Having My Baby , an anthology by Various Authors:
"Tabitha's Solution" in Having My Baby: Tabitha has had the perfect pregnancy. She wants a perfect birth: all natural, with midwives, in the hospital (just in case). Her supportive husband Alex is by her side. So why does everything else have to go wrong?
This short story about first-time motherhood is based on real-life experiences -- both my own, and those of my friends. One thing about having babies is for certain: it's never what we expect it to be! What poignant, funny, or sweet baby stories do you like to tell? Please share your favourite true baby story in a comment below (with your email, please), and you could be the winner of the Swag Bag!
***Leave your NAME & EMAIL in the comments for a chance to win a fabulous 'swag bag' (see the prize list & photo below). Drawing 3/28/13***
Tori is giving away to ONE lucky commenter a terrific prize pack! The Swag Bag (a lovely printed Romance and Other Dangers tote) will include:
- a handy Having My Baby key chain, featuring a picture of the cover AND bonus pics of her other published works!
- a collectible Having My Baby book-cover pen for poetry, stories, love letters, etc.!
- a signed print copy of Having My Baby, the anthology!
- Bonus Prize! A signed print copy of Midnight Thirsts, which includes Tori's novella "Mist and Midnight" -- the prequel for Wind and Shadow: Book One of the Talbot Trilogy, coming this April!
- and MORE!
From "Tabitha's Solution" in Having My Baby (Melange Books, 2012):
“Honey, what are you doing with that shovel?”
Tabitha huffed and puffed, her breath coming in little clouds of condensation. “What does it look like I’m doing? I’m shoveling.”
Alex approached her with the caution of a bomb defuser approaching an unknown container. “I can see that. But sweetheart, you’re nine months pregnant. Why don’t you let me do that?”
She glared at him over her muffler, without breaking her rhythm. “I’m fine. It’s just a couple of inches of snow.”
“Then why are you out here?” He gestured helplessly.
“I’m trying to get this baby moving!” Tabitha bent at the knees, forcing the blade of the shovel under a crust of snow by the walkway to their door. “I figured, if I do a little bending and lifting, maybe it will get my water to break or something.”
She saw his hesitation and skepticism, and sighed. “I missed out on the damned draw, all right? I’m pissed off, and pregnant, and overdue, and I want to have this baby!”
Alex held up his hands. “Hey, I respect that. I’m just trying to help.”
Tabitha swallowed her crankiness. She tried to smile. “You can help by moving, dearest.”
Obediently stepping to the left, Alex watched her attack the next section of sidewalk. “I brought you home some rotisserie chicken, with mashed potatoes.”
She didn’t stop moving. “Super. Go ahead and plate it, I’ll be down in about five or ten minutes.”
“Do you want a cup of tea?”
“I’d really love a martini, dirty. But I guess tea will have to do.” Tabitha relented as soon as the words were out of her mouth. Dropping the shovel, she threw her arms around her husband, stretching to accommodate their winter coats. “I’m sorry, I’m just in a bitch.”
“It’s fine, I understand.” Alex rubbed the small of her back, in just the place she liked. She made an appreciative noise, and he continued, “I mean, I sort of get it. You’re tired, and frustrated. We’ll get there soon. But you really don’t need to be out here.”
“I promise, I’ll come down just as soon as I get this path cleared.” She released him and thrust her belly forward. “This baby is coming out tonight!”
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Extra! Extra! About "Mist and Midnight" (Midnight Thirsts, 2011) -- your Bonus Prize!
Charlotte Fanning, a professional artist and a natural witch, is on the run from the ruthless, malevolent vampire stalking her. Fleeing the city for a remote former mining community of Talbot in northeastern Ontario, a chance encounter on the train with the maddeningly arrogant and ruggedly handsome prospector Pike Mahonen further complicates her fight for her life. When it quickly becomes apparent that the bloodthirsty creature is closer than she thinks, endangering everyone around her, Charlotte and Pike discover that their love and passion for each other might be the only force standing between their friends and the gruesome death awaiting them in the abandoned tunnels beneath the town.
"Mist and Midnight" is the prequel to Tori debut novel, Wind and Shadow: Book One of the Talbot Trilogy, coming this April!
Click the link to read an excerpt! http://torilridgewood.wordpress.com/2011/01/16/excerpt-from-mist-and-midnight-coming-in-july-from-melange-books/