Friday, September 25, 2015

Come to Our Wedding!

Available October 6th!
An invitation from Meg Corey and Seth Chapin,
from Sheila Connolly's A Gala Event (Orchard Mystery #9)


Meg: Do you want to go first, Seth?

Seth: No, you can do it. If you mess it up, I can fix it.

Meg: Of course—you can fix anything. (Clears her throat). Friends, neighbors, whatever family we can scrape up, and just about anyone in Granford who’s listening, you’re all invited to our wedding. That’s right, we finally made up our minds to do it. Meg Corey and Seth Chapin will be joined in matrimony on December 4th. At Gran’s Restaurant in Granford, so you know the food will be good. (Turns to Seth) Does that about cover it?

Seth: Close enough. (Smiles) Everybody is welcome. We didn’t want a big fancy event, just a gathering of the people we know and who know us, in this town, where I’ve lived all my life. And where Meg showed up--what, two years ago?--and changed everything for me. Forget about presents—just join us and enjoy the party.

Meg: As Seth so thoughtfully reminded everyone, I was planning to leave as soon as I fixed up the house to sell it. Things didn’t quite work out like that, did they?

Seth: You won’t hear any complaints from me. Don’t tell me you’re having second thoughts?

Meg: Of course not. Sorry it took me so long to figure things out with you.

Seth: Hey, I wasn’t much help. You had a lot on your plate, and I didn’t want to push too hard. But in our own defense, we’re not exactly kids, and I think we both wanted to be sure we got it right.

Meg: Yes, plus we were busy. I had to learn a whole new profession, and you’ve been shifting your business to home restoration. It’s a wonder we managed to see each other at all, much less fall in love. We couldn’t manage to hold a conversation past about eight o’clock at night. And then we kept getting involved with murders. Plural. Unbelievable!

Seth: True. Maybe we can thank those murders for getting us together.

Meg: What an awful thought! But whatever the cause, here we are now. And to all of you, we want you to celebrate with us. It’ll be a great party. (And if you drop dead during the wedding, we will stash you in the big freezer in the back of the restaurant until the wedding and the party are over. It took Seth and me this long, so we’re not going to delay it for anything.)

Seth: Besides, we need to go on a honeymoon, not investigate another crime.

Meg: I agree!

Seth: Uh, Meg? Did we forget to plan a honeymoon?

Meg: Well, yes, kind of. But we’ve got plenty of time for that.



I know people don't usually give gifts to the guests at weddings, but leave a comment about the one thing you think you really need for a wedding (besides two people in love), and you could win a copy of A Gala Event plus an apple that will never spoil! I'd send you a bushel of real ones from my orchard, but I think the Post Office would have problems with that.






41 comments:

  1. I think I am being too literal but I think a wedding needs someone who is authorized to perform the marriage (otherwise would it be a fancy date?). Thank you for the chance to win. :-)

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    1. I did my homework. In Massachusetts it's legal to get a special permit from the governor to perform a marriage ceremony, as long as you get the paperwork in on time.

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  2. What you need is a Bride & Groom who are so in love that they know it's a forever love & you need a person who is legally authorized to perform the ceremony & a marriage license. Thanks for this awesome giveaway. Linda May

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  3. Framing and friends to share the event
    sgiden at verizon(.) net

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  4. My practical answer...a license. Really you need a sense of humor and patience to go along with all that love. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. Oops, forgot to include my contact information. dmskrug3 at hotmail dot com

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    2. Even if you're not trying to solve crimes at the same time!

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  5. You need the people you love best to celebrate with you. And good music! lkleback@hotmail.com

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  6. I think for a woman and maybe a man there needs to be a special outfit to make them feel beautiful. suefoster109@netzero.net

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  7. I think you need the couple's family and closest friends to make it a great celebration. cking78503@aol.com

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  8. You need your family and/or friends to celebrate with you.
    ruabanrion@gmail.com

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  9. Music. Especially a song that really means something to the bride and/or groom. I have played for many weddings and it is heartwarming to play songs that are meaningful to that particular couple. I've played "You are My Sunshine" because the mother of the bride always sang that to her as a child, "Silent Night" (not at Christmas time) because the groom LOVES that song and wanted to start their marriage on the right "note", J.S. Bach's "Prelude" (sounds like Ave Maria) because the bride and groom wanted to walk down the aisle to a song they both love. At my own wedding reception 29 years ago I sang "You Light Up My Life" to my husband. A very sweet memory now for both of us. Can't wait to read this book! melodiegren@hotmail.com

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  10. A celebration with close family and friends whose love for the couple is emotional and beautiful. A couple who are soulmates forever. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  11. A devoted couple whose love will be there always. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  12. Great location you will never forget where you got married

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  13. Weddings need good wishes and lots of love.
    If you don't tell the post office about mailing me the apples, I certainly won't!
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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    1. Hmm... We won't mention the time I sent a poisonous substance through the mail. Oh, no, there's nothing dangerous in here!

