Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Susan Elizabeth Titus was born 11 December 1948 in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, daugther of Louesa Coate and John Aller Titus. She met her husband, Bill Phillips, on a blind date while in college. She obtained a BFA in Theater Arts from Ohio University and taught high school until her first child was born. She then became a stay-at-home mom.

She started to write by accident when her husband’s job moved them from Ohio to New Jersey. She and her best friend, Claire Kiehl Lefkowitz, were avid readers. They decided that they would write a book together. With blind luck, they worked their way through a story and Dell bought that manuscript published under the pseudonym of Justine Cole (reedited under their real names). Susan had been bitten by the writing bug and continued to write when Claire moved to the southwest. Her subsequent novels have gone on to win awards and land on bestseller lists. In addition to being the only two-time recipient of the Romance Writers of America's prestigious Favorite Book of the Year award, she also holds Romantic Times Career Achievement Award. Susan and her husband live in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. She is the proud mother of two grown sons.

Book List in Order: 25 titles


  • #1 New York Times bestseller Susan Elizabeth Phillips returns to her beloved Chicago Stars series with a romance between a Chicago Stars quarterback and one of the world’s greatest opera singers -- and a major diva. Thaddeus Walker Bowman Owens,...



  • At long last, the legendary New York Times bestselling author returns with a heartfelt novel of womanhood, a wild heart, and the healing power of love. Run, run, as fast as you can! When life throws her one setback too many, midwife and young w...



  • A star quarterback and a feisty detective play for keeps in this sporty, sexy, sassy novel a long-awaited new entry in the beloved, award-winning, New York Times bestselling author's fan-favorite Chicago Stars football series. Piper Dove is a wo...



  • Deepest winter. An isolated island off the coast of Maine. A man. A woman. Puppets. (Yes, puppets . . .) And . . . A mysterious house looming over the sea . . . He's a reclusive writer whose imagination creates chilling horror novels. She's a...



  • Lucy Jorik is a champ at not embarrassing her family -- not surprising, since her mother is one of the most famous women in the world. But now Lucy has done just that. Instead of saying "I do" to the most perfect man she's ever known, Lucy lees the c...



  • Lucy Jorik's the daughter of a former U.S. President ... Meg Koranda's the offspring of legends .. . One of them is about to marry Mr. Irresistible -- Ted Beaudine -- the favorite son of Wynette, Texas ... The other is determined to save her frie...



  • How did this happen? Georgie York, once the costar of America's favorite television sitcom, has been publicly abandoned by her famous husband, her film career has tanked, her father is driving her crazy, and her public image as a spunky heroine is t...



  • NO ONE CAN RESIST A NATURAL BORN CHARMER A gorgeous football player ... A Lonely Colorado highway ... A woman dressed in a beaver suit. Life's funny that way. It wasn't every day a guy saw a headless beaver marching down the side of a road, no...



  • You met star quarterback Kevin Tucker in This Heart of Mine. Now get ready to meet his shark of an agent, Heath Champion, and Annabelle Granger, the girl least likely to succeed. Annabelle's endured dead-end jobs, a broken engagement ... even her ...







  • She's the baddest girl in town...isn't she? Sugar Beth Carey's come back to Parrish, Mississippi, and she's brought her reputation for wreaking havoc with her. She's broke, desperate, and too proud to show it, even with her old enemies lining up for...



  • She's Dr. Isabel Favor, America's diva of self-help. He's Ren Gage, Hollywood's favorite bad guy. Sometimes you just know that God has a sense of humor. She's lost her money to an unscrupulous accountant, her fiance to a frumpy older woman, a...



  • Rewrite of RISEN GLORY The War Between the States may be over for the rest of the country, but not for Kit Weston. Disguised as a boy, she's come to New York City to kill Baron Cain, the man who stands between her and Risen Glory, the South Carol...



  • Molly Somerville loves her career as the creator of the Daphne the Bunny children's book series, but the rest of her life could use some improvement. She has a reputation for trouble that started even before she gave away her fifteen-million-dollar i...



  • How does the most famous woman in the world hide in plain sight? The beautiful young widow of the President of the United States thought she was free of the White House, but circumstances have forced her back into the role of the First Lady. Not for...



  • Lady Emma Wells-Finch, oh-so-proper headmistress of England's St. Gertrude's School for Girls, is a woman on a mission--she has two weeks to lose her reputation. Arriving in Texas with skirts flying, umbrella pointing, and beautiful mouth issuing ord...



  • A DESPERATE YOUNG MOTHER Rachel Stone's bad luck has taken a turn for the worse. With an empty wallet, a car that's spilling smoke, and a five-year-old son to support, she's come home to a town that hates her. But this determined young widow with a ...



  • Genius physics professor Dr. Jane Darlington desperately wants a baby. But finding a father won't be easy. Jane's super-intelligence made her feel like a freak when she was growing up, and she's determined to spare her own child that suffering. Which...



  • WEDDING DAY Pretty, flighty Daisy Devreaux can either go to jail or marry the mystery man her father has chosen for her. Arranged marriages don't happen in the modern world, so how did the irrepressible Daisy find herself in this fix? Alex Mar...



  • THE ANGEL AND THE HELLRAISER Come heck or high water, Gracie Snow is determined to track down the legendary ex-jock Bobby Tom Denton and drag him back home to Heaven, Texas, to begin shooting his first motion picture. But taming an egotistical cow...







