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WELCOME AUTHOR CATHERINE CASTLE
3/31/2018 11:20:00 AM by: Patti Shene

FEATURED BOOK:  A Groom for Mama

AUTHOR:  Catherine Castle

PUBLISHER:  Soul Mate Publishing

GENRE:  Sweet ‎Romantic Comedy

SERIES OR STAND ALONE:  Stand Alone

TARGET AGE:‎  suitable for YA to Adult

 

IT IS MY PLEASURE TO WELCOME AUTHOR CATHERINE CASTLE TO PATTI’S PORCH. CATHERINE SHARES HOW A MANUSCRIPT PREPARED FOR AN ENTIRELY DIFFERENT MEDIA BECAME A NOVEL.

 

CATHERINE IS OFFERING A GIVEAWAY! SIMPLY LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW TO ENTER THE DRAWING FOR AN EBOOK COPY OF A GROOM FOR MAMA.

 

 

THE QIUESTION EVERY AUTHOR WANTS TO ANSWER WITH, “YES!”

 

 

by

 

 

Catherine Castle

 

 

On the release day of A Groom for Mama, my sweet romantic comedy, I was handing out the book’s promotional excerpt booklet to an employee in the natural foods store I frequent and was asked, “Are any of your books made into plays or movies?”

 

I wish! Wouldn’t that be the absolute pinnacle for an author?

 

Unfortunately, I had to tell the clerk, “No.” But, the question did present an opportunity to talk about the origins of the story since A Groom for Mama started as a radio play.

 

A number of years ago, long before I was published in fiction, my husband and I heard about a contest for a radio play, held by a local radio station. You may not be old enough to remember radio plays, but my husband and I are. Before television entered into the American home, radio programs were one of a family’s indoor entertainments. Some classics included The Shadow, Sherlock Holmes, Fibber McGee and Molly, The Jack Benny Show, Burns and Allen, and The Lone Ranger. The shows were run live, and the dramas and comedies were complete with sound effects to let the listener in on what was happening: things like doors slamming, horses galloping, and piles of stuff falling out of Fibber McGee’s overstuffed closest.

 

Although we weren’t raised on radio plays, we knew what they were and enjoyed listening to them whenever we could find them on the airwaves. So, when the opportunity presented itself to write a radio play, we jumped at the chance. Our radio play finaled in the contest, but didn’t win. So, we set it aside, considering it an exercise in playwriting, which we were into at the time.

 

A number of years later, I was looking for a new story plot and I remembered our radio play. I asked my husband if he’d mind if I used the basic premise—a dying mother wants her son to find a bride before she dies—to write a romantic comedy. He agreed.

 

I changed the main character to a female, added an ex-boyfriend to the mix, slipped in some sneaky ulterior motives on the characters’ part, and lengthened the story way beyond the original 30 minutes of air time.  A new story, A Groom for Mama, was born, where a string of disastrous dates on a cross-country trip to find a cure for her mother’s cancer and a groom, put Allison and her ex-boyfriend Jack in the path of a determined Cupid’s helper—Mama. Here’s a peek at the blurb, which I hope will whet your curiosity.

 

 

Blurb for A Groom for Mama

 

Beverly Walters is dying, and before she goes she has one wish—to find a groom for her daughter. To get the deed done, Mama enlists the dating service of Jack Somerset, Allison’s former boyfriend.

 

The last thing corporate-climbing Allison wants is a husband. Furious with Mama’s meddling, and a bit more interested in Jack than she wants to admit, Allison agrees to the scheme as long as Mama promises to search for a cure for her terminal illness.

 

A cross-country trip from Nevada to Ohio ensues, with a string of disastrous dates along the way, as the trio hunts for treatment and A Groom for Mama.

 

 

Want to read more about Mama’s, Allison’s and Jack’s escapades? Go to Amazon for your copy of this emotional, sweet romantic comedy, A Groom for Mama.

 

DON’T FORGET TO LEAVE A COMMENT TO BE PLACED IN THE DRAWING TO WIN AN EBOOK COPY OF A GROOM FOR MAMA BETWEEN NOW AND TUESDAY, APRIL 10TH AT MIDNIGHT MDT.

 

 

Multi-award-winning author Catherine Castle loves writing, reading, traveling, singing, theatre, and quilting. She’s a passionate gardener whose garden won a “Best Hillside Garden” award from the local gardening club. She writes sweet and inspirational romances. Find her books:

 The Nun and the Narc

A Groom for Mama,               

Bidding on the Bouquet          

Trying Out for Love boxed set on Amazon.

 

Where to find Catherine on the Internet:

Website 

Blog

Facebook

Twitter    @AuthorCCastle

Amazon author page

Goodreads page

Google+

Stitches Thru Time

SMP authors blog site

 

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Comments

Becky Smith From MO At 4/1/2018 8:15:32 PM

Looks and sounds like a fun book to read! Romantic comedies can be so much fun! I love that it finaled in the radio contest, even if it didn't win.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Becky. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts with us.

Lynda Kimpel From California At 4/1/2018 3:24:34 PM

Looks like a fun read!

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Lynda. Thank you for visiting and leaving a comment.

Susan James Berger From LOS Angeles At 4/1/2018 9:05:59 AM

Sounds like a fun book. Happy Easter.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Susan. Happy Easter to you as well. Thank you for stopping by and letting us know you were here.

Catherine Castle From USA At 3/31/2018 11:04:52 PM

Hi, Gail thanks for coming by. The hubby and I used to hunt for the radio shows when we traveled home to visit family I think it's a shame we can't listen to them anymore I thought they helped us develop imagination as we created scenes in our mind. I hope you get a chance to "meet" Allison & Mama.

