Soapy Book News: DAYS' Supercouple Nabs Deal For Historical Novel; Y&R's Eileen Davidson Opts to Self Publish Latest Sudsy Mystery

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Long before there was a Luke or a Laura, there was Days of Our Lives' Doug and Julie. Arguably the first "supercouple," the epic pairing of the ex-con and the tortured society princess, played respectively by Bill Hayes and Susan Seaforth, resulted in a Time magazine cover and a real-life romance that saw Seaforth adding the moniker Hayes before too long.

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Now the married lovebirds are about to add novelists to their shared resume. According to the latest print copy of Romantic Times Book Reviews, the Hayes have signed a book deal with Decadent Press to publish a historical novel they penned together. This will be the second book the couple has written. Their memoir Like Sands Through The Hourglass was published in 2006.



In other soapy book news, Eileen Davidson revealed to CBS Soaps In Depth why she made the decision to self-publish her latest daytime-themed mystery novel, Swingin' In The Rain.

"It takes out the middle man,"  she explains. "A publisher gets 70 percent if not more, of every book, so you get more royalties. Of course, you don't have the cushiness of a publishing company behind you, but unless you're a prolific author like Robert Ludlum or somebody, they don't promote you very much anyway. It makes more sense to self-publish.