Lori Wilde

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Laurie Blalock Vanzura
Lori Wilde at the Romance Writers of America Conference, July 2015, New York, NY
Lori Wilde at the Romance Writers of America Conference, July 2015, New York, NY
BornLaurie Blalock
Texas, United States
Pen nameLaura Anthony,
Lori Wilde
OccupationNurse, novelist
GenreRomance novel
SpouseBill Vanzura

Laurie Blalock Vanzura[1](born Texas, United States) is an American author of contemporary romance novels, first under the pseudonym Laura Anthony, and now as Lori Wilde.


Laurie Blalock was born in Texas, United States.[2] She wrote her first short story at age eight, and finished her first novel four years later. At sixteen, she submitted a story to Alfred Hitchcock Magazine. Although it was rejected, she received a handwritten note telling her to keep writing. She continued to write, finishing 60 short stories over the next 10 years, persisting even while attending nursing school. All of her short stories were rejected, and a writing teacher finally suggested, in 1990, that she try to write a novel. Wilde took the teacher's advice, and in 1994 sold her second completed work to Silhouette Romance under the pseudonym Laura Anthony. Wilde wrote 11 novels under that name, with one becoming a finalist for the Romance Writers of America RITA Award.[3]

Until 2004, Wilde wrote category romances for Harlequin, primarily in their Duet and Blaze lines. Her first single title, License to Thrill, was published in 2003.[3] Wilde has been nominated three times for Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Awards, for Coaxing Cupid, Packed With Pleasure, and Santa's Sexy Secret.[4] She has also been nominated for a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in series love and laughter.

She has won first place in The Colorado Award of Excellence, the More than Magic, The Wisconsin Right Touch, The Laurel Wreath, The Desert Rose Golden Quill and the Lories. In 2007 she was also honored as distinguished alumna by Weatherford College.

In 2010, her book The First Love Cookie Club was on the USA Today and The New York Times[5] best seller lists for five weeks.


As Laura Anthony[edit]

Single novels[edit]

  • Raleigh and the Rancher (1995)
  • Second Chance Family (1995)
  • Undercover Honeymoon (1996)
  • Look-A-Like Bride (1997)
  • The Stranger's Surprise (1997)
  • Baby Business (1997)
  • Bride of a Texas Trueblood (1998)
  • Honey of a Husband (1998)
  • Stranded with a Tall, Dark Stranger (1998)
  • I Married the Boss (1999)
  • The Twenty-four-hour Groom (1999)

As Lori Wilde[edit]

Single novels[edit]

  • Santa's Sexy Secret (2000)
  • Packed with Pleasure (2003)
  • License to Thrill (2003)
  • As You Like It (2004)
  • Gotta Have It (2004)
  • Racing Against the Clock (2004)
  • Shockingly Sensual (2005)
  • Saving Allegheny Green (2005)
  • Angels and Outlaws (2006)
  • Destiny's Hand (2006)
  • Some Like It Hot (2006)
  • You Only Love Twice (2006)
  • My Secret Life (2007)
  • The Right Stuff (2009)
  • Sweet Surrender (2010)
  • High Stakes Seduction (2011)
  • Intoxicating (2011)

The Bachelors of Bear Creek[edit]

  1. A Touch of Silk (2002)
  2. Sexy, Single and Searching (2002)
  3. Eager, Eligible and Alaskan (2002)
  4. A Thrill to Remember (2002)
  • The Bachelors of Bear Creek (2008)

Cooper Sister[edit]

  1. Charmed and Dangerous (2004)
  2. Mission: Irresistible (2005)

Wedding Veil Wishes[edit]

  1. There Goes the Bride (2007)
  2. Once Smitten, Twice Shy (2008)
  3. Addicted to Love (2008)
  4. All of Me (2009)

Perfect Anatomy[edit]

  1. Crossing the line (2008)
  2. Secret Seduction (2008)
  3. Lethal Exposure (2008)

EROS Vacations[edit]

  1. Zero Control (2009)
  2. His Final Seduction (2010)

Twilight, Texas[edit]

  1. The Sweethearts' Knitting Club (2009)
  2. The True Love Quilting Club (2010)
  3. The First Love Cookie Club (2010)
  4. The Welcome Home Garden Club (2011)

Jubilee, Texas[edit]

  1. The Cowboy Takes a Bride (2012)
  2. The Cowboy and the Princess (2012)
  3. A Cowboy for Christmas (2012)


  • Bye, Bye Bachelorhood / Coaxing Cupid (2001)
  • Sexy, Single and Searching / Eager, Eligible And Alaskan (2002)
  • Kiss the Bride (2012)

Anthologies in collaboration[edit]

References and sources[edit]

  1. ^ Lori Wilde (1 October 2004). Racing Against The Clock. Silhouette. p. 251. ISBN 978-0-373-27395-9. Retrieved 18 June 2012.
  2. ^ Lori Wilde Biography, retrieved 2012-05-21
  3. ^ a b Robin (December 30, 2004), Interview with Lori Wilde, In the Library Reviews, retrieved 2007-11-16
  4. ^ Author Profile: Lori Wilde, Romantic Times, 2007, archived from the original on 2007-06-29, retrieved 2007-11-16
  5. ^ Mass-market paperbacks, The New York Times, November 14, 2010

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