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Fresh Pick | HOW I PLANNED YOUR WEDDING by Susan Wiggs, Elizabeth Wiggs Maas
Fresh Pick / April 25, 2011

February 2011 On Sale: January 25, 2011 Featuring: Elizabeth Wiggs; Susan Wiggs 240 pages ISBN: 0373892276 EAN: 9780373892273 Hardcover $21.95  Add to Wish List Non-Fiction Memoir, Humor Buy at A mom, a daughter and the most important day of their lives… How I Planned Your Wedding by Susan Wiggs, Elizabeth Wiggs Maas The all-true story of a mother and daughter surviving the happiest day of their lives Bestselling author Susan Wiggs literally wrote the book on happily-ever-after love. But orchestrating her daughter Elizabeth’s real-world wedding turned into a different story altogether, and one that takes two to tell—the mother and the bride. Here is the all-too-true tale of a mother and daughter collaborating on life’s ultimate celebration—a dream wedding. Often poignant, sometimes irreverent and always hilarious, this charming book is also packed with useful advice from both ends of the cupcake-tasting table. Join mother and daughter as they wade through the trenches of flowers and favors, grueling gown decisions…and the cold, cruel realities of a budget. With luck, love and loads of patience, they come out on the other side, bloodied but unbowed, replete with life lessons—and closer than ever before. Excerpt I was born to be a bride….

Crista McHugh | Who Says Nice Guys Finish Last?
Author Guest / April 25, 2011

THE ALCHEMY OF DESIRE (originally titled, Once in a Coyote Moon) was my NaNo 2008 project. For those of you not familiar with NaNoWriMo, it’s where a bunch of writers get together in the month of November and try to write a novel of at least 50,000 words in a month. It’s fun, it’s crazy, and it borders on insane at times. But it’s doable if you have a story that’s driving you forward. I use NaNo to “play” with different ideas. In the case of THE ALCHEMY OF DESIRE, I not only got to play with a new genre (Steampunk), but I also got to play with an atypical hero. That’s right, ladies and gentleman – Diah Reynolds is not your typical alpha male. He’s the good son, a gentleman, and — dare I imply it? — a virgin. Or at least he was in the original draft. My editor asked that I tone down Diah’s naivety in the bedroom, but I tried to keep the changes to a minimum. I know most romance novels feature an alpha male as the hero – or as I like to call them, “man whores”. And don’t get me wrong — I…