Matchmaker! Matchmaker!

Hey, gang! Very excited to be taking part in my homie Crystal Collier's Moonless blogfest this week! As part of the fun, I get to pick who I'd want my parents to set me up with if arranged marriages were part of my culture. 

(Which means there'd be no chance of it happening, because my parents would undoubtedly set me up with the exact opposite to teach me some morbid lessen about true love... I digress. :)

All this matchmaking seems entirely appropriate, this being Valentine's week and all. And for some additional goodness, I'm over at Brinda Berry's blog as well this week to share in her "Month of Love". 

Basically, each day a bunch of us author types are sharing our thoughts on the best places for first dates, most romantic songs of all time, and more. So you can learn even more about me than you want to know. ;)

Loads of fun, and B is doing a big giveaway so be sure to check it out if you get the chance. (I believe my day will be on the 12th...) 

AND speaking of giveaways, be sure to enter the Rafflecopter for the Moonless release that follows the post.


In the English society of 1768 where women are bred to marry, unattractive Alexia, just sixteen, believes she will end up alone. But on the county doorstep of a neighbor’s estate, she meets a man straight out of her nightmares, one whose blue eyes threaten to consume her whole world—especially when she discovers him standing over her murdered host in the middle of the night.

Her nightmares become reality: a dead baron, red-eyed wraiths, and forbidden love with a man hunted by these creatures. After an attack close to home, Alexia realizes she cannot keep one foot in her old life and one in this new world. To protect her family she must either be sold into a loveless marriage, or escape with her beloved and risk becoming one of the Soulless.


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So here's the question: If you lived in a society where arranged marriages were a la mode, whom would you beg your parents to set you up with? Why? (Literary characters and celebrities welcomed.) 


So who would ol' E.J. want shacked up with? SOOO many possibilities here. Kate Beckinsale, those eyes... Scarlett Johansson, those lips... Olivia Wilde, those--EVERYTHING!

And if I went fictional, it'd be hard to pass up Olivia Dunham from Fringe (so tough!), Jean Gray (so smart!) from the X Men, or Lara Croft/Tomb Raider (so adventurous!).

But the sappy truth is that I could never find a better mate than the one I actually have. She's got the smarts and determination of Hermione Granger, the natural beauty of one of the Granthom girls from Downton Abbey, and the genuine, unassuming goodheartedness of Jess from the TV series New Girl. 

So just give me another round of what I have, please! :)


My wife and her Grandpa Bob (he passed last month). Told you I married up! :)
What about you? If you could be fixed up with anyone, who would you choose?

~EJW~

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43 comments:

  1. Oooh, I would have chosen my hubby as well!

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    1. I truly started doing this with the intention of excluding my wife as a choice, Libby. But when I started running down my celebrity crushes, etc. I couldn't believe I'd ever get this lucky again.

      Sappy, but truth. :)

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  2. Kate Beckinsale...
    Yeah, my wife would be my best choice. No one else would put up with me.

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    1. Unfortunately, we both know Katie would have to change out of her leather vampire suit at some point and the magic would be lost, Alex. ;)

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  3. Love it! And I'm with you. Nothing beats the match I have. You know what the best part of this whole hop is? Learning how many of us are totally and completely in love with our spouses. Super epic. =)

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    1. It's called being very fortunate and blessed, Crystal. :) Although, after having read several of these already, I'm thinking I should've chosen J.R.R. Tolkien. Definite nerd-crush on that guy! Or maybe just force my wife to learn to speak elvish. LOL

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  4. Wow. Well said. Very classy answer.
    Heather

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  5. What a sweet picture of your wife and her grandpa. Great answer and I had to laugh about your parents setting you up with a nightmare to teach you a lesson LOL.

    Congrats to Crystal!

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  6. Oh, seriously. You and Alex have been talking. LOL Kate B. is totally gorgeous, and I love her voice.

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    1. You'll see swords drawn if you ever put the two of us in a room with her, SA.

      "No, I saw her first!" *phones flash as IMDB is pulled up to verify claims* LOL

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  7. SCHWEET! Love this (Especially the nightmare). Your wife is beautiful! I'm so sorry about her grandpa. :( It looks like they were very connected in love.

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    1. Yes, Robyn, I believe my parents might teach me a lesson even if it were a permanent, binding one. :D

      Thanks for the condolences. He was a very dear man to all who knew him.

