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Published: Signet, November 2009
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The Best Gift
(written as Wendy Markham)
Sometimes the best present is the future…
USA Today bestselling author Wendy Markham’s heartwarming time-travel romance If Only in My Dreams was hailed as “a delight” (Booklist). Now the heroine of that unforgettable book returns in a brand-new holiday story of a love that once again transcends time…
When Clara wakes up on Christmas morning next to her husband Drew, she’s filled with joy because she has the perfect present: she’s seven weeks pregnant with their first child. It’s the fairy-tale beginning that the couple has been wishing for.
But no sooner does Clara tell Drew the wonderful news than an earthquake strikes in nearby San Francisco. The next thing Clara knows she’s waking up in bed—alone—and discovers she’s three years in the future. Where is her husband and what has happened to the child she was expecting? Clara is no stranger to unusual occurrences, but the last thing on her Christmas list was to time travel…again.
"What a delightful surprise this little gem was! I couldn't imagine how the author was going to build this story but it didn't take long before I was hooked! This sequel to "If Only In My Dreams" follows Clara, a very appealing woman, as she continues her life with Drew, the love of her life and the reincarnation of the man she fell in love with in 1941 during her first ordeal of time travel. Clara's world is turned upside down Christmas morning after sharing the best news of all with her beloved husband. Midway through an earthquake, she suddenly wakes to find herself in their home, surrounded with moving boxes, very pregnant and......alone. Clara's anguish and confusion are tangible and believable, as is her fear as she tries to figure out when she is and where her husband and un-born child are--or are they even still alive? *****FOUR AND A HALF STARS! This is a poignant romance that will keep you up at night, as you must find out what happens to this loving family! Make a pot of tea, keep the tissues handy and curl up with this highly entertaining love story-with-a-twist...a perfect holiday treat!" ***** -- Tracey Naylor for Huntress Reviews.
“THE BEST GIFT isn't just a fascinating read, but a thought provoking tale of time travel, reincarnation, and true love. The characters of Clare and Drew come alive, and the time travel transitions smoothly and is believable. Can true love last forever? Wendy Markham has penned a winner.” – Romance Reviews Today
“(4 1/2 Stars) Have you ever wanted to know what happened after the story ends? That's what Markham, aka Wendy Corsi Staub, does in this follow-up to If Only in My Dreams. It takes a splash of reincarnation, adds a dollop of The Time Traveler's Wife and stirs them into a beautiful love story.“ – RT Bookreviews Magazine
“This is a terrific thought provoking sequel that deftly combines time travel and reincarnation with the underlying theme that true love is forever. The beleaguered Clara is confused as she struggles between 2012 and 2009 but finds solace with her thoughts of 1941. Complicated and nonlinear, Wendy Markham continues her strong saga of love for all time.“ – Harriet Klausner for Genre Go Round
“Wendy Markham delivers a fantastic new installment in her time-travel series. THE BEST GIFT is an intriguing, fast-action, time-travel caper with twists and turns galore. When Clara Becker wakes up one morning minus one hubby in her bed, her world turns upside down, as she travels back and forth through time. Drew, a handsome man, has issues of his own. He remembers certain things happening to him at odd times. Did he dream it or did it really happen? He doesn’t have any answers. Clara struggles with her own secrets. Should she tell Drew about her time-travels? Ms. Markham’s story is not only interesting but also believable and consistent, with well-built characters. The strong, action-packed plot will keep readers guessing the outcome. On the other hand, does the book end there? I could not put the book down until I read the very last page. THE BEST GIFT is a gripping, what-if tale that you will no doubt savor more than once!“ – ROMANCE JUNKIES
Published: Forever, July 2008
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(written as Wendy Markham)
Ralphie Chickalini is on the verge of living happily ever after with the perfect woman. His fiance Francesca Maria Buccigrossi of Astoria Boulevard is a curvaceous, fun-loving brunette. His late father, whose recent death the family is still mourning, adored Francesca's homemade pesto sauce and declared her a "keeper," his brothers think she's a hoot, his sisters adore her, and his nephews and niece already call her "aunt." But as the wedding date approaches, Ralphie begins to question his love.
When Ralphie bumps into two psychic sisters at a New Year's Eve party, his life will be thrown in an unexpected direction. Daria and Tammy might not look alike, but they do have more than just a maternal bloodline in common. They both have a psychic gift. Tammy or "Madame Tamare" is a storefront psychic who predicted the marriage between Ralphie's brother Dominic's marriage and an unlikely bride. Now, Daria is channeling a spirit with a message for Ralphie: his father has returned to guide him to true love. But Daria has her own life to live, and she plans to move back to Arizona, messages from another world aside. Despite contrary inclinations, Daria and Ralphie will soon realize that their paths are destined to collide.
“Markham doesn’t play this one predictably, adding a few twists and sweet turns until our lovers realize home is truly where your heart is.” – Library Journal
"Thankfully Ms. Markham apparently didn't feel the need to fill this work of fiction with violence, profanity, or graphic sex. It's great fiction that stands on its own and gives the reader hours of sighs and smiles and some anxious moments to boot. Ms. Markham has created real characters with fears, desires, and dreams. Characters who ultimately realize they've got to come to terms with who they are and where they're going before they find the other half of themselves whether with each other or someone else. Characters whose lives and hearts need a touch of magic. THAT'S AMORE is poignant, classy, sweet yet spicy. A great romance." --Once Upon A Romance
"A very witty touching book about a woman who 'sees dead people' and that's just one of her quirks...
definitely one worth packing in your beach bag!" -- Hybrid Mom Magazine
"Wendy Markham gifts the reader with one of the sweetest and funniest stories of the year. Ralph is a forever guy who has found his soul mate in Daria. He, along with the ghost of his father, has to convince Daria that 'taking a chance on love' will be the best thing that will ever happen to her. THAT'S AMORE is caringly told and features the large, loving, boisterous Chickalini family, whom many readers have already met. Ms. Markham's narrative is loud and proud of her Italian heritage. The characters are real, the dialogue is great, and the romance is just wonderful." -- Betty Cox, ReaderToReader.com
"As Wendy Markham, Wendy Corsi Staub writes highly original, heartwarming romantic comedy with a deft hand, and the Chickalini family has provided a showcase for some wonderful characters. Let the big loving family envelope you in warmth while two completely opposite protagonists face a bevy of stumbling blocks to forever-after. You can't miss with THAT'S AMORE." -- Jane Bowers for Romance Reviews Today
"The presence of the father's ghost adds a nice touch to the story without becoming too schmaltzy. The characters are...well drawn, and Markham (Bride Needs Groom) captures the small town/big city contrast of the Queens neighborhood perfectly, with local touches that really make the atmosphere come alive." -- Publisher's Weekly
"I cried a couple of times while reading this book. Yet I still had a smile on my face when it ended. So if you’re looking for a frothy, lighthearted story…you may want to pass on this one. But if you’re looking for a story that will tug on your heartstrings, make you think and appreciate what you have, and rejoice with our characters when they get it right…then “That’s Amore” by Wendy Markham is a book you don’t want to miss." -- Queue My Review
"This sweet romance is set primarily in the belly of a big Italian-American family, and the menus will make you drool. The inevitability of change--be it good or bad--provides the conflict…(and) the premise is one we can all identify with." -- RT BOOKreviews Magazine
"Markham doesn’t play this one predictably, adding a few twists and sweet turns until our lovers realize home is truly where your heart is."
