I am a native of Virginia, but now live in the Sunshine state with my family. I have two kids (not of the goat variety), one dog who can open her own Christmas presents, and a hamster. Clyde (the hamster) can't open his own Christmas presents but we won't hold that against him. He's still really cute and master of his own wheel. I work a full time job as an insurance consultant and long for the day I can write full time (hint, hint). I really love to read, enjoy spending time with my family, and soaking up the Florida sun.
Dee J. Adams
I was born and raised in El Paso, Texas and moved to Los Angeles, California, where I acted in television and commercials for almost twenty years. I now write contemporary romantic suspense novels. I think life is tough enough as it is and my books are a good escape from reality. I'm a fan of happily ever after and that's what I deliver.
Toni is a former marine biologist who conducted her Ph.D. at the Gatty Marine Laboratory in St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland. She was born and raised in the U.K., but now lives in the Canadian prairies with her husband and two children, living about as far from the ocean as possible. Her stories are set in the stunning locations where she's been lucky enough to live and work--the blustery east coast of Scotland, the remote isolated mining communities of Northern Labrador, the rugged landscapes of the U.S. and the Red Center of Australia. She escapes the long brutal Canadian winters by writing Romantic Mystery and Suspense stories.
T. C. Archer
T. C. Archer is comprised of award winning authors Evan Trevane and Shawn M. Casey. They live in the Northeast. Evan has a Ph.D. in electrical engineering, and Shawn is a small business owner. Their collaboration began on a lark with the post WWII film noir story The Pickle My Little Friend, and has evolved into nearly a dozen works, which includes their new series The Phenom League, and the Daphne Du Maurier winner, romantic thriller For His Eyes Only.
Carey Baldwin is a mild-mannered doctor, still practicing full time, who happens to write edgy romantic thrillers. When you are a former clinical psychologist, writing about psychopaths comes easily, and when you are a hopeless romantic, well, you do the math! Carey has been a finalist in numerous writing contests including Avon FanLit, and the prestigious Maggies. Her first manuscript won the Golden Gateway award for best single title romance. Carey's debut novel, FIRST DO NO EVIL releases June 26, 2012 from Samhain Publishing.
Becky Barker is an award-winning, best-selling romance author whose novels have been translated into more than a dozen languages, published in electronic format, and re-issued in trade paperback as well as large print library editions. She’s an avid reader who writes very sensual contemporary romances that incorporate humor and/or suspense.
Romance novelist GAIL BARRETT always dreamed about becoming a writer. After living everywhere from Spain to the Bahamas, earning a master's degree in linguistics, and teaching high school Spanish for years, she finally fulfilled that lifelong goal. Her books have won numerous awards, including the Book Buyers Best Award, the National Readers' Choice Award, and Romance Writers of America's prestigious Golden Heart. A member of Romance Writers of America and Washington Romance Writers, Gail currently lives in western Maryland.
Ana Barrons grew up in New England, devouring Nancy Drew and other mysteries and becoming hopelessly addicted to the smell of books. After college and graduate school she moved to Washington, DC, where she now writes sexy romantic suspense inspired by daily news stories about politics, deception, betrayal and murder. Ana has three novels out this year: Wrongfully Accused and Betrayed by Trust by Carina Press, and Son of the Enemy by Samhain, and she is hard at work on a romantic suspense trilogy.
Cate Beauman has worked with children of all ages for most of her adult life. She fell into writing more than dreamed it. "Writing novels never made my bucket list. One day I picked up a pad of paper and scribbled down the thoughts in my head. Next thing I knew, I had over 100,000 words. I've basically been obsessed ever since. Now I can't imagine doing anything else." A former New England resident, Cate now makes her home in Tennessee with her husband, two boys and their St. Bernard, Bear. Cate is currently working on Justice For Abby, the sixth novel in her best selling romantic suspense series, The Bodyguards Of L.A. County.
Anne Marie Becker
With two Bachelor’s degrees (Biology and Psychology) and a Masters degree in Counselor Education, Anne Marie has held many jobs in her life — tutor, waitress, personal and family counselor, and high school counselor, to name a few. Early on, she discovered a passion for understanding people (and her characters!), inside and out. (It must be why she enjoys writing such complex villains and vibrant main characters.) As the mother of three young, active children, finding time to write is always a challenge. But Anne Marie believes it’s worth it to preserve her sanity. Writing is a way to “spice up” her daily life and, at times, it is a much-needed escape. Of course, sometimes it’s the characters driving her insane, but she promises she has the madness under control.
