Once upon a time, there was a little girl who dreamed of writing books just like the ones she loved to read – Nancy Drew, The Black Stallion, Lad, a Dog (that love for animals that made her become a vet), Mary Stewart, Helen MacInnes,  Georgette Heyer  (the little girl was getting older).  She made up stories and changed the endings of books and movies to make them come out the way she pictured them.  But instead of pursuing her writing dream, her love of animals and need for a ‘real’ job led her to a career as a veterinarian.

When she realized she was now making up stories about her clients and their pets, she decided to try writing them down.  Her first book, Personal Best, was published in 1991.  Thirty award-winning books for Silhouette and Harlequin followed.

Today, that little girl considers herself the luckiest woman in the world.  She has two careers she loves as well as the best family ever.  She and her husband have three daughters and live in a Chicago suburb with a menagerie of pets.

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My new series, THE DONOVAN FAMILY, is now available.  These sexy romantic suspense novels tell the stories of a family of Chicago cops and one brother who’s an FBI agent.


 Beautiful young couple hugging and touching



I’m working on the sixth book in the series, PROTECT ME, which is Mia’s story.  She’s studying for the detective’s exam when her captain offers an assignment –personal bodyguard for actor Finn O’Rourke.  He’s in town for a movie and needs protection from a stalker.

Finn isn’t the arrogant, egotistical actor Mia expected.  There’s more than meets the eye when it comes to the ‘most hated man in America’, his nickname since he cheated on his girlfriend, a well-known pop star.

But his stalker is lurking and the threat is escalating.  Although Mia’s feelings for Finn are growing, her job is to protect Finn, not fall in love with him.

Click here for a peak at the first chapter.  PROTECT ME will be available by yearend.

Susan Elizabeth PhillipsHere I am with one of my author friends, Susan Elizabeth Phillips.  We’re signing books at a writing conference.

This is Addy, an Australian Shepherd, posing for a photo on the San Juan Islands.  She’s the prototype for Franny the Wonder Dog, who plays a starring role in Find Me.  Franny makes a repeat appearance in Cover Me.


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