Day 20 Christie Ridgway – Three Weddings and A Romance Novel

To every thing there is a season…

No event celebrates romance more than a wedding—and I have three coming up! Two nieces, and—drumroll please—my older son are about to say “I do.” I admit to a quick jolt of shock at the news of each engagement. Wasn’t it just last week we were pointing out Easter eggs (in plain sight) as they toddled about with their big pink and blue baskets? I’m sure it was only yesterday that I cried as my kindergartener entered his classroom (I remember his striped shirt and dark blue shorts) on the first day of school.

But they’ve grown up, these wonderful young people, and have picked fabulous partners who will greet them with joy as they meet at the end of theLight My Fire aisle on their big day.

We’ve only just begun…

That song has been playing in my head for months. I hum it, I sing it, I feel that sense of wonder at all that lies ahead for these young couples in my heart. That’s what romance (at any age!) provides, the joy of a hand to hold on the journey, a person with whom to share the tears and laughter that accompany any life. On the days that I witness these new marriages, as the couples make solemn promises to each other, I will be so happy that they have found that shoulder to cry on and to rub against in the coming years.

I realize now, that becoming a couple means enlarging a family. I’m not talking about the children that may or may not be in their futures. I’m talking about another chair at the Thanksgiving table, another person on the Christmas list (and I love Christmas and buying presents!), another important presence in my mind and in my heart. Thank you, romance, for extending my own circle of love.

Multiply life by the power of two…

That’s what I’ll be celebrating as the sun sets on three wedding days. Romance brings a couple together, and as they pledge to a partnership with each other I know that their happiness and sense of living life will be multiplied from that moment on.

At last…

I love that Etta James song. It echoes how I felt on my wedding day—my heart was filled with longing, joy, and peace. Romance novels capture such emotions and I celebrate them too! How wonderful to experience all that in the pages of a book. I’ll be soaking up all those feelings on three wedding days so I can use them in my next love stories.

Recommendations:

I’m a big fan of contemporary romance author Barbara Freethy and love Monica McCarty’s historical romances. Lark O’Neal writes New Adult stories that hit my sweet spot! (aka Barbara O’Neal ~ Bobbi) :o)


Questions for the Author:

Describe the most daring, adventurous or inspiring thing you ever did.

I walked into a meeting of my local chapter of Romance Writers of America without knowing a soul or what to expect. I just knew that I wanted to write romances. As one who’d rather be nose-in-book, putting myself out there was the hardest thing I’ve ever done!

Tell us about your journey to becoming a writer. (How did you decide to get started? Did you always know or was there a specific moment when you knew?)

I always wanted to be a writer and a romance writer from early on. At about nine years old I was writing love stories. But it wasn’t until I was a young mother that I actually thought it was something I could do as a job. One of my best friends from high school visited from out of town and challenged me to “do the thing you’ve always wanted to do.” I love to tell this story because then she went on to become the first female governor of Michigan. We weren’t going to let anything stop us!

Tell us about The (or A) Book That Changed Your Life. (Why?)

It Had to Be You by Susan Elizabeth Phillips. I was writing short category romances at the time and I suddenly saw how I could write something bigger. That book was funny, fun, sexy, and touching and I saw a path open up ahead of me upon reading it. (SEP wrote a lovely RARM piece last year. You can read it here.)


 

Christie RidgwayUSA Today bestseller Christie Ridgway has written over forty contemporary romances. She’s a six-time RITA finalist and Romantic Times has twice given her the Reviewer’s Choice Award for Best Contemporary Romance. She writes sexy stories designed to make you smile and cry. Her Rock Royalty series, about the grown-up children of the most famous band in the world discovering true love after a childhood steeped in sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll, has kicked off with Light My Fire. The next in the series, Love Her Madly, will be published September 25, 2014.

 

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  • Debbie Oxier

    Congrats on the upcoming weddings!

  • Anna

    Congratulations to your son and your nieces!! Weddings are so much fun. In some ways, they’re like romance novels – all the love, and fun, and hope for the future. Even if not all romances end in weddings. 🙂

  • Debbie Fuller

    Adding you to my TBR list. Thank you (although my husband husband won’t)

  • Rochelle

    Three weddings will be so much fun, and even sweeter with your son.

    My niece was married in June and it was a beautiful wedding filled with so much joy. My son is still a teen so I can’t even imagine him getting married.

  • LisaVH

    Congratulations! Sounds like you will have a very busy and happy year.

  • Martha B

    We are looking forward to our niece’s wedding in October. Our extended family lives in Minnesota so we’ll be heading there. Twenty two years ago we moved from MN. An odd thing happened. ALL those nieces and nephews were “frozen” in our minds at their ages back in 1992.

