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Christina Dodd

Book Title: JUST THE WAY YOU ARE
Genre: General Contemporary Romance, Contemporary Romance

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Modern Women

JILL MARIE LANDIS AND CHRISTINA DODD RELEASE THEIR FIRST CONTEMPORARY NOVELS

The time periods are a-changin' for two historical authors making their debuts in the contemporary romance genre. Christina Dodd, best known for writing historicals set in 19th-century England, releases JUST THE WAY YOU ARE (Pocket) this month, at the same time that Jill Marie Landis, who typically
chronicles the early-American landscape, comes out with the hardcover LOVER'S LANE (Ballantine).

The latter is about single mother Cathy Nolan, who has been running from mistakes made years ago, never getting too close to anyone —until a private investigator believes she may be the woman who once disappeared with his best friend's baby.

JUST THE WAY YOU ARE isn't the first contemporary romance that Dodd has written, but it's the first to see publication. Although the author says she has always read contemporaries, making the writing transition proved challenging. "Everything about writing contemporaries is different," Dodd says. "The pace is faster, the language is blunter, the manners are freer, the jokes are more timely, the clothes are so much easier to remove and, best of all, it's possible for a poor girl from Texas with no name and no background to marry a wealthy man from Boston society and no one talks about a dowry."

That's the premise of JUST THE WAY YOU ARE, the first of a three-book series, in which answering-service employee Hope Prescott mistakes a wealthy client for his butler, while she also tries to find the three younger siblings from whom she was separated years ago, after their parents died.
For the next two years Dodd has contracts to write two historicals and one contemporary annually. "I'm enjoying myself immensely, and I hope to keep writing both for a long time," she says. "But I'll always write romance. To me, there's nothing as entertaining as watching a man and a woman struggle to comprehend each other."


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