Message From The Author

Author's Message

Theres always something magical about the first time. The first crushthe first kissthe first time you fall in lovethe first time youwell, the first time you write a romance. Not everyone is lucky enough to be given the opportunity to go back in time and relive that magical moment. But this Christmas, I get to do just that. Thanks to the persistent whining, kicking, and screaming of my loyal readers (and that means you!), Bantam will be stuffing your stocking and mine with the long awaited reprint of my debut novel, LADY OF CONQUEST.

For the last nine years, LADY OF CONQUEST has been available only in bookstores that really, really do care and on a bookshelf in the corner of my grandmothers basement. I started writing the book when I was an oh-so-passionate twenty-one-year- old, so if LADY is a little more naughty and a little less politically correct than the romances weve become accustomed to in the past few years, please be gentle with me. It was my first time!

When I did some minor revisions on the book, I was thrilled to discover that I still had my own crush on Conn of the Hundred Battles, the noble and mighty king who has conquered all of Ireland but is still willing to lay his sword and his heart at the feet of Gelina OMonaghan, the proud young girl who has sworn to destroy him. I found myself cheering Gelinas spirit and spunk and chuckling and crying over Nimbus, the silver-tongued dwarf who is truly the heart and soul of the book.

Thanks to you, 1998 has been a terrific year for me. I had the pleasure of meeting so many readers and booksellers at the RT Book Fair in Tampa. Nobodys Darling (which received a coveted 4.5G rating from RTs own Kathe Robin) shot onto seven national bestseller lists, including the expanded New York Times list. Im currently putting the finishing touches on CHARMING THE PRINCE (Bantam, April 99), a tender, funny medieval which tells the story of Lord Bannor the Bold, a proud warrior baron who is afraid of nothing on earthexcept for his twelve unruly children and falling in love with the bride he finds to care for them. You can imagine his shock when Lady Willow joins forces with the mischievous little imps and proceeds to rock his world and his heart to their foundations.

For all of you who are as impatient as I am, heres a sneak peek at LADY OF CONQUEST. In this scene, a bound Conn is being held hostage at Gelinas less than tender mercy.

I have to step outside, Conn announced. I have needs to attend to.

Gelina stood and paced the length of the hut. I cannot untie you. You are not to be trusted.

Conn nodded. True. You could untie my feet, but not my hands. I would be more than happy to let you do the honors.

She blushed furiously, and he laughed out loud. She leaned down and peered into his face. Why did I ever think you were such a nice man?

He leaned forward until his nose touched hers. I was a nice man until I met you.

You can write to Teresa c/o Bantam Books, 1540 Broadway, New York, NY 10036. An SASE is appreciated. Or check out her website with a full listing of all her releases at:

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