Kali Esposito, matchmaker extraordinaire, couldn’t be happier that Love, Inc., the relationship management service she created with best friends, Syd and Zahra, is back in business. After a brief setback, the girls are once again using their skills to help the lovelorn break-up, make-up or take-up with someone new. Fun, flirtatious Kali is a little gun shy about commitment—no big surprise when your mom’s racked up four divorces and your dad’s permanently awol—but she’s a diehard romantic when it comes to bringing others together, and her end-to-end makeovers can transform the most socially-challenged client into a confident charmer. The “Kali Method” she develops is helping Love, Inc. grow by leaps and bounds. But when a competitor steals the Kali Method and corrupts it to turn regular guys into wicked players, Kali is forced to rethink her views on love, and come up with a plan to reclaim Love, Inc.’s trade secrets before every girl in Austin gets her heart broken. If you enjoy books by Meg Cabot, Ally Carter and Maureen Johnson, you’ll love Trade Secrets (80,000 words/300 pages) by Yvonne Collins and Sandy Rideout. The Toronto-based coauthors have written eight contemporary romantic comedies, including Love, Inc., Girl V. Boy, and The Black Sheep. Visit them online at loveincbook.com or @Collins_Rideout
Yvonne and Sandy met as teens while working in a public library in a Toronto suburb. Writing books together was the last thing on our minds at that point. In fact, our animated discussions in the book stacks about boys, clothes, beauty products, friends and family, soon led the evil head librarian to schedule us on separate shifts.
While attending the University of Toronto, our conversational topics expanded somewhat and we managed to complete Bachelor of Arts degrees—Yvonne's in Criminology and Political Science and Sandy's in English Literature. Yvonne promptly launched into a series of unsuitable jobs, while Sandy delayed the inevitable by getting a second degree in journalism.
Flash forward a decade or so to find Yvonne on the camera crew of a variety of films and TV series, and Sandy working in corporate communications. We still talked about boys, clothes, beauty products, friends and family, but despite our best efforts, we had come to the age of reason and it was time to share what we'd learned.
At the urging of Yvonne's niece, we wrote a book for teens called Totally Me: The Teenage Girl's Survival Guide. When we ran out of good advice, we turned to writing fiction—first for adults, with Speechless, and then for teens, with Introducing Vivien Leigh Reid: Daughter of the Diva. After the Diva series came The Black Sheep, Girl V. Boy, Love, Inc. and Trade Secrets.
Ten books later, we’re still discussing our top five subjects, and our fascination over what makes relationships tick is stronger than ever.read more
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