The Decent Proposal

  • Filename: the-decent-proposal.
  • ISBN: 9780062391605
  • Release Date: 2016-04-05
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Author: Kemper Donovan
  • Publisher: HarperCollins



An addictively readable debut romantic comedy, drama, and mystery rolled into one, about two very different strangers whose lives become intertwined when they receive an unusual proposition. This is a funny, tender, and enchanting story about love, attraction, and friendship: Jane Austen in Los Angeles. A struggling Hollywood producer, Richard Baumbach is twenty-nine, hung-over, and broke. Ridiculously handsome with an innate charm and an air of invincibility, he still believes good things will come his way. For now he contents himself with days at the Coffee Bean and nights with his best friend Mike (that’s a woman, by the way). At thirty-three, Elizabeth Santiago is on track to make partner at her law firm. Known as “La Máquina” The Machine—to her colleagues, she’s grown used to avoiding anything that might derail her quiet, orderly life. And yet recently she befriended a homeless man in her Venice neighborhood, surprised to find how much she enjoys their early-morning chats. Richard and Elizabeth’s paths collide when they receive a proposal from a mysterious, anonymous benefactor. They’ll split a million dollars if they agree to spend at least two hours together—just talking—every week for a year. Astonished and more than a little suspicious, they each nevertheless say yes. Richard needs the money and likes the adventure of it. Elizabeth embraces the challenge of shaking up her life a little more. Both agree the idea is ridiculous, but why not? What ensues is a delightful journey full of twists, revelations, hamburgers, classic literature, poppy music, and above all love, in its multitude of forms. The Decent Proposal is a heartfelt and often hilarious look at the ties that bind not just a guy and a girl but an entire, diverse cast of characters situated within a modern-day Los Angeles brought to full and irrepressible life.

The Decent Proposal

  • Filename: the-decent-proposal.
  • ISBN: 0062498428
  • Release Date: 2016-04-05
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Author: Kemper Donovan
  • Publisher: Harper



A humorous, heartfelt love story built on a tantalizing premise: would you agree to spend two hours a week with a stranger—just talking—to collect half a million dollars at the end of a year? Struggling Hollywood producer Richard is twenty-nine, hungover, and broke. Ridiculously handsome with an easy charm, he spends his days procrastinating at the Coffee Bean and nights hanging out with his best friend, Michaela, aka “Mike.” At thirty-three, Elizabeth is on track to make partner at her law firm. Known as “La Máquina”—the Machine—to her colleagues, she’s grown used to a quiet, orderly life with no romantic entanglements of any kind. (Her closest friend is an old man who discusses Virginia Woolf with her at the beach. Enough said.) Richard and Elizabeth have never met before, but their paths collide when they receive a proposal from a mysterious, anonymous benefactor: they’ll split a million dollars if they agree to spend at least two hours together every week for a year. Both are shocked and suspicious, and agree the idea is absurd, but after Richard anxiously considers the state of his bank account and Elizabeth carefully conducts a cost-benefit analysis of the situation, they agree to give it a try. As these two perfect strangers wade awkwardly into the waters of modern courtship, discovering a shared affection for In-N-Out burgers, classic books, cult-hit movies, and various Los Angeles locales, they realize that uncovering the secret identity of their benefactor will not only make clear what connects them but change them both forever. This delightful tale is full of twists, revelations, and above all love in its multitude of forms. Advance Praise For Decent Proposal “A sharp, wise, and hilarious novel. Think Entourage meets Tom Wolfe with a touch of Indecent Proposal. . . . We loved it!”—Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza, authors of The Knockoff “The Decent Proposal is as clever as it is hopeful. Whether talking about the secret menu at In-N-Out or matters as grand as life and death, Kemper Donovan’s voice is original, captivating, and assured. This book is both a moving love letter to Los Angeles and a thoughtful rumination on what people can mean to one another.”—Taylor Jenkins Reid, author of Maybe in Another Life “Impossible to put down, this character-rich, breakout novel will make your heart burst with love. You’ll turn the pages so fast you might get a paper cut.”—Claire Bidwell Smith, author of The Rules of Inheritance

