Friday, April 20, 2018

Dragon Quests by Ron A. West

I had the opportunity to assist a Canadian gentleman who was looking for guidance with writing his new book. He contacted me due to my history of writing stories set in Scotland, and which included dragons. (Did I mention I LOVE dragons?)  I suggested an editor, and said I would be happy to help him with a cover...for a price.

Long story short, Kathy Rothenberger got him through the first edits, but a problem with his word processing software had him asking me to look through it. 

VERY long story short, I reformatted the story, added some dialog suggestions, and created the front and back covers. The book is finally out in both ebook and print (my first experience with and its print on demand software).

The Story:

DRAGON QUESTS moves through the centuries with the youthful Johnathan/Ianatan, Wizards, Crusader Knights and the shape-shifting dragon clan Draco, following their war with the Wyverns.

Actions take place through ancient and contemporary Europe, Canada, Scotland and Israel in the passing of times. There are young captured dragons to be rescued from a Wizard’s spell.
With puzzles, for hidden gold, for a magic sword, a religious relic, and the resolution of a murder occurring in Dragon Quests.

A Free Excerpt:

The conference call was connected, and put on speaker. Mr. Ronaldson and his grandson, Ian, were both on the Ontario connection.
Everyone introduced themselves, and then, Lora acting as coordinator, explained that the Pendregans were interested in perhaps, visiting the castle. They outlined their intent with Alex’s permission, to perhaps do a search for articles, such as religious relics they had been led to believe might be hidden there. They explained briefly that they’d received information that had turned up just recently, from their long dead ancestor, an Oberon Pendragon. There were only some rather vague directions for locating the relics on the castle site. Perhaps Alex could accompany them, all expenses paid, of course, for a few days, or even a week or two?
The reference to the name ‘Pendragon’ struck both Alex and Ian into quick looks at each other, they stopped, thoughtful and quiet for a moment.
“Hello? Are you there?” 
Covering the phone, Alex Ronaldson expressed puzzlement to Ian, “Pendragon? Oh, at first, ‘Pendregan’ didn’t sink in. But Pendragons, arriving in Aerie! That may be cause for concern there, if the way isn’t properly cleared. What relics? None in Aerie, or the castle, as far as any have told…not even the dragons had ever even hinted at anything of the like, and they’ve been about near forever.”
Ian shrugged. “Might be interesting though, eh?” he whispered.
Alex continued the call, “Sorry, we were conferring.” Alex declined any visit, citing his health, but he suggested that perhaps, if they might wait until school was out for the summer, his teen-aged grandson, Ian, just might take the trip again, as he had old (he thought, verrry old), friends there.
“Give me a couple of days to talk to Ian and his parents before deciding anything, then I’ll get back to you. As for any search,” he agreed, “as long as there was someone present representing my interests, to keep me informed.”
He added with a laugh, “so that the castle ruins are not damaged. I’ll certainly have to talk with him and to his parents, and he might have plans already. Ian usually keeps quite active in sports leagues over the summer, but we’ll see, and we’ll be in touch.”

Lora placed a call to Lunette late the next day. “I received another call back from Mr. Ronaldson. It seems that Ian Ronaldson, the young man on the conference call, the one that deciphered the location of the treasure, will happily accompany you, and be glad to act as a guide and intermediary with the townsfolk, if needed, if you can wait until school’s out in a couple of weeks or so. He knows the lay of the land and should be an asset. He seems to have a curious and investigative mind, from what I’m told. I’ll pass on their location and phone number in Niagara on the Lake, and leave the rest to you two, to arrange things with the Ronaldsons. Stay in touch, don’t hesitate to contact us if we can help.”

Dragon Quests is good, clean adventure spanning many countries, with unusual characters and beasties. Author Ron A. West was a joy to work with. He would love to hear what you think. Please give it a look!

Buy Links:

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About the Author
Ron had always dabbled in writing anecdotal short stories and had written dozens of poems, many of which were whimsy. Flirting with writing a book, he'd never found 'the' story.

