Baby By Design
By: Elley Arden
Trish DeVign knows what she needs to be single, successful and satisfied. She needs a baby. With recent relationships falling short of her expectations, she’s single by choice. With a thriving interior design company, she’s got successful covered. It’s the satisfied part that eludes her, and that’s her mother’s fault-not her adopted mother, but the mother who gave her away, sentencing her to a privileged life with two good people who don’t share with her a single drop of DNA. Refusing to grow old bitter, Trish decides a baby will calm the restlessness and lead her to true happiness. Instead, it leads straight to her best friend’s brother.
Tony Corcarelli has spent his adult life as the black sheep of his large Italian-American family. The nickname became permanent when he took a buyout from his sister rather than run the family carpentry company after his father’s death. Now, Tony’s grandmother has cancer, and he’s expected to join the family in making her wishes come true. Unfortunately, the two things Nonna wants most for Tony, are two things he can’t fathom-a wife and kids or the priesthood. There has to be another way.
When Trish asks Tony to escort her to a wedding, a night of fun and flirtation turns serious, with Trish confessing she wants a baby-Tony’s baby. Could a calculated conception be the answer he’s looking for? Thrown together by a carefully constructed yet cockamamie plan, Trish and Tony struggle to define terms they didn’t expect to become so complicated. But what if neither disapproving family members nor Nonna’s rapidly declining health is their biggest complication? What if it’s love?
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Q&A With The Author:
Where did you come up with the premise for your book?
My brother owned an interior design company and custom furniture store. My parents are skilled house “flippers.” It seemed natural for me to write something with this backdrop. It took a while for the characters to come to me, though. When I met a construction company’s designer who wore a pleated skirt, carried a floral duffel bag, and used a hot pink measuring tape to record information about my house and the project I had planned, I knew I’d struck gold. This woman was completely fashionable and comfortable while she threw around construction terminology. It inspired me. Of course, the traits I admired in this woman twisted and turned into someone unique, someone who loved pretty places and things, but someone who had a soft spot for the rougher edges, too. Honestly, I was shocked when this heroine wouldn’t drop the baby thing, and that really changed my daydreams, because then I had get to the bottom of why she wanted this baby so badly and find a man who would be willing to sign onto her cockamamie plan. Watching The Voice one night, enjoying Adam Levine, I found inspiration again. From there it became a book about family and the lengths some people are willing to go for it.
Describe your book in three words.
Sexy. Silly. Sentimental.
What gets you in the mood to write?
Music gets me in the mood to write. Better yet, a long walk while I listen to music gets me in the mood. Ever since I was a child, I’ve been imagining scenes to accompany the music I listen to. I’ve never been a big fan of music videos, because what I come up with in my head is so much more satisfying. (I’m not a lover of realism. I don’t watch the news. I find most music videos, television and movies for that matter to be too depressing for my taste.) Occasionally, when I get really stuck and disenchanted with writing, a good romantic comedy or Jane Austen movie will get me back in the mood.
What’s your go to snack when you’re writing?
Chocolate. I am eating a roasted almond chocolate bar as I’m answering these questions. I didn’t always snack while I wrote, but once I signed a contract and received more deadlines, it became the norm. Many, many pounds gained later, I’m trying to break the habit, but it’s so dang hard, because chocolate is so darn good, and I always think, “Five hundred more words and you’ve earned it.”
What can your readers expect next from you?
The second book in my Harmony Falls series, Battling the Best Man, releases in December. In this book, Dr. Kory Flemming comes home for her best friend’s wedding, only to be subjected to the best man, the guy who made her high school years hell by winning every academic award imaginable. Of course, now he’s a handsome, successful business man who makes her skin burn in a totally different way. Then, in March, the final book in my Kemmons Brothers Baseball Series releases. That’s one of five books I have releasing in 2014, so my readers can expect a steady stream.
Elley Arden is a born and bred Pennsylvanian who has lived as far west as Utah and as far north as Wisconsin. She drinks wine like it’s water (a slight exaggeration), prefers a night at the ballpark to a night on the town, and believes almond English toffee is the key to happiness.
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