New York Times Bestselling Author
Tall, Dark & Dangerous Series, Book # 1
Currently reissued by HQN in a 2-in-1 titled
Tall, Dark and Dangerous (with Forever Blue)
Original publication date: June, 1996
About 250 Pages
USA Today Bestseller
A ROYAL PAIN
The government wanted Veronica St. John to teach
a tough, combat-hardened Navy SEAL how to
impersonate a visiting European crown prince
who’d been targeted by terrorists. But even if every
gorgeous inch of him did look the part, this guy
simply wasn’t prince material.
It wasn’t just that everything about Lieutenant Joe
Catalanotto -- from his New York accent to his
arrogant, streetwise attitude -- said he was anything
but an aristocrat. No, the real trouble was the way
he made his refined, upper-crust teacher want to
slap him silly -- and then kiss him senseless...
"Not only is the suspense nail-bitingly intense, the
blistering passion and emotional sensitivity make
this a love story you’ll put in your treasure chest."
4 and 1/2 Stars and a WISH Award. -- Melinda
Helfer, Romantic Times
"Suzanne Brockmann’s U.S. Navy SEALs are
definitely radioactive in the love department." --
PRINCE JOE was originally published by Silhouete Intimate Moments in June 1996. It was SIM
HERO: Lt. Joe "Cat" Catalanotto, U.S. Navy SEAL
HEROINE: Veronica "Ronnie" St. John (pronounced "Sinjin") media consultant
Location: Washington, DC, and USA
PRINCE JOE was my original title for this book!
The original manuscript for PRINCE JOE came in about 30 pages too long. I cut an entire party
scene out of the book, in which Joe encounters a supermodel who’s been one of the real prince’s
lovers. Veronica, of course, is listening in from the surveillance van as the two interact! It was a funny
scene, but the book worked without it. (And, if you notice, the type size of PRINCE JOE is already
impossibly small!) Read the missing scene.
Holt Medallion Winner for Best Long Contemporary of the Year (1996)
Francis Award Winner, Best Category Romance of the Year (1996)
Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Finalist for Best Silhouette Intimate Moments of the Year (1996)
Romantic Times WISH Award for LT. Joe Catalanotto
Note From Suz: Okay, so here's how the Harlequin/Silhouette distribution system works -- or at
least this was the way the books were distributed back in May, 1996, when PRINCE JOE was
released. H/S would release their monthly shipment of books in two batches. One batch would come
out first thing, early in the month, and the other batch would come out a few weeks later.
Silhouette Intimate Moments came out in the second batch of books. Lines like Special Edition and
Harlequin SuperRomance came out in the first.
The story I heard was that all of the Harlequin/Silhouette books were shipped to the West Coast of
the USA on a train. (I picture the Little Engine that Could, bravely carrying boxcars of romance
novels to California with a cheery smile on his brave little face...) And in early May, 1996, the happy
train that carried the first shipment of books to the West Coast was hit (literally) by a freak storm.
This storm was so powerful it actually derailed the train, pushing it off the tracks and into a reservoir.
(As I recount this tale, I'm struck by the absurdity of this. However, I will continue. Whatever the
details, the truth remains that a train (probably one without a smiley face on the front) carrying the
first shipment of H/S books was derailed and the cargo (i.e. books) destroyed.
So, you know in those author/publisher contracts when they say things like "Act of God?" Well, this
was considered an Act of God, those books were considered lost, and, kids, they weren't ever
replaced. (Which was a serious blow to the authors of those books, you can be sure!)
Now, by the time the second batch of H/S books made their way to the West Coast (and I'm talking
about the entire West Coast. Not just California. But more like West of the Mississippi...) all those
avid series romance readers were desperate for SOMEthing to read -- especially the fans of longer
contemporary romances, such as SuperRomances and Special Editions. And, alleluia, here was the
shipment of Silhouette Intimate Moments. And, included in that shipment was a nifty little book with
the rather unusual title of PRINCE JOE (and an interesting cover, too -- check out the original cover
below) by an as-yet-unknown new author named Suzanne Brockmann.
My theory is this: IM readers picked up PRINCE JOE. Special Edition readers picked up PRINCE
JOE. SuperRomance readers picked up PRINCE JOE. And, being desperate for something to read,
they all gave it a go and bought the book. PRINCE JOE sold like crazy -- so crazy, in fact, that it
showed up on the USA Today bestseller list!
So you see, I believe that PRINCE JOE's success was due at least in part because of that train that
derailed and left all those readers desperate for a good book!
Joe in German
An earlier draft of Joe in German
The trade paperback 2-in-1
reissue of Joe and Forever Blue
PJ's original cover art
The Mira reissue from May 2002