For Once in My Life: An absolutely perfect laugh out loud romantic comedy

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‘What an engaging story! I laughed out loud… Couldn’t put it down! You need to read this.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

Twenty-nine-year-old Lily Buckley planned to be happily married and in her dream job by now. Instead she’s been single since being left at the altar three years ago, and works at her local paper, writing about giant vegetables at the village fete and a dog who looks exactly like Chewbacca.

 

Not quite what she was dreaming of.

 

So when Lily’s given the opportunity to write her own column it’s exactly what she’s always wanted – except what she has to write about. She has to do one thing every week that scares her.

 

With encouragement from sexy colleague – and adrenalin-junkie – Christopher, Lily agrees. From sky-diving to haunted houses, Lily is going to be pushed to her limit. And since heartbreak has left her afraid of falling in love again, her growing feelings for Christopher might just push her past it…

 

But then her mum has a crisis, her column is the only thing keeping her – and her colleagues’ – jobs afloat, and Christopher’s ex arrives with her sights set on a romantic reunion.

 

Suddenly jumping out of a plane is the least of Lily’s problems… Can she save her family, her friends, and her heart – or will Lily let her fears hold her back?

 

An uplifting, feel-good story about friendship, romance, and finding the hero inside yourself. Fans of Marian Keyes, Mhairi McFarlane and Sophie Kinsella will love Colleen Coleman!

 

What readers are saying about For Once in My Life:

 

‘Love, love, love this book… I absolutely adored it and devoured it in one sitting… So bloody funny. It will make you laugh until your belly hurts… It is beyond awesome, I freaking loved it.’ Chelle’s Book Reviews, 5 stars

 

OMG I loved it! It’s brilliant!!!… Hilariously relatable… Move over Beyoncé… Love the sass!’ The Writing Garnet, 5 stars

 

A five-star read that will make you get your bucket list written… The end blew me away… A fantastic read and one of my favourites by this author… This is definitely one of those reads you need in your life.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

For Once in My Life had me feeling so many things!I read this so quicklyI was dying to know how everything would end… This book had me feeling happy… I love reads that make you sit there with a smile on your face! … It was so fun going on this journey with Lily… I was rooting for her! This is a great read for taking on a holiday, or when you just want to feel all of the happy-butterflies in your tummy.’ Goodreads reviewer

 

Laugh out loud… The perfect chick-lit book.’ Pink and Dizzy

 

A wonderful read… The attraction between them was very real feeling… Fabulous humour… Perfect… A wonderful, fun-filled story.’ Jeannie Zelos, 5 stars

 

Made me laugh out loud… Such a wonderful, fun read. Would definitely recommend!’ NetGalley reviewer

 

What a gorgeous read!… I really enjoyed this and would really recommend it… I love the concept of bucket lists and Lily takes this and embraces it fully and through it changes her life. Great read!’ NetGalley reviewer

 

So enjoyable to read… One of my favourites of the year. A lot of what Lily said really resonated with me and made me really think!’ The Cosiest Corner, 5 stars

 

A very fun story Lots of laughs.My Life as a Dog Bed

 

‘Romantic, fun… An enjoyable and easy read.’ The Suspended Step

 

Great fun… Would definitely recommend.’ Goodreads reviewer

 

A great read… I recommend this book.Obsessed With Fairy Tales


‘I laughed out loud and cried.’ Goodreads reviewer

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Bookouture
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Published on
Nov 20, 2018
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Pages
316
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ISBN
9781786814944
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Romance / Clean & Wholesome
Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Fiction / Romance / General
Fiction / Romance / Romantic Comedy
Humor / General
Humor / Topic / Men, Women & Relationships
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Cupid she’s not—but she’s pretty darn close.

Nothing in the world feels better than finding her clients the perfect date. Of course, finding one for herself might be nice, but creative bill paying is for college students—not for accomplished doctors in their forties. Satisfied customers keep the electricity on.

But wait, according to all the magazines the forties are the new twenties. Now if only she felt twenty…

Everything in Dr. Mariah Bates’ life was perfectly fine until the moment she quit her celebrity radio job to start a dating business. Two years, a cheating ex, and a very ugly divorce later, she’s suddenly homeless and living with her mother. Not exactly how she’d envisioned her life. Not that her mom isn’t great, but come on.

With her cop ex-husband doing everything he can to ruin her business, she’s at her wit's end. Throw in another cop who makes her believe in love at first sight—or at least lust—and life is a mess. Interesting, fun and tummy tingling, but a mess. Especially since another cop is the last thing she needs.

Despite a very persistent, want-to-be beau who insists he's protecting her, it’s time for Mariah to take control of the game her ex has been playing. Punt or pass, she’s due for a touchdown.

Everyone deserves the perfect date—even her.

