I fell in love with this cover (I already adored the author) and asked my friend Holly to talk a little about the book.
Hi, Cheryl and friends!
Okay, here’s a confession...I love writing older ladies. Truly. I spent a lot of time with my grandmother. For years we lived in the apartment above hers and she was...well, opinionated would be a polite way to describe her! Here’s the thing, there’s something so utterly refreshing in an older lady’s willingness to say what’s on her mind. They don’t mince words...at least my grandmother didn’t. If you annoy her she said so. I aspire to be like her and the other amazing older ladies I know when I get older. Maybe that’s why I’ve included an older generation of women in so many of my books...they’re who I want to grow up to be.
My new Everything But... trilogy from Avalon Book features the family’s grandmother, Vancy Salo...Nana to her family. And Nana’s got a problem. You see, everyone in Hungary knows that words have power. And in a moment of anger, Nana accidentally cursed her own family to disastrous weddings. Lightening strikes. Sinking boats. Not one of her children manage a wedding unscathed. And now her grandchildren are starting to marry. All Nana wants to do is see the curse broken with her granddaughter and namesake, Vancy’s wedding. Unfortunately, the wedding isn’t just a disaster...it’s canceled. It’s hard to have a wedding without a groom. And when the paparazzi catches wind of The Salo Family Wedding Curse, things go from bad to worse for Vancy...and poor Nana.
The wonderful thing about writing first book was knowing I’d get to spend three books with Nana, as all three of her grandchildren try to deal with her curse...and the fact she’s trying to undo it. Sometimes they can’t tell which is worse, the curse itself, or Nana’s attempts to de-curse the family.
It was fun writing about this big, loving Hungarian family. I’m not Hungarian, but my stepfather is. I remember going to a Hungarian picnic here in town. They taught us to make this sandwich that involved slab bacon cooked over an open fire, its drippings allowed to go on a huge chunk of bread, then the bacon and some sliced onion were used to make the sandwich. I didn’t think I’d like it, but it was surprisingly good. That was my one real Hungarian experience. The other recipes and the few Hungarian endearments were researched. I’m hoping I got them all right. My intent was to pay homage to this wonderful country. I especially loved the folk tale in the first book.
Everything But a Groom is officially out on Christmas Eve. The other two books, Everything But a Bride and Everything But a Wedding will be out in August and December of 2008. Speaking of Christmas, I hope you all have a wonderful one! My son came home from college, and my older daughter will get in Christmas day, so we’re going to have a houseful...it will be lovely!
Cheryl, thanks, as always, for the invitation to come visit on your blog! You’re a very special lady. (And speaking of Christmas and books...I loved A Western Winter Wonderland. WWW was one of my early holiday treats to myself. Thanks for it!!)
Hope you all have a wonderful new year filled with friends, family...and lots of good books!
EVERYTHING BUT A GROOM, Avalon Books, 12/07
EVERYTHING BUT A BRIDE, Avalon Books, 8/08
SAME TIME NEXT SUMMER, Harlequin Superromance, 8/08
THE PTA MOM trilogy, Harlequin American Romance, starting 10/08