A.D. Ellis is an Indiana girl, born and raised. She spends much of her time in central Indiana teaching alternative education in the inner city of Indianapolis, being a mom to two amazing school-aged children, and laughing at a precocious cat. A lot of her time is also devoted to phone call avoidance and her hatred of cooking.
She loves chocolate, wine, pizza, and naps along with reading and writing romance. These loves don’t leave much time for housework, much to the chagrin of her husband of nearly two decades. Who would pick cleaning the house over a nap or a good book? She uses any extra time to increase her fluency in sarcasm.
Alicia Kobishop is a contemporary romance writer who lives in Milwaukee, WI, USA with her husband and two children.
Before trying her hand in writing, she worked her way up in the field of administrative healthcare with experiences ranging from working within a large local healthcare organization, to smaller independent physician practices.
In early 2013 her life took a change of course when she re-evaluated her passions in life, and sought out to try many new things. She reclaimed her childhood passion for reading, and after reading tons of fictional novels in a short amount of time, and loving every moment of it, she became absorbed with the idea of taking her experience with books to the next level, and decided to write one. Nine months later, her debut novel, The Fine Line was published.
Alison Bliss grew up in Small Town, Texas, but currently resides in the Midwest with her husband and two sons. With so much testosterone in her home, it's no wonder she writes "girl books." She believes the best way to know if someone is your soul mate is by canoeing with them because if you both make it back alive, it's obviously meant to be. Alison pens the type of books she loves to read most: fun, steamy love stories with heart, heat, laughter, and usually a cowboy or two. As she calls it, "Romance...with a sense of humor."
Aly Grady is New England born but for more than the past twelve years has enjoyed living in the Indianapolis area. Aly enjoys time spent with her two children and their busy lives, reading books by her favorite authors, watching IndyCar racing to look for her husband and traveling. The latest addition to the Grady household is their Labradoodle Cody who is a Fozzie Bear look-a-like. Aly has firsthand knowledge of the racing industry because she is a racing widow. Aly took the challenge by her husband to write a book and created “The Racer’s Widow” which was released November, 2012. “Chasing The Dream” followed in 2013 and "Taking A Chance" rounded out the series in 2014.
Amanda Mariel, a USA Today best seller dreams of days gone by when life moved at a slower pace. She enjoys taking pen to paper and exploring historical time periods through her imagination and the written word. Her hobbies include reading, writing, crocheting, traveling, photography, and spending time with her family. Some of Amanda Mariel's favorite places in the continental U.S. are Harper's Ferry West Virginia and Sea Brook New Hampshire. She loves the history that surrounds them and visits every chance she gets.
Amanda Mariel lives along the Lake Huron shore line in northern Michigan with her husband and two kids. She holds a Master of Liberal Arts Degree with a concentration in literature and has a long standing love affair with sugary junk food.
Amber Nation currently resides in Southern Indiana with her husband and two beautiful daughters. Amber writes Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense, and Romance Comedy novels. She loves hoarding paperback books, shopping, concerts, road trips, and watching her daughters sport it up on the field or on the court. Her personal motto is to always believe in yourself and above all else, be you!
Amy Hale is an author, mother, and wife living in Illinois. She started her writing career in 2003 with non-fiction and educational pieces, but decided to take the leap to fiction in 2014. She's always plotting new projects and writing down crazy ideas. She's a hopeless romantic and adores all the various ways a love story can be told. Amy also loves mystery, humor, suspense, and other action filled stories, so her goal is to blend the action with romance and keep you on your toes.
Her husband and kids are the center of her universe, although her cat believes otherwise. She also loves reading, music, and photography. When she’s not writing or reading, Amy can be found watching MST3K movies with her kids, or enjoying the scenery fly by from the back of her husband’s motorcycle.
In my professional career, I’m a sports writer. I found myself scribbling notes, paragraphs and dialog for the stories in my head between innings of baseball games, cautions during IndyCar races, or halftime breaks of other events. I decided to gather all of scribblings and join a writers’ group. From that point, I began to work seriously on a manuscript, and with the help and support of the Indiana RWA, I published my debut novel Captured Hearts in November 2016. It is a contemporary romance, but I find myself attracted to many types of romance, historical, suspense, and even some erotic. My next novel Appearances will be available in July at WOTR. While Captured Hearts is a more serious story, Appearances has humor, suspense, and the coming together of two completely different personalities. Some of my love for sports appears in Appearances.
When not writing, I spend time with my husband who is very supportive of my endeavors. We are native Hoosiers from Indiana, but have lived all over the U.S. and are currently back home again. We’ve hosted eleven foreign exchange students and visited several of them in their home countries. Though we have no children of our own, we do have a menagerie of parrots, and a dog.
Both my husband and I love sports, especially auto racing. We live in central Indiana, but travel frequently. One of my favorite places is downtown Chicago where I dream about having a weekend place overlooking Lake Michigan.
Anya Breton is a web monkey with an obsession for nail polish and rubber chickens. Her fears include Peeps and people who hate clowns. She lives in the Midwest where land is cheap and corn is cheaper.
Ava Cuvay writes out of this world romance featuring sassy heroines, often-alien-but-always-sexy heroes, and an alcoholic beverage or two... Set in a galaxy far, far away. Think "Star Wars" meets "Firefly", without Jar-Jar Binks, and with a LOT more heat. When not writing, Ava is thinking about writing. And bacon.
Brighton Walsh spent nearly a decade as a professional photographer before deciding to take her storytelling in a different direction and reconnect with her first love: writing. When she's not pounding away at the keyboard, she's probably either reading or shopping-maybe even both at once. She lives in the Midwest with her husband and two children, and, yes, she considers forty degrees to be hoodie weather. Her home is the setting for frequent dance parties, Lego battles, and more laughter than she thought possible.
Author C.A. Harms is like any other addicted reader.
I enjoy happy endings in my love stories. Loving those scenes that give it the needed angst and heat to keep you hooked and wanting more. Just enough drama to make her heart race and your stomach flutter. I haven't always been a lover of Romance and had once been addicted to a good Mystery. Just recently I have taken on a new liking and now I am addicted to Romance Novel.
