Born in The Netherlands, I lived in London, England, when I was eighteen.
I have a BFA as an Art History Major with a Minor in Interior Design.
Moved to Montreal, Canada. (I figured I might as well be paid for being fluent in French).
Married Arnold Hofman, a truly fabulous man. Owned and operated an art gallery for twelve years. Widowed ten years ago by Arnold's untimely death. Nina Bruhns urged me to write. I did as I was told, and in the next 4½ years I wrote two dozen books. I figured that’s what it would take to learn to write. And I was wrong! But Rose Brungard took pity on me and gave unstintingly of her own expertise, sending long explanatory e-mails, which helped me a lot. I also owe my grateful thanks to Thea Devine, who taught me to play “What If” when the writer wonders where to take the story next. And more recently, I have been given generous help, advice and encouragement by Jennifer Mueller, whose books I love. She also designed the cover art for my first two books with RomanceAtHeart.
A Desperate Woman...
When Diana Haworth’s father is threatened by a Mafioso from whom he borrowed money, she’s forced to contact Luca di Savoia, an influential Italian tycoon, a man she hoped to never see again. For two years she’s relived – and regretted – their one night stand. But to save her father, she’ll ask for help from the man who took her virginity then sent her away.
A Determined Man...
Luca di Savoia thought he’d never again see the woman who made him look like a fool so long ago. He certainly never thought he’d have the chance to extract revenge. But Diana needs help and Luca needs a son or daughter to inherit his fortune, so he proposes a business arrangement: Diana must marry him, give him an heir, then walk away, just as she did two years ago.
An Unlikely Love...
Luca is surprised to find himself liking Diana, something he hadn’t expected. When the true circumstances of their one night stand becomes known, both realize they may have something more than a contractual marriage, and they become closer.
But when they travel to Italy to have their marriage blessed in the presence of his many relatives, Diana is dismayed to find Luca’s mother determined to break up their marriage and keep the family money for herself—no matter what she has to do to be rid of Diana.
Will Luca be able to save Diana from the danger lurking under his own roof before he loses her forever?
Free at last…
When financial wizard, Alex de Montoro, divorce is final, he wants nothing more to enjoy his freedom. He’s had more than his quota of cheating women and so-called love. Moving to a beach front home in Florida sounds like the perfect way to start a new life.
Captured by love…
Olivia Harris may be a longtime friend of Alex’s family, but she wants much, much more. Over the years her love for Alex has grown, but after his horrible marriage, he doesn’t believe in love anymore. His offer: Friends with benefits.
Determined to show Alex friends can fall in love, she take him to his native Spain for his birthday, for the annual running of the bulls in Pamplona and an exotic vacation. But as their passion grows to unspeakable heights, what will Olivia do when Alex refuses to fall in love ?
Denise Alicea-“Destined”—a story, set in Ireland in the year 387 BC. The Irish have held off the marauding troops of Julius Caesar for some seven months.
Phyllis Campbell-“Mistletoe”—It begins with a bridegroom leaving his bride at the altar, and fleeing from her indignant father—and worse—until matters can be sorted out.
Heide Katros-“Snow Roses”—When Rand MacPherson enters the local florist’s shop, he is surprised but grateful when the beautiful florist offers to deliver his Christmas flowers to his mother.
Ellen Margret-“Merry Christmas, Biker Angel”—Clad in black leathers, a biker angel rides into Daria’s life on Christmas Eve. His mission is to protect her from thugs. What adventures await Daria and her biker angel?
Kate Hofman-“Snowbound at Christmas”—When Michelle sees a Ferrari slip on a bend in the snow-covered road, she hurries out to help the driver.
Cynthia Wynne spent years saving for her dream vacation to Barcelona. Unfortunately, her dream turns to disenchantment when her trip is less than she’d hoped. On a whim, she writes a email to her favorite monthly magazine, telling them she’s bored in Barcelona. When the owner of the magazine shows the email to Rafael de Córdoba, world-famous writer of serious fiction, he becomes incensed at Cynthia’s scathing review of his beloved hometown.
When Cynthia and Rafael meet, sparks fly when he realizes that she is the woman who wrote disparagingly of Barcelona. But even opposite opinions can’t douse the desire that flares between them—until they realize there is much more they don’t know about each other. Things that test their fragile new relationship and threaten their new found love.
1-Tangled Up In Need— When the object of her cyber lust shows up on her doorstep on the Fourth of July, Johanna Porter is caught between panic and giddiness. What’s a Canadian girl to do?
2-Fireworks—After the death of her grandfather, Sarah takes his things away. A picture will lead her to a magical night. What’s a girl from New York going to do with a man from the 1940's?
3-The Ghost Whispered, “I Love You”— Anna must change the past in order to be with Jon, her long-dead husband from a previous lifetime, who was mortally wounded at Bunker Hill.
