I Wanna Marry You
by K.A. Mitchell
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I got my first marriage proposal at the age of twenty-two.
A good friend and I were making out, outside a bar, and she told me she loved me and asked me to marry her. I thought the proposal was one of those things that happened in the wee hours when one’s judgment has been compromised by substances–she maintained she was serious–but the fact remained that, at that time, it wasn’t legal and we didn’t believe it would ever be. I told her no.
The first time I proposed, I got turned down, too. I proposed on the beach. In the glow of tiki torches. On bended knee. With my heart in my hands. Though we’d been together for over a decade, the woman (who is now my entirely legal wife, thank you) turned me down. Like a bedspread. So I had a lot of renewed sympathy for my friend, and for Theo, one of the stars of Put a Ring On It.
My now-wife’s reasons were thus: It wouldn’t make a difference. We shouldn’t get our hopes up and do something just because we could.
But as soon as it was legal in Massachusetts, she said to me, “Let’s do it.” And I can say with no hyperbole, it’s mattered a whole hell of a lot.
Put a Ring on It, the first book in my new series Ready or Knot, is available tomorrow and I’m bouncing with excitement to share it with you all. The series focuses four guys who have been close friends since they met in college. Every one of the characters in Put a Ring on It and the books to follow has a different opinion about marriage and what it means to their lives. No matter what someone’s orientation is, the decision to get married is both familiar to everyone in love and unique to that person because of lived experience. I’ve been having a lot of fun exploring character emotions about marriage in Ready or Knot. I hope you’ll enjoy it with me.
Oh, and to answer a question someone poses in the book: as awesome as premarital sex is, it’s even better after marriage. Take it as a promise from an old married lady.
About Put a Ring On It
Kieran Delaney-Schwartz—adoptee, underachiever, and self-professed slacker IT guy—lives his under-the-radar life by the motto: Don’t try, don’t fail. His adopted siblings are all overachievers thanks to his driven, liberal parents, but Kieran has elected to avoid disappointing anyone by not getting their hopes up. He’s coasting through his early twenties when he’s hit head-on by Theo. The successful decade-older Broadway producer sweeps him off his feet for a whirlwind thirteen months that are pretty sweet until it all comes screeching to a halt on Valentine’s Day, with an unexpected proposal via a NYC Times Square Flash mob.
Now everyone wants in on the wedding, except the grooms…
About K.A. Mitchell
K.A. Mitchell discovered the magic of writing at an early age when she learned that a carefully crayoned note of apology sent to the kitchen in a toy truck would earn her a reprieve from banishment to her room. Her career as a spin-control artist was cut short when her family moved to a two-story house, and her trucks would not roll safely down the stairs. Around the same time, she decided that Chip and Ken made a much cuter couple than Ken and Barbie and was perplexed when invitations to play Barbie dropped off. She never stopped making stuff up, though, and was surprised to find out that people would pay her to do it. Although the men in her stories usually carry more emotional baggage than even LAX can lose in a year, she guarantees they always find their sexy way to a happy ending.
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Don’t forget to check out Susan65’s review of Put a Ring On It to see what she thought of it!