Eve Byron – Connie Rinehold

BIOGRAPHY: (Written in first person)

During my childhood I was fortunate enough to live in such exotic places as Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and several locations in Japan, as well as numerous Air Force SAC Bases in the United states. Being an only child, I was often lonely and occupied my time and overactive imagination by writing very purple prose and reading any book I could get my hands on. As I grew up, I was told that writing was a nice hobby but I really should be thinking about getting “a real job.”

I waited tables, managed an insurance office and retail establishments, one of which was a craft shop where I also taught everything from ceramics to macrame. My first exposure to the publishing world was an offer from a foreign publisher to do a book featuring my own macrame designs. I was too intimidated to take them up on it. Besides, I had a “real job” as well as three children to raise. Even in my naivete, I had an inkling of how much work would be involved.

The kids grew up and rather than languish in my rapidly emptying nest, I indulged a sudden attack of I-want-to-do-my-own-thing. My husband, who loves books as much as I do, encouraged my insanity, so I bought paper and pencils by the gross and started scribbling. It took ten years and many rewrites—each of which my husband typed for me. Our oldest son bought me a computer, saying that he was investing his money in a sure thing, as well as saving Dad’s fingers. Justifying his belief in me, my first book was finally published in 1989. Can you imagine the thrill we experienced when we found out it was a prop in the movie Silence Of The Lambs? We went to the theater with friends and they stood up and cheered when the scene came up.

Our children are leading their own lives now but thankfully live close by. Our daughter, the youngest of the three was married first—to a terrific young man who knows just when I need an off-the-wall joke or a big, caring hug. They have two beautiful children—a boy with a bright, inquisitive mind and vivid imagination, and a girl with huge eyes, a busy mind, and an assertive nature even at 18 months. We call her “Twinkle” for her personality, and no one will ever walk all over her.

Our oldest son was married seven months later to a wonderful woman, who I feel is the ideal mate for him. They have a son, whose disposition is as sweet as his smile. I had the pleasure of making all the gowns for both weddings—creating a memory I will cherish, and hopefully mementoes for “my girls” to hold dear all their lives.

Our younger son amazes me at his strong resemblance to my husband in appearance as well as his intellect and sense of humor. He has refined bachelorhood and dating to a fine art, though I have no doubt that he will someday find that perfect woman. Naturally, all our children and their spouses are wonderful in my eyes and in my heart.

My mother, a most amazing woman, lives with us now. She reads a book a day—romances of course—and accompanies me to conventions when I can get away from deadlines. Most of my writer friends call her “Mom.”

I hit fifty last year but since I’ve discovered that life truly does begin at forty, I figure I’m just a kid.  *grin*  God has blessed me with a close and loving family, good friends within the industry and without, and the opportunity to realize my dream and share it with other lovers of the written word. I’ve won awards and made some bestseller lists, but the most gratifying and precious moments are the times when I receive letters and e-mail notes from readers, confirming my belief that book people are the most special in the world.

Best wishes,
Connie

PUBLISHING HISTORY:

roseWriting as Eve Byron:

TEMPT ME NOT
Avon Historical Romance ~ July 1995
(in collaboration with Francie Stark)
Winner HOLT Medallion; RWA RITA Finalist; Romantic Times K.I.S.S. Hero

“Mary Jo Putney and Mary Balogh make way and welcome the new kid on the block! She’s good—real good!” —Romance Forever Magazine

LOVE ME NOT
Avon Historical ~ December 1996
(in collaboration with Francie Stark)
Finalist Heart of Romance Award; Amazon Books Editor’s Choice

“A truly satisfying love story.” —Arnette Lamb

Love Me Not Deceive Me Not
DECEIVE ME NOT
Avon Historical ~ August 1997
Ingram’s Top Fifty Most Requested Titles;
Finalist Heart of Romance Award

“Sensuously passionate and outrageously funny…a spectacular end to a thrilling trio.” —Romantic Times

