Gentlehearted Marta Jensen had come to the Alaskan wilderness to find herself, not to get involved with a bachelor dad in way over his head. So why had she agreed to care for Ike LeBlanc's orphaned niece? Because Marta couldn't refuse to help a man in need, despite her jaded heart's inclination to resist a man in demand. Now she was powerless against a man who unleashed the passion she'd kept tightly controlled. One who made her dream of having a family come true. But before the baby arrangement ended, could Marta convince this committed bachelor to make his ward's stand-in mom his own full-time wife?
About the Author
Prolific romance author Marie Ferrarella swears she was born writing, "which must have made the delivery especially hard for my mother."
Born in West Germany of Polish parents, she came to America when she was four years of age. For an entire year, Marie and her family explored the eastern half of the country before finally settling in New York. It was there that she was to meet the man she would marry, truly her first love. Marie was only 14 when she first laid eyes on her future husband, Charles Ferrarella.
From an early age, Marie's parents would find her watching television or tucked away in some private place, writing at a furious pace. "Initially, I began writing myself into my favorite shows. I was a detective on 77 Sunset Strip, the missing Cartwright sibling they never talked about on Bonanza, and the Girl from U.N.C.L.E. before there was a Girl from U.N.C.L.E., not to mention an active participant in the serialized stories on The Mickey Mouse Club."
Marie began to write her first romance novel when she was 11 years old, although she claims that, at the time, she didn't even realize it was a romance!
She scribbled off and on, while dreaming of a career as an actress.
During her days at Queens College, acting started to lose its glamour as Marie spent more and more time writing. After receiving her English degree, specializing in Shakespearean comedy, Marie and her family moved to Southern California, where she still resides today.
After an interminable seven weeks apart, Charles decided he couldn't live without her and came out to California to marry his childhood sweetheart.
Ever practical, Marie was married in a wash-and-wear wedding dress that she sewed herself, appliqués and all. "'Be prepared' has always been my motto," the author jokes. This motto has been stretched considerably by her two children, "but basically, it still applies," she says.
Marie has one goal: to entertain, to make people laugh and feel good. "That's what makes me happy," she confesses. "That, and a really good romantic evening with my husband." She's keeping her fingers crossed that you enjoy reading her books as much as she's enjoyed writing them!
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