Ready to find the perfect match? Meryton Matchmakers has the key to your heart.
Almost losing her company to William Darcy was one thing, but to get a marriage proposal from him instead? Elizabeth never saw that coming.
Elizabeth Bennet would happily chalk up the awkward experience of Darcy's proposal as one of those odd things that happens in one's life, relieved that she hadn’t been fooled by the good looking billionaire. He was as odd as his proposal and finally out of her life. Good riddance. Until he wrote her a follow up letter. After reading it, Elizabeth saw Darcy in a whole new and flattering light which only added to her confusion.
But what's a girl to do with all these mixed emotions about one person? Let's not forget he single handedly destroyed all hope of Jane's happiness with Bingley. Now, he's back in town and witness to all that is going wrong with her company and with George Wickham, whose motives Elizabeth has yet to figure out. But there's one things she does know and that's recognizing a person desperate for love. George Wickham is that such person.
Will Elizabeth and Darcy be able to find get past their awkwardness when around each other? Will George Wickham destroy Meryton Matchmakers or help them? Does a bad boy such as Wickham deserve a happily ever after?
She desperately wants to escape her controlling father. He desperately needs a wife, preferably a short term one. Could their temporary deal turn into something more?
Meredith Hanover wants out. Living under the thumb of her despotic father has left her isolated and lonely. She wants nothing more than to escape and start over. When an offer presents itself to become a modern-day mail-order bride, she doesn’t think twice.
Jace Shepard’s father is dying. As a dutiful son, he’s taken over the family cattle ranch, but he knows there’s something missing: a wife. His father’s last wish is to see his son hitched, so Jace strikes a deal with a professional matchmaker.
Jace and Meredith agree to marry until Mr. Shepard dies. She’ll have more time to figure out her life and he’ll make his father happy. The plan is foolproof—but falling in love could change everything…
Welcome to Meryton Matchmakers~
Here at Meryton Matchmakers we take love to heart. Your happiness is our ultimate goal. We don’t use secret, key word algorithms to find a match. We believe in face to face meetings and the important element of getting acquainted with someone. With Meryton, your experience is personal and confidential.
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Elizabeth & Jane Bennet
It’s tempting to ignore your heart . . .
Boutique owner Jayne Grandberry may be great at getting customers to treat themselves, but she’s even better at resisting her own desires. For her, love is like a sinfully rich dessert—a fleeting pleasure that will just make her crash in the long run. She has no time for such distractions, especially since she’s trying to open up a second shop in Atlanta. But she finds herself tempted like never before when her friends set her up with Stacy Cunningham.
A financial wizard, Stacy gives off a definite nerdy vibe, but he has skills that a businesswoman like Jayne can appreciate—and an indulgent one-night stand shows her a wildly different side of him. There’s nowhere for them to go from there, since Stacy, a single father, has complicated written all over him. But he’s not willing to settle for second best. And he’ll have to wait for Jayne to discover what he’s known all along: that when you open your heart to love, there will be room in your life for anything . . .
Does the universe hate them?
Elizabeth is beginning to think so.
Elizabeth's first impression of Darcy and his of her...well...sucked.
Then there was that disastrous misunderstanding that still causes her to blush with embarrassment when she thinks about it.
Now, blissfully in love (who would have thought) and married, they're honeymoon bound, but weather forces then to make an emergency landing.
Now, trying to outrun tornados and find shelter, Darcy and Elizabeth need to quickly learn to work together if they want to start married life on the right foot.
Meryton Matchmakers: We have the key to your lonely heart.
Five things Elizabeth Bennet believes William Darcy has single handedly come close to destroying:
Her matchmaker business- Meryton Matchmakers
Her sister Jane’s hope at finding love and happiness with Chaz Bingley
Her belief that everyone has a heart. So far this doesn’t appear to be the case with stiff, no humor Darcy
Her belief that everyone has a perfect love match. She’d have to search the world a thousand times over and still would not find one for Darcy
Her faith in mankind. Why would a man (Darcy) propose to a woman(her) while saying he thinks its a bad idea? And what about how he treated Geo Wickham?
Who will Elizabeth's match next?
Following a head injury, Colonel Henry Fitzwilliam is being forced from the military. Angry, Henry finds laughter and comfort with Mary Bennet. Hiding behind a know-it-all persona, Mary's surprised Henry sees through it, no one ever has. Though, no matter how finely sculpted and sweet talking Henry is, she's not about to let him play her. Elizabeth knows Mary and Henry are a perfect match. With some gentle guiding, she finagles opportunities to force them together, it’s up to them to accept or push away what’s before them.
