|Always A Bridesmaid|
Jana Richards, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. We're excited to interview your heroines from the Left at the Altar series, Sarah Stevens, from Her Best Man, Olivia Taylor from There Goes The Groom, and Dani Dipietro from Always A Bridesmaid.
Genre: Contemporary humorous romance
Cover artist: Judith B Glad
Length: Each book is between 50,000 and 60,000 words
Heat rating (based on movie ratings): R
Her Best Man When Sarah gets dumped at the altar she discovers the best man for her really is the best man.
There Goes The Groom Tony is given a second chance when fate throws him back together with Olivia, the woman he left at the altar eight years ago.
Always A Bridesmaid A heart guarded too closely can't be broken, but neither can it find love.
Always A Bridesmaid, releasing today!
Dani Dipietro has always considered herself an ugly duckling in a family of swans. She's the bridesmaid her friends count on, but never the woman any man wants for his bride. So she plays the funny girl and guards her emotions, and her secrets, closely.
When Zach Morrison was dumped at his wedding, Dani was there to help him through the humiliation. A year later they meet again and once more Zach needs her help. To fend off the unwanted attentions of his former fiancé Chantal, he asks Dani to pretend to be his girlfriend. They play their roles a little too well, and make believe turns into reality. But their relationship comes crashing down around them when Zach's trust issues cause him to accuse Dani of cheating. Telling the truth means that Dani will betray a friend, something she will never do. But keeping her secrets means she may be destined to remain a bridesmaid forever.
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Publisher: Uncial Press http://www.uncialpress.com
Buy links: Her Best Man https://www.uncialpress.com/her-best-man.html
There Goes The Groom https://www.uncialpress.com/There-Goes-the-Groom.html
Always A Bridesmaid http://www.uncialpress.com/Always-a-Bridesmaid.html
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What are your main characters' names, ages, and occupations?
Sarah is a kindergarten teacher, Olivia works in promotions for the National Museum of Canada, and Dani is a lawyer specializing in wills and estates. They're all about the same age at 29.
Chantal entered the dining room on a wave of expensive perfume. "Good morning, everyone. Isn't it a glorious morning?"
Camp stared at her. "Considering it's probably the first morning you've seen in years, I'd say it was damn special."
"What are you doing up so early, sweetheart?" Foster said. "You're not exactly a morning person."
She wrapped her arm around her father's neck and kissed his cheek. "No, not usually. But the rehearsal dinner is tonight and all of us girls are having a spa day. We're going to be pampered and primed and painted until we're all so gorgeous you won't be able to stand it."
Foster chuckled. "And this process is going to take all day, will it?"
"You can't rush beauty, Dad." She went to the sideboard to pour a glass of orange juice. "Good morning, Zach."
"Good morning, Chantal." Zach's spidey senses were tingling. What was she really up to?
She sat next to him at the table. "Pass me the arts section, would you, Dad?"
He handed over the newspaper and went back to his reading. She laid out her paper on the table in front of her. Zach relaxed. Maybe his spidey senses were off.
And then he felt it. Something was stroking his calf. What the hell?
He glanced at Chantal, but she was innocently perusing the paper, seemingly ignoring him. He dared a glimpse under the table. She had slipped her foot from her high heel shoe and was running it up and down his leg. He jerked his leg away.
"Interesting article here about a new exhibit at the art museum," she remarked. "'Eroticism in Modern Art'. Sounds very interesting. Do you think you'd be interested in seeing that exhibit, Zach?"
He felt her hand on his knee. What game was she playing? "Modern art's not my thing."
"I guess that's true. You always liked the works of the old masters better. All those Rubenesque women. But I really think you should give this exhibit a try. Perhaps you'll come to a new appreciation of the art form."
Her hand inched up his thigh. Sweat broke out on his forehead. "I don't think so. I have other interests."
"There's no reason you can't appreciate two art forms at the same time."
Her hand drifted to the top of his thigh. For the first time she looked at him, giving him a triumphant smile. Then her hand moved to his crotch.
He shot to his feet, his chair scraping against the wood floor and nearly tipping. Just at that moment, Dani entered the dining room with a bowl, and after setting it on the sideboard, turned to smile at him. He reached her in three strides, enveloping her tightly in his arms and covering her mouth with his before she had a chance to protest or even say good morning. He wanted to make sure Chantal understood in no uncertain terms that he was with Dani now.
For several heart beats, she held herself rigid. And then something remarkable happened. He felt her sigh against his mouth as her arms wound around his neck and she pressed herself against him. His own response was swift and totally unexpected. He held her close, running one hand over the lush curves of her bottom, her softness speaking to a primordial part of his being. The taste of berries on her tongue made him want to strip off her clothing to taste every inch of her naked skin. Though he was vaguely aware of people entering the room, he ignored them. Urgency built inside him, demanding to be released.
"Whoa! Guys! Get a room."
"Geez, Zach. People are trying to eat here."
