Writer Wednesdays: Wedding Day Highlights (Re: Disasters)

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I have been asked by my amazing Golden Heart sisters to participate in a monthly Writer Wednesday’s blog party. It will be like reality tv for romance writers where we share bits of ourselves with our readers and fellow authors.

Today’s topic is in honor of my 2012 GH sister (Yay, Firebirds!) Kat Cantrell whose second book in Harlequin Desire’s Newlywed Games series was released on April 1st. So, to celebrate, all of the participants are discussing one highlight (re: disaster) of their wedding day. Since I will be married 29 years this June, I think it’s time to discuss what really happened on that amazing, wonderful, and incredibly stressful day.

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On June 14, 1986, I married my husband in Pompton Lakes, NJ. Recently graduated from West Point, my husband was a junior officer in the U.S. Army. Since none of us had money, we’d agreed that all five of the ushers, and the extra men who would hold up our arch of swords, would wear their Army blue uniforms. That ended up being a good call.

The groomsmen and sword holders were my husband’s West Point classmates, and they’d all gone off to different duty stations. So we were excited to see them again. It was going to be a small class reunion. Except when we chose the date, we had no idea that June 14 was also Flag Day. I’d never even heard of Flag Day. Three days before the wedding, we heard from one of the groomsmen that he had Flag Day duty that coming Saturday.

And like the plague sweeping Medieval Europe, our groomsmen fell, one by one, to Flag Day duty. I’d resigned myself that I’d have a row of pink-dressed bridesmaids and no groomsmen at all. And forget the arch of swords. I’d be lucky if my husband’s brother, a Navy officer, could still be the best man.

Then an amazing thing happened. My husband had just transferred to a Combat Engineer Company at Fort Dix and hadn’t met many of the officers yet. But the XO had known my husband at West Point. And when he heard about our predicament, he collected a bunch of junior officers, made them wear their Army blues, and shoved them into a car. Then he drove them two hours to the wedding. And a few minutes before the ceremony, he and my Navy brother-in-law took the men behind the church where they practiced the sword arch.

When my husband and I walked through that arch, it was the first time for all of us.

And when those men–who I’d never met–showed up to be ushers and work the arch, they became life-long friends. I learned that day that sometimes disasters end up as blessings.

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Now I’d love to hear from you. Any wedding highlights (re: disasters) you’d like to share?

 

Congratulations, Kat, on your newest release! The Newlywed Games is a fabulous series! (Just click on the cover for a buy link.)

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From Fake To Forever:

Bride: Meredith, soon-to-be co-owner, wedding dress business

Marital Status: Victim, Vegas wedding mix-up

Action Required: Divorce, ASAP

After one night of tequila and sex, their impromptu Vegas wedding shouldn’t be valid. But Meredith Chandler-Harris just discovered she’s still tied to irresistible businessman Jason Lynhurst. She needs out of their marriage, but to become his company’s new CEO, he needs her as a bride. Let the newlywed games begin.

51FDhHr-YpLFrom Ex To Eternity:
 Bride: Cara, wedding dress designer

Marital Status: Jilted at the altar

Action Required: Revenge on the runaway groom

Two years after waiting at the altar for Keith Mitchell, Cara isn’t ready to meet him again, much less work with him as the consultant on her bridal fashion show! For his part, a misunderstanding sent him running, but now that he knows the truth, and they’re spending long days working together, he wants her back in his bed. Will Cara use their passion to gain the ultimate revenge? Let the newlywed games begin.

 Here’s a sneak peek at the year-long blog party. Can’t wait to see you in May!

Writer Wednesday List

Now it’s time for the blogroll! If you have a chance, please visit some of my favorite romance authors/GH sisters and hear about their wedding highlights (re: disasters) as well.

