The Calhoun Chronicles Books 1-3
The Calhoun Chronicles
by Susan Wiggs
January 18, 2016
Available in: e-Book
Revisit the beloved Calhoun Chronicles series in these three sweeping, romantic historical tales from New York Times bestselling author Susan Wiggs.
THE CHARM SCHOOL “The Calhoun Chronicles #1” (originally published May 1999 and numerous reissues in mass market paperback)
An awkward misfit in an accomplished Boston family, Isadora Peabody yearns to escape her social isolation and sneaks aboard the Silver Swan, bound for Rio, leaving it all behind. Sea captain Ryan Calhoun, too, had a good family name. But he’d purposely walked away from everything it afforded him.
To the Swan’s motley crew, the tides of attraction clearly flow between the two. Teaching her the charms of a lady, they hope to build the confidence she needs to attract their lonely captain’s attention, but his heart, as well.
THE HORSEMASTER’S DAUGHTER “The Calhoun Chronicles #2” (originally published November 1999 and numerous reissues in mass market paperback)
Hunter Calhoun is a widower shadowed by the scandal of his wife’s death; he buries himself in his work of breeding racehorses. When a prized stallion arrives from Ireland crazed and unridable, Hunter is forced to seek help. Eliza Fylte has inherited her father's gift for gentling horses. And when Hunter arrives with his wild steed, her healing spirit reaches further yet to the intense, bitter man who needs her, just as she needs him. Eliza understands what Hunter refuses to see—that love is the greatest healer of all. But can her kindness manage to teach such an untethered man what truly matters in life?
HALFWAY TO HEAVEN “The Calhoun Chronicles #3” (originally published October 2001 in mass market paperback)
At a White House gala, Abigail Cabot discovers the man of her dreams. Only, he’s not interested… yet. So the gifted lady astronomer, whose passion for the stars has left her lacking in social graces, seeks someone to educate her in the art of seduction. Jamie Calhoun’s handsome looks and easy charm have made him as popular on the Senate floor as he is with the capital’s most attractive women. He befriends Abigail as a means to a political end, but somewhere along the way the plan goes awry. First laughter and then love take them completely by surprise in this wildly romantic story.
Using blunt scissors, pages from a Big Chief tablet, a borrowed stapler and a Number Two pencil, Susan Wiggs self-published her first novel at the age of eight. A Book About Some Bad Kids was based on the true-life adventures of Susan and her siblings, and the first printing of one copy was a complete sell-out.
Due to her brother's extreme reaction to that first prodigious effort, Susan went underground with her craft, entertaining her friends and offending her siblings with anonymously-written stories of virtuous sisters and the brothers who torment them. The first romance she ever read was Shanna by the incomparable Kathleen Woodiwiss, which she devoured while slumped behind a college vector analysis textbook. Armed with degrees from SFA and Harvard, and toting a crate of "keeper" books by Woodiwiss, Roberta Gellis, Laurie McBain, Rosemary Rodgers, Jennifer Blake, Bertrice Small and anything with the words "flaming" and "ecstasy" in the title, she became a math teacher, just to prove to the world that she did have a left brain.
Late one night, she finished the book she was reading and was confronted with a reader's worst nightmare--She was wide awake, and there wasn''t a thing in the house she wanted to read. Figuring this was the universe''s way of taking away her excuses, she picked up a Big Chief tablet and a Number Two pencil, and began writing her novel with the working title, A Book About Some Bad Adults. Actually, that was a bad book about some adults, but Susan persevered, learning her craft the way skydiving is learned--by taking a blind leap and hoping the chute will open.
Her first book was published (without the use of blunt scissors and a stapler) by Zebra in 1987, and since then she has been published by Avon, Tor, HarperCollins, Harlequin, Mira and Warner Books. Unable to completely abandon her beloved teaching profession, Susan is a frequent workshop leader and speaker at writers' conferences, including the Romance Writers of America conference, the PNWA and Maui Writers Conference. She won a RITA award in 1994, and her recent novel The Charm School was voted one of RWA's Favorite Books of the Year. She is the proud recipient of several RT awards, the Peninsula RWA's Blue Boa, the Holt Medallion and the Colorado Award of Excellence.
Susan enjoys many hobbies, including sitting in the hot tub while talking to her mother on the phone, kickboxing, cleaning the can opener, sculpting with butter and growing her hair. She lives on an island in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, Jay, her daughter, Elizabeth, and an Airedale that hasn't been groomed since 1994.