Pages or Words: 53,000 words, 188 pages
Categories: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, Humor, M/M Romance, Romance, Rom Com
Publisher: Interlude Press
Cover Artist: C.B. Messer
Release Date: June 23, 2016
Blurb: When Daniel gets caught up in the demands of a cheeky wedding planning app, his fiancé Erik grows frustrated with his preoccupation with adhering to heterosexual traditions. Will Daniel’s groomzilla ways give them the wedding of their dreams, or ultimately lead to their relationship’s demise?
“I think Aurora is disappointed in me.”
“What?” Erik rubbed at his eye. It wasn’t even early morning, judging by the weak light coming through the blinds from the streetlights. “Who?”
“Aurora. The wedding planning app.” Daniel lay on his back, wide awake and staring up at the ceiling.
“The wedding planning app is not a sentient being. It has no feelings or opinions.”
“I feel like she's judging me. I’m sorry if I woke you up.”
“Oh my god, go to sleep.”
“I can't. I'm never going to sleep ever again.” Daniel tugged the blanket higher up his chest, folding his arms over it and exhaling heavily.
“You're being dramatic.”
“I've got too many things buzzing in my head. There's too many things I'm going to forget to do.”
“I thought that's why you had that damn app, so you don't have to remember anything; it's all right there saved on your tablet.”
“Yes, but I have to remember to put everything in it.″ Daniel rolled over. ″She doesn't just know everything—”
“A: She is not a she. It is an it. B: What are we doing tomorrow?”
“Oh my god, what is the point of sharing the app calendar if you're never going to look at it?” Daniel wailed.
“I look at it. It's just crammed so full of everything that I have no idea what's going on when.”
Daniel blew out his breath. ”Look, I know you don’t like the calendar. We’ve been over that, but I don’t know how else to keep track of all of these appointments and deadlines.”
“I told you, we could color-code them, or something,” Erik rolled to his side and punched at his pillow.
“Aurora doesn’t give you that option.”
“Well, it should.”
“I agree, but there’s nothing I can do about that.” Daniel bunched his pillow up under his head. “Tomorrow, we have four appointments to meet with caterers: two in the morning, two in the afternoon.”
“Why so many in one day?”
“It's the only day we both have available this week, and I am not going to make any decisions about the food at our reception without you there to discuss it.”
“Seriously, you could just make a choice, and I'll live with it.” Erik rolled over.
“I don't want you to just 'live with it,' Erik.″ Daniel tried to keep his voice neutral, but failed. ″This is our wedding. I don't want you to just 'live with it.’”
“Why are you getting so worked up about it?”
“We only get one chance at this. Everything needs to be perfect.”
“You're going to drive us both crazy, you know that, right?” Erik tugged the blankets back up over his shoulder.
“Well, then, we'll both be crazy.” Daniel squinted up at the ceiling. He was so tired of making these decisions. Why were there so many options? Why were there so many decisions? The planning was getting on Erik's nerves; he was getting on Erik's nerves. Erik was getting on his nerves. They were both just a pile of irritated nerves because the to-do list didn’t seem to be getting any smaller.
Daniel’s phone chimed with another notification from Aurora.
New Private Message from: MommyMargie.
His mother probably had another ludicrous suggestion for the reception, or a passive-aggressive reminder of the hymn that she and his father had had played at their wedding, that their grandparents had had played at their wedding and that she expected to hear at his wedding. Or maybe his parents had decided to paint the living room green. Who knew?
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Meet the author:
K. E. Belledonne is a writer, editor and translator. A native New Englander, Kat spends her spare time listening to Glenn Miller records, reading history books and cheering on her beloved Red Sox. Her first novel, Right Here Waiting, was published by Interlude Press in 2015.
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Q and A with K. E. Belledonne
1. Let’s start out by getting to know you. Tell us 4 things about yourself that are not in your bio.
I have a dog who would rather eat fruit than any dog treats.
I can recite every single line from the movie “When Harry Met Sally.”
I can order dinner in four languages.
I often burst out singing at the drop of a hat.
2. If you could go anywhere, all expenses paid, where would you go?
I would go somewhere private, where the beaches are sunny, the water is warm and the iced drinks are free-flowing.
3. List three books you have recently read and would recommend.
I’m currently devouring ‘The Pilot’s Wife’ by Anita Shreve, and plowing my way through the epic ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ by Ken Follett. At the same time, I am relishing every moment of one of my fellow Interlude Press authors – ‘In The Present Tense’ by Carrie Pack.
4. What do you always order in a favorite restaurant?
At Falafel World, I always get the chicken schwarma plate, which has this amazing cabbage salad that I can never remember what it’s called, and rice and the chicken. It’s incredible.
5. What do you hope to accomplish in the next 12 months?
I hope to get fully moved into our house – we’ve been here almost a year, and we’ve still got boxes to unpack.
6. What do you like to read?
I like to read pretty much everything. Honestly, my bookshelves are crammed with books in every genre. A lot historical romance, a lot of young adult, a lot of travel books, and a lot of non-fiction about histories of different places, and gardening, and stone masonry. You name it, it’s probably on my shelf.
7. What do you look when choosing a book to read?
Honestly, I tend to start with the width of the spine. I read really quickly, and I felt like I needed to get my money’s worth at the bookstore, so I wanted a lot of pages per dollar price. Now that I have my library card, I can read a book before I buy it, so I’m more inclined to read shorter books. I gravitate towards authors I already know, or covers that catch my eye. I also often am at the library on a mission, because people recommend books to me all the time!
8. What do you need someone to invent right away?
Something that folds laundry and puts it away. I’m okay at remembering to put the laundry in the washing machine, and switching it to the dryer, but folding laundry is not my strong suit.
9. What does the word "romantic" mean to you?
A sweet gesture, an indication that someone is really thinking about what you might like, a moment of wackiness with the sole purpose of making you laugh. Basically, a moment where it seems like the entire world is only you and the person you love.
10. Can you share something about your works in progress?
I’ve got a few things in the works – at least one mystery set in the late 1940s, a World War Two novel set in England and France, and I’m just beginning to dream up a romance in the Revolutionary War era. The first two already have a few chapters written, and their outlines are plotted out, but the Revolutionary War one is still in the very beginning states.
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