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General Information

Name:  Susan Elizabeth Phillips  

Pen Name: Justine Cole - used on book written in collaboration with her friend, Claire

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Born: in Cincinnati, Ohio

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Illinois Connection

Phillips lives in a suburb of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Susan Elizabeth Phillips is an award-winning and best-selling writer of romance novels.


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Titles At Your Library

The Copeland Bride
ISBN: 0440112354

Dell Books. 1983

Believing her to be a prostitute, Quinn Copeland decides to marry Noelle Dorian in order to spite his wealthy father

Risen Glory
ISBN: 0440172853

Dell. 1984

Determined to reclaim the magnificent Risen Glory plantation wrongfully inherited by Baron Cain, her Yankee stepbrother, Kit Weston finds Baron in New York and their love-hate relationship is tested by a stormy marriage

GLITTER BABY
ISBN: 044012946X

Dell. 1987

Fancy Pants
ISBN: 1416505245

Gallery Books. 2005

THEY'RE CAVIAR AND BEER. KEROSENE ON FIRE. AND THEY'RE FALLING HEAD-OVER-HEELS IN LOVE....
She was the most beautiful British bauble in Europe's jet-set playgrounds. Now she's broke, furious, and limping down a backwoods road in an ugly pink Southern Belle gown....
He was tall, lean, and all-American gorgeous. He liked his brews cold and women loved to keep him warm. Why in hell is he stopping his car for this woebegone, surly Scarlett?
Meet Francesca Day and Dallie Beaudine, two incredible characters whose tangled love affair is at the heart of this ravishing New York Times bestseller from award-winning author Susan Elizabeth Phillips. Come enjoy the adventure of a lifetime -- an irresistible story that's touching, hilarious, and hellcat-passionate. You'll never forget Dallie and the sassy lady who needs a good swift kick in her...

Hot Shot
ISBN: 067165831X

Pocket Books. 1991

SHE JUMPED ON THE BACK OF A BAD BOY'S HARLEY AND
FOLLOWED HIS RENEGADE DREAM....

In a single, impulsive act, Susannah Faulconer, the daughter of one of the country's most powerful industrialists, follows her heart and finds herself severed from her family and everything familiar. As a cool San Francisco socialite, she'd known exactly how to behave, but now she's a lone woman in a world of men...and there's no etiquette book in the world that can teach her how to survive.
The men are rebels, determined to take on corporate America with daring and vision, and they aren't going to let her play by good girls' rules. There's Sam, the charismatic visionary, on a rocket-driven ride to glory. And Mitch, the troubled corporate genius with no time for a rich socialite, no matter how beautiful. Together, they will force Susannah into the biggest challenge of her life as she tests her courage -- and her love -- in a bold experiment that will change them all forever.
Come share a glorious, heart-stopping love story, and meet the unforgettable woman called Hot Shot as she discovers a passion so rich, so tender, that she will be utterly and forever transformed.

Honey Moon
ISBN: 0671735934

Pocket Books. 1993

Challenged to retain her child star glory into adulthood, passionate Honey Jane Moon changes the destinies of Dash Coogan, who has outgrown his career ambitions, and Eric Dillon, a seductive Hollywood bad boy with a painful secret. Reissue.

It Had to Be You (Chicago Stars)
ISBN: 0380776839

Avon. 2002

The Windy City isn’t quite ready for Phoebe Somerville -- the outrageous, curvaceous New York knockout who has just inherited the Chicago Stars football team. And Phoebe is definitely not prepared for the Stars’ head coach Dan Celebow, a sexist jock taskmaster with a one-track mind. Celebow is everything Phoebe abhors. And the sexy new boss is everything Dan despises -- a meddling bimbo who doesn’t know a pigskin from a pitcher’s mound.

So why is he drawn to the shameless sexpot like a heat-seeking missile? And why does the coach’s good ol’ boy charm leave cosmopolitan Phoebe feeling awkward, tongue-tied....and ready to fight?

The sexy, heartwarming, and hilarious "prequel" to New York Times bestselling author Susan Elizabeth Phillips’ This Heart of Mine -- her sensational bestsellng blockbuster -- It Had To Be You is an enchanting story of two stubborn people who believe in playing for keeps.

