Celebrate my Birthday!

My brother spent several years in a country where they celebrate birthdays differently than we do in North America. The person who is having a birthday throws a party for his or her friends. I thought I would try that this year.

The price you see listed includes shipping. I think it’s a win/win. You are able to get some new books to read at a super discount, and I’m able to share some of my writing with you. I hope you join the celebration at http://ruthlsnyder.com/shop!

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Book Signing information from Heaven Sent

New Paperback and July 30 Book Signing

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The author team of “The San Francisco Wedding Planner” will be releasing the “Complete Series” ebook & paperback this Thursday evening!
Who is on the author team? Jen Cudmore,Patti J. Smith, Mishael Austin Witty, Sheila Seiler Lagrand,and Ruth L. Snyder!
Heather Donovan has no time for her own romance—she’s busy making wedding dreams come true for other people and trying to reel her lonely and lovesick widowed mom Gloria back from beyond the brink of good taste. Her receptionist, Raul, is as interested in his hair style as he is in the clients. Indigo, the wedding photographer, never goes anywhere without his beret—or his attitude. Toss in Skye, the mommy-track best friend who wants to breathe organic air, Mario, the talented, hotheaded caterer with an eye for the ladies, and a tall, dark, and handsome stranger visiting the office on the eve of the busiest weekend ever, and you have a recipe for disaster. Or love. Or maybe both? Along the way discover how duck-hunter ice sculptures end up as rehearsal dinner décor at an upscale hotel, why the young doctor has a broken heart, and whose will prevails when the photographer challenges a young couple’s vision of the perfect wedding.

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On July 30th I’ll be at Heaven Sent in St. Paul from noon to 4 pm to meet you and sign copies of the books to which I’ve contributed. Copies of Rise, The Kathi Macias 12 Days of Christmas, and The San Francisco Wedding Planner will be available for purchase at special prices. I look forward to seeing you there!


Summer Reading Blog Tour

Introducing Heather Donovan from the San Francisco Wedding Planner Series

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On July 2nd Shadows and Sunshine, volume 6 in the San Francisco Wedding planner Series was released on Amazon. Today I’d like to introduce you to Heather Donovan, the main character in the series.

What is your name?  Heather Marie Donovan
What one word best describes you?  Some people call me creative, talented, stubborn. I would use the word persistent.

How did you first become involved in the story?  Since I’m the main character, this is my story, but I’ve built a team around me that helps me succeed.

What worries you? Several things, actually—I’m a bit of a worry wart 🙂 I worry about my business failing, about losing people close to me (I lost my dad when I was a teenager), and about being single the rest of my life.

What’s your favourite song?  What a feeling by Irene Cara

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What’s your favourite food?  You mean besides chocolate and comfort food? Lol  I enjoy all kinds of food, but Mario’s Cotoletta Alla Milanese is my absolute favorite. (If you want to prepare your own, check out the video below.)


What do you think of the other characters?

  • Skye is my BFF, so of course I think she’s wonderful. We are opposites in many ways. She’s an absolute health nut who insists on organic food with lots of fruit and vegetables. You already know what I like to eat.
  • Gloria is my mother. She and I have a love/hate relationship. Her choices frustrate me. I mean come on, she’s supposed to be the mature adult leading the way. Unfortunately, when my father died suddenly my mother seemed to lose her moorings. Now she works as a real estate agent, which has been helpful for me lately. However, her flirtatious behavior is annoying and embarrassing, especially when she hits on MY dates.
  • Raul is my diva admin. assistant who answers the phones and keeps us all organized. (He also likes to dish out advice on fashion, which I usually ignore.) Although he can be very annoying sometimes, he actually is very responsible. In fact, he’s helped me out of a scrape or two.
  • Bryan is an orthopedic surgeon and Raul’s older half-brother—the tall, dark, and handsome one. He knows how to make me feel special and can be very funny, but sometimes I wonder if he’s ready for a serious relationship. Baggage from his past relationships seems to come between us fairly often.
  • Indigo is one of the best photographers in San Francisco. I count it a privilege to have him on my team, but he also causes me the most trouble. You see, I have to handle his ego with kid gloves. He often complains no one understands his art.
  • Mario is a chef extraordinaire, and has been a great addition to my team. He also tends to be a bit of a lady’s man, but a recent love interest is taming him. Mario is one of those people who is everyone’s friend. I don’t think he knows what the word enemy means.