One morning at breakfast he mentioned to his wife a Southern Belle, that he'd had a dream about their grandson finding a young dragon in a dungeon cell. Her response was the three words too seldom exchanged by older married couple. “Write it down.”
And now Ron has.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Writing a Series by Michele Drier

Author Michele Drier stopped by to share tips on writing: 

Specifically, How to write a series. Take it away, Michele!

Series are difficult to write.

There’s always a balance between too much back story and too little. Too much clogs up the plot, runs the risk of an information dump and gives readers the ability to skip chunks of the book…not what a writer wants.

Too little can leave the reader adrift in a world of people he or she doesn’t know, with relationships undefined and situations without resolution. It’s as though your friend is telling a joke and cracking up and you sit there thinking “What’s so funny?” Your friend looks at you and says, “I guess you had to be there.”

I’m at that stage now in the tenth book in the Kandesky Vampire Chronicles. The series has seen a lot of turmoil, murder, violence and love. In addition to the overall theme of the series, that of love and commitment between women who are 21st century Southern California professionals and the vampires they love, 500-year-old Hungarians, there are gulfs so wide they may not be bridgeable.

As the tension unfolds and the emotions get resolved, the characters must live in the contemporary world, solving contemporary world problems for their stories to work.

So far, they’ve been attacked by other vicious vampire families, broken up a sex-trafficking ring, discovered how the Iranians used Chernobyl to store nuclear waste, survived kidnappings and murder plots, assassinated thugs and mobsters from Chechnya and halted international weapons -running.

Well and good. Lots of action, car chases, bomb plots interspersed with scenes of hot sex, emotional arguments and angst about what being a vampire means (not aging, never gaining weight opposed to never being out in the sun and giving up the foods you love).

Now we’re in the middle of #10. I know the love plot, it will include a character turning into a vampire and a wedding. The family will be working to curtail the Russian incursion into the West because they live in Ukraine, the vulnerable place that’s constantly in Putin’s sights. And their fortune depends on having free trade and information across Europe and the Americas.

What I don’t have is a title. This is a tad awkward. Usually the first thing I do, even before I begin writing, is to give the book a title. As a pantser, writing to the title gives me a road map for the plot. And from the title also comes the cover. I work very closely with my cover artist and she reads most of the book before she begins the design.

I have some things in mind, but nothing has resonated. SNAP: Saving Kiev. SNAP: The Final Love Story. SNAP: All for Love.

Something will finally click, I know, but for now, critique partners and beta readers have to cope with SNAP: #10. Not catchy, no hint as to the plot, no clue about the action. And worst for me, no idea for a cover.

There’s been discussion lately in various writers’ groups about what’s a good number for a series. Some lean on the “less is more” side and say three, a trilogy, makes a perfect series.  Some recommend seven. And then there’s Laurie King, whose 21st novel about Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes will be out in June. And Lee Child with Jack Reacher and Janet Evanovich with Stephanie Plum. Upwards of 20 books in the series.

At this point, I’m planning on #10 as the last in the Kandesky Vampire Chronicles and it will be out late this summer. But once I have a title and write the resolution, will that pesky vampire family nag at me to continue their story?

More About the Author 
Michele Drier was born in Santa Cruz and is a fifth generation Californian. During her career in journalism—as a reporter and editor at daily newspapers—she won awards for producing investigative series. She is the president of Capitol Crimes, the Sacramento chapter of Sisters in Crime, and the co-chair of Bouchercon 2020. Her Amy Hobbes Newspaper Mysteries are Edited for Death, (called “Riveting and much recommended” by the Midwest Book Review), Labeled for Death and Delta for Death, and a stand-alone thriller, Ashes of Memories, published in 2017. Her paranormal romance series, The Kandesky Vampire Chronicles, has consistently won awards and was the best paranormal vampire series of 2014 from the Paranormal Romance Guild. The series is SNAP: The World Unfolds, SNAP: New Talent, Plague: A Love Story, Danube: A Tale of Murder, SNAP: Love for Blood, SNAP: Happily Ever After?, SNAP: White Nights,  SNAP: All That Jazz, and SNAP: I, Vampire. Connect with her here:

*note from Nancy Lee badger: Happy Friday the 13th!

