Guest Post with Giveaway ~ Missed Connections by Tamara Mataya


Favorite Romance Tropes with Tamara Mataya

Even if you’ve never written a word in your life, you likely know what a plot is. But do you know what tropes are?

Tropes are plot devices that are a basic guideline as to what the reader/audience can expect in the work. They’re why sometimes books or movies can feel similar.

Think of tropes as your favourite meal at a restaurant. If I order a cheeseburger or spaghetti Bolognese, I basically know what to expect. But the different places or chefs add slightly different ingredients or prepare them a slightly different way so they give a unique experience from one restaurant to another. Unless I end up at a trendy place that sends me ‘Deconstructed Spaghetti’ I’m probably not going to be shocked when my plate is set in front of me. While this might feel like a bad thing to know what you’re getting, sometimes that familiarity is what you crave. You want to know what you’re getting and then devour it! No one wants some avant-garde three strands of spaghetti stabbed through a cube of pickled watermelon-stuffed meat pretending to be spaghetti.

Tropes are commonly used in romance and also soap operas—secret babies, billionaires, fake marriage, alpha heroes…everyone’s got a favourite or two. Here are my top three!

1. Older sibling’s best friend: My brother was almost 8 years older than me, so his friends were over the awkward teenage stage by the time I noticed guys. Some were cuter than others, some were more like family than others, but there’s something sexy about finding a crush in your kitchen when you walk in the front door. Your brother’s friends get afforded the extension of safety because for the most part you become like their little sister as well—even if you saw them as anything but family! Um, not that I’D know anything about that… 😉 Book 2 in my Summer Love series, Summer Indiscretions, has this trope between the main characters. I like playing with the idea of getting to know someone for who they are when you’ve always seen them for who they’ve been. That pesky little pseudo-sister becomes so much more when you find her on a beach a thousand miles from home…

2. Matchmaker: This one’s self-explanatory. Usually the matchmaker falls for the person she’s trying to set up with someone else. My favourite version of this is the Cyrano de Bergerac twist—where someone is trying to win a lover over on someone else’s behalf, but also ends up falling for them. A modern example of this is one of my favourite movies, The Truth About Cats And Dogs.

3. Enemies To Lovers: There’s something uniquely fiery about a relationship that starts out with deep conflict and morphs into love. It’s satisfying to watch the journey of two people falling in love when you wonder how the hell they’re going to ever get from A to B. When they’ve got so far to go, it’s almost more satisfying than when they’re half in love or best friends already. This trope is a good one because it’s rife with intensity and passion and also showcases how people can change—or the way you see them can change everything. And did I mention the intensity?

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connectionsSeries: Summer Love (Book 1)
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (June 7, 2016)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
ISBN-10: 1492621218
ISBN-13: 978-1492621218
ASIN: B01AO207G0
Buy: Amazon, Kindle, IndieBound, The Book Depository


Missed Connection: I saw you standing there, and I was struck by your eyes. Gorgeous, but not as gorgeous as your smile.

Thanks to her job at a crazy New Age spa, what should have been a sizzling NYC summer is being hijacked by demanding hippie bosses. To unwind, Sarah spends her nights cruising Missed Connections, dreaming of finding an uber-romantic entry all about her. Of course, the moment she finds that Missed Connection, real life comes crashing down around her in a night of unbridled passion with someone completely different: totally off-limits Jack.

Best. Hookup. Ever.

Gorgeous and wealthy, hot as sin, Jack can give Sarah everything she needs-except an emotional connection. That she gets from her Missed Connection, the romantic stranger who never fails to make her swoon. But there's only so much of Sarah to go around. Torn between the bad boy she can't keep and the sensitive stranger who bares his soul online, her heart and body are soon in two very different relationships…or are they?

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tamaramTamara Mataya is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, a librarian, and a musician with synesthesia. Armed with a name tag and a thin veneer of credibility, she takes great delight in recommending books and shushing people. She puts the 'she' in TWSS and the B in LGBTQIA+. She’s the co-creator of Pitchmas, a bi-annual pitch contest for writers, and as a freelance editor, has worked with NYT Bestselling authors.


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  1. I like to read a romance to see how the story develops and how friends or strangers fall in love and end up being together. 

  2. Linda Kish says:

    It sounds like a good romantic romp.

  3. I think it's an interesting story with real world connections. 

  4. A captivating novel perfect for an summer escape.

  5. Linda May says:

    I love a good romance book & this sounds amazing.

  6. Tamara Mataya says:

    Thanks for having me!

  7. BookLady says:

    This sounds like an interesting story for a sizzling summer read.

  8. Julie Waldron says:

    It sounds like a fun read.

  9. Karen M. says:

    This is a new author for me but it looks like a great summer read.

  10. Lily Kwan says:

    I am excited to read Missed Connections because it looks very interesting!

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