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Caroline Clemmons writes historical and contemporary genre fiction. Historical romances, contemporary romantic suspense, mysteries, and paranormals are among her current works. Learn more about her at www.carolineclemmons.com
Monday, March 04, 2013
BOOK COVERS ENTICE US
We’ve all heard the old adage about judging a book by its
cover. Do you? There are authors whose books I read regardless of the cover
because I know they deliver the kind of book I love reading. But I admit the
cover makes a lot of difference when I select a book by an author whose work I
haven’t previously read.
my husband and I recently changed the cover for HAPPY IS THE BRIDE. This book
is only 99 cents, and has sold well. We’ve never been happy with the cover,
though. Recently, when looking for cover art for another book, I came across
the perfect image for HAPPY IS THE BRIDE. You probably heard me yelling
“Hooray” from wherever you live. ☺
The story is one I wrote when under
contract to Kensington. I had written a novella for this anthology, but the
editor didn’t like it because it had murder and kidnapping in it. When I asked
what she wanted instead, she said a historic wedding version of “America’s
Funniest Home Videos.” Now she told me. Why not when we contracted for the
For me, seeing a bride’s veil catch on
fire or her falling into her wedding cake is so not funny. But, money is money,
right? So I wrote the book, but told the story my way.
Beth Pendleton and Mason Whittaker, in
my opinion, make a wonderful couple. He has been in love with Beth all his
life. She thinks of him as her best friend, like a brother. Brother? Ugh.
That’s not what he wants from her, but he’s willing to settle for her
friendship. But is it only friendship?
This was a fun story to write. I asked
friends for their wedding horror stories. Oh, my stars, some of the things
people endured to please family and friends with a huge wedding. Many
anecdotes, even though true, were unbelievable. You know what Tom Clancy said:
“The difference between fiction and life is that fiction has to make sense.”
By this time, I time ran short until
the deadline and I grew desperate. Never in my life had I been late for a
deadline for newspaper stories or books. Friends at my Yellow Rose Romance Writers
of America Chapter (especially Geri Foster and Brenda Chitwood) helped me plot
this book at our first annual retreat. That year we’d rented a house in Glen
Rose, Texas and had a terrific weekend. I took the weirdest believable stories
and added some fictional events, and wrote HAPPY IS THE BRIDE.
Here’s a blub about HAPPY IS THE BRIDE::
Beth Pendleton is tired of the gossip her three failed
engagements—each arranged by her pompous father—have created. She knows she’s
not a jinx, an Ice Queen, a snob, or any of the other hurtful labels slapped on
her. She takes food to the ill, serves the community in numerous ways, and is
active in church. For her twenty-eight years she has tried to please her
demanding parents. Neither her mother nor her father has ever had an
encouraging word to say to her. Spiteful comments from her only cousin incite
Beth to take charge of her fate. She proposes to Mason Whittaker, her lifelong
friend and champion.
Mason Whittaker is a hero after any woman’s heart. Carrying
on his father’s ranching tradition, he has strong family ties. Unlike Beth’s
critical parents, Mason’s mother and father are loving and kind and he has a
close knit extended family. As long as Mason can remember, he’s been in love
with Beth. The only time he loses his temper is when he hears someone speak ill
of her. But he’s learned to count to ten—or twenty—to curb his anger. He never
believed he’d be able to marry her. Her proposal astonished and pleased him.
But wait...did she mention love?
Will Mason marry Beth and put an end to the gossip? And what
about that silly bet Beth made with Cousin Rachel that Beth would be wed by the
end of June? What will Mason think if he learns of her impetuous gamble? But
Beth’s bet is not the only hazard to their wedding. Murphy’s Law is working
overtime as Beth and Mason battle outside forces to create their happily ever
I hope that if you haven’t read this
story, you’ll give it a try. It is a comedy, but also is a sweet, heartwarming
story. This time, we also released it in print at Amazon.