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"Laura Leone's romances sizzle with wit and sensuality!"
                                —bestselling author, Mary Jo Putney

I began my career as a romance novelist, writing under the pseudonym Laura Leone—which some fantasy editors have called my "secret past!"


 

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Rita Award finalist!

FALLEN FROM GRACE

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"Fallen From Grace is provocative, powerful, and passionate. Laura Leone leads the reader on a tender, sexy journey through the human heart."
                                          —New York Times bestselling author Teresa Medeiros

 

"Fallen From Grace is an amazingly powerful, emotional and thought-provoking book... Leone's gift for storytelling shines in a truly provactive, gritty, tender and unforgettable story."
                                   
                                                     —Romantic Times


"In this realistically  gritty, sometimes violent, and gripping tale, Leone reveals the seamier side of society's manueuvering while she spins an unconventional romance between two unhappy people who find that love, like respect, can grow out of friendship and shared experiences and that new beginnings are indeed possible for those with the determination and courage to pursue them."                                                                                                                           —Booklist


"Fallen From Grace is a romance novel as rich and adult as coffee laced with brandy. Laura Leone has delivered a dangerous brew of sin and redemption that goes where few romances dare to wander—a refreshing and deeply satisfying book. I loved it!"
                                                                                        —Barbara Samuel

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"Top Pick!"
Romantic Times

FEVER DREAMS

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"Take this golden opportunity to enjoy one of the truly great romance adventure classics!"
                                                                                          — Romantic Times

 

"There hasn't been a jungle story this good since Bogie and Hepburn. 
I loved Fever Dreams, and wish I'd written it!"
                                      —New York Times bestseller Vicki Lewis Thompson

 

"Fever Dreams is a stirring romance, an exciting adventure and an all-around fun read. It's a new favorite of mine. Leone is an author who deserves a lot more attention than she's getting. It's going on my keeper shelf and I recommend it highly."
                                                                                —AllAboutRomance.com

NIGHTS OF FIRE

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Nights Fire

 

This is a romance novel I wrote for a publishing program that closed down before releasing it, and I never found another publisher for it. I briefly licensed the e-rights to an early e-publisher, but virtually no readers found it. So I got the rights back and retired the book for years... Until now! Affordable e-publishing and the explosion of the e-book market in mainstream venues has made it possible, after all these years, to release this book for what is, in effect, the first time. I hope you enjoy it!

In his sexually-charged WWII-era romance, American spy Paul Finley stumbles into consciousness one misty dawn to discover he's lost his memory in a brutal beating administered by the Gestapo. As he recovers in hiding, deep in the French countryside, a beautiful French Resistance operative, Gabrielle, tries to help him unlock the important secret that's buried in his mind. But there's a ruthless traitor in the Resistance, and the precarious situation will turn deadly if Paul can’t remember what he knows—and whom he truly trusts and loves. As the days march inexorably toward the Allied invasion of Europe, love wars with duty, and Paul and Gabrielle are caught in the dangerous embrace of destiny.

Also included in this e-book are four sensual short stories originally written for the same defunct publisher. Three of the stories, Wedding Night (read an excerpt here), Before Midnight, and See You In Paris, feature Paul and Gabrielle, and are set before and after the events of the novel. The fourth story, Fire and Flame, is a stand-alone tale; two lovers reunite while the Battle of Britain rages in the night sky

 

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Homicidal Honeymoon
A Romantic-Comedy Short Story

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Wedding bed—or crime scene?

In this romantic-comedy short story by award-winning romance novelist Laura Leone, a woman wakes next to the corpse of a total stranger, in a shabby hotel room in a country where she doesn’t speak the language… and this is her honeymoon!

The free ebook of this 6,000-word short story also includes excerpts from Disappearing Nightly, A Wilder Name, and Fallen From Grace.

I'm making my old Silhouette romance novels available as ebooks over the course of 2012. I'll post the new covers and some bookseller links for each novel when it's e-released and available.

