Thursday, June 25, 2015

Traditions and Superstitons Behind the Bridesmaids, Wedding & Honeymoons Series

My beautiful daughter, Muriel van der Linde
The idea for my new series on the theme of bridesmaids, weddings and honeymoons was sparked by the notion that some women are doomed to be bridesmaids, and never to be brides themselves.

This might be true for some women, but as weddings are one of those places where the potential for new romances to blossom is really strong, others might find that bit of folklore to be incorrect. At weddings, love seems to be in the air and cupid is a very busy boy under such circumstances.

Weddings have always been important event on the social calendar. It is the perfect time to get re-acquainted with family and friends and to meet new people.

Many traditions have been attached to weddings over the years. In some cases the logic behind the was lost, but it is interesting how many are still being used today.

It is said that if the bride cries on her wedding day, she won't cry again in her marriage. And rain on the wedding day is supposed to predict many children. Candles blown out by the wind during the wedding ceremony is supposed to bring very bad luck, because somebody is going to cause trouble.

Another old wives' tale is that if the younger of two sisters marries first, the older sister must dance barefoot at the wedding if she wants to find a husband of her own.
The garter

The woman who catches the bride’s bouquet and the man the garter when tossed will be the next to get married. Traditionally, the unmarried man who catches the garter must place it on the leg of the unmarried woman who catches the bouquet.

And another tradition attempting to predict the next wedding is the one about the maid-of-honor and the best-man going off together after the wedding.

Muriel's bouquet

The rings have been the focus of attention in that if it is dropped before it is placed on the finger, the person who dropped it will be the first of the couple to die.

The rhyme, something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a silver sixpence in her shoe, dates from Victorian times but the traditions behind it is even older still. Something old has the continuation of the family in mind. Something new was a symbol for prosperity and good luck. The item that was borrowed is supposed to be something that brought happiness to another married person. Blue is the symbol of purity, modesty, fidelity and love. And the sixpence in her shoe meant that the bride would never be without.

And these are but a few.

What wonderful scope for a series of erotic paranormal romance on the theme of bridesmaids, weddings and honeymoons!

The first in the series, The Run-Away Couple, is available in ebook and paperback from Amazon and the second, He's Married, will be out in August. There will be a new one every month until I run out of wedding traditions. I hope you love reading these as much as I loved writing them.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Runaway Couple



It is said that the maid of honor and the best man are the most likely to have sex on a wedding night. Add a love-hate relationship and throw a couple of ghosts into the mix, and you have the runaway couple.
Eloise chose a Gothic themed wedding for her and Dane, complete with remote setting, flickering candles, flaming torches and shadows, all geared toward scaring the guests. The stormy weather and swirling mists were a bonus.
But the person most scared is the maid of honor, the bride’s elder sister, Piper. She didn’t do creep. Added to that, she’s been lumped together with Marcus, the best man and the bane of Piper’s teenage life. He was a prankster of renown when they were growing up. As the boy-next-door, he singled Piper out for the best he could come up with. She didn’t trust him then, and she certainly didn’t trust him now.
As the runaway couple, will they follow the traditional path? Or will Piper’s dislike and mistrust of Marcus win out?
Set in South Africa, the Runaway Couple is the first book in a set of steamy romances about bridesmaids, weddings and honeymoons that will appeal to the young and the young at heart alike.

Maggie Tideswell is an author of erotic paranormal romance.
Wow! So is everybody else.
What sets Maggie apart is that she writes from a South African perspective, because that is where she lives with her husband, Gareth and their three cats.
When asked why she writes in the paranormal, her answer was that paranormal, things unexplained, is all around us, whether we acknowledge it or not. And romance is everywhere too. It is love, not money, that makes the world go round.

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