I’m so proud of myself. Here I go, proving I can post regularly. (It takes so little for me to be proud of myself. Sometimes all I have to do is shower and throw on a pair of jeans and a tee-shirt and I think, “Look at me! I’m dressed!” and I feel proud. Low expectations are the key to satisfaction.)
Anyway, I wanted to talk a little more about my next 5 Spot novel, If You Lived Here, You’d Be Home Now. First of all, I want to show off the cover, which I LOVE:
Cute, right? The dangling strap on the shoe that turns into the writing reminds me of the yarn on my first novel with Hachette, Knitting Under the Influence, and the color scheme evokes the cover of The Smart One and the Pretty One. I like that they all tie together: they look nice on a shelf. And hopefully anyone who likes the way one of the covers looks would also like the others.
As you can tell (I think) from the small shoes on the bottom step, the main character has a little boy, but she’s a very young mom–she was only nineteen when she had him. The father took off long ago, so she’s living back at home with her parents and sleeping in her childhood bed, something not recommended if you’re trying to grow up and become independent. In many ways, she and her six-year-old son are both trying to separate from their mommies–and sometimes in similar ways.
She may be only 25, but she’s a good mom and when her son complains that the PE coach at school is being mean to him, Rickie swings into action and tries to get her son out of a tough situation. But soon it seems like maybe she’s misjudged the situation–and also the young male PE coach, who is thoughtful, kind . . . and not unattractive.
There’s more to the story, of course, but I’m keeping my posts short! Anyway, I only wanted to whet everyone’s appetite for this: it won’t be available for months.
I really like this cover. You?