A long time ago, in a town not so far, far away…

By Allison Leigh, author of Fortune’s Secret Heir (The Fortunes of Texas: All Fortune’s Children series, Harlequin Special Edition)

It is a period in the ’70s, when bell bottoms and bare midriffs flourished and a schoolgirl fell in love with Harlequin romance novels, Han Solo, Disco…

Sorry.

I couldn’t resist, considering that, as I write this, the new Star Wars movie will be released in about a week. I know I’m dating myself, but like millions of others, I’m reminded of the time when the first movie came out. It’s hard to believe so many years have passed. I was a teenager then. All these years later, I’m still pretty giddy over the chance to revisit those beloved characters.

So it is with the Fortunes of Texas. The original series, Fortune’s Children, took place mostly in Minnesota with the family spinning off to Texas. At that point, back in 1996, I was no longer a teenager, but a young wife and mother who still loved Harlequin romance novels—so much so that she was dreaming of writing one of her very own. Now, here I am with adult daughters of my own, and the dream is reality! Twenty years later, and I’m decidedly giddy being part of the Fortunes of Texas “family.” From the Return to Red Rock series in 2009 to the 20th anniversary series, All Fortune’s Children, it’s been my honor and privilege to spend some time in Texas with the various members of the Fortune family. The family, by the way, includes not only the characters on the pages, but the individuals—editors and authors—who have worked together to get them there.

I don’t think I’m alone in my belief that it’s fun to revisit familiar characters and familiar places. (I’ve just admitted I enjoy it as a movie watcher, so that secret’s out.) I also enjoy it as a reader as much as I do an author. And as an author involved in a continuing series, I am acutely aware of the responsibility of maintaining the integrity of those characters and places for the reader. Nothing annoys me more than going back to visit something beloved and finding it all messed up. Characters behaving out of character for no good reason. Unlikely scenarios occurring for no good reason. That sort of thing makes me want to bang my head against a wall in frustration. Why can’t the author get it right?

Well, the author in me assures the reader in me that it isn’t as easy as a person might think. And the reader in me assures the author in me that when it’s right, it is a thing of perfect beauty.

So, the author in me keeps striving for a little perfection. The reader in me keeps hoping for a little beauty. And maybe, in another twenty years, all of us will be together, celebrating forty years of Fortunes.

We certainly look forward to it!

About Fortune’s Secret Heir:

A Change In Fortune

Cool, confident and in control: that’s Ben Robinson, the billionaire COO of Robinson Tech. With his imposing height and sharp blue eyes, he can convince anyone to do anything, but suddenly he feels like a fraud. The handsome Texan has just discovered his entire life has been a lie.

With the news that his father might actually be a long-lost—and very prodigal—Fortune, Ben trains his laser focus on determining the truth. He persuades sweet, earnest Ella Thomas to help him in his research; no one would ever suspect the part-time college student of subterfuge. Ella is sensitive and highly intuitive…in other words, Ben’s total opposite. And as she digs for his Fortune roots, she may also uncover the billionaire’s long-shuttered heart…

Click HERE for a sneak peek at the first chapter of Fortune’s Secret Heir.

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