Today I am very excited to be hosting a stop on the blog tour for The Wedding Date.
A big thank you to author Jennifer Joyce for stopping by.
Will you…date me?
Delilah James, singleton and smoothie-addict, has six months to find a date for her oldest friend’s wedding. Oh, and to prove to her ex, best man Ben, that she has totally moved on since he dumped her out-of-the-blue nine months, eight days and seventeen hours ago…
So, with her two BFFs playing Cupid, Delilah launches herself into the high-tech, fast-paced and frankly terrifying world of dating. Luckily there’s the hot new guy at work, Adam Sinclair, to practice her flirting on – even if, as a colleague, he’s strictly off-limits!
Yet time’s running out and date after disastrous date forces Delilah to tell a little white lie – and invent a fake boyfriend! But will her secret crush on Adam ruin everything? Does she even care about Ben anymore? And is it too late to untangle her web of lies and take a real date to the wedding…?
Lauren, Delilah’s BFF in The Wedding Date, has been single for quite a while (read: ages. Aeons) so she’s picked up a few dating dos and don’ts along the way. While encouraging Delilah to give online dating a go, she’s also keen to point out the dangers and pitfalls of dating an unknown and she’d like to share some tips with you today.
Keep Personal Information To A Minimum
This is the most important piece of information I can give you. Never, ever give too much of yourself away during those initial online chats. Under no circumstances do you want your potential date to know you’re a massive fan of The Bee Gees before your first date. He may forgive your fondness for high-pitched, beardy blokes once you’ve wowed him after a few dates but there’s less chance of him turning up to that first date if he thinks you’ve got the same music tastes as his mum.
This bit of advice isn’t restricted to The Bee Gees, of course. The general rule is, if you think it’s a bit uncool, keep it under wraps until he’s at least half-smitten with you.
It’s Ok To Be Picky
Having deal breakers is good and saves a lot of time, effort and heartache later on. If he’s got three cigs stuck in his gob in his profile pic and you think smoking one is a revolting enough habit, it’s probably best to swipe left and move onto the next potential match.
Always Arrange To Meet Up In A Public Place
It’s much easier to blend into the crowd, check the dude out and scarper if he isn’t what you were expecting if you’re out in public. Which brings me to my next point…
The Camera Never Lies
But filters and Photoshop do so be wary when it comes to online profile pics. Don’t be too surprised if you set up a date with David Beckham and David Brent shows up instead.
Dress To Impress
You’ve probably spent hours, days, weeks, months trawling the internet and dating apps to find someone even close to datable so you deserve to treat yourself to a new hair do, fake tan, entire Boots counter of make-up, not to mention an entire new outfit including handbag and dangly earrings. And it doesn’t matter if you usually slob about the house in your pjs and slippers. Potential Date Dude doesn’t need to know that just yet. Just like your Bee Gees hankering, it’s our secret for now.
Jennifer Joyce is a writer of romantic comedies who lives in Manchester with her husband and their two daughters. Her latest novel, The Wedding Date is out now. You can find out more about Jennifer and her books on: