Today we’re thrilled to welcome Lynda Aicher to 3 Chicks After Dark as part of the blog tour for Champagne Kisses. You can check out Kristy’s fantastic review of this holiday romance here. Welcome, Lynda!
In Champagne Kisses, Evan Cleary is an event planner charged with pulling together a rather large Christmas Eve wedding in a few short weeks. A crazy endeavor at any time of the year, but even more so during the mad crush of the holiday season.
This got me thinking about holiday weddings in general. I’ve attended one such wedding in the frozen north of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The wedding was held on the weekend between Christmas and New Year’s, so not exactly on the holiday but during the season. I asked why they’d chosen the timing, thinking it was something romantic like they loved the season or it was when they’d met or got engaged. Nope. It was simply convenient. They lived in Arizona and having their wedding at that time minimized their trips home plus it was when most of their extended family was in the area. I must admit my romantic heart took a little dive at that point.
A wedding is often an overwhelming event no matter how small you try to keep it. I personally couldn’t imagine planning a wedding during an already chaotic and busy time of year. Also, people are so overbooked during the holiday season, I think I’d feel guilty asking anyone to fit a wedding into their schedule. But that’s just me.
I can also see the romance of a holiday wedding. Of riding on the seasonal cheer with red velvet bridesmaid’s dresses and twinkling lights. Of something different than the standard summer wedding décor. White snowfalls (if you live in the north) and Christmas carols and spiked eggnog. And with my luck, a blizzard would trap everyone at home—or at the reception. Now that would make for a fun snowed-in Christmas story…
What are your thoughts on a holiday wedding? Yay or nay?
ABOUT CHAMPAGNE KISSES
The Christmas Eve wedding Evan Cleary pulled together in four weeks is crashing down around him and taking his fledgling event planning business with it. With an empty altar and over a hundred guests arriving soon, he turns to the resistant, gorgeous brother of the runaway groom for help.
When Richard Patterson’s flamboyant brother storms out hours before he’s scheduled to marry his equally dramatic partner, Richard is left dealing with the fallout. The last thing he wants is more drama, yet he can’t deny his attraction to the effeminate event planner trying to salvage the wedding.
Evan thinks his crush on Richard is a lost cause, but one steaming kiss later, he learns different. What starts as a night of hot sex turns into a connection neither expected. But Evan knows their relationship is hopeless unless the ultra-conservative Richard can embrace every part of him—both in private and in public.
ABOUT LYNDA AICHER
I love to read. It’s a simple fact about me that has been true since I discovered the worlds of Judy Blume at the age of ten. This love of reading transferred to young romance (the early version of Young Adult when the stories weren’t plagued by vampires, werewolves, and death) which hooked me on the romance genre and the fulfillment that comes with a happy-ever-after ending.
Twenty-five years later, I’m still an avid reader of all types of romance. The diversity of writing in the market ensures that there is always something new to read. I’m still a sucker for the happy-ever-after because there are more than enough not-so-happy endings in the real world that I don’t need to read about them. I read a book for enjoyment and I want to feel good when the story ends.
I have the luxury of being a full-time writer, that is, a full-time writer around my duties as mom, wife, cleaner, cook, chauffeur, master scheduler, banker, cheerleader, volunteer, and tutor. Writing has to be a priority, or it would never happen.
I live in the Pacific Northwest which provides many months of rain-filled incentive to stay indoors and write. However, I’m a Midwesterner at heart. A perfect day has the snow falling outside, a fire warming the room, a football game on the television, a roast cooking in the oven, my family hanging out around me and a good book to read.
I’m thrilled to be nominated for a 2015 Romance Writers of America RITA® award (that’s the Oscars of the romance world) for my Male/Male book Bonds of Denial. This is the first time any M/M books have been nominated and I’m humbled to be a part of such a great event.
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To celebrate the release of Champagne Kisses, Lynda Aicher is giving away a $50 gift card to Amazon! Your first comment at each stop on this tour enters you in the drawing. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on December 19, 2015. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. Entries. Follow the tour for more opportunities to enter the giveaway, and don’t forget to leave your email or method of contact so Riptide can reach you if you win!