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Magdalen Braden

In her series of sexy contemporary romances, The Blackjack Quartet, Magdalen Braden writes about lawyers, judges, law students, paralegals ... an entire fictional Philadelphia legal community, in fact. Hey, she left her legal career to return to her first love, romance writing, so it makes sense she'd write about the law. As she puts it, "I needed a day job to quit, so I went to law school."

Be glad she doesn't draw on her other professional experiences, which include failed caterer, failed daycare administrator, failed editorial assistant, and failed hearing tester in a flour mill.

Magdalen writes about Philadelphia because she went to law school there, practiced there, and even has a British patent attorney ex-husband still living in the Victorian South Philadelphia house Magdalen bought before they married. (The house used to be part of a convent--another aspect of her past that won't show up in her steamy novels.)

In a shameless bid for attention, Magdalen has been known to tell people she and bestselling author Julie James have virtually identical legal careers: Magdalen went to a better law school but Julie had the better federal clerkship.

In addition to writing, Magdalen keeps busy completing her Masters in Fine Arts degree from Stonecoast, the University of Southern Maine's MFA program, one of only two in the country that acknowledges romance novels exist, let alone comprise a wildly popular fiction genre. She even submitted a scholarly essay on Susan Elizabeth Phillips' Dream a Little Dream in her first semester. What time Magdalen has left over is spent with her second British husband (what can she say? She has a type!) in their two-hundred-year-old house in rural Pennsylvania with their cats and dog.

Magdalen's debut romance, Love in Reality, begins The Blackjack Quartet. Book three in the series, Blackjack & Moonlight, was a 2012 finalist in the prestigious Romance Writers of America Golden Heart® contest and will be published in 2013 after The Cost of Happiness (Book Two) and before Lost and Found (Book Four). There are rumors she's even considering a fifth book in the series.

Figures a former lawyer would try to sell a fifth book as part of a quartet ...

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Harmony Road Press
Current Releases
A devilishly handsome man, a gorgeous red dress, and salsa dancing... Fiona Wheeler has built a career as a math tutor. Her resolve to remain professional is shaken when Aarón Gabriel looks at her that way. She's attracted to the divorc...
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Following His Lead: A Philadelphia Lawyer Romance
Sex v. Love—a battle in the courtroom and the bedroom! Hotshot litigator Elise Carroll doesn’t have time for romance—she wants to make partner at her Philadelphia law firm. Despite her mother’s urging, Elise avoids settling...
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Blackjack & Moonlight: A Contemporary Romance
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A Cinderella story set in a Philadelphia law firm filled with dark corners and scheming rivals ... Meghan Mattson resigns her summer associate job when she learns that her bipolar mother is a con artist ... using Meghan's name. Meghan convince...
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The Cost of Happiness: A Contemporary Romance
TV producer Rand Jennings needs to find a ditz for his reality show, The Fishbowl, but Lissa Pembroke hardly seems ditzy or scatterbrained. Still, something about the cool, competent bartender excites him. Rand coaches her on how to act the part.....
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Love in Reality (The Blackjack Quartet #1)

A Peek Into the Life of Magdalen Braden

My Pennsylvania License Plate

My Pennsylvania License Plate

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Series: The Blackjack Quartet

Publisher: Harmony Road Press



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