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Catherine Cookson

Friday, September 3rd, 2010
Catherine Cookson

Catherine Cookson

Catherine Cookson was born in Tyne Dock, the illegitimate daughter of a poverty-stricken woman, Kate, whom she believed to be her older sister. She began work in service but eventually moved south to Hastings, where she met and married Tom Cookson, a local grammar-school master. Although she was originally acclaimed as a regional writer – her novel The Round Tower won the Winifred Holtby Award for the best regional novel of 1968 – her readership quickly spread throughout the world, and her many best-selling novels established her as one of the most popular of contemporary women novelists. After receiving an OBE in 1985, Catherine Cookson was created a Dame of the British Empire in 1993. She was appointed an Honorary Fellow of St Hilda’s College, Oxford, in 1997. For many years she lived near Newcastle upon Tyne. She died shortly before her ninety-second birthday, in June 1998.

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Jackie Collins

Friday, September 3rd, 2010
Jackie Collins

Jackie Collins

There have been many imitators, but only Jackie Collins can tell you what really goes on in the fastest lane of all.

From Beverly Hills bedrooms to a raunchy prowl along the streets of Hollywood; from glittering rock parties and concerts to stretch limos and the mansions of the power brokers — Jackie Collins chronicles the real truth from the inside looking out.

Jackie Collins has been called a “raunchy moralist” by the late director Louis Malle and “Hollywood’s own Marcel Proust” by Vanity Fair magazine. With over 400 million copies of her books sold in more than 40 countries, and with some twenty-seven New York Times bestsellers to her credit, Jackie Collins is one of the world’s top-selling novelists. She is known for giving her readers an unrivaled insiders knowledge of Hollywood and the glamorous lives and loves of the rich, famous, and infamous! “I write about real people in disguise,” she says. “If anything, my characters are toned down — the truth is much more bizarre.”

Jackie Collins started writing as a teenager, making up steamy stories her schoolmates paid to devour. Her first book, The World is Full of Married Men, became a sensational bestseller because of its open sexuality and the way it dealt honestly with the double standard. After that came The Stud, Sinners, The Love Killers, The World is Full of Divorced Women, The Bitch, Lovers And Gamblers, Chances, and then the international sensation, Hollywood Wives — a #1 New York Times bestseller, which was made into one of ABC’s highest-rated miniseries starring Anthony Hopkins and Candice Bergen.

The Stud, The World is Full of Married Men, and The Bitch were also filmed — this time for the big screen. And Jackie wrote an original movie, Yesterday’s Hero, starring Ian McShane and Suzanne Somers.

Readers couldn’t wait to race through Lucky, her next book — a sequel to Chances — and the story of an incredibly beautiful, strong woman, another New York Times number one.

Then came the bad boys of Hollywood in the steamy Hollywood Husbands — a novel which kept everyone guessing the identities of the true-to-life Hollywood characters.

Jackie then wrote Rock Star – the story of three rock superstars and their rise to the top, followed by the long-waited sequel to Chances and Lucky – Lady Boss – tracking the further adventures of the wild and powerful Lucky Santangelo as she takes control of a Hollywood studio.

Both Lucky and Chances were written and adapted for NBC television by Jackie, who also executive produced the highly successful six-hour miniseries Lucky/Chances, starring Nicollete Sheridan and Sandra Bullock.

In 1992, she produced and wrote the four hour miniseries, Lady Boss, which became another huge ratings success for NBC. Lady Boss starred Kim Delaney. Next came American Star, a love story, which the Los Angeles Times described as “classic Collins.”

And then the dangerously close to the truth Hollywood Kids — a story of power, sex, danger and ambition among the grown offspring of major celebrities.

In 1996 Vendetta – Lucky’s Revenge was published — and became an immediate New York Times bestseller.

And then in 1998, Jackie hosted her own daily television show, Jackie Collins Hollywood. A combination of fun, style and interviews, Jackie talked to everyone from George Clooney to Jennifer Lopez.

After that she wrote L.A. Connections – a four-part serial novel published one per month — Power, Obsession, Murder and Revenge.

In 1999 came Dangerous Kiss – the return of Lucky Santangelo in a bestselling novel about relationships, addiction, fear and lust.

In the year 2000, Lethal Seduction became the first bestseller for Jackie Collins in the new millennium. This tale of erotic suspense and glamorous intrigue featured Madison Castelli, a character first introduced in the L.A. Connections series.

Hollywood Wives – The New Generation became a blockbuster bestseller in 2001, following in the footsteps of the original Hollywood Wives. Hollywood Wives – The New Generation featured a brand new cast of characters and a totally fresh perspective on how women pursue power, love, sex, and success in Tinsletown today.

In 2003 Jackie produced the TV movie of Hollywood Wives – The New Generation for CBS. Wives starred Farrah Fawcett, Robin Givens, Jack Scalia and Melissa Gilbert.