Heaven, Texas (Chicago Stars)
ISBN: 0380776847

Avon. 1995

Heaven, Texas

Kiss an Angel
ISBN: 0380782332

Avon. 2002

Pretty, flighty Daisy Devreaux can either go to jail or marry the mystery man her father has chosen for her. Arranged marriages don't happen in the modern world, so how did the irrepressible Daisy find herself in this fix?

Alex Markov, as humorless as he is deadly handsome, has no intention of playing the loving bridegroom to a spoiled little feather-head with champagne tastes. He drags Daisy from her uptown life to a broken down traveling circus and sets out to tame her to his ways.

But this man without a soul has met his match in a woman who's nothing but heart. Before long, passion will send them flying sky high without a safety net... risking it all in search of a love that will last forever.

Nobody's Baby But Mine
ISBN: 0380782340

Avon. 1997

Nobody's Baby But Mine

Dream a Little Dream
ISBN: 0380794470

Avon. 1998

A Desperate Young Mother

Rachel Stone's bad luck has taken a turn for the worse. With an empty wallet, a car's that's spilling smoke, and a five-year-old son to support, she's come home to a town that hates her. But this determined young widow with a scandalous past has learned how to be a fighter. And she'll do anything to keep her child safe—even take on. . .

A man With No Heart

Gabe Bonner wants to be left alone, especially by the beautiful outcast who's invaded his property. She has a ton of attitude, a talent for trouble, and a child who brings back bad memories. Yet Rachel's feisty spirit might just be heaven-sent to save a tough, stubborn man.

Dare To Dream

Welcome to Salvation, North Carolina—where a man who's forgotten what tenderness means meets a woman with nothing to lose. here two endearing lovers will set off on a funny, touching journey of the heart. . .to a place where dreams just might come true.

Lady Be Good
ISBN: 0380794489

Avon. 2004

“[A] sexy and whimsical modern fairy tale.”

Greensboro News & Record

“The always-funny Susan Elizabeth Phillips…has the heat turned up all the way for this one.”

Detroit Free Press

The only four-time recipient of the Romance Writer’s of America’s prestigious Favorite Book of the Year Award, the incomparable Susan Elizabeth Phillips is one of America’s most beloved authors—and Lady Be Good is one of the perennial New York Times bestseller’s hottest, funniest, and most delightfully wild romance novels. The uproarious tale of a proper English headmistress hell-bent on destroying her reputation and a disgraced Texas athlete playboy determined to salvage his own, Lady Be Good is funny, sexy, and irrefutable proof of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s assertion that “Next to Tracy and Hepburn, no one does romantic comedy better than Susan Elizabeth Phillips.”

First Lady (Wynette, Texas)
ISBN: 0380808072

Avon. 2000

How does the most famous woman in the world hide in plain sight? The beautiful young widow of the President of the United States thought she was free of the White House, but circumstances have forced her back into the role of First Lady. Not for long, however, because she's made up her mind to escape - if only for a few days - so she can live the life of an ordinary person. All she needs is the perfect disguise . . . and she's just found it.

This Heart of Mine
ISBN: 0380808080

Avon. 2002

This Heart of Mine

Breathing Room
ISBN: 0061032093

Avon. 2003

Join the New York Times bestselling author on a journey to the sun-washed hills of Tuscany. Another sexy, wonderful, contemporary love story with all the heart, wisdom, and wit that have made Susan Elizabeth Phillips the gold standard for women's fiction.

She's Dr. Isabel Favor, America's diva of self-help.
He's Ren Gage, Hollywood's favorite villain.
Sometimes you just know that God has a sense of humor.

Dr. Isabel Favor, author of Four Cornerstones for a Favorable Life, has sacrificed everything to build her self-help empire. Then, in a matter of weeks, it all comes crashing down. She loses her money to an unscrupulous accountant, her fiancé to a frumpy older woman, and her reputation to headlines denouncing her as a fraud. America's diva of self-help soon discovers she can fix everyone's life but her own. Broke, heartsick, and soul-weary, she heads for Italy in search of a little breathing room.

Lorenzo Gage makes his living killing people... on the silver screen, that is. He's viciously handsome and sublimely talented. But as he begins his vacation in Italy, he's also vaguely dissatisfied. Being a villain with a face to die for has its rewards, but he hates the feeling that everything he's neglected in life is catching up with him. Then he spots Isabel sipping a glass of wine in a sidewalk café. A good guy wouldn't think of seducing such a tidy-looking woman... but he'd never seen the fun in playing the hero.

