A Convenient Marriage – Moragh Saga 1

The idea of two complete strangers getting hitched has always intrigued me, for one simple reason—why would they do such a thing? Could such a relationship succeed? By successful relationship, I understand not only the longevity of the marriage…but is it possible for the participants to actually fall in love with each other in such a strange arrangement? I write romance, after all, and love is found in the most unexpected places.
A Convenient Marriage grew over a number of years. The basic story was simple—a divorcee with two children, an ex-husband being difficult over visitation, as well as a fiancée unable to commit. Holly’s friends suggested that she needed a new husband, placing an advert in the paper for one behind her back. Joshua was struck by a simple plan when he saw the ad and responded to it. Boring stuff, huh?
The problem was motivation. Why would Holly marry a man she’d never met, and why would Joshua respond to an ad for a husband, then actually propose to a woman he had never clapped eyes on? So, in came the dawdling fiancée, Nicole. Both Holly and Joshua were justified in not planning the marriage to be a real one, because they each had an agenda of their own, but Nicole was the injured party. For their plan to succeed, they had to marry—the real kind, down to that all-important piece of paper married—and they had to seem to be totally in love with each other. Holly needed to be married to take her ex on for custody of her children, while if Joshua wanted to motivate his reluctant fiancée into church, he had to be off limits to Nicole. That would make him very attractive to her again, and maybe she would even set a date for their wedding.
And here comes the ‘but’. Holly and Joshua’s plans go awry from the moment they meet on the steps of the chapel where their fake marriage is to take place, when both recognize the immediate attraction. Back at Joshua’s wine estate—yes, he is a rich landowner where Holly expected him to be a pauper—Holly meets Joshua’s mother, his brother and sister-in-law, and Nicole, the fiancée, who found out about Joshua’s duplicity in a room full of people. No one can blame Nicole for being a tad upset. Or can they? To add to Holly’s woes, she seems to have acquired a ‘ghost’ demanding she tell a story.
Amidst Nicole’s shenanigans, Joshua’s mother’s disapproval, Holly’s ex’s aggression, and the ghost following Holly around, will these two accomplish what they set out to do? Or will life get in the way?
Joshua’s and Holly’s journey through the uncharted seas of a blind marriage, where no rules apply, is a stormy one.

A Convenient Marriage is open for pre-order at an early-bird price until October 13, 2016 here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01K2002AK#nav-subnav

Themed Weddings – How Popular are They?

The wedding day is the one day in her life every girl dreams of from when she is but a little girl. Over the years, many fantasies are woven around that magical day. A lot of planning – and money – goes into that one day. It has to be perfect, a memory to last a lifetime.

All weddings have a theme. That is what determines everything from the color scheme and the type of flowers used in the bouquets to the style of the wedding dress and how many tiers the wedding cake has. Themes range from Country to Winter or Vineyard, often revolves around a specific color like Purple or Pink.

But what about more off-beat themes, like a 60’s wedding, or a Rocky Horror theme? Do brides go in for those, or are they best left to the Vegas scene?

You’d be surprized. I found this article on a Parry Potter themed wedding. I like it. The set-up of the reception was very authentic – if one is a Harry Potter fan. It must have been a huge wedding. https://www.theknot.com/content/harry-potter-wedding-photos

I haven’t found a Rocky Horror wedding except for in Vegas, but here is a Rock ‘n Roll wedding which is absolutely stunning, complete with black wedding dress and dramatic table settings. https://www.theknot.com/content/rock-n-roll-wedding-black-wedding-gown

I was particularly interested in the Gothic themed weddings. I came across this one. It is beautiful and classy. I absolutely love it! https://www.theknot.com/content/we-love-this-brides-art-deco-look-see-it-here

Eloise, of course, chose a Gothic theme for her and Dane’s wedding in The Run-Away Couple, book 1 in the Bridesmaids, Weddings & Honeymoons series. She searched specifically for a venue in a remote setting and found one in the Outeniqua Mountains. The lodge is unnamed because I didn’t want to step on anybody’s toes by making out their lodge is haunted!

The lodge was old, covered in creepers with it’s own small chapel for weddings. It might have had an electricity supply, but for Eloise’s wedding, only torches and candles were used for lighting. The ceremony was at night to enhance the creepy ambiance. Add a thunderstorm and torrential rain and the Gothic setting was complete.

Her dress was of heavy cream velvet with embroidery on the bodice and a lace panel in the front of the skirt. The maid-of honor wore a dress that was an exact replica of the wedding dress in deep red, but without the embroidery and lace.

It was a spectacular wedding, but Piper, Eloise’s sister and maid-of-honor, had reason to wonder often in the course of the night if Eloise got more than she paid for?

Book 2 in the series, He’s Married, will be available next month.

The pictures in this post was taken by Louis Kleinhans of my daughter’s
wedding 5 years ago. She had a Castle themed wedding, at Stonehaven Castle in Shongweni, Kwa-Zulu Natal. The color scheme was black and orange.