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  • Bibliography:
    25 Books (6 Series)
  • First Book:
    December 1977
  • Latest Book:
    February 2017
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About the Author

Shirlee Elaine was born August 9, 1941 in San Jose, California, USA. She was the first daughter of a career naval officer, later she had two sisters and three brothers, they raised traveling the world. She went to the institute in Kentri, Morocco, after which she returned to California and she went to Burbank Bussines College of Santa Rosa, where she received a certificate in 1962. Shirlee married with Howard Busbee in June 22, 1963. Now, they live in hills of California, where they raise for pleasure Standard Schnauzers, Standardbred horses, and other many animals.

She has worked as a receptionist for the Marin County Title and Abstract Co., as plant supervisor for Fairfield Title Co., and as secretary and drafting technician for the County Parks Department of Fairfield, California, where she met her life-long friend and mentor Rosemary Rogers. Published since 1977, Shirlee Busbee is the proud author of over 18 novels, including seven New York Times bestsellers. With over nine million copies of her books in print, she is the recipient of numerous awards for excellence in writing, including the Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award and Affaire de Coeur's Silver and Bronze Pen Awards. You may write to Shirlee Busbee care of C/O Warner Books, Inc., Time and Life Building, 1271 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10020.

Full Series List in Order

Ballinger Family

1 - Return to Oak Valley (Dec-2002)
2 - Coming Home (Sep-2003)

Becomes Her

1 - Scandal Becomes Her (Jul-2007)
2 - Seduction Becomes Her (Jul-2008)
3 - Surrender Becomes Her (Jul-2009)
4 - Passion Becomes Her (Jul-2010)
5 - Rapture Becomes Her (Jul-2011)
6 - Desire Becomes Her (Jul-2012)


1 - Gypsy Lady (Dec-1977)
2 - The Tiger Lily (Feb-1985)
3 - Deceive Not My Heart (Jan-1984)
4 - Each Time We Love (Apr-1993)
5 - Lady Vixen (Mar-1980)
6 - Midnight Masquerade (Jul-1988)
7 - Whisper to Me of Love (Apr-1991)
8 - While Passion Sleeps (Mar-1983)
9 - Love a Dark Rider (Jun-1994)
10 - Love Be Mine (Oct-1998)
11 - At Long Last (Nov-2000)

Louisiana Ladies

1 - Deceive Not My Heart (Jan-1984)
1 - Midnight Masquerade (Jul-1988)
2 - Love Be Mine (Oct-1998)

Reluctant Brides

1 - A Heart for the Taking (Aug-1997)
2 - Swear by Moonlight (Feb-2017)
3 - While Passion Sleeps (Mar-1983)

Southern Women

1 - The Tiger Lily (Feb-1985)
2 - Each Time We Love (Apr-1993)
3 - Love a Dark Rider (Jun-1994)
4 - At Long Last (Nov-2000)

Book List in Order: 25 titles

  • Desired, Possessed, Pursued Catherine Tremayne's aristocratic loveliness was a flower no man had yet dared to pluck. But when Jason Savage first beheld the violet-eyed beauty, she was disguised as a Gypsy -- a maiden long ago stolen from her father...

  • SWEPT FROM INNOCENCE INTO A WHIRLWIND OF TREACHERY, CAPTIVITY, AND ROMANCE... Beautiful, headstrong Nicole Ashford was yet untouched by passion, but destined for adventure -- and pleasure -- beyond anything a woman of her time had ever known. ...

  • THE LADY: Beth Ridgeway was a violet-eyed platinum beauty -- the kind of woman who made men burn with desire. Yet her husband Nathan didn't want her... THE ROGUE: Rafael Santana, the darkly handsome and arrogant son of a wealthy Texas family, had ...

  • HER FURY PROMISED VENGEANCE Leonie's only interest in the despicable cad she had been forced to marry was the return of her dowry. She had not seen her husband in five years, and now Morgan Slade angrily denied there had ever been a marriage. H...

  • The passion of their fury was the splendor of their love... As her golden auburn hair fell luxuriantly about Sabrina's flawlessly beautiful shoulders, Brett Dangermond was lost in the desire of the moment. And Sabrina, who had adored him as a gir...

  • NO GREATER LOVE He was her family's bitterest enemy...and now he stood before her, his magnificent body in chains, captured by her brother -- enslaved. But from the moment ravishing Maria Delgato gazed into Gabriel Lancaster's burning emer...

  • Set in the lush green splendor of Louisiana horse country in 1812, Shirlee Busbee's seventh novel is the breathtaking story of a tempestuous love between the fiercely independent Melissa Seymour and the devilishly irresistible Dominic Slade. Crossing...

