Guest Author & Giveaway: Julia London featuring One Season of Sunshine

Tuesday, July 6

 ***This giveaway has ended, but you should still read the's worth your time:)  Thanks for joining the fun!***

Today it is my great pleasure to have as my guest author, Julia London.  She may be best known for her historical romances, but the book of her's that I've loved the most was her contemporary novel Summer of Two Wishes.  It was one of my favorite reads last year, and I was especially excited when I found out that she would be revisiting the town of Cedar Springs, Texas (think Robyn Carr's River Valley) in ONE SEASON OF SUNSHINE.  I'm glad that my wait is finally over. It promises to be another poignant and  soul stirring story.   Read and enjoy!

Thank you so much for inviting me to blog today. I am thrilled to share ONE SEASON OF SUNSHINE with your followers. This is a book about a woman who goes in search of her birth mother. She takes a job as a nanny in a house where the mother has killed in a tragic car accident, leaving her husband and two young children. As she searches for her past, however, she begins to fall for the family…but then secrets begin to emerge that could devastate her search for her own identity.

When Jane takes this job, she doesn’t really intend to step into a void, but she can scarcely avoid it. Asher, the father, has a very demanding job that keeps him from home. And, he’s a man, and he doesn’t know how to be there for his kids in the same way a mother knows how to be there. Jane doesn’t really know, either, but she is hard-wired to be nurturing, and she has the empathy and compassion this family needs.

When I wrote this book, I meant it to be about a woman discovering her past, but it quickly changed into much more than that. Jane learns so much about herself that has nothing to do with her past. She learns what it is like to try and fill some need in to two children who desperately miss their mother. I can relate in a way because I took on four stepchildren many years ago. It’s hardly the same as when one loses a mother, obviously, but still, I can imagine that Jane and I walked the same tightrope. It’s very difficult to want to help a child but at the same time to be cognizant that you can never be the mother that child needs the most—even when the mother does not live up to the ideal the children cling to. This is exactly what happens to Jane…she is walking that tightrope, trying to be fit in with the family in a non-evasive way, and be true to herself at the same time.

Does Jane find the truth about herself? Yes. But the answers are not easy or expected.

What do you think about taking on kids that are not your own? Have you ever done that? Did you find it to be tricky? Did a woman step into a void in your life? Do you think some women are born to be mothers and others are not, or are we all basically mothers, with or without children?

Thank you so much for having me here today. I invite you to visit to learn more about me and my books and to find links to follow me on Facebook and Twitter. 

Should some questions be left unanswered?

Adopted as an infant, Jane Aaron longs to know the identity of her birth mother and why she gave her up. Her only clue is the name of the small Texas town where she was born, so she's come to Cedar Springs for answers.

Handsome ad executive Asher Price lost his wife, the beautiful, mysterious Susanna, in a terrible car crash eighteen months ago. When he hires Jane as the nanny for his two children, sparks fly. Jane finds herself falling in love with both Asher and his children, but begins to suspect that Susanna was not the perfect mother and wife the family portrays her to have been.

As Jane gets closer and closer to finding out the truth about both her own and Susanna’s past, devastating secrets begin to emerge that may be more than anyone can bear. Will the truth bring Jane and Asher closer together or tear them apart forever?

Many thanks to Julia London and everyone at Simon and Schuster for making this possible.   Because I know you all enjoy a good giveaway I have two for you today :)  The first is a sweepstakes that Julia and her publisher are having where you could win the first prize which is a membership to (you all know how obsessed I am with that), or the second prize where Julia will participate in your book group via phone or video to discuss the reading club guide (seriously how cool would that be!), or a third prize of signed copies of ONE SEASON OF SUNSHINE for your entire reading group (also very cool).

To enter to win the ONE SEASON OF SUNSHINE sweepstakes you can click here, or on the image above. But wait, there's more!  To celebrate the release of ONE SEASON OF SUNSHINE I have one copy courtesy of Pocket books to giveaway to one lucky Seductive Musings commenter.  Here's how you can enter to win...

Ways to earn entries:
  • MandatoryAnswer the question Julia posed to readers  (good for 1 entry)
  • Mandatory: You MUST be a Google Friend Connect (GFC) follower in order to be eligible to win (unfortunately an email subscriber, or subscription in Google reader, and a follower are not the same thing so make sure you are signed up as a follower if you'd like to win this book)
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Anonymous,  July 6, 2010 at 1:18 PM  

I would definitely take on children that were not my own. I think all children derserve and need love. I think there is probably a mothering instinct in all of us whether it reveals itself by nurturing children, animals, plants, the elderly, or even co-workers/job.

