Saved by the Bride

One day about a year ago, a romance writer I follow on Twitter retweeted a request from another novelist, who happened to be in Australia and needed to talk to a real live American dairy farmer. My social media circle being equal parts cow folks and writers, I was able to hook her up.

Since then I’ve had the pleasure of chatting with her online, and also of reading her book Boomerang Bride, which went on to win a coveted RITA trophy from the Romance Writers of America. Now she’s back with a whole new series, with the first book out last week, so I can’t think of a better time for all of you to meet the wonderful Fiona Lowe.

 

Welcome to Whitetail, Wisconsin, future home of Weddings that WOW!

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As acting mayor, Annika will do anything to revive the economy of the town that’s been her refuge ever since her art career imploded and her fiancé walked out. Even if it means crashing an engagement party to talk business with the bride’s billionaire father. But the evening starts with a kiss from a gorgeous stranger-and ends with a night in jail.
 
Finn Callahan can’t believe his sister is getting married, not after their parents’ disastrous track record. And he’d rather be anywhere than working from his family’s vacation home. Until he catches a leggy blonde sneaking in the window, and suddenly telecommuting for the season is very appealing.
 
Unable to resist their mutual attraction, Annika and Finn are soon mixing business and pleasure-just for the summer. Too bad Annika’s heart missed the memo about not falling in love…
 
Many small towns are struggling during this economic depression. Jobs are disappearing, young people are moving away and places that existed as agricultural centers are looking at ways to reinvent themselves. When I was writing Boomerang Bride, Matilda sold her wedding dress and she and Peggy Hendrix started a small wedding business. This got me thinking about creating an entire small town that was ALL all about weddings.
 
Welcome to Whitetail; a small town languishing on the edge of a pristine, north-woods lake and home to an electric group of people who love nothing more than throwing a great wedding for their own. Of course, Whitetail is in Wisconsin because I used to live there and I know it well. The north woods is a very pretty part of the state  dotted with lakes and fishing cabins. It’s  beautiful but isolated. Annika and Finn’s story kicks off the trilogy but the townsfolk are all introduced and across the series many of them get their own love story in Picture Perfect Wedding (August 2013) and Runaway Groom (December 2013). I hope you enjoy getting to know the supporting cast of the romantic leads Nicole, the hair stylist from ‘Affairs With Hair’, Melissa who runs the ‘Northern Lights’ Boutique, John Ackerman, the owner of ‘Whitetail Market and Video’ and Mrs Norell,the vibrant senior with pink hair who has an opinion on everything. I hope you fall in love with Whitetail and revisit it often!

 

1. Out of all of the places in the US, why does an Australian choose to write about Wisconsin?

I lived in Wisconsin for three years so I know it well. During our time there we pretty much explored the state from top to bottom and east to west. Who knew the Mississippi formed the border between Wisconsin and Minnesota? LOL, I had always associated it with the south! Anyway, US publishing houses have been very loathe to publish books set out of the USA so if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. I knew Wisconsin so I set my Wedding Fever trilogy in the north woods in a fictitious town called Whitetail. For those of you who know Wisconsin, picture Tomahawk, Hayward and all those little towns nestled on lakes.

2. Why brides? As plot fodder it’s a natural extension of romance, but it gets done a lot, so how do you come up with a fresh take?

Many readers like books featuring brides and I’m a sucker for a wedding so it was a natural fit. The fresh take is combining it with a small town struggling to survive in the economic slowdown. Whitetail becomes a wedding town by a combination of a whacky idea, chance and serendipity. Annika, my heroine, is totally against the idea; she has much bigger plans for Whitetail.

3. If you could pick a place, any place, to either get married or renew your vows, where would it be?

Oh, hard question! There are so many beautiful places in the world. As an Australian, I love our beaches and the Outback. This year, we’ll be spending our anniversary having dinner under the starts at Uluru (Ayers Rock) along with our sons. However, my husband and I have just won a huge holiday to Paris, France, later in the year. It will be our first vacation without children in 18 years so right now, I’m thinking that might be the place!

Thanks to Fiona for chatting with me. Here’s hoping to see you all in Whitetail, WI for her new series. To check out the book trailer or buy your very own copy, head on over to her website at FIONA LOWE, ROMANCE AUTHOR.

 

Kari Lynn Dell – Montana for Real

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