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Hello, my name is R.L. Mathewson :)

Before I tried my hand at writing I was a receptionist, cafeteria worker at the college I attended, museum worker, bellhop, and about a dozen other different things that are pretty embarrassing so we're just going to skip over those things and pretend that they never happened ;D

At some point I got a little direction in my life and tried my hand at emergency medicine, since I am, or at least was, deathly afraid of needles I opted for the fun job in EMS, an EMT. It was a fun job, a bit stressful, but I learned a great deal and had the opportunity to meet people from all walks of life. I learned a great deal from my patients and have never forgotten the wisdom they imparted on me. After a short stint as a Res...more

Hello :)

It's been a while since I popped in here. I just wanted to swing by and give everyone an update.

I am currently working on the next Pyte/Sentinel and NFH books. I also have a little side project going on to help aspiring authors. I don't have any release dates as of yet, but I will keep everyone updated as more information becomes available.

I also wanted to let everyone know about The R... Read more of this blog post »
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1 chapters   —   updated Jan 05, 2012 02:16PM
Description: Tired of being walked all over and ignored, Jamie decided that it was time to make something out of her life. She sold her company, signed a contract and was determined to live it up. Only problem, she was a bit of a recluse, painfully shy, kind of clumsy and didn't know the first thing about living it up. Thankfully she has a very sexy, very determined editor to help her along the way. She was everything he could ever want, popular and in demand, but unfortunately for him the author that he needed to make a name for himself was also a little recluse who wasn't doing what he needed her to do. In order to get her to do what he wants he decides to help her in her little quest for a life and ends up with more than he bargained for.
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Description: After wasting too many years on the wrong guy, Dana frees herself and her two children to live her dream.When she's forced to deal with paparazzi, offers from porn companies, magazines, Hollywood and crazed fans Dana does everything she can to keep it together for her kids. She never dreamed she'd catch the eye of the most sought after bachelor in the world. Things like that just didn't happen to women like her, or did they? Having a life? What the hell was that? Edward couldn't remember what it felt like to live his own life without someone watching his every move. Thanks to the paparazzi and the internet nothing in his life was sacred. Out of desperation to keep some semblance of a life he stops living his own. His family and work are all he has left until he's made an offer he simply can't resist. Working with the famous author forces him to open his heart and take a chance. Winning the heart of the woman he loves while the world watches is anything but easy, but he never thought it would be dangerous. His only hope is that they get through it together.....and alive.
Sudden Response: An EMS Novel (Romance)
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Description: Josephine (Joe for short) and Eric, the EMT crew of Echo 17 have been best friends since they were eight years old. They've been through a lot together over the years, but nothing like what they're about to experience. As the only man in Joe's life it's Eric's job to be there for her and take care of her even while he drives her crazy, especially if he's driving her crazy. There's nothing he wouldn't do for her and when things go south he decides that maybe it's time that Joe moved on, but could he?
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Description: Zoe is used to taking care of herself and has long ago accepted that if anything bad was going to happen, it was going to happen to her. So when she loses her job over something most bosses would probably be happy with and her life starts going down hill from there she doesn't expect it to get any better. She certainly didn't expect any help from the loud jerk next door, but then again she has nothing to lose so puts her trust in him and hopes for the best. What she didn't expect was the once in a lifetime opportunity that he offers her through an arrangement where they both benefit and no one is supposed to get hurt, but she should have known better because her luck has never been that good. Like most Bradfords, Trevor has a soft spot for food, but that's about all. He leads a pretty straightforward life and likes to keep things simple and that includes his relationships. He wants the perfect woman and knows exactly what she'll be like. So when he discovers much to his horror that he's thinking about his frumpy little neighbor he decides the best way to get his head straight is by working her out of his system. He'll keep her around, but only until he finds perfection.
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Description: Done with being the world's biggest pushover, Haley decides that things are going to change starting with the aggravating neighbor who has too much charm and not enough restraint. What she didn't expect was to be sucked into his world, but Haley has a game plan and she won't let herself forget just what the bad boy next door is capable of. The last thing Jason expected was for his little shy neighbor to go Rambo on him over some ruined flowers. After he decides to take her under his wing he can't help but that notice that she fits very nicely in his life. Now the only left is to convince her that this is anything but a game.
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“How dare you touch my cookies, you bastard!” Jason said in utter disgust before popping the cookie into his mouth and heading back to his house.
“Damn those looked good, too,” Brad grumbled.
Haley sighed. “Don’t worry I have a second plate on my counter.” The words were barely out of her mouth when Jason abruptly changed course and headed towards her house.
“Well, there was,” she said, watching Jason walk into her house like he owned it. A minute later he walked out of her house, carrying both plates and the gallon of milk she had in her fridge. He headed back to his house, but not before he glared at Brad. “You cookie thieving bastard,” they heard him mutter.
Brad rolled his eyes, chuckling. “And people wonder how I lost weight rooming with him in college.”
R.L. Mathewson, Playing for Keeps

“He glared accusingly at her while he made short work of his clothes. "You didn't wake me up."
She rolled her eyes as she speared a piece of sausage with her fork. "I did wake you up. Three times in fact. Each time you threw something at me and went back to sleep."
Jason gaped at her. "And you gave up? You know our routine, woman. You have to
keep at it until I'm forced to get off the bed to find something to throw at you.”
R.L. Mathewson, Playing for Keeps

