MARINA ADAIR is a New York Times and #1 nationally bestselling author whose fun, flirty contemporary romances have sold over a million copies. In addition to the When in Rome series, she is the author of the Destiny Bay series, and the St. Helena Vineyard series, which was the inspiration behind the original Hallmark Channel Vineyard movies: Autumn in the Vineyard, Summer in the Vineyard, and Valentines in the Vineyard. Raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, she holds a MFA from San Jose University and currently lives in Northern California with her husband, daughter, and two neurotic cats.
ALANA ALBERTSON is a Latina bestselling romance author (#3 in entire Amazon store) with over one million views on her Se7en Deadly SEALs romantic mystery serial on Radish. She holds a M.Ed. from Harvard University and a BA in English from Stanford University. She’s the former President of RWA’s Contemporary Romance, Young Adult, and Chick Lit chapters. She lives in San Diego, California, with her husband, two young sons, and six rescue dogs.
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/.
Jennifer L. Armentrout
#1 New York Times and internationally bestselling author JENNIFER L. ARMENTROUT lives in Shepherdstown, 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, the judgmental alpacas, goats and sheep on their farm, and her Border Jack, Apollo and Border Collie, Artemis.
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 also writes adult and new adult romance under the name J. Lynn. Jennifer loves hearing from readers. Follow her on IG @jennifer_l_armentrout, her Facebook and Goodreads, or visit her website at jenniferlarmentrout.com.
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author GINNY BAIRD writes wholesome contemporary stories with a dash of humor and a lot of heart. She enjoys taking walks in the park, cooking with her husband, and creating worlds where romance is a given and happily ever afters are guaranteed. After spending many years in Virginia, she returned to her home state and now lives in North Carolina with her family. Visit her website for more about Ginny and her books. www.ginnybairdromance.com.
KATE BATEMAN (also writing as K.C. 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. Since then, her Bow Street Bachelors trilogy (St. Martin’s Press) and her Secrets and Spies trilogy (Loveswept/Random House) have continued her trademark of feisty, intelligent heroines, wickedly inappropriate banter, and heroes you want to alternately strangle and kiss.
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.
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.
LEXI BLAKE writes contemporary and urban fantasy romance. She started publishing in 2011 and has gone on to sell over two million copies of her books. Her books have appeared twenty-six times on the USA Today, New York Times, and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists. She lives in North Texas with her husband, kids, and two rescue dogs.
AMANDA BOUCHET is a USA Today bestselling author of Fantasy Romance and Sci-fi Romance with equal parts adventure and kissing. She was a Goodreads Choice Awards top 10 finalist for Best Debut in 2016. Amanda writes what she loves to read: epic exploits, steamy romance, and characters that make you laugh and cry. She’s a French master’s graduate and former English teacher who now lives in Paris, France with her two bilingual children who will soon be correcting her French.
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.
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 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
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.
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.
LYNNE CONNOLLY grew up in England and fell in love with history at an early age. She got her degrees at Manchester University before going to work as a market research manager. Such fun. History has been a constant. Stately homes, museums, art galleries – she’s there five minutes before they open. She adores travelling, and there’s still a lot of world to see.
None of this qualified her to write, although she did write stories for her own amusement. In fact she’s always written, and her first story was a continuation of Sir Gawain And The Green Knight at the age of seven! She married a special needs teacher who she’s very proud of, and became a stay at home mum. While she loves her kids, overdosing on Thomas the Tank Engine stories drove her to create a series of stories of her own. When she submitted them to a publisher, to her shock, they liked them and a new career was born. That series became the Richard and Rose series. Since then, she’s written historical romance series set in her beloved Georgian era, some contemporaries and some paranormal romances. The Emperors of London did really well, and after a spin-off series, she’s writing a whole new romance series about detectives in Georgian England. They’re all pretty steamy. She’s helped in her endeavours by a series of muses, or rather, mewses. The current mews is a daft ragdoll called Frankie.
Check Lynne’s website on https://lynneconnolly.com together with her blog and social media accounts. Find out what’s next in her newsletter, by sending her an email from her website.
