The Matchmaker’s Playbook by Rachel Van Dyken

Hey, everyone! It’s time for a book spotlight! Here’s NYT Bestselling author Rachel Van Dyken’s newest novel The Matchmaker’s Playbook:

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Wingman rule number one: don’t fall for a client.

After a career‐ending accident, former NFL recruit Ian Hunter is back on campus—and he’s ready to get his new game on. As one of the masterminds behind Wingmen, Inc., a successful and secretive word‐of‐ mouth dating service, he’s putting his extensive skills with women to work for the lovelorn. But when Blake Olson requests the services of Wingmen, Inc., Ian may have landed his most hopeless client yet.

From her frumpy athletic gear to her unfortunate choice of footwear, Blake is going to need a miracle if she wants to land her crush. At least with a professional matchmaker by her side she has a fighting chance. Ian knows that his advice and a makeover can turn Blake into another successful match. But as Blake begins the transformation from hot mess to smokin’ hot, Ian realizes he’s in danger of breaking his cardinal rule…

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Excerpt

“If you hurt her, I’m going to break off your favorite appendage.” “Silly Gabi.” I grinned. “Is that an invitation to touch?” “Guarantee if I ever do touch you, it will only end badly.” “Tease.” I winked.

“Stop that.” She flicked me on the nose. “Your sexual prowess is dead to me. Dead!”

Rolling my eyes, I wrapped an arm around her and steered us both into the kitchen, where the smell of French bread and spaghetti filled the air. “Have I told you how much I miss our weekly dinners? Think we should do it daily? You know, so I don’t starve?”

Gabi shrugged out of my embrace. “Learn how to cook.”

I jutted out my lower lip. “It’s not for lack of knowledge.” I broke off a piece of warm bread, then poured myself a large glass of wine. “It’s because yours always tastes better.”

Gabi groaned loudly. “Damn, do the girls really fall for that? Still?”
“Eh.” I shrugged and made a so­so motion with my hand. “Nine out of ten.” “You disgust me.”
“You say that every day.”
“Because it’s true every day.”

“When’s dinner ready?” Serena bounced into the room, literally, her head bobbing from left to right. Maybe that’s how girls like her built up more brain cells. They shook the air, and the pressure between their ears exploded, making tiny little brain­cell babies.

Gabi poked her head into the fridge. “When Lex gets here.” “So it’s ready now?” she asked.

Never mind. No brain­cell babies. I fought the urge to point to the steaming spaghetti and bread sitting on the breakfast bar. Didn’t it look ready, kiddo?

“Technically,” I answered for Gabi. “But we aren’t eating”—I stressed the word “eating” even though I’d just taken some bread—“until my sidekick gets here.”

“Sidekick, huh?” Serena crossed her arms, forcing her boobs to kiss one another and nearly hit her in the chin.

“Oh, I thought you knew.” I gave her a sad face. “I’m the hero in this scenario . . . Even own my own cape. He’s basically the Robin to my Batman.”

“Batman’s hot.”

“So is Robin,” Gabi said defensively.

Whoa. Did she just defend Lex? I felt her forehead. She pushed my hand away and handed me some parmesan cheese.

The door flew open, and Lex stepped through, holding up two bottles of Cab. “Sorry, traffic was shit.” “Language,” Gabi called.

Lex and I shared a look before Lex stomped over to the swear jar and tossed in a dollar bill.

Meet the Author

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Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she’s not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor. She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband, adorable son, and two snoring boxers! She loves to hear from readers! Want to be kept up to date on new releases? Text MAFIA to 66866! You can connect with her on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/rachelvandyken or join her fan group Rachel’s New Rockin Readers. Her website is http://www.rachelvandykenauthor.com.

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Boundless Buddy: Rosa Temple + Giveaway

Hi, everyone! Today, Rosa Temple is here to offer some insight on her newest novel Natalie’s Getting Married, which follows a career-oriented lady who has never experienced love. That is, until she meets Jackson Humphries at university, an encounter that leaves her helplessly infatuated and leads to a breathtaking resolution. Ms. Temple is here to answer the questions we all want to know. And mind you, she is very tongue-in-cheek about it!
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What was the inspiration for your book?

Natalie’s Getting Married was really the result of me letting my imagination go with the flow after the idea for the character of Natalie came to me one day. I pictured her in my head, what she looked like, who her friends would be and then I placed her in the context of a university with an idea that the reader would grow up with her. Once I put pen to paper, the storyline came. I tend to write like that sometimes – by letting the characters speak to me about who they are and what they want to do and say. The title came much later when I realized that focusing on her wedding, what led up to it and what came after it was the way to go. It was a very liberating way to write this book.
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If any, which characters resemble people you know?

