Melissa Keir: My Top Three Favorite Madams


My book Chalkboard Romance features a mysterious man named Draikoh San who has a matchmaking and dating service. He’s found many clients’ one and only. Some people would consider him a Madam as he sets up people for a one night stand. Considering this, I wanted to share my top three Madams from books, movies and television shows.

  1. Belle Watling from Gone with the Wind- She is seen as the comfort for Rhett’s demons and is a staunch Confederate. But she’s also a woman who knows her place. When Melanie tells Belle that she’ll acknowledge her if she sees her on the street, Belle tells her not to. Belle is more concerned for Melanie’s repuation than her own.
  2. Miss Kitty from Gunsmoke- As a madam, she was revered by the town’s marshal. They had a loving relationship but never consummated it. The town respected her and came to her saloon for more than a drink but shoulder to cry on. She’s also one of the town’s business woman as she became the co-owner of the saloon.
  3. Miss Mona Stangley from Best Little Whorehouse in Texas-Miss Mona runs a clean brothel that has been turned a blind eye to by the town and local sheriff.She pays for sports teams in town and helps financially in other ways. Her love affair with the sheriff is under wraps until he is forced to close her brothel down. His romantic proposal at the end where he sweeps her off her feet is the stuff of romance novels.

Now that you’ve seen my choices for top three Madams and you’ve heard about Draikoh San…don’t you want to sign up and find your own happily ever after?

Check out Chalkboard Romance and see just how spot on Draikoh is with his choice for Lauren and Mac.


Lauren Walsh, a divorcee and elementary teacher, wanted to feel sexy again, after her ex tossed her aside for a younger woman. Her teaching partner and best friend encouraged her to sign up for The Playhouse–a renowned dating agency.

Mac Thomas remained trapped in a marriage to a money-grubbing socialite. Forced to stay away from his young son, Mac lost the ability to trust. After the death of his wife, he returned to care for his son but his sister wants more for him. She sets him up with The Playhouse.

Passion ignites but Mac’s a parent of one of Lauren’s students. A teacher and a parent dating could cost Lauren her job and her chance at happiness. Will Mac be able to convince the school and Lauren, that love is the most important thing?


“Not happening. The dates arranged by the mysterious Master Draikoh San are legendary.” Melanie perched on the corner of Lauren’s desk. “Supposedly he’s arranged for a few Hollywood and rock-n-roll bigwigs. His ability to find the perfect date is astonishing.”

Lauren avoided eye contact, pulling papers off her desk. “Since the divorce—Boy, I hate that word—I’m hesitant to jump into the dating scene. I don’t want a permanent relationship right now.”

“You need to get back on the horse. We talked about this. Someone to soothe your feminine ego would be perfect.”

Lauren did want to feel desired and loved again. The Playhouse happened to be hideously overpriced but offered a private select screening with a deep background check on all their clients. Few things were known about the owner of The Playhouse, but Master Draikoh San appeared either part god or part magician but totally reliable, very well-respected. He guaranteed his results whether you were looking for a casual affair or long-term love. Most of all, he was discreet.

I’m ready to move forward. She couldn’t keep letting her husband’s—ex-husband’s—infidelity overshadow her life. At least, the alimony would go for something good. She took a deep breath. “I’ll check my email.”

Lauren logged into her account. An email from Master Draikoh was at the top of the list. Her heart began to pound. Nervous to see who Master Draikoh recommended, she hesitated, fingers poised above the keyboardShe agreed to Melanie’s demands partially to get her off her back. She pulled her hands back, then twisted them. Apprehension, excitement, and determination fought for control.

Teachers aren’t seen as hotties except in campy ‘80s music videos. She shuddered. The video for Hot For Teacher crowded her mind. If I take this step, what will happen to my career? What if someone found out I used a dating service? Lauren chewed on her lip as she continued to wring her hands anxiously. She threw her shoulders back.Who am I kidding? The whole process is safe. Besides, I don’t care if someone does find out. I deserve this.

She inched her fingers back toward the keyboard. With a few strokes, she’d find out. Her curiosity would be answered.

“It’s here,” she said with a whisper. Lauren opened up the email, then read the details aloud to Melanie.

“Your night is arranged for next Monday night. I’ve found the perfect guy for your date. I have included the flight information to Chicago, your room accommodations at the Lotus Hotel, in addition to some details about the man you’ll be meeting. Remember our rule…for this first date, only use first names. This enhances your connection. If you want to meet again, you can arrange to exchange numbers afterward. I’m sure you’ll have the night you dream of.”

Buy Links:







author picAbout the author:

As a writer, Melissa likes to keep current on topics of interest in the world of writing.  She’s a member of the Romance Writers of America and EPIC.  Melissa is always interested in improving her writing through classes and seminars.  She also believes in helping other authors and features authors and their books on her blog.

Melissa doesn’t believe in down time.  She’s always keeping busy.  Melissa is a wife and mother, an elementary school teacher, a book reviewer, an editor for a publishing company as well as an author. Her home blends two families and is a lot like the Brady Bunch, without Alice- a large grocery bill, tons of dirty dishes and a mound of laundry. She loves to write stories that feature “happy endings” and is often found plotting her next story.

Melissa loves hearing from readers!



This entry was posted in Guest Bloggers, Guest Posts, Promotion and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

23 Responses to Melissa Keir: My Top Three Favorite Madams

  1. lizaoconnor says:

    This book sounds so good. I wish I could invent a time bubble where I could sit and read and in the real world no time has passed. On second thought, if I invented it, something would go very very wrong….


    • melissakeir says:

      Thanks Liza. I would love to escape the world and have time to read. I just bought a bunch more books and I’m going to be so naughty and forget something so I can read.


  2. I enjoyed this a lot, Melissa! I really enjoyed the madame with the ivory leg in the new Lone Ranger movie. Can’t remember her name, I’m sorry to say, but she made me smile several times.


    • melissakeir says:

      She was played by Helena Bonham Carter, who is good friends with Johnny Depp since she’s been the partner with Tim Burton. Madams with a sense of humor are the best. They had to be tough.


  3. All three of those madames are great, Melissa. I’m Google+ing you. Smile! Plus, I facebooked you.


  4. okwriter says:

    Sounds like a fun book – and I had no idea you knew so much about Madams. 🙂


  5. Bobbi Romans says:

    Oh wow, this sounds like a FUN read!! Am adding.


  6. Judy Baker says:

    Melissa, enjoyed you post. I agree, I liked Belle the most, especially since Gone with the Wind is one of my favorite movies and books.


  7. D'Ann says:

    Great post!


  8. melissakeir says:

    Thank you Jenna for sharing my post! I do love the women who were strong enough to run a business during a time when women were second class citizens.


    • Jenna Jaxon says:

      You are so welcome, Melissa! So glad to have you on the journal. Yes, these business women were doing what they could to make a living in a time when they had few options. Fantastic post!


  9. Definitely great choices for Madams! Great excerpt! Sounds like a book for my TBR pile!


  10. Great post, Melissa! I tweeted.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.