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From a top-selling fiction writer comes a romance set amid Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Their association is supposed to be strictly business, and they are very different people. But the tropics create a different world. And for Mandy and Damon, paradise is only a heartbeat away.
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Overview

From a top-selling fiction writer comes a romance set amid Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Their association is supposed to be strictly business, and they are very different people. But the tropics create a different world. And for Mandy and Damon, paradise is only a heartbeat away.
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"An early Lowell love story available for the first time in hardcover features not only her trademark misunderstood hero and noble heroine, but also fabulous descriptions of the reef and Australian hospitality, making for a tale that will please every classic-romance fan." Booklist
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A young widow trying to come to terms with her fear of flying and the ocean, the result of surviving a small-plane crash at sea, is tricked into a three-week "vacation" on a remote island near the Great Barrier Reef with her boss's dangerously attractive nephew in one of Lowell's early steamy classics that was first released by Silhouette Intimate Moments in 1988.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781551665382
  • Publisher: Mira
  • Publication date: 9/1/1999
  • Series: Silhouette Intimate Moments Series, #256
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 4.30 (w) x 6.82 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Lowell
Elizabeth Lowell is the author of numerous historical and contemporary novels, many of which have been New York Times bestsellers, including four masterful works of romantic suspense featuring the Donovan family. Ms. Lowell lives in Anacortes, Washington, with her husband with whom she writes mystery novels under a pseudonym.

Biography

Extensive and versatile, Elizabeth Lowell's résumé of titles (in almost every genre) is as long as the list of her various pen names. She's written science fiction, mystery and romance. She's also penned historical fiction and collaborated on a movie novelization. So prolific is Lowell that she and her husband, Evan Maxwell, have had to create a whole raft of pseudonyms for her books.

Her earliest work, from the 1970s, is science fiction and is written under her actual name, Ann Maxwell. The romances she and her husband began writing together in the early '90s are under the same name, because their publisher wanted a female author’s name on the cover. Their Southern California mystery series featuring the divorced lovers Fiddler and Fiora are written under A. E. Maxwell (Ann and Evan), while their joint novelization of the 1992 Val Kilmer movie Thunderheart is under the name Lowell Charters (his middle name and her maiden name.)

Her biggest solo success, the romance novels that have taken her repeatedly to The New York Times bestseller list, are credited to Elizabeth Lowell -- a combination of the couple’s middle names.

Lowell’s romances are noted for their sass and, of course, their sex. But her characterizations, particularly, draw high marks. "Elizabeth Lowell's talent is enormous," wrote The Romance Reader in its review of 1984's Forget Me Not. "She has made a well-deserved name for herself by crafting likable, plucky heroines and enigmatic but intelligent heroes." And, in 1996 the Chicago Tribune wrote, "The protagonist she has chosen for her hardcover debut, Winter Fire could give a Navy SEAL lessons in survival."

Lowell embarked on a popular series in 1997 with the publication of Amber Beach, which introduced readers to the Donovan family, titans in the menacing world of precious gemstones who must dodge murderers, thieves, and power-hungry governments to protect their business. Of the first in the series, Kirkus Reviews wrote, "A romance that offers all the sexual tension, adventure and squishy clichés that fans of the genre could possibly want."

When Lowell was getting started as sci-fi writer Ann Maxwell, she was writing on legal pads while caring for her two young children. Evan was a reporter for the Los Angeles Times, covering international crime. In the early 1980s, after he had already collaborated on three mystery novels with Lowell, Maxwell decided to quit daily journalism and write fiction full-time.

The couple has since become a cottage industry of genre fiction operating out of their Seattle-area home. They collaborate on some projects, go solo on others. Lowell has described a seven-day-a week work packed with deadlines, an organized effort that starts out with book outlines that typically take about a month to draft as well as character sketches. Then the writing begins.

"My fiction deals with problems of strength rather than problems of weakness," she told Contemporary Authors. There is no appeal or purpose for me in reading -- or writing -- fiction that portrays incessant, excruciating, and pointless pain in the lives of characters."

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Readers are surprised to find out that the books Lowell writes with her husband are true collaborations. "In fact, a lot of people, once they know, say, 'Oh, I know who did this in the book, and I know who did this,' and they're almost invariably wrong," she told the Los Angeles Times.

Two of the most intriguing time periods for Lowell are medieval England and the post-Civil War period in the American West. "In both cases it was a time of expanded possibilities for individuals, regardless of birth or heritage, to create a better life and, ultimately, a better world, from chaos," she told Contemporary Authors.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Ann Maxwell; A .E. Maxwell; Annalise Sun; Lowell Charters
    1. Date of Birth:
      April 5, 1944
    2. Place of Birth:
      Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    1. Education:
      B. A., University of California, 1966

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  • Posted May 29, 2011

    Published previously

    Copyright 1988 for Silhouette and Mira editions.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2006

    Not her best..

    I prefer romantic suspense to straight romance so this was a little out of my genre'. However, I like Elizabeth Lowell and so I gave it a try. I thought both main characters were shallow and a bit selfish. An ok read if you can't find something else to peak your interest.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    The best!!!

    This might just be my favorite from her. Its a beautiful book with everything you need to keep you entertained for hours. I couldnt put it down!!!<3

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2013

    Recommended

    I just love this book. Elizabeth Lowell one of my all-time favorites.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2001

    Page turning!!!

    I LOVED it. It kept me up late until my eyes couldn't stay open. Once you get started, you won't want to stop until you get to the last word. Keeps you up all night, turning pages to see what happenes next.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2000

    Wonderful!

    I loved it. The plot and main characters were enjoyable. Readers who like romantic books should definitely read this one. I look forward to reading more of her books.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2000

    A Must Read!

    I truly enjoyed reading this sexy and steamy story. The characters and the plot in the story were likable. Most importantly, Ms. Lowell knows how to capture her audiences. I am looking forward to reading her next book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2000

    Enjoyable

    I thought the book was good...a little steamy but the plot was alright. Mandy and Damon were good characters...I read atleast 7 romances a week and I can honestly say i've read this one more than once.

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