What do you think should happen?  I think me and my team should provide the best event experience for everyone in San Francisco. The Pendergast event is a wonderful opportunity for us to showcase our skills. If we can pull this off, the sky’s the limit.

I also think that Bryan and I belong together, but I despair that will ever happen. We’re both extremely busy and he seems to have a lot of baggage from past relationships.
Are you happy right now?  Most days, yes. But sometimes I dream about what my life will be like when (I guess I should say IF?) I marry Bryan.
What do you hope to do with your life?  I hope I will be successful in my business and be surrounded with good friends

DRAW for free e-book:  Leave a comment below and your name will be entered to win a copy of volume one of the San Francisco Wedding Planner Series 🙂

Rafflecopter contest: For your chance to win a copy of the whole San Francisco Wedding Planner series, enter at the right.

Want to read more about Heather? My novella, Life Lessons, is scheduled to be released on Thursday, July 24th. Stay tuned for more details. In the mean time, check out some other suggestions for your summer reading list by following the Summer Reading Blog Tour:

Summer Reading Blog Tour

 


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What does a wedding planner do?

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Last week my story, Shadows and Sunshine (Volume 6 of the San Francisco Wedding Planner series 1) launched. It is currently available for Kindle on Amazon.ca and Amazon.com. Later this month the whole series will be available as a single Kindle or paperback book.

Have you ever wondered what wedding planners actually do? Here’s an overview:

Initial Consultation

  • Discussion about what type of event the client wants (wedding only, rehearsal dinner and wedding, wedding and gift opening, etc.)
  • Clarification of expectations (Defining what the client is doing and what the wedding planner is expected to provide)
  • Presentation of available packages and pricing (e.g. Full Service Planning vs. Day of Coordination)
  • Walking client through signing the contract and paying a deposit

Full Service Planning

Before the wedding:

  • Set a budget for the wedding
  • Research and obtain venue(s)
  • Share information about current trends for weddings and events
  • Create and review photographer/videographer contract(s)
  • Create and review florist contract
  • Create and review catering contract
  • Review and select menu(s)
  • Prepare  and/or deliver wedding invitations
  • Give advice on attire, flowers, cake and other details
  • Design table, lighting, and other visual details
  • Coordinate vendor arrivals and deliveries
  • Prepare a detailed timeline of the wedding day for all those involved
  • Remind bride, groom, and other participants of obligations, appointments, etc.

On the wedding day:

  • Act as liaison between the bride and groom and everyone else involved
  • Distribute flowers
  • Make sure everyone is where they need to be at the right time
  • Arrange for efficient seating of guests
  • Deal with any emergencies which arise (including wedding crashers)
  • Ensure music is cued
  • Facilitate a smooth transition from the wedding venue to the reception venue
  • Oversee reception details
  • Ensure the bride and groom’s personal property is taken care of after the reception
  • Oversee the return of rentals and borrowed items
  • Arrange for wedding gifts to be delivered to the appropriate location
  • Ensure venues are left clean so that clients receive deposits back
  • Other details as required

Note: If a client chooses to hire a wedding planner only for wedding day coordination, your job will be to ensure the “before the wedding” details are in place and then provide the services listed under “on the wedding day.”

Interested in becoming a wedding planner?  Check out the following resources:

Wedding Planner’s Handbook: A step-by-step guide to becoming a wedding planner.

Certified Wedding Specialist Course

Certified Wedding Planner Course

Wedding and Event Planning

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