I’ve been teasing everyone with snippets from my two upcoming books. WITH THIS RING and I THEE WED for several weeks now.
I THEE WED is about to be released June 9th as part of the boxed set, WEDDINGS ON MAIN STREET by the Authors of Main Street. With eleven books in this set, there will be something for everyone to enjoy!
If you don’t know who the Authors of Main Street are, let me introduce them to you: Joan Reeves, Tori Scott, Mona Risk, Jill James, Kelly Rae, Kristy Tate, Leigh Morgan, Susan R. Hughes, Stephanie Queen, Pepper Phillips, Carol DeVaney, Bella Street, and yours truly, E. Ayers There are thirteen of us and it’s the perfect baker’s dozen! We all write contemporary romances, and we range from sweet to a little spicy. We’ve been blogging together on http://authorsofmainstreet.wordpress.com
We finally decided last autumn to pool our talents and put out a boxed set called CHRISTMAS ON MAIN STREET. It was so successful, that we’re doing this new one on weddings. We all write with very different voices but everyone in the group is an excellent author. I promise there’s not a sinker in the bunch!
After we determined that our next release would be a wedding theme, I began to write the story about DeeDee Drayden and her desire to open a bridal design business. The brilliant idea was that the other brides could choose to buy their gowns from DeeDee’s Main Street Bridal Salon. Except we had decided to write novellas that were about 25K words in length – the perfect length for an evening read. I had almost reached that mark when I realized I had barely scratched the surface of the story. (I am so wordy and novella are not easy for me to write.)
Oh was I in trouble! I’m lousy at cutting words and what was I supposed to cut? All the wonderful stuff about DeeDee starting the salon or the handsome Cody Montgomery? I’d have to start over, but I didn’t want to do that. One of the authors on Main Street suggested I use a character from that story and keep writing. So my mistake became two books!
I’m thrilled to have two wonderful books for your enjoyment and I have plans for more wedding stories all tied to Main Street Bridal Salon. And there are ten more fabulous stories of romance in WEDDINGS ON MAIN STREET. You don't want to miss them!
This is the original story, and it will be released about mid-June.
WITH THIS RING
Cody Montgomery is thirty-eight and heir to an oil fortune. Tall, dark and handsome, he’s been married twice and burned each time. Those marriages have left him with seven children, none of them are his, but he loves each one of the children with all his heart. In an attempt to bring up normal, well-adjusted children who know how to handle money and have a real grip on life, he’s living in a cul-de-sac and the children are going to public school. He’s got four teenagers, one preteen, and a set of twins in the first grade.
He’s not sure he can ever trust a woman again, but DeeDee isn’t the average woman. She’s been busy with her career. Along the way, she’s been burned, too, when it came to love. Sparks fly between the two of them, but DeeDee is renting a room from a woman on Main Street who has a place a half block from the salon, and with Cody’s seven children, hot dates are…well… They are sneaking around like a couple teenagers that don’t want to be caught.
This is the story included in the boxed set WEDDINGS ON MAIN STREET available June 9th.
And for fun, I’ve added an excerpt at the end.
I THEE WED
Cody’s daughter, Julia, graduates from high school and refuses to go to college. She loves her job working for DeeDee at the salon. At eighteen, she easily slips in a manager role, and tucked under DeeDee’s wing, she’s matured into a lovely young woman. A chance encounter with a substitute delivery driver fills her mind with more than just bridal dresses. This freckled-face redhead with the prettiest golden-green eyes is a little older, and she’s about to discover that there’s a big difference between dating a teen and dating a man.
For Aaron Symons, it’s love at first sight and he’s flying back to the university in Utah where he’s an assistant professor while finishing his PhD in veterinary genetics. But don’t feel too sorry for that young man who delivers packages in the heat of summer. His father owns that national delivery company and believes it’s important that Aaron understands the business from all angles.
A single date between them leaves her hankering for a whole lot more. But Julia is about to discover she’s got a trust fund that goes way beyond her job at Main Street Bridal Salon and the little used car she’s been driving. She can do anything she wants and she’s got to decide what she wants to do.
Holding her shoes in one hand, Julia sprinted silently across the hardwood floors and started up the stairs to her room. The distinct cocking sound of a shotgun stopped her in her tracks. She waited, listened, and then with caution, took the remaining steps.
At the far end of the hall, rumbled the deep voice of her grandfather. “Where were you, young lady?”
Her insides clenched into a tight ball and she stopped. There was no point in lying, but maybe she could make it sound more innocent. “With Aaron.”
“At this hour?”
“Yes, sir. We don’t have much time together and I didn’t want to spend it sleeping.”
“So you spent the night with him?”
“We fell asleep.”
He strode to where she was standing and grabbed her chin.
She stared into his blue eyes. He looked somewhat like an older, slightly heavier version of her father except where her dad was dark her grandfather was gray.
She shuttered her eyes from his intense scrutiny. She could feel every fiber of her body and it wasn’t a pleasant feeling. “Please let me go to my room.”
“Your room? Do you even know where you’re supposed to be sleeping? Did it ever dawn on you that sleeping with a boyfriend is unacceptable behavior?”
“Please, let me go.” Her bladder decided to protest the situation and the urgency was getting worse. She squeezed her thighs together.
“What is going on?” Cody’s voice boomed as he stepped from his bedroom.
“Daddy, please. I’ll explain everything later. I need to use the bathroom.” She wiggled away from her grandfather’s grip and flew to her room.
“I’ll see you in fifteen minutes downstairs.” Her father’s command sent a shot of panic into her already knotted guts. She knew she hadn’t been in this much trouble since she was in sixth grade and was caught cheating on a test.
Coming June 9, 2014 to all fine ebook retailers.