The Contestant

The Contestant

by Stephanie Doyle

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The Contestant by Stephanie Doyle

The Contestant by Stephanie Doyle released on Jul 05, 2005 is available now for purchase.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781426862083
Publisher: Silhouette
Publication date: 05/01/2010
Series: Silhouette Bombshell Series , #52
Sold by: HARLEQUIN
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
File size: 588 KB

About the Author

From the very beginning Stephanie loved to create characters. The youngest of six, a pleasant surprise as her mother liked to call her, she grew up basically as an only child with her closest sibling nine years her senior. But she had no problem entertaining herself. It all started with an imaginary friend named Gigi.

As she got older her imaginary friend grew into all different types of characters, each of whom had his or her own story to tell. By the time she was 12, she began writing those stories down, and after 206 handwritten pages, she had completed her first science fiction/fantasy novel.

Then came a pivotal moment when she read Kathleen Woodiwiss's Shanna. Once she discovered romance there was no going back. A dedicated reader, she quickly began writing her own romantic stories, some funny, some adventurous, but all delivering the quintessential happy ending.

At 18 she submitted her first story to Harlequin and by 26 she was published. Now in her 30s, she struggles between the demands of her "day" job, her writing, and trying to find a little romance of her own.

She lives in South Jersey with her two cats, Alexandria Hamilton and Theodora Roosevelt. She wants to get a dog, but the cats have out-voted her. And she spends every free minute she has doing the thing she loves best - writing! Stephanie loves any kind of feedback. Please email her at stephd_romance@hotmail.com

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Contestant 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Chapter 1 <br> Hollysplash lay in Riverclan camp. All the hunting patrols were finished, and the next patrol didn't leave 'till sunset. <br> 'I wonder if Riverclan is the least active,' she thought. 'After all, it is so easy for us to catch prey.' <br> "Whatcha thinking about?" Her little apprentice, Waterpaw, came up. The was no end to the questions the small dappled gold shecat asked. <br> "Nothing," Hollyspalsh meowed in reply. <br> "Can we go training?" Waterpaw asked. "Can we go hunt for fish?" Hollyspalsh glaced at the fresh-kill pile. Neither them nor the clan needed any food. <br> "No," she meowed finally. "There's no need. How out we go training instead?" <br> "Okay!" Waterpaw meowed with sparkling blue eyes. "Let's go now!" A they left camp, Hollyspalsh sighed. Without her apprentice, clan life would be so dull. <br> Chapter 2 <br> The sun was setting as Hollysplash scrambled back to camp. She didn't want to miss the Evening Patrol. Waterpaw hurried after her. <br> "Why are we going so fast? Do you think I'll be ready to be a warrior soon? Why does Riverclan onlu hunt fish? <br> Hollyspalsh gritted her teeth. She loved going on patrols, maybe more than any other cat. <br> They arrived at the camp entrance just as Riverclan's deputy, Sparrowleap, was heading out with a patrol. Hollyspalsh's ears and tail drooped. She had missed the patrol! There wasn't anyone she could blame, though. But Hollyspalsh was going to sit in camp, doing nothing. Unless- a thought creeeped into her mind.
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TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Four-and-a-half years ago, Talia Mooney was a diver set to win Olympic gold. When she broke fingers on her right hand during her first dive, however, the gold-and her father's dreams-came to an end. Although Talia still took home the silver medal, for her, diving for competition's sake was over. Now she could go back to doing what she loved best-swimming, diving, and being in the water for no other reason than because she loved it.

Now, though, there are problems in Mooney-land. Her father, Colin Mooney, who lives aboard a boat named Slainte and runs Mooney's Sport Fishing Tours, has always had big dreams. And when a con man by the name of Buck Rogers comes calling with maps and charts and diaries, with a story of a sunken Spanish galleon, of course Colin falls for it. The man who had raised his daughter alone ever since his wife's death now owes a wannabe-mobster named Rocco fifty-thousand dollars. So Talia heads back to her father's home in Islamorada in the Keys, and finds that her dear old dad already has a solution on how they can raise the money to pay back the loanshark. Talia's now signed up to compete on Ultimate Endurance, a reality-TV show where all she has to do is outlast her competitors on a remote island.