I am a Limitless Publishing Author and love sharing my stories with my great fans. Feedback is great and I really enjoy interacting with my readers.
I live in Illinois and enjoy spending time with my husband and two children.
You will always find me with my kindle or paperback in hand as it is my favorite pass time.
And I never leave home without a small notebook. You never know when an idea for a new story will strike.
USA Today bestseller, award winning author of romantic suspense and epic fantasy romance, C.A. loves to dabble in different genres. If it's a good story, she'll write it, no matter where it seems to fit!
She's a hopeless romantic and always will be. Risking it all for Happily Ever After is what she lives by!
She's originally from Ohio, but got to Texas as soon as she could. She's happily married and has a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice.
She works with kids when she's not writing.
Catherine Scott grew up in the Chicago area but fell in love with the Southern Illinois region while attending university. She was encouraged to appreciate the outdoors, fine art, film, and books in equal measure from a young age. Catherine has taught the best kids in the world for more than fifteen years. She loves reading, travel, old movies, impressionist art, and 80s music. Catherine lives in Kentucky with 3 dogs and the love of her life. She writes romantic suspense novels and m/m romance. “When You Least Expect It” is the first novel in her Great Expectations series, Later Than Expected is the second. Her m/m romance novel is “You Never Know” is the first book in the Men of the G-Spot series.
USA Today Bestselling Author Chelsea Camaron was born and raised in Coastal North Carolina. She currently resides in Southern Louisiana with her husband and two children but her heart is always Carolina day dreaming.
Chelsea always wanted to be a writer, but like most of us, let fear of the unknown grab a hold of her dream; she realized that if she was going to tell her daughter to go for her dreams, that it was time to follow her own advice.
Chelsea grew up turning wrenches alongside her father, and from that grew her love for old muscle cars and Harley Davidson motorcycles, which just so happened to inspired her ‘Daddy’s Girls’ series. Her love for reading has sparked a new love for writing and she currently has a few more projects in the works.
When she is not spending her days writing you can find her playing with her kids, attending car shows, going on motorcycle rides on the back of her husband’s Harley, snuggling down with her new favorite book or watching any movie that Vin Diesel might happen to be in.
She hates being serious and is still a big kid at heart. She is a small town country girl enjoying life and, Chelsea hopes that her readers remember not to take life too seriously and to embrace your inner five year old, because five year olds know how to enjoy the simple things in life and how to always have fun.
A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Cheryl Brooks is a former critical care nurse who resides in rural Indiana with her husband, two sons, two horses, three cats, and one dog. She is the author of the ten-book Cat Star Chronicles series, the Cowboy Heaven series (two books and one novella), the Soul Survivors Trilogy, the four-book Unlikely Lovers series, and several stand-alone books and novellas. Look for her new Cat Star Legacy series from Sourcebooks beginning in 2018. Her other interests include cooking, gardening, singing, and guitar playing. Cheryl is a member of RWA and IRWA. You can visit her online at www.cherylbrooksonline.com or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A lover of unusual things, Cheryl Dragon enjoys writing unique stories with sinfully hot erotic romance. Her two favorite settings are Las Vegas and New Orleans… where anything can happen! Cheryl lives in the Chicagoland area with her deaf albino cat. Find out more at :
Christina McKnight, a USA TODAY best seller is a book lover turned writer. From a young age, her mother encouraged her to tell her own stories. She’s been writing ever since.
Christina enjoys a quiet life in Northern California with her family, her wine, and lots of coffee. Oh, and her books…don’t forget her books! Most days she can be found writing, reading, or traveling the great state of California.
Keep up to date on her releases: www.christinamcknight.com
Clara Stone lives in the beautiful city of Boise, ID. Unlike what most believe about Idaho, it’s more than a sack full of potatoes. When she’s not writing, you’ll catch Clara reading mostly YA books and enjoying time with her family. She is a proud CW TV addict.
The Dracian Legacy is her first YA paranormal romance series. She strongly believes that true love conquers all and that’s a common theme you’ll find within her novels.
My website Link: http://authorclarastone.com/
Claudia Shelton lives in the Midwest where summers are hot with humidity and winters are freezing cold! Whether enjoying a cool drink by the water on a sunny day, or sipping hot cocoa while walking in the snow, she’s always looking for the next happily-ever-after story. Plus, what adventure would be complete without an iota of intrigue or a splash of suspense? After all, she grew up watching heroes save the world and rescue the heroine. Or, was it that the lady inspired the man so much he had no choice but to risk life and limb to love her forever. Maybe she’ll figure that out someday, but for now, Claudia writes romantic suspense with sexy alpha heroes and the women strong enough to love them.
C.M Michaels grew up in a small town in northern Michigan as the youngest child of a close-knit family of seven. He met his wife, Teresa, while attending Saginaw Valley State University. Together they’ve provided a loving home for several four-legged “kids”, including Sophie, their eternally young at heart, hopelessly spoiled Spaniel.
He has always enjoyed writing, and still has fond memories of reading his first book, a children’s novella, to local grade schools when he was 14. C.M. is currently working on the third book in the Sisters in Blood series along with a Fantasy romance called Kerrigan’s Race.
An avid reader since discovering Jim Kjelgaard novels in early childhood, his favorite authors include Kelley Armstrong, Peter V. Brett, Richelle Mead, Rachel Caine and Laini Taylor. When he’s not writing, C.M. can be found curled up with a good book, watching movies or hitting the hiking trails with his wife.
C.M. currently resides in Louisville, Kentucky.
Dakota is a simple Midwest girl, who has found her passion in storytelling at a young age. Her father always said she made up the craziest stories. Most remained unwritten though as writing wasn’t Dakota’s strong suit. That all changed in junior high when she took her first typing class. Problem solved for the dyslexic Dakota. There was no stopping her after that. She wrote her first novel her freshman year about a girl who could speak to animals on an old electric IBM typewriter her dad found at a garage sale. Now writing in several different genres, she is a published author with multiple books under her belt. When she isn’t writing, she’s the crazy mom of three teenagers and one slightly neurotic pup.
