Prime Time

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More than anything else, cable TV reporter Andrea Malone wanted a network job. And it could be hers if she gained a coveted interview with the aging General Ratiff -- especially if she uncovered the secret that drove him into seclusion at his Texas ranch. One obstacle was Lyon Ratiff, the general's watchdog of a son. Andrea had a plan, but had no way of knowing how Lyon's unexpected, undeniable effect on her would change everything, how they both would face a storm of suspicion and betrayal -- and how Andrea ...
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Overview

More than anything else, cable TV reporter Andrea Malone wanted a network job. And it could be hers if she gained a coveted interview with the aging General Ratiff -- especially if she uncovered the secret that drove him into seclusion at his Texas ranch. One obstacle was Lyon Ratiff, the general's watchdog of a son. Andrea had a plan, but had no way of knowing how Lyon's unexpected, undeniable effect on her would change everything, how they both would face a storm of suspicion and betrayal -- and how Andrea Malone would have to choose between the ruthless demands of her profession and the equally strong dictates of the heart.

TV reporter Andrea Malone wants a network job. An interview with U.S. General Ratiff at his ranch can get it for her--especially if she uncovers the secret that drove him into seclusion. Andrea intends to get around his watchdog son, Lyon, but her scheme is about to create a powerful conflict--and Lyon's undeniable influence will soon alter Andrea's plans.

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Cable TV reporter Andrea Malone snoops for the big scoop behind the aging General Ratiff but finds his son instead. Originally published in 1982. First time on audio. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446364294
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/28/1995
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: REISSUE
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 383,326
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Sandra Brown
Sandra Brown is the author of sixty New York Times bestsellers, including TOUGH CUSTOMER (2010), SMASH CUT (2009), SMOKE SCREEN (2008), PLAY DIRTY (2007), RICOCHET (2006), CHILL FACTOR (2005), WHITE HOT (2004), HELLO, DARKNESS (2003), THE CRUSH (2002), ENVY (2001), THE SWITCH (2000), THE ALIBI (1999), UNSPEAKABLE (1998) and FAT TUESDAY (1997), all of which have jumped onto the Times bestseller list in the number one to five spot. Brown now has over eighty million copies of her books in print worldwide, and her work has been translated into thirty-four languages.

Biography

In 1979, Sandra Brown lost her job at a television program and decided to give writing a try. She bought an armful of romance novels and writing books, set up a typewriter on a card table and wrote her first novel. Harlequin passed but Dell bit, and Brown was off and writing, publishing her works under an assortment of pseudonyms.

From such modest beginnings, Brown has evolved into multimillion publishing empire of one, the CEO of her own literary brand; she towers over the landscape of romantic fiction. Brown has used her growing clout to insist her publishers drop the bosom-and-biceps covers and has added more intricate subplots, suspense, and even unhappy endings to her work. The result: A near-constant presence on The New York Times bestsellers list. In 1992, she had three on the list at the same time, joining that exclusive club of Stephen King, Tom Clancy, J. K. Rowling, and Danielle Steel.

Her work in the mainstream realm has taken her readers into The White House, where the president's newborn dies mysteriously; the oil fields and bedrooms of a Dallas-like family dynasty; and the sexual complications surrounding an investigation into an evangelist's murder. Such inventions have made her a distinct presence in a crowded genre.

"Brown is perhaps best known now for her longer novels of romantic suspense. The basic outline for these stories has passionate love, lust, and violence playing out against a background of unraveling secrets and skeletons jumping out of family closets," wrote Barbara E. Kemp in the book Twentieth-Century Romance & Historical Writers . Kemp also praises Brown's sharp dialogue and richly detailed characters. "However, her greatest key to success is probably that she invites her readers into a fantasy world of passion, intrigue, and danger," she wrote. "They too can face the moral and emotional dilemmas of the heroine, safe in the knowledge that justice and love will prevail."

Critics give her points for nimble storytelling but are cooler to her "serviceable prose," in the words of one Publishers Weekly reviewer. Still, when writing a crack page-turner, the plot's the thing. A 1992 New York Times review placed Brown among a group of a writers "who have mastered the art of the slow tease."

Staggeringly prolific, Brown found her writing pace ground to a halt when she was given a different assignment. A magazine had asked her for an autobiographical piece, and it took her months to complete. Her life in the suburbs, though personally fulfilling, was nonetheless blander than fiction. That may be why she dives into her fiction writing with such workhorse gusto. "I love being the bad guy," she told Publishers Weekly in 1995, "simply because I was always so responsible, so predictable growing up. I made straight A's and never got into any trouble, and I still impose those standards on myself. So writing is my chance to escape and become the sleaziest, scummiest role."

When she started writing, her goal was always to break out of the parameters of romance. After about 45 romances, the woman who counts Tennessee Williams and Taylor Caldwell among her influences told The New York Times that felt she had reached a plateau. In fact, she doesn't even look at her books as romances anymore. "I think of my books now as suspense novels, usually with a love story incorporated," she said. "They're absolutely a lot harder to write than romances. They take more plotting and real character development. Each book is a stretch for me, and I try something interesting each time that males will like as well as women."

