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Life is all about change, so it's not surprising that over the past twenty years my career--and my life--have changed a lot. I expect that will continue to be true, and my intention now is that every change will ultimately be for the better. When I started writing traditional Regency romances, I was a stay-at-home mom to two toddlers, determined to sell a book before my youngest started first grade, so that I wouldn't have to get a "real job." I met that goal by the skin of my teeth, and went on to sell six Regencies and a Superromance to Harlequin over the next few years. I'd found the perfect career for an Army wife, and life was good--and relatively predictable. Then, within the space of a year, Harlequin closed their Regency line, my husband changed careers, our family moved from Texas to Indiana and I lost both of my parents. My writing stalled for a while as I tried to find new bearings. When the muse became insistent again, I began writing single title historical romance and found a new home with HarperCollins, where I published a total of eight books, most of them set in my comfy Regency period. After a while, however, my muse became restless, just as I was trying to adjust to a new change --an empty nest. A period of self-discovery followed, and I gradually came to the realization that happiness in life and my career were no one's responsibility but mine. What a freeing, terrifying concept! I began to pursue more outside interests, to include scuba diving (I have over 70 dives to my credit now), community theater and Taekwondo, where I am now a second degree black belt. Hiking became another love of mine, and in the summer of 2010, I hiked the last 100 km of the Camino de Santiago in northern Spain with a group of like-minded women, some of whom were also writers. I also began experimenting with other kinds of writing: plays, women's fiction, then my new and current love, teen science fiction romance.

Throughout my career, despite all of the inevitable changes, I have been passionate about helping other writers, particularly educating them about the realities of this business so that they might avoid the myriad pitfalls lurking for those of us who live on dreams. To that end, for twenty years I moderated a weekly Novel Workshop on AOL where I answered questions on every writing topic imaginable; I taught (and still occasionally teach) online writing courses, and I began collecting and sharing data on author earnings from various publishers, so that writers could make more informed decisions about their careers. I feel strongly--have always felt strongly--that in this business as in any other, knowledge is power. Historically, it has been difficult for writers to gain the knowledge they need to make informed career decisions, and I have tried to do my part to change that. I plan to keep changing and growing, and I challenge everyone reading this to do the same.Today really is the first day of the rest of your life. Seize the day!

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How, without a moment's forethought, could stunning Miss Quinn Peverill be engaged to be married to a man she barely knows? Lord Marcus Northrop is handsome and daring, and doubtless a prize for any willing maid. But all it takes is a small series of mishaps and a whiff of scandal, and suddenly this stranger is her fiance.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A Fun Read 28 April 2002
By Kristi Ahlers - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is the second installment to the Saint of Seven Dials series that began with a Rougs Honor.
Quinn an American shipping heiress is in London with her father to establish an office for their shipping business and to visit with estranged family. Quinn does not like the restraints the are imposed on her in London so in order to escape and have some time to herself she dressess in her borrowed brothers cloths and heads out on a mission to help a young maid. One thing leads to another and the next thing she knows she in in Lord Marcus house. It only takes a minute for Marcus to know that she is not a street urchin but a young lady. Once he realizes his mistake he tries to get her out of his house without any scandal but who should be outside the front door but London's biggest gossip.
The next night both Marcus and Quinn end up at a ball together and are surprised to be seeing each other. Both pretend that they have never met each other and this is working until the Gossip sees both of them together. With her loud mouth things start to fall apart and the next thing they know they are betrothed to each other.
The story is fast paced and entertaining but there seemed to be a lack of something important. I think it may have been how long it took for these two strong willed people really took so long in communicating to each other how they felt.
Still it was an entertaining read even if it seemed slow going at times.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Missed the mark 16 Feb. 2006
By Gemma - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I'll admit, I went into the reading of this book with a bit of a jaundiced eye, as I'd been thoroughly bored by another of this author's books, "Innocent Passions". (Yes, I realize now that I read them out of order, but I didn't know that they were a part of a series when I read them.)

This was a book that had a lot of potential, but missed the mark. First off, I didn't really much care for the "Saint of the Seven Dials" plot line. I thought I would like a "Robin Hood" theme more, but it just didn't seem to quite click with me.

