|My Granddaughter |
at her 1st Nutcracker
I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season—however you celebrate.
I’m still recovering, since in this season of sharing, two of daughters and their family were sick. They kindly shared theirrespiratory ailment with me. A gift I can’t seem to give back. Hopefully, I will be able to kick it faster than the pregnant daughter! Probably from the kisses my granddaughter insisted on giving me. How could I resist?
Next week, my fourth book releases—THE OTHER TWIN. The FITZGERALD HOUSE series is set in a B and B in the historic district of Savannah. In THE OTHER TWIN, two kids play a material part in this book. Writing the kids were fun. My editor, Megan Long, sent this note on the children. (It’s always nice to have words of encouragement.)
The kids are also particularly well drawn. I was really impressed with the way Josh was allowed to be a brat on the page, rather than a more typically sweet child who can do no wrong. I loved the way he's shown to be manipulative and angry - exactly the behaviour I'd expect from a child with his history. He's been through some horrible things and those things would of course have had an effect on him.
On the other hand, the little girl was harder to write, because she doesn’t speak for most of the book. I had to make sure she didn’t get lost in the scenes she appeared, since she didn’t speak. (You'll have to pick up the book to find out why she doesn't speak! :-)
Here’s the blurb--
Who can resist a neighbor in need?
Nathan Forester doesn't know the first thing about kids. So when the daughter he never knew existed arrives on his doorstep, he needs help, fast! His unlikely ally is next-door neighbor and single mother Cheryl Henshaw. Nathan and Cheryl don't exactly see eye to eye, but neither can say no to a helping hand.
Renovating Fitzgerald House is Nathan's chance to finally prove he's no longer the unreliable twin—and it seems possible with Cheryl by his side. Suddenly their practical arrangement has become something much more. Trust isn't easy, but they're stronger when they work together.
To celebrate the upcoming release—I‘m giving away a copy of the book—Print in the US—eBook outside the US.
To be eligible to win, comment with a memorable kid story. Either your own childhood or children you know.