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Shana Galen

Book Title: NO MAN'S BRIDE
Genre: Regency Period, England, Historical Romance

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Author's Message

Shana Galen

MARRIAGE MISFITS SAY I DO AFTER ALL

The heroines in Shana Galen's new series aren't the only women who have trouble getting to the altar. The romance author was once convinced she wasn't going to make it there herself.

"I'm 33, and I really didn't think I was going to get married, and I think even my parents had pretty much given up on me," Galen says.

But the author -- and the four heroines in her upcoming Misadventures in Matrimony historical series -- all manage to
take marriage vows in the end.

Galen's first heroine is tricked by her scheming father into marrying her sister's fiance through an almost Shakespearean twist in No Man's Bride. While less dramatic, Galen's own Houston wedding, back in March, had a few thorns of its own. A late organist almost had her walking down the aisle in silence, and thanks to a rushed rehearsal, the bride and groom fumbled during the church ceremony. "We almost forgot to kiss!" she recalls. It was only after the minister's prodding that the newlyweds remembered to lock lips.

Swearing off marriage -- but not necessarily kissing -- is the premise of Galen's new series, which centers around four young cousins who all have their own reasons for refusing the sacrament.

"And then, of course, they end up breaking their vow because they find true love," the author explains.

Galen, who writes chick lit as Shane Bolks, ended up breaking her own marriage ban through a romance-novel connection all her own: She was set up by fellow historical romance author Sophie Jordan (who also has a wedding-themed book out, from Avon, August's Once Upon a Wedding Night). Jordan's husband and Galen's were college roommates, and Jordan wanted the potential couple to meet.

The two clicked immediately and entered into a courtship that Galen compared to the perfect date one would describe in a personal ad. But like many mismatched literary couples, the two still had differences to overcome.

"I don't really know how it works," she says. "He doesn't really like to read; I'm a writer. He loves sports, and I don't like sports at all. We're total opposites, but something about him just seemed right -- it's kind of like a romance novel!" -- Elissa Petruzzi


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