Babies in Books

“This is not a monkey. It’s an o-ran-gu-tan.” The three-year-old boy pointed at the picture on his electronic tablet. “You don’t know anything, Mon-Mon,” Scott added as his brothers, Brian and Ethan scowled at me suspiciously. The little sweethearts are triplets.


The triplets at one year.

“Okay, I see. Maybe we can play the orangutan game,” I said with my most amiable tone of voice. I badly wanted to cooperate with the triplets I was babysitting while their mother, my young cousin, was at the doctor.

“No, too tricky for you.” Brian shook his head and Ethan protected his tablet behind his back.
Playing on the tablet was too tricky for a writer and grandmother!!!

Two weeks ago I had the pleasure of hosting fourteen children under ten for Easter vacation and Spring Break. Among them we had two sets of twins and one set of triplets. All adorable and so good at using their ipads and their parents’ iphone! Even the three-year old triplets tapped their little fingers faster than I can ever do it.

10987625_10153067936090180_1408825578987383150_n[1]I also regularly babysit my grandchildren. The exhausted young parents never hesitate to bring their little angels—or monsters, depending if I’m full of energy or at the end of my patience—to spend two to four weeks with Grandma and Grandpa. I love chatting with them.

Is it any wonder that I have become quite an expert at taking care of young children?

“Write what you know,” a well-known editor advised during one of her workshops.

Have you ever featured children in your story?

I had several babies in BABIES IN THE BARGAIN; a teenager in NO MORE LIES; a baby girl and four little boys in AN UNUSUAL CHRISTMAS.

Children add a touch of humor and emotion to our stories, and bring smiles in our lives.

Babies play a major role in my Holiday Babies series.

Books in this series can be read in order or as stand-alone reads.

  1. Christmas Babies: A sweet and powerful Christmas Story.
  2. Valentine Babies: Can he love a woman expecting another man’s baby?
  3. Mother’s Day Babies: Never too late to find love and happiness.
  4. Wedding Surprise: Is it the worst or best wedding surprise?
  5. Christmas Papa: Who’s my Papa, Mommy? (Coming soon)

Mona Risk is pleased to announce that her new book WEDDING SURPRISE is now available at Amazon, Kobo, B&N, iBooks.
Mona Risk knows how to pull a reader into the minds of her well-crafted characters. Her work takes us onWeddingSurprise Best S a journey be it local or overseas.”~Night Owl Reviews.

A USA Today Bestselling Author, Mona Risk, has garnered an Outstanding Achiever 2013 Award at Affaire de Coeur Magazine. She’s also a Best Romance Novel winner at Preditors & Editors Readers Poll; Two-Time winner of Best Contemporary Romance Novel at Readers Favorite, EPIC’s Ebook Award Finalist, and is in the Kindle Top 100 Bestselling Author.

About Mona Risk

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, Mona Risk, received an Outstanding Achiever Award from Affaire de Coeur Magazine. She's a two time winner of Best Contemporary Romance of the Year from Readers Favorite; a winner of Best Romance Novel of the Year from Preditors & Editors Readers Poll; and an EPIC Award finalist. Mona Risk's name has often been posted on the 100 Most Popular Authors in Romance list, and her books have garnered: Top Pick, Outstanding Read, Sweetheart of the Week, and Best Book of the Week from various reviewers, and received two mentions in Publisher's Weekly. Mona lives in South Florida and has traveled to more than eighty countries on business or vacation. She writes contemporary romances, medical romance, romantic suspense, and paranormal fantasy. Sprinkled with a good dose of humor, her stories are set in the fascinating places she visited or more simply at home. If you like to travel and love to read, come and enjoy her international romances. Meet the spirited heroines and special heroes who share irresistible chemistry in stories that simmer with emotion.  View website

15 Replies to “Babies in Books”

  1. Mona, I love including children and older folks in my books. Kids are innocent and say things that no one else will, and oldster feel they’ve earned the right to speak their minds. I have lots of books that feature babies/children. My Single Daddy Club book do, as well as An Accidental Family, Take Me I’m Yours, An Almost Perfect Christmas, and others.

    A fabulous blog post. Thanks! I love the pictures!

  2. Mona, these youngster are adorable and so knowledgeable that three-year-olds are leaving us behind…..sheesh! What will grammas be able to teach these little geniuses? Thank goodness we can read still them stories and there isn’t a computer today who can hug anything like us!! LOL!!
    Loved the post :-)))

    • Don’t worry Mimi. Grandparents are irreplaceable. They provide love and spoil the little ones the right way. I gave my oldest granddaughter a Kindle for her tenth birthday. She’s putting it to good use.

  3. Whoa, you have your hands full 🙂 I bet Christmas is a blast. Enjoyed reading this and getting to know a bit about you.
    Jacquie Biggar

    • Yes I often have my hands full, and yes Christmas, and more recently Easter were a blast. You should have seen me in the pool, whirling around and counting the kids every few minutes to make sure we weren’t missing one!

  4. Wow, twins and triplets. It’s a trial just handling one toddler at a time. My grandson learned how to access the toy department in Amazon when he was 3. I’d get on my computer only to find a whole bunch of stuff had been added to my cart. He’s 7 now, so he can do just about anything he wants on a computer, tablet, or phone. In fact, he has to help me every once in a while. He’s very patient because, as he said, “Old people have a hard time.”

    • Jacquie, I believe you about the 7 year old who knows everything about electronic. My granddaughter used her fingerprint as id on her mom’s phone to be able to buy a game.

    • Hi Alicia, every time I hear little ones around me, I pay attention, thinking I could use it in the next novel. Only last night at dinner, my granddaughter answered me: “You were smart not to put chicken in my rice. I can guarantee you I would not have eaten it.” I was speechless.

  5. I love writing about babies and children in my stories as well, although I don’t have any grandchildren, or any small children in the family to babysit. I have to depend on my memory of when my two were small. How the world has changed for the children of today with all their technology. I wonder what it will be like when they are grandparents?

  6. Triplets? For four weeks at a time? That is really pushing the grandma babysitter role. I bet you get lots of story quotes. When I needed some, I had to call Jacquie and ask.
    Glad I’m not you, Mona, as my little darling grandchildren are all in their late teens and early twenties. I don’t think I could take babies for very long at a time, although I’m looking forward to great grandchildren, once these start to get married. I think when you’re a great, they don’t ask you to babysit anymore, at least not for days on end. All of them help me with electronic gadgets.

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