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.
AJ Renee is the author behind the St. Fleur series, Beauty Unmasked, and Finding Love at the Falls.... She's a military wife and mother to three girls, seven and under. She graduated from the University of Central Florida with her Masters of Science in Criminal Justice and a Bachelors of Science in Psychology while working at the library.
She loves to write steamy romance with suspense and a happily ever after. When she isn't writing or interacting with her readers, you can find her spending time with her family or reading. AJ enjoys traveling, researching family history, and all things New Orleans.
Alexis Alvarez is an author, photographer, and digital designer who loves writing steamy romances. Her female heroines are always strong, intelligent women who fall for the sexiest guy around...and get the happy-ever-after ending of their dreams.
Alexis is a wife and mom, a former chemical engineer, a dachshund-whisperer -- wait, that’s a lie. The dachshund usually does the exact opposite of what he’s told.
Do you like contemporary romance with steam and humor? Darker BDSM/erotica novels with fascinating psychological insights? Alexis has you covered. She writes in both genres.
You can usually find Alexis hanging out with her family or her sisters, who are also romance writers, at their website, Graffiti Fiction. The three of them love to drink wine together and laugh like hyenas while making dirty jokes and really inappropriate comments. Their mom is very proud.
One really cool thing about Alexis is that she’s a friendly author who loves meeting new people on Facebook. Please come on by and say hello. Thanks, and happy reading!
Alison Bliss is the award-winning author of the contemporary Perfect Fit series as well as the Tangled in Texas series. A born and raised Texan, she currently lives in the Midwest with her husband, two kids, and their dogs. As the youngest of five girls, Alison has never turned down a challenge…or been called by the right name. She believes the best way to find out 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. She writes the type of books she loves to read most: fun, steamy love stories with heart, heat, and laughter. Something she likes to call, “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.
Amy Gregory is a Kansas girl through and through, although she’s left pieces of her heart in Hawaii and Nashville. She lives in a suburb south of Kansas City on a small farm with her husband (AKA high school sweetheart), three kids, and a growing number of critters. She and her husband have owned their own company for almost three decades, and have worked together without killing each other—yet!
In her ‘spare’ time, Amy writes contemporary romance, taking real life events, adding smartass dialogue, bits of humor, and always a happy ending. She prides herself on making her characters very realistic, and admits to becoming extremely attached to them. So much so, she’s found it much easier to lose herself in a series where they can drift in and out of each other’s books.
If she’s not writing, working, or cheering on her children, she’s most likely taking way too many pictures of baby goats or feeding treats to animals who are all beyond spoiled.
Since childhood, Amy Hale has been creating exceptional stories that summon a whirlwind of emotions and inspiration unto the reader. She loves creating characters and worlds from nothing but her imagination and a few glasses of wine. Her love of the written word has not only resulted in her writing some of her reader’s favorite adventures, but has also manifested itself in the form of book hording. She’s convinced it’s not a sickness.
She debuted her first fiction novel in 2015 after retiring from 13 years of non-fiction writing for various online entities. For the last couple of decades, she’s also carried the titles of Laundry Goddess, Chef, Butt Wiper, Soother of Temper Tantrums, and in more recent years, Moderator of Sarcastic Eyerolls and Sass. She resides in Illinois with her husband, as well as two grown children who claim they are never moving out. Regardless, they are the center of her universe, although her cat believes otherwise.
If she had any spare time, she’d love music, photography, watching Mystery Science Theater 3000 with her family, and long rides on 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.
Bestselling and award-winning author Aubrey Wynne resides in the Midwest with her husband, dogs, horses, mule, and barn cats. She is an elementary teacher by trade, champion of children and animals by conscience, and author by night. Obsessions include history, travel, trail riding, and all things Christmas.
Rolf’s Quest, won the NTRWA Great Expectations for best medieval romance, releasin in 2017 to launch her Medieval Encounter series. Dante’s Gift, part of the Chicago Christmas series, received the 2016 Golden Quill, Aspen Gold, and Heart of Excellence award. Her short stories Merry Christmas Henry and Pete’s Mighty Purty Privies won the Preditors & Editors Reader's Choice in 2013 and 2014.
With fond childhood memories of reading on quiet afternoons, I loved the "happily ever after" sweet teen romances, but I quickly plunged into the world of historical romance—my get-away-from-real-life transporter. After getting my BA in Political Science from the University of Illinois, my writing career slowly began. My first novel took fifteen years to write; the second took 2 months. 20 years later, I’m living my dream. With five published novels and several more in my head, I have years of work ahead of me.
