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Monday, August 26, 2013

Release Day Giveaway: THE MATCHBAKER!

Pop the champagne, please!! THE MATCHBAKER is HERE!

I can hardly believe this day has finally arrived. More than three years ago, I had this wacky idea to write a chick lit novel about a cupcake baker who had magical powers. The Matchbaker was set aside time and time again in favor of other writing projects, but Candy Cooper was always there, waiting for me to finish her story. So here we are, three years later, and Candy's story is finally ready for the masses.

So what is The Matchbaker, you may ask?

...A Romantic Comedy with a Magical Twist and Delicious Recipes

 





Ingredients

1C Chaos
1Tbsp Romance
3Tsp Betrayal
2C Comedy
1Pinch Magic

 
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


 

20 comments:

  1. I never have! And after the story my mother in law told me, I 'm not sure I ever will have a psychic reading. Sometimes they know things you don't want to know!

    Can't wait to read Matchbaker!

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  2. What a great post! I love that you have intertwined facts from your life into your book. This sounds like such a great read, thanks for sharing it; now I have to read it. Thanks

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    1. Thanks, Sheryl! Those little facts weren't intentional, actually! I didn't even realize about Madame Antoinette until several read-thrus later! I'm slow like that sometimes. lol.

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  3. My mom is gifted with... something. She always seems to know when something bad is coming. She doesn't always know what but when she gets one of her feelings, we all pay attention. I have consulted with a psychic just for fun. Swear to all things holy, he said I'd move to North Carolina for love. But then again, he also said I'd end up working with the elderly in some medical profession too. No. Lol.
    I'm totally getting this book, Jerrica! It sounds so cute!

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    1. Hey! It's never too late! Maybe you'll have a sudden urge to go back to school and become a brain surgeon! ;)

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  4. Yay!!! Congratulations on the release! I've been waiting and waiting and waiting to read this book. ;D

    I had a psychic reading at a party the year before the release of my debut book. No one at the party knew about my contract at that point. I wasn't real big on telling a lot of people because I didn't want everyone asking me when it was coming out, etc. It seemed like a lifetime away. I can't remember her exact words, but she predicted the release, told me I shouldn't worry about anything because I was following my passion and my work would be well received, and I should continue to do what I loved. She also told me to see a chiropractor, but I still haven't done that. LOL

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    1. Samantha, that's so cool! I love that she predicted your release! Now get to the chiropractor!! LOL!

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    2. The previous owner of our house was a chiropractor and he died in his office in the basement. I swear he fixed my mom's shoulder in her sleep one time. I'm hoping he'll give me a free back alignment in my sleep. LOL

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  5. LOL. I have never consulted a psychic. Now a Tarot card reader... :)

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    1. Ooh! I may have to try one in NO next year during RT :)

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    2. We should all go see the same one at the same time. There's a blog worth writing/reading. :)

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  6. Great post! I haven't consulted a psychic (really, I don't wanna know), but I did buy a "house-blessing" gris-gris bag from a voodoo shop just before closing on my house in New Orleans. :-)

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    1. Oh, how cool, Suzanne! I want a house blessing now!!! LOL!

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  7. No, not yet, but I love watching Long Island Medium. This looks like great fun - magic plus good food (especially that dark chocolate cupcake!).

    sallans d at yahoo dot com

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    1. Di, I've watching LI Medium once, and I ended up bawling my eyes out! It's just too emotional for me!! LOL!

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  8. No, I’ve never consulted a psychic before but I did play with the Ouija Board when I was a kid. Does that count? Wait, this almost sounds like a stupid commercial I’ve heard about a hotel.....

    :-)

    P.S. Now, I have a NEED for a cupcake....sigh....

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  9. I've always wanted to get my fortune told :) Congrats to Jerrica on the newest release! Looks and sounds delicious :)

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  10. Congrats on the release!!! And so many books are also out today~

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  11. Remember the days when you use to be able to call the hotlines or go on computer and get in touch with one? well my neighbor was one of those that worked on those and so that really turned me off of those so no haven't but I do believe some are gifted but not the few I met use it for personal gain.

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