Stephanie Laurens
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Stephanie Laurens

#1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens began writing romances as an escape from the dry world of professional science. Her hobby quickly became a career when her first novel was accepted for publication, and with entirely becoming alacrity, she gave up writing about facts in favor of writing fiction.

Laurens's novels are set in the time period of the British Regency, and her settings range from Scotland to India. Laurens has published fifty works of historical romance, including 29 New York Times bestsellers. All her works are continuously available in print and digital formats in English worldwide, and have been translated into many other languages. An international bestseller, among other accolades Laurens has received the Romance Writers of America prestigious RITA Award for Best Romance Novella 2008, for The Fall of Rogue Gerrard.

Her continuing novels featuring the Cynster family are widely regarded as classics of the genre. Other series include the Bastion Club Novels and the Black Cobra Quartet.

Following is a brief autobiography of Stephanie's life before becoming a romance novelist:

My early life was not all that ordinary - I was born in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) many years ago, at a time when the recently independent British colony still behaved socially very much like an outpost of the British Raj. So I know what "tiffin" is. It was a strange society - one that has now died - but I still remember snippets.

At age 5, my family upped stakes and moved permanently to Melbourne, Australia, where they've remained ever since. I did all my schooling in Melbourne, finished university with a Ph.D. in Biochemistry, then moved on, together with my husband, acquired along the way, to London.

Of course, we didn't just hop on a plane and fly. No. We took what proved to be one of the last true overland journeys from Katmandu to London - through northern India and the Ganges valley, up into Kashmir to laze on houseboats on the lake at Srinigar, then through Pakistan and on up the Khyber Pass into Afghanistan (pre-destruction). From Kabul, we continued west, across Iran (then still with the Shah), down to Isfahan, then up to the Caspian Sea, then all the way across Turkey to the ages-old fascination of Istanbul. I still have the most vivid memories of Afghanistan, Iran and Turkey - the most wonderfully dramatic and lonely scenery - places where Nature really impinged on your consciousness. After wandering across Europe, we eventually reached London, after what will undoubtedly rank as the journey of our lives.

In London, I took up a position as a research scientist - and my husband did, too. We lived in a lovely little cottage - a 16th century woodcutter's cottage, complete with 16th century tiles (you can tell by the wooden pegs that hold them on), built onto an oast house (those places with conical roofs where they used to dry hops), surrounded on all sides by the lush green fields of rural Kent. Of course, next door was the protected remains of a 1st century Roman villa, and down the lane was a 14th century castle, still owned by the original family. The main house was now mostly Queen Anne in style, but with some Tudor buildings still remaining.

We spent 4 wonderful years living in England, touring England, France, Spain, Portugal and northern Italy, entirely off the beaten track. Provincial France became a favorite haunt; Portugal was a different sort of paradise. On our return to Australia, we both continued on with scientific research - in my case, in the cancer research field. I remained in cancer research, rising through the ranks to heading my own laboratory...until fate took a hand.

I had read romances since I was 13 - when my mother borrowed Georgette Heyer's romances from a workmate, and I read them after her. These Old Shades was the first one I read - I was hooked for life. In England, I'd had the opportunity to stock up with Regency romances that were never available in the US or Australia - I still have shelves of them. After our return to Australia, one day I literally ran out of books to read. I wanted a new Regency romance - but there were none in the stores. In desperation, I decided to write one - something I'd always had a hankering to do, but never done.

So I did. I just sat down and wrote the story, writing at night and on weekends, primarily to entertain myself. To my surprise, being one of those people who always have craft projects lying around unfinished for years, I actually finished the book - mainly, I suspect, because I wanted to know the end. But there it was - and it didn't seem too bad. Perhaps....

That first manuscript became TANGLED REINS, my first romance - a British Regency romance published by Mills & Boon. Subsequently, I wrote 7 more Regency romances for Mills & Boon.
Somewhere along the line, I faced the fact that the life of a research scientist, certainly at the level I had now reached, had palled. Stress levels were too high. But I now had something else I could do - I could write romances.

So I "retired" from scientific life, to more relaxed and fulfilling endeavors, and at much the same time, crossed the Atlantic publishing-wise, and, after some uncertain times, eventually signed on with Avon.

The rest, as they say, is history!