At the moment, I can’t decide which sub-genre is my favorite to write. My first love is historical romance—three of my six regencies in the Pure Escapades series, Pure of Heart, Pure Temptation, and Pure Enchantment, are now available, and the fourth, Pure Captivation, is due in the winter of 2018-19. In 2016, I released my first YA novel, Spirit of the Northwoods, for my autistic son, hoping to spread awareness about the daily struggles that a person with special needs endures. And, in January 2017, I released my first romantic suspense set in the Upper Peninsula--Silence the Northwoods. I’m currently working on the next romantic suspense in my Northwoods Trilogy, Silence the Waters, due in the summer of 2018. Along with a number of contemporaries that have popped into my head, I’d love to try my hand at a YA sweet romance series in the future.
I grew up in Peoria, Illinois, transferring all over the state as my husband persued his medical degree. We settled in Mt. Vernon, Illinois for fifteen years until transferring to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. In the long winters, I plot and scheme my next book, and in the mild summers, my family and I spend every waking moment we can hiking and kayaking our breathtaking home. Living fifteen miles from the shores of Lake Superior, my muse is often piqued by the awe-inspiring beauty that surrounds me. I’ve found peace in the Northwoods, and I can't imagine living anywhere else.
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.
She resides in central Indiana with a hubby who makes her laugh and kiddos who are growing up way too quickly. She enjoys the world of wine and spirits, amusement park thrill rides, and laughing at her own foibles (yeah, she laughs a lot).
She believes life is too short to surround yourself with negative people, and Han Solo shot first. When not writing, Ava is thinking about writing. Or wine. And she’s always thinking about bacon.
Brandy L. Rivers
Brandy L Rivers is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. She is kept busy writing the Others of Seattle, Others of Edenton, Combustible, and the Pine Barrens Pack series.
An avid reader, Brandy has always loved writing. She became serious about it as a stay-at-home-mother. With every story her world of characters expands, pulling her new directions.
Living in rainy Western Washington with her husband and three kids, Brandy is already working on future stories in each of the series, and several other projects.
Britni Hill is an author, with books ranging from new adult to contemporary romance. She spends her days as a hair stylist, and her nights with the characters in her head striving to write real, page turning romance.
Britni lives in Indiana where she was born and raised. She has a rescue pup she adores and an unhealthy love of binge-watching cheesy, teenage dramas. If she isn’t writing, she’s probably reading or watching horror flicks.
When it comes to books and movies, Brynn Paulin has one rule: there must be a happy ending. After that one requirement, anything else goes. And it just might in any of her books.
Brynn lives in Michigan, where she likes to spoil her children and dogs—not necessarily in that order. She also loves to cook, travel and spend far too much time on social media. She enjoys mentoring and meeting new people and is always willing to chat.
According to Brynn, her writing success can be attributed to an eclectic collection of music, her local road construction crews, a trusty notebook, and of course, the people in her life who’ve finally accepted that everything is research—or will be.
Brynn loves to talk to her readers and can be found at:
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.
CJ Baty lives with her very patient husband and two encouraging adult children. The recent move to include a second home in Tennessee has fulfilled one of her life long dreams. The mountains have always provided her with inspiration and a soothing balm to the stresses of everyday life.
The dream of writing her own stories started in high school but was left on the back burner of life until her son introduced her to Fan Fiction and encouraged her to give it a try. She found that her passion for telling a story was still there and writing them down to share with others was much more thrilling than she had ever expected. Publishing her own stories has been a highlight in her life. It just goes to prove, you are never too old to follow your dreams!
When she isn't reading or writing sexy stories, C.M. is most likely spending time with her family, cooking, singing, or racing between soccer, hockey and karate practices. She's living her own happily ever after with her husband of fifteen years and their two daughters.
She loves creating new exciting characters - from sexy, bad boy alphas, to the passionate, fiery women who love them.
Canadian born and bred, she started life in Edmonton, Alberta, and now resides in London, Ontario. She attended Western University where she graduated with an Honors degree in Anthropology.
Her guilty pleasures include red wine, pasta, binge watching Starz originals, and hanging out with her rescue pup, Jaxx.
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.
A loyal Chicago girl who loves deep dish pizza, the Cubs, and the Lake, CC Dragon is fascinated by mysteries, sleuthing, as well as the supernatural.
CC loves creating characters, especially amateur sleuths who solve crimes in their spare time. A coffee and chocolate addict who loves finding cool swag items to give away, she’s still looking for a hero who likes to cook and clean…so she can write more!