"THAT'S AMORE is fantastic! Powerfully emotional with quirky, yet realistic and likable characters, Ms. Markham has created an unforgettable romance. The author takes care to show all facets of Ralph's character (like his vulnerability or his fierce devotion to family) which make him so endearing. Daria as a heroine, seems at first to be in sharp contrast to Ralph, but as more is revealed, connections are established and nurtured. The vibrant narrative will keep readers glued in their seats until the end, but have those tissues handy! THAT'S AMORE is the first book in a long while which has made this reader bawl like a baby! THAT'S AMORE is one for the keeper shelf and I look forward to reading more from this talented author. Highly recommended!" -- Romance Readers Connection
"Daria and Ralphie are warm, fun-loving characters and readers fall for them after meeting them. Wendy Markham has a way of creating real and lovable personalities, and THAT'S AMORE is a wonderfully crafted story that will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy after reading the last page." -- Bookloons
"I have enjoyed (Wendy Markham's) novels so much in the past. This story of a large family and much chaos is so funny, to say nothing of the ghost that is involved in the story. Markham has a twist to many of her titles. I will be sure to tell the customers about this title. Fun and mahem, you can't beat that!"
-- Sharon at Munchkin Books
"THAT'S AMORE is a poignant, touching, sweet story. The intensity of the pain and heartache that Ralphie is forced to face brought me to tears, but his character development was so well timed and so honest that the necessity for his journey was never in doubt. Daria had her own troubles to confront, and I loved watching the interplay between her and her sister Tammy. Anyone who has met the Chickalini family in Markham's earlier novels will be delighted by the continuation of their stories and the chance to see the youngest Chickalini find a happily- ever-after of his own." -- Fresh Fiction
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(written as Wendy Markham)
She's so over the City...but so dreading life without takeout!
It seemed exciting at first, but after two and a half years in New York, Tracey has to admit that her life...well, sucks. Sure, she makes a decent living as a copywriter, but Blaire Barnett Advertising is a cutthroat world that basically swallows her life. If she does manage to get home before nine, she's usually greeted by Jack's best bud, an almost permanent fixture in their tiny, unaffordable apartment. Add the circus freaks stomping around upstairs, and Tracey decides it's time to move.
After quitting her job, she and Jack take the plunge into the nearby suburbs of Westchester and quickly discover they're in way over their heads. Their fixer-upper is unfixable, the stay-at-home yoga moms are a bore and Tracey yearns for her old friends--she even misses work!
So which life does she really want? Other than Jack's wife, who is she? If Tracey merely has to find her own Slightly Suburban niche, it had better be just around the corner, because there're no subways here!
(Four and a Half Stars=Fantastic-- Keeper) "Markham's witty inner monologue and talent for writing interesting life details and a fresh character voice improve with each book. Readers from all walks of life will relate to the imposition of too-close best friends; the mixture of unmanageable family in close proximity and sorely missed long-distance family and the pressures and disappointments of work." -- RT BOOKreviews magazine
"Continuing her "Slightly" chick lit Tracey and Jack saga, Wendy Markham provides a refreshing tale in which grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. Tracey is at her best as she moans, groans and laments city life and then suburban life. Fans will appreciate her coping not always well with issues at work, unemployment, family, and just fitting in as Ms. Markham provides an engaging look at an urbanite struggling with adjusting to life in the burbs." -- Harriet Klausner
Published: NAL, October 2007 (reissue)
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Published: NAL, December 2006
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If Only In My Dreams
(written as Wendy Markham)
From USA Today bestselling author Wendy Markham comes a Christmas love story starring a woman whose dreams are about to come true-sixty years too soon.
Actress Clara McCallum isn't looking forward to spending Christmas alone in New York-especially since she's still reeling after a diagnosis of breast cancer. But she has to be on location in the city for her next big movie. She's playing a woman in love with Jed Landry-an American soldier who's doomed to die at Pearl Harbor.
Imagine Clara's astonishment when she steps off an old-fashioned locomotive from the set and finds herself whisked back in time-and into the arms of the real-life Jed. She's convinced it's some sort of hallucination brought on by her diagnosis. But before long she finds herself swept away by this handsome soldier, and wondering if maybe her plunge into the past could change the course of the future-and turn out to be the best Christmas present ever.
"The fantastic setup is balanced with convincing period details and strong characters, and the story's conclusion is unexpectedly real and refreshing. Though it's a Christmas novel, Markham happily refrains from over-using the holiday's bells and whistles, making this a subtle, effective, and enjoyable entry into the growing field of time-travel romance."
"Markham, who has conquered the genres of chick lit and suspense (as Wendy Corsi Staub), now turns in a unique blend of romance, history, and fantasy. Thoroughly original and unpredictable, Markham's latest is a delight."
-- Kristine Huntley for Booklist
"One of the most romantic love stories of the year; have the tissues near when you sit down to read IF ONLY IN MY DREAMS. Oh, and don't plan on going anywhere because you will become thoroughly engrossed in the story. IF ONLY IN MY DREAMS is fresh and original; an excellent time-travel that is unpredictable and thoroughly romantic. I was drawn in from the first scenes and didn't put the book down until I finished it, though I hated to see it end. This is a beautiful love story that is sure to make the most jaded reader stand up and take notice. The author's aspect of time travel was refreshing and original; I did not have to suspend belief or rely on magic objects. The chemistry between Jed and Clara was apparent from the first meeting, and carried through to the finale. Each character is flawed in their way and finds love just in the nick of time. The resolving of personal issues and the struggle to get back to each other was realistic and poignant to this reader; the pair felt remarkably like friends I was cheering on. Jed's struggle with the I-Pod is charming; while his commitment to take care of his mother and sisters, yet yearning for a life of his own are heartening. IF ONLY IN MY DREAMS is a perfect "10" in this reader's opinion."
-- ContemporaryRomanceWriters.com/ www.romancedesigns.com
"I finished what I consider to be the best book I have read in 2006 if not this century. I read IF ONLY IN MY DREAMS and fell in love with Wendy Markham's writing. I had read one previous book of hers before but it didn't compare to her latest release. IF ONLY IN MY DREAMS takes place in 2006 and 1941. The transition between times is done smoothly. The characters come alive right from the first sentence. This is a book I would recommend to everyone."
"IF ONLY IN MY DREAMS requires a handful of Kleenex. The story is poignant and packed with a holiday feel that leaves lasting impressions with the reader. The only downfall is that the story ends. I would have enjoyed spending far more time with Clara. Wendy Markham's writing is at her best. Easily, this is her best story to date."
