Celebration's Baby


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* Where did you get the idea for FORTUNE’S BABY?

 Nancy Robards Thompson: FORTUNE’S BABY, book six in my Celebrations, Inc. series, is a friends-to-lovers story. It’s Bia Anderson’s and Aiden Woods’s romance. Readers first meet Bia in TEXAS MAGIC, where she was instrumental in breaking a big news story that threw the entire town of Celebration, Texas into an uproar. Also, it set the hero and heroine of that book on the path to true love. Bia has since appeared in other stories and has proven to be such a strong character that she almost demanded her own story. Naturally, I had to put her in a situation that would test her strength and challenge her independence: what better than an unplanned pregnancy?


* Tell us about the hero, Aiden Woods?

 NRT: Aiden is one of my favorite heroes. He first appeared in CELEBRATION’S BRIDE as the friend and coworker of Miles Mercer. Aiden has been in love with Bia for a long time, but the timing was never right. When Bia finds herself pregnant after an uncharacteristic one-night fling with a movie star she’d interviewed for the newspaper, she’s in need of someone to pose as her fiancé and the father of her child. Of course, Aiden steps up to the job, but if he has his way, their engagement will end with them at the altar.    


* Why will we fall in love with Aiden?

 NRT: You’ve got to love a man who knows what he wants and isn’t afraid to go after it…or should I say her.  Aiden is a man’s man, but when it comes to the woman he loves, he has a romantic, vulnerable side and he’s not afraid to show it.


* Tell us about the heroine, Bia Anderson.

NRT: Bia is a woman many of us will identify with. She’s strong and independent. She’s been hurt before, and while she’d like to find her happily ever after, she’s decided to take some time out from romance to focus on her career. Her career as the editor of the Celebration newspaper was what landed her the opportunity to interview the “Sexiest Man Alive.” Since she wasn’t looking for anything serious, what was the harm in having a little fling with Mr. Sexy? After he found out Bia was pregnant, Mr. Sexy distanced himself as fast as he could.  She loves the chemistry she has with Aiden, but he’s her best friend. She doesn’t want to ruin what they have by crossing that line…until she finally accepts the fact that the two of them are perfect for each other.  


* What life-lessons do your H/H have to learn before they can find their happily-ever-after?

 NRT: They have to learn to take chances. The answer is always no, if you don’t try. They also have to learn to trust in the power of true love.


* What was your favorite scene to write?

NRT: I had a lot of fun writing this book! But one of my favorite scenes was toward the end when Bia finally gives a tabloid reporter, who has been relentlessly hounding her, his comeuppance. It was so much fun!  


* What was the most difficult scene for you to write?

 NRT: Again, I don’t want to say too much, because I don’t want to spoil one of the plot twists, but there’s a pivotal point in the plot that involves Mr. Sexy that changes everything. I rewrote the scenes leading up to that point several different times with different outcomes until I was finally satisfied with the outcome. That’s all I’ll say. 


* Can you share if there were any real-life inspirations for a particular scene or character in the book?

NRT: CELEBRATION’S BABY is strictly fiction, but I worked as a newspaper reporter for several years before writing fiction full-time. I drew on my personal experience with the news industry for Bia’s character. But, no, I never had an affair with the Sexiest Man Alive. That is, unless you’re talking about the Norwegian.


* If this book had a soundtrack, what are some of the songs that might appear on it?

NRT: Every one of my books has a soundtrack. Sadly, I can only listen to instrumental music when I’m writing, but I always put together a playlist to listen to when I’m not at the computer. It sets the tone and keeps me in the story. Here’s the soundtrack for CELEBRATION’S BABY:

 If It Kills Me by Jason Mraz

I’ve Got This Friend by The Civil Wars

Just Like A Butterfly That’s Caught In The Rain by Diana Krall

Chasing Pavements by Adel

I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight by Bob Dylan

Blue Jeans by Lana DelRay

Never Loved A Girl (the way that I love you) by Aerosmith

18th Floor Balcony by Blue October

Landslide by Dixie Chicks

I’ll Be There by The Jackson Five


* Do any beloved characters from your previous books show up in this one? 

NRT: Oh, yes! It’s a Celebration’s, Inc. reunion. You’ll catch up with Sydney and her husband Miles (CELEBRATION’S BRIDE); Pepper and her husband Rob (TEXAS CHRISTMAS), Caroline and Drew (TEXAS MAGIC); and A.J. and her husband Shane (TEXAS WEDDING). Oh! I can’t forget Maya the chocolate maker. She has a very special role in this book.


* Why will readers enjoy this book?

