The award-winning, widely praised author of Disappearing
Ingenue is at the top of her form in this witty,
wickedly funny novel about a romance writer whose real life
begins to outpace the wildest flights of her imagination.
After one failed marriage and numerous dating disasters,
Prudence True Parker teaches Advanced Personal Journey at a
community college in Arizona. Prudence's own personal
journey has led to a mountain of debts, and she is
beginning to feel desperate. Salvation comes at the local
library, where she meets Digby Deeds (alias Mildred
Crawley), the author of the Savage Passion romance series.
Nearing the end of his life, Digby is looking for someone
to keep Savage Passion alive and offers Prudence the final
forty plots of the wildly popular series. Moved more by
financial desperation than literary aspiration, she
reluctantly accepts the bequest.
Just after taking on the project, Prudence's friendly local
psychic foresees the arrival of a romantic stranger in her
life. The prediction comes true with startling speed: At a
Native American charity event in Oklahoma, Prudence is
swept off her feet by a mysterious young Comanche artist,
Ray Chasing Hawk. A month later, Ray shows up on her
doorstep. Fired by the irresistible desires their affair
awakens, Prudence begins writing her first Native American
romance. Real life gives her plenty of inspiration for her
fictional plot and her home fills to overflowing with
visitors, including Native American activists, medicine
men, and wolves. In a hilarious, totally satisfying
conclusion, the pieces of her life fall into place at the
annual Romance Writers Convention in Houston, Texas.
Smartly written and laugh-out-loud funny, Late
Bloomer is a high-spirited tale of romance, captivity,
and savage love women of all ages will relish.