-- Tracy Farnsworth, Round Table Reviews
"IF ONLY IN MY DREAMS is a winner in time travel romance. Wendy Markham does an incredible job of bringing the past and present together. Her characters are warm and funny, Clara and Jed are lovable and you can't help but cheer them on. This is the one book for the holidays you don't want to miss."
-- Gloria Gehres, The Romance Reader's Connection
"A PERFECT 10! Wendy Markham has a masterful way of drawing readers into this story and I couldn't put this book down until I, tearfully, finished the last page. Yes, have a box of tissues handy, because you're going to need them! The ending is simply beautifully written. The time travel portion is interesting and not too hard to believe. The characters are memorable, including some of the secondary players who have recurring roles. It's a stroll down memory lane for some of us "boomers" who grew up hearing our parents talk about silk stockings and such. The forties dialogue is well done and the era itself is presented with historical accuracy. But it's the sparks that ignite between Jed and Clara that will shine through in this novel. For time travel or romance readers, IF ONLY IN MY DREAMS is a must read."
-- Jani Brooks for Romance Reviews Today
"Markham's Christmas Time-Travel romance demonstrates her ability to tell a sweet, moving love story set against two backdrops. She effectively uses two writers' voices that resonate equally well in both eras."
-- Kathe Robin for Romantic Times, four-star review
"Clara's story is a heart-warming, uplifting tale...it is possibly one of the most logically worked-out time-travel romances to date. Grab a box of tissues and enjoy this feel-good novel."
-- The Eternal Night
"Wendy Markham delivers an engaging, cinematic time-travel romance set in two places and time periods -- New York's Westchester County just before Christmas in 1941, and present-day Manhattan. We meet the principal characters separately. Jed Landry is a bright and honorable young man who takes over his family -- and the family business -- after his father's death. Clara McCallum is a 30-year-old actress who is about to get her first starring movie role, playing the fictional wartime bride of a young man killed in the Normandy invasion. His name: Jed Landry! Clara is dealing with a real-life drama of her own -- a diagnosis of breast cancer -- but she goes to the town in Westchester to begin filming, only to hit her head on the train and arrive 65 years earlier. There are some nice touches to Jed and Clara's meeting -- he's puzzled over her iPod (is she a wartime spy with a special transmitter?). She finds out later, via the Internet, that he is meant to die. Once their romance kicks off with one perfect night and she finds her way back to 1941, how can she save him from his fate?"
-- Ginger Curwen for Barnes and Noble Heart-to-Heart
"Five stars. There just isn't enough to be said about this book. I'm simply blown away. This is undoubtedly the best book I have read in quite a few years.The plot is absolutely outstanding and is the perfect story for this holiday season, filled with nostalgia of Christmases both past and present. The attention to detail brings to life the era of America on the eve of World War II. We are not inundated with outlandishly sappy analogies and frilly descriptive sentences about sparks flying and the character's feelings as it was not necessary. Nor is the reader forced to trudge through sex scene after sex scene. With a plot as strong as this one, it is simply not needed. The characters are exquisitely written and very sincere. Both Jed's and Clara's characters are the perfect compliments to an already solid plot. With the innocence of times past, you have no choice but to fall in love with Jed. He embodies every wholesome quality that you expect and admire from our parents' or grandparents' generation. With a bitter-sweet ending that will bring tears to your eyes, I cannot recommend this book enough. This book is more than worthy of a coveted spot on your "keeper" shelf and is a must have for this holiday season."
-- Jezebel for Book Fetish
Published: Berkley Sensation Contemporary Romance, December, 2007 (reissue)
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Never On A Sundae
by: Wendy Markham, Lynn Messina and Daniella Brodsky
Three fabulous authors bring you an irresistible look at three women on the verge of living happily ever after...
It's called Sundae's, and of course it's the best spot in Manhattan for a sinfully delicious ice cream sundae. And it's where three young women come to soothe their troubles, spark their creativity, ponder their priorities...and treat themselves to a little taste of heaven. Lucky in friendship, not always so lucky in love, these women know that just a few spoonfuls of ice cream can provide relief from a date gone sour or a workday from hell. But before they can say "extra whipped cream," they're going to discover that when you're true to your own tastes, life itself can be pretty sweet too-and that making their dreams come true is the real cherry on top...
Published: Grand Central Publishing, July 2007
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Love, Suburban Style
WHY YOU CAN'T GO HOME AGAIN:
(written as Wendy Markham)
Fed up with her moody teenage daughter, Meg Addams decides what they both need is a good dose of suburban wholesomeness. But when they leave Manhattan behind for Meg's humble blue-collar hometown, they find it crowded with wealthy strangers and upscale boutiques. Settling into a creaky fixer-upper, Meg finally spots a familiar face right next door--and it belongs to none other than Sam Rooney. The would-be love of Meg's high school life is now a single dad, her daughter's new soccer coach-and a neighborly ghost-buster whenever things go bump in the night. With three kids and an undeniable attraction between them, Meg and Sam are in for some heart-racing, wee-hour encounters that have nothing to do with spirits...but everything to do with hearts.
- The old diner serves sushi.
- The stay-at-home moms drive Hummers.
- The only house you can afford is haunted.
- Your new neighbor is your unrequited high-school crush. And he's still hot.
"Wendy Markham has written a contemporary romance that will please the older chick lit fan with a quick-paced and movingly funny plot."
"Rita Award-winning author Markham (IF ONLY IN MY DREAMS), a pseudonym for Wendi Corsi Staub (DON'T SCREAM), provides a fast-moving, ultralight take on single parenthood, suburban sex and keeping up with the soccer moms that should please chick lit fans."
-- Publishers Weekly
"Love Suburban Style is a cute, fun summer read. Not too heavy and the plot lines stay light, despite the presence of the ghost. The ghost doesn't play a huge role in the book so people who aren't fans of the paranormal genre shouldn't let that stop them...It's fun to see what happens when you run into your high school crush twenty years later and discover he hasn't grown a pot belly and isn't addicted to NASCAR."
--Jennifer Harden for Romance Readers Connection
"Markham once again presents a heartwarming romance filled with delightful characters and just a touch of paranormal. The ups and downs of the main characters' relationship is well done, and the intertwining problems of their children make for an interesting secondary plot, all of which lead to a satisfying conclusion."
-- Susan Mobley for RT BOOKreviews
"LOVE, SUBURBAN STYLE is a highly enjoyable and uplifting love story, just made for summertime reading."
- Jane Bowers for Romance Reviews Today
"A vastly entertaining romance and a real standout laced with otherworldly intervention and a dash of social suburban commentary."
"LOVE, SUBURBAN STYLE takes quite the humorous look at life outside the big city. Many delightful characters come to life under the capable pen of Wendy Markham. From the mothers who run their children's activities to Geoffrey, her friend from New York City, the many individuals are colorful, realistic and fun. Some are quite loveable and some are not but they will remind you of someone you know now or have in the past. Sam and Meg are so well written that they become our friends as we are privy to their thought processes as well as their actions. So hop on the ride with Meg as she handles ghosts, her rebellious teen daughter, a new love interest and building a new life. Fun and enjoyable as well as refreshing, Love, Suburban Style will appeal to wide range of readers. Another winner for Wendy Markham."
