The Time Traveling Matchmaker
by Janie Emaus
GENRE: Time Travel Romance
In The Time Traveling Matchmaker, love takes on a new meaning when soul mates are brought together through time and space.
Like every goal-oriented twenty-something, Jessica Singleton, an aspiring filmmaker, is obsessed with finding her future as quickly as possible. What she doesn't know is that the future is obsessed with finding her, too. Renn Porter, an agent with Time Traveling Matchmaker's Inc, blasts back in time - and into her life- in order to transport Jessica to the soul mate who has paid for this service...in the future. But things turn dangerous when it's revealed that Renn has been sent after his own soul mate.
Caught between two times, Jessica and Renn must struggle to stay alive. Falling in love is the biggest risk either of them has ever taken - because, as they are destined to learn, the very existence of Time Traveling Matchmakers, Inc. rests in Jessica's hands.
Renn was coming toward me now and our eyes met. Fireworks went off inside my chest. He wasn’t avoiding me this time. This time I would learn the truth.
I raised my hand in a small wave.
“Watch out!” A bicyclist shouted as he sped down the sidewalk, completely out of control.
He clipped Renn’s shoulder, pushing him up against me. Renn’s coat got caught on the buckle of my purse. I heard a rip. No, more than that - I felt a rip down the center of my body, jagged like a piece of broken glass. Beneath my feet, the sidewalk tilted, and I lost my balance.
A strong a wind kept me from falling. Once steady, I turned to find Renn.
This all happened in a less than a second. And in that second Renn was gone. Vanished. Just like that. All that was left was his lemony scent. And the memory of his hand on my arm.
I didn’t see him in either direction. My head throbbed as if something heavy kept knocking into it.
A minute later a mother with her little girl walked past me. I knew before she stopped, that the little girl was going to bend down to tie her shoe. Time was going to repeat itself. Again.
She giggled, just like before. “Thanks, Mommy,” she said. “Tomorrow I can do it myself.”
I held on to the desire I had seen in Renn’s eyes, wondering about my tomorrow.
A Word With the Author
1.Did you always want to be an author?
Yes, from an early age I knew I loved to write. I should have majored in English/Creative Writing and moved to NY after college and gone into editing. But I was very insecure, even too afraid to join the school newspaper. So, I majored in Psychology, got a job as a bookkeeper, because that’s what you do when your young and confused, and wrote love-sick poetry in my journals. I sold a few to non-paying literary magazines, moved up to non-paying short stories and eventually started writing novels, that didn’t sell.
2.Tell us about the publication of your first book.
I write in several genres and had a middle grade, a picture book and a women’s fiction on submission when I did Pitmad in December of 2019. I like to say that after two decades I was an overnight success. My editor at Sky Pony Press liked the tweet pitch for my picture book, Latkes for Santa Claus, and bought the book six days later! To say I was thrilled is an understatement. This book was a finalist in the 2022 International Book Awards and I have a second blended holiday picture book, Easter Eggs and Matzo Balls coming out next year.
3.Besides yourself, who is your favorite author in the genre you write in?
One of my all-time favorite books is The Time Traveler’s Wife. So, I’d have to say Audrey Niffenegger. Although, there are a lot of authors I love.
4.What's the best part of being an author? The worst?
I love when readers can relate to my essays and tell me my words made them laugh or cry. And I’m especially pleased that my blended holiday picture books are so well received. As for the worst, I don’t like the marketing aspect.
5.What are you working on now?
I’m working on a women’s fiction book titled The Notes Between Them. An aging rock star searching for an heir. Three women hiding from the past. A young girl searching for her identity. And the biographer with the power to write their futures.
And possibly a sequel to The Time Traveling Matchmaker, if this first book is well received.
Thank you for having me!
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Janie Emaus believes when the world is falling apart, we’re just one laugh away from putting it
together again. The Time Traveling Matchmaker is her debut adult novel. She is also the author of the blended holiday picture books, Latkes for Santa Claus, and the forthcoming Matzo Balls & Easter Eggs. Her essays, stories and articles have been published in numerous magazines, anthologies, and websites. In 2016 she won an honorary mention in the Erma Bombeck Writing competition. To learn more about Janie visit her at www.janieemaus.com.
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