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Also by Barbara Delinsky:

Sweet Salt Air, June 2013
Love Songs, February 2013
Warm Hearts, October 2012
Destiny, September 2012
Not My Daughter, January 2010
Bronze Mystique, September 2009
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Dream Man: The Dream Comes True\montana Man, August 2009
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Heart Of The Night, April 2009
Mass Market Paperback (reprint)
Shades Of Grace, April 2009
Paperback (reprint)
Commitments, April 2009
Mass Market Paperback (reprint)
While My Sister Sleeps, February 2009
Trust: The Real Thing / Secret of the Stone, September 2008
Mass Market Paperback (reprint)
Facets, July 2008
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The Secret Between Us, January 2008
The Summer I Dared, June 2007
Mass Market Paperback (reprint)
More Than Friends, April 2007
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Family Tree, February 2007
Looking for Peyton Place, June 2006
Paperback (reprint)
More Than Friends, January 2006
Hardcover (reprint)
T.L.C., January 2006
Paperback (reprint)
The Outsider, January 2006
Paperback (reprint)
First, Best and Only, January 2006
Paperback (reprint)
Twelve Across, January 2006
Paperback (reprint)
The Summer I Dared, May 2004
Flirting with Pete, April 2004
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An Accidental Woman, July 2003
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Uplift, May 2003
Paperback (reprint)

Not My Daughter
Barbara Delinsky

January 2010
On Sale: January 5, 2010
368 pages
ISBN: 0385524986
EAN: 9780385524988
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Women's Fiction Contemporary

When Susan Tate's seventeen-year-old daughter, Lily, announces she is pregnant, Susan is stunned. A single mother, she has struggled to do everything right. She sees the pregnancy as an unimaginable tragedy for both Lily and herself.

Then comes word of two more pregnancies among high school juniors who happen to be Lily's best friends-and the town turns to talk of a pact. As fingers start pointing, the most ardent criticism is directed at Susan. As principal of the high school, she has always been held up as a role model of hard work and core values. Now her detractors accuse her of being a lax mother, perhaps not worthy of the job of shepherding impressionable students. As Susan struggles with the implications of her daughter's pregnancy, her job, financial independence, and long- fought-for dreams are all at risk.

The emotional ties between mothers and daughters are stretched to breaking in this emotionally wrenching story of love and forgiveness. Once again, Barbara Delinsky has given us a powerful novel, one that asks a central question: What does it take to be a good mother?



13 comments posted.

Re: Not My Daughter

cant wait for the new book
(Becky Kinkead 1:32pm December 17, 2009)

What a wonderful giveaway. Heading over to Barbara's website.
Shirley Kulesza 9:07am December 19, 2009)

Great prizes
Pat Clark 8:59pm December 27, 2009)

Awesome sweepstakes!!!
Cara Fisher 12:12pm December 29, 2009)

Thanks for your thoughtfulness.
Rose Granholm 3:48pm December 29, 2009)

Barbara Delinsky: Thank you for your post. I hope it will encourage other writers to venture into topics and themes they have not already covered.

Based on my experience, I've found that though there's much I don't know, there's nothing I can't research. One of the best investments for a writer (or anyone else) is to spend a little time learning how to use efficiently the research avenues provided by the Internet.

I can remember the days when any information worth having was hard to come by. Today the big problem is TMI: too much information.

The number of sources of information is huge and growing all the time. The trick is to find the exact information one needs, no more and no less, in as short a time as possible.

A researcher must also consider how good the information is. Is it up-to-date? Is it complete? Is it objective? Was it written or compiled by someone with an ax to grind? Do others consider a given source credible and reliable?

Careless reporting, rumours, factoids, hoaxes, urban legends, and other forms of misinformation have always posed problems for researchers. Now that information can be disseminated in a flash, the situation has grown exponentially worse.

Remember the news story in late 2009 that Obama would call the White House Christmas tree a "holiday tree"? That proved to be false, but not before many people believed it and raised a big fuss over it.

There's a saying in journalism: "If your mother says she loves you, check it out." To verify a piece of information, there's no substitute for a second independent source.

Keep up the good work!
Mary Anne Landers 3:03pm January 8, 2010)

The thing about research is to check the source and depend more heavily on the ones you've used in the past. The imagination has no boundaries and is not bound by restrictions. There's a believablity factor involved and running it past your gut and sounding it out amongst experts helps, too.
Alyson Widen 3:59pm January 8, 2010)

Fabulous insight. I imagine there would be a lot of research & fact checking even with the familiar.
Mary Preston 6:15pm January 8, 2010)

Great Giveaway!! Thanks so much for the chance.
Penny Tuttle 9:34pm January 8, 2010)

Great interview! I have got to get a copy of this book!
Lisa Glidewell 11:17pm January 8, 2010)

What a thought provoking subject. I remember when I had to make a report in grade school & I needed information, my mom, a teacher herself, always pointed me to the library to do my "digging". And I had wonderful librarians who would suggest not one, but many books for me to lug home & read (many hours)for the "great unknown"! Now if you want to research a place or topic, all you need do is type it into your computer & it whisks you away to the magic land of information!
Jean Merriott 1:11am January 9, 2010)

I'm happy to see your report here, Ms. Delinsky. I've been reading your books for decades. One thing that I always want to do when reading is broadening my horizons. I can do that with writers like you who don't write only romance but always put in other issues as well, like running races, legal items, etc. and now in more recent ones I've read: why a white-skinned couple should have a black-skinned child. For me, those things are as important as, say, the "love" story or affirmation of any kind.

Thanks so much for the delightful books you've written over the years and still write.
Sigrun Schulz 7:57pm January 10, 2010)

When I see your name on a book then I know that it is one that I want. Thank you for an interesting article that explains why your books are a welcome read for me.
Hasn't the internet made the world considerably smaller and more easily explored by more people....even those who would otherwise never be able to learn about things by going and seeing them for themselves. I am glad to be living with today's technology. Tomorrow's will be even more amazing.
Ruby Davis 12:00pm January 12, 2010)

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