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False Start by Barbara Valentin


False Start
An Assignment:
Romance Novel
Barbara Valentin
Gemma Halliday Publishing
Contemporary Romantic Comedy,65,555k
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 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 is a
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 to compete in the Chicago Marathon, he will
contribute enough to help Nick launch his own non-profit running club for
homeless kids.
“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. 
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          Nick DeRosa. Why Eddie
chose his estranged twin brother to be his best man over any of his esteemed
colleagues at his LaSalle Street investment firm, she had no idea. The
awkwardness of their greeting the night before was matched only by its
impropriety. Mistaking him for Eddie, Mattie had pulled his face down to hers
and, with all of the exuberance of a jubilant bride-to-be, planted a passionate
kiss on his surprised lips.
he had the same chiseled Mediterranean features and wore his chestnut-colored
locks in the same style as his brother’s was hardly her fault.
he kissed her back was his.
later, as she was leaving the rehearsal dinner, Nick managed to confirm, if not
worsen, the bride-to-be’s opinion of him when she overheard him ask Eddie, “Why
do you want to marry somebody like Mattie?”
like Mattie.
out of context, that question could be twisted any number of malicious ways and
twist it Mattie did. But, given that she was less than a day away from becoming
Mrs. Eduardo DeRosa, co-owner of a custom-built Gold Coast penthouse and a
cherry red Ferrari, she simply added the insult to the already long list of
offenses Nick had incurred against her over the years and filed it away for
future reference.
Author Bio:
Barb is
a freelance writer, over-scheduled parent, and connoisseur of fine chocolate. A
second-generation journalist, her work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune and
its affiliates. The exploits of her five boys 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.”
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Romancing Christmas

Romancing Christmas: 10 Love Stories to Spice up the Holidays

Multi-author boxed set

Release Date: November 3, 2014

Genre: Holiday Romance

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~~Blurb~~Do you like your Christmas nice…or a little naughty? Bring the season into your heart with love stories to match your mood. This boxed set from 10 of today’s hottest romance authors will warm your heart even on the coldest night.


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Broken Protocols 3.5 by Dale Mayer

When Charmin Marvin wonders when Christmas Day would be in their new time frame, he sets events in motion no one could have expected.

Dani and Charmin lost a lot when they were brought 200 years into the future. But nostalgia brings the possibility of Christmas back into Dani’s life – if she can make it happen.
Levi hates to deny Dani anything, but all holidays were removed from his society by the government decades ago. He has no idea what she’s talking about – and when he does research and finds out – he wonders if something can be done. And someone outside of their small family wonders, too…

Dani has the best of intentions – but creating Christmas in a world that no longer knows what a holiday is makes her life very complicated very quickly.

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Shades of Holly by H. D. Thomson

Do you like murder and mystery with your mistletoe?
Enter Zach Howard, a man who’s finally managed to get his life on track this holiday season, until that is, he comes across a pair of otherworldly sunglasses. They reveal scenes of a terrifying future. Holly, the one woman he’s never stopped loving, is in danger of a psychopath. This time around, he’s determined to fight for Holly, even at the risk of his own life. But even if he manages to save her, can Zach restore her faith in him? He prays that this Christmas miracles and angels do exist.
Season For Love by Chantel Rhondeau

The specter of death tempered by beautiful miracles is all in a day’s work for head nurse Tess Riggs and pediatric specialist Dr. Dash Brisson. But discovering Christmas is the season for love could be their biggest challenge yet.

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Christmas Hope (2013 Golden Heart finalist) by Leslie Lynch 

A one-man landscape business keeps a roof over Sam Bledsoe’s head and food on the table—and keeps his badly scarred face away from curious eyes. Free spirit Becca Sweet is pregnant—and down on her luck. With Christmas and a storm on the way, living in her car is no longer an option. When Sam comes to Becca’s rescue, they discover that Christmas hope applies to all, even to them. Will hope lead to love, the most precious Christmas gift of all?Website: www.leslielynch.com
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A Christmas Miracle (a 2014 Carolyn Reader’s Choice winner) by Sandy Loyd

Megan Jenkins isn’t looking forward to Christmas, a holiday that reminds her of what she had and lost, a husband who died right after Christmas the year before, leaving her a young widow with a fatherless son to raise. During the course of this Christmas Eve, Megan experiences her own Christmas Miracle as she learns the true meaning of giving with the help of Kevin Murdock, a long-time friend who’s always been there for her.Website: www.sandyloyd.com
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The Salty Carmel Christmas by Barbara Lohr

Nothing ever changes for Rachel Morgan in Paris, Indiana. And then Eli kisses her. When Rachel returns home for Christmas, she’s not exactly the family success story. The soft-spoken guy with killer blue eyes makes Rachel take a second look. Paris offers her a second chance. Sometimes life can be like a salty Christmas carmel—sweet but with a tang you remember. Sometimes the boy you leave behind is the man you want forever.Website: www.BarbaraLohrAuthor.com
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Heating Up the Holidays by Marcia James

When Chris Spencer returns home with his daughter, he’s not looking for a second chance with his first love. And the last thing Nicky Paxton needs at Christmas time is her high school heart-breaker. But thanks to a hairless dog and a lonely child, they might get their Christmas desires.

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Insanity Claus by Carolyn Hughey

A widow of two years, Mallory Gardner is struggling to keep her business alive and still function in her dysfunctional family. Having two daughters, one of which who blames Mallory for her father’s death is enough to test anyone’s sanity. But when Arden J. Miller waltzes into town, he has other ideas—like capturing Mallory’s heart even though love is the last thing on her mind.
Can two irresistible forces deal with immovable objects, or will the effects of the holiday spirit help resolve issues previously thought to be unsolvable?Website: www.carolynhughey.com
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A Family for Christmas by Tallulah Grace

Erin Matthews returns home to find closure, but she soon discovers truths that change her life forever. Luke Simmons never expected to meet a woman who sparks fire in his soul, even as his heart is breaking. Together, they find healing, and the true spirit of Christmas, in the love of a patchwork family.

A Father for Christmas by Rachelle Ayala
Single mother Kelly Kennedy can’t afford lavish gifts for her four-year-old daughter, Bree. Homeless veteran Tyler Manning doesn’t believe he deserves a Merry Christmas. When Bree asks Santa for a father and picks Tyler, both Tyler and Kelly must believe in the power of love to give Bree her best Christmas ever.