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. (Photo credit: Laurie McBrown)
Almost as soon as she could hold a pencil, SUSANNA CRAIG began writing stories. Today, she pens award-winning Regency-era romance novels that blend history and heart with a dash of heat. An English professor, wife, and mom, she’s currently finding her happily ever after in Kentucky while holding onto her Midwestern roots. Find her online at http://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.
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.
USA Today bestselling author EVA DEVON was raised on literary fiction, but quite accidentally and thankfully, she was introduced to romance one Christmas by Johanna Lindsey’s Mallory novella, The Present. A romance addict was born. She devoured every single Lindsey novel within a few months and never looked back. Now, she loves to write her own roguish heroes and the heroines who tame them. https://evadevonromance.com
Melinda Di Lorenzo
MELINDA DI LORENZO is an Amazon bestselling author, whose work includes titles for Harlequin, Tule, Kensington, Headline Eternal, and Orca. She writes in a range of romance genres, from heart pounding heat, to nail biting suspense, to gutsy adventure.
TRACI DOUGLASS is a USA Today Bestselling romance author with Harlequin/Mills & Boon, Entangled Publishing, and Tule Publishing and has an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. She writes sometimes funny, always emotional stories about strong, quirky, wounded characters overcoming adversity to find their forever person. She believes Love is Love and hopes to accomplish brave, beautiful things with her one wild and precious life.
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
EVIE DUNMORE wrote her debut League of Extraordinary Women series inspired by the magical scenery of Oxford and her passion for romance, women pioneers, and all things Victorian.
In her civilian life, she is a strategy consultant with a M.Sc. in Diplomacy from Oxford. Scotland and the great outdoors have a special place in her heart, so she can frequently be found climbing the Highlands and hunting for woolly tartan blanket bargains.
Evie lives in Europe and pours her fascination with 19th century Britain into her writing. She is a member of the British Romantic Novelists’ Association (RNA).
STACY FINZ is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance. After more than twenty years covering notorious serial killers, naked-tractor-driving farmers, fanatical foodies, aging rock stars and weird Western towns as a newspaper reporter, she figured she finally had enough material to launch a career writing fiction. She is the author of the Nugget Romance series, the Garner Brothers series and the upcoming Dry Creek Ranch series. She lives in Northern California with her husband. Visit her website www.stacyfinz.com.
JANE GODMAN wrote paranormal romance for St. Martins Press and Harlequin Nocturne, thrillers for Harlequin Romantic Suspense, and steamy historical romance for Samhain Publishing.
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
Laura Lee Guhrke
LAURA LEE GUHRKE spent seven years in advertising, had a successful catering business, and managed a construction company before she decided writing novels was more fun. A New York Times and USA Today-bestselling author, Laura has penned twenty-four historical romances. Her books have received many award nominations, and she is the recipient of romance fiction’s highest honor: the Romance Writers of America RITA Award. She lives in the Northwest with her husband, two diva cats and a Golden Retriever who absolutely refuses to play fetch. Laura loves hearing from readers, and you can contact her via her website: www.lauraleeguhrke.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.
When lifelong insomniac VIRGINIA HEATH was a little girl, she made up stories in her head to help pass the time while she was staring at the ceiling. She did this every night for over forty years until one day, she decided to embrace the insomnia and start writing them down. Now, to her absolute delight and utter astonishment, her slightly racy Regency Romcoms are published in many languages all across the globe. Among them are her critically acclaimed Wild Warriners and King’s Elite series for Harlequin Historical. NEVER FALL FOR YOUR FIANCEE, the first book in her upcoming Merriwell Sisters trilogy, is forthcoming from St. Martin’s Press.
When Virginia isn’t furiously writing romance fueled by far too much English tea, she likes to travel to far off places, shop for things she doesn’t need and drag her devoted Labrador Trevor on long walks around her native London. And in case you were wondering, two Romantic Novel of the Year Award nominations and eighteen books later, it still takes Virginia forever to fall asleep.
