I’ve read romance novels since I was a thirteen year old living outside Nuremburg, Germany with my family.  I started with Barbara Cartland’s (ooh how I loved those wicked dukes and earls and titles like The Impetuous Duchess!) and progressed on to Mills & Boon romances and then Harlequins and then historical romances by authors like Kathleen Woodiwiss.

But Harlequins were a huge love of mine and I started trying to write my first Harlequin romance for Harlequin when still a senior in high school. I wasn’t very good at it but I was serious and started submitting to both the London and Toronto office in 1983, and then again in 1987, and 1988 and 89….and all the way until I finally sold in 2000. You all know my story–took me some 15 years and 13 rejected manuscripts–to get that first sale, The Italian Groom, but along the way I learned determination, craft, dedication and self-esteem.

I’ve now written 25 books for Harlequin and will be writing several more for Harlequin Presents later this year (must get baby out first!) but Harlequin has big news of their own.  While the Mills & Boon office in London celebrated their 100th anniversary last year, this year Harlequin celebrates their 60th anniversary, and boy are they celebrating.

In honor of their 60th anniversary, Harlequin is giving away a book to every woman in America and Canada!

But there’s more!! Yes, really.

You’ll  have the chance to try 16 free books  that readers can download. If you love romance, or are curious about reading romance, this is such a great opportunity to try wonderful books by authors I adore. These 16 books represent the best of the best and the authors are all authors on my ‘keepers shelf’.

Here’s what you need to do and know:

Harlequin Celebrates

These downloadable titles are available as a PDF and in all eBook  formats, and there is no drm (digital rights management). They are also available as a Stanza App for the iPhone and iPod Touch, and can also be found at all the online  retailers like Sony, Amazon, Barnes & Noble,,, etc. The best part is that these 16 free books (one for every series) will be available throughout 2009!

The 16 books are…

Harlequin American Romance, Once a Cowboy by Linda Warren
Harlequin Blaze, Slow Hands by Leslie Kelly
Harlequin Historical, His Lady Mistress by Elizabeth Rolls
Harlequin Intrigue, Crime Scene at Cardwell Ranch by B.J. Daniels
Harlequin Presents, Price of Passion by Susan Napier
Harlequin Romance, The Bride’s Baby by Liz Fielding
Harlequin Superromance, Snowbound by Janice Kay Johnson
Silhouette Desire, Baby Bonanza by Maureen Child
Silhouette Nocturne, Kiss Me Deadly by Michele Hauf
Silhouette Romantic Suspense, Stranded with a Spy by Merline Lovelace
Silhouette Special Edition, Dancing in the Moonlight by Raeanne Thayne
Love Inspired, A Very Special Delivery by Linda Goodnight
Love Inspired Historical, Homespun Bride by Jillian Hart
Love Inspired Suspense, Hide in Plain Sight by Marta Perry
Kimani Romance, Irresistible Forces by Brenda Jackson
Nascar, Speed Dating by Nancy Warren

So what are you waiting for? Download your 16 free books today!

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