Without being able to stop myself, I do put tiny characteristics of people I actually know into some of my characters. But hand on heart, none of the characters are exactly like anyone I know. If I was pushed, I would say that there is a little of my own mum in Natalie’s mum. It’s probably because my mum is so dramatic, like Natalie’s. But she might not be as prone to fainting episodes like Natalie’s mum.
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What was the scariest part about writing your book?
Well, apart from wondering if I could finish it and be really happy with it, my biggest fear was whether the readers would like it. Once I’d gotten to a draft that was readable, I sent it out to beta readers to get some honest feedback. I was well chuffed when all the reports gave me the thumbs up – they liked Natalie, the other characters, settings, dialogue and more! Who was I to argue? I forged ahead, paid for an editor, proof reader, cover designer. Now I have to wait and see if the beta readers got it right! Scary 🙂
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What advice do you have for authors trying to expand their online presence?
 Be patient. It doesn’t happen overnight. First off, build a website or blog before you write your book and try to engage with people on all the platforms you can comfortably handle. I’m on Twitter and I have a Facebook page and blog. For now, that’s all I need. It’s important to blog often and stay in touch with your readers. Don’t post or blog if you have nothing to say and if all you’re doing is telling people to buy your book. I’m far from having a large fan base because I’m just starting out. But I’ve got faith in my writing and bags and  bags of patience.
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What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?

 Be true to your own writing style and develop your voice. Don’t try to copy the famous writers because you will only ever be a copy cat. Developing a confident writing voice is the thing that will make you stand out in an ocean filled with brilliant and popular writers. If
you are just starting out it might be a good idea to join a writing critique group and get
some feedback. Don’t be in a hurry to publish without a good editor and proofreader to
check your work and help you improve. We can’t do it all on our own. Trust me.
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If you could be any author, who would you be?

 I’m a big fan of Terry McMillan who isn’t a Chick-Lit or Romantic comedy writer at all. But what she does do is create convincing characters who come to life with vivid, but not overly done,  description and cracking dialogue.
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What is the biggest lie you’ve told?

 Who me? Tell lies? Never. Although … I lie to myself every time I say Danish pastries
have no calories and that I’ll get back on my spin cycle one of these days!

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Who Is Rosa?

Rosa Temple began writing chick lit and romance novellas out of a love for the old films she watched as a young girl. As a ghost writer, she gained experienced writing romantic novellas both sweet and on the slightly more steamy side. A passion to write self penned novellas in this genre, as opposed to being a ghost writer,  gave rise to the completion of Sleeping With Your Best Friend and the soon-to-be-published novel Natalie’s Getting Married. Rosa Temple is a Londoner and married with two sons. She is a reluctant “keep fit fanatic” and insists that writing keeps her away from such strenuous tasks. Drinking herbal tea and munching biscuits help her create characters and story lines.
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Arrows by Melissa Gorzelanczyz: Trailer Reveal + Giveaway

THIS IS SO EXCITING!!!!!!! THE ARROWS TRAILER IS FINALLY HERE (BTW the cover for Arrows is GORGEOUS…GIMME)!!!!


About Arrows

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Author: Melissa Gorzelanczyk
Release Date: January 26, 2016
Publisher: Delacorte Press/Penguin Random House

What’s Arrows About?

A modern cupid story set in present-day Wisconsin combining the fantastical elements of Greek mythology with the contemporary drama of MTV’s Teen Mom.

People don’t understand love. If they did, they’d get why dance prodigy Karma Clark just can’t say goodbye to her boyfriend, Danny. No matter what he says or does or how he hurts her, she can’t stay angry with him . . . and can’t stop loving him. But there’s a reason why Karma is helpless to break things off: she’s been shot with a love arrow.

Aaryn, son of Cupid, was supposed to shoot both Karma and Danny but found out too late that the other arrow in his pack was useless. And with that, Karma’s life changed forever. One pregnancy confirmed. One ballet scholarship lost. And dream after dream tossed to the wind.
A clueless Karma doesn’t know that her toxic relationship is Aaryn’s fault . . . but he’s going to get a chance to make things right. He’s here to convince Danny to man up and be there for Karma. But what if this god from Mount Olympus finds himself falling in love with a beautiful dancer from Wisconsin who can never love him in return?

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(Infinite) Praise for Arrows

“This tale of Cupid meets teen mom is unique . . . for fans of fantasy fiction and mythology, such as Aimee Carter’s ‘The Goddess Test’ series or Rick Riordan.”—SLJ

“A sweet high-school twist on Greek mythology with added substance about teen parenting and breaking out of a bad relationship.”—Booklist

“A great mythological take on love, heartache, and teen pregnancy.”—VOYA

About the Talented Author

Melissa Gorzelanczyk is a former magazine editor and columnist who believes love is everything. She is a proud member of the SCBWI, The Sweet Sixteens and the Class of 2k16. She lives in Green Bay, Wisconsin, with her husband and family.

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Website: http://www.MelissaGorzelanczyk.com

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Signed hardcover of the book
Stella & Dot arrow wishing bracelet – “Adventure awaits. This Arrow bracelet is the perfect reminder to fulfill your dreams.”
The official Arrows makeup bag by Gracie Designs
A Valentine from the author

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Defenseless by Bestselling Author Corinne Michaels

USA Today Bestselling author Corinne Michaels (*hyperventilates*) is such a talented writer, and I’m so privileged to help her celebrate her newest release Defenseless (*screams too loud to classify as sane human*)! I am so, so excited (SO EXCITED) for her and I hope it performs INCREDIBLY. Go check out her book RIGHT NOW!!!!!

