Her ideas usually start with her own experiences, she said. She learned about the legal world depicted in "Legal Tender" from working as a paralegal. "I saw a newspaper story . . . about a woman that died after drinking from a vase that had lily of the valley in it -- the flower is poisonous. And then I just wanted to kill lawyers," she said.
The idea for "Stolen Memories" came from her Arundel High School reunion. Seventeen members of her class had died. She wove that into a tale about a failed murder attempt.
She hears from readers and writes back to fans. One woman complained that her book contributed to the moral decay of society and the spread of disease because the characters had unprotected sex. Still, most of the hundreds of letters are pleasant.
That's fine for Ms. Pollero, who said she reads and writes romance novels partly because "I am a sucker for a happy ending."
From "Stolen Memories," a Harlequin Intrigue novel issued in May:
The pleasant scent of his cologne mingled with the other sensory messages vying for attention. His thumb stroked her cheek, gradually increasing the friction until even her face flamed with desire. He was so solid and yet his kiss was so tender, Sam couldn't decide which she liked better. It was all so very wonderful.