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I’ve had a few inquiries about RR@H’s Annual Secret Santa exchange and I wanted to post an update here. With all the craziness going on in our lives right now — Nancy with her husband & school and the rollercoaster ride my family and I have been on since December 2009 with my daughter and her health issues — Nancy & I have talked about it and have decided to skip Secret Santa this year. I know I was offered the chance to put someone else in control of this year’s Secret Santa but, to be honest, this is/was my baby and I loved putting it together and partnering up all the names who signed up for it and even though I’m not doing it this year, I do plan to do it again next year. With that said, I found a new blog to me yesterday while blog-hopping and from there, I found this blog. They’re doing a Holiday Swap and sign-up ends on November 14th. There’s a FAQ page here, if you’re interested in finding out more about it.

I truly hate not being able to organize Secret Santa here but this one sounds fun and I’m looking into signing up for it myself, just to join the fun. 🙂

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Boundaries. The key to how corporate lawyer Alexandra Knight manages her busy life. However, lately all her precisely drawn lines are getting blurred. Blame it on her out-of-control biological clock that is ignoring her single status…and on Ethan Stone.

Because her sexy, no-strings colleague has posed an outrageous solution to her dilemma—he’ll be her baby daddy. This from the guy who avoids all commitment? Okay, so they’re attracted to each other. Really, really attracted. But crossing the line from coworker to co-parent with Ethan could ruin Alex for all other men. After all, when you’ve had the best…

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I love the idea of grabbing a hold of life and not letting go – or, as Robin Williams so memorably said it in Dead Poets Society, “carpe diem”. I can remember sitting in the cinema watching that movie and being so moved and overwhelmed by the themes in the film – the sadness and eccentricity and hope and ideals. It’s so easy to dream when we’re young, don’t you think? But as we get older, those dreams and the ability to grab life with both hands and jump in feet first sometimes escapes us.

The notion of not letting life slip by forms the heart of my latest book, The Best Laid Plans. Lots of people are talking about this book as being a “biological clock” book. On one hand, this is absolutely spot on, but on a deeper level – for me, anyway – this story is about dreams and the decisions we make when we realise that perhaps life isn’t going to work out the way we imagined.

I’m not sure what you wanted to be when you grew up (although I have to confess that it’s a rare day when I feel really grown up – most of the time I feel like a big kid), but the heroine in Best Laid Plans, Alex, always wanted to be a mother. Don’t get me wrong, she wanted other things, too – she’s a very successful lawyer, fiercely independent – but having a family of her own has long formed the cornerstone of her vision of her life. As the book opens, Alex is 38 and starting yet another busy, rich day in her life as a commercial lawyer.  Then she runs smack-bang into her ex boyfriend, a man she lived with for seven years but whom she left when he refused to even discuss the notion of having a child with her.  And he’s pushing a stroller. Yep, that’s right – after years of denying Alex her fondest dream, he met another woman who “accidentally” fell pregnant and he’s now a doting dad.

Alex is utterly thrown by this revelation. And she’s rocked even more off balance later that day when she has her annual check up and learns from her doctor that, contrary to Alex’s belief, she doesn’t have all the time in the world to start having babies. In fact, according to her doctor, once she passes forty, the chances of her having a baby with her own eggs decline to just 10 %.  These two separate incidents push Alex to the edge. Suddenly the life she’s always thought she’d have – the one with a husband and children, a family of her own – looks as though it’s not going to happen. Alex faces a choice – let go of the dream, or do her damnedest to make it reality.

I won’t blab the whole plot, but I don’t think it’s giving too much away to say that Alex is not the kind of woman to take the death of her dreams lying down. And when her co-worker, Ethan, gets wind of her situation, he, too, is faced with choices he’s made and dreams he though he’d left behind.

So, you know, while this book is definitely about being a parent and building a family, it’s also about seizing the day.  It takes a lot of courage to seize the day. Sometimes you have to defy family, loved ones, society to take that leap of faith. Sometimes you have to risk making a fool of yourself. And the rewards are definitely not guaranteed.  But the pay off if you make it…well, it’s worth it if the prize is achieving your dream, right?

I’d love to give away two (2!) copies of The Best Laid Plans today to posters. Tell me about  someone you know who has had the courage to pursue their dream – especially if that “someone” is you!  I love hearing other people’s stories of faith and self belief and guts.

Over to you!

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Thank you to Sarah for visiting with us today!

To find out more about Sarah and her books, please visit her website at www.sarahmayberry.com. Don’t forget to leave a comment below for a chance to win THE BEST LAID PLANS. Good luck!

 

 

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