The Billionaire's Convenient Wife Bundle by Margaret Mayo
(The Billionaire's Convenient Wife)

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They say money can't buy love. But when the heroines of these four stories find themselves trouble, they turn to playboy billionaires for help--and love and desire soon follow. Bundle includes: The Italian's Ruthless Marriage Bargain by Kim Lawrence, The Billionaire's Blackmail Bargain by Margaret Mayo, The Timber Baron's Virgin Bride by Daphne Clair and Jonas Berkeley's Defiant Wife by Amanda Browning.

 

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Though lacking much authentic Welsh blood, Kim Lawrence comes from English/Irish stock. She was born and brought up in North Wales. She returned there when she married, and her sons were both born on Anglesey, an island off the coast. Though not isolated, Anglesey is a little off the beaten track, but lively Dublin, which Kim loves, is only a short ferry ride away.Today they live on the farm her husband was brought up on. Welsh is the first language of many people in this area and Kim's husband and sons are all bilingual -- she is having a lot of fun, not to mention a few headaches, trying to learn the language!With small children, the unsocial hours of nursing didn't look attractive so encouraged by a husband who thinks she can do anything she sets her mind to, Kim tried her hand at writing. Always a keen Harlequin Mills & Boon reader, it seemed natural for her to write a romance novel -- now she can't imagine doing anything else.She is a keen gardener and cook and enjoys running -- often on the beach, as living on an island the sea is never very far away. She is usually accompanied by her Jack Russell, Sprout -- don't ask, it's long story! Margaret is a hopeless romantic who loves writing. She falls in love with every one of her heroes and likes to boast about how many "love affairs" she's had. It was never her ambition to become a writer, although she always loved reading, even to the extent of reading comics out loud to her twin brother when she was eight years old. In fact, her only writing experience was in letters to various pen pals around the world. She has, unfortunately, lost touch with them now and often wonders whether any of them have ever discovered that her chatty letters were the forerunner to her writing career. She was born in Staffordshire, England, and has remained within the country all of her life. She left school to become a secretary, taking a break to have her two children, Adrian and Tina. Once they were at school she started back to work and planned her further career by becoming a bilingual secretary. Unfortunately, she couldn't speak any languages other than her native English, so she began evening classes. It was at this time that she got the idea for a romantic short story-- to this day she doesn't know where the idea came from or why, but she thanks her lucky stars because it kick-started her career. Margaret, and her mother before her, had always read Mills & Boon romance novels, and to actually be writing one excited her beyond measure. Her first two submitted novels were accepted simultaneously, and now she has over sixty-five to her credit. When she looks at them lined up on her bookshelf she wonders how she has managed to write all those millions of words. "My life began at forty" is another one of her favourite sayings because that is when her first book was published-- two-and-a-half years after she first set pen to paper (that first book was written long before she felt confident enough to send it off). Having those books accepted was the happiest and most exciting day of her life. She waltzed her husband around the room and their two children thought they'd gone mad, until they were told the good news.Margaret gets so immersed in her writing that one day-- before she made writing her full-time career and did most of her writing at the office (!)-- her daughter phoned to ask whether she could come and meet her out of work. Margaret told her not to be silly because it was foggy. Her daughter said, "But it's sunny here." And when Margaret looked out of the window the sun was shining. Her hero and heroine were lost out in a sea of fog! Before she became a successful author Margaret was extremely shy and found it difficult to talk to strangers. For research purposes she forced herself to speak to people from all walks of life and now says her shyness has gone forever-- to a certain degree. She is still happiest pouring her thoughts out on paper. Daphne Clair, aka Laurey Bright, lives on a farmlet in beautiful New Zealand with her Dutch-born husband. Together they raised five wonderful, talented children, one of them an orphan from Hong Kong. She has written almost seventy romance novels for Harlequin lines. As Daphne de Jong she has published many short stories and a historical novel, both critically acclaimed in her homeland. She has won the prestigious Katherine Mansfield Short Story Award, has been a Rita finalist and has either finaled or won in other contests in several writing fields. Her online newsletter is issued once a month to six weeks, and is sent by email to subscribers (free). One of the most visited features on her site is The Writing Class where questions are answered about all aspects of writing.She enjoys passing on the knowledge she's gained in many years of writing, and runs courses for romance writers at her large country home. Amanda is still happily single and lives in the old family home on the borders of Essex. She enjoys her extended family and is the great aunt to 18 nieces and nephews. She especially enjoys her twin sister's two grandchildren, one who's very close, and she risks serious damage to her back when playing the fool with them!She began writing romances when she left her job at the library and wondered what to do next. She remembered a colleague once told her to write a romance, and went for it. Her first effort elicited an invitation to visit Mills & Boon headquarters. Although her first two manuscripts could not be used, the third was accepted and she hasn't looked back since.Besides writing, which occupies a great deal of her time, she is very interested in researching her family tree. This has led to discovering relatives in the United States and Canada, and just recently these relations have visited the U.K. She is about to plunge into the world of the Internet in order to make more discoveries, which should be interesting in more ways than one!What is left of her spare time is spent doing counted cross-stitch, and she really enjoys the designs based on the works of Marty Bell, as well as the gorgeous designs of Victorian Ladies, angels by Lavender & Lace, and Mirabilia ranges -- they are so intricate. She finds it very satisfying to finish one and finally see it hanging on a wall.Of course, she still manages to find time for some gardening. Like most gardeners, she is constantly waging war against cats, who think the beds are their private toilets, and the snails, who dine out on her flowers. So far she has resisted the ultimate deterrent of trekking out at night with a torch and a bucket, but she's giving it serious consideration!
 
Published March 1, 2009 by Harlequin Presents Extra. 601 pages
Genres: Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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