********

About THE PERFECT DATE Series

The essence of all romantic comedy is that falling in love and navigating an unexpected romance is never easy or simple. Instead, it’s messy and emotional, and if you’re lucky, it’s also sexy and fun.

Some relationship professionals, like my character of Dr. Mariah Bates in this series, sincerely want to help people find their perfect love match. For the various heroines I’ve created, many of whom are older, Mariah’s going to need all the help she can get. Or maybe she just needs to step out of the way. You can be the judge. 


NOTE ABOUT THE HEAT LEVEL: Not being a fan of the word “clean” when applied to romance, I will instead say the heat level in this new series is in the 1-2 range, rather than 3-4 like some of my others. The focus is on sensuality and I’ve packed a lot into these stories.


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'I can't recommend this highly entertaining book enough - it's clever, witty and downright hilarious.' 5/5 I Heart Chick Lit 'Fans of Sophie Kinsella and Lindsey Kelk, meet Emma Garcia.Vivienne Summers may very well become your next favourite heroine and the one you will want to keep visiting over and over.' Good Books and a Cup of Tea 'With a heroine to root for, a hero to swoon over, and a story so honest and compelling, Emma Garcia has written Chick Lit at itÕs best. I canÕt wait to read her next novel!' 10/10 Novelicious VivÕs ex-fiance, Rob, proposed to her three months after she slept with him - she thought it was one of those whirlwind romances you read about in magazines. Five years later, after Rob calling off the wedding for the third time, she has finally moved out. As Viv passes through the three essential stages of grief (denial, vodka, disastrous haircut), she becomes determined that it's not too late to try and get Rob back. One drunken declaration of love at an extremely inappropriate moment later, and Viv's scruffy, tequila-swilling best friend Max is there to pick up the pieces. Just when VivÕs starting to realise that maybe the real thing has been under her nose all along, she makes what might just be the biggest mistake of her life... Can love sneak up on us unexpected? WhatÕs the answer to heartbreak? And whatÕs a girl to do when even the Internet doesnÕt have the answer? Never has heartbreak been so amusing... a refreshingly honest, achingly funny read for fans of Sophie Kinsella, Helen Fielding and Paige Toon. What theyÕre saying about Never Google Heartbreak... The fast pace of the book and my inability to put it down meant I finished within twenty-four hours. With a heroine to root for, a hero to swoon over, and a story so honest and compelling, Emma Garcia has written Chick Lit at itÕs best. I canÕt wait to read her next novel! 10/10ê Novelicious.com 'A genuinely likeable and very funny heroine . . . A fun read with a great leading lady.' Heat magazine 'This feisty and honest story of a crazy-in-love woman is hugely funny - perfect easy reading.' Closer magazine 'Her cracking pace and rapier wit, together with her robust and honest prose will be bound to win Emma Garcia a sackful of fans. Perfect for lovers of Bridesmaids and Caitlin Moran.' Red magazine online 'Have you ever read a book where you've fallen in love with it after a few pages? Well, this normally happens whenever I read a book by my favourite authors: Sophie Kinsella, Lindsey Kelk, Lucy Robinson, Ali McNamara, Gemma Burgess and a few more . . . I really adored everything about NEVER GOOGLE HEARTBREAK . . . It made me laugh and cackle like a loon, made my heart swell full of love when the romantic bits kicked in . . . I can't recommend this highly entertaining book enough - it's clever, witty and downright hilarious.' I Heart Chick Lit 'One for everyone who has messed up something good, and then disastrously tried to get it back . . . Brilliant' Star magazine 'Hopelessly funny, this book is a classic with a modern twist' Company magazine

‘Absolutely fantastic!... I cannot recommend this book enough!!’ Stardust Book Reviews, 5 stars

When Evelyn Dooley married her high-school sweetheart, James, she thought she was set for life. Now she’s twenty-eight, single, and fleeing to Dublin from her hometown to avoid the gossip surrounding their break-up. And all because of a test-your-relationship board game.

This was not in her five-year plan.

 

Then a chance encounter with gorgeous musician Danny leads to an unlikely friendship, and soon the pair are running music nights together in one of the oldest pubs in Dublin. For the first time Evelyn is following her dreams rather than someone else’s – and sparks are beginning to fly between her and Danny…

 

But when her savings run out and home beckons, Evelyn has to choose. The safe, comfortable life she left behind, or a new adventure with Danny? Will Evelyn flee back to the familiarity of her ex, or reach for the stars and take a leap into the unknown?

 

A laugh-out-loud, feel-good story of friendship, second chances, and romance, perfect for fans of Mhairi McFarlane, Lindsey Kelk and Marian Keyes.

 

This book was previously published as Reach for the Stars.