You can find her procrastinating online on her busy Facebook page and at www.virginiaheathromance.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, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty books in contemporary romance and romantic suspense with over a million books sold. Her Hard Ink series novel, Hard As You Can, won the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best Romance Suspense of 2014. Laura grew up amid family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses, cementing her life-long fascination with storytelling and the supernatural. A former college history professor, Laura also writes bestselling historical women’s fiction as Laura Kamoie. Laura lives in Maryland with her husband and two daughters, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day. Find her online at www.laurakayeauthor.com.
After almost two decades working in IT, BEVERLEY KENDALL decided to make her lifetime dream of writing romance fiction a reality, and has been on the ride of her life ever since. From traditional publishing to self-publishing, she’s done it all, but knows there’s so much more to accomplish and so many more stories to tell.
Her next two books being released by Graydon House Books, the first in January 2023, are set on the two coasts and feature “ripped from the headlines” storylines, and heartfelt, sensual romances at its center.
Beverley has lived on two continents, in three countries, two provinces, and four states. No role is more important to her than that of being mother to her teenage son. On her downtime, she enjoys reading, coding, knitting, sewing, crocheting, baking and brisk walks. All things artistic feed her creative passion, but none more than writing.
HARPER KINCAID is a contemporary romantic comedy author, writing titles for Entangled Publishing including Bind Me Before You Go and Love in Real Life. She also wrote for Samhain Publishing, with titles Rule Breaker, Heart Breaker, and Girl Breaker. Ms. Kincaid is a proud member of the Washington Romance Writers Association of America and has earned master’s degrees in Gender/American History and Clinical/Macro Social Work.
When not writing, she adores listening to lo-fi, indie complaint rock played on vinyl, the theater, well-informed optimism, happy endings (both kinds) and making those close to her laugh ‘til they snort. She is a self-admitted change junkie, but is now happily settled in the cutest lil town of Vienna, Virginia, with her wife-whisperer husband and their two girls.
ELIZA KNIGHT is an award-winning and USA Today bestselling author of over fifty sizzling historical romances. Under the name E. Knight, she’s known for riveting tales that cross the landscapes of Europe. While not reading, writing or researching for her latest book, she chases after her three children. In her spare time (if there is such a thing…) she likes daydreaming, wine-tasting, traveling, hiking, staring at the stars, watching movies, shopping and visiting with family and friends. She lives atop a small mountain with her own knight in shining armor, three princesses and two very naughty newfies. Visit Eliza at http://www.elizaknight.com or her historical blog History Undressed: www.historyundressed.com.
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. She is a two-time Booksellers’ Best Award winner for Triple Dare (Harlequin Blaze) in 2016 and The Billionaire In Her Bed (Entangled Indulgence) in 2018.
A lover of all things theatrical, Regina lives on the Connecticut shoreline with her husband, daughter and a melodramatic cat. 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 Instagram @romancebyregina, or sign up for her newsletter at www.reginakyle.com/subscribe.
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.
MAKENNA LEE lives in Texas with her real-life hero of over twenty years and their two sons. Her oldest son was born with Down syndrome and has taught her to appreciate the little things and look at life in a new way. As a child, Makenna spent time in the woods looking for fairies under toadstools, making mud pies, and reading books like Little House on the Prairie. Her writing journey began when she mentioned all the stories in her head, and her husband asked why she wasn’t writing them down. The next day she bought a laptop, started her first book, and knew she’d found her passion.
She enjoys renaissance festivals, studying herbal medicine, researching ancestry, and usually listens to Celtic music while writing. She hopes to visit Scotland and someday live in a historic home in the Texas Hill Country. Makenna’s wish is to write stories that touch your heart and mind, making you feel, think, and dream. You can visit Makenna at www.makennalee.com, Facebook: http://facebook.com/MakennaLeeAuthor, Instagram: http://Instagram.com/MakennaLeeWriter Twitter: http://Twitter.com/MakennaLeeBooks.
#1 Amazon Charts and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author Melinda Leigh has sold over 9 million books. As a fully recovered banker and a life-long lover of books, she started writing as a way to preserve her sanity while raising her kids. Melinda’s debut novel, SHE CAN RUN, was an International Thriller Award finalist. Since then, she has garnered numerous writing accolades.