Dawn Brower has lived in Michigan her whole life and currently resides in Midland, MI. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, a Master of Arts in Education, and is currently working on a Master of Arts in Liberal Arts with concentrations in Literature, History, and Sociology. She works as a substitute teacher and enjoys the flexibility it gives her to concentrate on her other endeavors.
Growing up she was the only girl out of six children. She is a single mother of two teenage boys; there is never a dull moment in her life. Reading books is her favorite hobby. There is nothing like a nice glass of wine and a good book to relax with at the end of the day.
There are always stories inside her head; she just never thought she could make them come to life. That creativity has finally found an outlet.
Deanndra Hall is a working author living in far western Kentucky with her partner of 30+ years and three crazy little dogs. She's written for business, industry, religious institutions, non-profits, and owned her own graphic design business, as well as working as a fiber and textile artist. When she's not writing all things romance from sweet, simple plots to explicit, erotic suspense, she can be found working out at the local gym, hiking, kayaking, reading (of course), or working on a healthy recipe. And wherever she is, chocolate is sure to be nearby.
Donna Dull is a wandering soul determined to see everything our wondrous planet has to offer. Since she is part raccoon, attracted to anything that sparkles, it should come as no surprise that she’s been making jewelry almost as long as she’s been writing. After discovering a love of art as an adult, she cultivated talents in many mediums, including cover art. She also trained as a cosmetologist and is now obsessed with vinyl cutting. If she doesn’t express herself creatively every day, she would probably go crazy. Not that she has far to go.
Drew Elyse is the author of the new adult Dissonance Series, and the Disciples’ Daughters and Savage Disciples MC books.
Drew spends her days trying to convince the world that she is, in fact, a Disney Princess, and her nights writing tear-jerking and smutty romance novels.
When she isn't writing, she can usually be found analyzing every line of a book, binge watching shows on Netflix, doing strange vocal warm ups before singing in a variety of musical styles, or screaming at the TV during Chicago Blackhawks games.
A graduate of Loyola University Chicago with a BA in English, she still lives in Chicago, IL, where she was born and raised, with her boyfriend and her fur babies Lola and Duncan.
Elissa Daye was born in Southern Illinois. She studied to be a teacher at Illinois State University and graduated in 1999 with a B.S. in Education. Elissa taught for 7 years in a range of ages from Kindergarten to Middle School, but found that her passion to write was calling to her. Now, she has the best job as a full time mom and author.
Eliza David is the author of the five-star rated, six-book Cougarette Series. She was born and raised on the noisy South Side of Chicago, but now lives in super quiet Iowa. When she’s not writing, working full-time, or raising two children with her loving husband, Eliza enjoys reading throwback Jackie Collins and indulging in the occasional order of cheese fries.Eliza is also a contributing writer for Real Moms of Eastern Iowa andThirty On Tap. She was a featured panelist at the 2016 Iowa Soul Festivaland was a headlining author at the 2016 Iowa City Book Fair. Her latest project, Savage, hit Amazon in September 2016.
A storyteller from the time she could talk, USA Today bestselling author Ellis Leigh grew up among family legends of hauntings, psychics, and love spanning decades. Those stories didn’t always have the happiest of endings, so they inspired her to write about real life, real love, and the difficulties therein. From farmers to werewolves, store clerks to witches—if there’s love to be found, she’ll write about it. Ellis lives in the Chicago area with her husband, daughters, and two tiny fish that take up way too much of her time.
Website is http://www.ellisleigh.com
I suppose you want to hear about how Emily enjoys long walks on the beach, a nice glass of wine, and wants a man with... Oh wait. This isn't her dating profile. *Ahem* I will start again. When Emily isn't nose deep in her latest and greatest writing adventure or in over her head with her spitfire daughter; you'll find her emerged in the latest book to catch her eye. She doesn't judge, she reads it all and hungers for more. She has been declared a Pinterest queen by some, and is one of the few people you'll ever meet to actually pull off those easy looking recipes; the ones that the rest of us burn.
I'm a paranormal science fiction romance author. I love creating new worlds where there are endless possibilities for finding love. I grew up in a small town in rural Pennsylvania and I am currently living in Indiana with my hopelessly romantic husband (who would never admit it under torture), the cutest and craziest toddler I’ve ever seen, and two mischievous dogs. While I haven’t sailed around the world I have been to Jamaica where I was married beside the ocean and in a previous career traveled to Germany and Switzerland.
Heather D’Agostino is an avid reader turned Bestselling Author of the Contemporary Romance Series The Broken Series, The Shattered Series, The Second Chances Series, The Cook Brothers Series, and Romantic Suspense series The Witness Series.
She attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where she received a Bachelor’s of Arts in Elementary Education with a minor in Mathematics.
She currently lives in Central New York with her husband, two children, two dogs, and three cats. When she’s not writing she can usually be found at the dance studio, soccer field, or one of the many other places that she plays ‘Supermom’.
You can follow Heather at http://hdagostinobooks.weebly.com
A USA Today Bestseller, JADE LEE has been scripting love stories since she first picked up a set of paper dolls. Ball gowns and rakish lords caught her attention early (thank you Georgette Heyer), and her fascination with the Regency began. An author of more than 40 romance novels and winner of dozens of industry awards, her latest series is RAKES AND ROGUES. The first one, 50 WAYS TO RUIN A RAKE, is an awesome tale of love and laughter.
And don’t forget KATHY LYONS. She’s Jade’s paranormal half. Check out her new shifter series GRIZZLIES GONE WILD.
