One of the things I find most fun when writing Christian romance is planning a beautiful wedding at the end of a book. Of the five books out so far in my Abundance series, three of them end in weddings, including the most recent books I’ve written, Love and Roses and Love, Lies, and Homemade Pie. Along the way in writing these books, I’ve learned that two things are incredibly helpful when planning a fictional wedding—advice from my readers and Pinterest.
With each book I’ve written, I’ve used Pinterest more and more. While I’m writing the book, I make a secret board and add photos to it to use as inspiration. Once the book is published, I make the secret board visible to everyone.
When I was writing my most recent book, Love, Lies, and Homemade Pie, which ends in a wedding at Thanksgiving, I wasn’t quite sure what a fall wedding would look like. I got married in the summer, and oddly enough, I think I’ve only attended one fall wedding. Pinterest was full of beautiful ideas. I’ll never plan a fictional wedding without it again! I found images for everything—the bridesmaid dresses, the cake, the decorations, and even ideas about wedding gowns when the wedding takes place, in 1981. I checked my math carefully to be sure that the hero and heroine got married after Princess Diana, whose dress inspired the predominant style of the 1980s, which I mention in the story.
You can see the pins that that I ended up using as inspiration on my Pinterest board for Love, Lies, and Homemade Pie.
The other thing that is a huge help to me is input from my readers. I like to post bouquet photos and dress photos on Facebook to get opinions. I find that I especially need help with bouquets. For one thing, I tend to pick out bouquets that include flowers that I don’t know the names of. Thankfully, my readers can tell me what the flowers are and can also help me pick flowers that are in season and fit my bride’s budget.
If you’d like to see more of my inspiration boards or my other boards, please follow me on Pinterest. I’ve already started a secret board for my next book, which includes lots of pins for a Christmas wedding. I’ll be sharing it with everyone once the book is published in the spring of 2020.
And if you like to plan weddings or just want to keep in touch, I’d love to have you join my Facebook reader group. I have a Facebook page (Sally Bayless) and a Facebook reader group (Sally Bayless Book Chat). I’ve recently begun asking more people to join the group because I learned that in the group I can set up a poll to let people vote for the prettiest dress or bouquet! That’s especially helpful! To join the group, just click here, then click the button that says “Join Group.”
What about you? Do you have a favorite season for a wedding? Is there a special reason, like a type of decorations that you really love?
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When a woman who’s keeping secrets falls for a journalist who’s digging for the truth, does the attraction between them stand a chance?
Cara Smith has a whole new life planned—a new name, a new look, and a new hometown in Abundance, Missouri. If she can just avoid questions from that intriguing guy at the newspaper, no one will ever find out about her past.
Will Hamlin, editor of the local paper, can’t help but wonder about the mayor’s new secretary. She’s clearly hiding something—something that could be the big story the newspaper desperately needs to stay afloat. But after Will’s initial inquiries fail to turn up anything, he grows less interested in Cara’s past and more interested in winning her heart with slices of pie and stolen kisses.
When a crime is uncovered at city hall just as Will unearths Cara’s dark secret, the repercussions shatter their romance. Has Cara really left her past behind? Can Will finally find a way to save the paper? And can they each place their trust in God and together find freedom in the truth and overcome the obstacles to their love?
Love, Lies, and Homemade Pie is a stand-alone contemporary Christian romance novel and is the prequel to the Abundance Series by Sally Bayless.