A Christmas Wedding to Remember – Pat Amsden

A Christmas Wedding to Remember

Thank you so much for having me back again to guest on your blog.

patamsdenIf I were Queen of the Universe I would make sure no child went to bed hungry. It makes me sad when I see signs saying 30% of families rely on the food bank posted in my grocery store. So that’s what I would do if I were Queen of the Universe for the day. Make it so every family had enough to eat, along with just a little chocolate of course!

After all if you’re going to write a book called ‘Chocolate Worth Dying For’ how could you not want to share chocolate? Since last guesting here, I have released a second book, Chocolate Worth Dying For, part of my new cozy mystery series, Death by Chocolate. It’s a cozy mystery and is set in Victoria, BC. I’m also trying to get a Christmas novella out by December, tentatively titled, ‘A Christmas Wedding to Remember.’

Maxine, the heroine of this series, is in her mid-twenties and in Chocolate Worth Dying For has just opened up a Chocolate shop and catering company. But when someone dies holding a chocolate, one of hers, it’s up to her to find out who the guilty party is and bring them to justice.

In the Christmas novella, due for release in December I decided to base this story loosely, very loosely, off Romeo and Juliet. After all Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy of epic proportions fueled by age old injuries and hurts to two noble families mixed with a large dose of mis-communication and ….

So in my novella, Rohan and Julianna are getting married. The two fathers are owners of software firms. They started out together in university and then when they didn’t agree, went their separate ways. All these years later their children have met and decided to marry. The wedding is set at Butchart gardens in Victoria but Julianna is found near death before the wedding takes place. Maxine is once again in the middle of it, determined to stop another tragedy and make sure this time they do have a happily-ever-after. I’m giving you a sneak peak at my new cover along with an excerpt:

A Christmas Wedding To Remember


The guest of honor seemed to be running late judging from the flow of conversation around her as people arrived and took their places while the catering staff moved faster finishing off last minute details in the dining and reception area with the buzz of voices rising.

Kevin, known for never losing his cool, was beginning to look noticeably worried.

“Is there anything I can do to help,” she asked as he checked the kitchen once more as if half expecting to find the bride hiding out behind the cake or in the pantry.

“Find the bride,” he said grimly.

She raised her eyebrows. “Surely they’re not that late?”

“She IS that late,” he said emphasizing the singular. “So far every single one of her bridesmaids are here, the groom and all the groom’s party. And until shortly before they left Juliana seemed the happiest of them all.”

“She didn’t come with anyone?”

“She was supposed to come with her mother and bridesmaids in a limosine.”

“And -?”

“At the last minute she got a phone call, told the bridesmaids she’d catch up with them and dashed out.”

“You’re sure the groom is here?”

“Pacing nervously, muttering his vows under his breath.”

“Has anyone called her?”

“Repeatedly,” Kevin said impatiently. “She’s not answering.”

That alone told Maxine how serious this was since Juliana practically lived with her phone glued to her ear. It was hard for her to imagine what would cause Juliana to disappear so late in the game without a word to anyone.

She couldn’t help it. She felt a sense of fear gripping at her stomach, causing it to twist in knots. She shivered.

“I’m not sure it will help but the cake is ninety-nine percent done. Would you like Heath and I to take a walk around the gardens and see if there’s any sign of her?”

“Would you?” Kevin asked, grabbing her hands and acting as if she’d thrown him a proverbial life raft. Definitely not like Kevin.

“A quick look,” she said hastily. “Although she’ll probably have appeared long before we’ve done a walk around.”

“If she does I’ll call you,” Kevin promised as Maxine made sure she had her cell phone with her ready to take calls.

Outside snow was falling faster covering the grounds in soft white flakes and driving all but the most determined visitors out, in an effort to make it home safely before snow made roads impassable.

Inside laughter and music bubbled out from the Butchart mansion, the warmth and light inviting, as Maxine and Heath looked around.

“Where would you go if you were Julia,” Heath asked, looking hopelessly lost.

“Your guess is as good as mine but I promised Kevin so let’s do a quick loop around.”  She pushed Juliana’s phone number hoping against hope that she would pick up with some explanation and everything would return to normal. Not surprisingly, there was no answer.

They made it past the partridge in the pear tree, the five wedding rings and the eight maids a milking, still none the wiser. Periodically Maxine tried calling her on her phone with no answer. On the home stretch with ten lords a leaping she heard a faint answering ring from a cell phone when she hit call.

She looked at Heath and saw he looked as shocked as she felt. The sound came from somewhere just a little further along, the area hidden by trees. She broke into a run only to find herself slipping on a patch of ice and nearly falling if Heath hadn’t managed to grab her as she was going down.

They made their way towards the sound as fast as possible, Maxine hitting the call button every time they lost the sound.  Obviously it was Julia’s phone but as they made their way through the trees Julia remained hidden from them. The sound, however, was clearly coming from the small stage.

Hearts pounding they made their way up to the small stage. Maxine gasped with Heath’s quick intake of breath showing his surprise as well. Her legs wobbled like jelly as she took in the sight before her.

Up on the stage Julia was clearly visible although the snow was starting to cover her. She was motionless, dressed in her beautiful white wedding dress and a long cape which fanned out behind her, pink bubbles escaping from her mouth and marring an otherwise picture perfect presentation.


Comments and suggestions on my latest work are welcomed! And if anyone is interested here are links to the books I currently have out.


Chocolate Worth Dying for: http://www.amazon.com/Chocolate-Worth-Dying-Death-ebook/dp/B00ECUG9TAchocdye for

lost in vegas

 Lost In Vegas: http://www.amazon.com/Lost-In-Vegas-ebook/dp/B00CYZICQ8

Author: Jo-Ann Carson

About Jo-Ann Carson Where magic happens … Reports of Jo-Ann Carson’s death on a Gulf Island are greatly exaggerated or, at the very least, premature. The eclectic crew of ghosts that haunt her head spill onto the page in two series: The Gambling Ghosts and The Ghost & Abby Mysteries. A Viking with existential issues, a broken hearted Highlander, a Casanova man-witch and a Pirate with a secret are just a few of the males her strong heroines encounter in tales of fantasy, adventure and romance. A firm believer in the magic of our everyday lives, Jo-Ann loves watching sunrises, walking beaches near her home in the Pacific Northwest and reading by the fire. You can visit her on social media: Website * Blog * Twitter * Facebook

12 thoughts on “A Christmas Wedding to Remember – Pat Amsden”

  1. Great excerpt! I’m hooked. Now professionally speaking, if I consume chocolate while reading, it doesn’t “count,” right? My reading burns calories at the same rate as I’m in-taking them?


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