Item description for You Had Me At Good-Bye by Tracy Bateman...
Overview Dancy Ames had a plan for her future. A plan that did not involve Jack Quinn swooping in and stealing her dream job at Lane Publishing. Now jobless, Dancy must find a new career. A coffee barista? An English teacher? A literary agent? Hmm. Maybe she'll write a novel, featuring a relentless, job-stealing, caffeine-addicted Brit who falls in love with a beautiful coffee barista.
When her real-life nemesis slips into her writing, Dancy finds herself in desperate peril of having more than her job stolen. Could he actually steal her heart?
Publishers Description Everything is on the line for aspiring editorial diva Dancy Ames when she's fired by her publisher. Could this be the time to risk it all on her writing career--and maybe even love?Dancy Ames has an enemy: Jack Quinn. The man who swoops in, steals her dream job at Lane Publishing, and fires her, saying she just doesn't have what it takes to be an editor. Now that she's unemployed, Dancy must find a new career. Coffee barista, English teacher, literary agent. Hmm. Maybe she'll write a novel--a nasty invective, featuring a relentless job-stealing, coffee-drinking stalker who falls in love with a coffee barista. She's got time on her hands, so when her friends dare her to send Jack a proposal, under an assumed name, she takes them up on it. If he likes it, she'll have her ultimate revenge. But what will she do when it turns out that Jack is interested in her book--and maybe more?
Awards and Recognitions You Had Me At Good-Bye by Tracy Bateman has received the following awards and recognitions -
Christy Awards - 2009 Winner - Series et al category
Citations And Professional Reviews You Had Me At Good-Bye by Tracy Bateman has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Library Journal - 02/01/2008 page 54
Romantic Times - 02/01/2008 page 67
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.97" Width: 5.31" Height: 0.79" Weight: 0.57 lbs.
Release Date Feb 13, 2008
Publisher HACHETTE BOOK GROUP
Series Drama Queens
ISBN 0446698946 ISBN13 9780446698948
Availability 133 units. Availability accurate as of Mar 30, 2017 02:46.
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More About Tracy Bateman
Tracey Bateman published her first novel in 2000 and has been busy ever since. She became a member of American Christian Fiction Writers in the early months of its inception in 2000 and served as president for the past year. She lives with her husband and four children in Lebanon, Missouri. You can visit her Web site at www.traceybateman.com.
Reviews - What do customers think about You Had Me At Good-Bye?
Had me at page 1 Apr 27, 2010
I usually stick to urban christian fiction, but I was browsing on this site when I saw this book some time ago. I read the summary and decided it was worth a purchase. I was not disappointed.
You Had Me at Goodbye is about Dancy Ames, an aspiring lower level editor trying to climb the corporate ladder to a coveted senior editor position. Too bad she gets canned before it can happen. And not only that, the job she was aiming it goes to a guy who she has a huge crush on. So she does what any self-respecting former editor would do: she writes a book of her own, and the drama ensues.
I love books written in the first person, especially when the protagonist has a great voice that pops off the page at you. Dancy Ames is one of those. And though she is a sad little rich girl, you can't help but feel bad for her, as she deals with her issues with her mother (which of us doesn't have a few of those?), her issues with her boss, her attraction to her older brother's best friend, and all the real and imagined tragedy that comes with life in New York. Though the Christian themes aren't overt, this book has a satisfying end. I've read it twice already. It's definitely in my top ten.
Love this series... Mar 7, 2010
I read the whole series and this is my least favorite of the 3, but still a great book. Tracey does a really great job making her characters "pop" from the pages. You feel like you are walking along side them. It is very lighthearted and a quick fun read. I think of the 3, this particular character, Dancy, I feel I could relate less to, maybe making it my least favorite of the series.
I recommend this series to anyone...you don't want to put the books down!
-- Apr 18, 2009
Dancy Ames has your typical up and down life. Her father is an alcoholic and her mother is rather controlling, which is really the reason why her parents are separated. She is working her dream job at Lane Publishing with her eyes set on the Senior Editor Position and living in an apartment with her two best friends, Tabby and Laini. She helps out at the local coffee shop for the owner Nick, who she thinks is part of the mafia with his rough exterior but can't help thinking of him as the father figure she so desperately needs.
