R.L. Mathewson


New York Times Bestselling author, R.L. Mathewson was born in Massachusetts. She’s known for her humor, quick wit and ability to write relatable characters. She currently has several paranormal and contemporary romance series published including the Neighbor from Hell series.

Growing up, R.L. Mathewson was a painfully shy bookworm. After high school she attended college, worked as a bellhop, fast food cook, and a museum worker until she decided to take an EMT course. Working as an EMT helped her get over her shyness as well as left her with some fond memories and some rather disturbing ones that from time to time show up in one of her books.

Today, R.L. Mathewson is the single mother of two children that keep her on her toes. She has a bit of a romance novel addiction as well as a major hot chocolate addiction and on a perfect day, she combines the two.
If you’d like more information about this series or any other series by R.L. Mathewson, please visit www.Rlmathewson.com

In 2019/2020, R.L. Mathewson will be publishing Devastated, the first Anger Management novel, Tall, Dark & Furious, the 6th installment to the Pyte/Sentinel series, Irresistible, the long anticipated novel for the Neighbor from Hell Series as well as many more books throughout the year, paranormals, contemporaries, and YAs.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I first started writing when I was around fourteen, but I never got past the few few paragraphs. I always wanted to write, but never really thought that I could do it. Over the years I made several attempts to write, but they were all horrible failures.

It wasn't until after I threw my back out and I realized just how bad my situation was that I decided to give it a try. I'd been reading heavily at that point and there were a lot of books that I really enjoyed, but there were also books that I didn't like. It was because of the books that I didn't enjoy that I decided to give writing a chance. I'd hoped that I could write a more enjoyable story.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is actually the first book that I ever wrote. It was my first attempt at writing. I wrote day and night for a few weeks straight and when the book was done I thought it was the best book ever written. I set it aside, preparing myself for that day that book would become world famous.

I started to research publishing and realized that I should probably edit the book to make sure that it was absolutely perfect. I read through it and not even halfway through I realized just how horrible the book was. It was awful, really awful. I deleted the entire book, but saved the characters because they'd meant a great deal to me.

Over the years I would work on the book here and there. This past year I decided that I owed it to the characters to finish the book. The book didn't turn out as I expected, but I really enjoyed the process and loved the story.
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Where to find R.L. Mathewson online

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Neighbor from Hell YA Series
Inspired by the Neighbor from Hell series, comes Sebastian and Mikey's story.
Price: $2.99 USD.
Neighbor from Hell
The Neighbor from Hell series is a funny, sweet and down to earth series that is meant to make you smile and have you falling in love with the Bradford family one Bradford at a time.
Playing For Keeps
Price: Free!
Price: $2.99 USD.
The Game Plan
Price: $2.99 USD.
Double Dare
Price: $2.99 USD.
Anger Management
Sometimes you have to go through hell to get what you want..
The R.L. Mathewson Chronicle Collection
The yearly collection of the R.L. Mathewson Chronicle collection.
Honeymoon from Hell
Ever wonder what happens once a Bradford gets the girl? This mini series shows you exactly how bad things can get for a family that seems to be cursed when it comes to love.