To find all the latest news on Jade or Kathy, visit them at:
USA Today Bestselling Author Jane Charles lives in the Midwest with her former marine, police officer husband. As a child she would more likely be found outside with a baseball than a book in her hand, until one day, out of boredom on a long road trip, she borrowed her sister’s romance novel and fell in love. Her life is filled with three amazing children, two dogs, two cats, community theatre, and traveling whenever possible. Jane may have begun her career writing romances set in the Regency era, but blames being a Gemini as to why she’s equally pulled toward writing Contemporary/New Adult as well as Historical romances.
Bestselling author, Jenna Jacob paints a canvas of passion, romance, and humor as her Alpha men and the feisty women who love them unravel their souls, heal their scars, and find a happy ever after kind of love. Heart-tugging, captivating, and steamy, Jenna’s books will surely leave you breathless and craving more.
A mom of four grown children, Jenna and her Alpha-Hunk-husband live in Kansas. She loves books, Harleys, music, and camping. Jenna’s zany sense of humor and lack of filter exemplify her motto: Live. Laugh. Love.
Jillian Jacobs is a Tea Guzzler, Polish Pottery Hoarder, and lover of all things Moose. She the 2015 Program Chair and Mini-conference co-chair for Indianapolis Romance Writers of America. She has also taken on the challenge of the Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal RWA Chapter's On the Far Side contest coordinator position.
She writes Paranormal and Contemporary with a jagged edge.
She's also co-hosting this event and having LOTS of fun!
J. Laslie lives in Louisville, KY with her wonderful husband, two kids, four dogs, and mother-in-law. She has always been an avid reader and now has taken the leap of faith needed to start writing her own novels.
In her spare time she loves to do digital scrapbooking, hanging out with her BFF Heather, or reading a good book. Her favorite genres to read are Young Adult and Young Adult Dystopian. Though she loves a good romance novel too.
J.M. Walker is an Amazon bestselling author who loves all things books, pigs and lip gloss. She is happily married to the man who inspires all of her Heroes and continues to make her weak in the knees every single day.
"Above all, be the HEROINE of your own life..." ~ Nora Ephron
Jolanthe is a Marine Corps Brat and proud of it. The nomadic life of the military helped develop her love of reading and books became her friend.
A dancer, Jolanthe appeared in several productions in high school and later in the area theatres. She gave up her role of dancer/actress for her greatest role to date, that of Mother to a son who reminds her every day to find joy in the simplest of things and to use her imagination.
Missing the stage, and at the prompting of some on-line friends, Jolanthe gave rp-ing with an internet group a try. There she found and developed her skill as a writer.
When not working, writing, or keeping up with her son, Jolanthe can be found scouring antique shops, used bookstores, and of course, reading.
Once living under the guise of a passive, quiet, school librarian, books and kids were the passions which kept her mind fresh. One day she decided to spread her wings and live the dream of her heart. As she sits in front of her computer, her fingers bring to life the voices in her head. But it is when the night muses visit Jordyn, her spirit rises up to wrap around the stories that float in her dreams. Land locked in the mid-west she envisions days on a white sandy beach with a laptop to write all her tales. Crossing many genres she spins chronicles of love in Romance, Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi, Futuristic, Historical and Fantasy, for they are stories worth telling, even at the risk of revealing true feelings.
At 14, Juls was given a Harlequin Presents romance novel and thus began a love affair of romance novels that 38 years later is still going strong. Having devoured thousands of romances, Juls decided it was time to start writing her own. A short stint of writing begun in the late 80’s, was shelved to make way for a family and a horse farm. The kids are grown and the horse farm is closed and with time on her hands, Juls began to write short stories as a way to fill up her days off at her day job as a hairstylist, and ideas for full length novels began swirling in her head.
With plans for a contemporary romance series set in the horse industry, (not just rodeo and ranches) called “The Equestrians”, a paranormal series with steampunk elements, called “The Dark Carnival”, a dystopian series called “Off Grid”, and an urban fantasy series to be named later, and a Civil War Historical romance, Juls will be busy for quite some time, with the goal of retiring from her day job.
Juls lives in central Wisconsin on an 80 acre farm of woods and marsh, where the turkeys an deer walk through her front yard every day, and the humming birds dive bomb her husband.
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K. Aybara resides in Louisville, KY with an amazing wife and two sons. When not being pulled in every direction possible with the normal tasks of life, he enjoys working in the woodshop. He didn’t find his love for reading until meeting his wife, however now it is rare to find him without a book in hand. While he had no intention to start writing until a friend challenged him to do so, he quickly found that he was hooked and couldn’t wait to get his first book done and start on the second.
As a USA Today Bestselling author, I write stories that are deeply emotional with flawed characters, because humans ARE flawed and if we read about perfect characters living in their perfect world, first of all, snoozer, but secondly, we never experience the gratification of redemption.
Outside of writing, I’m just a regular ol’ Midwest girl who likes Game of Thrones and am obsessed with Modern Family and The Goldbergs. I run, I eat, I run, I eat. It’s a vicous cycle. I love carbs, but there’s love-hate relationship with my ass and thighs. Mostly hate. I like a good cocktail (oh hell…who am I kidding? I love any cocktail). I’m a huge creature of habit, but I’ll tell you I’m flexible. I read every single day and if I don’t get a chance…watch the hell out. My iPad and me: BFFs. I’m direct and I make no apologies for it. I swear too much. I love alternative music and in my next life I want to be a bad-ass female rocker. I hate, hate, hate spiders, telemarketers, liver, acne, winter and loose hairs that fall down my shirt (don’t ask, it’s a thing).https://www.klkreig.com
Lacey Black is the author of the Best Selling Contemporary Romance Rivers Edge series! She is currently working on her first erotic romance novel, as well as a romantic suspense trilogy. Lacey enjoys anything chocolate and reading. And she should only consume minimal alcoholic drinks because she's a lightweight!
Lacey is a hyper blonde, bouncing through life with her magical bracelets of positivity. A die-hard gamer (she refuses to call it an addiction), she resides in the Midwest, mom to three awesome children, one demanding bulldog, and two crazy cats. She has a passion for life and tends to leap long before she checks for safety exits. She writes possessive, alpha heroes who demand everything from the women they love. Believing sex is an integral part of a healthy romantic relationship, she doesn’t believe in closed doors, or even confining things to the indoors. Her stories reflect her strong family ties, friendships that showcase how some family consists of those we choose, and a goofy sense of humor that helps keep her laughing through all life’s ups and downs.
