by Alan Atchison
Represented by Jo Schaffer of Gateway Literary
Inspired by a True Story.
Ryan Linwood always wanted to have a baby with his wife; now, his only chance to father a child is through another woman.
For everyone else, having a kid seems to be a quick and simple plan-and-execute. Little does Ryan know that when his wife, Megan, surprises him with a positive pregnancy test, their gut-wrenching journey to parenthood has just begun. A false positive. A cancer scare. Medications. Repeated follow-ups. And of course, the many, many pregnancy announcements by family and friends. Maybe, Ryan wonders, the only child they’ll ever end up raising is their faithful dog, Bailey.
That is, until Louise shows up, filling Megan’s head with fantasies about adopting from some teen who (of course) had no issues getting knocked up.
Finding themselves eight months “pregnant,” Ryan and Megan are ready to welcome home their first child…until everything goes horribly wrong.
So this is what a miscarriage must feel like…
Soon, even the Linwoods’ marriage stands at the brink of ruin. When a co-worker offers Ryan the chance to have a child with his own wife, Megan is alienated and Ryan is forced to make a critical choice about what truly makes a family.
Hitting for the Cycle is inspired by the story of how my wife and I became first time parents in 2011.