Friday, November 15, 2013

Marry Me - Blog Tour & Giveaway

Marry Me
By: Kristin Wallace

She'd vowed never to fall in love...

Julia Richardson is no fan of weddings. A lifetime of watching her parents treat relationships like the flavor of the month has taught her that love is for fools. Then she learns her former stepsister is having a crisis with her pregnancy. The crisis has Julia returning to the small Southern town – and the family – she’s been avoiding for years. Before she knows it, Julia’s been pressed into service running her former stepsister’s wedding planning business, Marry Me.

Julia doesn’t know a garter from a garden hose, but now she must navigate couples along the bumpy path down the aisle - despite wardrobe malfunctions, killer bees, and plenty of near disasters. In the midst of it all, Julia makes the most unexpected discovery of all…Love, with Seth Graham, the widowed local minister! Julia’s been running from love and everything spiritual for most of her life. It’s not until she finds the courage to stop running that she finds her own “I Do” moment.

Welcome To Covington Falls

A setting of a book can have as much personality as the hero and heroine and the side characters. Covington Falls certainly falls under that category. It’s a fictional, small, Southern town. I love fictional town because you can make them whatever you want. No one is going to question you about a street being wrong or what have you. I wanted to make it a small town setting because there’s an inherent intimacy with them. Neighbors know each other and they’re always in each other’s business. In a big city, that’s not the case. I also liked the idea of a Southern town because things are just different in the South. Quirky should be the South’s middle name.

I love my little, fictional, Southern town. It’s also full of little family legacies. Covington is a family name. It was grandmother’s maiden name on my mom’s side. The town was founded by two families – the Covingtons and the Rices.  Rice is my grandmother’s maiden name on my dad’s side.

Covington Falls is also a place that represents everything my heroine, Julia, both longs for and fears. It’s a place of verandahs and porch swings and white picket fences. Lemonade stands and ice cream trucks that play a tune. It’s welcome mats and the ritual of making tea.

Main Street in “downtown” Covington Falls is the center of everything. It’s where the wedding planning business (MARRY ME) is located. One of the running jokes in this book (and the two subsequent books I’ve written that are set in Covington Falls) is the store window. First Sarah and then later Julia decorate so it looks like a snapshot of a scene. And both add their own personalities to the display, which is fun.

Growing up Kristin devoured books like bags of Dove Dark Chocolate.  Everything from Nancy Drew & Encyclopedia Brown to C.S. Lewis and the  Sweet Valley High series. Later she discovered romance novels. It’s no surprise then that Kristin would one day try her hand at writing them. She writes inspirational romance and women’s fiction filled with love, laughter and a leap of faith. In May 2013, Kristin sold her first novel, MARRY ME, to Astraea Press. Publication date to come!

When she’s not writing her next novel, Kristin works as an advertising copywriter. She also enjoys singing in her church choir and playing flute in a community orchestra.

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