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Maggie Osborne

Book Title: PRAIRIE MOON
Genre: Historical Romance

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Maggie Osborne, or Margaret St. George—depending on whether you're reading a Harlequin series title (written as St. George) or a historical romance (as Osborne)—has single-handedly wowed romance readers with her unique storytelling approach and her determination to write the stories she wants to tell.

The recipient of RWA's prestigious 2002 Lifetime Achievement Award, Maggie, a former RWA president and co-founder of Novelists Inc., joins the ranks of noted authors Robin Lee Hatcher, Sandra Brown and Nora Roberts, among others, who've also been bestowed with the same honor. Voted upon by the devoted fans of the genre, the Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes the 22-year span of Maggie's career, bringing to the forefront a plethora of top bestsellers, RITA awards and multiple accolades from RT BOOKclub, including the now-retired five-star rating for Love Bites, a Harlequin American release (May '95).

Known for her unorthodox plot lines and positive portrayal of female characters, one of Maggie's greatest strengths is her accessibility as a writer. From her Western romances to her mail-order bride plots to her contemporary series for Harlequin Inc., Maggie has managed to masterfully illuminate taboo topics (i.e. alcoholism in The Wives of Bowie Stone, physical disabilities in The Best Man and Lady Reluctant, bigamy in I Do, I Do, I Do) and thoroughly affect readers with her poignant prose and hilariously crafted situations. Moreover, in many of her stories, female characters opt for friendship and
nurturing in lieu of fits of backstabbing and cattiness.

Her first historical novel for New American Library (NAL) Signet, Alexa, took two years to complete. A segue to writing category romances for Harlequin in 1986 was a natural progression for the author. Not only was the shorter length appealing, Maggie enjoyed tackling more contemporary-set problems. "Writing category and single title isn't the right choice for everyone, but for me it's been a way to stay fresh in both areas," she says. She struck gold when Turner Entertainment optioned the rights to Brides of Prairie Gold (Warner, '96) for a television movie.

Two decades into her career, Maggie is still going strong. Having
written for NAL, Harlequin, St. Martin's, Warner and now Ballantine
Ivy, her latest historical, PRAIRIE MOON, follows Della Ward and James Cameron. Instantly attracted to Cameron, Della has no idea that
his checkered past is tragically linked to her own.

— Lauren Spielberg

SINGLE TITLES

2002 PRAIRIE MOON

2001 THE BRIDE OF WILLOW CREEK

2001 BAND OF GOLD

2000 I DO, I DO, I DO

2000 SILVER LINING

1999 A STRANGER'S WIFE

1998 THE BEST MAN

1997 THE PROMISE OF JENNY JONES

1996 BRIDES OF PRAIRIE GOLD

1995 THE SEDUCTION OF SAMANTHA KINCADE

1994 THE WIVES OF BOWIE STONE

1991 EMERALD RAIN

1990 LADY RELUCTANT

1987 CHASE THE HEART

1984 Flight of Fancy

1983 RAGE TO LOVE

1982 YANKEE PRINCESS

1981 PORTRAIT IN PASSION

1981 SALEM'S DAUGHTER

1980 ALEXA

ANTHOLOGIES

(written as Margaret St. George)


1999 ONCE UPON A TIME

1999 WISH UPON A STAR

1998 SNOWBOUND

1997 CHRISTMAS DELIVERY

1997 FORTUNE COOKIE

1997 HE SAID, SHE SAID

SERIES ROMANCES

(written as Margaret St. George)

Harlequin American

1998 JOE'S GIRL #710

1995 LOVE BITES #582

1994 THE DROP-IN BRIDE #545

1994 THE ACCIDENTAL PRINCESS #518

1993 A Wish… And A Kiss #501

1992 The Pirate And His Lady #462

1992 Happy New Year, Darling #421

1990 American Pie #345

1989 Dear Santa #323

1988 Heart's Desire #272

1988 Where There's Smoke #231

1987 The Heart Club #203

1986 Castles and Fairy Tales #159

1986 Winter Magic #142

Harlequin Intrigue

1996 THE RENEGADE #358

1993 CACHE POOR #230

1992 MURDER BY THE BOOK #198

1990 JIGSAW #133

Harlequin Weddings By DeWilde

1996 FAMILY SECRETS #06

1996 TO LOVE A THIEF #09

Harlequin Delta Justice

1998 For The Love of Beau #009


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