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  8. Kate Beckinsale was the inspiration behind my character Beth Kennedy. ;)

    But I love that you chose your wife. You're lucky to have her! I hope the two of you have a fabulous Valentine's Day! :)

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  9. Great post! And what a nice picture! Thanks for sharing. :)

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  10. Great choice! My wife is 61/2 years younger than me, so I tell her I had to wait for her. Her dad just calls me C.R. Cradle Robber!

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    1. Having published my comment it looks like I typed 61 years, when I meant 6 and a half years.
      *Homer Simpson* DOH!!!

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  11. Aw, this is such a sweet answer for the blogfest! :)

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  12. What a beautiful choice. Congratulations!

    Love,
    Janie Junebug

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  13. I'm seeing quite a few of these "arranged marriages" posts today...

    I'd have to say, this time out, that Dana Scully of the X-Files would suit me tremendously in that kind of situation...

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  14. Glad to see a guy on this blogfest! My hubs would pick Jess from New Girl . . . or Katie Perry :-)

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  15. Aww, you're so sweet. :) And yay for Crystal! Her book is awesome.

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  16. Aw, EJ, you're a true romantic! And your wife is beautiful (as if you didn't already know that)! Back when I was the age of being set up in marriage, I had a literary crush on a Dick Francis hero. A jockey, of course, but I'm petite, so we'd be fine. Now I live in a horse town and haven't met a single jockey. Which is fine, because my hubs is the best anyway.

    I love Crystal's cover! Good luck to Moonless!

    -Vicki

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  17. I like the idea of arranged meetings potentially leading into marriage, since I know so many Lubavitchers. It's really special to see a couple who grew instead of fell in love, and how that bond can become so strong.

    Your wife is a very attractive lady. Sorry to hear she lost her grandpap recently.

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  18. Beautiful and sweet post! Great choice! I didn't list out my other ideas - but I kept thinking that none of the "other possibilities" could possibly match up to my hubs.

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  19. Aww, love your answer!! And you're right, those actresses don't hold a candle to your wife! Sweet choice!

    http://swordsandstilettos.blogspot.com/

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  20. you're right, you did go the "lame" route. BUT because your wife is a hottie...it's definitely A-OKAY *wink*

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  21. I'm sure your wife will give you extra chocolate for this one :)

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  22. Aww, there are so many romantics during this bloghop! <3

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  23. Hey, EJ,

    Seems like you're the only other dude in this fest! LOL. Terrific choices all around! Your wife is lovely... Congrats. May you both be very happy for many years to come!

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  24. Aw, you win some mega hubby points for that EJ! Love it when men show appreciation for their wives, cuz you know, we deserve it and all. ;) I'm sure she's a lucky lady too. Cheers to wedded bliss!

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  25. Aww. Good answer, EJ. Your wife is lovely, and she looks like a kind person. I can see why you chose her.

    Tell her I'm sorry to hear she lost her grandpa.

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  26. SO excited for Crystal that I am seeing her all over the blogosphere. Yeah!

    I love your answer and I am sure your wife does too. Your wife sounds lovely and the perfect match for you. :) Great picture of her with her grandpa. I know from experience how sad I was when my grandpa passed a few years ago, but I do love looking back at pictures of us together (and of him growing up)

    Thanks for sharing!
    ~Jess

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  27. Ok, EJ, you officially win the Sweetest Post Ever award. I love that you said that about your lady!!

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  28. Liz Blocker above has it right: Sweetest Post Ever. Your wife is a lucky gal, but you're luckier: loving who you're with, eschewing that whole grass-is-greener stuff, isn't as common as we'd like to think. Of course, you'll say that it's all because of the *person*... And that just makes me coo :)

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  29. Congrats to Crystal!! I've started reading her book and have been gnashing my teeth because I've been so busy I can't get back to it. Rawr! Enjoyed your post, EJ, about whom you'd choose and whom you have. And you know what? I think your wife vaguely resembles Scarlett Johanssen anyway!...something about her smile. :)

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  30. I've enjoyed reading peoples matchmaker posts and love that you chose your wife, 1000 sweetheart points for you. And that pic of your wife and her grand-dad is great. She is so pretty. You both are lucky to have each other. :) And congratulations to Crystal!! I'm still seeing her book on a lot of sites over the blogosphere. Woot!!

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  31. Wow E.J. I've heard they have beautiful ladies in Texas but whooie! My mom's best friend in 1965 was an ex- Miss Texas who invited me over for a delicious feast of blueberries when we lived in Boulder, Co. I never forgot her generous hospitality-also a Southern trait. Your wife is adorable, smart looking and beautiful. Congratulations and have another serving of her, her, her and only her maybe with a side of blueberries.

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