Ready to find the perfect match? Meryton Matchmakers has the key to your heart.
Elizabeth Bennet believes there is one true love for her. Unfortunately, the odds of finding that person in the great vast world are slim. As part owner of Meryton Matchmakers, a company that prides itself on the importance of the human connection, she hopes to decrease those odds and achieve her heart's dream while helping other's achieve theirs, too.
Infamous corporate raider, William Darcy is ready to focus on more important endeavors like finding the next mountain to scale. He's tired of the board room. Yet, family obligation calls and he's dispatched by his aunt, Meryton Matchmaker's sole financial backer, with one task. Convert the matchmaker business into a fully automated online operation or withdrawal her financial interest directly.
Without the immediate means to buy out their investor, for now, compromise is the only option. Elizabeth and her sister must step up their game or risk losing more than their livelihoods.
First match: Elizabeth's best friend, pastry chef, Lottie Lucas to pastor/martial counselor Bill Collins. Childhood playmates, Lottie is desperate to move out of the friend zone. The problem is Bill's never pictured himself the settling down type. Yet, withstanding the pressure from both his family and job is wearing him down and Lottie sees and opportunity that can't be ignored. With Elizabeth's help, Lottie goes full pursuit, regardless that others, and Darcy's computer, believe they aren't suited.
Sample the first couple of chapters before you buy the complete books. Sneak Peek Samplers are a great introduction to books of bestselling and award winning authors, as well as new up-and-coming gems in your favorite genres.
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Jacqueline Diamond: Cindy and the Fella
They’re united by love…for the wrong people. This hilarious romantic comedy by the author of more than 95 published novels was a finalist for the Golden Quill and Booksellers Best awards.
When second-grade teacher Cindy McChad of Oofdah, Minnesota, learns that her best friend and fiancé is dumping her for a woman he met in a graduate program, she flies to Clair De Lune, California, to talk to him. There, she runs into absentminded English professor Hugh Bemling, who’s smitten by that same young woman.
Lynette Sofras: Shopping for Love
They meet—of all places—buying tomatoes in the supermarket and there’s no denying the attraction is mutual. But Greg, a software developer, is still raw from his painful divorce and Emma, his children’s teacher, is recovering from her own heartache. The reappearance of Emma's career-obsessed ex-boyfriend and Greg's spiteful ex-wife threatens to kill their new love before it has even begun.
Kathy L. Wheeler: The Mapmaker’s Wife
…In the midst of his war-torn country, love posed the greater danger.
Creating maps for the Union is less than satisfying after a war-ending injury and learning his childhood friend was in love with his late wife. But now both his wife and his friend are dead, and John Williams is left with an angry child no one can control. A child he’s not even certain is his own.
Clover Autrey: Highland Sorcerer
Charity Greves has the gift of healing. So when a naked bleeding Highlander materializes out of the air into her kitchen, she does what any rational free-thinking herbalist under the same circumstances would do--she heals him.
Mary Marvella: Cheerleader Dad
Single parents raising eleven year old daughters must try to resist the ploys their children use to push them together as well as the growing attraction that sparks between them.
Meredith Bond: An Exotic Heir
London society is shallow and cruel, sending Cassandra Renwick running to Calcutta, the exotic seat of the British Raj. It’s a fascinating place filled with interesting sights – including the dark and mysterious Julian Ritchie. She never thought that an even greater heartbreak could be here in this alien and enchanting land.
Amy Gamet: Treasure on Moon Lake
Faced with closing the doors of Tori’s Treasures, jewelry designer Tori Henderson sinks her last dollar into one final promotion—a widely publicized treasure hunt for a chest of fine, handmade jewelry that could drum up enough business to get her back in the black.
Sandra McGregor: Amanda
Amanda Templeton is at a crossroad in her career...in fact, in her life. As a Family Law attorney, she has watched too many families destroyed and the lives of too many children ripped apart by divorce. One goal while in town is to avoid the new Chief of Police, her former fiancée.
Kristi Rose: Second Chances
Fourteen years earlier Lorelei Parker gave her innocence and heart to her best friend, Cole Williams, but instead of a forever love she ended up heartbroken and losing him. After a long absence, Cole, now a local football hero has returned to his hometown hoping to garner Lorelei’s forgiveness. .
Gina Lee Nelson: Play It Loud
Claire Ashton-Howard strikes out on her own to prove to herself, her Upper East Side family, and Downtown Magazine, she has what it takes to be a journalist.
