A well-known romance author who shall remain nameless—Shh! It's Claudia Dain—has been overheard on more than one occasion telling authors that they shouldn’t think of their work as their babies. “You wouldn’t sell your baby, would you?” Of course not!
But my daughter didn’t sleep through the night until she was four. Perhaps if someone had offered to rent her… Okay. That wouldn't happen either.
Still, preparing to launch a book eerily resembles those first weeks of being a new mom. For example, I’ve noticed some inattentiveness on my part, but that’s all right. Cinnamon crackers aren’t too horrible in chili. My clumsiness, however, is an embarrassment. A hot guy looked at me in the grocery store the other day, and I ran over a display of taco seasoning.
What the hey! I’ve never seen a good looking guy at the grocery store before. What was he doing there? I’m only grateful I’d showered before I ran out the door, which is an accomplishment some days. New moms know what I mean.
In addition to dealing with a foggy brain, there are tears, and thumb-sucking, and all that eating! Granted, it's usually the baby doing these things, but what can I say? I may have put on a little baby weight, too, but we won’t go there.
Yet, one thing makes those sleepless nights worth it: the absolute joy of holding my book for the first time.
No, it doesn’t quite compare to having a baby, but it still feels pretty great!
Thank you for being here to celebrate this momentous occasion with me. Everything is better when you have others sharing your excitement.
I'd love to hear about one of your most joyful experiences after this special treat!
All the way from Jersey, it's the effervescent Miss Cindy Loo and her handsome hero reading an exclusive excerpt from Miss Hillary Schools a Scoundrel.
(Many thanks to the genius behind Cindy Loo, fellow regency author Jerrica Knight Catania, & her talented husband, Eric. You can catch more of Cindy Loo and Jerrica on Facebook.)
Samantha has worked several years as a clinical social worker with a background in behavioral health and geriatrics. She is married to her best friend, strives to stay one step ahead of their two precocious offspring, and lives in Wisconsin. Miss Hillary Schools a Scoundrel received a starred review from Publishers Weekly and was named in the PW Top 10 Romances for Spring 2012. To learn more about Samantha’s bachelors, visit http://www.samanthagraceauthor.com/.
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