's not a Super Romance, I won't go into a lot of detail about it here, but you can read more about it over at my website. So far, it's been a big hit with readers and I am working on other ideas to explore in this new format.
But! I also have a Super Romance out in August, and it's available now over at Harlequin if you're one of those people who has to sneak under the Christmas tree to squeeze the presents before Christmas Day. Within Reach is the story of Michael and Angie. Michael is facing the toughest time of his life - his beloved wife, Billie, died suddenly and tragically, leaving him to raise their two small children. Angie is also grieving, because Billie was her best friend. Although Michael and Angie have always liked and respected each other, their relationship was always about Billie. But now Billie is gone, and as Angie does all she can to help Michael cope in the aftermath of her death, these two good-hearted people begin to notice little things about each other. Like how blue Angie's eyes are, and what a great laugh she has. And how sweet Michael is with his kids, and how great he looks in running shorts.
Both are appalled to realise that they are attracted to someone they've always considered out of bounds. But sometimes love doesn't respect those kinds of boundaries, and pretty soon they find themselves in the midst of a passionate affair. Angie tells herself that she understands that Michael's heart will always belong to Billie - and she wouldn't want it any other way. But then she goes and falls in love with him.
I won't give away any more, but I do want to say that while this story sounds sad - and parts of it definitely are - it's also about renewal and courage and finding love again. It's about understanding that life is for the living and that it's not a betrayal of our absent loved ones to laugh and feel joy again. It was a very emotional book to write, and I hope that comes across in the reading. I'm really looking forward to hearing what readers thing of this one!
It's going to be hectic and crazy and stressful, but once it's done it will be lovely and we can sit back and enjoy. I'm keeping my eye on that part and hoping the bit in the middle passes quickly and as painlessly as possible.
I'd love to hear about what's been happening with you. Any plans around the house? Holiday's planned? Something you've been meaning to do that you're finally going to get happening?
I'm giving away 3 copies of Within Reach to posters, so come chat with me and tell me what's up with you.