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  14. Having your Family and Friends to share the event are great but let's face it, once you are ready to get married to the one you love all the rest is just icing on the cake!

    susierobertsmom at Hotmail dot com

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  15. Having just celebrated 25 years of marriage, I reminisced about our pre-Pinterest wedding...satisfied, but there are a few things I wished I'd done. I would have added so many more flowers, hired a professional videographer, been a little more creative with photo poses, opted for spa treatments with wedding party, and had professional make-up and hair done. Oh, I sound disappointed... I'm not. Many of our guests continue to comment how lovely the wedding was. It was! kat8762@aol.com

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  16. The most important people at the wedding are the bride and groom, but it's nice to share it with your family and friends. Personally, I love the pictures too! For Meg and Seth, there will be a plentitude of special guests (readers) because this book is going to be a best seller. As far as the apples, send them my way...the post office can't complain if you send a teacher an apple, can they? mmargrave@yahoo.com

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  17. Besides the loving couple who are ecstatic about getting married to each other...and usually a ring or two....I think there has to be flowers. Even if you were to wed each other all alone, with no family and friends right there, if you had a bunch of beautiful flowers, it would be symbolic of the Proust quote about friends being the flowers in the garden of life. And by a bunch of beautiful flowers, I mean something as simple as a bunch of daisies or something picked from the field. All flowers are beautiful, as are friends, and the best friends of all --- a husband and wife. Wow, that sounds sappy! But I really do mean it :)
    lynneandco@comcast.net

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  18. I think you need your car hidden in a safe place that your best man can get you to so the crowd can't do something messy to it.

    ElaineE246 at msn dot com

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  19. In order for the ceremony to be completed you need an official, be it a minister or judge or captain of a ship. A marriage license is also necessary to have it be official. robeader53@yahoo.com

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  20. A marriage license. Thank you for this opportunity.
    peggyhyndman(at)att(dot)net

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  21. A sense of humor for sure, and a sense of perspective. A wedding should be beautiful and solemn and memorable and fun and full of family and friends...a true celebration. But most of your time and energy should be invested in the marriage that's going to follow the celebration, not just the wedding day itself. rencw@verizon.net

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  22. A sense of humor, something will probably go wrong, but if you can start your wedded bliss laughing everything will be fine. Thanks for a chance to win,
    babemomara@att.net

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  23. I think that the essential ingredients are love. Love must be truly present for it to be a wedding. True love bond between the couple otherwise it's just a party. I adore this series and have been waiting for Seth and Meg to marry with great anticipation!!! Truth be told this is my all time favorite series!!!! I wonder if the wedding will have a Apple theme?? Itsacatslife17 at Yahoo.com

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  24. You need a good cake knife and a serving fork for the cake, and crystal glasses for the bride and groom to toast.
    the3beersus@yahoo.com

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  25. I think you need to have a sense of humor. Things will go wrong on the day. Just go with it & enjoy.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  26. The ability to relax and go with the flow. The wedding will be perfect because you are both there and in love. Bobbipad@gmail.com

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  27. Good weather if it is an outside wedding, and no drama!!!
    Lisa
    hseaside5@aim.com

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  28. Rings. doward1952@yahoo.com

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  29. Photographer... My son wasn't sure he needed a photographer so we paid for one. We took some great family shots. Two months later, we lost my husband's sister at only 47. Those last group shots with her became very precious. cheers@marjimmanor.com

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  30. Family and friends to celebrate with the bride and groom.

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  31. Everyone pretty much has it covered but one thing is shelter. I know there are a lot of outdoor weddings planned but for goodness sake, have a backup plan. Don't laugh. My niece was married this summer and the night before the wedding, the park flooded where they were going to get married. Had to find a church that morning. It ended up alright but it sure was tense. Plus it rained a big part of the day.

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  32. I think you need to be as debt free as possible. And, not bring a lot of of stuff like so many people think they need. Less is more. Marriage is about being together not cleaning or paying off debt all thw time.

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  33. I think a license is needed for a wedding.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  34. The most important thing needed at a wedding are the vows! I think couples today are so busy planning the details they forget to understand the commitment they need to make to each other. In good times and bad, in sickness and health, forsaking all others, as long as you both shall live. My husband and I will be married 37 years on Wednesday.

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  35. I forgot to add my email address. Thank you!
    dblaser@windstream.net

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  36. Thank you all for the wonderful entries--I'd love to try to write a short story that included all these ideas.

    Of course I couldn't bring myself to choose an entry based on what you suggested, so I relied on a random number generator to make the pick. The winner is SueAnn! I will send an email to get an address to send the prize.

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