Melinda holds a 2nd degree belt in Kenpo Karate. She’s dabbled in Arnis stick fighting, studied Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and taught women’s self-defense. She lives near the beach with her family and two spoiled rescue dogs. With such a pleasant life, she has no explanation for the sometimes dark and disturbing nature of her imagination. Find out more about Melinda by visiting www.melindaleigh.com.
JESSICA LEPE is a former social worker turned website designer who spends her days writing, listening to murder podcasts and wrangling knives out of her toddler’s hands (sometimes all at the same time). She discovered her love for reading after sneaking romance novels in her bible at her all-girls Catholic high school and in between the spines of her siddur at synagogue each Saturday and she hasn’t stopped reading romance since. A proud and passionate advocate for mental health, Jessica writes romances with complex and flawed characters with multi-cultural and religious backgrounds that reflect the people she loves most in this world. Jessica’s debut rom-com is Tweet Heart (Forever 2024). She is represented by Jill Marsal at Marsal Lyon Literary.
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.
CAROLINE LINDEN was born a reader, not a writer. She earned a math degree from Harvard University and wrote computer code before discovering that writing fiction was far more fun. Since then, the Boston Red Sox have won the World Series three times, which is not related but still worth mentioning. Her books have been translated into seventeen languages, and have won the NEC-RWA Reader’s Choice Award, the Daphne du Maurier Award, the NJRW Golden Leaf Award, and RWA’s RITA Award. She lives in New England.
STEFANIE LONDON is a multi-award-winning, USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romances and romantic comedies.
Stefanie’s books have been called “genuinely entertaining and memorable” by Booklist, and “elegant, descriptive and delectable” by RT magazine. Her stories have won multiple industry awards, including the HOLT Medallion and OKRWA National Reader’s Choice Award, and she has been nominated for the Romance Writers of America RITA award.
Originally from Australia, Stefanie lives in Toronto with her very own hero and is doing her best to travel the world. She frequently indulges in her passions for good coffee, lipstick, romance novels and anything zombie-related.
Award winning author RACHEL MAGEE writes sweet contemporary romance with fun characters, witty dialogue, and plenty of happily-ever-afters. Her stories are usually set in sunny locations where she doesn’t mind spending lots of time ‘researching’. When she’s not out scouting the setting of her next book, you can find her at home in The Woodlands, Texas with her wonderful husband, their two adventurous kids, and a couple of spirited pets. Find out more about what Rachel’s up to at RachelMageeBooks.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
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.
AMANDA MCKINNEY is the multi-award-winning author of more than twenty romantic suspense and mystery novels. Her book, Rattlesnake Road, was named one of POPSUGAR’s 12 Best Romance Books to Have a Spring Fling With, and was featured on the Today Show. The fifth book in her Steele Shadows series was nominated for the prestigious Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense. Amanda’s books have received over fifteen literary awards and nominations.
Set in small, Southern towns, Amanda writes page-turning murder mysteries peppered with steamy romance. She lives in Arkansas with her handsome husband, two beautiful boys, and three obnoxious dogs. Photo Credit: HH Tisevich, LLC.
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.
USA Today bestselling author CHARIS MICHAELS believes a romance novel is a long, entertaining answer to the question, “So, how did you two meet?” and she loves making up new ways for fictional characters to almost not meet but live happily ever instead. She grew up on a peach farm in Texas and gave tours at Disney World in college but now can be found raising her family and writing love stories from her screened-in porch in Northern Virginia.
Renee Ann Miller
USA Today bestselling author 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.
PAMELA MINGLE is a former teacher and librarian with a passion for creating romantic tales that play out against dramatic historical events. She’s an avowed Anglophile and Janeite, and her books with Delacorte, William Morrow, and now Entangled reflect this. Pam and her husband live in Colorado and love to travel, especially to the UK for walking trips. They’ve provided an ideal way to discover new settings for her books. Pam loves to hear from readers. Please visit her at www.PamMingle.com. Follow her on Twitter (@PamMingle) and find her on Facebook at Pamela Mingle Author.
