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Marie Ferrarella

(Marie Rydzynski-Ferrarella)

aka Marie Charles, Marie Michaels, Marie Nicole

Marie Rydzynski was born on March 28 in West Germany, of Polish parents. She came to America when she was four years of age. For an entire year, Marie and her family explored the eastern half of the country before finally settling in New York.

Marie swears she was born writing, "which must have made the delivery especially hard for my mother." From an early age, Marie's parents wouldfind her watching television or tucked away in some private place, writing at a furious pace. "Initially, I began writing myself into my favourite shows. I was a detective on '77 Sunset Strip,' the missing Cartwrightsibling they never talked about on 'Bonanza' and the 'Girl from U.N.C.L.E.' before there was a 'Girl from U.N.C.L.E.,' not to mention an active participant in the serialized stories of 'The Mickey Mouse Club.'" Mariebegan to write her first romance novel when she was 11 years old, although she claims that, at the time, she didn't even realize it was a romance! Shescribbled off and on, while dreaming of a career as an actress.

Marie was only 14 when she first laid eyes on the man she would marry, truly her first love, Charles Ferrarella. During her days at Queens College, NewYork, acting started to lose its glamour as Marie spent more and more time writing. After receiving her English degree, specialising in Shakespeareancomedy, Marie and her family moved to Southern California, where she still resides today.

After an interminable seven weeks apart, Charles decided he couldn't live without her and came out to California to marry his childhood sweetheart.Ever practical, Marie was married in a wash-and-wear wedding dress that she sewed herself, appliqués and all. "'Be prepared' has always been my motto,"the author jokes. This motto has been stretched considerably by her twochildren, Nikky and Jessi, "but basically, it still applies," she says.

In November of 1981, she sold her first novel for Harlequin. Marie, who nowhas written over 150 novels, has one goal: to entertain, to make people laugh and feel good. "That's what makes me happy," she confesses. "That, anda really good romantic evening with my husband." She's keeping her fingers crossed that you enjoy reading her books as much as she enjoyed writing them.

Genres: Romance, Romantic Suspense, Historical Romance




McCloud: Like Mother, Like Daughter
1. One Plus One Makes Marriage (1998)
2. Never Too Late for Love (1999)



