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Margaret Carroll has just completed her latest thriller about a young wife whose past comes back to haunt her on the day her childhood sweetheart comes calling, the first in a series set in the fictional Colonial-era town of Charity Bay, Long Island.

Margaret has four books in print, two thrillers and two chick-lit romantic comedies set in NYC. Her debut thriller, A DARK LOVE (Avon/2009) was named one of the Best Books of 2009 by Publishers Weekly, and received a prestigious starred review:

“Carroll develops what could be a stock story of an abusive marriage into a pulse-pounding romantic thriller with a strong, inspiring heroine determined to save herself.” A DARK LOVE is the cat-and-mouse story of a young wife on the run from her abusive husband and their Georgetown home, determined to start life over. The book comes to a climax in a remote cabin in the Rocky Mountain wilderness of Colorado.

The book was nominated for a national Rita award from Romance Writers of America (2009), and was published in Germany and Italy.

Riptide (Avon/2009) was published one month later in a back-to-back publication deal, and tells the story of a Hamptons socialite struggling to maintain her sobriety and custody of her son in the midst of a scandal swirling around her following her husband's drowning death in the pool of their oceanfront estate.

Margaret has two romantic comedies with Amazon’s Montlake line. The Write Match and The True Match are chick-lit books set in NYC, and both follow the adventures of young women trying to balance their careers, their love lives and their rent-stabilized apartments.

Margaret Carroll writes fiction in addition to being a full-time mother and homemaker. Her fiction builds on 20 years' global public relations and journalism experience. She has served on award-winning marketing teams, as President of an industry organization dedicated to raising standards for public relations professionals, and has traveled the world.

She was founder and sole proprietor of Carroll Communications, a successful marketing and P.R. consultancy in Santa Fe, N.M., that represented several of the region's leading attractions, including the National Trust-registered inn, La Fonda, and Canyon Road's exclusive Compound Restaurant.

Prior to that, she was Director of Advertising & Public Relations for The Luxury Collection and St. Regis brand at Starwood Hotels & Resorts, the world's largest hotel operator. She was a founding member of the four-person brand management team for the CIGA hotels and conversion of such properties as the former Grand Hotel in Rome, the Beijing International Club and the Ritz-Carlton Aspen and Philadelphia hotels to the St. Regis brand.

For 10 years immediately prior, Margaret served as Director of Public Relations U.S.A. for British Airways, based in New York City, with secondments to the company's worldwide headquarters in London and frequent overseas travel worldwide. She flew Concorde a number of times (in the cockpit). She earned a Silver PRSA Award in 1998 for her work to publicize the raising of a half-scale model of Concorde in Times Square. She was voted President of the North American Airlines Public Relations Association in 1996, only the second woman at that time to hold that post.

Prior to joining British Airways in 1988, Margaret worked as a business trade journalist covering aviation and luxury travel. She worked at Corporate Meetings & Incentives Magazine, served as Editor of E.F. Hutton's daily worldwide Investors newsletter, was Aviation Editor for Travel Agent Magazine, and began her career on Wall Street as Assistant-to-Editor at Standard & Poor's Corporation.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Columbian College of The George Washington University, where she focused on Political Science/Journalism.

She has completed numerous fiction seminars and workshops.

Margaret currently resides in Michigan with her family and a Scottish Terrier named Hawkeye.

 

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In Orlando, getting my official 2010 Rita nomination certificate at RWA
for A Dark Love.

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Margaret signing books following the release of RIPTIDE

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Hawkeye at home.