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I spent the weekend finishing my second book. The working title is "Can I Smell the Baby?" and it's all about - you guessed it - motherhood and pregnancies (and that irresistible new baby smell, which is sort of like a new car smell, only for women.) I was surprised as a pregnant woman in my 40's at how much humor there is in pregnancy. From the ridiculous maternity tops with the 3-feet-long skinny ties in the back (which make your stomach look BIGGER than it already is), to the hormonal reactions to everything (what do you mean we're out of sherbert????!!!!), to Braxton Hicks contractions and "unproductive labor" (how dare she say that about my labor?) Oh, what fun it was to write this book. I am hoping my first book will sell well enough that the publisher will take the second one and you might see it in print next Mother's Day.
My first book, "Wake Up to a Happier Life," comes out this week from Shadow Mountain, a division of Deseret Book. I've got to tell you - I'm terrified - just terrified that people will hate it, it won't sell, it will be there in huge stacks on the sale table marked down to $1.99 and it still won't sell. I know. Breathe. Let go. It feels like taking your child off to college. You've nurtured and loved the child, and now she's going off into the world. That's how I feel about my book. I've nurtured and worked with and loved her, and now she's showing up in your Walmart and Deseret Book store, and I hope so much that she's successful.
So here is my shameless request - please buy my book. You don't have to read. Just buy it. You can give it as a gag gift if you like. You can use it to even out your bookshelves. Or you can actually read it, and if you do, I truly hope you enjoy it.