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  1. 1. B.J. DANIELSSHARES THE SECRET TOCREATING INTERESTINGCHARACTERSMOM’S THE WORD!A SPECIAL MOTHER’S DAYAUTHOR TALKSPECIALVALENTINE’SISSUE:OUR TOP ROMANTICBOOKS OF 2012PLUS! A FREEVALENTINE’S DAY NOVELLAFEBRUARY-MAY 2013Enjoy your free magazine subscription from the Harlequin Reader Service™R O M A N C E E D I T I O N
  2. 2. Contents2 The Lure of THUNDER POINT Robyn Carr introduces her NEW series4 Embracing the Disfunction B. J. Daniels’ fondness for flawed characters6 Spring Reading Guide8 Raising the Stakes inTexas A Harlequin®Romance Suspense series10 Q & A with Christie Ridgway The author discusses her new trilogy12 Introducing Harlequin®Kiss™ A NEW romance series14 The Ambassador’s Daugther An exerpt from Pam Jenoff’s new book16 Pet Corner: Peanut the Rescue Dog 18 Sand Castle Bay An exerpt from Sherryl Wood’s lastest20 Steamy Romances forValentine’s Day A selection of greatValentine-themed reads22 Mom’s the Word Authors share fond memories of their Moms24 Top 10 Romantic Books of 201226 The Real Secret Behind Weight Loss An exerpt from TheVirgin Diet by J.J.Virgin28 Series Spotlight— Harlequin®Historical®29 His CowgirlValentine Your FREE Harlequin®Romance Novella45 Bonus Bucks Catalog54 Meet the Customer Service Representative55 Book Order Form56 The Last Word What is your all-time favorite romantic book?In this issue of Simply Books magazine, we’vecompiled a Top 10 list of the most romanticbooks we published in 2012. While creating ourlist, we couldn’t help but think about the mostromantic books of all time.Tell us your all-time favorite romantic bookand provide a brief description of why it’s yourfavorite? The first 10 readers to respond willreceive a set of our Top 10 books of 2012 andeveryone’s submissions will be featured on thewww.ReaderService.com/SimplyBooksExtra blog.“We loved with a lovethat was more than love.”— Edgar Allan PoeU.S. and Canadian Residents mail to:Simply Books Feedback3010 Walden Ave.P.O. Box 9048Buffalo, NY 14240-9048Or email us at ReaderService@harlequin.com with‘Simply Books Feedback’ as the subject.Editor’s NoteThis spring issue of Simply Booksmagazine comes from the heart. I hope ittouches your heart as much as it touchesmine. With Valentine’s Day just aroundthe corner, this could possibly be ourmost romantic issue ever.Inside, B.J. Daniels discusses herupcoming books and Robyn Carr gives usthe inside scoop on her brand-new series.There’s a special Q&A with ChristieRidgway and an excerpt from SherrylWoods’ latest book. We’ll introduce youto the new contemporary romance seriesappropriately called Harlequin®KISS™.As a special treat for Mother’s Day, weasked some of our authors to talk aboutmothers and grandmothers. They discusswhat they enjoy about being a motheror grandmother and shared movingmemories about their own mothersand grandmothers.Plus, we’ll introduce you to Peanut, a veryspecial dog in this issue’s “Pet Corner.”And, we’ve included two very specialreading lists—the top ten romance booksof 2012 and a Valentine’s Day romanceround up. So, Happy Valentine’s Day,Happy Mother’s Day and...Happy Reading,Mary Ann MacKenzie
  3. 3. THUNDERPOINT2 3Robyn Carr’s new THUNDERPOINT series is something she and Ihave been talking about and planningfor many months. We talked aboutlocation ideas and character studiesand story lines. But most of all, wetalked about wanting to develop a newseries that would contain all the thingsthat Robyn is known for: emotionalwriting, sexy heroes, lots of humor anda great sense of community. I thinkshe has delivered in spades. I hope youenjoy The Wanderer, the first book inthe THUNDER POINT series. I havea feeling you will be spending a lot oftime in Thunder Point in the monthsand years ahead.Happy Reading!Valerie Gray, Executive Editor,Harlequin®MIRA®BooksDear Reader,Sometimes a man has to accept certainthings about himself and for Hank Cooper,his reality was that he’d never stayed in oneplace for long. In fact, since leaving homeat the age of nineteen, his longest stint inone place was with the army as a helicopterpilot, and that was saying something, giventhe fact that the brass in the army seemedto stay up nights looking for excuses totransfer people. But Cooper never mindedthat—he usually felt restless about a weekafter getting to a new place. He wasn’t thesettling-down type; he even pulled a fifthwheel so his very life was lived on wheels.Cooper liked being flexible and readyto roll. It’s with exactly that philosophythat he went to attend to the unfinishedbusiness of a recently deceased friend andfound himself camping out on the ridgeTHEWANDERER IS AVAILABLE IN APRIL!To learn more about Robyn Carr,visit www.RobynCarr.com.Visit www.ReaderService.com/SimplyBooksExtrato read an excerpt from TheWanderer.Introducing the new seriesfrom #1 New York Timesbestselling author Robyn Carrabove a still, dark bay on the Oregoncoast. From where he sat outside histrailer he could see a small, ordinarytown, a long and peaceful beach, a littlemarina filled mostly with fishing boatsand, beyond the bay peppered with tall,haystack rock formations, the crashing,frothing Pacific Ocean. Picturesque, butnothing spectacular. Until storms overthe Pacific rolled into the bay, then itwas like