- Debby Guyette for Cata Romance
Published: Red Dress Ink, June 2007
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(written as Wendy Markham)
One small step for Tracey, one giant leap for the groom.
After three years, the man who bought a lifetime subscription to Tivo without trying it finally committed to a lifetime subscription to Tracey Spadolini.
All Tracey wants is to get hitched without a hitch--but as the calendar marches toward her late-October wedding date, suddenly she and her fiance can't agree on anything. From where to get married (New York City or Buffalo?) to how many attendants they're going to have (she's already asked eight, he was thinking of just a best man). Meanwhile, Tracey's friends are caught up in their own dramas. There's newlywed Raphael, who just had his gay wedding; newly pregnant Kate, trying to adjust to impending motherhood; and Buckley, who is acting inexplicably strange. When Buckley unexpectedly calls off his own engagement, all but leaving his fiance at the altar, Tracey is stunned to discover that he might be in love with her.
With plenty of snafus to keep them distracted, is being Slightly Married the road to happily ever after, after all?
"In her comical tale about the trials and errors encountered along the road to the biggest day in a young woman's life, Markham successfully weaves together colorful characters--ranging from the fabulous gay friend to the uptight future sister-in-law to a bothersome old flame. Readers will delight in the main character's triumphs, share in her pain and overall enjoy the ride."
-- Jennifer Madsen, RT BOOKreviews
"In this wonderfully written story, Wendy Markham creates some fun along the way to saying I do. Her colorful cast of characters spin a wedding about relationships and the woes of planning that keep the reader entertained. This chick-lit is an amusing tale." -- Coffee Time Romance
Published: Red Dress Ink, February 2006
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(written as Wendy Markham)
There are a lot of things worse than being SLIGHTLY ENGAGED...
Being entirely broke, completely alone and wholly perplexed.
It's been a year and a half since Tracey and Jack moved in together and everything's totally perfect--well, okay, almost perfect. There's still Tracey's mom, who says they're "living in sin," and her friends, who are all smug, married, and totally sure that there would already be a ring on Tracey's finger if she hadn't been in such a rush to cosign a lease. Even Tracey is beginning to wonder whether Jack really is looking for a permanent relationship, or whether she's just renting space in his heart.
But just when Tracey's doubts are seriously raging out of control, Jack's mom lets her in on a secret--he's just taken an heirloom diamond out of the family's safe-deposit box, which must mean that he's going to propose any day now.
Okay, any week now...
Any month now?
"Wendy Markham writes some of the funniest chick lit books out there. Her writing is laugh out loud funny and her characters are well developed. I thoroughly enjoy reading about Tracey, who is such a likeable character as she tries not to become overly obsessed with tying the knot, maintaining her weight loss of forty pounds, quitting smoking (for Jack), and not losing her cool while she waits for an engagement ring. Slightly Engaged is a fantastic follow up to the two prior books and should not be missed by Markham fans."
-- Shannon Bingham, Bookloons
"Ms. Wendy Markham has written a hilarious account of one woman's mental gymnastics concerning her love relationship. Tracey is a typically smart and witty career girl with a sensitive heart and an old fashioned Italian mother with antiquated ideas of courtship. Jack is the typical boyfriend who gets along with everyone, is courteous with Tracey's parents, and is an all around good guy. Combine the two and you get a funny glimpse into modern couples with everyday concerns. I laughed out loud several times throughout this book and was so caught up in when the hero would propose, I could not put it down until he did. Of course, it was not in a perfect place, but it was perfect for them. I really enjoyed this book and recommend it to anyone needing a laugh."
-- Coffee Time Romance
Written in first person, SLIGHTLY ENGAGED is a humorous look at one woman's obsession with becoming engaged. Well-written with realistic characters and dialogue, it is a smooth flowing story. In her mind, Tracey imagines all sorts of things, and she tries to convince herself that she is fine being single. Jack is easy going and sensitive to Tracey's feelings. He even tolerates Tracey's flamboyant gay friend, Raphael. Other secondary characters add humorous situations to the story. For a light-hearted read, don't miss SLIGHTLY ENGAGED.
-- Joyce Koehl for Romance Reviews Today
Published: Warner Forever, March, 2005
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Hello, It's Me
(written as Wendy Markham)
Love is calling...
Wait for the beep!
A widowed mother of two, Annie Harlowe has a secret: She likes to call her late husband's cell phone just to hear his voice, even if it is only a recording. Then one night she dials-and something extraordinary happens...
Thomas Brannock IV has had his life mapped out since he was a kid, but a free-spirited woman with flowing hair and sun-kissed cheeks is about to change all that. Still reeling from her heart-to-heart with the other side-and wondering if she's so lonely she's gone off her rocker-Annie literally bumps into Thom at the posh soiree she's catering at his family's Southampton mansion. From the moment she looks into his eyes she feels like she's experiencing a true heavenly intervention-as two people from totally different worlds begin to make the most passionate connection of all...
With a little help from above!
I was particularly delighted in the fact that this novel, though dealing with widowhood did not try to downplay the very real love and feelings Annie shared with her husband. So often, in a novel where one spouse is gone the book feels compelled to let us know about their problems or how they didn't "feel" so in love. This book never did that and showed that Annie was capable of having two loves in her lifetime. Wonderfully done. -- newandusedbooks.com
"A ghostly romantic comedy with unexpected heart and soul."
HELLO, IT'S ME is a thought-provoking book about life and death-and how there are no boundaries when it comes to loving someone. Ms. Markham has done a wonderful job showing just how difficult it is to go from being part of a couple to a single parent, how death affects everyone it touches, and how, above all, there are miracles occurring every day-if we only know where to look. -- Jen Wardrip for Romance Junkies.com
HELLO, IT'S ME is a surprisingly fun read. Ms. Markham does a good job of balancing trying to move on, and finding love, without forgetting the one lost and dealing with the pain and guilt of it all. While at times I was on the verge of tears, at others I was grinning from ear to ear. Annie is strong and well developed, with real fears and joys. I can only imagine the pain of losing a husband, as Annie did, but I still had no trouble believing Annie's actions were real. Our hero, Thom, is sexy, and patient as tries to win Annie's heart. Secondary characters add charm, especially Milo and Trixie. Using a plot device of EVP, electronic voice phenomena, is interesting and well done. Overall, I found the story fun and intriguing, with characters I hope to see again. If you want a fresh, fun, and heartwarming story, then be sure to add HELLO, IT'S ME to your "to buy" list!--theromancereadersconnection.com
Touching and humorous by turns, Markham's novel will keep you glued to the page. This is a fascinating read with a premise that rewards the reader throughout, thanks to compelling characters, thought-provoking plot twists and masterful pacing. -- Romantic Times Magazine [Top Pick, 4 1/2 star review]
"An enjoyable paranormal contemporary romance with the heavenly elements used to enhance a fine tale. The story line stars two likable adults from different walks of life falling in love. The secondary characters augment the lead couple by providing insight into their motives...readers will appreciate this matchmaking from beyond romance." -Harriet Klausner
Published: Red Dress Ink, January, 2005
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Mike, Mike and Me
(written as Wendy Markham)
A tale of two Mikes . and the one that got away
Once upon a time in the 1980s, a girl named Beau was torn between two Mikes: did she prefer her high-school sweetheart or the sexy stranger she'd picked up in an airport bar? One she eventually married, the other she left behind (and forgot all about him, or tried to, anyway).
