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The Boyfriend Whisperer by Linda Budzinski
Publication Date: February 19, 2019
Publisher: Swoon Romance

Alicea Springer was Boyfriend Whisperer Enterprises’ top success story. That is, until her dream date, Ty Walker, dumped her a week before prom. Now it’s senior year, and Alicea has taken over the business and given it an upgrade using an automated matchmaking program designed to help her classmates find their perfect match.

Alicea has no interest in using the program herself. She already knows who her perfect match is … Ty. She doesn’t need an app to tell her that (or worse, match her up with someone else). In a moment of weakness, Alicea allows her friends to convince her to give the program a try. To her horror, it matches her with the last boy on earth she’d ever want to date — Darius Groves, the class deadbeat.

When she and Darius are paired up for a class project, Alicea learns there’s more to him than his bad reputation. But the more she spends time with Darius, the more she questions their match. They have so little in common. Why did her program match them?

Can Alicea defy the odds and make a match of her own heart’s desire? Or will the matchmaker remained unmatched?


Linda Budzinski is the author of four young adult novels, all published by Swoon Romance YA: The Boyfriend Whisperer and The Boyfriend Whisperer 2.0, Em & Em, and The Funeral Singer. When she’s not writing, she works in nonprofit communications and outreach. She lives in Northern Virginia with my husband, Joe, and is active with her church’s youth group. She’s a sucker for romance and reality TV and has been known to turn off her phone’s ringer when watching “The Bachelor.” Her favorite flower is the daisy, her favorite food is chocolate, and her favorite song is “Amazing Grace.”


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If I Knew Then What I Know Now About Writing …

I’m not sure I would change anything. That’s not to say I didn’t make mistakes (lots of them!) or have my share of heartbreak (lots of it!), but that was all part of my writing journey. I learned from those experiences, and they made me the writer I am today.

Of course, even the writer I am today screws up a lot and has plenty of heartache. It’s all about growing, and my hope is that the writer I am tomorrow will be just a little better, will write words that mean just a little more to the reader.

That is not to say that writing is all pain and sorrow. There are victories—some big (a publishing contract!) and some small (a humorous scene that actually came out as funny on the page as it did in my head!).  The hard learning and growing parts make those victories even sweeter.

So, I guess if I were to change one thing, maybe it would be to celebrate the victories more. With chocolate.

Yes, that’s it … more chocolate. And isn’t that the answer to every important question in life?


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