one of the seven wonders.Cooper had traveled the world. He’dseen beauty in every corner and it hadonly inspired him to look further. Hewas a rolling stone and had reached theage of thirty-seven without putting downroots. He had no bills or obligations andlife was easy, just as he liked it.Cooper met a deputy who was the lawof the town, a man driven to keep aquiet place safe and peaceful. There wasa young single mother who served himhis breakfast at a little diner who kneweveryone and how each one of themliked their eggs. A search-and-rescuepilot who looked more suited for amodeling career, and a teenage boy whowas too alone. The town, so ordinaryand unaffected, was populated by peoplewho seemed to fit together like the lasttwo pieces of a puzzle. And somethingbizarre began to happen, something thathad never happened to him before. Theybegan to draw him in despite the factthat he was ready to move on.Something snagged at his heart, somethinghe was more than ready to resist. Akindhearted town, a beautiful woman,a fatherless boy. A heart-stopping view.Feelings of responsibility; feelings of desire.In his mind he heard, Run Cooper, run. Andhe thought—Tomorrow I leave. He knew hecouldn’t stay because he never had. But thatlittle town and its people tugged at him.The town is called Thunder Point, andyou’d never know to look at it that dreamsare built there.See you there. Bring your dreams.The Lure of
  4. 4. THUNDERPOINT2 3Robyn Carr’s new THUNDERPOINT series is something she and Ihave been talking about and planningfor many months. We talked aboutlocation ideas and character studiesand story lines. But most of all, wetalked about wanting to develop a newseries that would contain all the thingsthat Robyn is known for: emotionalwriting, sexy heroes, lots of humor anda great sense of community. I thinkshe has delivered in spades. I hope youenjoy The Wanderer, the first book inthe THUNDER POINT series. I havea feeling you will be spending a lot oftime in Thunder Point in the monthsand years ahead.Happy Reading!Valerie Gray, Executive Editor,Harlequin®MIRA®BooksDear Reader,Sometimes a man has to accept certainthings about himself and for Hank Cooper,his reality was that he’d never stayed in oneplace for long. In fact, since leaving homeat the age of nineteen, his longest stint inone place was with the army as a helicopterpilot, and that was saying something, giventhe fact that the brass in the army seemedto stay up nights looking for excuses totransfer people. But Cooper never mindedthat—he usually felt restless about a weekafter getting to a new place. He wasn’t thesettling-down type; he even pulled a fifthwheel so his very life was lived on wheels.Cooper liked being flexible and readyto roll. It’s with exactly that philosophythat he went to attend to the unfinishedbusiness of a recently deceased friend andfound himself camping out on the ridgeTHEWANDERER IS AVAILABLE IN APRIL!To learn more about Robyn Carr,visit www.RobynCarr.com.Visit www.ReaderService.com/SimplyBooksExtrato read an excerpt from TheWanderer.Introducing the new seriesfrom #1 New York Timesbestselling author Robyn Carrabove a still, dark bay on the Oregoncoast. From where he sat outside histrailer he could see a small, ordinarytown, a long and peaceful beach, a littlemarina filled mostly with fishing boatsand, beyond the bay peppered with tall,haystack rock formations, the crashing,frothing Pacific Ocean. Picturesque, butnothing spectacular. Until storms overthe Pacific rolled into the bay, then itwas like one of the seven wonders.Cooper had traveled the world. He’dseen beauty in every corner and it hadonly inspired him to look further. Hewas a rolling stone and had reached theage of thirty-seven without putting downroots. He had no bills or obligations andlife was easy, just as he liked it.Cooper met a deputy who was the lawof the town, a man driven to keep aquiet place safe and peaceful. There wasa young single mother who served himhis breakfast at a little diner who kneweveryone and how each one of themliked their eggs. A search-and-rescuepilot who looked more suited for amodeling career, and a teenage boy whowas too alone. The town, so ordinaryand unaffected, was populated by peoplewho seemed to fit together like the lasttwo pieces of a puzzle. And somethingbizarre began to happen, something thathad never happened to him before. Theybegan to draw him in despite the factthat he was ready to move on.Something snagged at his heart, somethinghe was more than ready to resist. Akindhearted town, a beautiful woman,a fatherless boy. A heart-stopping view.Feelings of responsibility; feelings of desire.In his mind he heard, Run Cooper, run. Andhe thought—Tomorrow I leave. He knew hecouldn’t stay because he never had. But thatlittle town and its people tugged at him.The town is called Thunder Point, andyou’d never know to look at it that dreamsare built there.See you there. Bring your dreams.The Lure of