Woman's Life
1. Choices (2014)
Adairs Affairs
Carrying His Secret (2015)
Silhouette Christmas Stories 1992 (1992) (with Mary Lynn Baxter, Sondra Stanford and Jeanne Stephens)
A Taste of Heaven / Moonlight Lover / Gypsy Jewel / Sea Mistress (1993) (with Barbara Benedict, Patricia McAllister and Candace McCarthy)
Father in the Making / Babies and Bachelors (1995)
A Baby? Maybe (1996) (with Ann Major and Diana Palmer)
For the Baby's Sake (1997) (with Mary Lynn Baxter and Kathleen Eagle)
Lessons in Love (1997) (with Terry Essig and Ann Major)
Summer Loving (1998) (with Diane Pershing, JoAnn Ross and Tiffany White)
Christmas Celebrations (1999) (with Mary Lynn Baxter, Sondra Stanford and Jeanne Stephens)
In Defense of Love / Her Special Angel / Daddy Christmas / Home for Christmas (1999) (with Kathleen Creighton and Cathy Gillen Thacker)
Crazy for You (1999)
3, 2, 1... Married! (1999) (with Beverly Barton and Sharon Sala)
Take This Man (2000) (with Diana Palmer and Nora Roberts)
Nine Months and Counting (2000) (with Myrna Temte)
The Inheritance / Trueblood Texas (2001) (with Jo Leigh)
Yuletide Brides (2001) (with Suzanne Carey)
Labor of Love (2001) (with Leanne Banks and Sharon Sala)
The Family Factor (2002) (with Carolyn Zane)
At Her Service (2002) (with Annette Broadrick)
A Mother's Day (2002) (with Elizabeth Bevarly and Emilie Richards)
Dangerous to Love (2002) (with Beverly Barton and Lindsay McKenna)
The Romance Collection (2002) (with Maureen Child and Sharon Sala)
Everybody's Talking (2003) (with Jasmine Cresswell and Jayne Ann Krentz)
Crime and Passion / Midnight Run (2004) (with Linda Castillo)
Dangerous Games / Irresistible Forces (2004) (with Candace Irvin)
Mother's Love (2004) (with Elizabeth Bevarly and Emilie Richards)
Baby on the Way / Counting on a Cowboy / Secrets of a Small Town (2004) (with Patricia Kay and Karen Sandler)
Scenes of Passion / A Bachelor and a Baby (2004) (with Suzanne Brockmann)
Beauty and the Baby / Social Graces (2004) (with Dixie Browning)
Cattleman's Heart / Strong Silent Type (2004) (with Lois Faye Dyer)
Daddy Survey / Cavanaugh's Woman (2004) (with Janis Reams Hudson)
California Christmas (2004) (with Dallas Schulze)
Charlie's Angels / Diamonds and Deceptions (2004) (with Cheryl St. John)
Alone in the Dark / Her Man to Remember (2004) (with Suzanne McMinn)
Their New Year Babies (2004) (with Debbie Macomber)
A Hot Pursuit (2005) (with Brenda Novak)
Inheritance / Very Special Delivery (2005) (with Myrna Mackenzie)
Triple Dare / Immovable Objects (2005) (with Candace Irvin)
From This Day Forward (2005) (with Emilie Richards)
For Love and Family / The Bachelor (2005) (with Victoria Pade)
Her Good Fortune / Tycoon in Texas (2005) (with Crystal Green)
Tycoon's Marriage Bid / Measure of a Man (2005) (with Allison Leigh)
She's Having a Baby / Once and Again (2005) (with Brenda Harlen)
In Broad Daylight / Romancing the Renegade (2005) (with Ingrid Weaver)
Way Home / Cowboy's Christmas Miracle / Because a Husband is Forever (2005) (with Linda Howard and Anne McAllister)
Her Special Charm / Past Imperfect (2006) (with Crystal Green)
Temporary Brides? (2006) (with Patricia Hagan)
Instant Family! (2007) (with Christine Rimmer)
Loving the Lawman (2007) (with Allison Leigh)
A Wedding In Paris (2007) (with Barbara Bretton and Cindi Myers)
Men Made In America mega-bundle (2007) (with Judith Arnold, Annette Broadrick, Jennifer Greene, Rita Herron and Gayle Wilson)
Secret Agent Affair / Heart of a Thief (2008)
Romancing the Crown / Max and Elena (2008) (with Linda Winstead Jones)
Their Baby Girl...? (2008) (with Victoria Pade)
Wrong Place, Right Girl / Snowbound with the Bodyguard / Killer Passion (2008) (with Carla Cassidy and Sheri Whitefeather)
Mistletoe and Miracles / Her Best Christmas Ever (2008) (with Judy Duarte)
Undercover Wife / Colton's Secret Service (2008) (with Merline Lovelace)
Colton's Secret Service / Rancher's Redemption (2009) (with Beth Cornelison)
Cavanaugh Pride / Colonel's Widow? (2010) (with Mallory Kane)
Fortune's Heirs: Reunion (2010) (with Stella Bagwell and Crystal Green)
Plain Jane and the Playboy / Valentine's Fortune (2010) (with Allison Leigh)
