Wednesday, April 01, 2009

No Fooling

Okay, let’s get this out of the way: It’s April Fool’s Day. Let’s all go out and NOT play a trick on someone, because that got old in grade school.

Instead, let me explain why April 1st really matters. That’s because there are only two more days till my birthday.

I never figured I’d be sensitive about my age, but this is a big one. Let’s put it this way: I’m going to turn 40, for the 20th time.

Ouch ouch ouch.

Now let’s look at all the reasons why that’s good:

· My older son has a job (he earns more than I do) and my younger son is in college, so my husband and I have more time together, and I have more time to write.
· I’ve been happily married for 30 years, which means I can thumb my nose at all the people who say you can’t marry someone of a different religion.
· I still have my mother and mothers-in-law (my husband’s mother and stepmother) to cheer me on when times get rough.
· Still healthy (knock on wood, take fish oil, exercise, etc. etc.)
· Just got a new three-book contract with Harlequin American. Hooray hooray!

The books center on a remodeled maternity hospital that accidentally gets a reputation as a safe haven for babies whose mothers can’t keep them. Soon babies are turning up everywhere, and the staff is asked to take some of them home. Babies … doctors … falling in love … No publication dates set yet, but I’m hoping for 2010.

Now I’m going to go enjoy April in my vegetable garden, watching the baby plants grow.


EllenToo said...

Happy April younger brother and I both have April birthdays. His tomorrow and my is Easter Sunday but there are 4 years between us. Will be looking forward to your maternity hospital books

Estella said...

Happy Birthday!
Your maternity hospital books sound interesting.

Marin Thomas said...

Happy early Birthday Jackie--and congrats on the new Harlequin American book contract!


Linda Warren said...

Happy Birthday! And congrats on the new book deal. What a special birthday gift.

Jacqueline Diamond said...

Thanks, everybody!