  5. 5. 10 11silent movies were filmed at CrescentCove in the 1920s was something Iknew about the real Crystal Cove andso I put that in the first book, merelyas a colorful piece of history. But itbecame important to the plots of thesucceeding stories.Do you have a favorite character?Is there a character you relate tomore than the others?Oh, boy. Can I just name my favoritechild instead? I’m going to go a little offthe grid here and say my heart reallywent out to the secondary characters ofBeach House No. 9, Tess and David. Butthe wounded heroes of the trilogy—Griffin, Vance and Gage—are the kindof tough-on-the-outside, tender-on-the-inside men that I adore. The heroines—Jane, Layla and Skye—all have wrysenses of humor and spines of steel. I’dlove to have lunch with them.WithValentine’s Day just around thecorner, one can’t help but reflect ontheir favorite romantic memory.What is yours?  Speaking of tough-on-the-outside,tender-on-the-inside, my husband isn’t agreat romantic (though he did write mea song before we married!). He’s the type ofman who gives you what you need, such asthe birthday when I received a brown paperbag full of greasy car parts. What he’d givenme was a tune-up and those were the pieceshe’d replaced. So I was surprised a few yearsago to discover a stash of cards he had, filledwith loving words in a feminine hand…myloving words. He’s saved all the cards I’vegiven him throughout our marriage.What are you working on next?Another book set in California, of course!I’m a native Californian and it’s my pleasureto share with readers the unique beauty ofmy state, from the wildflower-filled desertsto the tree-covered mountains to the long,golden stretches of sand.BEACH HOUSE NO. 9IS AVAILABLE NOW!LOOK FOR BUNGALOW NIGHTSIN MARCH AND THE LOVE SHACKIN APRIL!This month, visitwww.ReaderService.com/SimplyBooksExtrato read an excerpt from Beach House No. 9.For more information about Christie Ridgwayvisit www.christieridgway.com.You started writing your ownromantic stories as a young girl, butit wasn’t until much later that youdecided to pursue your dream ofbeing a published author. What orwho inspired you to start writing?After working in the tech industry for anumber of years, I stayed home to carefor my first son and immersed myselfin reading romances during naptime.One of my best friends from high schoolcame to visit, saw what I was reading andasked why I wasn’t writing those books,since I’d always aspired to do just that. Itwas the nudge I needed. Two weeks laterI’d joined a local chapter of RomanceWriters of America and I was invitedinto a critique group right away. Therewas no looking back! I was on my way tomy dream job.When and where do you mostlike to write?I’m a morning person! I like to get upearly and head downstairs to my cozyoffice. A few rituals to get going—feedthe pets, make coffee, check that noemergency emails landed in my in-boxovernight—and then I slip on headphonesto listen to the current book’s playlist andreturn to the story in my head.What inspired the BEACH HOUSENO. 9 trilogy? I imagine, living inCalifornia, there’s no shortage forinspiration.The original inspiration was just the words“Beach House No. 9,” reminiscent of thesong “Love Potion No. 9,” floating into myhead. I was working on something else atthe time, so I wrote the phrase down andpinned the paper to the bulletin board inmy office. It stayed there for a couple ofyears, waiting for me to find the exact placeto set my beach house. I call it CrescentCove, but it’s very much like the real-lifeCrystal Cove in Southern California. It’snow a state park and is a great place to visitfor the day, or even overnight in some ofthe refurbished bungalows.When starting a new trilogy, is it moreor less daunting knowing there arecharacters and plots to be exploredlater in following books?It’s definitely worrisome! I live in fear I’llpaint myself into a corner, because as I’mwriting the first book, I don’t know everydetail of the second and third. But it’samazing how a casual insertion in bookone turns out to be an important pointthat I didn’t see coming. For example, thatChristieRIDGWAYQ&A WITHChristie Ridgway opensup about what inspired her tostart writing, her morning routine,and the characters of the BeachHouse No. 9 trilogy.10 11
  6. 6. 10 11silent movies were filmed at CrescentCove in the 1920s was something Iknew about the real Crystal Cove andso I put that in the first book, merelyas a colorful piece of history. But itbecame important to the plots of thesucceeding stories.Do you have a favorite character?Is there a character you relate tomore than the others?Oh, boy. Can I just name my favoritechild instead? I’m going to go a little offthe grid here and say my heart reallywent out to the secondary characters ofBeach House No. 9, Tess and David. Butthe wounded heroes of the trilogy—Griffin, Vance and Gage—are the kindof tough-on-the-outside, tender-on-the-inside men that I adore. The heroines—Jane, Layla and Skye—all have wrysenses of humor and spines of steel. I’dlove to have lunch with them.WithValentine’s Day just around thecorner, one can’t help but reflect ontheir favorite romantic memory.What is yours?  