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General Information

Name:  Samantha James  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Romance

Audience: Adult;

Born: , in


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Illinois Connection

James grew up in Joliet.

Biographical and Professional Information

It was Samantha James's love of reading as a child that steered her toward a writing career. Among her favorites in those days were the Trixie Belden and Cherry Ames series of books. She still loves a blend of mystery and romance, and, of course, a happily-ever-after ending. The award-winning, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of many romances and her books have ranged from medieval to Regency.


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Titles At Your Library

Outlaw Heart
ISBN: 0380769360

Avon. 1993

Worried that her vengeance-seeking brother will die at the hands of Stringer Sam, the man who killed their father, Abby MacKenzie uses her feminine wiles to force handsome gunslinger Kane to take her to Sam's hideout.

Just One Kiss
ISBN: 0380775492

Avon. 1996

Just A Dream

Cheated out of her inheritance by a willful stepmother, Lady Elizabeth Stanton follows Nathaniel O'Connor to America -- eager to accept the dashing shipbuilder's proposal of marriage. But it is a stranger who greets the penniless miss at her intended's door -- the true owner of the grand Boston mansion, Nathaniel's handsome, secretive and insufferable older brother, Morgan.

Just One Kiss

The cruel treachery of a disloyal sibling left Morgan angry and bitter -- but he takes in the cad's forsaken fiancee nonetheless. And when one stolen kiss threatens scandal, he offers to wed the proud, golden-haired beauty himself. But Elizabeth is devoted to a rogue. And Morgan must first conquer his own pain and suspicion to know a passion that can thaw a frozen heart...and a love that can heal all wounds.

The Secret Passion of Simon Blackwell (Avon Historical Romance)
ISBN: 0060896450

Avon. 2007

A cruel twist of fate changed Simon Blackwell's life irreparably. A man of intense passions, he resolved to deny his emotions and desires forever, taking refuge in the wilds of the moorlands and shutting himself off from the world. But on one extraordinary night, on a rare trip to London, the unthinkable occurs. An intoxicatingly beautiful stranger stirs the sensuous hunger he has sworn to resist. Simon Blackwell believed that no woman could tempt him.

No woman . . . save Annabel McBride.

Annabel knows nothing of Simon's secret pain. But one irresistible kiss plunges her into marriage with a man she scarcely knows, a man who hides a shattered past. She can feel the blistering heat of the fire that smolders within this exquisitely handsome man, making her yearn for much more than the union in name only he has promised her.

But Simon dares not love again—for fragile love can be lost in an instant. And now Annabel must find a way to open his heart to the most glorious risk of all . . .

The Seduction of an Unknown Lady
ISBN: 0060896493

Avon. 2008

Seduction is something Fionna Hawkes knows nothing about. So when she encounters a sexy stranger on a moonlit street, her first instinct is to defend herself against her darkly handsome suitor. But letting go of suspicion and allowing herself to fall for Lord Aidan McBride brings even greater danger. In his eyes, she glimpses a powerful passion she longs to fulfill. In his arms, she aches with the secret she longs to unburden. A secret that could cost her her livelihood—and her life.

Aidan could never resist a mystery, especially one as mesmerizing as the lovely Miss Hawkes! Drawing her into the shelter of his embrace, he won't rest until he convinces her to reveal everything. Braving the danger that stalks Fionna at every turn, Aidan is determined to defend her—and just as determined to claim her as his own.

Bride of a Wicked Scotsman
ISBN: 0060899409

Avon. 2009

Lady Maura O'Donnell swore to her father on his deathbed that she'd recover the Circle of Light, an enchanted Celtic relic that had brought the family prosperity—until it was stolen a century earlier by a notorious pirate. Now the pirate's descendant, the Duke of Gleneden, holds this rare treasure, and Maura would give anything to get it back . . .

Alec McBride knows when he's been had. Lady Maura tricked him into marriage with the expertise of a born seductress, and now she'll pay for her treachery. He'll ravish her, tempt her, tame her—until she sorely wishes she'd never heard of the Duke of Gleneden. Caught up in their game of revenge, Alec and Maura never notice what is happening in their hearts—until it's too late.

Their marriage may have been a farce, but there is nothing truer than their desire . . .

The Sins of Viscount Sutherland
ISBN: 0061765546

Avon. 2011

“A remarkable writer.”
—Lisa Kleypas

“No one can write a book quite like Samantha James.”
—Catherine Anderson

Samantha James is one of the most acclaimed authors in the field—on a par with such luminaries as Julie Garwood, Judith McNaught, and Linda Lael Miller when it comes to creating intensely emotional, traditional historical romance. Now she exposes The Sins of Viscount Sutherland in the first book in an exciting new series featuring the breathtaking Lords of Sheffield Square. In this powerful, richly romantic masterwork from the New York Times bestselling author, the reckless and dangerous Viscount Sutherland is the target of a vengeful young beauty who seeks his destruction but who finds herself seduced instead by the magnificent rogue’s charm and sensuality.