Saturday, April 7, 2018

A NEW RELEASE! With Every Breath

My Opportunity Falls series is getting larger, now that another release day is here!
With Every Breath is the third book in my Opportunity Falls series. The series started in New York, then followed two New Yorkers to New Hampshire. This book is set mainly in New Hampshire (with an important side-trip to Boston).

Book Blurb
A quirky college town, an injured hiker and his beautiful rescuer. Assumptions pull the new lovers apart. Barely surviving two stalkers, a murder on campus, heartache, and hypothermia, their race up a mountain during a snowstorm keeps the pace rolling in this hot, spicy adventure-filled romance.

FREE Excerpt 
“You live on the mountain?” Jacob asked.
“I rent a small cabin,” Destiny replied, then added, “My home is quiet and private. I enjoy my solitude. Plus, it comes with heat and hot water. I have a washer and dryer, so when I get you out of those clothes I can…” Destiny’s face burned with the heat of total embarrassment. She stopped, spun toward him, inhaled, and spoke a bit slower.
“What I meant is, you can change out of your clothes and I’ll throw them in the washer. I have a big robe that might fit you while you wait.”
He chuckled at her mortification, the first sign he seemed to understand his effect on her.
“I know what you meant. A hot shower and a chance to rest before I continue on will do me a world of good. I’ll be forever in your debt.”
He gave her a big smile, and her toes curled inside her boots. She couldn’t help returning the smile with a big one of her own. He suddenly gasped, his lungs sucking in air, as if they’d failed to get enough oxygen.
Rushing toward him, she batted at a few loose hairs tickling her forehead and placed a hand at the open ‘V’ of his shirt. He coughed, hard, as if his throat constricted more each second.
“Are you all right?” Should she slap him on the back? His backpack stood in the way, so she rubbed her hand over his chest hairs in a soothing, circular motion, while she debated what to do next. His eyes mirrored her concern. Why did she feel guilty all of a sudden?
“I’ll be okay,” he groaned, “I just need to catch my breath.” He closed his eyes. The tension between them thickened with desire, and for some reason it felt wrong. Jacob was obviously years older than the boys she dated, and he said he worked at the college. He wasn’t kitchen help, like her. He was highly educated, well-dressed, and sexy as Hell. More importantly, he was injured, and in pain.
Get over this silly infatuation and help the guy off the mountain. Drool later.
She reluctantly turned away.

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Friday, April 6, 2018

Nancy Lee Badger Presents Author Sydney Jane Baily

Author Sydney Jane Baily stopped by to share An Inconceivable Deception, which is Book 4 of her Defiant Hearts Series. Take it away, Sydney!

My book was released on January 1, 2018. This is a stand-alone novel, the 4th Book in the Defiant Hearts series. Come meet the Bostonians in the Victorian period of 1891. Besides the rest of the Defiant Hearts series novels and novellas,  I have written medieval and Georgian romances and am currently working on a Regency.

Book Blurb from An Inconceivable Deception:
She has loved and tragically lost. Or has she?
With her marital status a mystery, high-spirited Boston society girl Rose Malloy slips into private sorrow. That is, until a new man coaxes the light back into her sapphire blue eyes and successfully captures her fragile heart.

When the past resurfaces, bringing intrigue and danger, Rose finds her world falling apart for the second time in her young life. Keeping secrets is no longer an amusing adventure. Can Rose prevent further heartache not only for herself but for the man she loves – or will her future be destroyed by an Inconceivable Deception?

