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Cain took a sip of whiskey and stared at the girl. She was sitting at the wooden table, her hands folded out of sight in her lap, the soft fabric of her shirt clearly outlining a pair of small breasts. How could he have believed for a moment that she was a boy? Those delicate bones should have been a giveaway, along with her eyelashes, which were thick enough to sweep the floor.

The dirt had thrown him off. The dirt and the cussing, not to mention that pugnacious attitude. What a scamp.

He wondered how old she was. Fourteen or so? He knew a lot about women, but not about girls. When did they start growing breasts? One thing for sure She was too young to be on her own.

He set down his whiskey tumbler. A child your age cant run around New York City alone. It isnt safe.

The only person whos given me trouble since I got heres been you.
She had a point, but he ignored it. Regardless. Tomorrow Ill take you to some people wholl find a place for you to live.

Are you talkin bout an orphanage?

It irritated him that she seemed amused. Yes, Im talking about an orphanage! Youre sure as hellheckarent going to stay here.

I dont think orphanages take in eighteen-year-olds.

She had the nerve to smirk, and he was suddenly glad hed spanked her.

Ready or not! Here it is! For years, youve been asking when my historical romance, Risen Glory (Dell, 1984) would be re-issued. As many of you know, this was the first book I wrote by myself (an earlier book was written in collaboration), and it has been out of print for many years. Now its coming back in a newly revised and improved version entitled JUST IMAGINE. Heres the inside scoop

Like many of you, I was first introduced to the wonderful world of romantic fiction through the swashbuckling historical romances of the late 70s and early 80s. Those passionate tales of brooding heroes and feisty heroines enchanted me. They took me to a world where all the odds were tilted in favor of men, and the only rights a woman had were the ones she fought for. Yet the woman always won! I loved this fantasy, and it inspired me as I wrote Risen Glory.

But not all of the books from this period have stood the test of time, especially when it comes to political correctness, and Risen Glory definitely needed some freshening up. I spent the summer of 2000 making substantial revisions and additions to the book, as well as giving it a new titleJUST IMAGINEto reflect the changes.

It was so much fun getting reacquainted with my old characters, fleshing them out a bit, cutting some of the slower parts, and adding newer, more exciting scenes. Those of you who remember the rather violent lovemaking in the historical romances of the early 80s will be relieved to know that I considerably improved the hero and heroines sex life. So, if youd like to see how my career started or youre simply in the mood for one of those old-fashioned historicals we cut our teeth on, pick up a copy of JUST IMAGINE, take the phone off the hook, and enjoy.

Other newsif you havent yet, come meet the friendly and lively cyber community that gathers at my website, www.SusanElizabethPhillips.com. I chat regularly on our very active bulletin board as well as update the site each month with the latest news. If you dont know about the CD soundtrack to my New York Times bestseller, This Heart of Mine, visit me online for details as well as more news about JUST IMAGINE.

Fans can write to Susan in care of HarperCollins Publishers, 10 East 53rd St., New York, NY 10022 or email her from www.SusanElizabethPhillips.com.


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