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Author Reader Match: Beth K. Vogt
MatchMaker / May 15, 2019

What I write: After spending time as a nonfiction editor and author, I crossed over to the “dark side” of the writing road, moving from contemporary romance to women’s fiction. Yes, I like happily-ever-afters, but women’s fiction lets me explore how relationships between sisters, moms and daughters, best friends—anyone we love—can be messy. The novels in the Thatcher Sisters series could best be described as my “Little Women gone wrong” books. More about me: I’m an award-winning novelist who once said she’d never write fiction and now enjoys hanging out with imaginary people. I’m a creative, but I’m also craft-challenged, so don’t invite me to join you at Hobby Lobby unless you want me to push your cart while you shop. When I’m not writing, you’ll find me taking photos of my daughter’s volleyball matches—lots and lots of photos. I learned the game through a camera lens. What I’m looking for in my ideal reader: You want a story that delves into real-life issues like complicated family relationships, grief, estrangement, breast cancer, and unexpected pregnancy. You want stories with a spiritual thread—and characters who might believe in God, might not, or who are struggling in their faith journey. You want…

Isabella Maldonado | Author-Reader Match + Giveaway!
Author Guest , MatchMaker / April 8, 2019

Writes: An award-winning mystery/thriller police detective series set in Phoenix. The latest release, DEATH BLOW, book #3 in the Veranda Cruz series, hit the shelves in March 2019. About: Retired police captain turned award-winning author seeks readers who are adrenaline junkies looking for a high-octane thrill ride. DEATH BLOW features a strong—but flawed—female lead who must fight her inner demons as she’s pulled into a deadly trap. It’s the story of three families: Veranda Cruz’s large, loving, sometimes interfering ethnic family; her somewhat dysfunctional police family; and a notorious crime family that threatens everything she holds dear. What I’m looking for in my ideal reader match: Enjoys police detective shows like “Law & Order” Has a thing for cops Is intrigued by an author with marksmanship medals and training in high-speed pursuit, defensive tactics, and interrogation techniques The sound of a siren gets your pulse racing—in a good way Secretly wants to be a detective Has a twisted sense of humor Is fine with a book that contains NO vampires, werewolves, witches, or cats Prefer your villains keep-you-up-at-night scary Isn’t squeamish about crime scene investigation Insists on multi-dimensional, complex characters (including the bad guys) Enjoys delving into a rich back…

Tally Adams | Author-Reader Match
Author Guest , MatchMaker / April 4, 2019

Instead of trying to find your perfect match in a dating app, we bring you the “Author-Reader Match” where we introduce you to authors as a reader you may fall in love with. It’s our great pleasure to present Tally Adams! Writes: Romance (Paranormal). Her most recent release is Shadow Pact, released February 12, 2019 by Brown Books Publishing Group! This is book one of the Immortal Romance Series. About: Thirty-something paranormal romance author seeking readers for steamy, action-packed romance full of adventure. This offer features a strong, intelligent heroine and a dark, gorgeous immortal who both have secrets of their own. What I’m Looking For In My Ideal Reader Match: A good sense of humor The ability to recognize family isn’t always about blood (No pun intended…?) An appreciation for occasional passion scenes that make mere mortal men pale in comparison A love of unexpected adventure What To Expect If We’re Compatible At least one book every year until the series is complete (if it ever is) Lots of features and opportunity to talk to the author A whole host of books that remind us all that the only limitations we have are those we give ourselves *** Tally Adams…

Author Reader Match | S.L. Hannah
Author Guest , MatchMaker / August 31, 2018

WRITES: Strong women, in first person present tense so that you are in their head the whole time life is unfolding. Romantic suspense with high heat level and a lot of action to pump up the intensity, in and out of the bedroom. ABOUT AUTHOR: Born in Poland, but growing up in Canada, Hannah moved to Southern California to pursue her love of single-engine airplanes. Hard Trigger is an action-packed adventure with a female James Bond–type character that is sexy, savvy, intense, and unapologetic. S.L. Hannah lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband, her garden of succulents, and her feisty little dog-boss. When she’s not writing fiction, she continues to solve the aviation problems of the world. WHAT IM LOOKING FOR IN MY IDEAL READER MATCH: A reader that is not looking for a “typical” romance. My relationships are complex and my heroes have issues that I dare explore and day jobs that I am often uncomfortable exploring. Loves James Bond and has always wondered why there was never a Jane Bond… WHAT TO EXPECT IF COMPATIBLE: A telenovela-style pacing that is full of twists and turns and hot sex. A heroine that is complex and doesn’t “need” a man. An author that will always push…

Author Reader Match: Jacqueline Friedland
MatchMaker / August 17, 2018

Writes: Plot-driven historical fiction chock full of flawed characters yearning to be saved. Picture a complicated, brooding widower, a poverty-stricken teenager, an overly-entitled heiress, and a strong-willed runaway slave. Each is somehow able to bring light into the lives of others in ways that also help them to find their own redemption. About Me: Forty-year-old attorney-turned-author seeking readers for historical fiction about a heroic abolitionist in the antebellum South. Characters in this tale attempt to navigate the complicated social hierarchy of Charleston, South Carolina twenty years before the Civil War. When a young woman arrives in Charleston from England, destitute but relieved to be free from the troubles she left behind on the other side of the Atlantic, the reader will be treated to a fresh look at American society. Readers must be in the market for accessible prose and page-turning plot twists, surprising moments of love, deception, caution, and hope. Those uninterested in corsets and old-fashioned Southern balls need not apply. What I am looking for in my ideal reader Match: You are, above all, interested in a riveting story that will keep you turning pages. Your favorite books cross many genres but would include books along the lines…

