Today we welcome multi-published author Lynnette Austin and New York Times bestselling author Margaret Brownley. Brides and grooms are very much on their minds and for good reason; they both have new book releases featuring weddings. Here’s what they have to say about their favorite on-screen nuptials.
If you’re feeling stressed and need a short getaway, what wedding movie would you watch? Why would it help you gain a little perspective?
Lynnette: I’d choose Sweet Home Alabama. Melanie Smooter had it all—or so she thought. This is a film that truly showcases what’s important in life. Glitz, glamour, and money. So many fight for these, only to find out they truly don’t bring happiness.
Margaret: Again, it would be The Princess Bride, mainly because of the themes. I loved that the Buttercup could have married for money and power. Instead she chose to marry for love. Loyalty was also a major theme.
Out of all the movie brides, which is your favorite? Your favorite groom? Why?
Lynnette: Okay, I’m not going to dig deep here. I’d choose Andrew Paxton in The Proposal simply because he’s played by Ryan Reynolds. I mean, come on! He’s so sexy! And now with two babies, the man is even sexier. In the new book I’m writing, a woman at the deli counter says, “There’s nothing sexier than a big, strong man holding a baby.” So true. My favorite bride? Melanie Smooter, aka Reese Witherspoon. I’m partial to sweet Southern brides. What can I say?
Margaret: The Princess Bride is one of my favorite movies. I liked that the bride didn’t put up with any guff. And who needs a prince when you can marry a dashing farm boy? I also liked the grandfather (Peter Falk). His “passionate kiss” quote inspired a recent story of mine.
What is your favorite movie kiss?
Lynnette: There are lots of really great kisses out there in movie land. One unforgettable kiss is shared by Han Solo and Princess Leah just before he’s lowered into the carbonite and possible death in The Empire Strikes Back. It’s a “forever” kiss. Another that absolutely sparks is the first public kiss between Baby and Johnny during Dirty Dancing’s last dance. It’s joyous, teasing, and oh, so sexy. But my favorite is that iconic in-the-rain, dangling-upside-down kiss between Spiderman and Mary Jane. It’s hesitant, it’s slow building, and it’s so passionate. It’s empowered by years of wanting on his part and so much emotion on hers. Then the mask is slipped back in place, and Spiderman zips up the building, leaving a laughing out loud Mary Jane. Ahhh!
Margaret: With so many wonderful movie kisses, it’s hard to pick just one. I loved the kiss that Leonardo DiCaprio planted on Kate Winslet’s lips during the “flying” scene in Titanic. A kiss like that should be on everyone’s bucket list. I’m still swooning over the Keira Knightley and Matthew MacFadyen kiss in Pride and Prejudice. Purists objected on the grounds that no kisses existed in Jane Austen’s books, but oh, wow. And let’s not forget the wet kiss that George Peppard gave Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Have you ever noticed how many great movie kisses occur in the rain? Even Spiderman got into the act. It makes you want to leave your umbrella at home during the next rainstorm.
Sometimes the prelude to a kiss is just as memorable as the real thing. Like when Rhett Butler told Scarlett, “You need kissing badly.” Ah, yes. Don’t we all?
Thanks so much for joining us today! Now it’s your turn. What’s your favorite movie wedding and why?
Title: Left at the Altar
Series: A Match Made in Texas, #1
Author: Margaret Brownley
Pub Date: November 1, 2016
Welcome to Two-Time Texas:
Where tempers burn hot
Love runs deep
And a single marriage can unite a feuding town
…or tear it apart for good
In the wild and untamed West, time is set by the local jeweler…but Two-Time Texas has two: two feuding jewelers and two wildly conflicting time zones. Meg Lockwood’s marriage was supposed to unite the families and finally bring peace. But when she’s left at the altar by her no-good fiancé, Meg’s dreams of dragging her quarrelsome neighbors into a ceasefire are dashed.
No wedding bells? No one-time town.
Hired to defend the groom against a breach of promise lawsuit, Grant Garrison quickly realizes that the only thing worse than small-town trouble is falling for the jilted bride. But there’s something about Meg’s sweet smile and determined grit that draws him in…even as the whole crazy town seems set on keeping them apart.
Who knew being Left at the Altar could be such sweet, clean, madcap fun?
MARGARET BROWNLEY penned her first novel at age eleven and has been writing ever since. She’s now a New York Times and CBA bestselling author and has written thirty-five novels and one nonfiction book. Margaret and her husband have three grown children and make their home in Southern California.
Title: Picture Perfect Wedding
Series: Magnolia Brides, #3
Author: Lynnette Austin
Pub Date: November 1, 2016
Third in the heartfelt and charming Magnolia Brides series from Lynnette Austin
One mistake can change everything…forever
Beck Elliot and Tansy Calhoun were inseparable—until Tansy left Misty Bottoms, Georgia, promising to come back after she finished school. Beck stayed behind to save the family business, dreaming of the day when Tansy would return. Instead, his trust and his heart were broken when she inexplicably married another man and bore his child.
Five years later, Tansy comes home, a sadder and wiser woman. Despite his anger, Beck finds it hard to avoid her and her adorable little daughter—especially with all the busybodies of Misty Bottoms going out of their way to throw him and Tansy together, hoping a lingering spark will reignite their enduring flame…
LYNNETTE AUSTIN gave up the classroom to write full time. An author of eight novels, she has been a finalist in RWA’s Golden Heart Contest, PASIC’s Book of Your Heart Contest, and Georgia Romance Writers’ Maggie Contest. She and her husband divide their time between Southwest Florida’s beaches and Blairsville, GA.
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