Speaking of tough-on-the-outside,tender-on-the-inside, my husband isn’t agreat romantic (though he did write mea song before we married!). He’s the type ofman who gives you what you need, such asthe birthday when I received a brown paperbag full of greasy car parts. What he’d givenme was a tune-up and those were the pieceshe’d replaced. So I was surprised a few yearsago to discover a stash of cards he had, filledwith loving words in a feminine hand…myloving words. He’s saved all the cards I’vegiven him throughout our marriage.What are you working on next?Another book set in California, of course!I’m a native Californian and it’s my pleasureto share with readers the unique beauty ofmy state, from the wildflower-filled desertsto the tree-covered mountains to the long,golden stretches of sand.BEACH HOUSE NO. 9IS AVAILABLE NOW!LOOK FOR BUNGALOW NIGHTSIN MARCH AND THE LOVE SHACKIN APRIL!This month, visitwww.ReaderService.com/SimplyBooksExtrato read an excerpt from Beach House No. 9.For more information about Christie Ridgwayvisit www.christieridgway.com.You started writing your ownromantic stories as a young girl, butit wasn’t until much later that youdecided to pursue your dream ofbeing a published author. What orwho inspired you to start writing?After working in the tech industry for anumber of years, I stayed home to carefor my first son and immersed myselfin reading romances during naptime.One of my best friends from high schoolcame to visit, saw what I was reading andasked why I wasn’t writing those books,since I’d always aspired to do just that. Itwas the nudge I needed. Two weeks laterI’d joined a local chapter of RomanceWriters of America and I was invitedinto a critique group right away. Therewas no looking back! I was on my way tomy dream job.When and where do you mostlike to write?I’m a morning person! I like to get upearly and head downstairs to my cozyoffice. A few rituals to get going—feedthe pets, make coffee, check that noemergency emails landed in my in-boxovernight—and then I slip on headphonesto listen to the current book’s playlist andreturn to the story in my head.What inspired the BEACH HOUSENO. 9 trilogy? I imagine, living inCalifornia, there’s no shortage forinspiration.The original inspiration was just the words“Beach House No. 9,” reminiscent of thesong “Love Potion No. 9,” floating into myhead. I was working on something else atthe time, so I wrote the phrase down andpinned the paper to the bulletin board inmy office. It stayed there for a couple ofyears, waiting for me to find the exact placeto set my beach house. I call it CrescentCove, but it’s very much like the real-lifeCrystal Cove in Southern California. It’snow a state park and is a great place to visitfor the day, or even overnight in some ofthe refurbished bungalows.When starting a new trilogy, is it moreor less daunting knowing there arecharacters and plots to be exploredlater in following books?It’s definitely worrisome! I live in fear I’llpaint myself into a corner, because as I’mwriting the first book, I don’t know everydetail of the second and third. But it’samazing how a casual insertion in bookone turns out to be an important pointthat I didn’t see coming. For example, thatChristieRIDGWAYQ&A WITHChristie Ridgway opensup about what inspired her tostart writing, her morning routine,and the characters of the BeachHouse No. 9 trilogy.10 11
  7. 7. 16 1716 17Hi. My name is Mary and I’veworked at the Harlequin Reader Servicefor twenty-five years now. My friendshere asked me to share the story of Peanutthe Rescue Dog. Until last fall my “pack”consisted of me, my lovely husband, John,and our two dogs, Barney and Sacha.At eighteen, it wasn’t surprising that Sachawas slowly fading until one morning weawoke to find that she had passed awayduring the night. It was very sad but wehad the pleasure of knowing that we hadgiven her as much joy as she gave us.And the silver lining was that Barney, ourthirteen-year-old “youngster” could nowhave our full time and attention. He hadbeen so great about the adjustments thatcame with having a senior sister, and nowit was his time.And so the next week was filled withlonger, faster walks and accompanying myhusband on his errands. And a routinevisit to the vet for a consultation aboutsomething minor. Being thorough, our vetgave Barney a nose-to-tail look. “How longhas Barney’s eye been like this?” Thenbegan a whirlwind of visits to specialistsuntil, ten days later, the shocking newsthat Barney had an inoperable tumor,and the prognosis—eight good months.And then, worse still, Barney’s conditionWe’d love to hear from you!Send us your pet story and we’ll feature it in thePet Corner on the Reader Service blog atwww.ReaderService.com/SimplyBooksExtra orin an upcoming issue of Simply Books magazine.Email to: ReaderService@harlequin.comwith “Pet Corner” as the subject.OrU.S. Residents Canadian Residents mail to: mail to:Pet Corner Pet Corner3010 Walden Ave., 225 Duncan Mill Road,P.O. Box 9048 Don Mills, OntarioBuffalo, NY 14240-9048 M3B 3K9Corner:PETPEANUTprogressed rapidly and two weeks later wehad lost Barney, too.I was in shock. Thank goodness for mywonderful friends here at the HarlequinReader Service. They were so supportiveand understanding. And I sure needed it.As well as my feelings of loss, I felt theburden of knowing that we could havegiven Barney more.A few weeks later my husband askedme about what type of dog I thoughtwe should get. He had been diligentlyresearching various breeds and keepingme informed about their differentqualities. I reminded him of my theory ofDog Kismet—that somehow the right dogfinds the right owner. John agreed withme. He’d seen it happen many times. Buthow, he asked, was Dog Kismet