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Daniel & Eric's Super Fab Ultimate Wedding Checklist
When Daniel gets caught up in the demands of a cheeky wedding planning app, his fiancé Erik grows frustrated with his preoccupation with adhering to heterosexual traditions. Will Daniel’s groomzilla ways give them the wedding of their dreams, or ultimately lead to their relationship’s demise?
“I think Aurora is disappointed in me.”
“What?” Erik rubbed at his eye. It wasn’t even early morning, judging by the weak light coming through the blinds from the streetlights. “Who?”
“Aurora. The wedding planning app.” Daniel lay on his back, wide awake and staring up at the ceiling.
“The wedding planning app is not a sentient being. It has no feelings or opinions.”
“I feel like she's judging me. I’m sorry if I woke you up.”
“Oh my god, go to sleep.”
“I can't. I'm never going to sleep ever again.” Daniel tugged the blanket higher up his chest, folding his arms over it and exhaling heavily.
“You're being dramatic.”
“I've got too many things buzzing in my head. There's too many things I'm going to forget to do.”
“I thought that's why you had that damn app, so you don't have to remember anything; it's all right there saved on your tablet.”
“Yes, but I have to remember to put everything in it.″ Daniel rolled over. ″She doesn't just know everything—”
“A: She is not a she. It is an it. B: What are we doing tomorrow?”
“Oh my god, what is the point of sharing the app calendar if you're never going to look at it?” Daniel wailed.
“I look at it. It's just crammed so full of everything that I have no idea what's going on when.”
Daniel blew out his breath. ”Look, I know you don’t like the calendar. We’ve been over that, but I don’t know how else to keep track of all of these appointments and deadlines.”
“I told you, we could color-code them, or something,” Erik rolled to his side and punched at his pillow.
“Aurora doesn’t give you that option.”
“Well, it should.”
“I agree, but there’s nothing I can do about that.” Daniel bunched his pillow up under his head. “Tomorrow, we have four appointments to meet with caterers: two in the morning, two in the afternoon.”
“Why so many in one day?”
“It's the only day we both have available this week, and I am not going to make any decisions about the food at our reception without you there to discuss it.”
“Seriously, you could just make a choice, and I'll live with it.” Erik rolled over.
“I don't want you to just 'live with it,' Erik.″ Daniel tried to keep his voice neutral, but failed. ″This is our wedding. I don't want you to just 'live with it.’”
“Why are you getting so worked up about it?”
“We only get one chance at this. Everything needs to be perfect.”
“You're going to drive us both crazy, you know that, right?” Erik tugged the blankets back up over his shoulder.
“Well, then, we'll both be crazy.” Daniel squinted up at the ceiling. He was so tired of making these decisions. Why were there so many options? Why were there so many decisions? The planning was getting on Erik's nerves; he was getting on Erik's nerves. Erik was getting on his nerves. They were both just a pile of irritated nerves because the to-do list didn’t seem to be getting any smaller.
Daniel’s phone chimed with another notification from Aurora.
New Private Message from: MommyMargie.
His mother probably had another ludicrous suggestion for the reception, or a passive-aggressive reminder of the hymn that she and his father had had played at their wedding, that their grandparents had had played at their wedding and that she expected to hear at his wedding. Or maybe his parents had decided to paint the living room green. Who knew?
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We were able to ask Kat a few questions!
1. What is the biggest thing people think they know about your subject/genre that isn’t so?
I think when many people hear me say “I write LBGTQ romance novels”, they think that there’s going to be some sort of terribly tragic circumstances, or it’s going to be angst-filled – that’s what most of us are programmed to infer because that’s basically all we’ve been shown in TV shows or movies. In the shows people my age watched growing up, there was always some sort of horrible consequence attached to being homosexual – if you were homosexual, you were going to be terribly unhappy and/or were going to die a horrible death and/or were going to be alone for your entire life. So, that’s what they kind of expect in any art about gay life – and it’s just not true. I’m writing books where being gay is just another aspect of their lives – it’s not the focus of the book. It’s wonderful that this genre is expanding.
2. What are some references you used while writing this book?
There are a million and one wedding planning references online that I poked through at one time or another.
3. Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Growing up, my mother watched soap operas a lot, and I remember being confused by the commercial breaks. The story seemed to have moved on during the commercial break; the people were never in the same place, or having the same conversation, so I inferred that something must be happening to the story will the commercials were happening, and even between episodes and in my head, I began to fill in the blanks – what must have happened when my television was off?
4. What do your plans for future projects include?
I’m moving back to historical fiction for the next couple of books – and I’m deep in research and plotting those out. I’m really very very excited about them.
5. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Some readers are going to question why Daniel’s using a “straight” wedding resource, and I want to say that that is entirely on purpose. It has to do with how he’s been envisioning a wedding – he feels there are certain things one just has to do, and using a traditional wedding plan is one of them.
Other than that, I’d just like to thank them all for their support over these past few years. I’m so happy that my work has connected with so many people, and I hope I’m creating more things you’ll want to keep reading!
Meet the author:
K. E. Belledonne is a writer, editor and translator. A native New Englander, Kat spends her spare time listening to Glenn Miller records, reading history books and cheering on her beloved Red Sox. Her first novel, Right Here Waiting, was published by Interlude Press in 2015.
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