Three Times a Bride
ISBN: 0061971804

Avon. 2010

A delightful anthology of love and matrimony, Three Times a Bride features breathtaking classic novellas from three of the brightest stars in romance: USA Today and New York Times bestsellers Catherine Anderson, Loretta Chase, and Samantha James. Sizzling, heart-soaring tales of passion and desire, jealousy and revenge, love and, of course, marriage, Three Times a Bride is a celebration of that most unique and wondrous event…and of the wedding night that follows!

A Perfect Hero
ISBN: 0739456075

Avon Books. 2005

A Perfect Bride
ISBN: 0739444727

Avon Books. 2004

"A remarkable writer." Lisa Kleypas"Samantha James writes exactly the sort of book I love to read." Linda Lael Miller

A Perfect Groom
ISBN: 0739447408

Avon. 0

Perfection is in the eye of the beholder ... Proud of his reputation as a rogue, Justin Sterling intends to be the first to bed The Unattainable -- the Season's most luscious debutante -- and win the wager that's the talk of the town. However, he never expected the enchantress in question to be Arabella Templeton, who once stole his heart and owns it still. Now the notorious scoundrel will have to prove to her that his intentions are honorable ... while protecting her virtue from every other rascal in London. Arabella will marry only for love -- and she does not need her childhood nemesis to act as her self-appointed guardian! Though the arrogant cad seems sincere, she is well aware of his rake hell history and won't be swayed by his considerable charm and disarming good looks. For it would be pure madness for Arabella to ignore the voice of reason that whispers beware! and heed instead a traitorous heart that insists Justin Sterling would make

One Moonlit Night
ISBN: 0380786095

Avon. 1998

Forced to leave her vicarage home, Olivia Sherwood takes employment with Dominic St. Bride, the Earl of Ravenwood, with whom she falls in love and who is haunted by his illegitimate birth. Original.

Every Wish Fulfilled (Avon Historical Romance)
ISBN: 0380786079

Avon. 2005

Heather Duval, the Earl of Stonehurst's orphaned ward, has always known she will never marry. But she is content running the earl's grand country manor -- until Damien Tremayne hires on as estate manager. Then Heather suddenly fears her world may never be the same. Intense and fiercely passionate, Damien arouses feelings long denied -- with only one kiss!

Questions about his brother's murder have led Damien to this place ... and to Heather. And though desire and destiny seem to bind them, he must battle his dangerous attraction to this beauty. There are shattering secrets to be faced and lies to be untangled. Yet what if the truth destroys her trust in him ... and imperils them both?

Gabriel's Bride
ISBN: 0380775476

Avon. 1994

Trapped by duty -- and the demands of his cruel,unyielding father -- Lord Gabriel Sinclair, the dark and moody Earl of Wakefield, is being forced to find a bride. But Gabriel plans an exquisite revenge on his cold-hearted parent: wedding the sultry, low-born Yankee wench who tried to steal his watch. Ragged and beautiful Cassie McClellan is desperate to escape her life of poverty -- and, therefore, willingly accepts the handsome, arrogant aristocrat's offer of marriage in name only. But neither is prepared for the awakening passions that will bind their fragile, damaged hearts -- or the blistering, sensual need that comples them both to surrender body and soul.

Married at Midnight
ISBN: 038078615X

Avon. 1996

FOUR BRIDES, FOUR BEGINNINGS. . .FOUR STORIES OF ROMANCE FROM THE INCOMPARABLE KATHLEEN E. WOODIWISS, and JO BEVERLEY, TANYA ANNE CROSBY, and SAMANTHA JAMES

MARRIED AT MIDNIGHT by
KATHLEEN E. WOODIWISS

The wedding of Jeff Birmingham of THE FLAME AND THE FLOWER and his new bride Raelynn inflames the jealous ire of a determined rival. . .

MARRIED AT MIDNIGHT by
JO BEVERLEY

A women abandoned on the battlefield discovers that dreams can cone true when an honorable commanding officer gallantly offers his name. . .

MARRIED AT MIDNIGHT by
TANYA ANNE CROSBY

A rebellious heiress who must wed by the stroke of midnight learns that a twist of fate has fulfilled her heart_s deepest desire. . .

MARRIED AT MIDNIGHT by
SAMANTHA JAMES

A young woman_s reckless scheme to defy her father_s ultimatum leads to a hasty union and unexpected passion. . .

Celebrate the glorious, magical moment of new beginnings with for uncertain couples joined by a passionate promise--and surprised by unforeseen love.

FOUR BRIDES, FOUR BEGINNINGS. . .FOUR STORIES OF ROMANCE FROM THE INCOMPARABLE KATHLEEN E. WOODIWISS, and JO BEVERLEY, TANYA ANNE CROSBY, and SAMANTHA JAMES

MARRIED AT MIDNIGHT by
KATHLEEN E. WOODIWISS

The wedding of Jeff Birmingham of THE FLAME AND THE FLOWER and his new bride Raelynn inflames the jealous ire of a determined rival. . .

MARRIED AT MIDNIGHT by
JO BEVERLEY

A women abandoned on the battlefield discovers that dreams can cone true when an honorable commanding officer gallantly offers his name. . .

MARRIED AT MIDNIGHT by
TANYA ANNE CROSBY

A rebellious heiress who must wed by the stroke of midnight learns that a twist of fate has fulfilled her hearts deepest desire. . .

