Monday, August 22, 2011

Fatal Wedding Reveal, Day 1: Invitations

The two-week countdown to Fatal Destiny is ON. Beginning today, we'll unveil YOUR choices for Sam and Nick's big day, which will be featured in the free novella that is out September 5. Every day we'll reveal another choice so that by the time Sept. 5 rolls around, you'll have a full picture of the wedding in your mind.

I had a great time writing Sam and Nick's wedding, but I never could've done it without the help of my wedding planners Aly Hackett and Ronlyn Howe. They provided all the wonderful choices and (apparently with some significant bickering) narrowed down each item to three options for us to choose from. I have to say that you, my lovely readers, usually chose the one I would've picked in just about every instance.

Over the next two weeks, make sure you come by every day and comment to be entered into the drawing for TWO grand prizes: your choice of a Kindle or a Nook for one winner (or a $100 gift card to Amazon or B&N if you already have a device) and advance copies of Fatal Books for the life of the series for a second winner. You'll be entered into the grand prize drawing every time you comment, so come every day and comment often! To be entered for the drawing, please include your first and last names as well as your email address WITH your comment.


Now, for our first reveal, let's find out which invitation you chose for Sam & Nick:

Invitation 1



Invitation 2



Invitation 3



And the winner is.... NUMBER 3!

To celebrate the invitations going in the mail, I'll be giving away a $25 gift card to Amazon to one lucky commenter today. Comment by midnight tonight and tell me what you think of the invitations (and by the way, this was the hardest element to work into the wedding story, but I think you'll like how I got it in there...)

95 comments:

Anonymous said...

yeah it the one I picked really like that one. Waiting for the release and the rest of the detail.
Doreen Caine

peggy dixon said...

#2 was my favorite but I eloped!

Safari Poet said...

Yes! I picked #3. Looking forward to seeing how you worked it in :-)

Marie Force said...

Morning everyone! Thanks for coming by to check out the invitations!

krisgils33 said...

I don't remember what I picked, but they're all so beautiful.

Dru said...

I don't recall which one I picked, but #3 is a good choice.

Brie said...

Oh! I love the first one.... Now I want to get married!!! ;-)

Pat L. said...

I love the 2nd invite.

Thanks for the wonderful contest - a gift certif is always a great prize.

Pat Lieberman
patoct@yahoo.com

Susan said...

Simple, clean no muss no fuss- Just like Sam! Perfect choice.

Kay said...

Oh this is like the 12 days of Christmas with a gift from your wish list every day. How fun.

Pat L. said...

Dont know if it makes a difference but the email addy I subscribed to your newsletter is
patoct@optonline.net

My choice was #2.
Pat Lieberman

Bex said...

How exciting, Marie! I wish I kept track of the choices I made so I could compare my votes with the winners. Ah, well! It's still a blast to see how it all turned out.

gigi said...

I like the winner the colors are nice and it was very simple and classy.

CMD said...

Excellent choice! (We readers have legend taste, haha) It's simple & elegant (like the couple) and the colour scheme is grand. Can't wait for the novella!

Tara said...

I love #3 and can't wait to read how you incorporate it into the story.

Thanks for all the fun until release day, I can't wait to see the final decisions on all the voting options.

Danielle328 said...
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Alison said...

Love #3! I wish I remember which one I voted for!

Alison Peterson
alisonlee_79@yahoo.com

Wendy Hardwick said...

Love the invitation......and this is a wedding I defnately plan on attending.

Wendy Hardwick
wendy_h37@yahoo.com

Jess said...

I really liked #2. That color of purple and the design are so pretty. But #3 has a great color combo and it's very elegant. Let the countdown begin!
p.s. I'm really looking forward to reading Georgia on my Mind!

Jessica C.
jcross719(at)yahoo(dot)com

Joy said...

Love the style of #3 and the color combo of purple and green... although that green is a tad too "minty" for me. I'd opt for something a bit more "spring green"ish... (lighter than the green in #1 but along the same tones). But they're all beautiful choices!

Sarah L said...

I can't recall if I picked 1 or 3. They are all great.

Sarah Landon
slandon9903(at)gmail(dot)com

Stacey said...

Beautiful choice!!

Danielle West said...

#3 is perfect for them!

StephanieJS said...

I missed out on the wedding planning, but as I was looking through the choices #3 looked perfect for Sam and Nick. I can't wait to see how you worked the invitations into the story!

Stephanie Staton
sjstaton@alumni.unc.edu

Aly said...

Always nice when things work out the way I want them to!!! LOL!!! B/c it is all about me :)

number5 said...

