Monday, May 16, 2016

Every Bride Has Her Day {+ Giveaway}

It’s a thrill today to be participating in the spotlight tour for author Lynnette Austin’s EVERY BRIDE HAS HER DAY, the second installment in her Magnolia Brides series.

As part of the tour, the author is sharing an excerpt from her new book and is offering readers the chance to win one of five copies of THE BEST LAID WEDDING PLANS, the first book in the Magnolia Brides series.

◊Every Bride Has Her Day by Lynnette Austin
◊Magnolia Brides, Book 2
◊ISBN: 9781492618003
◊Release Date: May 3, 2016
◊Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

Here’s a synopsis of EVERY BRIDE HAS HER DAY:

          Cricket O’Malley can’t wait to plant roots back home in Georgia, where she’s returned to restore an abandoned flower shop to its former glory. The only blemish? Her neighbor’s house is even more neglected than her old flower shop, and its occupant seems as surly as he is darkly handsome.
          Devastated body and soul after a tough case went south, New York City detective Sam DeLuca thought he’d have no trouble finding solitude in the quiet Georgia town of Misty Bottoms, but his bubbly neighbor seems determined to shine happiness into Sam’s life. Sam is equally determined to close himself off, but his heart says otherwise…

EVERY BRIDE HAS HER DAY is available at the following sites: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBooks, Books A Million, Kobo, !ndigo, and Indie Bound.


Author Lynnette Austin
The luxury of staying home when the weather turns nasty, of working in PJs and bare feet, and the fact that daydreaming is not only permissible but encouraged, are a few of the reasons middle school teacher Lynnette Austin gave up the classroom to write full-time. 

Lynnette grew up in Pennsylvania’s Alleghany Mountains, moved to Upstate New York, then to the Rockies in Wyoming. Presently she and her husband divide their time between Southwest Florida’s beaches and Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. 

A finalist in RWA's Golden Heart Contest, PASIC's Book of Your Heart Contest, and Georgia Romance Writers' Maggie Contest, she’s published five books as Lynnette Hallberg. She’s currently writing as Lynnette Austin. Having grown up in a small town, that’s where her heart takes her—to those quirky small towns where everybody knows everybody...and all their business, for better or worse.

For more on Lynnette and her writing, visit her website and connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Goodreads.

Lynnette’s Tip for the Perfect Wedding

·        You and your special someone have decided to tie the knot! Now what? Above all, remember it’s about you and your fiancĂ©. This is your wedding. You don’t need the approval of or advice from every coworker, your dentist, and your grocer. Have a clear vision in mind of what you and your groom want and hold to that. The same with your budget. Set it and stick to it. Don’t be talked into something that’s going to blow it out of the water. Don’t let others shanghai your wedding. If someone doesn’t like your color choice of red and white and thinks purple and green would be better, tell her you’ll pass on her choice so that she can use it for her wedding—or anniversary party if she’s already married.
·        Make your wedding day personal with those small touches—things that have meaning to you and your soon-to-be husband. It might be Mom or Grandma’s banana pudding recipe or a bulletin board with photos showcasing your relationship from first date, up to and including the rehearsal dinner. Make it meaningful—to the two of you.


“Hold on a sec.” Sam raised a finger and headed back inside. Grabbing the small radio he’d found tucked inside a closet, he placed it on the ledge above the sink, dialed up a station that played a lot of Frank Sinatra, and opened the window. The music drifted into the twilight.
In another cupboard, he found a stub of a candle in a squat holder. His aunt Gertie’d probably kept it in case of a power outage. It would do. He lit it and stepped outside to find Cricket curled up on the back porch swing, Hobo at her feet.
“So you decided to come home,” he said to the dog. “You’ve been gone half the day.”
In answer, Hobo thumped his tail on the porch.
“Yeah, I know. You heard steak was on the menu for dinner.”
The tail thumped harder, and Cricket laughed, a warm, sultry sound.
Sam set the candle on a small side table, his system on high alert.
Cricket O’Malley. The girl-next-door meets sex goddess.
He didn’t understand it, but that didn’t seem to matter. Chemistry fairly sizzled between them.
He cleared his throat, then leaned down beside the fire circle. After he got a nice little blaze started, he pulled an old bench close. “I know we don’t need the heat—” He broke off. No, they sure didn’t. If they got within ten miles of each other, they generated enough of their own. “I mean, uh, I thought it might add a little ambiance.”
“Nothing I enjoy more than sittin’ around a campfire.”
“Have a seat then, and I’ll start the steaks.”
After he tossed them on the grill, he inched down beside Cricket.
The woman smelled like heaven. Or sin. He couldn’t decide which and slung an arm over the bench back. Hobo jumped up beside him.
Sam slid closer to Cricket to give the dog more room.
Hobo took it and more.
“You’re crowding me, boy.”
Those big eyes stared up at him, then Hobo threw his head back in an ear-piercing howl.
“Stop that!”
The dog answered with another mournful cry.
“Oh, for Pete’s sake.” He tried to move the dog off the bench, but he’d become a boneless, dead weight.
Cricket laughed. “I think we both know what he wants.”
Sam let out a half-laugh. “You up for it?”
“I can handle it if you can.”
“Oh, yeah, I’m up for it.” He rolled his eyes. “Wrong way to put that, but—”
He broke off as she laid a hand on the side of his face, leaned into him, and gave him a taste of heaven.
“Not enough,” he muttered, pulling her closer, dipping his lips again and angling them to take more. He trailed kisses along her neck, then moved back to her mouth.  His hands moved down her arms, brushed the sides of her breasts.
A log dropped and sent up a loud popping and a shower of sparks.
He drew back and laid his forehead against hers, noticed, thank you God, her ragged breathing matched his own. “Cricket—”
“Shhh.” She laid a finger over his lips. “Let’s just accept that for what it was.”
“What was it?”
“Darned if I know.” She laughed. “But Hobo’s quiet.”
Sam looked at the dog who, job done, had hopped off the bench and rested in the grass. “I’m liking that dog more every day.”


This giveaway is for one of five copies of THE BEST LAID WEDDING PLANS by Lynnette Austin.

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Thanks so much for stopping by today during Lynnette’s visit. Have you ever (or wanted to) restore an old business or home? If you could transform any building into a home, what would it be – church, barn, warehouse, etc.?


  1. Oooh.
    I have seen some stunning barn conversions. And church conversions. There is a lot of work in them though...

  2. Does she hate her parents for naming her Cricket? :)

  3. Best advice - let the woman plan the wedding. It's her day - the dude is just along for the ride.

  4. The wedding! Big sigh. It should be about memories of a good day, somehow we mess it up. We just need to remember to laugh at the mistakes. The book looks interesting.

  5. I like the idea of a personal touch with a wedding...something really traditional. Good advice to stick to a budget, too!

    Always nice to hear about some Southern writers doing well...congratulations, Lynnette!

  6. I love reunion romances--they are usually very poignant and heartfelt, not to mention passionate! Even though I have lived in a very small town for most of my life, I never tire of “small town” romances. Small towns sometimes hold big secrets! People are very interconnected. What happens to one person affects someone else, and the ripple effect is started. However, there is an essential sweetness to small towns. Memories of earlier days, some bittersweet, are held dear. People aren’t just faces, they’re family and friends. There’s always a second chance for first loves in small towns : )

  7. I love the name of the town. Congrats Lynnette!

  8. This sounds like a great book for 'wedding season,' Mason, and the context sounds interesting. Thanks.

  9. Perfect timing for this book! And the idea of a run-down shop and house with a devastatingly handsome sulky guy sounds great for a summer read.

  10. Perfect summer romance reading.


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