4-Where There’s Smoke, There’s Fire—When Bear scents his mate, he’s on a mission to make Ginger his. Unfortunately, the town’s Fourth of July celebration is proving to be a dangerous distraction.
5-I’ll Be Seeing You— World War Two had changed everything except for Betty and Frank’s love for each other and their determination to be married before Frank leaves for Europe.
6-Lover’s Meeting— Hoping against hope, Andrew returns to Ocean Breeze, Florida after being gone five years, looking for the one woman he should have never let get away.
Amadeo, Conte di Sant'Angelo, has met Heidelinde Müller, an advertising designer, on a ski trip. He wants to know this fascinating woman better. Their friendship grows, despite interference from their mothers and persistent old flames.
When a trip to his villa ends badly, he whisks her to the warm sands of Ocean Breeze, Florida.
Pushed to the limit, they enter a sham engagement.
Can he persuade her that he wants the engagement to be 'real'? Will they be able to overcome the obstacles that are being thrown in their path to happiness?
Jessica Palmer just wants to enjoy her vacation in Spain. Too bad her brother, John, simply sees it as a way t pick up chicks. He frequently locks her out of their suite, while he romances young women. Good thing she's just met handsome hotel receptionist Alejandro de Castellón. He gets her a room of her own, so she can have some privacy. Of course the fact that he will be spending as much of that time as he can with her is just a bonus.
Alejandro is sexy, handsome, and oh! so Spanish. He's also something else: something Jessica does not know - he is the son of the owner of the hotel she's staying in. Alejandro keeps his secret because he loves the fact that Jessica is not interested in him for his money and position. She is the kindest and most loving woman he has ever met - but Alejandro does not believe in love--only in passion. At the end of the holiday, they part ways, promising to stay in touch.
Fast Forward to two years later. Alejandro is now the CEO of the chain of Castellón hotels, and comes to Ocean Breeze, where Jessica lives, because they are building a new hotel there. Jessica has never forgotten him, and still loves him, although she has long ago given up all hope of ever seeing him again. Imagine her surprise when her boss tells her his advertising company has landed the account for the new Castellón hotel, and he wants her to design the campaign.
When they see each other again, the passion is just as hot, and the feelings just as deep--at least on Jessica's part. She can't help wondering whether this is merely the beginning of another short-lived love affair--or is it more, this time?
Beth Langham is the personal assistant to her cousin Gloria. Or at least she was until Gloria saw her talking to a man Gloria fancied. Now, stranded with no money, what's a girl to do?
When Chrysandros Xenakis visits his friends at their art gallery, he is intrigued by Beth who is so different from the brazen women who hit on him all the time. Sparks soon fly.
Chrysandros' mother has her own ideas for her son's love life and plots against Beth. Who will prove to be stronger willed?
Nick and Ellie have been divorced for two years, due to the vicious machinations of Monique, his secretary.
When they meet, accidentally, at a hotel in the Quebec countryside, they begin to resolve their differences.
Suddenly Monique appears. Was she there at Nick's invitation, as she tells Ellie, or is she stalking Nick?
How can Ellie be sure Nick is serious about her?
When Nick Jacobsen finds himself sheltering a woman whose car is stuck in a snow drift on Christmas Eve, his holiday plans change-for the better.
Joy Heatherfield never dreamed she'd wind up in a blizzard, only to be given shelter and finding herself tempted by the handsomest man she has ever seen.
Their mutual attraction is instant and combustible. But when Nick and Joy travel to Florida together to discuss an exhibition of his paintings, trouble is on the horizon.
Will Nick be able to mend his fences with the lovely Joy? And will Joy find it in her heart to forgive his unintentional blunder?
GOLDEN HEART tells the story of Jamie, a landscaper-gardener. When one of his clients, an advertising tycoon, sees him, he realizes Jamie would be ideal for a new advertising campaign.
We follow Jamie on this unusual path into a profession hitherto unknown to him. He has many adventures, mostly amusing, but one very serious.
Circle of Love describes the love affair of Lydia and Raphael.
Lydia's mother is in London, England, and frequently mentions a Greek young man. Lydia fears he is a gigolo and flies to London to deal with him.
When she finds a very handsome man in the living room, she lets him have it. Unfortunately, it is Raphael, the young man's elder brother, who catches the brunt of her lashing. Lydia tries to apologize, but Raphael leaves, deeply offended.
But Lydia stays on his mind, and when they meet again, they start falling in love -- but many obstacles are put in their path. Will they be able to prevail?
LOVE LOST AND FOUND is the sequel to FORGOTTEN LOVE, in which Leandros falls in love with Irene, an actress. After a number of problems are solved, he marries her.
In LOVE LOST AND FOUND, Leandros's marriage ends in disaster and divorce. The only good things to come from it are his two beautiful children.
