Welcome to Tuesday Wedding Tales blog series, where wedding themed stories are the fare.
It’s the final week in the Trying Out for Love promo and giveaway. For the past six weeks, week readers have been able to 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 Exposing Love and enter the Rafflecopter for your chance at a free ebook. To see the list of books in the Rafflecopter just click on the circles below the entry box and you can scroll through the book titles.
Today’s featured book in the boxed set is Exposing Love, by Christina Rich. I think you’ll find her take on the bridesmaid auction an interesting one, and maybe even a bit personal for Christina. It’s been a lot of fun sharing how each of us got to our very different book plots from a single idea. We hope you all have enjoyed reading about our writing journeys in these books as much as we enjoyed writing them and sharing with you all.
Good luck to everyone who entered the Rafflecopter, and don’t forget to enter the giveaway and pass the word along to your friends about the great prizes!
Behind the Scenes of Exposing Love
By Christina Rich
I’m an amateur photographer, working toward become a professional photographer, so it was only natural that my heroine, Mia Collins would be a photographer longing for that one chance at stardom, but this story wasn’t inspired by my love for photography. It actually came out of an incident that happened a few years ago when we tried to begin a church in a small art district in my town. We started renovations on a building, and did quite a bit of work, but our future neighbors were not too happy about a church being in their midst. I decided to give my heroine’s grandparents a happier ending in their urban church.
By Christina Rich
Mia Collins has been running from love since her first broken engagement with her high school sweetheart, nearly ten years ago, but after being dumped by her former boss and losing her job as one of New York’s sought after wedding photographers, she finds herself back home and in the middle of a wedding photographer auction for a former friend where the one man she’s never been able to extract from her heart is one of her subjects.
Gavin McHugh doesn’t regret choosing the Marines over marrying his first love, not even now with injuries from combat. He does regret how he treated her after their reunion two years before when they nearly died after a tandem jump and with her back in town and one of the finalists for his cousin’s wedding photographer auction, he’s going to do everything he can to mend the damage he’s done and win back her heart.
Exposing Love Excerpt
“What are you doing here?”
“You wouldn’t answer your phone.” One corner of his mouth turned upward. “Looks like you woke up on the wrong side of the bed.”
She growled. “I think that is my prerogative to not answer if I don’t want to.”
“So, you were screening your calls?”
“I would have had to look at my phone to do that.” She filled the kettle, set it on the burner, and crossed her arms in front of her.
“You missed lunch with Colleen.”
“Lunch?” She glanced at the clock. How had she slept passed three in the afternoon? Because she’d been up half the night trying to convince herself to back out of the competition. She spent the other half watching every sappy romance movie she could find on the movie channel and bawling her eyes out.
“The meal most people have midday.”
“I know what it is. I didn’t know I had a lunch date with her.”
“If you would have answered your phone you would have.” He leaned forward and rested his elbows on his knees. “She is going to announce the top three winners tomorrow, but she wanted to talk to you first.”
“If I’m going on assumptions, to know if you’re going to finish this out, or quit.”
“I’m not a quitter.”
“No, you’re not, Mia.” He rose from the chair. The top of his head mere inches from the low basement ceiling.
She wanted to move closer, to crane her neck as he glanced down at her. She wanted to feel his warmth and his strength. She wanted to tell him that she loved him. She wanted to throw her coffee mug at his hard head and knock some sense into him. “Are you asking me to quit?”
“Not at all.” Gavin leaned across the counter and brushed a strand of hair from her forehead. She jerked from his touch, but not before it sent old feelings for him spiraling through her blood stream. “I’m asking you to win.”
“Why? Why would you do that?”
Want to read more? Enter the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win the book. No purchase necessary. Or if you can’t wait, Exposing Love is available on Amazon. Winners will be announced next week, 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. Remember to scroll through the titles on Rafflecopter, using the circles below the title boxes, to see all the giveaway book titles.
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About the Author:
A mother of four children and a grandmother of one, Christina Rich is a romance author with Love Inspired Historical and Forget Me Not Romances, a speaker, a photographer, and painter.
You can connect with her on Facebook at Author Christina Rich, Twitter @Christinainspy, Instagram at inspyscribe, or at threefoldstrand.com