Release Week Blitz ~ HERE COMES THE BRIDE by Hoper Ramsay

by Hope Ramsay
Series: Chapel of Love, #3
On Sale: August 29, 2017
Publisher: Forever
Mass Market: $7.99 USD
eBook: $5.99 USD
Audio: $19.98 USD

There goes the groom . . .

For Professor Laurie Wilson, planning her wedding to longtime boyfriend Brandon Kopp has been a whirlwind. But somehow, between all the cake tastings and dress fittings, she never imagined being left at the altar. In the aftermath, she does what any sensible woman would—she swigs champagne and considers keying his car. Until someone knocks on her door with a much better idea for revenge.

Best man Andrew Lyndon thinks Laurie's better off without Brandon. But Laurie's father—and Andrew's boss—isn't going to accept anything less than a reconciliation. And he's made it Andrew's problem to solve. So Andrew decides to make Brandon jealous by setting Laurie up on a string of "dates." After a couple of weeks, Brandon will be begging Laurie to take him back. But Andrew's plan works a little too well because suddenly he's the one falling for Laurie—and planning a proposal of his own.

FBL ♥: Do you write detailed character profiles before writing, or do you find the characters come to life as you write? 
I write very detailed character profiles before starting. In fact, I’m kind of obsessed with that part of my process. I need to know what my hero and heroine have to learn before they can fall in love. Knowing that gives me what I need in order to tell the story, because I give them challenges that force them to face their weaknesses and to grow. I would be utterly lost if I had to find the character as I wrote. I honestly wouldn’t know their stories without all the prep work I do before even sitting down to write the first word.

FBL ♥: What do you like better: when you’ve just started writing a book or when you’ve just finished one, and why?
I actually like writing the middle best of all. At the beginning, even though I’ve done a lot of work to understand my characters, I still don’t quite know how they sound or speak. I have to write a while before I really hear their “voices,” inside my head. So starting a new book is probably the most difficult for me. The endings are very easy, because by that time I know exactly what’s going to happen. Endings are easy to draft, but usually need a lot of editing, because I tend to rush through them. The middle, however, is fun because there’s always one big event that happens in the middle of my books where all the characters (major and minor) come together for a big ordeal of some kind. This ordeal is usually very emotional or truly funny. The scene always twists the story into a new direction. And I just love writing that scene that happens in the middle of the book.

FBL ♥ : Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?
Almost all of my books come from the imagination, with one exception. My settings, although fictional, are based on real places. Shenandoah Falls is a fictionalized, and somewhat larger, version of a town named Berryville in Virginia. I’ve never lived in Berryville, although one of my friends lived there for a while. And Shenandoah Falls isn’t exactly in the same place as Berryville. It’s east of the Shenandoah River. There are also some external plot developments in some of the stories that come from newspaper accounts that spark my imagination.

FBL ♥ :What was the hardest thing to cut from your manuscript?
I don’t really have a lot of trouble cutting words. I’m a pretty ruthless self-editor, and I try, very hard, to leave the boring words out of my stories. And when I fail at this, my wonderful editor of many years, Alex Logan, will help me cut them by putting big red exes through the stuff that’s repetitive. She never fails to point out the boring parts. And I dutifully cut wherever she tells me to. I don’t think we’ve ever argued about a section that needed to come out. And we’ve worked on more than a dozen books together.

FBL ♥: If you were told that Here Comes the Bride was to become a movie, which actor and actress do you see in the lead roles? Supporting characters?
I think James Marsden (if he put on a pair of brown contact lenses) would capture Andrew Lyndon perfectly. He’s got that square jaw and killer cheekbone thing going for him. Laurie Wilson is definitely Poppy Montgomery. As for some of the supporting characters: Courtney Wallace, the wedding planner, is Zoey Deschanel, and Matt Lyndon, the hero’s cousin is a young Colin Farrill. Ryan Pierce, the local cop, looks like the first baseman of the Washington Nationals, Ryan Zimmerman. I’ve heard Ryan Zimmerman do commercials on local TV. He’s not much of an actor, although he’s a heck of a first baseman. So he’d be terrible delivering lines in a movie. But he’d look great!



Hope Ramsay is a USA Today bestselling author of heartwarming contemporary romances.  Her books have won critical acclaim and publishing awards. She is married to a good ol' Georgia boy who resembles every single one of her Southern heroes. She has two grown children and a couple of demanding lap cats. She lives in Virginia where, when she's not writing, she's knitting or playing her forty-year-old Martin guitar.


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