The Convenient Wedding
by Susie Warren
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The Convenient Wedding
A reluctant socialite is pulled into a scandal and must choose between her families’ reputation and her future happiness.
Lucia Montgomery is from an old and powerful political family in Connecticut and desperately wants to shed her reputation as a superficial socialite. Against her family’s wishes, she seeks a position working for a fiercely contested political campaign and the dark horse in the race, Anderson Adams. She is thrown into the middle of a scandal of her own making when she is tricked into going to his hotel room. Anderson persuades her to play along with a pretend engagement then an actual wedding to save her reputation and his campaign. The media falls in love with the charismatic couple and they must figure out how to reconcile their public image with their private life.
Anderson Adams watched the graceful, blond girl across the room spin seductively in an effort to show off her gown. She was strikingly beautiful and seemed to spread cheer to those gathered around her. He decided in that moment that he needed a break from the endless political chatter surrounding him.
He politely excused himself from the discussion and asked his campaign manager, Brian Gallagher, “Who is the beauty across the room?”
Brian followed his gaze and said, “Ah, Bella Montgomery. William Montgomery’s granddaughter. I’ve heard that she has relocated to Connecticut and is interested in launching a PR firm. I think she goes by Lucia Montgomery now.”
“Have you spoken with her this evening?” Anderson kept his voice disinterested. He needed a diversion for the evening but had to be careful of his reputation. It wouldn’t help his cause to irritate the former governor. While this campaign may not end in success, he had other political aspirations for the future.
“Not yet. But her grandfather asked that I interview her for a position in the campaign. Apparently, he would like to see her heading up the PR elements. The campaign needs experience and talent not a bored socialite but having a connection to the former governor wouldn’t hurt us.”
Anderson avoided making eye contact with anyone, taking a moment to contemplate his approach. “Connections are important. William Montgomery has the influence and positive record to energize older voters. An association with Ms. Montgomery could prove to be helpful.”
His campaign manager put a hand on his shoulder and guided his view away from Lucia Montgomery. “I wouldn’t seek her out. She is exactly what you don’t need. Young, blond and receptive. You need to be seen having a mature relationship, not chasing a young socialite who may end up having a position in the campaign.”
There was no way he would allow his campaign manager to dictate his choice of companion. Cultivating a veneer of respectability was necessary, but he wouldn’t allow it to command how he lived his life.
Taking a large swallow of whiskey, he handed the empty glass to Brian. “I’ll see what she has to offer the campaign.”
Making his way across the room, he noted her companion abandoned her when she saw him coming towards them.
He stopped within a few feet of her and was captivated by her intense and open stare. He had the sense that she had been waiting for him. The crossover V-neckline in front and back exposed sun-kissed, flawless skin. He had to push away thoughts of her undressing for him. How could she tempt him so easily? He had given up on women in the last few months, instead deciding to slide into a forced celibacy after his last nightmare of a relationship had ended with bitter regrets.
He said, “I don’t think we have met. I’m Anderson Adams.”
Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Susie Warren author of The Convenient Wedding.
Hi Susie, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
Besides being a writer, I have three teenaged children and a husband who is an inventor. I’m also the CFO of a small, private school. I took a tour of the school fifteen years ago, when my oldest child was ready for pre-school and fell in love with the place. At first, I worked on a few fundraising projects when my children were young and continued doing freelance writing. As I became more involved with the school, I was offered a position as the financial director. My days are consumed with the busy and hectic task of managing the financial life of the school. Most of the time, I can be found at my desk crunching numbers and creating spreadsheets.
What were you like at school?
Probably like most writers, I was a daydreamer. I relied on my imagination and would much rather create stories in my head then listen in class. I completed assignments and did well on tests so teachers didn’t complain too much.
Were you good at English?
Yes. It was a huge advantage for me that I enjoyed writing. Often in high school, I would help friends with their writing assignments.
What are your ambitions for your writing career?
I’ve decided that I want to write full-time. I love my day job so it’s hard but I’m beginning to transition to a part-time position so I’ll be able to focus on writing.
Which writers inspire you?
I love to read so I have a ton of favorite authors. In terms of being inspired, it is definitely the indie authors that have figured out how to connect with readers while publishing amazing work.
Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?
The Convenient Wedding is a story about a man who decides that he wants to get into politics and meets a woman that is interested in working for a campaign. A scandal throws them together and they decide to pretend to be in love. The marriage ends up becoming real and they both have to make adjustments along the way. Ultimately, their consideration for each other and wanting to do the right thing sets them apart.
What are you working on currently?
I’m working on the third book, The Chosen Heir, in The Bolles Dynasty series. The basic premise is a driven entrepreneur decides to honor his disgraced father’s memory… and finds himself falling for a woman who insists on exploring each scandal and half-truth.
Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?
I have to balance a rather hectic schedule so I often write early in the morning before other demands intrude.
Where do your ideas come from?
It varies. Sometimes I see an interesting landscape or old photograph and begin to wonder what type of people would live or work there. Sometimes an interesting conflict or scene between two characters will play out in my mind then I’ll begin building a story around that idea.
Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
I have to outline or I can’t finish the book. Without a sense of the plot, I change too many things and then just keep re-writing the story with vastly different elements. Early on in my writing, I would change the setting, the characters, their occupations and backgrounds etc… I finally completed a novel when I began sticking to a solid outline.
What is the hardest thing about writing?
For me, it’s finding the time to write. Between my hectic family life and day job, it can be hard to find enough time. If I take more than a few days off then I lose the thread of the story and have to try and figure out where I intended to take the story. It’s almost like starting over.
Do you read much and who are your favorite authors?
I read every night. The challenge is putting down a book after twenty or thirty minutes and getting some sleep. Following a recent RWA conference, I’ve been reading Deanna Chase, Kathryn LeVeque, Mindy Klasky, Eliza Knight and Angie Fox
For your own reading, do you prefer eBooks or traditional paper/hard back books?
I find my Kindle to be so easy. I can download a book in seconds so most of my reading in on the Kindle. But I will purchase paperbacks at Barnes & Noble and used book stores. I like the feel of a paper book.
What books are you reading at present?
I received many books at the recent RWA conference so I’m reading a few of those as the summer ends. I’ve just finished a wonderful novel, In Your Dreams, by Kristan Higgins and am starting one by Casey Clipper, Taken Love. I’ve met both of the authors and they are incredibly friendly and positive.
Tell us about the covers and how they came about.
I’ve used The Killion Group for all of my covers. The staff is wonderful and I’ve loved their work.
Do you think that giving books away free works and why?
I think giving away books is a good move. I love writing and to continue I need readers who are interested in reading my books. By running promotions or giving away free books, it does encourage readers to give you a try.
How do you relax?
I spend time with my husband and children. My children often gravitate to the kitchen while I’m cooking so we will chat and catch up. My husband loves it when I’m willing to run errands with him. I actually hate errands but it gives us a chance to talk.
How can readers discover more about you and you work?
I’ll often post about my work on my author page on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/susiewarrenauthor or Twitter @susiecwarren
Any final words?
I really appreciate you having me on your blog today. Thank you!
Thank you very much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to take part in this interview.
Susie Warren writes contemporary romance. Besides being an avid reader, she spends much of her free time crafting intense and complex stories about falling in love. When she is not writing, Susie works as an administrator in a small, independent school while caring for three teenagers and keeping tabs on her inventor husband. With the launching of her first book, The Forgotten Heiress, she has slowly begun to navigate the social media realm.
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The Rosa Legacy Series
The first novel in The Rosa Legacy series, Ruthless Perfection, started with the idea of a traditional Italian mother who wanted her only daughter happily married. The mother, Carla Rosa Neri, along with her two sisters, Francesca and Marie, had emigrated from Italy as young girls and each went off to create a dynamic and successful family.
Each of the sisters had an only daughter and they made sure the girls spent time together. They attended the same boarding school in the northeast and visited each other’s homes in the summer.
Carla Rosa married into the Neri family with a long history in the Carrara marble industry. Her daughter, Isabel Neri, being a filmmaker and wanting to honor her grandfather’s legacy, approaches a reclusive billionaire, Marc Santoro, to ask permission to produce a documentary about the life of a quarry worker. Ruthless Perfection is the story of how they fall in love.
The Exiled Jeweler
Francesca Rosa married into the Berceto family with a long history in the jewelry making business. The Second novel in The Rosa Legacy series, The Exiled Jeweler, is about her daughter, Emelia, who went into seclusion after a scandal tore the family apart. Emelia is a talented jewelry designer who lived a sheltered life and was drawn into a passionate encounter with her family’s rival, Alexander Armati at a gala. Outside in the garden, photographs were taken on them and sold to the tabloid press. Her family was shocked and embarrassed and sent Emelia off to Florida. Four years later, she returns when her grandfather has a heart attack and her parents are deciding to sell the family business.
The Convenient Wedding
Marie Rosa married into the prominent Montgomery family, with a successful background in politics. Her only daughter, Lucia, is fascinated by politics and becomes a campaign aide. The opportunity to work on a senate campaign in Connecticut draws her into the middle of a scandal. Anderson Adams is a dark horse in the senate race yet convinces Lucia to play along with a strategy to save his campaign. The third novel in The Rosa Legacy series, The Convenient Wedding, is the story about how they reconcile their public image with their private life.
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