But which Mike did she choose? This delightful tale by the bestselling author of Slightly Single and Slightly Settled alternates between the story of Beau's summer of Mikes and the outcome 15 years later . without giving away which Mike ended up where - in Beau's marriage bed or in her memory.
In the "Now" chapters, the former swinging single lives in the 'burbs with a childbirth-traumatized body, an increasingly distant husband and a sad sack maid who isn't much for cleaning. When out of the blue the Mike-not-taken sends her a flirty e-mail, she suddenly finds herself back to square one, trying to decide which man is the Mike of her dreams.
"A fascinating story that keeps you guessing which Mike is which. Ms. Markham pens a captivating tale that I did not want to put down. MIKE, MIKE & ME is an excellent story for anyone who has ever wondered if they made the right choice in men." -Julia Alameri, Romance Reviews Today
"The inventive premise of Markham's winning novel involves a love triangle in both the past and the present. Markham's latest is an appealing, wholly original yarn." -Booklist
"This fabulous tale rotates between the present and the past with the lead female protagonist considering which Mike is right for her in each time period. Wendy Markham also keeps readers guessing on which Mike became the spouse with that twist turning the story into a one sitting tale." - Harriet Klausner, Blether, rated a "10" out of "10"
"A clever plot twist makes this uniquely structured novel a fast, fun read. The "Which Mike did she marry?" twist is handled skillfully, giving the story more depth than just a turn-the-page guessing game. And the flashbacks, full of sly pop culture references, are hilarious. Markham's descriptive powers are such that readers will be instantly catapulted back in time, into their own versions of Very Big Hair and spandex bike shorts." -- Romantic Times
Published: Warner Forever, October, 2005
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Bride Needs Groom
Things to do before Grandpa Junie turns eighty-five.and I'm disinherited:
(written as Wendy Markham)
Queens-born-and-bred Mia Calogera needs a husband-like yesterday. Eloping with her Internet pen-pal Derek sounds like a plan. Which is why Mia's dressed in a to-die-for beaded gown and white satin shoes, headed for the Chapel of Luv in Vegas.
- Find a guy to marry (preferably a stranger of my own choosing, not Grandpa's)
- Tell the groom it's only temporary (and platonic, naturally)
- Tie the knot asap!
- Untie the knot asap!
Advertising dynamo Dominic Chickalini has vowed to be the last single man standing. Then he spies the gorgeous bride-to-be in the aisle seat of the plane, haloed in a sunbeam. The sexual sparks fly, but this woman's already spoken for. Or is she? When Mia's wedding plans go south, she makes Dom an offer that's hard to refuse. All Dom has to do is say yes. It's not like it's forever. It's not like they're even in love. So why does her heart pound at the thought of looking into his eyes and saying "I do?"
Bride Needs Groom
"Ms. Markham has penned a humorous yet touching romance that has you laughing in
places and nearly crying in some. Fast paced with plenty of action, sizzling romance, and witty dialogue, Bride Needs Groom is a fun and entertaining read."
--Coffee Time Romance
"The roller coaster of love and relationships is never easy, but in BRIDE NEEDS GROOM, Wendy Markham depicts these struggles in a way that will have you cheering instead of jeering at Mia and Dominic as they come together to work on the speedy "I do not know you" relationship. While Dominic and Mia are attempting to bridge the gap of getting to know each other as hurdle after hurdle takes places going from one thing to the next, I was pleasantly surprised at how well everything was portrayed, enticing and entertaining you without making [you] bored. Will they be able to make it or just give up as they get to know and cohabitate with each other? I encourage you to read the book, as I was intrigued and unable to put it down."
-- Fallen Angel Reviews
"I loved this book! There's some great self-realization by both lead characters...and meanwhile, they're just hugely entertaining. What a fun read!"
-- Morgan Chilson, Freshfiction.com
"BRIDE NEEDS GROOM is a fun lighthearted romantic romp that fans of contemporary tales will appreciate. The lead couple are fun to read about as they marry for the wrong reasons, but all the right reasons are there too if either courageously reaches out to the other. Readers will enjoy Wendy Markham's amusing tale of love across the tracks in Astoria."
"BRIDE NEEDS GROOM is both funny and moving, not an easy combination to pull off, but Ms. Markham does it beautifully. The narration is in the present tense, something I quickly became comfortable with. Pivotal periods in Mia's and Dom's lives are told in flashbacks that elicit sympathy and understanding for their characters.... Several minor characters shine in BRIDE NEEDS GROOM, most notably: Grandpa Junie, who makes a late, but memorable personal appearance; Dom's best friend Maggie, from ONCE UPON A BLIND DATE; Mia's friend Lenore; Dom's Pop and the rest of the large, loving Chickalini family, including his big sister Nina, from THE NINE MONTH PLAN. I won't go into Mia's Internet fiancÚ; him you'll need to meet for yourself. BRIDE NEEDS GROOM stands perfectly well on its own, but you're sure to want to read the connected novels if you haven't already. Mia and Dom are a most engaging couple. Many of their antics and interior monologues are amusing, some are poignant, all are relevant to the well crafted plot and character building. In short: it would be hard to find a contemporary romance to top BRIDE NEEDS GROOM."
--Jane Bowers, Romance Reviews Today
In this story of the Chickalinis' confirmed bachelor, Markham once again brings you laughter and tears in a wonderfully heart-warming romance. The characters are like family, and it is a joy to see many familiar faces." -- Romantic Times Magazine (Top Pick, 4 1/2 Star Review)
"Entertaining and fun...I certainly let loose with a torrent of tears as well as some hearty chuckles throughout. Very well done! This is definitely a great book to take to the beach or for a weekend getaway - fun and lively with a lovely and touching romance."
Published: Red Dress Ink, February, 2004
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(written as Wendy Markham)
TOP TWO DON'TS FOR THE OFFICE PARTY:
Don't dress in a revealing manner. (Translation: Don't wear the sexy scarlet, size 8 dress you couldn't fit into three months ago. The one that flaunts your firmed up cleavage and newly discovered collar bones.)
Don't make a spectacle of yourself. (Translation: Don't get drunk and make out with a really cute stranger for the whole company to see; he could turn out to be your boss's roommate.)
