MARINA ADAIR is an International and #1 National bestselling author of romance novels. Along with the St. Helena Vineyard series, she is also the author of Sugar’s Twice as Sweet, part of the Sugar, Georgia series and Tucker’s Crossing, part of the Sweet Plains series. She currently lives with her husband, daughter, and two neurotic cats in Northern California.
As a writer, Marina is devoted to giving her readers contemporary romance where the towns are small, the personalities large, and the romance explosive. She also loves to interact with readers and you can catch her on Twitter at @MarinaEAdair or visit her at www.MarinaAdair.com.
SHELLY ALEXANDER grew up traveling the world, earned a BBA in Marketing, and landed a corporate job in Dallas, TX before marriage lured her to the beautiful southwest in the early 90s. After growing up with four older brothers and having three sons of her own, she decided to escape her male-dominated world for some ‘girl time’ by reading romance novels. While reading in the New Mexico sunshine on the banks of the Jemez River, she began to dream up love stories she’d like to write herself some day.
Now she spends her days writing steamy romances while tending to a miniature schnauzer named Omer, a tiny toy poodle named Mozart, and a pet boa named Zeus. Her stories feature strong, independent heroines and mouth-watering heroes, and her plots are filled with real-life issues, unexpected twists, and subtle doses of humor. Please check out her website for more information at http://shellyalexander.net/ .
CPA-turned-romance-author TIFFANY ALLEE used to battle spreadsheets in Corporate America, and now concentrates on her characters’ battles to find love. Raised in small-town Colorado, Tiffany currently lives in Phoenix, AZ, by way of Chicago and Denver. She is happily married to a secret romantic who tolerates her crazy mutterings. She writes about ass-kicking heroines and the strong heroes who love them. Her work includes the suspense-driven Otherworlder Enforcement Agency series which revolves around a group of paranormal cops solving crimes and finding love, and Don’t Bite the Bridesmaid, a lighthearted paranormal romance (Entangled Publishing).
Tiffany has an MBA in accounting and nearly a decade of experience in corporate finance. All super useful stuff for a writer who spends far too much time trying to figure out fun ways to keep her characters apart, and interesting ways to kill people (for her books—of course!). http://tiffanyallee.com/.
STARR AMBROSE writes contemporary romances about heroines with a confident attitude and a sense of humor. Add a smart, sexy hero and put them together with a little mystery and a lot of sexual tension for a fun romantic suspense adventure!
Starr was born and raised in Michigan, and graduated from Michigan State University with a BA in English. She and her family live in rural S. E. Michigan on a small farm with horses, chickens, cats, and dogs. She enjoys the abundant local wildlife, except for raccoons, who should learn to keep their evil paws off her chickens.
RITA Finalist TONI ANDERSON is a former marine biologist who conducted her Ph.D. at the Gatty Marine Laboratory in St. Andrews, Scotland, and traveled the world with her work. She was born and raised in rural Shropshire, England but, having lived in five different countries, finally settled in the Canadian prairies with her husband and two children—about as far from the ocean as possible. She combines her love of travel with her love of Romantic Suspense and writes stories based in some of the places she’s been lucky enough to visit. Coming next are two Romantic Suspense books set in the wilds of Vancouver Island for Montlake Romance.
When not writing, she’s walking the dog, gardening or ferrying the kids between school, piano, and soccer games. Visit her online at her websitewww.toniandersonauthor.com.
Jennifer L. Armentrout
NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author JENNIFER L. ARMENTROUT, writing as J. LYNN for her adult novels, lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russel Loki.
Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. She also writes Adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.
You can connect with Jennifer at her web site at www.jenniferarmentrout.com, follow her on Twitter or at her Facebook page.
JOAN AVERY Joan Avery graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in political science. She intended to go into the Foreign Service but when government cutbacks prevented that she began a fifteen-year career as an award-winning writer/producer for a national advertising agency. She won a Clio (the national advertising award) as well as numerous other awards for her work on accounts as diverse as Cadillac, Whirlpool, FTD and Pontiac. She “retired” from her career to devote more time to her children and write.
One of the great joys of Joan’s life is traveling. She and her husband have traveled extensively and Joan feels that travel expands her life and inspires her work. Some of her special places are Paris, Hong Kong and Singapore. The Worth Brothers’ Trilogy, from Entangled Publishing, takes place in three of her favorite locations: the American West, London and the Caribbean Island of Grenada. Joan finds a fine thread of humanity common to everywhere she’s been. Her books capture that as they embrace all of life’s events: births, deaths and most importantly loves. You can find Joan at her web site at www.joanavery.com
JACKIE BARBOSA always wanted to be a writer, but she took a few detours on the road to publication, including a stint in academia (she holds an MA in Classics from the University of Chicago and was a Mellon Fellowship recipient) and many years as a technical writer/instructional designer for a data processing company.
She still holds her day job in instructional design, but her true passion is writing steamy romances–both historical and contemporary. She has published several short stories and novellas with epublisher Cobblestone Press. Her first print release, Behind the Red Door, was released by Kensington Books in May 2009.
Jackie learned to believe in love at first sight when she met the man of her dreams twenty years ago and to believe in happily ever after when she married him. She lives in Southern California with her family and an ever-changing menagerie of pets. Please visit her website at www.jackiebarbosa.com.
KATE BATEMAN wrote her first historical romance in response to a $1 bet with her husband who rashly claimed she’d ‘never finish the thing.’ She gleefully proved him wrong with a historical set in the Italian Renaissance. Now writing for Random House Loveswept, her latest ‘Secrets and Spies’ trilogy features her trademark feisty, intelligent heroines, wickedly inappropriate banter, and heroes you want to alternately strangle and kiss—all mixed up in the intrigue and turmoil of the Napoleonic wars.
When not traveling to exotic locations ‘for research’, Kate leads a double life as a fine art appraiser and on-screen antiques ‘expert’ for several TV shows in the UK. She splits her time between Illinois and her native England and writes despite three inexhaustible children and a husband who has flatly refused to read any of her books ‘unless she hits the NY Times Bestseller list.’ It is – naturally – her fervent desire to force the semi-illiterate, number-loving cynic to do so. He still owes her that dollar.
Kate loves to hear from readers and writers alike. Contact her on Twitter @katebateman, Facebook, and even via her website at www.katebateman.co.uk.
TAMRA BAUMANN is an award-winning author who writes lighthearted contemporary romance. Always a voracious reader, she picked up her first romance novel off the bestseller table in her favorite bookstore and was forever hooked. (Thank you, Nora Roberts!)
She lives in the southwest where the sun shines most every day and the sunsets steal her breath away. She has two kids, both bilingual in English and sarcasm, and a dog who is addicted to Claritin because he’s allergic to grass. Her husband, who gamely tolerates her many book-boyfriends, has been her real-life boyfriend for almost thirty years.
Her debut novel will be published by Montlake Publishing December 2014. Stop by and say hi at www.tamrabaumann.com.
JAMIE BECK is a former attorney with a passion for inventing realistic and heartwarming stories about love and redemption, including her popular St. James and Sterling Canyon series. She’s also a Romance Writers of America Honor Roll author, and board member of the Connecticut Romance Writers of America. In addition to writing novels, she also enjoys dancing around the kitchen while cooking, and hitting the slopes in Vermont and Utah. Above all, she is a grateful wife and mother to a very patient, supportive family. Fans can learn more about her on the web (www.jamiebeck.com) and she loves interacting with everyone on Facebook (www.facebook.com/JamieBeckBooks).
When NINA BENNETON and her family first arrived in America many years ago, she took one look at the front lawns of her new neighborhood and thought ‘Gosh! These Americans are indeed a blessed race. They even got the gods to give them the power to grow trees in perfect geometric shapes.’ Inspired, she spent years making her family proud by trying to achieve the American dream—college, graduate school, gainful employment, then conquering the world and winning a Nobel Prize in something. A wonderful husband and three beautiful children interrupted her attaining the last two goals, though the family promised she could resume her campaign once the nest is emptied.