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Meet Mark Dixon in Defenseless, the newest contemporary romance from USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author Corinne Michaels!

Now available on Amazon, Amazon UK, Barnes & Noble, iBooks and Kobo!

(I can’t believe it’s out!!!!! AHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!)

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What is #Defenseless About?

My life is a secret.
His life is dangerous.
We’re both stubborn, calculating, and controlling.
Mark Dixon doesn’t know what he’s getting into. He doesn’t know his games could cost us our lives. I have to do what is necessary to keep us alive, and that means guarding my heart.
But I know I’m defenseless against him, and in the end, he’ll force me to surrender.

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Now available on Amazon, Amazon UK, Barnes & Noble, iBooks and Kobo!

(I can’t believe it’s out!!!! AAAAHHHHHH!!!!!)

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Who is the #Amazing Corinne Michaels?

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Corinne Michaels is an emotional, witty, sarcastic, and fun loving mom of two beautiful children. She’s happily married to the man of her dreams and is a former Navy wife. After spending months away from her husband while he was deployed, reading and writing was her escape from the loneliness.

Both her maternal and paternal grandmothers were librarians, which only intensified her love of reading. After years of writing short stories, she couldn’t ignore the call to finish her debut novel, Beloved. Her alpha Navy SEALs are broken, beautiful, and will steal your heart. 

Stalk her:

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Now available on Amazon, Amazon UK, Barnes & Noble, iBooks and Kobo!

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Happy reading, blog buddies!

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Review: Under the Never Sky

I wrote this review roughly two and a half years ago for self-examination purposes (flashback to thirteen year old Shouryaman), and I’m finally releasing it to the world in all of its literary glory. Frankly, it’s the first legitimate book review I wrote, and I thought I would pay homage to the days I didn’t feel like the sky was going to fall. Without further adieu, voila:

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“Exiled from her home, the enclosed city of Reverie, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland—known as The Death Shop—are slim. Then Aria meets an Outsider named Perry. He’s wild—a savage—and her only hope of staying alive. A hunter for his tribe in a merciless landscape, Perry views Aria as sheltered and fragile—everything he would expect from a Dweller. But he needs Aria’s help too; she alone holds the key to his redemption.

In alternating chapters told in Aria’s and Perry’s voices, Under the Never Sky subtly and powerfully captures the evolving relationship between these characters and sweeps readers away to a harsh but often beautiful world. Continuing with Through the Ever Night and concluding with Into the Still Blue, the Under the Never Sky trilogy has already been embraced by readers in twenty-six countries and been optioned for film by Warner Bros.”

Honestly, I’m slightly disappointed. Just slightly. Not because of the novel’s storyline (which was certainly distinct from the YA dystopian fiction slush pile) or characters, but rather because it has so much potential! The main issue I found with Under the Never Sky was its lethargic pace in the middle of the book, which continually dragged through shallow waters of lifeless scenes without even a sign of treasure gold, perhaps with the singular exception of Aria and Peregrine’s encounter with the Croven (and subsequent rendezvous with Marron). It took me FOREVER to finish, and I found myself struggling to flip the pages. Moreover, I thought Aria and Perry’s romance was clichéd, rushed (I felt like they hated each other one second, and the next, they were making out in a tree house), and somewhat demeaning to Aria’s admirable qualities, specifically her self-determination and independence.

However, in no way does Under the Never Sky’s pace or clichés undermine the originality and eloquence of Rossi’s storytelling, which demonstrates a masterful grasp of plot, diction and syntax that unfortunately only sporadically provide staccato, yet evocative, bursts of exhilaration. Rossi’s prose is ornate and elaborate, grounding her worldbuilding and characterization, but not overly florid, establishing a relatively “golden mean” that I absolutely adored, especially considering her previous career as an oil painter. Furthermore, Rossi’s characters are three-dimensional and complex with striking emotional depth, particularly Peregrine, whose strength of character is merely amplified by his manifest flaws and mounting struggles. The underlying message of the effects of political nepotism, governmental corruption, and technological dependence were equally refreshing and offbeat. Oh, and let’s not forget the dual perspectives! Frankly, these are often blatantly nauseating, but I thoroughly appreciated Rossi’s truly seamless switch between Aria and Perry’s (relatively) engaging voices.

All in all, I rate it a 3.5 (or maybe 4…I’m clearly bipolar) stars out of 5, but it definitely has the potential of a 5 star novel. Rossi unravels the grave realities of corruption, environmental degradation, and technological innovation with a steady and sure hand. Poised, resonating, and invigorating, Under the Never Sky is (fairly) memorable and (essentially) lives up to the hype.

Favorite Quote: “If there was no fear, how could there be comfort? Or courage?” – Aria

Favorite Fangirl Moment: When I recognized Rossi’s pure brilliance in naming Aria’s fictional world, “Reverie.” (Not really a fangirl moment, but you get the idea…right?)

Favorite Character: Cinder (let’s be real here: Cinder is epic)

Favorite Scene: the first scene, wherein Soren discovers the unparalleled exaltation of arson. Sigh.

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