Rosemary Rogers

Rosemary Rogers

Rosemary Jansz was born on 7 December 1932 in the British colony of Ceylon (now known as Sri Lanka), she was the oldest child of Dutch-Portuguese settlers, Barbara and Cyril Jansz, who was a wealthy educator who owned three posh private schools. She was raised in colonial splendor: dozens of servants never did a lick of work summers at European spas impossible to go anywhere without a chaperone. A dreamy child, she wrote her first novel at eight. At 17, Rosemary rebelled against a feudal upbringing and went to the University of Ceylon, where he studied three years. She horrified her family by taking a job as a reporter, and two years later marrying with Summa Navaratnam, a Ceylonese track star known as "the fastest man in Asia." The marriage had two daughters. Unhappily, he often sprinted after other women. Disappointed with her husband, in 1960, she moved with her two daughters and took off for London. In Europe she met her future second husband, Leroy Rogers, an african-american. After getting a divorce from her first husband, she married Rogers in his home town, St. Louis, Missouri. They moved with her family to California, where she had two sons. Six years later, when that marriage broke up, Rosemary was left with four children to support on her $4,200 salary as a typist for the Solano County Parks Department. In 1969, in the face of a socialist takeover of Ceylon, her parents fled the island with only £100, giving Rosemary two more dependents. At 37, the rich girl from Ceylon was on her uppers in Fairfield.

Every night for a year, Rosemary worked to perfect a manuscript that she had written as a child, rewriting it 24 times. When she was satisfied with her work, she sent the manuscript to Avon, which quickly purchased the novel. That novel, ''Sweet Savage Love'', skyrocketed to the top of bestseller lists, and became one of the most popular historical romances of all time. Her second novel, ''Dark Fires'', sold two million copies in its first three months of release. Her first three novels sold a combined 10 million copies. The fourth, ''Wicked Loving Lies'' sold 3 million copies in its first month of publication. Rosemary Rogers became one of the legendaries "Avon Queens of Historical Romance". The difference between she and most of others romance writers is not the violence of her stories, it is the intensity. She says: "My heroines are me", and certainly her life could be one of her novels. In September of 1984, Rosemary married a third time with Christopher Kadison, but it was a very brief marriage and they soon began to live apart. "I'd like to live with a man," she admits, "but I find men in real life don't come up to my fantasies. I want culture, spirit and sex all rolled up together." Today single, Rosemary lives quietly in a small dramatic villa perched on a crag above the Pacific near Carmel. Her four children are now away from home and she continues to write.

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Bride for a Night

Historical Romance

Sep-2011

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Scoundrel's Honor

Historical Romance

Nov-2010

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Bound by Love

Historical Romance

Aug-2009

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Scandalous Deception

Historical Romance

Apr-2008

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A Daring Passion

Historical Romance

Oct-2007

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Sapphire

Historical Romance

Dec-2005

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Jewel of My Heart

Historical Romance

Dec-2004

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Return to Me

Historical Romance

Dec-2003

Logan-Campbell - 2

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An Honorable Man

Historical Romance

Dec-2002

Logan-Campbell - 1

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A Reckless Encounter

Historical Romance

Dec-2001

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Savage Desire

Historical Romance

Dec-2000

Legend of Morgan-Challenger - 6

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In Your Arms

Historical Romance

Dec-1999

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All I Desire

Historical Romance

Dec-1998

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Midnight Lady

Historical Romance

Nov-1997

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A Dangerous Man

Historical Romance

Sep-1996

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The Tea Planter's Bride

Historical Romance

May-1995

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Bound by Desire

Historical Romance

Mar-1988

Legend of Morgan-Challenger - 5

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The Wanton

Historical Romance

Apr-1985

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Rosemary Rogers

General Fiction

Sep-1982

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Surrender to Love

Historical Romance

Jul-1982

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Love Play

Contemporary Romance

Aug-1981

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Lost Love, Last Love

Historical Romance

Nov-1980

Legend of Morgan-Challenger - 4

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The Insiders

Contemporary Romance

Jan-1979

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The Crowd Pleasers

Contemporary Romance

Sep-1978

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Wicked Loving Lies

Historical Romance

Oct-1976

Legend of Morgan-Challenger - 3

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Dark Fires

Historical Romance

Aug-1975

Legend of Morgan-Challenger - 2

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The Wildest Heart

Historical Romance

Oct-1974

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Sweet Savage Love

Historical Romance

Jan-1974

Legend of Morgan-Challenger - 1

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