Harlequin Presents stories have it all: strong, sophisticated heroes and sensual, endearing heroines fighting to find love in exotic, romantic places. The crew behind WeWriteRomance.com has hand-picked these four books to showcase their favorites from this series! Bundle includes: The Twelve-Month Mistress by Kate Walker, Surrender to the Millionaire by Margaret Mayo, Lessons from a Latin Lover by Anne McAllister, and the Brazilian's Blackmailed Bride by Michelle Reid.
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Kate Walker was born in Nottinghamshire, England, but the family moved to West Yorkshire when she was just 18 months old, and she has always regarded Yorkshire as home. She was the middle child in a family of five girls, growing up in a home where books were vitally important, and she read anything she could get her hands on.Even before she could write she was making up stories. At the age of four she was telling the tale of The Three Little Raindrops--Drippy, Droppy, and Droopy--to her two younger sisters. She can't remember a time when she wasn't scribbling away at something, and wrote her first book when she was 11.But everyone told her that she would never make a living as a writer, and that she should work toward a more secure career. So she decided that if she couldn't write books, at least she could work with them, and settled for becoming a librarian. On leaving school she went to the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth to study English and librarianship. While there, she met her husband, who was also studying at the college. They married and moved back north, eventually settling in Lincolnshire, where she worked as a children's librarian until her son was born.After three years of being a full-time housewife and mother she was ready for a new challenge, but needed something she could do at home, so she turned to her old love of writing. Her first attempts at writing novels were done at the kitchen table, often working late into the night when her son was asleep, or during a few snatched hours while he was out at nursery school.The first two novels she sent off to Harlequin Mills Boon were rejected, but the third attempt was successful. She can still remember the moment that a letter of acceptance arrived instead of the rejection slip she had been dreading. She must have read that letter over and over a hundred times before what it said sank in, and for days she kept checking it just to make sure she hadn't been dreaming. But the moment she really realized that she was a published writer was when copies of her first book, The Chalk Line, arrived just in time to be one of her best Christmas presents ever.Fitting in hobbies around writing and being a wife and mother can be difficult, but Kate always finds time to read. She loves all sorts of fiction, especially romance, obviously, but she also enjoys historical novels, detective fiction, and long, absorbing biographies, and she can spend hours in bookshops, just browsing. During her working hours, her four cats, all adopted from the RSPCA, keep her company in her study, though they have to be dissuaded from sitting on the piles of papers that they are convinced are there just for their benefit.Kate is often asked if she's a romantic person because she writes romances. Her answer is that if being romantic means caring about other people enough to make that extra special effort for them, then, yes, she is. Romance is about making the important people in your life feel valued and letting them know that you care. But she also writes about relationships and the difficulties people sometimes have in understanding each other, or expressing their feelings, or overcoming problems.Sometimes, when the right words won't come, or an idea hasn't worked out as she thought, she wonders why she doesn't have a regular nine-to-five job--but only sometimes. When the story's flowing and the characters come alive, she really can't imagine doing anything else. And there's a tremendous satisfaction in knowing that she's doing what she always dreamed of and proving wrong all those people who said she would never make a successful career out of her writing.
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Margaret is a hopeless romantic who loves writing. She falls in love with every one of her heroes and likes to boast about how many "love affairs" she's had.
It was never her ambition to become a writer, although she always loved reading, even to the extent of reading comics out loud to her twin brother when she was eight years old. In fact, her only writing experience was in letters to various pen pals around the world. She has, unfortunately, lost touch with them now and often wonders whether any of them have ever discovered that her chatty letters were the forerunner to her writing career.
She was born in Staffordshire, England, and has remained within the country all of her life. She left school to become a secretary, taking a break to have her two children, Adrian and Tina. Once they were at school she started back to work and planned her further career by becoming a bilingual secretary. Unfortunately, she couldn't speak any languages other than her native English, so she began evening classes. It was at this time that she got the idea for a romantic short story-- to this day she doesn't know where the idea came from or why, but she thanks her lucky stars because it kick-started her career.
Margaret, and her mother before her, had always read Mills & Boon romance novels, and to actually be writing one excited her beyond measure. Her first two submitted novels were accepted simultaneously, and now she has over sixty-five to her credit. When she looks at them lined up on her bookshelf she wonders how she has managed to write all those millions of words.
"My life began at forty" is another one of her favourite sayings because that is when her first book was published-- two-and-a-half years after she first set pen to paper (that first book was written long before she felt confident enough to send it off). Having those books accepted was the happiest and most exciting day of her life. She waltzed her husband around the room and their two children thought they'd gone mad, until they were told the good news.
Margaret gets so immersed in her writing that one day-- before she made writing her full-time career and did most of her writing at the office -- her daughter phoned to ask whether she could come and meet her out of work. Margaret told her not to be silly because it was foggy. Her daughter said, "But it's sunny here." And when Margaret looked out of the window the sun was shining. Her hero and heroine were lost out in a sea of fog! Before she became a successful author Margaret was extremely shy and found it difficult to talk to strangers. For research purposes she forced herself to speak to people from all walks of life and now says her shyness has gone forever-- to a certain degree. She is still happiest pouring her thoughts out on paper.
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RITA Award-winner Anne McAllister was born in California, spent formative summer vacations on the beach near her home and on her grandparents' small ranch in Colorado and visiting relatives in Montana. Studying the cowboys, the surfers and the beach volleyball players, she spent long hours developing her concept of "the perfect hero." (Have you noticed a lack of hard-driving Type A businessmen among them? Well, she promises to do one soon, just for a change!).
One thing she did do, early on, was develop a weakness for lean, dark-haired, handsome lone-wolf type guys. When she finally found one, he was in the university library where she was working at the time. It didn't matter. She knew a good man when she saw one.
And they've now been sharing "happily ever afters" for 32 years. They presently have four children, four dogs, and one bionic cat who, contrary to all expectations, is working on his second millennium.
Quite a few years ago they moved to the Midwest, but they spend more and more time in Montana. And as Anne says, she lives there in her head most of the time anyway. She wishes a small town like her very own Elmer, Montana, existed. She'd move there in a minute.
Before she started writing romances, Anne taught Spanish, capped deodorant bottles copyedited textbooks, got a master's degree in theology, and ghostwrote sermons.
It all became grist for the fictional mill -- as has the family history she likes to learn more about every chance she gets. She might have to try her hand at that historical, after all -- especially now that she's learned more about that second great-grandfather who claims to have shot 40 men!
In the meantime, though, she is planning more contemporary Code of the West books for Desire and Special Edition, as well as a single-title Code of the West book coming in early 2002, and a trilogy for Harlequin Presents beginning in August 2000. Keep your eye on both series as characters from each are going to start popping up in each other's books!
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Hi everyone. My name is Michelle Reid. I live in the Northwest of England with my husband of thirty four happy years. I have two lovely daughters and three gorgeous grandchildren all of whom live quite close by, which is great because it means I get to see a lot of them - unless I am heading towards a book deadline when I can almost hear their collective sighs of relief as I take myself off to our Lakeland cottage to write in isolation.
I can't think of another career I would rather be involved in than writing Romantic Fiction. And with all of those wonderful to Mediterranean countries waiting only a few tantalising flying-hours away I have the perfect excuse for visiting some of the most beautiful and exotic locations in Europe in search of fresh inspiration for my books.
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January 01, 2010
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