supposedto happen if I didn’t start to look. “Doyou think they’re just going to phoneyou?” The next day the phone rang.A rescue organization had contacted ourvet about a seven-month-old puppy thatneeded a home. And our vet thought ofus. One look at Peanut and I knew thatour dog had found us. Over the nextweek, as we spent time together, I noticedsomething. Was it simply my wishfulthinking?It wasn’t just me. Our vet had noticedit too. “You know,” she said, “it’s as ifPeanut is a combination of Sacha andBarney.” Yes. She has Sacha’s intelligenceand all of Barney’s heart and sweetness.I had been given a second chance. That’swhen I realized…Peanut IS a rescue dog.She rescued me.Mary Abthorpe,Director, New Member Acquisitionand RetentionP.S. All of our dogs have had their quirks.Peanut is a bird-watcher. Not to chase.Just to look at and admire. In the pictureof Peanut and her chicken friends, youcan see from the chicken’s expression theinterest is mutual.THE RESCUE DOG
  8. 8. 16 1716 17Hi. My name is Mary and I’veworked at the Harlequin Reader Servicefor twenty-five years now. My friendshere asked me to share the story of Peanutthe Rescue Dog. Until last fall my “pack”consisted of me, my lovely husband, John,and our two dogs, Barney and Sacha.At eighteen, it wasn’t surprising that Sachawas slowly fading until one morning weawoke to find that she had passed awayduring the night. It was very sad but wehad the pleasure of knowing that we hadgiven her as much joy as she gave us.And the silver lining was that Barney, ourthirteen-year-old “youngster” could nowhave our full time and attention. He hadbeen so great about the adjustments thatcame with having a senior sister, and nowit was his time.And so the next week was filled withlonger, faster walks and accompanying myhusband on his errands. And a routinevisit to the vet for a consultation aboutsomething minor. Being thorough, our vetgave Barney a nose-to-tail look. “How longhas Barney’s eye been like this?” Thenbegan a whirlwind of visits to specialistsuntil, ten days later, the shocking newsthat Barney had an inoperable tumor,and the prognosis—eight good months.And then, worse still, Barney’s conditionWe’d love to hear from you!Send us your pet story and we’ll feature it in thePet Corner on the Reader Service blog atwww.ReaderService.com/SimplyBooksExtra orin an upcoming issue of Simply Books magazine.Email to: ReaderService@harlequin.comwith “Pet Corner” as the subject.OrU.S. Residents Canadian Residents mail to: mail to:Pet Corner Pet Corner3010 Walden Ave., 225 Duncan Mill Road,P.O. Box 9048 Don Mills, OntarioBuffalo, NY 14240-9048 M3B 3K9Corner:PETPEANUTprogressed rapidly and two weeks later wehad lost Barney, too.I was in shock. Thank goodness for mywonderful friends here at the HarlequinReader Service. They were so supportiveand understanding. And I sure needed it.As well as my feelings of loss, I felt theburden of knowing that we could havegiven Barney more.A few weeks later my husband askedme about what type of dog I thoughtwe should get. He had been diligentlyresearching various breeds and keepingme informed about their differentqualities. I reminded him of my theory ofDog Kismet—that somehow the right dogfinds the right owner. John agreed withme. He’d seen it happen many times. Buthow, he asked, was Dog Kismet supposedto happen if I didn’t start to look. “Doyou think they’re just going to phoneyou?” The next day the phone rang.A rescue organization had contacted ourvet about a seven-month-old puppy thatneeded a home. And our vet thought ofus. One look at Peanut and I knew thatour dog had found us. Over the nextweek, as we spent time together, I noticedsomething. Was it simply my wishfulthinking?It wasn’t just me. Our vet had noticedit too. “You know,” she said, “it’s as ifPeanut is a combination of Sacha andBarney.” Yes. She has Sacha’s intelligenceand all of Barney’s heart and sweetness.I had been given a second chance. That’swhen I realized…Peanut IS a rescue dog.She rescued me.Mary Abthorpe,Director, New Member Acquisitionand RetentionP.S. All of our dogs have had their quirks.Peanut is a bird-watcher. Not to chase.Just to look at and admire. In the pictureof Peanut and her chicken friends, youcan see from the chicken’s expression theinterest is mutual.THE RESCUE DOG
  9. 9. Of course Samantha would beatthe storm! Emily couldn’t seem tostop herself from frowning. Thoughshe’d never totally understood it, theodd competitiveness she’d always feltwith her oldest sister kicked in with avengeance. She supposed with threesisters, there were bound to be rivalries,but why with Samantha and notGabi? Gabi was the driven, successfulbusinesswoman, the one most like her interms of ambition.“I’m getting on a flight out of heretonight,” Emily said determinedly,motivated by Samantha’s plans. “If Ihave to drive from Atlanta, then that’swhat I’ll do.”Rather than admonishing her, Gabichuckled. “Samantha said you weregoing to say that. From the time youunderstood the difference betweenwinning and losing, you hated it whenshe beat you at anything. Okay, fine. Gethere when you can. Just do it safely. Thisstorm isn’t looking pretty. If it wobbleseven the slightest bit to the west, NagsHead will take a direct hit. You can betthe road down to Hatteras will wash outon occasion simmering resentments roseto the surface.