By Sara Daniel
February 7-14, 2014 is Congenital Heart Defect (CHD) Awareness Week. Congenital heart defects are America’s number one birth defect. One out of 100 babies in the United States are born with a CHD. That’s 40,000 CHD babies every year in this country and over 1,000,000 world-wide. CHD is the number one cause of all birth defect related deaths. More than 50% of those born with a CHD will require at least one invasive surgery in their lifetime. 20% of them will not survive their first year of life. *
But the good news is that in the last decade death rates for congenital heart defects have declined by almost 30% due to medical advances made through research.* So, more CHD kids have a chance to grow to adulthood and live normal or near-normal lives. And that is good news for people like me who hope and pray for these medical advances and the doctors and surgeons who will use them to give our CHD kids a fighting chance.
As a romance author, I believe it is my mission to bring happily-ever-after to every situation, but for children and adults who live with the uncertain future of a congenital heart defect, I wanted to write a romance with a real-life happy ending for all of them. Captivating the CEO is dedicated to “everyone who lives with a congenital heart defect, and those who care for and love them.”
*CHD statistics from http://www.childrensheartfoundation.org/about-chf/fact-sheets
He only plans for the future. She might not have a future.
When live-for-the-moment massage therapist Willow Jeffries bursts into Colin Vanderhayden's office, she makes it her mission to loosen up the future-focused CEO, knowing each moment of the present is too precious to waste. Despite her immediate attraction, the only future she can offer is one full of heartache.
The last thing Colin needs is a flighty woman messing up his carefully-constructed plans, but her heavenly massages and addictive personality prove hard to resist. But he has no idea how sick she is.
No longer able to ignore her life-threatening medical condition, Willow slips away to spare Colin a miserable future with her. Is Colin willing to sacrifice his well-laid future plans to get Willow back?
Sara Daniel writes irresistible romance, from sweet to erotic and everything in between. On the personal side, she's a frazzled maid, chef, chauffeur, tutor, and personal assistant. She battles a serious NASCAR addiction and was once a landlord of two uninvited squirrels. She follows research and new developments concerning tricuspid atresia and other congenital heart defects, and she holds a special place in her heart for “heart kids” and their families.