A Different Kind of SuperRomance

And verily my TBR pile is too large, and my time to read too short to do appropriate justice to a Harlequin with a short window of availability, but I wanted to bring attention to something cool that Cynthia Reese is doing with her April 2007 release The Baby Wait.

The book is about a couple who is already married seeking to adopt a baby from China. In her words:

I promise: it is not your garden variety category—for one thing, it’s in first person. For another, it’s about a married couple. For a third… well, the baby’s not a secret baby….

Reese has pledged a portion of her royalties to two charities that directly benefit Chinese orphanages:

One is Love Without Boundaries and the other is Our Chinese Daughters Foundation . There were so many worthwhile organizations that I found it extremely difficult to choose just two! LWB will use my donation to help an older, medically-needy child in Changsha, Hunan.

OCDF will use the money to support Coal For Kids, a program which provides coal to northern Chinese orphanages who get little or no funding from the Chinese government—some of these kids have lost fingers and toes because the orphanages couldn’t afford fuel for the winter!

I wish THE BABY WAIT were a NYT best-seller so that I could drop whole boatloads of cash on several of the very worthy charities out there! But I plan to do this for each of my books—give $$ back, so maybe my small offerings will add up
and make a difference in the life of a child.

So if Harlequin SuperRomances are on your romance shopping list, or if you’re interested in this particular story, your purchase funds a couple of worthy causes.

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    Sarah, thank you so very much for this mention!

    Just so I don’t get into trouble with my fellow category authors and category-book-lovers, the garden-variety category book can be VERY good—if you haven’t given Supers a try lately, you should check out our quite talented line-up!

    But THE BABY WAIT is different from many, many Supers—which I suppose can be a good thing and a bad thing. Hopefully in my case, the story is strong enough to retain the category readers who read Harlequins because they like the traditional hooks—and new readers who might not have given Supers a whirl.

    Thanks again!

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    Wow!  What a fabulous thing to do. 

    My word below: change13.  Somewhat appropriate, I think

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    kate r says:

    Thanks for letting us know.

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    Jen C says:

    I hate to be a bitch, but what does this book have to do with romance, if its about adopting a baby and not, you know, about a romance?

    I mean, sweet to donate money to charity and all.  But how will this fit into the romance catagory?

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    Jen C, good question, and one that many people have asked—how can married people adopting a baby be a romance?

    This is a marriage-in-jeopardy story, and the adoption serves as a backdrop and conflict for the novel. I sure hope I’ve got romance in there!

    And Alison, thanks so very much for sharing about Julie Kenner. I had no idea she’d adopted from China—her blog was great!

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