I didn't follow those tips, and here I am with a hot new man in my life, Jack. But my friends are asking if I really want to bump into my boss in his boxers in the hallway of their apartment. After all, I am aiming for a promotion.
And now not only does my ex want me back, but the guy I used to think was Mr. Right, just kissed me?
Three months ago I couldn't hold onto one guy. Now three want me. When did my life become so complicated?
Another "undeniably fun journey for the reader"-Booklist
Former Queen of the Office Christmas Party "Don't" List, Wendy Markham fell in love with and married her boss's roommate, whom she met-where else?-at the Office Christmas Party.
Tracey is very easy to like with her bundle of insecurities and her doubts that she is attractive. This is a delightful chick lit story about a woman looking for Mr. Right and when she finds him she fears he will turn into a toad like her previous boyfriend. Wendy Markham delivers a lighthearted romp that turns up the body heat on a cold winter's day.
-Harriet Klausner, The Best Reviews
What a smashing idea for a novel. Wendy Markham has written a delightful love story. You will enjoy following Tracey on her journey to true love as she searches for "The One." Be ready to smile as you read Slightly Settled. You will enjoy it. - Dawn Myers, Writers Unlimited
Markham's second novel brings back the heroine of her first, Slightly Single (2002). Tracey Spadolini has slimmed down and ditched her arrogant, selfish boyfriend, Will, and now she's on the rebound. She suspects her friend Buckley would be perfect for her, but he's dating Sonja. At her company's Christmas party, Tracey meets a sexy guy named Jack, who is very interested in her, but his roommate is her boss, and Tracey isn't over Will, or so everyone keeps telling her. And yet she has a great time with Jack on their first date. Having to see her boss in his underwear in the morning is pretty scary, but spending the night with Jack is divine. Nonetheless, Will is still on her mind, as is her lingering attraction to Buckley. Readers who followed Tracey's struggles in Slightly Single, and those meeting her for the first time, will sympathize with this singleton's post-breakup attempts to move on in this fun, lighthearted romp with a lovable heroine. - Kristine Huntley
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A little bit crazy and a lot of fun is the perfect description for this tale. Tracey needs to be committed along with her supporting cast. The group is upbeat and takes a look at themselves with a fun mirror. Definitely a laugh out loud book. - Rendezvous magazine
Tracey is insecure and has many neuroses, but this makes her realistic...And like many women, Tracey needs to figure out when to listen to her friends and when to listen to herself. A fast, fluffy read. - Samantha J. Gust, Romantic Times magazine
Markham writes well, and the book is full of funny touches, good interior monologue, and mini-cliffhangers...There is one hilarious scene involving a bachelorette party that is worth the cover price by itself. It's rare that I will laugh out loud, but this scene more than tickled my funny bone. -Rachel Potter, All About Romance
$12.95 (Trade Paperback)
Published: Red Dress Ink, January, 2002
$5.99 (Mass Market)
Published: Red Dress Ink, November, 2004
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(written as Wendy Markham)
For every girl who's ever endured a long, hot urban summer on her own, SLIGHTLY SINGLE is
the summer breeze you've been waiting for!
A heat wave in Manhattan is enough to drive a girl crazy, and for Tracey Spadolini, a 24-year-old New York transplant who's been "left behind" for the summer, there's even more to sweat
about. Her Slightly Significant Other, Will, will be returning from summer stock in September, to
pick up where they left off. (Or will he?)
But, in the days after Will's departure, Tracey decides it's time for a reality check. Her un-air-conditioned East Village apartment is a dump, her entry-level ad job sucks, her thighs don't
seem to be getting any thinner, and Will seems to have dropped off the face of the earth. So,
Tracey, with the help of her friends and one very attentive guy, decides to spend her summer
reinventing herself...and taking a chance on liking the new woman she becomes.
A refreshingly honest account of universal female dilemmas, Slightly Single is an engaging story
of one young woman's search for happiness.
"I found Slightly Single to be a very good read...I also enjoyed how author Wendy Markham ended Slightly Single... suffice it is to say that it wasn't the typical chick-lit ending for a book. Overall, I would recommend Slightly Single to anyone who likes reading about a young woman in Manhattan making herself over, struggling with her self-esteem and trying to find her way in life. Don't miss it!"
-- Rian Montgomery for ChickLitBooks.com
".an undeniably fun journey for the reader." - Booklist
"Bridget Jonesy.Tracey Spadolini smokes, drinks and eats too much, and frets about her romantic life." -Publishers Weekly
"This is a delightfully humorous read, full of belly laughs and groans.It is almost scary how honest and true to life this book is. It is a fun read for a beach day, or a steamy evening in one's own un-air conditioned abode like Tracey's." - The Best Reviews
"SLIGHTLY SINGLE is a fascinating mainstream novel about a woman starving for love who lies to herself about her boyfriend. Readers will feel the doubts, denial, and discomfort that Tracey suffers from in her relationships with men. Wendy Markham provides an insightful tale about a nice person unable to stand up for herself when the male of the species is unkind to her."
Kept me hooked from start to finish. I was entertained by every page, and would recommend it to any woman who would like to step back from her life and laugh at the hilarity of the human mind. Wendy Markham has filled "Slightly Single" with the quirky things that go through our minds daily, teaching us to laugh at ourselves again.
--Emily Lampert, The Collegian Online
This book follows her journey to self-discovery, but what is unique to this story is that we do not see a neatly bow-tied and complete ending, where our heroine has everything she wants and lives a happily ever after by the last page. Instead, we see Tracy making progress, but we expect her to continue to follow that bliss and tie up loose ends on her own. Like life, author Wendy Markham does not expect this literary piece to be so easily solved within the restraints of the novel. What we get instead is one summer, one piece of the picture, and one chance at seeing a bit of ourselves in the storyline.
-- Lori A. May, Heartstrings
She writes like women think. In her refreshingly charming novel, Slightly Single, Wendy Markham captures the stream of conscience of a 24-year-old "slightly single" woman, seeking to improve herself over a summer alone.
- Emily Lampert, The Collegian Online
Published: Warner Books, August 2003
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The Nine Month Plan
(written as Wendy Markham)
WHAT'S A GIRL TO DO?
Nina Chickalini has a plan: Get out of Queens. But something keeps stopping her. Maybe it's the four siblings she raised almost single-handedly. Or the family pizzeria she's running so Pop can take it easy. Or maybe it's her best friend,Joe Materi, who's just made an incredible request: Have his baby!
Nina doesn't need another reason to feel tied down, but how can she refuse the man who's always been there for her? Getting in the family way turns out to be easy, and suddenly she's seeing Joe in a whole new light-his muscular arms cradling a baby, his sexy voice crooning a lullaby...
With the entire neighborhood meddling to get them to tie the knot-and Joe looking like he wants them to tie the knot-Nina might have to stop dreaming of grand adventures and settle for something even better: love.
