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New York Times, Washington Post & USA Today bestseller Sarah MacLean is the author of historical romance novels that have been translated into more than twenty languages, and winner of back-to-back RITA Awards for best historical romance from the Romance Writers of America.

Sarah is a leading advocate for the romance genre, speaking widely on its place at the nexus of gender and cultural studies. She is the author of a monthly column celebrating the best of the genre for the Washington Post. Her work in support of romance and the women who read it earned her a place on Jezebel.com's Sheroes list of 2014 and led Entertainment Weekly to call her "gracefully furious." Sarah lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.

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Sarah spent much of her childhood lurking in the stacks of her local library, where she developed both her passion for history and her commitment to the romance genre.

Her love of all things historical helped to earn her degrees in history and cultural anthropology from Smith College and Harvard University before she moved to New York City, where she finally set pen to paper and wrote her first book. Since then, MacLean’s romance novels have been New York Times and USA Today best-sellers, translated into more than a dozen languages, and nominated for numerous awards. 

MacLean burst onto the romance scene with Nine Rules to Break When Romancing A Rake, the first in her best-selling and critically acclaimed three-book Love By Numbers series. In early 2012, she began her new, pre-Victorian Rules of Scoundrels series with A Rogue by Any Other Name, which received the 2013 RITA Award from the Romance Writers of America. The third book in the series, No Good Duke Goes Unpunished, won the 2014 RITA Award. 

When she is not writing romance, Sarah travels the country to discuss the romance genre and its place in both gender and cultural studies. She writes a monthly column celebrating the best in romance for the Washington Post, and her columns have appeared in the New York Times Book Review and Parents Magazine. She is also a vocal advocate for issues relating to education and literacy. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.

Oh...and this one time, The Stig read her book in Russian:

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For a smart, witty and passionate historical romance, I recommend anything by Sarah MacLean.
— Lisa Kleypas, New York Times bestselling author
This is not your mother’s romance.
— USA Today
Smart, sexy, and always romantic.
— Julia Quinn, New York Times bestselling author
When it comes to crafting wonderfully escapist love stories composed of equal measures of sexy romance and sharp wit, literary newcomer MacLean is unrivaled.
— Chicago Tribune
Literary supernova.
— Booklist
[Sarah MacLean] springboarded off my assumptions about historical romance novels to execute a real triple backflip of a plot twist.
— Jezebel.com, naming Sarah one of their "Sheroes" of 2014
MacLean never disappoints.
— Romantic Times
Sarah MacLean’s books are everything historical romance should be.
— Sophie Jordan, New York Times bestselling author
MacLean is a supremely gifted writer who reads as if she’s a decades-experienced master…She’s certain to become one of the genre’s top historical writers.
— McClatchy-Tribune