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Next Contemporary Series: The Matchmakers

Monday, October 12, 2009

barbour_publishing_logoIt’s official! I received a contract for a new contemporary romance series with Barbour over the weekend. I’m signing it and mailing it back today. I’ve mentioned the main idea behind this series, but wanted to share a little more about them, now that they’re contracted—and even have ISBNs assigned already!

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Every grandmother wants to see her grandchildren happy, especially when it comes to their love lives. Join five active senior ladies—and one gentleman—who take a great interest in the lives and loves of their single grandchildren and become The Matchmakers.

LOVE REMAINS (August 2010)
Book 1 of the Matchmakers Series
ISBN-13: 978-1-60260-989-1
Barbour Publishing

Nashville native Bobby Patterson has just returned home after many years away to take a position with the Tennessee Criminal Investigations Unit. His new job: lead a task force investigating potential real estate fraud connected with the Middle Tennessee Historic Preservation Commission. Zarah Mitchell, who’s worked at the Commission for more than a decade, is about to face a piece of history that could ruin the life she’s built in Nashville: Bobby Patterson—her first love and the reason her father kicked her out fourteen years ago. When Bobby realizes Zarah is part of his investigation, he is tempted to use his grandmother’s not-so-subtle setups as a way to learn if Zarah is involved in the fraud. Zarah, at her grandmother’s suggestion, tries to put the pain from the past aside to see if any love remains between her and Bobby. But when she learns he’s been investigating her, will she be be able to forgive him a second time?

Coming August 2010

THE ART OF ROMANCE (May 2011)
Book 2 of the Matchmakers Series
ISBN-13: 978-1-60260-990-7
Barbour Publishing

English professor Caylor Evans moved in with her grandmother five years ago when Sassy’s eyesight became too poor to get her driver’s license renewed. Though she is now writing sweet/inspirational romance novels, Caylor still draws inspiration for her heroes from the portfolio of covers and sample images drawn/painted by Patrick Callaghan for the steamy romances she used to write (as “Melanie Mason”), and dreams of meeting a man like that cover model. After losing his teaching position and being shunned by the fine-arts community in Philadelphia, artist Dylan Bradley has returned home to Nashville to regroup and determine the next step for his life. His grandparents offer him their guest house for as long as he wants it—along with plenty of opportunities to meet young women. Though it was years ago, Dylan is uncomfortable with the fact that his face—only slightly disguised—is on the covers of half a dozen steamy romance novels by Melanie Mason, the artwork he did to put himself through college under the pseydonym Patrick Callaghan. Especially after he meets Caylor Evans, a woman who has her life together in a way he only dreams of. Will Caylor and Dylan learn that the true art of romance is grounded in honesty and truth?

Coming May 2011

TURNABOUT’S FAIR PLAY (December 2011)
Book 3 of the Matchmakers Series
ISBN-13: 978-1-60260-991-4
Barbour Publishing

The grannies are at it again, this time trying to make a match for Jamie O’Connor, an executive with a marketing firm, always on the go and seemingly unlikely to ever settle down. When a widower joins the senior adult group—a widower with a single granddaughter—the matchmaking grannies set to work to concoct a plan to get the two youngsters together. But Jamie, raised by his grandmother, Cookie, can read her like a book. He agrees to the set-up date with book editor Flannery McNeil on one condition: that Jamie’s grandmother and Flannery’s grandfather go with them. Flannery has more to worry about in her life than setups and dates, between trying to convince her grandfather, Big Daddy, to sell his farm an hour outside of Nashville and the fear that the publishing company she works for is about to lay off a bunch of people—including her. Not to mention the fact that she thinks Jamie O’Connor is condescending and patronizing—toward her and toward his grandmother. She finally agrees to the date on the promise that Big Daddy goes with her. Jamie is the last person she wants to spend time with, but when he comes to her with a plan to turn the tables on their long-widowed grandparents and set them up, Flannery agrees—because she can see how happy the seniors make each other. When Big Daddy ends up in the hospital with heart problems, Cookie fears losing the crusty farmer and has to decide if she’s willing to start a new relationship at this stage of her life. She also sees Jamie’s perfectly cultivated shell of perfection crack when Flan is laid off from her job and is almost immediately recruited by a literary agency in New York. Flan doesn’t want to leave Big Daddy and doesn’t really want to live in New York, but she has to work to support herself and the job opportunity is better than anything she’s ever dreamed of. Can Jamie drop his veneer of self-sufficiency admit that he needs Flan in his life?

Coming December 2011

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35 Comments
  1. Lori C permalink
    Monday, October 12, 2009 2:28 pm

    That is wonderful! Congratulations! I know you are excited to be on your way to becoming a seasoned author! 🙂 Best of Luck!

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  2. Monday, October 12, 2009 2:30 pm

    Congratulations Kaye!