Good To Know

  • "I hate to exercise and only do so because I absolutely must."

  • "I love to eat and my favorite foods are all bad for the body. Fried chicken and gravy, TexMex, red meat (hey, I'm from Texas!). My only saving grace is that I'm not that fond of sweets. Salty is my thing. Chocolate cake and ice cream I can skip. But a bag of Fritos. . ."

  • "It takes me a long time to go to sleep, usually because I read in bed and hate to put down the book. But when I do nod off, I'm a champion sleeper. I can easily do eight or nine hours a night."

  • "My worst "thing" is mean-spirited people. People who deliberately belittle or embarrass someone really irk me. The people I admire most are the ones who find something good about even the most undesirable individual. That was a quality my mother had, the one I hope most to emulate."

  • "I have a fear of gravity. Recently my whole family went to Belize. We had several adventures. We tubed a river through miles of cave, wearing head lamps so we'd have illumination. No problem. I scaled Mayan ruins. I rode horseback (on a monster named Al Capone) through the rain forest. No problem. But I couldn't zip line. Even though my five-year-old grandsons did it with glee, I just couldn't make that leap."

  • "I and my husband are huge fans of Jeopardy! We never miss it if we can help it. Does that make us complete dorks?"

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      1. Also Known As:
        Laura Jordan, Rachel Ryan and Erin St. Claire
      2. Hometown:
        Arlington, TX
      1. Date of Birth:
        March 12, 1948
      2. Place of Birth:
        Waco, Texas
      1. Education:
        Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, Texas Christian University, 2008
      2. Website:

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    • Anonymous

      Posted April 26, 2005

      Wow

      This was the first book of Sandra Brown's that I have read, and I must say it was quiet titillating to say the least. I found myself reading it in 2 sittings and did not want it to end. I would recommend this book to anyone, and in fact almost all the ladies in my office have read it and enjoyed it just as much as I did.

      5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted April 1, 2012

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      prime time by sandra brown (rachel ryan) She's trying to get the

      prime time by sandra brown (rachel ryan)
      She's trying to get the scoop of a lifetime to get her the better job at the network.
      He is a recluse and is getting very old and he has stipulations to the interview.
      Andi has the interview and he wants her to stay at the family house. Her film/audio crew will stay in the bunkhouse.
      Ryan the son has objections but his dad holds his ground.
      Health issues arise and Ryan falls apart and Andi tries to help but can she achieve a better outcome?
      Just when you think a happily ever after ending, everything erupts and there is no way this is going to be a happy ending....

      4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted July 18, 2012

      Highly recommended

      I know this is a few years old now, but it was a good story line and I enjoyed the characters. Sandra Brown always delivers a good solid book.

      2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 22, 2012

      Too much ses Too much sex not enough story

      I love sandra because of the suspense she writes i skipped more than half the book because most of it wad sex

      2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted September 12, 2011

      Prime Time has some wasted time/sections in it

      overall this was a good book. there was alot of time wasted in Andrea and Lyon bickering and jerking each other up and down, back and forth. Probably once or twice would have been tolerable but this happened too many times so it was more aggravating than enjoyable. Actually a sequel to this one would be good...there is ALOT OF STORY left to tell. With General Ratliff's past, his life with his hif wife and Lyon growing up until his death when Andrea came into the picture. Then of course the housekeeper Gracie's life, Andrea's life (with the crew from her job...maybe even coming to live near Andrea, and Lyons life...then all merge to one...with Gracie right in the center....maybe even find a gentleman for her. Another good book from Mrs. Brown....just could have replaced the yanking around with more substantial material.

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 3, 2014

      amazing

      Love the story laughed & cried could feel the anger too What an escape, it was as if I was there!

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    • Anonymous

      Posted November 12, 2013

      Fi

      Fu

      0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted March 3, 2013

      Good stodry Good story

      Good story.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted October 8, 2012

      Silver to all with an important announcement

      Take acid and dream then bake a potato and fuq it

      0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted October 7, 2012

      Sam

      Y?

      0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted October 9, 2012

      Silverbullet

      Sup. I'm bored.

      0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted October 7, 2012

      Bloodshot

      She looks angry and hoved it into vengences plm. Can always find another i can live on two instead of three but she needs it NOW do it!!

      0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted October 9, 2012

      Sweep

      Wakes up.

      0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted October 8, 2012

      Alita1

      Bored

      0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted October 9, 2012

      Echo

      Will be back later tonight

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    • Anonymous

      Posted October 9, 2012

      TO ALL

      we move to FORTRESS result 2

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    • Anonymous

      Posted October 13, 2012

      TO ALITA

      R u locked out o new base?

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      Posted December 6, 2011

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