Of course my daughter and her husband have the right to move anywhere they want or anyplace that’s convenient to them. He’s been without work since last November and interviewing right and left in a desperate attempt to find a job. He hasn’t found one yet but they have decided it would be easier to be in Washington to job hunt.
I wish them well and pray that he can find a job soon. But how am I going to cope with my little ones moving a thousand miles away?
I know I can rely on my husband, my writing and my wonderful friends. And I will be extremely busy with the promotion of my third book.
BABIES IN THE BARGAIN is a sweet and spicy medical romance that garnered several wins in contests and is based on my daughter’s professional experience. Needless to say, the book is dedicated to her as she read and corrected the medical cases.
My heroine is a pediatrician and a neonatologist finishing her residency and training in a children’s hospital in Washington. Same as my daughter did. And my heroine Holly “coincidentally” shares some of the medical cases and emotional career turmoil that my daughter faced during her tough training. But the coincidental similarities stop here.
My heroine is attracted to a tall, dark and handsome hero (hmm son-in-law is also T, D, and H, pure coincidence again). My hero is a Puerto Rican doctor. Now this is pure fiction.
The story behind BABIES IN THE BARGAIN started on a Christmas Day, a few years ago, when my daughter was still a first year neonatology fellow. She was on-call on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day—as she’d been for the previous three years.
To share the holiday season, we called her and said we were coming to have lunch with her at the cafeteria. My husband and son helped me carry the elaborate home-cooked meal and the wrapped presents. We shared a happy lunch with the guest of honor wearing green scrubs.
Later, she invited us to visit the NICU. We slipped yellow gowns over our clothes and scrubbed before entering the room where five preemies fought for their lives. I approached one of the isolettes and noticed that the preemie wore a dress with Christmas prints. My daughter explained that a nurse sewed the tiny outfits for the babies in residence over the holiday. I realized that the dedication of the NICU personnel, including my daughter, went beyond the performance of a well-done job. They gave a hundred and one percent to the babies they helped save and did it happily. On that Christmas Day, I decided to write a story featuring the wonderful doctors and nurses who treated our loved ones.
I wish you a happy time as you read the story of Holly Collier, a beautiful and dedicated neonatologist who spends many hours in the hospital NICU, and falls in love with Marc Suarez, the dashing Puerto Rican doctor who shares her journey.
- Contest: Answer in the comment of this blog:
I am sure you all have faced separation. How did you deal with the situation? How long did it take you to adjust?
- WINNERS OF FRIDAY 6/5/09
Babyblue 22 (Afshan) and Laurie Gommermann Congratulations you are my winners for the first contest.
Please let me know in the comments if you want 2 medical romances or specify any one of the books mentioned as prizes.
There will be many more next week. Stay tune.