Yes, I admit it.
I am doing a SHAMELESS PLUG this week and I'll own it 100%
I blame Bridal Hall, my friends and Zondervan.
I worked at Bridal Hall for 8 years. I worked full-time days at school, then went to the bridal store.
I loved the bridal store. I loved working with brides and their mothers, their friends, their families, their mean cousins, their wicked stepsisters and I realized that if a bride was a jerk... most of her friends fit that category.
Now if that seems harsh, let me put it this way: Birds of a feather, blah, blah, blah.
Same thing, just nicer and not as directed! But those bridezillas were rare, rare, rare! Most of my customers were of the race that knows Joseph, fun, normal, hard-working people looking for advice... and you know how much I love giving advice!
Bridal Hall was a great store. It was started by the Hall family, and by the time I came on board, Mrs. Hall had gone home to heaven and Mr. Hall ran the store with his son and daughter.
It was like working with family. We had so much fun, it should have been outlawed. I saw and learned so much, and I'll tell you honestly, I've never worked another job where I had to study so much to learn the ins and outs of every corner of the business. We carried over 60 designers, out-of-stock gowns, prom gowns a full tuxedo department and jewelry.
The Halls gave my daughter Beth a job in tuxedos while she was at the University of Rochester. And when she graduated, they passed the job on to my son Luke while he was an undergrad at Rochester. That's the kind of people they were. Kind. Good. Generous.
Last year I was offered two opportunities: One to write this amazing and sweet novella for "The Year of Weddings" collection from Zondervan...
Ruthy's long-awaited "Year of Weddings Novella" is on sale now! TNZ Fiction > A Year of Weddings is just the bounce-into-spring story we've all been waiting for! When high-stakes Philadelphia lawyer Greg Elizondo inherits his mother's vintage bridal salon, he has to face the store's possible demise... until third-year law student Tara Simonetti walks in the door, ready to work. And work she does, leaving her mark on Elena's Bridal... and Greg's heart!
And a six-book contract from Love Inspired, including a wedding series.
Hallelujah chorus! How perfect is this, pass the wedding cake and strike up the band!
You know how I told you I haven't had a lot of time to cook... Well I'll eat a lot of sandwiches for the chance to write after the day job, but this week I wanted to share the joy of this fun novella with all of you!
I dedicated this sweet story to the Hall family and my friends at Bridal Hall. I will forever be grateful for their kindness, their patience and their enduring spirit.
I'm raising a slice of wedding cake in their honor!
Today I'm giving away copies of this sweet novella but you have to pop in and leave a comment for us! No lurking allowed. Stop in, I'll make youse coffee and I'll cut the cake!
Because we love weddings!
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