One’s on the Way!

I never thought at age 51 I’d be announcing this but here ya go. There’s going to be an addition to the Best household in the not so distant future and I’m SO excited!!

I know, I know, you probably all think I’m nuts, but what can I say? I’ve been hoping for this for quite some time now, but doesn’t it always seem as though the stars have to align just so?

Many years ago I probably wouldn’t have expected this to happen so late in my life. You  know how it is. You start out young and full of ambition, with certain expectations and hopes, thinking that it’ll all unfold according to your plan. Most always you expect these things to happen when you’re much younger and better equipped to cope with all the stress involved. I guess this goes to show we never know what the Universe has in store for us, and surprises are good much of the time, even blessings in disguise.

 Not a whole lot of people know about this yet as it’s taking me awhile to get used to the idea myself, but I’m expecting the news to spread quickly. In a small community secrets are not so easy to keep. I’ve discussed it with my husband and my kids, and Miss Charlotte, she’s a bit too young to even know what’s going on. A few close friends are also in the loop. I mean what’s the sense in good news if you can’t share it with someone. And my mum, it only seemed fair that she be let in on the news first thing.

My mind has already begun to think of names for this new bundle of joy. We all know that names can be changed at the last moment when we suddenly decide that the name we thought would be perfect simply doesn’t fit, but I’m hoping this name will feel so right that the thoughts of making a change will be next to impossible.

It’s been awhile, and I’m sure there’s plenty I’ve forgotten since the last time around. But I will have a much better handle on what to expect during the entire process. Experience is a great teacher. We learn through our mistakes.

My head is a bit in the clouds these days. I keep thinking of the euphoric feeling that came over me when my first bundle of joy arrived, how precious a feeling it was to hold in my hands that first time.

But here I am, my 51-year-old, self writing about this stupendous news at the same time experiencing some self-doubt if I’m being truly honest here. Am I ready for the excitement and those sleepless nights? Am I ready to meet and greet all the visitors who’ll show up to help me celebrate when the big day comes?

Now if I add a Happy April Fool’s Day to you here, you’re going to think I made all this up aren’t you? But what can I say, it being April Fool’s Day and all? But here’s the real scoop.

My editor from Nimbus called and said she’d like to publish my next novel!!! That’s right my baby is going to be published. There have been times when I doubted this would ever happen again, but as I said earlier we never know when and how things will unfold in life. I haven’t been given an exact publication date but the possibility of 2013 has come up.  I’m keeping my fingers crossed. You can bet when I know more I’ll pass it along.

So there you have it. I’m proud and happy and even a tad bit giddy, just like any expecting mama would be. Now it’s back to the real world. There are many novel ideas floating about my head, now to settle down and start writing.

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  1. Torry

     /  April 1, 2012

    I am so pleased for you!!

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    • Thanks, Torry. Let’s hope this launch will be as successful and the first. I guess we have plenty of time to make plans. :)

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  2. syr ruus

     /  April 1, 2012

    Congratulations. Hope those babies just keep on popping out!

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  3. I am really happy for you. My time for a bay has not yet come but someday. Soon I hope. I’m 62.

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    • Thanks, Carl! A great writer from, NS, Joyce Barkhouse, who recently passed away, had her first book published I believe when when was 60. She went on to have quite a wonderful career. 62 is still young!!! Your baby will get there when the time is right. :)

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  4. Fabulous news indeed. Shampers at the christening?

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  5. Wonderful news! I’m so happy for you. Enjoy every moment.

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    • Thanks, Heather. It’s pretty exciting and feels like a long time coming. I’m just glad I got here.. :)

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  6. Avril

     /  April 1, 2012

    YES, April fools! and if it is
    not!!! lots of work for you!!!!

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    • I decided to wait until April Fool’s to announce my new book. I’m a bit of a tease that way. It was great fun writing the post. Thanks for dropping in. :)

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  7. Very happy for you Laura. You are a wonderful support to many writers and we all join you in celebrating the accomplishment that is getting a work to publication. I look forward to reading your next work and many more.

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    • Thanks Sue! For me, it just seems as though we’re all in this together. :) The only thing more exciting to me than having a book published is hearing about another writer’s book about to be published.

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  8. Elayne

     /  April 1, 2012

    Oh how wonderful….I will have to make certain that I get a first edition signed edition…..

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    • Thanks Elayne. Dare I break the news that it’s not a sequel to Bitter, Sweet, though? Thanks for your support. And hopefully my Mars Bar Fairy will make it to the next launch. ;)

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  9. Laura, you didn’t fool me, I’ve been waiting for this and I’m so excited for you! Congratulations! For a fleeing moment I did think … another grandbaby? .. but then, no .. it had to be the book you have been incubating. :) YAYYY!!!

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    • No, I knew I wouldn’t fool you, Lynn!! Thanks so much for your support and friendship. It means a great deal to me….

      Hmmmm. I really wouldn’t mind another grandbaby, though. :)

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  10. Congrats! And will this new one be treated to a cruise like Bitter, Sweet?

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  11. Nova Redden

     /  April 1, 2012

    Well Laura you really had me believing you were expecting a little bundle of joy that wasn’t made out of paper, ha! Congratulations and all the best.

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    • Oh no, Nova! I thought for sure I wouldn’t fool any East Dalhousie people…Thanks for dropping in and congratulating me..

