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Friday, June 1, 2012

Today Is My Wedding Day

One of the wonderous aspects about writing romance is we create scenarios. What follows is my current imaginings of how my heroine, Lily Hughes' experiences her wedding day to her hero in the first book of The Women's Circle Series.

Her experience also allowed me to create a wedding day much different from my own. That is part of the magic and power of romantic fiction. What draws you to romance novels?


Today is my wedding day! A look in the mirror showed Lily just how amazing that thought was to her. “It isn’t my first wedding but it will be my last”, she said to the woman in the mirror, who nodded a brilliant smile lighting her face.

“Without everyone’s support I don’t think Jackson and I would be here,” she continued the conversation with her reflection. “Each one, in her special way, lighted some part of my path to this day.”

Lily twirled looking at her form from all angles in the cheval mirror giving a final twitch and tug to her floor length blue silk and lace dress. She slipped her feet into matching low-heeled pumps and with a last glance turned from the looking glass and marched across the room to the overstuffed chair in the corner. Gingerly she perched on the edge conscious of her dress.

Today is my wedding day! How many times have I said or thought those words since waking? she mused.  At least every few minutes. She shivered as joyous wonder enveloped her, sighed, and smiled. Maybe it will be like this until the ceremony.

She turned at the soft knock on the door.

“Come in.”

The door opened and one-by-one the other women from The Circle filed in.

Lily stood and slowly revolved. “What do you think?” she said as she started to move.

Silence greeted her question.

A frown now marked her forehead as she completed the revolution.

As the faces of her friends came into view, the frown deepened. Every face had raised eyebrows and rounded mouths.

Something was terribly wrong!

Today is my wedding day! And something is wrong. Her stomach clenched, bile rose in her throat, as an incipient panic gripped her.

Sophia stepped forward and took hold of her hands. “You look spectacular!” she said and hugged her.

“I do?” Lily said, shaking her head.

“You do,” Diana added. “Absolutely spectacular!”

The other women nodded their heads, their voices chimed in eager agreement.

Lily crossed the room, back to the cheval mirror, where she once again twirled, viewing herself from all angles.

“But you all looked so shocked? I thought something was horribly wrong.”

“We’ve never seen you look so radiant,” Sophia spoke. “We weren’t shocked; at least not in a bad way.

Lily saw the other heads nod in agreement, smiles wreathed every face. Her face lit again with a brilliant smile. Today is my wedding day and all is at it should be. Blessed Be.
© 2012 Judith Ashley



6 comments:

Sarah Raplee said...

What a lovely excerpt, Judith! I liked the way you tied the beginning and the end together.

What draws me to romance novels is the themes of connection and triumph over adversity - in other words, the Happily-ever-afters!

Judith Ashley said...

Thanks, Sarah. Even though I know that there is HEA waiting for me, it's the journey the heroine and hero take that keeps me coming back.

Diana Mcc. said...

I like the journey that the characters take to get to the HEA. I like the books that I feel invested in the heroine's journey. For me, different genres make for the spice of life in reading.

Judith Ashley said...

Thanks for stopping by, Diana. I'd not thought of seeing the different genres as the 'spice of life in reading'.

Paty Jager said...

Wonderful excerpt, Judith! I loved it.

Judith Ashley said...

Thanks, Paty. It's written as an excerpt but is actually original. There is a pre-wedding scene in the ms but it is very different from this one. As I'm going through it again, I may find this is a better fit when I get to that part which will be fantastic because it will already be written!