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WEDDING DAYS: WHEN AND HOW GREAT MARRIAGES BEGAN

From Pocahontas to Priscilla Presley, Annie Oakley to Yoko Ono, Grace Kelly to Coretta Scott King, no woman ever forgets her wedding day.

In 366 stories, WEDDING DAYS reveals surprising, humorous, passionate and romantic details about how extraordinary couples met, wooed, and wed. Whether an illicit elopement or state occasion, these weddings of celebrities and statesmen, artists and abolitionists, royalty and rebels all share a sense of joy and promise ... as well as the occasional jitters.

Find out what John Lennon and Yoko Ono wore (March 20); what Elvis sang as he carried Priscilla across the threshold (May 1); why Napoleon and Josephine shared their wedding night with her nasty pug dog (March 9); why Thomas Edison proposed in Morse Code (Feb 24); and which woman inspired the Taj Mahal? (March 27.)

In 2013 Susan appeared on a national TV show where she talked about great marriages in history and WEDDING DAYS. Straightaway, many viewers contacted her, and interest in WEDDING DAYS soared online and off!

As the Writer-in-Residence for Victoria magazine, Susan wrote about the joy of writing WEDDING DAYS, and she poked (gentle) fun at Prince William & Kate Middleton in a personal essay for LA TIMES and other media, shortly before the royal wedding.

Susan continues to speak about romance and great marriages to business groups, women's clubs, bridal show groups, and libraries across the United States.

Note to Publishers: A revised, updated edition of WEDDING DAYS is ready for publication. Contact Susan if you're interested!





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