We interrupt this maternity leave to bring you pictures of an adorable baby

Hello, friends! I wanted to take a quick break between feedings and naps to let you know that I’ve had my baby!

Baby Girl was born on April 29th. She weighed 8lbs, 4oz and is absolutely perfect. My labor went really quickly. It lasted 12 hours but didn’t seem that long, even at the time. Baby had to be born with the help of a vacuum pump, which was quite ouchie for both of us, but the pain of labor never seemed as excruciating as I’d prepared myself for it to be. (Breastfeeding on the other hand…holy mother of pearl!)

Anyway, I wanted to thank you all for your best wishes on the post where I announced I’m taking a blog maternity leave. I really appreciate your thoughtfulness and support!

And now, here are some pictures of my little girl. They’re mostly of her sleeping because, well, that’s her main talent at the moment (except between 11pm-4am, when her main talent is crying if I put her down).

In the hospital, two hours after she was born, on our way to the recovery room.
In the hospital, two hours after she was born, on our way to the recovery room.
Sleeping baby
Baby Girl on shore leave, passed out from over-indulging at the milk bar
Baby sleeping on me
There’s nothing better than a hug from a sleeping baby. Nothing.
Sleeping baby
“Mama, why did Daddy dress me like a prep-school boy? Does he think we belong to a yacht club?”

From my family to yours, have a very happy weekend – and I’ll see you again in June!

This blog is now on maternity leave!

My belly at 9 months pregnant
36 weeks pregnant and defying the laws of physics

Hi everyone! Check out this belly. I’m due to drop my puppy in the next three weeks, so I’m putting this blog on maternity leave. But please stick around because I’ll be back in June with a cover reveal for my debut novel, Knowing the Score, and lots more author interviews, giveaways and fun stuff.

Over the next two months, I’ll still be chatting away on Twitter and Facebook, so please come talk to me there!

I look forward to seeing you all again soon!

 

Writing sexy books with your mom in mind

My mom is infinitely cooler than I am – always has been, always will be. I first started figuring this out when I was a pre-teen and my friends wanted to spend more time talking with my mom than with me because she gives such great advice and is a wonderful listener.

She’s the kind of open, honest person that every girl deserves to have as a parent. When I was young, she answered all of my questions about sex very frankly but also in a way that helped me understand that sex belonged between people who loved each other. It was a special act, but one that had appropriate words. Respectful words.

Me and Mom
Me and Mom

When I first told my mom I was writing a romance novel, she was thrilled. She’s not a romance reader, but she immediately asked if she could read my novel. For some reason, this weirded me out a little. It’s one thing to be seven and ask your mom where your baby cousin came from. It’s another to send her the sexy novel you wrote.

The first time she asked, I was totally unprepared for the question. I was just writing it to help me stay sane while a nasty hosebeast of a work project tried to drown me. Read my sexy story? No way – no one would ever! So I just cringed and said, “Maybe when it’s finished,” knowing full well that I would probably never finish it.

Then I finished the draft and she asked again. “Maybe after I’ve gotten feedback from a few other people. It’s really rough right now, Mom. I don’t want you to see it until it’s ready.”

After a while, she figured out I was just making excuses and she asked, “Do you feel awkward because it has sex in it?”

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My book has a title…and my baby has a gender!

Okay, the title of this post will probably really confuse you if you haven’t been following my blog. About a week and a half ago, I was thrilled to announce that I’m going to be published for the first time. And I’m also pregnant for the first time. And both of these journeys have been a long time coming.

This week I have more good news to share. Carina Press and I have decided on a title for my novel. Ready for it? It’s…

Knowing the Score

I love this title because not only does it refer to my hero’s career as a rugby player, but it also reflects a lot of the conversations my hero and heroine have. You see, both Caitlyn and Spencer are struggling to deal with painful secrets from their pasts, and it’s only as they learn to trust and be honest with each other that they can truly find happiness.

If you click the link above, you’ll find out more about their story, and you’ll see an interactive map of the part of London the story is set in.

Now on to my next good news. On Monday Smarty Pants and I had our 20-week ultrasound. Most importantly, the baby is healthy and developing well. Baby was moving around quite a bit (clearly takes after Daddy more than Mommy) but the sonographer got a quick flash of the money shot and said she’s quite sure that…
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Two dreams come true at once: I’m getting published…and I’m pregnant

Two and a half years ago, I embarked on two journeys that ended up being a hell of a lot harder to achieve than I initially thought.

The first – getting published – I’ve talked about a lot online.

The second – getting pregnant – I’ve only talked about to a few close friends.

Both have been stressful and heartbreaking in their own way. Both have taught me lessons in patience, perseverance and trust – not that I’m any better at those things than when I first started. If I’d had any doubts about which of these two challenges hurt me more, the day I got both a rejection letter and my period settled the question. I could face an agent’s rejection in a reasonable, professional manner. My body’s rejection, though…I still can’t think of words to describe that disappointment.

I’ve worked my fingers (and other bits – ha!) to the bone (ha! again), and suddenly in the last few months everything has changed.

I’m pregnant. And I’m getting published.

Yeeee haaawww!

Or, as they would say in Britain: I’m chuffed.

For your sake and mine, I’ll spare you the details of how I got pregnant (open a romance novel – it was just like that, I swear) and focus on the publication deets.

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