Monday, September 7, 2015

My Orphan Book

In 2008, I signed a six-book contract with Bell Bridge Books, a small but thriving publishing company based in Memphis, Tennessee. Moonstone, the first book in the Unbidden Magic series, introduced my protagonist, Allie Emerson. It took five books to wrap up Allie’s story.

 I had one more book to write. I decided to explore a subject I’d been mulling over for a long time, namely, a teen-age boy living in an all male household who is suddenly forced to parent his infant daughter while finishing his senior year in high school. And, wouldn’t it fun to throw in a little magic along the way?

It took me nine months to write Baby Gone Bye. Yep, the same amount of time it takes to produce an actual baby. With some helpful suggestions from my editor, Pat Van Wie, I was happy with the end result. So, how did my book become an orphan?

First of all, it was released between Thanksgiving and Christmas, a time period I soon discovered is the dead zone for book sales. More importantly, it was not part of a series, and my loyal readers expected more than one book with my new characters. Sadly, my contract was not continued, so that was not possible. The book garnered good reviews, but sales were less than impressive.

Why am I re-hashing ancient history? Because, I just discovered Baby Gone Bye is on sale for $.99 at Amazon and will be for several more weeks. I’m hoping to introduce new readers to hunky teen father Gabe Delgado and his precocious baby girl, Birdie. I promise you interesting characters, exciting plot twists, a teen romance and a satisfying conclusion.

You can find the book here:

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