Backstreet Hero / Becoming a Cavanaugh (2010) (with Justine Davis)
The Colonel's Widow? / Cavanaugh Pride (2010) (with Mallory Kane)
Secret Agent, Secret Father / Cavanaugh Code (2010) (with Donna Young)
Colorado Abduction / In Bed with the Badge (2010) (with Cassie Miles)
Bodyguard Under the Mistletoe / Cavanaugh Judgment (2010) (with Cassie Miles)
The Socialite and the Bodyguard / Cavanaugh Reunion (2010) (with Dana Marton)
Perscription for Romance / Love and the Single Dad (2011) (with Susan Crosby)
Prescription for Romance / Love and the Single Dad (2011) (with Susan Crosby)
The Boss's Surprise Son / Doctoring the Single Dad (2011) (with Teresa Carpenter)
Rescued by the Brooding Tycoon / Fixed Up with Mr Right? (2011) (with Lucy Gordon)
The Lonesome Rancher / Finding Happily-Ever-After (2011) (with Patricia Thayer)
Daddy's Christmas Miracle (2011) (with Shirley Jump and Rebecca Winters)
Holiday in a Stetson (2011) (with Tina Leonard)
Unwrapping the Playboy / The Playboy's Gift (2011) (with Teresa Carpenter)
Mendoza's Return / Fortune's Just Desserts (2012) (with Susan Crosby)
A Passionate Mission (2012) (with Nina Bruhns and Caridad Piñeiro)
Cavanaugh Rules / It Started That Night (2012) (with Virna DePaul)
Real Vintage Maverick / The Maverick's Ready-Made Family (2012) (with Brenda Harlen)
Cavanaugh's Surrender / Montana Midwife (2012) (with Cassie Miles)
Fortune's Cinderella / Fortune's Valentine Bride (2012) (with Karen Templeton)
The Wilders (2013) (with Mary J Forbes and Teresa Southwick)
Resisting Mr. Tall, Dark & Texan / The Baby Wore a Badge (2013) (with Christine Rimmer)
A Widow's Guilty Secret / Colton Showdown (2013)
A Perfectly Imperfect Match / To Have the Doctor's Baby (2013) (with Teresa Southwick)
Ten Years Later.../ Holding Out for Doctor Perfect (2013) (with Teresa Southwick)
Wish Upon a Matchmaker / The Doctor and the Single Mum (2013) (with Teresa Southwick)
Harlequin American Romance November 2013 Bundle (2013) (with Pamela Britton, Tina Leonard and Cathy McDavid)
Harlequin American Romance December 2013 Bundle (2013) (with Laura Marie Altom, Tanya Michaels and Cathy Gillen Thacker)
Double Trouble: Newborn Twins (2014) (with Victoria Pade and Rebecca Winters)
Island Promises (2014) (with Leanne Banks and RaeAnne Thayne)
Playboy Bachelors (2014)
Harlequin Romantic Suspense February 2014 Bundle (2014) (with Lindsay McKenna, Kimberly Van Meter and Jennifer Morey)
Introduction to Romance (2014) (with Doranna Durgin, Cynthia Eden, Kimberly Lang, Andrea Laurence, Carol Marinelli, Susan Meier, Carole Mortimer, Lauri Robinson and Tawny Weber)
Harlequin Special Edition March 2014 - Bundle 1 of 2 (2014) (with Michelle Major and Gina Wilkins)
Lassoed by Fortune / Celebration's Family (2014)
Las Vegas Seduction (2014) (with Gail Barrett and Cindy Dees)
Harlequin Romantic Suspense May 2014 Bundle (2014) (with C J Miller, Jennifer Morey and Mel Sterling)
Dating for Two / Tycoon and the Wedding Planner (2014) (with Kandy Shepherd)
Harlequin Special Edition July 2014 - Bundle 2 of 2 (2014) (with Cindy Kirk and Lynne Marshall)
Seduced by Love - Claimed by Passion (2014) (with Helen Conrad, Tracy Court and Dakota Kahn)
Weddings Collection (2014) (with Ally Blake, Sara Craven, Sandra Field, Liz Fielding, Darcy Maguire and Carole Mortimer)
Harlequin Romantic Suspense August 2014 Bundle (2014) (with Elle James, Lara Lacombe and C J Miller)
Small Town USA (2014) (with Tanya Michaels)
Flirting with Fortune (2014) (with Leanne Banks, Judy Duarte, Cindy Kirk, Allison Leigh and Nancy Robards Thompson)
Harlequin American Romance September 2014 Bundle (2014) (with Julie Benson, Pamela Britton and Jacqueline Diamond)
Harlequin Special Edition October 2014 - Box Set 1 of 2 (2014) (with Diana Palmer and Teresa Southwick)
Harlequin American Romance November 2014 Box Set (2014) (with Donna Alward, Tina Leonard and Tanya Michaels)
Harlequin American Romance December 2014 Box Set (2014) (with Mary Leo, Cathy Gillen Thacker and Linda Warren)
Snowbound Surprise for the Billionaire / Christmas Cowboy Duet (2014) (with Michelle Douglas)
Harlequin Romantic Suspense February 2015 Box Set (2015) (with Justine Davis, Addison Fox and C J Miller)