Series: Neighbor from Hell. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 77,720. Language: English. Published: April 28, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Adult
Sometimes life doesn’t go the way that we expected. That’s what happened to Devin Bradford when he received the news that turned his life upside down seven years ago. Determined to be there for his children, Devin has put his life on hold, putting his children first even if that meant telling himself that he couldn’t have the only woman that he’d ever wanted.
Series: Neighbor from Hell. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 77,030. Language: English. Published: February 4, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
From bestselling author R.L. Mathewson comes the long-awaited Neighbor from Hell Novel… Irresistible. There weren’t many things that Aidan regretted, but that night he’d spent with the woman that he couldn’t stop thinking about was definitely one of them. He’d always been careful, always did the right thing, and now… Now he had to figure out a way to fix this before it was too late.
Series: Neighbor from Hell YA Series. Pre-release—available December 26, 2020. Price: $2.99 USD. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Humor, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
Do you ever feel like life isn’t going the way that you thought it would? That’s what Sebastian Bradford is realizing as he tries to figure out how everything went wrong so quickly. He’d never expected things to end like this, but then again, he’d never expected a lot of things and that was the problem. He just needed to figure out how to fix this before it was too late.
Tall, Dark & Furious
Series: Pyte/Sentinel. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 97,120. Language: English. Published: December 26, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » General
From bestselling author R.L. Mathewson comes the sixth installment of the Pyte/Sentinel Series… For readers who enjoy paranormal romance with a twist. For three centuries, Trace waited for this moment, imagined all the things that he would do to the Pack that tried to kill him, and now that he was free… All he could think about was the woman that he’d claimed as his own.
Devastated: An Anger Management Novel
Series: Anger Management. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 77,720. Language: English. Published: October 25, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
Bestselling author R.L. Mathewson takes on the impossible with the Anger Management series. For readers who love to see someone who’s been to hell and back finally get their happy ending. Sometimes you have to go through hell to get what you want…
The Promise
Series: Neighbor from Hell. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 88,290. Language: English. Published: February 26, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
How far would you go to keep a promise? Reed Bradford never should have made that promise. He’d barely survived the first time around, but now she was back, his best friend’s little sister, his one-time neighbor, and the woman that he never should have promised to protect. He never should have done a lot of things, like cross that line, but once he did… There was no turning back.
The 2017/2018 R.L. Mathewson Chronicle Collection
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 56,950. Language: English. Published: December 31, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
The long-awaited 2017/2018 R.L. Mathewson Chronicle collection, continued stories of readers' favorite characters and sneak peeks into future books.
Series: Neighbor from Hell, Book 9. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 103,820. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
When his ex-fiancée decides to share his secret with the rest of the world, Reese Bradford is left with no choice but to go on the honeymoon that he’d planned only to find himself faced with the one thing that he’d never expected, a woman who loved to torment him. More intrigued than he'd ever thought possible, Reese finds himself drawn to the small woman with a secret of her own.
The 2016 R.L. Mathewson Chronicles
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 32,080. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
The 2016 R.L. Mathewson Chronicle collection with bonus material that wasn't originally published online. 2016 was an interesting year, a very busy year, as well as one where I didn't get the chance to do everything that I wanted with the Chronicles. I wanted to continue several of the Chronicle series as well as add a few for special occasions so that is where this year's Chronicle collection.
Fire & Brimstone
Series: Neighbor from Hell, Book 8. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 95,250. Language: English. Published: August 23, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Adult
What happens when a Bradford with questionable OCD and a reputation for making his employees cry falls for the woman that refuses to accept the fact that he’s fired her and was terrifyingly more of a Bradford than he was?
Fated: A Pyte/Sentinel Novel
Series: Pyte/Sentinel. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 93,880. Language: English. Published: March 26, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
As the top Alpha male of Boston, it's Drew's job to keep his Pack safe, keep the humans from finding out about their existence, and most importantly, not give into the urge to destroy the woman that never should have been allowed near his Pack in the first place. When fate steps in one night and changes everything, Drew realizes that his new mate is more dangerous than he thought…
Christmas From Hell
Series: Neighbor from Hell, Book 7. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 69,530. Language: English. Published: December 29, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Adult
From bestselling author, R.L. Mathewson comes Christmas from Hell… For readers who enjoy a funny, sweet love story with a touch of naughtiness. For the past year, Duncan Bradford had been going out of his way to avoid the little jinx next door, not sure how much more he could take. When fate steps in and he makes the biggest mistake of his life.
The 2015 R.L. Mathewson Chronicles Collection
