What happens when a gal from Texas meets a boy from a large Italian family?
I thought it might be fun to tell you about the very REAL wedding that inspired my novel, FOOLS RUSH IN (from Revell Publishing). A good friend of mine invited me to serve as a bridesmaid in her wedding in Washington State. We (the whole wedding party and all family members) stayed at a wonderful lodge at the base of Mt. Ranier. I helped my friend put together the last minute details of her wedding, serving as entertainment director for some of the events the night before (including the Hokey Pokey)!
A little backstory on my friend: she’s from Texas and her family members from Texas flew up to Washington to enjoy the wedding. The groom is from a large Italian family, and his whole crew came along, as well. The night before the wedding, both families prepared a huge extravaganza of food(s) to represent their distinct cultures. The Italians cooked up quite a feast, let me tell you. So did the Texans! We ate Italian sausage, Texas BBQ, and much more! When the night was through, we could barely stand, let alone dance! Somehow we managed. . .and the next day my friend got married in the loveliest outdoor wedding I’d ever witnessed!
The memories of that wonderful Tex-Italian wedding lingered in my imagination. When it came time to write FOOLS RUSH IN, I tapped into those precious memories and shaped them into a fictional story about a girl from a large Italian family who meets (and falls in love with) a boy from the piney woods of East Texas. Voila! Bella and DJ were born!
Here’s a little blurb about the book:
Bella Rossi may be nearing thirty, but her life is just starting to get interesting. When her Italian-turned-Texan parents hand over the family wedding planning business, Bella is determined not to let them down. She quickly books a “Boot Scoot’n” wedding that would make any Texan proud. There’s only one catch–she’s a country music numbskull because her family only listens to Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. Where will she find a DJ on such short notice who knows his Alan Jackson from his Keith Urban?
When a misunderstanding leads her to the DJ (and man) of her dreams, things start falling into place. But with a family like hers, nothing is guaranteed. Can the perfect Texan wedding survive a pizza-making uncle with mob ties, an aunt who is a lawsuit waiting to happen, and a massive delivery of 80 cowboy boots? And will Bella ever get to plan her own wedding? Book one in the Weddings by Bella series, Fools Rush In is fun, fresh, and full of surprises. Readers will love the flavorful combination of Italian and Tex-Mex, and the hilarity that ensues when cultures clash.
Enjoy this FOOLS RUSH IN VIDEO.
If you haven’t enjoyed FOOLS RUSH IN, you can get a free digital copy on amazon! I hope you enjoy the story that found its roots in a very real wedding, one that still lingers in my memory!