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sparksSparks the Matchmaker by Russell Elkins

Ollie just wants one thing. The girl.

Things haven’t been going so well with Anne lately, though; their relationship has become a perpetual study date, and Ollie’s roommates are starting to worry about him. How to fix things? Why, with a marriage proposal, of course.

Unfortunately for Ollie, his relationship with Anne has run out of gas. Life feels like it’s counting down to one. And that one is the only person in Ollie’s life he really cares about: Ollie. Perhaps, then, he should get over himself. But first he has to deal with Sparks, the irritating little Yankees fan who invades his life in order to “help” him. And while Keith, his best friend, is doing all he can to help, Ollie’s other friend Richie never fails to show up and threaten to ruin everything just by being himself. Never mind all the drama Sparks brings to the party by forcing Ollie to take a job actually helping people in need.

Will Ollie meet the girl? Will it be in history class? On a road trip to Colorado? Can he get over Anne, or should he try to mend the relationship? Should he pursue the new girl Sparks is trying to set him up with? As the strings of the puppeteer tangle with the strings of the heart, only one person can sort out the mess Ollie has made. It seems that the harder he tries, the more Ollie messes things up. Is Sparks a cruel manipulator, or is he really going to help Ollie find his match?

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Praise for Sparks the Matchmaker:

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book. How many “romance” novels do you read where the protagonist is male, or even where the author is male? At first, I thought that was going to be the unique focus of this story.

I was pleasantly surprised, though. The “Sparks” character was a completely unique take on things. Also, I tend to be one of those people who frequently predicts the endings of books and t.v. shows, etc., but I hadn’t seen the ending of this story coming. It was a quick and easy read (which was just what I needed right now) but with plenty of intelligence and creativity woven into the story. I think I can say with confidence that even my teenage son would enjoy it, as well as my Mom. Looking forward to the next installment in the series.

Definitely not what I expected from a romantic comedy novel, but in a good way! Can’t wait for the next one 🙂

 

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russell elkinsAuthor Russell Elkins

Russell Elkins has become a leading expert on open adoption through first-hand experience that he now shares in Open Adoption, Open Heart. Russell regularly contributes to Adoption.com. He also writes his own blog at russellelkins.com to educate others in the struggles and beauties of open adoption.

Russell has always been a family man at heart, looking forward to the day when he could be a husband and a father. It took him a little while, but eventually his eyes locked onto a beautiful blonde, and he has never looked away. Russell and Jammie were married in 2004. They had the same goals for their home and didn’t want to wait too long before starting their family. However, filling their home quickly with children wasn’t in the cards, and they found themselves weighing their options to overcome problems with infertility. Their lives changed dramatically the day they decided to adopt.

Russell and Jammie have adopted two beautiful children, Ira and Hazel, and have embraced their role as parents through open adoption. Both are actively engaged in the adoption community by communicating through social media, taking part in discussion panels, and writing songs about adoption.

Russell was born on Andrews Air Force Base near Washington, D.C., in the fall of 1977. Along with his five siblings, he and his military family moved around a lot, living in eight different houses by the time he left for college at age 17. Although his family moved away from Fallon, Nevada, just a few months after he moved out, he still considers that little oasis in the desert to be his childhood hometown.

Even after leaving home, Russell always stayed close to his family. He shared an apartment with each of his three brothers at different times during his college career. They formed a band together back in the 1990s and still perform on a regular basis under the name of the Invisible Swordsmen.

After nearly a decade of college and changing his major a few times, Russell received his bachelor’s degree in sociology from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. He later graduated from Ameritech College where he learned the trade of being a dental lab technician. Russell now owns and operates Elkins Dental Lab located in Meridian, Idaho.

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Tour Schedule
December 10th

I Am A Reader, Not A Writer – Guest Post

Book Readers – Spotlight

The Last Chapter – Spotlight

FLY HIGH! – Spotlight

Victoria Simcox’s Blog – Spotlight

Between Printed Pages – Review

 

December 11th

Ali’s Books – Spotlight

Booker Like a Hooker – Review

Me, My Shelf and I – Spotlight

Book Him Danno – Spotlight

Mythical Books – Interview

My Devotional Thoughts – Spotlight

fundinmental – Spotlight

 

December 12th

Lori’s Reading Corner – Tens List

Susan Heim on Writing – Spotlight

The Itzel Library – Spotlight

Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews – Review

Books are Love – Review

 

December 13th

Getting Your Read On – Review

My Book A Day – Review

Reviews by Karen – Spotlight

Emi Gayle – Interview

 

December 15th

Gustosa Giveaways – Spotlight

Cici’s Theories – Spotlight

 

December 16th

LOVE. WITHOUT YOU – Interview

3 Partners in Shopping – Spotlight

Sweeping Me – Spotlight

Spiced Latte Reads – Review

Manic Mama of 2 – Review

 

December 17th

Aspired Writer – Review

Spring of Health – Spotlight

Officially Jennifer – Spotlight

Reading in Twilight – Interview

 

December 18th

Every Free Chance Book Reviews – Review

Bookhounds – Interview

Tifferz and her Sisterz Book Reviews – Review

 

December 19th

Indie Author How-to – Spotlight

Curling Up with a Good Book – Interview

Books i View – Review

Katie’s Clean Book Collection – Review

 

December 20th

Hot off the Shelves – Review

Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks – Spotlight

Bound 4 Escape – Review

BrigitteWhoa The Book-A-Holic – Review

 

January 6th

Mel’s Shelves – Review

Jinky is Reading – Review

 

January 8th

StoreyBook Reviews – Review

Fiction_TheNewReality – Review