I was so happy to open my Paper Angel Press newsletter this morning and see the upcoming titles section! The Stork is on the radar! It’s the second book in the Shelby McDougall series and will be out this fall. I have been editing, proof-reading, editing some more, and proof-reading yet again, to tease out all those lingering typos (yes, there were a few), awkward sentences (more than a few of those!), formatting gotchas (plenty of those), and plot or character problems. Thankfully, in this last category, I found just one minor issue.
I’m very thankful that Paper Angel Press is giving The Stork a new lease on life. I’ll keep you posted as the launch date approaches.
Until next time,
It’s been five and a half years, and Shelby McDougall is finally on track. And then a late-night phone call puts Shelby’s perfectly ordered life into a tailspin.
Back in Santa Cruz, California, she’s sharing an apartment with her brother, and is in her second year of criminal justice studies. She’s landed her dream job as intern to local PI Kathleen Bennett. And her stone-cold love life is heating up. Her past is behind her. Almost.
One of the twins she put up for adoption has been kidnapped, snatched from his home in the middle of the night. There are no witnesses. After meeting the family, Shelby knows something is off. The adoptive parents tell her the children don’t sleep. They eat constantly, and their IQs are off the charts, qualifying them for either Ripley’s Believe It or Not or a sideshow act in the circus. Against her better judgment, knowing that every cop in the state of California is doing their best to find this boy, Shelby agrees to help. By the time she realizes she’s up against something powerful, something evil, it’s almost too late.
As Shelby fights for her life and that of the kidnapped boy, she learns the shocking truth about her babies. And she also discovers her own truth, a lesson she has to learn over and over: her best instincts might have unexpected, damaging, consequences.