“DECEIVE ME NOT, especially, is written with wit, grace, and lyrical style. The characters touch both heart and mind with their humor, courage, intelligence, and the intensity of the emotions they share. …I was enthralled with the “fantasy” aspect of the initial encounter between Bruce and Melissa, and salute its originality. Readers will be swept away by this wonderful story of love and revenge set against the rich and beautifully authentic backdrop of Regency England. Fans of Mary Jo Putney should adore anything by Eve Byron!” —Jennifer Blake

“A charmer of a romance.” —Christina Skye

ONLY IN MY DREAMS
Avon Historical ~ June 1998
Ingram’s Top Fifty Most Requested Titles

“Remarkable and compelling story. . .unforgettable characters. I loved it.” —Annie Oakley, Rocky Mountain News

Only in My Dreams

“Eve Byron has a permanent place on my must-buy list. Her characters are three-dimensional men and women who live on in readers’ hearts long after they’ve turned the last page. ONLY IN MY DREAMS is pure Eve Byron, which means it’s a pure delight. I fell in love with Lorelei and Dane, two of the most delightful characters I’ve encountered in a very long time. Byron’s magical touch never falters. ONLY IN MY DREAMS is a surefire hit!” —Barbara Bretton

MY LORD STRANGER
Avon Historical ~ March 1999

Writing as Connie Rinehold

SILKEN THREADS
Harlequin Superromance ~ October 1989
B Dalton Bestseller List; BookraK Catalogue Bestseller

“Real people. Real life. Real talent! An exceptional first novel by an author destined to become a reader favorite.” —Barbara Bretton

VEIL OF TEARS
Harlequin American ~ February 1991
BookraK Catalogue Award for Bestselling Harlequin Title 1991

“Connie Rinehold has a rare understanding of the fragility of human emotions. Her characters live and breathe, hurt and love. Veil of Tears is filled with honesty, humor, warmth, and pure enchantment.” —Theresa Weir

MORE THAN JUST A NIGHT
Dell Historical Romance ~ February 1992
B Dalton Award for Bestselling Crossover Novel 1992; Romantic Times K.I.S.S. Hero; Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award

“I was captivated from the first page to the last by the powerful and compelling love story, and held spellbound by Ms. Rinehold’s rich, expressive prose and depth of emotion. More Than Just A Night is alive with all the raw passion and emotion of the West.” —Kathe Robin for Romantic Times

LETTERS FROM A STRANGER
Dell Contemporary Romance ~ May 1993
Pikes Peak Romance Writer of the Year 1993 (judged by Heart of Oregon Chapter Romance Writers of America); Nominee for Puget Sound Romance Readers Favorite Mainstream Contemporary Romance; Third Place Colorado Romance Writers Award For Excellence

“Poignant, earthy, intensely human, Letters From A Stranger is a love story that is as unusual and courageous as its characters.” —Elizabeth Lowell

UNSPOKEN VOWS
Dell Historical Romance ~ February 1995
Nominee Romantic Times Best Historical Romance of the Year; Pikes Peak Romance Writer of the Year Award; Finalist Heart Of Romance Award

“Connie Rinehold’s best work yet. An excellent read.” —Heather Graham

“Irresistible! I loved it!” —Susan Wiggs

FOREVER AND A DAY
Dell Historical Romance ~ February 1996
Romantic Times K.I.S.S. Hero

“Connie Rinehold’s fertile imagination reworks a sad, lovely legend into a romantic’s delight. If you believe in fate and happy endings, Forever and a Day is the story for you.” —Kasey Michaels

“Ms. Rinehold spins sparkling words into a tale of enchantment.” —Joan Hohl

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2 Responses to Eve Byron – Connie Rinehold

  1. Dawn says:

    I love Mrs. Rinehold’s books and have all of them including the ones written under Eve Bryon. I have kept these books for 15 years and have just re-read them. I’m curious as to where Mrs. Rinehold is now. If she is still living and writing?

  2. priya says:

    Can you please upload her books.. its very difficult to find he books in my town

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