With lots of fun banter and quippy dialogue, Ghosting: A Love Story is for readers looking for the wit and heart of Mhairi McFarlane and Sophie Kinsella with the romance of You've Got Mail plus a savvy digital take on modern love a la Alisha Rai.
“A sweet, genuinely funny, banter-filled delight of a rom-com.”
—Kerry Winfrey, author of Waiting for Tom Hanks
Online Dating Ghostwriting Rules to Live by:
· Do not present a “perfect” image. No one will trust it. Nor should they.
· Think of your quirks—such as cosplaying B-movies from the 1980s—as a “Future Honesty.” Save these as a reward only for those who prove worthy.
· Never remind the client you’re their voice. Once you’ve attracted a good match, let the client take over ASAP.
Dumped by his fiancée, not only is Miles couch-surfing across New York City, but downsizing has forced him to set up shop at a local café. Also, he no longer believes in love. Not a good look in his line of work…helping people find love as a ghostwriter for a failing dating site.
Zoey’s eccentric L.A. boss sent her packing to New York to “grow.” But beneath her chill Cali demeanor, Zoey’s anxiety makes her terrified to venture beyond the café across the street into the big city…
Finding themselves competing for space at Café Crudite, the only thing Miles and Zoey think they share is their daily battle for last day-old biscotti and a mutual dislike of each other. They don’t know they’re both writers, creating “authentic” profiles for rival online dating services. They think they have absolutely nothing in common. . . . until they meet anonymously online while pretending to be their clients and sparks fly.
As they become more deeply connected online, their mistaken identities get more complicated when their clients experience a dating disaster IRL. Once they find out their lives have crossed in more ways than one, will their online connection be the real thing—or vanish into the ether?
“Skilton puts a multicultural millennial spin on You’ve Got Mail in this laugh-out-loud romance. Solid laughs…rom-com fans will find this one well worth their time.”
"A light, hip, and humorous romance, perfect for stressful times."
“Skilton puts a multicultural millennial spin on You’ve Got Mail in this laugh-out-loud romance.”
"Sweet and funny."
“Cyrano de Bergerac meets classic rom-com banter...An energetic romance that would make Nora Ephron proud.”
Skilton, the pseudonym of collaborators Sarvenaz Tash (Virtually Yours) and Sarah Skilton (Fame Adjacent), puts a multicultural millennial spin on You've Got Mail in this laugh-out-loud romance. Recently heartbroken Miles Ibrahim and broke L.A. transplant Zoey Abot meet-cute while fighting for the best table at the East Village cafe from which they both happen to be freelancing as ghostwriters for rival online dating companies, sending flirtatious messages on behalf of app-shy clients. Their clients match, but it's Miles and Zoey who fall in love, even as they both believe their connection is with the other's client. Unaware of each other's online alter egos, they also grow closer IRL. But what starts as a clever take on '90s rom-com tropes falls into the trap of the inevitable third-act miscommunication, resulting in a frustrating conclusion to an otherwise enjoyable romance. Still, Skilton delivers solid laughs Zoey's former boss, a Carrie Fisher esque actor, and her emotional support ferret especially steal the show and a cute central couple. Rom-com fans will find this one well worth their time.