Born in Bristol, Sarah Mallory grew up telling stories. She would make up adventures to relate to her school friends during break times and lunch hours, and she was once caught scribbling a story instead of listening to the French lesson. As a punishment, her teacher made her translate the story into French!
She left school at sixteen and worked in offices as varied as stockbrokers, marine engineers, insurance brokers, biscuit manufacturers and even a quarrying company.
Sarah married at nineteen, but continued to work until the birth of her first child. It was at that time that she decided to try her hand at her first love—writing, and shortly after the birth of her daughter she had her first book, Fortune's Lady, published under the pen name of Melinda Hammond. This was quickly followed by two more historical novels, Summer Charade and Autumn Bride, but with the birth of her twin sons the demands of family life meant that writing had to take a backseat for a few years.
A compulsive scribbler, Sarah never stopped writing and continued to work on research for her novels, experimenting with contemporary scenarios as well as writing pantomimes for her children's school. In 1989 the family moved to an isolated Pennine farmhouse in West Yorkshire, not far from Brontë country, where the family expanded to include a dog, two gerbils and a dozen chickens. The growing family needed funding and she went back to work full-time. The writing had to be put on hold.
Then, in March 2000, Sarah stepped off a curb and landed in hospital with one ankle broken and one badly sprained. This laid her up on a sofa for twelve weeks and gave her the time she needed to finish a novel. She wrote as Melinda Hammond and Maid of Honour was published the same year. Since then she has never looked back.
She's published more than a dozen books under this pen name and has won the Reviewers' Choice Award in 2005 from Singletitles.com for Dance for a Diamond. Her novel Gentlemen in Question was a Historical Novel Society Editors' Choice Title in November 2006.
Sarah is now concentrating on writing romantic historical adventures for Harlequin Mills & Boon.
Winner of the Romantic Novelists' Association Rose Award 2013. After being shamelessly seduced by a married man, Zelah Pentewan finds her reputation is in tatters. Determined to rise above the gossip-mongers, Zelah knows she can rely on no one but herself...But her independence takes a knock when a terrifying stranger must come to her aid.
Ruined by a rake... Rescued by the reclusive Baron! Following the death of his fiancee, Lord Quinn has sworn off all matters of the heart. But when he happens upon an innocent lady being assaulted his sense of honour insists he step in and rescue her...even if that means marriage to protect Serena's reputation! However, his new wife remains distant-a stranger to his bed. Can Quinn help Serena fight her demons and finally defeat his own?
She's vowed to stay clear of men... But can she resist the ton's most notorious rake? Alone in the dirt, her ankle in agony, the last person Molly Morgan wants to come to her rescue is the handsome yet infuriating Beau Russington. Molly does her utmost to avoid scandalous rakes like Russ, and his dangerous allure shakes up her quiet country life. But the sparks between them could be explosive if Molly only dares to surrender...
You will say `I do!' The Scarlet Gown Impoverished Lucy Halbrook is to play fake fiancee to Lord Ralph Aversane, who has arranged a Midsummer's Eve event on his estate. Lucy will act as hostess, while Ralph unravels the dark and dangerous mystery surrounding the death of his late wife. Lucy is the key and may also be able to unlock his guarded heart! Lady Beneath the Veil When Gideon Albury lifts his new bride's veil he can't believe his eyes - the woman before him is not the blonde beauty he's been courting! Dominique Rainault is at the altar facing a very angry groom only because of her scheming cousin's blackmail. Determined to seek a rapid annulment the married couple must keep their distance, but one stolen kiss may prove their undoing!
Beneath that puritanical dress she was quite beautiful Viscount Gilmorton had never seduced a woman before but, as the only way to avenge himself on her deceitful brother, he was prepared to disgrace the buttoned-up Deborah Meltham. He was planning nothing more than to shame her, but not beyond repair. Gil would ensure that she came to him willingly, because if Deborah was as lonely as he thought, she should be receptive to him. Only Gil hadn't counted on his feelings for her changing - nor her reaction when she realised he'd been deceiving her from the start...
What happens in LondonDisgrace and Desire Scandal and seduction are nothing new to Lady Eloise Allyngham. London falls at her feet, wagers over who will capture her hand are being placed. Major Jack Clifton promised to watch over Eloise and he feels more than just protective - her beauty fires his blood and her behaviour intrigues him even further. Only the lady is not what she seems, and Jack must discover the secret she fiercely hides if he is to protect her... A Proposal of Necessity Captain Caine Morleigh must marry to inherit. Who better than the dullest young woman left over at the end of the London season? After all, she should require little to keep her happy... And Lady Grace Renfair leaps at the only chance to escape her uncle accepting Caine's proposal. Soon she blooms with confidence; but will her husband's forbidding exterior ever crumble?
'This, madam, changes everything.' Years ago, in the Egyptian desert, Ellen Tatham fell wildly in love and exchanged vows with Max Colnebrooke. But, when made to believe Max could not be trusted, she fled... Now, Max is back in England to take up the reins as Duke of Rossenhall. And when he spies Ellen at a ball, the sparks are hard to contain! Little does Max know, though, that Ellen has a secret... And soon, he must learn to embrace an unexpected heir, and an unexpected - and disconcertingly defiant - duchess!
'This will be a battle of wits, madam.' Alex Arrandale, Earl of Davenport, is used to getting what he wants. So when he visits Diana Grensham, governess and joint guardian to his wards, and asks her to vacate his property, he is stunned when she refuses! Diana is determined not to bow to Alex's demands. Her whole life she has believed she is unlovable and worthless, but now, as she and Alex engage in a battle of wills, Diana's confidence blooms. And soon she finds herself tempted to make a few demands of her own!
To Catch a Husband... Impoverished husband-hunter Kitty Wythenshawe knows what she must achieve by the end of her London Season - a marriage to a wealthy gentleman that will save her family. But, when she kisses landowner Daniel Blackwood, his fortune is suddenly the last thing on her mind... To Catch a Husband... Impoverished husband-hunter Kitty Wythenshawe knows what she must achieve by the end of her London Season - a marriage to a wealthy gentleman that will save her family. But, when she kisses landowner Daniel Blackwood, his fortune is suddenly the last thing on her mind...
Even for dissolute rake Richard Arrandale, this latest bet is outrageously scandalous. But Richard doesn't care - until he meets the heiress's charming chaperon and the stakes are raised even higher! Widowed Lady Phyllida Tatham is no longer the shy, plain creature she once was, and she's determined to protect her beautiful stepdaughter. But there's one suitor - with the worst kind of reputation - who seems more interested in seducing her. Who will come out on top in this winner-takes-all game?
Serena "e;Sally"e; Coale would rather submit to a loveless marriage than endure one more day under the tyrannical rule of her father.But the last person she expects to encounter on her elopement journey is Ben Hensley-a man who has every reason to hate her. A man she still loves with all her heart. Ben has spent two years trying to forget Sally and her cruel dismissal.He is determined to prove she no longer has power over him, but a passionate kiss evokes memories that were never truly forgotten. Can he forgive her for breaking his heart, before he loses her forever to another man?
Stern and unyielding, Major Damon Collingham was prepared to pay a king's ransom for someone who could stay the course as governess to his two motherless children.In her straitened circumstances, Miss Juliana Wrenn needed this post and could not allow herself to be intimidated by him-or his colorful reputation. A devil on the battlefield and in the bedroom. Juliana knew what was said about her employer.She would not fall under his spell. But then those harsh features could sometimes soften to something so much more attractive. . .