MARRIED AT MIDNIGHT by
SAMANTHA JAMES

A young womans reckless scheme to defy her fathers ultimatum leads to a hasty union and unexpected passion. . .

Celebrate the glorious, magical moment of new beginnings with for uncertain couples joined by a passionate promise--and surprised by unforeseen love.

My Rebellious Heart
ISBN: 0380769379

Avon. 2013

A classic romance from New York Times bestselling author, Samantha James, My Rebellious Heart will whisk you away to medieval times for a tale of passion and adventure.

When Princess Shana orders Thorne de Wilde, Earl of Weston, killed so she can exact retribution for her father’s death, she never expects to feel attracted to the self-centered, boorish, rouge. When he turns the tables and takes her captive, she’s even more furious, but can’t deny the burning, powerful attraction between them.

With My Rebellious Heart, Samantha James delivers a quintessential historical romance with a strong, beautiful heroine an intense, desirable leading man and a meaningful love story.

My Cherished Enemy
ISBN: 0380766922

Avon Books. 1992

Seeking protection from her scheming uncle, Kathryn of Ashbury is forced to turn to her despised enemy, Guy de Marche, an arrogant knight who demands more from her than she is willing to give. Original.

The Truest Heart
ISBN: 038080588X

Avon. 2005

Did fate send her a villain with the blackest soul...or a lover with The Truest Heart

Her name is her only crime, yet Lady Gillian must take refuge in a humble cottage on the on the stormy Cornish coast, hiding from a king who seeks her death for her father's treason.Now destiny has sent Gillian a cure for her loneliness: a handsome shipwrecked stranger washed ashore on a perilous tide who requires a kind lady's gentle touch to heal his broken body and tormented spirit.

His own name -- Gareth -- is all that he remembers. Yet he knows he has found paradise in the company of an exquisite beauty whose caress is sweet rapture and whose smile warms his soul. But as his memories slowly return, so does the dark task entrusted to him by King John. If he fails, a young boy will surely perish. Yet how can he betray Gillian, whose passionate love has lit a blaze in Gareth's heart that no vengeful king's decree could ever extinguish?

His Wicked Promise
ISBN: 0380805871

Avon. 2000

He would take her as his bride...but could she give her heart in return?

When Egan MacBain takes beautiful Glenda MacKay as his bride, it appears that he's done so for the noblest of reasons. In truth, he has vowed at last to claim the woman he's always loved--yet once lost--to another man. But the rugged Highlander is determined to keep his passion hidden while he woos her with his gentle caress and wicked kisses. For he will not have an unwilling wife and will only show his tenderness once she is tamed.

Although Glenda has agreed to the marriage, she's only done so to gain the protection of Egan's name. Yet this young widow of the once-powerful clan MacKay never expected that vows of love would leave her lips again, nor did she believe she'd ever hold any man so dear. But suddenly she finds herself succumbing to the strong, silent warrior who fills her with trepidations and a fevered, forbidden yearning to fulfill his wicked promise of the love--and the child--she aches for in the depths of the soul.

His Wicked Ways
ISBN: 0380805863

Avon. 2005

From across the Scottish Highlands strides Cameron McKay, the last member of the once powerful Clan MacKay. Handsome, fearless, and determined, he is a man who catches the eye of many a woman.. yet he has but one goal--to find Meredith, last daughter of the Clan Munro..and force her to provide him with an heir.

When Cameron MacKay kidnaps Meredith from the gentle confines of the priory where she has sought refuge, he discovers that he is powerless to resist her tender beauty and is captivated by her bold bargaining for her freedom. And although she is the precious daughter of his sworn enemy, Cameron finds himself tempted to abandon his quest to bend her to his will.

Meredith had vowed long ago never to trust any man..for men and their ways cause pain to those they love. Her head told her not to give in to the dangerous desire she felt for Cameron but her heart hoped that he had finally abandoned his wicked ways...

A Promise Given
ISBN: 0380786087

Avon. 1998

A Promise Given

The proud head of his Highland clan, Ian MacGregor has returned, cloaked in secrets, to the place where he spent many carefree years, in order to marry Margaret Kincaid--the lowlands lass to whom he has been betrothed since his youth. But it is the wild spirited and hauntingly beautiful Sabrina Kincaid who catches Ian's eye. And when Margaret mysteriously vanishes, he willingly accepts Sabrina as his bride in her sister's stead.

A Promise Kept

Dutybound to honor her father's wish, Sabrina reluctantly agrees to wed the rugged chieftain--though she fears the rumors of Ian's dark past. . .and the whispers that now blame him for Margaret's disappearance. But her sensuous soul bids her to pay no heed to her doubts and mistrust, and to submit instead to the searing passions that burn within her. For Ian's stirring yet tender caress speaks of a noble, gentle heart. And if peril is Sabrina's fate, so be it--for she is determined to learn the truths that will set them both free and carry them aloft together on the wings of incomparable love.

My Lord Conqueror (An Avon Romantic Treasure) by Samantha James (1995-03-05)
ISBN: B01K93OVFM

Avon Books. 1797


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