They Call Her Mrs. Perfect

I’ve just heard from my editor in New York and we have a winner, which translates into a new title.  I’m very happy with the title selected and am delighted to introduce you to my May 2008 novel,  Mrs. Perfect.  And here is the back cover text from Mrs. Perfect:


For Taylor Young life is very good. She has a handsome husband who loves her, three gorgeous children, a personally designed and decorated dream house.  Suburbanite trendsetter and super mom—life couldn’t be more perfect. And as long as no one notices the fragile woman beneath her coifed and polished image, things will stay that way.

Then, a devastating secret bursts Taylor’s fairy-tale bubble, suddenly making her a cul-de-sac pariah, and stripping her of the role that defined her. With her struggling to maintain her alpha image, Taylor finds help from the unlikeliest of people, her nonconformist nemesis, Marta Zinsser.  But to become the woman her family truly needs Taylor must first believe in the person she is hardest on—herself.  

What do you think?  Does the story sound interesting?  Does the new title fit?  For those of you who read Odd Mom Out, would you want to read Mrs. Perfect  The winning title was Amy Z’s suggestion but I want to thank all of you for taking the time to brainstorm and for sending in so many great suggestions this week.  My editor was really pleased by the list of titles I sent her and I personally loved your support.   You all helped take something that was really distressing and turned it into fun.  I honestly couldn’t ask for better readers and friends.  Thank you, thank you, thank you. 

And Amy, if you read this, email me privately with your address so I can send you your prize. 


  1. Love the new title, Jane! And the blurb is pretty interesting too. I’d definitely want to read it.

    Congratulations, Amy!! You’re in for such a cool prize. 🙂

  2. Glad everyone so far likes the title. I had over 40 that I submitted! It really was cool to get so much input and even better was the feeling of support. I had been really bummed at having to change the title but the truth is, I like the new title even better. I can’t wait until I get updated cover art.

  3. Yes, I would read MRS. PERFECT, only to see how Taylor changes and becomes human. She was too Stepford-y wife in ODD MOM OUT. *G*

    BTW, Congrats, Amy!

  4. Can’t wait! When will it come out? I just finished Odd Mom Out and was wishing it would keep going — and now it will. Yay!

  5. Of course I will read your new novel, whatever it’s called! It sounds really good though. I can’t wait for May!!!

  6. I love it…..I’m always late… of my suggestions was Perfect Mom but I love Amy’s title, congratulations to Amy and You Jane, it’s going to be another wonderful book!

  7. When I read Odd Mom, I thought Taylor was too perfect to like (or was I just influenced by Marta VBG). I’m delighted to know I’m going to get to find out what is behind the ‘perfect facade.’

    Great title, and you can bet I’m looking forward to the book.

  8. Having about 100 pages left of Odd Mom Out,
    I want to just stop reading because I don’t want the book to end. Not having checked Jane’s blog in awhile, I decided to “catch up” on what has been going on. If I could spell “halleluiah” without looking it up, I would! Oh, well…here it is anyway! Yippee…Now, that Mrs. Perfect will be printed…but, not soon enough…I can go back and finish OMO. Perfectionism, to me, always has seemed to be a cover for a hurt heart. Poor Taylor; too bad that her troubled heart manifests itself in meanness. Looking forward to seeing what ails her; compassion must surely follow.
    Thanks, Jane for this escapism and insight into those around us.
    Mary J.

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