It doesn't take long for Isabel to realize she's escaped one kind of chaos only to be plunged into another. Even the shelter of a simple stone farmhouse nestled in a Tuscan olive grove can't provide her with the refuge she needs—not when the townspeople are scheming to drive her away, and her plan to restore her reputation has come up empty. And especially not when the man who deceived her refuses to leave her in peace.

Breathing Room is a book for any woman who's dreamed of wandering through a vineyard, of lazing under the Tuscan sky, or of reforming a deliciously wicked man. This is a story of hope and renewal, of love and redemption when it's needed the most. Sometimes it takes a special place... a special love... a little breathing room... for life to deliver all its glorious promise.

Ain't She Sweet?
ISBN: 0061032085

Avon. 2005

Ain't She Sweet?

Match Me If You Can (Chicago Stars)
ISBN: 0060734566

Avon. 2006

You met star quarterback Kevin Tucker in This Heart of Mine. Now get ready to meet his shark of an agent, Heath Champion, and Annabelle Granger, the girl least likely to succeed.

Annabelle's endured dead-end jobs, a broken engagement . . . even her hair's a mess! But that's going to change now that she's taken over her late grandmother's matchmaking business. All Annabelle has to do is land the Windy City's hottest bachelor as her client, and she'll be the most sought-after matchmaker in town.

Why does the wealthy, driven, and gorgeous sports agent Heath Champion need a matchmaker, especially a red-haired screw-up like Annabelle Granger? True, she's entertaining, and she does have a certain quirky appeal. But Heath is searching for the ultimate symbol of success -- the perfect wife. And to make an extraordinary match, he needs an extraordinary matchmaker, right?

Soon everyone in Chicago has a stake in the outcome, and a very big question: When the determined matchmaker promised she'd do anything to keep her star client happy . . . did she mean anything? If Annabelle isn't careful, she just might find herself going heart-to-heart with the toughest negotiator in town.

Natural Born Charmer (Chicago Stars)
ISBN: 0060734582

Avon. 2008

Chicago Stars quarterback Dean Robillard is the luckiest man in the world: a bona-fide sports superstar and the pride of the NFL with a profitable side career as a buff billboard model for End Zone underwear. But life in the glory lane has started to pale, and Dean has set off on a cross-country trip to figure out what's gone wrong. When he hits a lonely stretch of Colorado highway, he spies something that will shake up his gilded life in ways he can't imagine. A young woman . . . dressed in a beaver suit.

Blue Bailey is on a mission to murder her ex. Or at least inflict serious damage. As for the beaver suit she's wearing . . . Is it her fault that life keeps throwing her curveballs? Witness the expensive black sports car pulling up next to her on the highway and the Greek god stepping out of it.

Blue's career as a portrait painter is the perfect job for someone who refuses to stay in one place for very long. She needs a ride, and America's most famous football player has an imposing set of wheels. Now, all she has to do is keep him entertained, off guard, and fully clothed before he figures out exactly how desperate she is.

But Dean isn't the brainless jock she imagines, and Blue—despite her petite stature—is just about the toughest woman Dean has ever met. They're soon heading for his summer home where their already complicated lives and inconvenient attraction to each other will become entangled with a charismatic but aging rock star

a beautiful fifty-two-year-old woman trying to make peace with her rock and roll past

an eleven-year-old who desperately needs a family

and a bitter old woman who hates them all.

As the summer progresses, the wandering portrait artist and the charming football star play a high-stakes game, fighting themselves and each other for a chance to have it all.

Natural Born Charmer is for everyone who's ever thought about leaving their old life in the dust and never looking back. New York Times bestselling author Susan Elizabeth Phillips takes us home again . . . and shows us where love truly lives

What I Did for Love (Wynette, Texas)
ISBN: 0061351512

Avon. 2009

What I Did for Love

Call Me Irresistible (Wynette, Texas)
ISBN: 0061351539

Avon. 2012

Lucy Jorik's the daughter of a former U.S. President . . . Meg Koranda's the offspring of legends . . . One of them is about to marry Mr. Irresistible—Ted Beaudine—the favorite son of Wynette, Texas . . . The other is determined to save her friend from a mess of heartache.

