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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Guest Post with Theresa Meyers and Giveaway

Today I would like to welcome back to RFTC author Theresa Meyers. Theresa is celebrating the release of her newest book, The Switched Baby Scandal and has stopped by to chat. Please give Theresa a warm welcome.

Raised by a bibliophile who made the dining room into a library, Theresa has always been a lover of books and stories despite dyslexia that made it difficult for her to write and read until the fourth grade. First a writer for newspapers, then for national magazines, she started her first novel in high school, eventually enrolling in a Writer's Digest course and putting the book under the bed until she joined Romance Writers of America in 1993. In 2005 she was selected as one of eleven finalists for the American Title II contest, the American Idol of books.

She is married to the first man she ever went on a real date with (to their high school prom), who she knew was hero material when he suffered through having to let her parents drive, and her brother sit between them in the backseat of the car. They currently live in a Victorian house on a mini farm in the Pacific Northwest with their two children, two cats, an old chestnut Arabian gelding, an energetic mini-Aussie shepherd dog, a parakeet and an out-of-control herb garden.

She collects teapots, teddy bears and steampunk gadgetry, and when not writing can be found sewing, painting, canning, baking, or hiding out in a comfy chair reading a wonderful book. On occasion, you might find her scuba diving or riding her white quad with hot pink flames on the sand dunes. Her favorite television shows are Supernatural (Dean Girl), The Vampire Diaries, Once Upon a Time and Grimm (is it any wonder she writes fiction?).

Places to find Theresa:

The Fear of Losing a Child

If you’re a parent you know what I’m talking about – the paralyzing fear that something might happen to your child. I’ve already had a lot of readers tell me that losing their child (either in the hospital during the birth) or while at the store/out in public/ random happenstance, is their worst fear. When I was writing The Switched Baby Scandal, I tapped into some very real life experiences that I believe made the story resonate for readers.

My son was only about three when a neighbor and I decided we take her two kids and my two kids to an art fair at the local community college. It was a crowded event on an open campus with lots of things to see and do. In particular my son was fascinated by a booth that had multiple costumes and a variety of musical instruments children could play with.

We sat down and got out the lunches we’d brought for the children. Once everyone was settled, I offered to go get us all drinks in the long lines. I knew there was no way four children under age 5 were going to wait patiently in a line like that. I left my two children with my neighbor and was gone approximately fifteen minutes.

When I returned my son was nowhere to be found. My neighbor swore he was there just a minute ago. I’ve never felt such overwhelming terror as I did at that moment, knowing that my toddler could be anywhere, snatched up by anyone in the masses of people and be gone.

I grabbed up my daughter and started searching for my son everywhere. I looked at lines. I looked through crowds. I began to retrace every step we’d made that day looking to see if he might be there.

Finally, we came back to the music and costume’s booth. And there he was, playing happily. The lady at the booth had remembered our family and had kept him occupied when he’d shown up all on his own to play some more. I was profoundly grateful. I said prayers and cried.

By my personal experience wasn’t the only one I tapped into. I also tapped into the very real custody battle my dearest friend from high school went through. It lasted years and was incredibly bitter. Trying to be supportive during the angst and tears left me with memories I can’t forget. Watching her in that courtroom before the judge. Seeing how it tore her apart. Knowing now that it all worked out eventually.

I also shared and talked with people who had lost their children in real life. The survivor’s guilt Reece portrays is a very real, very difficult battle many people face.

Out of all the books I’ve written, this one taps into the deepest well-spring of emotion for me, because I’m a mom. I’ve seen how hard it can be, and I know without a doubt that the love we have for our children is one of the most powerful forces in the universe. Thanks for stopping by today! I hope check out and enjoy reading The Switched Baby Scandal.

His child. Her daughter. One monumental mix-up.

Single mom Taylor Lawrence just discovered that the hospital sent her home with the wrong infant five years ago. Now the headstrong and handsome biological father wants his child back. But Emily has always been her daughter, and Taylor won’t give her up without a fight.

Widower Reece Wallace believed his life was over when a drunk driver killed his wife and daughter. So when he learns of the baby switch, he sees this child as his ultimate salvation. But he never anticipated the fiery woman on the other side of this custody battle or how shed stir feelings in him long dormant.

As the media storm surrounding the hospitals mistake intensifies, Taylor and Reece find there’s more to sort out than custody of Emily they must work together to protect her while grappling with their growing attraction. Can they pick up the pieces of two broken families and meld them into something new?

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  1. This sounds like a heartbreaking, but also heartwarming story. The basic fear of losing a child is something we all feel as parents. This definitely seems to be an emotional journey that I'd like read about.

  2. I would like to read this book because it sounds interesting. I can't imagine, as a parent, finding out that the baby you thought was yours, isn't. I want to see how this author deals with this situation.

  3. What an awesome sounding story. This is on my TBR pile. Congratulations!

  4. This sounds like an interesting book. I look forward to reading it. Thank you for the chance!

    Wanda Barefoot

  5. Hi Dani! Hi Theresa! Oh gosh, I remember that feeling of temporarily losing track of my son. It happened to me at the mall and my heart literally sank. It was awful. Thanks for such a personal peek into your life and how it influenced your book, Theresa. And huge congrats on The Switched Baby Scandal! I look forward to reading it!