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September 6, 2014

Blog Tour: Playing With Matches by Suri Rosen – Excerpt and Giveaway

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Welcome to our Tour Stop for

Playing With Matches by Suri Rosen

presented by ECW Press.

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Playing with matches

When 16-year-old Raina Resnick is expelled from her Manhattan private school, she’s sent to live with her strict aunt — but Raina feels like she’s persona non grata no matter where she goes. Her sister, Leah, blames her for her broken engagement, and she’s a social pariah at her new school. In the tight-knit Jewish community, Raina finds she is good at one thing: matchmaking! As the anonymous “MatchMaven,” Raina sets up hopeless singles desperate to find the One. A cross between Jane Austen’s Emma, Dear Abby, and Yenta the matchmaker, Raina’s double life soon has her barely staying awake in class. Can she find the perfect match for her sister and get back on her good side, or will her tanking grades mean a second expulsion? In her debut novel, Suri Rosen creates a comic and heartwarming story of one girl trying to find happiness for others, and redemption for herself.

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Publication Date:  September 9, 2014
Publisher:  ECW Press

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Chapter-by-Chapter-header---Excerpt

Excerpt from Playing with Matches by Suri Rosen © 2014 by ECW Press. Used with permission from the publisher.

Here’s some advice if you plan on taking the Number 7 down Bathurst Street at 7:36 a.m. Do not sit downwind from the woman eating the industrial-grade tuna fish. And if The Groomer is on the bus, get ready to duck at the first sign of the nail clippers.

You really don’t want any more details. And neither did I. But by my third morning in Toronto, I could have taught a class in Number 7 Studies. Which is what happens when you vacuum-pack the population of Giants Stadium into a space the size of a hot tub. I grasped a slimy pole next to the bus driver (nametag: Ian), where the air was only slightly less gloopy. I was just learning about Ian’s path to driver-dom when he broke the unfortunate news.

“You’ll have to move to the back now.”

Ian was the closest thing that I had to a friend in Toronto.

O Leah, where art thou?

I glanced down at my cell phone but there was still no word from my sister. She was probably just boarding the bus in New York’s Port Authority with her wedding gown wrapped in lay-ers of tissue paper and nestled safely in the garment box. I had sixteen hours until I could meet the gown in person.

I took a deep breath and squeezed myself through the maze of human heat machines to the rear of the bus. Craning my neck, I caught sight of the ginger-haired woman reading in a seat next to the sealed window. Two boys clinging to an over-head pole ogled her from above.

Her red hair was swept back in a half-bun today. Tiny ringlets spilled onto her shoulders. She wore a dark twill skirt that covered her knees, pantyhose, and a silky Marc Jacobs blouse that I recognized from Macy’s.

The elderly man sitting next to her struggled to his feet and pushed his way toward the exit. I squeezed past a child barking into a cell phone and plopped into the empty seat beside the woman.

Gingie-Locks’s eyes were trained on the book resting in her lap. I glanced over her shoulder and noticed the word “love” sprinkled across the page. The title was written in a tiny font at the top of the open book. I leaned over and pretended to adjust the bow on my right shoe so I could make out the name of the book. Hope and Inspiration for the Single Soul.

I could use a little of that myself these days. I leaned back and peered past her, out the window. How on earth was I going to survive this exile?

Chapter-by-Chapter-header---About-the-Author

Suri Rosen dabbles in many arts, but excels in daydreaming. She has worked as a professional artist, art teacher, filmmaker, journalist, and mini-documentary producer for a local television station.

Random facts: Suri rides a moped, built an Appalachian dulcimer, is a trustee on her public library board, and is known to re-finish vintage furniture on occasion. Playing with Matches is her first novel. She lives in Toronto, Ontario with her family and her six imaginary dogs.

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