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Ebook Half-Week: Forever Again

Reason to love ebooks #2: If you read ebooks on a small enough reader (like my Palm TX), it’ll fit easily into the back pocket of your jeans. So when the clamoring outside the door growns rowdy enough, you can slip your book into your pocket and—as long as you wipe the crumbs and/or chocolate smears off your mouth—nobody will suspect you didn’t have a legitimate reason for locking yourself in the bathroom.

Okay, some interesting factoids about Forever Again in list form! ( I have somehow utterly destroyed my right shoulder chipping ice and I can barely operate my mouse. I have to scrunch down and over like a drunken Quasimodo just to be able to type. I’m also heavily medicated and reek of BenGay.)

1. Forever Again was one of the four launch titles for Samhain Publishing back in January of 2006. I was—and still am—pretty damn proud of that, if I do say so myself. In an e-world dominated by envelope-pushing sex, Samhain’s embracing of my sweet secret baby book proved they really are all about the story.

2. I named the hero’s fiance, Kristen, after a girl who was my nemesis way back in my early years (we’re talking 5, 6 years old here) with the intention of totally emotionally eviscerating her. But Kristen the character grabbed hold of me and wouldn’t let me do that to her. She’s a good woman and, though I had to make her cry a little, in my mind she’s living happily ever after right now.

3. The hero’s last name is my brother’s first name—Ryan. I don’t think I could write a romance featuring a guy with that first name whispering naughty things in his heroine’s ear, so this was my compromise.

4. Though it’s not said in the book, Forever Again is set in my town. The bed and breakfast is right down the street. We’ve eaten breakfast almost every Sunday at the little restaurant where Gena and Jill have their fries. I can the little park where Travis saw his daughter for the first time from the end of my driveway.

5. To this day I am awed by the cover. I sent in the standard form full of rambling character descriptions and plot points and the secret baby thing and what the inn looked like and :blah: But when I saw this cover I knew it was absolutely perfect. The three Adirondack chairs just captured the story for me.

He stood and started pacing the length of the room. An image of Mia doing the same superimposed itself in her mind and her throat swelled. How could her daughter be so much like this man she didn’t even know?

“Her name is Mia? She’s fifteen?”

“Mia Dawn Taylor,” Gena said softly. “Yes, she’s fifteen, and yes—she’s yours. Where did you see her?”

“Downtown. I was sitting on a park bench and she was walking toward me with a friend. It took me a second to realize she looks just like my mother, and then it all clicked.”

“The reason I told her last night was because I’d already decided to tell you. I just had to tell her first, and she asked for a little time to take it all in before I did.”

“You’re fifteen years too late,” he snapped.

Gena stood so she could face him eye to eye. “What difference would it have made if I had told you then? You made it perfectly clear you didn’t want us.”

“No…I didn’t want you.” He turned and left without seeing the hurt in Gena’s eyes.

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Other Ebook Half-Week posts: Twice Upon A Roadtrip

5 comments to “Ebook Half-Week: Forever Again”

  1. Rhonda
      · March 12th, 2008 at 7:49 pm · Link

    I couldn’t agree more with reasons one and two! I am only recently falling back in love with e-books since I acquired a new toy for Christmas. Totally, utterly ashamed to admit I have never read either of these (honestly hanging my head here) of course I did go MIA from the world of books both reading and writing for ages. :blah: That baby turned three over the weekend. Sigh.

  2. Kim
      · March 12th, 2008 at 11:25 pm · Link

    Wow! What great factoids about your book! I love learning behind- the -scenes things like this from authors.
    Love the excerpt too.
    Thanks for the peek into the making of the story.

  3. Paula
      · March 13th, 2008 at 11:47 am · Link

    Well, darn it, your plan worked. I confess I skipped it first because it has a reunion and a secret baby. (Not my favorite themes.) However, my inner small town girl is now convinced that I’m going to like this.

    I hope the Quasimodoism has eased up. Isn’t your muse named Ezmeralda? It seems somehow fitting now…

  4. Shannon
      · March 13th, 2008 at 8:02 pm · Link

    I hope the Quasimodoism has eased up. Isn’t your muse named Ezmeralda? It seems somehow fitting now…

    :lmao: :lmao:

    That just killed me. :lmao:

    I’m glad you’re enjoying these. :)

    And Rhonda, she can’t be three. She just…can’t. omg

  5. Lori
      · March 16th, 2008 at 2:35 am · Link

    I loved this one, too, even though I wanted to smack Travis up one side and down the other. It’s been so long and I’ve read so many Samhain books, I guess I didn’t realize that it was one of the launch titles. Wow.

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