She loves to chat with anyone and often does to the annoyance of her children who are always in a hurry. If you want to talk books, television, movies, actors, World of Warcraft, prepping for the zombie apocalypse, or music (she loves music!), drop her a line at email@example.com.
My website is http://www.laceythorn.com/
I am a mother, a wife, a daughter and sister, active in volunteering, a writer and a friend. Not necessarily in that order, though. I was born and raised on the South side of Chicago, Illinois during my early years then moved to the suburbs and lived there until my husband and our children relocated to central Indiana. I’ve been exposed to many personality types and several interesting situations. All of which provided opportunities to create heroes, heroines, villains and fictional towns to place my creations.
I started reading romance novels in high school when a friend introduced me to a Harlequin book. I thought it was so refreshing that I bought another one, then another one and read them every spare moment I had. This was also around the time I developed a passion to write my own stories and I’ve been writing ever since.
I write romantic suspense. Half of my novels are part of a 3-5 book series. I’ve written a couple of contemporaries and I wrote my first paranormal that was contracted in 2013 and will be published in Summer 2014.
I have way too much fun creating people and building situations for them that has led me to accomplishing my true goal. Publishing.
If you have aspirations of publishing a book, I encourage you to take steps towards making that happen. A great start is to look up your local Romance Writers of America (RWA) chapter and attend a couple of meetings to see if it's for you. This organization has helped me learn not only the business of writing but the craft as well. My critique partners are also great and I couldn't have done this with out them. Thank you guys!
Ms. Hawks has always been interested in writing in some form or other. A few years back, she was involved with and then ran a Star Trek Interactive Writing Group which was successful for a number of years. Yes, she is a trekker and proud of it.
She has directed tours around the country and continues to do so to pay the bills. Maybe one day, she can travel for fun and let the books she writes pay the bills instead. She can only hope.
A few years back, she received her Master’s Degree in Ancient Civilizations, Native American History and United States History.
It was at this time she got involved in role playing on FaceBook, which gave her ample opportunities to grow and hone her writing ability.
Taking the leap forward, she decided to try her hand at writing a novel. That novel is entitled Demon’s Kiss.
Shortly after, she was published as part of an anthology called Fairly Freaky Fairytales. Her contribution is entitled Snow White and the Seven Cannibals.
A sequel to Demon’s Kiss, entitled Demon’s Dream is now on sale. The third and final portion of the Demon Trilogy will be out in the near future.
She has just published the first book in a new series.. the Series is entitled the Spirit Walkers Saga. The first book in that series is entitled Shifter's Hope. It is now available.
She has currently published a Confederate Ghost Story and is now working on a couple of other projects for soon to be released novels as well as having submitted a screenplay for am independent Horror Movie with hopes they will start filming as soon as the money is raised.. The Movie will be entitled The Vengeance Tree.
I'm Linda Gilman, a historical western romance author. My zodiac sign is Gemini which means I’m always busy doing something. A relaxing day for me isn’t sitting in front of the TV eating myself into the next size in jeans. I have a husband, three grown sons, two daughter-in-laws and four ‘n a half grandchildren. The other half’s due in the spring.
Once my three sons were grown and out of the nest, I closed up my thirty-year preschool teaching career and turned to writing. Cowboys are my favorite movies and books I enjoy, and thus, those are the characters and settings of my novels. I love anything to do with the gold rush era. My first two books are a series pertaining to this time in our young country’s growth.
The key goals for me when writing my stories, I strive to tickle the funny bone in every reader that spends their hard earned money on my book. I want to bring some of our ‘wild west’ back to life in a humorous way, even if it’s for the briefest spell.
When not writing, I love photographing old barns.
Happy Read to you, and many, many laughs.
Find me, Linda Gilman online at: www.lindagilman.com
Lisa Caviness lives in a suburb north of Indianapolis, IN with her husband and three children. Mysteries and thriller novels are her constant companions when she’s not working with her husband on their entrepreneurial pursuits, performing mom duties or writing her own romantic suspense novels. She is a former nurse, pharmaceutical clinical trials manager, and medical policy analyst. Her debut romantic suspense novel will be published in Fall 2015. Connect with her on Twitter @LisaCaviness1, Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/lisacavinessauthor and at her website, http://www.lisacavinessauthor.com
Lucy can still remember as a young girl when her dad would read to her every night at bedtime. When they had moved on to chapter books, she didn't want to wait to find out what happened next, and that was the beginning of her love affair with reading.
She has always enjoyed discussing her favorite stories with her friends. Often saying what she would have done if the characters were her own. And over the years has received much encouragement from them to write her own stories.
As a single mother she made a career in accounting. Now that her daughter is grown she's using her free time to go back to her own dream and pursue it.
Less than a year after she started, she is a published author and looks forward to continuing writing books.
She's also learning what it means to be an author in the twenty-first century and welcomes contact with her readers through social media.
She invites questions and comments and looks forward to making new friends among her readers.
Lynda J. Cox
Lynda J. Cox will tell anyone who will listen that she was born at least one hundred and fifty years too late, and most definitely in the wrong part of the country. Short of inventing a time machine to travel back to the Old West, she’s made herself content with writing about those “knights of the plains.” She holds a master’s degree in English with a concentration in creative writing from Indiana State University after earning her BA from the same university as a non-traditional student. (Think being old enough to be mom to 90% of the students in her freshman cadre.) She’s kept busy with two spoiled rotten house cats, a 30 plus year old Arabian gelding who has been nicknamed “Lazarus” for his ability in the later years of his life to escape death, and quite a few champion collies. When she isn’t writing, she can be found on the road, travelling to the next dog show. She loves to chat about books, the writing life, and the insanity which is called a “dog show” and can be reached through her Facebook page.
