#WriterWednesday: Maggie Kelley Releases Debut Novel, Breaking the Bachelor

Posted Mar 25 2015, 12:00 am

I’m so excited to be celebrating my good friend Maggie Kelley’s release day! She’s a gem, and her writing is fresh and fun. But don’t take my word for it. Check it out yourself:


Matchmaker Jane Wright just made a bet—she’ll find the “perfect” match for Manhattan’s hottest confirmed bachelor, sexy-as-sin bartender Charlie Goodman—Jane’s ex-lover—or lose her company. Charlie doesn’t want to see Jane’s business fail. He just wants a little revenge. Determined to prove that chemistry always beats compatibility algorithms, he plans to drive Jane crazy with desire, then walk away. And Charlie’s plan is working. So well that he hasn’t even noticed that he’s Cupid’s next target…

Breaking the Bachelor by Maggie Kelley



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A note from Maggie:

Writing a debut novel is a lot like riding the Coney Island Cyclone, a wild combination of excitement, joy and flat-out fear. Like the famous coaster, my story Breaking the Bachelor, takes place in New York and because a romantic walk across the Brooklyn Bridge is on my bucket list, I couldn’t resist writing about this NYC icon. Please enjoy this peek into one of my favorite scenes and thank you for joining #writerwednesday.



Carefully, he settled her onto the wooden planks of the pedestrian walkway and took in the sight of her, framed by the Gothic structure standing tall above the East River, outlined by the twinkling lights of faraway Manhattan. The skyline failed to compare to the most beautiful thing on the bridge. Cheeks pink with cold, she ran her tongue over the curves of her mouth. He wanted to kiss away the snowflakes clinging to her lips.

“Nice view,” he said, without bothering to look away from her face.

Emotion lit the amber depths of her eyes as she registered his gaze. She snuggled closer and turned to look past the bridge’s steel arches toward the city in the distance, at Lady Liberty raising her torch to light the way to a safe harbor, a safe haven. Charlie pulled her closer.

“It’s beautiful,” she said, looking back at him.

“You’re beautiful.” Impulse took over and his lips brushed hers in a tender kiss, tasting the chill of the snowflakes as they melted away.

For a moment, Jane stood in the circle of his arms, quiet, so uncharacteristically quiet. But then, she moved away, tossed a smile over her shoulder and walked across the bridge, closer to Brooklyn, closer to home.

And that’s when he heard the sound.

The backfiring of his own heart.


About Maggie:

After ten years of survival, aka working, in Hollywood, this former actress and current author of sexy contemporary romance is living happily-ever-after in Pittsburgh with her longtime sweetie, and their two punky kids. When not carpooling to birthday parties or testing her gourmet cooking skills by throwing a frozen pizza into the oven, Maggie daydreams about sneaking off to the Vegas or Napa, or even just the movies. A love of red wine, Italian food, and music round out her list of life’s greatest joys. Oh, and Tuesday night karaoke, totally underrated fun.




3 responses to “#WriterWednesday: Maggie Kelley Releases Debut Novel, Breaking the Bachelor”

  1. Maggie says:


    I just want to say—YOU ROCK!

    Thank you for featuring my excerpt on your blog.



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