Barbara Valentin

Biography

Barb 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."

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Books

Order Up
Series: Assignment: Romance, Book 5. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 65,340. Language: English. Published: May 15, 2018 by Gemma. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Nancy Braley is the Chicago Gazette’s food editor with a taste for hot chefs and talent for replicating their "secret" recipes. But when she meets a hot local café owner, Doug Johnston, Nancy turns to a married and very pregnant colleague to help her learn what being "marriage material" is all about.
Pushing Up Daisies (a short story collection)
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 159,260. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
Spring into fun with 14 spring themed short stories by New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award winning authors! Enjoy a little mystery, a hint of romance, and a lot of laughter with these shorts from some of Gemma Halliday Publishing's bestselling series.
Flight Risk
Series: Assignment: Romance, Book 4. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 65,670. Language: English. Published: August 23, 2016 by Gemma. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
When Aubrey Thomas, a phobic travel writer, is tasked with a skydiving assignment, 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. Can he really help her get over her fear of heights? Or will Aubrey find herself free falling...in love?
Assignment: Romance Boxed Set (Books 1-3)
Series: Assignment: Romance. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 199,160. Language: English. Published: April 14, 2016 by Gemma. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome
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From bestselling romantic comedy author Barbara Valentin comes a boxed set of three Assignment: Romance romantic comedy novels! This boxed set includes the first three, full length novels in the Assignment: Romance series, including: False Start, Help Wanted, Key Change
Key Change
Series: Assignment: Romance, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 72,150. Language: English. Published: December 8, 2015 by Gemma. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome
Sara Cleff finds out the hard way that boyfriend has broken up with her when her key no longer fits in the lock...and her apartment has been sublet to the last person she expects to find on the other side of the door—Andrew Benet, a wickedly gorgeous music director from a nearby church.
Help Wanted
Series: Assignment: Romance, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 68,020. Language: English. Published: May 14, 2015 by Gemma. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
Claire is now a burned out breadwinner ready to ditch her quest for happily-ever-after, and her husband Paul has traded his dream of chairing corporate board meetings for volunteering at PTA meetings as a stay-at-home dad. Feeling trapped in a demanding job, Claire drafts a letter to the Plate Spinner, a popular advice columnist, asking for help.
False Start
Series: Assignment: Romance, Book 1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 78,910. Language: English. Published: October 20, 2014 by Gemma. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
Mattie Ross, advice columnist called The Plate Spinner, is thrust together with the twin brother of the man who left her at the alter when Nick Derosa takes on the task of getting Mattie in shape for a marathon. All Mattie wants out of it is a story for her column. All Nick wants is a chance to revive his running career. What they may end up with is a second chance at life...and love.

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