I’m piggybacking on Carole Ann Moleti’s post from yesterday and inviting readers to vote in the Raven Awards. Books are automatically entered in this contest when they receive a 4 or 5 star review from UnCaged Books. Then the public gets to vote for their favorite book.
My sweet romantic comedy, A Groom for Mama, is a finalist in the contemporary category, and I’m doing the happy dance! I echo Carole Ann’s sentiments about being in good company. There are so many SMP authors who made the semi-final and final rounds in this contest. BTW, congratulations on finaling, Carole, and good luck to all the rest of the SMP authors who made the finals cut!
To celebrate A Groom for Mama making it into the finals, I thought I’d share the book blurb and a never-before-seen excerpt from A Groom for Mama. This book has a special place in my heart as it started out as a half-hour radio play that my husband and I wrote for a local contest when we first started our venture into playwriting. The play finaled in the contest, but didn’t win. We put it aside, considering it a lesson learned. Later, with my hubby’s permission, I used the basic premise—a dying mother wants to see her child married before she departs this earth—to come up with a new story for my book. The book doesn’t resemble the play at all, but here it is again, a finalist in a new contest. Just saying that makes me smile. It just goes to show you that an old idea can have a new life. So, without further fanfare, here’s the exclusive excerpt from A Groom for Mama.
A Groom for Mama
By Catherine Castle
Beverly Walters is dying, and before she goes she has one wish—to find a groom for her daughter. To get the deed done, Mama enlists the dating service of Jack Somerset, Allison’s former boyfriend.
The last thing corporate-climbing Allison wants is a husband. Furious with Mama’s meddling, and a bit more interested in Jack than she wants to admit, Allison agrees to the scheme as long as Mama promises to search for a cure for her terminal illness.
A cross-country trip from Nevada to Ohio ensues, with a string of disastrous dates along the way, as the trio hunts for treatment and A Groom For Mama.
As soon as they were out of the kitchen, Allison nudged off his grip. “Just because you can kiss Mama doesn’t mean you can be fresh with me.”
Her tone stung like a slap, and he stepped back. “Sorry. Didn’t mean to invade your space.”
“What do you want?”
“Any news on the medical front I should know?”
She sighed. “Dr. Kramer said he already got second opinions. And Mama doesn’t want to go see any doctors, because she thinks I can’t fulfill my promise to find a husband if we’re gallivanting across the country in search of a cure.”
“We can put that notion to rest. My database has connections to a nationwide search engine. I can find you a bridegroom anywhere in the USA.”
Grimacing, she said in a pinched voice, “Thanks a lot. I hoped we could skip the husband-hunting promise if I could get her out of town.”
“She’s not going to give up easily. I’ve already approached her about dropping the whole idea.”
Allison’s face brightened. “Really? How nice of you.”
A twinge of guilt pricked him. Nice had nothing to do with it. He just didn’t want to see her with anyone else.
“Anyway, it didn’t work. You’re stuck with finding a man.” As he reached for the front doorknob, she grabbed his hand.
“If I didn’t say it earlier, thanks for all you’ve done for Mama. Visiting her. Bringing her flowers. Offering to help with the medical bills.” She lowered her gaze to the floor. “After the way I treated you I’m surprised you’re willing to help me. You’ve gone above and beyond what most ex-boyfriends would do.”
He tipped Allison’s face until she gaze met his. “I love your mom and I’d do anything for her.”
“Including marry me off?”
“If Beverly wants.” He started to leave. Then he stopped. “Is it what you want?”
“No. But if dating these men will make her get a second or third or fourth opinion, it’s what I’ll do. Even if I have to get engaged to an oyster farmer from Shreveport, Louisiana.”
His mouth quirked into a grin. “I don’t think I have any of those in the database, but I can check if you want.”
“I’ll pass this time.”
“Might be a good idea considering the choices I just left with you.” The stunned expression on her face made him laugh. “They’re not all bad. Just remember, you’re the one who filled out the questionnaire, not me.”
I hope you enjoyed this exclusive excerpt from A Groom for Mama. Please consider clicking over and voting for your favorite SMP authors. There’s no registration required for voting and the site isn’t collecting emails, so it’s super easy to vote. One vote per category and your last chance to vote is Saturday, August 18.
About Catherine Castle:
Multi-award-winning author Catherine Castle loves writing, reading, traveling, singing, theatre, and quilting. She’s a passionate gardener whose garden won a “Best Hillside Garden” award from the local gardening club. She writes sweet and inspirational romances. You can find her books , including her multi-award-winning inspirational romantic suspense The Nun and the Narc and A Groom for Mama on her Amazon Author page.