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Amy is an award-winning Aussie author who has written thirty-three romances for Harlequin Mills and Boon in both the Medical and KISS lines. She wrote her first book at the age of twenty-two while unemployed and freezing her butt off in the UK, largely because it involved being able to stay in bed with her electric blanket. One twelve year apprenticeship later she finally got "the call". To date she's sold over a million books and been translated into thirteen different languages. In 2010 she took out the sexy category in the prestigious Australian Romantic Book of the Year Award affectionately known as the Ruby. She's recently launched a couple of separate writing ventures with the release of Sister Pact a contemporary women's fiction novel that she wrote with her sister Ros Baxter and was published by Harper Collins Australia as well as the very exciting release of her first category romance, Taming the Tycoon, with Entangled Publishing. She's also written one of the four novellas in a Christmas anthology for Entangled called, Baby It's Cold Outside.
Colette Auclair began life in Pittsburgh, writing stories in goldenrod notebooks. After studying theater and advertising at Northwestern University, she spent her formative years as a copywriter in Manhattan, where she absorbed lots of theater and a few martinis. Then she landed in Colorado and accidentally wrote a romance novel—Thrown—which became a Romance Writers of America Golden Heart finalist. It's the first book in Colette's Aspen Valley series, followed by Jumped and Branded, all published by Simon and ; Schuster's Pocket Star. Colette lives near Denver with her actor husband, elegant Thoroughbred mare and two Portuguese Water Dogs.
I'm a multi-published author who specializes in contemporary romances. I've always had a passion for writing very sensual stories that incorporate some suspense and/or humor. My books have been translated into more than a dozen foreign languages, into electronic format, and have been re-issued in trade paperback as well as large print library editions. Most can be ordered at your favorite online bookstore or by special order at bricks and mortar stores. My own personal hero is a former Marine who helped me create three beautiful, intelligent children. Our family lives in rural Ohio. In my free time, I enjoy bird watching, gardening and reading. I also love being in or near large bodies of water and spending time with my family:-)
Jennifer Bernard is the author of the Bachelor Firemen of San Gabriel series for Avon Books. She’s a graduate of Harvard and a former news promo producer. The child of academics, she confounded her family by preferring romance novels to any other books. She left big city life for true love in Alaska, where she now lives with her husband and stepdaughters. She’s no stranger to book success, as she also writes erotic novellas under a naughty secret name not to be mentioned at family gatherings. Visit her on the Web at www.JenniferBernard.net
When an aptitude test labeled her suited for librarian or clergy, Rogenna Brewer joined the Navy. Ever the rebel, she landed in the chaplain's office where duties included operating the base library. She's served Navy, Coast Guard and Marine Corps personnel in such exotic locales as Midway Island and the Pentagon. Navy SEALs are among her favorite heroes, but not the only military and civilian heroes and heroines this romance author chooses to write about.
"From Navy Vet to Romance Novelist. Not just a job, thirteen years of Navy SEAL research."
Kelsey Browning writes sass kickin’ love stories full of hot heroes, saucy heroines and spicy romance. Personal Assets, the first in her four-book contemporary romance series, will be released by Carina Press in August, 2013. Originally from a Texas town smaller than the ones she writes about, Kelsey has also lived in the Middle East and Los Angeles, proving she’s either adventurous or downright nuts. These days, she hangs out in northeast Georgia with Tech Guy, Smarty Boy, Bad Dog and Pharaoh, a Canine Companions for Independence puppy. She’s currently at work on the third book in her Shelbyville, Texas series. Give her a shout at Kelsey@KelseyBrowning.com or drop by www.KelseyBrowning.com.
Kim Carmichael began writing nine years ago when her love of happy endings inspired her to create her own. A Southern California native, Kim's contemporary romance combines Hollywood magic with pop culture to create quirky characters set against some of most unique and colorful settings in the world. With a weakness for designer purses, bad boys and techno geeks, Kim married her own computer whiz after he proved he could keep her all her gadgets running and finally admitted handbags were an investment. Kim is a member of the Romance Writers of America, as well as some small specialty chapters. A multi-published author, Kim's books can be found on Amazon as well as Barnes and Nobel. From alcohol to makeup to infrared cameras and even scientific lasers studying the atmosphere, Kim has worked in some aspect of sales and marketing for over twenty years. When not writing, she can usually be found slathered in sunscreen trolling Los Angeles and helping top doctors build their practices.
Despite a no-nonsense background as a West Point graduate and U.S. Army officer, Caro Carson has always treasured the happily-ever-after of a good romance novel. After her military service, she worked in the healthcare industry with a Fortune 100 company, talking science with hundreds of doctors who were rarely handsome bachelor Texans like the doctors in her books. Caro is delighted to be living her own happily-ever-after with her husband (who is a handsome Texan) and their two children. They live in the great state of Florida, a location which has saved the coaster-loving theme park fanatics a fortune on plane tickets. You can find Caro on Facebook more often than she should be there at http://www.Facebook.com/authorCaroCarson.