In the meantime, armed with a laptop, a stack of tabloid magazines, and a dog-eared Jane Austen novel, Nina started writing. On the same week that she signed with the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency and sold Compulsively Mr. Darcy(Sourcebooks), Nina went to the local nursery to look for trees with perfect geometric shapes to plant in her yard. She is hard at work on her third novel.
J.L. Berg is the USA TODAY bestselling author of the Ready Series. She is a California native living in the beautiful state of historic Virginia. Married to her high school sweetheart, they have two beautiful girls that drive them batty on a daily basis. When she’s not writing, you will find her with her nose stuck in a romance novel, in a yoga studio or devouring anything chocolate.
Melissa Lynne Blue
A Registered Nurse by night, MELISSA LYNNE BLUE battles the stresses of life and illness by enjoying uplifting tales of love and romance. A firm believer in true love united with an enduring fascination with history has prompted her pursuit of romance writing. She lives in beautiful Big Sky Country Montana with her husband and children. You can find more about Melissa and her work at her web site at www.melissalynneblue.com
USA Today bestselling author AMANDA BOUCHET loves a good book, especially when it has a healthy dose of romance and adventure, and has been known to frantically turn pages far into the night because what’s happening in the characters’ lives is much more important than sleep.
Originally from Connecticut, Amanda studied French and Education at Bowdoin College in Maine. After completing graduate studies in French, she moved to Paris, France, first teaching English as a second language and then working in commercial real estate. More recently, she turned her attention to starting a family and writing fiction. Amanda’s Greek origins and multiple visits to the land of Homer led her down the path of her début novels, a fantasy romance trilogy that puts a new spin on ancient Greek mythology.
Amanda lives in the beautiful City of Light with her husband and two children, both of whom are growing up far too fast and will soon be correcting her French.
SARINA BOWEN is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary and New Adult romance. The Romance Writers of America honored her novel HIM, co-written with Elle Kennedy, with a RITA® award for Best Contemporary Romance, Mid-Length of 2016. She graduated from Yale with a degree in economics, and now lives in Vermont’s Green Mountains with her family, six chickens and too much ski gear and hockey equipment.
VALERIE BOWMAN is an award-winning author who writes Regency-set historical romance novels (a.k.a. Racy Regency Romps) with a focus on sharp dialogue, engaging story lines, and heroines who take matters into their own hands!
Valerie’s first Regency series from St. Martin’s Press has garnered acclaim including a nomination for Best First Historical from RT Book Reviews, a BookList starred review, and a Publishers Weekly starred review. Her work has been called “Too delightful to miss” by New York Times bestselling author Lisa Kleypas and “Everything a romance should be” by New York Times bestselling author Sarah MacLean.
Valerie grew up in Illinois with six sisters (she’s number seven) and a huge supply of historical romance novels. After a cold and snowy stint earning a degree in English with a minor in history at Smith College, she moved to Florida the first chance she got. Valerie now lives in Jacksonville with her family including her rascally rescue dog, Roo. When she’s not writing, she keeps busy reading, traveling, or vacillating between watching crazy reality TV and PBS.
Valerie loves to hear from readers. Find her on the web at Facebook, Twitter, and at www.ValerieBowmanBooks.com.
AMYLYNN BRIGHT has branded her historical novels as “Regency Romantic Comedy” due to her love of humor and witty dialogue. After many starts and stops, in several different genres, she finally came to understand that she simply needed to write what she loved to read and then she had no issue sailing through several manuscripts since 2009.
When Amylynn developed the super power of having to sleep only five hours a night, she began telling her stories after everyone else in the family (and most sane people) went to bed. The first was Lady Belling’s Secret the initial book in the “Secrets” trilogy.
She is a lifelong native of Tucson, AZ and lives there with her husband, two quiet children and an assortment of pets. Visit Amylynn at www.theQuillSisters.com for a daily dose of fun and mayhem.
Multi award-winning author and winner of Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart, Lauren Canan’s love of reading and a propensity for telling stories came at an early age. She credits her dad who regaled her young mind with tales of the old west and Brothers Grim and encouraged her to let her imagination soar. As a young adult, she discovered books of romance and ‘happily ever afters’ and combined with an unrelenting desire to write, she found her nitch. Her education is from the University of North Texas.
In her spare time Lauren enjoys jamming on the guitar, piano or dulcimer in an acoustic music club and grooming/showing Wire Fox Terriers. Her first home-bred boy, Nelson, won three Best In Show’s and qualified for the Eukanuba Invitational. “This breed requires the coat be hand stripped. Some people knit to relax. I pull out hair. At least it isn’t my own. Yet.”
Never far from the keyboard, Lauren shares her Texas home with three crazy Wires and a rescue Lab named Molly. You can find Lauren online at www.laurencanan.com.
USA Today bestselling author KAT CANTRELL read her first Harlequin novel in third grade and has been scribbling in notebooks since she learned to spell. Kat became a stay-at-home mom in 2009 and put her degree in Literature to good use by devoting nap time to writing. After many thousands of words, her dream of publication finally came true. Kat was a 2012 RWA® Golden Heart® finalist for best unpublished series contemporary manuscript and the 2012 Harlequin So You Think You Can Write winner. Her SYTYCW-winning book MARRIAGE WITH BENEFITS was released by Harlequin Desire in February 2013.
Kat, her husband and their two boys live in North Texas. Find Kat online at www.katcantrell.com.
USA Today bestselling author CHRISTY CARLYLE fuels her writing with Pacific Northwest coffee and multiple viewings of every British costume drama she can get her hands on. She writes sensual historical romance set in the Victorian era and loves heroes who struggle against all odds and heroines who are ahead of their time. A former teacher with a degree in history, she finds there’s nothing better than being able to combine her love of the past with a die-hard belief in happy endings.
Contact Christy at firstname.lastname@example.org or find out more at www.christycarlyle.com
Kendra Leigh Castle
KENDRA LEIGH CASTLE is a RITA award-nominated, multi-published author of contemporary and paranormal romance. Raised in the far and frozen reaches of Northern New York, where her love of curling up with a blanket and a good book came early, she penned her debut novel as a Navy wife living in the Nevada desert. Since then, she has managed to continue working in her pajamas while moving around the country. Kendra currently makes her home in Maryland, where she lives with her husband, three children, and a menagerie of pets. You can find Kendra online at www.kendraleighcastle.com.
LAUREN CHRISTOPHER writes fun, sexy contemporary romances set in California’s most secret and romantic spots. …
After graduating with an English degree from UCLA, Lauren launched a 23-year career as a nonfiction writer and editor — writing more than 100 newspaper, magazine, and online articles on everything from the history of auto racing to the origins of Santa Claus. She lives in Southern California with her husband and three children. Come meet and chat with her at her website, laurenchristopherauthor.com.
Originally a Florida girl, CHANEL CLEETON moved to London where she received a bachelor’s degree from Richmond, The American International University in London and a master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Chanel fell in love with London and planned to stay there forever, until fate intervened on a Caribbean cruise, and an American fighter pilot with smooth dance moves swept her off her feet. Now, a happily ever after later, Chanel is living her next adventure in South Korea.
Law school made Chanel realize she’d rather spend her days writing sexy stories than in a courtroom, and she hasn’t looked back since. An avid reader and hopeless romantic, she’s happiest curled up with a book. She has a weakness for handbags, her three pups, and her fighter pilot husband. Chanel writes New Adult contemporary romances and thrillers. She is the author of I SEE LONDON and LONDON FALLING, published by Harlequin HQN, as well as the Capital Confessions series and the Wild Aces series, both published by Berkley/Penguin. You can connect with Chanel on her website at www.chanelcleeton.com.
EVANGELINE COLLINS is an award winning author of sensual historical romance. An avid reader, it wasn’t until she exhausted her local library’s supply of historical romance novels that she decided to try her hand at writing her own. Much to her delight, she discovered a new passion. And she has been hard at work crafting her romances ever since.
Her titles include Her Ladyship’s Companion and Seven Nights to Forever, which was the RT Book Reviews 2010 Reviewers’ Choice Best Book winner for Most Innovative Historical Romance. For more information, please visit Evangeline at www.EvangelineCollins.com.