Series: The R.L. Mathewson Chronicle Collection. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 42,020. Language: English. Published: December 21, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
The 2015 collection of R.L. Mathewson Chronicles. The Chronicles are continuations of the books that you loved, The Neighbor from Hell Collection, Pyte/Sentinel Series, EMS series, Hollywood Heart series, etc.
Honeymoon from Hell Box Set I
Series: Honeymoon from Hell. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 141,770. Language: English. Published: December 21, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Have you ever wondered how it all ended for the Bradford boys? Now you can find out if they lived happily ever after or lived to regret saying, "I do." This is the collection of the first six Honeymoon from Hell Novelettes.
The Neighbor from Hell Sample Collection: Part I
Price: Free! Words: 50,380. Language: English. Published: October 25, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Adult
Interested in the New York Times Best Selling Series, The Neighbor From Hell Series, but just not sure that this is your cup of tea? Well, with this sampler collection of the first six Neighbor from Hell Neighbor Hell novels, you can read through the synopsis, excerpts and the first few chapters of each books without any of the risk.
A Neighbor from Hell Double Feature
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 162,960. Language: English. Published: April 24, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Adult
From NY Times Best Selling Series, A Neighbor from Hell comes The Game Plan and Double Dare...
Double Dare
Series: Neighbor from Hell, Book 6. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 81,690. Language: English. Published: April 24, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Adult
For twenty years, Darrin Bradford waiting for the right moment to make his move and now that she was finally his, he planned on keeping her. There was only one problem with that plan, the stubborn woman that he loved more than anything in this world was keeping something from him and until he figured out what that something was, she would never really be his.
The Neighbor from Hell Collection I
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 372,560. Language: English. Published: December 31, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Adult
The collection of the first four Neighbor from Hell Novels: Playing for Keeps, Perfection, Checkmate and Truce
The Game Plan
Series: Neighbor from Hell, Book 5. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 88,360. Language: English. Published: December 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Normally, Jodi didn’t find herself contemplating manslaughter, but things have changed since she was forced to move in across the hall from Danny Bradford. She had enough to worry about without him making things worse. She just needed to figure out how she was going to everything before it was too late. He loved his family, but some days…
The 2014 R.L. Mathewson Chronicle Collection
Series: The R.L. Mathewson Chronicle Collection. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 59,550. Language: English. Published: December 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Adult, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
This is the complete collection of the Chronicles and excerpts from the R.L. Mathewson website. The R.L. Mathewson Chronicles are a continuation of your favorite stories, allowing readers to see what their favorite characters are doing now. This year's collection features stories from, The Neighbor from Hell series, the EMS series, The Hollywood Heart series, and the Pyte/Sentinel series.
How to Write, Publish and All That Good Stuff
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 35,690. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Publishing » Self-publishing
New York Times Best Selling Author R.L. Mathewson explains how to write, publish and get your book into readers' hands with simple, easy to follow instructions. Learn how to get word out about your book without spending a dime, how to avoid publishing pitfalls, protect your work and enjoy the process.
Tall, Silent and Lethal
Series: Pyte/Sentinel, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 146,670. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(5.00 from 1 review)
Never again...... Christofer lives by those words while Cloe would rather die by them........ Too many years living on the run, of always being seen as nothing more than a monster and a freak, has left Christofer cold and distant. He hates his life, his fate, but he's made promises and nothing on earth will stop him from keeping them....
Truce: The Historic Neighbor from Hell
Series: Neighbor from Hell, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 86,330. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Romance » General
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Robert tried to hate her, but it was so damn difficult to hate someone that he couldn’t live without. He tried to ignore her, tried to focus on anything but her, but nothing worked. Somehow, she made her way into his heart and started to make him want things that he never thought possible, made him smile and laugh even while she drove him out of his mind and started a legacy.
Black Heart: A Cursed Hearts Novel
Series: Cursed Hearts, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 111,350. Language: American English. Published: June 22, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
(4.80 from 5 reviews)
Why would she feel this way for the biggest SOB in town? Granted, Tristan was also the hottest man in town, but he was also arrogant, callous, and determined to drive her away even as he drove her crazy with his touch. She should just walk away and probably would if it wasn’t for this connection that kept making her want more with the one man that couldn’t give her anything more than heartache.
Series: Neighbor from Hell, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 122,520. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
(4.41 from 27 reviews)