Char Chaffin started reading romance, science fiction and horror at a very young age. Her love of books is directly responsible for her overflowing bookcases, and the bounty stored on her new Kindle threatens to eclipse her entire paper collection. Char currently writes mainstream and contemporary romance filled with family, rich characters and engaging plots. For her, it all comes back to the love. Char began her writing odyssey as a poet, crafting Victorian-style poetry, then went on to writing short stories. She found her niche when she began writing longer and longer short stories, until she wrote her first novel. It might never see the light of day, but writing it taught her a lot. Over the years she worked a variety of jobs, from farm hand to costume designer to fiscal accountant, before deciding a writing career was her true focus. A native New Yorker, Char lives Upstate on a sixty-acre farm with husband Don, rat terrier Daisy Mae and two barn cats who constantly slack off on the job of keeping the barn free of varmints. The Chaffin extended family is scattered all over the United States and Alaska.
When she’s not pounding away at her keyboard or burying her nose in books and Kindle, she tends a huge vegetable garden and helps Don maintain a sixty-acre farm.
Caren Crane grew up in Nashville, TN, and as a result does not care for country music. However, she cares a great deal about family, friends and men in boots. She blames her love of reading on a childhood devoid of TV and heavy on amusing oneself. Reading books was a lot more fun than playing with Barbies and playing "library" was far superior to playing "school." When she discovered romance novels, the librarians at her local branch library were horrified but Caren was delighted. She now lives in North Carolina with her tall, handsome husband and a very chatty and irascible rescue cat. She is sometimes visited by her three grown children, who are busy having wonderful lives and only require: beds during college breaks, food, rides back to school (though a bus ticket will suffice) and sometimes cash. Which leaves her with lots of time to write funny, heartwarming stories set in her adopted home state, North Carolina, and to investigate the Smoky Mountains, from whence her mother's people all came. She plans to set a future series in the Smoky Mountains of her native state, Tennessee, and fill the books full of family, friends and happy-ever-after endings. Which all books should feature, in her opinion.
Melissa Cutler knows she has the best job in the world, dividing her time between her dual passions for writing sexy contemporary romances and edge-of-your-seat romantic suspense. She was struck at an early age by an unrelenting travel bug and is probably planning her next vacation as you read this. When she's not globetrotting, she's enjoying Southern California's flip-flop wearing weather and wrangling two rambunctious kids. Presently, my next contemporary romance releases in October of this year and I'd love to be a guest blogger during that month.
A former criminal prosecutor and now national bestselling author, Virna writes for Random House and Harlequin. She is also a bestselling Indie author.
New York Times bestselling author SUSAN DONOVAN’s novels have won accolades for their humor, characterization, and sexual tension – “brain candy for smart women,” as she calls it. A former newspaper reporter, Susan has written more than twenty novels and novellas that have been translated into dozens of languages. Her novel, TAKE A CHANCE ON ME, won Romantic Times Bookreviews Reviewer's Choice Award for Best Contemporary Romance in 2003, and THE KEPT WOMAN and NOT THAT KIND OF GIRL were RITA finalists. She is a former newspaper journalist with degrees from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. She lives in Maryland with her family and dogs.
By day, Margaret Ethridge is buried in spreadsheets. At night she pens tales of people tangling up the sheets. The product of a charming rogue and a shameless flirt, you only have to scratch the surface of this mild-mannered married lady to find a naughty streak a mile wide.
She pens tales of true-to-life women’s fiction, contemporary romance, and has been known to dabble a bit in the paranormal. Titles include: Paramour, Inamorata, Contentment and Commitment (2013 GDRWA Booksellers Best Award finalist) from Turquoise Morning Press and Spring Chickens from The Wild Rose Press. Margaret also writes steamy erotic romance under the pen name Maggie Wells.
My grandmother always told me that it's impolite to toot your own horn. Bragging, she said, is not seemly for young lady. Well, I'm not that young anymore, and all I'm doing here is laying out the facts, ma'am, just the facts. *ornery grin*. I'm a bestselling, award-winning author of over 30 romance and women's fiction novels. I wrote for Harlequin Books for twenty years. My HQ books won me 3 HOLT Medallions as well as other awards and made bestseller lists. A few years ago I started self-publishing my work. My "indie" books have won awards and have made it onto both the Kindle and Nook Top 100 Lists. (Can the the New York Times and USA Today Lists be far behind? I like to think not.) As an Indie Author, I have found "being my own boss" to be as exhilarating as it is overwhelming. I've been amazed by reader response to my books! I know that I am nothing without readers who are willing to buy, read, and review my work. To my loyal readers, I'd like to say, "THANK YOU!"
If you enjoy romance novels that make you laugh and also tug at your heart, please give my books a try.