KATANA COLLINS is lucky enough to love her day job almost as much as she loves writing. She splits her time evenly between photographing boudoir and newborn portraits and writing steamy romances in a variety of genres — paranormal, contemporary, new adult and suspense.
She bounces between living in Brooklyn, New York and Portland, Maine, with an ever-growing brood of rescue animals: a kind of mean cat, a very mellow chihuahua, and a very not mellow lab puppy… oh yeah, there’s a husband somewhere in that mix, too. She can usually be found hunched over her laptop in a cafe, guzzling gallons of coffee, and wearing fabulous (albeit sometimes impractical) shoes.
CARA CONNELLY is the author of THE WEDDING FAVOR (Avon 2014), THE WEDDING VOW (Avon 2014), and THE WEDDING BAND (Avon 2015). Her smart and sexy stories have won high praise, earning Cara several awards including the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart, the Valley Forge Romance Writers’ Sheila, and the Music City Romance Writers’ Melody of Love. An appellate court attorney, Cara lives in rural upstate New York.
LECIA CORNWALL was born in Toronto, and now lives in Calgary, Alberta, in the foothills of Canada’s beautiful Rocky Mountains, with two adult children, five cats, one crazy chocolate lab, and one very patient husband. After building a successful career as a freelance direct marketing writer, Lecia started her own business when her children were born so she could stay home and raise them. The lure of good books, both waiting to be read and written, was too much. When the family moved from Ottawa to Calgary, she took up writing historical fiction and romance full time. Her stories are filled with steamy passion, sexy heroes, the sweetness of true love, and enough intrigue and plot twists to keep her readers engaged until the very last page. Lecia’s first book, Secrets of a Proper Countess (Avon, 2011), won the 2011 National Readers Choice Award for Best First Book. Since then, she has gone on to write six more widely-acclaimed historical romance novels with more to come.
A love affair with historical romances led SUSANNA CRAIG to a degree (okay, three degrees) in literature and a career as an English professor. When she’s not teaching or writing academic essays about Jane Austen and her contemporaries, she enjoys putting her fascination with words and knowledge of the period to better use: writing Regency-era romances she hopes readers will find both smart and sexy. She makes her home among the rolling hills of Kentucky horse country, along with her historian husband, their unstoppable little girl, and a genuinely grumpy cat. Find her online at www.susannacraig.com.
NINA CROFT grew up in the north of England. After training as an accountant, she spent four years working as a volunteer in Zambia, which left her with a love of the sun and a dislike of nine-to-five work. She then spent a number of years mixing travel (whenever possible) with work (whenever necessary) but has now settled down to a life of writing and picking almonds on a remote farm in the mountains of southern Spain.
WYNTER DANIELS is the naughty alter ego of contemporary romance author Dara Edmondson. She lives in Central Florida with her husband of more than twenty years and their two nearly grown children. They are all the slaves of two very demanding cats. After careers in marketing and the salon industry, Wynter’s wicked prose begged to be set free. She currently writes erotic romance for Ellora’s Cave, Loose Id and Red Sage Publishing. She is also the author of Protective Custody(Carina Press). You can find her on the web at http://www.WynterDaniels.com.
VICTORIA DAVIES writes paranormal romance where a midnight stroll through the cemetery counts as a first date and diving under the bed to play with the monsters is highly recommended.
Victoria was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. Growing up in a family of writers, her interest in storytelling developed from an early age. Since then her characters may have evolved and her plots may have grown decidedly more steamy, but she never lost her love of the written word. Now she travels the globe teaching and writing from wherever she ends up. Though her locations change, there is no ignoring the dragons, vampires and werewolves in her head whispering to have their tales told. For more information on Victoria please visit www.victoriadavies.ca.
A life-long lover of stories and adventure, it was either become a stuntwoman for the movies or live out those adventures from the safety of her PJ’s and computer. Award-winning author, ROBYN DEHART chose the latter and couldn’t be happier for doing so. Known for her unique plotlines and authentic characters, Robyn is a favorite among readers and reviewers. Publishers’ Weekly claims her writing to be “comical and sexy” while the Chicago Tribune dubs her “wonderfully entertaining.” Robyn is an award-winning author as well as being a four-time RT Bookclub Reviewers’ Choice award nominee, and a two-time RomCon Reader’s Crown nominee. Robyn lives in Texas with her brainy husband, two precocious little girls and two spoiled cats. You can find Robyn on-line at www.RobynDeHart.com or www.JauntyQuills.com orhttp://peanutbutteronthekeyboard.wordpress.com.
STEPHANIE DRAVEN is a national bestselling, two-time RITA nominated, and award-winning author of paranormal, contemporary, and historical erotic romance. Her most recent project, IT STINGS SO SWEET is a collection of 1920s historical erotic romances that celebrate taboo sex acts, women, and the Jazz Age. As STEPHANIE DRAY, she also writes historical women’s fiction and fantasy. Her series about Cleopatra’s daughter has been translated into six different languages and won the Golden Leaf. Before she wrote novels, Stephanie was a lawyer, a game designer, and a teacher. Now she uses the transformative power of magic realism to illuminate the stories of women in history and inspire the young women of today. Stephanie is a denizen of Baltimore, that city of ravens and purple night skies. She lives there with her favorite nocturnal creatures–three scheming cats and a deliciously wicked husband. And when she is not busy with dark domestic rituals, she writes her books.
New York Times & USA Today bestselling author VIOLET DUKE is a former English Ed professor ecstatic to now be on the other side of the page writing emotion-rich stories with fun, everyday characters and sweet, sexy match-ups. Since her acclaimed debut series in 2013, over a million readers have put Violet’s “laugh & cry” contemporary romances on the USA Today bestseller list fourteen times, the NYT bestseller list three times, and the Top 10 charts across the major eretailers both in the U.S. and internationally.
When she doesn’t have her nose in a book, Violet enjoys the live-out-loud-in-your-PJs sorta lifestyle she loves writing about, which involves lots of: 1) excuses to use her power tools, 2) doing stuff without checking the directions, and 3) impossible-to-be-duplicated ‘special edition’ dishes that laugh in the face of recipes. Born and raised in Hawai’i, Violet continues to live the no-shoes island way with her kids (daughter Violet & son Duke) and husband (aka their ringleader…and her most devoted fan). For more fan info, visit: www.facebook.com/VioletDukeBooks and www.violetduke.com
With more than 2.5 million books sold, MARIE FORCE is the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling, award-winning author of more than 30 contemporary romances. Her New York Times bestselling self-published McCarthys of Gansett Island Series has sold more than 1 million e-books since Maid for Love was released in 2011. She is also the author of the New York Times bestselling Fatal Series from Harlequin HQN, the New York Times bestselling Green Mountain series from Berkley/Penguin, and the New York Times bestselling Quantum series (as M.S. Force), as well as the Treading Water series and numerous stand-alone books.
While her husband was in the Navy, Marie lived in Spain, Maryland and Florida, and she is now settled in her home state of Rhode Island. She is the mother of two teenagers and two feisty dogs, Brandy and Louie. Join Marie’s mailing list at http://marieforce.com/ for news about new books and other possible appearances in your area. Follow her on Twitter @marieforce and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MarieForceAuthor/. Join one of Marie’s many reader groups by viewing the complete listing at http://marieforce.com/connect/. Contact Marie at email@example.com.
JANE GODMAN writes paranormal romance for Harlequin Nocturne, thrillers for Harlequin Romantic Suspense, and steamy historical romance for Samhain Publishing. Her new paranormal series, featuring a team of tough, sexy werewolves, is coming from St. Martin’s Press in 2017.
Jane lives in Cheshire, England. When she’s not writing, she loves reading and traveling to romantic cities that are steeped in history. Venice, Dubrovnik and Vienna are among her favorite places. Jane is married to a lovely man and has two grown up children and a gorgeous new grandson. She loves to hear from readers and can be contacted at: http://www.janegodmanauthor.com/, https://twitter.com/JaneGodman, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jane-Godman-Author/133131640171522
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author LAURA GRIFFIN started her career in journalism before venturing into the world of romantic suspense. She is a two-time RITA Award winner (for the books Scorched and Whisper of Warning) as well as the recipient of the Daphne du Maurier Award (for Untraceable). Laura currently lives in Austin, where she is working on her next book. Visit her web site at www.lauragriffin.com.