In June 2002, New York flash, L.A. trash and a Mafia don meet head-on in Deadly Embrace. This sexy tale of dangerous passion and suspense features heroine Madison Castelli and is both a prequel and a sequel to her adventures in the bestselling Lethal Seduction.

In 2003 came the bestselling Hollywood Divorces, the story of three very different women. Followed in 2005 by Lovers and Players — a story of family conflicts, three brothers and their billionaire father, a beautiful heiress, a hip-hop mogul, Russian call girls, illegitimate children and two murders. This all takes place over seven days in New York, and is another New York Times bestseller.

Drop Dead Beautiful — The Continuing Adventures of Lucky Santangelo was published in 2007. Lucky came back with a vengeance — bolder and more beautiful than ever! In Drop Dead Beautiful Lucky meets old friends and enemies, and deals with her wild sixteen-year-old daughter, Max, who is as stubborn and strong as her mom. Lucky plans to return to Las Vegas and build an amazing billion dollar hotel complex. But when she does… the trouble really begins…

Next came Married Lovers, a powerful look at the ins and outs of marriage in L.A.  It’s also the story of an under-age Russian girl who becomes involved in the sex trade, and eventually arrives in Hollywood and causes major trouble.

Poor Little Bitch Girl is Jackie’s latest book to be published February 9, 2010.  The story of three very different women who all went to high school together.  Denver Jones – a twenty-five year old kick ass associate lawyer in L.A.  Carolyn Henderson – assistant to a powerful married Senator in Washington.  And Annabelle Maestro – daughter of movie star parents, who has carved out a niche for herself as a much in demand New York madame running call girls.

And then there is Bobby Santangelo – Lucky’s hot sexy son, with mucho style, looks and money.

Everyone wants Bobby… Throw into the mix a raunchy agent, a sixteen year old gangbanger’s girlfriend, an older superstar on the prowl, and a lethal murder…

Poor Little Bitch Girl.  A guilty pleasure.

Ms. Collins lives in Los Angeles, California. Her hobbies are soul music, taking photographs and driving to exotic locations so that she can write about them later.

Jackie Colllins is currently working on a new novel, Goddess of Vengeance, the return of Lucky Santangelo.  And she is also writing a play, Jackie Collins Hollywood Lies.

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Robert B Parker

Friday, September 3rd, 2010
Robert B Parker

Robert B Parker

Robert B. Parker began writing in 1971 while teaching at Boston’s Northeastern University. Now he is acknowledged as the dean of American crime fiction and was named Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America (2002). His novels featuring the wise-cracking, street-smart Boston private-eye Spenser have earned him a devoted following and reams of critical acclaim. The Spenser character inspired the television series Spenser: For Hire and a number of made-for-television films.

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Jenna Black

Friday, September 3rd, 2010
Jenna Black

Jenna Black

Jenna Black is an American author of romance novels. She previously wrote under Jennifer Barlow when starting her writing career. Jenna Black got her BA in physical anthropology and French from Duke University. She once aspired to be a primatologist, but ended up writing technical documentation. Her first mass market paperback, Watchers in the Night (Tor Paranormal Romance) came out in 2006. Black is represented by the Irene Goodman Literary Agency.

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Faye Kellerman

Friday, September 3rd, 2010
Faye Kellerman

Faye Kellerman

Faye Kellerman was born in St Louis, Missouri. She began her career as a dentist but turned to writing after the birth of her eldest child in 1978. As well as the highly popular Peter Decker series she has also written one historical mystery. In between writing, she tries to find the time to enjoy her two favourite hobbies, gardening and music. She has four children and lives with them and her husband, novelist and psychologist Jonathan Kellerman, in Los Angeles.

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Melissa Marr

Friday, September 3rd, 2010
Melissa Marr

Melissa Marr

Melissa has never been good at choosing just one path. After finishing high school with the dubious honor of being voted “most likely to end up in jail,” she went to college and graduate school.

Eventually, she went on to bartend at a number of other weird little bars, teach lit both live and online, and discover the joy of tattoos.

After marrying someone who shares the love of ink–on the page and on the skin–Melissa began moving around the country. In the process, she discovered how vast the Mojave really is, how many incredible museums are out there, and how hard it can be to think about settling in one place. She’s continued teaching along the way, but traded beer-slinging for book writing.

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William Napier

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

William Napier was born in 1965 and educated in Cheltenham, Oxford and London. He lives in Wiltshire and travels widely.

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Penny Jordan

Friday, September 3rd, 2010
Penny Jordan

Penny Jordan

Penelope “Penny” Jones was born on November 24, 1946 at about seven pounds in a nursing home in Preston, Lancashire, England. She was the first child of Anthony Winn Jones, an engineer, who died at 85, and his wife Margaret Louise Groves Jones. She has a brother, Anthony, and a sister, Prudence “Pru”.