“He has work to do,” Gabi said,immediately defensive, as always.“Important work. Do you know the kindof impact these biomedical studies at hiscompany could have on people’s lives?”“I wonder how many times he said exactlythat to Mother when he went off and lefther to cope with raising us.”For once Gabi didn’t overreact. “It wasa constant refrain, wasn’t it? Well, we’reall grown up. We should be over all thosemissed school plays and recitals and soccergames by now.”“Says the not-so-well-adjusted womanwho’s doing her best to follow in hisfootsteps,” Emily taunted with goodhumor. “You know you’re no betterthan he is, Gabriella. You may not be ascientist, but you are a workaholic. That’swhy you get so uptight when I criticizehim.”The silence that greeted her comment wasdeafening. “Gabi, I was only teasing,”Emily apologized, aware that she’d crosseda line. “Seriously. You know how proudagain unless they were a lot smarter whenthey did the repairs after the last storm.”“How’s Grandmother?” Cora Jane Castlewas in her mid-seventies, but still goingstrong and determined to continueoperating the beachfront restaurantopened by her late husband even thoughno one in the family had demonstratedany interest in running it. In Emily’sview, she ought to sell it and enjoy hergolden years, but the mere mention ofsuch an idea was considered blasphemy.“Stoic about the storm, but mad as a wethen that Dad drove over and picked herup to bring her to Raleigh to ride out thehurricane,” Gabi assessed. “She’s in mykitchen cooking and muttering a few verybad words I had no idea she knew. I thinkthat’s why Dad dropped her here, thentook off. He didn’t want to be aroundwhen she got her hands on my knives.”“Or it could be he had no idea what tosay to her. That’s his way, isn’t it?” Emilysaid with a hint of bitterness. Underthe best of conditions, her father, Sam,wasn’t communicative. Under the worst,he simply wasn’t around. Most of thetime she’d made her peace with that, butSAND CASTLE BAYIS AVAILABLE IN APRIL!ENJOY THIS EXCERPT FROMSand Castle Bay18 19New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling authorSherryl Woods takes readers to the North Carolina coastwith a new family and her trademark heartfelt emotions.we all are of your accomplishments.You’re a top executive at one of thehottest biomed companies in NorthCarolina, if not the entire country.”“I know. You just struck a nerve, that’sall,” Gabi said, then added briskly. “Letme know when you’re getting in and I’llpick you up at the airport, okay?”Before Emily could offer anotherapology for what had obviously been aninsensitive, ill-timed remark, Gabriella hadhung up. Not with the sort of clatter thatwould mirror Emily’s own quick flares oftemper, but quietly. Somehow that wasmuch, much worse.Copyright © 2013 by Sherryl Woods
  10. 10. Of course Samantha would beatthe storm! Emily couldn’t seem tostop herself from frowning. Thoughshe’d never totally understood it, theodd competitiveness she’d always feltwith her oldest sister kicked in with avengeance. She supposed with threesisters, there were bound to be rivalries,but why with Samantha and notGabi? Gabi was the driven, successfulbusinesswoman, the one most like her interms of ambition.“I’m getting on a flight out of heretonight,” Emily said determinedly,motivated by Samantha’s plans. “If Ihave to drive from Atlanta, then that’swhat I’ll do.”Rather than admonishing her, Gabichuckled. “Samantha said you weregoing to say that. From the time youunderstood the difference betweenwinning and losing, you hated it whenshe beat you at anything. Okay, fine. Gethere when you can. Just do it safely. Thisstorm isn’t looking pretty. If it wobbleseven the slightest bit to the west, NagsHead will take a direct hit. You can betthe road down to Hatteras will wash outon occasion simmering resentments roseto the surface.“He has work to do,” Gabi said,immediately defensive, as always.“Important work. Do you know the kindof impact these biomedical studies at hiscompany could have on people’s lives?”“I wonder how many times he said exactlythat to Mother when he went off and lefther to cope with raising us.”For once Gabi didn’t overreact. “It wasa constant refrain, wasn’t it? Well, we’reall grown up. We should be over all thosemissed school plays and recitals and soccergames by now.”“Says the not-so-well-adjusted womanwho’s doing her best to follow in hisfootsteps,” Emily taunted with goodhumor. “You know you’re no betterthan he is, Gabriella. You may not be ascientist, but you are a workaholic. That’swhy you get so uptight when I criticizehim.”The silence that greeted her comment wasdeafening. “Gabi, I was only teasing,”Emily apologized, aware that she’d crosseda line. “Seriously. You know how proudagain unless they were a lot smarter whenthey did the repairs after the last storm.”“How’s Grandmother?” Cora Jane Castlewas in her mid-seventies, but still goingstrong and determined to continueoperating the beachfront restaurantopened by her late husband even thoughno one in the family had demonstratedany interest in running it. In Emily’sview, she ought to sell it and enjoy hergolden years, but the mere mention ofsuch an idea was considered blasphemy.