There’s nothing worse than living next-door to your childhood nemesis, except maybe being forced to share your dream project with him, being blackmailed into going along with something that was just wrong on so many levels, and having your hot cocoa stolen by the person that drove you to drink it in the first place, Rory James decided. Then again, so was finding out that you were wrong.
Tall, Dark & Heartless: A Pyte/Sentinel Series Novel
Series: Pyte/Sentinel, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 150,820. Language: English. Published: April 9, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
(4.67 from 12 reviews)
He should have left her and never looked back. Instead of walking away when he had the chance, Caine stayed so that he could watch over the only human that had the power to bring to his knees. When trouble finds her, he does the one thing that he told himself he would never do and now, they were both paying the price.
A Reclusive Heart
Series: Hollywood Hearts, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 92,630. Language: English. Published: November 16, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Adult, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(4.43 from 7 reviews)
From New York Times bestselling author comes the second novel in the Hollywood Hearts series… For readers who enjoy touching stories that make them smile, laugh, and fall in love. It was time to make some changes. Tired of being walked all over, Jamie decided that it was time to do something about it.
Sudden Response
Series: EMS, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 76,230. Language: English. Published: October 22, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Adult, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(4.20 from 5 reviews)
Joe 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. When a routine call goes wrong, everything changes and in one moment, Eric realizes just how close he came to losing the one thing that matters to him. He’s done playing games.
Without Regret: A Pyte/Sentinel Series Novel
Series: Pyte/Sentinel, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 135,270. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Adult, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
(4.57 from 7 reviews)
The follow up to Tall, Dark & Lonely. Chris Williams has waited years for his perfect mate to join him in protecting his family and the humans under his care. What he got instead was Izzy, a woman who was nothing like the mate he longed for. She doesn't belong in his life or his world, but for the moment they're stuck with each other while he tries to figure out a way to stop a war.
A Humble Heart: A Hollywood Hearts Novel
Series: Hollywood Hearts, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 105,010. Language: English. Published: September 18, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Adult, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(4.43 from 7 reviews)
After leaving a disastorous marriage, Dana takes her two kids and starts a new life for herself. Never in a million years did she expect to catch the eye of the most sought after man in the world.
Perfection: A Neighbor From Hell Novel
Series: Neighbor from Hell, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 129,270. Language: English. Published: August 27, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Adult, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(4.63 from 8 reviews)
Just once, Zoe wished that something in her life could go right, but that’s not usually how things went. At least, not for her. So, when her life suddenly takes an unexpected turn and the man who’d never looked at her twice offers to help her, she realizes that she has nothing left to lose.
Playing For Keeps
Series: Neighbor from Hell, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 100,870. Language: English. Published: April 29, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Adult, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(4.50 from 22 reviews)
Done with being the world's biggest pushover, Haley has finally had enough and it was all thanks to her neighbor from hell. Since the day that he moved in next-door, Jason Bradford had been going out of his way to make her life a living hell, and today… Today was going to be the day that he regretted pushing her too far.
Tall, Dark & Lonely: A Pyte/Sentinel Series Novel
Series: Pyte/Sentinel, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 130,730. Language: English. Published: March 14, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
(4.67 from 12 reviews)
After 200 yrs life holds very little surprises or pleasures. That is until Ephraim, a Pyte, has his life turned upside down by the relentless Madison. Once she discovers things aren't quite what they should be with her sexy neighbor she becomes determined to get her answers. It's too bad that Ephraim has other plans of his own.

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  • Smashwords Book Marketing Guide on Dec. 15, 2019

    I’ve been self-publishing now for ten years and Mark is absolutely right about everything he talks about in this book. Over the years, I’ve learned a great deal, made some mistakes and I hope that I learned from them, but my biggest mistake was getting too comfortable. I wrote, published, and did the basics. It really never occurred to me that there were big changes in self-publishing that I should learn about. Ten years later and I realized that one of the biggest mistakes that I’ve made is not investing in myself by educating myself in this field. Mark mentions that in this book and it’s something that I really wish that I thought of years ago. I’ve been doing this for ten years, but now I’m at a point where I feel behind everyone. I read through this book tonight and I found a few things that I never even thought of doing and realized that I should be doing a few things differently. I’m going to be implementing those suggestions immediately. It was pretty cool seeing my name mentioned in this book. It made me cringe when I thought about those terrifying covers. They were bad, really bad and Mark is 100% correct when he tells you that a bad cover/great cover can make all the difference in the world. I do a lot of the things he recommends in this book and they work for me and have made it possible for me to continue to do what I love. I highly recommend this book to authors at every stage, new and old. It’s definitely worth a read.