Friday, February 13, 2015

"Wedding Surprise" by Mona Risk

Wedding Surprise
(Holiday Babies Series Book 4)
by Mona Risk

Wedding Surprise, the fourth book in the Holiday Babies Series by USA Today Bestselling Author Mona Risk, has just been released and is available for only $0.99. The author stops by today to share an excerpt. 

Also available: Christmas Babies, Valentine Babies (featured in my blog post on the Hearts and Kisses box set), Mother's Day Babies, and Holiday Babies Series box set.

About the Holiday Babies Series:
With high moral values and a strong sense of unity, the Ramsay family counts five daughters and their partners - Madelyn and husband Dr. Nick Preston, Roxanne and husband Dr. Greg Hayes, Heather and husband Jeff Bollin, Claire and fiancé David Wheeler, and little sister Tiffany - and numerous children between them. The mother, Barbara, and her new husband, the powerful TV news director Lou Roland, travel a lot but often reside at the Ramsay-Roland house in Lexington, Kentucky. Monica Roland, Lou’s daughter, has joined the happy household with her twin toddlers.
Wedding Surprise is the story of Claire and David.
Two weeks before their wedding, Claire and David receive an unexpected announcement that can destroy their relationship. Is their love for each other strong enough to turn the worst wedding surprise into the best?
A sweet and humorous romance novel.

“You shouldn’t even get a glimpse of Claire’s wedding outfit.” David’s future mother-in-law wiggled a menacing finger under his nose. “It would invite bad luck. God forbid.”
“Yes, of course, Barbara.” Not that he believed in this bunch of nonsense, but David Wheeler would rather not contradict Claire’s mother and jeopardize his impending nuptials.
His fiancée edged next to him and laid a soft hand on his forearm. Her red-painted nails gently raked his flesh in silent warning. He cast a sideways glance in her direction and caught the gleam of amusement twinkling in her turquoise eyes. “Chill out, hon,” she mouthed.
A placid smile concealed his annoyance and he armed himself with patience. “I’ve heard it’s a bad omen for the groom to see the bride in her wedding gown before the ceremony.”
One month left before their big day. He couldn’t wait for the moment she would become his wife. They’d had their share of problems over the ten years they’d dated, but that was all behind them.
Anxiety attempted to wedge its way into his thoughts, but he refused to let the memories of his dreadful foolishness swamp him.
Thank God, Adriana, the evil temptress, was married and out of the way.
And now, the wait was finally over. Soon Claire would become his wife and life companion.
Was it a bad omen to look at the wedding gowns and imagine Claire wearing them?
“Surprise!” the female crowd screamed when the French doors of the Tea Room at the Marriott Hotel opened.
“My God.” Claire Ramsay froze at the entrance of the room decorated with silver balloons and fancy banners. Exotic and floral fragrances wafted toward them.
“Go ahead, darling.” David’s hand splayed on Claire’s lower back as he urged her forward. “They’ve organized a fabulous bridal shower for you. It’s the beginning of the festivities.” He kissed her nape and whispered, “Our wedding is finally shaping up.”
“Oh dear, this is” Emotion clogged her throat. She wiped the mist at the corners of her eyes and embraced her mother. “Thank you, Mom.”
She turned toward her fiancé and gasped at his ferocious expression. “David?”
A scowl had replaced his joyful grin.
With his jaws locked and his lips pinched into a thin line, he stared straight ahead.
A curse answered her question. He stepped closer to her and muttered, “What’s that woman doing here?”
“Who?” Claire spun to follow his gaze.
“Look near the column.” Under his dark eyebrows, his beautiful hazel eyes shot daggers.
“Drat, Adriana Asario.” Claire’s former classmate who’d spread nasty gossip and tried twice to break up Claire and David’s relationship.

Praise for the Book
"What a wonderful love story. Mona Risk is a great writer. To me she writes like Debbie Macomber, such sweet stories." ~ grandmaT
"Mona Risk knows how to pull a reader into the minds of her well-crafted characters. Her work takes us on a journey be it local or overseas." ~ Night Owl Reviews
"Ms. Risk's writing sweeps you into the story and keeps you turning the pages." ~ The Long and the Short of It Reviews
"A sweet tale of doing right for all that is involved." ~ Marissa on Goodreads

About the Author
USA Today Bestselling Author Mona Risk, recently received an Outstanding Achiever Award from Affaire de Coeur Magazine. She's a two time winner of Best Contemporary Romance of the Year from Readers Favorite; a winner of Best Romance Novel of the Year from Preditors & Editors Readers Poll; and an EPIC Award finalist. Her name has often been posted on the 100 Most Popular Authors in Romance list, and her books have garnered: Top Pick, Outstanding Read, Sweetheart of the Week, and Best Book of the Week from various reviewers, and received two mentions in Publisher's Weekly.
Mona lives in South Florida and has traveled to more than eighty countries on business or vacation. She writes contemporary romances, medical romance, romantic suspense, and paranormal fantasy. Sprinkled with a good dose of humor, her stories are set in the fascinating places she visited or more simply at home.
If you like to travel and love to read, come and enjoy her international romances. Meet the spirited heroines and special heroes who share irresistible chemistry in stories that simmer with emotion.