Jennifer Faye has spent most of her life with her nose in one book or another. It was only natural that she dreamed of becoming a romance writer and spinning the tales of the imaginary people running around in her mind. But first life took her on a couple of detours. Refusing to give up on her dreams, she finally succeeded in getting her name on a book cover. She currently resides in Pennsylvania with her very, very patient husband, one amazing daughter (the other remarkable daughter has flown the coop to chase her own dreams) and two spoiled rotten cats. When she’s not glued to her laptop writing another contemporary romance (which isn’t often) or enjoying some family time, she loves to get lost in a good book, cross-stitch, embroider, quilt, knit, watch hockey (go Pittsburgh Penguins!), and garden.
Joya Fields has had over 100 stories and articles published in local and national magazines. Her debut novel, BENEATH THE SURFACE, is a NJRW GOLDEN LEAF WINNER FOR BEST FIRST BOOK OF 2012 and is nominated for RT Book Reviews 2012 Indie Press/Self-Published Contemporary Romance award. Over the years, Joya has taught arts and crafts, worked in public relations, owned a daycare center, helped her children raise prize-winning 4-H livestock, competed in three marathons, and even spent a year as a Baltimore Colts cheerleader. Joya loves spending time with her high school sweetheart/husband of over twenty years, two very supportive children, and a pug who follows her everywhere.
Barbara Freethy is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of 30 novels. In 2011, she began self publishing her backlist and has sold an incredible 2.7 million ebooks. Ten of her titles appeared on the USA Today bestseller list for a total of 45 weeks and several titles made appearances on the New York Times. Her book SUMMER SECRETS hit #1 on the New York Times and remained on the list for four weeks. Other bestselling titles include DON'T SAY A WORD, GOLDEN LIES, ALL SHE EVER WANTED, JUST THE WAY YOU ARE, RYAN'S RETURN, DANIEL'S GIFT, LOVE WILL FIND A WAY, SILENT RUN and TAKEN. Barbara writes contemporary romance, romantic suspense and women's fiction. She is known for writing emotional and compelling stories about love and family, sometimes with a little suspense, sometimes with a little magic. Her current contemporary romance series, THE WISH SERIES, begins with A SECRET WISH, #1, JUST A WISH AWAY, #2 and WHEN WISHES COLLIDE, #3.
Before Cindy Gerard entered the slippery slope of Single Title Romantic Suspense in 2005 with her award winning Body Guard series, she wrote 30 category romance novels, first for Bantam’s Loveswept line and then for Harlequin/Silhouette’s Desire line. She’s currently writing her 14th single title romantic suspense novel for her new One-Eyed Jacks series, which is a spin-off of her New York Times best-selling Black Ops, Inc. series for Pocket Books. Two of Cindy’s novels have been featured in Cosmopolitan Magazine as COSMO Red Hot Reads, she’s appeared on many best-seller lists, among them Publisher’s Weekly and USA Today and has a string of 9 New York Times best sellers going for her. In addition to numerous industry awards, among them RT’s Reviewer’s Choice award for best Romantic Intrigue and 2 Reader’s Crownes for best Romantic Suspense, Cindy is also a 6 time Romance Writers of America Rita finalist and a 2 time RITA winner.
Grace writes fiction with romance, suspense and inspiration ~ always with a strong heroine at its heart. She’s also an artist and photographer. When she's writing, all of these interests show up on the page. Her award-winning debut release, BEACH RENTAL, and her second novel, KINCAID’S HOPE are published with Turquoise Morning Press. Her Indie adventure began in 2012 with A Stranger in Wynnedower. BEACH WINDS, a sequel to BEACH RENTAL, is scheduled for a November 2013 release.
Rebecca Heflin is an award-winning author who has dreamed of writing romantic fiction since she was fifteen and her older sister snuck a copy of Kathleen Woodiwiss' Shanna to her and told her to read it. Rebecca writes women's fiction and contemporary romance. When not passionately pursuing her dream, Rebecca is busy with her day-job as a practicing attorney. Rebecca is a member of Romance Writers of America (RWA), Florida Romance Writers, RWA Contemporary Romance, and Florida Writers Association. She and her mountain-climbing husband live at sea level in sunny Florida.
Nebraska native Sherry James spent her youth riding horses and writing, and all those hours she spent in the saddle gave her plenty of time to think up all kinds of romantic stories. She grew up to become not only a rodeo queen, but a published author, too. These days she splits her time between her family, the computer, and the barn. She is a founding member and past president of the Prairieland Romance Writers, and a long-time member of RWA, and a member ofWestern Writers of America. She writes both romantic comedy, and contemporary and historical cowboys. You can discover more about her award-winning books at Sherry’s web site, www.sherryjames.com.
Autumn Jordon is a quiet nut with a reputation for finding trouble. Ask anyone who knows her.
Crafting stories has always been part of her life. While in fourth grade, her first novel, A Night To Remember, sold three copies: to her best friend, her teacher and her mother. Both her romantic suspense and contemporary romance novels have received many awards including, RWA National Golden Heart©, the NJRW Golden Leaf, the Golden Acorn, and the NJRW PYHIAB to name a few.
