Message From The Author

Author's Message

Do You Remember Your First Kiss?

I certainly do. It took place on the bleachers at a high school football game when I was fourteen. The boy had a tongue like a slug and the experience was so distasteful, I vowed to become a nun. (Even though I wasnt Catholic!) Fortunately, Laura Fairleigh, my heroine in A KISS TO REMEMBER, has much better luck with her first kiss.

And why shouldnt she? Can you imagine strolling through a sun-dappled forest and discovering Mel Gibson, Brad Pitt or Russell Crowe sleeping beneath a tree? Can you picture yourself kneeling down beside him, gently tracing his gorgeous features with your fingertips, leaning forward to steal a secret kiss you know hell never miss?

Unless, of course, he wakes up and starts kissing you back. For Laura, thats when the fun really begins. Because when this Sleeping Beauty with no memory of his past demands to know who he is, she has only one answer for himYoure mine. She doesnt realize shes just claimed Sterling Harlowthe Devil of Devonbrooke himselfa notorious rakehell who was coming to evict both she and her young siblings from their home. To save both their souls, Laura has to win the heart of the Devil himself.

I can always promise you that my heroes will find love in my stories, but it amazes even me when that love brings them face-to-face with so many other things they thought were forever lost to them. In A KISS TO REMEMBER, Lauras love forces Sterling to confront the memory of the mother who abandoned him and the boy deep inside of him who has never forgiven her for it.

Some of you may have noticed that many of my books revolve around lost mothers. For the past six years, Ive been in the process of losing my own mother to a devastating and terminal neurological illness called Picks Disease. Although shes now only 62 years old, Ive had to watch her fade a little more each day until all I can touch is her shadow. While Sterling was remembering his mothers orange blossom perfume, I was remembering my own moms Chanel No. 5 and the smell of her homemade fudge simmering on the stove on a cold winters day. I was remembering how she used to give me ten dollars to buy books every time wed go to the mall and how living with her was a little like living with Lucyfull of laughter and surprises and delight. I was remembering how much she loved Elvis and how hard she cried the day he died. I was remembering how she used to make those little Kool-Aid Popsicles for all the kids in the neighborhood and how she always let me crawl into bed and wrap my arms around her when my dad was stationed in Vietnam.

Writing Sterlings story helped to remind me that my own mother would never truly be lost. Every time I find myself reaching for her old Betty Crocker cookbook with her favorite recipes transcribed in her handwriting or setting the table exactly the way she taught me, Ill feel her presence and know that she will always be a part of me. Like Sterling in A KISS TO REMEMBER, Ive come face to face with my mothers reflection in the mirror only to find myself.

I want to take this opportunity to thank all the readers and booksellers who made my most recent New York Times bestseller, The Bride and the Beast, such a success, both in hardcover and paperback. and the Oakland Press chose Bride as one of the Top Ten Historicals of 2000 and RT recently nominated it for Best Scottish Historical of the Year.

And in case you were wondering, my own story had a happy ending. I gave up on my aspirations of becoming a nun and married a terrific man and a terrific kisser!

You can write Teresa in care of Bantam Books, 1540 Broadway, New York, NY 10036 or visit her website at

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