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New York Times bestseller Wendy Corsi Staub is the award-winning author of more than seventy published novels and has sold more than three million books worldwide. Under her own name, Wendy achieved New York Times bestselling status with her single title psychological suspense novels. Those novels and the women's fiction she writes under the pseudonym Wendy Markham have also frequently appeared on the USA Today, Barnes and Noble Top Ten, and Bookscan bestseller lists.

Her most recent publications are a suspense trilogy that include LIVE TO TELL (Avon Books, March 2010), which received a starred review in Publishers Weekly and was a 2011 Mary Higgins Clark Award nominee at the Mystery Writers of America Edgars; SCARED TO DEATH (Avon Books, January 2011), which was awarded the 2011 WLA Washington Irving Prize for Fiction; and HELL TO PAY (Avon Books, October,2011). Her second suspense trilogy for Avon Books will be launched in September 2012 with the thriller NIGHTWATCHER, followed by SLEEPWALKER and SHADOWKILLER.

As "Wendy Markham," her most recent title, THE BEST GIFT, is a sequel to the acclaimed 2006 Christmas Time Travel romance, IF ONLY IN MY DREAMS (both from Signet). She contributed a short story, "My Father's Eyes," to the FIRST THRILLS anthology edited by Lee Child (Forge, June 2010)

Wendy won the 2008 RT Award for Career Achievement in Suspense and the 2007 RWA-NYC Golden Apple Award for Lifetime Achievement. A proud recipient of the RWA Rita award, she has also been honored four times with the Westchester Library Association's Washington Irving Prize for Fiction and was recognized as one of WLA's Millennial Authors in 2000. Her Wendy Markham novel SLIGHTLY SINGLE was named one of Waldenbooks' 100 Best Fiction titles of 2002. Her novels SLIGHTLY SUBURBAN, THE LAST TO KNOW, and ASK ME AGAIN were nominated for RT Reviewers Choice awards, and five of her novels, DON'T SCREAM; THE LAST TO KNOW; MIKE, MIKE AND ME; HELLO, IT'S ME; and BRIDE NEEDS GROOM, were awarded a month's top pick review by the RT BOOK club magazine.

Her work has been translated into more than a dozen languages worldwide and her titles are regularly selected as features for Mystery Guild, Literary Guild, Doubleday Book Club, Large Print Book Club, and Rhapsody Book Club. The series LILY DALE is under development for television and is available from Audible in audio book format.

Wendy grew up in a large, close-knit family in rural southwestern New York State and decided she wanted to become an author while in third grade. She worked in two independent bookstores during college, then moved alone to New York City at 21 to pursue her dream. After stints as a book editor for a Manhattan publishing house and an account coordinator for a major advertising agency, she sold her first novel, the supernatural young adult thriller SUMMER LIGHTNING. Early in her writing career, she published in various genres including suspense, horror, historical and contemporary romance, television and movie tie-in, and biography. She also co-authored a mystery series with former New York City mayor Ed Koch and has ghost-written for a number of bestselling authors and celebrities.

Wendy now lives in the New York City suburbs with her husband of nineteen years and their two children. A 1986 graduate of the State University of New York at Fredonia, she proudly delivered the keynote commencement address at her alma mater in May 2008 and is serving a three-year appointment to the Dean's Advisory Council for the College of Arts and Sciences.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A Thoroughly Spoiled Princess 29 Jun. 2008
By IndigoRaiyne - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This was my first book by Wendy Corsi Staub and I must say it was a disappointment. I chose this book on a whim intrigued by the unexpected pregnancy and sure to follow romance between the main characters. I was sadly disappointed.

While this book was well written, but the story moved along slowly and the dialogue was pointless at times. I also never cared about either main character. Emmaline was spoiled and selfish and Granger, while I sympathized with his upbringing, was very flat.

I also never understood why Emmaline and Granger liked each other and the scenes of them living in the one bedroom apartment were just painful. The most annoying was when they made soup and Emmaline proceeded to destroy the kitchen and instead of cleaning up as Granger asked, locked herself in the bathroom and wept. PLEASE!

I was also annoyed by Emmaline's not knowing what a toilet brush was. Come on, I understand that she has never cleaned a toilet but someone in the palace has and at some point in her life she probably witnessed someone doing it. I mean, I have never worn a Tiffany bracelet, but I know what one looks like.

I liked how the subplots were all wrapped up, nothing was left dangling or unfinished, but I never felt that the main characters really grew in any significant way. After breaking away from his grandfather's company, Granger ends up right back where he started and Emmaline did too.

I wouldn't recommend this book as there was very little I enjoyed about it. It was like watching a bad movie that I couldn't fast forward through.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Absolute drivel! 24 Dec. 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I took a chance when I bought this book as I had never read any of Ms. Staub's books before. Well, you win some...you lose some. In this case, I lost some (money). Take my advice and don't waste your time or money on this book. The princess of a fictitious country loses her virginity to the handsome American playboy, gets pregnant, and runs off with him on the day of her wedding to the handsome prince of another fictitious country. The unlikely couple must then try to exist in the US without the silver spoons they were born with. This highly improbable plot is not rescued by the two main characters, who are shallow and unmemorable. Would someone like to have my copy?
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great Beach Read 17 May 2004
By itsmemissab - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Not normally a romance reader, I was pleasantly surprised by this book.
Shortly before her arranged wedding to another royal, a princess shares a torrid night with a wealthy American. When she realizes she is pregnant, she leaves her betrothed at the altar and escapes to New York, where her lover has just quit his lucrative job and must try to support them both with no money or job prospects.
More than just a romance novel, this book's smart yet innocent heroine is engaging and some scenes are downright hilarious. A great read for when you want something more than a typical romance, but still desire a light read.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Cute escapist fairy tale! 5 Jan. 2006
By Tracy Vest - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
After a one night stand with handsome American playboy Granger Lockwood, Princess Emmaline of Verdunia discovers she's pregnant on the eve of her wedding to her fiance, Prince Remi. Granger helps the runaway princess by spiriting her away on her wedding day, leaving a relieved Remi (who has eyes for Emmie's younger sister, Princess Josephine) at the altar. When they return to New York Emmie is surprised to find that Granger has just quit his job at the family firm, and must vacate his penthouse pronto. What is a pregnant princess to do? She and Granger set up housekeeping in a studio apartment, and he tries to teach her about the simple things in life, which neither has taken the time to enjoy. Eventually, she admits that she's carrying his child, and considers returning to her royal life so that he won't feel trapped. Both are blinded by their love for each other, though neither wants to admit it aloud. And soon, another rescue attempt is in the works.

This is a charming fairy tale with a contemporary flair. Author Staub, better know for her suspense novels, is great at writing zippy dialogue and keeping her characters grounded. I loved the way that Emmie scoffed at having to do everyday activities we all dread but that blue bloods take for granted - like cleaning a toilet.
Fairy tail?? 5 Mar. 2009
By Courtney Rabideau - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Princess Emmaline of Verunia is engaged to Prince Remi of the neighboring country of Buiron when she meets Granger Lockwood IV (a wealthy New York entrepreneur).

Several months later as the royal wedding is getting closer Emmaline starts getting sick in the morning and faints during a dress measurement. When she figures out that she is pregnant she calls Granger and asked him to help her escape Verunia.

They escape and spend the next couple of months learning to live like normal people (Granger quite his job working for his grandfather and had to move out of the spacious apartment he had been living in)

As the two navigate the real world they learn a lot about themselves that they did not before, and with the help of one of Granger's friends they find themselves in love.

A very good book
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