My Life in Words

Book Party!

Now that Halloween’s over (at least for those of us who didn’t get hit by the late October snowstorm), I must turn my attention away from costumes  to other, more important, things. Like . . . books.

(I was Princess Leia, by the way.)

Hey! Did I mention that I have a new novel out?

What Came First is about Laura, a successful lawyer and single mother who sets out to find her son’s sperm donor so she can give him a full sibling. In the process, she pulls two other women into her quest: Wendy, a stay-at-home mother of twins, and Vanessa, a dental receptionist who longs to build a traditional family with her commitment-phobic boyfriend. The book is about scrapbooking, cookie binges, temper tantrums, swim lessons, separation anxiety, and backyard chickens. But mostly it’s about mothers, fathers, and what it means to be a family.

In writing this book, I had to master telling one story from three different perspectives. In talking about this book, I’ve had to get over saying words that I’m maybe not so comfortable with. Like . . . sperm.

I’m still not that comfortable saying that. However, if you’re in the Orange County, California, area, I hope you will help me celebrate my book’s release at an event during which I will try to avoid saying “sperm.” If you’ve never been to a book party, just know that you are in for a wild time! Woooooo hoooooo!


Sunday, November 6

4 p.m.

Barnes & Noble

1923 Malvern Ave.

Fullerton, CA


And if you can’t make the party? Good news! You can still buy the book — retailer links are conveniently located at your left. And I’ll paste some more links below, too. Because I am only thinking of you.

Amazon (Paperback)   Amazon (Kindle)

Amazon UK (Paperback)   Amazon UK (Kindle)

Amazon Canada

Booktopia (Australia)    The Nile (Australia)

The Nile (New Zealand)

Barnes & Noble





Countdown to My Book Release

There are only seventeen days till What Came First comes out, and I know what you are all wondering.

“How is her foot feeling?”

Well! My custom orthotics came in, and for a full day I’ve been wearing them with my timelessly unfashionable Merrells, and so far, so good! Don’t worry: I will keep you updated.

In other news, I received my first copy of What Came First, and I love the book design even more in the flesh — okay, in the paper — than I did when it was just a thumbprint. First, there’s the background color, which is way more green than it looks on Amazon (or in this reproduction) — kind of a Tiffany blue and really, really pretty. Also snazzy: the background is matte, but the booties, chicks, eggs, grass, etc. are all glossy.

Another nice touch: the back cover has three little chicks at the bottom. How cute is that?

And finally, I’m excited to have reached a certain milestone: What Came First is my first original trade release that doesn’t feature a half naked woman on the cover. It’s the first cover that doesn’t scream CHICK LIT.

Except, of course, for the chicks.