Behind The Books – Book Signing Edition With R.L. Mathewson in Orlando + I have goodies to give away!

by Maryse on November 6, 2012 · 61 comments

in Behind The Books

R.L. Mathewson & Maryse —> I was excited, can you tell? LOL!

WINNER UPDATE!! Congratulations to these confirmed winners!!

  1. Nancy F
  2. Jacie O
  3. jovana s
  4. Michellena317

I just met the fabulous R.L. Mathewson yesterday and what a treat it was! A nice intimate crowd of fans, gathered around as she answered some questions and we laughed over some of the “situations” that inspired a few of her scenes. AND! We met her faithful assistant “Christi” who regaled us with tidbits of her own fun friendship with the author. Wanna know some of the inside scoop? I have a some goodies right here!

Upcoming writing projects:

  • More in the Pyte series, is next. Many story lines in that series are killing her and have to “come out”. She appears to be VERY excited about these. Very impassioned about what’s coming.
  • She intends on writing the “In-laws from Hell” but currently it’s on the back burner. Considering some of the outrageous “in-law” stories I’ve heard over the years, I bet this is going to be hilarious!
  • She is enjoying writing her “Anger Management” book. She mentioned that she loves them because there is no holding back in her writing, the story and character development. When she writes, she is careful to avoid offending readers, “using tact” (remains cautious with her storyline and words), but Anger Management will have warnings so that a reader knows what they might encounter in this book. She wants the guy to be free to be a real jerk! She tries to be careful not to offend her readers, but Anger Management will be freer.
  • For example: in past books, some lines or subjects  that could be considered offensive, but really helps build the back story and works, and she’s really letting go as she writes Anger Management.
  • Funny things that inspired some scenes. Cake. ;) YES! AND… I had a hard time hearing the question but, I think it was asking if the “husband in the bathroom” scene could possibly be real? The author scrunched her forehead, looked up at the ceiling, and all of the sudden, her whole face brightened abashedly and she admitted that yes, this did happen. She didn’t go into detail, but chuckled. So did we!
  • She also had a few loosely detailed “insider” stories (but still obvious enough ;) ) that helped build her EMT world that had us all giggling.

Pyte related info:

  • Lucan will be getting his own book. When asked if he was dead (some had the impression he was, or were confused with his situation), the author confirmed he was still alive and made mention that his potential upcoming story was hinted it in a past book.
  • Lucan wants freedom. His soul purpose is to get master to give him his freedom.
  • Christopher was a part of the Holocaust and she’s putting it in the book. Might make some readers uncomfortable but necessary for this story.


  • Has known, chatted with and skyped with R.L. Mathewson for quite awhile now, but this was the first time they actually met in person.
  • Loved her books, became a super-fan, “stalked” her (her words, not mine ;) Haha!!) and overtime became good friends. When the author’s books took off, she needed an assistant and asked Christi if she’d be willing. The rest is history!
  • Please feel free to let Christi know when there are editing issues in the book (typos, etc…) as they strive to put out the best they possibly can, and want to correct any errors.
  • Christi is not privy to any “insider” information about the characters and their upcoming stories. She wants to know just as badly as we do, and when she asks R.L. for some hints or even the full scoop, (for example… about “Josh”), the author just chuckles and leaves her hanging. Awwww… we feel you, Christi. We really do!

Christi & R.L. Mathewson

Maryse & Angie (a fellow R.L. Mathewson fan)

Interested in R.L. Mathewson and her books? Bargain priced and from what I’ve read so far, fantastic!

My reviews: 

So that’s it for now. If I think of any more, I’ll add it.

Now, time for the giveaway!

Maryse, R.L. Mathewson & Angie holding the signed shirt for the giveaway. Thanks Angie (you rock!). And so does R.L. Mathewson! ;)

Superfan (and my new friend!!) Angie gave me an awesome shirt to giveaway, and we had it signed by the author. The author also gave me some magnets and stickers for the giveaway, too!

  • 1st prize: the XL signed “Team Bradford” shirt, 2 magnets and a sticker
  • 2nd prize: a magnet and a sticker
  • 3rd and 4th prize: a magnet each

1st prize! Signed shirt –> Way cool!

How to enter for a chance to win something? Just leave a comment below, and by tomorrow, (Wednesday November 7th 2012) by 10pm EST, I will randomly select four winners (1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th will receive an R.L. Mathewson gift as mentioned above).

The winners will be contacted and will have 48hrs to respond with a mailing address (must respond by Friday November 9th 2012 – 10pm EST at the latest), so if you are picked, do not delay or you will lose your chance.

