Friday, February 11, 2022

Love and Humor is in the Words

Love and Humor is in the Words by Debra H. Goldstein

Valentine’s Day and love is in the air. Cards and chocolates are flying off the shelves; flowers are being delivered. Here and there, on bent knee with ring in hand, there are even a few proposals of marriage being offered and accepted. It’s nice, but sometimes, there’s fun to be had at the expense of “love.” That’s exactly what I do in my upcoming Sarah Blair book, Five Belles Too Many.


I will admit that my NY editor loved the book and I giggle just thinking about different things in it. The premise of a reality show where the prize is a perfect wedding is simple. The complications are that the story is set in fictional Wheaton, Alabama and the wedding is being dubbed the perfect Southern wedding. Although different vendors are vying to be chosen for their invitations, flowers, food, and venue, the conflict comes from the finalists.


There are five finalist couples, who each represent a different segment of the population or

demographic. Being Alabama, there must be a couple who pull for Alabama and another who are die-hard Auburn fans. Mixing things up also requires a pure as the land couple (think Beverly Hillbillys) and one with a more goth edginess. The fifth couple is the charmer, though. That couple is Sarah Blair’s sixty plus mother, Maybelle, and her friend, George, who is a decade older than Maybelle. If you’ve read earlier Sarah Blair books, particularly Two Bites Too Many, you know Maybelle is feisty and well able to care for herself; but, all belles in the competition must have a chaperone.


That’s where Sarah come in. It seems silly to have a sixty plus bride-to-be with two grown daughters chaperoned, but rules are rules. So, twenty-eight-year-old Sarah is drafted as her mother’s chaperone. And that’s where the fun and humor begin.


Although I may be prejudiced, Five Belles Too Many was the most fun to write and one I think will keep you chuckling while also enjoying the more serious plotline. Five Belles Too Many will be published in June 2022 but is already available for pre-order. One of the reasons I think I enjoyed delving into the reality show world was that years ago, I was a Jeopardy contestant (and no, I didn’t have a streak like Amy’s). Were you ever on a reality show?


  1. What a fun plot concept! I think that would be a great reality show, too. I've never been on a tv show, but my son was on Wheel of Fortune. Happy Valentine's Day to you and all the Stiletto Gang readers!

    1. Thanks. I think it would be fun. I've been backstage on TV shows (Jeopardy) and know there is far more than meets the eye. Hope your son did well on Wheel of Fortune.

  2. Sounds like a perfect set-up for lots of conflict and fun, Debra. I'm looking forward to reading it!

  3. I like that blind date with a book concept!


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