Adele Buck is the author of several romance novels, all as yet unpublished. The first two, Save Point and Software and Sensibility, are about women who work in the world of video games and software.

Having shelved those two for the time being, she commenced a loose series of category-length books which take place in and around various theaters: Acting Up is set in an American regional summer theatre. Method Acting is set in Washington, D.C. Acting Lessons, a follow-up to Acting Up, is set in the New York theater and television industry. A final novel, Fast Acting (follow-up to Method Acting) is set at a destination wedding on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

Adele is currently on submission with a book that has nothing to do with theater, a single-title novel called Slow Drift. Fly fishing guide Samantha doesn’t know what to think of academic librarian Graham when he hires her to re-learn casting after his father dies and leaves him his prize bamboo rod. Graham may be kind, gorgeous, and have a wonderful dog, but he’s also a client and she knows that one wrong step will earn her the kind of reputation she doesn’t need among the mostly male anglers she has to work with. But when a surprise legacy from overseas causes her to question who she really is, Graham is the one she trusts with her secret to get his help and get to the bottom of her family’s mystery.

In Silver Thaw, Kari fulfills a lifetime dream by buying a house at 42. And it scares her to death. Next-door neighbor Rob, a divorced, single-dad silver fox who is handy around the house and the bedroom, is more than happy to step in and help. Just as long as it’s plumbing and paint, not relationships.  But when their arrangement goes from casual to intense, neither of them know if they’re ready for what might come next.

Marriage of Convenience with Benefits came from Adele’s discovery that–shockingly enough–you really can have a valid will which stipulates that the inheritor must get married. When Tony needs to get married to keep the majority share of his family’s business from going to his feckless cousin Joe, Gina’s the best possible candidate for the job. After all, her family’s been throwing her at him forever and he doesn’t want to have a fake marriage with someone who could fall in love with him. And Gina can’t stand him. For her part, getting married to Tony will enable Gina to build her own business rather than being expected to work for her father. But when they actually start their year as a married couple, Gina finds out that Tony isn’t the carefree playboy she always thought he was. For his part, Tony learns that Gina isn’t the sheltered princess he always thought she was. And when a suspicious Joe arrives on the scene, they find making love look real is all too easy.

Adele is represented by Amy Bishop at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret.

Adele’s real-life counterpart is someone who has been (among other things) an actress, a corporate communications executive, and an academic law librarian. She has a fantastic husband, the requisite number of neurotic cats, and lives in the suburbs of Washington, DC. (Photo credit: Brian Adams PhotoGraphics)