This Wedding is Doomed: Release Day Celebration + Giveaway

I’m happy to announce that today is the release day for This Wedding is Doomed, a collaboration between four author buddies hatched up during a fun conversation over dinner and drinks. Amanda Berry, Shawntelle Madison, Stephanie Draven and myself (Jeannie Lin) thought it would be fun to write a series of stories that followed the course of one wedding and all the disasters big and small that accompany it.

Shawntelle Madison is guest blogging today about her contribution, Lovers in Lockdown.

This Wedding is Doomed So Let Them Eat Cake!

I adore friends-to-lovers stories and I was so excited to bring together two people in such disastrous circumstances!

To be honest, when I got married, everything went smoothly. Practically perfect actually. I got married at my sister-in-law’s home. Compared to so many friends and family, I had a small wedding. That included a small guest list and the wedding felt very intimate. It was wonderful and stress-free.


My wedding was nothing like Renata and Max’s story in Lovers in Lockdown. Nobody got locked into any of the rooms. The officiant showed up and the maid of honor stood by my side without any problems. What I loved most about writing my couple’s story was how much they treasured their friendship. I have friends like that. Talking with them is so easy. You share your secrets and problems and they just listen. They even laugh at your bad jokes. That was what  Max meant to Renata and she will do anything to stay in the friend zone and not lose the wonderful relationship she has with Max.

Do you have any friends or acquaintances who ended up typing the knot with their best friend?


You are cordially invited to the event of the season, the release of THIS WEDDING IS DOOMED, a continuity by Stephanie Draven, Jeannie Lin, Shawntelle Madison, and Amanda Berry. In these stories of matrimonial madness, unexpected couples find their happily ever after at a wedding that’s counting down to disaster…


Available now: Amazon | B & N | Kobo | Apple

And what’s a wedding without cake? In not-so-subtle thievery of Tessa Dare’s cake extravaganza, we are offering cakes to four lucky guests. Tiramisu, to be specific, in honor of the bride Tessa’s favorite cake.

(I just noticed our bride has the same name as Tessa Dare….that is completely coincidental, by the way.)

But how to deliver a cake intact to its final destination? Voila! Tiramisu cake jars. Adorable and delicious and no plate needed. (The jars will only be delivered in the continental US. International winners can designate a recipient in the US.)


And because there’s always tiramisu left over, you also get a mini wedding favor version. Isn’t that adorable?


Use the Rafflecopter to enter the giveaway. Each of the four participating blogs will give away one of the cakes, so visit all of the blogs for more chances to win. Plus you’ll get to hear from the other authors of the Doomed Wedding foursome.

Participating blogs:

  1. The Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood (That’s us!)
  2. Barbara Vey (on Wed 5/20)
  3. Laura Kaye
  4. Bria Quinlan

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42 responses to “This Wedding is Doomed: Release Day Celebration + Giveaway”

  1. June Love says:

    I’m hooked. Who doesn’t love wedding stories? This book sounds amazing. Congratulations to all of you on the release!!

    I know several couples who were friends first. One couple in particular. They were best friends in college and then got married afterwards. They’re still best friends and have been married for almost 40 years. I love their relationship. 🙂

    • Jeannie Lin says:

      How sweet!!

      I don’t think my relationship with my hubby qualifies as a friends to lovers as there was interest from the beginning, but we did have an extremely long courtship.

  2. Love the cake giveaway – what a fun idea!! (And cake in a jar? That sounds wonderfully dangerous!)

    Also love the premise of this set of stories. I have a couple sets of friends who were bestie before they were married. Unfortunately, one set grew apart. The other is still going strong. 🙂

    • Jeannie Lin says:

      Warning: Cake in a jar is EXTREMELY dangerous. And too delicious to resist. I made the test batch for the pictures and proceeded to sneak a little every day with a spoon. I tried to fob off some on my twinlets who now say, rather adorably, that they want some “Tara-sue”.

      The mini ones are even better/worse. It’s easy to justify that it’s just a few bites….

  3. Laurie Kellogg says:

    What a great idea for a giveaway, Jeannie. My only question is: Doesn’t tiramisu have to be refrigerated?

  4. Megan Kelly says:

    A chance to win cake *and* read fun stories by my favorite romance authors–I feel as though I’ve caught the bouquet. May this bring you many years of happiness.

