She'll do anything to protect this baby
When TV personality Ashleigh Logan became pregnant by artificial insemination of her deceased husband's sperm, she ignited a media frenzy and attracted a stalker. So she's sequestered herself in the mountains of New Mexico, under the watchful eyes of the midwives of The Birth Place. Here she can be safe until the baby arrives.
And so will he
Greg Glazier doesn't have an easy time tracking down Ashleigh. And when he finally finds her, he can't tell her his news not until she's further along in her pregnancy. Because what he's got to say might come as a bit of a shock he's the real father of her baby.
About the Author
"Even though I write uplifting, even humorous romance," the mother of three says, "I'm also not afraid to deal with real issues, with real pain. I've been known to sit at my computer and shed a few tears while I write."
Graham's first book, It Happened in Texas, was released as a Guaranteed Page Turner by Harlequin Superromance, and she says that since that book sold, her writing life has felt "like popcorn popping."
"Something new and exciting happens almost every day."
It Happened In Texas won third place in the Rising Star contest for Best First Book and has since been published in Japan, France, Switzerland and Belgium. The Pull Of The Moon, her book that won the Teepee Award, was also a finalist for the Golden Heart Award from Romance Writers of America. The novel features hero Matthew Creed, a firefighter dealing with the aftereffects of being a rescuer at the Murrah bombing in Oklahoma City.
"I was privileged to serve as a volunteer at the Murrah building, and after seeing the rescuers up close, I knew I wanted to honor those real-life heroes with a story. The reader mail I've received about The Pull of the Moon has been very gratifying."
Besides featuring realistic characters, Graham says she also loves to transport readers to vivid settings. For example, her Harlequin Superromance novel Under Montana Skies is set in the remote Kootenai National Forest, and This Child of Mine takes place in Alexandria, Virginia, and nearby Washington, D.C. "I made several trips to those places and immersed myself in order to get a strong sense of place. As a result, the stories just poured out."
Graham says that she never runs out of material, and often gets her plot ideas by pure serendipity.
Graham shares this story of dining with the governor's wife as an example of how new stories come to her. "After she and her daughter read The Pull of the Moon, the First Lady of Oklahoma invited me to the Governor's mansion for lunch. Mrs. Keating loves history, and while we were discussing a fascinating old church in Pawhuska, something she said sparked another suspense, set in the Osage Hills."
Says Graham, "I feel like I'm just getting started and I don't think I'll ever get tired of writing. Writing is my dream. How many people get to actually live their dreams every single day? For me, there's no turning back."
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
After her husband died, TV star Ashleigh Logan turns to artificial insemination using her deceased spouse's sperm to become pregnant with his child. Because Ashleigh is a name, the media goes wild over her final salute to her husband. However, besides the infringement on her life, a stalker also surfaces frightening Ashleigh. The Creep frightens Ashleigh, but not for her own safety. Concerned over her unborn, Ashleigh flees the limelight to hide in the New Mexico mountains north of Taos at the remote The Birth Place to keep her and her unborn safe. Not long afterward Greg Glazier finds Ashleigh, but wonders why she came to this remote locale perhaps because she knows her deceased husband is not the father. Still now that he is here he struggles to tell her that he is father of her baby. However, though attracted to him, she knows he is hiding something from her, leading Ashleigh to wonder if he might be her stalker. Though at first glance the sperm bank mix-up and celebrity stalker themes might seem trite, Darlene Graham develops a solid romance with touches of suspense and spiritualism. The story line works because the audience wants Ashleigh and Greg to fall in love and raise their child together. Harriet Klausner