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Tule Author Q&A: Amy Kathryn Jones loves reality dating shows!

Amy Kathryn Jones stopped by the Tule blog to discuss the second book in the Matched series, Flipping the Script!

Where did you get the inspiration for Flipping the Script and the Matched series?

The Matched Series itself was inspired by years of watching The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, and Bachelor in Paradise. I wanted to explore what all I imagined lands on the cutting room floor, and what the lives are like for the people who make reality shows like this happen. Flipping the Script was a natural progression from a relationship I saw blooming in the first book in the series Behind The Scenes. Matt and Kat are very good friends, long-time co-workers, each with an unrequited crush on the other. I’ve always wanted to write a friends-to-lovers romance, and this was a perfect opportunity. It allowed me to play with a few other fun tropes, too. Workplace romance, single dad, and fake relationship. It was a ton of fun to write. 

Welcome to Tule! Can you share a fun fact about yourself to help us get to know you?

Thank you! It’s so great to be here! I’m a labor and delivery nurse by trade, and have been since 2003. I was a psychiatric nurse before that. I have two teenagers testing me at every turn in my house and a husband with a man bun (which I love without shame). My two fuzzy little dogs, Ray & Gozer, keep me laughing on my days off when I’m trying to do my other full time job of being a writer, and my cat Venkman minds his own business. Yes, they’re all named after Ghostbusters, which is our favorite movie. I participated in Pitch Wars in 2017, which is how I met my writing group originally, and the eight of us talk every single day on Marco Polo. Right now, I’m a mentor for #KissPitch in its inaugural year. I have two mentees, and I’m paying my amazing Pitch Wars experience forward with my other passion—developmental editing. So I keep very busy. 

 

This is a fun fake relationship and workplace romance. What drew you to these tropes? What’s your favorite trope to write?

Thanks!, I had a lot of fun writing Matt and Kat’s steamy romance. Pining and unresolved sexual tension are my favorite parts of romance. I know it’s a workplace romance, but that ended up being more of a happenstance. I see it as friends-to-lovers and fake relationship. Do I have a favorite trope to write? Hmm…I do love a good rivals to lovers when one of the characters is desperately pining for the other, and the other one is, but won’t admit it to themselves. Fake relationship is also a lot of fun because the lines are so easily blurred. Friends-to-lovers is tender, sweet, and delicate, so there’s something special about that for me, too. I can’t pick a favorite!

 

If you could spend the day with Kat or Matt, who would you choose and what would you do?

I had to think so hard about this question because I don’t want anyone to think I don’t like my characters, it’s just that Matt and Kat are so—not like me! If you’d asked me about Ginger and Elliot, I would have said Elliot, hands down, but Matt? He’s too good looking, and I would be blushing constantly and hopelessly because he’s so in love with Kat. I don’t really see him as being great with strangers either, so he’s a no, and so by default, Kat. She’s vivacious and extra and has a lot of great qualities of a wonderful best friend. But she’s a very strong personality and I could probably learn a few things from her over dinner and a few margaritas!

 

What are you currently reading?

Currently, I’m reading a few things. My mentees’ manuscripts and Stiletto contest entries mainly (one is by a fellow Tule Author!!), but the last book I bought that I started was Mariah Ankenman’s The Wedding Dilemma—a fun rom-com by one of my agency sisters. I’m really looking forward to Emily Henry’s new release as well as Christina Lauren’s. They are auto-buys for me. 

 

Thank you for letting me stop by and talk about Flipping the Script and The Matched Series! I can’t wait to hear what readers think of Matt and Kat, and I’m looking forward to the third book coming out this August. 

 

About the Author

Amy Kathryn Jones is the author of steamy contemporary romance featuring a wide variety of swoon-worthy heroes and the women who never saw them coming. A labor and delivery nurse by trade, she’s no stranger to happy endings and new beginnings. She moonlights as a married mother of two and part-time pet wrangler, but she loves nothing better than quiet time at her home in Dallas, Texas.

A huge fan of reality TV, romantic comedies, and Pride and Prejudice, she has a soft spot for hot messes, men in glasses, hidden tattoos, and dimples that pop. Other passions include colorful pens, craft books, clever banter, and comfy clothes.

After being showcased in Pitch Wars, she went on to become a 2018 Golden Heart Finalist in the contemporary romance category.

Tule Publishing May 2022 Releases

Read more about our new releases for May!

GIVEAWAY: We will pick ONE winner to receive a digital book of their choice from the May releases. Comment down below saying which book you’re looking most forward to reading! Giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY. The winner will be randomly selected at the end of the month.

