Anne Gallagher was a professional chef for more than twenty years. Now she writes sweet Regency Romance with heroines who are not afraid to speak their minds. Her heroes, on the other hand, do not realize when they've met their match. Sparks fly, sexual tension sizzles, but never spills out of the pan, so-to-speak. Anne believes you don't have to end up in the bedroom to have a good book.
Currently, Anne lives in the Foothills of the Piedmont in North Carolina with her daughter, three dogs and a cat named Henry David Thoreau.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a little ocean side town in Rhode Island. My teenage summers were spent working at the local ice cream parlour and getting a tan (before that became bad for you). We didn't have a television (by choice) and the only thing to do was read. I cut my teeth on historical romance, bodice rippers and Highlander stories, and Fabio graced every cover. I loved losing myself in different places, not to mention different eras. Somehow though, I found the Regency period and I've never looked back.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I ever wrote was about a 70's rock band. I must have been seventeen. I still have it. Found it in a box of old papers when we moved. It totally stinks, is riddled with bad dialogue, and a horrible plot, but it means something to me because way back then, I knew this is what I wanted to do with my life. I wanted to be a writer.
When Lady Penelope Leighton masquerades as a traveling companion, she doesn't expect to fall in love with a lowly steward and when he asks for her hand, she must decide whether to give up her life in the aristocracy or follow her heart.
Rich, titled, and handsome, Winsbarren wanders through Society searching for a wife. He doesn't understand why he can't find one. When one of his friends takes up his cause, Winsbarren realizes the woman he was looking for was right under his nose the whole time.
Being a spy is never easy, and Lord Greenleigh holds secrets that several foreign governments would kill for. When he meets the lovely Lady Ryder, Greenleigh realizes she has secrets of her own. As she becomes embroiled in a deadly game of cat and mouse, will Greenleigh be able to save her?
A simple trip to the Scottish Highlands finds the Duke of Cantin with a bride he does not want. With her impeccable beauty, and fiery disposition, Fiona takes society by storm. As their prearranged divorce proceedings draw near, can Fiona change his mind?
Davingdale wants nothing to do with Society. His fondest wish – to rebuild his dilapidated horse barn. Until he meets the enigmatic “Miss Ophelia Cummings”. When their paths cross, Thomas is drawn to her like no one before. However, Fate deals a cruel blow when a chance meeting is thwarted by mere moments. Will Thomas discover who the lady truly is?
By Anne Gallagher
Published: January 1, 2012.
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
A surprising invitation to a Society Ball spurs spinster Miss Ophelia Trent into trying one last time to find a husband. She meets the "perfect" man, but finds her heart belongs to a lowly stableman. Is there such a thing as love at first sight?
When Lady Violet Flowers becomes governess to the Marquess of Haverlane's daughter, her gentle care and affection for the little girl turn the curmudgeonly Marquess' eye in her direction. However, a woman from his past wants Haverlane and will do anything to get him. Will Fate intervene?