 

Read what people are saying about I’m Still Standing:

 

‘Love, love, love this book!... You know you’re onto a winner when a book makes you laugh out loud from start to end.’ Chelle’s Book Reviews, 5 stars

 

‘I LOVED this book!’ Southern-in-Law, 5 stars

 

‘I absolutely loved this book.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘I really enjoyed this book!! It genuinely made me feel good… I laughed out loud… I loved it – 5 stars from me.’ Donna’s Book Blog, 5 stars

 

‘An absolutely phenomenal read… I was glued to Evelyn’s story… Everything I could have wished for… Outstanding… Easiest five stars ever!’ The Writing Garnet, 5 stars

 

‘Colleen Coleman has done it again!... I read this book in one go… Highly recommended.’  Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘Funny, uplifting and heart-warming… A top read.’ Jen Med’s Book Reviews, 5 stars

 

‘I really couldn’t put this novel down… A joy to read.’ Cosy Cute Knits, 5 stars

 

‘Fantastic… If you want to laugh until your belly hurts and find the sweetest book boyfriend ever, pick up this book.’ The Bookish Sisters, 5 stars

 

‘Truly fabulous.’ Postcard Reviews, 4 stars

 

‘Heart-warming, cute, and full of hope, this is a feel-good story to read with your favorite tea and blanket!’ Chocolate ‘n’ Waffles, 4 stars

 

‘Heartfelt, believable, and engaging from beginning to end… I highly recommend it.’ Urban Book Reviews, 5 stars

 

‘A beautiful, uplifting novel… Everybody should read this book because it’s just wonderful and I loved every minute of it.’ Sincerely Book Angels, 5 stars

 

‘An unexpected masterpiece… Enjoyable and hard to put down… A powerful and inspiring feel-good book.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘A really feel-good book… I flew through the pages… Such great fun to read.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘Colleen is a fantastic author… A funny, light-hearted read that will leave you smiling a long time after reading it.’ Goodreads reviewer, 4 stars

 

‘I loved this book.’ Librarian, 5 stars

‘OMG, OMG, OMG I love this book!… A laugh-out-loud, entertaining read… Hilarious.’ Chelle’s Book Reviews

 

Twenty-nine-year-old Katie Kelly is at an all-time low. The love of her life, gorgeous Ben Cole, took a job abroad and broke her heart, the restaurant she’d put her all into went bust, and now she works in a retirement home, cooking beige mush for the residents.

 

Not exactly the life Katie had dreamed of…

 

So when the opportunity comes up to work for one of the best chefs in the country – Katie’s idol – she is determined to get the job, no matter what. But then she discovers who she’s competing against: Ben.

 

As the competition heats up, Katie and Ben spend more and more time together, and it’s clear the old spark is still there… But only one person can win their perfect job, and Katie is going to make sure it’s her. She knows she can’t let Ben back in – or can she find a way to have it all?

 

A hilarious, heart-warming story about romance, good food, and following your dreams, for fans of Lindsey Kelk, Marian Keyes and Cate Woods.

 

Read what people are saying about One Way or Another:

 

‘Amazing... I read this book in one sitting... I loved every minute... Laugh out loud.’ The Flickering Pages, 5 stars

 

‘What a book this was!... There was love sewn between the seams of the chapters.’ Being Unique Being a Reader, 5 stars

 

‘So much more than a romance book. It is very much about following your dreams and never giving up. It truly is a fabulously light-hearted and entertaining read that will have you bubbling with emotions. It was so wonderful that I read it in one sitting… I couldn't put it down.’ By The Letter Book Reviews, 5 stars

 

‘Fun, wonderfully uplifting and a joy to read. Colleen has worked her magic yet again. Fab.’ Goodreads reviewer

 

‘I loved this book – a classic Colleen Coleman where the heroine resonates with real life and the characters ring true... A fast, enjoyable and delicious read!’ Goodreads reviewer

 

‘Colleen is becoming one of my favorite authors.’ Stephanie Reads

 

‘Loved this story.’ Netgalley reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘I loved it… This author has the knack of storytelling with a lot of heart… I always want to cheer very loudly when it comes to the main characters in Colleen Coleman's books and this one is no exception… If you haven't read any of this author's books yet, what are you waiting for?? I can't wait for the next one!’ Goodreads reviewer

 

‘Funny and honest… I have read a few books by this author and they all leave me with the warm and fuzzies… If you are in the mood for funny and heart-warming then you can’t go wrong with this author.’ Goodreads reviewer

 

‘Captivating, romantic, entertaining novel! The plot and characters kept me on the edge of my seat while I was reading it! Would highly recommend.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘A smart, independent and kind female lead… I stayed up until 3am reading this book as I found myself unable to put it down.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘A great feel-good read with a lovely ending.’ Goodreads reviewer

 

 ‘A cute, charming, heart-warming tale.’ Goodreads reviewer

 

‘This is another book that I adored… I fell in love with Katie and Ben.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

He’s Just Not That Into You—based on a popular episode of Sex and the City—is tough love advice for otherwise smart women on how to tell when a guy just doesn’t like them enough, so they can stop wasting time making excuses for a dead-end relationship. It’s the best relationship advice you’ll ever receive.