Stacy Juba got engaged at Epcot Theme Park and spent part of her honeymoon at Disneyland Paris, where she ate a burger, went on fast rides, and threw up on the train ride to the hotel. In addition to working on her new Storybook Valley chick lit/sweet romance series, Stacy has written books about ice hockey, teen psychics, U.S. flag etiquette for kids, and determined women sleuths. She has had a novel ranked as #5 in the Nook Store and #30 on the Amazon Kindle Paid List. When she’s not visiting theme parks with her family, (avoiding rides that spin and exotic hamburgers) or writing about them, Stacy helps authors to strengthen their manuscripts through her Crossroads Editing Service.
Top Selling Romance Author, Debra Kayn, lives with her family in the beautiful coastal mountains of Oregon on a hobby farm. She enjoys riding motorcycles, gardening, playing tennis, and fishing. A huge animal lover, she always has a dog under her desk when she writes and chickens standing at the front door looking for a treat. She's famous in her family for teaching a 270 lb hog named Harley to jog with her every morning. Her love of family ties and laughter makes her a natural to write heartwarming contemporary stories to the delight of her readers. Oh, let's cut to the chase. She loves to write about REAL MEN and the WOMEN who love them. When Debra was nineteen years old, a man kissed her without introducing himself. When they finally came up for air, the first words out of his mouth were…will you have my babies? Considering Debra's weakness for a sexy, badass man, who is strong enough to survive her attitude, she said yes. A quick wedding at the House of Amour and four babies later, she's living her own romance book.
Virginia is an RWA Golden Heart® Finalist and a finalist in several published writing contests, including the Holt Medallion. Besides writing and reading, Virginia enjoys nature and traveling. The mother of three, she is an academic librarian and a native of Peru. She lives in Florida. Her books are set in fictional locales based on Peru and the Florida Gulf Coast.
KC Klein has lived most of her life with her head in the clouds and her nose buried in a book. She did stop reading long enough to make a home with a real life hero, her husband, for over seventeen years. A mother of two children, she spends her time slaying dragons, saving princesses, and championing the belief in the happily-ever-after. Her debut novel, Dark Future, was a 2010 Prism finalist and has been honored with a reviewer’s choice award. She’s the author of the sexy cowboy Texas Fever series, Texas Wide Open, and Hustlin’ Texas. She’s also a contributing author to the fun, sci-fi romance anthology, Hotter on the Edge series that has won two Night Owl Top Picks and a 2012 RONE Award. KC loves to hear from readers and can be found desperately pounding away on her laptop in yoga pants and leopard slippers or more conveniently at www.kckleinbooks.com.Julie Korzenko
Julie Korzenko Born in England, raised in New England, and subsequently settling in the South, my background has strongly influenced my eclectic taste in literature, art, and life experiences. A passionate advocate for nature and wildlife, I began college as a zoology major but ultimately graduated with a business degree in paralegal studies. My career has run the gamut from law to network administration to marketing and back to law. My fervent desire to "save the animals" feeds my writing and is the foundation for my ZEBRA series. My home in the North Georgia mountains provides an environment that infuses creative energy and naturally evokes the ambiance found in my novels. In order to provide for the horde of dogs, cats, fish, and any other critters that seek shelter on my land, I currently work as a personal-injury paralegal for a boutique law firm.
Coleen Kwan has been a bookworm all her life. At school English was her favorite subject, but for some reason she decided on a career in IT. After many years of programming, she wondered what else there was in life -- and discovered writing. She loves writing contemporary romance and steampunk romance. Coleen lives in Sydney, Australia with her partner and two children. When she isn't writing she enjoys avoiding housework, eating chocolate, and watching The Office.
Award-winning author Kim Law wrote her first story, "The Gigantic Talking Raisin," in elementary school. Although it was never published, it was enough to whet her appetite for a career in writing. First, however, she would try her hand at a few other passions: baton twirling, softball, and music, to name a few. Voted "Bookworm" and "Most Likely to Succeed" in high school, she went on to earn a college degree in mathematics. Law spent years working as a computer programmer and raising her son, and she now devotes her time and energy to writing romance novels (none of which feature talking raisins.) She is a Romance Writers of America's RITA® finalist, a past winner of the RWA's Golden Heart® Award, and currently serves as president for her local RWA chapter. Her books can best be described as a light-hearted mix taking her readers on a sexy, fun, and emotional ride. A native of Kentucky, she now lives with her husband and an assortment of animals in her Middle Tennessee home.
Nikki Logan lives amongst a string of wetlands in Western Australia with her long-suffering partner and a menagerie of furred, feathered and scaly mates. She studied film and theatre at university, and worked for years in advertising and film distribution before finally settling down in the wildlife industry. Her romance with nature goes way back, and she considers her life charmed, given that she works with wildlife by day and writes fiction by night–the perfect way to combine her two loves. Nikki believes that the passion and risk of falling in love are perfectly mirrored in the danger and beauty of wild places. Every romance she writes contains an element of nature, and if readers catch a waft of rich earth or the spray of wild ocean between the pages she knows her job is done. Nikki debuted for Harlequin Enterprises (writing for the Romance line) in February 2010.
