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Wedding Q&A: Lynette Austin and Margaret Brownley

Today we welcome multi-published author Lynnette Austin and New York Times bestselling author Margaret Brownley. Brides and grooms are very much on their minds and for good reason; they both have new book releases featuring weddings. Here’s what they have to say about their favorite on-screen nuptials.

[The Proposal Wedding]

What is your favorite movie wedding and what makes it so special?

Lynnette: I love when two people who are so not right for each other find that happy-ever-after. I think that’s why I’ve watched The Proposal so many times I can lip-sync everyone’s lines. Uptight Margaret Tate and her assistant, Andrew Paxton, wouldn’t make the top of anyone’s list of perfect couples. Margaret practically blackmails Andrew into proposing to her and then calls off the wedding as they literally stand at the altar. And still, love prevails.

Margaret: The wedding that still stands out in my mind after all these years is the one in Shrek. Fiona transforms into an ogress every night because of a magic spell. By morning she reverts to her regular human form. But something goes haywire during her wedding and she is transformed back into an ogress. Wanting to look beautiful for Shrek, she’s naturally dismayed. He looks at her with loved-filled eyes and says, “You are beautiful.” The real magic is that every bride is beautiful to the man who loves her—even a green ogress.

If your new book was made into a movie, who would you like to play your bride and groom?

Lynnette: I’d hope that Dierks Bentley, an incredible country singer, would step up to the plate and enter the acting world to play Beck Elliot. He’d be perfect—and I’d owe him! For Tansy Calhoun Forbes, I’d choose Lyndsy Fonseca. Add some curly red hair, and she’s my Tansy!

Margaret: Meg Lockwood would have to be played by Jennifer Lawrence. Since Meg has two grooms (I know, I know) the first one must be played by an actor who’s a bit nerdy like Elijah Wood.   Australian actor Chris Hemsworth would be great in the role of groom number two, provided he can manage a Bostonian accent.

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Guest Post: “My Most Meaningful Christmas Gifts” by Margaret Brownley

Left At The Altar by Margaret Brownley

At age 8, I received a most meaningful gift. It was a big beautiful doll with blond hair and eyes that opened and closed. In an effort to get on Santa’s “good” list, I cleaned my room and did my chores. Not wanting to leave anything to chance, I even did everyone else’s chores. When I opened the box Christmas morning and saw two big blue eyes staring back at me, I was elated. I felt as if I could make every dream come true if I wanted it bad enough and was willing to work for it.

At 11, I received a most meaningful gift. It was an angora sweater. A year earlier, I had received toys for Christmas, but that year I had “graduated” to clothes. Wearing that sweater made me feel so grown-up. More than that, the gift told me that others saw me as grown-up, too.

At 17, I received a most meaningful gift. It was a heart-shaped necklace from my boyfriend. I believed at that moment that love would last forever. The chain snapped less than a week later, and we broke up soon after, but I learned that some things are meant to last for only a short time and that we must enjoy them while we can.

In my twenties, I received a most meaningful gift. Our oldest son was born just before Christmas. It was a gift that both elated and humbled me. This baby—this beautiful gift from God—was solely dependent on me and I wanted so much to be the perfect mother. But as I walked the floor that Christmas day trying to comfort a colicky baby, I realized the futility of that goal. I soon learned that no child ever said that his or her mother was perfect, only that she was the best.

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The SMP Holiday Romance Blitz: Costumes & Consumables!

SMP Romance Holiday Blitz

Listen, we’re into the holidays over here. How into them? Well, I’m wearing a plastic ghost necklace that lights up as I type this. We’re extremely into holidays. So when we found out about the SMP Holiday Romance Blitz we had to participate! Check out Part 1 of our holiday Q&A with some amazing authors!

Favorite Halloween Costume


Ruth Logan Herne: Crotchety Old Lady Slightly Sinister… 🙂

Donna Alward: As little as possible. 🙂 I confess I’m not really a Halloween person.

Laura Trentham: I was a roller derby girl for an adult Halloween party a couple of years ago. Everything was great until after a couple of drinks, I fell on my tailbone. Nothing was seriously hurt except for my pride though! The next year, my hubby and I went as bacon and eggs. Very safe (and delicious 🙂 )

Nancy Naigle: Pocahontas! Easy to answer this one because I was Pocahontas for Halloween in the 2nd grade, the 6th grade, in junior high and even as an adult…twice. All with different costumes, and each more elaborate than the last. In the 2nd grade I was Pocahontas and my little brother (3 years my junior) was Chief Powhatan. My mom even made a wooden papoose for me and made my baby doll a matching Indian outfit complete with headband and a feather.
I might just have to find a costume party to attend. I’m in the mood to craft another Pocahontas outfit this year.

Margaret Brownley: One year my six-foot-six husband dressed as the Jolly Green Giant and I was a can of peas. It took forever to apply the green makeup, but it was worth it. We took the top prize at every party we attended that year.

Tara Wyatt: In college, I dressed up in a red fedora and trench coat and went as Carmen Sandiego. Where in the world am I? Eating all the candy. That’s where I am.

Opal Carew: Genie! I’ve always loved genies. I love the magic and the power play between the genie and the genie’s master. I love the costumes because they’re sexy and beautiful. (I used to do belly dancing and made several costumes for myself.)

Emily March: The Uncle Sam costume we put on our beloved boxer, Doc. He was disgusted by the ordeal, but stoic. 🙂

Melissa Cutler: Cowgirl (of course!)

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