A Decent Proposal

  • Filename: a-decent-proposal.
  • ISBN: 9781863350457
  • Release Date: 2001
  • Number of pages: 140
  • Author: Rhonda Whitton
  • Publisher: Common Ground



Practical guide for authors wishing to approach a book publisher or agent with a manuscript or book proposal. Includes cartoons and other illustrations, useful contacts list, model book proposals, and bibliography. Published simultaneously in paperback and as a downloadable PDF file. Whitton is a freelance writer and journalist, teacher of specialist writing courses, and author of 'The Australian Writer's Marketplace'. Hollingworth is a freelance writer and cartoonist working primarily in the corporate sector. They have also collaborated on 'Mission Possible: How to Make Money from Your Writing'.

An Indecent Proposal

  • Filename: an-indecent-proposal.
  • ISBN: 9780349409702
  • Release Date: 2016-08-30
  • Number of pages: 336
  • Author: Katee Robert
  • Publisher: Hachette UK



Cillian O'Malley has been too close to death one too many times--first with his brother killed and then getting shot himself. He wants nothing more than to be done with the family "business," a desire made even stronger when he meets Olivia, the new bartender in his favorite hangout. She's gorgeous, smart-mouthed, and completely uninvolved in the power struggle among Boston's reigning families. Or so he thinks... Olivia just wants to make a living and take care of her young daughter. But she's not about to escape her brother Dmitri that easily. As soon as he finds out that Olivia knows Cillian, he orders her to get even closer, to ferret out all the O'Malley family secrets--or Olivia's daughter will be in jeopardy. And the biggest problem: the more Olivia gets to know the dangerously dark and brooding Cillian, the more she never wants to let him go. But how far can she trust him to protect her?

Indecent Proposal

  • Filename: indecent-proposal.
  • ISBN: 9781450242769
  • Release Date: 2010-07
  • Number of pages: 308
  • Author: Jack Engelhard
  • Publisher: iUniverse



Nothing cooled the fire in Joshua Kane's belly, not even marriage to his drop dead gorgeous wife, Joan, his own American dream-a Philadelphia socialite who gave up her lifestyle to have him. Now Josh believed that money could stop the burning in his gut, the kind of cash Joan deserved, the kind he'd never make at his nine-to-five job. That's why he was in the casino, hoping for the big score. A high-rolling billionaire was there too, looking for a gamble that interested him...like offering a million bucks to spend one night wish Josh's beautiful wife. It was the devil's deal-and tempting as hell. But just thinking about it was tearing Josh's marriage apart, and his instincts told him that there was more to this proposal than money and sex. The mysterious, handsome man was playing a sinister game, and this time Joan's body and Josh's soul-or maybe his life-were the prize. "WELL-WROUGHT CHARACTERS....EXHILARATING PACE...." -"Philadelphia Enquirer" "IS THIS BOOK FUN? YOU BETCHA." -"The New York Times Book Review"

The Accidental Proposal

  • Filename: the-accidental-proposal.
  • ISBN: 9781849833837
  • Release Date: 2011-02-17
  • Number of pages: 416
  • Author: Matt Dunn
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster



Ed Middleton is ecstatic: he's just got engaged to his girlfriend, Sam, and he couldn't be happier. At least, hethinkshe's engaged. The thing is, it was Sam who did the proposing, and the more he thinks about it, the less he's sure that she was actually asking him to marry her. She could have just been asking the question, you know...hypothetically. As the wedding day draws nearer, Ed becomes more and more uneasy. Sam keeps disappearing off for furtive meetings and private phone calls, and when he spies her going into a pub with a man he's never seen before, all his old jealousies and insecurities threaten to re-surface. It's the perfect time for Ed's unhinged ex-girlfriend, Jane, to show up on his doorstep. Meanwhile, Dan - Ed's best-friend and soon-to-be-best-man - is determined to throw him a stag night to remember. And when a severely hung-over Ed wakes up the morning after the night before to see a second dent in the pillow, it seems as if Dan has got his wish. Will Ed manage to find out the truth about his stag night as well as the identity of Sam's secret man? Or will an accidental proposal lead them both down the aisle to a wedding neither of them ever imagined?

