Amanda fought hard to prove her love. “I forgot, Amanda.” Jarod’s dark eyes mocked her as he spoke. “You’re wrapped up in those romantic notions about husbands and wives and the happily-ever-afters.” But Amanda kept her secret fear—that someday all this happiness must end—firmly pushed to the back of her mind. She was determined that the days, weeks, or months spent with Jarod would be heaven. Because she knew that living without him would be agony. Janet Dailey, who passed away in 2013, was born Janet Haradon in 1944 in Storm Lake, Iowa. She attended secretarial school in Omaha, Nebraska, before meeting her husband, Bill. The two worked together in construction and land development until they “retired” to travel throughout the United States, inspiring Janet to write the Americana series of romances, setting a novel in every state of the Union. In 1974, Janet Dailey was the first American author to write for Harlequin. Her first novel was No Quarter Asked. She has gone on to write approximately ninety novels, twenty-one of which have appeared on the New York Times bestseller list. She won many awards and accolades for her work, appearing widely on radio and television. Today, there are over three hundred million Janet Dailey books in print in nineteen different languages, making her one of the most popular novelists in the world. For more information about Janet Dailey, visit www.janetdailey.com.