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The most romantic love story I have ever known is my own. It started when I was taking a short holiday in Venice, Italy. I can remember sitting at a little cafe in St.Mark's Square, listening to the orchestra, watching the sun wink off my wine glass, and wondering what this magical city would bring me. Three hours later I met a tall, dark, handsome Venetian, who asked me to have dinner with him that night.

"Definitely not!!" I said. "I've dated Italians before, "and you're all hands."

He looked shocked at my suspicions. "Just friendly!" he promised.

But he didn't keep his word - Thank goodness!

He had (and still has) more charm than any man has a right to have, and the evening was pure magic. We ate at a little canalside cafe, and took a motor bus up the Grand Canal, where the beautiful old buildings were bathed in floodlight. And, of course, we took a ride in a gondola.

He was in his thirties, and an old hand at dodging wedding bells. But that same evening he began to drop hints about the kind of woman he wanted to marry. Gradually I realized that he was serious. In the end it took him a whole twenty four hours to propose formally. I said yes. It was complete madness, but I was in love.

My family and friend were aghast, muttering darkly about 'holiday romances'. But now, more than twenty years later, we are still married, still happy and in love.

We have lived mostly in England. My husband is an artist. I was a journalist for some years, working on a major women's magazine. While writing features I found myself in some fascinating situations. I've camped out with lions in Africa, flown with the flying ambulances of the romote Scottish islands, and tried the gaming tables in Monte Carlo. When I finally gave up journalism to write romances, all these experiences crept into my work.

I also interviewed some of the world's most interesting and attractive men, Warren Beatty, Richard Chamberlain, Roger Moore, Charlton Heston. Even when I took a fill in job in a London store, I found myself serving Michael Caine.

We did return to Italy for a couple of years, and rented a villa just outside Venice. It was then that I really got to know the Italian people, and the rest of the country.

It is no accident that so many of my books are set in Italy. I've used Venice as a background, but also Rome, Florence, Milan, Tuscany and Sicily. I love writing Italian heroes. The legend of the romantic Italian male has a lot of truth in it. The men from this hot, colorful country have a full hearted, emotional reaction to life that makes them wonderful to be with - and to write about.

We now live in the English midlands. We have no children, but our two dogs make sure they leave us no time to spare.

My husband paints and I write. We return to Italy every year, and at least every three years we go to Venice to walk the streets we remember. Venice is as timeless as love itself, and the little canals and bridges haven't altered since that first night. Nor has the Grand Canal, or the gondolas. And nor have we.

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Book Series
Baby Boom
Baby on Board
Diamonds Are Forever
Fabulous Fathers
Heart to Heart
Holding Out for a Hero
Kids and Kisses
Man of the Month
Man of the World
Ready For Baby
Red-Hot Revenge
The Big Event
The Counts of Calvani
The Falcon Dynasty
The Italian Brothers
The Italian Grooms
The Rinucci Brothers
To Have and To Hold
White Wedding
Written in the Stars
Book List
Fianl Falcon says I Do, The (large print) (01/14)

Falling for the Rebel Falcon (large print) (06/13)

Secret that Changed Everything, The (12/12)

Secret that Changed Everything, The (large print) (12/12)

Plain Jane in the Spotlight (large print) (06/12)

Plain Jane in the Spotlight (06/12)

Miss Prim and the Billionaire (02/12)

Miss Prim and the Billionaire (large print) (02/12)

Rescued by the Brooding Tycoon (large print) (09/11)

Rescued by the Brooding Tycoon (09/11)

His Diamond Bride (01/11)

Mistletoe Proposal, A (12/10)

Greek Tycoon's Achilles Heel, The (06/10)

Greek Tycoon's Achilles Heel, The (UK) (04/10)

Accidentally Expecting! (02/10)

And the Bride Wore Red (12/09)

Veretti's Dark Vengence (08/09)

Veretti's Dark Vengeance (UK) (08/09)

Italian Tycoon, Secret Son (05/09)

Italian's Miracle Family, The (12/08)

Italian's Cinderella Bride, The (06/08)

Italian's Passionate Revenge (05/08)

Millionaire Tycoon's English Rose, The (12/07)

Millionaire Tycoon's English Rose, The (Large Print) (12/07)

Mediterranean Rebel's Bride, The (10/07)

Mediterranean Rebel's Bride, The (Large Print) (10/07)

Italian's Wife By Sunset, The (08/07)

Italian's Wife By Sunset, The (Large Print) (08/07)

One Summer In Italy . . . (02/07)

Married Under The Italian Sun (09/06)

Wedding Arrangement, The (04/06)

Her Italian Boss's Agenda (03/06)

Wife and Mother Forever (02/06)

Italian's Rightful Bride, The (08/05)

Family for Keeps, A (05/05)

Monte Carlo Proposal, The (02/05)

His Pretend Bride (10/04)

Gino's Arranged Bride (08/04)

Rinaldo's Inherited Bride (06/04)

Italian's Baby, The (01/04)

Tuscan Tycoon's Wife, The (08/03)

Italian Millionaire's Marriage, The (06/03)

Venetian Playboy's Bride, The (04/03)

Pregnancy Bond, The (01/03)

Convenient Wedding, A (08/02)

Princess Dottie (08/02)

Bride By Choice (01/02)

Stand-In Bride, The (12/01)

Husband By Necessity (07/01)

Wife By Arrangement (06/01)

For the Sake of His Child (02/01)

Sheikh's Reward, The (12/00)

For His Little Girl (09/00)

Rico's Secret Child (03/00)

Taming Jason (01/00)

Tycoon for Hire (UK) (09/99)

Farelli's Wife (07/99)

Beauty and the Boss (04/99)

Anything, Any time, Any Place (02/99)

Be My Girl! (11/98)

Diamond Dad, The (08/98)

Daniel and Daughter (11/97)

Forgotten Fiancee (07/97)

His Brother's Child (03/97)

Rebel in Disguise (09/96)

For the Love of Emma (05/96)

This Is My Child (02/96)

Two Faced Woman (11/95)

This Man and This Woman (05/95)

Seduced by Innocence (08/94)

Uncaged (06/94)

Royal Harlot (05/94)

Silhouette Christmas Stories 1993 (11/93)

Instant Father (08/93)

Married in Haste (04/93)

Heaven and Earth (12/92)

Outcast Woman (06/92)

On His Honor (10/91)

Sicilian, The (03/91)

Song of the Lorelei (11/90)

Convicted of Love (01/90)

Bought Woman (09/89)

Vengeance Is Mine (05/89)

True Marriage, A (03/89)

Woman of Spirit, A (11/88)

Night of Passion, A (08/88)

For Love Alone (04/88)

Eagle's Prey (10/87)

Golden Boy (08/87)

Just Good Friends (07/87)

Pearl Beyond Price, A (05/87)

Fragile Beauty, A (02/87)

My Only Love, My Only Hate (11/86)

Once Upon a Time (03/86)

Coldhearted Man, A (11/85)

Virtue and Vice (10/85)

Island of Dreams (04/85)

Judgement of Paris, The (12/84)

Take All Myself (10/84)

Enchantment in Venice (08/84)

Carrister Pride, The (07/84)

Legacy of Fire (02/84)



 
 
 

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