LOVE #3! They're classy, elegant, and fresh! I had VERY similar invitations for my own wedding but with different colors to go with my September 2001 wedding (a week after 9/11) Can't wait to read the novella!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I think #3 is perfect. Sam is such an independent, strong woman and works with so many men; you sometimes forget that she has a a very girlie side. I think this invitation fits her to a tee and gets to bring out her feminine side that we don't typically see.

Martha Bishop
mgsbishop@yahoo.com

oklanannie said...

This song has been going through my head all morning!!

"Goin' to the chapel and we're gonna get married.
Goin' to the chapel and we're gonna get married.
Gee, I really love you and we're, gonna get married.
Goin' to the chapel of love."

Can't remember which invitation I voted for Sam and Nick. This one is lovely and any part it plays in getting them hitched is OK by me!

Anne Woodall
oklanannie@yahoo.com

Barbara said...

Perfect for them! So anxious for the release.

Taryn said...

I vote for number two! Taryn Clegg tarynclegg@gmail.com

jackie said...

Awww, beautiful! Can't wait to read it!

karabeara9 said...

Love it! Looking forward to each day for more details!!

Anonymous said...

Good choice. Can't wait to read all about it!!!

Misha Patel
Patel_misha@hotmail.com

karabeara9 said...

Love it! Can't wait to see the rest of the details each day!

sandie4jewels said...

I love #3 because the colors appealed to me. I am so excited to read about Sam and Nick's wedding!

Mommy Wis(h)dom said...

Number 3 is perfect!!

The others were too frilly for Sam. She may have a (totally appropriate) love for shoes and clothes - but she's not girly-girly enough to care about the others. Plus knowing Sam the wedding planner picked out simple but elegant. A perfect match for Sam and Nick.

Can't wait!!! : )

flchen1 said...

Those look lovely, Marie! I do agree that it'd be hard to work it into the storyline, but I can't wait to see how you did it! What an exciting couple weeks!! :)

Fedora C
f dot chen at comcast dot net

Hope said...

I liked them all, loved the colors chosen....but in the end, I picked #3, I thought it reminded me most of the couple, classy but simple.

Danielle328 said...

Perfect choice! They aren't too frilly for Sam and they suit her! Can't wait to see how they are worked into the story! Thanks Marie!

~Danielle Beahn
fhdani32806@charter.net

Monika Michalak said...

They were all pretty! Aly & Ronlyn made great choices for all the categories! They have great taste!

This was an amazing idea!

XOXO
Monica VB

Ronlyn said...

Thanks Monica. We had a lot of fun being able to put on our wedding planning hats again and dig through all the zillions of options out there. :-)

sina said...

I can't remember what I picked, But I love all the choices:) they are all beautiful!

Anonymous said...

#1 was my pick only because all shades of purple are my favorite.
They were all beautiful. Loving this.
Patricia Camaioni

Danielle Gorman said...

Yay, I picked #3. I can't wait to see everything else.

iqb99@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

great choice!!! Can't wait until the 5th!

Mary G said...

I love that choice. How fun.

KaraT said...

Beautiful invitations!!! Can't wait to read how you worked them into the story.

Thanks for the great contest and including us all in the preparations for the wedding!!!

Kara Tulanko
ktulanko AT gmail DOT com

JenM said...

I think I picked #2, but now I'm not sure why. If I had to choose again, I think #3 would be it. Great choice (and I think I'm glad that #2 didn't win).

The Brewers said...

I know this will probably sound ridiculous to the point where people will probably think I need therapy but here goes....you know where you get a wedding invitation in the mail and you are so excited to go to the wedding even though you don't really like going to weddings but are fired up to see all the details come together because you know these two people belong together (even though they are fictitious)---yep---that's just about how I feel....Sept 5 can't come soon enough!

Judy F said...

Very pretty love them. Cant wait to see the rest

Jane said...

I like number 2, but 3 is very beautiful, too. Simple and elegant.

Jane C
janie1215 AT excite DOT com

Na said...
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Na said...

Invitation #1 is my favourite but it's a win-win because all of these invitations are beautiful! They are all so elegant. I'm looking forward to see other choices revealed.

Na S.
Cambonified(at)yahoo(dot)com

Marie Force said...

Glad everyone is enjoying day one of the big reveal! Much more to come!

Karen C said...

All three really are quite lovely, but I agree that #3 has an understated elegance.

Karen C.
kacbooks(at)hotmail(dot)com

j. barrett said...

very unique, thanks for having this contest
julie barrett
jbarrett5 at cox.net

Amanda Gehman said...

LOVE the invites :) Will be a GREAT wedding. So excited for the release of this book.
Amanda Gehman

Artie Mesia said...

How interesting that this was the hardest element to work in. I'm eager to see how it appears.

marybelle said...

They are all beautiful. but yes #3 is a winner.

marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

janine garvey said...