Author/Reader Match: Nicola Rendell
MatchMaker / August 13, 2018

Instead of trying to find your perfect match in a dating app, we bring you the “Reader Match” where we introduce you to authors as a reader you may fall in love with. It’s our great pleasure to present Nicola Rendell. Writes : I write sweet and naughty rom-com. My upcoming release is SHIMMY BANG SPARKLE, which comes out on August 21, 2018. About : Nothing brings me greater joy as a writer than to learn that I’ve swept a reader off her feet. I think romance is the ultimate escape from everyday life and I like to write stories that transport us to a place where love is all-consuming and all-important. I love the chaos of new love and the frenzy of falling hard and fast for someone that makes your heart tumble in your chest. When I’m not reading or writing, I love to cook, sew, and play the piano. I am utterly smitten with my dogs and my husband. And sugar cookies. What I’m looking for in my ideal reader match : You like to giggle. You enjoy wild and unbridled passion. You love your heroines feisty and funny. You dig alphas with an unexpected softer side….

Author Match | Scarlett Cole and DEEP COVER
MatchMaker / August 6, 2018

Writes: Steamy contemporary romance and romantic suspense. You want to party all night (read stay awake reading until 3am) with tortured rock stars, I’ve got you covered. The Preload men can’t wait to meet you. Want to spend time with the cool kids at the tattoo studio? Let’s go to Miami and hang with the gang at Second Circle Tattoos. Or you fancy a little suspense with your steamy? Perfect! Let my Navy SEALs take you out for a ride in their hard-bottomed inflatable (that is not a euphemism!) as you dodge bullets. My latest release, DEEP COVER, even has a little Ocean’s Eleven flare to it, when the super-smart heroine, Amy Murry, finds herself undercover in a casino alongside ex-special ops expert Cabe Moss, a man she needs to keep her hands off. About: I am a Scorpio star-sign and A-Type personality author on a personal mission to fight aging, gravity, and an epic sour candy addiction. Some days it works, on others, not so much! If only I didn’t love gin quite so much! I’m fortunate enough to call both Toronto, Canada and Manchester, UK home and speak with an accent that is a mash-up of the two….

Scarlett Peckham | Reader Match
MatchMaker / August 1, 2018

Instead of trying to find your perfect match in a dating app, we bring you the “Reader Match” where we introduce you to authors as a reader you may fall in love with. It’s our great pleasure to present Scarlett Peckham, whose debut novel, THE DUKE I TEMPTED, just won the prestigious RWA Golden Heart® Award in historical romance. Writes: Steamy, lush, angsty romances set in the Georgian era. Think fierce heroines, brooding heroes and erotic secrets. About: Debut historical romance novelist specializing in steamy stories about feisty Alpha Heroines seeks readers looking for women who know what they want … and fascinating men all too eager rise to the challenge of giving it to them. Must be in the market for a romance about a spinster botanist, a marriage of convenience, and a submissive duke determined to hide his craving to spend his nights on his knees…and guard his broken heart. What I’m looking for in my ideal reader match: You look for a bit of edge in your historical romances. When I say femdom, you say meow You don’t mind a driven heroine who seethes at her limited place in the world and doesn’t feel the need to…

Author/Reader Match: Nancy Herkness
MatchMaker / July 24, 2018

Instead of trying to find your perfect match in a dating app, we bring you the “Reader Match” where we introduce you to authors as a reader you may fall in love with. It’s our great pleasure to present Nancy Herkness. Writes: Contemporary romance set in places Nancy knows well from personal experience (New York City and West Virginia). Her July 24th release, SECOND TIME AROUND, is the first novel in her new Second Glances series (which kicked off with a novella, SECOND TO NONE). Her editor calls this series “billionaires with heart.” About: Nancy is an animal lover, a Jazzercise enthusiast, and a native West Virginian transplanted to New Jersey. She has written three award-winning romance series—Second Glances, Wager of Hearts, and Whisper Horse—and several standalone novels. She graduated from Princeton University with a degree in English lit and creative writing (poetry, if you can believe it!). She got hooked on reading romance when her grandmother loaned her a Georgette Heyer novel. What I’m looking for in my ideal reader match: Must love dogs…and the occasional cat and horse! Enjoys the fantasy of being swept away in a fast car or a Learjet, holding a glass of champagne. Thinks…

Meet the Author – Wendy Davies
MatchMaker / July 9, 2018

Hi, I’m Wendy and I write contemporary, small-town romance stories set in my home state of Victoria, which is down south of mainland Australia. While I grew up in Melbourne, Victoria’s capital city, I’ve travelled my state so many times I’m like a walking, talking tourist information service. Indeed, one of my earliest memories is travelling for long hours crammed into the back seat of our family car along with all my brothers and sisters (I’m the youngest of five children) going off to visit my aunt and uncle’s farm in the northern part of the state. That farm formed the basis for Glendale – my hero, Zach Wentworth’s home. Growing wheat and farming sheep was something my uncle and aunt did on their own property. I used my experience of helping my aunt cook for the shearers, and helping my uncle round up the sheep and fix his harvester as some of the things Zach did on his farm. Not the cooking, that was hard work, but the wood stove we used made it into the first draft of my story. Of course, Bill and Pearl Wentworth are fictional characters. But they’re based on how I remember my own…