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Helen Brooks

A pseudonym used by Rita Bradshaw

Helen Brooks was born on 1950 in Northampton, England, where she waseducated as a good Christian. She met Clive, her husband, at the age of 16 andnow the magic is still there. They have three lovely children, Cara, Faye,and Benjamin, and have always had a menagerie of animals in the house, whichat the present is confined to two endearing and very comical dogs who wouldmake a great double act on TV! The children, friends, and pets all keep thehouse buzzing and the food cupboards empty but Helen wouldn't have it anyother way. Helen still lives today in Northampton with her family. Althoughhaving enjoyed some wonderful holidays abroad she has never been tempted tolive anywhere else, although she rather likes the idea of a holiday homeclose to the sea one day.

Being a committed Christian and fervent animal lover Helen finds spare timeis always at a premium, but long walks in the countryside with her husbandand dogs, meals out followed by the cinema or theatre, reading, swimming,and having friends over for dinner are all fitted in somehow. She alsoenjoys sitting in her wonderfully therapeutic, rambling old garden in thesun with a glass of red wine, (under the guise of resting while thinking ofcourse!)

For years, Helen was a secretary. She began writing in 1990 as sheapproached that milestone of a birthday 40! She realized her two teenageambitions (writing a novel and learning to drive) had been lost amid babiesand hectic family life, so set about resurrecting them.

Her first novel was for Mills and Boon and was accepted after one rewrite in1992, and she passed her driving test (the former was a joy and the latteran unmitigated nightmare!) She has written 50 novels as well as severalsagas.

Since becoming a full-time writer Helen has found her occupation one of purejoy and often surprised when her characters develop a mind of their own butshe loves exploring what makes people tick and finds the old adage "truth isstranger than fiction" to be absolutely true. She would love to hear fromany readers care of Mills & Boon.
Husbands and Wives
1. Husband by Contract (1997)
2. Second Marriage (1997)


The Parent Trap (1997) (with Emma Goldrick)
Forgive and Forget (1998) (with Helen Bianchin and Emma Goldrick)
After Hours (1999) (with Catherine George and Jessica Steele)
Christmas Gift Pack (2000)
Desert Destinies (2001) (with Emma Darcy and Mary Lyons)
A Christmas Seduction (2001) (with Emma Darcy and Catherine Spencer)
Sealed with a Kiss (2002) (with Judith Bowen and Debbie Macomber)
Blind-date Brides (2002)
Business Affairs (2003) (with Lynne Graham and Kim Lawrence)
Contract Husbands (2003) (with Catherine George and Jessica Steele)
Marrying the Boss (2003) (with Alison Roberts and Jessica Steele)
The Devil You Know / Cruel Conspiracy (2004)
Deceitful Lover / Gentle Savage (2004)
Her Greek Millionaire (2005) (with Helen Bianchin and Sara Wood)
Suspicious Proposal / Convenient Proposal (2005)
Falling for the Boss (2005) (with Barbara McMahon and Cathy Williams)
Man Worth Waiting for / Marriage Quest (2006)
After Office Hours... (2006) (with Jessica Steele and Lee Wilkinson)
Christmas Treasures (2006) (with Caroline Anderson and Betty Neels)
City Heat (2007) (with Catherine George and Rebecca Winters)
It Happened At Christmas (2007) (with Penny Jordan and Carol Wood)
The Joy of Christmas (2007) (with Betty Neels and Margaret Way)
Winter Waifs (2007) (with Penny Jordan and Carol Wood)
Mistress by Consent (2007) (with Margaret Way and Sara Wood)
A Presents Christmas Bundle (2007) (with Margaret Mayo and Carole Mortimer)
A Very Private Revenge / A Boss in a Million (2007)
One-Click Buy: July 2008 Harlequin Presents (2008) (with Robyn Grady, Penny Jordan, Sharon Kendrick, Kim Lawrence and Lucy Monroe)
Reckless Flirtation / Luc's Revenge (2008) (with Catherine George)
Bride at Bellfield Mill / Family for Hawthorn Farm / Tilly of Tap House (2008) (with Penny Jordan and Carol Wood)
A Passionate Affair (2009) (with Elizabeth Power and Kathryn Ross)
Her Mediterranean Boss (2009) (with Barbara McMahon and Trish Morey)
Snow, Satin and Seduction Bundle (2009) (with Kate Hewitt, Jennie Lucas and Cathy Williams)
Millionaire's Woman (2009) (with Catherine George and Angie Ray)
British Bachelors & Conveniently Bedded Bundle (2010) (with Natalie Anderson, Anna Clarke and Maggie Cox)
Italian Attraction (2011) (with Catherine George and Lucy Gordon)
Brides for the Billionaires (2011) (with Carole Mortimer and Cathy Williams)
At His Service: His 9-5 Secretary (2012) (with Jennie Adams and Michelle Celmer)
The Snow Bride (2013) (with Jennie Lucas and Anne McAllister)
Mistletoe Surprises (2013) (with Anne McAllister and Sara Orwig)
Out of Hours Collection (2014) (with Natalie Anderson, Kate Hewitt, Christina Hollis, Sharon Kendrick, Kim Lawrence, Barbara McMahon, Sarah Mayberr, Anne Oliver, Heidi Rice, Christie Ridgway, Cathy Williams and Rebecca Winters)
Out of hours...Cinderella Secretary (2014) (with Sharon Kendrick and Cathy Williams)
Orphans from the Storm (2014) (with Penny Jordan and Carol Wood)
Merry Christmas! (2014) (with Caroline Anderson, Judy Christenberry, Michelle Douglas, Abigail Gordon, Shirley Jump, Trish Morey and Anne Marie Winston)
Irresistible Bachelors (2014) (with Maggie Cox and Christina Hollis)
By Request Collection (2015) (with Natalie Anderson, Aimee Carson, Maureen Child, Maggie Cox, Lilian Darcy, Christina Hollis, Kimberly Lang, Day Leclaire, Marion Lennox, Sarah Mayberry, Melanie Milburne, Sarah Morgan, Elizabeth Power, Heidi Rice and Kate Walker)
By Request Collection Part 1 (2015) (with Aimee Carson, Maggie Cox, Lilian Darcy, Christina Hollis, Kimberly Lang, Day Leclaire, Marion Lennox and Heidi Rice)
One Kiss in... London (2015) (with Carol Marinelli and Jessica Steele)
Just One Night... (2016) (with Anna Cleary and Trish Morey)
By Request Collection April-June 2016 (2016) (with Amy Andrews, Anna Cleary, Karen Foley, Fiona McArthur, Carol Marinelli, Susan Meier, Trish Morey, Debbi Rawlins and Cara Summers)
The Holiday Escapes Collection (2017) (with Ally Blake, Liz Fielding, Jessica Gilmore, Lynne Graham, Jennie Lucas, Catherine Mann, Carol Marinelli, Melanie Milburne and Maisey Yates)
Italian Escape (2017) (with Liz Fielding and Jessica Gilmore)
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