As a child, Barbara Longley moved frequently, learning early on how to entertain herself with stories. Adulthood didn’t tame her peripatetic ways: she has lived on an Appalachian commune, taught on an Indian reservation, and traveled the country from coast to coast. After having children of her own, she decided to try staying put, choosing Minnesota as her home. By day, she puts her master’s degree in special education to use teaching elementary school. By night, she explores all things mythical, paranormal, and newsworthy, channeling what she learns into her writing.
Multi published, RITA and ; R*BY award winning author, Fiona Lowe is internationally published with Harlequin Mills and ; Boon and Carina Press. She writes contemporary romances featuring small towns with big hearts.
She loves creating characters you could meet on the street and enjoys putting them in unique situations where they eventually fall in love. Fiona currently lives in Australia, which is a lot warmer than Wisconsin, and she attempts to juggle her writing career with her own real life hero, a rambling garden with 80 rose bushes while raising two heroes in the making. Writing wise, she divides her time between writing single title contemporary romance and medical romances.
The Wedding Fever Trilogy is out in 2013 starting with Saved By The Bride in April, Picture Perfect Wedding in August and Runaway Groom in January 2014.
USA Today bestseller Catherine Mann and RITA Award winner, Catherine writes contemporary romance for Berkley, Harlequin, and Sourcebooks, With over two million books in print in more than twenty countries, she has also celebrated five RITA finals, three Maggie Award of Excellence finals and a Bookseller’s Best win. A former theater school director and university instructor, she holds a Master’s degree in Theater from UNC-Greensboro and a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts:Theater (with minors in both English and Education) from the College of Charleston. Catherine and her flyboy husband live on the Florida coast where they brought up their 4 children – and still have 5 four-legged, furry “children” (aka pets). Catherine is an active volunteer with her local Humane Society, serving on their Board of Directors and fostering puppies and special needs dogs (she stopped counting at a hundred). She recently checked off a major item on her “bucket list” by completing the hands-on training for the Florida State Animal Rescue Coalition.
Wendy S. Marcus
Wendy S. Marcus lives in the beautiful Hudson Valley region of New York with her husband, two of their three children, and a much loved Bichon Frise named Buddy. A nurse by trade, Wendy has her master’s degree in health care administration. After years of working in the medical profession, Wendy has taken a radical turn to writing hot contemporary romance with strong heroes, feisty heroines, and lots of laughs. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with her family and blogging/e-mailing/tweeting with her online friends. To learn more about Wendy visit her website, www.WendySMarcus.com.
From the time Lee was ten years old and read Anne of Green Gables and Little Women, she wanted to be a writer, just like Anne and Jo. In the intervening years she has written advertising copy, magazine articles, and an honors thesis in paleontology, and edited conference proceedings, educational material and technical publications. Along the way her imagination demanded a more creative outlet, and she soon discovered the world of romance. Becoming a four-time Golden Heart finalist and a Harlequin author are her proudest accomplishments yet. Lee and her artist/teacher husband live on an island in the Pacific Northwest, and she loves to spend time with two of her best friends—her grown-up children. Readers can find her on Facebook and Twitter (@LeeMcWrites), and she invites them to sign up for her monthly eNewsletter, "Life in the Slow Lane," via her website.
Patricia McLinn is the author of more than 25 award-winning and best-selling romance, women's fiction, and mystery novels. Reviewers cite her work for strong, believable characters in witty, warm stories. She is the past president of Novelists, inc, an international organization for multi-published popular fiction authors. In addition to her work as an author, McLinn is an active participant in the web site A Writer's Work. The web site, run by a group of authors, puts the works of multi-published authors directly into the hands of readers worldwide.
Trish Milburn writes contemporary romance for Harlequin American Romance and paranormal romance for Harlequin Nocturne. She also writes young adult fiction for Bell Bridge Books and has self-published several of her romantic suspense and women's fiction titles. She’s a two-time Golden Heart award winner, a fan of walks in the woods and road trips, and is a big geek girl, including being a dedicated Whovian and Browncoat and the occasional cosplayer.
USA Today bestselling author Sarah Morgan writes hot, happy contemporary romance and her trademark humour and sensuality have gained her fans across the globe. Described as ‘a magician with words’ by RT Book Reviews, she has been nominated three years in succession for the prestigious RITA© Award from the Romance Writers of America and won the award twice; in 2012 for her book ‘Doukakis’s Apprentice’ and 2013 for ‘A Night of No Return’. She also won the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award in 2012 and has made numerous appearances in their ‘Top Pick’ slot.