Free Excerpt: 
Rose smiled at his banter. William Woodsom was a known flirt, nearly as bad as she used to be. Yet somehow, they had never had even the briefest of attachments. She had always been interested in someone else.
Before Finn. And after him, she’d felt nothing.
“Does it really?” she asked, tilting her head. “Has Maeve Norcross grown tired of you already?”
He raised an eyebrow but gave no indication she’d hit a sore spot. “Have you been keeping track of my attachments?”
Rose did not blush; after all, she had no designs on him. “So she has discarded you?”
“What an awful way to put it!” William protested, with mock indignation. “Discarded like an old stocking.”
However, he didn’t deny it.
Rose gave an unladylike shrug. “I am returning to the ballroom now. The luster will be restored momentarily.”
William laughed. “You shouldn’t walk around by yourself.”
“I sought to avoid too many family members.” She glanced away, having said too much.
“Being the only offspring has its privileges,” he offered.
Hm. He always struck her as someone who enjoyed his privileges and he had many. Yet she was not the type to fall at a man’s feet. She’d never given up the smallest part of her heart, neither before nor since Phineas. She didn’t intend to start with the likes of Woodsom.
They were nearly at the bottom tread when he rushed a step ahead, abruptly cut in front of her, and turned to face her.
“What are you doing?” Rose asked, grinding to a stop, their faces inches apart.
“I’m going to kiss the prettiest girl at the Tremont.”

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Author Bio:

Sydney Jane Baily writes historical romances, including the Defiant Hearts series set in America in the late 19th century, as well as delving into the medieval world, the Georgian, and the Regency period. She believes in happily-ever-after stories for an already challenging world.

Born and raised in California, she has traveled the world, spending an inordinate amount of time in the U.K. where her extended family resides, eating fish and chips, drinking shandys, and snacking on Maltesers.

After obtaining degrees in English literature and in history, besides writing novels, she has spent time as a copyeditor, cat snuggler, website designer, production editor, mother of two, and faithful friend to her dog, among other endeavors literary and not. Sydney currently lives in New England with her family--human, canine, and feline.

You can learn more about her books, read her blog. Connect with her here:

WEBSITE    Facebook     Facebook Author page     Twitter  @sydneyjanebaily

Friday, March 30, 2018

An Interview with Writer Mike Sager of The Sager Group LLC

Please join me in welcoming Mike Sager, who will soon be speaking at the WRITE NOW 2018 Conference here in Raleigh, NC. MIke, please tell my readers a little bit about your writing.  

Mike- I’m in my 40th year of typing the good fight. I’ve written and edited for college publications, alt weeklies, newspapers, magazines and books. I also now publish books and make documentary and commercial films and videos. For the past 26 years I’ve been a writer for Esquire. I’ve done dozens of celebrity profiles and a number of my crime stories have become movies, but I’m most proud of my work as a literary anthropologist, which means I live with groups of people for long periods of time and write about their lives. Over the last four decades, I’ve spent time with a crack gang, teenage pitbull fighters, artist/heroin addicts, wounded marines, football players in Samoa, Aryan Nations troopers, a high school boy, a butler in a ritzy household, Tupperware saleswomen, swingers, Peter Dinklage and many more. I have seven collections of stories.  Kirkus Reviews once wrote: “Sager plays Virgil in the modern American Inferno.” That’s probably my favorite review of all time, besides this one, from The New York Times Book Review, which links me to the chain of writers I consider my forefathers, along with Gay Talese: “Like his journalistic precursors, Tom Wolfe and Hunter S. Thompson, Sager writes frenetic, off-kilter pop-sociological profiles of Americans in all their vulgarity and vitality. He writes with flair, but only in the service of an omnivorous curiosity. He defies expectations in pieces that lesser writers would play for satire or sensationalism.”

Nancy- Did you have several manuscripts or articles finished before you sold? If so, did you send them out yourself?

