Marriage Tropes by DJ Jamison

Marital Bliss: A new series built around marriage tropes

Please help me welcome DJ Jamison to the blog today, giving us a look at future “Groom” books.

I’m excited to celebrate the release of Surprise Groom, Book 1 of my new series, Marital Bliss. The entire series is built around marriage tropes: marriage of convenience, fake marriage, arranged marriage, and so forth. I couldn’t even tell you all the marriage tropes I’ll hit yet because I’ve only worked on two books so far.

The series title is partly based on the location in Book 1: Bliss Island, a private island wedding resort off the coast of Maine. If all goes well, most of the couples in the series — if not all — will end up on Bliss Island at some point during their story.

I have four book covers and titles in place, and the rest I’m trusting to work out when I start writing. Crazy, right? Welcome to being a pantser, a particularly challenging feat when writing books that require a carefully orchestrated plot to carry the premise through to the end.

Here’s a preview of the series, as planned now:

Surprise Groom is a marriage contract / marriage of convenience story. It has some fake relationship components because it’s important that Caleb and Julien come across as a true, authentic couple. But it’s also a friends to lovers romance. Caleb and Julien were best friends as children, separated by circumstances as young teens, and in many ways, this marriage contract is a chance for them to recapture that friendship and see how it might have evolved and developed into romance had their lives played out differently.

Faking a Groom, Book 2, will be a fake marriage novel. Rory Fisher, a character who appears in Book 1, will agree to play husband to his father’s best friend, Graham Carter, when he lies about being married to shutdown a business colleague’s advances, then has to produce a groom out of thin air. Rory views it as an opportunity to finally get closer to a man he’s always wanted, while Graham is wary of crossing boundaries and upsetting his friendship with Rory’s father.

Wrangling a Groom, Book 3, is most likely a marriage pact / arranged marriage trope. I haven’t begun working out all the details, but if you guessed there’s a cowboy involved, you’re right!

Mistaken for the Groom, Book 4. The title kind of says it all. This book is likely to be a crazy ride. The idea is partially inspired by the movie, While You Were Sleeping, starring Sandra Bullock, in which she gets mistaken for an unconscious man’s fiancee and ends up falling in love with his brother — and really, the whole family. My book will play out very differently, but the idea of being mistaken for someone’s missing groom, then playing along and falling in love sounded like a lot of fun.

Surprise Groom is out now, and Faking a Groom is tentatively scheduled for a summer release, with the third book planned for fall, and the fourth for the beginning of 2020.

Title: Surprise Groom (Marital Bliss #1)
Author: DJ Jamison
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: May 16, 2019
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 322
Reviewed By: Belen, Bob, CrabbyPatty, Paris Dude and Tosha


Can two men fake their way to marital bliss?

Caleb Taylor is shocked to learn his family could lose Bliss Island Resort — their home and livelihood — unless he makes use of a clause to marry the child of investor Louis Chastain. Sofia Chastain is more like a sister than a love interest, and Caleb isn’t ready to sign over his future. But Sofia has a brother, and Caleb has a plan …

Julien Chastain was disowned at fifteen and has made a life as a go-go dancer in Miami, but he lives paycheck to paycheck. When his childhood friend proposes an outlandish marriage contract, he thinks he’s crazy. But it’s a chance at a future that’s tough to pass up.

Caleb and Julien must present themselves as an authentic couple for the legal loophole to work, but the lines between “fake” and “real” keep shifting as they navigate intimacy, public scrutiny, and sabotage.

Love isn’t part of the plan, but plans change. If they can outsmart Julien’s father and prove their love is worth more than a transaction, they just might find a true happily-ever-after.

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About DJ

DJ Jamison is the author of more than a dozen m/m romances, including the Ashe Sentinel series and the Hearts and Health series. She writes a variety of queer characters, from gay to bisexual to asexual, with a focus on telling love stories that are more about common ground than lust at first sight. DJ grew up in the Midwest in a working-class family, and those influences can be found in her writing through characters coping with real-life problems: money troubles, workplace drama, family conflicts and, of course, falling in love. DJ spent more than a decade in the newspaper industry before chasing her first dream to write fiction. She spent a lifetime reading before that, and continues to avidly devour her fellow authors’ books each night. She lives in Kansas with her husband, two sons, two fish and, regrettably, one snake.


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