Here’s a suggestion. If you want to enter to win the book “proof”, leave your comment, and you may also pre-send me your mailing address, by email (if you haven’t already done so in the past), in case you do win (please don’t post it in your comment). In a couple of my past giveaways, there were some issues with getting the mailing address on time, so to avoid this, if I pick your name, and I already have your address, then all is good. Sorry for my international readers, this is a open to U.S. residents only (but you’re welcome to comment and join in any time!!).

And while you’re here, if you haven’t already joined me (actually “us”, ’cause we’re a big group now) on Facebook and Twitter, whatcha waiting’ for?!

My new friends! Karinna, Melissa, R.L. Mathewson & Angie

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{ 61 comments… read them below or add one }

Ashley F November 6, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Sounds amazing!

angie November 6, 2012 at 7:03 PM

great post i love her writing it always makes me giggle :-)

Brandi F November 6, 2012 at 7:03 PM

Maryse your so lucky! I would love to win this :)

Jennifer V November 6, 2012 at 7:14 PM

Ohh I would love to win! Loved neighbor from hell series!!

Cindy November 6, 2012 at 7:18 PM

Loving Checkmate! The Bradfords are hilarious!

Bonnie November 6, 2012 at 7:28 PM

Love her books! You have to read the Pyte series,it was amazing!

Pam November 6, 2012 at 7:30 PM

I would love to win! I love everything “Maryse”

Tammie November 6, 2012 at 7:31 PM

I have read all of her books. My favs are NFH series and Pyte series. would love to win.

Jessica November 6, 2012 at 7:41 PM

I’m always excited to read people meeting authors. It makes me so happy that they got to meet someone who has touched their lives through their books.

I have to say I loved Playing for Keeps. Jason was so much love and of my fave characters.

Amy November 6, 2012 at 7:48 PM

I loves these books. Thanks for having a great book blog. I can always find great books to read!!

Mira Garland November 6, 2012 at 7:50 PM

That was a read i love finding out information on great Authors…TY

mary November 6, 2012 at 8:00 PM

I love her books!

Leeanne Perrin November 6, 2012 at 8:13 PM

I have heard these books are very good… just purchases would ;ove a chance at give away – again a super reccommendation! Love your site!

mara November 6, 2012 at 8:17 PM

Maryse, you are adorable! I love your excited smile. it’s obvious (in your blog and pictures) that you are seriously and genuinely thrilled about finding a good book. it’s nice to know other people share my reading obsession!

judie November 6, 2012 at 8:24 PM

I love all the books you recommend!! Thank you!!

Irene November 6, 2012 at 8:40 PM

Omg!! Such great pics! I can’t wait to read Checkmate! It’s already waiting for me on my Kindle!!! I want a Team Bradford T!

Rilana November 6, 2012 at 9:06 PM

I’d love to win. :)

Jodi November 6, 2012 at 9:07 PM

Maryse your site is my #1 source of what to read next. Anxiously awaiting any *squeee* reactions – Jodi :)

Beverly November 6, 2012 at 9:26 PM

Would have missed these books if not for your blog!!!

Denise J November 6, 2012 at 9:45 PM

Ooooo….I want a hot Neighbor from Hell! Love RL!

Stacy November 6, 2012 at 9:45 PM

I would love to win….I have found all the books you suggest are well worth reading.

Nikki A. November 6, 2012 at 10:16 PM

Looks like you had a lot of fun! Loved the Neighbors from Hell series and would love to win! Have fun reading all the new releases that came out today! :)

Lauren November 6, 2012 at 10:24 PM

I love her books!

Bridget November 6, 2012 at 10:44 PM

I love her! Would love to win!! :)

Beth November 6, 2012 at 10:55 PM

Loved Neighbor from Hell series!!!

Jackie November 7, 2012 at 1:08 AM

I absolutely love the Neighbor from Hell series. The funny quirk with food reminds me of my husband! LOL! I love not only the series but the Bradford (and extended) family! I hope to win:)

Dianne November 7, 2012 at 6:31 AM

I love the Neighbors From Hell series. I just bought the new one and I’m so excited to read it!

Chrissy November 7, 2012 at 6:42 AM

Jason was my favorite guy in the Neighbor From Hell Series!!!

Marlena Fein November 7, 2012 at 7:50 AM

That sounds like you had so much fun. What a great story of how Christi became her assistant. Maybe I need to turn up my “stalking” tendencies a bit more! LOL


Michellena317 November 7, 2012 at 8:01 AM

You have to read the PYTE series. Seriously, you must. I can honestly say it has some of the funniest situations/character personalities I have ever read!!! So glad there will be more coming soon.