“It wasn’t like he was purposely being an asshole. It just came naturally to him.”
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Falling in love with your enemy Checkmate (A Neighbor from Hell, #3) by R.L. MathewsonR.L. Mathewson
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“I already explained this. I don’t like you. True, I don’t like most people, but I especially dislike you. I could start my own religion based on how much I dislike you.”
G.A. Aiken, What a Dragon Should Know

“Are you in great physical pain, or is that your thinking expression?”
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“Now. Now, Annwyl. No need to curtsy. A simple nod of your head and absolute worship will be more than enough.”
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“Dagmar knew there were worse things in this world than pretending to be a caring, demure woman. For instance, actually being a caring, demure woman.”
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“Gwenvael looked down at his body. Horrified, he sat up. “What is this? What’s happened to me?”
“Calm down. It’ll heal quick enough, I’m sure.”
“Heal? I’m hideous!”
“You’re alive.”
“Hideously alive!” He covered her face with his hands. “Don’t look at me! Look away!”
“Stop it!” She pulled at his hands. “Have you lost your mind?”

Gwenvael dropped back to the bed, turned his face toward the wall. “You know what this means, don’t you?”
“I’ll have to live alone, at the top of a castle somewhere. I’ll hide from the daylight and only come out at night.”
“Please stop this.”
“I’ll be alone but not for long because you’ll all want me more. You’ll lust for the beautiful warrior I once was and pity the hideous creature I’ve become. Most importantly, you’ll want to soothe my pain.” He looked at her again. “Don’t you want to soothe my pain? Right now? Without that dress on?”
“No. I do not.”
Dagmar tried to stand, and Gwenvael caught her hand, pulling her back down. “You can’t leave me. I’m tortured and brooding. You need to show me how much you adore me so I can learn to love myself again.”
“You’ve never stopped loving yourself.”
“Because I’m amazing.”
G.A. Aiken, What a Dragon Should Know

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message 16: by iamo

iamo  ut lego Hi R.L Just want to says thank you for you absolutely brilliant Books i Adore the NFH Series, even to this day i think about each book and remember all my favourite scenes and Smile or laugh. there is nothing like a well written book that makes you happy, and feel good for the rest of the day. You are awesome Women

message 15: by Laura

Laura Thank you so much for accepting my friend request :-) I actually think I'm your biggest fan lol i just finished black heart eeekkkk it's just too damn good. I cannot wait for your next books, congratulations!!

message 14: by Laura

Laura Thank you so much for accepting my friend request :-) I actually think I'm your biggest fan lol i just finished black heart eeekkkk it's just too damn good. I cannot wait for your next books, congratulations!!

message 13: by Laura

Laura Thank you so much for accepting my friend request :-) I actually think I'm your biggest fan lol i just finished black heart eeekkkk it's just too damn good. I cannot wait for your next books, congratulations!!

message 12: by Sonya

Sonya Maddox My favorite book is "A Humble Heart"! I couldn't get enough of Dana, Edward and the kids. It was such a good read. I loved the humor, the drama, the unexpected events and the danger that kept them on their toes. It al makes sense in the life of a celebrity. I fell in love with Edward the minute he fell in love with Dana and the kids. Edward is the man.

This book was well written and it all seemed very realistic. Love R. L. Mathewson!

message 11: by Amy

Amy I heard some terrible news, please say it isn't so? I heard you are having some health issues? My thoughts and prayers are with you and yours. Take care of yourself.

message 10: by Elaina

Elaina Thanks for the add. Loving the Neighbor From Hell series and can't wait to read more of your work. :)

Taznim hi R.L.,
your books keep getting better and better,CHECKMATE was amazing!!!!!!!!!!!

Fathima Hey R.L , thanks for the add !!! Nice to meet you :)

Georgia ♥ Team Dex ♥ Hi!!! Thank you for accepting!!!

message 6: by Amy

Amy Hello! Will Checkmate be available at Barnes and Noble.com on July 27?

message 5: by Amy

Amy Hello! I just finished the Pyte Sentinel series, is there going to b a 4th book and when do u think it will b out? I love each and every character, can't wait to see what happens with Caine Danny Jill Joshua Marc Chris Ephraim Madison, and Munchkin!

message 4: by Amy

Amy Just read your Neighbor From Hell series love them. Love your writing style and your sense of humor. Thank you

Michaela Thanks for exepting my friend request I bought Tall,Dark,And Lonely on a whim and *pause for dramatic effect* I fell in love ahh perfect bliss.sorry Madison I'm booting you out I love your man :)after I finished I went and bought the rest of your books and am slowly making room for more men in my life .hmmm wonder if the current ones are jelous;)Thanks and continue the great work!

message 2: by R.L.

R.L. Mathewson Taznim,
Thank you :) I'm glad that you're enjoying them. If there are any problems or questions let me know :)

Taznim hi R.L.,
thanks for the add,i totally love your books,so much fun to read,i'm actually busy reading A RECLUSIVE HEART,loving it so far!!!

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