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librarypat,  July 6, 2010 at 2:37 PM  

I am a GFC Follower.

I have been reading Julia's books for a while now. I read her historicals until last year when I read SUMMER OF TWO WISHES. I really enjoyed that book. I look for ward to this new one as well as the follow-up book to SUMMER OF TWO WISHES.
Taking on someone else's children is always tricky. There are so many blended families today, it is a big problem. You have to balance your position in the relationship, have the support of your partner/other parent. The best road to follow is not to say anything detrimental about the other mom. Our daughter has two stepsons and it is hard. There are many things their real mom does that are just wrong in so many ways. My daughter has just said, "This is the way we do it at our house and these are our rules here. When you are at your mom's, you do it her way." Confusing for the kids when they were younger, but easier for them to understand now. As a scout leader and the house in the neighborhood where kids tended to congregate, I found there were situations where discipline was necessary. It puts you in a hard spot, but I took the same path: These are the rules here.
I think when you are stepping in when a parent has died, it is even harder. They are not there to show who they are and the kids can't learn from experience that this person was flawed. When that person has died, often their mistakes and short comings are forgotten and they are remembered as perfect. Unfortunately sometimes their character is attacked and they are not there to defend themselves.
As far as women being born to be mothers. No way. I know some nice women, but there isn't a maternal bone in their bodies. It would not be fair to them or a child if they were to be a parent. Unfortunately, there are some women who deserve to be mothers and would make excellent ones, that never get the opportunity.
librarypat AT comcast DOT net

Estella July 6, 2010 at 3:49 PM  

I am a stepmother. My husband had 3 children and I had 4----so yes it was tricky. The kids were almost all teenagers, so it took quite a while to earn their trust.

debbie July 7, 2010 at 6:37 AM  

I would take on children that weren't mine. My son had a friend for about 6 years, spent more time at my house then his own. Including Christmas and Thanksgiving. I mean who leaves their 11 year old at home alone during the holidays. There was something really odd about his parents. I know I should have called social services, but I figured he was getting fed, helped with his homework and watched so I didn't. It ended up badly,though. He suddenly stopped being friends with my son, stopped coming over, I never saw him again. I don't know what happened.
I would love to read this book.
I am a gfc follower.

Tore July 7, 2010 at 7:38 AM  

I am a follower. I would definitely take children on that were not mine. My son is adopted and he is my son in everyway that matters. It doesn't matter if I didn't give birth to him. Giving birth to a child does not make you a mother and I wouldn't change a thing. I love him very much and I love being a mother. I think everyone has that maternal instinct someone inside of them but some chose not to use. Please enter me in contest.

Carol L. July 7, 2010 at 5:29 PM  

I think in about 99% of women we all have that inner maternal instinct. I'd definitely raise children that weren't mine biologically. All children need to be nurtured and loved. Thanks for this opportunity.
Carol L.

Anita Yancey July 7, 2010 at 7:23 PM  

I'm not sure I have it in me to take on kids that are not my own. It would be so hard, especially at first. Please enter me. Thanks!

I follow on GFC.


alba July 7, 2010 at 9:33 PM  

Not eligible just a need to comment.
Not blessed with Children went through the process for adoption After & during all kinds of testing& experimenting
We were on the list for 15 years by then we were considered too old to raise an Infant.
Things happened to our lifestyle that taking on an older child would have been impossible and would not be fair to a very active child.
I have to say I'm a strong nurturer I have many friends come to because they know I will listen give advice or just a simple hug or touch.
Love JULIE London's books I find her writing WONDERFUL heartwarming stories Always feel like I never want the story to end.
I will for sure pick this up....
Have a good one Ann
Good luck to the winner.
PS I follow but not Google Friend Connect YET.

enyl July 8, 2010 at 12:42 AM  

Unfortunately not all women are born to be mothers as is evidenced by the number of children raised by their grandmothers even though their mothers are still alive.
GFC follower.

k_sunshine1977 July 9, 2010 at 10:35 AM  

me and my fiance have discussed adopting after we're married, so i have no problem taking on kids that i did not give birth to. his cousins are adopted as well, so it doesn't occur to him to think ill of it. children need love, no matter whose womb they come from, and we have love to give...
i don't think all women have that nurturing instinct or that urge to be a mom. an old school friend of mine and my sister both have admitted that they don't even like kids...

i am a gfc follower

k_sunshine1977 at yahoo dot com

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