Shannon Stacey

Contest: Enter to win Boomerang Bride and Planning for Love

I popped into the bookstore recently and was thrilled to find two Carina Press paperbacks on the New Romance shelf. I read them both in digital, but I bought a copy of each of these fun contemporary romances to give away!

Paperback copies of Boomerang Bride and Planning for Love

BOOMERANG BRIDE by Fiona Lowe (2012 RITA Award winner!)

Matilda Geoffrey had risked it all for love.

She’d left Australia to be with Barry–the man who had swept her off her virtual feet. Now, wearing a wedding dress, she’s alone on Main Street in small-town Wisconsin, and things aren’t working out exactly as planned….

In town for his annual family visit, Marc Olsen had never seen a bride quite like Matilda–staring into a storefront window, holding a tottering wedding cake and looking desperately in need of a groom. He doesn’t have many warm feelings for his hometown, but meeting Matilda just as she discovers she’s been scammed by her online “fiancé” stirs something in him.

Matilda is not the kind of woman Marc imagined himself with, and Marc is anything but the romantic hero that Matilda has always dreamed of. But as unlikely circumstances throw them together, can they let go of their misconceptions and risk their hearts for love?

Fiona’s website

PLANNING FOR LOVE by Christi Barth

Hopeless romantic Ivy Rhodes
Bennett Westcott
request the pleasure of your company for
their disaster of a courtship

Wedding planner Ivy Rhodes is the best in the business, and she’s not about to let a personal problem stop her from getting ahead. So when she’s asked to star in the reality TV show Planning for Love, it doesn’t matter that the show’s videographer happens to be a recent–and heartbreaking–one-night stand.

Bennett Westcott admits he didn’t handle his encounter with Ivy very well. But looking at her beautiful smile–and great body–through a camera lens every day? He can’t be faulted for suggesting they have some no-strings fun.

The more time they spend together, the more Ben realizes Ivy isn’t the wedding-crazed bridezilla he’d imagined. But if he doesn’t trust himself to make a relationship last, how can he convince Ivy to give him another chance?

Christi’s website

How do you enter? Well, both books have a wedding theme, so what’s your favorite part of attending a wedding? The romantic atmosphere? The cake? Watching groomsmen hit on bridesmaids? For me, it’s the joy of seeing family members partying. I got to see my aunt dance on a bar to the Hawaii 5-0 theme song and, trust me, that’s an awesome memory to have.

The winner will be randomly drawn on Monday, October 28th at 10am eastern. International entries are allowed, I’ll be checking for comments erroneously marked as spam, your information is not saved for purposes nefarious or otherwise, and you’re not subscribed to anything. Just for fun.

36 comments to “Contest: Enter to win Boomerang Bride and Planning for Love”

  1. Shannon
      · October 23rd, 2013 at 9:13 am · Link

    I love love the dresses and seeing everybody get together and have fun.

  2. Alison B
      · October 23rd, 2013 at 9:35 am · Link

    My favorite part of weddings is the open bar and cake! lol. i just recently went to a wedding and sat at the weird sense of humor table. the bride and groom had the m&m’s with their faces on them so there ended up being discussions on what the bride and groom tasted like…

  3. Timitra
      · October 23rd, 2013 at 9:35 am · Link

    I love the food and watching persons let loose and have fun.

  4. Oana
      · October 23rd, 2013 at 9:48 am · Link

    I am from Europe and here weddings are so much different. That’s why I love to read wedding books because it gives me in insight of how the weedings in US are. But in my country, the most touching moment is when the parents are giving the bride to the groom and we have a special song for that moment.

  5. Anu-Riikka
      · October 23rd, 2013 at 9:48 am · Link

    The look on groom’s face when he sees the bride walking down towards him… priceless!!

  6. Elizabeth L.
      · October 23rd, 2013 at 10:12 am · Link

    I love dancing at weddings…and the cake! :)

  7. Mayra Molina
      · October 23rd, 2013 at 10:14 am · Link

    The food!! ;)

  8. Shari
      · October 23rd, 2013 at 10:27 am · Link

    The best part of the wedding is the white wedding cake. Now my daughter tells meshe wants a cheesecake bar at her wedding. Hmm…. Maybe a mother of the bride cake.

  9. Laura
      · October 23rd, 2013 at 10:32 am · Link

    I love watching the kids dance. They’re so uninhibited!

  10. Tracy S
      · October 23rd, 2013 at 10:54 am · Link

    The vows and the smiles on their faces when they are “presented” as man and wife for the first time!

  11. Danielle
      · October 23rd, 2013 at 11:09 am · Link

    I love watching the groom kiss his bride for the 1st time as husband and wife! Also the cutting of the cake!

  12. Kristina E
      · October 23rd, 2013 at 11:56 am · Link

    I love seeing a couple so happy and in love. I love looking at the different cakes and comparing them to mine.

