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Monday, April 10, 2006

Liz Introduces Our Latest Guest Blogger, Barbara Samuel


Barbara Samuel’s first book, STRANGERS ON A TRAIN, was published by Silhouette Books for their Special Editions line in October of 1989. I know this, because my first book was also published by Silhouette Books for their Special Editions line in October of 1989. Barbara Samuel’s first single-title, a historical called A BED OF SPICES, was published by HarperCollins’s now-defunct Monogram imprint in September of 1993. I know this, because my first single-title was also published by HarperCollins’s now-defunct Monogram imprint in September of 1993.

Of course, Barbara has four Ritas, and I have, um, none. And her Amazon reviews generally average five stars, where mine generally average, um, decidedly fewer. And she’s been published in hardback, which, of course, I haven’t. She’s also blond. And I’m not.

But then, we were talking about Barbara. Ahem.

Barbara Samuel is a multiple RITA award-winning author with more than twenty-five books to her credit, both historical and contemporary romances and women's fiction. Her work has captured a plethora of awards, including four RITAs (yeah, yeah, yeah); the Colorado Center for the Book Award (twice); Favorite Book of the Year from Romance Writers of America (are we there yet?); and the Library Journal's list of Best Genre Fiction of the year (guess not), among many others. She now writes women's fiction for Ballantine, romances for Silhouette, and columns for her website and Novelist's Ink.

She’s also a helluva lot of fun at conferences and very forgiving of her friends. I hope.

Her latest book is MADAME MIRABOU'S SCHOOL OF LOVE, a Ballantine Books trade paperback, which just hit stores. In it, Nicole Bridges can't believe she's taken up residence in a Colorado apartment complex nicknamed "Splitsville." She's still reeling from her husband's affair, a divorce she never saw coming, and having to leave the upscale, comfortable world she helped make for her ex and their teenage daughter. With little money, even less work experience, and no idea what to do next, she takes tentative steps - if only to keep her head above water. Along the way, Nikki unexpectedly finds herself falling in with eccentric new neighbors - and being seduced out of her funk by a charming, elusive ex-Londoner. And through her delight in the sensual elements of perfume, she will discover the courage to form bonds she never imagined. When a discarded flyer printed with the name "Madame Mirabou" provides the spark of inspiration, Nikki dares to blend the fragments of her life into a fragrance that's uniquely and passionately her own.

Ladies and gents, please join me in extending a warm welcome to Barbara Samuel, wordsmith extraordinaire and my good friend, who is only hours away from her blogging excursion at Squawk Radio.
Elizabeth Bevarly, 11:38 PM
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