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Monday, May 2, 2016

Lynnette’s Tip for the Perfect Wedding from Every Bride Has Her Day by Lynnette Austin (#Giveaway)




Lynnette’s Tip for the Perfect Wedding

Maybe he carved the question in a jack-o-lantern or handed you a bowl of custom M&Ms with “Will you marry me?” printed on them. However your special someone pops the question, after you say yes, after you admire the bling he’s slid onto your ring finger, you’ll start thinking about the dress! Isn’t that why we sit in our living room, munching popcorn, and watching brides try on gown after gown until they finally Say Yes to the Dress? Decide on your venue and what type wedding you want (formal, informal, barn, beach, ballroom) before you go dress shopping. Also, keep in mind the season and time of day of your ceremony. When you walk into that bridal salon, it can be a bit overwhelming. Knowing the overall feeling of your wedding will help narrow down your choices, but do keep an open mind. That perfect dress might not look anything like the magazine picture you’ve had your heart set on.


Every Bride Has Her Day 
(Magnolia Brides #2)
by Lynnette Austin
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Expected publication: May 3rd 2016 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
ISBN 1492618004
AMAZON | GOODREADS
Second in the Magnolia Brides series of charming, heartfelt Southern contemporary romance

Can love revive a wilting heart?
Cricket O'Malley can't wait to plant roots back home in Georgia, where she's returned to restore an abandoned flower shop to its former glory. The only blemish? Her neighbor's house is even more neglected than her old flower shop, and its occupant seems as surly as he is darkly handsome.

Devastated body and soul after a tough case went south, New York City detective Sam DeLuca thought he'd have no trouble finding solitude in the quiet Georgia town of Misty Bottoms, but his bubbly neighbor seems determined to shine happiness into Sam's life. Sam is equally determined to close himself off, but his heart says otherwise...




Excerpt from EVERY BRIDE HAS HER DAY

“Hold on a sec.” Sam raised a finger and headed back inside. Grabbing the small radio he’d found tucked inside a closet, he placed it on the ledge above the sink, dialed up a station that played a lot of Frank Sinatra, and opened the window. The music drifted into the twilight.

In another cupboard, he found a stub of a candle in a squat holder. His aunt Gertie’d probably kept it in case of a power outage. It would do. He lit it and stepped outside to find Cricket curled up on the back porch swing, Hobo at her feet.

“So you decided to come home,” he said to the dog. “You’ve been gone half the day.”

In answer, Hobo thumped his tail on the porch.

“Yeah, I know. You heard steak was on the menu for dinner.”

The tail thumped harder, and Cricket laughed, a warm, sultry sound.

Sam set the candle on a small side table, his system on high alert.

Cricket O’Malley. The girl-next-door meets sex goddess.

He didn’t understand it, but that didn’t seem to matter. Chemistry fairly sizzled between them.

He cleared his throat, then leaned down beside the fire circle. After he got a nice little blaze started, he pulled an old bench close. “I know we don’t need the heat—” He broke off. No, they sure didn’t. If they got within ten miles of each other, they generated enough of their own. “I mean, uh, I thought it might add a little ambiance.”

“Nothing I enjoy more than sittin’ around a campfire.”

“Have a seat then, and I’ll start the steaks.”

After he tossed them on the grill, he inched down beside Cricket.

The woman smelled like heaven. Or sin. He couldn’t decide which and slung an arm over the bench back. Hobo jumped up beside him.

Sam slid closer to Cricket to give the dog more room.

Hobo took it and more.

“You’re crowding me, boy.”

Those big eyes stared up at him, then Hobo threw his head back in an ear-piercing howl.

“Stop that!”

The dog answered with another mournful cry.

“Oh, for Pete’s sake.” He tried to move the dog off the bench, but he’d become a boneless, dead weight.

Cricket laughed. “I think we both know what he wants.”

Sam let out a half-laugh. “You up for it?”

“I can handle it if you can.”

“Oh, yeah, I’m up for it.” He rolled his eyes. “Wrong way to put that, but—”

He broke off as she laid a hand on the side of his face, leaned into him, and gave him a taste of heaven.

“Not enough,” he muttered, pulling her closer, dipping his lips again and angling them to take more. He trailed kisses along her neck, then moved back to her mouth.  His hands moved down her arms, brushed the sides of her breasts.

A log dropped and sent up a loud popping and a shower of sparks.

He drew back and laid his forehead against hers, noticed, thank you God, her ragged breathing matched his own. “Cricket—”

“Shhh.” She laid a finger over his lips. “Let’s just accept that for what it was.”

“What was it?”

“Darned if I know.” She laughed. “But Hobo’s quiet.”

Sam looked at the dog who, job done, had hopped off the bench and rested in the grass. “I’m liking that dog more every day.”




About the Author
The luxury of staying home when the weather turns nasty, of working in PJs and bare feet, and the fact that daydreaming is not only permissible but encouraged, are a few of the reasons middle school teacher Lynnette Austin gave up the classroom to write full-time. Lynnette grew up in Pennsylvania’s Alleghany Mountains, moved to Upstate New York, then to the Rockies in Wyoming. Presently she and her husband divide their time between Southwest Florida’s beaches and Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. A finalist in RWA's Golden Heart Contest, PASIC's Book of Your Heart Contest, and Georgia Romance Writers' Maggie Contest, she’s published five books as Lynnette Hallberg. She’s currently writing as Lynnette Austin. Having grown up in a small town, that’s where her heart takes her—to those quirky small towns where everybody knows everybody...and all their business, for better or worse.  Visit Lynnette at www.authorlynnetteaustin.com.




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4 comments:

jodi marinich said...

i love that the whole town roots for you and tries to help

Sue G. said...

I love how the whole town knows everyone's business!

Joanne B said...

Everyone knows everyone else and is willing to help when problems occur.

zerry ht said...

Thanks a lot for this tip for a perfect wedding. Really impressed to read this post. I will tie the knot pretty soon and was searching for such tips to make my day perfect. Currently, looking for affordable wedding venues NYC to host our ceremony.