One Night with a Tempting Playboy (2015) (with Leanne Banks and Alison Roberts)
One Night with Collection (2015) (with Lucy Ashford, Leanne Banks, Red Garnier, Olivia Gates, Isabelle Goddard, Fiona McArthur, Lucy Monroe, Sarah Morgan, Diana Palmer, Alison Roberts, Susan Stephens, Meredith Webber and Cathy Williams)
Time Out / Body Check (2015) (with Elle Kennedy, Karen Rock and Jill Shalvis)
Harlequin Special Edition March 2015 - Box Set 1 of 2 (2015) (with Michelle Major and Ami Weaver)
Ready for Marriage / Finding Happily-Ever-After (2015) (with Debbie Macomber)
Reunited with Her Italian Ex / Mendoza's Secret Fortune (2015) (with Lucy Gordon)
Harlequin Romantic Suspense April 2015 Box Set (2015) (with Karen Anders, Amelia Autin and Addison Fox)
His Secret Baby (2015) (with Carla Cassidy and Cindy Dees)
Harlequin Special Edition June 2015 - Box Set 2 of 2 (2015) (with Tracy Madison and Michelle Major)
Her Red-Carpet Romance / A Millionaire for Cinderella (2015) (with Barbara Wallace)
Men of Power (2015) (with Diana Hamilton, Susan Mallery, Nicola Marsh, Carole Mortimer and Rebecca Winters)
Do You Take This Maverick? / Hired by the Brooding Billionaire (2015) (with Kandy Shepherd)
Harlequin Romantic Suspense July 2015 Box Set (2015) (with Melissa Cutler, Cindy Dees and Addison Fox)
Three Marie Ferrarella Romances Box Set Two (2015)
Harlequin Special Edition August 2015 - Box Set 1 of 2 (2015) (with Judy Duarte and Gina Wilkins)
A Wedding for The Greek Tycoon / The Cowboy and The Lady (2015) (with Rebecca Winters)
Harlequin American Romance September 2015 Box Set (2015) (with Jacqueline Diamond, Mary Leo and Cathy Gillen Thacker)
Women's Contemporary Fiction, Box Set (2015)
Harlequin Romantic Suspense October 2015 Box Set (2015) (with Karen Anders, Amelia Autin and Addison Fox)
Housekeeper Under the Mistletoe / Coming Home for Christmas (2015) (with Cara Colter)
Harlequin Special Edition November 2015 - Box Set 1 of 2 (2015) (with Rachel Lee and Michelle Major)
Her Mistletoe Cowboy / Proposal at the Winter Ball (2015) (with Jessica Gilmore)
The Ultimate Gift Set (2015) (with Susan Carlisle, Cara Colter, Kate Hewitt, Elle James, Beverly Long, Janice Lynn and Amanda McCabe)
Harlequin American Romance December 2015 Box Set (2015) (with Barbara White Daille, Mary Leo and Linda Warren)
Sweet Holiday Romance (2015) (with Helen DePrima, Nan Dixon, Jessica Gilmore, Allie Pleiter and RaeAnne Thayne)
Dr. Forget-Me-Not / Saved by the CEO (2016) (with Barbara Wallace)
Harlequin Romantic Suspense January 2016 Box Set (2016) (with Carla Cassidy, C J Miller and Jennifer Morey)
Harlequin Special Edition February 2016 - Box Set 2 of 2 (2016) (with Cindy Kirk and Katie Meyer)
Harlequin Romantic Suspense April 2016 Box Set (2016) (with Amelia Autin, Addison Fox and C J Miller)
Seduced by Love, Claimed by Passion II (2016) (with Helen Conrad and Tracy Court)
Harlequin Romantic Suspense June 2016 Box Set (2016) (with Karen Anders, C J Miller and Jennifer Morey)
Moonlight Surrender / Cassandra in Moonlight (2016)
Harlequin Romantic Suspense August 2016 Box Set (2016) (with Amelia Autin, Lisa Childs and Linda O Johnston)
Stepping Into The Prince's World / A Maverick and a Half (2016) (with Marion Lennox)
Harlequin Special Edition September 2016 Box Set 1 of 2 (2016) (with Caro Carson and Joanna Sims)
Harlequin Western Romance October 2016 Box Set (2016) (with Heidi Hormel, Cathy McDavid and Trish Milburn)
Capturing Her Heart (2016) (with Leanne Banks and Cindy Kirk)
Harlequin Western Romance December 2016 Box Set (2016) (with Laura Marie Altom, Roz Denny Fox and Amanda Renee)
Her New Year Baby Secret / Twice a Hero, Always Her Man (2016) (with Jessica Gilmore)
Harlequin Romantic Suspense February 2017 Box Set (2017) (with Karen Anders, Kimberly Van Meter and Bonnie Vanak)
Harlequin Special Edition March 2017 Box Set 1 of 2 (2017) (with Rachael Johns and Wendy Warren)
Harlequin Special Edition April 2017 Box Set 1 of 2 (2017) (with Katie Meyer and Brenda Novak)
Series contributed to
Rita Awards Best Novel winner (1993) : Father Goose

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