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Love and pride, jealously and betrayal, misunderstandings and redemption...these are the elements which give Harlequin Presents the kind of sexual tension that crackles with electricity, and make it one of the most popular romance series in history. Now get twelve new sizzling stories with one simple click of the mouse. Bundle includes The Martinez Marriage Revenge by Helen Bianchin, The Italian's Rags-to-Riches Wife by Julia James, The Sheikh's Chosen Queen by Jane Porter, Accidentally Pregnant, Conveniently Wed by Sharon Kendrick, Innocent Wife, Baby of Shame by Melanie Milburne, The Billionaire's Virgin Mistress by Sandra Field, Bought for the Frenchman's Pleasure by Abby Green, The Greek Tycoon's Convenient Bride by Kate Hewitt, Mistress in Private by Julie Cohen, In Bed with Her Italian Boss by Kate Hardy, My Tall Dark Greek Boss by Anna Cleary and Housekeeper to a Millionaire by Lucy Monroe.


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Helen grew up in New Zealand, an only child possessed by a vivid imagination and a love for reading. She wrote stories for amusement in her early teenage years, and when she left leaving school, she took a secretarial job at a father-and-son legal firm.Helen's hobbies are tennis, table-tennis, judo, reading. She loves movies, and leads an active social life.At age twenty-one Helen joined a girlfriend and embarked on a working holiday in Australia, travelling via cruise ship from Auckland to Melbourne. Alas, no shipboard romance, as she spent all four days in her cabin suffering from sea-sickness!After fifteen months working in Melbourne, Helen and her friend bought a vehicle and took three months to drive the length and breadth of Australia, choosing to work in Cairns in order to fund the final leg of our journey to Sydney. It was in Cairns that Helen met her future husband, Danilo Bianchin, an Italian immigrant from Treviso. He was a tobacco sharefarmer from the tobacco farming community of Mareeba. His English was pitiful, and her command of Italian was nil.Six months later they married, and Helen was flung into cooking for up to nine tobacco pickers, stringing tobacco, feeding 200 chickens, a few turkeys, ducks ... plus killing, cleaning and cooking the same! Her knowledge of Italian improved, and there were hilarious moments in retrospect. Some of what she endured was cooking on a wood-burning stove, having no running hot water, a primitive shower and toilet facilities, washing uniforms for two soccer teams during the soccer season...floods, horrendous hailstone damage to tobacco crops, hardship, and the stillbirth of their first child.Then, to their joy, Helen's daughter, Lucia, was born. Three years later the couple returned to New Zealand, where they settled for sixteen years. During those early years, they added two sons, Angelo and Peter, to the family, and, on telling anecdotes of farm life in an Italian community to friends, the idea of writing a book occurred. A romance, set on a tobacco farm in Australia's far north, Queensland, featuring an Italian hero. Helen says, "the background was authentic, believe me!" However the hero was rich and owned the farm...artistic license!It took her a year to complete a passable manuscript, typed on a portable typewriter at the dining room table. That first effort was deemed too short with insufficient detail. Helen rewrote it. This time it was considered too long with too much extraneous detail. She revised, then sent it to London. Four months later she received a telegram from Alan Boon to say they intended to publish and a contract would be sent in the mail. It was the most wonderful news!Helen wrote ten more books while living in New Zealand, then in 1981, her family resettled in Australia, on Queensland's Gold Coast. She has since published twenty-five more books. She loves creating characters, giving them life and providing a situation where their emotions are tested and love wins out.Today, with computer technology, the mechanics of writing are much easier. However, the writing process doesn't change. Helen says that she's having a good day if she can achieve 5 good pages, which she is likely to change, edit and rewrite the following day.For her, the greatest praise is for a reader to say they couldn't put the book down... then Helen knows that she has achieved what she set out to do-- "create a moving enjoyable story which holds the reader entertained from beginning to end." Julia lives in England with her family. Mills and Boon novels were Julia's first grown up books she read as a teenager (Alongside Georgette Heyer and Daphne du Maurier.), and she's been reading them ever since.Julia adores the English countryside (And the Celtic countryside!), in all its seasons, and is fascinated by all things historical, from castles to cottages. She also has a special love for the Mediterranean (The most perfect landscape after England!)