Sarah lives near London with her husband and children, and when she isn’t reading or writing she loves being outdoors, preferably on vacation so she can forget the house needs tidying. You can visit Sarah online at www.sarahmorgan.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AuthorSarahMorgan and on Twitter @SarahMorgan_
With more than 7 million copies of her books in print worldwide, award winning and USA Today bestseller Lucy Monroe has published over 60 books and had her stories translated for sale all over the world. While she writes multiple subgenres of romance, all of her books are sexy, deeply emotional and adhere to the concept that love will conquer all. A passionate devotee of romance, she adores sharing her love for the genre with her readers.
Carla Neggers is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 60 novels, with translations in 24 languages. Born and raised on the western edge of the beautiful Quabbin Reservoir in rural Massachusetts, Carla grew up with tales of her father’s life as a Dutch sailor and her mother’s childhood in northwest Florida. At a young age, Carla began penning her own stories on a branch high up in her favorite sugar maple. Now she enjoys spending time at the family homestead (now a tree farm) with her six brothers and sisters and their families. When she’s not writing, Carla loves to travel, hike, kayak, garden, and, of course, dive into a good book. She lives with her family in Vermont, near Quechee Gorge.
It was a shocking experience that jump-started Brenda Novak's career as a bestselling author--she caught her day-care provider drugging her children with cough syrup to get them to sleep all day. That was when Brenda decided she needed to quit her job as a loan officer and help make a living from home.
"When I first got the idea to become a novelist, it took me five years to teach myself the craft and finish my first book," Brenda says. But she sold that book, and the rest is history. Her novels have made the New York Times, USA Today and Borders/Waldenbooks bestseller lists and won many awards, including three Rita nominations, the Book Buyer's Best, the Book Seller's Best and the National Reader's Choice Award. Brenda and her husband, Ted, live in Sacramento and are proud parents of five children--three girls and two boys. When she's not spending time with her family or writing, Brenda is usually working on her annual fund-raiser for diabetes research--an online auction held on her Web site (www.brendanovak.com) every May. Brenda has raised over $1.6 million to date.
Born in the Ohio Valley, Terri relocated below the Mason Dixon line in the early 1990s after experiencing three blizzards in eighteen months. Seeking warmer climes, she landed in Nashville, did a stint in Arkansas, and eventually moved to the East Coast, where she settled near the ocean and earned her bachelor’s degree while raising a daughter. Reading has always been a passion in her life, with Romance her chosen genre, but it wasn’t until 2007 she endeavored to write her own. Five years and many pages later, in 2012, she was named a finalist in the Romance Writers of America® Golden Heart® contest. An agent and contract soon followed. The first in her sexy but sweet Anchor Island Series, titled MEANT TO BE, released in May 2013 from Montlake Romance. Terri resides in Virginia with a teenager, a Yorkipoo, and two fat and happy tabbies. (Though the tabbies wouldn't mind seeing the Yorkiepoo evicted.) To learn more about this author and her work, visit her website at www.terriosburn.com.
Anne Patrick is the author of more than a dozen novels of Romance, Mayhem and ; Faith including the award winning and bestselling FIRE AND ASH (LRC’s 2010 Best Thriller/Suspense winner , TRR’s 2010 Best Inspirational winner, and CBD and ; ARE Bestseller), KILL SHOT (A finalist in the 2011 Grace Awards, 2012 CAPA nominee, and CBD and ; ARE Bestseller ), and TRESPASSES (2012 CAPA Award winner and CBD and ; ARE Bestseller). Her books have garnered four-star reviews from Romantic Times, 'Top Pick' and 'Best Book' honors from Night Owl Reviews and Long and Short of It Reviews, and Five-Heart reviews from The Romance Studio. When she isn't working on her next novel she enjoys spending time with family and friends, and traveling to foreign countries to experience new cultures and adventures. Born and raised in Oklahoma, she now makes her home in Kansas.
Susan Elizabeth Phillips
SUSAN ELIZABETH PHILLIPS is a New York Times, Publisher's Weekly, and USA Today bestseller, whose books are published all over the world. If you'd like to know more, including info on her newest book, whether any of her books will be made into movies, how to get an autographed book, where she gets her ideas, please visit her web site. You can also see goofy vacation photos. register for her monthly contest, and chat with her on her Message Board.
Jennifer Ryan, author of The Hunted Series, writes romantic suspense and contemporary small-town romances. Jennifer lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and three children. When she isn’t writing a book, she’s reading one. Her obsession with both is often revealed in the state of her home and how late dinner is to the table. When she finally leaves those fictional worlds, you’ll find her in the garden, playing in the dirt and daydreaming about people who live only in her head, until she puts them on paper. Please visit her website at www.jennifer-ryan.com for information about upcoming releases.
Debra Salonen is a nationally bestselling author with 26 published novels for Harlequin's Superromance and American lines and one single title release with MIRA. Several of her titles were nominated for "Best Superromance," including UNTIL HE MET RACHEL, which took home that honor in 2010. Debra was named "Series Storyteller of the Year" in 2006. Her current Indie publications include the four naughty novellas in her Screw Senility series, a sweet "love story--not a romance" called A HUNDRED YEARS OR MORE, and CELEBRATE!--a newly released holiday anthology with four other authors.
