Golden Leaf Spotlight on Contemporary Series: Brenda Harlen

The annual NJRW “Put Your Heart in a Book” Conference is less than a month away! To help share our excitement, we’ll shine the spotlight on one of our Golden Leaf finalists each day until the conference.

The Golden Leaf is awarded annually for excellence in romance fiction by authors who are NJRW members or in Romance Writers of America (RWA) Region One.  Winners will be announced during the NJRW Put Your Heart in a Book Conference held October 18-19, 2013.

Spotlight on Contemporary Series: “From Neighbors…to Newlyweds?” by Brenda Harlen (Harlequin)


When they made their way down the stairs and into the empty living room, he frowned.

“Where did the babysitter go?”

“I sent her home.” She hoped she sounded more confident than she felt, because now that they were really alone, her stomach was in such a mess of knots she didn’t think they’d ever untangle.

“I thought we were going back to the park to see the fireworks.”

“I changed my mind.”

“Don’t I get a vote?”

She shook her head. “No, but you have a choice.”

“What choice is that?” Matt asked her.

She lifted her arms to link them around his neck. “You can go back to the park for the fireworks—” her fingers cupped the back of his head, drew it down towards hers “—or we can make some of our own right here.”

And then she kissed him.

Good luck to Brenda and all our Golden Leaf finalists!

And it’s not too late to register for the conference. Visit our website for more information.

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