 

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UNTOUCHED BY MAN
Mastersons in Paradise: Book I

Reviewer's Choice Award, Romantic Times Magazine

When shy, scholarly Clowance Masterson travels to Key West to rescue her multimillionaire grandfather from another of his madcap misadventures, she instead falls under the seductive spell of her grandpa's new associate, Shady O'Grady, and becomes part of the handsome diver's passionate quest for the sunken treasure of a Spanish ghost galleon. But while Clowance is falling in love, Shady's shady past may be catching up to them both...

"The always superb Laura Leone makes our hearts rejoice with a wonderful new love story set in the Florida Keys... Ms. Leone's outstanding craftsmanship and exquisite sense of romance add a brilliant lustre to an unforgettable tale of love."
                                                      —Romantic Times

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Out of Print
Untouch Old
Silhouette1992

 

 

 

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UNDER THE VOODOO MOON
Mastersons in Paradise: Book II

A anthropology field researcher on a remote Caribbean island finds a handsome stranger washed up on her beach one day, clutching a pink stuffed bunny in his arms and wearing a life preserver from a boat called The Lusty Wench. Wounded and suffering from amnesia, the stranger is sure of only one thing: Someone is trying to kill him.

"Sheer delight for discerning readers who appreciate wit, sizzling passion, and crackling good romance. Who else but Laura Leone could put together such a wonderful love story?"
                                                       —Romantic Times

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Out of Print
Voodoo old
Silhouette 1994

 

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A WILDER NAME
Fame: Book I

A famous man, a cautious woman, and a sizzling heat they can’t resist touching…

When they meet, Luke and Nina seem to have nothing in common except the ability to drive each other so crazy they can’t even be in the same room together—and a mutual attraction so strong they can’t possibly stay away from each other…


"Can a glamorous opera star find happiness in the arms of a mesmerizing rock star? Find out in Laura Leone's sophisticated yet touching love story, A Wilder Name. From health food vs. haute cuisine, Beatles vs. Beethoven, Ms. Leone's intelligent and perceptive characters battle it out until the heart comes up a winner. This literate, exceptionally well-written romance is a major step forward in a most promising career."
                                                  —Romantic Times

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Out of PrintAWN old
Silhouette 1989
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THE BLACK SHEEP
Fame: Book II

An enchanted island, a man seeking solitude, and a woman he can’t stay away from…

Prospero Hunter wants to feel numb, and he has come to an isolated Mediterranean island to be alone. But no plan is perfect… and before he knows it, his enchanted island starts filling up with celebrities, paparazzi, and various oddballs. All because of the arrival of a woman whose vibrant passion for life wakes up Roe’s reluctant heart.

"Laura Leone whisks us back to the environs of Sicily in The Black Sheep. Years after a handsome young man escapes the notoriety of being the son of a famous actress by becoming an adventure guide, he is less than pleased to find himself again agreeing to babysit a beautiful rock star. But the delicious creature who arrives is quite different from what he expected and she soon has his heart in her hand. This marvellous romance is superb entertainment for genre conoisseurs."
                                                  —Romantic Times

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Out of PrintSheep old
Silhouette 1992

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SLEIGHT OF HAND

A fortune in diamonds, a luxury hotel that's falling apart, and an actress and a magician on the run...

Chance Weal, magician extraordinaire, needs all his skills to stay alive and in one piece as he and actress Alicia Cannon find themselves fleeing gangsters, jewel thieves, and angry blue-blooded aristocrats, and the cops when a performance at Atlantic City's most over-priced hotel turns into a madcap battle for love and life.

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Out of Print
Sleight old
Meteor 1993

 

 

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CELESTIAL BODIES

The Knight of Swords (Minor Arcana): A young man of courage and skill, though headstrong...

When private detective Nick Tremain investigates an eccentric astrologist and tarot reader who may be swindling a wealthy widow in New Orleans, he winds up struggling with his attraction to the suspect's grown daughter. Nick is already in danger of losing his license, so he can't afford any missteps... but rational rules don't seem to apply in the House of Ishtar, where love and destiny are governed by the whims of the celestial bodies...