Mike- Over 40 years I’ve had some of the biggest name agents in New York. Now I have a lawyer. Agents are necessary as gate keepers because of the way the system works. Luckily, at this point, I know personally many of the top editors in New York. And I also have my own publishing company, because, frankly, if you don’t have one of the big books at a big publishing house, you can make more money and get just as much help from the publisher if you do it yourself. Over time, as I accrued more expertise, experience and kudos, I kind of became annoyed about the prospect of asking people with less experience and far less accomplishment to pass judgement on my work. This works okay for me because I’ve always been sort of a niche product. Certain people seek out my work. I’m not a huge bestselling writer, though I’ve had a number of best sellers. The most important thing to me:  do the work. I’m with Kevin Cosner: If you build it they will come. I’ve always just tried my hardest to be the best I can be. I still wake up with that intention every morning.

Nancy- Why do you ‘do’ what you ‘do’.    

Mike- I am most happy when I’m typing. I love the craft of making words into art. I love learning about things and understanding them deeply. Over the years I have also learned the joys and gathered the wisdom that comes with empathizing deeply with others who are different than yourself. Visiting other cultures and learning their ways, both domestic and foreign, has given me insight; I’ve learned to find common ground with others; I’ve never failed to make a lifelong friend while doing a story, even if the person’s outlook is very different than mine. All I’ve learned was put most succinctly by one of my subjects, the comedienne Roseanne, who once told me: “All hate is fear; all fear is insecurity.”  The piece about Roseanne is featured in my bestselling collection Revenge of the Donut Boys, which has just been republished as a second edition.

Nancy- Tell us about The Sager Group

Mike- The Sager Group was founded in 1984. In 2012 it was chartered as a consortium of multi-media artists and writers, with the intent of empowering people who create—an umbrella beneath which makers can pursue, and profit from, their craft directly, without gatekeepers. TSG designs and publishes books and eBooks; ministers to artists and provides modest grants; and produces and distributes documentary, feature, and commercial films. By harnessing the means of production, The Sager Group helps artists help themselves, artifex te adiuva. Our most recent project is our series of text/anthologies celebrating Women in Journalism. The first two: The Stories We Tell and Newswomen. We are also featuring a second edition of Elizabeth Kaye’s bestselling Lifeboat No. 8: Surviving the Titanic. I am most proud to say I have been joined in my efforts lately by the addition of my son, Miles Sager, as Creative Director of TSG Films. Working with him is my greatest joy.

Nancy- Did chasing any article put you in physical danger?

Mike- Living with a crack gang in Los Angeles—street violence, drug use, drive by shootings-- and in a Palestinian refugee camp—rubber bullets and mistrust-- both in the late 1980s, were my most dangerous assignments. My friendship with Super Freak Rick James was kind of crazy too. (See Scary Monsters and Super Freaks .) My first job at The Washington Post (after being promoted from copy boy) was as night police reporter at a time when the nation’s capital was roiling with violence; I learned there the taste for danger, and also the taste for the kind of weird attention that violence and mayhem brings to your pieces. My first rule of writing: Thou shalt not bore. Working in the “underbelly” of society never is, and people read for entertainment. I also learned that the way the “criminal element” is depicted in the press is usually hyperbole. I guess it comes down to: Criminals are people too. They’re just working in a shadow economy. But you have to lay down your preconceptions before you arrive. And you have to lay down your judgement to be with people. I reserve that right for the typing process.
Many years ago, on the Monday after I became engaged to be married, I attended a week long swingers’ convention. That was pretty dangerous, too.

Nancy- What is your writing routine like?

Mike- Every day I wake up, eat breakfast, skim the paper newspaper, and go downstairs to my office. I work until noon. I eat something. I work until four. I exercise or watch hoops. I eat and sometimes work for another hour. Through the day I switch projects, depending upon what is due. In the old days I spent a lot of time coaching and parenting. I’m an empty nester now. My partner works a lot of hours and lives in a different house. It suits me.

Nancy- Having achieved your goals, what is the most rewarding thing?    