Lyssa Layne is first, and foremost, the proud momma to her precious daughter, AR. In addition to working full-time and being a mommy to AR, she is also an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan, a runner, blogger, and an infertility survivor.
Having watched one too many medical dramas and being inspired by author Rachelle Ayala, who introduced her to the world of indie writing, Lyssa decided to try her hand at writing a romance story. Her attempt turned into the Burning Lovesick series. You can find Lyssa's own interests throughout her stories although all stories are fictional.
Hi! I'm Maggie Adams, although my fan club calls me Queen Minx because I do like a bit of naughtiness with my romance! I live near St. Louis, Missouri with my husband, aka, ATTRACTIVE OVER FORTY MAN. He's also the head of my research and development (if you know what I mean *wink) I love dancing, cooking and reading and writing romance, especially erotic romance. I make sure each of my books has a little something about me in them, so keep your eyes open, I'm in there somewhere!
Mary Martel was born in West Michigan and spent most of her life there. She currently resides in North Dakota with her two daughters and her husband. She loves reading, zombies, mermaids, and all forms of art.
I love being a mom and a wife. I've been married for 12 years to a man I would do anything for and have an 11-year-old son and a 7-year-old daughter. I see so much of myself in both of them that it sometimes brings me to tears (happy ones).
I also love writing. Romance to be specific. I love the happily ever after that I believe everyone deserves. My stories aren't 'stop and smell the roses' type romances. While I believe everyone deserves happiness and true love, I know that sometimes you have to walk a hard road to find it. Those are the types of stories I like to write. The happily ever after that wasn't found, but earned. I work to earn mine on a daily basis and so do my characters.
I am also working on a children's picture book series. Inspired (of course) by my kiddos. :)
On other 'epic' side-notes, I play acoustic guitar, sing, read like I get paid for it, and support a rather obsessive addiction to Pinterest.
I love to cook, which combined with my pinning addiction, leads to many experiments foisted on my unsuspecting husband and kids, mostly with good results. But sometimes, the dogs gets what the family refuses to eat. And they never complain.
Melanie Jayne lives on a grain farm southeast of Indianapolis with her very patient husband and two spoiled Mastiffs. She hasn’t figured out what she wants to be when she grows up. She has changed careers every decade. She's worked in retail, a federal courtroom, travelled across the state closing loans, and behind the scenes in a casino.
When she is not working or writing, she sleeps, watches courtroom TV shows, and sports. She was a competitive pro-am ballroom dancer for ten years and tries to read as many books as she can. She loves to attend Author-Reader Conventions and look forward to meeting you.
Award-winning author, Michelle Sharp, has been nominated for a 2014 National Readers Choice Award for Best Romantic Suspense and Best First Book. In addition, her debut novel Dream Huntress has been selected as a finalist in the 2015 Daphne Du Maurier award for Excellence in Mystery and Suspense.
Although she has a degree in Journalism from Southern Illinois University, she finds weaving tales of danger, deception, and love much preferable to reporting the cold, hard facts. Her goal in life? To team resilient, kickass heroines with the sexy Alpha’s who love them.
As most authors probably are, she is an avid reader. Her family may even call it obsessive. Growing up in St. Louis has made her a die-hard Cardinals fan, and having a child with Down Syndrome has made her passionate about any issue regarding special needs kiddos. She’s also a fairly big sucker when it comes to anything with fur or feathers.
Michelle is a proud member of Romance Writers of America and Missouri Romance Writers. You can learn more about her at michelleshapbooks.com, where you will also find links to her social media.
Michele Shriver is a National and International best-selling author of women’s fiction and contemporary romance. Her books feature flawed-but-likeable characters in real-life settings. She’s not afraid to break the rules, but never stops believing in happily ever after. Michele counts among her favorite things a good glass of wine, a hockey game, and a sweet and sexy book boyfriend, not necessarily in that order.
Mother to two boys, 3 four legged babies, and wife to a loving husband who doesn't mind the extra voices in her head. Miranda grew up on a dairy farm in Illinois, but calls Portland, TN home now. She is an avid reader, coffee addict, and loves creating her own worlds, characters, and stories for her readers.
Miranda Shanklin resides in Central Illinois with her husband and their two children. When she is not working at her day job as a paralegal, running her children to practices or supporting them at events she is writing. She has been an avid reader most of her life and has always dreamed of writing her own books someday. Now that her children are reaching their teenage years she is finding the time to sit down and chase her dream.
Neeley Bratcher was born a poor, white child, which scientists show is inherited. (Having an adult baby is painful for the mother). Raised in a rather medium town in Illinois, Neeley walked to school every morning and home every afternoon, and was thankful for her feet. She stayed in Illinois, much to the chagrin of everyone, went to school there, and lives there now. She is married, so is her husband but she doesn't hold that against him, and she writes humorous tales of romance and mystery. Her Victoria Childs series is flying out of Amazon and Barnes and Noble by the tens, and one day she hopes to win an award for being Illinois' Best Darn Writer Ever. She is also working on her Broadway Musical based on the WWE entitled, "OOMPH, I Landed on that Chubby Guy's Beer," which is based on a true story.
NJ Cole is the author of seven published books, Midnight Caller, Midnight Eternal, Landslide, Second Chances, Yes, Mistress, Yes, Master and Cole in Her Stocking. Unlike many of today's authors, she chooses to write in first person, allowing the readers to experience life through the eyes of the unique characters that live in her head. Her love of those characters and respect for their stories come through loud and clear in her writing. With over two million reads of her online work in the past year NJ Cole is clearly an up and coming author.
Ryan Michele found her passion in bringing fictional characters to life. She loves being in an imaginative world where anything is possible, and she has a knack for special twists readers don’t see coming.
She writes MC, Contemporary, Erotic, Paranormal, New Adult, Inspirational, and other romance-based genres. Whether it’s bikers, wolf-shifters, mafia, etc., Ryan spends her time making sure her heroes are strong and her heroines match them at every turn.
When she isn’t writing, Ryan is a mom and wife living in rural Illinois and reading by her pond in the warm sun.