For information on upcoming releases and updates on novels yet to come, visit Stephanie's website at www.stephanielaurens.com or connect with her on Facebook www.facebook.com/AuthorStephanieLaurens

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Best Sellers

    • The Confounding Case of the Carisbrook Emeralds

    • The Casebook of Barnaby Adair, Book 6
    • By: Stephanie Laurens
    • Narrated by: Napoleon Ryan
    • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    A young lady accused of theft and the gentleman who elects himself her champion enlist the aid of Stokes, Barnaby, Penelope, and friends in pursuing justice, only for the investigators to find themselves tangled in a web of interfamily tensions and secrets....

    Regular price: $24.47

    • The Designs of Lord Randolph Cavanaugh

    • By: Stephanie Laurens
    • Narrated by: Justin Hill
    • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 43
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 39
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 39

    Lord Randolph Cavanaugh is loyal and devoted - but only to family. To the rest of the world, he's aloof and untouchable, a respected and driven entrepreneur. But Rand yearns for more....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • steam engine more prominent than romance

    • By apr_observer on 05-11-18

    Regular price: $28.51

    • The Greatest Challenge of Them All

    • By: Stephanie Laurens
    • Narrated by: Matthew Brenher
    • Length: 16 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      0 out of 5 stars 0
    • Performance
      0 out of 5 stars 0
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      0 out of 5 stars 0

    Lord Drake Varisey, Marquess of Winchelsea, eldest son and heir of the Duke of Wolverstone, must foil a plot that threatens to shake the foundations of the realm....

    Regular price: $27.27

    • The Lady by His Side

    • The Devil’s Brood Trilogy, Book 1
    • By: Stephanie Laurens
    • Narrated by: Matthew Brenher
    • Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 221
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 198
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 197

    Sebastian Cynster knows time is running out. If he doesn't choose a wife soon, his female relatives will line up to assist him. Yet the current debutantes do not appeal....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • S-T-R-U-G-G-L-E-D

    • By Mischasmom on 03-21-17

    Regular price: $24.47

    • The Taste of Innocence

    • By: Stephanie Laurens
    • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
    • Length: 15 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 6

    Charles Morwellan, eighth Earl of Meredith, knows he must marry, but he plans to do so on his own terms. So, after years of escaping the clutches of would-be wives, it is quite a shock when he is refused by the beautiful Sarah Conningham....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • good story but poor narration

    • By Helene on 06-01-18

    Regular price: $31.49

    • An Irresistible Alliance

    • By: Stephanie Laurens
    • Narrated by: Matthew Brenher
    • Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 136
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 122
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 122

    With his older brother's betrothal announced, Lord Michael Cynster is freed of all familial expectations....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Pare it down

    • By C. Whitehurst on 04-19-18

    Regular price: $24.47

    • Devil's Bride

    • A Cynster Novel
    • By: Stephanie Laurens
    • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
    • Length: 15 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,632
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,279
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,284

    Bold, daring, larger-than-life heroes and feisty, intelligent heroines propel Stephanie Laurens' exciting historical romance novels....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • An awesome listen!

    • By Maria on 10-22-09

    Regular price: $31.49

    • Where the Heart Leads

    • By: Stephanie Laurens
    • Narrated by: Charlotte Parry
    • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 104
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 51
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 55

    Penelope Ashford, Portia Cynster's younger sister, has grown up with every advantage: wealth, position, and beauty....

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Do NOT Buy the Audible Abridged Version

    • By Amazon Customer on 10-11-13

    Regular price: $17.10

    • The Promise in a Kiss

    • A Cynster Novel
    • By: Stephanie Laurens
    • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
    • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 445
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 334
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 336

    In a quiet moonlit courtyard, Helena encounters a handsome and mysterious Englishman. Before parting, he rewards her with a special kiss....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Where it all begins, written so many years later..

    • By Amy Ardon on 12-15-10

    Regular price: $27.99

    • The Taming of Ryder Cavanaugh

    • A Cynster Novel, Book 20
    • By: Stephanie Laurens
    • Narrated by: Matthew Brenher
    • Length: 14 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 213
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 191
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 190

    The Honorable Miss Mary Cynster always gets what she wants. As the last unwed Cynster of her generation, she is determined to remain in charge of her life....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • About time

    • By Therese on 11-15-13

    Regular price: $31.93

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