Valerie: Hi Lauren! Welcome to Inspy Romance. Our eager romance fans would love to get to know you a bit. Let’s start with some Quick Fives, okay?
Lauren (leans forward): Yes! Let’s do it.
Valerie: Five favorite foods?
Lauren: Hamburgers, French fries, fried chicken, pizza, and ice cream.
Valerie: Um… wow. How did you get into one of my novels? I’m all about healthy, real food.
Lauren (shrugs): Not sure? I think you picked me. I definitely didn’t pick you!
Valerie: Okay then. Five reasons you chose veterinary medicine?
Lauren: One, my dad was a vet. Two, I love animals. Three, I like variety in my work. Four, I get to know everyone in the county. Five, I was brainy enough to get in???
Valerie: All valid. Five reasons you like living in Saddle Springs, Montana?
Lauren: Where else would I live?
Valerie (taps fingers): Five reasons?
Lauren (sighs): One, it’s my hometown. Two, quite a few of my friends stayed or came back. Three, I love the mountains. Four, I inherited a place to live and a business opportunity. Five, I love teaching Sunday school at Springs of Living Water Church.
Lauren: Very interested… for other people. I like to see my friends happy, so I keep trying to match them up.
Valerie: Any success stories?
Lauren: Not yet, but I’m working on it.
Valerie: Are you interested in romance for yourself? Because I noticed the way you worded that.
Lauren: Yes, but mostly no. I mean, it’s complicated. There are good reasons why some people I know ought to get married, the sooner the better.
Valerie: Because they’re pregnant?
Lauren: What? No! That’s not what I meant. Other kinds of reasons.
Valerie (leans closer): Do you want to talk about it?
Lauren (crosses arms over her chest): Nope. And you can’t make me.
Valerie: Sounds like a challenge. You’re almost thirty—
Lauren (interrupting): Don’t remind me.
Lauren: That’s not why thirty matters.
Valerie: So, why does it?
Lauren (glares): I see you already told everyone in the description of this book you’re writing about me. Which, I want them all to know, you didn’t have my permission for.
Valerie: I’d say I was sorry, but I’d be lying. I like you, Lauren, and I want to see you come to grips with some issues from your past and gain happiness.
Lauren: I was perfectly happy before you interfered.
Valerie: Were you now? What about binge-eating ice cream and crying in your pillow? What about trying to pretend you wanted to see a certain someone married to someone else? What about the thoughts of selling out and moving away?
Lauren (narrows gaze): I was happy.
Valerie: How about if I mentioned that the certain someone — let’s call him “James” — wasn’t as happy as you were pretending to be?
Lauren: Look, do your worst, okay? I stand by my decision to see him married off to some other woman. I have my reasons, and you can’t make me tell them.
Valerie: I know all about that, and I’ll reveal the information as I see fit.
It’s been fourteen long years since two teens made a pact to marry each other if both remained single at thirty. But the nearer the time comes, the more Lauren Yanovich steps up her matchmaking game to let James off the hook. Not that he likely remembers.
James Carmichael has been waiting forever, praying Lauren will be waiting for him. But, just when the end is in sight, she begins dating someone else, and his hopes crumble.
What’s a cowboy to do when the love of his life insists they’re all wrong for each other?
The Cowboy’s Mixed-Up Matchmaker releases on December 1 . It is currently up for pre-order and will release on Amazon only (and in Kindle Unlimited)! Comment below and let’s talk about matchmaking! Have you ever tried to set two people up? How did that work out for you? Or… did someone try to set YOU up?
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