Tuesday, August 13, 2013

How to Date a Nerd: A Guest Post by Rebecca Jamison, Author of "Emma: A Latter-day Tale"

Emma's her name and matchmaking is her game! Quirky life coach Emma wants to help her first-ever client, a lonely nanny named Harriet. But all of her attempts at matchmaking result only in embarrassing miscues and blunders, leaving the pair disheartened and confused. This modern take on the Jane Austen classic shows that sometimes the greatest match is the one we make for ourselves.

NOT Looking for Love: Single woman (23) seeks best friend to chat on the phone, shop the clearance racks, watch chick flicks, try out messy cooking projects, and eat Dove dark chocolates.

Emma isn’t so good at the whole life-coaching thing. Her first client ended up with a broken heart and is threatening to relapse in her bad habits. Now Emma has problems of her own to deal with, and all those problems start with one name: Justin.

Justin is her best friend, so it’s hard for Emma not to feel betrayed when she suspects he is falling for her childhood rival. And she knows she’s losing him despite her best efforts. No matter how much she tries, she keeps running up against obstacles. How is she supposed to help other people when she’s drowning in her own failures?

Fans of Jane Austen’s Emma will love this modern retelling of the classic romance novel. Fall in love with Emma’s latter-day tale of redemption, forgiveness, and the quest for true love.

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Title: Emma: A Latter-day Tale
Author: Rebecca H. Jamison
ISBN: 978-1-4621-1260-9
Price: $16.99/$19.99
256 pages

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How to Date a Nerd
Guest Post by Rebecca H. Jamison

The walls of discrimination are coming down, and women are starting to realize the value of nerds. Nerds tend to be intelligent, hard-working, and devoted. Sure, there are drawbacks. You may have to help your nerd pick out his clothes, and he may not want to watch football with you. But those are small sacrifices when you consider you can get your computer fixed for free.

Here are a few tips for dating a nerd:

Learn about his interests. Maybe you’ve never watched Star Wars, Doctor Who, or Lord of the Rings. That’s okay. Nerds don’t expect everyone to know about their areas of expertise. You will, however, need to go through the initiation if you’re going to get close to a nerd. So if he suggests you watch the new Star Trek movie with him, go ahead. Jump right into the nerd culture. It may be confusing at first, but it’ll be worth it.

Pay him a few compliments. Nerds, as you might guess, can be even more lacking in self-esteem than the average guy. If you don’t build up his confidence a little, he might not have the courage to keep up a relationship with you. Make sure he knows you like spending time with him.

Know what you can change and what you can’t. If you think you can keep your nerd from going to Comic Con or force him to stop playing computer games, you may be heading for a break-up. You can only change him in the areas he doesn’t really care about. For example, if he couldn’t care less how he styles his hair, he’ll probably take your advice about haircuts. The trick is to get to know him and accept him as he is first.

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Meet the Author

Looking for love? Rebecca H. Jamison would love to set you up with that special someone, but you’re better off reading her books. She has a terrible track record as a matchmaker.

Rebecca grew up in Virginia. She attended Brigham Young University, where she earned a BA and MA in English with an emphasis in creative writing. In between college and graduate school, she served a mission to Portugal and Cape Verde.

Rebecca enjoys running, dancing, reading, and watching detective shows. She and her husband have six children. You can learn more about her at www.rebeccahjamison.com or connect with Rebecca on Facebook.

Enjoy an Excerpt

It was amazing how much more snow Phil could pick up with his shovel than I could with mine. He cleared three feet of the driveway before I was done with one.

“When we’re done, if you have time, you should come in and meet Harri. I think you two will get along.”

Phil stopped and looked at his watch. “I’m planning to do a couple more driveways before it gets dark.”

“I’ll go get Harri now if you’re in a hurry. She wants to meet you.”

Phil leaned on his shovel. “Harry is a she?”

“Her real name is Harriet. She moved here a couple months ago and she’s hardly met anybody. I think you’ll like her.”

Phil threw his head back, laughed, and started shoveling again. “I thought you were trying to introduce me to your new boyfriend.”

“You think I would be out here shoveling snow while my new boyfriend stays inside?” I grabbed a handful of snow and threw it at him. I didn’t mean to hit him in the face, but that’s where it landed.

Phil wiped the snow off his face and grinned. “I wondered why you were dating such a loser.” I expected him to throw a snowball at me, but he just stood there. “So you don’t have a boyfriend?”

I giggled a little at his awkwardness. “Nope. Harri doesn’t either.”

Phil threw another shovelful of snow away from the driveway. “So you . . . I mean, you and your friend are . . . available?” Phil didn’t open his mouth enough when he talked. That was the one thing about him that always distracted me. I couldn’t help staring at his mouth.

I had to force myself to look into his eyes. “Why is that a shock, Phil? Every woman in that house right now is available. You can take your pick—Harri, me, or Barbara. You’re surrounded by single women.” It was safe to assume Phil wouldn’t pick me. I was at least three inches taller than he was, and it was a rare man who dated a taller woman.


  1. Welcome to the blog today Rebecca!

  2. Loved this post! So funny. And that excerpt was great. I'm putting this on my to-read list. It looks exactly like the kind of book I would love.