“Stoic about the storm, but mad as a wethen that Dad drove over and picked herup to bring her to Raleigh to ride out thehurricane,” Gabi assessed. “She’s in mykitchen cooking and muttering a few verybad words I had no idea she knew. I thinkthat’s why Dad dropped her here, thentook off. He didn’t want to be aroundwhen she got her hands on my knives.”“Or it could be he had no idea what tosay to her. That’s his way, isn’t it?” Emilysaid with a hint of bitterness. Underthe best of conditions, her father, Sam,wasn’t communicative. Under the worst,he simply wasn’t around. Most of thetime she’d made her peace with that, butSAND CASTLE BAYIS AVAILABLE IN APRIL!ENJOY THIS EXCERPT FROMSand Castle Bay18 19New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling authorSherryl Woods takes readers to the North Carolina coastwith a new family and her trademark heartfelt emotions.we all are of your accomplishments.You’re a top executive at one of thehottest biomed companies in NorthCarolina, if not the entire country.”“I know. You just struck a nerve, that’sall,” Gabi said, then added briskly. “Letme know when you’re getting in and I’llpick you up at the airport, okay?”Before Emily could offer anotherapology for what had obviously been aninsensitive, ill-timed remark, Gabriella hadhung up. Not with the sort of clatter thatwould mirror Emily’s own quick flares oftemper, but quietly. Somehow that wasmuch, much worse.Copyright © 2013 by Sherryl Woods
  11. 11. Real SecretIf you wanted to be your skinniest selfand to follow the healthiest diet in theworld, what would you eat? Egg-whiteveggie omelets? Greek-style nonfatyogurt? Whey protein shakes?That sounds like the regimen famoustrainers and A-list stars follow, doesn’tit? But what if I told you that I’ve been asought-after fitness and nutrition expertfor over two decades and worked withthousands of clients, including some ofHollywood’s hottest bodies? And whatif I told you what I told them, which isthat many of these supposedly “healthy”foods could actually be making you fat?Well, that’s exactly what I am going totell you. So listen up, because I’m aboutto share the secret to weight loss. It isn’tMaybe your daily diet is stressing yourbody through its high content of sugar,artificial sweeteners, and processedfoods, which tend to contain lots ofsoy, corn, and gluten. Or perhapsyou’ve maintained a seemingly healthyregimen, but have never realized that allyour healthy efforts are being sabotagedby foods that commonly cause foodintolerance like yogurt (even nonfat), eggs(even Omega-3-rich), and grains (evenwhole). Either way, if you weigh morethan you’d like and look older than you’dprefer, you are most likely struggling withfood intolerances. How can you tell?Let me ask you what I ask my clients:If the answer to even one of thesequestions is yes, you’ve likely been eatingtoo many High-FI foods, or problem foodsthat are likely to trigger food intolerance.What’s the solution? Stop eating High-FIfoods and replace them with Low-FI foods:foods that are unlikely to trigger foodintolerance. If you can cut out the top 7High-FI foods for just three weeks, you’llsee weight loss and beauty results that willhave you looking and feeling terrific.Hey, if those old low-fat, low-carb, orhigh-protein diets had worked for you inthe past, you’d already be at your idealweight and peak vitality, right? There’sa reason that approach to food doesn’twork—and there’s a reason that theVirgin Diet does.Copyright © 2012 by JJ Virgincalories. It isn’t fat. It isn’t protein. It isn’teven carbs. You can count them and cutthem all you want, but you won’t loseweight if you’re eating foods that yourbody can’t handle.The key to weight loss is avoiding andovercoming food intolerance.Food intolerance is a series ofphysiological responses that your bodyhas to certain types of food. They aren’tthe same as allergies. Food-intolerancesymptoms vary from person to person, butthe most common include bloating, gas,indigestion, fatigue, mental fog, irritability,moodiness—and weight gain. If you’reeating foods that your body can’t tolerate,you’re likely to gain weight, feel crummy,and look years older than your actual age.BEHIND WEIGHT LOSSTHEEarlier this year, as part of a company-widechallenge, I tried The Virgin Diet. By day 4, I felt moreenergetic and less stressed and within one week, I lost 5pounds. So I’m particularly happy to share this excerpt withyou. In the book, JJ Virgin explains that many commonissues—weight gain, bloating, fatigue and joint pain—arecaused by food intolerance. She’s helped thousands ofpeople feel better with her customizable program and nowit’s your turn to feel the benefits. I hope you enjoy and Iwish you happy reading and the best of health.—Sarah Pelz, Senior Editor, Harlequin®Nonfiction Books2726An excerpt from The Virgin Dietby JJ Virgin, CNS, CHFSTHEVIRGIN DIETIS AVAILABLE NOW!For more information about JJVirgin andTheVirgin Diet, visit www.JJVirgin.com.For a recipe from the book, visitwww.ReaderService.com/SimplyBooksExtra.• Have you tried unsuccessfully to lose weight?• Is what you used to do to lose weight no longer working?• Are you a yo-yo dieter?• Do you frequently experience discomfort aftereating—bloating, gas, indigestion?• Are you feeling and looking older than you should?
