Thursday, November 7, 2013

Blog tour: Have Gown, Will Wed by Killian McRae

Today's tour stop book has a fantastic pitch line: "How far will you go for "I Do"?" Love it! Here is our post for Have Gown, Will Wed Blog Tour hosted by AToMR Blog Tours.
Have Gown, Will Wed by Killian McRae
Release date: September 18
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Chick Lit

Back in college, the bras-before-bros sisterhood decided to live for achievement in the boardroom, not the bedroom. Rosalind Betters embraced that philosophy, pursuing her career and little else. But when her last single friend, Kamakshi, announces her engagement in of all things, an arranged marriage, Rosalind reevaluates the merits of matrimony. In her typical gung ho fashion, she names a date, books a venue, hires a caterer, and picks out a dress, all before finding a groom. Taking a lesson from Kamakshi and too busy to do otherwise, Rosalind hires San Francisco's best headhunter, Xavier Hommes, to find her better half for her. 

At first, Xavier thinks Rosalind is one of the eccentric personalities for which the city is famous. As the search starts, however, Xavier finds himself hating his task for reasons he never would have suspected. If Rosalind really wants a man who will make her happy, she need look no further. As W-Day approaches and Rosalind starts falling for someone Xavier himself headhunted, he walks the line between professionalism and passion, trying to decide if competing to become Mr. Betters is worth the risk to his commission, his reputation, and Rosalind's happiness.

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A Heroine, For Betters or Worse

In the early 2000’s, I became friends with two engineering graduate students. Both women were in their mid-20’s and in serious relationships. “Bee” had come to the university specifically to be near her beau, whom she had met a few years before when he did an internship at a company in her home time. The other, “June”, had met her boyfriend when they were both students at the university. I remember how much I envied both of these students who had dedicated themselves to earning degrees in a highly competitive field, and of their determination to be successful in both their professional and personal lives. I also remember, however, the day Bee told me she got engaged. I was so disappointed in her, fearing she was going to throw away her promising career because she felt the need to be all domestic and wed. June on the other hand, waited until she had finished her degree and had a steady, well-paying job before tying the knot. At the time, I remember thinking June did things right. June had her priorities straight. Someday, Bee was going to see June’s career and how she put her achievement as a professional before her role as someone’s bride and be jealous.

That was ten years before I wrote Have Gown, Will Wed. Today, Bee is still blissfully and uncompromisingly in love, and still married to that wonderful guy she chased half way around the world. On top of that, she’s VERY GAINFULLY employed at a certain large internet search engine company. June has jumped employers and made major moves three times, and in the last set of shifts, left her husband behind along with it. While her career is indeed blazing and fulfilling, it has come with serious casualties in her personal life. She’s getting married again, I’ve heard. But one has to wonder, which of these ladies had it right? Is there a right? Does that imply there’s a wrong?

Rosalind Betters came to me as an amalgamation of these two women. She has both the belief that there’s nothing wrong with relationships, per se, but that the area where she really needs to focus is her career. When Rosalind learns her last single friend is getting married, she starts to think that maybe she’s let her life swing too far to one side of the professional-personal pendulum. She looks at all she’s built, and wonders why she built it at all. Of course, Rosalind has honed a get-er-done approach to her life by the time she comes to this realization. So, it’s only natural that when she decides what needs done is finding someone to partner her personal side, hiring out the task only seems natural. Rosalind is a woman who knows she’ll never be June Cleaver, but doesn’t mind carving out a place in her life in the pursuit of domestic bliss.

As long as she doesn’t have a meeting scheduled.

About the Author

Killian McRae would tell you that she is a rather boring lass, an authoress whose characters’ lives are so much more exciting than her own. She would be right. Sadly, this sarcastic lexophile leads a rather mundane existence in the San Francisco Bay Area. She once dreamed of being the female Indiana Jones, and to that end she earned a degree in Middle Eastern History from the University of Michigan. However, when she learned that real archaeologist spend more time lovingly removing dust with toothbrushes from shards of pottery than outrunning intriguing villains with exotic accents, she decided to become a writer instead. She writes across many genres, including science fiction, fantasy, romance, and historical fiction.

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