For ages, women have come together over coffee, cocktails, or late-night phone chats to analyze the puzzling behavior of men.

He’s afraid to get hurt again.
Maybe he doesn’t want to ruin the friendship.
Maybe he’s intimidated by me.
He just got out of a relationship.

Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo are here to say that—despite good intentions—you’re wasting your time. Men are not complicated, although they’d like you to think they are. And there are no mixed messages.

The truth may be, He’s just not that into you.

Unfortunately, guys are too terrified to ever directly tell a woman, “You're not the one.” But their actions absolutely show how they feel.

Reexamining familiar scenarios and classic mindsets that keep us in unsatisfying relationships, Behrendt and Tuccillo’s wise and wry understanding of the sexes spares women hours of waiting by the phone, obsessing over the details with sympathetic girlfriends, and hoping his mixed messages really mean, “I’m in love with you and want to be with you.”

He’s Just Not That Into You is provocative, hilarious, and, above all, intoxicatingly liberating. It deserves a place on every woman’s night table. It knows you’re a beautiful, smart, funny woman who deserves better. The next time you feel the need to start “figuring him out,” consider the glorious thought that maybe, He’s just not that into you. And then set yourself loose to go find the one who is.
‘I don't think I have laughed, chuckled, and smiled so much at a book before… I adored it.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

Poppy Bloom planned to finish her PhD and walk straight into a job at her university. But here she is, unemployed, unceremoniously dumped by her boyfriend, and living back at her mum’s in her vampire-themed childhood bedroom.

Not exactly what she was hoping for.

But when Poppy sets her mind to something, nothing can stand in her way. She scores herself an internship at the hottest radio station in town, joins a netball team, and renews her friendship with her oldest friend Leanne. Spending time with Leanne’s gorgeous twin Tom is just a bonus…

But life has a way of tripping you up when you least expect it, and Poppy soon has to decide where her priorities lie… With new friends, a new career and a new romance, can Poppy keep everyone happy, or is everything about to tumble down around her?

A laugh-out-loud story about friendship, second chances, and new love, perfect for fans of Lindsey Kelk, Marian Keyes and Jane Costello.

Read what people are saying about Don’t Stop Me Now:

‘I fell in love with this book, like actually head over heels in love with it… A funny, emotional, inspirational and powerful read… A brilliant debut.’ The Blossom Twins, 5 stars

‘I laughed out loud so much that I cried reading this book... I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and really can't wait to see what comes next from Colleen – she's an author to watch… I wouldn't hesitate in recommending this book.’ A Page of Fictional Love, 5 stars

‘I was in need of a smile and a pick-me-up and this gave it in spades. I loved it… For a really heart-warming, uplifting readwith a smile, you can’t go far wrong.’ Nicki’s Book Blog, 5 stars

‘Oh my goodness, how much did I love this book, from first page to last!!... Such a gorgeous read, I read it pretty much in one go… I just HAD to finish it.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

‘Awwww, my heart! This story was so sweet...hopeful and inspiring…Poppy Bloom truly is a thing of beauty…I really loved this story… Props to the author, you really wrote something beautiful with this book!’ Books are Here for You, 4 stars

‘Loved this wonderful, warm, feel good tale. The writing is glorious and addictive… Beautiful story, great book… Highly recommended.’ Renita D’Silva, 5 stars

‘A great feel good book. I absolutely loved it!… I laughed so much whilst reading this book… [Poppy is] strong, courageous, honest, open, caring, and best of all she kicks butt!… There was something for everyone in this gem of a book… I can't recommend this book enough! I absolutely loved it and I can't wait to see if there will be more.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

‘A little gem of a book which had me laughing out loud.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

‘Don’t Stop Me Now is a riveting story, beautifully told… This story really struck a chord with me.’ My Nights In, 5 stars

‘Inspiring and entertaining… I loved watching every step of the journey… I am very eager to see what else this talented author will write.’ Rachel’s Random Reads, 5 stars

‘An outstanding book that is both witty and inspiring… fantastically funny… Truly the best book I have read in ages.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

‘I love the feeling when you’ve read just the first few chapters of a novel and you just know this is going to be a read you’re going to enjoy until the very last page… A great and promising debut… A warm-hearted, feel-good and simply great read that I didn’t want to put down.’ A Spoonful of Happy Endings, 5 stars

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