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Welcome to Tuesday Wedding Tales blog series, where wedding themed stories are the fare.

It’s week four in the Trying Out for Love promo and giveaway. Each week readers can enter the Rafflecopter at the end of the post’s book excerpt for a chance to win one of six books in the Trying Out for Love boxed set or the complete boxed set of six books. Seven chances and seven winners! Be sure to read to the end of the post for an excerpt  of The Bridesmaid Got Waylaid and enter the Rafflecopter for your chance at a free ebook.

Today’s featured book in the boxed set is The Bridesmaid Got Waylaid, by Kassy Paris.

 I’m not sure if any of the original bridezilla’s bridesmaids got waylaid, but I do know from the news article the sister of the bride, who refused to bid on a bridesmaid slot, got plenty of flack from the bride-to-be and the mother of the bride as well, according to the article that started this whole series idea. The sister of the bride took to her social media outlets and asked the opinions of others about the bridesmaid auction. I’m wondering what you all think of the bridesmaid auction. As for those of us who chose to write about it, we think it sparked some grand book ideas.

 Here’s Kassy, who will talk about her Inspirational Contemporary Romance The Bridesmaid Got Waylaid.

Thanks, Catherine.

The Bridesmaid Got Waylaid was a struggle to write, until I decided to send Colleen on her journey to the bridesmaid auction in California by way of Wyoming. After that, the story wrote itself.

I’m Texan through and through and wouldn’t dream of living anywhere else, unless it might be Wyoming. I have a spot picked out in Hoback Canyon, which is just south of Jackson, Wyoming. From that point north, you drive through some of the most beautiful landscape God created. My best friend, Elaine, and I drove through Hoback Canyon about seven times either going to or coming from Yellowstone National Park.

One time we left Yellowstone out of the northeastern exit and headed east along Highway 14. When we got to where Highway 14 splits into the scenic route, Highway 14A, we decided to take the high road and drove into the Big Horn Mountains. As we reached the highest point on our drive, Elaine announced that the car had no power.

We stared at one another for a few seconds, prayed over her car, and put Carmen’s praise CD into the stereo. With no other help near, we depended on God to get us through the pass, singing along with Carmen as we drove. Five minutes later, the engine returned to normal, and we continued on our way.

A short time later, we drove around a hill and a valley stretched out in front of us. A rainbow arced across the sky and touched down in the middle of the open space. God’s way of telling us everything was okay. When you read the part in The Bridesmaid Got Waylaid about Colleen and Drew seeing a rainbow, you’ll know the incident could really have happened.

So after abandoning the first version of the story, struggling with the second and getting nowhere, God reminded me of that trip through Wyoming, and I had my story.

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The Bridesmaid Got Waylaid

By Kassy Paris

Colleen Decker sets off for California with her camera to participate in a bridesmaid auction set up by an old friend. She has an idea for two photo spreads she can pitch to her editors. The road trip will give her the opportunity she’s always wanted—to see Wyoming and take loads of pictures.

The bridesmaid auction is unique. Leave it to her friend to come up with such a crazy idea, but the auction will give Colleen a fantastic, unique photo essay to sell. What she doesn’t anticipate, though, is car trouble and a rockslide around the Big Horn Mountains.

Drew Murphy, a veterinarian living with his mother and brother in the Big Horn Mountains, rescues Colleen, not once, but twice, and risks losing his heart to the young photographer who is just passing through his mountains and his life. He refuses to open his heart to love anyone because it hurts too much to lose them.

 

Excerpt:

Colleen needed music to wipe Drew’s face from her mind. Her CDs lined the front of the console. Carmen’s praise album occupied the front slot. Perfect. She could get lost in singing along. Music filled the interior, and she joined her voice with his. Once she arrived at the highway, she headed toward Cody.

The overlook came into view, and she decided to pull over to take a few pictures. She wished she had thought to take some while she was with Drew’s family. Wasn’t too far. She could go back. But then what would she tell them? They would think it silly to go back to take some pictures of a family who had lent her a helping hand and she wouldn’t ever see again.

Her camera bag rested on the back seat close enough to grab. She unzipped it and took out her digital Nikon. The wide-angle lens would be best to capture the vast expanse spread out before her. When she had snapped a half dozen shots, she switched to the standard lens and took some pictures of the rugged rock wall behind her.

She’d love to sit here until sunset and gets some pictures from this high vantage point of the valley down below. But she remembered her promise to Drew about not driving down the mountain in the dark. Back in the SUV, she repacked her camera then headed west. Two hundred yards later, she noticed a sign warning of falling rock. She glanced up the rocky bluff beside her and decided that could be another problem driving in the area in the dark. Thirty seconds later a loud rumble cut through Carmen’s voice. Huge boulders bounced down the side of the mountain, hit the roadway, and tumbled off the side.

She slammed on her brakes. The SUV fishtailed and slammed into a car-sized boulder. The momentum bounced Colleen’s head against the window, and for the second time that day, she blacked out.

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Want to read more? Enter the Rafflecopter for your chance to win the book. No purchase necessary. Or if you can’t wait, The Bridesmaid Got Waylaid is available on Amazon. Winners will be announced February 20 at the end of the Trying Out for Love author guest posts. Remember, all six authors are giving away an ecopy of their book in the series. A boxed set of Trying Out for Love is also in the giveaway. Seven chances and seven winners! Click on the Rafflecopter link below for your chance to win.

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About the Author:

Kassy Paris is a retired elementary teacher. She began writing toward publication in 1997 when her best friend, Elaine Powell, passed along a message from God that they two of them should write books together. Being published had been a secret desire Kassy had not shared with anyone, even Elaine.

The pair of them had four books published together as Kasandra Elaine before Elaine moved to heaven in May 2015. Their fifth book, Murder in Maggie Valley, was published in March 2017. The rough draft had been completed before Elaine changed addresses.

Kassy has also been writing independently of Elaine since 1997. Kassy is concentrating on her writing and editing businesses, specializing in mentoring writers new to the writing business.

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