Catherine Castle From USA At 3/31/2018 10:57:47 PM

Hi, Linda, I think the cover is great too it exudes the fun side of this story. Love Mama perched on the cake such a grapic indication of her meddling thanks for coming by

Linda Bradley From Michigan At 3/31/2018 4:12:07 PM

Hi Catherine. Cute cover. Looks like something I'd enjoy reading!

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Linda. Catherine's A Groom for Mama looks like it would be a fun read. Thank you for stopping by.

Gail Kittleson From Iowa At 3/31/2018 4:07:30 PM

Catherine, I enjoyed the origins of your plot - I've been listening to those old-time radio shows until a freebie station on our vehicle goes away. Really enjoyable. Mama and Allison sound like women I'd enjoy getting to know.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Gail. I'm sure you won't be surprised to hear that I listened to some of the old Gunsmoke radio shows since that was my favorite show of all time. Thanks for stopping by and joining the discussion.

Catherine Castle From USA At 3/31/2018 12:34:23 PM

Thanks for hosting me today, Patti.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Always a joy to have you, Catherine! Your books look to be delightful.

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SEVEN WAYS TO STRETCH SPIRITUALLY BY ADA BROWNELL
5/17/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WHEN FINE IS NOT REALLY FINE
4/23/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

MOMMY MEMOIRS BY ANN VAN DE WATER
4/19/2014 5:33:04 PM  by: Patti Shene

PLAY BALL!
4/17/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

JOE THE DREAMER BY AUTHOR A. B. BROWNELL
4/12/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

ON THE PINEAPPLE EXPRESS BY H. L. WEGLEY
4/4/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

THE THIEF BY STEPHANIE LANDSEM
3/29/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

HUMOR AT THE HOSPITAL
3/26/2014 9:45:22 PM  by: Patti Shene

HEAR NO EVIL BY MARY HAMILTON
3/22/2014 2:39:47 PM  by: Patti Shene

WHEN THE ROAD GETS LONG AND LONELY
3/19/2014 12:56:57 PM  by: Patti Shene

INTRODUCING RYAN'S FATHER BY JUNE FOSTER
3/15/2014 4:19:04 PM  by: Patti Shene

WHERE ARE YOU THE MOST VULNERABLE?
3/13/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

INTERVIEW WITH WRITER BROOKE COX
3/8/2014 11:44:40 AM  by: Patti Shene

Patti's Porch Welcomes Author Rebecca Carey Lyles
3/1/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Flying for Jesus by Lee Carver
2/22/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Putting Out the Fleece by Paula Mowery
2/15/2014 1:02:11 PM  by: Patti Shene

What We Can Learn From the Olympics
2/12/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Hush, Little Baby by Deborah M. Piccurelli
2/8/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Baby, It's Cold Outside!
2/5/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

A Matter of Perspective
2/1/2014 12:52:05 AM  by: Patti Shene

Introducing The Pure Genius Series by H. L. Wegley
1/25/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Monopoly!
1/21/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

welcome author Cheri Swalwell
1/17/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

What Did You Mean By That?
1/14/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Wildlife Video
1/10/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

My Best Reads of 2013
1/8/2014 1:28:40 AM  by: Patti Shene

The Dumbest Kid in School
1/3/2014 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Good-bye to 2013
1/1/2014 1:35:09 AM  by: Patti Shene

Focusing on What Christmas Really Means
12/22/2013 7:00:40 PM  by: Patti Shene

One Spectacular Christmas Display
12/19/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Where are You Going This Advent Season?
11/29/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Shared Experience
11/24/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Facing the Monster
10/25/2013 12:46:47 AM  by: Patti Shene

Review of Reign by Ginger Garrett
9/27/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

I'll Be Happy When...
5/14/2013 11:49:55 PM  by: Patti Shene

Sing Praises - Whether You Can Sing or Not
5/5/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

I Can't Do This!
5/2/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

BREAKING THE RULES
4/28/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

WELCOME AUTHOR TINA PINSON
4/21/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Vulnerability to Fear
4/17/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Faith and Fear
4/15/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Those Temporary Interruptions
2/21/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Grand Prize Winner at Int'l Wildlife Film Festival
2/7/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Starsongs Giveaway Contest
2/3/2013 2:04:28 AM  by: Patti Shene

Taking Stock
1/30/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Welcome Author Janet K Brown
1/26/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Winter - Bah Humbug!
1/22/2013 10:18:37 PM  by: Patti Shene

Welcome Author Tanya Eavenson
1/19/2013 10:35:41 AM  by: Patti Shene

Welcome Author Margaret Brownley
1/16/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Travel Writing = Nearly Shooting Peacocks
1/12/2013 4:00:39 PM  by: Patti Shene

Water, Water Everywhere - or Maybe Not
1/9/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

The last Day of the Christmas Season
1/5/2013 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Accountability in the Extreme
1/2/2013 12:38:47 AM  by: Patti Shene

The day after Christmas
12/26/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

It's Dec 22nd - And We're Still Here!
12/22/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

The Next Big Thing - Blog Hopping
12/19/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Vanquishing the Christmas Blues by Linda Rondeau
12/15/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Christmas Rayne by Joi Copeland
12/12/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

The Christmas Stalking by Lillian Duncan
12/8/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

News From Nashville & Beyond
12/4/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Author Susan Sleeman offers great advice about wor
11/13/2012 2:10:37 PM  by: Patti Shene

Welcome Home!
11/13/2012 2:00:24 PM  by: Patti Shene

Confessions of a first book editor
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Going Home
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

GPCWC in Restospect
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Vacation in the Adirondacks of New York
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

I am pleased to welcome author Staci Stallings
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Meet Award-Winning Journalist And Author Ada Brownell
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

An Interview with Author Eddie Jones
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene

Nano Day 11 - um - day 1?
11/13/2012 12:00:01 AM  by: Patti Shene