She had been a keen reader from the childhood – her mother used to leave her in the children’s section of their local library whilst she changed her father’s library books. She was a storyteller long before she began to write romantic fiction. At the age of eight, she was creating serialised bedtime stories, featuring make-believe adventures, for her younger sister Prue, who was always the heroine. At eleven, she fell in love with Mills & Boon, and with their heroes. In those days the books could only be obtained via private lending libraries, and she quickly became a devoted fan, and was thrilled to bits when the books went on full sale, in shops and she could have them for keeps.

Penny left grammar school in Rochdale with O-Levels in English Language, English Literature and Geography. She first discovered Mills & Boon books, via a girl she worked with. She married Steve Halsall, an accountant and a “lovely man”, who smoked and drank too heavily, suffered oral cancer with bravery and dignity. Her late husband bought her out of his own money at a time when he could ill afford it the small electric typewriter on which she typed her first novels. Her husband died at the beginning of 21th century.

She has earned a living as a writer since the 1970s when, as a shorthand typist, she entered a competition run by the Romantic Novelists’ Association. Although she didn’t win, Penny found an agent who was looking for a new Georgette Heyer. She published four regency novels as Caroline Courtney, before changing her nom de plume to Melinda Wright for threebair-hostess romps and then she wrote two thrillers as Lydia Hitchcock. Soon after that, Mills and Boon accepted her first novel for them, Falcon’s Prey as Penny Jordan. However, for her present historical romance novels, she has adopted her mother’s maiden-name to become Annie Groves. Almost 70m of her 167 Mills and Boon novels have been sold worldwide.

Now Penny Halsall lives in a neo-Georgian house in Nantwich, Cheshire, with her Alsatian Sheba and cat Posh. She works from home, in her kitchen, surrounded by her pets, and welcomes interruptions from her friends and family.

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Catherine Coulter

Friday, September 3rd, 2010
Catherine Coulter

Catherine Coulter

Catherine Coulter is the author of 65 novels, including 59 New York Times bestsellers. She earned her reputation writing historical romances. Over a decade ago she added suspense thrillers to her repertoire– with great success. The Cove, the first book in her bestselling “FBI Suspense Thriller Series” spent nine weeks on the New York Times list and has to date sold almost 2 million copies. The Maze, which was reviewed in Publisher’s Weekly as “gripping enough to establish Coulter firmly in this genre,” was Coulter’s first book to land on the Times hardcover bestsellers list. Since then, she has lived up to that promise with ten additional back-to-back bestselling FBI thrillers, including The Target, The Edge, Riptide, Hemlock Bay, Eleventh Hour, Blindside, Blowout, Point Blank, Double Take, Tailspin, Knockout, and two omnibus editions: The Beginning and Double Jeopardy. This summer will see the release of the latest in the FBI series WHIPLASH.

Coulter’s first novel, The Autumn Countess, was published at the end of 1978. She chose a Regency romance for her debut because, says Coulter, “as any published author will tell you, it’s best to limit the unknowns in a first book, and not only had I grown up reading Georgette Heyer, but I earned my M.A. degree in 19th century European History.” Following The Autumn Countess, Coulter wrote six more Regency romances. In 1982 she published her first long historical, Devil’s Embrace. She has continued to write long historicals, interspersing them with hardcover contemporary novels, beginning with False Pretenses in 1988.

Coulter lives with her physician husband in Marin County, California. She grew up in a horse ranch in Texas. She graduated from the University of Texas and received her graduate degree at Boston College. Prior to becoming a full-time writer, she worked on Wall Street as a speech writer. Catherine loves to travel and ski, reads voraciously, and has a reputation for telling jokes, believing the publishing business is too crazy not to laugh.

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Louise Bagshawe

Friday, September 3rd, 2010
Louise Bagshawe

Louise Bagshawe

Louise attended local Catholic schools near her family home in London, before going to Oxford University in 1989. After graduating with a degree in Anglo Saxon and Norse, Louise worked as press officer with EMI records and then as a marketing official with Sony Music.

On her 22nd birthday, Louise’s passion for writing was realised with a major publishing deal. To date, Louise has written twelve novels including a string of bestsellers. She has sold over two million books worldwide.

Louise is involved with charities which support the homeless, as well as child welfare and victims of HIV and AIDS. Louise also has a record of hospital and hospice fundraising. With other bestselling authors she has supported WarChild, a charity which provides relief for orphaned victims of the Bosnia conflict.

A busy mother of three, Louise lives in the constituency in Oundle. Louise’s two oldest children attend local nursery and primary schools, while the youngest is just two years old!

Louise is a hard-working and dedicated campaigner; someone who is determined to stand up for and help local people.

Louise says, “It’s a privilege to be the Member of Parliament for the Corby and East Northants constituency. Our area is a little mirror of Britain, with fast-growing, industrial Corby and the country villages of East Northamptonshire, whilst we also have smaller towns like Irthlingborough, Oundle, Raunds and Thrapston.

“I live here in the constituency with my family and having been the Parliamentary Candidate for this area since 2006, I understand the issues that matter to people across Corby and East Northants and I will always do my best to help local people.”

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