a secret wedding
will marry her best friend
Cupid's Wedding Chapel
Las Vegas, Nevada
(No gifts please...the marriage will only last one year)
It's a LAUNCH PARTY!
It's a wedding!
It's a secret!
It's only going to last one year!
That's what Jasmine and Ace thought when they flew to Las Vegas...
She and Ace had taken different flights. He'd flown out of Dallas on Friday and gotten their rooms. She'd arrived late Saturday afternoon and caught a taxi to the hotel. It was down to the wire, swim or drown time, red light or green light. Her hands were clammy and sweat was pooling up around the band of her bra. Nervously, she looked at the clock. The hands whipped around so fast that it made her dizzy...
What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, right?
Jasmine struck a pose for him. "Do I look like a blushing bride? You know you shouldn't see me before the wedding. It's bad luck."
Ace fanned his face with his black Stetson and whistled through his teeth. "Oh, darlin', you look every bit the part and don't worry about bad luck. We're in Vegas and no one knows what we're up to. You know what they say: What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas! We ain't got a thing to worry about. Shall we go get married!"
None of their friends or family were at the wedding so there was no one there to protest the farce ...
"No one to protest?" The preacher asked.
Jasmine bit back a giggle. Her four best friends, Liz, Pearl, Austin and Gemma would be stampeding through the chapel like a herd of longhorn heifers if they had any inkling what was going on that minute. But they didn't and never would. Maybe someday when they were all sharing a room in a nursing home she'd tell them about the year she was married to Ace Riley. The vision that popped into her head was five old ladies sitting around a domino table...
And then the preacher pronounced them man and wife, for absolute real and there was no backing out of the year long marriage now. Surely to god Ace didn't plan on kissing her...
But from the look in Ace's sexy eyes, he was going to seal the deal with a real kiss.
She shut her eyes and moistened her lips. Lights started flashing and wedding music began playing, this time louder than before and with lots more jazz. Lord, a kiss had never affected her like that before.
Holy shit! That wasn't supposed to happen, Jasmine thought.
But when she opened her eyes, it wasn't just the sparks of a kiss setting off the music and the stars. All the people in the church were holding cameras and talking all at once. Someone with a video camera and a microphone on a long stick shoved chairs to one side so they could get closer. Red dots danced in front of Jasmine's eyes and she wondered if it was the result of flashes and bright lights or if Ace was really that damn good at kissing.
And that is when they found out they were the lucky couple who'd just won the big contest at the Cupid's Wedding Chapel. A limo to drive them to the Bellagio where they'd been booked for the night in the honeymoon suite. And at ten o'clock that evening they found out that national television had picked up the news of the contest and it was aired right there in Technicolor for the whole world including their friends in Ringgold, Texas and their families to see.
It's a helluva lot easier for a cat to get out of a bag than to get the critter back inside the tow sack once it's been let out. Now Jasmine and Ace were really, honest-to-god, married. And their mothers were clamoring about a second wedding in the great state of Texas within the next month. Chaos reins in Ringgold, Texas with Jasmine and Ace right in the middle; their hearts telling them one thing, their minds another and the year stretching out before them.
This was such a fun story to write, starting at what is usually the end of a romance book and working backwards. Jasmine had a very wide stubborn streak. Ace was cockier than any cowboy I've ever written about. But they kept me on my toes and today is the day that their book, One Hot Cowboy Wedding, hits the racks in the book stores. I'm so excited that I can hardly sit still and I know Jasmine and Ace are two-stepping all over the Double Deuce Ranch just east of Ringgold in celebration.
Reviews are arriving:
RT Reviews: Lazy drawls and pointy toed boots are at the heart of Brown's Texas-set romance. The third book of the Spikes & Spurs series will make readers laugh along with the large and colorful cast of characters. (4 Stars)
Long and Short Reviews: I know when I pick up a book by Carolyn Brown I'm in for a treat. I consider her books like little socials with old friends...I genuinely loved the characters. They have a sizzle I couldn't get away from...classic characters, a dash of spice and a healthy addition of southern twang. It's a winner. (4 Stars)
Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews: (Two reviewers) Amanda says: Welcome back to Ringgold, Texas! Where the men are true blue cowboys and the girls are smart and sassy... (4 stars)
Gennie says: If you like hot cowboys, good old-fashioned wisdom, family, close friends and some good sex scenes, you will love this book an Carolyn Brown's Work. (4 stars)
Romancing the Book: One Hot Cowboy Wedding is exactly what this book was! From the very, very and I do mean very hot Ace to the delicious Southern talk right down to the blazing passion between Ace and Jasmine. I adored every second of this book. It has the makings for a really good romantic chick flick.
A Snarky Space: "I love the way the characters in this story talk because it is so uniquely Texas and matches the books authenticity in a way that will make readers smile... the characters are fun, loyal, and the story had surprise turns within it."
So come right on in to One Hot Cowboy Wedding and celebrate with us. There's champagne, wedding cake, punch, a chocolate fountain and even some of my favorite little mints shaped like cowboy boots and hats. Help yourself and while you are sipping at the bubbly, pick up a copy of Jasmine and Ace's story and read all about what happens AFTER the vows are said.
What do you look for first when you are thinking about buying a book? Cover? Back blurb? First few sentences? What catches your eye?
In celebration of the wedding, I will give away one signed copy of One Hot Cowboy Wedding, along with a surprise swag bag to a lucky person who leaves a comment today! (US and Canada only, please.)