  12. 12. Real SecretIf you wanted to be your skinniest selfand to follow the healthiest diet in theworld, what would you eat? Egg-whiteveggie omelets? Greek-style nonfatyogurt? Whey protein shakes?That sounds like the regimen famoustrainers and A-list stars follow, doesn’tit? But what if I told you that I’ve been asought-after fitness and nutrition expertfor over two decades and worked withthousands of clients, including some ofHollywood’s hottest bodies? And whatif I told you what I told them, which isthat many of these supposedly “healthy”foods could actually be making you fat?Well, that’s exactly what I am going totell you. So listen up, because I’m aboutto share the secret to weight loss. It isn’tMaybe your daily diet is stressing yourbody through its high content of sugar,artificial sweeteners, and processedfoods, which tend to contain lots ofsoy, corn, and gluten. Or perhapsyou’ve maintained a seemingly healthyregimen, but have never realized that allyour healthy efforts are being sabotagedby foods that commonly cause foodintolerance like yogurt (even nonfat), eggs(even Omega-3-rich), and grains (evenwhole). Either way, if you weigh morethan you’d like and look older than you’dprefer, you are most likely struggling withfood intolerances. How can you tell?Let me ask you what I ask my clients:If the answer to even one of thesequestions is yes, you’ve likely been eatingtoo many High-FI foods, or problem foodsthat are likely to trigger food intolerance.What’s the solution? Stop eating High-FIfoods and replace them with Low-FI foods:foods that are unlikely to trigger foodintolerance. If you can cut out the top 7High-FI foods for just three weeks, you’llsee weight loss and beauty results that willhave you looking and feeling terrific.Hey, if those old low-fat, low-carb, orhigh-protein diets had worked for you inthe past, you’d already be at your idealweight and peak vitality, right? There’sa reason that approach to food doesn’twork—and there’s a reason that theVirgin Diet does.Copyright © 2012 by JJ Virgincalories. It isn’t fat. It isn’t protein. It isn’teven carbs. You can count them and cutthem all you want, but you won’t loseweight if you’re eating foods that yourbody can’t handle.The key to weight loss is avoiding andovercoming food intolerance.Food intolerance is a series ofphysiological responses that your bodyhas to certain types of food. They aren’tthe same as allergies. Food-intolerancesymptoms vary from person to person, butthe most common include bloating, gas,indigestion, fatigue, mental fog, irritability,moodiness—and weight gain. If you’reeating foods that your body can’t tolerate,you’re likely to gain weight, feel crummy,and look years older than your actual age.BEHIND WEIGHT LOSSTHEEarlier this year, as part of a company-widechallenge, I tried The Virgin Diet. By day 4, I felt moreenergetic and less stressed and within one week, I lost 5pounds. So I’m particularly happy to share this excerpt withyou. In the book, JJ Virgin explains that many commonissues—weight gain, bloating, fatigue and joint pain—arecaused by food intolerance. She’s helped thousands ofpeople feel better with her customizable program and nowit’s your turn to feel the benefits. I hope you enjoy and Iwish you happy reading and the best of health.—Sarah Pelz, Senior Editor, Harlequin®Nonfiction Books2726An excerpt from The Virgin Dietby JJ Virgin, CNS, CHFSTHEVIRGIN DIETIS AVAILABLE NOW!For more information about JJVirgin andTheVirgin Diet, visit www.JJVirgin.com.For a recipe from the book, visitwww.ReaderService.com/SimplyBooksExtra.• Have you tried unsuccessfully to lose weight?• Is what you used to do to lose weight no longer working?• Are you a yo-yo dieter?• Do you frequently experience discomfort aftereating—bloating, gas, indigestion?• Are you feeling and looking older than you should?

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