NRT: It’s a friends to lovers to story about two best friends finally claiming the true love that’s been there all along, and it’s a chance for fans of my Celebrations, Inc. series to revisit Celebration Texas and some of the characters from past books. Plus,  RT BookReviews gave it 4 stars and had some lovely things to say about it: “…Thompson unveils not one but two romances in this latest Celebration, Texas story, showcasing vivid storylines and rich, flowing narrative. Bia and Aiden are so right for each other; it’s fun to watch them get bull’s-eyed by Cupid’s arrow…”

In Celebration (pun intended 😉 ) of my new release, I’m giving a copy of CELEBRATION’S BABY to three people who comment below. Tell me anything – have you ever fallen in love with a friend? Have you ever met – or dated- a celebrity? Who do you think is the sexiest man alive? The field is wide open. I can’t wait to hear from you!

24 thoughts on “A New Release Q&A With Nancy

  1. Thank you, Nancy. Have I ever fallen in love with a friend? No. That is, not yet.

    Have I ever met or dated a celebrity? Dated, no. But I once met Leonard Nimoy. Still got his autograph. He’s just as cool in person as he is on TV!

    Who do I think is the sexiest man alive? The one I’m in love with.

    Good luck with the release of “Celebration’s Baby”!

    1. Leonard Nimoy?! Mary Anne, that is so cool! I’m happy to hear he didn’t disappoint. I had an experience like that when I met Sting. He proved himself to be a poet and a gentleman. It was thrilling to meet him.

  2. Donna says:

    Sounds like a good series. I will need to visit Celebration! I haven’t dated a friend or celebrity, but I did get to meet Peter Facinelli from the Twilight movies. Very nice, sexy and handsome man. I think Joe Manganiello is one of the sexiest men alive!

    1. Donna, I believe there are several JQs that would agree with you that Joe Manganiello is the sexiest man alive! 🙂 I hope you will visit Celebration. I so enjoy writing about the people and the town.

  3. Susan G says:

    I met my husband at work.
    We became friends. I was dating someone else.
    A few months later I broke up with my boyfriend and…. My husband asked me out.
    It took me awhile to agree to a date as I enjoyed our friendship.
    We’ve been married for almost 26 years.

    1. Susan, I LOVE your story! Your hubby definitely sounds like a man who knows what he wants. He sounds like a great guy.

  4. Shana Galen Shana Galen says:

    Congrats on the release, Nancy. Bia is a new name for me, and it’s cute. Where did it come from?

    1. Thanks, Shana! I found the name Bia in a baby name book. I thought it was pretty and different. It’s short for Beatrice or Bianca.

  5. CateS says:

    Never dated anyone who was famous, married my high school sweetheart.. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Cate, I think it’s very romantic that you married your high school sweetheart!

      1. CateS says:

        32 years…

  6. Kathleen Kathleen says:

    Nancy, I’m so excited about the release of this wonderful book! I adore Bia and Aiden–and seeing more about Maya and her personal situation makes it even more of a treat. Celebration is such a delightful town, and the people living there are such fun to follow!

    1. Thank you, Kathleen! You played a big part in bringing these characters to life. I’m so grateful for your sage wisdom.

  7. eap says:

    I have this on pre-order so should be geeing it any day in the mail. Love friends-to lovers stories.

    1. Thaks so much, EAP! I really hope you enjoy it.

  8. I can’t wait, Nancy! I’m half in love with Aiden already. Yes, I dated a friend. It was a mistake, alas. Should’ve stayed friends. And I believe I’m married to the SMA myself. ; )

    1. Kristan, McIrish is definitely a keeper! You two are the perfect couple.

  9. bn100 says:

    Happy release! Met some celebrities

  10. Quilt Lady says:

    Congrats on your new release! My husband started out just being a friend if that counts. Sexiest would have to be Kevin Costner, George Clooney, Jeffery Dean Morgan and I can’t leave out Sam Elliot because of his voice.

    1. Quilt Lady, he definitely counts! Looking at your list, I see you and I have the same taste in sexy men. 😉

  11. Marcy Shuler says:

    Congrats on the new book, Nancy! It’s a great series.

    I had a mad crush on a friend after HS. My girlfriend and I would drive by his house just to catch a glimpse of him…hopefully without him getting a glimpse of us. As a funny postscript to this story, many years later my girlfriend married the guy. LOL We all laugh about it now and I’m happily married to my hubby of 22 years.

    1. Oh, Marcy! I love your story. I must confess to a few drive-by crushes myself. 🙂 How nice that you can be friends with the guy now or at least laugh about it with your girlfriend. It’s even better that you found and married the true love of your life. <3

  12. Glenda says:

    Never dated a friend first. But with my husband we became friends and fell in love at the same time almost 23 years ago. I think that counts for something. 🙂

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