HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY TO
MUST LOVE FASHION!
Must Love Fashion
By Deborah Garland
Release Date: August 7, 2017
Keywords: Contemporary, Romance, Novel, Fashion, Widower, Model, Second Chance
Gwendolyn Mallory has landed her dream job. After years at a small fashion retailer, she’s been given a chance to show off her public relations skills for a major brand. What woman wouldn’t be excited to work for Prada in New York City?
Former male model turned Prada Brand Manager, Andrew Morgan is ready to move on with his life—his wife passed away from cancer fifteen months ago. Even though he and Gwen share an initial fiery spark, getting involved with a co-worker has always been on Andrew’s to-don’t list.
The weeks leading up to an L.A. fashion show bring Andrew and Gwen closer to the flame. At night, she dreams of this tall handsome man taking her on his desk. And Andrew is having a hard time keeping his own fantasies under control. But when one of the designers vies for Gwen’s affections, Andrew is awash with jealousy. And out of excuses.
After the show, they share an intense, passionate kiss and some killer heavy petting in one of the dressing rooms. And in her bed, Gwen brings out the man Andrew used to be, wild and hungry. But in the afterglow of their bliss, Andrew learns Gwen has been hiding something about her health. Unable to deal with all that pain again, he leaves.
During a business trip to Milan, Gwen and Andrew give into the heat still smoldering between them. Then Gwen finds out she’s about to be transferred to Italy. Andrew doesn’t want to hold her back from such a great opportunity, but he can’t live without her. He proposes in hopes of keeping her in New York, with him.
What woman wouldn’t be excited to marry a devilishly handsome man in a Prada wedding gown?
Must Love Fashion, Version 2.0
Must Love Fashion is the result of another failed novel. I won't make a secret about that. Too many people read the original version! What stuck with me throughout that painful failure was the desire to still tell Gwen and Andrew's love story. That hadn't changed from the original novel. It was the setting in which they met that was changed (and the title).
I was originally inspired to write a character who was battling health issues on several fronts. The personal front (how Gwen deals with her diagnosis and testing internally), the family front (how those who love her have responded) and finally the relationship front (how Andrew responds and why).
I based Gwen’s experience on my own diagnosis of LCIS. (Lobular Carcinoma In Sito) Earlier drafts included LCIS by name, but I felt it made the story too personal.
For Gwen, her abnormal mammograms are mostly a nuisance. Internally, it’s an extra round of mammograms each year and the anxiety of getting results that lead to more tests. And since Gwen has family history of breast cancer, her sister and her brother hover. Her sister goes through her mail and her brother is keeping something about her father from Gwen, so she doesn’t worry. Only through her relationship with Andrew does she find a way to escape.
Except Andrew is well aware of these issues because his wife passed away from something similar. He’s the other side to that equation. I wanted to create a narrative about a man who had lost his wife to an illness, falls in love again...only to be faced with those same challenges. That side the story is about facing your worst fears. For love. Andrew has to look deep inside himself and at times even he’s not sure he could do the right thing, if Gwen were to become sick.
Gwen originally thinks she has an escape from all of this with Andrew and finds out, he’s going to be more fiercely protective of her than all of her family combined. She has to decide if that’s what she wants.
Must Love Fashion is set in a fictional town on the North Fork of Long Island called Darling Cove. The Mallory’s are a tight loving family, pulled even closer together by the death of their mother years ago. In this Book One, we meet Gwen’s brother Greg and her sister Skye, and get a small glimpse into their lives. In Book Two (Must Have Faith), Greg must face his runaway bride Faith Copeland and in Book Three (Must Be Crazy) Skye, an attorney faces a huge conflict of interest when she falls for the subject in her next case…Edward Mendelsohn.
Thanks for letting me stop by, Terri
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Deborah Garland is a former computer and sports journalist, turned romance and women’s fiction author. She likes to write about love and the struggles of complicated relationships. Her heroines are strong, and the heroes fall hard for them. She lives on the North Shore of Long Island with her husband and when she’s not writing, she’s either in the gym, or reading, cuddled up with their two pugs, Zoe and Harley.
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