My book deal was for two books, so I started writing the second one last September — shortly after a few proposals went back and forth, and a last-minute switcheroo on story idea. So I’ve been living with this next book for nearly a year, though it only recently got its official title — BECAUSE OF YOU — and a publication on-shelf date — June 28th!
Here’s the blurb:
When Ben and Hannah receive the heartbreaking news that Hannah will likely never get pregnant, her best friend Kate offers to not only to be her surrogate, but to use her own eggs to do so. Everything is going well until Kate suffers a devastating aneurysm—at 26 weeks pregnant—and ends up in a coma, on life support.
Hannah and Ben know their baby is at great risk if delivered so early—something Kate’s husband, David, is pushing for, as he believes removing the stress of the pregnancy could give Kate’s brain a chance to heal. What follows is an emotionally charged story about two mothers – one desperate to protect her unborn child, the other on the brink of death – and the impact those struggles have on their families and friendships.
(Warning: this is also a tissues-required book!)
I have always wanted to write a story about surrogacy, and in fact, one of my earlier “practice” (read: never to be published) books focused on a similar theme. BECAUSE OF YOU was inspired by my own story of becoming a mother (my sister was our gestational carrier — the current term for ‘surrogate’ — which means she provided the oven and we provided the bun), as well as a news story about a pregnant woman who became comatose, and the heartbreaking battle that raged for months between the hospital and her family about whether or not to continue the pregnancy.
This one is the most personal books I’ve written, and in many ways that made it the most difficult to write, but I’m very proud of how it turned out and can’t wait for others to read it … only 10 months to go! (Really? Oh, my!)
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