I’m an Australian author of Coastal Romance. I have a degree in Sociology and History (people watching and digging into the past), a passion for books, a tendency to invent my own recipes in the kitchen and to take really bad photos that nonetheless make me happy. I’ve always dreamed of living by the sea, and one day I’ll achieve it! Till then, welcome to my world of coastal dreaming.
Tori Scott has been seriously writing with an eye toward publication for 12 years, though she's been spinning tales and writing poetry since elementary school. She is a former Golden Heart finalist in the prestigious RWA writing contest, a winner in several regional contests, a finalist in the International Digital Awards, and a semi-finalist in the Best Indie Books of 2012. She lists several publications among her accomplishments, including a featured Christmas story in Woman's World magazine. Tori loves reading, swimming, photography, traveling, and especially writing. She sets most of her books in Texas because she was born in West Texas, raised in North Texas, and now lives in East Texas. She's spent the last five years traveling the entire state for work, and even taught Texas history for a few years. She tries to write what she knows...and loves.
Helen Scott Taylor
Helen Scott Taylor's first novel, The Magic Knot, won the American Title contest in 2008, was a Golden Heart® finalist, and was chosen as one of Booklist's top ten romances of 2009. Since then, she has published other novels, novellas, and short stories in both the UK and USA. Her published works have been finalists in a number of contests including the Holt Medallion, the Lories, the Prism Contest, the Write Touch Award and the Maggies.
Helen lives in South West England near Plymouth in Devon between the windswept expanse of Dartmoor and the rocky Atlantic coast. As well as her wonderful long-suffering husband, she shares her home with two Shih Tzus and an aristocratic chocolate-shaded-silver-burmilla cat who rules the household with a velvet paw. She believes that deep within everyone there's a little magic.
Annie lives with her husband, and ‘Bob’ the dog and two white cats in a house next to the beach on the east coast of Australia. She sits in her writing chair, gazing at the ocean and writing stories. Their two children are grown and married and she loves spending time gardening, walking on the beach and spoiling her two grandchildren. She has always been fascinated by all things romantic and has found her niche in life writing romance novels, ranging from contemporary to paranormal with a foray into steampunk! Her debut full length novel, Holiday Affair, a contemporary romance set in the South Pacific was released as part of Entangled Publishing’s Indulgence line in March 2012 and has been a best seller on both Amazon and Barnes and Noble. The sequel Italian Affair will be released in June 2013, followed shortly after by Outback Affair. Annie has more books being released in 2013 with Entangled Publishing in the Bliss, Entangled Suspense and Covet imprints. Annie has also ventured into independent publishing with her de Vargas family steampunk series: Winter of the Passion Flower and Summer of the Moon Flower. Blind Lust (Musa Publishing) a paranormal novella is a sweet romance and one of Annie’s favourites. In appreciation of the supportive author community, Annie has written a book on promotion to share the secrets of her success: Promotional Tips and Tricks for Aspiring Authors in the Digital Landscape.
Lizbeth Selvig writes fun, heartwarming contemporary romantic fiction for Avon books. Her debut novel, The Rancher and the Rock Star, was released in February, 2012. Her second, Rescued By A Stranger, is due out in late summer 2013. Liz lives in Minnesota with her best friend (aka her husband) and a hyperactive border collie. After working as a newspaper journalist and magazine editor, and raising an equine veterinarian daughter and a talented musician son, Lizbeth entered Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart® contest in 2010 with The Rancher and the Rock Star (then titled Songbird) and won the Single Title Contemporary category. In her spare time, she loves to hike, quilt, read, horseback ride, and play with her four-legged grandchildren, of which there are nearly twenty, including a wallaby, an alpaca, a donkey, a pig, two sugar gliders, and many dogs, cats and horses (pics of all appear on her website www.lizbethselvig.com). She loves connecting with readers! Find her on Facebook and Twitter.Abigail Sharpe
Abigail Sharpe writes contemporary stories of love, laughter, and happily ever after, where the hero actually likes the heroine - most of the time. Her first book, Who Wants to Marry a Cowboy, was released in May by Grand Central and her second, Who Wants to Marry a Doctor, is coming at the end of 2013. You can keep up with her on Goodreads or on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/AbigailSharpeBooks or on her website -www.abigailsharpe.com.
New York Times bestselling author Maggie Shayne will have published 51 novels and 23 novellas by the end of this year (2010). She has written for 7 publishers and 2 soap operas, has racked up 15 Rita Award nominations and actually, finally, won the damn thing in 2005. Her advice column, “Shayne on You” runs weekly in the Norwich Evening Sun. Maggie lives in a beautiful, century old, happily haunted farmhouse named “Serenity” in the wildest wilds of Cortland County, NY, with her soulmate, Lance. They share a pair of English Mastiffs, Dozer and ; Daisy, a little English Bulldog, Niblet, and the wise guardian and guru of them all, the feline Glory, who keeps the dogs firmly in their places. Maggie’s a Wiccan high priestess (legal clergy even) and an avid follower of the Law of Attraction (see www.abraham-hicks.com). Maggie’s 2010 season has been huge, with the back to back releases of her summer suspense trilogy, the Secrets of Shadow Falls: KILLING ME SOFTLY in July, KILL ME AGAIN in August, and KISS ME KILL ME in September.