PATIENCE GRIFFIN grew up in a small Midwest town, population 600, where everyone affectionately mucked around in everyone else’s business. With a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and a M.S. in Nuclear Engineering, she’s a nerdy girl to the core, but loves to quilt and read books which make her laugh. Her Kilts & Quilts series is published by NAL/Penguin. She lives in Texas with her family, a crazy Sheltie, a Bishon-Poo and a bulimic stray cat. You can find her on the web at www.patiencegriffin.com
USA Today bestselling author BARB HAN discovered books early, is a passionate reader, and can’t remember a time when she didn’t want to become a writer. She lives in Texas-her true north-with her adventurous family, a spunky golden retriever/poodle mix, and too many books (if there is such a thing). She loves romance novels, thriller movies, and cooking. Her favorite hobbies include hiking, swimming and skiing. Barb holds a bachelor of arts in journalism.
To learn more about Barb’s other releases, sign up for her newsletter, or follow her on social media, visit www.barbhan.com.
Bestselling author CANDACE HAVENS has written twelve novels for Berkley, Entangled and Harlequin. Her books have received nominations for the RITA’s, Holt Medallion and Write Touch Reader Awards. She is the author of the biography Joss Whedon: The Genius Behind Buffy and a contributor to several anthologies. She is also one of the nation’s leading entertainment journalists and has interviewed countless celebrities including Tom Hanks, Nicolas Cage, Tom Cruise, George Clooney and many more. Her entertainment columns can be read in more than 400 newspapers across the country. Candace also runs a free online writing workshop for more than 2000 writers, and teaches comprehensive writing classes. She does film reviews with the Dorsey Gang on New Country 96.3, and is a former President of the Television Critics Association.
A.L. JACKSON is the New York Times bestselling author of Take This Regret and Lost to You, as well as other contemporary romance titles, including Pulled and When We Collide.
She first found a love for writing during her days as a young mother and college student. She filled the journals she carried with short stories and poems used as an emotional outlet for the difficulties and joys she found in day-to-day life. Years later, she shared a short story she’d been working on with her two closest friends and, with their encouragement, this story became her first full length novel. A.L. now spends her days writing in Southern Arizona where she lives with her husband and three children. Her favorite pastime is spending time with the ones she loves.
ROSALIND JAMES is a marketing executive-turned-romance-novelist who was living and working in New Zealand when she decided to try writing down the latest pesky daydream filling her head. A week later, the damage was done. She was staying up until one in the morning to write, had quit her job, and worst of all, had stopped cooking for her long-suffering family. More than ten books later, she’s still not cooking.
When she isn’t daydreaming about rugby (and rugby players), she writes about reality shows, industrial espionage, and anything else that strikes her fancy. She also does her best to pay some attention to her Labrador Retriever, Charlie, her elderly, spoiled bantam chickens (who don’t lay eggs), and sometimes even her husband and children.
You can find Rosalind at http://www.rosalindjames.com.
Janice Kay Johnson
RITA Finalist and USA TODAY bestselling author JANICE KAY JOHNSON is a former librarian who is now the author of more than seventy books for children and adults. She’s published a children’s picture book, six young adult novels and two mainstream historical novels with Forge as well as her romance novels. A six time finalist for Romance Writers of America’s RITA award for best long contemporary romance, she won the RITA in 2009 for SNOWBOUND.
Janice is the mother of two daughters, one of whom currently serves in Africa as a Peace Corps volunteer while the other recently completed her first novel.
New York Times bestselling author SKYE JORDAN’s novels are all about enjoying that little wild streak we all have, but probably don’t let out often enough. About those fantasies we usually don’t get the opportunity to indulge. About stretching limits, checking out the dark side, playing naughty and maybe even acting a little wicked. They’re about escape and fun and pleasure and romance. And, yes, even love, because Skye is ultimately a romantic at heart and a happily ever after kinda gal. Skye also writes romantic suspense as Joan Swan, weaving fast paced novels of passion, danger and suspense.
Skye is a California native recently transplanted to the East Coast and living in Alexandria, Virginia, just outside Washington DC with her husband of 25 years. She has two grown daughters in college in Colorado and Oregon. In her free time she’s always taking classes and attending seminars. She’s currently loving mosaics, forensic sculpting, pastry and cooking classes and knitting.
LAURA KAYE is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over twenty books in contemporary and paranormal romance and romantic suspense, including the Hard Ink series, Heroes series, Hearts of the Anemoi series, and upcoming Raven Riders series. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day. Find her online at www.laurakayeauthor.com. (Photo by Renee Hollingshead)
ROBIN KAYE was born in Brooklyn, New York, and grew up in the shadow of the Brooklyn Bridge next door to her Sicilian grandparents. Living with an extended family that’s a cross between Gilligan’s Island and The Sopranos, minus the desert isle and illegal activities, explains both her comedic timing and the cast of quirky characters in her books.
She’s lived in half a dozen states from Idaho to Florida, but the romance of Brooklyn has never left her heart. She currently resides in Maryland with her husband, three children, two dogs, and a three-legged cat with attitude.
Award-winning author ERIKA KELLY has been spinning romantic tales all her life—she just didn’t know it. Growing up with a grandmother who exposed her to dusty volumes of Wordsworth and the Great Books library, and then going on to study English Literature at UCLA, she didn’t even know there was a romance section in the bookstore. Until an editor scribbled on the side of her manuscript: does this author know she writes romance? From that moment on, she’s been devouring the genre and has found her true voice as an author. Over three decades she’s written poems, screenplays, plays, short stories, and all kinds of women’s fiction novels. Married to her soulmate and raising four children, she’s lived in two countries and seven states, but give her pen and paper, a stack of good books, and a steaming mug of vanilla chai latte and she can make her home anywhere. Her very sexy Rock Star Romance series is published by Berkley/Penguin.
J. KENNER (aka Julie Kenner) is the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Wall Street Journal and #1 international bestselling author of over seventy novels, novellas, and short stories in a variety of genres.
Praised by Publishers Weekly as an author with a “flair for dialogue and eccentric characterizations,” JK writes a range of stories including super sexy romances, paranormal romance, chick lit suspense, and paranormal mommy lit. Her trilogy of erotic romances, The Stark Trilogy (as J. Kenner) reached as high as #2 on the New York Times list and is published in over twenty countries. RT Book Reviews raves that JK “may very well have cornered the market on sinfully attractive, dominant antiheroes and the women who swoon for them.”
Her Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom series (written as Julie Kenner) has been optioned by Warner Brothers Television for the CW Network.
A former attorney, JK lives in Central Texas with her husband, two daughters, and several cats. Visit her website at www.jkenner.comand connect with JK through social media at http://www.facebook.com/jkennerbooks, http://www.twitter.com/juliekenner, and as @juliekenner on Instagram.
USA Today Bestselling author TIFFANY KING is a lifelong reading fanatic who is now living her dream as a writer, weaving Young Adult and New Adult romance tales for others to enjoy. She has a loving husband and two wonderful kids. (Five, if you count her three spoiled cats). Her addictions include: Her iphone and ipad, chocolate, Diet Coke, chocolate, Harry Potter, chocolate, zombies and her favorite TV shows. Want to know what they are? Just ask.
REGINA KYLE knew she was destined to be an author when she won a writing contest at age ten with a touching tale about a squirrel and a nut pie. By day, she writes dry legal briefs, representing the state in criminal appeals. At night, she writes steamy romance with heart and humor. Her debut novel is Triple Threat (Harlequin Blaze 2014).
A lover of all things theatrical, Regina lives on the Connecticut shoreline with her husband, teenaged daughter and two melodramatic cats. When she’s not writing, she’s most likely singing, reading, cooking or watching bad reality television. You can find her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ReginaKyleauthor , follow her on Twitter @Regina_Kyle1, or connect with her through her website at www.reginakyle.com.
