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Susan Elizabeth Phillips

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

Connection to Illinois: Phillips lives in a suburb of Chicago.

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


Primary Literary Genre(s): Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers


Selected Titles

Ain't she sweet /
ISBN: 0061032085 OCLC: 52631482

W. Morrow, New York : ©2004.

The girl everyone loves to hate has returned to the town she'd sworn to leave behind forever. As the rich, spoiled princess of Parrish, Mississippi, Sugar Beth Carey had broken hearts, ruined friendships, and destroyed reputations.

Breathing room /
ISBN: 0061032093 OCLC: 49421739

W. Morrow, New York : ©2002.

She loses her money to an unscrupulous accountant, her fiance to a frumpy older woman, and her reputation to headlines denouncing her as a fraud.

Call me irresistible /
ISBN: 0061351539 OCLC: 766298947

Overview: R.S.V.P. to the most riotous wedding of the year! 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.

Dance away with me :
ISBN: 0062973053 OCLC: 1119596100

When life throws her one setback too many, midwife and young widow Tess Hartsong takes off for Runaway Mountain. In this small town high in the Tennessee mountains, surrounded by nature, she hopes to outrun her heartbreak and find the solace she needs to heal. But instead of peace and quiet, she encounters an enigmatic artist with a craving for solitude, a fairy-tale sprite with too many secrets, a helpless infant, a passel of curious teens, and a town suspicious of outsiders, especially one as headstrong as Tess. Just as headstrong is Ian North, a difficult, gifted man with a tortured soul--a man who makes Tess question everything. In running away to this new life, Tess wonders-- has she lost herself . . . or has she found her future?

Dream a little dream /
ISBN: 0380794470 OCLC: 38164575

Avon Books, New York, N.Y. : ©1998.

A widow tries to survive in a hostile town in North Carolina. She is Rachel Stone whose TV evangelist husband defrauded scores of citizens. Rachel, who has a child, finds work at a drive-in theater owned by widower Gabe Bonner. Love is born, but his family opposes her, considering her a gold digger.

Fancy pants :
ISBN: 1416505245 OCLC: 57405939

Pocket Books, New York : 2005.

British bauble Francesca didn't mean to break so many hearts, but if you're beautiful, rich and spoiled rotten these things happen. Then Dallas, the Lone Star State's last genuine grade-A male, takes the wrong turn and runs smack into her. Caviar and beer, lace and leather ... and falling head over heels in love ...

First lady /
ISBN: 0380808072 OCLC: 43412178

Avon Books, New York : ©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.

First star I see tonight /
ISBN: 0062405616 OCLC: 948212036

Discovered by the former quarterback she was hired to tail, detective Piper Dove pretends to be the athlete's stalker and is subsequently hired by him, an arrangement threatened by their growing chemistry.

Glitter baby /
ISBN: 044012946X OCLC: 15182608

Dell Pub. Co., New York : 1987.

Heaven, Texas /
ISBN: 0380776847 OCLC: 32164701

Avon Books, New York, N.Y. : ©1995.

Come heck or high water, Gracie Snow is determined to drag the legendary ex-jock Bobby Tom Denton back home to Heaven, Texas, to begin shooting his first motion picture. But bad boy Bobby has no plans to cooperate with the prim and bossy Ohio wallflower whom he can't get off his mind or out of his life.

Heroes are my weakness /
ISBN: 0062106074 OCLC: 866620959

A down-on-her-luck actress reduced to staging kids' puppet shows finds herself trapped on a remote island off the coast of Maine with a sexy horror novelist who knows a dozen ways to kill with his bare hands.

Honey moon /
ISBN: 0671735934 OCLC: 28123590

Pocket Books, New York : ©1993.

As Honey Jane Moon, the most famous child star in America, grows into a woman, she changes the destinies of Dash Coogan, the last cowboy hero, and Eric Dillon, Hollywood's dark, seductive bad boy.

Hot shot /
ISBN: 067165831X OCLC: 23807964

Pocket Star Books, New York : ©1991.

Susannah elopes on impulse with Sam, a thrillseeking rebel. Together with his best friend Yank they set up a computer company in the 1960s. Their dreams have a cruel price, as Susannah is the daughter of a bigwig in a competing company. Success will mean losing her family. Is it worth it?

It had to be you /
ISBN: 0380776839 OCLC: 30836366

Avon Books, New York : 1994.

An attractive woman inherits a Chicago football team and begins a love-hate relationship with the team's sexist head coach.

Just imagine
ISBN: 1587242389 OCLC: 49626370

Wheeler, Rockland, MA : [2002]

Kit Weston is intent on killing Baron Cain, the man who stands between her and the South Carolina plantation she loves.

Kiss an angel /
ISBN: 0380782332 OCLC: 34044070

Avon Books, New York : ©1996.

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, however, has no intention of playing a loving bridegroom to a spoiled brat, and sets out to tame the irrepressible Daisy.

Lady be good /
ISBN: 0380794489 OCLC: 40600350

Avon Books, New York : ©1999.

A British headmistress determined to lose her reputation arrives in Texas, where she meets a play-boy athlete who has been blackmailed into being her chauffeur.

Match me if you can /
ISBN: 0060734566 OCLC: 57319873

William Morrow, New York : ©2005.

Anabelle Granger endeavors to promote her grandmother's matchmaking business by landing sports agent Heath Champion as a client, an effort that is challenged by Heath's arrogant nature and Annabelle's own unexpected feelings.

Natural born charmer /
ISBN: 0060734582 OCLC: 70867114

William Morrow, New York : ©2007.

Taking to the road between seasons, attractive Chicago Stars quarterback Dean Robillard meets the beautiful and infuriating Blue under unusual circumstances and draws on his competitive skills to overcome her wariness of relationships.

Nobody's baby but mine ;
ISBN: 0060894709 OCLC: 66465522

Avon Books, New York : [2006]

Nobody's baby but mine: Not wanting her child to grow up feeling freakish, genius physics professor Jane Darlington chooses Chicago Stars quarterback Cal Bonner to father her child, assuming him to be, well, stupid.

Risen glory /
ISBN: 0440172853 OCLC: 11569677

Dell, New York : ©1984.

The Copeland bride /
ISBN: 0440112354 OCLC: 20763754

Dell, New York : ©1983.

The great escape
ISBN: 9780062106087 OCLC: 757484312

William Morrow, New York : ©2012.

Lucy Jorik, the daughter of the former president of the U.S., jilts her soon-to-be husband at the altar and embarks on the adventure she has been waiting for.

This heart of mine /
ISBN: 0380808080 OCLC: 44775256

William Morrow, New York : ©2001.

Children's author Molly Somerville can't shake her crush on star quarterback Kevin Tucker.

What I did for love /
ISBN: 0061351512 OCLC: 232977674

William Morrow, New York, NY : ©2009.

A down-on-her-luck movie actress runs into her detestable former co-star--dreamboat-from-hell Bramwell Shepard--in Las Vegas and gets caught up in a ridiculous incident that leads to a calamitous elopement. Can two enemies find themselves working without a script in a town where the spotlight shines bright ... and where the strongest emotions can wear startling disguises?

When stars collide :
ISBN: 0062973088 OCLC: 1256555129

Opera diva Olivia Shore and Chicago Stars quarterback Thaddeus Walker Bowman Owens embark on a nationwide tour promoting a luxury watch brand and must find a way to get along when they are plagued by a series of dangerous encounters with an overzealous fan.