New Release A Summer Wedding at Cross Creek (Cross Creek 1) by Cheryl Holt and Meet the Author #Books #Romance

This feels like a different story, at least for the way it’s told.

A Summer Wedding at Cross Creek (Cross Creek 1) by Cheryl Holt released last Monday in the Contemporary Women’s Fiction genre.

The lavish Layton-Benjamin wedding promises to be an event to remember, and the groom’s wealthy parents have spared no expense to impress their guests by hosting it at the exclusive Cross Creek Inn, a private mountain retreat tucked away in the heart of the Colorado Rockies. But the bride and groom are from completely different backgrounds, and they’ve only known each other for a few months, so it’s been a ‘hurry-up’ engagement that has everyone worried.

When the groom arrives late and tempers start to flare, it’s clear the wedding is a minefield that has to be carefully navigated. As parents and friends begin taking bets over whether the happy couple will make it to the altar, secrets are revealed, new loves emerge, and true happiness is finally found.

Book your visit to the Cross Creek Inn! A witty, fun summertime story about family, friendship, and finding out what matters most—that only Cheryl Holt could tell.

From New York Times bestselling author, Cheryl Holt, comes a sparkling, fast-paced novel about the complexity of family—and all the ways they can drive us crazy.


“It’s so beautiful here!”

Jennifer Layton spun away from the stunning scenery out the window of her hotel room, and she smiled at her father, Greg.

“I suppose it’s all right,” he replied.

“You suppose?” she asked.  “Don’t injure yourself by exhibiting too much enthusiasm.”

She had three siblings, but she’d always been his favorite.  It was an open and established family fact about which they all joked.  On hearing her remark, he was instantly chastened.

“I’m sorry, peanut.  It’s marvelous, and I’m delighted by it too.”

She grinned.  “That’s more like it.”

From the minute she’d phoned to tell him she’d gotten engaged and was planning a quick wedding, he’d been slow to exhibit the attitude a girl ought to expect from her only parent.  He was a widower and carpenter whose wife died of cancer when his four children were very small.  Jennifer had just been eight at the time.

He’d spent his life providing for them as best he could.  He was sensible and pragmatic, with strong views about the world and his place in it.  He’d never been the type to reach out and grab for more than he’d been given, but he’d wanted more for her and her siblings than he’d ever been able to supply.  In that, he’d been very generous. 

He’d encouraged her to spread her wings, to go to college and move on to a great future, and she’d done exactly that.  She’d fled their home in Portland, Oregon, to attend college in Eugene, then she’d flitted off to sunny, exciting Los Angeles.

In the process, she’d fallen in love with Eric Benjamin.  He was disgustingly rich and had grown up in an environment so different from hers that he might have been raised on the moon.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

CHERYL HOLT is a New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon “Top 100” bestselling author who has published over fifty novels. 

She’s also a lawyer and mom, and at age forty, with two babies at home, she started a new career as a commercial fiction writer.  She’d hoped to be a suspense novelist, but couldn’t sell any of her manuscripts, so she ended up taking a detour into romance where she was stunned to discover that she has a knack for writing some of the world’s greatest love stories.   

Her books have been released to wide acclaim, and she has won or been nominated for many national awards.  She is considered to be one of the masters of the romance genre.  For many years, she was hailed as “The Queen of Erotic Romance”, and she’s also revered as “The International Queen of Villains.”  She is particularly proud to have been named “Best Storyteller of the Year” by the trade magazine Romantic Times BOOK Reviews.

She lives and writes in Hollywood, California, and she loves to hear from fans.  Visit her website at

Can you tell us more about the leading couple?  Maybe something not in the blurb or excerpt? 

My new novel, A Summer Wedding at Cross Creek Inn, takes place at an exclusive, posh retreat in the Colorado Rockies.  It’s a place where uber-rich people go to hold events and can keep the paparazzi away, so they’ll have some privacy.  The bride and groom are from two completely different backgrounds, so it’s probably not a match made in Heaven—or anywhere else for that matter.  The groom’s dad is a Hollywood mogul and movie producer.  The bride’s dad is a carpenter from rural Oregon.  When the two families get locked together at the Inn to celebrate their kids’ wedding, it will be tricky business to get them to the altar without the whole thing falling apart.

I’m renowned for my intricate plots and riveting characters, so I have used several “leading” characters and four main storylines.  There are also all sorts of secondary characters and minor plots where the various family members are making mischief for the bride and groom.

The main story is about the bride and groom, Jennifer and Eric.  Eric is a sexy, hot male model from a Hollywood “royal” family.  Jennifer is just a fun, nice girl from an ordinary family.  They got engaged much too early and don’t really know each other well enough to get married.  As the story unfolds, and all the disparate family members try to get along, anything can happen—and it does!





This post is part of a Tour. The tour dates can be found here:


  • an autographed print copy of the book (US ONLY) to 10 randomly drawn winners



  1. Love visiting Colorado! Can ‘t wait to read more about Eric and Jennifer and their families. I enjoy weddings. I’m looking forward to reading more about a male model and his views on body image.

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  2. Hi everyone. Thank you so much for taking a few minutes today to read more about my new book. It was a ton of fun to write, and I think it’s really fun to read. I live in LA, so I included a fun storyline about the kinds of crazy, rich, famous people who live here with me. Thanks for thinking of me today. I’m always grateful!

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