San Diego, Calif. — A new book slated for release on Valentine’s Day of 2015 features relationship advice from a professional matchmaker.
“Next! A Matchmaker’s Guide to Finding Mr. Right, Ditching Mr. Wrong, and Everything In Between” by Barbara Summers with Carey Blakely (SelectBooks – ISBN 978 1 59079 293 3) offers a wealth of advice designed to help a woman at any stage of a relationship. Next! guides women through the cycle of love, providing a road map for what to expect and do from dating all the way through divorce and back again to dating.
Summers’ matchmaking experience has taught her that there are many “someones” out there for everyone, but love starts first and foremost with oneself. Next! helps readers write a list of what they’re really looking for in a relationship, not what society or their friends expect or their past predicts. The book covers the do’s and don’ts of dating and explains how to forge a new relationship, evaluate whether it’s working, keep a relationship fiery in the bedroom and beyond, make the leap into marriage and children, recognize red flags, move on when all signs point to the door, and recover from a breakup to love another day.
Next! incorporates many anecdotes from Summers’ matchmaking clients’ experiences, as well as her own adventures in relationships, to expand upon and illustrate the advice provided. The book’s ultimate goal is to help women overcome their relationship fears and stumbling blocks by teaching them the skills and attitudes needed to make the best decisions at every turn.
“I want every woman to be aware of her options at each stage of the relationship cycle and to never feel like she is stuck or has to settle,” Summers said. “There is always the next step, the next choice, the next attitude, or the next love interest to keep you moving forward with your romantic life. The world is spinning, and that revolving door constantly stays in motion. Who or what is next for you? What the heck are you waiting for, woman? Let Next! get you on your way.”
About Barbara Summers
Since launching her professional matchmaking business Healthy Professional Singles in 1986, Barbara Summers has matched hundreds of couples into marriage. She also works as a relationship coach and has led seminars and workshops on topics such as how to keep a relationship hot, handling a divorce, and identifying what you’re looking for in a partner. She has been a guest on national and local television and will appear on The Romance, a nationally-syndicated reality TV series about dating that will air on San Diego Channel 4 in December. She was featured in an Emmy Award–nominated documentary about the wives of professional athletes and has been a guest on Good Morning San Diego, Fox 5 Morning News, and Channels 7 (NBC) and 10 (ABC) San Diego evening news. She was the host of the Bab Summers Show on WJBK broadcasting out of Detroit and Singles Talk on San Diego’s KCEO, which was a popular listener call-in program about relationships. She lives in the San Diego area.
Karen L. Ammond