-- she considers both are ideal settings for romance stories!In between writing she enjoys walking, gardening, needlework and baking extremely gooey chocolate cakes-- and trying to stay fit! Sharon has been writing stories for as long as she can remember and completed her first book at the age of 11! It featured identical twins fighting evil at their boarding school, but-- sadly-- this early manuscript has been lost.Sharon wanted to be a journalist and so enrolled in a secretarial course to learn shorthand and typing, but life kind of got in the way and she drifted in and out of a succession of jobs. She has been a waitress, a cook, a dancer, and a photographer. She has worked in shops and sung in bars. Sharon even qualified as a nurse and drove an ambulance across the Australian desert!When she settled down and married her dashing doctor, she decided life was not a rehearsal and that if she wanted to write a book, she'd just have to sit down and do it. Not easy with a lively toddler and a six-month-old baby while living in a tiny apartment. But she did it, and Nurse in the Outback was born, and accepted by Mills & Boon without any changes.Since then Sharon has gone on to write many books for Mills & Boon and they have been published worldwide. She adores writing romance and considers herself lucky to have the best job in the world! It is a fantastic way to spend a day-- inventing gorgeous heroes and complex, interesting women and charting all the ups and downs, the highs and lows of their relationships until they are really ready to let love into their hearts.Sharon intends to carry on writing forever-- and why not? For what greater pleasure could be gained than when a reader writes to tell you that you moved her to laughter and tears?What Sharon values most is feedback from readers-- a letter about a book makes it all worthwhile-- and she loves to hear from the people she is writing for. Alternatively, if a reader tells her what they don't like reading, then that is enormously useful, as well. So please, please contact her as often as you like-- she replies to all her readers' letters! You can email Sharon at Reading! When Jacqueline is not busy writing she likes to spend her time traveling, reading, and playing cards. She enjoys swimming in the sea when the weather allows. But a knee injury has put an end to her sailing days.With a more sedentary lifestyle, she does visit a gym three times a week and has made the surprising discovery that she gets some of her best ideas while doing the mind-numbingly boring exercises on the weight machines.Jacqueline lives with her husband, Jim, and two grown sons in Northumberland, the Border Country of England. How did Sandra Field change from being a science graduate working on metal-induced rancidity of cod fillets at the Fisheries Research Board to being the author of over 50 Harlequins? When her husband joined the armed forces as a chaplain, they moved three times in the first 18 months. The last move was to Prince Edward Island. By then her children were in school; she couldn't get a job; and at the local bridge club, she kept forgetting not to trump her partner's ace.However, Sandra had always loved to read, fascinated by the lure of being drawn into the other world of the story. So one day she bought a dozen Harlequin novels, read and analyzed them, then sat down and wrote one (she believes she's the first North American to write for Harlequin Romance).Her first book, typed with four fingers, was published as To Trust My Love; her pseudonym was an attempt to prevent the congregation from finding out what the chaplain's wife was up to in her spare time.She's been very fortunate for years to be able to combine a love of travel (particularly to the north--she doesn't do heat well) with her writing, by describing settings that most people will probably never visit. And there's always the challenge of making the heroine's long underwear sound romantic.She's lived most of her life in the Maritimes of Canada, within reach of the sea. Kayaking and canoeing, hiking and gardening, listening to music and reading are all sources of great pleasure. But best of all are good friends, some going back to high-school days, and her family. She has a beautiful daughter-in-law and the two most delightful, handsome, and intelligent grandchildren in the world (of course!).
Published April 1, 2008 by Harlequin Presents. 1984 pages
Genres: Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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