Wendy Markham has created a really special story in The Nine Month Plan. She has taken the special event of having a baby and added a meddling neighborhood of well-wishers hoping that Nina and Joe tie the knot...Ms Markham has created the feel of New York perfectly in this book. With the witty dialogue and funny situations one feels as if they are in Queens watching this story unfold rather than just setting back reading about it. With four Chickalini siblings it is hoped that Wendy will take us back to Queens soon to visit this family again. --Barbara Smith, readertoreader.com
New York neighborhood humor is what keeps this charming contemporary romance from becoming a farcical soap opera. The story line amuses the audience with the antics of those wanting Nina to marry Joey. Readers who had early responsibilities will commiserate with Nina and all fans will like Joey who is a huggable hunk. Still, paying her debt by achieving the goal of THE NINE MONTH PLAN seems a bit excessive, but then again Wendy Markham keeps it just light enough to also make it fun to follow the Chickalini clan.
-Harriet Klausner, The Best Reviews
Wendy Markham has written a wonderful story about how what you think you need and what you really need may be two different things. I enjoyed going to Ditmars Boulevard in Queens and meeting the family and friends that live there. Ms. Markham gave me a real sense of community. I felt that I was a part of it and I would love to go back again and I can in the spring of 2004. Ms. Markham is going to give us Dom's story. So get a copy of The Nine Month Plan and enjoy.
-Lydia Funneman, Writers Unlimited
Nina has dreamed her whole life of leaving Queens and traveling the world, and next year she'll finally be able to do it. Before she leaves, though, she wants to return a huge favor to her good friend and neighbor, Joey. He wants to be a father, so she agrees to have his baby. But having raised her siblings after her mother died, Nina doesn't want to be anything more than a surrogate. Plans change, however, and Nina learns that sometimes dreams can come true in your own backyard. THE NINE MONTH PLAN is a wonderfully touching romance with a good sense of humor. The struggle the heroine faces on her journey to discovering what she really wants is done superbly. I look forward to this author's next book about Nina's brother.
-Susan Mobley, Romantic Times Magazine
In Wendy Markham's exhilarating romantic comedy, The Nine Month Plan, Nina gets a strange request from her lifelong best friend, Joe Materi-he wants her to have his baby. Joe's ready for fatherhood, but Nina can't wait to escape her Queens neighborhood and the maternal role that was thrust on her when she was barely out of her teens. And neither one of them has been able to forget their one night together-right after Nina had to tell Joe that his bride had bailed out on him. Finally, after 15 years, both have a chance to go after the dream each one wants most. Markham sends Cupid's arrow straight to the bull's eye with this sparkling tale.
--Sandy Huseby, Bookpage
The Nine Month Plan -- which is a cross between trendy chick lit and contemporary romantic fiction -- is just lighthearted enough to make this love-it-or-hate-it, baby-making premise a bonafide success. ..it's necessary to maintain a sense of humor and an open-minded perspective while reading Wendy Markham's off-centered story about love and famiglia. Celebrating the colorful heritage of Italian-American families, and the utter contentment of finally settling down and nurturing one's roots (when all one has ever dreamed about is escape), Ms. Markham's novel touches upon the simplest of pleasures, the purest of joys, and the most complicated of human emotions. And all through a delightfully skewed, present tense narrative.
-C.L. Jeffries, Heartstrings
Wendy Markham has created a really special story in THE NINE MONTH PLAN. She has taken the special event of having a baby and added a meddling neighborhood of well-wishers hoping that Nina and Joe tie the knot. Ms. Markham has created the feel of New York perfectly in this book. With the witty dialogue and funny situations one feels as if they are in Queens watching this story unfold rather than just setting back reading about it. With four Chickalini siblings it is hoped that Wendy will take us back to Queens soon to visit this family again.
- Barbara Smith, ReaderToReader.com
Published: Avon Books, November 2003
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Thoroughly Modern Princess
A most impetuous princess, Her Highness, Emmaline of Verdunia, would have wed her suitable prince and been done with it-if she hadn't been swept off her feet by Granger Lockwood IV, "America's Sexiest Single Man." Their one brief dalliance was indeed magical-but now her wedding gown is feeling a bit tight in the waist. So Emmaline flees, hurtling across the Atlantic in the private jet of the surprised playboy who ruined her life...or, quite possibly, set her free.
Now everyone is looking for Emmaline, from the press and paparazzi to her irate royal family and furious fiancÚ. And Granger, after puling off the decade's most daring rescue, now has a pampered princess on his hands who's gone from pomp and circumstance to Big Macs and daytime soaps. Worse still, he's actually falling for this delightfully infuriating blue blood-and he's the last man on earth she could ever marry!
"A Thoroughly Modern Princess is the first novel I've read by Wendy Corsi Staub, and I must say that I am impressed. A storyline that might sound trite and overdone is given a fresh and funny coat of paint, the characters are witty and utterly enjoyable, and the love story between Emmaline and Granger is interesting despite the lack of explicit sex scenes, which are growing more graphic every year in the romance novel industry. In fact, I appreciate the tactful and low-key sex scenes that peppered the book: it kept me focused on the witty dialogue between two first-rate characters." -Kelley Sittner Hartshorn for Curled Up With a Good Book
Laced with a large amount of humor, A THOROUGHLY MODERN PRINCESS is a pleasantly charming story of two people sheltered by their wealthy upbringings who discover how the other half lives. Their learning process is painful, but they eventually find out a lot about themselves and each other. The secondary characters also have engaging stories that are woven nicely into the main narrative.
-Susan Mobley, Romantic Times Magazine
In spite of the serious nature of the conflicts in the story -- and what fairy tale doesn't have them, though the ogre in this one is a departure from the norm -- A THOROUGHLY MODERN PRINCESS has a light tone and fast pace. Though the dialogue is entertaining, the humor lies mainly in the situations. The diverse cast of minor characters includes, among others: Remi, naturally, Emmaline's sisters and her lady-in-waiting, and Granger's one true friend. Altogether they make for a delightful read.
- Jane Bowers, Romance Reviews Today
A Thoroughly Modern Princess is the
first novel I've read by Wendy Corsi Staub,
and I must say that I am impressed. A storyline
that might sound trite and overdone is given
a fresh and funny coat of paint, the characters
are witty and utterly enjoyable, and the
love story between Emmaline and Granger
is interesting despite the lack of explicit
sex scenes, which are growing more graphic
every year in the romance novel industry.
