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Catherine Castle, Inspirational Contemporary Romance


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BIDDING ON THE BOUQUET
by Catherine Castle


Catherine Castle
Multi-award-winning author Catherine Castle loves writing, reading, traveling, singing, theatre, and quilting. She’s a passionate gardener whose garden won a “Best Hillside Garden” award from the local gardening club. She writes sweet and inspirational romances. You can find her books The Nun and the Narc, A Groom for Mama, Bidding on the Bouquet and Trying Out for Love boxed set on Amazon.

Please enjoy the following article by Catherine related to her new novel:


In Love with Bling

I love jewelry. 

If you look at my author picture you will see a huge hunk of turquoise around my neck and two more pieces on my ears. On any given day, I wear four rings on my fingers, and I have enough rings to wear a different one almost every day of the month. I have several bracelet watches, one from the Cracker Barrel country restaurant store, which can be switched out to match my outfits. I hunt in antique stores for vintage pieces and old turquoise items. If it sparkles and looks pretty, I’ll wear it. If it’s expensive, I’ll wear it. If it’s just cheap costume jewelry, and it’s pretty, I’ll wear it. If it’s unusual and pretty, I’ll wear it. Big, small, or in-between. I’m not picky—I’m just in love with bling.

When I was writing Bidding on the Bouquet, my heroine decided she, too, liked jewelry and bling. In fact, the chance of acquiring a solid rose-gold flower tempted her enough to participate in a risky venture.

While I’m mostly a plotter and plan out the big details of a story, I do allow my characters to take me on side trips. When Marietta was given a jewelry account to market, she couldn’t help but gush over the one-of-a-kind designs the client showed her. I hadn’t planned the stories Marietta came up with as ads for the pieces. They just flowed from me, or rather from her, like water from a broken main.

The pieces in the story are made by Marietta’s nemesis, Willow, and when Marietta creates fabulous stories to use as an ad campaign, Willow isn’t happy because she thinks Marietta is trying to one-up her in the eyes of her mother, who runs the jewelry company. 

I wish I had a picture of the three pieces of jewelry, but the designs are from the depths of my brain, so a description will have to do. 


From the Mystic Gems collection featured
in Bidding on the Bouquet

On the right side of a black cloth lay a bracelet. From a silver, multi-looped chain irregular chunks of sea glass, freshwater pearls, and silver-backed periwinkle shells with pastel abalone insides dangled like treasures caught in a net. In the center of the cloth, a diamond-encrusted swirl pendant sparkled in the sun streaming through the windows. The sunlit diamonds cast prism rainbows onto the ceiling. The third piece was a ring with a large teardrop of golden amber surrounded by fine-veined, golden leaves curled against the stone as if the wind had tossed them upon the sides.

Sounds breath-taking, doesn’t it? I’m certain you’ll love the mythical tales that go along with these Mystic gems. I know I did when Marietta spun them.


Maybe someday I’ll talk my hubby into letting me loose in a jewelry store and get the jeweler to make these pieces for me. It’s happened before. My hubby let me design a snowflake ring that came from a story we wrote together. (pictured on the right)

And he shocked me when he agreed to the price. Jewelry loving gal that I am, I can dream it will happen again.

What about you? Do you love bling as much as Marietta and I do?

Welcome, Catherine. Please tell us a little about your novel, Bidding on the Bouquet. 
The chance to catch a bridal bouquet containing a solid gold rose makes underprivileged, down-on-her-luck grad student Marietta Wilson pawn everything she owns to come up with a bid to win a bridesmaid spot in the most prestigious wedding of the season.

When he discovers his sister is auctioning off bridesmaid spots in her wedding party, wealthy, elitist Chip Vandermere is appalled. Not only is it in poor taste, but no self-respecting lady would stoop so low as to bid. Convinced Marietta is a gold digger, Chip sets out to thwart her plans.

A social climber and a social misfit. Can a bridal bouquet unite them? 

Where can readers find you online?
Catherine's Website
Catherine’s blog
Catherine’s Amazon author page
Catherine’s Goodreads page
Twitter
Facebook
Google+
Stitches Thru Time blog
SMP authors blog site

Where can readers purchase Bidding on the Bouquet
Amazon

Catherine, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Catherine is offering an eBook copy of Bidding on the Bouquet to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through May 22, 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 Chase by Glenn Haggerty is Edward. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 


My latest book is out – Her Reason to Smile, a novella. Here is the cover, and you can read more about the book and the first chapter here.


39 comments:

  1. Ah, a lady after my own heart! I love rings! I bought a white turquois ring while visiting in Northern Utah. So beautiful! Your book sounds great. I am a follower. sonja dot nishimoto at gmail dot com

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    1. Ooh. Buffalo turquoise, right? I don't have one of those yet, but it's on my to-buy-list. Thanks for dropping by.

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  2. I do love bling, although I’m rather short and keep it to a minimal. I love your snowflake ring but the story behind it makes it even more special. I still have my baby ring which has my birthstone in it with tiny flowers on each side. My grandparents gave it to me. I don’t wear it very much as a pinky ring because it seems kind of delicate. But I do love it! I also like the premise of your book, it sounds very interesting. I’m a follower.
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    Perrianne

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    1. A baby ring-how sweet! That's a treasure with great memories. I do love to know the stories behind people's jewelry. So glad you think my story is interesting. I hope you get a chance to read it. Thanks for coming by.

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  3. There was a time when I liked a little bling, but now that I am older I could care less.
    I am a follower.
    nlgriggs902atgmaildotcom

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    1. I don't think I'll ever tire of bling. Thanks for coming by.

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  4. I love jewelry too! I'm a follower! Shelia sheliarha64(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Do you have a favorite style? Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Beautiful ladies, beautiful book cover, and beautiful ring...what can be more beautiful! Blessings!!!
    I am a follower :)

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  6. Thank you. So glad you like the ring and the book cover.

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  7. Sounds like a great summer read.
    sonflower277ATgmailDOTcom

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  8. Would enjoy reading this book! Vivian Furbay jtandviv (at) q (dot) com

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  9. Sounds like a good read. cheetahthecat1986ATgmailDOTcom

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    1. I hope you get a chance to read the book and that you like it. Thanks for coming by.

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  10. Instead of spending money on Bling I would rather spend it on Books.
    Janet E.
    von1janet(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Janet, thanks for coming by and leaving your comment.

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    2. Unfortunately, I also am also in love with books, So I spend money there, too. I had to stop going to bookstores because I always left with a new book. And books from travel spots are hard to resist as well. I hope you get a chance to read Bidding on the Bouquet. Thanks for coming by.

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  11. I haven't read any of Catherine's book before. This book sounds so good that I will have to check out her books and get reading one of them.
    Rita Navarre
    rita(dot)navarre(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Rita, thanks for the kind comments. I hope you will pick up a book and that you will enjoy it. I love getting new readers. Thanks for coming by.

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  12. I love jewelry too! I love vintage pieces. My wedding ring is a reproduction of an old estate piece - platinum and diamonds. Yum.
    I'm a follower. laurenwritesATliveDOTcom

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    1. Ooh. That sounds lovely. Thanks for commenting.

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  13. This sounds like a super cute story! I adore vintage jewelry but also love my contemporary pieces. Although none are worth much. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of Bidding on the Bouquet!
    I'm a follower thru GFC.
    duhpaynes[at]gmail[dot]com

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  14. Some of today's contemporary pieces remind me of vintage items. I love seeing what our local newscasters are wearing every night. Some really cool items. Thanks for the kind words about my story and for stopping by.

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