Indecent Proposal

  • Filename: indecent-proposal.
  • ISBN: 9780345549068
  • Release Date: 2014-09-30
  • Number of pages: 368
  • Author: Molly O'Keefe
  • Publisher: Bantam



Perfect for readers of Susan Mallery and Rachel Gibson, Molly O’Keefe’s gritty and sensual tale of passion and politics features the brother of the heroine from the author’s beloved novel, Never Been Kissed. He’s a driven man who refuses to be distracted—until he meets a beautiful bartender who just may change his life. With his chiseled jaw and thick blond hair, Harrison Montgomery was born to lead. Four generations of Montgomery men have served the state of Georgia, and now he’s next in line. Harrison, though, is driven to right wrongs: namely to clean up the political mess left by his father’s greed and corruption. But Harrison must first win his congressional bid, and nothing can get in his way—not even an angel who served him whiskey and gave him a shoulder to lean on and a body to love for a night. Problem is, she’s pregnant. Scandal is brewing, and there is only one solution: marriage. Damage control? Ryan Kaminski can’t believe that a cold, calculating political animal now inhabits the body of the emotionally vulnerable stranger who gave her the most unforgettable night of her life. Really, she doesn’t want anything from Harrison, except to be left alone to have her baby in peace. But Ryan is broke, jobless, and essentially blackmailed by Harrison’s desperate family to accept this crazy marriage deal. For two years, she will have to act the role of caring, supportive wife. But what is Ryan supposed to do when she realizes that, deep in her heart, she’s falling in love? Praise for Indecent Proposal “Real, immediate, and wrenching. This is a love story not to be missed.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review) “In O’Keefe’s very capable hands, readers are drawn into Ryan and Harrison’s engaging journey to understanding and love. . . . A touching, sexy and surprising story of two people from completely different worlds who turn out to be a perfect match.”—Kirkus Reviews “Whatever rating system you might use to rank book reads, Indecent Proposal by Molly O’Keefe will blow it right out of the water. . . . Once again, with this book, she excels! Indecent Proposal brings together two lonely, pained individuals, puts them in an untenable relationship, and has them come out the other side in a solid and loving partnership. But the path to get there is filled with anguish and soul searching, and whew, what a ride! . . . I can’t wait to see what O’Keefe offers next.”—Fresh Fiction “Gut-wrenching, funny, thought-provoking and romantic. Harrison and Ryan are so finely crafted you’ll walk away feeling as if you’d always know their hearts.”—The Book Nympho “Indecent Proposal is a heartfelt, poignant and sexy addition to the Boys of Bishop series that old and new fans are going to love.”—Book Reviews & More by Kathy From the Paperback edition.

The Proposal

  • Filename: the-proposal.
  • ISBN: 9780736931762
  • Release Date: 2009-01-01
  • Number of pages: 300
  • Author: Lori Wick
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers



William, a confirmed bachelor, becomes guardian to three children. When the girls' nanny proves abusive, William seeks counsel from his sister and her husband and meets Marianne, who changes his beliefs about women and God.

The Ruthless Marriage Proposal

  • Filename: the-ruthless-marriage-proposal.
  • ISBN: 9781426801952
  • Release Date: 2007-06-01
  • Number of pages: 192
  • Author: Miranda Lee
  • Publisher: Harlequin



Australian billionaire Sebastian Armstrong thinks he knows his housekeeper well. Emily's prim, proper and dedicated to her job. Outside she's a plain Jane, but inside she's a passionate woman desperate to break out—and to forget that she's fallen in love with her handsome boss. When Emily quits, Sebastian refuses to let her go. Instead he devises a ruthless plan designed to keep Emily by his side, at his bidding and in his bed!