WENDY LACAPRA has been reading romance since she sneaked into the adult section at the library and discovered Victoria Holt & Jane Aiken Hodge. From that point on, she dreamed of creating fictional worlds with richness, intrigue and passion. Her stories have placed in several contests, including the 2012 Golden Heart® and her debut series, a trilogy about three Ladies who refuse to play by society’s rules, was released by Entangled Scandalous. She lives in NYC with her husband and loves to hear from readers.
Award winning author GEORGIE LEE was born and raised in San Diego where she also attended college, majoring in television and film production. She began her professional writing career at a local cable TV station writing marketing videos, promotional spots and public service announcements, some of which still haunt the airwaves.
Blinded by the dazzling lights of Hollywood, she headed north to Los Angeles where she earned her MA in Screenwriting, met her husband, and settled into a career in the interesting but strange world of the entertainment industry.
A lifelong history buff, Georgie hasn’t given up hope that she will one day inherit a title and a manor house. Until then, she fulfills her dreams of lords, ladies and a season in London through her stories. When not writing, she can be found reading non-fiction history or watching any movie with a costume and an accent.
Please visit www.georgie-lee.com to learn more about Georgie and her books.
More than a decade ago, MELINDA LEIGH left a career in banking to raise her children and never looked back. She started writing when her youngest child entered first grade as a way to preserve her sanity. Melinda is a Wall Street Journal bestselling author. Her romantic suspense and paranormal romance fiction has won writing awards across the country. Melinda is also an avid martial artist. She holds a 2nd degree Black Belt in Kenpo Karate, studies Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and teaches women’s self-defense. When she’s not writing or practicing martial arts, Melinda lives in a chaotic house with her husband, two kids, and too many pets. Visit Melinda at www.melindaleigh.com.
Growing up in Hell’s Back Forty, SHANNON LEIGH developed a fierce loyalty to all things Texas and pledged to share the romance of small town dance halls and the flavor of brisket BBQ with readers. Currently, she lives in Fort Worth with an extensive cowboy boot collection, a red and white, ’67 Chevy pickup and a mission to find the best taco stands in the city. You can reach her at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
KELSIE LEVERICH is the New York Times bestselling author ofThe Valentine’s Arrangement as well as other contemporary romance titles. She lives in Indiana with her husband and two adorable monsters that are better known as her kids. When Kelsie’s not writing, you can usually find her on the lake with friends and family or snuggling on the couch with her kids and a good book. She loves steamy romance stories that can sweep you off your feet, make you fall in love, break your heart then put it back together again.
You can find Kelsie on Twitter and Facebook, or visit her website at http://www.kelsieleverich.com.
MIRANDA LIASSON writes fun and flirty contemporary romance for Montlake Publishing and Entangled Publishing. Her past writing accolades include being an RWA Golden Heart Winner, a recipient of the Daphne award, and a semifinalist in Harlequin’s SYTYCW competition. She loves writing stories about courageous but flawed characters who find love despite themselves, because there’s nothing like a great love story!
Miranda lives in the Midwest with her husband, three kids, and office mates Maggie, a yellow lab, and Posey, a rescue cat with worse attitude than her teenagers. Connect with her athttp://www.mirandaliasson.com.
Since 2008, two-time RITA™-nominated and multiple Reviewers’ Choice-winning author CARRIE LOFTY’s writing spans the genres of new adult, historical, erotic (as Katie Porter), and paranormal (as Lindsey Piper) romance. During her junior year abroad, she lured an unsuspecting Englishman to Chicago, where she’s kept him a happy ex-pat for seventeen years. With two pre-teen daughters and a master’s degree specializing in Old West outlaws, she is a movie buff, a former bellydancer, and a woman in desperate need of a maid service. Visit her at www.CarrieLofty.com, www.KatiePorterBooks.com, and www.LindseyPiper.com.
After sneaking several literature subjects into her ‘very practical’ Business degree, STEFANIE LONDON worked in Human Resources and Corporate Communications for several years before realising that writing emails and newsletters didn’t fulfill her creative urges. So she turned to fiction and was finally able to write the stories that kept her mind busy at night.
Now Stefanie writes contemporary romance with plenty of humour, heat and heart. Originally from Melbourne, Australia, she’s currently living in Toronto, Canada and dreams of travelling the world while penning romance novels. She frequently indulges in her passions for good coffee, French perfume, lipstick and zombie movies. You can connect with her through her website www.stefanie-london.com.
MARGARET MALLORY, named by Booklist as one of “the new stars of historical romance,” is the award-winning author of the medieval series, All The King’s Men. Margaret surprised everyone who knew her when she abandoned her career as a lawyer to become a romance novelist. Why they found this startling is a mystery to her. Who wouldn’t rather have thrilling adventures with handsome Highlanders than write briefs and memos? Margaret lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her husband, a goofy dog, and a crabby cat. With her children off to college, she spends most of her time working on her new series, The Return Of The Highlanders. You can find Margaret at www.MargaretMallory.com
AVA MARCH is an author of sexy, emotionally intense M/M historical erotic romances. She loves writing in the Regency time period, where proper decorum is of the utmost importance, but where anything can happen behind closed doors. With over fifteen works to her credit, her books have been finalists in the Rainbow Awards and More Than Magic contest, and deemed ‘must-haves’ for Historical M/M romance by RT Book Reviews readers. Visit her website at www.AvaMarch.com to find out more about her books or to sign-up for her newsletter.
MOLLY MCADAMS grew up in California but now lives in the oh-so-amazing state of Texas with her husband, daughter, and fur babies. Her hobbies include hiking, snowboarding, traveling and long walks on the beach … which roughly translates to being a homebody with her hubby and dishing out movie quotes.
Molly’s debut novel Taking Chances was a self-published, USA Today bestselling book that was sold to HarperCollins Publishers. She has since published seven novels and multiple novellas with William Morrow/HarperCollins, many of which have graced the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists. Visit Molly on her website http://mollysmcadams.com, or you can follow her on Facebook and Twitter!
HEATHER MCCOLLUM is an award winning, historical and YA paranormal romance writer. She’s a member of Romance Writers of America and the Ruby Slippered Sisterhood of 2009 Golden Heart finalists. She currently has eight historical paranormal romances out and one YA contemporary, paranormal romance. When she is not creating vibrant characters and magical adventures on the page, she is roaring her own battle cry in the war against ovarian cancer. Ms. McCollum recently slayed the cancer beast and resides with her very own Highland hero, 3 spirited kids, and her rescued golden retriever in the wilds of suburbia on the mid-Atlantic coast. For more about Ms. McCollum, please visit www.HeatherMcCollum.com.
When CLAIRE MCEWEN decided to check ‘write a novel’ off her bucket list, she had no idea that her life was about to change forever. She wrote one page, fell in love with her smart and sensitive cowboy-hero, and promptly joined Romance Writers of America. She eventually abandoned her career in public education to write as much contemporary cowboy romance as possible. Claire’s first novel is A Ranch to Keep (Harlequin Superromance Feb. 2014), and she’s hard at work on her next two books.
Claire lives by the ocean in Northern California with her husband and their son. When not writing, she can often be found digging in her garden with a lot of enthusiasm but, unfortunately, no green thumb. She loves playing on the beach, hiking, traveling, and reading, of course! Please visit Claire on Facebook, Twitter and at www.clairemcewen.com.
USA Today bestselling and award-winning authors Nikoo and Jim McGoldrick published their first novel — a Highland romance called THE THISTLE AND THE ROSE — in 1995. Since then, writing under the names MAY MCGOLDRICK and Jan Coffey, they have published over thirty five novels and books, including historical romances, romantic suspense, young adult, and nonfiction. They make their home in Northwest Connecticut where they write during their eleven and a half months of snow and play tennis for the rest of the year. www.MayMcGoldrick.com
ALYSON MCLAYNE is a stay-at-home mom of twins and an award-winning writer of contemporary, historical, and paranormal romance. She’s also a dog lover and cat servant with a serious stash of dark chocolate. After getting her degree in theater at the University of Alberta, she promptly moved to the west coast where she worked in film for several years and met her prop master husband.
