Sex, Lies & Wedding Bells is Here (improved and expanded) by EM Lynley #dreamer

March 23, 2015


Of all the tiny towns, in all the world, he walks into mine.

Texas native Kieran Quinn has hit the big time, working in Manhattan as a columnist for Gloss, a national literary magazine. He’s well-known for his snarky, sardonic columns, but deep down he’s more interested in exploring what makes people tick than his editor would like. He keeps his desire to find his own Mr. Right hidden under a sexy, carefree persona that favors champagne and underwear models of the male variety.

Jaxon Lang loves being the high school principal in tiny Buckwheat Springs, Texas after relocating from Austin to pursue his relationship with Danetta Archer, despite her reputation for leaving grooms at the altar. So far, he’s avoided examining the questions he has about himself, certain that marriage will put them to rest. Then Kieran arrives in town. Kieran’s charm and unique attitudes about sex and attraction soon challenge Jaxon’s concept of what—and who—he wants.

While covering the latest wedding of a real-life “runaway bride,” Kieran falls hard for the gorgeous—and supposedly straight—groom, Jaxon Lang, despite that ridiculous X. Then Kieran discovers both the bride and the groom have been hiding shocking secrets.

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So, that’s the blurb for this one.  It’s a fun twist on Runaway Bride. It may surprise you that I loathed that film. I hated Julia Roberts’ character and wondered why Richard Gere liked her. Maybe I just had a crush on Richard Gere, so I was a little biased about Julia. Whatever the reason, I hated the film, but really liked the basic concept of the story.

It was easy to see how to use the story line for a gay romance. I also wanted to shake things up a bit with what happens at the wedding.  I’m pretty sure I accomplished that even in the first edition.

What I didn’t do so well was to make the characters believable. As a new writer I got hung up on what happens in the story (plot) and failed to realize that if you don’t like the characters, you don’t give a f*ck what happens to them. Kieran, the journalist, is pretty well developed, but Jaxon and Danetta weren’t fleshed out as well. A lot of that was in the POV choices I made.

Originally, we just see Kieran’s POV as he meets and falls for Jaxon, but never find out how much Kieran has affected Jaxon. Now, with a lot of new Jaxon POV scenes, his attraction to Kieran works a lot better. This also opens up some new details on Danny and her family, which are important to explaining the choices Jaxon makes.

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9 Responses to “Sex, Lies & Wedding Bells is Here (improved and expanded) by EM Lynley #dreamer”

  1. Denise Dechene says:

    Sounds like a good premise for a book. I didn’t like that movie. Made brides sound so shallow. Not every bride or person is like that. One thing I did like about the movie is that it was shot in Berlin Md which is 20 min down the road. I remember when it was being shot. A lot of the extras in the film are from the town

  2. Juliana says:

    Glad you could make some improvements now that you’ve been honing your skills!
    And my favorite of your books is Rarer than Rubies! Just love a good action book!

  3. Denise Dechene says:

    The Gem series so far of your books are my favorites. I have only read the first one but plan on reading the others.

  4. Trix says:

    I enjoy the Precious Gems series–intrigue, sexy guys, and yummy food, what’s not to love?

  5. Waxapplelover says:

    It’s not my favorite movie, either. It was hard to understand how that many people would want to marry Julia’s charcter.

    My favorite EM Lynley book is Dirty Dining.

  6. EM Lynley says:

    LOL that there aren’t many fans of the film here. I promise the books is going to be much more enjoyable for you!

    And I’m thrilled to see fans from the Gems series here. I’m currently in edits for Gems #4, 24-Karat Conspiracy which is due out in late May or early June. (My editor is probably wondering what I’m doing here when she’s expecting those edits back.)

    Should I share a snippet from the next Gems book with you all today too?

  7. Angela says:

    I love this idea for a book. I can’t remember the film, that means i didn’t see it or it didn’t leave a lasting impression :)
    I really like your books Spaghetti Western is my favorite one so far.

  8. H.B. says:

    Sounds like a fun read. I wasn’t really a big fan of Runaway Bride either. I’ve only read one book by you and I really liked it. Dirty Dining was really good.

  9. JJ says:

    I didn’t care for the Runaway Bride film either. I’m glad that you could revise the book to your liking. Italian Ice would be my favorite.

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