Please welcome Cynthia Ellingsen, author of Marriage Matters, to the blog today. This sounds like a really fun read that I hope to be able to get to soon but since I can’t I was happy to have Cynthia join us today to get the word out on her book. There is all kinds of great information on the book so check it all out and be sure to enter for a chance to win a copy for yourself. Relax and enjoy Cynthia’s guest post entitled The Comedy of Marriage where she tells us a bit about her novel…
Sharing a wedding with your mother and grandmother could be absolute chaos. But could it also be… a lot of fun?
Selected by Romantic Times Magazine as a Contemporary Must-Read in April 2013, Marriage Matters is a hilarious and heartwarming story about three generations and their influence on one another as they fall in love.
Chloe, the youngest bride-to-be, is so caught up in work and school that she barely has time to date, let alone think about marriage. So, when she’s swept up in a whirlwind proposal, she finds herself catapulted into a world of registering and wedding planning before realizing that perhaps, she’s engaged to the wrong man.
Kristine, her mother, has been married to Kevin for twenty-five years. Somewhere along the way, their relationship lost its spark. When Kevin suggests a vow renewal ceremony in an effort to improve their relationship, they are forced to confront the fact that the heart of a marriage has little to do with the ceremony.
June, the grandmother, is given a second chance at love when her widowed neighbor sweeps her of her feet. This time, June is determined to have the wedding of her dreams… even if that means meddling in her daughter and granddaughter’s relationships to make it happen.
Thank you so much for reading Marriage Matters. I hope you’ll recognize some of the relationships as similar to your own and that it will be a book you’ll want to share it with your mother, your grandmother and every bride you know. Happy reading!
About Marriage Matters (from Amazon)
She barely has time to attend a wedding, let alone plan one, but Chloe has just caught the bouquet. So has her married mother… and her widowed grandmother. With three generations set to walk down the aisle, each “I do” sounds more improbable than the last.
On top of grad school, clinical hours, and part-time work, Chloe is surprised to find a ring on her finger. Sharing the news about the engagement is easy, except with her best friend. Their relationship has always been platonic…so why is Chloe so afraid he is going to object?
Kristine is successful at running her travel bookstore, but her twenty-five year marriage is on the rocks. When her husband suggests a vow renewal ceremony, she agrees to say I Do…until a tempting employee makes her wonder whether or not she wants to be married at all.
June knows what’s best for her and everyone around her. Given a second chance at love, she’s delighted to plan the family wedding of her dreams. But when June gets a little carried away in her enthusiasm, she risks losing more than the love of her life… she risks losing her family.
In Cynthia Ellingsen’s heartwarming and hilarious novel of first loves, second chances, and unexpected twists, three generations of brides-to-be discover that love is always better as a family affair.
Buy at: Amazon, Amazon Canada, and B&N
Chloe, the granddaughter, has not heard from her grandmother in three days. Concerned that June has had a heart attack or fallen, Chloe enlists the assistance of her fiancé, Geoff, to search her grandmother’s house.
Geoff searched the entire house from top to bottom. Nothing. In the kitchen, he walked over to the counter and eyed an apple on the cutting board. “This seems . . .” A note of hope crept into his voice. “Decently fresh.” He held it up. The apple was cut in half and only slightly brown at the edges.
Chloe’s heart pounded with relief. There might still be time to save her.
Geoff’s eyes darted to the window. “I think I just saw something move outside.”
Of course! June would have been working in her garden. Maybe she’d fallen out there. Chloe rushed for the back door. It was dark outside and she couldn’t see a thing, but she could hear the faintest muffle of laughter. “Grandma?” she called.
Abruptly, the laughter stopped. There was the sound of shuffling and nervous whispers. Chloe squinted. Through the dark night, she could swear she saw Charley Montgomery dart across the lawn. But he wasn’t wearing a shirt. And his hands were crossed in front of his . . .
Chloe froze. Her eyes fell on the wrought-iron table where her grandmother typically ate her breakfast. A checkered gardening shirt was neatly draped across it like a napkin. A few feet away, something white was suspended over a rosebush. Chloe put her hands over her mouth.
It was a brassiere.
She gasped in horror. No. This couldn’t be . . .
Geoff rushed into the yard, the beam of a flashlight bobbing in front of him. “Did you find her?”
With one hand, Chloe shielded her eyes. “Yes,” she whispered. “But something terrible is happening. Please turn off the . . .”
“Chloe?” June called, her voice high pitched and nervous. “Is that you?”
Geoff shined the light in the general direction. June was peeking out from behind a tree, a branch pulled over her form. Even though the tree was covering her, it was perfectly obvious that she was naked.
Chloe dove for the flashlight, turning it off. “Oh, no.” She clutched it in her fist, maintaining eye contact with Geoff, afraid of what else she’d see if she dared to look away. “Oh, no.”
“Chloe?” June called again. The leaves on the tree rustled.
“Don’t,” Chloe shrieked. “You stay right there!”
Geoff’s eyes widened as he, too, finally figured out what was happening. “Oh, no.”
Chloe closed her eyes, shaking her head. “Apparently,” she said, “my grandmother is not dead. Not even close.”
There was silence. Out in the garden, both June and Charley chuckled.
“Sorry,” June sang. “Didn’t mean to scare you. We just . . . um . . .”
“Got attacked by fire ants,” Charley said. “Had to wash the clothes out. But I think everyone’s okay now.”
“Yup.” June’s voice was cheerful. “Doing just fine.”
A small smirk settled at the corner of Geoff’s mouth. Raising his eyebrows, he said, “Fire ants. Is that what the kids are calling it these days?”
About Cynthia Ellingsen (from Cynthia’s website)
Your road to “authordom” is fabulous. Can you tell us about it? – Barnes and Noble, April 2013
I always wanted to be a writer, but didn’t even know where to begin. When I was living in Hollywood, trying to break into the entertainment industry, my roommate convinced me to write a screenplay with her. It ended up getting optioned by a production company, along with our next script.
Around this time, my future husband moved across the country for a job. I had a huge decision to make: chase the dream in Hollywood or follow true love. I opted for the love, which was the best decision I ever made.
Since I didn’t know anyone in my new city, I spent my time writing The Whole Package. From there, I found my awesome agent and after submitting, submitting, submitting, ta-dum! I was so happy, I cried. Then, told my agent never to tell anyone that I cried.
…Is there anyone else you would be a total crazy fan girl over if you met them in person? – National Bestselling Author Sharla Lovelace, November 2012
I think I’d probably get gaga over any author I read all the time when I was young. Judy Blume, obviously. Beverly Cleary, for sure. Ann M. Martin, no question. I’m sad that I never had the opportunity to meet Maeve Binchy. Her ability to get readers to emotionally invest in characters was enviable.
What do you like most and least about the writing profession? – Authorlink, 2011
Nothing gets me happier than thinking that someone having a hard time or a bad day might be reading my books and suddenly, smile again. That’s such a great feeling. The thing I like the least is the idea that, because there are so many books in the world, tons of women who would love reading The Whole Package or Marriage Matters might not ever even know they exist! Getting the word out is the biggest challenge. I always ask my readers to please tell five women they know about the book – I couldn’t do it without them!
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GIVEAWAY DETAILS (US/Canada)
I have one copy of Marriage Matters by Cynthia Ellingsen to share with my readers. To enter…
- For 1 entry leave me a comment entering the giveaway.
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This giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents (no PO boxes) and I will draw for the winner on June 1/13. Good luck!