Visit her at www.AlysonMcLayne.com.
JENNIFER MCQUISTON lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her family and the pony she promised her girls with “mommy’s first book deal.” A veterinarian and infectious disease researcher by training, Jennifer has always preferred reading historical romance to scientific textbooks. A New York Times and USA Today bestseller, Jennifer’s most recent books include Diary of an Accidental Wallflower and The Spinster’s Guide to Scandalous Behavior. Visit her website at www.jenmcquiston.com or follow her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jennifermcquistonauthor and Twitter @jenmcqwrites.
KATIE MEYER is a Florida native, in love with the unique natural environment of the Sunshine State. She grew up with her nose always in a book, often sneaking out of bed at night to finish a book by the hall light. From Trixie Belden mysteries to romance novels, her tastes have changed, but her love of a good story never will.
Katie planned to study English, but loved her job at a veterinary clinic so much she changed majors and obtained a degree in Veterinary Technology from St. Petersburg College. She worked as a Certified Veterinary Technician, a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, and was a member of the Society of Veterinary Behavior Technicians before returning home full time to homeschool her children. She now lives and writes in Central Florida with her husband, three children, and multiple rescue animals.
Award-winning romance writer and former zookeeper JAMIE MICHELE has wrestled a giant python, hand-captured a rogue vulture, and brushed the teeth of an alligator, but when she decided to write a novel, she did the unexpected: she didn’t write about animals. Instead, she indulged her long fascination with international espionage, merging it with her deep knowledge of the trials of love to produce An Affair of Vengeance (Montlake Romance 2012), winner of a prestigious Golden Heart from the Romance Writers of America. Now trapped in a very boring suburb of Annapolis, Maryland, Jamie writes sexy, page-turning romances while managing her own little zoo, which consists of three cats and two exceedingly handsome great apes. Get in touch at www.jamiemichelebooks.com, @jamiemichelebks, and facebook.com/jamiemichelebooks.
Renee Ann Miller
RENEE ANN MILLER writes sexy, humorous, and sometimes dark, historical romances. She penned her first book at the tender age of seven and even drew the impressive stick figures—though clearly those characters weren’t as spicy as the ones she writes now. Her debut novel, Never Dare a Wicked Earl, was a 2015 finalist in the Golden Heart Contest® from Romance Writers of America®. Her newest manuscript, The Impetuous Miss Milton, is a current 2016 Golden Heart finalist®.
Renee loves romantic stories, excessive amounts of chocolate, and gardening. She lives in the Northeast with her wonderful husband. Though she grew up in a household of hockey fans, her favorite sport is football. Renee swears it has nothing to do with watching muscled men run around in tight pants, but that’s debatable. You can find out more about Renee and the stories she’s working on at www.Reneeannmiller.com.
USA TODAY bestselling author ANGI MORGAN is an 11th generation Texan who utilizes her strong heritage to create passionate characters willing to risk everything for the one they love. Her debut novel,HILL COUNTRY HOLDUP, with Harlequin Intrigue (Sept 2010) won the RWA Golden Heart Award and the 2009 Daphne du Maurier unpublished winner, a RT Best First Series 2010 Book nominee, and a 2010 Bookseller’s Best double finalist. Her second Intrigue, .38 CALIBER COVER-UP was a Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence nominee and is a 2012 Daphne du Maurier finalist.
Angi and her husband live in North Texas and spend their free time traveling. Check out her website at www.AngiMorgan.com, become a fan on Facebook: AngiMorgan, or follow her on Twitter @AngiMorganAuthr.
2016 RWA® Golden Heart® Winner and 2016 & 2015 Maggie Award winning author CARRIE NICHOLS is a hardy New Englander transplanted to the Deep South, where she marvels how two inches of snow can bring a city like Atlanta to its knees. She loves to travel, is addicted to British crime dramas and knows a Seinfeld quote appropriate for every occasion.
She has one tolerant husband, two grown sons, and two critical cats. To her dismay, Carrie’s characters—much like her family—often ignore the wisdom and guidance she lovingly offers. She enjoys weaving heart, home and humor into her stories. Website: http://carrienichols.com/; Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorCarrieNichols; Twitter: @carolopal
LYNELL NICOLELLO has had a long-term love affair of all things suspense since she could pick out her own books at the library. She decided to combine that with her obsession of action flicks and strong female protagonists. The resulting Dead Don’t Lie is her debut romantic suspense novel.
When she’s not writing or dreaming up her next plot, she travels with her husband to incredible places like Alaska, France, and beyond. She, her amazing partner in crime and their ninety-pound “dogchild” reside in the grand ol’ lone star state of Texas. She currently splits her time between Dallas and Southern California where she is working on her next novel Dead No More.
RITA Finalist and award-winning author ROBIN PERINI is devoted to giving her readers fast-paced, high-stakes adventure with a love story sure to melt their hearts. Her mission’s motto: “When danger and romance collide, no heart is safe.” After seven prestigious Romance Writers of America® Golden Heart® finals, Robin sold seven novels within one year. She won the Golden Heart® in 2011, and that title became her first Harlequin Intrigue,Finding Her Son (March 2012). Residing in the southwestern United States, by day, she works for an advanced technology corporation, and in her spare time, you might find her giving one of her many nationally acclaimed writing workshops or training in competitive small-bore rifle silhouette shooting.
She is the author of In Her Sights, Behind the Lies, and Game of Fear in the Montgomery Justice series, as well as Finding Her Son, Cowboy in the Crossfire and Christmas Conspiracy . You can find out more information at her website www.robinperini.com or visit her on Twitter @RobinPerini or Facebook (Robin PeriniAuthor).
LEXI POST spent years in higher education taking and teaching courses about classical literature. From the Medieval work “The Pearl” to the 20th century American epic The Grapes of Wrath, from War and Peace to the Bhagavad Gita, she’s read, studied, and taught great classic literature.
But Lexi’s first love is romance novels. In an effort to marry her two first loves, she started writing erotic romance inspired by the classics and found she loved it. Lexi feels there is no end to the romantic inspiration she can find in great classic literature. Lexi lives with her husband and cat in the Caribbean where gorgeous sunsets, warm weather, and driving on the left are the norm. To contact her, send an email to email@example.com.
JENNIFER PROBST wrote her first book at twelve years old. She bound it in a folder, read it to her classmates, and hasn’t stopped writing since. She took a short hiatus to get married, get pregnant, buy a house, get pregnant again, pursue a master’s in English Literature, and rescue two shelter dogs. Now she is writing again.
She makes her home in Upstate New York with the whole crew. Her sons keep her active, stressed, joyous, and sad her house will never be truly clean.
She is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of sexy and erotic contemporary romance. She loves hearing from readers. Visit her website for updates on new releases and her street team at www.jenniferprobst.com.
KRISTEN PROBY is the author of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling With Me In Seattle, Love Under the Big Sky, and Boudreaux series. She has a passion for a good love story and strong characters who love humor and have a great sense of loyalty and family. Her men are the alpha type; fiercely protective and a bit bossy, and her ladies are fun, strong, and not afraid to stand up for themselves. The first book in her new Fusion series releases from Pocket Books in 2016.
DIANA QUINCY is the author of sexy historical romances with Loveswept/Random House and Entangled Publishing. An award-winning former television journalist, Diana decided she’d rather make up stories where a happy ending is always guaranteed.
Growing up as a foreign service brat, Diana lived in many countries and is now settled in Virginia with her husband and two sons. When not bent over her laptop or trying to keep up with laundry, she enjoys reading, spending time with her family and dreams of traveling much more than her current schedule (and budget) allows.
Diana loves to hear from readers. You can follow her on Twitter @Diana_Quincy or visit her website at dianaquincy.com.