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    • Tuesday, October 13, 2009 10:34 am

      Congrats to you on finishing your first manuscript. I’m confident that I’ll soon be congratulating you on multiple book contracts!

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  3. Monday, October 12, 2009 2:36 pm

    Woo-hoo, congratulations! So happy & excited for you!

    Now I have a question…what is the name of the template for Jamie O’Connor? He looks soooo familiar but I can’t for the life of me place him…

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    • Monday, October 12, 2009 2:43 pm

      I figured if anyone would recognize the Young Indiana Jones, Sean Patrick Flanery, it would be you!

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      • Monday, October 12, 2009 2:52 pm

        DUH RUTH!! I totally see it now…thanks!

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        • Monday, October 12, 2009 2:55 pm

          Somehow that statement goes along really well with your icon. 😉

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        • Monday, October 12, 2009 2:56 pm

          HA! How freakishly appropriate. 😛

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      • greyfort permalink
        Monday, October 12, 2009 4:35 pm

        I recognized him. Quite happy with that choice.

        So question – will you have 4 POVS in the books then? (H/H and grandparents?)

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  4. Monday, October 12, 2009 3:01 pm

    I can’t wait!!! Congratulations!

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    • Monday, October 12, 2009 6:36 pm

      Oh,and I can’t wait for the John Wayne/Maureen O’Hara…er, Big Daddy/Cookie romance! 😉

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    • Tuesday, October 13, 2009 10:39 am

      Thanks, Alexandra! I was a little afraid of trying to write a romance between two senior adults . . . until I picked those two for the templates!

      And the “Cookie” character is the one I’m thinking about changing from a grandmother to a great-aunt who never married. Still thinking about that one . . .

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  5. Monday, October 12, 2009 4:41 pm

    Woohoo! I’m doing a happy dance! I can’t wait to read these! They look awesome! Congrats on the new series!!!! 🙂

    xoxo~ Renee

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  6. Monday, October 12, 2009 7:18 pm

    Cool stuff girl! Congrats!!!!

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  7. Monday, October 12, 2009 10:03 pm

    Congrats!!

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  8. Monday, October 12, 2009 11:25 pm

    Congratulations, Kaye! Your career is soaring to even greater heights.

    These stories sound awesome. Can’t wait to read them.

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  9. Tuesday, October 13, 2009 6:28 am

    How exciting!!! Congratulations, Kaye!!

    The story lines look wonderful {and I know the books will be too!}

    Jolanthe

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    • Tuesday, October 13, 2009 10:40 am

      And they’re looking at doing covers similar to the first three . . . yummy!

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  10. Tuesday, October 13, 2009 7:40 am

    Oh wow! Congrats, Kaye. These sound wonderful. I can’t wait to see them in print. I love local sittings too.

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    • Tuesday, October 13, 2009 10:44 am

      I’m already steeling myself for the criticisms in reviews that the setting won’t be “Nashville-enough” for a lot of people. Because they’re going to be looking for the stereotype (country music, cowboy hats, denim & diamonds, etc.) instead of what it’s really like to live here. (I’ve been getting lots of “it’s not Louisiana/realistic enough” criticism on the current series that’s out—because it isn’t the stereotypical depiction of life in Louisiana). But, oh well, I have to stay true to my experience with the setting and not try to shellac it with a fake marketing image.

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      • greyfort permalink
        Tuesday, October 13, 2009 11:00 am

        I so wanted to set one of those records straight when I saw someone write that. But I couldn’t find a way to reply to the reviewer. Don’t let it bother you!

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  11. Adrienne permalink
    Tuesday, October 13, 2009 8:49 am

    Wow. Congratulations.

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  12. Tuesday, October 13, 2009 10:12 am

    Kaye! That is so awesome!!!!!

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  13. Tuesday, October 13, 2009 10:31 am

    Meddling grannies! I love it. 🙂 Congratulations.

    Who is the Bobby Patterson template?

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    • Tuesday, October 13, 2009 10:33 am

      That’s Tahmoh Penikett, of Battlestar Galactica and Dollhouse.

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  14. Tuesday, October 13, 2009 10:36 am

    Leslie (greyfort) asked: “So question – will you have 4 POVS in the books then? (H/H and grandparents?)”

    Yes, though the grandparents’ POVs will be brief and sparse. One of the things Barbour wanted was to make sure that the books focus on the young couples. And though “Cookie” and “Big Daddy”*** will have a greater presence in the third book than the other grands in the first two, it’ll still be focused on Jamie and Flannery.

    *** “Cookie” and “Big Daddy” are my parents’ grandparent-names for my niece and nephews.

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    • greyfort permalink
      Tuesday, October 13, 2009 11:01 am

      Awesome. By the way I think I neglected to actually say “Congratulations” – When you first mentioned the series I had the feeling it would be picked up, so I really wasn’t surprised by the announcement.

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  15. Tuesday, October 13, 2009 11:10 am

    Congratulations, Kaye! Now I can add three more books to my TBR list.

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