Sarah O'Rourke is the alter ego of two best friends who have taken their passion for romantic fiction and erotica to the publishing world. Born and raised in the southern United States, one lives near Louisville, KY, while the other resides in Atlanta, Georgia. Neither is ever very far from a tall glass of sweet iced tea, their dog-eared copies of Gone With the Wind, or their Steel Magnolias DVDs!
Formerly an accountant and a chemist, they are now overworked, stay-at-home moms who adore their children, their husbands...and writing about love in every way possible!
A lifelong lover of words and reading, Savannah Verte hasn’t quite figured out what she wants to write when she grows up. Born and raised in the upper Midwest, Savannah’s gypsy spirit and never quit attitude keep her busy and seldom idle. For so many reasons, Savannah considers herself a ‘Contemporary Vagabond’ when it comes to writing and hopes others find her diverse offerings as enjoyable to read as they are to write. Her first release in decades, Viva Zapata & the Magic 8-Ball began the current journey August 1, 2015. Her short story, What they didn’t know, was featured in the January/February BTS magazine, and she co-authored a paranormal piece, Kingdoms Fall, which came out in early 2016. Her next two solo ventures, the first two books in The Custos series -Book of Time & Book of Change released August 6th. She’s now working on her competition piece, Chasing Daylight for Cherry Adair’s Finish the Damn Book Challenge, Immortal Alchemy for an upcoming anthology, and an untitled piece for a charity anthology for JARM. There is a long list of titles to come after those are done too.
As the primary owner and driving force behind Eclectic Bard Books she considers herself immensely fortunate to see writing from varied perspectives as she endeavors to publish the authors rostered there. Working with other writers, Savannah gets to expand her horizons every day as someone brings a new idea to the table and the brainstorming begins. There is something addictive about the creative process for her and helping other authors embrace their dreams make hers a reality daily.
That’s the official Savannah, the unofficial version is just a girl who loves experiencing life with every twist and turn it takes. When she was born, she had such fine, light hair that her mother used to tape bows to her head so people would know she was a girl. She’s had a host of crazy unrelated jobs- everything from cake decorator, dry cleaner, and insurance agent to Emergency Room assistant, bartender, crime lab tech and bouncer. Savannah loves air hockey but completely sucks at it. She loves good jazz, good scotch, and antiques but also old rock, a quiet tea, and a tidy home. She’s completely technology impaired and can get it after she’s broken the computer or done it ass-backwards a few times… Thank Gods that there are some amazing meme creators that let her pilfer images or she’d be lost.
Lime green is her color, the rhinoceros is her logo & philosophy, and she’s completely mad about seeing new authors try.
Follow along on her webpage My Revolution: www.savannahverte.com
S.G. Daniels lives in rural Central Illinois with her husband of thirty-two years, and two spoiled cats, Payne and Jenks. She works full-time in a local medical facility as a patient accounting refund specialist. Most evenings she’s in front of her computer, working on story ideas, or learning the ins and outs of the writing world. On the weekends, if she’s not spending time outside, she’s usually nose-deep in a book.
When S.G. unleashes her inner daredevil, she usually takes off through winding timber trails or country roads on the ATV. Her weaknesses are iced tea and pretzels, especially when she’s working on a story.
Shannon grew up in a small town called Macomb, IL. It is a university town nestled in the heart of Central Illinois. Corn fields and soy beans surround the town and my Friday nights consisted of reading and television. Yes, she was a boring kid. I spent time collecting everything Star Wars related. Yes, she’s a sci-fi nerd. As well as a bit of a tom-boy and who dreamed of becoming a police officer.
Once she graduated from High School, she attended Western Illinois University and found that at that time, College was just not for her. So surprising her entire family, she joined the US Army in 1987 with an MOS of Unit Supply Specialist. It was originally just going to be a 4-year stint that ended up with her retiring in April 2015. She did take a short hiatus from the Army in 1996 when she got out of the Army and went back to college. During college, she served in the Illinois National Guard. In 2005 she went to work for the US Department of Defense as an Army Civilian then in 2008 re-joined the Active Army as a US Army Recruiter, doing a little over three years as a recruiter and then going back into my primary MOS Unit Supply Specialist as a Supply Sergeant.
Serving in West Germany she saw the fall of communism and the fall of the Berlin wall, serving in Operation Desert Storm and during operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. Diagnosed with PTSD in 2009 and anxiety with agoraphobia in 2015. She retired in 2015, retiring medically with 100% service connected disability. She began writing in 2010 as a way to help deal with some of the stress and pressures of daily Army life. Writing is a release and having a love for telling a story; she learned to always write about what you know. Since she served half my life in the US Army, her stories will always contain a soldier or a veteran in some way. It is her way of honoring those she served with and those who were lost. She is a mother of four and a grandmother of 2; currently married for 24 years. She has traveled throughout the world and around the United States. Cherishing her love for family, friends, fellow Veterans and her love for writing and telling a story.
Her debut novel Warranted Pleasures debuted in Dec 2015, and her first novella debuted Feb 2017 she is currently working on Book two Warranted Desires releases April 2017 as well a the second novella Cabin Fever in Aug 2017. Warranted Passions Book three is planned for release in Dec 2017.
When it seemed like I was only an F away from flunking out of the sixth grade, a retired school teacher took me under her wing. After some tutoring and testing, she informed my parents that the reason I was having trouble in school wasn’t because I was dumb but instead dyslexic.
When my stepfather heard this, he decided to take me to a used bookstore with the belief that the best way to improve my reading skills were to read. Some of the books were hard to get through at first, but with his encouragement I refused to give up. We made many trips to that bookstore, and I especially loved the science fiction and fantasy sections.
Then one day, after complaining about the ending of a particular book, he told me that if I didn’t like the books I was reading, then to write one myself—so I did. My first attempt resulted in a horribly written western when I was fourteen, staring a cocky gun slinging cowboy by the name Curt Calhoun. Curt along with his seven brothers, who all shared C names in common, may never have seen the pages of a book, but that was the day I stared writing, and never stopped.
