That Flame of Hope: Tara Taylor Quinn on Wife by Design + Giveaway

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by Tara Taylor Quinn, author of Wife by Design (Harlequin Superromance)

I’ve been reading Harlequin books since I picked up a free promotional copy in my hometown grocery store when I was fourteen.  Harlequin books are entertaining.  They reach into the heart of a woman and leave it feeling…better.  But they are so much more than a pastime or a hobby.  These books, in the telling of stories about people like you and me who are facing real conflicts, provide us with solutions.  Or suggestions.  With validation.  And most importantly, with hope.

By the time I was fifteen, after a year of reading a book a day, I was telling everyone I knew that I was going to write for Harlequin someday.  My mother worried about me.  She started telling me to get my nose out of those books.  I’d hide in the bathroom – Mom was too polite to ask what I was doing in there – to read my books.  I’d stay up late at night to read them.  They took me out of a world where I was ordinary, one of a crowd, destined to become what my society expected me to be.  They showed me a deeper life, one that mattered far below the surface, one that was waiting for anyone who had the courage to look into her own heart and find what was hiding there.  They gave me hope.

When others gave me the proverbial pat on the head as I went to college to major in English with the plan to write for Harlequin, I felt sorry for them.  They didn’t get it.  I had all those years of believing in real love and happily ever after in my heart.  Life got ugly for me pretty quickly.  I grew up fast.  But the fire of life’s promise had been born in me and wouldn’t die.  That flame of hope, that belief in true love, sustained me through the darkest night of a woman’s soul.  Through it all I continued to write.  To believe.  I was going to keep love alive in the world.  To pay forward the hope.  I was going to write for Harlequin Books.

Today I come to you a few decades older but with as much hope in my heart as ever.  I come to you with sixty-three published Harlequin and MIRA books and a brand new series that is truly my “pay it forward.”  I hope you’ll join me at The Lemonade Stand, a very unique women’s shelter.  So far we have six unconnected stories set at The Stand, a place Where Secrets Are Safe, coming to you over the next two years.  I can’t promise you an easy life, but I can promise that if you’ll spend time at The Lemonade Stand, if you’ll dare to open your heart to the stories, you’ll find my hope lurking there.

Let’s shine some more light into the darkness.  Let’s tell the world about our little so-called hobby here.  How long have you been reading Harlequin books?

About the Book

When life hands you lemons…

You make lemonade. That’s what Lynn Duncan believes. A single mother and nurse practitioner, she works at The Lemonade Stand, a unique women’s shelter supported by various businesses. These include a physiotherapy service, where Grant Bishop, a landscape designer, takes his disabled brother.

When Grant and Lynn first meet they’re intensely attracted to each other—but they don’t see a future for themselves. They’re too committed to the people they need to protect. For Lynn that’s three-year-old Kara and the residents at TLS. And Grant will sacrifice anything for his brother. That might have to include a relationship with Lynn….

Giveaway: Leave a comment answering Tara Taylor Quinn’s question for a chance to win Wife by Design!

Giveaway open to residents of US and Canada. Contest will close February 9 at 11:59pm ET, and one winner will be selected from all eligible comments and announced here on February 10. For full contest details, visit our contest rules page.

Update: The giveaway is now closed. Please check the comments to see if you won!

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70 Responses to That Flame of Hope: Tara Taylor Quinn on Wife by Design + Giveaway

  1. I have only read one and I was a teenager, so I would love to add another!

  2. Tammy Dalley

    Been reading them for 10 years now!!!

  3. Kathy Ledger

    I’ve been a fan for over 45 years; remember when the cost under $1! My Mom was a big fan and got the Harlequin habit from her…

  4. Susan Nelson

    I’ve been reading them since 1971. My younger teenaged sister convinced this new college graduate they were great reads. After reading my first book by Margaret Way I was hooked!

  5. Dena Rogers

    At least 15 years maybe longer. Love them!

  6. Victoria Colotta

    I have been reading them on and off since highschool. Now 18 years later, Harlequin is the first place I go for my Romance fix.

  7. susan smoaks

    i have been reading them for over 10 years

  8. Veronica Garrett

    I’ve been reading them for 20 years.

  9. Robin C. Greene

    I’ve been reading them since 1994, 20 years!

  10. Wow, thank you all for sharing how long you’ve been reading Harlequin books — so awesome to see so many many long-time fans AND new readers! :)

    We’ve draw the winner of WIFE BY DESIGN, and congrats to the winner Sharon! Please check your email for a message from me.
    ~Amy from Harlequin

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