In fact, I appreciate the tactful and low-key
sex scenes that peppered the book: it kept
me focused on the witty dialogue between
two first-rate characters. -Kelley Sittner
Hartshorn, Curled Up With a Good Book
A sweet and humorous romance about Emmy and Granger, how they make a mess out of their perfect, polished, privileged lives, and then struggle to put it all right again...the story entertains, and the portrayal of celebrities hounded by ruthless paparazzi is well done. A THOROUGHLY MODERN PRINCESS is a winning combination of tender love, sweet romance, and laugh-out-loud humor. -BookLoons Reviews
Can a pampered princess survive life in a studio apartment? Only a thoroughly modern one can. Wendy Corsi Staub's A THOROUGHLY MODERN PRINCES is without a doubt one of the most interesting books of the year. ..Staub [reveals] a flair for storytelling as she follows her characters from a royal palace with a household of servants to a filthy studio apartment lacking even a mattress. Emmaline was a likeable heroine. It was cute when she discovered that Big Macs were indeed a true delicacy. Granger was equally as appealing as a confused bachelor who finally had to stand on his own two feet and commit to something. -A Romance Review
Published: Warner Forever, March 2003
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Once Upon A Blind Date
written as Wendy Markham
With Julie and Dominic starting the story off, the reader can only hope they may have a future story of happiness to tell, who knows maybe ev en with each other? Aside from this the romance between Maggie and Charlie is wonderful and I hope to see them again in a future romance as well. It should be interesting to see how the two come together when parenthood strikes. They were characters one hates to say bye to, as they are both so real to the reader throughout the story. -- newandusedbooks.com
Fans will enjoy this amusing matchmaking romance gone awry. The key to this Manhattan (and somewhat Queens) madness is that the four characters seem real with unique personalities. ONCE UPON A BLIND DATE is a fun tale with a humorous matchmaking twist.
-Harriet Klausner, The Best Reviews
Once Upon a Blind Date is a fast paced ride through the life of virtual dating. Charlie and Maggie are easy to identify with and the dialogue is snappy and well timed. As their relationship progresses, self-doubt starts to creep in and their emotional hesitancy to commit makes the reader agonize right along with them. Fans of Markham will not be disappointed with this book. It's an enjoyable read that's worth picking up.
-Miz Savannah, Contemporary Romance Writer
Breezy, scrumptious fun from the author of Slightly Settled
- Kristine Huntley, Booklist
A light-hearted romance that focuses on Maggie, a friend of the Chickalinis (THE NINE MONTH PLAN). The ups and downs of Dom and Julie's relationship intertwine with Maggie and Charlie's growing attraction to each other. Their struggle to deny their obvious desire to one another, and Maggie's determination to get Dom and Julie matched up, makes for many humorous moments. An altogether fun, fast read.
- Susan Mobley, Romantic Times magazine
A merry chase. Ms. Markham has a fun, yet unique voice which we'll enjoy for a long time, even as her other "voice" is distinctive in the suspense genre.
- Rendezvous magazine
Fun and fast-paced, and with New York City as a backdrop there's no way the story fails.
-Livia Holton, Romance Reader's Connection
ONCE UPON A BLIND DATE is a delightful contemporary romance. The characters are well-matched, and scenes contain plenty of humor that keeps the story moving along at a swift pace. I...couldn't put the book down.
-Round Table Reviews
Wendy Markham's new book ONCE UPON A BLIND DATE explores the modern-day electronic yenta known as Internet dating with sometimes hilarious and often poignant results.
-Romance Ever After
When I first picked up ONCE UPON A BLIND DATE, I figured that I was in for a pleasant and carefree read. Well, I found out that was indeed the case...but, this book is also so much more! It's fun, light-hearted, and at times, laugh-out-loud funny. There's no downside to reading ONCE UPON A BLIND DATE. Once you turn the last page, you'll put it down with a smile on your face, and a renewed hope that maybe, just maybe, there really is someone out there who really is Our Perfect Match.
- Romance Reader at Heart
Features an intriguing twist on the matchmaking plot. For a fun book with interesting characters, be sure to check out ONCE UPON A BLIND DATE.
-Jennifer Bishop, Romance Reviews Today
Wendy Markham's tale has a sincerity to it, which put together with the lifelike characters, makes the novel a pleasure to read. Maggie's intensity and take-charge attitude interests the readers but frustrates her near and dear ones and this adds hilarity to the story. Charlie is so much her opposite that it's fun to read when the two of them try to influence each other to change. Supporting characters help the story along quite a bit and the readers get to meet characters from the previous Chickalini story. The author incorporates the current trend of internet dating sites and the truth behind it, takes the reader on a delightful journey through the boroughs of NYC, and generally makes reading this book a treat. Funny, poignant and realistic, ONCE UPON A BLIND DATE is sure to warm readers' hearts.
- A Romance Review
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The Long Way Home
in the Friends romance series
it comes to matters of the
heart, you can always trust
Valentino came to America
with her best friend Lucia,
eager to build a new life--and
find a new love. But the
hustle and bustle of the
city made Cira long for
the small village of her
youth. Until she met Thatcher
Montgomery, a handsome young
American who stole her heart.
And now Cira is torn--between
her loyalty to her true
friend...and true love.
A nostalgic glimpse of American
immigrants at the turn of
the picturesque setting
varies more, Wendy Corsi
Staub's novel shares many
of the most romantic elements
of the movie Titanic. This
is a pleasing love story
about the class distinctions
of an era, about friendship
and family, and about letting
go of love only to discover
that love can never really
Romantic Times Magazine
Published: Zebra Bouquet;
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Ask Me Again
Written as Wendy Morgan
"Gifted new author Wendy Morgan spins a sensuous yet lighthearted tale." -- Romantic Times
"Patience Magee is a savvy, intelligent woman with an attitude and a temper. From the opening
scene this heroine is depicted with a fiery disposition that attracts and repels. You'll either love
Patience or hate her. Jace Hoffman was the most boring, ordinary man she knew in college. This
was not a person skilled in the art of inspiring thrills. Years later Patience sees him again at a
friend's wedding and falls for this Wall Street executive against her independent best interests.
She has no need for the interference of domestic or romantic issues. Jace reciprocates her
affection, and their relationship leads to steamy seduction and sparkling dialogue as they play off
each other's wit. Morgan's fast pace and shock-value scenes will entertain genre fans looking for
an unusual read. A polished, skillful delivery." -- Affaire de Couer
Published: Zebra Bouquet;
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Written as Wendy Morgan
LEARNED TO LIVE IN THE SHADOWS
There was a time when bubbly Olivia Halloran was the ultimate carefree California girl--happily married to a charming, wealthy businessman. But that was before her husband's violent
treachery forced Olivia to take her young son and flee in the middle of the night. Now, living
under an assumed name in a small town far from the bright lights of L.A., the last thing Olivia
needs is to call attention to herself--or to get involved with anyone again. So when she rescues
two young children from drowning, she suddenly finds herself in the media spotlight. For the
spirited twins turn out to belong to the mysterious Max Rothwell, a brooding, reclusive man
Olivia is irresistibly attracted to. ...
LOVE BROUGHT HER HEART OUT
Haunted by his own secrets and the tragic death of his wife, Max wants nothing to do with
romance. Though he's drawn to Olivia's quiet strength and compassionate nature, something
tells him she's not who she appears to be. What begins as a reluctant truce soon grows into a
sensual longing, bringing two wounded souls together in a tender passion that may heal them
both if they can learn to trust in their hearts...
"Wendy Morgan weaves together a very emotional storyline and a suspenseful conflict into a
solid romance in her debut novel." Romantic Times