Thursday, April 13, 2017

The Matchmaking Game by Donna Hatch Interview, Excerpt & Giveaway

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

The Matchmaking Game
(Timeless Romance Single)
Donna Hatch
Adult Historical Romance
ebook, 126 pages
April 18th 2017 by Mirror Press

From the publisher of the USA TODAY bestselling & #1 Amazon bestselling Timeless Romance Anthology series in Clean & Wholesome Romance, comes the Timeless Romance Singles line.

THE MATCHMAKING GAME: A brand new historical romance novella from bestselling author Donna Hatch.

Rowena’s childhood friend, Evan, has returned home from war a handsome, but mysterious stranger. In an effort to bring happiness to her father, not to mention uncover the Evan she remembers from their youth, Rowena seeks to unite their parents. Who better to match a lonely widow and widower together than their adoring children? Her matchmaking game could help their parents find happiness and draw out her childhood friend buried beneath Evan’s new reserve … or it could break more than one heart.


About the Author

Donna Hatch is the author of the best-selling “Rogue Hearts Series,” and a winner of writing awards such as The Golden Quill and the International Digital Award. A hopeless romantic and adventurer at heart, she discovered her writing passion at the tender age of 8 and has been listening to those voices ever since. She has become a sought-after workshop presenter, and also juggles freelance editing, multiple volunteer positions, and most of all, her six children (seven, counting her husband). A native of Arizona who recently transplanted to the Pacific Northwest, she and her husband of over twenty five years are living proof that there really is a happily ever after.



How long does it take you to write a book?
The length of time it takes me to write depends on the book itself as well as the length, or word count, of the story. The Matchmaking Game one took about a month to write the rough draft and another few weeks to edit, partly because it’s only a little over a hundred pages and partly because the story just came together really well. Some books took years to write. Literally. It depends on the story itself, how well the different elements come together, my motivation (a deadline helps) and how well I know the characters.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
The entire process is a bit quirky. I’m pretty much a seat-of-the-pants writer, so very little planning goes in ahead of time, but I often have to stop and solidify the plot and the characters before I can finish it. Another quirk is that I need either silence or soft instrumental music in the background—nothing with lyrics or a drum beat.

Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
Some ideas come in the shower, or as a result of something someone says, or a “what if” kind of thing. Others come as a when I brainstorm and really work on a concept—usually with the help of a critique partner.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
I am always surprised at how fun it is to write a good kissing scene ๐Ÿ˜‰

What do you think makes a good story?
Good stories stem from unforgettable, complex characters who overcome obstacles, find new strength they didn’t know they had, and learn to place others’ happiness above their own. I love it when the hero is strong and yet has a vulnerable side to him—I find that very endearing. And of course, the happily-ever-after!

What would you like my readers to know?
All of my stories are rich in chemistry between the characters (with at least one really hot kissing scene) but I never have “on screen” sex scenes or mention of “pink” body parts, so they fit into the Clean & Wholesome category suitable for all ages. Also, I love sensory-rich scenes and historically accurate details that make readers feel as if they are in the story.

The only other thing I would add is that if you love Regency specifically or history in general, feel free to subscribe to my newsletter where I explore fun history trivia including fashions, manners and mores, customs, etc. Here is the link to subscribe to my newsletter:

Also, if you would like a free ebook of my full-length novel, The Stranger She Married, you can get the download here:

Chapter One, Part 5

Rowena gave his arm a little shake. “I adore your mother, and I think she’d make my papa very happy. He needs the influence of a wife and companion, as I’m sure your mother would welcome a man to love and care for her.”
“Ro, this isn’t our place.”
Rowena grinned at his use of her nickname. Her plan was working already. He’d been home for two weeks, and this was the first time he’d addressed her as ‘Ro.’ Apparently, all he needed was a few reminders of their friendship—as if her letters over the years had not been enough.
She spread her hands. “All we need to do is schedule a local activity or two. The weather is so lovely right now. We ought to take advantage of it and have luncheon al fresco or perhaps go on a long walk—as a group, of course. We could go to the ruins or have a berry-picking party and arrange it so they can pair off.”
Evan’s brows drew together. Did he considerit, or  dislike the idea?
She clapped her hands as a new idea came to her. “I have just the thing: I will arrange to have flowers delivered to your mother with my father’s regards. Her favorite is peony, is it not?”
“I wouldn’t know.” He glanced longingly at the drawing room, as if seeking better—or perhaps saner—company than hers.
“I’m certain I heard her mention how fond she is of them.”
“Don’t you think it will be awkward if she thanks him for flowers he didn’t send?”
“No, he’ll nod and play along the way he did when I invited the Earl and Countess Tarrington for dinner and forgot to tell Papa until they arrived. You might encourage her to write a note in reply, but try not to have her use the words ‘thank you for the flowers.’ Maybe just express an appreciation for him or his thoughtfulness, or something equally vague.”
He arched a brow and looked at her as if she’d just dared him to steal the vicar’s book of prayers, but this time during Sunday services. “I will not hover over my mother and dictate her correspondence.”

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