 

A Hard Yes by Sinclair Jayne Sawhney (American Heart)

Release Date: May 3, 2022

Misguided Masala Matchmaker, Book 1

Is it a love for the ages or just a season?

Rohan Kapoor is the golden boy of Charlotte. As a newly minted cardiothoracic surgeon with several prestigious job offers, potential brides eagerly line up when his parents—pillars in their Indian American community—hire a matchmaker. Even his favorite cousin Rani has a plan to divine his perfect match. But Rohan’s not looking for a bride, and then he takes a wrong turn, meeting a woman who changes the way he feels about everything.

After years of traveling and painting commissioned murals, artist Solei Beals wants to plant roots now that she’s been hired as a high school art teacher. She meets Rohan at an art festival, and the attraction sizzles. During the festival of Holi, Solei admits she’s fallen in love with a man who’s made it clear he’s not free to commit beyond spring.

As summer teases, Rohan’s family obligations and expectations create a barrier Solei’s not sure he’s willing to breach. And if Rohan’s not willing to fight for her or the life he says he wants, why should she?


Smooth Talking Texan by Katherine Garbera (Texas Born)

Release Date: May 5, 2022

The Rossis of Whiskey River, Book 2

He’s her best friend, but she wants so much more…

Barrel racer Colby Tucker has never said no to her best friend and secret crush, Olivier Rossi. When the handsome and charming rodeo clown asks her to attend his brother’s wedding as his pretend fiancée, she reluctantly says yes. This might be her last chance to either nudge Olivier into falling in love with her or finally get him out of her system.

Olivier’s proposition to Colby was impulsive. But she’s the one person in his life he could count on and—unlike his family—Colby never judges. But from the moment they begin “practicing” their parts, Olivier knows he’s in trouble.

Suddenly Olivier wants more than a fake relationship. But is Colby only playing a part or are her feelings as real as his?

Find out in the latest Rossis of Whiskey River novel by USA Today bestselling author Katherine Garbera.


The Casterglass Heir by Kate Hewitt (Holiday)

Release Date: May 10, 2022

Keeping Up with the Penryns, Book 3

Meet the Penryns…an eccentric family determined to keep hold of their castle in the wilds of Cumbria.

Sam Penryn, the only son and heir, has returned to Casterglass with deep reluctance. After dedicating his life to far-flung adventures to forget his past, the last thing he wants is to come home and take the reins of his family’s crumbling estate. But he knows his duty, and his sisters are doing their best to turn their ancestral ruin into an interactive tourist attraction. He can surely do the same, even if he dreads every moment…

Rose Lacey has spent her life as a nomad, adopting a carefree attitude to protect her fragile heart, which worked until she met—and then left—Sam. Their goodbye becomes hello when she shows up on his doorstep months after their fling, pregnant and uncertain what she wants from him, yet believing he needs to know he’s going to be a father.

Sam is gobsmacked by Rose’s return—and he remembers just how hard he fell for her. Despite his own hurts and hard memories, can Sam be brave enough to convince Rose to fall in love with him all over again, this time for keeps?


Six Days of Spring by Charlee James (American Heart)

Release Date: May 12, 2022

Northampton Hearts, Book 3

Thrown back into a decades-old family feud, she discovers not all is fair in love and war.

When free-spirited potter Dahlia Reynolds and her dad take over running her sister’s shop, The Pickle and Preserve, for a six-day spring farmer’s market, she doesn’t expect to run into Tristan Black, the son of the man who greedily destroyed her family’s business. Despite learning he’s a commercial property owner like his father, Tristan seems different. Dahlia discovers he’s shy but charming, honest, and committed to helping his community. Her father is unforgiving, but Dahlia believes everyone deserves a second chance, and she’s giving Tristan his.

Tristan Black has lived in the shadow of his father’s mistakes since he was a teen. He’s determined to shed the aura of mistrust that plagues his family name, but his past is never far behind. When Tristan sees Dahlia again, the secret crush he had on her when they were kids blossoms. He longs for another chance with her, but how can they build a future when the past and her father’s fury surround them?


Flipping the Script by Amy Kathryn Jones (American Heart)

Release Date: May 16, 2022

Matched, Book 2

After an unexpected season finale, the future of the hit reality show Matched is in jeopardy.

Field producer Kat Kramer needs a bold, last-ditch idea to save her job and the show she loves. Her boss and former lover dangles an overseas promotion, but Kat knows he’s really trying to get rid of her to appease his estranged wife. Kat wants to stay in L.A.—she doesn’t want to live in a city where her best friend, coworker, and secret love isn’t.

Matt Corrado has enough drama. Next season’s intended star won’t commit, the show’s relationship expert wants to quit, and his sullen teenage daughter has taken over his sofa, determined to reunite her divorced parents. While Matt will do almost anything for his kid—like staying in a loveless marriage for years, even as he secretly pined for Kat—he’s determined to finally move forward.

