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Adele Ashworth
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Adele Ashworth has always felt she's led a rather dull life on her road to becoming a romance author. Unfortunately, she's also often been wrong.

At the age of six, as she watched one of the Apollo rockets take off on live Saturday morning television, interrupting the most important TV shows of the decade — "The Monkeys" and "Scooby-Doo" — she decided she would become a diplomat.

In elementary school, Adele, being a voracious reader, decided she would be a defense attorney just like Nancy Drew's father. After three years of knowing she was destined for Harvard Law School, Adele finished every published Nancy Drew novel (53 of them at the time) and moved on to reading romance.

In college, Adele was destined to be a singing, reading, reporting, Miss America. Aside from being crowned Miss Sandy City, and Miss Salt Lake County, the pageant thing never went anywhere. Alas, the Singing Beauty Queen future was out.

But Adele worked very hard at her favorite pastime, and by her senior year in college, she'd read just about every Kathleen Woodiwiss, Victoria Holt, Shirley Busbee, Laurie McBain, Johanna Lindsay, and Rosemary Rogers book ever printed. The new romance authors were just starting out — Garwood, McNaught, Deveraux — and they immediately grabbed her attention as well.

After graduating from the University of Utah with a degree in Journalism/Broadcast Newswriting, Adele did what so many graduates do — pursued a job in an entirely different field. Thus, in 1986, she became a flight attendant for America West Airlines.

In the spring of 1993, Adele resigned from America West Airlines to pursue full-time writing. Her first book, EVEN AS YOU ARE, took only three months to write and was never published because, quite frankly, it was pretty darn bad. After brushing up on her skills and studying the market in further detail, she decided to write a second, MY DARLING CAROLINE, which she finished in April, 1995. Two years later, her hard-working agent sold it to Berkley/Jove. MY DARLING CAROLINE, released in October of 1998, went on to win the prestigious Romance Writers of America RITA award for Best First Book of that year.

In the end, what Adele did best was channel her over-active imagination into something arguably practical. Writing books. Since the publication of her first novel, she's written several others: STOLEN CHARMS and WINTER GARDEN, for Berkley, and SOMEONE IRRESISTIBLE and WHEN IT'S PERFECT for Avon/HarperCollins. Most recently Adele began her Duke trilogy with the acclaimed DUKE OF SIN.

Adele lives in Texas with her family, spending most of her hard-earned money at Starbucks, where she's frequently seen chugging down coffee while typing out another fantasy that she hopes romance readers will someday enjoy.

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