A royal drumroll please! Today we have Clare Revell here with us to tell us all about the royal wedding...well, not THE Royal Wedding, but the royal wedding in her story.
Steeplechase jockey Cassie Hinton's dream was to walk down the aisle in her medieval wedding gown to become Mrs. Jack Chambers. Injured in the Grand National, she returns home...only to find Jack is now the Pastor of her parent's church. Jack Chambers, now a widower and single parent, still has feelings for Cassie, but she sees him as nothing more than a Pastor. Even if he could change her mind, there is still his position to consider. With the Royal Wedding fast approaching, Cassie makes her dress, little dreaming of the consequences of doing so.
So Clare, did you get to see any of THE Royal Wedding? other than on the tele- like the rest of us?
I had the advantage of watching it at a civilised hour, lol. We all went over to my parents and decorated their front room with balloons and Union flag bunting (it's only a Union Jack when flown on a ship). We sat and watched the wedding - picking holes in the fact they didn't say the legal bits they had too. Well with two registrars in the family they weren't getting away with anything lol.. After the service we had our own wedding reception. A huge 'high tea' with wedding cake - again with a Union Flag on.
How long did it take you to write this story?
The first draft was done in three weeks. The rewrite took about the same length of time. Cassie and Jack actually took over completely, tossed my plan out of the window - Jack in particular was notorious for that. Shocking behaviour for a pastor.
I'm sure it was based on the real royal wedding to come. Did you know the logistics or any of that?
There was a fair amount of detail in the press in the run up to the wedding. The secrecy over the dress, where they were going to visit beforehand (royal visits always get masses of TV coverage). The first royal wedding I ever watched was Princess Anne way back in the 1970's and haven't missed one since. The dress designer always gets a mention and the dress is copied and usually in the shops the following day with people working through the wedding itself to get it done!
Were you disappointed that you didn't beat the wedding date?
Yes, I was at first. I initially submitted the story back in December 2010. I was asked to rewrite and resubmit in Feb which I did, and sent it back in March. However, my editor was right and the finished story is so much better than the initial version. And she liked it enough to offer me a contract. So it’s turned out okay in the end. :)
Do you have an excerpt that you'd be willing to share? It really sounds like a darling story!
Sure. Here you go :)
“Everyone else has photos of the royal couple and ribbons, silver bells, hearts and balloons. I wanted something more sophisticated but this…” she gestured at the window, “…isn’t it.”
“Maybe tie it in with what Danny sells. After all, the bakers did a wedding cake and the printers did invitations.”
Cassie nodded, her mind whirling. “Yeah…thank you.”
Jack glanced at his watch. “I’d best be off and get Lara from school. She complains if I’m late. I hope you find a solution to your problem.”
“Thank you. Bye.” Cassie smiled and turned back to her display, watching Jack’s reflection in the glass as he walked away. He’d always been a Godly man, even as a teenager, and despite everything that happened he kept his faith—unlike her. Her life and her faith lay in ruins.
She used to hope he’d ask her out one day, but it never happened. And now it never would. She was down and out before anything even got started.
He was a pastor, and she was his parishioner. A fallen- without- hope- of- redemption parishioner, at that. Strike one.
He was a widower with a small daughter. Strike two.
Her leg—her disability. No man would ever want a one-legged ex-jockey. Strike three.
Where faith and romance meet
Season For Miracles
Cassie's Wedding Dress
4 1/2 royal crowns!!!
I was lucky enough to read an advaced copy of this one - oh my! Not only will you get caught up in Cassie's distorted view of herself, but you will fall in love with Pastor Jack and Lara, his sweet little girl! Matter of fact, you are going to fall in love with this whole cast of characters. All I can say is, Enjoy!
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