Kat’s solution to the show’s problem is bold: produce a winter wedding special featuring last season’s controversial match. The solution to Matt and Kat’s personal drama is even bolder: fake a relationship to convince everyone that they’re in love.


A Perfect Engagement by Karla Kratovil (Muse)

Release Date: May 17, 2022

The Maidens of Marbury, Book 1

When Charlotte Grisham is saved from an out-of-control carriage by a handsome gentleman, she knows fate has sent her the perfect man. The Marquis of Hawksridge is titled, handsome, and heroic—precisely the kind of gentleman her parents want for her husband. Before Charlotte knows it, she is engaged to be married.

Daniel Weston can’t believe his identical twin brother is marrying a lady he barely knows. Moreover, he’s begging off his own engagement party. Daniel allows his twin to talk him into going to the week-long house party in his stead…just for a few days. They used to pretend to be each other all the time in their youth. What could possibly go wrong?

Charlotte immediately realizes her fiancé has sent in a doppelgänger, but continues the ruse so no one will realize her fiancé has all but abandoned her. Everyone sees her as perfectly behaved. But perfect girls do not share searing kisses with men who are not their betrothed. Charlotte knows her duty, but what about her heart?


His Best Friend’s Baby by Barbara Hannay (Holiday)

Release Date: May 19, 2022

Outback Babies, Book 1

She needs a little favour…

Polly Martin has given up on love, but not on becoming a mother. She returns briefly to her hometown of Wirralong to proposition her childhood best friend, Seth Ramsay, confident he’ll agree to be her IVF donor.

Seth walks out of their reunion dinner date after Polly’s clinical and unemotional proposal. How could she think he was the type of man who wouldn’t take an ongoing interest in his child? A year later, still haunted by Polly’s question, he seeks her out in Melbourne and finds her heavily pregnant, unemployed, and barely making ends meet. Seth invites Polly back to Wirralong for a weekend only to end up delivering her baby girl early and finding himself more charmed than he could have imagined.

As Polly and her newborn recover at Seth’s house, their friendship is back on, but Seth wants more. He feels like he’s finally within reach of his dream when the town gossips send Polly fleeing home. And now Polly must ask herself searching questions, including where her new future lies.


Preserving the Evidence by Kaz Delaney (Tule Mystery)

Release Date: May 23, 2022

Hart of Texas Murder Mysteries, Book 2

In this small town, not everyone is who they claim to be…

When amateur baker, and now amateur sleuth, Rosie Hart finds herself embroiled in another mystery in rural Airlie Falls, Texas, she can’t believe her bad luck. Soon the town is reeling from a murder, an unidentified body, a late mayoral challenge, missing town money, and a strange group of socialites gathered at a mansion out of town.

With so many of her new friends suspected of wrongdoing, Rosie can’t sit on the sidelines any longer. She’s convinced these strange occurrences are connected, but she’s running out of time to prove how. She’ll need to unmask a murderer before there’s another body to add to the tally.

Snooping around undercover is harder than it looks, and Rosie will be lucky to get out of this one without more casualties than a batch of burned Buried Treasure Cookies.


The Way to Hope by Eliana West (Southern Born)

Release Date: May 24, 2022

Heart of Colton, Book 4

Rhett Colton has spent the last two years working deep undercover for the FBI. He’s forsaken his friends and family to keep his community safe, but now that his mission is over, he’s haunted by what he’s done and is having a hard time returning to his previous life. Only two things are keeping him from becoming totally lost—his dog, Rebel, and the beautiful new town veterinarian.

Jasmine Owens is ready to start over in the charming town of Colton, Mississippi, by opening her own veterinary practice. Jasmine knows what it’s like to constantly have her abilities questioned, but she’s strong enough to persevere. When she agrees to board Rhett’s dog while he’s away in D.C., they begin talking every night over the phone and she realizes Rhett isn’t the man she thought he was. He’s so much more and sparks quickly fly on both ends.

But when new threats surface, Jasmine and everyone in Colton’s safety are threatened. Rhett will need to make a decision. He’s always sacrificed everything for his job, but is he willing to risk their relationship too?


A Mother for Ella by Trish Morey (Holiday)

Release Date: May 26, 2022

Outback Babies, Book 2

They both desperately need a second chance…

After enduring a family tragedy and scandal, all Amber McGuinness wants is to bury her past. She settles in faraway Wirralong and opens an accounting practice, hoping for a fresh start. As she settles into town and is embraced by the warm community, Amber gets her first client. His taxes are a mess, but his smile, dimples, and adorable baby more than make up for it.

