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THE WEDDING BARTER
by Alice K. Arenz
|Alice K. Arenz|
A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Arenz’s first three novels were honored by two finals and one win in ACFW’s Carol Awards: cozies—The Case of the Bouncing Grandma (2009 finalist), The Case of the Mystified M.D., (2010 winner), and mystery/suspense Mirrored Image (2011 finalist). These novels have been followed by An American Gothic, Portrait of Jenny, and short story, Home Cookin’.
Welcome, Alice. What takeaway value do you hope your readers receive after reading your book?
The same thing that the characters in The Wedding Barter remind one another: that all it takes is a mustard seed of faith. It’s something we all need to remember.
What’s your favorite place you have visited?
Multnomah Falls in Oregon. It’s beautiful, majestic, and awe-inspiring.
What was the main inspiration for the new book? Had the idea been on your mind for a while or just popped into it one day?
The inspiration was an article about a bride auctioning off positions for potential bridesmaids. My publisher decided to put together a “bridezilla” type novella collection and I was invited to contribute. I couldn’t wrap my head around the original idea of a bridesmaids’ auction, but after a lot of prayer, The Wedding Barter was born.
But after getting the go-ahead from my publisher, problems with my health kept me from writing the book. The eventual solution was me dictating (cold turkey!) as my husband typed on his laptop. The result was a 49,000-word short novel.
Vacation: Beach or Mountains? Beach
Y’all or You Guys? You guys
Biscuits or Dinner Roll? neither
Spring, summer, winter, or fall? whichever is coolest without being cold!
Laptop or Desktop? desktop
Mug or teacup? mug
Please tell us a little about your novel, The Wedding Barter.
Riley Carr has been best friends with Amy Lawton since they were toddlers. While Amy awaits her discharge from the Army, Riley's been left in charge of helping to arrange "a very small, intimate ceremony with no fanfare" for Amy and her fiancé. But, Riley has something else in mind.
With the aid of two other friends, Riley presents her “wedding barter” idea to groom, David Herron. He agrees, providing best man, Mike Todd, stays in the loop to keep things from getting out of hand.
It doesn't help that the giant of a man is threatening, overbearing, and just doesn’t seem to like her or her ideas. But, when Todd gives Riley an ultimatum of producing results in three weeks or he’ll take over, she’s determined to prove him wrong...in more ways than one.
Where can readers find you online?
Where can readers purchase The Wedding Barter?
Any parting comment?
Thank you for inviting me on your blog, Jo. It’s been fun!
Alice, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Alice is offering an eBook copy of The Wedding Barter to one commenter to this blog post.
Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through April 10, 2018, and remember to leave your email address so I can contact you if you’re the winner.
The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of The Mail-Order Brides Collection by Donna Schlachter and other authors is Tammie. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.
Till next time … keep on smiling.
My latest book is out – Friendly Persuasion, a novella. Here is the cover, and you can read more about the book and the first chapter here.