Than all of a sudden everything changes. Jack Quinn, her brother Kale's best friend from college, a gorgeous man from Britain, swoops in and steals the position she's had her eye on. Of all people, it has to be someone she knows and can't help falling for--but that can't be possible, he stole her job! Out of the blue her parents decide to get back together and are giving their condo, her childhood home, to her brother Kale and his fiancée, and they are moving to Florida. Dancy wonders what else could possible go wrong.
Clearing out her things from her Mom's condo, she comes across her Granny's Bible. Upon reading it she comes across the verse "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not onto thine own understanding. In all of thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy paths." (Proverbs 3:5 and 6) Recommitting her life to the Lord and taking this verse as her own, she sets out to allow God to control her life. So just what is God's plan for her life? Will she finish her novel, find another job, have a romance with Jack? Only time and God will tell........
You will not want to miss book two of the Drama Queens series, the best chick-lit or God-lit series this reviewer has ever read! The author Tracey Bateman has a unique way of teaching God's word while keeping you guessing what will happen next and have you in stitches with her amazing sense of humor, so much so that you won't be able to put this book down! The characters really come alive. Author of over 16 books with more to come, God's talent is definitely on Tracey Bateman so stay tuned for more!
Very addictive and fun Christian chick-lit... Jun 25, 2008
Dancy Ames is an editor at a top New York publishing house. She loves her job, but lately things haven't been going so well. For one thing, she had wanted to be a senior editor, but she was passed on the promotion in favor of an outsider. To make things worse, that outsider is none other than Jack Quinn, her brother's best friend from England. Forget the fact that he's got a sexy accent that makes Hugh Grant seem like a poor imitation in comparison, or that he's devastatingly handsome, or that he's always seemed amused by her since they were kids. He is the one responsible for her month-long "vacation" that leads to her eventual losing her job. What's she going to do? Should she settle with helping out her Italian friend at his trendy coffee shop? Should she finally finish writing her novel, or hope to get a job as senior editor at another house? When things get all the more confusing -- especially after her father reveals that he's got a son from an affair he had with her former nanny -- she eventually gives in and decides to trust God in letting her choose her path for her.
You Had Me at Goodbye is an awesome romantic comedy. The heroine feels real, so do the other characters. Jack Quinn is as sexy as they come, but sometimes I got frustrated with the mixed messages he sent and the fact that Dancy never seemed to really listen to what he's trying to tell her. And that brings me to a few problems I had with this novel. I don't get her cousin Sheri. One minute she is all over Jack and suddenly she actually has no interest in him. Her personality is at times too abrupt and changes in a dramatic, strange way. I knew about Jack and Cate Able from the very beginning, and I can't believe that Dancy, a book author, hadn't put two and two together -- or at least she should have suspected it. Other than that, I enjoyed reading this book. After several "deep" historical novels, I've had a good run of contemporary women's fiction to satisfy my palette for chick-lit. This is actually the second part of the "drama queens" series. I had picked up To Catch a Rising Star, the first part, but put it down. Ah, well. I look forward to reading Laini's story -- the third and final roommate -- when that book comes out.
Saucy, outrageous fun! May 7, 2008
Dancy Ames is a spoiled little New York rich girl with her future all laid out bright and shiny before her. She has good friends and a job she loves, which provides a nice little salary in addition to her wealthy Daddy's credit card, which she uses to purchase all the little "necessities" not covered by her salary. And just to brighten the picture, there's a coveted promotion on the horizon.
But then handsome Brit Jack Quinn takes a job at Lane Publishing, and Dancy's plans take a swift nosedive. In no time at all, she finds herself jobless and in need of a new career.
After the initial devastation, she decides the time might be right to finish that novel she's been kinda sorta working on for...well, forever. But Jack seems to have found a way into even the world inside her head, annoying hunk that he is! And it doesn't help that unwelcome little surprises keep cropping up here and there and everywhere to add to the general confusion.
With her life clearly on the downslide, Dancy really has no choice but to turn to God for solutions. Can He...will He work things out for a Fifth Avenue princess?
You Had Me at Good-bye is a fun storyline, and an interesting peek into a world where money is no object, and anything over a size two is plus-size. Tracey Bateman has a style all her own, and a unique ability to make readers laugh out loud. At the same time, she paints a heart-warming picture of spiritual growth, emotional development and love in the making.