Note: CC Dragon's stuff is all PG-13 clean cozy mysteries...
PS: She also writes hot stuff as Cheryl Dragon
Award-winning author of the Going Down In Flames series and the Boyfriend Chronicles. She lives in Southern Illinois with her husband and several furry beasts.
She believes coffee is the Elixir of Life. Most evenings after work, you can find her sucking down caffeine and writing fire-breathing paranormal adventures or romantic comedies. www.chriscannonauthor.com
Christine Alvarez is the mother of four kids and the keeper of one full grown man-child that she lovingly calls her husband.
All her life she has had a love of words, stories, and books. This gift was given to her by her grandmother which she has grown to nurture and adore.
As a small girl, Christine wrote poetry eventually getting a few of those poems published which continued to spark her passion and her eventual future.
But, she put down the pen. Closed the pages and set them aside. Opting to spend her time raising her kids and making sure her husband didn’t burn down the house. Until the day her oldest daughter won The Young Authors contest in school.
From that moment on she could no longer quiet the voices. Simply push her passion aside. That very day she went home and opened her computer. From there the Elektita Series was born. As the last two years have moved along Christine has continued to expand her work and has no plan to ever stop.
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.
Born in Overland Park, KS but now resides in Kansas City, MO. Writing became his passion early in life, starting as soon as he knew how to put pencil to paper.
He's a music fanatic, so when he isn't writing, he can be found at concerts or anywhere live music is playing. He also enjoys watching hockey games at his favorite sports bars and hanging out at the park with his dog, bully.
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.
Donya Lynne is the bestselling author of the award winning All the King's Men and Strong Karma Series and a member of Romance Writers of America. Making her home in a wooded suburb north of Indianapolis with her husband, Donya has lived in Indiana most of her life and knew at a young age she was destined to be a writer. She started writing poetry in grade school and won her first short story contest in fourth grade. In junior high, she began writing romantic stories for her friends, and by her sophomore year, she’d been dubbed Most Likely to Become a Romance Novelist. In 2012, she fulfilled her dream by publishing her first two novels and a novella. In 2016, Donya also wrote a tongue-in-cheek, erotic serialized novel under the pen name, Dick Hertz. Her work has earned her two IPPYs, five eLit Awards, a USA Today Recommended Read, and numerous accolades. In October and November of 2015, she had two books hit the Smashwords Bestsellers list. When she’s not writing, she can be found cheering on the Indianapolis Colts or doing her cats’ bidding.
Elena M. Reyes
Elena M. Reyes was born and raised in Miami Florida. She is the epitome of a Floridian and if she could live in her beloved flip-flops, she would.
As a small child, she was always intrigued with all forms of art—whether it was dancing to island rhythms, or painting with any medium she could get her hands on. Her first taste of writing came to her during her fifth grade year when her class was prompted to participate in the D. A. R. E. Program and write an essay on what they’d learned.
Her passion for reading over the years has amassed her with hours of pleasure. It wasn't until she stumbled upon fanfiction that her thirst to write overtook her world. She now resides in Central Florida with her husband and son, spending all her down time letting her creativity flow and letting her characters grow.
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.
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.
Emma lives in Indiana with her husband and two adorable cats. When she’s not busy writing, Emma enjoys photography, listening to music, and spending time with family and friends.
A Midwesterner and self-proclaimed book nerd, Evan has been an avid reader most of her life, but one day an idea came into her head and a writing career was born. She’s a sucker for happily ever after’s and loves creating fictional worlds that others can get lost in. Evan loves putting her characters through the ringer, but loves when they get to that satisfying, swoony ending.When the voices in her head give it a rest, she can always be found with her e-reader in her hand. Some of her favorites include, Aurora Rose Reynolds, (the queen) Kristen Ashley, Joanna Wylde, Madeline Sheehan and Harper Sloan. Evan finds a lot of her inspiration in music, movies, TV shows and life.
She’s a wife to Jim and a mom to Ethan and Evan, the real Evan, a cook, a tutor, a friend and an author. How does she do it? She’ll never tell.
USA Today bestselling author Genevieve Jack writes weird, witty, and wicked-hot paranormal romance and fantasy. Coffee and wine are her biofuel, the love lives of witches, shifters, and vampires her favorite topic of conversation. She harbors a passion for old cemeteries and ghost tours, thanks to her years at a high school rumored to be haunted. Although she calls the Midwest home, her heart belongs to the beaches of the Southeast, where she spends her days with her laptop and one lazy dog.
