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Leigh Michaels is the pseudonym used by LeAnn Lemberger (b. July 27 in Iowa, United States), a popular United States writer of over 85 romance novels. She has published with Harlequin, Sourcebooks, Montlake Romance, Writers Digest Books, and Arcadia Publishing. She teaches romance writing at Gotham Writers' Workshop (www.writingclasses.com) She is the author of On Writing Romance.

When Leigh was fifteen she wrote her first romance novel and burned it. She burned five more complete manuscripts before submitting to a publisher. The first submission was accepted by Harlequin, the only publisher to look at it, and was published in 1984.

Michaels was born in Iowa, United States. She received a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Drake University i
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Leigh Michaels The flexibility and the adventure -- I can live through my characters and take on any job or hobby or characteristic I want to explore. And in a few…moreThe flexibility and the adventure -- I can live through my characters and take on any job or hobby or characteristic I want to explore. And in a few months I can move on to the next one. :)(less)
Leigh Michaels Usually when I'm suffering from writer's block it's because I don't know what comes next, or because I've taken a wrong turn and let a character say…moreUsually when I'm suffering from writer's block it's because I don't know what comes next, or because I've taken a wrong turn and let a character say or do something that they just wouldn't. The first step is to back up and read the last scene or two, then brainstorming till I'm certain what's going to happen next in the story.(less)
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The Mistress' House (Romance)
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Description: Number Five, Upper Seymour Street is the perfect love nest. Tucked away in a discreet corner of London, it's an ideal site to conduct affairs… Except this elegant townhouse has a way of making its residents fall in love instead. Anne -- the perfect mistress for the rakish Earl of Hawthorne; Felicity -- the perfect challenge for Richard, Lord Colford; and Georgiana -- the perfect nightmare for Major Julian Hampton... the residents of Number Five, Upper Seymour Street.
Just One Season in London (Romance)
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Description: Meet the Ryecrofts...the family that courts together. RYE -- Viscount Ryecroft is a young man with a problem. Make that two problems: He has a beautiful sister to marry off -- but no money to fund a London Season for her. Perhaps he needs to find an heiress for himself first? SOPHIE – Miss Sophie Ryecroft is willing to marry for the good of the family -- but since she can't meet the sort of man Rye has in mind for her except in London, she’s looking for alternatives. MIRANDA --Rye and Sophie's mother, the dowager (but still young) Lady Ryecroft, will do anything for the sake of her children -- even taking up again with a man she knew long ago, and offering to be his mistress. Only in London can the Ryecrofts find their destinies…

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“For readers worldwide, the attraction of romance novels seems to be that they provide hope, strength, and the assurance that happy endings are possible. Romance makes the promise that no matter how bleak things sometimes look, in the end everything will turn out right and true love will triumph -- and in an uncertain world, that's very comforting.”
Leigh Michaels, On Writing Romance: How to Craft a Novel That Sells

“Most of my books are set in the American Midwest, where I have always lived. Midwesterners are lovely, down-to-earth people. The luxury of choosing this region as a setting is the endless supply of seasonal change images that accompany it; in addition to, the wide variety of settings, urban and rural, to choose from.”
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