Mike- My goal was always to make a living typing and to “see how far I can go.” I’m not done yet--though I will say the economic crash of 2008 and the rise of the internet has changed my life dramatically. For most of my career I was a staffer or a contract writer—weekly or monthly checks-- at a major publication. That’s all gone now. So that’s fun. The most rewarding thing is making something out of nothing. To create art is to become a god. After that, it’s hard to have a hobby.

Mike will be a Guest Speaker at the 
Annual WRITE NOW Conference 
presented by the

Register for the
 April 28th conference
 in Raleigh, NC HERE

Mike Sager is a best-selling author and award-winning reporter. A former Washington Post staff writer under Watergate investigator Bob Woodward, he worked closely, during his years as a contributing editor to Rolling Stone, with gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson. Sager is the author of more than ten books, including anthologies, novels, biography, and textbooks. He has served for nearly three decades as a writer for Esquire. In 2010 he won the National Magazine Award for profile writing. Several of his stories have inspired films and documentaries, including Boogie Nights; he is the founder of The Sager Group LLC.

You can find more information about Mike Sager here:
@TheRealSager  on twitter

Friday, March 23, 2018

Nancy Lee Badger Presents Author Stephanie Queen

I am pleased to present author Stephanie Queen, who took time from her busy schedule to stop by to share details and a free excerpt from her latest book.

Already Gone: Phoenix Agency – a Kindle Worlds novella
Book 1 – Zero Go Series By Stephanie Queen

If Dr. Vicky didn’t save the cartel leader’s lousy life, he’d promised to take her sister’s life in payment.
It was Phoenix Agency operative Roman Danski’s mission to escort Vicky into Reynosa, protect her while she saved the notorious thug with her gift for healing and then get her back out.
It would have been doable if the doc hadn’t been a luscious siren, the kind of woman he never could resist. Her sensual beauty was going to make a tough job impossible.
How could Roman stop the cartel boss from keeping her if he couldn’t resist her himself?

Excerpt: The Phoenix Agency

They served their country in every branch of the military—Army Delta Force, SEALs, Air Force, Marines. They are pilots, snipers, medics – whatever the job calls for. And now as private citizens they serve in other capacities: as private contractors training security for defense contractors, as black ops eradicating drug dealers, as trained operatives ferreting out traitors. With the women in their lives, who each have a unique psychic ability, they are a force to be reckoned with. Risen from the ashes of war, they continue to fight for those in need. They are Phoenix. 
Chapter 1

 Roman Danski arrived at the location for his assigned protection detail ahead of schedule. It was a long, low ranch house with a terra-cotta roof, a small greenish-brown front lawn, and an empty one-car driveway in a better-than-mean-income neighborhood. His watch told him he was fifteen minutes early.
Apparently, he wasnt early enough. It looked like the damn doc had flown the coop. Had she been crazy enough to head for Mexico without him? Or more likely, the Gulf cartel boys had come and taken her themselves against everything that had been agreed.
Why was he not surprised?
Either way, he was dead meatthey were both dead meatunless he caught up with her in a hurry.
Those were the thoughts running through his head as hed left his Jeep in the driveway, then sped into the house and through the rooms. He went out the back door and ran from the back yard to the corner of the boxy house heading to the front where hed parked his Jeep six seconds before. No more than that.
He never saw it coming.
She hit him and he almost went down. Almost, but not quite. He grabbed her and held on while she screamed, pulling her back around the corner of the house with him in case anyone was looking.
He didnt know why he bothered to hide, because if they were out there, they sure as hell had heard her.
What the hell? She got out the words before he clamped his hand over her mouth, gathering himself from the hit he’d taken.
Im going to take my hand off your mouth, but dont scream. Im Roman Danski. Phoenix Agency. I was assigned to bring you in. He removed his hand.
What were you doing sneaking around my houseI could have killed you.
“What were you doing hiding? I thought you were gone—or worse.”
She shifted in his arms, pulling her shirt down and exposing a mound of luscious breast. He hadn’t realized that his assignment, Dr. Victoria White, was a gorgeous young lady, but man oh man, was she ever. He’d expected someone more… studious.
Great. Just damn great.

