Guest Author & Giveaway: Sophie Barnes featuring How Miss Rutherford Got Her Groove Back

Wednesday, February 1

I don't know about you, but I am completely hooked on TLC's Say Yes to the Dress TV show.  I love the stories about the brides, I love the people who work at the store, and I love the dresses.  And I am in utter bliss when they have a marathon :)

Most brides have to settle for one dress, a few lucky ones have two, but my guest today has had not one, not two, but three wedding dresses.  Yep, author Sophie Barnes said yes to three dresses for three different weddings.  How perfect for a romance author!

Author Sophie Barnes is my guest today to share two of her three weddings with us, as well as a little bit about her debut historical romance How Miss Rutherford Got Her Groove Back.  Read and enjoy!

I think most women start anticipating and planning for their wedding while they’re still in the womb. :o)  Setting aside ideas for dresses, venues and color-schemes that they can tap into later, the minute an unsuspecting man proposes to them. They generally think of it as a “once in a lifetime time occurrence” and often find themselves weighed down and stressed out by the challenge of creating that exact image they have in their heads of the perfect wedding. Now, imagine planning two weddings at once – to the same guy. Two different locations, two different gowns, two different guest lists…you get the idea. Well, that was my situation eight years ago. To top it all off, we were already married!

Maybe I should start at the very beginning.

My husband and I met in a bar of all places – not the most romantic setting perhaps, but there it is. Two months later, I moved into his place – or rather, I came for a weekend visit and never left…In hindsight, I’m sure he must have suffered a small nervous breakdown at that point. Still, after living together for about ten months, we were driving home one evening when out of the blue he suddenly says, “Why don’t we just get married?” I believe I responded with something as eloquent as, “OK.” I was dumbfounded. Perhaps the nervous breakdown had been more serious than I thought.

Looking back, it’s one of the best decisions we ever made, not only because we’re perfect together, but also because we avoided the cold sweat and the ‘life flashing before your eyes’ moment that probably would have occurred had we had a year’s worth of anticipation ahead of us. Basically, we just did it – a week later at city hall in fact (let’s check off the first dress). We travel a lot and we both have family and friends living abroad. Needless to say, not many of them were able to make it at such short notice.

So, two years later we (or more precisely I) decided it was time to have a proper church wedding. But how would we go about it? We knew it would be virtually impossible to bring everyone together under one roof – perhaps not wise either.

After much brainstorming, the obvious solution presented itself – two weddings! Why hadn’t we thought of it sooner? After all, it would be so much easier (and cheaper) for the two of us to travel between our two hometowns than to relocate more than  one hundred people. And of course, I had nothing against picking out two dresses – indecisive as I am when it comes to clothes.

Truthfully, it was not only perfect; it was everything I could have wished for in a wedding.  And to make things even better, unlike most couples, we were not plagued by the typical pre-wedding disagreements, since each one if us was in 100% in charge of the details of one wedding. :o)

How Miss Rutherford Got Her Groove Back only has one wedding in it. It’s a spur of the moment event, just as my first wedding was, though the circumstances leading up to it are quite different, I assure you. However, since my heroine, Emily Rutherford, is a very family oriented character, the possibility of having a second wedding that her sisters can attend, does get discussed.

I thoroughly enjoyed writing this novel. It’s the story of overcoming tremendous heartache, of self discovery and realizing that, as painful as a broken heart can be, life not only can go on, but does go on, sometimes relentlessly marching on toward a much better and completely unexpected outcome.

But wait – there’s more:
  1. Blackmail at the hands of a woman so callous she’ll put any villain to shame.
  2. A misunderstanding that almost lands our heroine at the altar with the wrong man.
  3. A hero with a past built on so much anger and hatred it’s a wonder he’s maintained his sanity.
  4. A secret letter that promises to change the lives of our hero and heroine forever.
Alone, Francis and Emily don’t stand a chance, but together they draw on each other’s strengths, discovering that even the most impossible odds can be overcome if they open their hearts completely, trust each other, and let love in.

I’d like to thank Seductive Musings for hosting me today. I’ll be popping in throughout the day to chat with you and to answer any questions you might have. So feel free – leave a comment or two. Let me know if you had an unusual wedding or if you plan to. Remember, your comment will automatically enter you to win a $25 Amazon gift card, so get ready, get set, go! Start typing =)

If you’d like to follow the rest of my tour, I’ll be back again tomorrow at All The Days Of to talk about a day in the life of a historical novelist. Hope to see you again soon =)

Emily Rutherford is having a very bad day. Of course, having the man you’ve loved forever, announce his engagement to your (now very former) best friend will do that.