My biggest complaint was with the characters. I couldn't like Mr. Peverill, Quinn's father. There is matchmaking, and then there is don't-give-a-darn-what-you want, outright lying, I-know-better-than-you high-handedness. I think that he stepped over the line of matchmaker into horrible controlling, domineering behavior. His first, necessary lie to save Quinn's (and thus his family's reputation) was forgiveable. But his subsequent actions where he kept making it worse with more lies because he thought he knew better than Quinn and Marcus were not forgiveable.

I also felt that Quinn and Marcus were a little bit stupid. Because Quinn's father keeps lying to them, and telling each of them that the other is eager for the match, they both believe him. Which would be believable if he never gave them a change to speak to each other. Yet they spend time together, and it should be perfectly obvious that Quinn's father is lying through his teeth, and yet neither of them figure it out! Huh? If Marcus is supposed to be smart enough to break and enter and steal from his peers without getting caught, then how is he dense enough to not catch on to Mr. Peverill's game?

Quinn struck me as rather stupid as well, and for more than the reasons I just listed. Wandering around London alone is what got her into trouble in the first place. Yet she does it again without even a moment's hesitation. I wanted to smack her and tell her to grow the heck up and learn from her mistakes.

This is the second book I tried to read by this author that was a complete let-down. There will not be a third.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Rogue's Honors disappointing sequel 17 Aug. 2004
By Laly P. - Published on
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I loved Rogue's Honor and couldn't open this book quick enough. Would Marcus be able to follow in Luke's footsteps? Both the plot, characters, and writting could not. Quinn was okay, but she seemed like an American-version of Pearl. I started to wonder if Ms. Hiatt could write any other kind of female characters. Luke seemed to be the only developed male character in the series. Marcus just never seems to come alive and the romance between him and Quinn is tiring. I just couldn't get passed the repetitiveness of this series.
A conventional read with a fun twist of love and humour 16 Jun. 2002
By Desmond Chan - Published on
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Lord Marcus Northrup inspired by his friend Luke the former Saint of Seven Dials decides to give meaning to his hedonistic existence by stealing from the rich to give to the poor. His first charitable attempt which has gone awry leads him to a betrothal with an American shipping heiress, Quinn Peverill. Quinn is indomitable and fiercely independent, refusing to submit to the watchful eyes of the ton in London - and much less to being manacled to a mercenary marriage to the stodgy Lord Marcus. Her reputation is threatened by gossipmongers that saw both of them together - unchaperoned. Lord Marcus finds his anonymity as the brigand conflicts with his marriage to the charming Quinn. Quinn takes in his pretense as a social pedigree and hides her philanthropic efforts to build a school for the poor and orphaned. Only one thing though - she needs the help of the Saint....
A Rebellious Bride sparks no surprise - nor disappointment. It is a conventional plot that bridges two mismatched lovers together and twists it with double identity and gives a twist of love and humour. Although the plot is relatively slowed down by the clashing of the oddball couple, it is kept alive through wicked banters and hilarious ironies. Ms. Hiatt manages to steer the story with energized characters and humour.
fun sequel to ROGUE�S HONOR 4 April 2002
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In 1816 England, American visitor Quinn Peverill misses the freedom of her native Baltimore. Bored with societal rules and not knowing most of them, Quinn goes about London unescorted while her father conducts business. At about the same time, Lord Marcus Northrup takes on the Robin Hood mantle of the Saint of the Seven Dials from his recently married friend when he observes Quinn disguised as a lad trying to help a young pickpocket.

Not expecting to see one another ever again, Marcus and Quinn are caught in a situation that requires they marry. Neither one wants to wed a stranger, but society dictates they must to avoid a scandal. Thus the couple get hitched. As they become acquainted with one another they argue and fight until love enters the relationship.

Brenda Hiatt is highly regarded by Regency romance readers for her energizing tales starring warm characters. Her latest novel, THE REBELLIOUS BRIDE, is a fun sequel to ROGUE'S HONOR. Though the bickering between the lead protagonists is amusing it also slows down the action. Still, readers will find the independent fiery Quinn a charmer and Marcus a hero while simply enjoying the latest Saint tale and vowing they want more such stories.

Harriet Klausner
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