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We hope you all enjoy this fun glimpse into the world of Cade Michaelson…
“Who’s this interview for?”
I watched from the kitchen as my sisters crowded in front of a laptop on the table, trying to all fit in front of the screen. Three grown women squeezing onto two dining chairs. It was quite the sight.
Kristen glanced my way. “Event Aficionado Magazine. My friend Amanda works for them. She sent over a list of questions.”
I grabbed another beer from her fridge. Mooching off my sisters was one of my God-given rights as their only brother, but Kristen went the extra mile, regularly stocking my favorite Fat Tire. “And why are we doing it?”
“She’s doing us a favor. Now that we’ve formed Invitation Only, we need publicity,” Kristen replied.
When I walked back into the room, Kendall was stuck in a comical OCD loop, lifting and lowering the screen in small adjustments as she tried to get their faces into view without chopping their heads off. She sighed.
I closed the damned thing. Then I opened it back up, stopping at the perfect angle. While they stared at their image, leaning in together, I held bunny ears above their heads and kept walking.
“Don’t you want to be in the podcast?” Kiki twisted around on her half-edge of the chair. She piled her hair on top of her head and stabbed two black sticks through it. A mirror would’ve been wise, but she would eventually turn back to the screen to see the spiky catastrophe.
I gave her a curt head shake. “No.”
“But you have to help us with this.” She pushed her lower lip out, pulling off a respectable pout.
But it was the big blue eyes staring at me that did me in.
“Fine. But I’m doing it from here. There’s no way I’m squeezing my face into that comedy skit you’ve got going on over there.”
She stuck her tongue out at me.
Kristen tugged Kiki back around by her elbow to face the screen and held up a sheet of paper.
Kendall started pushing random keys. “How do we get this thing to record?”
After Kendall growled in frustration, Kiki pushed her hand out of the way and hit a key, saying, “Duh, the red ‘record’ button.”
Kristen cleared her throat. “We all ready now? Okay. First question: Why ‘no weddings’?”
Seized by a sudden coughing fit, I nearly inhaled a swallow of beer. “What?”
Kristen glanced at me. “It’s for their June issue. So we need to explain why we’ve decided not to do weddings.”
“We don’t need to explain shit.” And neither did I. The “no weddings” thing was my demand, not theirs. None of my sisters knew the real reason. No one needed to. Sure as fuck not the readers of Event Aficionado Magazine.
Kendall twisted around. “I’m still not clear on why the whole ‘no weddings’ thing.”
“Yeah, me either.” Kiki turned and wrapped her hands around the top of the chair back.
Kristen faced me too, but said nothing; her legendary eyebrow arch spoke volumes.
“We’ve already talked about this.” Although we hadn’t really discussed the details of “why,” I wasn’t about to give an inch.
“No we haven’t,” Kendall countered like a bloodhound hot on a trail.
I set my jaw, staring hard at the three who were notorious for relentless digging if they set their minds to it. So I did what I’d perfected with them over the years—distract and evade.
“I’ll explain to Event Aficionado readers why I would go to a wedding.”
Kendall glanced at Kristen. “Oh, this should be good.”
Kristen gave me a pointed look. “No sharing details from my wedding.”
“No need. I can generalize. The first is an open bar—that’s always a winner.”
Kendall snorted and held up her beer, grinning. “I second that. What else?”
I stood from the couch, reflecting back on the highlights of Kristen’s wedding. “The side bets on what color the garter is.”
Kiki nodded. “Drinking and gambling. I like where this is going.”
Crossing my arms, I walked around the cocktail table as I took my time to deliver the last reason. “Only one more. The one you’ve all given me plenty of shit for.”
The girls tracked my movements, turning back around to face the laptop as I passed behind them. I leaned down on the other end, just outside of the camera view, but close enough to lower my voice.
“My favorite game: remove the dress off the bridesmaid. Or two.”
Kristen narrowed her eyes, and glared at me.
I smirked. “Still want to know why ‘no weddings’?”
Kristen shook her head. “Nope. We’ll go with weddings are too boring for the wild ideas we have in mind.”
Not even close to my reason, but it would do for theirs.
Pulling Kristen into a headlock, I kissed her temple. “Exactly.”
Kiki snorted. “We are so gonna need to edit this.”
“Nah. This is good stuff.” I ruffled the top of Kristen’s hair. “Weddings according to Cade.”
Kristen pushed me away and grabbed the paper again. “Okay. Next question: What can you tell us about this amazing baker you’ve chosen?”
I groaned, closing my eyes and pinching the bridge of my nose, thinking of the Ice Queen, Hannah Martin. This was going to be a painful interview.
Award-winning author Kat Bastion teams with her husband, Stone Bastion, in this first book in the No Weddings Series about Cade Michaelson, a successful man with his sights set on a new venture in business, and Hannah Martin, the woman who makes it personal.
I think I have my act together as a successful bar owner, my master’s degree within reach, and a list of no-strings-attached women warming my bed. Turns out, I don’t.
Hannah believes she has safeguarded her wounded heart by shunning men and focusing on her new baking business. The thing is, she hasn’t.
When my three sisters and I start a new event-planning business with Hannah as our baker, I have no idea how my life is about to change. As Hannah and I work closely together, the attraction between us becomes irresistible. And complicated. I’ve promised my sisters I wouldn’t mix business with pleasure. But I’ve never been one to follow the rules.
About the Authors:
Award-winning and bestselling romance author Kat Bastion has teamed up with her husband Stone Bastion to create the new contemporary romance series No Weddings.
A few factoids about the writing team…
Kat enjoys her chocolate rich and dark, her music edgy and soul-filling, and her vacations exotic with toes dug into the sand. And she’s wildly, madly, deeply in love with Stone.
Stone likes pounding the trails on a mountain bike, vibrating the sound system with rock music, and down time spent on a stand up paddleboard. And he loves Kat wildly, madly, deeply…and then some.
Together, they’re having a blast bringing fun-filled romantic stories to life and hope you’ll join them in the exciting adventure.
Kat’s first published work, Utterly Loved, was a twentieth anniversary gift of love poems to Stone that they decided to share with the world to benefit charity. Net proceeds from Utterly Loved, and a portion of net proceeds from all their books, go toward charities involved in the fight against human trafficking.
Kat and Stone live amid the beautiful Sonoran Desert of Arizona. Visit their blog at , website at , and their Twitter accounts at and neBastion for more information.
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Your humble shoe and boot,
~ Kat & Stone Bastion