Colin figures it's a given. Having grown up on the water, and being an Olympic winner, Talia has a definite edge. All she has to do is make it through a few days of competition on some island, and they'll have enough money to pay off Rocco. Talia has nothing else to do with her time and energies, since finding a job as an accountant in Miami is turning out to be more of a chore than she thought it would be.

Once on the remote island, geared up for the contest, Talia is immediately attracted to another player-Reuben Serrano, a former cop with abs and thighs of steel. As Talia and Reuben fight their feelings, a body of one of the contestants washes up on shore, and suddenly Ultimate Endurance takes on an entirely new meaning. Someone is willing to take the ultimate step to make sure they're the winner of this competition. But which player is the killer? There are several people to choose from, and as the body count rises, Talia and Reuben will have to work together to solve the puzzle.

THE CONTESTANT is an entertaining addition to the Bombshell line. Full of action and adventure, passion and suspense, this is a great book for an enjoyable evening read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Four-and-a-half years ago, Talia Mooney was a diver set to win Olympic gold. When she broke fingers on her right hand during her first dive, however, the gold¿and her father¿s dreams¿came to an end. Although Talia still took home the silver medal, for her, diving for competition¿s sake was over. Now she could go back to doing what she loved best¿swimming, diving, and being in the water for no other reason than because she loved it. Now, though, there are problems in Mooney-land. Her father, Colin Mooney, who lives aboard a boat named Slainte and runs Mooney¿s Sport Fishing Tours, has always had big dreams. And when a con man by the name of Buck Rogers comes calling with maps and charts and diaries, with a story of a sunken Spanish galleon, of course Colin falls for it. The man who had raised his daughter alone ever since his wife¿s death now owes a wannabe-mobster named Rocco fifty-thousand dollars. So Talia heads back to her father¿s home in Islamorada in the Keys, and finds that her dear old dad already has a solution on how they can raise the money to pay back the loanshark. Talia¿s now signed up to compete on Ultimate Endurance, a reality-TV show where all she has to do is outlast her competitors on a remote island. Colin figures it¿s a given. Having grown up on the water, and being an Olympic winner, Talia has a definite edge. All she has to do is make it through a few days of competition on some island, and they¿ll have enough money to pay off Rocco. Talia has nothing else to do with her time and energies, since finding a job as an accountant in Miami is turning out to be more of a chore than she thought it would be. Once on the remote island, geared up for the contest, Talia is immediately attracted to another player¿Reuben Serrano, a former cop with abs and thighs of steel. As Talia and Reuben fight their feelings, a body of one of the contestants washes up on shore, and suddenly Ultimate Endurance takes on an entirely new meaning. Someone is willing to take the ultimate step to make sure they¿re the winner of this competition. But which player is the killer? There are several people to choose from, and as the body count rises, Talia and Reuben will have to work together to solve the puzzle. THE CONTESTANT is an entertaining addition to the Bombshell line. Full of action and adventure, passion and suspense, this is a great book for an enjoyable evening read.
harstan More than 1 year ago
A former Olympics diver who won a silver medal at Sydney has a will to win in all competitions because the win was done with a broken hand. Talia Mooney knows why she is in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Her father owes $50K to Rocco, a loan shark known for breaking bones of late payees. Talia looks over her rivals and thinks she has an excellent chance of winning the million dollar winner take all prize though she acknowledges her prime competitor on the Ultimate Endurance reality TV survival show is the in shape former cop Reuben Serrano, who makes no pretension that this is a team sport as he plans to go alone. However, a storm strands the contestants and crew on the isolated island. Not long afterward, someone decides to change the rules of the game by killing off opponents. Talia wonders if she can trust anyone as any of the other marooned folks could be the killer although she is most wary of Reuben as she fears her judgment of him due a strong attraction. Perhaps being an ex-cop, he is even more suspicious of his competition although his libido screams for teaming with Talia. THE CONTESTANT is a fabulous romantic thriller starring two real individuals with flaws that make each hesitant to fall in love. The exciting story line is mindful of Ten Little Indians (especially the Hugh O¿Brien movie) with the TV reality show twist modernizing the plot. Fans of action-packed pot boilers will enjoy this strong romantic suspense. Harriet Klausner