The Time Traveling Matchmaker by Janie Emaus

There’s something about those soulmates who are separated by time and space. Enjoy an excerpt from The Time Traveling Matchmaker by Janie Emaus and an interview and then follow the tour for more! Leave questions for the author in the comments sections. Best of luck entering the giveaway!

In The Time Traveling Matchmaker, love takes on a new meaning when soul mates are brought together through time and space.

Like every goal-oriented twenty-something, Jessica Singleton, an aspiring filmmaker, is obsessed with finding her future as quickly as possible. What she doesn’t know is that the future is obsessed with finding her, too. Renn Porter, an agent with Time Traveling Matchmaker’s Inc, blasts back in time – and into her life- in order to transport Jessica to the soul mate who has paid for this service…in the future. But things turn dangerous when it’s revealed that Renn has been sent after his own soul mate.

Caught between two times, Jessica and Renn must struggle to stay alive. Falling in love is the biggest risk either of them has ever taken – because, as they are destined to learn, the very existence of Time Traveling Matchmakers, Inc. rests in Jessica’s hands.

Read an excerpt:

Renn stretched out on his bed, imagining Jessica by his side. He stared out his skylight at the night. His hand instinctively picked up the holo-mote to alter the view, but after spending time in the past, he wanted only to stare at reality. Stars salted the sky forming constellations he couldn’t name. 

Renn knew it was going to take more than a piece of fabric to convict Natasha. He had to gather evidence of her tampering with Central Match and bring in witnesses. Those living happily-ever-after would be hard pressed to leave their homes and testify. 

As for Arlianna, he suspected she was orbiting, trying to get home. 

He had sent a dozen communications in response to her last one. It had been a cryptic message: stem cut. The image of her flower tattoo had been haunting him all day. 
His mentor was a strong lady, but he feared she had been injured. 

He picked up his cell phone. Jessica had said it was one of the smartest on the market, but it wasn’t smart enough to contact her. No, he would have to make another trip in person. 

He turned on the sound wall to the Whitney Houston channel. As the songs played, he drifted off to sleep imagining Jessica in a long white dress similar to one her mother wore at the beach wedding. 

Hand in hand they would dance until their feet hurt, without a worry in world. 

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Describe your book in one sentence or fewer than 25 words.

A Time Traveling Matchmaker and his soul mate are in danger when the Matchmaker fails to complete his first matchmaking mission.

What was the inspiration behind this book?

The idea began germinating in 2005! I read a story about a young girl who had disappeared and was never found. I began thinking, what if she had been picked up my aliens. But that idea went nowhere and was replaced by a time traveling matchmaker who came to me and told me not to worry. The girl was safe and happy with her soul mate in a time long ago. And thus, The Time Traveling Matchmaker organization was born.  

What kind of research did you have to do for it?

I would have loved to time travel, but I don’t possess that ability. Yet.  I did have to research electromagnetic energy for Kyle’s strange condition. 

Which character was your favorite to write?

 I loved creating Arlianna. I based her on my sister who possesses many of the same qualities: compassion, understanding, desire to protect.  And I do hope Arlianna is safe and will find her way back home. 

To which character did you relate the most?

  I would say I’m a combination of Jessica’s grandmother and aunt. They both like to please people and do not like confrontations. 

Why should we read your book?

I think readers will enjoy the multiple love stories, the futuristic world and the family relationships. Reading my book will restore your faith in humanity. 

Tell us about your other published works.

I sold my debut picture book, Latkes for Santa Claus in 2020. It was a finalist in the 2022 International Book Awards. The sequel, Easter Eggs and Matzo Balls is releasing early next year.  Both books have been praised as perfect for blended/interfaith families. My favorite part of the stories is the interplay between the siblings. They may be holiday themed, but the stories work all year round. 

On what are you currently working? 

I have several projects in the works. A women’s fiction novel involving an aging rock star searching for an heir. Three women hiding from the past. A young girl searching for her identity. And the biographer with the power to write their futures. 

And another picture book about a little girl with an abundance of grandmothers. 

What is your favorite part about writing?

I love when the characters take over and the words just flow. It almost feels as if the story is coming from a higher place.

What is your least favorite part about writing?

My least favorite part is the marketing and promotion, which isn’t even writing. But is necessary if anyone is going to know about my existence. 

When not writing, what can we find you doing?

 If I’m not writing, I’m taking care of my ninety-seven-year old mother, reminding her where she is and that WWII is over.  Everyday, I find time for exercise, either walking or swimming.  Activities which remind me how important it is to take time for myself.  

What is one skill you wish you had?

I wish I could write music. I have lyrics floating through my head all the time in search of a melody. 

Is there anything else you would like to add?

Thank you for having me. I love visitors to my website!

Janie Emaus believes when the world is falling apart, we’re just one laugh away from putting it together again. The Time Traveling Matchmaker is her debut adult novel. She is also the author of the blended holiday picture books, Latkes for Santa Claus, and the forthcoming Matzo Balls & Easter Eggs. Her essays, stories and articles have been published in numerous magazines, anthologies, and websites. In 2016 she won an honorary mention in the Erma Bombeck Writing competition. To learn more about Janie visit her at

Janie Emaus will be awarding a $50 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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14 thoughts on “The Time Traveling Matchmaker by Janie Emaus”

  1. Great interview and I love the excerpt, Janie, The Time Traveling Matchmaker sounds like a great book that I will enjoy! Thanks for sharing it with me and have a terrific day!

  2. The cover is gorgeous and the synopsis and excerpt intriguing, The Time Traveling Matchmaker is a must read for me. Is there any chance of a sequel or is this story strictly a stand-alone?

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