PIECE OF CAKE
SOUTHERN FICTION I WOMEN'S FICTION
She’s the villain of her own story . . .
He’s the guy who’s supposed to save the day.
Claire Sommers grew up as a society girl destined to have it all: tasteful Dallas mansion, high-powered career, hot and rich husband. Until a massive mistake left her reputation in tatters and trust fund frozen. Now the former debutante is scraping by as a magazine staffer in Nashville—trading in her diamonds and designer stilettos for rhinestones and cowgirl boots.
But all is not well in the world of print publications. Piece of Cake, the beloved Southern wedding magazine where Claire works, is one issue away from going under. Thankfully, Claire has a plan to save the day and the magazine—a reality show–style docuseries on the South’s most over-the-top and outlandish nuptials. And with country music royalty, Elvis impersonators, and enough drama to make your momma faint, it just so happens that Tennessee is the perfect setting for unscripted wedding day magic. Her boss loves Claire’s idea so much that she even brings in “The Brides’ Man,” New York native and social media star Dominic Gravino, to partner with Claire on the project, despite her protestations.
Dominic’s East Coast confidence and charisma clash with Claire’s Southern breeding and independent spirit as the two unlikely collaborators attempt to create a series that will save Piece of Cake. But in between million-dollar weddings, two-stepping bachelorette parties, and hot chicken fiascos, Claire and Dom discover they make a great team . . . on and off the job. But letting go of old hurts is harder than she imagines, and soon Claire realizes that she must come to terms with what happened in her past if she’s ever going to embrace the present.
"Like a perfect piece of cake, I devoured this delicious escape into the over the top world of Southern weddings. Huddleston and Paul once again deliver a laugh out loud peek into an alternate universe where weddings are a competitive sport and there there’s no such thing as too much bling. A joyful escape that will leave you laughing and craving cake and Nashville hot chicken.”
Yvette Manessis Corporon, International bestselling author
"I just finished this, in one evening, because I couldn't put it down! Claire is a former Texas socialite, who's living in Nashville now making her way on her own. She's a writer for a bridal magazine. Dominic is a bridal influencer from New York brought in to help the failing magazine.
Together they work to help save the magazine and get closer and closer! I really enjoyed their bantering and flirting!"
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Mary Huddleston is the cofounder and creative director of Please Be Seated, the premier event rental company in Nashville, Tennessee. Mary and her husband started the business in 2014 and now have more than 30 employees servicing events nationwide. Mary started her career as an event coordinator in Dallas, Texas, initially at Diamond Affairs Weddings and Special Events, and later at the nationally recognized Todd Events, where she helped launch their wedding division. In 2018 Mary established Mrs. Southern Social, a lifestyle platform focused on modern entertaining at home. She has 50K Instagram followers and has been featured in Southern Living, Southern Lady, StyleBlueprint, and NFocus Magazine.
ASHER FOGLE PAUL
Asher Fogle Paul is a human interest and entertainment journalist. Most recently she served as digital features editor at Good Housekeeping. She's also held posts at Us Weekly, People, and Readers' Digest, and her work has been published in Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Esquire, House Beautiful, Elle, and W, among others. Asher has an MS in magazine journalism from Columbia University and a BA in English from Texas Christian University. She lives in New York City with her husband and three young children.
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