    • Jeannie Lin says:

      Bouquets!! Delivering flowers would have been WAY easier than delivering tiramisu.

      But as Tina says, we never do anything nice and easy. 🙂

      Thanks for visiting Megan!

  5. Rita Henuber says:

    You are SOOOOOOO talented. What a wonderful idea. I’ve met people who knew the moment they saw each other that was it! One couple had been married over 60 years before they told each other that. I knew a couple who married a week after they met and coming on 50 years are going strong. Another couple, friends, a very long time and seemed a match made in the heavens didn’t make it to two years. Another pretty weird one is a couple, friends since grade school, never felt ‘that way’ for each often took vacations together. Went to Vegas, got very drunk and woke up married. I think they are coming on 20 years together, so cute and still best friends.
    I know this is a weird observation but in my experience it seems the ones with the mega, over the top no expense barred weddings are the ones that fold fast. No idea why. Interesting, huh?
    Wishing you all many sales.

    • Jeannie Lin says:

      There was a Sex and the City thing about that. Maybe so much build-up. A sign that the couple cared too much about the spectacle and not the basics?

      On the other hand, I don’t think it’s possible in some cases to have a small wedding. Mine somehow ended up being over 200 guests (family, friends, my mom’s entire office) and the one I went to this weekend was over 300.

  6. What a great idea for a book…and giveaway!

    I tried really hard to be “just friends” with my husband before we started dating. But he is just too smokin’ hot, and even then, I knew he was the catch of my life.

    I tried once to date a friend, a boy I truly loved and admired in many ways…just not in *that* way. We couldn’t get over that no-touching, friend-zone barrier. Awkward! It ended badly (with me moving on to one of his best friends, oops) and our friendship never recovered.

    • Jeannie Lin says:

      Hubs and I knew each other for a long time before getting serious, but the entire time, he was very direct in telling me he was interested. He made sure he wasn’t getting friend-zoned. 🙂

  7. Tamara Hogan says:

    –> Tiramisu cake jars.

    This is a scathingly brilliant idea. And ‘friends to lovers’ is one of my favorite romance tropes. 😉

    • Jeannie Lin says:

      The Dooomed Wedding crew talked me out of doing little tiramisu wedding favors at Nationals. It would have involved a LOT of coordination. So this was my compromise.

  8. bn100 says:

    No, I don’t

  9. I don’t think that I know any couples that were best friends before they got married but I do know some couples that were friends before they started dating. It’s pretty cool to witness a friendship turning into something more!

  10. Karey says:

    The cake idea is so totally cool. Thanks for the chance

    ans truly I don’t believe I know anyone

  11. Lynn Cahoon says:

    Best swag idea ever – besides the cover cookies…

    Friends to lovers, not in my circle. But I love reading about them.

  12. Deborah Favorito says:

    two of my friends were best friends with their spouses before they fell in love. Their marriages are going strong. I envy them

  13. Brooke B. says:

    I don’t know of any personally that married best friends. But my mom and her sister married my dad and his brother.

  14. Elisa Beatty says:

    Such a fun idea for an anthology!!! Looking forward to reading it!

  15. Karrie says:

    Yes and it was a match made in heaven..what is funny is my hubby and me were best friends too

  16. Limecello says:

    Hmmm I’ve known a lot of friends who have tied the knot – I wouldn’t off the top of my head said they were best friends, but thinking about it – seems obvious, no? I mean – why wouldn’t the person you love and marry be your best friend?

    So on that … yes. One of my childhood friends actually ended up marrying his high school girlfriend – right before she graduated from med school and he got his PhD. Otherwise a number of college friends who were all friends in the same group before they got married. 🙂 And … they’re all still together too. 😀

    • Jeannie Lin says:

      That’s kind of cool. We had one of those circles where every one dated everyone at some point. Of those peeps, one couple did end up together.

  17. Marcy Shuler says:

    I had a group of friends in HS and was surprised when two of them married years later since we all were just friends. LOL

  18. Tammy says:

    This is a cute idea!

  19. JanD says:

    Love friends-to-lovers stories. I can’t think of anyone I know that married a best friend.

  20. Kate I. says:

    Although I know a few married couples who were friends long before they started dating, none were best friends (that I can think of). Love

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