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
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 holds a masters in English Literature and lives in the beautiful Hudson Valley in upstate New York. Her family keeps her active, stressed, joyous, and sad her house will never be truly clean. Her passions include horse racing, Scrabble, rescue dogs, Italian food, and wine—not necessarily in that order.
She is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of contemporary romance fiction. She was thrilled her book, The Marriage Bargain, spent 26 weeks on the New York Times. Her work has been translated in over a dozen countries, sold over a million copies, and she was dubbed a “romance phenom” by Kirkus Reviews. She is also a proud three-time RITA finalist.
She loves hearing from readers. Visit her website for updates on new releases 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.
Raised in Corpus Christi, Texas, USA Today bestselling author 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.
USA Today bestselling author STACY REID writes sensual Historical and Paranormal Romances and is the published author of over sixteen books. Her debut novella The Duke’s Shotgun Wedding was a 2015 HOLT Award of Merit recipient in the Romance Novella category, and her bestselling Wedded by Scandal series is recommended as Top picks at Night Owl Reviews, Fresh Fiction Reviews, and The Romance Reviews.
Stacy lives a lot in the worlds she creates and actively speaks to her characters (aloud). She has a warrior way “Never give up on dreams!” When she’s not writing, Stacy spends a copious amount of time binge-watching series like The Walking Dead, Homeland, Altered Carbon, watching Japanese Anime and playing video games with her love. She also has a weakness for ice cream and will have it as her main course.
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.
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.
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.
NICHOLE SEVERN writes explosive romantic suspense with strong heroines, heroes who dare challenge them, and a hell of a lot of guns. She graduated from Utah Valley University with a degree in Psychology and from Nevada State College with a degree in English Literature. She’s a member of Romance Writers of America.
She resides with her very supportive and patient husband, as well as her demon spawn, in Utah. When she’s not writing, she’s constantly injuring herself running, rock climbing, practicing yoga, and snowboarding.
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!
Jennifer Snow/ J.M. Winchester
JENNIFER SNOW is an award-winning contemporary romance author writing HEAs from small towns to big cities. Her stories are the perfect blend of sweet and sexy, heartwarming and fun. Writing for Harlequin, Grand Central and Berkley/NAL, she has published 21 books with more on the way. Her titles have won the Booksellers Best Award and earned her a starred review from Publishers Weekly. Her alter-ego J.M. WINCHESTER was created to explore the darker side of relationships, and she writes psychological thrillers for Thomas and Mercer. She lives in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada with her husband and son and three annoying cats. Visit her websites at www.jennifersnowauthor.com and www.authorjmwinchester.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.
USA Today Bestselling Author SASHA SUMMERS writes stories that celebrate the ups and downs, loves and losses, ordinary and extraordinary occurrences of life. Sasha pens fiction in multiple genres and hopes each and every book will draw readers in and set them on an emotional and rewarding journey. When not writing, she’s reading or spending time with her family somewhere in the Texas Hill Country.
With a puppy on her lap and her favorite Thor mug full of coffee, Sasha is currently working on her next novel. She adores hearing from fans and invites you to visit her online.
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.
DANICA WINTERS is a Publishers Weekly, Walmart, and Amazon bestselling author who has won multiple awards for writing books that grip readers with their ability to drive emotion through suspense and occasionally a touch of magic. Her books have won numerous awards, but she says that her greatest joy is hearing that the worlds she creates have helped to provide escapes for those who need it most.
In addition to her writing, she spends a great deal of her time mentoring up-and-coming authors in every genre from children’s fiction to science fiction. Books are her passion and her life. When she’s not working, she can be found in the wilds of Montana with her husband and two young children (who love books just as much as her). Her daughter often helps her handle her fan mail.
When Danica isn’t reading, writing, or mentoring, she tries to master crafts that seem easy to others but often become the bane of her existence. (She swears she will never again pick up a knitting needle.) Currently, she is crocheting one lop-sided blanket. Please send help.