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Julie Beard is a journalist who brings her reporting skills to her award-winning, best-selling novels. Imagine investigating the weapons of the Middle Ages, the hierarchy of servants in the Georgian era, the importance of reputations in the Victorian era, or the styles of gardens in the age of Queen Elizabeth. Julie has done it all. And the latest result of her thorough research is now in bookstores. It's called "The Duchess' Lover," a Victorian story that contains a May-December romance and a murder mystery.

Julie was a reporter and a newswriter for ten years before turning her writing skills to more creative venues. She worked the night beat for KSDK-TV, covering everything from murders to visiting politicians to hometown parades. As a general assignment reporter she interviewed such notables as President Clinton, Marilyn Quayle, Senator Paul Simon, and former Illinois governor Jim Thompson. As a newswriter at the Fox affiliate in Chicago, she wrote copy for the legendary news anchor Walter Jacobson and Robin Robinson.

Julie also loves to teach and has given dozens of workshops and lectures around the country at community colleges, bookstores and writers conferences. She's conducted seminars and written articles about editing, writing, promotions, and journalism. After studying the craft of writing for nearly 20 years, she wrote the critically acclaimed "how to" book titled THE COMPLETE IDIOT'S GUIDE TO GETTING YOUR ROMANCE PUBLISHED. It was released as part of Macmillan's popular "Idiot's Guide" series under the Alpha Books imprint. This comprehensive non-fiction book covers everything from plotting and editing a novel to finding an agent and publisher.

As for her fiction credits, Julie has written 10 best-selling novels and novellas published by Penguin-Putnam under the Jove and Berkley imprints. Her first book for the Berkley Publishing Group, LADY AND THE WOLF, quickly went into a second printing after its release in July, 1994. Her second novel, A DANCE IN HEATHER, made the USA TODAY best-seller list in June, 1996, and won a Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award for Best Medieval Romance of the year. These successes were followed by two more medieval romances, FALCON AND THE SWORD, a May 1997 release that is still in print, and THE MAIDEN'S HEART in June 1999, as well as an Elizabeth novel entitled ROMANCE OF THE ROSE (1998). Julie's only ghost story is a Georgian romance entitled MY FAIR LORD (June 2000), which was followed by another novel in the same period titled VERY TRULY YOURS.

Julie graduated from Northwestern University's prestigious Medill School of Journalism with a Master of Science degree in journalism. She graduated with a B.F.A. in theatre arts from Stephens College. She lives in the Midwest with her family and two incorrigible basenjis.

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