Madison Michael traded 28 years in Fortune 500 tech and management positions for a chance to spend her days with sassy heroines, sexy, rich heroes, and nothing but happy endings. Growing up the daughter of a librarian, she learned to love books, especially classics and romances, and spent winters cuddled under blankets losing herself in books.
Madison is the author of three novels in the Beguiling Bachelor series, as well as several short stories. She is a member of Romance Writers of America.
After living in the northeast, southeast and the west, Maddy returned to her Midwest roots. She lives in Evanston, IL with two feline editorial assistants and great views of Chicago’s famous skyline.
Character InterviewInterviewer: What’s your name?
Matthew: Matthew Herrington
Interviewer: Where did you grow up?
Matthew: Just outside San Francisco in the fabulous town of Burlingame CA.
Interviewer: During what time period does your story take place?
Matthew: This story takes place from 1950 to the present.
Interviewer: What’s your story/back story? Why would someone come up with a story about you?
Matthew: I am really just your average guy, I have no idea why Madison thought I was worth a story. Well that is, until a special winter night in Chicago when my world went topsy-turvy. I don’t want to give too much away, but if you ever get a chance to experience a Thursday “Swing Night” at The Green Mill Lounge, don’t pass it up.
Interviewer: What’s your goal in this story?
Matthew: I have met a special girl, Patty Dennisen, and I want to win her heart. I would love to learn a few spiffy dance moves too.
Interviewer: What conflicts are you facing?
Matthew: Well, it’s as if Patty and I lived in two different worlds – literally. This is a huge obstacle for us to overcome.
Interviewer: Do you have a plan for resolving them?
Matthew: Patty and I are trying to work things out but it doesn’t look good.
Interviewer: Is there anything else you’d like us to know about you?
Matthew: I always loved traveling, but when I became a consultant I discovered the lonely side of traveling for work. So be patient and kind if you meet someone traveling for business. Remember they are far from friends, family, and home.
Blurb from Our Love is Here to Stay:
Thirty-year old Matthew Herrington is weary of solo nights in strange cities. He is ready for a change. And that is exactly what he gets when he steps into Swing Night at The Green Mill and is instantly immersed in the sights and sounds of another era. Intrigued by the club’s authenticity, Matthew is enchanted when he meets Patty, a mixture of sexy and sweet who steals his heart.
Patty Dennison has never met a man like Matthew in all her twenty-one years. A sophisticated man, he stands out from the usual Swing Night crowd. He is self-assured, smart, charming, and handsome as hell, even if he is a lousy dancer. Once he takes her in his arms, Patty is more than willing to give him a few dance lessons along with her heart.
Repeated missed dates and unanswered phone calls strain the relationship and frustrate the pair. But unraveling their mystery exposes an impossible scenario, one that will torment their sanity and test their love.
How can they make their fairytale last? Can love transcend time?
A waitress came to take it off his hands. “Another?” she queried, and he nodded agreement, placing a crumpled dollar on her tray. “Too much,” she told him shaking her head no. Matthew was surprised by her response, but the tray was covered with loose change, so he removed his bill and left the equivalent in quarters. Everything was so inexpensive, but the server still needed to make a decent living.
She gave him a grateful smile and turned to move to her next customer, carefully balancing her tray above the heads of the young people around her. In the process, she nudged Matthew slightly causing him to lose his footing and fall gently against another body. Turning to apologize he found himself staring into the clearest, lightest blue eyes he had ever seen. He couldn’t look away.
“Sorry,” he mumbled when he finally regained his composure.
“That’s okay,” she replied with a quick, bright smile. She was lovely, in a wholesome girl next door way. She had her blond hair pulled into a ponytail that curled like a hair product ad, clear-skinned cheeks that were pink with warmth and perhaps exertion, and a curvy body displayed under a bright red sweater and a flared plaid skirt.
Matthew felt his mouth go dry and his palms get sweaty. She did something to him, this fresh-faced woman that he found incredibly sexy. Her red lipstick was a slash of bright color mimicking the red of the sweater. Until this moment, bright red lipstick screamed “tough broad, stay away” to Matthew but on this girl it whispered “come hither.”
“Matthew,” he squeaked out, extending his hand to shake hers. Thinking twice about it, he retracted his arm, running his palm against his pants swiftly, and hopefully surreptitiously, before he extended his hand again.
“Patty,” she responded, placing her soft fingers in his large palm. She shook like a girl. After all the bone-breaking handshakes Matthew had endured across the globe, this limp, fingers-only shake surprised him. She looked athletic, not tough but toned, and not sickly pale like most Chicagoans in winter. The handshake didn’t match the image and normally would have bothered him. Nothing about Patty bothered him. Everything about her bothered him.
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