Thursday, October 12, 2017

Time for Light and Funny

Giveaway Alert!

As a reader, I came to romance through romantic suspense, which can be kind of darky and twisty. My writing voice, however, lands squarely in the realm of contemporary romance. I tried writing romantic suspense, but I failed miserably. Is till love to read them and you’ll never get me to part with TV shows like Criminal Minds. But even as a contemporary romance author, my characters usually suffer some angst and heartbreak. In a way, it’s fun to torture them.

Over the last couple of years, though, I’ve avoided dark and angsty. While my romance series (The O’Learys and For Your Love) are not dark, some titles do tackle serious stuff. That’s why I chose to write Meeting His Match as a standalone.

Meeting His Match is a book I worked on in between other contracted titles. It provided a nice break and time in a new world with new characters. By the time I finished it, I was glad I had written it because right now, the world’s a mess.

This book is light and fun because I think we need some of that right now. Every day, there’s another tragedy on the news. There is no escaping it, but we can take a break. My break comes in the form of TV and books. I watch a lot of TV (It’s almost embarrassing how many shows I record on a weekly basis). I think we all need to exercise some self-care in these trying times.

Dark and angsty books will always have their place—they can be extremely cathartic after all. But light and funny also has its place. It doesn’t require a lot of effort on the reader’s part. A person can sit back and enjoy the stress-free ride.

What kind of read do you prefer when life is bringing you down?

Comment below for a chance to win one of my O’Learys digital backlist books.

Meeting His Match

Malcolm “Mac” Sterling has one goal: take over the family matchmaking business. His final obstacle? Host his family’s new dating show and prove he can help each contestant find true love. One catch. Mac’s meddling mother has approved a co-host, a so-called expert who seems impervious to his charms. Now he could lose everything, because if his co-host proves she’s the better matchmaker, he can say goodbye to his legacy.

Natalie “Gem” Hale never intended for her alter ego as an online dating expert to get her the opportunity of a lifetime—or for that opportunity to come with a co-host who’s as infuriating as he is tempting. But she didn’t get this far by backing down from a challenge. All she has to do is keep her secret identity a secret.

Except as sparks fly and the competition heats up, Mac realizes his co-host is hiding something. He’s just got to figure out what.

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Author Bio
Shannyn Schroeder is the author of the O’Learys series, contemporary romances centered around a large Irish-American family in Chicago and the Hot & Nerdy series about 3 nerdy friends finding love. Her new series (For Your Love) currently has 3 titles out - Under Your Skin, In Your Arms and Through Your Eyes. When she’s not wrangling her three kids or writing, she watches a ton of TV and loves to bake cookies. Find out more at:


“She didn’t know what she was getting into?” Malcolm asked Brad.
How she hated when people talked about her as if she didn’t exist, sitting right in front of them. “In my original meeting I was told there would be a professional matchmaker, which as I’m sure you’re aware, could mean any number of things. I just found out about Everyday Love a couple of days ago.”
“She’s right, Brad. It’s not a fair competition. She doesn’t have a chance.” Malcolm leaned back in his chair and crossed an ankle over a knee.
Natalie’s hackles rose again, so she clamped her jaw tight.
Brad looked at them.
Before he could say anything, Malcolm spoke up again. “To even things out, you can have access to my mother. Gail Sterling founded Everyday Love. She’s been a matchmaker for almost thirty years. I’ll set up a meeting right now.” He pulled his phone from his suit coat.
“Why the hell would your mother help me?”
His steely blue eyes met hers with a smile. “Oh, don’t get me wrong. She won’t help you win. But she can answer any questions you have about matchmaking, her process, whatever you think I know that would give me an unfair advantage.”
“Why would you attempt to even the field?” Her suspicions multiplied.
Malcolm leaned over, putting his face within touching distance. It was a mighty fine face: his blue eyes had the slightest lines fanning out from them, his mouth surrounded by a trim mustache and beard—one that begged to be touched, lips curved between a friendly smile and a taunting smirk.
“Because when I beat you—and make no mistake, I will win—I won’t have you cry foul. I play fairly.”
Natalie opened her mouth with no clue what she planned to say.

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  1. I enjoy books that lighten my mood... ones that entertain and make me smile or laugh... :)

  2. I like to reread old favorites.

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  3. any book by Betty Neels

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  4. whatever sounds interesting

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  5. Anything Funny I love to laugh and especially if I am feeling down That will lift my spirits
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