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Subject: puzzled by author's name listing problem in Harlequin Presents series -- he
Date Posted: 4/28/2010 7:22 PM ET
Member Since: 9/24/2008
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Hello all!

I've recently tried to post to my bookshelf a few books in the Harlequin Presents series. The books causing me a problem in posting are by an author named -- according to my book covers, at least -- Helen Brooks. When I check the book info before posting, however, the author's name comes up as Barbara Brooks-Simon ... even though, on the covers pictured, the author's name clearly reads Helen Brooks, just like on my copy!

Thought some of you might be familiar with this author -- whether she underwent a name change at some point -- or could give me pointers on how to handle this. If the two names refer to the same person, seems like some book data editing is in order, to get both names on all her books ... but I don't know enough about this circumstance to feel confident about doing that.

Thanks for any help!

Date Posted: 4/29/2010 6:21 AM ET
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According to fantastic fiction, Helen Brooks is a pseudonym for Rita Bradshaw, not Barbara Brooks-Simon. Also, according to Wikipedia (for what it's worth), Rita Bradshaw and Helen Brooks are the only names used by this author.

I don't think HB and BBS are the same person. I've often seen books attributed to the wrong author. I did a search for books that are attributed to BBS here on PBS...

BBS writes books for children and young adults and has done so under that name since the early 1990's. Her subjects include California history and the Underground Railroad.

Helen Brooks writes romance novels and according to her Harlequin bio, lives in Northhampton, England. I couldn't find a bio for BBS, but she writes for Random House. Although many authors do use pseudonyms when writing various genres or with various publishers, HB did write a children's book in 2009 using the name HB. If she and BBS are the same person, it seems she would use the same name as the one for which she has established a rep in the genre.

Logic aside, the book should be attributed to the name on the cover. I'd submit book data corrections for all the romances listed on PBS that say Helen Brooks on the cover but the author info indicates Barbara Brooks-Simon.

Date Posted: 4/30/2010 1:36 AM ET
Member Since: 9/24/2008
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Thanks, Colleen K., for all that sleuth-work. I did some, too, and pretty much came up with the same you did. I also took this question over to the Questions About PBS forum and we pretty much chewed it to a similar resolution ...



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