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  12. FANTASTIC! But I expected no less . . .

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  13. Hi Laura- what great news!! My biggest congratulations to you!!
    Can’t wait to hear about your forthcoming novel!

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    • Thanks, Jennifer. I’m really excited about this. Of course it will be quite awhile before I get to hold this bundle of joy. Yet all good things are worth waiting for. :)

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  14. Squeeee!!! Fabulous news!!! You had me wondering about an April Fools’ joke, but I’m glad it’s not. Congratulations, Laura!! This ‘bundle of joy’ is truly exciting.

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    • Oh I might be a bit of a tease, but I would never joke about something this important. I did think it was a good day to blog about it though. :)

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  15. Yae, Laura! Congratulations on your next “birth”! Well done :)

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  16. You got me, Laura. But a book’s as good, or better, than a baby — at this stage of the game. Congratulations. You must be thrilled.

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    • lol! Yes I think I much rather a book at my age. Babies are cute and loveable but ment for much younger women. Thanks Hilary!

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  17. fivecats

     /  April 1, 2012

    Hey, that’s good news!

    When I began reading this post, I thought it was the other kind of news … not the “grandma kind”, but the “mom kind”. Oh well, … :)

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  18. Ah, how nice for you “mama” to have another delivery. Keep us posted when you have the name of your little darling and congrats :)

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    • Thanks Florence!! Oh there’s a name but sometimes the name is changed before publication. I’m hoping this won’t be the case. I’m rather fond of the name. :)

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  19. angela wilson

     /  April 1, 2012

    Oh my word, I didn’t read your entire blog and I thought you were expecting another grandbaby or pet! ha ha You GO GIRL! I have all kinds of ideas for your next book. ha ha Maybe I had better get the “lead out”, literally, and come up with my own novel that is laying dormant inside my head and itching to materialize. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

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    • lol! Gotcha! Listen, now don’t be leaving a novel rumbling around that pretty head of yours. Get it down on paper… THanks an order. :)

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  20. Congratulations Laura, this is indeed good news! Only another writer can make that connection between childbirth and the publiction of a new novel. Can’t wait to met the new member of the family. Hugs from the other coast XO

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    • Thanks so much, Darlene. I’m not surprised you weren’t fooled. The two are very similiar that’s for sure. I’m anxious to see this new addition for the first time. Guess I’ll just have to be patient. :)

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  21. Judi

     /  April 1, 2012

    Alright, now I can start blabbing it to everyone. I’m getting pretty good a keeping secrets now. But, just for a minute I thought maybe Melanie had come down this week to tell you she was having another little one, but just for a minute…..
    I’m soooo happy that you finally got word that they are going to publish your next baby……

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    • Thanks, Judi! I’m sure this takes a load off for you.. lol! I’m happy to be lettng the word out too…Let the waiting begin…:)

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  22. I had a feeling it was a new “baby” book! Yay, Laura! :D

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    • Thanks Patti! I’m not into creating miracles at this point in my life. ;) A book I can handle, the other–not so much… Although a new grandbaby would be cool!!

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  23. Congratulations! You had me for about two seconds and then I realized your “bun in the oven” has a cover and pages. :-)

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    • Thanks C.B. Yes this bun definitely will have pages and a cover. I can hardly wait for it to come out of the oven. :)

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  24. This is great news, Laura. I know that wonderfully giddy feeling you get when something is accepted. It makes you want to dance around the kitchen, shout the news to whom ever will listen (and to those wo don’t) and write another novel/column/article. It’s one of the best highs in the world.

    I know you’ll keep us informed, and I’ll be watching for the release.

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    • Thanks Diane. I was far worse the first time around, although I think it goes without saying the first time really blows you out of the water. My head was so far in the clouds I could hardly think of anything else for days. To actually think someone wants to publish something you’ve written. It is a pretty great high no matter how many times. :)

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  25. I’d take getting a book published over a baby any day! ;) Congratulations!

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    • Thanks Pauline. I’m afraid I’m way past bringing any new babies into this house, unless it’s another grandchild.. :)

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  26. Dang it, I thought it was going to be a new kitty :D But another published book is just as good ;) You continue to inspire me!

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    • Seriously, it would make more sense that I’d be getting a new kitty rather than having a baby but apparently I fooled a lot of people.

      Thanks so much for your sweet words of encouragement. :)

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  27. Huge huge congratulations, Laura! That is so awesome. No wonder you’re beside yourself with excitement. This is wonderful news! Bravo.

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    • Thanks Joylene. Each time is a thrill as you well know. Hopefully the next good news won’t take so long to ge there. :)

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  28. Congratulations, Laura!

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  29. sounds exciting! I’m happy for you. hope you have a great time writing it.

    have a sweet day.

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    • It is exciting Lissa. And it’s already written! The real work will come once edits start. I do like the editing process and am looking forward to it. Thanks for dropping in. :)

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  30. Congratulations. how exciting for you. And definitely worth celebrating.

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  31. Awesome! You had me going there!

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    • Thanks Michelle. Welcome to my blog, and thans for commenting.

      I can’t resist an April’s Fool joke and I thought what better way to announce the acceptance of my latest novel!!!

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  32. Julie

     /  April 20, 2012

    I’m glad to hear you’re expecting! It’s always such a long wait from conception to birth ;)

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