Shawn Reilly lives in the small town of Mt. Comfort Indiana with her husband, three daughters, and far too many pets. She grew up in the era of Star Trek and Star Wars. On Friday nights, with popcorn and Kool-Aid ready, along with her twin sister Jill, she watched Sammy Terry—a fictional vampire host of a local television station that played old monster flicks. The black and whites were her favorite. Eventually she began to write in the genres she loved.
She is the author of the paranormal/fantasy/ romance series The Union Series, Book #1 Call of the Raven, #2 Legend of the Raven, #3 Pursuit of the Raven, #4 Sacrifice of the Raven, #5 Curse of the Raven, #6 Allegiance of the Raven. Book #7 Rise of the Raven will be released spring of 2017. She also is the author of the YA paranormal/fantasy/romance, trilogy Children of the Alliance, Bug, Spun, and Thread.
Shyla Colt grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, but has lived a variety of different places thanks to her wanderlust, interesting careers, and marriage to a United States Marine. She's always loved books and wrote her very first novel at the age of fifteen. She keeps a copy of her first submission letter on her desk for inspiration.
After a lifetime of traveling, she settled down and knew her time had come to write. Diving into her new career like she does everything else, with enthusiasm, research and a lot of prayers, she had her first book published in June of 2011. As a full-time writer, stay at home mother, and wife, there's never a dull moment in her household.
She weaves her tales in spare moments and the evenings with a cup of coffee or tea at her side and the characters in her head for company. A self-professed rebel with a pen. Her goal is to diversify romance as she continues to genre hop, and offer up strong female characters.
You can interact with Shyla Colt online via her website
USA Today Bestselling Author, storyteller and cheeky wench, SUZAN TISDALE lives in the Midwest with her verra handsome carpenter husband. Her children have all left the nest. Her pets consist of dust bunnies and a dozen poodle-sized, backyard dwelling groundhogs – all of which run as free and unrestrained as the voices in her head.
You can visit Suzan at her website: http://www.suzantisdale.com
Suzie T. Roos
Suzie T. Roos is from, and has settled in, St. Louis with her husband, two children and a number of foster pets at any given time.
She and her husband have lived everywhere from Philadelphia, PA out West in Santa Monica, Ca. They’re thankful they could expose their children to different American lifestyles and cultures.
Besides writing, Suzie’s hobbies include movies, traveling, and especially concert going her husband and friends.
She’s always been an animal lover and animal right advocate. She is certified by FEMA in IS-00011.a Animal in Disasters: Community Planning. She’s also an active volunteer at the Humane Society of Missouri.
T.C. owned a small business in the real estate industry for decades before deciding a change was required to preserve her sense of humor. She joined the Indiana chapter of the Romance Writers of America and the Speed City Sisters in Crime where she spent years studying the writing craft, specializing in humor and suspense.
She and her husband are residents of central Indiana where they enjoy volunteering for the various sporting events held in Indianapolis. T.C. is an NFL, NBA and WNBA fan, spending many unrecoverable hours tailgating. Other talents include cooking and entertaining.
T.M. Cromer (aka Tara Cromer) is originally from New Jersey, but spent most of her growing up years in Flagler Beach, Florida. More recently, she relocated with her husband to Illinois, where she met and fell in love with her fuzzy soulmate, Tinkerbell. She claims her hubby has come to understand Tink ranks first in her affections, as she ranks in Tink’s. He’s cool with it. :) Job titles she currently holds: Author, Professional Waster-of-Time, Hammock Mounting Safety Instructor, Margarita Mixologist and Spoiler of Dogs.
On a serious note: Until now, "a jack of all trades - master of none" best described T.M. Yet through all her career changes, her husband had been a SAINT. He would always gently encourage her to return to her real love - writing. Because she's always felt it is important to be true to yourself and feed your soul, she did just that. Now, here she is on this wonderful journey. She hopes you'll join her.
Teresa Gabelman is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the 'Protectors Series'. When not writing about sexy alpha vampires and the women who drive them crazy she can be found on a lake with a fishing pole/Kindle, at a MMA event or spending a fun evening with family.
Award winning and bestselling author Valerie Twombly grew up watching Dark Shadows over her mother’s shoulder, and from there her love of the fanged creatures blossomed. Today, Valerie has decided to take her darker, sensual side and put it to paper. When she is not busy creating a world full of steamy, hot men and strong, seductive women, she juggles her time between a full-time job, hubby and her two German shepherd dogs, in Northern IL. Valerie is a member of Romance Writers of America and Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal Romance Writers
Victoria H. Smith has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. She puts it to good use writing romance all day. She resides in the Midwest with her Macbook on her lap and a cornfield to her right. She often draws inspiration for her stories from her own life experiences, and the characters she writes give her an earful about it.
In her free time, she enjoys extreme couponing, reading, watching Scandal, and general geekery in the form of Sherlock and DC Comics. She’s a bestselling author and the 2014 Swirl Award winner for Best New Adult Romance, as well as the recipient of the 2015 AMB Ovation Award for her new adult romance FOUND BY YOU. She writes both new adult and adult fiction in many genres, but mainly focuses in contemporary interracial and multicultural romances.
Victoria Vane is a selling author of of smart and sexy contemporary romance and an award-winning author of historical romance. Her books have received many accolades to include the 2016 Red Carpet Award for Jewel of the East, 2014 RONE Award for Treacherous Temptations as well as Library Journal Best E-Book romance of 2012 for The Devil DeVere series. www.victoriavane.com
Winter Travers is a devoted wife, mother, and aunt turned author. With stories always flowing around her, Loving Lo was the one story that had to get out (new ones are knocking on the door daily now).
Winter loves to bake and cook when she isn’t at work, zipping around on her forklift. She also has an addiction to anything MC related, her dog Thunder, and Mexican food (Tamales!).
Winter loves to stay connected with her readers. Don’t hesitate to reach out and contact her.