Donnell Ann Bell
I grew up in the 4-Corners area, in the city of Farmington, New Mexico. I love New Mexico, and am influenced by its rich Hispanic and Indian culture, and will bring some of this knowledge to future work. For now the book I'm excited to talk about today takes place in my current state of Colorado.
Kylie Brant has penned over thirty award-winning romantic suspense novels for Berkley Sensation and Silhouette. She's a three-time Rita nominee, has been nominated for five Romantic Times awards, and is a RT Career Achievement award winner. In 2004 and 2009 she was awarded the overall Daphne du Maurier award for best romantic suspense novel. Her book UNDERCOVER BRIDE is on Romantic Times magazine's All-Time Favorites list. Her dark romantic thriller series THE MINDHUNTERS concludes with DEADLY SINS, Adam Raiker's story, released 8/2/11.
New York Times and USA Today bestseller Allison Brennan is the author of seventeen novels and several short stories. A former consultant in the California State Legislature, she lives in Northern California with her husband Dan and their five children. Crime fiction, mysteries, and romantic suspense have always been Allison's favorites, so it's no surprise that her romantic thrillers have a dark suspense edge. Reviewers have called her books "terrifying," "mesmerizing," "fast-paced," "pulse-pounding," "wonderfully complex," "layered," and "a master of suspense - tops in the genre." Lee Child called LOVE ME TO DEATH, "A world-class nail-biter" and Lisa Gardner says, "Brennan knows how to deliver. Allison is currently writing the Lucy Kincaid series about an FBI recruit. The third book, IF I SHOULD DIE, is on sale now. SILENCED will be out on April 24, 2012, followed by STALKED in the fall and STOLEN in spring 2013. Also look for THRILLER 3: LOVE IS MURDER, an anthology of romantic suspense edited by Sandra Brown.
Some of you know me as Madame Goldentrill, comic diva. Others of you know me as Grannie Geek, IT guru and graphic artist. And now many of you are coming to know me as Bailey Bristol, author of historical and contemporary suspense novels. As Bailey, I promise to take you to the most amazing places...places you hadn't thought about visiting, to be sure. Whether it's backstage at the opera house in Vienna, at the bottom of a coal shute in Mounthaven, Ohio, or in an abandoned opium den in New York's "Gut" -- the 1890's or present day -- the characters you will meet are uniquely Bailey's.
Suzanne Brockmann has written more than forty books, and is now widely recognised as one of the leading voices in women's suspense writing. Her work has earned her repeated appearances on the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists, as well as numerous awards. Suzanne Brockmann lives west of Boston with her husband, author Ed Gaffney.
Josie Brown is the author of these three novels...The Candidate, Totlandia (Novel Series), including Fall; Winter; Spring [2012, 2013, Coliloquy] and The Housewife Assassin Novel Series, including The Housewife Assassin's Handbook, The Housewife Assassin's Guide to Gracious Killing, The Housewife Assassin's Killer Christmas Tips and The Housewife Assassin's Relationship Survival Guide. Her novel, Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives (Simon & Schuster), is being produced by Jerry Bruckheimer as a dramatic television series. As a journalist, Josie's celebrity interviews and relationships trends articles have been featured in the Los Angeles Times Syndicate International, Redbook and Complete Woman magazines, as well as AOL, Yahoo, AskMen.com, Divorce360.com, and SingleMindedWomen.com
A lot of authors knew they wanted to write books from the time they were little. Their heads were full of fanciful stories that they yearned to commit to paper with a passion that only grew as they did. They spent hours reading fiction, voraciously absorbing every kind of story they could get their hands on. I’m not one of them. When I was little, I wanted to be a daddy. When I learned the anatomical improbability of that happening, I decided instead to become what my dad was: an Industrial Engineer. So that’s what I did. I never once changed majors or veered from my path. After I graduated, I went to work for a big telecom company earning a steady paycheck while my husband pursued his dream to become a published author. For those of you who might not know, my husband is Jim Butcher, fantasy and sci-fi author extraordinaire. I learned to write in an effort to help him improve his own work and as soon as I discovered that writing was more a learned skill than a natural talent I knew I had to give it a try. I couldn’t resist the challenge of taking the pieces of a story apart and putting them back together again. It’s the kind of puzzle that made me want to be an engineer to begin with – to learn how things work and why. I thought I’d write the same kind of thing Jim did, but then I picked up my first romance in 1998 and was hooked.