Emily is sure nothing good could possibly come out of this horrid situation. But she lets her sisters and Adrian’s cousin, Francis Riley, the delectable but brooding Earl of Dunhurst, convince her a season in London will be just the thing.

Now Emily has a choice: sulk in a corner while her sisters enjoy the glitter of the ton. Or become the belle of the ball, dazzling everyone on an earl’s arm. But as Francis helps Emily get back on her feet, she quickly realizes that a childhood crush is nothing compared to the power of true love.

Congrats Sophie and thanks for being my guest today!  How Miss Rutherford Got Her Groove Back was released as a digital book this week (at a much lower cost), and will be available in print on February 21st (for significantly more). If you'd like to learn more about author Sophie Barnes and the books she writes you can find her at her website, on TwitterFacebook.

To celebrate the release of her debut novel, How Miss Rutherford Got Her Groove Back, author Sophie Barnes is giving away a $25 Amazon gift card to one lucky commenter during the tour!  Here's how you can enter to win:

Ways to earn entries:
  • Mandatory:  Ask Sophie a question about her book and/or tell us about the most unusual wedding you've ever been to (good for 1 entry)
How to enter:
  • Leave a comment at each stop on the blog tour to earn additional entries for the $25 GC. 
Rules and disclaimers:
  • The winner(s) for the $25 GC will be selected randomly from among all of the comments of the blog tour by either the author or by Goddess Fish Promotions who will also be responsible for contacting the winner(s).
  • Seductive Musings is not responsible for prizes that are not honored, distributed in a timely manner, lost, stolen, or damaged during transit 
  • All giveaways are subject to change/cancellation without prior written notice
Good Luck!

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Sheree February 1, 2012 at 12:22 AM  

Congrats on your new release!

My cousin got married in Las Vegas by an Elvis impersonator. The ceremony was way more touching and heartfelt than I thought it would be (I did think it'd be fun and it was).

Goddess Fish Promotions February 1, 2012 at 6:14 AM  

Thank you for hosting Sophie today!

MomJane February 1, 2012 at 6:43 AM  

I love the 3 weddings. 3 dresses and all the family. I had a very quick marriage in a friends home with about 10 guests. It was great.

Sophie Barnes February 1, 2012 at 7:27 AM  

Thank you so much for hosting me today! I'm absolutely thrilled to be here =)

The_Book_Queen February 1, 2012 at 10:38 AM  

Wow--quiet a story to tell the future kiddies, right? :D I would think that planning two would be such a big hassel, but it sounds like you and your husband had it all figured out (which is good; stress is always a bad thing and who wants it on your wedding day?!).

I look forward to reading your novel, Sophie, it sounds like one that I'd pick up! :)


erin February 1, 2012 at 10:48 AM  

Congrats on the new release! I loved your post! You're so lucky to have had that kind of opportunity! 3 weddings to the same guy :)

I'm not a wedding person. Maybe cuz all of my cousins are way older than me and they all got married when I was young so I was burned out on weddings by high school. Plus, I'm not a person who likes to dress up so, an elopment is what I'd really want :)

Sophie Barnes February 1, 2012 at 11:30 AM  

In response to Sheree: My husband and I contemplated the whole Vegas thing too when we were there a few years ago, but ended up not doing it in the end - would have been fun though =)
Book Queen & Erin: Thank you so much for your support! I hope you enjoy the read =)

Anonymous,  February 1, 2012 at 12:42 PM  

I like the sound of this book. Wish I had an e-reader, I would have it already.

One of my daughter's best friends just had her third wedding. The bride is a college professor and finishing her doctorate. The groom also teaches at the same university. He is from India and his family insisted on a traditional Indian ceremony. That was fine with the bride, who wouldn't want such an event. The problem was, he wasn't an american citizen yet, so they were worried about his reentering the country afterwards. To solve that, they had a civil ceremony before they left, something they never will tell his mother. They had a wonderful wedding in India, then a couple of months later, had a wedding reception celebration for her family and friends , plus his relatives in the US. We attended and it was very nice. She had very nice and very different dresses for each. How wonderful to have a wedding sari.

Best of luck with the release of MISS RUTHERFORD GOT HER GROOVE BACK. It sounds like an enjoyable read.

