Jasmine Guillory is the New York Times bestselling author of The Proposal and The Wedding Date. She is a graduate of Wellesley College and Stanford Law School and lives in the Bay Area. Her writing has been featured on Jezebel, Thrillist, and The Toast.
On Love and Design: Two Novels About Relationships and Getting Everything Right
Theo's wardrobe is about the only thing Maddie Forest appreciates about him at the beginning of Jasmine Guillory's The Wedding Party. She's a stylist, after all, so clothes matter. Once their mutual attractions starts simmering, however, Maddie starts to enjoy the Theo underneath the clothes--literally. In Nita Brooks debut novel, Redesigning Happiness, Yvonne is an interior decorator newly engaged to the "perfect" man, Nathan. He keeps his interior at a distance, however, which leads Yvonne back into the arms of the gorgeous Richard Barrington--ex lover and father of her young son. Join Jasmine Guillory and Nita Brooks as they discuss their sexy and thoughtful new novels, and what it's like to be forces to be reckoned with in genres that are turning up the heat and making room for new voices.
Tammy Garnes is a communications expert and film producer. She sold her first feature film to MGM immediately after earning her MA from the Peter Stark Producing Program at the University of Southern California. Her film and television credits include Co-Producer, Roots-Celebrating 25 Years (NBC) and Dancing in September (HBO), and Associate Producer for Laurence Fishburne’s Biker Boyz (Dreamworks). Most recently she co-produced Ava DuVernay’s August 28th currently on exhibit at the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
The Wedding Party
Maddie and Theo have two things in common: Alexa is their best friend; and they hate each other. After an “oops, we made a mistake” night together, neither one can stop thinking about the other. With Alexa’s wedding rapidly approaching, Maddie and Theo both share bridal party responsibilities that require more interaction with each other than they’re comfortable with. It builds until they find themselves sneaking off together to release some tension when Alexa isn’t looking, agreeing they would end it once the wedding is over. When it’s suddenly pushed up and they only have a few months left of secret rendezvouses, they find themselves regretting that the end is near. But as with any engagement with a nemesis, there are unspoken rules that must be abided by. First and foremost, don’t fall in love.