Meg knows breaking up her best friend's wedding is the right thing to do, but no one else agrees. Faster than Lucy can say “I don't,” Meg's the most hated woman in town—and stuck there with a dead car, an empty wallet, and a very angry bridegroom. Broke, stranded, without her famous parents watching her back, Meg believes she can survive by her own wits. After all, what's the worst that can happen? She'll lose her heart to Mr. Irresistible? Not likely. Not likely at all.

The Great Escape (Wynette, Texas)
ISBN: 0062106082

Avon. 2014

Perennial New York Times bestselling author Susan Elizabeth Phillips now provides her fans with The Great Escape from ordinary women’s romantic fiction.

One of today’s most beloved writers, the incomparable Phillips follows up her utterly beguiling hit, Call Me Irresistible (“Phillips at her very best. Romantic, funny, sexy, and poignant” —Kristin Hannah) with a sequel that’s equally impossible to resist. Returning in The Great Escape are some of Phillips’s most adored characters, including headstrong, impetuous ex-president’s daughter, Lucy Jorik, who’s just abandoned her fiancé, Ted “Mr. Irresistible” Beaudine, at the altar. Now she’s looking for adventure—and perhaps a little romance—embarking on a wild and hilariously unpredictable road trip that begins on the back of a rather menacing-looking stranger’s motorcycle. The winner of more Favorite Book of the Year Awards than any other romance author, including Nora Roberts, Susan Elizabeth Phillips offers her fans an Escape to remember, and they’ll certainly want to come back for more!

Heroes Are My Weakness: A Novel
ISBN: 0062106074

William Morrow. 2014

New York Times bestselling author Susan Elizabeth Phillips is back with a delightful novel filled with her sassy wit and dazzling charm

Deepest winter.
An isolated island off the coast of Maine.
A man. A woman.
Puppets. (Yes, puppets . . .)
And . . .
A mysterious house looming over the sea . . .

He's a reclusive writer whose imagination creates chilling horror novels. She's a down-on-her-luck actress reduced to staging kids' puppet shows. He knows a dozen ways to kill his characters with his bare hands. She knows a dozen ways to kill an audience with laughs. But she's not laughing now.

Annie Hewitt has arrived on Peregrine Island in the middle of a snowstorm and at the end of her resources. She's broke, dispirited, but not quite ready to give up. Her red suitcases hold the puppets she uses to make her living: sensible Dilly, spunky Scamp, and Leo, the baddest of bad guys. Her puppets, the romantic novels she loves, and a little bit of courage are all she has left.

Annie couldn't be more ill prepared for what she finds when she reaches Moonraker Cottage or for the man who dwells in Harp House, the mysterious mansion that hovers above the cottage. When she was a teenager, he betrayed her in a way she can never forget or forgive. Now they're trapped together on a frozen island along with a lonely widow, a mute little girl, and townspeople who don't know how to mind their own business.

Is he the villain she remembers, or has he changed? Her head says no. Her heart says yes.

It's going to be a long, hot winter.

First Star I See Tonight: A Novel (Chicago Stars)
ISBN: 0062405616

William Morrow. 2016

A no-nonsense sports hero and a feisty female detective go head-to-head in this funny, fresh, seductive novel from the award winning NYT bestselling author known for her unforgettable characters, heartfelt emotion, and laugh out loud humor.

He's the former quarterback of the Chicago Stars football team.

She’s trying to make a success of her very own detective agency.

Her first job? Follow him.

Let's just say it's not going well.

Not well at all….

Piper Dove is a woman with a dream—to become the best detective in the city of Chicago. First job? Trail former Chicago Stars quarterback, Cooper Graham. The problem? Graham’s spotted her, and he’s

not

happy.

Which is why a great detective needs a first rate imagination. “The fact is . . . I’m your stalker.

Not full-out barmy. Just . . . mildly unhinged.”

Piper soon finds herself working for Graham himself, although not as the bodyguard he refuses to admit he so desperately needs. Instead, he’s hired her to keep an eye on the employees at his exclusive new nightclub. But Coop’s life might be in danger, and Piper’s determined to protect him, whether he wants it or not. (Hint: Not!) If only she weren’t also dealing with a bevy of Middle Eastern princesses, a Pakistani servant girl yearning for freedom, a teenager who just wants to fit in, and an elderly neighbor demanding that Piper find her very dead husband.

