Friday Feature & Contest: The Groom by Elise Marion

Book Reviews & More by Kathy is thrilled to be the last stop on Elise Marion’s virtual book tour for her latest release, The Groom. Without further ado, here is a little insight from Ms. Marion about the heroine of the novel, Katrina Giordano.

Words of Wisdom from Katrina Giordano

One of my favorite aspects of this book, is Katrina. The feisty heroine has been through much in her life and it’s left her ready to live life one day at a time. She refuses to let moments pass her by and doesn’t hold back. After all, she never knows which day will be her last. While writing The Groom, I had so much fun with Katrina and her sense of humor and wit. I thought it would be fun to list my favorite quotes. Many of these make me smile, and most of them make me laugh out loud. I hope you’ll get to know Katrina and, as I have, come to love her too.

“Come on, look at him. He’s not the bar singing, table dancing type. But I think we can convert him don’t you think? We’re awful good at being bad influences.”

“Who cares about health and insurance when there are fabulous boots in the world? And music, and stars, and tequila…”

“Sure, fine, you like fast, expensive cars. It’s all very James Bond.”

My brother’s death led me to an overdose, which scared me into rehab,” she admitted. “After that I promised myself that I would live. So I shrugged off my father’s mantle and decided to live every day for me. So, I don’t worry so much about eating right or avoiding mistakes. The way I see it, if one of those things kills me, then at least I’ll die happy.”

“Haven’t you ever just acted impulsively?” she asked. “Drove too fast, sang too loud, danced in the rain?”

“When did I tell you I was normal?”

“When it comes to you, I don’t intend to ever stop making plans. Because that’s what people do, they make plans.”

Title: The Groom by Elise Marion
Publisher: Bottom Drawer Publications
Genre: Contemporary, Interracial, Romance
Length: Novel (77,500 words)


When Lyle Cummings is left standing at the altar on his wedding day, all of his carefully composed plans for the future come crashing down around him. The pragmatic doctor is left questioning his well-ordered existence and wondering if there isn’t more to life than the achievements of wealth and career.

When he meets Katrina Giordano, a fiery lounge singer with more passion in her pinky finger than he possesses in his entire body, his mundane life is turned upside down. In Katrina, he finds everything his life has been lacking. With her, he will learn that what he thought was love really wasn’t at all.

But will Katrina’s dark past threaten the happiness that Lyle has found after so much heartache? With her life, and now his, hanging in the balance, Lyle will find himself tested when it comes to how far he will go for love.

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Lyle Cummings glanced up from the surface of the gleaming bar top and into the eyes of the petite woman moving around behind it. She was holding a frosted beer mug in one hand and controlling the Miller Lite tap with the other. Sympathy flashed in her stare, causing Lyle to jerk his own gaze away as if stung. He didn’t want her sympathy. All he wanted was peace, and . . .

“Single malt scotch on the rocks with a twist.”

He knew that his request had come out more like a raspy, barked command but Lyle didn’t care. Today of all days, he had the right to act like a jackass.

An understanding nod followed, and the bartender quickly moved to fill his order. She sat the scotch in front of him and accepted his debit card.

“Would you like me to start a tab?” she asked as she swiped his card.


Hell yes. Today was also a day for getting drunk.




He wrapped his fingers around the perspiring glass and inspected the bruised knuckles of his free hand. Mottled splotches of blue, purple, and green marred his sun-bronzed skin, and swelling edged the bruise with a ring of deep red. Lyle’s fingers curled into his palm as he downed the scotch in a few long gulps, the fire racing through his gut elevating the adrenaline rush he felt at the thought of smashing Jack Thompson’s face in. A few drops of blood stained the cuff of his white dress shirt and the sight of it sent primal satisfaction through Lyle’s gut. It was the only pleasure to be salvaged from the disaster that should have been the happiest day of his life. Well that and . . .

Author Bio

Elise Marion is a lover of books and has a special place in her heart for sweet and sensual romance. Writing about love across all walks of life is her passion, as is reaching people through the written word. The Army wife and stay-at-home mother of three spends most of her time taking care of her children. Her second job includes writing stories about characters that people can fall in love with. When the Texas native isn’t caring for her family or writing, you can usually find her with her nose in a book, singing loudly, or cooking up something new in the kitchen.

A little about Bottom Drawer Publications

Read whatever you want, wherever you want, whenever you want.

Welcome to Bottom Drawer Publications. Our motto above says it all. Publishing both e-books plus print-on-demand for our novel-length books means that if you feel like something to read at any time of the day or night, you can download a reasonably-priced, quality book within minutes from your choice of booksellers, including our own digital shop. If you prefer to hold a paperback in your hands, our print-on-demand printer has presses in the US, UK, Europe and Australia, meaning shorter delivery times and lower postage costs to you.

We are an inclusive publisher, believing love is love, which is why you won’t see a separate LGBT genre—we publish hetero and gay fiction in all of our romance sub-genres:

Contemporary – Historical – Literary Drama – New Adult – Alternative Lifestyle
Paranormal – Sci-fi – Fantasy – Mystery -Thriller – Steampunk


Enter for your chance to win:

1st Prize: Paperback copy of The Groom
2nd Prize: e-Book copy of The Groom
3rd Prize: $5 voucher to spend in the BDP Shop

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3 Responses to Friday Feature & Contest: The Groom by Elise Marion

  1. Kathy, thank you as always for being such a great supporter of our books and authors. Great post! Good luck to your readers in the giveaway.

  2. felicia sidoma

    I do think that opposites to attract. I was opposite of mine. Boy did we have fun. I think because we showed each other what is on the other side.