Catherine Coulter is the author of 65 novels, including 59 New York Times bestsellers. She earned her reputation writing historical romances. Over a decade ago she added suspense thrillers to her repertoire-- with great success. The Cove, the first book in her bestselling "FBI Suspense Thriller Series" spent nine weeks on the New York Times list and has to date sold almost 2 million copies. The Maze, which was reviewed in Publisher's Weekly as "gripping enough to establish Coulter firmly in this genre," was Coulter's first book to land on the Times hardcover bestsellers list. Since then, she has lived up to that promise with ten additional back-to-back bestselling FBI thrillers, including The Target, The Edge, Riptide, Hemlock Bay, Eleventh Hour, Blindside, Blowout, Point Blank, Double Take, Tailspin, Knockout, and two omnibus editions: The Beginning and Double Jeopardy. This summer will see the release of the latest in the FBI series WHIPLASH.
Colorado author Pamela Clare began her writing career as a columnist and investigative reporter and eventually became the first woman editor-in-chief of two different newspapers. Along the way, she and her team won numerous state and national honors, including the National Journalism Award for Public Service and the Keeper of the Flame Lifetime Achievement Award. A single mother with two college-aged sons, she writes historical romance and contemporary romantic suspense within view of the beautiful Rocky Mountains.
Once upon a time I thought...hmmm.... maybe I should write a book. Yeah, well, who knew that would be the beginning of my insanity in a sane creation.
I enjoy playing with imaginary people in my head. Sometimes those people are nice, sometimes they're not, but in the end, the girl gets the guy so all is well. I live in Texas with my family who puts up with my strangeness and appreciates my weirdness--or so they claim. We promote weirdness. There's also the cats and the corgis who, in truth, rule the family. When I'm not chained to my keyboard, I'm doubling as a parent, a teacher, a maid, a chef, a chauffer, a therapist, and promoting my education in human development.
Award winning, best-selling author Linda Conrad has written for both the Silhouette Desire and Silhouette Intimate Moment lines. Linda's novels have been translated into over a dozen languages and sold in twenty-two countries. She has received numerous awards for her work, including winning both the prestigious Maggie and the 2005 Reviewer's Choice Award. The last four of Linda's exciting Night Guardian series are scheduled for 2007, and the last marks her eighteenth published novel. Linda graduated from the University of Miami and tried her hand at being a teacher, a sales assistant and a stockbroker before writing her first book. After living in many cities across the U.S., Linda now lives with her husband in the place where she grew up - - south Florida.
Award-winning author Beth Cornelison worked in public relations until she moved with her husband to Louisiana, where she decided to pursue her love of writing fiction. Since that time, she has published two romantic suspense books with Silhouette Intimate Moments and her first hard cover release, CHASING A DREAM, will be released in September 2006 from Five Star Press. She has won numerous honors for her work including the coveted RWA Golden Heart. Her debut book with Silhouette, TO LOVE, HONOR AND DEFEND, was voted Best Series Romance, Best First Book and Best Intimate Moments of 2005 in the Cata-Romance Readers Choice. Beth lives in Louisiana with her husband, one son, and two cats who think they are people.
Karen lives in a California Castle with Prince Charming and a Magnificent Black Stallion. Okay, it’s a bungalow, a corporate husband and a small black pug who totes a sense of humor and lotsa attitude. But it is her dream. A real life dream to inspire the romantic suspense novels she writes.
A native Sooner, romance author Debra Cowan was born in Idabel, Oklahoma, and later moved to the Tulsa area. Like many writers, Debra made up stories in her head as a child. Her B.A. in English was obtained with the intention of following family tradition and becoming a school teacher, but after she wrote her first novel, there was no looking back. An avid history buff, Debra enjoys traveling. She has visited places as diverse as Europe and Honduras, where she and her husband served as part of a medical mission team. Debra still lives in Oklahoma with her husband.
Kaylea Cross is an award winning author of edge-of-your-seat romantic suspense. A Registered Massage Therapist, Kaylea is an avid gardener, artist, Civil War buff, Special Ops aficionado, bellydancer and former nationally-carded softball pitcher. She is an active member of the Greater Vancouver Romance Writers of America chapter and lives in Vancouver, BC with her husband.
I was born and raised in Sydney, Australia, and this sparkling gem of geography will always be home to me, no matter where I live. I'm fortunate enough to be married to a wonderful man, and we have three fantastic children who continue to show me how patient my own parents were, and still are, with me. Oh, and they think I'm awesome. See, I can write virtually any fiction! I have always enjoyed reading mysteries, ever since I was in primary school and hid my Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden books behind my textbooks in class. (Thus I always got "Shannon is a studious child" on my report cards - but that can be our secret!) Then, when I was old enough to realise boys don't only have 'germs'; I became interested in romances. I used to sneak my mum's books and read in my room while I pretended I was cleaning it (shhh, though, because she doesn't know. That's another secret). Imagine how overjoyed I was to find a romantic mystery, a genre that combined my two literary loves. Something that grabbed my attention, held me enthralled, set my heart racing at the tension, screaming "don't go in there!" and finally collapsing, exhausted and grinning, at the surprise twist and the happy ending.
