Running On Empty
by Meg Benjamin
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
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Ronnie Ventura has every reason to distrust Fairstein Productions: she’s had run-ins with their shows before. But Fairstein’s newest reality show offers Ronnie a chance to redeem herself from looking like a blonde bimbo. All she has to do is win a modified triathlon. Simple, right? Except this is Fairstein, and nothing is ever simple with them.
Ronnie’s boss at the Blarney Stone bar and café, owner Ted Saltzman, is a lot less convinced that another Fairstein show is just what Ronnie needs, particularly when he’s head over heels about Ronnie himself. But she’s determined, and he’s a man in love.
Ted becomes her running coach, which fans their budding romance to a fever. But can Ronnie’s newfound confidence stand up to the usual Fairstein plots? And can Ted find a way to keep his true love in Salt Box if Hollywood tries to steal her away again?
“How do you think your team will do?” Cam asked each of them.
“Are you kidding?” Constance gave him a fierce smile. “We’ll murder them. They don’t stand a chance.”
“We’re the team to beat.” Misty gave him a cool smile. “We’re trained, we’re rested, we’re ready. They’re going down.”
Ronnie glanced at the two of them, feeling her irritation spike. You knew what this would be like. You can’t blame anybody else. “We’re good,” she said flatly. “We’re very good. We’re going to surprise you. And everyone else.”
Constance snickered. Ronnie watched the camera swing her way. Clearly, Constance was a pro at getting time on camera, which she’d expect from somebody fighting for space on the Lovely Ladies of LA.
“What’s on your training table?” the announcer asked, then pushed the microphone in their direction.
“Complex carbs,” Misty said quickly. “I love me some quinoa.”
Constance snorted. “Protein shakes. Low fat, low carb. Lots of steamed chicken.”
Ronnie shrugged. “Balanced diet. More protein than anything else, but some carbs for muscle and fat for endurance.”
“Yeah, you look like you could endure a hell of a lot,” Constance sneered.
This time Misty snickered.
Ronnie raised her chin, but she kept her smile in place. Aunt Dolly had been on the pageant circuit for years—she’d taught Ronnie a lot about dealing with competitive jerks. She widened her smile in Constance’s direction and let her accent slide down south. “Bless your heart, don’t you worry about it. I’m sure you’re doing just fine for your weight.”
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Meg Benjamin is an award-winning author of contemporary romance. Her Konigsburg series for Samhain Publishing is set in the Texas Hill Country and her Ramos Family Trilogy is set in San Antonio’s King William District. Her Salt Box trilogy takes place in her new home the Colorado Rockies. She’s also the author of Going Up In Flames, part of the Sapphire Falls Kindle World series. Meg’s books have won numerous awards, including an EPIC Award, a Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, the Holt Medallion from Virginia Romance Writers, the Beanpot Award from the New England Romance Writers and the Award of Excellence from Colorado Romance Writers. Meg’s Web site is http://www.MegBenjamin.com. Meg loves to hear from readers—contact her at email@example.com
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