CAISEY QUINN is a romance writer fueled by coffee, music, and a deep appreciation for the complex business that is love. She lives in Birmingham, Alabama with her husband, daughter, a dog who believes he is her furry son, and other assorted animals. She is the bestselling author of the Kylie Ryans series as well as several New Adult and Contemporary Romance novels featuring southern girls finding love in unexpected places. After years of working behind the scenes in the music industry and then teaching high school English and Theater, she combined her two passions and began writing romance novels about musicians and actors. Her Neon Dreams series is published by William Morrow/HarperCollins. You can find her online atwww.caiseyquinnwrites.com. She also enjoys chatting with readers, writers, and those freaky hybrids like herself on Twitter as @CaiseyQuinn and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AuthorCaiseyQuinn.
Raised in Corpus Christi, Texas, VIOLETTA RAND spent her childhood reading, writing, and playing soccer. After meeting her husband in New England, they moved to Alaska where she studied environmental science and policy as an undergraduate before attending graduate school. Violetta then spent nearly a decade working as an environmental scientist, specializing in soil and water contamination and environmental assessments.
Violetta still lives in Anchorage, Alaska and spends her days writing evocative New Adult romance and historical romance. Violetta is currently working on multiple series for Loveswept/Random House including two New Adult series The Devil’s Den and Lies & Leather, in historical romance The Wild MacRae Series (Highlanders), and a steamy Viking trilogy, The Fury series. When she’s not reading, writing, or editing, she enjoys time with her husband, pets, and friends. In her free time, she loves to hike, fish, and ride motorcycles and 4-wheelers.
ANNA RANDOL is a RITA nominated author who lives with her family in Southern California. She writes sultry, adventurous Regency romances. Her debut novel, A Secret In Her Kiss, is set in Constantinople and earned a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly, who called it a “…masterful debut…[that] spins a tale replete with mystery, espionage, and memorable romance.” When she’s not plotting fun, sexy storylines, Anna’s usually eating dark chocolate, having wild dance parties with her kids in the living room, or remodeling her house one ill-planned project at a time. She loves hearing from readers at her website (www.AnnaRandol.com) or on Twitter (@AnnaRandol)!
KATIE REUS is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Red Stone Security series, the Moon Shifter series and the Deadly Ops series. She fell in love with romance at a young age thanks to books she pilfered from her mom’s stash. Years later she loves reading romance almost as much as she loves writing it. However, she didn’t always know she wanted to be a writer. After changing majors many times, she finally graduated with a degree in psychology. Not long after that she discovered a new love. Writing. She now spends her days writing dark paranormal romance and sexy romantic suspense. For more information on Katie please visit her website: http://www.katiereus.com.
Alix Rickloff / Alexa Egan
ALIX RICKLOFF / ALEXA EGAN has never been able to decide who she enjoys reading more: Austen or Tolkien. That lifelong indecision drove her to combine those distinct loves into genre-bending para-storical romance. As Alix Rickloff, she’s the author of both the Bligh Family (Kensington) and Heirs of Kilronan (Pocket) series. As Alexa Egan, she’s written the Imnada Brotherhood (Pocket) series. Her books have been described as “compelling, original love stories” and “magic personified”. You can find her at www.AlixRickloff.com or www.AlexaEgan.com.
Award-winning author VICTORIA ROBERTS writes Scottish historical romances about kilted heroes and warriors from the past. She was named by RT Book Reviews as “one of the most promising debut authors across the genres” and was also a 2013 RT Reviewers’ Choice award winner for X Marks the Scot. Victoria is a member of Romance Writers of America® and several local chapters, as well as a contributing author to the online magazine Celtic Guide.
Victoria lives in western Pennsylvania with her husband of twenty one years and their two beautiful children—not to mention one spoiled dog. When she is not plotting her next Scottish adventure, she’s dragging her clan to every Scottish festival under the sun. Please visit her website at www.victoriarobertsauthor.com.
With more than 7 million books in print, New York Times bestselling author PATRICIA ROSEMOOR has written 89 novels for Harlequin, Silhouette, Carina Press, Del Rey, HarperCollins and Dell. RT Book Reviews honored her with two Career Achievement Awards and two Reviewers’ Choice Best Awards for her Harlequin Intrigues. Purebred (April 2012) was her fifty-third Intrigue.
In her other life, she teaches Writing Popular Fiction and Suspense Thriller Writing in the Fiction Writing Department of Columbia College Chicago.
Kathleen Bittner Roth
KATHLEEN BITTNER ROTH thrives on creating passionate stories featuring characters who are forced to draw on their strength of spirit to overcome adversity and find unending love. Her own fairy tale wedding in a Scottish castle led her to her current residence in Budapest, Hungary, considered one of Europe’s most romantic cities. However, she still keeps one boot firmly in Texas and the other in her home state of Minnesota.
A member of Romance Writers of America®, she was a finalist in the prestigious Golden Heart® contest. She is the author of The Seduction of Sarah Marks; A Duke’s Wicked Kiss; and the When Hearts Dare series Celine, Alanna, and Josette. Find Kathleen on Facebook, Goodreads, Twitter, Pinterest and www.kathleenbittnerroth.com.
A west coast native, JENNA RYAN grew up reading romances and writing mysteries. Over the years, she has worked in several different industries, including modeling, interior design and travel, however, writing has always been her passion – even if she didn’t go about it in the usual way.
She earned a degree in Creative Writing from the University of Victoria in British Columbia and currently lives in a semi-rural setting fifteen minutes from the city.
She loves the mountains and the ocean, wicked thunderstorms and a good ghost story on a rainy night. She’s been twisting murder plots and blending them with strong romances since the 1980’s and has several awards to show for it, including the Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award, Romantic Times Certificate of Excellence, and Romantic Times Career Achievement Award. She hopes that means she is doing it right. Visit her on her website www.JennaRyanAuthor.com drop by her Facebook page www.facebook.com/jennaryan.5201 her author Facebook page www.facebook.com/readjennaryan or tweet her at @JennaRyanAuthor.
National and international bestselling author JOYA RYAN is the author of the Shattered series, which includes Break Me Slowly, Possess Me Slowly, and Capture Me Slowly. She has also written the Sweet Torment series, which includes Breathe You In and Only You. Passionate about both cooking and dancing (despite not being too skilled at the latter), she loves spending time at home. Along with her husband and her two sons, she resides in California.
DAWN RYDER is the official Naughty inner child of the human she inhabits. Military suspense, paranormal, Scarlet historicals, and much more! Created in the beginning of the electronic erotic romance boom, she has enjoyed penning tales for the last decade that span eras and universes. Today she is writing hot Rock Stars and Dangerous Shadow Opps teams. Find her at DawnRyder.com. Or on Facebook. Photo: Kimberly Rocha of Book Obsessed Chicks.
SUSANNAH SCOTT creates a world where dragons and humans clash, emitting sparks of danger, passion, and love. Her paranormal romances have won numerous writing awards across the country, and her debut novel is Luck of the Dragon(Entangled 2013). Before having children, Susannah earned degrees in Chemistry, Economics, and Spanish and worked in pharmaceutical sales. Now residing in the Ozark Mountains, Susannah works in her family’s construction business by day and crafts her fictional stories in the wee hours of the morning.
Married to a broad-shouldered Texan, who is the inspiration for all her heroes, Susannah is the lone female in a very loud household of males ranging in age from 4 to 40. While she jokes that the extreme levels of testosterone inspired her to write romance, it is really the love of creating an excellent story, and the occasional dreams of twenty-foot dragons, that wake her and send her to the laptop before the chaos of daily life ensues. Susannah loves to hear from her readers. Please visit her website atwww.susannahscottbooks.com or follow her as Susannah Scott on Facebook and @Susannah_Scott on Twitter.
CAT SCHIELD is an award-winning author of contemporary romances for Harlequin Desire. She likes her heroines spunky and her heroes swoon-worthy. In 2010 she won the Golden Heart for series contemporary romance and sold her first book, fulfilling a lifelong dream. While her jet set characters live all over the globe, Cat makes her home in Minnesota with her daughter, two opinionated Burmese cats and a goofy Doberman. When she’s not writing or acting as her daughter’s chauffer, she’s hanging out with friends or searching for inspiration on Pinterest. Contact her at www.catschield.net.
