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Monday, May 12, 2014

Blog Tour Guest Post + Giveaway: Four Weddings and a Break Up by Elyssa Patrick


Guest Post from Elyssa Patrick

Thanks so much for having me on your blog for the FOUR WEDDINGS AND A BREAK UP blog tour, Melody! In my book, I write about what happens when a one-night stand doesn’t stay a one-night stand . . . and instead that hot, sexy, dangerous guy, the hero, Wes Dalton, turns out to temporarily move to the same town where my heroine, Ginny Michaels, lives. And what happens when an agreement to help each other out and fake date to avoid their meddlesome families, friends, and anyone else turns out to be the real thing?

When I first came up with the idea for FOUR WEDDINGS AND A BREAK UP, the very first scene is what popped into my head of Ginny at a bachelorette party in a bar in Atlantic City, hours away from her home in Cape Hope. I knew from the start that the book would revolve around four weddings and a break up. In fact when I told my friends about the story, I often said, well, it’ll be like Four Weddings and a Funeral but it’ll be Four Weddings and a Break Up. So my title plays off the movie title, and actually what happens during the course of the book. There are four weddings, and there is a break up.

So, of course, I came up with a list of what I consider to be the four of the all time best wedding songs and a break up song.


The Four Wedding Songs:

  1. My Heart Will Go On by Celine Dion. I chose this song because it appears in the book. I won’t spoil it for those who haven’t yet read the book. But I think anyone who listens to this song instantly thinks of Titanic and pictures various scenes from the movie.
  2. I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston. A complete classic, and almost every wedding I’ve been to has played it.
  3. The Time of My Life by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes. A few years ago there was a memorable viral video of a recently married couple who had their first dance and recreated the famous dance in Dirty Dancing. I think the song is romantic and sweet.
  4. The Way You Look Tonight by Tony Bennett. So romantic and sweet and full of love. I think we all want to have a loved one look or think of us with that oh wow feeling each and every time.
The Break Up Song:

  1. My Life Would Suck Without You by Kelly Clarkson.
What are some of your favorite wedding songs?


FOUR WEDDINGS AND A BREAK UP
Author: Elyssa Patrick
Release Date: May 12, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Blurb:


One fake relationship . . .

Ginny Michaels has always been a good girl and—ever since surviving a school shooting a little over a year ago—hailed a hero. Except she doesn’t feel like a hero. She can’t even have a one-night stand with sexy Wes Dalton properly. When her big city fling resurfaces in her hometown with an intriguing proposition, she’s powerless to resist. A fake relationship is exactly what’s needed to keep her small town’s matchmakers at bay during the upcoming wedding season. If only her attraction to Wes were as easy to ignore.

Too many real kisses . . .

Wes Dalton doesn’t have many regrets, and that includes his night with Ginny. But he’s always hoped to strengthen his relationship with his estranged family. When his father’s health takes a bad turn, Wes puts his life on hold and moves to the meddling seaside town of Cape Hope. With his barriers in place—and a beautiful woman to help him hold them up—he’s prepared for anything. Or so he thinks. Despite his determination to leave as soon as the summer is over, those fake kisses are starting to feel an awful lot like the real thing.


Excerpt


The door creaked open. A young, dark-haired woman came out into the darkness. She held a tray with a beer on top of it. It wasn’t until she stepped into the dim light that he could make out her features.

She had the type of curves that separated the women from the girls.

Generous breasts that made his mouth water and lush hips he could hold onto. Shapely legs under a flared-out blue skirt and soft arms. An oval-shaped face with a pouty, pink mouth that begged for kissing, and deep brown eyes framed by sooty lashes. Glossy, rich brown hair tumbled over her shoulders, the ends dancing along the top of her breasts in a v-neck, white cotton t-shirt.

She was beautiful, sexy, and he was interested. Very interested.

Even though his whole body tightened in anticipation, he kept his stance and tone relaxed. “That for me?”

“The beer?” She glanced down at the tray and let out a nervous laugh that did something to his insides.

He found himself stepping closer, trying to understand this sudden need drumming in his veins. He’d never felt this pull before . . . there was something about her that made him want to know more. Like how she smelled, how she tasted, and how she would look naked in his arms. Well, he knew the answer to that last one.

She would look damn good naked in his arms.

“Yeah. It’s for—” Words died on her lips as she glanced up at him, her eyes widening as she realized he was inches away, their bodies facing each other as if they were about to dance. Not any of that slow waltzing thing but a dirty bump and grind where she’d rub herself against him. He’d been wrong. He thought her eyes were brown. Brown was too commonplace. Rich like melted dark chocolate. She gave brown-eyed girl a whole new meaning.

As their gazes held and lingered, those brown eyes darkened with desire. A faint blush stole her cheeks, and she licked her pouty lips. The air grew thick with want, the tension crackling. Then she ducked her head, her blush deepening.


Author Biography

Elyssa Patrick is a former high school English teacher who left the classroom to write contemporary romances and New Adult. She is currently hard at work on her next novel.



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1 comment:

  1. My wedding song was Forever's As Far As I'll Go by Alabama. I also love God Must Have Spent a Little More Time on You, also by Alabama.

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