"Laura Leone captures our imagination with the delightfully offbeat romance entitled Celestial Bodies... This lively tale sparkles with freshness and verve."
                                                        —Romantic Times

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Out of Print
Celest old
Silhouette
1991

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ULTERIOR MOTIVES

He has a wicked past, a dangerous reputation, and a plan to destroy her business…

Shelley Baird is dismayed to discover that the fascinating new man in her life is also her new business competitor. Ross Tanner came to town counting on his usual success; but he hadn’t counted on falling for the woman whose business he’s supposed to shut down…

"Ulterior Motives is an extremely clever and witty romance of the managers of two rival language schools who fall in love with each other in spite of their cutthroat business competition. Readers will savor every word of this utterly delectable tale."
                                                               —Romantic Times

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Out of Print
Ulterior old
Silhouette
1989

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GUILTY SECRETS

A haunted house, a crazy menagerie of housepets, mysterious phone calls… and crackling romance in the air.

When Leah McCargar comes home for the summer, she winds up managing her aunt’s eccentric household, trying to hide her fugitive cousin from his pursuers, and falling in love with her aunt’s new colleague—who’s got some guilty secrets of his own


"The extremely talented Laura Leone continues to add luster to the genre with her fresh concepts and precise writing. Guilty Secrets is an amusing but touching story of a young graduate student whose doubts about her scholarly grandmother's handsome collaborator dampen the fires of attraction that burn between them. Their true feelings rise to the surface when they join forces to manage the eccentric household with its exotic menagerie—the Questing Beast alone is worth the price of the book—totally delighting the fortunate reader."
                                                   —Romantic Time

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Out of Print
Guilty
Silhouette 1990

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ONE SULTRY SUMMER

They have onesultry summer to win, lose... or fall in love.

Years after putting the past behind him, Race Bennett, the illegitimate son of a multimillionaire, returns to the rural home he left as a child, only to find it greatly changed and now inhabited by a beautiful redheaded virago... who gets under his skin and into his heart.

"A feisty young woman has only one summer to convince her reluctant new partner that her pet boarding kennel can be successful. Ms. Leone shows a lot of fine talent as her fiery but contentious lovers strike a lot of interesting sparks off one another."
                                               —Romantic Times

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Silhouette 1989
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UPON A MIDNIGHT CLEAR

’Tis the season... for mayhem, mischief, and romance!

During her busiest week of the year, Fiona Larkin finds her business menaced by a prowler whose actions are as mysterious as his—or her?—identity. But the gorgeous, charming, and slightly cranky investigator who reluctantly gives up his Christmas to handle Fiona’s problem soon proves to be an even bigger distraction than her unknown prowler...


"The immensely gifted Laura Leone... blends a touch of mystery with a heartwarming romance when a security consultant reluctantly takes on the job of investigating a mysterious break-in at a popular kennel. Fortunately, he has the help of the lovely kennel manager to solve both his professional and personal problems. Ms. Leone plays skillfully on all our emotions, making us both laugh and cry as her attractive lovers find their happy ending."
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Out of Print
Midnight
Silhouette 1990

 

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Coming soon:

A WOMAN'S WORK


"A marvelously crafted love story... about an advertising executive who gets entangled with her latest client, the irresistably unorthodox manufacturer of high-quality sporting goods. Ms. Leone delves into the complex emotions of her superbly realized characters with a skill and sensitivity that guarantee complete reader enjoyment."
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Out of Print
WW old
Silhouette 1990

 

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Coming soon:

THE BANDIT KING

"Travel with Laura Leone to Sicily in The Bandit King, as a reporter journeys to this ancient land to interview a former guerrilla fighter. But it is his civil engineer son who captures her heart and upsets her equilibrium. Ms. Leone's loving grasp of a variety of cultural clashes highlight this wonderful love story that refuses to settle for a clichéd resolution."
                                                 —Romantic Times

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Out of Print
Bandit old

Silhouette 1991