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"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: ... a time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak" (Ecclesiastes 3:1, 7).
Catherine: Today I
have a character interview with the heroine, Marietta Wilson, from my newest inspirational
romance Bidding on the Bouquet. Marietta, I’m guessing from the book
title that the story has something to do with a wedding, or at least a wedding
Marietta: It does, and
it’s quite a different sort of wedding, especially from the wedding party’s
point of view.
Marietta: Yes, you
see the bride is selling off her bridesmaid spots to the highest bidders.
Catherine: What? I’ve
never heard of such a thing. Is it some sort of new fad?
Marietta: I’m not
sure, but I do know the notion sparked quite a few stories. The editor of
Forget Me Not Romances is doing a whole collection, called Auditioning for Love,
based on the idea.
Catherine: So, tell
me how you got invited to bid.
Marietta: I received
an invitation to bid on a bridesmaid spot from Chrissy Vandermere. I don’t know
her very well. We were only in a study group together. Since she sent me an
invitation to bid, apparently, she remembered me.
Catherine: Do you
know why she’s making girls bid to be in her wedding? Is she hard up for money?
Chrissy’s family has money. Lots of money. The invitation didn’t say why she
was having an auction. From the little I know about Chrissy, I supposed it was
a bridezilla thing for her. She was a bit of a diva in the study group.
Catherine: So if you’re
bidding on a bridesmaid spot, where does the bouquet come in?
Marietta: That’s the
other twist. The bride will be throwing her wedding bouquet, the one she
carries down the aisle, only to the six bridesmaids who win the auction bids.
that bouquet contains a 14 karat solid gold rose in it. I suppose it’s some
sort of incentive to make us want to bid.
Catherine: And did
it make you want to bid?
Marietta: Not at
first, but now I’m hocking everything of value I own to try and win a spot in
Chrissy’s wedding party. And from what I’ve heard, the competition will be very
Catherine: Well, I
wish you luck, Marietta.
Marietta: Thanks. I’ll
And here’s a sneak peek from
Bidding on the Bouquet
By Catherine Castle
are invited to participate in the season’s most prestigious event.
The Vandermere Estate
The auction of bridesmaids’ positions for Chrissy Vandermere’s wedding
refreshments will be served
is auctioning off a chance to be an attendant in her wedding.
will be escorted down the aisle by New York’s finest bachelors,
they will procure a bridesmaid-only spot at the tossing of the bride’s bouquet
guarantees one of the bridesmaids will catch the bouquet,
a solid 14-carat rose-gold flower.
bids begin at $100 and are non-refundable. Cash only.
may make an opening bid higher than $100 if you choose.
RSVP by April 30
dug into the envelope again and retrieved a smaller card and matching envelope.
________________________, will be pleased to attend the auction.
opening bid is $_______
I win a spot, I will be available on August 9
part of the wedding party
Marietta reread the invitation. Chrissy Vandermere? The only Vandermere she
knew was her wealthy classmate Chip Vandermere, and they weren’t on real
talking terms. Nor did they run in the same circles. They only had a few of the
same classes and a couple of case studies together in which he had commandeered
the group. The guy thought himself a born, or rather a privileged, leader. His
attitude had driven her nuts, and, although he was one hot guy who knew he had
undeniable sex appeal, she’d stayed away from him as much as she could. She was
at the MBA program to learn and conquer, not be someone’s conquest.
Is he related to this Chrissy?
so, the whole auction idea was totally insane. Chip Vandermere had so much
money he could afford to pay bridesmaids to be in a wedding. No need to auction
off the spots. Besides, why should anyone spend money to be in her wedding—or
any wedding for that matter? And why had the bride invited her to participate?
Even though she’d spent the last six years at an elite private college, she
didn’t hang around with the sort of people who had money to throw away on
frivolous things such as bridesmaid auctions. She’d spent her undergrad and
postgrad years nose-to-the-grindstone, studying and pinching her pennies.
she remembered. As a college senior, she had contact with a Chrissy, a rich, air-headed
girl, who talked of nothing but herself. She’d never mentioned having siblings.
The beautiful, but not-very-bright, student, had asked Marietta to help her
pass an exam—and not in the study-hard-so-you-can-pass way. She’d refused, convincing
Chrissy to join the study group instead. Chrissy got a D plus, but she’d at
least done it honestly. Marietta wasn’t certain the rich debutante had
appreciated being spared the indignity of cheating. But if the Chrissy she knew
was this Chrissy Vandermere, and if she remembered who she was after two years
and invited her to bid on her bouquet, maybe she’d learned a lesson.
again, maybe not. Maybe taunting her with the idea she might win something of
great value—a 14-carat rose-gold flower—was some sort of joke.
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About the Author:
Castle is the author of the multi-award-winning inspirational suspense romance,
The Nun and the Narc, and the sweet
romantic comedy, A Groom for Mama. Catherine
loves writing, reading, traveling, singing, watching movies, and the theatre.
In the winter she quilts and has a lot of UFOs (unfinished objects) in her
sewing case. In the summer her favorite place is in her garden. She’s a
passionate gardener who won a “Best Hillside Garden” award from the local
inspiration romantic suspense, The Nun and the Narc, from Soul Mate Publishing was an ACFW
Genesis Finalist, a 2014 EPIC finalist, and the winner of the 2014 Beverly
Hills Book Award and the 2014 RONE Award. Her most recent release, A
Groom for Mama, is a sweet romantic
comedy from Soul Mate Publishing.Her
newest release is an inspirational contemporary romance, Bidding on the Bouquet, All three
books are available on Amazon.