The safe choice can be the riskiest of all…
Ever since her beloved older brother disappeared after an accident, Josie Woodmere’s been on a mission to find him—and maybe herself—along the way. That’s meant leaving her pampered, parent-approved life behind. Two years, four moves, and a body piercing later, she’s finally got a lead on her brother’s whereabouts, and she’s headed to Florida. She didn’t plan to ditch her sputtering car and accept a ride from Brinn McRae. But she didn’t plan to be attracted to a straight-laced guy like him either, much less land in his hometown, Daytona Beach…
A self-made man with a tough past, Brinn is a workaholic who allows very little room for pleasure—until he meets Josie. Their powerful chemistry is a distraction neither wants, yet neither can resist. Hoping they can burn it off, Brinn agrees to a no-strings arrangement. But they can only hide their deepening feelings for so long—until a disaster strikes, exposing truths that threaten to ruin everything…
Now, not only will Josie have to contend with the troubling secret her brother has finally revealed—she’ll have to convince Brinn she’s more than a rich girl playing at being free. This time, she’s playing for keeps.
I’m waving to you from either a moving truck or a mini van loaded with my kids and a geriatric dog. I’m currently moving across the country and am very excited (not for the road trip, but to actually get to the final destination). While I’m in this transitional stage I’m trying to master Dragon Dictate because I’m currently writing book 2 in my cowboy series (which was not going to be a series, but is now one and has no series name. I’m open to suggestions). Even the title is pending, but I’m thinking something like The Cowboy’s Make Believe Bride or The Cowboy’s Run Away Bride. Book 1, The Cowboy Takes A Bride came out in March and I just fell in love with writing those rugged, tight jean wearing good guys.
If you haven’t read any of my books you’ll find there is a common theme among them- overcoming fear. I think this is a hurdle we all have to frequently jump. Taking chances is SUPER scary and there are no guarantees anything will work out, but trying for something is better than always wondering what if…. Right?
So that might make you wonder how much of my stuff is true or based on real life experiences?
Well, For THE COWBOY TAKES A BRIDE- not one bit is based on any personal experience from myself or anyone I know. I’ve never been to a matchmaker and my marriage wasn’t arranged. My great grandfather used to be a cowboy and that’s what piqued my interest. I wanted to make sure to add sweep tubs (for cattle) in the story because they were designed by Temple Gradin and as a pediatric occupational therapist (my day job) I had to find a way to give a shout out to the Autism community. But the taking a chance thing is always something I’m struggling with.
Have you noticed that my cover for The Cowboy Takes A Bride has a couple on it that are very popular. They’re on like 1.3 million covers. Its hard to find modern day cowboys with their shirts on :-) Not that I dislike them having their shirts off but my newsletter peeps kept telling me they wanted a couple so….
For cover designers I used different people based on the mood of the book. THE COWBOY TAKES A BRIDE was designed by Mayhem Cover Design. My No String Series has all been recovered (my publisher did that when book 2 was about to come out). The first one wasn’t awful but it didn’t capture the vibe of the book. These new covers do.
I’m glad I’m not responsible for cover design. I would really suck at it. Writing in and of itself is hard. Every bit is challenging :-) Plotting, getting the mood and tone right, and editing. Mostly because of my expectations. I started reading category romance at 13 and writing it shortly after. There’s a quick pace to category romances that I have always wanted to capture. I started writing because I was always making up stories and my mom told me to stop telling her all of them and write them down. I bet it was because she got tired of listening to me yammer on endlessly.
Did you cut your teeth on category romance?
I’d love to know what you’re reading right now. Since I’m writing a contemporary I’m reading a historical. I worry that if I read what I’m writing it will influence my product too much. I did take a break so I could ready Stacy Finz’s latest (which I loved) but now I’m reading Julia Quinn- who I love equally as much.
You asked if any of my books were to be made into a movie who would play the lead?
Hmm, that’s a tough one. I’ve sat here for quite some time and have come up with nothing. I know it doesn’t seem like I did because you can’t see me sitting her straining to think of someone but I pinky promise I did. I even went to Pinterest to search some boards. Nothing. That’s what I came up with. I’m open to suggestions.
Anyway, thanks for having me. Its been fun. You can find me at https://www.kristirose.net/ and If I am a new author to you- then why not give me a try. If you sign up for my newsletter you get my book SECOND CHANCES for free :-) We try to have some fun over there at my newsletter. We talk about food, books, and being organized ( which I SUCK at). So come on over!