  13. marie
      · October 23rd, 2013 at 12:51 pm · Link

    I enjoy the church service. watching the groom see his bride for the first time, the bridesmaids and groomsmen all dressed up. seeing the flowers for the first time. love it

  14. Becky
      · October 23rd, 2013 at 4:18 pm · Link

    I love seeing the dresses, jewelry, suits, flowers etc. I love simple weddings, elaborate ones and all of them in between. My favorite part is seeing how happy and in love the bride and groom are together <3

  15. Dori O'Quinn
      · October 23rd, 2013 at 8:00 pm · Link

    I like o see the groom’s expression when the bride walks down the aisle and the Dad giving her a kiss before handing her over to the man she loves.Shannon please tell my children that it was a different Aunt and you have never seen me dance on the bar. Key words being “seen me”.

  16. Susan
      · October 23rd, 2013 at 9:38 pm · Link

    I like seeing all the people, family and friends, that I don’t get to see very often.

  17. Joan gray
      · October 24th, 2013 at 5:40 am · Link

    Love the dresses and the women trying to outdo each other

  18. Dena Rogers
      · October 24th, 2013 at 9:01 am · Link

    The look on the bride and grooms face as they turn around after being pronounced man and wife…the tension of the ceremony over and the look of bliss of just being married is spectacular.

  19. Danielle Schaaf
      · October 24th, 2013 at 10:31 am · Link

    I love the look on the grooms face when his bride starts to walk down the aisle. In turn the look on the fathers face as he walks his baby girl down the aisle. I will never forgot either from my own wedding.

  20. Honeypie
      · October 27th, 2013 at 9:41 am · Link

    I LOVE seeing the bride walk down the aisle, with her preferred bridal song march. I don’t know why I’m affected, but I ALMOST ALWAYS get teary-eyed EVERY TIME I watch the bride “walk the plank”. :p And another thing that I love about weddings are the bride & the father of the bride dance! :’) not too forget the newlyweds’ messages to their parents, and the parents to them. It always hit the mark <3

    And oh, last one. The "bathroom" break of most of the single guys & ladies during the garter/bouquet toss or game. Hahaha! I guess it's not anymore that you'll be the next to get married, but more on that you don't want to be the object of your friends' amusement during the whole reception. Hahaha!

  21. Bette Hansen
      · October 27th, 2013 at 3:48 pm · Link

    My favorite part of a wedding is the feeling of hope and love. That anything is possible….together. we should all try to hang on to that feeling

  22. Kathy
      · October 27th, 2013 at 3:49 pm · Link

    I love seeing the happiness of the bride and groom walking down the isle..Then there is the cookie table at the reception (its a western PA tradition)

  23. Linda Rimer-Como
      · October 27th, 2013 at 3:53 pm · Link

    I love watching the family interact with the bride and groom

  24. Judi Legacy
      · October 27th, 2013 at 3:59 pm · Link

    I love watching the bride dance the 1st dance with her father.

  25. Sue Stewart
      · October 27th, 2013 at 3:59 pm · Link

    Favorite part of a wedding is the JOY that just radiates everywhere! The ceremony, the reception, the whole affair – true happiness!

  26. samantha horst
      · October 27th, 2013 at 4:26 pm · Link

    I love that it makes everyone reminisce about their wedding and their love. Always great to be around positive things.

  27. Rita Luken
      · October 27th, 2013 at 4:32 pm · Link

    I love watching how everybody lets loose. When my daughter got married everyone kept asking who was I? I had a really good time :)

  28. Christine
      · October 27th, 2013 at 4:41 pm · Link

    I think my favorite part of a wedding, is the bridal party getting ready… Putting on makeup, laughing, joking, eating. I’ve been apart of that experience just a few times and that’s the part I look back on with the fondest of memories!

  29. Michelle Potter
      · October 27th, 2013 at 4:54 pm · Link

    I love the look on the groom’s face when he sees the bride. The cake is my second favorite. I just love cake.

  30. Ana Smith
      · October 27th, 2013 at 5:05 pm · Link

    For me, the favorite part is the atmosphere, there’s something unique about it. True, I do love the wedding dress, the flowers and of course, the cake.

  31. heather krigbaum
      · October 27th, 2013 at 5:22 pm · Link

    Seeing all of the beautiful dresses.

  32. Karleen Turchin
      · October 27th, 2013 at 7:21 pm · Link

    My favorite part of the wedding is everyone dancing and having fun. My aunt sang an Irish song at my wedding and the band sang a song that my husband’s father wrote for the singer, Vic Damone. Those personal touches made it really special.

  33. Ginger M.
      · October 27th, 2013 at 8:56 pm · Link

    The love! It is just contagious!

  34. Sandra Sparkes
      · October 27th, 2013 at 9:44 pm · Link

    I love the personal vows the bride and groom share and the look on their faces as they listen to their loved one sharing their heart in such an open and loving manner.

  35. Sarah Jane
      · October 27th, 2013 at 11:13 pm · Link

    The Dancing :) It isn’t often that you get the opportunity to dance to all the good ‘ole songs.

  36. Shannon
      · October 28th, 2013 at 10:17 am · Link

    I’m going to draw a winner now! Stay tuned…

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