                           Buy Link:  Amazon  

Author Bio:
USA Today Bestselling Author Stephanie Queen is a romantic at heart and a writer by nature. So of course, she loves creating stories where the good guys always win–and they always fall in love along the way. Although she’s lost count of all the jobs she had before she settled on being a Novelist, her favorite was selling cookies as a Keebler Elf. She is a graduate of UConn (go Huskies!) and Harvard U and lives in New Hampshire with her family, her cat, Kitty. Connect with stephanie here:

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Friday, March 16, 2018

Nancy Lee Badger Presents Catherine Castle

Catherine Castle stopped by to share her new book! Take it away, Catherine!
Bidding on the Bouquet, released December 6, 2017, is a contemporary inspirational romance and is my third book as a solo author. My other two books are inspirational romantic suspense and a sweet romantic comedy. I also coauthor with my husband under a different pen name. The book’s idea sprang from a news article about a bride who demanded her bridesmaids bid for a spot in her wedding. As you know, fact can be stranger than fiction and often makes a great jumping off point for an interesting story. Bidding on the Bouquet is one of those examples involving a down-on-her-luck heroine and a wealthy, elitist hero. Two people from different social classes. Two different philosophies. One bridal bouquet to unite them. I hope readers will like this fun story.

Book blurb from Bidding on the Bouquet

The chance to catch a bridal bouquet containing a solid gold rose makes underprivileged, down-on-her-luck grad student Marietta Wilson pawn everything she owns to come up with a bid to win a bridesmaid spot in the most prestigious wedding of the season.

When he discovers his sister is auctioning off bridesmaid spots in her wedding party, wealthy, elitist Chip Vandermere is appalled. Not only is it in poor taste, but no self-respecting lady would stoop so low as to bid. Convinced Marietta is a gold digger, Chip sets out to thwart her plans.

A social climber and a social misfit. Can a bridal bouquet unite them?


You are invited to participate in the season’s most prestigious event.
Date: June 17
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Place: The Vandermere Estate
Event: The auction of bridesmaids’ positions for Chrissy Vandermere’s wedding
Light refreshments will be served
Chrissy is auctioning off a chance to be an attendant in her wedding.
Winners will be escorted down the aisle by New York’s finest bachelors,
and they will procure a bridesmaid-only spot at the tossing of the bride’s bouquet event.
Chrissy guarantees one of the bridesmaids will catch the bouquet,
containing a solid 14-carat rose-gold flower.
Opening bids begin at $100 and are non-refundable. Cash only.
You may make an opening bid higher than $100 if you choose.
Please RSVP by April 30

Marietta dug into the envelope again and retrieved a smaller card and matching envelope.

I, ________________________, will be pleased to attend the auction.

My opening bid is $_______
Should I win a spot, I will be available on August 9
to be part of the wedding party
for Chrissy Vandermere
Jock Sterlingson

Stunned, Marietta reread the invitation. Chrissy Vandermere? The only Vandermere she knew was her wealthy classmate Chip Vandermere, and they weren’t on real talking terms. Nor did they run in the same circles. They only had a few of the same classes and a couple of case studies together in which he had commandeered the group. The guy thought himself a born, or rather a privileged, leader. His attitude had driven her nuts, and, although he was one hot guy who knew he had undeniable sex appeal, she’d stayed away from him as much as she could. She was at the MBA program to learn and conquer, not be someone’s conquest.

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More About the Author:

Multi-award-winning author Catherine Castle loves writing, reading, traveling, singing, theatre, and quilting. She’s a passionate gardener whose garden won a “Best Hillside Garden” award from the local gardening club. She writes sweet and inspirational romances. You can find her other books on Amazon: