Friday, June 18, 2010

Behind The Book -- Free Spirits

Happy Birthday!

Alex Cassidy thought being single and turning thirty was an awful combination. The only thing worse was waking up the morning after her birthday bash with a hangover.

And just when she thought she’d hit rock bottom, she opened her eyes … and screamed. There, at the foot of her bed, looking dapper and doting, were the ghosts of her parents.

Alex thought al ghosts rattled chains and inspired fear. Her ghosts baked brownies and inspired aggravation. Alex thought all ghosts were fleeting apparitions … Her ghosts were here to stay.

At least until they delivered their birthday present ... Mr. Right!

My Harlequin American Romance Free Spirits was published in August,1991 and is one of my absolute favorite books. It was so much fun to write and I have to say I laughed a lot during the creative process.

I got the idea of a woman who celebrates her 30th birthday and wakes up to find her parents returned from the dead and determined to stay with her until she gets married. And the only ones who see them are her and her cat.

In a way, thanks to them cartoonist Alex meets ER doc Michael Duffy and the romance is on, but it’s also crazy no thanks to her parents. Is that a puff of smoke over there or her parents? Will Michael think she needs heavy medication if he catches her talking to air?

And does her mother always have to complain about the dress she was buried in? Or her dad’s constant search for golf games on TV?

I was so glad this book turned out to be popular and was reissued a few times, because there’s nothing like reading a book that makes you laugh.


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