So what is The Matchbaker, you may ask?
...A Romantic Comedy with a Magical Twist and Delicious Recipes
Candace Cooper is living the life she set out to live. With a posh apartment in Manhattan, a high-powered job that takes her all over the world, and designer clothes that most women would kill to have in their closet, she's definitely living the high life. But when her best friend drags her to a seedy section of Paris to meet with a crack-pot fortune teller, she hears things she doesn't want to hear. She desperately tries to ignore the unsolicited advice, but that becomes nearly impossible when her perfect life starts to unravel.
But you don't just get a [hopefully] fun read when you buy this book...you get amazing cupcake recipes from some amazing bakers and bakeries, including former Lady Scribe, Erin Knightley! My other contributors include Polkadot Cupcake Shop of NY/NJ & Sugarcain Cupcakes of Palm Beach. We're spanning the Eastern Seaboard with these cupcakes, people! Oh, and I threw in my own semi-homemade recipe for you too :)
Because I'm a tease...
Now here are 5 Fun Facts about the book...
Fun Fact #1 -- In the opening chapter, Candy's BFF drags her to meet with a fortune teller in Paris named Madame Antoinette. What you all might find interesting is that Madame Antoinette is real! She's not French, and she doesn't wear gawdy gypsy-style clothing, but she is a good friend of mine, who, by the way, does not know she inspired a character in my book. I suppose I should tell her before I post this :)
Fun Fact #2 -- Madame Antoinette predicts that Candy will meet a handsome stranger in the fall and fall in love. This really happened. My own Antoinette (or Toni, as we call her) gave me a reading years ago. I was still with my ex-boyfriend, but she told me we wouldn't be together forever. I was sure we were going to get married, so I thought she was totally heinous. She went on to say it was someone I already knew. Ha! I didn't know anyone that I was even remotely interested in (shhhh...don't tell my husband). So fast forward about 9 months to that fall, and lo and behold, I started to fall in love with one of my classmates...whom I had known for several years already. We've been together almost 13 years :) (To get in touch with Toni for your own reading, visit www.astrology-source.com)
Fun Fact #3 -- The Mac & Cheese Candy eats on her date is based on my all-time favorite Mac & Cheese from a place in Jersey City, NJ called Amelia's. It. Is. Heavenly.
Fun Fact #4 -- A certain character talks about having moved to Florida to a seaside town. That town is called Stuart and the coffee shop he worked in was the Stuart Coffee Company. It's an adorable town, with lots of character, that we love to visit on a nice weekend afternoon.
Fun Fact #5 -- Candy mentions her spin studio in Manhattan briefly (though there used to be a whole scene with her spin class). That spin studio is called Soul Cycle. My hubby set up their computers years ago, and a friend from college is an instructor there now. It is THE place to spin if you live in Manhattan!
OKAY, enough chit-chat! Go forth and buy The Matchbaker! Oh, but wait! Let's do a giveaway... I want to know if you've ever consulted a psychic and if the prediction(s) were accurate! One lucky commenter will win a free copy of The Matchbaker!