I was born in and grew up there and in
Western Massachusetts. I received my undergraduate degree
and my M.A. in art history. Since graduate school I've worked as a
museum lecturer and have taught art, art history, and French. My family
and I now live in Rhode Island, where, in
addition to writing, I teach English at the Rhode Island School of
Design--a great place to share my love of art and fiction.
I began writing my first romance
while pursuing my master's degree. My first novel,
Ride a Dark Horse, filled most of a spiral bound notebook. I was
running out of pages when my wonderful husband presented me with a
laptop for my birthday. It didn't take long for me to realize I far
preferred writing love stories to cranking out term papers!
Ride a Dark Horse and
Meeting, my second novel, are set in a world I've always
loved…the world of horses and professional show jumping. Growing
up in Massachusetts, I competed in horse shows and
later spent summers working at stables. Though I've had to take
a break from riding (due to lack of time to devote to a horse)
writing about the amazing bond between horses and the humans who
work with them, care for them and love them is immensely
to seahorses. One of my favorite heroes as a child was Jacques Cousteau.
For years I dreamed of being the female version of this incredible
scientist/naturalist/explorer. I took up scuba diving and when I wasn't
riding horses I was swimming and eventually became an avid open water
swimmer. One of my proudest accomplishments was competing in the
Chesapeake Bay Swim, a four-mile swim that follows the span of the
(See photo below)
never fulfilled my fantasy of becoming a female Jacques Cousteau, I
decided to write a romance in which I could pay my respects to the
wonders of the ocean. My heroine in
Night Swimming is Dr. Lily
Banyon, a scientist committed to preserving the beauty of the oceans'
reefs. After years of marine exploration, Lily finds herself assigned to
a reef study in Coral Beach,
Florida, her old
hometown. There she is forced to confront her childhood nemesis, Sean
McDermott, who just happens to be the town's mayor.
In Your Eyes tells the story of Alex Miller.
Readers may remember him from
a Dark Horse. I found myself trying to imagine what kind of woman
would be able to melt the icy layer protecting Alex’s heart. It took me
a while, but I finally found someone special enough for him. I hope
you'll like Gen Monaghan as much as I do. A gifted artist, she’s a woman
who's happy to walk a different path. Jaded Alex Miller finds her
irresistible. Now he just has to convince Gen that he's the man for her.
As the only girl in my family I’ve
always been interested in sisters--how they fight, compete, and support
each other. That was the kernel of the idea for the
Rosewood Trilogy. The series is about three sisters, Jordan, Margot, and Jade Radcliffe, and how they
come together to save the horse breeding farm and magnificent Virginia estate that’s been in their family
story is the first book. It’s entitled
Margot is the middle sister, and when we meet her she’s an unhappy and
impetuous teen, flooded with hormones and the craziness of her first
serious crush. Unfortunately, the person she’s fallen for isn’t just
some callow youth but her father’s horse trainer: Travis Maher.
At a family party, Margot suffers in
short order devastating rejections from the two most important men in
her life: Travis and her father. Hurt and convinced there’s no place for
her at Rosewood, she runs away.
Eight years later Margot, a
successful model, returns to Rosewood,
a place she never expected to see again. Once there, she discovers
that in order to save her family’s horse breeding farm she’ll need the
help of Travis Maher, the one man she’s never been able to forget.
Believe in Me,
is Jordan Radcliffe’s story.
The book begins with
struggling to save her marriage after discovering that her husband,
Richard, was unfaithful while she was pregnant with their third child.
to be productive,
while effectively hiding the heartache she
still suffers, Jordan
revitalizes the career as an interior designer that she’d set aside. At the house of her first
potential client, she meets Owen Gage, an architect and designer, who
specializes in restoring historical homes.
When Owen, who himself is wary of
any romantic involvement, offers her an interior decorating job that she
badly wants, she accepts the commission even though it will entail
working alongside him every day. Very soon
is forced to recognize that Owen may be the one man who can heal her
broken heart—if she has the courage to open it to love again.
In Trouble Me, Jade
Radcliffe is now a young woman who’s pretty much gotten her act together. A recent college grad, she’s determined to shake the wild reputation she earned as a teen and take her place alongside her sisters training horses at Rosewood Farm and teaching at the local elementary school. Jade plans to be a model citizen, a real paragon.
The only hitch in her plan is that on her way home a terrible lightning storm forces her to spend the night in a hotel near Norfolk, Virginia. And when she meets a handsome stranger in a bar she learns that the summer lightning storm raging outside is nothing compared to the electricity that sizzles when they touch.
Though Jade thinks she’s just indulging in a final one night
stand before assuming an ultra respectable persona, it turns out
that her handsome stranger is not such a stranger after all...
Come west with me and enjoy my new
Silver Creek series! There’ll be handsome cowboys, strong, passionate women, fast Quarter horses, ornery cattle and even some sheep and goats!
Owned by the Knowles family, Silver Creek is a working guest ranch, located on three thousand acres in Northern California.
Once Tempted, Book One in the series, tells the story of Ward Knowles, the eldest son.
At age thirty, Ward is handsome, accomplished, and ambitious, a man as comfortable in a business meeting as he is in the saddle working one of the cutting horses, herding cattle, or leading the ranch’s guests on a trail ride. But there’s one thing from which Ward shies away: love. Betrayed by his ex-fiancée, Ward has yet to meet a woman who can heal the wounds to his heart. Until the day Tess Casari drives up to his family’s ranch.
To escape the painful memories of a failed marriage, Tess Casari leaves her life in New York City and the world she knows and sets out for California. A city girl, Tess would prefer to make a new life for herself in a place like L.A. or San Francisco, but Fate decrees otherwise, and Tess finds herself working at Silver Creek Ranch. The ranch is a sprawling operation and is home to more four-legged animals than she’s ever seen. But it’s a certain two-legged creature, a proud cowboy named Ward Knowles--who just happens to be her new employer--that is the most worrisome thing about her new life...worrisome in the most delicious and distracting way.
Once Tempted is available now.
Once Tasted, Book Two in the series, is the story of Reid Knowles, Ward’s younger brother. Everybody loves Reid. He’s a handsome, blue-eyed cowboy who can charm just about any woman. Any woman but Mia Bodell.
Mia and her uncle Thomas own the vineyard next to Silver Creek Ranch. Mia’s youthful infatuation for Reid was killed years ago. For his part, Reid would just as soon steer clear of Mia. Unfortunately, he’s made a promise to Mia’s uncle to help Mia manage the winery...all too soon the sparks begin to fly between Mia and Reid.
Once Tasted is due out on May 27, 2014 and is available for pre-order!
Right now, I’m working on Once Touched, Book Three of the
Silver Creek series, and Quinn Knowles’s story. Were Quinn to be handed a frog with the promise that her kiss could transform the amphibian into a prince, she’d open her fingers and let it hop away unbussed to the nearest lily pad. She’d much rather the frog remain a frog. What would she possibly want with a human male--prince or commoner--hanging around? It’s going to take a pretty amazing man to make Quinn rethink her position.
Once Touched will be coming in 2015.