Historical Romance Authors
Kathleen Bittner-Roth — http://kathleenbittnerroth.com/blog/
Wendy LaCapra —  http://www.wendylacapra.com/blog
Inspirational Romance Authors
Karen Fleming — www.kdfleming.com
Kristen Ethridge – http://kristenethridge.com/
Novels with Romantic Elements Authors
Natalie Meg Evans – http://nataliemegevans.com/natalie-meg-evans-blog-site
Romantic Suspense Authors
Carol Post – http://www.ghfirebirds.com/
Jean Willett — www.jeanwillett.com
Paranormal Romance Authors
Kay Hudson – http://kayhudson.com
Pamela Kopfler – http://www.ghfirebirds.com/
Contemporary Romance Authors
Tammy Baumann — http://www.tamrabaumann.com/
Jamie Wesley — www.jamiewesley.com/blog
Kat Cantrell – http://katcantrell.com/blog/
Priscilla Kissinger – http://www.ghfirebirds.com/
Lauren Christopher – http://mizwrite.com/

Blessed Are Those Who Weep

Sharon Wray:

Today on Kiss and Thrill, my K&T sister is hosting fellow Witness author Kristin Belcamino and her newest release Blessed Are Those Who Weep. Wonderful interview with an amazing author!

Originally posted on Kiss and Thrill:

Giveaway alert: a Nook or Kindle copy of BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO WEEP and a Starbucks card are up for grabs.

Today I’m thrilled to welcome my wonderful friend and fellow Witness author, Kristi Belcamino, to the blog. Kristi has a fascinating and heart-wrenching story to tell you, so I’ll let her do most of the talking, but I just have to say a few words about her new release BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO WEEP.

This story grabs you by the throat from the beginning and never lets go. The heroine, Gabriella Giovanni, leads you through a maze of compelling characters and twisting events until you arrive at an ending that will leave you breathless. But it’s not the heart-pounding ending you’ll read for. It’s Gabriella herself. A heroine who’s brilliant yet vulnerable, brave yet all too human. Pick it up today, then kick back with a glass of red wine…

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SHARON WRAY AND THE GOLDEN HEART!

Sharon Wray:

This was written by a dear friend of mine Krista Hall, one of my Golden Heart and Kiss & Thrill sisters. Thank you, Krista! I really appreciate this post!

Originally posted on Kiss and Thrill:

Something awesome happened yesterday, March 26th!

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K&T author Sharon Wray was nominated for her seventh and eighth Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award. SEVEN AND EIGHT! Sharon has been a romantic suspense finalist every year since 2010. EVERY YEAR! An amazing and well-deserved accomplishment. And we couldn’t be prouder!

The Golden Heart is the gold standard of excellence for unpublished manuscripts in the romance genre. It means that your colleagues—other romance writers—have judged your manuscript to be one of the best of the best in unpublished romance fiction.

Golden Heart Pin Sharon now has eight of these Golden Heart pins!

Being nominated is a heady, pulse-pounding, exciting experience. But the best part is meeting your fellow nominees. And that’s why I consider myself so lucky to have been nominated for the Golden Heart in 2011 because that’s when I first met Sharon.

After eight Golden Heart nominations, it goes without saying that…

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Reality or Fiction? For Angi Morgan’s West Texas Watchmen, it’s Both.

(Due to an emergency in Lena’s family, I am helping both Angi and Lena out today by hosting their blog. After all, a girl’s gotta take care of her Golden Heart sisters!)

Thanks for having me today, Lena. I love to be Kissed & Thrilled. Oh wait, I guess I’m the one… Okay awkward moment gone. It’s been a while since Lena hosted me. Huge coincidence that the book we spoke about–PROTECTING THEIR CHILD–was the one that inspired my new series.

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The West Texas Watchmen series is set in the small town of Marfa about 20 miles across the mountains from Mexico. It’s a vast area with little cell reception. Perfect for smuggling — either in reality or fiction. Marfa may be small, but Presidio County is vast so my sheriff has a lot of land to cover. There’s also a lot of sky. With the McDonald Observatory in the Davis Mountains, there’s also very little light on the horizon.

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All of my Intrigues are based in real Texas towns. I love taking off for a road trip to get research photos. In my stories, I keep my driving times accurate, the terrain or city areas true, and take the liberty of changing the names of businesses. Somehow that anchors me in my stories and I can focus on other things. Do you like fictional towns or real locales? Honestly, when a writer gets things wrong about the Dallas area… Well, I’m very disappointed.

I also love to learn new things that help my characters become real. Last summer it was surf lingo. For the Sheriff, my heroine is working on her PhD in astronomy. I had a fan once tell me that she loves reading my stories because she always learns something–either about my characters’ occupations or Texas. So I thought it would be fun to include that type of scene for you today.

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