I love my life as a writer, wife, and mom. With every unfolding day, the world seems more wondrous, more crowded with possibilities. But while I still harbor dreams of fronting a rock-and-roll cover band, traveling to every corner of the world, and driving a race car, writing and reading romance novels are still my greatest joys. When I’m not chasing after kids, trying to coax my nervous Siamese cat out from under the bed, or experimenting with cocktail recipes, you can find me hunched over my computer, dreaming up perfectly flawed characters and timeless romances…and those all-important love scenes.
Daco Auffenorde, penning as "Daco" was born at the Naval hospital in Bethesda, Maryland and raised in Wernher von Braun’s Rocket City of Huntsville, Alabama. Her education consists of a B.A., M.A.S., and J.D. She is a member of the Author's Guild, the International Thriller Writers, the Romance Writers of America, and the Alabama State Bar. When not practicing law with her husband at Auffenorde & Auffenorde, P.C., she spends her time encouraging her children to become scientists or is hard at work writing thrilling romantic suspense novels, with an occasional contemporary romance sneaking in the backdoor.
Natalie J. Damschroder grew up in Massachusetts, and loves the New England Patriots more than anything. (Except her family. And writing and reading. And popcorn.) When she's not writing romantic adventure for Carina Press and paranormal romance for Entangled Publishing, she does freelance editing and works part time as a chiropractic assistant. She and her husband have two daughters they've dubbed "the anti-teenagers," one of whom is also a novelist. (The other one prefers math. Smart kid. Practical.) You can learn more about her and her books at www.nataliedamschroder.com.
Avon/Harpercollins launched Jordan Dane's debut suspense novels in a back to back publishing event in Spring 2008 after the 3-book series sold in auction. Ripped from the headlines, Jordan's gritty plots weave a tapestry of vivid settings, intrigue, and dark humor. Publishers Weekly compared her intense pacing to Lisa Jackson, Lisa Gardner, and Tami Hoag--romantic suspense that "crosses over into plain thriller country". Pursuing publication since 2003, this national best selling and critically acclaimed author received awards in 33 national writing competitions. Her debut novel NO ONE HEARD HER SCREAM was named Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2008 and Romantic Times Magazine nominated NO ONE LIVES FOREVER as Best Intrigue Novel of 2008, with EVIL WITHOUT A FACE named as winner of the 2009 National Readers Choice Award. And IN THE ARMS OF STONE ANGELS (Apr 2011, Harlequin Teen) will be the first release of two Young Adult novels written by Dane.
Wynter Daniels lives in Central Florida with her husband of more than twenty years and their two nearly grown children. They are all the slaves of two very demanding cats. After careers in marketing and the salon industry, Wynter’s wicked prose begged to be set free. She writes for several publishers including Carina Press, Ellora’s Cave, Loose Id and Red Sage.
Stacy is a novelist at heart, but her first published book was "Divas of the New Millennium", an award-winning book highlighting the achievements of young minority female singers in the new millennium. Her second book is the cult favorite, "Everlasting". The book is a modern-day Romeo and Juliet centering on two very intelligent Latino teenagers who fall in love while being connected to rival gangs. The book is the winner of two 2007 YGA Literary Awards. Stacy's third book is the mystery and thriller, "Melody". A young woman fights to save her sister's life by putting her own in grave danger. Melody won over many critics and reviewers and put Stacy on the map as a suspense writer. The book won two 2008 YGA Literary Awards for Best Drama Fiction Book and Best Mystery Novel. Her fourth release, "Giving up the Ghost" has been nominated for an African-American Literary Award. It's the first installment in the Bree & Steven Interracial/Romantic Suspense series. Her next, "The Season of Sin" is the second book in the series.
I'm a former criminal prosecutor who loves thrilling, sexy stories about ordinary people overcoming extraordinary obstacles to find love. Like contemporary authors Linda Howard, Lori Foster, Rachel Gibson, Lori Wilde, Sandra Brown and paranormal authors J.R. Ward, Larissa Ione, Nalini Singh (and countless others on my keeper shelves), I hope to bring my readers emotional stories that make them feel and dream and wonder well-after they've finished reading them.Chosen By Sin, Book 3 in the Para-Ops Series, releases in late December 2011. In this series, the U.S. government forms a special ops team whose members, including a werebeast, wraith, mage, and a vampire and the human female he's forbidden to love, must retrieve a stolen antidote. I also write contemporary romantic suspense for Harlequin Romantic Suspense and HQN.