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’.
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
Jamie Schlosser grew up on a farm in Illinois surrounded by cornfields. Although she no longer lives in the country, her dream is to return to rural living someday. As a stay-at-home mom, she spends most of her days running back and forth between her two wonderful kids and her laptop. She loves her family, iced coffee, and happily-ever-afters.
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.
Jacqueline Rhoades is the author of eighteen romance novels that include Paranormal, Contemporary, and Sci-Fi. Reading has always been Jackie's drug of choice, and she's been addicted to it since she was three. She'll read almost anything, but nothing beats the sigh that accompanies the HEA of a good romance. Born and raised in coastal New England, she currently lives in a small, rural southern Ohio town with one lovable husband and two very spoiled dogs. The purchase of an RV has given her the opportunity to travel and to annoy her kids, who are scattered across the country, while continuing to write. Jackie loves hearing from her readers and is always willing to chat. http://www.jacquelinerhoades.com
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.
In the spring of 2013, Jillian Jacobs changed her career path and became a romance writer. After reading for years, she figured writing a romance would be quick and easy. Nope! With the guidance of the Indiana Romance Writers of America (IRWA) chapter, she’s learned many "rules" to writing a proper romance. Being re-schooled was an interesting journey, and she hopes the best trails are yet to be traveled.
She is the co-founder of Healing with Words—a not for profit agency established for healing survivors of abuse, addiction, trafficking, and prostitution. The mission is to bring together readers, authors, and survivors in a positive manner that affects change and relief from negative influences. Writers on The River, an author event in Peoria, Illinois is hosted by Healing With Words.
Her genres are Paranormal and Contemporary with suspenseful elements.
Jennifer Laslie is a crazy cat lady who lives in Louisville, KY with her wonderful husband and two children. When she's not thinking about cheesecake or cats, she can be found in the bookstore in the Young Adult section, coffee in hand.
JL grew up in a small town in Illinois. Not to be mistaken for Chicago. She currently resides in Southern Georgia with her husband, three children, and their fur-babies, Buster Malone and Cali Girl. She has lived an adventurous life…doing just that, living. Dream it. Do it. Live it. JL is a hopeless romantic, who loves seeing love unwind before her eyes. When she can’t see that for herself with other people in real life, she writes it or reads it. Writing has been a part of her life since she was a little girl, along with being an avid reader. She will continue to write until the pen will not allow it anymore.
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.
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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Kate Bateman (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. Her latest 'Secrets & Spies' Regency-era series for Random House Loveswept features her trademark feisty, intelligent heroines, wickedly inappropriate banter, and heroes you want to alternately strangle and kiss—all mixed up in the intrigue and turmoil of the Napoleonic wars.
When not traveling to exotic locations 'for research', Kate leads a double life as a fine art appraiser and on-screen antiques expert for several TV shows in the UK, each of which has up to 2.5 million viewers. 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 'until 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.
K.I. Lynn is the USA Today Bestselling Author from The Bend Anthology and the Amazon Bestselling Series, Breach. She spent her life in the arts, everything from music to painting and ceramics, then to writing. Characters have always run around in her head, acting out their stories, but it wasn't until later in life she would put them to pen. It would turn out to be the one thing she was really passionate about.
Since she began posting stories online, she's garnered acclaim for her diverse stories and hard hitting writing style. Two stories and characters are never the same, her brain moving through different ideas faster than she can write them down as it also plots its quest for world domination...or cheese. Whichever is easier to obtain... Usually it's cheese.
Kelly Moran is a bestselling author of enchanting ever-afters. She gets her ideas from everyone and everything around her and there's always a book playing out in her head. No one who knows her bats an eyelash when she talks to herself. She is aCatherine Award-Winner, Readers Choice Finalist, Holt Medallion Finalist, and landed on the Must Read & 10 Best Reads lists at USA TODAY's HEA. She is a proud Romance Writers of America member, where she was an Award of Excellence Finalist. Kelly's interests include: sappy movies, MLB, NFL, driving others insane, and sleeping when she can. She is a closet caffeine junkie and chocoholic, but don't tell anyone. She resides in Wisconsin with her husband, three sons, and her hound dog. Most of her family lives in the Carolinas, so she spends a lot of time there as well.
