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Wedding Bell Blues, Piper Cove Chronicles Series #1
Avon Inspire / 2007 / Paperback
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Josh Turner is one distraction that Alex doesn't need. After jilting her, he waltzes back into town to be best man in her sister's wedding. All Alex wants is to concentrate on planning her sister's nuptials, but she and Josh keep running into each other. Will she forgive him and give him another chance? 304 pages, softcover from Avon Inspire.
Not even a big budget can help Alex make her sister's wedding the event of the year. The usually calm and collected Alex is rattled when the man who walked out on her sixteen years ago to pursue a rock-and-roll career returns to be the best man. In desperation, she calls on her three best friends to help pull off the shindig, and keep her away from the devastatingly handsome Josh. Tomboy Ellen, shy Jan, and vivacious Sue Ann join forces to keep Alex on track. But fate won't be stopped in this small seaside town. Alex finds it as impossible to avoid Josh as it is to deny that he's a changed man. Is it too late for their love? Only faith, family, and best friends will tell.
Maryland author Linda Windsor has written some twenty-nine historical and contemporary novels for both the secular and inspirational markets, but she is most noted for delivering “The Lift of Laughter and Spirit” in her modern inspirational romances. A Christy finalist and winner of numerous industry awards, Linda has written for Multnomah Publishing (historical fiction and contemporary romances), Barbour Publishing (romcom novella), and Westbow Press (the Moonstruck romantic comedy trilogy). Wedding Bell Blues, the first book in her new The Piper Cove Chronicles series, is featured on Avon Inspire's launch list.
In addition to writing and doing fiction-writing workshops at conferences across the country, Linda continues a music and lay speaking ministry started by her and her late husband, and she is a part-time financial analyst. She also works on “as desperately needed” home improvement projects on the 18th-century-plus house that she and her husband began restoring in 1986. Wallpaper and paint are definitely in her near future.
Billed as inspirational women's fiction, the first offering in Avon's inspirational line is pure, chaste romantic diversion. Alexandra "Alex" Butler was jilted years ago when her hunky husband, Josh Turner, left soon after their marriage to become a rock star. When Josh returns to Piper Cove on the Atlantic Ocean as best man in Alex's sister's wedding, the professional decorator and divorcee finds to her dismay that her passion for him still simmers under her businesslike exterior. Alex's three "bosom buddies" provide interest throughout, especially the mechanically minded Ellen Brittingham, one of the most promising characters in the novel. A few unfortunate sentences are over the top, even for this genre: "She was as indelibly etched under his skin as his tattoos" and "the sight of Alex... was enough to send the wooden totem pole at the Ocean City inlet jumping in the water before it self-ignited." Some plot elements are insensitive enough as to be unbelievable, such as Alex's father giving away Alex's beloved first home to her sister as a wedding gift, and then asking Alex to decorate it. But Windsor, an RWA Beacon Award-winning author and Christy Award finalist, is a competent writer, and the Piper Cove Chronicles should hold their own in inspirational romance. (July) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
“Linda Windsor is no doubt among the top inspirational authors of our day.”
“Linda Windsor never fails to deliver an insightful, wonderfully funny story!”
“Windsor is an excellent writer and Wedding Bell Blues is a heartwarming tale.”
“Pure, chaste romantic diversion....”
“A sweet, faith-infused romance seasoned with small-town, seaside flavor.”
“Delightful characters … a heartwarming story that will appeal to fans of romance fiction.”
“Windsor’s first installment in the Piper Cove Chronicles has Alexandra and Josh confronting past hurts and hidden emotions. Windsor adds the perfect ingredients of love, humor and friendship. This will be a series not to miss.”
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Author: Linda Windsor
Located in: Salisbury, MD
Submitted: October 19, 2007
Tell us a little about yourself. I came like Jonah to Ninevah when I switched to the Christian fiction market after writing sixteen secular historical romances. But when God calls, one must answer. I spent 4 years in the whale's belly, wavering, before I decided to try. As a fairly new Christian, I honestly didn't think I was "holy" enough to write for Him. Then I found out that publishers wanted characters with flaws who, with God's help, work their way through trials in spite of their weaknesses. And, boy, was I qualified to write about flaws!
What was your motivation behind this project? I grew up with a group of women like the four best friends in this series. All were very different, yet friendship and eventually faith made them inseparable. It is friendship and faith that enables us to love one another warts and all. And that love is best exemplified by God's love, by He Who loves us in spite of our flaws.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? This is a romance, but it's important for us to realize that love based on physical attraction alone is not lasting. The love I mention above is everlasting and strengthening in the trials that will come in life. Marriage takes three--man, woman and Christ. I also deal with parental love in this book and demonstrate that, sometimes what we as parents do out of love is actually interference in the lives of our adult children. And that the adult child must realize that, no matter how mishandled it is, parental love is the motivation, but he/she must establish boundaries in a loving, respectful way. And as always, forgiveness is at the core of this love.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? My husband passed away just before I started on this project, so it was the most difficult for me to write. A writer must tap emotions that I wasn't ready to set free. I suffered from depression as well, which made coherent thought a challenge at times. But once again, God pulled me through. I had no idea when I sent it off, if it was even publishable, but I had the chance to do rewrites and flesh out the emotion I'd held in check earlier. I still made a couple of mistakes, which I'll cover later.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? I love Max Lucado. The man could re-write the phone book and move me to tears. Randy Alcorn, Karen Kingsbury, Lori Copeland, Liz Curtis Higgs, James Scott Bell, Colleen Coble, Brandilyn Collins... so many excellent Christian authors out there, I honestly can't name them all.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: Yes. I made two mistakes in Wedding Bell Blues that have offended some of my readers. One of my characters exclaimed "oh my g.d" and another "D.amn, I still love you." Since this was called to my attention, I contacted my publisher and any future printings of this book will NOT contain these words/phrases. Originally I'd put OMG in there for a secondary character, planning in this character's own book, for her to become convicted that OMG was blasphemy, even though she didn't intend it to be. When on second thought, I deleted that phrase in revisions, I missed one. As for the "d.mn" I go back to my state of mind at the time after Jim's death and the days when it was hard to put two coherent words together. I just wasn't thinking clearly. And of course, God's still working on me as well. But the buck stops with me. All I can ask for is forgiveness and a second chance.
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