Spotlight: The Second You’re Single

Happy publication day to Cara Tanamachi!


The Second You’re Single by Cara Tanamachi

Published: January 31, 2023 – St. Martin’s Griffin

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Most Anticipated Romance by Buzzfeed

Freelance writer Sora Reid has an intense dislike for Valentine’s Day. What is it with the commercial love machine? Why do we pin our hopes on one romantic day, when staying home with a package of bacon and a bottle of tequila would be better? Sora’s been betrayed and disappointed more than once, and her heart is starting to feel like her Grandma Mitsuye’s antique Japanese ceramic bowl, with its many gold-filled cracks.

When Sora decides to protest Valentine’s Day with a viral pledge to stay single (aka #GoSolo) for February, she inspires readers to do just that. Relationships aren’t built to last, so it shouldn’t be that hard. Right? 

But her timing proves terrible when her childhood classmate-turned-super sexy baker, Jack Mann, re-enters her life and sparks fly. Throw in a jealous ex-fiancé and Sora’s reluctance to give up her hashtag, and it all makes for a “humorous” read that offers “plenty of food for thought” (Publisher’s Weekly)

About the author:

Cara Tanamachi lives near Chicago with her husband and five children (two by
biology and three by marriage), and their 85-pound Goldendoodle, Theodore. Raised near Dallas, Texas by her Japanese-American dad and her English-Scottish American mom, she was the oldest of two children (the debate still rages whether she or her brother are currently the family favorite). The University of Pennsylvania (Go Quakers!) grad worked as a newspaper reporter, and then published many novels under the name, Cara Lockwood.  A former single mom, she spent eight years dating (hilariously and awkwardly) before finding the love of her life on Bumble (yes, Bumble!). She believes we all could use a little more happily ever after.

Praise for The Second You’re Single

“Charming and smart, The Second You’re Single is a hilarious romp through the tangled and thorn-covered tendrils of romance. I read this in one sitting, laughed, sighed, and loved every word. This is a heartwarming tale you won’t want to miss!” – New York Times bestselling author Darynda Jones

“The perfect Valentine! Cara Tanamachi will charm even the most reluctant heart with this treat of a story. Sora’s attempts to stay single, then her courage to follow her heart, had me cheering. Readers will fall in love!” – USA Today bestselling author Megan Crane