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Product Details

  • Paperback: 245 pages
  • Publisher: Medallion Press (July 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932815082
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932815085
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 4.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,254,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Mary Stella currently resides in the Florida Keys.

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A voracious book fan since first learning to read, I fell in love with romance novels while pursuing my B.A. degree in English decades ago. A professional writer since someone first paid me to write radio commercials while I was still in college, I always dreamed of writing a book someday. Eventually, I realized that a book wouldn't spring fully written from my brain so I'd better get cracking.
All Keyed Up, a humorous contemporary romance set at a dolphin facility in the Florida Keys with a determined researcher and a stubborn DEA agent, is my debut novel, originally published in print format a few years ago. Key of Sea, published a year later, proves that an ex-trophy wife can create a new life for herself, find love again with a younger man, and successfully battle land crabs.
I updated both of my books prior to releasing them electronically. I'm hard at work on a new project, which will also be set in the Florida Keys - the beautiful, fun, slightly abnormal island chain that I call home.
I love to hear from readers. Please email me at mary@mary-stella.com.

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Highly recommend and it's a great beach read.
Jerseykat
The setting, topic, and characters all worked well together.
Kristi Ahlers
She has a cast of interesting characters that you'll enjoy.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kristi Ahlers on August 4, 2004
Format: Paperback
Ms. Stella has penned a fun and light hearted read, which was a pure pleasure to read. Fun characters, and storyline made this a quick "Perfect for Anytime" read.

Dr. Victoria Sheffield is ready to put the past behind her and put her own mark of the study of bottle-nosed dolphins after her ex steals her last project. She decides her best bet will be an unkown dolphin facility located in the Florida Keys. Armed with her strength and conviction, not to mention her own personal trust fund she sets out to prove her dreams. What she doesn't count on is her very real and human reaction to Aunt Ruby's nephew Jack. He's the cause of more heat then the hot Florida sun and perhaps more trouble then Victoria can handle.

Jack is recovering from a very serious injury he received while working undercover for the DEA. He can't believe that his sweet Aunt Ruby has excepted a proposal of a marine mammal scientist as a way of fixing their dolphin facility. He promises that he's going to keep a close eye on Victoria the doctor. He can tell that the pretty Victoria is hiding something and he plans on finding out what exactly. What he dosen't count on is how the pretty little doctor makes him feel.

It's not long before Jack finds out what Victoria is hiding and in turns finds himself working hard to foil the person that is hard at work trying to de-rail her project. Togther they find that what they thought was important may not be so important after all. Perhaps love can change the way they look at things.

This was a fun read. The setting, topic, and characters all worked well together. The secondary characters such as Aunt Ruby, and lets not forget the dolphin "gang" are just as important to the storyline as Jack and Victoria. Ms. Stella is a very talented author and one that I look forward to reading again soon. I highly recommend this read!

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on August 31, 2004
Format: Paperback
Severely injured on the job, DEA Undercover Agent Jack Benton is on medical leave recuperating at Dolphin Land in the Florida Keys. His beloved Aunt Ruby Maguire, a widow of six months, owns the dilapidated facility that Jack wants to sell to developers so the woman who raised him could live a pampered life. Ruby refuses to sell because the six dolphins who reside in the lagoon are family to her. Instead she agrees to allow Delphind Prize winner Dr. Vic Sheffield to conduct research here.

Vic is actually Victoria as she uses her ailing father's name to research the cooperative communication between Atlantic bottlenose dolphins. Victoria and Jack are attracted to one another, but he remains suspicious of her motives though he finds her energy quite exhilarating. As her research takes focus and she falls in love with Jack, his aunt, and the sextet of dolphins, Victoria has money problems and worse her ex is trying to blackmail his way onto her study; he stole her work on their so-called collaborative efforts. Jack will do anything including give up undercover work and stop a sleazy rat when it comes to his Vic.

Though the ex has no redeeming qualities and one must wonder about academic ethics with what he got away with, fans will feel ALL KEYED UP for more works by this author after reading this stellar tale. The contemporary romantic story line contains a fine lead couple and his nice aunt (think Mayberry's Bee), but the audience will treasure the moments when Scarlett, Rhett, Melly, Ashley, Robin Hood, and Marian co-star with the human trio.

Harriet Klausner
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Don Napolitano on July 23, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Swimming with the dolphins is at the top of my bucket list, and if I can't swim with them, reading a story with dolphins is the next best thing. Mary Stella does an excellent job of drawing you into the Florida Key setting and making you feel you are there. She has a cast of interesting characters that you'll enjoy. The hero seems a little rough at first, but bear with him--you'll find him worth the wait. I loved the heroine, a research scientist who is in desperate need of a research study and finds so much more. Then add to the mix a fun and feisty aunt, whom you'll wish was your own. A delightful read.

After reading All Keyed Up, I went on to read the excerpt of the next book, Key of Sea, and Mary Stella reeled me right in. As soon as I finish this review, I'm off to buy it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jerseykat on July 13, 2011
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Had previously read "Key of Sea" by the same author and I loved it. So had to go back to the keys and check out this offering.
Happy to say I wasn't disappointed, it is a very fun read.
After having visisted the keys several times Ms. Stella captures the quirkiness of its' residents and the feel for the place.
Highly recommend and it's a great beach read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nan Reinhardt on April 2, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Mary Stella's All Keyed Up kept me up a good bit of the night reading! What a treat! She brought the Florida Keys to life, obviously has done her research about dolphins and marine research, and has created a fun world in Dolphin Land. Characters Jack, a DEA agent recovering from injuries sustained in a drug bust, Dr. Victoria, a marine biologist running away from an overbearing father and a broken engagement, and Ruby, the owner of a falling-apart dolphin facility in Key West are all engaging. You root for everyone, even the dolphins, as Victoria and Jack fight, fall in love, then work together to save Dolphin Land. Enjoy! Enjoy!
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