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Real Life Unicorn / Stops for Dogs
Thinks She's a Witch
Kyleigh is a certified nerd, and not just in the pop culture kind of way. This crazy lady, when she isn't writing, is working on her dissertation for her doctorate in history. Her studies are what informs her creativity as she loves to draw on the narratives of the past and reinvent them with a mix of magic and love.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
My website is http://www.laceythorn.com/
By profession, Lan is technical, detail-oriented, and structured, but by choice, she enjoys being creative and spontaneous. Writing gives her the freedom to be whatever, whomever, or wherever she wants to be. Her wild and colorful imagination takes her on incredible adventures that never seem to have an end, with unexpected twists and heartfelt moments. She currently writes sexy-sweet romances but will eventually venture into romantic comedy and children’s fairytale. When she’s not off on one of her writing journeys, her time is split among her incredible two daughters, her supportive husband, family, friends, and a rewarding job of caring for cancer patients.
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.
Award-winning author Laurie Larsen leads a double life. During the day she's a respected Project Manager in the fast-paced world of Information Technology. After dinner and a glass of wine, she becomes a multi-published author of Christian fiction grounded in today's modern world. Laurie's been published for 17 years, but feels she finally found her writing "niche" in 2009 when her first inspirational romance, Preacher Man was published. It won fans, accolades, and the prestigious EPIC Award for the Best Spiritual Romance of 2010. Now she writes faith-based love stories that take place at the beach. Trips to her favorite spots can be considered tax write-offs now. What could be better?
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. http://www.lisacavinessauthor.com
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.
Maggie Adams is an Amazon Best Selling romance author. Her first book in the Tempered Steel Series, Whistlin’ Dixie, debuted in Amazon’s Top 100 for Women’s Fiction, humor, on November 2014. Since then, she has consistently made the Amazon best seller 5-star list with her Tempered Steel Series. Her series has launched the tiny town of Grafton, Illinois, into International recognition with sales in Mexico, Ireland, Scotland, Australia and the UK. She is the recipient of the Dayreader Reviews Best of 2015 for Leather and Lace, the Reader Favorite Award for Something’s Gotta Give in 2016, the Indie Romance Convention Romantic Comedy Award 2017 for Forged in Fire and the 2017 New Apple Awards nomination – Suspense for Cold as Ice.
Maria Monroe is an award-winning author from Chicago, with a master's degree in Creative Writing from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Although she writes primarily contemporary romance, she's delved into (and loves!) writing sci fi and fantasy romance, as well.
She lives with her amazing husband, three cool kids, and a ton of animals, including two rescue dogs, two adopted cats, a snake, some geckos, and a bunch of fish.
She loves black coffee, vodka on the rocks, and burning stuff in her back yard.
Her two real-life sisters, Alexis Alvarez and Adrienne Perry, are also romance authors, and the three of them run the Graffiti Fiction website and Facebook group.
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.
Michel Prince is an author who graduated with a bachelor degree in History and Political Science. Michel writes new adult and adult paranormal romance as well as contemporary romance.
With characters yelling "It's my turn damn it!!!" She tries to explain to them that alas, she can only type a hundred and twenty words a minute and they will have wait their turn. She knows eventually they find their way out of her head and to her fingertips and she looks forward to sharing them with you.
When Michel can suppress the voices in her head she can be found cheering for her son in a variety of sports. She would like to thank her family for always being in her corner and especially her husband for supporting her every dream and never letting her give up.
Michel has been awarded Elite Status with Rebel Ink Press in 2013, the service award for her local RWA chapter Midwest Fiction Writers in 2013 and 2014, won Sweetest Romance at IRAE 2015 and is a PAN member of RWA. She lives in the Twin Cities with her husband, son, and dog, Bolt.
Love doesn't color inside the lines.
Writer of Chrysalis Winner of the 2015 Sweetest Romance at IRAE
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.
Quinn is a “retired” nurse thanks to all the amazing readers who
made her dream to write full time possible. She lives in beautiful West
Arkansas with her three precious sons, whose smiles are as contagious
as their laughs, and husband who is her best friend and biggest fan. She
writes about the deep, unconditional love she does because of the love
he shows her every day of their lives. She is the author of 19 novels and
2 novellas, including the USA Today Bestseller Fate and Fury. In her
spare time she likes to read, watch movies, spend time with her family,
and correspond with readers. Quinn gives all glory to God for the success of her books and is so very thankful to the readers for their support.
I was born high in the Andes and raised by a band of wandering gypsies. At the ripe old age of 7, I struck out on my own, dabbling in the arts of alchemy and personal financing. Neither of the trades paid off. At 13 I became the personal juggler for Stephen King, but alas, that didn't last long either. Since then, I've wandered aimlessly through life and this planet, stopping along the way to help people and smite the wicked.A little while ago I decided to try my hand at writing. I published The True Death series independently for The True Death and The Vengeful Death but was recently picked up and published by Love N Books.