Roxanne St. Claire
Roxanne St. Claire is a bestselling author of thirty novels of romance and suspense. A five-time nominee and one-time winner of the prestigious RITA Award for outstanding romantic fiction, her books have also won the National Reader’s Choice Award for best romantic suspense for two consecutive years, as well as the Daphne du Maurier Award, the HOLT Medallion, the Maggie, Booksellers Best, Book Buyers Best, five Awards of Excellence, the Aspen Gold and many others. Prior to launching a full time career as a novelist in 2003, Roxanne spent most of her professional life as a marketing executive and public relations consultant. She is a graduate of UCLA, an active member of several national writing organizations, and a lecturer on a wide range of writing-related topics. She lives in Satellite Beach, Florida with her husband and their two teenagers, and if you know her, you call her Rocki.
Juliana Stone’s love of the written word and 80s rock, have inspired her in more ways than one. She writes dark paranormal romance as well as Contemporary Romance and spends her days navigating a busy life that includes, a husband, kids, a dog and a cat. Juliana is represented by Sara Megibow of The Nelson Literary Agency.
After finaling in RWA’s prestigious Golden Heart in Regency romance, I found a home writing sassy stories for Harlequin Superromance. My first book starring a spinster librarian – Vegas Two Step – came out in June 2010, and since that time, I’ve publish nine more books with Harlequin. I often set my stories in Texas and Louisiana, and my upcoming books are all set in New Orleans. I live in the northern part of Louisiana with my husband who was my childhood sweetheart. We have two smart, handsome boys, two dogs and a cat. I love doing laundry, paying bills and creating masterful dinners for my family. I also lie in my bio to make myself look like the perfect wife. What I really like is pretty shoes, lemondrop martinis and fishing off the pier at the lake. You can visit me at www.liztalleybooks.com to learn more about the lies I tell myself…and my upcoming books.
LAURA TAYLOR is an award-winning romance writer with over a million books in print. More than a half million digital editions of her books have already been downloaded by eBook readers. She is the recipient of numerous awards for her writing, including 6 Romantic Times Lifetime Achievement, Reviewer's Choice, and Career Achievement Awards, 2 MAGGIE AWARDS from GRW/RWA, 2 Golden Heart Finalist Awards (RWA), an RWA RITA Finalist Award, and a Golden Rose Award from the Gold Coast Chapter of RWA. Laura is a highly regarded editorial consultant, a popular Workshop Leader at writers' conferences in the U.S., a permanent faculty member of the Southern California Writers' Conference, a member of International Thriller Writers (ITW), and one of the Original 25 Founding Members (and a member of the Board of Directors) of Novelists, Inc
Candis Terry is the author of the Sweet, Texas series and the Sugar Shack novels—contemporary romances with memorable love stories, quirky characters, and tons of fun. Born and raised near the sunny beaches of Southern California, Candis now makes her home on an Idaho farm. She’s experienced life in such diverse ways as working in a Hollywood recording studio to chasing down wayward steers. Only one thing has remained constant: Candis’ passion for writing stories about relationships, the push and pull in the search for love, and the security one finds in their own happily ever after. Candis loves to chat with readers at her website www.candisterry.com , Facebook www.facebook.com/candis.terry Or follow her on Twitter @CandisTerry.
Marin Thomas grew up in Janesville, Wisconsin. She left the Midwest to attend college at the University of Arizona in Tucson, where she played basketball for the Lady Wildcats and earned a B.A. in Radio-TV. Following graduation she married her college sweetheart in a five-minute ceremony at the historical Little Chapel of the West in Las Vegas, Nevada. Over the years she and her family have lived in seven different states but have now come full circle and returned to Arizona where the rugged desert and breathtaking sunsets provide plenty of inspiration for Marin's cowboy books.
Shiloh Walker has been writing since she was a kid. She fell in love with vampires with the book Bunnicula and has worked her way up to the more…ah…serious works of fiction. She loves reading and writing anything paranormal, anything fantasy, and nearly every kind of romance. Once upon a time she worked as a nurse, but now she writes full time and lives with her family in the Midwest. She writes paranormal and contemporary romance, as well as romantic suspense.
Barbara White Daille
Originally from the East Coast, Barbara White Daille now lives with her husband in the warm, sunny Southwest, where they love the lizards in the front yard but could do without the scorpions in the bathroom. and ;Barbara writes short contemporary romance with a focus on small towns, families, cowboys, and a touch of humor. Her latest title is Rancher at Risk. Upcoming is The Texan's Little Secret.