  • She is Pip, London's smallest street urchin and quickest pickpocket. He is Royce Manchester, a dashing American bachelor on holiday in London. When fate hurls them together in 1815, their lives are changed forever. A Whisper of Passion... She was...

  • THIS UNTAMED HEART Wild and willful Savanna O'Rourke has yet to meet her match in any male -- until she is abducted by a pair of murderous outlaws who think she knows the secret to a hidden treasure. And to escape, she must join forces with the ...

  • From the moment she first entered the great mansion in San Felipe, Texas, beautiful, orphaned Sara Rawlings could feel Yancy Cantrell's fire -- and sense his dangerous rage. But betrayal and tragedy drove the handsome, tormented rebel from his home.....

  • Under the cloak of darkness, Lady Tess escapes, a lone rider fleeing from her diabolical cousin -- only to fall into the hands of ruffians who rob her of her jewels...and her memory. Then in the shelter of a wayside inn, she meets the man the centuri...

  • From her arrival in Virginia, Baroness Merrivale, better known as Fancy, and Chance Walker cannot abide each other. She thinks he looks like a backwoods barbarian. He thinks she is a haughty upstart and, worst of all, the fiancee of the scoundrel who...

  • Taught to be a refined French lady, Micaela Dupree despises the crude Americans whose government just purchased Louisiana Territory. She especially resents interloper Hugh Lancaster, a new partner in her family's business. As for Hugh, he thinks ...

  • Tempestuous young widow Sophy Marlow vowed she would never wed again ... except for love. Proud, brooding Viscount Ives Harrington swore he would never shed his bachelor ways ... except for revenge. Then Ives chose to save the fearless Sophy from a s...

  • Natchez, Mississippi To defend her legacy, Arabella Montgomery would make a pact with the devil himself. Her younger brother has gambled away the family plantation, and only one man can help her reclaim it -- the arrogant yet dashing Tony Daggett,...

  • Haunted by tragedy and scandal, Thea Garrett guards her wounded heart by playing the role of notorious outcast for all it is worth, never giving a second thought to love. Then London's loveliest, wealthiest social pariah meets the cynical, handso...

  • Seventeen years ago Shelley Granger fled her California hometown, devastated and alone. Now her brother's shocking suicide brings her back, filled with doubt that she ever really knew him. Yet even in the midst of uncertainty, some things never chang...

  • A world-famous model, Roxanne Ballinger has traded big money and neon-filled nights for the rolling hills and friendly faces of her hometown, Oak Valley. Now that the bitter feud between her family and another has faded, the peace she longs for seems...

  • From one of the most beloved voices in romance comes a lush new novel of a chance meeting, a forced marriage -- and the surprise of a love so passionate it cannot be denied. Set against the backdrop of Regency London and the English countryside, New ...

  • Set against the breathtaking cliffs of England's Cornwall Coast during the Regency era, New York Times bestselling author Shirlee Busbee delivers a sumptuous novel of an unexpected fortune, secrets, and the magic of love... Love Hides In The ...

  • Enter the captivating world of New York Times bestselling author Shirlee Busbee and you'll be swept off your feet by this utterly irresistible tale of two hasty marriages -- and one unrepentant passion... Give Up...Or Give In? Reliability. ...

  • New York Times bestselling author Shirlee Busbee takes readers on a thrilling romantic journey, as two childhood friends share a daring common goal -- and an all-consuming desire... THIEF OF HEARTS Forced to resort to a life of crime in order t...

  • New York Times bestselling author Shirlee Busbee sweeps you into a breathtaking romance where a bold lady and a mysterious heir put their wits -- and lives -- to passion's ultimate test ... An Irresistible Danger To save her village and wha...

  • New York Times bestselling author Shirlee Busbee delivers an irresistibly enthralling romance as a determined lady and a daring gambler stake everything to win passion’s most dangerous game … A Perilous Temptation Gillian Dashwood’s wastr...

  • London's loveliest and wealthiest social pariah, Thea Garrett guards her wounded heart by refusing to give love a second thought. Then she encounters the cynical and handsome Patrick Blackburne, who's protecting wounds of his own.The moment Blackburn...

Award-Winning Books by Shirlee Busbee

Midnight Masquerade
1988 RT Reviewers Choice Award -- American Historical Romance

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Shirlee Busbee has published 25 books.

Shirlee Busbee does not have a new book coming out soon. The latest book, Swear by Moonlight, was published in February 2017.

The first book by Shirlee Busbee, Gypsy Lady, was published in December 1977.

Yes. Shirlee Busbee has 6 series.