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Beyond The Page & Giveaway: “The Unexpected Wedding Guest (The Wedding Season #1)” by Aimee Carson

Nov 27
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Today is day 2 of THE WEDDING SEASON week on CABR 🙂

Each of the four authors has written a guest post about her book in the series


because you know I love giveaways,

each day you get the chance to win that day’s featured book 🙂

Aimee Carson is up next with book #1, THE UNEXPECTED WEDDING GUEST.


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My hero inspiration for Mason Hicks in The Unexpected Wedding Guest is Jeremy Renner from the Academy Award winning movie The Hurt Locker.

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Now, you wouldn’t think a story about war would inspire my romance-writing muse, but as I watched Jeremy Renner’s amazing performance I got caught up in his character.

He plays Staff Sergeant William James, a member of a highly trained bomb disposal team. In the movie, his character keeps a box under his bed, a box containing bomb parts and his wedding ring.

Things, he says, that nearly killed him. And, boy, if that line didn’t get the creative juices flowing.

Plus, I really felt a need to write a romantic HEA for Staff Sergeant James!


Here’s an EXCERPT from  Mason Hicks, my hero from AN UNEXPECTED WEDDING GUEST:

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Why are you here?

It was a helluva question.

Should he be flippant and say he wanted to drive her crazy? Because she’d always been sexiest when riled? After ten years she still looked so beautiful that the first sight had been like a blast to his chest—surprising, since his lack of a sex drive lately had started to scare the heck out of him.

Or should he go with the blunt truth: because his shrink had sent him?

Pathology, indeed. A soft grunt escaped, and Mason’s lips twisted wryly. As if his screwed-up head could somehow be treated by facing the “unresolved issues in his past.” Mason had scoffed out loud at the psychiatrists’ words.

Personally, Mason was pretty damn sure his “issues”—the relentless insomnia, the crippling migraines, and a sex drive that had gone AWOL—were all the result of the IED that had exploded eight months ago, nearly killing him.

Why he was still alive, he had no idea.

But essentially, he was here today because he’d more or less been ordered to come. He’d tried everything else, and the medical doctor’s only words of encouragement were that things should get better with time. The operative word being should. And then his shrink had insisted that Mason reach out to all the people he’d pushed out of his life over the years, which had been easier said than done. Because, seriously, finding closure after his disastrous FUBAR of a marriage with Reese?


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Here’s the YouTube link to the movie character in THE HURT LOCKER that inspired the hero in my story – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GxSDZc8etg


Aimee Carson pictureABOUT THE AUTHOR:

The summer she turned eleven Aimee left the children’s section of the library, entered an aisle full of Mills and Boon, and pulled out a book. That story started a love affair that has followed her from her childhood in Florida to Alaska, Seattle, and finally South Dakota.

Armed with a fantastic part-time job as a physician in the Alaskan Bush (imagine a combo of Northern Exposure and E.R., minus the beautiful mountains and George Clooney), she enjoys being home in the gorgeous Black Hills of South Dakota, riding her dirt bike with her three wonderful kids and beyond-patient husband.

Her motto? Life is too short to do anything less than what you absolutely love. She counts herself lucky to have two jobs she adores and incredibly blessed to be a part of Harlequin/Mills and Boon’s family of talented authors.


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