Between work, parenting, and fighting for custody of his fifteen-month-old daughter, Todd Sinclair—Sinclair to his friends—is barely keeping his head and farm above water. His new accountant puts his finances in order, but she messes with his heart. After his disastrous marriage, he’s sworn off romance, but Amber gives him renewed hope.

As Amber and Sinclair spend more time together, they wonder if the mythical magic of Wirralong is real—until a reporter starts digging into Amber’s past, revealing secrets that threaten her newfound happiness. Can Sinclair convince her to stay and fight for their life and new family together?


Home to Cypress Bayou by Susan Sands (Southern Born)

Release Date: May 31, 2022

Louisiana, Book 1

It’s not true that you can’t go home again, but do you want to?

Paris gallery owner Leah Bertrand returns to her historic, moss-draped Louisiana hometown to fulfill a deathbed promise to her friend and mentor. She’s been matched as a bone marrow donor to a stranger, yet the match is so close that doctors suspect a family relationship. But how? Leah’s family has always seethed with drama, but this visit home promises secrets as deep, dark, and mysterious as the water in Cypress Bayou. And then her ex arrives, and Leah realizes the feelings and secrets she buried years ago have come back to haunt her.

Dr. Jake Carmichael returns to Cypress Bayou after years away and is shocked to see Leah, his childhood sweetheart and first love, back in town and on his patient roster. The sparks still burn, but when he tries to discuss what went wrong and perhaps rebuild their relationship, Leah refuses.

Jake’s not ready to give up on their future together. But Leah fears she has even more to lose this time…

 

BEHIND THE SCENES: Release day blog post featuring Amy Kathryn Jones

A question many romance writers get asked is “What was the first romance you read?” The answer is usually something along the lines of sneaking one of their mother’s or grandmother’s books as a young teen with a beautiful clinch cover and reading it in secret. Neither my mother, nor my grandmother was an avid romance reader, so my path to romance was through TV. Soap operas particularly. I used to be embarrassed to say I watched them, until I was in my twenties when I proudly owned my love and daily obsession with One Life to Live and General Hospital. The horror of coming home from work to discover my VCR had failed to record! I shudder to remember. 

My journey to writing romance can be directly attributed to my love of soaps. The day One Life to Live went off the air was one of the most disappointing days of my life. But my love of televised romance lives on. There’s not nearly enough of it. I was thrilled with the Bridgerton adaptation on Netflix last year. A real historical romance come to life! 

My book Behind the Scenes is the first in The Matched Series, which is directly influenced, by—you guessed it—The Bachelor franchise. I have a great fondness for competitive reality television shows (Survivor, Top Chef, Project Runway, Top Model, American Idol), I don’t discriminate. But my husband has a saying: “Reality TV– always entertaining, often disappointing.” Like that time Adam Lambert didn’t win American Idol. I still struggle with that moment. Often I don’t get the outcomes I’m hoping for, but I am always entertained by the journey. 

The romance genre is predicated on happily ever afters. There are no disappointing endings in romance. Perhaps that’s why it’s the only thing I read anymore. I need the satisfaction of things ending up as they should. So what better way to combine my love of reality television and happy endings than to invent a reality show and turn the most dramatic season ever (thanks to my soap opera education) into an ending that will NOT disappoint. 

The love stories on shows like The Bachelor or The Bachelorette often fall flat, and I find myself constantly curious about all the cameras surrounding them, the editorial process, and the influence of the producers on the outcomes. For example: why does that evil woman get to stay around when one producer could have told that poor man how awful she was?! Drama, right? The Matched Series plays with the notion of how the off-screen shenanigans might influence what we, as viewers, see in the final cut. Behind the Scenes is dramatic, there are twists and surprises, there are disasters and big, massive swoons. And of course, I leave the doors fully open so my readers will get to experience EVERYTHING my characters do. On the highly successful relationship show Matched, happily ever after are guaranteed, but sometimes they happen in a way no one could have scripted.

 

About the Author

Amy Kathryn Jones is the author of steamy contemporary romance featuring a wide variety of swoon-worthy heroes and the women who never saw them coming. A labor and delivery nurse by trade, she’s no stranger to happy endings and new beginnings. She moonlights as a married mother of two and part-time pet wrangler, but she loves nothing better than quiet time at her home in Dallas, Texas.

A huge fan of reality TV, romantic comedies, and Pride and Prejudice, she has a soft spot for hot messes, men in glasses, hidden tattoos, and dimples that pop. Other passions include colorful pens, craft books, clever banter, and comfy clothes.

After being showcased in Pitch Wars, she went on to become a 2018 Golden Heart Finalist in the contemporary romance category.