Guest Author: Gemma Halliday!

January 23, 2009

Everyone please help me in giving a warm welcome to author, Gemma Halliday!



 Thanks so much for letting me crash your corner of the cyber world, Dani!

So, how’s everyone’s 2009 going so far?  Keeping to those resolutions?  I’ll admit, I’ve probably done the exact opposite of each and every one of mine so far this year.  Yikes!  I’m thinking February will be the new January for me.  But, I have a really great excuse. (No giggling from the peanut gallery.  It is good.  I swear!)  My latest book, Mayhem in High Heels, came out at the end of December and between the interview, signings, and promo blitz, I’ve needed the chocolate just to function.  On the up side, I’ve been waiting for this book to release for nine long months, and it’s been so fun seeing it hit stores. 


 Mayhem in High Heels is the fifth and final book in my High Heels series of romantic mysteries, and it follows fashion designer turned amateur sleuth, Maddie Springer, as she investigates the death of a wedding planner.  Unfortunately, hers.  As the killer closes in and wedding disasters from hideous bridesmaid dresses to incontinent doves pile up, Maddie’s race to the altar quickly becomes a race against time.   

 One of my favorite things about writing this book was all the research.  Having never been married myself, I turned to my friends, family, and readers to give me the dirt on what really goes on behind the scenes at a wedding.  Some of their stories made me laugh, some made me cry and go “awww”, but my absolute favorite one came from a young woman who posted hers on a wedding forum.  I laughed so hard I think I pulled something the first time I heard this story.  Here’s what happened at her wedding:

 She was just 19 when she got married, and the night before her wedding she let her husband-to-be borrow her car to go to his bachelor party.  Only neither he nor the car came home that night.  The next morning he still hadn’t brought the car back, and the bride was beginning to worry.  Finally, an hour before the wedding is supposed to start, the groom shows up at her house.  Only, he didn’t bring her car back.  He’s in a tiny, bright purple car.  He tells her he knows purple is her favorite color, so he borrowed this one from a friend to make her day more special.  (Smooth guy, huh?)

 So, the two get in the purple car, pile the best man and maid of honor in the back, and drive into the city where the Justice of the Peace will marry them.  But they can’t find the place.  The end up asking a police officer, who gives them a police escort – lights, sirens and all – to the JP’s place.  When they finally arrive, they realize, to their surprise, they’re in Chinatown.  The JP’s assistant comes out and rings a giant bong three times before the JP makes his ceremonial appearance.  He starts the service, but his accent is so thick that when he tells them to repeat the vows after him, they can’t understand what he’s saying.  They totally wing it, making up the vows themselves as they go.  After the ceremony he brings out little glasses with drinks for a toast.  The bride and groom – water.  The JP – vodka. 

 When, after containing their laughter from the mangled ceremony, the bride and groom signed the marriage license and paid the JP, he argued that it wasn’t enough money.  They got the “deluxe” ceremony.   So, they all started digging in purses and pockets, and between the four of them finally came up with enough to satisfy the JP. 

 As they were leaving the JP’s, his assistant threw rice at them… and accidentally hit a bee’s nest.  Angry bees came flying out and chased the wedding party all the way back to their car.  Oh yeah, the purple car?  Once it was time to leave for the honeymoon, the groom confessed that he and his friends had been so drunk the night before, they’d completely lost her car.  He’d borrowed the purple one at the last minute, but didn’t want to tell her until AFTER the ceremony.  You know, so she didn’t change her mind.  So, the bride’s father ended up driving them to their honeymoon destination, in the back of his station wagon.  Very romantic.

With a wedding like that, I can only imagine how fun the marriage will be.  🙂  If you have any great wedding stories, feel free to pop over to my website and share them in my Wedding Stories Contest: http://www.gemmahalliday.com/contests





I’m loving the covers of those books and Mayhem in High Heels sounds like a great read!

To PURCHASE Mayhem in High Hells just click on one of the store/site links below and it will take you right to the book!

Barnes & Noble



Okay Everyone! Gemma has agreed to stop in today to answer questions and comments so ask away or just give a wave and say Hi!


    Dani ~ aka The Romance Book Addict





  1. I just wanted to say thanks for taking time out to stop by and say hi….I am always on the look out for my next great romantic read and I am very excited to read your books!! Thanks Nicole

  2. Thanks for coming over and letting us get to know you. I’ve seen this book around the few sites I visit. I’ll definitely have to check the series out.

  3. Hell Dani,

    I am trying to whittle my TBR pile down – please don’t add more to it.

    This sounds so good – I normally try to read books in sequence, so have to go find the other four –

    Thanks Dani – Great Recommendation.

    Lovely to meet Gemma as well.


  4. Thanks for having me, ladies!

    And, for those with towering TBR piles, I sympathize. But – I promise my books are really fast reads. Quick pace, lots of action. Ya’ know, not that I’m nudging anyone to pick those up first… 😉

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