Sweet & Sassy Wedding Themed Book Spotlight with authors Margaret Brownley and Lynnette Austin

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.



Why do you think wedding scenes are so popular?

Lynnette: We love the magic and the romance of weddings, the beginning of a couple’s happy-ever-after. There is laughter, tears, and drama as family members and friends who haven’t seen each other in ages come together. Absolutely anything can…and does…happen!

Margaret: Weddings are such happy occasions. They are all about new beginnings in life and happy endings in movies. Weddings can make us laugh, cry and give us hope.

What was the biggest challenge in writing the wedding scene?

Lynnette: Because my Magnolia Brides series centers on a wedding planner, a florist, and a baker, I had lots of weddings to create, which meant hours on end on Pinterest and Instagram, studying page after page of phenomenal ideas for the couples’ special day. I had to. It’s work, right? J I’ve set up my own pages for each of the series books, one for Tansy and Beck, for Sam and Cricket, and for Cole and Jenni Beth. I hope you’ll check them out!

Margaret: The biggest challenge for me is keeping the wedding fresh and entertaining. If I write a wedding scene you can be sure that things won’t go as expected.




We tend to think of weddings as happy occasions. Can you think of a wedding scene where either the bride or groom or both are not happy?

Lynnette: The Wedding Date. The best man is the bride’s sister’s ex-fiancé. (I know. Confusing.) Just before the wedding, Kat, the sister who’s there with a fake fiancé in the hopes of making the best man jealous, finds out her former fiancé broke up with her after sleeping with her sister, the bride. (And still more confusing!) When the groom finds out his best man has slept with his bride-to-be—well, let’s just say no one is very happy.

Margaret: I can tell you that my heroine in Left at the Altar was not a happy camper at either of her two weddings. As for the movies, the first unhappy bride that comes to mind is Scarlett O’ Hara and her wedding to Charles Hamilton. She wore her mother’s wedding dress and even that reflected her unhappiness since it was ill-fitting and out-of-date.   She breaks down crying when Ashley, the man she really loves, congratulates her and pecks her on the cheek. I also think Elaine in The Graduate merits a mention. Of course she cheers up when the Dustin Hoffman character rescues her on her wedding day, but I’m not sure how long her happiness will last. It’s hard to overlook the fact that the man you love had an affair with your mother.

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

ISBN: 9781492608134

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.

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Title: Picture Perfect Wedding

Series: Magnolia Brides, #3

Author: Lynnette Austin

Pub Date: November 1, 2016

ISBN: 9781492618034

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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  1. What a lovely introduction and interview! Both are new to me authors and I will be looking for the books of both! Thanks!

  2. Kathy Valentine says:

    Shared on all my socials

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