Scamp November 7, 2012 at 8:11 AM

Love that shirt :)

Tessa November 7, 2012 at 8:19 AM

Love them all!

Eunice K. November 7, 2012 at 8:50 AM

I love the Bradfords! They are hilarious!

Brenna November 7, 2012 at 9:16 AM

Sounds like you had fun! I would love to meet RL someday, I love her books! You should read the P/S series, it’s my favorite!

stephanie vincent November 7, 2012 at 9:53 AM

What a great contest! I’ve read the first two neighbors from hell series, can’t wait to read the third, it’s on my TBR list!

Jenn November 7, 2012 at 9:53 AM

Thanks for another giveaway.

jovana shirley November 7, 2012 at 9:58 AM

Love all the books you recommend!

Tanya November 7, 2012 at 10:21 AM

I love her books, just finished Checkmate… was awesome :)

MBD November 7, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Love her books and really love your reccomendations.

Melanie Fling November 7, 2012 at 10:42 AM

Love all your books, especially that they are affordable.

stephanie d November 7, 2012 at 10:46 AM

WOW!!! How awesome was that to meet with R.L. Mathewson! Only another reason to have my daughter tell me that I should move to Florida….lol. Maryse once again YOU ROCK! Thanks for sharing your stories, photos and the great giveaway :)

Kim November 7, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Awesome I love the neighbor series!!! So wish I could’ve been there!!!

Laura P November 7, 2012 at 11:07 AM

If you recommend the books then I know they are good. Can’t wait to get into them.!!!!
What a great time you all had, awesome!!!
Happy reading!

Karen November 7, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Love The Neighbor from Hell Series!

Mandy morgan November 7, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Looks like you guys had a great time! I’m so jealous.. I was planning to attend but my daughter stayed home sick from school :( she’s better now just a virus.. Sorry I missed the q&a!!!! Thanks for posting the run down your the best!

Nancy Fornataro November 7, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Well, shut the front door!!! RL Mathewson, what a fun deal this is!! And prizes too? Wow. I’ve been watching her new book in 1st place, all over, yay, my best to RL, love her books!

Helen A November 7, 2012 at 4:43 PM

GAH!!! Love the neighbour from hell series!! Team Bradford all the way!

Winter Hayes November 7, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Lover her book! Team Bradford!

Paula N November 7, 2012 at 5:40 PM

I love her NFH books!

Teresa H. November 7, 2012 at 7:02 PM

I have read all of her books and loved them all…so funny!!! I would love to win. Great blog!

Jacie O November 7, 2012 at 8:27 PM

Oh my goodness, I would love to win! I am a HUGE fan of all her books!
I’m so jealous!

Emely November 7, 2012 at 9:52 PM

Checkmate was so much fun to read, I couldn’t stop…..I’m so jealous you met R.L

kelsey November 9, 2012 at 6:05 AM

Maryse, I can’t believe you havn’t read the Pytes…… They are her best books, I’ve read every one of hers .. Great x

Christi November 13, 2012 at 5:21 PM

Hey woman, it was wonderfull meeting you last week! This is a great article and you mentioned ME!! Wow, that’s kinda cool and it makes me wanna go “SQUEE” heh. See ya next time around!

Melissa D. November 13, 2012 at 5:30 PM

R.L. has quickly become one of my favorite authors of all time. Hands down! I would LOVE to win this contest. I have a sad obsession with those Bradford men (and now the James clan), and I am so eager to see what else is in store for the future. :)

Melissa D. November 13, 2012 at 5:31 PM

And I just realized that it’s the 13th now. WOW… where have I been? Oh well! Going to keep following anyway. :)

Jean Ann November 13, 2012 at 5:49 PM

Great books…can’t wait to read more! Would love to have a Bradford in my neighborhood!

Stacey November 13, 2012 at 6:06 PM

Lovin the neighbor from hell series. Cant wait to add more.

Maryse November 13, 2012 at 6:45 PM

*squee* Christi!! It was so nice to meet you too. *hug*

You guys both rocked!

justine November 13, 2012 at 7:44 PM

crap! i get a cold and miss out on a contest for Bradford swag, of course thats just my luck! congrats to those who won, lucky ducks!

marilyn November 13, 2012 at 8:33 PM

It sounds like the book signing was a lot of fun…I would have loved to enter in the contest, congrats to the winners :) R.L. I love your work, I hope you enjoy writing as much as your fans enjoy reading I can’t wait for the next adventure!

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