Bought For Her Baby Bundle by Susan Stephens

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In the union between a man and a woman, a baby should be the ultimate blessing. But when wealth and power are added to the mix, a child--and love itself--can become a major complication. In these heartwrenching, dramatic tales of passion and possession among the elite, four wealthy, influential men who've lost touch with their own hearts must learn to love...and trust...the women in their lives in order to embrace fatherhood and discover the joys of family life. Thrill to the drama and romance of these classic stories from Harlequin Presents. Bundle includes The Marciano Love-Child by Melanie Milburne, Desert King, Pregnant Mistress by Susan Stephens, The Italian's Pregnancy Proposal by Maggie Cox and Blackmailed for Her Baby by Elizabeth Power.


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Susan trained to be a professional opera singer at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, U.K. During this time she was also a member of the BBC Northern Singers, who were broadcast regularly on radio as well as appearing in concerts nationwide. Whilst at college she won the Elsie Paine award for singing on three consecutive occasions and was subsequently granted a scholarship to study opera at Trinity College, London.Susan was then offered a contract with the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, where she remained for two years, leaving to present the BBC children's television program, Playschool. During this time Susan also appeared in pantomime and summer season, which led her to develop her own cabaret act. Indulging in her great love of travel, Susan enjoyed a season on the QE2 before, on a second visit to Malta, she met her husband, Steve. Susan gave birth to two of her children, Sara and James, whilst living in Malta, but a move back to the U.K. came when Sara was taken dangerously ill and rushed into hospital by powerboat ambulance during a family holiday to Venice. Susan's first book, Help Me Mummy, I Can't Breathe, was written to share Sara's experience with other parents and received favorable reviews in both The Lancet and Nursing Times. It was also adopted as teaching material at St James' Hospital, Leeds, where the family settled. Susan gave many talks on the subject of coping with asthmatic children, culminating in a talk at Westminster Hall during celebrations of the Asthma Society's Diamond Jubilee. Susan had another little girl, Leonie, and when York University opened its crèche, the time seemed right to go back into education. Susan was awarded an MA in music, after which she began teaching full-time. She was appointed a magistrate on the Leeds bench and now sits in Stockport. She wrote three books for educational publisher Hodder & Stoughton, Teach Yourself Singing, Teach Yourself Opera and Teach Yourself Musicals.The next move occurred when Steve's work took him to Cheshire. After dinner at a Pride and Prejudice ball there was a charity auction. One of the lots on offer was "Spend a Day with an Author," donated by Penny Jordan. Steve bought this lot for Susan and the rest is history.... Penny became not just a really great friend, but also a wonderful mentor whose encouragement led Susan to concentrate on writing romance for Harlequin Mills & Boon. Maggie Cox loved to write almost as soon as she learned to read. Her favorite occupation was daydreaming and making up stories in her head, and this particular pastime has stayed with her through all the years of growing up, starting work, marrying and raising a family. No matter what was going on in her life, whether joy, happiness, struggle or disappointment, she'd go to bed each night and lose herself in her imagination.Through all the years of her secretarial career she kept on filling exercise books and the "joy oh joy" her word processor with her writing, never showing anyone what she wrote and basically keeping her stories for her own enjoyment alone. It wasn't until she met her second husband and the "love of her life" that she was persuaded to start sharing those stories with a publisher.Maggie settled on Harlequin Mills & Boon as she had loved romance novels since she was a teenager and read at least one or two paperbacks a week. After several rejections, the letters that were sent back from the publisher started to become more and more positive and encouraging, and in July 2002 she sold her first book A Passionate Protector to Modern Romance. Since then she has written three more books and is currently close to completing her fifth.The fact that she is being published is truly a dream come true; however, each book she writes is still a journey in "courage and hope," and a quest to learn and grow and be "the best writer she can." Her advice to aspiring authors is: "Don't give up at the first hurdle, or even the second, third or fourth, but keep on keeping on until your dream is realized because if you are truly passionate about writing and learning the craft, as Paulo Coehlo states in his book The Alchemist: "The Universe will conspire to help you make it a reality." The world of Romance writing is far removed from Elizabeth Power's childhood days. Brought up in England, her parents' broken marriage coupled with her father's chronic ill-health meant life wasn't always easy, and times remained hard for the family until Elizabeth's late teenage years. Her father, a published author of children's stories was, and still is her role model for life, in that he never faltered from his beliefs and principles no matter how difficult the circumstances. His influence, and love of the written word was naturally passed to his daughter.The difficult times at home brought about many changes of school. The lack of continuity and generally unsettled nature of her education resulted in disliking school, and a constant longing to be out in the working world. Elizabeth's way of getting through these difficult years was to write, and she produced her first romantic novel of some sixty thousand words at the age of fourteen.It didn't take long before Elizabeth's literary aspirations were traded for that of the opposite sex and a career as a legal secretary. Life was so full during these years that her literary ambitions became somewhat overshadowed, although it goes without saying that short stories and poems frequently replaced the wills and conveyances in her typewriter during slack periods!A whirlwind romance resulted in 'wedding bells' in her early twenties. The needs of the home and a full time career became her priority. Despite the ever present nagging little voice in her conscience that constantly reminded her of her childhood dreams, the writing stopped. Her reply to her conscience was that 'she would start tomorrow', but there was always something to do.A few weeks before her thirtieth birthday, Elizabeth was thinking about what she had done with her first thirty years and realised she had been telling herself she would 'start writing tomorrow' for at least twelve of them. She couldn't help wondering, 'Whatever happened to that dream?' Within two weeks her 'tomorrow' would come, when fate took a hand in the form of Redundancy!Writing was now Elizabeth's life. After some considerable time and increasingly 'positive' rejections, the letter that was to change her life arrived from Mills & Boon. Rude Awakening was to be published in 1986 - quite an apt title considering those thirtieth birthday thoughts! Thirteen more titles followed, but then pressures brought on by years of family illness resulted in a slowing down and eventual ceasing of output. After a prolonged absence, Elizabeth is so pleased to be back at her keyboard again, and with new romances already in the pipeline and more on the way, she is making sure that Harlequin Mills & Boon readers will now have the chance of reading her titles on a regular basis.Living with her husband in a three hundred year old English cottage, Elizabeth says they 'lead a simple life'. Their cottage, woodland walks, roaring log fires, the local birds and wildlife are the things that make them happy. Having no children, a stray cat that moved in and stayed eleven years, she says 'became our baby. She taught us so much, and really made us think about how animals feel'. Elizabeth has vegetarian leanings, following in the footsteps of her life-long vegetarian father.Of her writing, emotional intensity is paramount in her books. She says 'times, places and trends change, but emotion is timeless.' A powerful story line with maximum emotion, set in a location in which you can really live and breath while the story unfolds, is what she strives for.
Published August 1, 2008 by Harlequin Presents. 618 pages
Genres: Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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