Monday, April 9, 2018

Open Book - Wedding Bell Blues

We are thrilled to introduce our very first Open Book feature!

Today we are opening the book pages of Wedding Bell Blues by talented author, Susanne Mathews.
Susanne is sharing the inside scoop on her contemporary, paranormal romance. In this sensual romance you’ll find humor, mermaids, pirate treasure, voodoo, and a second chance at love. Susanne said the inspiration for Wedding Bell Blues came from her wanting to write a book for people who set out to do something only to have everything go wrong. “The old, if it weren’t for bad luck, I’d have no luck at all, idea,” she said. “As well, I wanted to incorporate some of the current interests out there including mermaids, pirate treasure, and the constant battle between good and evil. Evil can be found where you least expect it.”

The title for Wedding Bell Blues was inspired by a song “Wedding Bell Blues” written by the Fifth Dimension.

The theme of this story is a mixture of brother’s best friend, first crush, hero, and lover.

Wedding Bell Blues takes place primarily on at a honeymoon resort on Paradise Island, an imaginary island off the coast of Martinique. This tropical get-away setting places you in a Caribbean resort, which is the perfect place for a romantic vacation or honeymoon.

In Wedding Bell Blues, you’ll get to know the heroine, MJ Summers. MJ has an Irish Greek background, in her early thirties, and she’s being pressured to get married by her mother. She’s is a teacher who just broke it off with her fiancé, after catching him with another woman. She’s determined to start over, but before she does, she takes the fancy honeymoon vacation she paid for, even if she has to do it alone. MJ’s unique characteristic is the color of her eyes. “The blue-green of Caribbean water, referred to as mermaid’s eyes in the story,” Susanne said. “The color of her eyes has always caused her grief in a neighborhood where brown hair, brown eyes is the norm.”

You’ll also meet the hero, Paul Davis. Paul is a police officer, newly retired from the army after a sniper attack almost killed him. He’s had a rough life and hasn’t been happy since his teens when he left Stilton, NY, and his friend Ron’s family. MJ is Ron’s sister, the closest thing Paul had to a sister back then, too. “Paul has a hero complex,” Susanne said. “He wants to save everyone and blames himself when he can’t.”

“MJ’s goal is to get her ex-fiancé to admit he defrauded her, leaving her stranded on the island,” Susanne said. “MJ and Paul want to find love does exist and everyone is worthy of it.”

In every good story, there’s a secondary character that stands out, and in this story it’s Bill. “Bill is one of the treasure hunters, determined to find a mermaid to help him find the treasure, and convinced MJ is the mermaid he needs,” said Susanne.

To up the excitement, Susanne added a villain, an evil Quimbois, the voodoo religion practiced on Martinique. A practitioner who wants the four coins of power in the treasure that only a mermaid and the descendant of the child born to a mermaid and a man can find.

Susanne explained the key elements of Wedding Bell Blues is that everyone deserves to be loved and love in return. Bullying is never acceptable and good triumphs over evil.

In the end, she wants her readers to find how the power of love can conquer all. 

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Here’s a small teaser of Wedding Bell Blues: 

MJ's having a bad year. She’s canceled her wedding, but refuses to give up the honeymoon. When she arrives on Paradise Island, she discovers her ex has changed the reservation. Stranded, she has to rely on her first love, a man who sees her as his kid sister, for help. When Paul discovers the man behind her plight is the bully who made his own teen years hell, he gets MJ to agree to pretend to be his fiancée. Reluctantly, she agrees. Add in mermaids, treasure hunters, and Quimbois magic, and anything can happen—even falling in love.

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