Karen H in NC February 1, 2012 at 1:14 PM  

Enjoyed reading about your multiple weddings! I guess the most unusual wedding I've ever attending was my daughter's wedding. She and her husband got married in a civil ceremony at city hall on a Friday morning. They worked together in the same office on night shift, so after having lunch with their witnesses (a gay couple who were friends of theirs as well as co-workers), they all trooped off to work. About a month later (in June), we had a reception for them in a county park. It was a 'dress casual' affair with lots of beer and wine flowing! Everyone dined on the yummy Pig Roast dinner. They were registered at places like Gander Mountain and Cabella's as well as Guests obliged by giving them camping equipment as well as stuff for their house. We had the best darn cake ever...a big sheet cake iced with a smooth, creamy icing decorated with little icing caricatures of assorted critters one finds in, bugs, birds, aquatics, etc. My son-in-law is a nature photographer! The guests told me it was the best, most relaxed, fun reception ever!

kareninnc at gmail dot com

Unknown February 1, 2012 at 6:02 PM  

Congratulations on the new release, Sohie!
I married my husband just 6 weeks after our 1st date. He was in the Army, I was a nanny, and we went to a Justice of the Peace at City Hall with his roommates as witnesses. We told our parents and friends after the fact. Considering MY family dynamics, it was the perfect way to get married. My parents still have not met my husbands. We will celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary on the 6th of March =)

Gena Robertson

Catherine Lee February 1, 2012 at 6:34 PM  

Thanks for sharing Ch. 1. I really enjoyed it and I'm looking forward to reading the rest. Thanks, too, for sharing your own wedding-s story. I'm intrigued by the fact that you each did all the planning for one of the weddings. Did you plan the one in your hometown and he for his (or visa versa)? Be honest...did you have a favorite of the 2? Did it become competitive? So many questions...


Barbara E. February 1, 2012 at 6:40 PM  

This sounds like a fantastic book, love the title. :D
The most unusual wedding I've been to is my own. They were renovating the church, there was no carpet, so my MIL put white paper down the aisle and on the altar. I didn't have anyone walk me down the aisle, I walked by myself because I couldn't convince the minister that I didn't need to walk down it at all. There were no pews, so we had folding chairs in the church. It was kind of ridiculous, but it got the job done.

Sophie Barnes February 1, 2012 at 7:07 PM  

Thank you so much for all your wonderful wishes, your comments and accounts of your weddings which have given me something really entertaining to read =)
In response to Catherine Lee: I did plan the one in my home town while my husband planned the one in his. They were very different, but I have to admit I liked the dress I picked the best (my husband picked the one for his hometown wedding =)...don't tell him I said so ;o)
And thank you all for your interest in my book. I hope that you all enjoy reading it!!!

June M. February 1, 2012 at 9:00 PM  

Congrats on the release of your first book! I loved reading about your 3 weddings! I can't imagine having to plan that much though.
Is this the beginning of a series or will this be a stand alone book?
manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

Sophie Barnes February 1, 2012 at 9:27 PM  

Hi June - thanks for stopping by!
Miss Rutherford will be a stand alone title, but my next release will be the first in a 3 part series with the potential for more.
I hope you enjoy reading them =)

Lisa Wolff February 1, 2012 at 10:49 PM  

No romantic wedding story for me, just been engaged for eight years and we just never have made it official. Feels official though, lol!
I loved your stories though so thanks for sharing them! :) That's sort of how we are...we moved in together, said we should get married but we still need to get to city hall. Shrugs. Someday. :)

Renald February 1, 2012 at 11:20 PM  

Two wedding parties, what fun. I would need a week to recover.

*yadkny* February 2, 2012 at 1:17 AM  

Hi Sophie!
Very unique wedding story... that's great how it seemed like things kind fell into place for the 2 of you:) Thanks for sharing and congrats on your debut release!!! Unfortunately, I've never been to an unusual wedding, but who knows maybe one my own will be the one:)

jeanette8042 February 2, 2012 at 2:30 AM  

Congrats on the new release and what inspired you to write this story?

marybelle February 2, 2012 at 3:51 AM  

The most unusual wedding I ever went to was where the bride wore black. She did look stunning, but she shocked a lot of people.


Sophie Barnes February 3, 2012 at 2:45 PM  

Thank you so much for all your comments and wishes for which I'm truly grateful =)
WOW! Black wedding dress - that's one I haven't heard of before.
Jeanette: They say to write about what you know, and so I did - partly.

Cialina at February 5, 2012 at 5:58 PM  

What was the most difficult part of the story to write?

I loved hearing about your three weddings. :) Thanks for sharing! Looking forward to picking up your book.

Di February 5, 2012 at 7:41 PM  

I went to a all Denim country wedding was - it was fun, casual & relaxed.
sallans d at yahoo dot com

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