Oh, the joy, the sweet, perfect joy of writing 'the end' of a book. I have literally, only minutes ago finished the second book in my Weddings in Westchester series and I couldn't be happier.
(Actually, I was probably at my happiest when my husband's cousin arrived with this little beauty to celebrate - thanks, Maria!).
It's not that I didn't love the story or my characters, it's more that I was so anxious to give my characters Erin and Nick their happily ever after that I was racing to make sure they got it.
If you slide your gaze right you'll see the first in this series The Bouquet List which has been out on the shelves for a couple of weeks. Some of you will know that my husband is Greek and we've spent quite a bit of time in Greece. Added to that, one of my favourite movies of all time is "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," so I guess it wasn't a surprise that the Katsalos family who run a wedding business in upstate New York paid me a visit.
Here's a little run down of the characters in first two books of the Weddings in Westchester series to get you acquainted:
Pia Katsalos - wife to Mano and mother to Nick, Ari and Yasmin. She's had enough of her life at the Aegean Palace, the wedding hall she's run with Mano for the past 40 years. She's gone back to Greece until either the Palace starts making money, or Mano agrees to sell.
Mano Katsalos - horrified that his wife has left home, he leaves their three children to run things until he brings their mother back. First to look after the Palace is:
Yasmin Katsalos - mushroom expert with purple hair and a diamond stud in her nose, and survivor of dengue fever. Yasmin's back home to work on her "bouquet list" (the list you make when you realise you're not going to die) and number five on her list is having a fling with a guy who is a tall, dark, handsome guy who is totally out of her league. The person who fits that bill just happens to be:
Lane Griffiths - restaurant renovation expert who's been charged with turning "the Palace" around. He couldn't possibly fall for Yasmin becuase he's the best friend of:
Nick Katsalos - brother to Yasmin, mathematician and general heart breaker who will have his very own story in book Two! (I know that to be true because I've just written his story!!) Nick is challenged to take the success of the Palace to a whole new level when he enters a wager with the daughter of his family's greatest rival. That person is:
Erin O'Malley- eldest daughter of the O'Malley family, Erin needs to prove that she has what it takes to run her father's business and that involves beating the confident and calculating Nick.
To celebrate endings, and the release of The Bouquet List. I have two e copies to give away for commenters who can tell me something they can't wait for.