An award winning author, Debra's ongoing romance with wild and remote locales began at an early age and is reflected in her books. Born and raised in California, and drawn to the rugged Sierra Nevada mountain range like a fish to water, Debra was an accomplished outdoorswoman by the time she finished high school.
After earning a degree in geology, Debra went to work for British Petroleum as an exploration geologist, working in Alaska on arctic drilling projects. She loved the adventure, the travel, and the thrill of discovering oil. She kept journals during her years as a geologist and always knew that someday she'd write about her experiences.
Debra's life changed dramatically after she returned to school to earn her Master's Degree in Business Administration. She didn't return to geology or the oil industry, choosing instead to return to California and settle a stone's throw from her first love, the rugged mountains of the Sierra Nevada.
There she met her husband James, a native of Scotland, and adopted their dog, Seamus, a 160 lb. mastiff. Both provide inspiration for her writing. Together, the threesome spends weekends camping, fishing, hiking, and skiing.
Debra began her writing career in 1997 and, after winning the Romance Writers of America Golden Heart award in 1998, sold her first book to Harlequin in early 1999. In what is fast becoming a trademark of her writing, Debra loves nothing better than to strand her heroes and heroines in rugged, often dangerous settings, then let nature take its course!
Debra invites you to write to her in care of Harlequin Readers Service, P.O. Box 1325, Buffalo, NY 14269.
Helen's passion for creating emotional stories of romance interwoven with adventure began early. A childhood spent near the ancient walled city of Chester, England, sparked an abiding love for sweeping romance and colorful history. Harriet Klausner has called her "the leading pre-Conqueror post-Roman historical romance novelist."
Helen and her family moved from England to New Zealand when she was thirteen. She fell in love with New Zealand's relaxed and friendly atmosphere and its spectacular landscape (featured so well in The Lord of the Rings).
She achieved a university degree in languages, then some traveling, marriage and various secretarial jobs followed. But the dream of writing never died, and her career began when she won the Clendon Award for Best Unpublished Romance.
Helen now writes for Harlequin's mainstream romance imprint, HQN Books while looking after her husband and two sons. Romantic Times BOOKreviews says, "Kirkman's lyrically descriptive prose sustains an unusual emotional intensity [and] generates that rare urge to read it straight through."
Helen's powerful romances are both vivid and charged with passion. She recently traveled to Britain to have another firsthand look at some of the places and historical treasures that color her richly imagined stories.
Captured by a Viking! Bundle by Debra Brown,Julia Byrne,Helen Kirkman released on May 1, 2008 is available now for purchase.
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