False Start

Assignment: Romance

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Gemma Halliday Publishing
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Mattie Ross is probably the last person who should be doling out good counsel to anyone on anything. Still smarting after being left at the altar two years earlier, she is strapped with debt, has sworn off men, routinely buries herself in her work and despite her well-proportioned figure, remains haunted by childhood taunts of "Fatty Mattie." But to her publisher at the Chicago Gazette, and readers, she is their latest advice columnist, The Plate Spinner, a self-assured working parent to adorable fake children and multi-tasking savant. Enter Nick Derosa, the twin brother of Mattie's cold-footed fiancé who is trying to get back on his feet after his brother steals his identity and implicates him in an illegal investment scheme. But thanks to Nick's legendary running career, the publisher of the Chicago Gazette proposes a wager: If Nick can train an out-of-shape working parent in time to compete in the Chicago Marathon, he will contribute enough to help Nick launch his own non-profit running club for kids. Suddenly "Fatty" Mattie and Nick are thrust together as the most unlikely of pairs and under a deadline to put their trust issues aside and avoid another false start in their lives.

Assignment: Romance novels
False Start
Help Wanted
The Plate Spinner Chronicles (non-fiction collection)
Key Change
Flight Risk

"Be prepared to fall in love! I was cheering for Mattie every step of the way...and swooning over Nick!"

~ Gemma Halliday, New York Times bestselling author

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About the author

Barbara Valentin is a freelance writer, corporate minion, over-scheduled parent and connoisseur of fine chocolate. A second-generation journalist, her work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune and its affiliates as well as Mom.Me. Three of her pieces were included in a Tribune Media e-book collection entitled, Love Notes: Stories of Love, Loss, and Coming Together (Agate, 2014). Having spent the whole of her thirties pregnant, she has five boys to show for it. Their exploits provided fodder for her column, The Plate Spinner Chronicles, a long-running feature in the Chicago Tribune, which snagged her a runner-up spot in an Erma Bombeck Humor Contest. A member of RWA's Windy City chapter, she still dreams of the day when her to-do list includes "Send NY Times book critic thank you note" and "Accept Godiva's request to be a taste-tester."

Visit Barbara online at: http://www.barbaravalentin.com/home/

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Publisher
Gemma Halliday Publishing
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Published on
Feb 16, 2015
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Pages
216
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ISBN
9781940371443
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Contemporary Women
Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy
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This content is DRM free.
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Help Wanted

Key Change

The Plate Spinner Chronicles (non-fiction collection)

 

 

What critics are saying about Barbara Valentin's books:

 

"A lighthearted and endearing blend of comedy, drama, and romance. Quick-moving and thoroughly delightful."

—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

 

"Barbara Valentin delivers love, laughter, and a happily ever after—what more could you ask for?"

—Gemma Halliday, New York Times bestselling author

 

"False Start was such a wonderful romantic comedy and even though there isn't an ounce of steam in it. I completely loved it! 5 stars!"

—Boundless Book Reviews

 

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Assignment: Romance novels:

False Start

Help Wanted

Key Change

Flight Risk

The Plate Spinner Chronicles (non-fiction collection)

 

 

What critics are saying about Barbara Valentin's books:

 

"A lighthearted and endearing blend of comedy, drama, and romance. Quick-moving and thoroughly delightful."

—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

 

"False Start was such a wonderful romantic comedy and even though there isn't an ounce of steam in it. I completely loved it! 5 stars!"

—Boundless Book Reviews

 

"I had a hard time putting (Help Wanted) down. That’s probably why I had no trouble reading it in two days! I’ll also stubbornly admit that I got a little teary-eyed towards the end, and I absolutely loved the ending. It was the perfect finish and one of my favorite endings, hands down."

—Chick Lit Central

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Something about the brash music critic strikes a chord with Andrew, and he offers her the chance to stay on one condition—she has to join the choir at his church. While Andrew may hold the lease on Sara’s apartment, does he have the key to unlock her heart?

 

Assignment: Romance novels:

False Start

Help Wanted

Key Change

The Plate Spinner Chronicles (non-fiction collection)

 

 

What critics are saying about Barbara Valentin's books:

 

"A lighthearted and endearing blend of comedy, drama, and romance. Quick-moving and thoroughly delightful."

—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

 

"Barbara Valentin delivers love, laughter, and a happily ever after—what more could you ask for?"

—Gemma Halliday, New York Times bestselling author

 

"False Start was such a wonderful romantic comedy and even though there isn't an ounce of steam in it. I completely loved it! 5 stars!"

—Boundless Book Reviews

 

"I had a hard time putting (Help Wanted) down. That’s probably why I had no trouble reading it in two days! I’ll also stubbornly admit that I got a little teary-eyed towards the end, and I absolutely loved the ending. It was the perfect finish and one of my favorite endings, hands down."

—Chick Lit Central

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When Aubrey Thomas, a phobic travel writer, must chose between jumping to what she considerers certain death from a skydiving static line or sinking even deeper into debt in the unemployment line, she scrambles to find someone—anyone!—who can help her overcome her debilitating fear of heights. Enter John Trelawney, a charming window washer who thinks nothing of dangling by a cable fifty stories up and claims he can cure her. Everything about John makes Aubrey nervous... including the way her heart kicks into overdrive whenever he's around. But, at the end of her rope, she takes him up on his offer. Can he really help her get over her fear of heights? Or will Aubrey find herself free falling...possibly even in love with him?

 

 

Assignment: Romance novels:

False Start

Help Wanted

Key Change

Flight Risk

The Plate Spinner Chronicles (non-fiction collection)

 

 

What critics are saying about Barbara Valentin's books:

 

"A lighthearted and endearing blend of comedy, drama, and romance. Quick-moving and thoroughly delightful."

—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

 

"False Start was such a wonderful romantic comedy and even though there isn't an ounce of steam in it. I completely loved it! 5 stars!"

—Boundless Book Reviews

 

"I had a hard time putting (Help Wanted) down. That’s probably why I had no trouble reading it in two days! I’ll also stubbornly admit that I got a little teary-eyed towards the end, and I absolutely loved the ending. It was the perfect finish and one of my favorite endings, hands down."

—Chick Lit Central

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Assignment: Romance novels:

False Start

Help Wanted

Key Change

Flight Risk

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What critics are saying about Barbara Valentin's books:

 

"A lighthearted and endearing blend of comedy, drama, and romance. Quick-moving and thoroughly delightful."

—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

 

"False Start was such a wonderful romantic comedy and even though there isn't an ounce of steam in it. I completely loved it! 5 stars!"

—Boundless Book Reviews

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