Wally Boyd from Denise Swanson’s New York Times bestselling Scumble River mystery series talks about becoming a father.
Hi! My name is Wally Boyd and the chief of police in Scumble River, Illinois. When my wife, Skye, and I wrapped up the case of the Cranky Catnapper, she and I prayed that things in our hometown would be quiet for a while. At least, until she had our baby. Scumble River, a small town in Central Illinois, has had an unusually high incident of murders since Skye returned seven years ago. Some would say she was a dead body magnet, but not me. No way! Especially with her pregnancy hormones raging.
I’ve been attracted to Skye since she was sixteen, but considering that I was twenty-four at the time, I never told her, or even admitted it to myself. Still, it was no surprise that when she came back to town, I found myself falling for her again. Unfortunately, although she was now twenty-nine, I was married to somebody else. So once again, I kept my mouth shut. Finally, after my wife dumped me and Skye broke up with the guy she was dating, I made my move. We got married right after Christmas had a wonderful Caribbean cruise honeymoon, and soon afterwards, Skye discovered that she was expecting.
Some people thought it was a little soon to have a baby, but we’re ready for our happily ever after. And we’re both over the moon to be adding to our family.
Luckily, the summer has been quiet, and Skye, who is a school psychologist, has had time off to get ready for the baby. She’s due the end of September so, if everything goes according to plan, she’ll have time to get her intern settled before going on maternity leave.
Now all we have to do is get through six more weeks without a murder or any other crisis and we’ll be golden. Keep your fingers crossed for sunny weather and no dead bodies. Neither Skye nor I are too fond of surprises.
If you’re interested in being there for the birth of our child, pre-order Dead in the Water, which debuts in September.
--New York Times bestselling author Denise Swanson writes the Scumble River, Devereaux’s Dime Store, and coming soon the Chef-to-Go mysteries. She also writes the Change of Heart and Delicious Love romances.