As Leandros and the twins move on with their lives and Leandros falls in love with their new Nanny, who should turn up like a bad penny? Irene, his ex-wife and mother to his children, who has decided that she wants them back, if only to help her reclaim the lifestyle to which she was accustomed.Will Leandros give in, for the sake of the children? Or will the twins be happy with Rachel as their new Mommy?
Nikos Thalassinos, Nick to his friends, lives a life most can only dream of. The only thing missing is a special someone to share his life with. But who will the lucky lady be?
Ellen, the love of his life, who left him two years ago over a misunderstanding?
Crystal, a beautiful interior designer he meets on the beach? Athena, a smart, classy lawyer he meets while helping a friend? Or will his father and his crony succeed in convincing Nick to marry Artemis, the crony’s daughter?
This is the first part of Nick's story.
Life is good for Lorenzo Monferrato. He has a doting mother, a wife who loves him, and a daughter who thinks the sun rises and sets around her daddy.
His development company flourishes, and is now worth over a billion dollars. The only down to his days is Amber, his over-protective secretary, who is in love with him and deludes herself that Lorenzo would return her feelings if only his wife were out of the picture. He realizes he needs a male Personal Assistant, not a pushy secretary.
Lissa Monferrato is happy -- she has the most handsome and loving of husbands, a delightful mother-in-law, and a daughter she dotes on. She has a beautiful home, and a life most women would envy.
When a new project takes Lorenzo to Atlanta with Amber, she harasses him sexually, and he fires her instantly. He hires an excellent male Personal Assistant, but Amber is not done. Will Lorenzo's world be turned upside down? What is Amber planning for him? More importantly, is Lissa in danger?
Nick Thalassinos, a widower with a two year old daughter, meets Iris Leighton, famous Broadway actress. His interest in her turns to dismay when Iris tries to focus all his attention on herself, ridiculing his devotion to his daughter. Nadine Konings, a portrait artist, lives in the same building as Nick, and she befriends the lonely little girl, letting her play with child-safe paints in her studio. Nick begins to realize that he is—or was—merely infatuated with Iris -- it's Nadine he loves. Ah, but will Nadine accept this change in his feelings?
More to the point, will Iris accept his decision that it's over between them, or will she put up a fight?
Nick's uncle, Nikos, comes to stay. Will he be able to help Nick get Iris out of his hair?
Armando is not eager to relinquish his freedom in return for a throne. He likes his life as it is. However, when the ruler of the principality of Paradiso dies, this decision is taken out of Armando's hands.
It gets even more complicated because he had met an interior designer and promptly fell in love with her.
As Pamela is swept up in Armando's passion, she is unaware that she represents an obstacle to Armando's ascension to the throne. Their relationship is further threatened by one of Armando's bodyguards, who resents Pamela as a 'commoner' and tries to get her out of his Prince's life.
Armando must choose between love and country, but the choice might be taken out of his hands.
Nick lucks out when he goes to the employment agency looking for a new housekeeper, finds Sylvia looking for a job and hires her immediately. As they get to know each other, they find out they have more in common than meets the eye…she is a psychic, he is somewhat clairvoyant.
After a scary incident with her ex-boyfriend, their friendship moves to a different level. Nick is happy to let things ride indefinitely just as they are. When Sylvia makes plans to visit her sister in Montreal, he begins to worry. Is she bored with him? Should he propose?
HeartSent Christmas is a 3 novella anthology from 3 prolific and talented writers. The heat level goes from spice to hot-hot-hot and back to sensual in these three offerings. There are thrills, tears and laughter in these three stories selected especially for the 2011 Holiday Edition of HeartSent Christmas
Heide Katros-known for her dynamic thrillers and mysteries-delivers a spicy, highly intriguing and romantic story in Second Chances. Sylvia Hewlitt is determined to skip a Florida Christmas this year. She books a ski vacation for North Carolina. Instead of fun on the slopes she ends up in the hospital. When she regains consciousness, Detective Stephan Breslow is sitting by her bedside. They've met before under grim circumstances, but can they put the past behind them?
Kate Hofman, with her usual panache, delivers a very hot-hot-hot tale of romance, with her powerfully written and fascinating offering of Christmas Magic. The Italian Alps are the setting for an unexpected reunion between Luca, the Marchese di Montevarchi and his ex-fianc‚e Crista Ballantyne. Will the magic of the season intervene and allow them to forget their bitter quarrel or will fate play a cruel trick and end Luca's life?
Diane Davis White, in the tradition of her historical Native American Romances, takes us to the turn-of-the-nineteenth-century to the wide open prairie of Nebraska where two cultures come together for a Christmas celebration, and two people-a young Lakota Chief and the daughter of a local farmer-find each other and fall in love amidst the holiday cheer in this vibrantly sweet, yet highly sensual romance, Lakota Christmas.