Getting Over Harry (working title),   by Raina James


Publisher: TBA

Release Date: TBA - work in progress

Genre: Contemporary

Dr. Harrison Braddock Westmoreland III is a certified genius when it comes to computers, but he really needs to pick up Romance for Dummies and memorize it. His long-suffering fiancee, Deirdre Maxwell, has been loving, understanding and willing to wait for Harry to move ahead with their relationship -- or at least introduce her to his family and set a date for the wedding. But when absentminded Harry stands her up yet again, DeeDee calls it quits.

It's just the chance DeeDee's friends have been waiting for. Armed with a 12-step program and dossiers on a number of eligible men, they eagerly begin to give her life a makeover: Goodbye, Harry. Hello, Bachelors No. 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.

Shocked out of his complacency, Harry isn't about to sit back and let the woman he loves fall into the arms -- and bed -- of another man. And if that means hacking into her friends' computers and phone lines, enlisting his lab assistant to investigate DeeDee's would-be lovers and sabotaging their dates, then so be it. Things are about to get Harry.


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Damn that Harry! Why did he have to do this to her?

Struggling for her composure, DeeDee stuffed the damp tissue into the kangaroo pocket of her favourite pink hoodie and shoved the tangled black curls away from her face. Giving a last watery sniff, she straightened her spine, steeling herself for what she was about to do. Then she opened her front door.

Five women stood waiting on the other side. Although she could sense their concern, there was also something fierce about the way they looked at her. Not one of them moved to cross the threshold.

Gemma -- whenever anyone had to do any talking for the group, it was always Gemma -- was the first to speak. "You're sure you want to do this."

It wasn't a question. And really, there was only one response. "I'm sure."

... Later, Melissa, Mandy, Lauren and Kat listen in rapt attention as Gemma lays out their plan for DeeDee:

12 Steps to Getting Over Harry

  1. You admit you are powerless over Harry. He is not going to change.
  2. You believe that we, your friends, can help you take back your life.
  3. You have made a decision to turn your will and your love life -- or at least your dating life -- over to us.
  4. You have made a searching and fearless moral inventory of yourself. Okay, not moral. You need to make a list of all the good, positive things that you have to offer to a man who will appreciate you.
  5. You admit, to you and to us, the exact nature of your wrong: You settled!
  6. You are ready to have us help you get rid of your Harry hangup and move on.
  7. Humbly ask us to remove your shortcomings. All right, we're you're friends. A simple "please" will do it.
  8. Make a list of all persons you have harmed, and become willing to make amends to them all. Now, you may think you are the only one who was hurt. But, hon, we are your best friends in the whole world. It hurt us to see you letting Harry string you along.
  9. Make direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others. All you really need to do to make amends is LET US HELP YOU!
  10. Continue to take a personal inventory and when you are wrong, promptly admit it. In other words, recognize your own worth, chickie! You don't need a man to be happy. (Lauren, the wild woman of the bunch, hoists a flashy box of, ahem, 'personal fulfillment aids' and chimed in, "Especially with this box of..." The rest of DeeDee's pals shushed in unison.)
  11. Sought through meditation to improve your conscious contact with your self-worth, building your confidence in your own ability to live a happy, fulfilling life. ("And to that end, we're signing you up for yoga tomorrow," Mandy explained, giving DeeDee an encouraging smile.)
  12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, you will try to live as an example to other women everywhere, and to practice these principles in all your affairs. (DeeDee laughed nervously. "Other women everywhere? Isn't that a bit extreme?" Lauren raised her newly filled wineglass in a toast. "Hey, go big or go home, baby!")
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