  • TWO HEARTS COLLIDE The Windy City isn't quite ready for Phoebe Somerville -- the trendy, outrageous and curvaceous New York knockout who has just inherited the Chicago Stars football team. And Phoebe is definitely not prepared for the Stars' head ...



  • A FEISTY CHARMER WITH A NEEDY HEART From a dilapidated South Carolina amusement park to the shimmering glamour of Hollywood, orphaned Honey Jane Moon became the most famous child star in America by challenging the world with her fists swinging. Bu...



  • From San Francisco society to a sunbaked Greek island, come share a deeply romantic adventure, bursting with vitality-and discover the unforgettable woman called Hot Shot who made it all happen. Welcome to HOT SHOT, a glorious, heart-stopping love st...



  • THEY'RE CAVIAR AND BEER. KEROSENE ON FIRE. THEY'RE GOING TO FALL IN LOVE She was the most beautiful British bauble in Europe's jet-set playgrounds. Now she's broke, furious, and limping down a backwoods road in an ugly pink Southern Belle gown... ...



  • AMERICA'S #1 COVER GIRL She's young, sassy, and heartbreakingly innocent. And her sensational career is headed for the stratosphere with a million-dollar movie deal and an explosive encounter with the man every woman in America wants. But long-hi...



  • In the ashes of war, they were bitter enemies, bound by fate, fortune, and sweet desire. Spirited, schooled to trust no one, Kit Weston came to New York with a pistol in her pocket and murder in her heart, sworn to kill her mysterious guardian, her ...


Complete Series List in Order

Chicago Stars

1) It Had to Be You (Aug-1994)
2) Heaven, Texas (Apr-1995)
3) Nobody's Baby But Mine (Jan-1997)
4) Dream a Little Dream (Feb-1998)
5) This Heart of Mine (Jan-2001)
6) Match Me If You Can (Aug-2005)
7) Natural Born Charmer (Feb-2007)
8) First Star I See Tonight (Aug-2016)
9) When Stars Collide (Jun-2021)

Wynette, Texas

1) Glitter Baby (Feb-1987)
2) Fancy Pants (Oct-1989)
3) Lady Be Good (Feb-1999)
4) First Lady (Feb-2000)
5) What I Did for Love (Feb-2009)
6) Call Me Irresistible (Jan-2011)
7) The Great Escape (Jul-2012)

Award-Winning Books by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Dream a Little Dream
1998 All About Romance Reader Award -- Best Contemporary Romance
1998 All About Romance Reader Award -- Most-Hanky Read
1998 Romance Readers Anonymous Award -- Best All-Around Romance
1998 Romance Readers Anonymous Award -- Best Contemporary Single Title Romance
1998 Romance Readers Anonymous Award -- Best Love and Laughter Romance
1999 Rita Award -- Contemporary Single Title
First Lady
2001 Rita Award -- Contemporary Single Title
First Star I See Tonight
2016 RT Reviewers Choice Award -- Contemporary Love & Laughter
Heaven, Texas
1995 Romance Readers Anonymous Award -- Best Contemporary Single Title Romance
Hot Shot
1991 RT Reviewers Choice Award -- Contemporary Novel
It Had to Be You
1994 Romance Readers Anonymous Award -- Best All-Around Romance
1994 Romance Readers Anonymous Award -- Best Contemporary Single Title Romance
1994 Romance Readers Anonymous Award -- Best Love and Laughter Romance
1995 Rita Award -- Best Romance
1996 Romance Readers Anonymous Award -- Best All-Time Contemporary Romance
1997 Romance Readers Anonymous Award -- Best All-Time Contemporary Romance
1998 Romance Readers Anonymous Award -- Best All-Time Contemporary Romance
2000 Romance Readers Anonymous Award -- Best All-Time Contemporary Romance
2001 Romance Readers Anonymous Award -- Best All-Time Contemporary Romance
2002 Romance Readers Anonymous Award -- Best All-Time Contemporary Romance
2003 Romance Readers Anonymous Award -- Best All-Time Contemporary Romance
Kiss An Angel
1996 Romance Readers Anonymous Award -- Best All-Around Romance
1996 Romance Readers Anonymous Award -- Best Contemporary Single Title Romance
Lady Be Good
1999 All About Romance Reader Award -- Best Contemporary Romance
1999 All About Romance Reader Award -- Best Funny
1999 Romance Readers Anonymous Award -- Best Contemporary Single Title Romance
Match Me If You Can
2005 All About Romance Reader Award -- Best Contemporary Romance
2005 All About Romance Reader Award -- Best Funny
Natural Born Charmer
2007 All About Romance Reader Award -- Best Contemporary Romance
2007 All About Romance Reader Award -- Favorite Funny
2008 Audies -- Romance
Nobody's Baby But Mine
1997 All About Romance Reader Award -- Best Contemporary Romance
1997 All About Romance Reader Award -- Best Funny
1997 All About Romance Reader Award -- Best Romance
1997 Romance Readers Anonymous Award -- Best Contemporary Single Title Romance
1997 Romance Readers Anonymous Award -- Best Love and Laughter Romance
1998 Rita Award -- Best Romance
1998 Rita Award -- Contemporary Single Title
This Heart of Mine
2001 Romance Readers Anonymous Award -- Best Contemporary Single Title Romance