I don’t usually talk about my books here, and use it more as a forum for sharing with you what I think or how I feel, or to tell you what I’m doing, or something exciting I’ve seen. But I do write the books after all, and I guess that’s worth talking about too. I have a new book out, in hardcover, called “Family Ties”, and I love the book. (It has a turquoise cover, with three eggs in a nest). It’s about a young woman (26 years old), in her first job as an architect, fresh out of school, with a brand new apartment she loves, and a terrific new boyfriend she is crazy about, and he is crazy about her too!!. Her life is on a roll!!! She has a married sister ten years older, with a great husband and three kids.The older sister and her husband die in a plane crash in the first chapter, and the younger sister inherits the three kids (who are 5, 8, and 11). Her life is instantly changed. She cant stay in the new apartment, has to work twice as hard at her job since she’s an overnight single parent, and of course the boyfriend takes a look at what she’s dealing with, and instantly takes a hike. Bye. The young architect loved her sister, loves her kids, and is totally stunned by what has happened to her life.
In the second chapter, you fast forward 16 years. The kids are pretty much grown up, the oldest is the jewelry editor of a fashion magazine and leads a high powered very stressful life (afraid to attach to anyone since her parents died). The middle child, a boy, is a law student, and the youngest child is an art student and a very independent kid (tattoos, piercings, and very much her own person). The aunt who brought them up adores them, and they love her. And she is now adjusting to their having grown up and moved out, and the void they have left in her life. For 16 years, her whole life has centered around them, so now what does she do? She has a successful business, but an empty nest, and hasn’t had the time or inclination to have a serious man in her life for 16 years, she was too busy bringing up the kids.
The book is about everything that happens after that, to the 3 young people, to the aunt, their relationship with each other, and with other people. The people they get involved with, the situations they face. There are a lot of touching things in it, and some funny ones (a series of terrible blind dates set up by friends who insist she has to find a guy, and she really doesn’t want to—particularly after those dates.). I love the book, and I hope you will too. It’s about 4 people, facing real life and the real world, and the situations that some of us face, with kids, and just trying to cope, particularly as single parents—-and in this case, the kids aren’t even hers, but they might as well be, she has been a wonderful stand-in single parent for them. And of course there is some excitement and adventure and a few hairy scary moments.
Anyway, I wanted to share with you that the book is out. I hope that you’ll buy it and love it. I have a paperback out right now too, “Matters of the Heart”, about the very unnerving story of a woman who gets involved with a charming sociopath. Parts of that are terrifying, and experiences like that must happen to a lot of people, because I got an enormous amount of mail from people who had survived similar situations. I try to write about the things that happen to real people, and affect us all. If you have time for summer reading, I hope you’ll buy the books!!! Love, Danielle