And then there’s Cooper Graham,, a legendary sports hero who always gets what he wants—even if what he wants just might be an intrepid detective hell bent on proving she’s as tough as he is.

From the bustling streets of Chicago to a windswept lighthouse on Lake Superior to the glistening waters of Biscayne Bay, two people who can’t stand to lose will test themselves and each other to discover what matters most.


Awards

-- Career Awards:

Romantic Times Pioneer Award, April 2012

Romance Writers of America's Lifetime Achievement Award, 2006

Inducted into Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame, 2001Risen Glory

Silver Medallion for Historical Romance, Romance Writers of America, 1984

Critic's Choice Award, Best New Historical Romance Author, Romantic Times, 1985Fancy Pants

Best Romance of the Year, Lifetime Achievement Award, Romantic Times, 1988-89Hot Shot

Reviewer's Choice Award, Best Contemporary Novel, Romantic Times Publishing Group, 1991It Had to be You

Favorite Book of the Year, Romance Writers of America, 1994

Romance of the Year, Affaire de Coeur, 1994

Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award, Best Contemporary Romance, 1994

Best Contemporary Romance, Affaire de Coeur, 1994

Best Single Title Contemporary, The Readers' Voice, 1994

Top 25 Romances of the Century, Amazon.com Heaven, Texas

Best Contemporary Romance, Bookstores That Care Kiss an Angel

Romantic Times Career Achievement Award, Contemporary Romance, 1996

Top Ten Favorite Author, Affaire de Coeur Nobody's Baby But Mine

Favorite Book of the Year, Romance Writers of America, 1997

RITA Award, Single Title Contemporary Romance, 1997

Best Contemporary Romance, Bookstores That CareDream a Little Dream

RITA Award, Single Title Contemporary Romance, 1998

Top Ten Favorite Book of the Year, Romance Writers of America (#1 ranking) Lady Be Good

Top Ten Favorite Book of the Year, Romance Writers of America (#1 ranking)

Finalist, RITA Award, Single Title Contemporary Romance, 1999

Best Books of the Year List, Library Journal, 1999

Top Ten Favorite Writer, Affaire De Coeur, 1999First Lady

RITA Award, Single Title Contemporary Romance, 2001

Top Ten Favorite Book of the Year, Romance Writers of America This Heart of Mine

Waldenbooks Best Selling Hardcover Debut

Top Ten Favorite Book of the Year, Romance Writers of America

Dorothy Parker Award of Excellence Reviewers International Organization, 2001Breathing Room

Top Ten Favorite Book of the Year, Romance Writers of America

Best of Romance Borders Books, 2002 Ain't She Sweet?

Borders Bestselling Contemporary Hardcover Romance

Borders Best of Romance, 2004 Match Me If You Can

Borders Best of Romance, 2005

Top Five Romance List, Library Journal, 2005Natural Born Charmer

Audie Winner, Best Audiobook Romance, 2008

Debuted at #4 on the New York Times hardcover bestseller list

Outstanding Romance, American Library Association Genre Fiction Award, 2007

Audible.com’s Best Audiobooks, Romance 2007 (#2 Ranking)

Best Audiobooks, Library Journal, 2007

Editor's Choice, Audio for Adults, Booklist, 2007What I Did for Love

Best Books, Library Journal, 2009 Call Me Irresistible

Best Romance Books, Library Journal, 2011

Top 10 Romance Fiction, Booklist Online, 2011 The Great Escape

Top Romance, Library Journal, 2012Heroes are My Weakness

A Best Fiction Book, Kirkus, 2014

A Best Romance, Library Journal, 2014

Top Ten Romance Fiction, Booklist, 2014

A Best Contemporary Romance, RT Reviews, 2014

GREAT READ, NPR Books, 2014

Best Books, AARP 2014

ILLINOIS READS Book, Illinois Reading Council, 2015 First Star I See Tonight

Starred Review, Library Journal, 2016

Starred Review, BookList, 2016

Starred Review, Kirkus, 2016

Best Fiction of 2016, Kirkus