Ravenna Tate lives in the Midwest where it’s cold six months out of the year, but inside her stories you’ll find plenty of heat. The sex is hot, the men are alpha, and the women give them a run for their money.
Samantha A. Cole
A proud member of Romance Writers of America (RWA), Samantha A. Cole is a retired policewoman and former paramedic who is thrilled to add author to her list of exciting careers. She has lived her entire life in the suburbs of New York City and is looking forward to becoming a snow-bird between New York and Florida someday. Her two fur-babies, Jinx and Bella, keep her company and remind their mom to take a break from writing every once in a while to go for a walk, which is the best way to deal with a stubborn case of writer’s block.
An avid reader since childhood, Samantha was often found with a book in hand and sometimes one in each. After being gifted with a stack of romance novels from her grandmother, her love affair with the genre began in her teens. Many years later, she discovered her love for writing stories was just as strong. Taking her life experiences and training, she strives to find the perfect mix of suspense and romance for her readers to enjoy.
While the original planned stories for the Trident Security series have been completed, the seven novels and two novellas have brought many opportunities for Samantha to spread her wings and bring her readers more characters and stories to love. Look for her upcoming Trident Security Omega Team series, Doms of The Covenant Novella series, Blackhawk Security series, and more from the Malone Brothers series, in addition to several standalone projects.
Website – http://samanthacoleauthor.com/
Sarah Grimm is an award -winning contemporary romance author addicted to fast cars, reading and laughter. She lives in West Michigan with her husband, two sons, and three dogs and has a penchant for dropping F-bombs like the rock stars she loves to write about.
Sarah can't remember a time when she wasn't writing. In fact, her siblings believe she began writing in utero to pass the time. As a child, Sarah wrote constantly, littering the house with bulging spiral notebooks and ignoring the ribbing of her mother and sister who routinely said 'romances?' in a somewhat scornful tone.
Sarah believes in love, not just as a fundamental part of human relationships, but as a force that can heal emotional scars. She truly believes someone exists for each of us—a person we are destined to find. Our other half. A soul mate. The road to happy-ever-after isn’t always an easy one, so when you pick up one of Sarah’s books, expect her characters to have to earn their happy ending.
Sarah is a member of RWA and NINC. She loves to hear from her readers. You can find her on Facebook, Instagram, Google+, Twitter, Goodreads, and Pinterest.
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
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
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.
Left-handed. Father of an apparent nudist. Husband to a half-Norwegian. Herder of cats and dogs. Lover of pie. I write books. I've had an unhealthy fascination with dragons since the age of-- well, for a while. Native Floridian. Current Tennessean. Location subject to change based on insurrection, upheaval, or availability of coffee. Ten books and counting, with no end in sight. You've been warned.
Traci is a USA Today Bestselling Author of Contemporary and Paranormal Romance. Her stories feature sizzling heroes full of dark humor, quick wits and major attitudes; and heroines who are smart, tenacious, and always give as good as they get. She holds an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University, is an adjunct faculty member in the Southern New Hampshire University MFA genre fiction writing program and she loves animals, chocolate, coffee, hot British actors, and sarcasm—not necessarily in that order.
Tricia Andersen lives in Iowa with her husband, Brian and her three children – her sons, Jake and Jon, and her daughter, Alex. She graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts in English and from Kirkwood Community College with an Associate of Arts degree in Communications Media/Public Relations.
Along with writing (which she loves to do), Tricia practices Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, coaches and participates in track and field, reads, sews and is involved in many of her children's activities.
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
Born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, but with the ability to claim eight states as home; Victoria Escobar writes fiction from her current home in Kentucky. She writes whatever comes to mind and because of such has a variety of genres written including Young Adult, New Adult, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, and Contemporary Fiction.
In spare time if not with family, and friends Victoria enjoys curling up with a book from a favored author and music playing. If not reading or writing she spends time drawing, sketching, crocheting, or some other random art project. She enjoys staying busy, but most of all enjoys staying creative.
Vivian Ward was born in Brooklyn, New York but now lives in St. Louis, Missouri. Growing up the daughter of a single mother, her life was a struggle from day to day. When things got hard, she retreated to her room where she would write about fantasy worlds that would take her away from her reality. Even as an adult, her passion for writing never went away and now she hopes to share it with the world.
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.