AMI SILBER/ZOE ARCHER/EVA LEIGH is an award-winning author and graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. As Zoe Archer, she is the author of the acclaimed Blades Of The Rose romance series for Zebra, which includes the RITA-award nominated Rebel. She is also the author of the romance series the Hellraisers, also for Zebra, the celebrated Ether Chronicles series for Avon Impulse, and titles for Carina Press. Further, she writes the Nemesis, Unlimited series for St. Martin’s Press. As Ami Silber, she has written Early Bright, published currently by Amazon Encore. Please see her websites www.amisilber.com and www.zoearcherbooks.com.
Cheryl Ann Smith
CHERYL ANN SMITH became hooked on romance at age fourteen when she stayed up all night to read The Flame and The Flower by Kathleen Woodiwiss. Her own writing journey happened much later when one afternoon she ran out of books and decided to write her own. She worked through a new marriage, kids, and demanding job to pen her first novel, and was immensely satisfied to get to, The End. She was hooked. Cheryl is now published in both sexy Regencies with Berkley/Penguin, and contemporary romantic suspense with Lyrical Press/Kensington. To learn more, you can visit her website at www.cherylannsmith.com.
Tyler Anne Snell
TYLER ANNE SNELL can’t remember a time where reading wasn’t one of her favorite things to do. From the classics to what’s trending, she’s found that no matter the genre she genuinely loves the written word. However, that hasn’t stopped her from realizing that she loves books filled with sexual tension and mysteries a little bit more than the rest. Maybe that’s why each of her stories has a good dose of both. Tyler lives in Florida with her same-named beau and their two mini “lions.” When she isn’t reading, writing, or drinking excess amounts of coffee, she’s playing video games and working on her lifestyle blog, Almost There. All while on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. To follow her shenanigans visit her website, www.tylerannesnell.com. She loves to interact with fellow writers and readers!
TIFFANY SNOW writes romantic suspense and contemporary romance, specializing in hot guys with guns and the women who fall in love with them. She attended the University of Missouri–Columbia, graduating summa cum laude with degrees in History and Social Studies Education. Her career had absolutely nothing to do with her degrees as she spent over a decade specializing in the Information Technology field before changing her day job to writing.
Tiffany loves to read and has been reading romance novels since she was way too young to read such things. She has an unhealthy obsession for all things Doctor Who, prefers Pepsi to Coke and Absolut to both, has learned to never stop believing in her beloved St. Louis Cardinals, and can recite the entire scripts of When Harry Met Sally and Apollo 13. George Washington is cool, Bon Jovi still rocks the house, and Bruce Willis is the ultimate alpha-male hero.
Married with two wonderful daughters, Tiffany and her family make their home in Kansas City, Missouri, not far from where she was born and raised in St. Louis. She can be found online at http://tiffany-snow.com and on Facebook at http://facebook.com/tiffanyasnow
KERI STEVENS was raised in southern Missouri and has lived in Germany, Arizona, North Carolina and Kentucky. Along the way she acquired degrees in writing and German, a romance hero of her very own, three sons, and a mutt who licks her when she speaks German. Her husband gave Keri her first romance novel to read, which unleashed a passion. Several years and a couple thousand novels later, Keri took up her laptop and began writing her own books.
By day, she is a mild-mannered yoga and Oriental dance instructor. By night she creates mayhem and magic in small-town paranormal romance novels like her award-winning debut, Stone Kissed (Carina Press). To find Keri online, please follow @KeriStevens on twitter, fan Keri Stevens on facebook or visit her at www.keristevens.com.
Sara Jane Stone
After several years on the other side of the publishing industry, SARA JANE STONE bid goodbye to her career in sales to pursue her dream—writing romance novels. Armed with a firm belief that dreams do come true, Sara sat down at her keyboard to write fun, sexy stories like the ones she loved to read. Sara is thrilled she found a home for her stories at Avon Impulse, Entangled Brazen, and Harlequin Blaze.
Sara currently resides in Brooklyn, New York with her very supportive real-life hero, two lively young children and a lazy Burmese cat. Visit her online at www.sarajanestone.com, or become a fan of Sara Jane Stone on Facebook, or follow her on Twitter: sarajanestone.
Three-time Golden Heart finalist, ANNA SUGDEN, was a global marketing executive for a major blue-chip, multinational company, then a primary school teacher. In 2002, she and her husband were posted to New Jersey from their native England and she got the chance to follow her dream of becoming a romance writer when her work permit hit a major snag. Her writing career was launched after a course at the Gotham Writers Workshop led to her discovering Romance Writers of America and her local chapter, New Jersey Romance Writers.
A winner of numerous awards, Anna writes heart-warming contemporary romance, with an English twist. She is a founding member of the Romance Bandits and a regular contributor to The Healthy Writer Blog. Now back in England, Anna and her husband share their Cambridge home with two adopted black cats. She loves watching sports (especially hockey and football), classic films, penguins and shoes! You can learn more about Anna at www.annasugden.com.
ROBBIE TERMAN began her journey as a writer in third grade, when she completed her first (24-page) “novel.” Many years later, she is published in contemporary romance. Her heroines are feisty, her heroes Hot (yup, that’s with a capital H!). And, when you read her books, if you tear up a little and laugh a lot, that’s just the reaction she was hoping for.
When she’s not writing, Robbie can often be found at Nordstrom, shopping for shoes and handbags. She’s also a wannabe foodie, who’s always looking for a new restaurant to try or a recipe she’ll inevitably screw up. She invites you to visit her at www.robbieterman.com.
CANDIS TERRY, author of the Sunshine Creek Vineyard series, the Sweet, Texas series, and the highly praised Sugar Shack series for Avon Books, writes small town contemporary romances rich with memorable love stories, quirky characters, and tons of fun. Born and raised near the sunny beaches of Southern California, Candis has made her home on an Idaho farm for almost 20 years. 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.
HEATHER THURMEIER writes contemporary romances filled with laugh out loud moments, uber-hunky heroes, feisty heroines and just enough emotion to tug at your heartstrings. She’s a lover of strawberry margaritas, a hater of spiders, and a reality TV junkie. Heather was born and raised in the Canadian prairies, but now lives in upstate New York with her own personal romance hero (aka her husband) and their two little princesses. When she’s not busy taking care of the kids, chauffeuring for after school activities, or keeping an adventurous puppy named Indiana Jones (Indy for short) out of danger, Heather’s hard at work on her next romance novel.
Heather loves to hear from readers. Visit her online at her website and blogwww.heatherthurmeier.com or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find her on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/HeatherThurmeierAuthor and on Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/hthurmeier.
Laura Trentham was born and raised in a small town in Northwest Tennessee. Although, she loved English and reading in high school, she majored in Chemical Engineering (in order to avoid becoming a starving artist!) and worked in a hard hat and steel toed boots for several years.
Now living in South Carolina with her husband and two children, she writes historical and contemporary romances that are a little dark, a little funny, and a whole lot of sexy. Her first two books in the Regency romance series Spies and Lovers, published by Samhain, finaled in the Golden Heart ®. Laura’s Southern contemporary romances, including the Falcon Football series and the Cottonbloom series, are published by St. Martin’s Press. Find Laura on Twitter @LauraTrentham or at www.LauraTrentham.com.
Michelle A. Valentine
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author MICHELLE A. VALENTINE is a Central Ohio nurse turned author of erotic romance and New Adult novels. Her love of hard-rock music, tattoos and sexy musicians inspired her BLACK FALCON series.
RAYNA VAUSE writes stories that mix a little action, a little adventure, and a little paranormal. Her books feature gay and straight couples because everyone deserves a happily ever after.
A perpetual student, Rayna has collected more degrees and certifications then she cares to admit. She is also a cat lover, a martial artist, a video game enthusiast, a Disney fanatic, and a Pop Tart aficionado.
MARY WINE is the author of over fifteen books with Kensington (Scottish historicals) and Sourcebooks. She also publishes with Ellora’s Cave and Samheim and is the winner of a 2008 EPPIE Award for erotic western romance. When she’s not abusing a laptop, she spends time with her sewing machines…all of them! Making historical garments is her second passion. From corsets and knickers to court dresses of Elizabeth I, the most expensive clothes she owns are hundreds of years out of date.