Bonus Scene: The Best Laid Wedding Plans by Lynnette Austin + Giveaway
Check out this awesome exclusive bonus scene that the publisher provided for this book. It jumps back the hero and heroines prom.
With love in their hearts and crafting the perfect wedding on their minds, the possibilities are endless for the ladies of Lynette Austin's new Magnolia Brides series.
SOME DREAMS ARE WORTH WHATEVER IT TAKES
Jenni Beth Beaumont left her broken heart behind when she took her dream job in Savannah. But after her brother's death, Jenni Beth returns home to help mend her parents' hearts as well as restore their beautiful but crumbling antebellum mansion. New dreams take shape as Jenni Beth sets to work replacing floors and fixing pipes to convert the family homestead into the perfect wedding destination. However, some folks in their small Southern town are determined to see her fail.
Cole Bryson was once the love of Jenni Beth's life, but the charming architectural salvager has plans of his own for the Beaumont family home. As the two butt heads, old turmoil is brought to the surface and Cole and Jenni Beth will have to work through some painful memories and tough realities before they can set their pasts aside and have a second chance at their own happily ever after.
Bonus Scene from The Best Laid Wedding Plans
“You want me to do what?” Eighteen-year-old Cole Bryson crammed his hands into his jeans pockets. “I can’t ask Jenni Beth to the prom.”
“Sure you can,” Wes argued.
“I can’t. First of all, she won’t go with me. Second, she’s your baby sister.”
The biggest reason? The one he wouldn’t share? He had a major thing going for Jenni Beth—one Wes would not be happy about.
Cole narrowed his eyes. “Sadie’s dad won’t let her go with you alone, will he?”
Wes shook his head.
“So you want to double-date.”
“Yeah.” Wes shrugged.
“Why Jenni Beth?”
“She and Sadie are friends. It’ll be easy.”
“For you,” Cole muttered.
After calculus, Cole caught up with Jenni Beth at her locker. Stupid, but he might as well get it done.
Did she have to look like that, though? A little burgundy dress with a scoop neck hugged her tight little body, and all that golden blond hair framed her face. Every high school boy’s dream—if she wasn’t your best pal’s baby sister.
A trickle of sweat ran down the middle of his back.
He took a deep breath. “Hey, Tanz, can I have a minute with Jenni Beth?”
“Sure.” Tansy sent her friend an I-told-you-so look before tossing him a saucy grin. Then, smoothing her crazy auburn curls, she sauntered off down the hall.
Aiming for nonchalance, he leaned one hand against the locker, but his heart thumped like a flat tire. “How are you doin’?”
“Good.” Those slate blue eyes met his, a quizzical expression in them.
“I was wondering if, um...” He rubbed the back of his neck.
“You need help with another paper, don’t you?”
“No! No.” He shook his head. “Thought maybe you’d like to, you know, go to the prom with me.” Smooth, Cole.
Jenni Beth went brain-dead for all of five seconds. Had Cole really just invited her to the prom?
“Jenni Beth?” He moved a step closer.
“Yes! I’d love to.”
“Okay, then. Um, Wes and I thought we’d do the double-date thing.”
Her head filled with dreams about her dress, her hair, her shoes, and dancing with Cole. She was going to the prom with Cole Bryson!
The dance was tomorrow! Jenni Beth’s notebooks were covered with fancy little hearts and the initials CB. Cole, the hottest guy in Misty Bottoms High, had asked her to the prom. Almost too excited to eat, she stopped at her locker on the way to the cafeteria.
Her cell beeped. A text. From Cole! Giddy, she opened it.
Can’t make tomorrow night. Sorry.
Sliding down the side of her locker, she sat down on the dirty floor. How could he do this? She loved him! A tear spilled over and tracked down her cheek. Angrily, she swiped at it.
A shadow fell over her and she looked up, certain it was Cole. Certain he’d tell her the text had been a mistake.
Instead, Angus Duckworth, the class nerd, stood in front of her.
He dropped onto the floor beside her, his back against the lockers. Pushing up his glasses, he asked, “What’s wrong, Jenni Beth?”
She choked back a sob.
“Are you sick?”
Oh, God, why didn’t he go away? Blinking back hot tears, she said, “No, I’ll be fine.”
“Does this have something to do with Cole Bryson?”
Her head snapped up. “What?”
“Well, heck, Jenni Beth, everybody knows you and Cole have a date for the prom tomorrow night.”
That did it. She started to sob.
“Did he cancel?”
“Yes,” she sniffed, nodding.
“How could he? If…”
“Go with me.”
His face tomato-red, he continued. “You have a dress, right?”
Silently, she nodded.
“I, uh, can’t dance, but...”
Her backbone stiffened. She would not stay home. “It doesn’t matter, Angus. Thank you.”
Saturday evening, when Angus’ foot tromped on hers for the tenth time, it did matter.
Wincing, she looked up just in time to see the gym door open again. In walked Cole with Kimmie Atherton, the head cheerleader, on his arm.
Everyone else saw them, too.
Her sixteen-year-old self curled into a miserable little ball.
She’d never forgive him.
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The luxury of staying home when the weather turns nasty, of working in PJs and bare feet, and the fact that daydreaming is not only permissible but encouraged, are a few of the reasons middle school teacher Lynnette Austin gave up the classroom to write full-time. Lynnette grew up in Pennsylvania’s Alleghany Mountains, moved to Upstate New York, then to the Rockies in Wyoming. Presently she and her husband divide their time between Southwest Florida’s beaches and Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. A finalist in RWA's Golden Heart Contest, PASIC's Book of Your Heart Contest, and Georgia Romance Writers' Maggie Contest, she’s published five books as Lynnette Hallberg. She’s currently writing as Lynnette Austin. Having grown up in a small town, that’s where her heart takes her—to those quirky small towns where everybody knows everybody...and all their business, for better or worse.