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.
Yvonne Cable, the once-broke single mom is Atlanta’s most sought-after interior designer—and one-half of the media’s hottest power couple. She and her celebrity fiancé, Nathan, are a perfect, practical match, on—and off—camera. And with their new home improvement reality show the object of a fierce network bidding war, there’s no limit to how far they can go. But, Yvonne is stunned when mogul Richard Barrington III unexpectedly makes an offer for their program. He’s the man she thought left her for a more successful woman. And he’s the father of her son—though he didn’t know it until now. Little by little, Yvonne is finding it hard to resist the responsible, caring man Richard has become. But when a scandalous leak puts everything Yvonne’s worked for at risk, she’ll have to look beyond surfaces to come to terms with who she is—and discover what she truly wants.