How to Write a Book Proposal

  • Filename: how-to-write-a-book-proposal.
  • ISBN: 1582972516
  • Release Date: 2003
  • Number of pages: 280
  • Author: Michael Larsen
  • Publisher: Writer's Digest Books



In this valuable handbook, writers learn how to market the potential of a book idea and effectively communicate that potential in a proposal that publishers will read.

Your Book Publishing Options

  • Filename: your-book-publishing-options.
  • ISBN: 0975797964
  • Release Date: 2014
  • Number of pages: 324
  • Author: Euan Mitchell
  • Publisher:



Do you want to write and publish your first book but don't know where to start? Or are you an experienced writer who wants to know how to take advantage of the revolutionary new developments in making and marketing ebooks and print books? Your Book Publishing Options is Australia's guide for new and experienced writers to take charge of their creative and business choices. The entire book publishing process is explained step by step, with the aim of minimising costs and maximising profits.

Maestra

  • Filename: maestra.
  • ISBN: 9781785760020
  • Release Date: 2016-03-10
  • Number of pages: 384
  • Author: LS Hilton
  • Publisher: Bonnier Publishing Fiction Ltd.



THE NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER GLAMOUR'S WRITER OF THE YEAR. WHERE DO YOU GO WHEN YOU'VE GONE TOO FAR? Fatal Attraction meets The Talented Mr Ripley, and soon to be a major Hollywood film - prepare for this year's The Girl on the Train By day Judith Rashleigh is a put-upon assistant at a London auction house. By night she's a hostess in one of the capital's unsavoury bars. Desperate to make something of herself, Judith knows she has to play the game. She's learned to dress, speak and act in the interests of men. She's learned to be a good girl. But after uncovering a dark secret at the heart of the art world, Judith is fired and her dreams of a better life are torn apart. So she turns to a long-neglected friend. A friend that kept her chin up and back straight through every past slight. A friend that a good girl like her shouldn't have: Rage. The Talented Mr Ripley meets Gone Girl in this darkly decadent and compelling new thriller that asks: Where do you go when you've gone too far?

Thunder and Roses Fallen Angels Series Book 1

  • Filename: thunder-and-roses-fallen-angels-series-book-1.
  • ISBN: 9781614171423
  • Release Date: 2011-10-08
  • Number of pages: 384
  • Author: Mary Jo Putney
  • Publisher: ePublishing Works!



A Welsh Methodist minister's daughter changes her life when she appeals for help to Nicholas Davies, a half-Gypsy earl... They called him the Demon Earl. They said he could do anything. Son of a rogue and a Gypsy, Nicholas Davies was a notorious rake until a shattering betrayal left him alone and embittered in the Welsh countryside. Desperation drives quiet schoolteacher Clare Morgan to ask the Demon Earl to help save her village. Unwilling to involve himself in the problems of others, Nicholas sets an impossible price on his aid—only if Clare agrees to live with him for three months, letting the world think the worst, will he intervene. Furiously Clare accepts his outrageous challenge, and the two are swept into an intoxicating Regency world of danger and desire. As allies, Clare and Nicholas fight to save her community. As adversaries, they explore the hazardous terrain of power and sensuality. And as lovers, they surrender to a passion that threatens the very foundations of their lives. * RITA Award and Golden Choice finalist. “Both sublimely romantic and scorchingly sensual, Thunder and Roses is and extraordinary romance from an extraordinary author.” * Melinda Helfer, Romantic Times “Ms. Putney has powerfully conveyed the healing power of love and deftly woven in humorous elements for a wonderful read.” * Gigi Rounds, Affaire de Coeur

The Hating Game

  • Filename: the-hating-game.
  • ISBN: 0062439596
  • Release Date: 2016-08-09
  • Number of pages: 350
  • Author: Sally Thorne
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks



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