p&p2I was always a bookworm.  I think most authors are.  I started reading romance when I was about 12 or 13.  The first romance novel I read was Victoria Holt’s Secret Woman.  I went on to read all of Ms. Holt’s books and started devouring all the gothic romances of that time.  I’m also a huge Georgette Heyer fan and have read all of her books.  As an English major at UCLA, I read a heavy dose of the classics, and later I started reading a lot of non-fiction and true crime.  What better way to combine my love of romance with my interest in true crime than by writing romantic suspense?!  I have written over 25 books for Harlequin Intrigue (check out my Books page!), and have self-published a few more books, including a romantic comedy (check out my Indie Books page!).

I live near the beach in Southern California, and when I’m not writing, I’m reading, running on the beach, and going to my son’s water polo and soccer games.  I have two teenage sons and a husband retired from law enforcement, who gives me an idea or two.

I hope you enjoy reading my books as much as I enjoy writing them.  I love hearing from readers, so let me know what’s on your mind.  Also, follow me on Facebook and Twitter for news and contests and check out my blog for up-to-date info.

Happy reading!

Carol ♥


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My Excellent Adventure in NYC

soflI hadn’t been to New York in over 20 years when I attended the Romance Writers of America conference there this summer.  Since I was hopping on a plane for five hours, I decided to make a vacation out of it and my husband joined me after the conference.  We stayed in the city another three days for a whirlwind of sightseeing that encompassed the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island, the 9/11 Memorial Museum, the Tenement Museum, a walking tour of Soho, Little Italy, and Chinatown, and finally a Broadway show–Jersey Boys.  I kid you not.  We spent three days seeing all those sights–walking, taking subways and hailing the occasional taxi.  We must’ve walked MILES.  I had my Pacer app on my phone, but my phone kept dying so I don’t think the mileage was accurate, but each day we logged at least 7 miles.

vip1But before the vacay, I enjoyed four days at the RWA conference.  It was crazy crowded there; the noise level alone at the Literacy Book Signing was unreal.  I got to sign books at the Harlequin book signing, as well.  It’s so wonderful to connect with so many Harlequin readers in the same place.  The Harlequin party was a blast, as usual, and this year it was special for me.  I was recognized for publishing my 25th book for Harlequin!  I was treated to a pre-party where I got my hair and (way too much) make-up done.

me and alWhile my husband and I were trekking around NYC, we took a subway down to the Harlequin offices and my editor gave me a tour.  It was interesting to see where it all happens!

I returned to L.A. invigorated and ready to write, but now I want to go back to NYC and see everything I missed this trip–the Chelsea Highline, Greenwich Village, a walking tour of Harlem…

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