Rita Clay Estrada

Rita Clay was born on 31 July 1941 in Michigan, USA. Her mother, Rita Gallagher, was a former Miss Michigan, a romance novelist and a noted writing instructor, while her father was a pilot with the U.S. Air Force. She spent much of her early years living in Europe. She married her high school sweetheart when she was very young and stayed at home to raise their four children. Today, she is divorced.

On 1977, she started to write and on 1981, she published her first novel to Silhouette, she used her maiden name, Rita Clay. In 1982, she moved to Dell to write for their Candlelight Ecstasy line. Harlequin owned her pen name, so she wrote as Tira Lacy, an anagram of Rita Clay. In 1985 she resigned with Harlequin and asked to use her full name, Rita Clay Estrada, on all future books. Her novels have been translated in 23 languages. She, her mother, and 35 other authors, decided that an association was needed to defend their published members. They founded the Romance Writers of America (R.W.A), that years later persuaded Harlequin books to register copyrights for authors' works and to allow writers to own their own pseudonyms. Previously, the authors were forced to leave their pseudonym behind if they switched publishing houses, making it more difficult fortheir fans to follow. R.W.A. signature award, the RITA, which is the highest award of excellence given in the genre of romantic fiction, is named after her. The R.W.A. also awarded Estrada their Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000.

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Too Wicked to Love

Historical Romance

Dec-2001

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Blissful

Historical Romance

Apr-2000

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Million Dollar Valentine

Contemporary Romance

Jan-2000

Harlequin Temptation - 766

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One Wild Weekend

Contemporary Romance

Jun-1999

Harlequin Temptation - 733

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Everything About Him

Contemporary Romance

Jan-1999

Related Books - 2 - 3
Harlequin Temptation - 713

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Dreams

Contemporary Romance

Jun-1998

Related Books - 2 - 2
Harlequin Temptation - 687

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Wishes

Contemporary Romance

May-1997

Related Books - 2 - 1
Harlequin Temptation - 634

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Love Me, Love My Bed

Contemporary Romance

Jul-1996

Harlequin Temptation - 595

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The Stormchaser

Contemporary Romance

Feb-1996

Harlequin Temptation - 573

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The Twelve Gifts of Christmas

Contemporary Romance

Dec-1994

Harlequin Temptation - 518

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Forms of Love

Contemporary Romance

Jul-1994

Harlequin Temptation - 500

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Interlude in Time

Paranormal Romance

Apr-1994

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The Colonel's Daughter

Contemporary Romance

Jan-1994

Harlequin Temptation - 474

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One More Time

Contemporary Romance

Jul-1993

Harlequin Temptation - 450

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The Magic Time Machine

in Valentine Sampler (Leisure)

Contemporary Romance

Jan-1993

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Bride on the Run

in To Have and to Hold 1992

Contemporary Romance

Apr-1992

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Twice Loved

Contemporary Romance

Sep-1991

Harlequin Temptation - 361

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The Lady Says No

Contemporary Romance

Jun-1991

Related Books - 3 - 2
Harlequin Temptation - 349

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To Buy a Groom

Contemporary Romance

Sep-1990

Harlequin Temptation - 313

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Second to None

Contemporary Romance

Sep-1989

Related Books - 3 - 1
Harlequin Temptation - 265

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Trust

Contemporary Romance

Sep-1988

Harlequin Temptation - 220

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A Little Magic

Contemporary Romance

Jan-1988

Harlequin Temptation - 188

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The Ivory Key

Paranormal Romance

Aug-1987

Harlequin Temptation - 166

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The Best Things in Life

Contemporary Romance

Dec-1986

Harlequin Temptation - 136

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Something to Treasure

Contemporary Romance

Mar-1986

Related Books - 3
Harlequin Temptation - 100

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A Woman's Choice

Contemporary Romance

Aug-1985

Related Books - 2
Harlequin Temptation - 72

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The Will and the Way

Contemporary Romance

Feb-1985

Related Books - 1
Harlequin Temptation - 48

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