OH my comment is gone!
I would have chosen number 3 as well.
It's just fresh and simple looking. Nice choice :)

Janga said...

Lovely! I can't remember which I voted for either, but #3 is elegant and distinctive.

Anonymous said...

I liked #2 best
I can't wait for the wedding.
I am so addicted to these books.
Mariann Mclaughlin
mariann76@comcast.net

Anonymous said...

#3 is my favorite!!
Love Sam and Nick
cannot wait for Sept 5th
Patti Fleming
gfleming@comcast.net

Sheree said...

They're all very pretty and classy.

ironss [at] gmail [dot] com

Julia said...

I think that is a beautiful choice! Love the two colors blend in :)

Julia-Yen Pham
little12u_ AT yahoo DOT com

Millybuwee said...

I did not get to make a choice. Only realized today the option was given.

Millybuwee said...

I did not know the choice was offered. My choice would have been # 2. #3 is nice as well.

Susie Goodwin said...

I love #3!!! Superb!!!

Donna said...

Yeah, it was the one I picked. I love that invitation. But, I am terribly confused because I haven't received mine in the mail yet. Perhaps they have my address wrong. Hmmmm

Jenn said...

Nice choice. =) Can't wait to see how this was included.

Jennifer Pitas
porschej96@aol.com

terriebrubaker said...

I definately liked the third one the best...it would be what Sam would of picked. Its not frilly...

terriebrubaker said...

I liked the third as well. It is simple and is so what Sam would of pick. NO frills...

ShellyE said...

Wish I could remember everything I voted on!! Can't wait to see all the winners!! Shelly Estes. estesr@purdue.edu

Monikarw said...

it's beautiful.. that was my favorite too!;)

monika_restivow(at)yahoo(dot)com

Hope said...

Love #3!

Hope Piro
hope (dot) piro (at) gmail (dot) com

Jackie said...

Simple yet elegant fitting the Senator's. And we all know that he is really the man behind the wedding planner.

Jackie Conlon
Jackieinpdx@q.com

mom2mmm&L said...

Absolutely love #3! Perfect choice for Sam and Nick! I am so glad you have proven wrong the people that said you couldn't write a series with the same couple in it.....

Marie Force said...

Wow, what a turnout for the first day of big reveals! Thanks everyone. I love the comments that show how well you guys know Sam and Nick after three books with them.

And yes, Mommy, I am glad too that I was able to prove "them" wrong and write the series the way I wanted to do it.

I just finished the first round of edits on Flaw today. More coming in February!

Tara said...

Thanks for the update on Flaw, Marie! I hope your still considering the short story to cover the honeymoon also.

Have a great night all.

Julie K said...

Perfect choice for Sam.

julskim@excite.com

ohioualum96 said...

Love the invitation! Can't wait for the wedding!

ohioualum96 said...

ohioualum96 also should have said that her email is at yahoo!

Kara C said...

Like the invitation, LOVE the fact that the story is about to be in everyone's hands. Congrats on another job very well done, Marie.

Melissa Blubaugh said...

I love #3, so I was so happy to see that was "the one"! It's simple yet elegant, befitting both Sam and Nick's professional but oh-so-sensual personalities. I hope they don't leave me off the guest list! I can't wait!!

Melissa Blubaugh
Mygolden2@yahoo.com

Amy said...

Pretty invitations! I love the colors of #3.

Marie Force said...

Stacey @ 9:53 you are the winner! Contact me at marie@marieforce.com to claim your $25 gift card to Amazon!

Thanks to everyone who turned out for the first day of the Big Reveal!

legallycaz said...

I really liked number 3!

legallycaz@yahoo.co.uk

Taryn said...
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Taryn said...

#3 just seems too boring :(

Taryn Clegg
tarynclegg@gmail.com

Michelle said...

I'm so glad number 3 won!

Michelle McMichael

mmcmichael79@googlemail.com

Catherinne said...

Love the winner!
Catherine Bice
cbice04@gmail.com

Mary G said...

I can read directions really.

Mary Grzesik
cmjg@rogers.com

Sej said...

I like it! I like #2 cause I'm a sucker for engraving and it's a pretty blue. But #3 is no frills and perfect for them. I like the purple ribbon. I didn't realize Miss Aly helped you plan it! Go Aly!

Sej P.
myztirose(at)aol(dot)com

Sej said...

Oh by the way, I have to admit tho, I would much rather have advance copies of the Force books than $100! I love Sam and Nick. I don't read same couple series but you made me love Sam and Nick and want more of them.

Sej P.
myztirose(at)aol(dot)com

cata said...

#1 is my favorite!

I think Nick and Sam would like a little color in their invitations.

Caty Ocampo
cayaob(at)gmail(dot)com