“YOU WANT ME TO WEAR WHAT?”
Thanks so much to Allison for hosting me today as I launch my new contemporary romance The Stand-In. It was so much fun writing this romp and I hope it brings as many laughs to you as it did to me.
The Stand-In tells the tale of a woman with a rather unusual career. Heroine Winn Busby is a professional bridesmaid, or bridesmaid for hire. I won’t tell you exactly how she came to this strange occupation but I can tell you it wasn’t something she planned. Winn gets hired out for a number of interesting weddings, including a theme wedding that makes hero Patrick Lincoln blush. As Winn’s date, he never expects she’d drag him to this particular sort of nuptial and reacts with horrified curiosity.
I had the chance to research several theme weddings in preparation for this book. People have chosen some very unique ways to commemorate their love. I’ve heard of medieval weddings, 80’s weddings, even Disney character weddings. My own cousin had an interesting wedding. Being a fan of goth music, he and his bride did a Halloween wedding, complete with bride of Frankenstein hair for the bride, pumpkin table ornaments and spooky music. We had a blast and it was such a reflection of that couple’s likes and lifestyle.
What sorts of interesting weddings have you attended?
I do hope you get a chance to read The Stand-In. If you have a wedding coming up in the near future, it might even give you some inspiration.
She’s the best bridesmaid money can buy.
Failed actress Winn Busby is at the end of her rope. With no money and no prospects, she accepts the one job she never thought she’d see on her résumé. Professional bridesmaid. It should be easy. If only the idea of weddings and vows didn’t give Winn a case of the hives. Her role becomes more challenging when she’s told a reporter will shadow her work for a men’s magazine article.
Working for Player Magazine is Patrick Lincoln’s worst nightmare. A former political journalist, he used to write thoughtful columns for one of Toronto’s most respected papers. That is, until he was blackballed for allegedly sleeping with the boss’s wife. Overnight, Patrick becomes the city’s most reviled bad boy. And now he’s forced to write a seedy expose on, of all things, a bridesmaid.
Patrick begrudgingly accompanies Winn to a series of strange weddings. As they are forced to work together, he learns there is more to the stand-in bridesmaid than puffy dresses and pretty speeches. She, in turn, begins to question whether or not Patrick actually deserves the derision of his peers. As much as they fight their attraction, it begins to threaten their work and their sanity.
For so long, Winn has felt second-best. A stand-in. She finally meets a man who believes in her value. But can she let go of the past and accept him?
Here’s an excerpt from the book…
She glanced at her computer screen again. “Let’s see. Ah, yes. We’ll have you meet with Winn. And by the way, she’s lovely. She has the perfect look for this job. Accessible and fresh, but not intimidating. You’re in luck. She’s in the building right now.” She texted a command into her phone. “I’ll have my assistant send her right in.”
In the time it took Margie Kent to flash her very pearly whites, a knock sounded on the door. These stand-ins were prompt. He supposed that was good in any business.
“Come in, please,” Margie called.
Patrick lifted his gaze toward the door and watched as a pear-shaped blonde entered. Christ. Margie had called this woman unintimidating. He knew a few dozen men who’d be intimidated into next year by her girl-next-door sex appeal. Chin-length golden hair framed her pleasantly round face. Amazing cheekbones. Bright blue eyes and a body that looked made for squeezing. Just the thought of pressing that luscious flesh made him hard. If she was a high-class call girl, and if he had to pay for love, he might be tempted to pull out his wallet. He cleared his throat and thought of the day Jason Dietrich fired him, just to make his boner disappear.
Margie did the introductions in her singsong voice. “Winn Busby, this is Patrick Lincoln.”
She stuck her hand out. “A pleasure to meet you.”
As he shook her soft hand, Patrick waited for the old “that Patrick Lincoln?” but it never came. Thank God. Someone who didn’t know of his ruin.
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Rosanna Leo is a multi-published, erotic romance author with Liquid Silver Books. Several of her books about Greek gods, selkies and shape shifters have been named Night Owl Romance, Two Lips Recommended Reads and Top Picks at The Romance Reviews. When not writing, she can be found haunting dusty library stacks or planning her next star-crossed love affair. Her next contemporary romance, Vice, will be published this summer by Samhain Publishing.