    Seriously, they are “old enough” to marry, have children and jobs (other than scooping ice cream at Stone Cold Creamery). That said, it seems they were just toddlers or in grade school playing Pictionary, right?! Time has flown. The circle of life continues and we can celebrate their growth, chance and adding a chair at the holiday table. Enjoy your celebrations.

  • cheryl c.

    I also loved It Had to Be You by SEP. It had everything a romance novel should have. It’s on my keeper shelf.

  • Christie Ridgway

    Thanks, everyone, for your kind thoughts on the future weddings! I’m still in shock but feel kinda smug too…we must have shown them how great marriage and family can be if they’re embarking on it at such relatively young ages (they’re all in their mid-twenties).

  • Sharon Forbes

    I don’t have children, so I can’t really relate to weddings, well, yes, I can. My two oldest nieces are married, and in Nov. and Dec. they will each have their first babies! Talk about time not standing still!

  • Quinn Fforde

    I have been to 3 weddings this summer with truly committed couples. The weddings were simple, but they were lovely in the most important way!

  • TrishJ

    Aww, congrats on the upcoming weddings. My Goddaughter just got married. I cried buckets.

  • LSUReader

    Congrats, mother of the groom! All those family weddings–what joyous times. Thanks for a day brightener!

  • Kim Giardina

    Hope you & your family enjoy all the wedding celebrations – what lovely testaments to romance!!

  • Sue G.

    Congrats on your son’s engagement! Hubby and I just celebrated our 25th anniversary and we renewed our vows. I cried more this time than at our actual wedding! It was just so much more touching having our kids there!

  • Emmel

    It’s amazing to see how our kids grow, how they move into young adulthood so rapidly. And it’s particularly astounding to realize this when I don’t feel any older myself!

  • mariannewestrich

    Love that you focused on the growth of the family with just the spouse (no kids). My husband and I were married later in life and don’t have any children. But we are a family unit and he has added so much to our extended family. 😎

  • Vickie P

    Love the story about your best friend encouraging you!

  • Ellen

    Enjoy your weddings. Such a happy reason to get together with family and friends. Thanks for sharing with us. Keep writing, I love reading your books.

  • Erin F

    lol… Happy wedding’ing!!! Man… time does fly, doesn’t it 🙂

  • Sharlene Wegner

    Congratulations to you & your family! So great to have happy occasions to look forward to!

  • Gina Burgos

    Love your books Christie!

  • donnas

    Congrats to you and your family, what great events to come.

  • Brenda E

    Loved your post. There’s nothing like a wedding to help us remember our own romances.

  • Eileen Aberman-Wells

    What a great post!!! I remember preparing for my daughter’s wedding 2 years ago. You describe those feelings well!! I love your books and look forward to your next one.

  • Joan Varner

    Enjoyed your post with the song references.

  • M Kuxhaus

    I’m feeling a bit too cynical in my singleness today to cheer for those getting married, but I’m very glad for the book recommendations!

  • Gretchen Miller

    Way awesome. Music goes with everything really

  • Courtney Cogswell

    I love your post! My little brother just got married a few months ago and one of the bridesmaids sang At Last while my dad accompanied her on guitar…not a dry eye to be seen 🙂 I love weddings and families joining together…I am an obsessive gift giver and love the holidays, so the more the merrier in my opinion. And I get to be fun Aunt Courtney that spoils her niece and nephew rotten! I love romance in books, tv, movies and real life so I guess I am a bit of a junkie. But nothing makes me feel better than a good happy ending, which is why I primarily stick to the romance genre. I’m a big fan and I thank you for your contribution to RARM!

  • Pamby50

    Congratulations on all the weddings coming up. I love the songs you were singing. I have Etta James on cd but not the Carpenters. Love me some SEP. I look forward to reading your books.

  • Carrie

    Congratulations on the upcoming weddings! I hope you have lots of fun!

  • Tammy H

    Children grow up too fast!

  • I’ve never read a book by Christie Ridgeway. Love the blog post though! I’ve added the Sept release to my list. Congrats!

  • Toni Linenberger

    Congrats MOG!

  • Terri C

    So glad you took the risk and started writing!

  • Stephanie M.

    Thank you for your post. I reminded me of my own wedding and life with my hubby. I will add you to my TBR. 🙂

  • Cheryl Hastings

    Thanks for the post and the recommendations. Love your books, can’t wait for the next one!

  • Kortney

    Love your books Christie! I had two weddings this summer myself! It always amazing to see two people who love each other so much marry! It makes me believe that one day it will be me up there!

  • Debbie Kitzke

    Thanks for your essay and thoughts

  • Judy Goodnight

    I love weddings! We’ve had our family grow by one when our daughter got married .

  • Emily Seelye

    Weddings are wonderful! What is your giveaway, I don’t think it says?