Matchmaking for Beginners

Matchmaking cover


Break out the champagne and the love potions!

My new book is coming out in June–and it’s a book that is close to my heart. That’s because it’s about my favorite subject: what it is that gets two people to fall in love, why humans have to make that process so complicated, and how it is that a book of spells can be just the thing to help–even if you’re pretty sure you don’t really believe in magic.

Blix Holliday is a dying, 86-year-old, brownstone-owning matchmaker who needs to find a successor, and Marnie is her broken-hearted, jilted-at-the-altar, reluctant protegee who unwittingly finds herself involved in trying to sort out the love lives of all of Blix’s misfits.

But Marnie herself–caught between loves and miserable–may be the toughest case of all, the one Blix had no idea how to save. Until one day, when it was far too late, a slight glimmer of a possibility showed up.

I’d be faint from gratitude if you felt like pre-ordering your own copy. (Talk about love! Publishers just go all swoony when books have orders waiting for them to get printed!) It comes out in hardcover (at a softcover price) or on Kindle or on CD or MP3.

Order here for the hardcover

Or here for the Kindle version:

Both will magically show up in either your mailbox or your inbox on June 1st, which, it must be noted, is a Friday in the springtime. And as it is now February while I’m writing this, I can’t think of anything more wonderful-sounding than a Friday in the springtime, can you? Except maybe having a new book to read at the same time!

And oh! Isn’t that the best cover? It was designed by David Drummond, who read the book and captured the feel of Blix’s brownstone, and Marnie’s dog. And a red umbrella…because WHY NOT?





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4 Responses to Matchmaking for Beginners

  1. Mary Li May 19, 2018 at 10:20 pm #

    Just read this in one day and loved it! The first book I’ve read from you. I did a probably-ridiculous thing and quit my job to read and write more (Just for now, until life knocks me upside the head and asks “What the hell do you think you’re doing?”). And yours is the first I read since my newfound freedom.

    You brought me joy and optimism that was sorely lacking in my life. I love Blix and the tangible influence she has on everyone she’s touched in her life, the way her message of love carries after her passing.

    I’m normally reading science fiction, fantasy, young adult, but I’m so happy I branched out. I love the straightforward, candid portrayal of life you’ve made–there’s nothing chaotic except what Marnie brings upon herself. And the terrible decisions we all make, the way nothing ever goes as planned, our ability to pick ourselves up and find the future again–that resonated with me.

    Your writing is simple, but there were some lyrical parts, particularly from Blix, that brought tears to my eyes. Her acceptance of death and need to see Houndy again was one of those.

    For us wannabe-writers-who-really-can’t-say-they’re-writers, could you write your next blog post about your journey? I’d love to know how you write, where you write, and how you were able to get down the path of publishing. Whether you found an agent right off the bat or went the self-published route. I’m so curious how everyone finds their way toward storytelling, but especially to have the means to do that for a living! You are an inspiration. Thank you for this wonderful story.

  2. Christine Murphey August 11, 2018 at 3:28 am #

    After I finished reading Match Making for Beginners this morning I sent light to everyone I saw for the rest of the day. Hope to keep it up. Thank you!

  3. sheridann October 17, 2018 at 6:43 pm #

    this book is so amazing i would daydream at work and look at the clock to see how close i was to going home and reading MORE of it. the best book i have read in my life

  4. Heather January 1, 2019 at 4:51 am #

    This is the first novel I have read of yours. It was excellent and it’s my book club choice for March! I have to say I can easily see more stories coming from Marnie’s life. Learning her gift, the real struggles her relationship will face, the wild characters who can pass through her life. I hope we will see more of her in the future.

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