With regret, he ended the kiss. Dani slowly opened her eyes as if awakening from a dream. She stared up at him, desire sparkling in her dark eyes. He willed his body to relax, and gradually let her go.
"Well, that's one way of saying good morning," Camp said drily.
Interview with Sarah Stevens, Olivia Taylor, and Dani Dipietro from the 'Left at the Altar' series by Jana Richards.
|Her Best Man|
Jana: Tell us about yourselves. Why don't you go first Sarah?
Sarah: Okay, sure. Well, I've been a teacher for about seven years and I've been married to my husband Will for almost two years.
Olivia: (laughs) Why don't you tell the folks how you met your husband, Sarah?
Sarah: Funny story. He was the best man at my wedding. His brother was my fiancé, the one who dumped me at the altar. Fortunately, we can laugh about it now.
Dani: As I recall, you weren't laughing then.
Sarah: No, not so much. It was the most humiliating experience of my life and practically everyone I knew was there to witness my groom become incoherent with fear at the thought of marrying me. Good times!
Olivia: Unfortunately, I know exactly what you went through, Sarah. At our first wedding, when Tony stopped the ceremony to tell me he couldn't marry me, I was mortified. But in a strange way I was also relieved. I was barely twenty and I wasn't ready for marriage, even though I loved Tony desperately. I never stopped loving him during the eight years we were apart.
Dani: If you never stopped loving Tony, who happens to be my brother, why did you become engaged to someone else?
Olivia: (shrugs) It seemed like a good idea at the time. By the time I turned 28, I wanted a family, kids. Stuart was solid and dependable, or so I thought. It turns out, we were both kidding ourselves.
Sarah: Liv, do you realize that Dani is the only one of us who hasn't been dumped at the altar?
Dani: (snorts) That's because you can only get dumped at the altar if you actually get engaged. I haven't even had a date in six months.
Olivia: I've got a feeling that's going to change for you very soon.
Dani: So are you psychic now?
Olivia: No, I just have a good feeling.
Dani: You're delusion.
Sarah: You really need to get laid. You're getting grumpy.
Jana: Okay, play nice, ladies. Here's another question for you. What do you wish was different about your life?
Sarah: I don't know if I'd want to change anything. My life is pretty terrific right now. Will is a wonderful, loving man, and he has a fantastic body. Handsome face, buns of steel, six-pack abs. He's the whole package. And what a package he's got.
Dani: Sarah! There could be children reading this!
Olivia: No, there's not. Geez Dani, I didn't know you were such a prude.
Sarah: Told you she needs to get laid.
Dani: Is this gang up on Dani day or something?
Olivia: Of course not. Okay Jana, to answer your question, I think the only thing I'd want to change about my life is that I'd like to have a family. Maybe not seven kids like Tony and Dani's family, but a few. Having a baby with Tony would be so wonderful. We're working on it. And I really hope we keep working on it for a long, long time. My husband is amazing in bed. Last night he--
Dani: (sticks fingers in ears) La, la, la. I can't hear you. For cripes sake, Liv, this is my brother you're talking about.
Olivia: Well, he is amazing. In a lot of ways. (winks)
Dani: Ever since you two got married, all you think about is sex.
Sarah: Yeah, pretty much.
Olivia: Sounds about right.
Sarah: Dani, someday when you find the right guy, you'll understand where we're coming from.
Dani: The right guy. Sure.
Olivia: You haven't answered Jana's question, Dani. What do you wish was different about your life?
Dani: Thanks, but I'm good. I don't need to change anything.
Olivia: Do you mean it, or are you just saying that because Sarah and I didn't want to change anything about our lives?
Dani: Okay, maybe there's a couple of things about my life I'd want to change. I could always stand to lose a few pounds. Or twenty.
Sarah: The question was what do you wish was different about your life, not your body. You're always so hard on yourself, sweetie.
Dani: Maybe. I guess if I could wave a magic wand, I'd want someone in my life who would love me just the way I am, warts, love handles and all.
Olivia: It's going to happen for you, Dani. I know it will.
Dani0: (grins) Are you having a feeling again?
About the Author
|There Goes The Groom|
When Jana Richards read her first romance novel, she immediately knew two things: she had to commit the stories running through her head to paper, and they had to end with a happily ever after. She also knew she'd found what she was meant to do. Since then she's never met a romance genre she didn't like. She writes contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and historical romance set in World War Two, in lengths ranging from short story to full length novel. Just for fun, she throws in generous helpings of humor, and the occasional dash of the paranormal. Her paranormal romantic suspense "Seeing Things" was a 2008 EPPIE finalist.
In her life away from writing, Jana is an accountant/admin assistant, a mother to two grown daughters, and a wife to her husband Warren. She enjoys golf, yoga, movies, concerts, travel and reading, not necessarily in that order. She and her husband live in
with their Pug/Terrier cross Lou and several unnamed goldfish. She loves to hear
from readers and can be reached through her website at www.janarichards.com
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