The Boyfriend Whisperer 2.0 by Linda Budzinski Blog Tour!

The Boyfriend Whisperer by Linda Budzinski
Publication Date: February 19, 2019
Publisher: Swoon Romance

Alicea Springer was Boyfriend Whisperer Enterprises’ top success story. That is, until her dream date, Ty Walker, dumped her a week before prom. Now it’s senior year, and Alicea has taken over the business and given it an upgrade using an automated matchmaking program designed to help her classmates find their perfect match.

Alicea has no interest in using the program herself. She already knows who her perfect match is … Ty. She doesn’t need an app to tell her that (or worse, match her up with someone else). In a moment of weakness, Alicea allows her friends to convince her to give the program a try. To her horror, it matches her with the last boy on earth she'd ever want to date — Darius Groves, the class deadbeat.

When she and Darius are paired up for a class project, Alicea learns there's more to him than his bad reputation. But the more she spends time with Darius, the more she questions their match. They have so little in common. Why did her program match them?

Can Alicea defy the odds and make a match of her own heart’s desire? Or will the matchmaker remained unmatched? 

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Linda Budzinski is the author of four young adult novels, all published by Swoon Romance YA: The Boyfriend Whisperer and The Boyfriend Whisperer 2.0, Em & Em, and The Funeral Singer. When she’s not writing, she works in nonprofit communications and outreach. She lives in Northern Virginia with my husband, Joe, and is active with her church’s youth group. She’s a sucker for romance and reality TV and has been known to turn off her phone’s ringer when watching “The Bachelor.” Her favorite flower is the daisy, her favorite food is chocolate, and her favorite song is “Amazing Grace.”

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How did you come up with the title? 
Several years ago, I was working on a project I had come to hate. The story wasn’t working, mainly because the main character annoyed the heck out of me. So one day, I was sitting at my desk thinking, I need a new idea, something fun, something totally different. The title “Boyfriend Whisperer” came to me out of the blue. As soon as I thought of it, I knew I had to do something with it.

I thought it would be fun to write about a girl who ran a matchmaking business but was stuck in the friend zone with her own dream date—so that was the first book. In the sequel, one of the minor characters from the original takes over the business but gives it an upgrade with a computerized matchmaking program. So Boyfriend Whisperer 2.0 seemed like an obvious choice!

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I’m not big on writing messages, but of course all of my novels end up having them. On common theme in all my novels is this: Everyone has a story, and we don’t know their story. We don’t know what they’ve been through, and we don’t know what they’re going through now. So we need to be kind. We need to give them the benefit of the doubt. For the most part, people are just doing the best they can. A little kindness can go a long way in helping them get through it all. That theme is certainly present in this book, in the way my main character, Alicea, relates to the boy who ultimately becomes her love interest.

Do you write an outline before you write your books? 
No. I tend to know a very basic arc before I start writing—the problem, a few key plot points, and the ending. That said, I am trying to organize my thoughts more on the front end with each book I write. I think it does ultimately help to have a roadmap.

Do you ever experience writer's block? 
Occasionally, but my writing routine helps keep it to a minimum. I write in the mornings. My routine is to get up, walk for a half hour, and then write for about 45 minutes before I have to get ready to go to work. The walk is actually the key part of that routine. I spend the first half of it waking up, praying, and thinking about how grateful I am for all the blessings in my life. I spend the second half thinking about what’s happening next in my book. By the time I sit down to write, I usually have the first few sentences already worked out in my head.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work? 
There are so many amazing authors, it’s hard to pick one. I’m going to say Ruta Sepetys, for her gorgeous writing. Out of the Easy is one of my all-time favorite YA novels. I met Ruta once at a librarian’s conference, and she was super sweet. Sweetness is always a plus in my book.

What are your current projects? 
I am working on a third book in the Boyfriend Whisperer series. Once again, I have taken an existing secondary character and made her the heroine. Who will it be this time? Stay tuned....

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  1. Thank you so much for hosting me and for helping to celebrate my release! xoxoxo


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