Monday, May 09, 2016

The Bridesmaid’s Baby Bump

 Have you ever had a lovely, smart, loyal friend who never seems to have a lot of luck with men? She's always the bridesmaid, never the bride - or if she is the bride, it doesn't end well?
Party planner Eliza Dunne is that girl. She’s the heroine of my next book from Harlequin Romance, TheBridesmaid’s Baby Bump (July 2016).

My inspiration for Eliza was beautiful actress Alexis Bledel

 The great thing about being an author is I was able to create for her the perfect man in gorgeous billionaire Jake Marlowe. Don’t you wish it was that easy in real life!

Both Jake and Eliza have appeared in the preceding two books in the Sydney Brides trilogy: Gift-Wrapped in Her Wedding Dress (November 2015) and Crown Prince’s Chosen Bride (March 2016). As I wrote those books, I was getting to know Eliza and Jake and looking forward to writing their love story.

Their fictional friends in the first two books are invested in getting Eliza and Jake together. But both Eliza and Jake are complex characters with secrets and hidden hurts. Although there is a little matchmaking going on—they’re best man and bridesmaid at two weddings—they have issues to sort out all on their own on the way to their happy-ever-after ending.

I have a soft spot for matchmakers—my husband and I were introduced by a mutual friend. I’ve also had success as a matchmaker myself. What about you? Have you ever been helped by a matchmaking friend or done some matchmaking yourself? Please make a comment—I’d love to read your thoughts!

If you’d like to be in the draw for a paperback copy of TheBridesmaid’s Baby Bump, include your email address and Ill send the winner of the draw a copy as soon as I get one from my publisher! 

The three Party Queens books are published by Harlequin Romance in North America as the Sydney Brides mini-series. (Mills & Boon Cherish in the UK; Mills & Boon Forever Romance in Australia and New Zealand.)

The Bridesmaid’s Baby Bump will be released on July 1, 2016 and is available for pre-order now.

Kandy Shepherd is an award-winning author of contemporary romance and women’s fiction. She lives on a small farm in the Blue Mountains near Sydney, Australia, with her family and a menagerie of four-legged friends.

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Mary Preston said...

I wouldn't dare try to matchmake. No doubt I would just make a mess of it.


Kandy Shepherd said...

Mary, that's such an interesting comment! I hadn't really thought about it, but if something went wrong you might blame yourself... Luckily the couple I match-made are still happily married after more than 25 years!

Anna Campbell said...

Kandy, really looking forward to this one - looks like another charming, heartwarming story! What's on your plate for after the Party Queens?

Kandy Shepherd said...

Thanks Anna. This one winds up the Party Queens and it was nice to show how all three couples end up so happily. Then I have another book coming up in November which is a Christmas story (which I love writing, as I know you do too!) as part of a Harlequin Romance continuity. It's fun and emotional and I think you'll like it!

Laney4 said...

Am looking forward to another of your lovely stories. Thanks for sharing!

I too haven't been a matchmaker. It's just as well. I am going through all my magnetic-page photo albums and converting them into scrapbooks (throwing out thousands of photos along the way). Since I started attending weddings in the mid seventies - until the end of 1992 where I am currently stagnating in my scrapbooking - every single one of the couples whose wedding we attended has been divorced - except for those in our two families. Imagine if I'd been a matchmaker for any of those marriages! Like you commented to Mary, I would blame myself (and I don't need that in my life, LOL).

As for others being a matchmaker for me, yes, I DID have some friends set me up with their brothers back in the seventies. OMG, I am so glad we didn't hook up again after those terrible dates! EW!

Kandy Shepherd said...

Hi Laney, thanks for calling by!

Those are some sad statistics from your photo albums - I'm thinking back to the weddings I've been to and it's probably half/half still married/divorced.

Made me smile with your comment about friends' brothers - none of my friends ended up with anyone's brother.

Luckily for me, my matchmaking friend was right when she said, "I've met the perfect man for you." Within three days we'd decided to spend our lives together - that was twenty-eight years ago!

Laurie G said...

I did set up a couple of dates for differentfriends over the years but none of them ever went on to marry that person. Only one of my friends is divorced, several are married for over 30 years, one was widowed in her 30's and has now remarried at 60.

It took me along time to find the man I wanted to marry. He did date my roommate first. The same thing happened to my sister. She married one of her roommate's exes.

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jcp said...

I've never done that.

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dstoutholcomb said...

not a matchmaker... but I know the song from Fiddler on the Roof ;)


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Laney4 said...

Whoops! Forgot to include my email address! seytype at Hotmail dot com!