Lena is a romantic suspense author. Her debut novel, He Kills Me, He Kills Me Not, has a release date of August 9th, 2011, by Avon Impulse (an imprint of Harper Collins). As an unpublished manuscript, this story was a finalist in the 2010 RWA Golden Heart®, and won both the 2009 TARA and the 2010 Daphne du Maurier awards. Lena grew up a Navy Brat, but while two of her three siblings followed her father's footsteps and joined the Navy, Lena loosely followed her musically talented mother's footsteps by choosing a more creative path, writing. Her first novel-length manuscripts were paranormal romances ranging from contemporary vampire stories to medieval druid tales. Since dead bodies kept creeping into everything she wrote, she eventually turned to romantic suspense.
By day I'm a divorce lawyer specializing in unhappy endings. One day, during a particularly difficult string of cases, a former co-worker handed me a romance novel with the promise of a much-needed escape and a happy ending. I've been reading - and now writing - romance ever since. My first release, the novella HARDHATS AND SILK STOCKINGS in the Kensington Brava anthology WHEN GOOD THINGS HAPPEN TO BAD BOYS with Lori Foster and Erin McCarthy, was an Amazon, B&N and Borders bestseller. My first single author anthology, VIVA LAS BAD BOYS!, earned rave reviews and was a bestseller on Amazon and at B&N. Both books are available on Amazon and at other bookselling outlets. My first single title, YOUR MOUTH DRIVES ME CRAZY, is a July 2007 Kensington Brava release.
Marcelle Dubé grew up near Montreal. After trying out a number of different provinces – not to mention Belgium – she settled in the Yukon, which isn’t a province at all. In the Yukon, humans outnumber the carnivores, but not by much. Undaunted, she started her family and now has two beautiful daughters: Rotten Daughter #1 and Rotten Daughter #2. She has worked as an editorial assistant, a newspaper librarian, an accountant, a military policewoman and a communications officer. All things considered, she prefers sitting in a warm, dry room and making stories up. Her short fiction has appeared in On Spec Magazine; Polaris: A Celebration of Polar Science; Open space: A Canadian Anthology of Fantastic Fiction; and Challenging Destiny 25. Polaris received the 2007 Canadian Science in Society Book Award and was a finalist for the Aurora Award, Canada’s reader’s choice award for science fiction and fantasy.
Doranna responded to all early injunctions to "put down that book/notebook and go outside and play" by climbing trees to read & write. Such quirkiness of spirit has created a wandering path through the publishing world, spanning genres and form to include thirty novels and counting--mystery, SF/F, action-romance, and franchise, including the Compton Crook-winning Dun Lady's Jess--and a slew of essays and short stories. But after all that, mostly she still prefers to hang around outside with the animals. She doesn't believe so much in mastering the beast within, but in channeling its power. For good or bad has yet to be decided.
Cynthia Eden is a national best-selling author of paranormal romance and romantic suspense novels. Her books have received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, and her novel, DEADLY FEAR, was named a RITA® finalist for best romantic suspense. Cynthia is a southern girl who loves horror movies, chocolate, and happy endings. She has always wanted to write (don't most authors say that?), and particularly enjoys creating stories about monsters-vampires, werewolves, and even the real-life monsters who populate her romantic suspense stories.
Kendra Elliot grew up in the lush Pacific Northwest and still lives there with her husband, three daughters, two cats, and a Pomeranian. In the real world, (non-writing world) she's a dental hygienist who is fascinated with forensics, refuses to eat anything green, and loves a strong Mai Tai on the beach on Kauai. Kendra's manuscripts have finaled in RWA's Golden Heart Awards, the Daphne Du Maurier, and the Linda Howard Award of Excellence. Her debut romantic suspense novel, HIDDEN, was released in July 2012 and was followed immediately by CHILLED in August. Two more novels in the Bone Secrets series are scheduled for 2013.
Misty Evans is the author of four series: the Super Agent romantic suspense series, the light paranormal Witches Anonymous series, the dark paranormal Lost Worlds series, and the Kali Sweet urban fantasy series. The books in her Super Agent series have won a CataNetwork Reviewers' Choice Award in 2008, CAPA nominations in 2009, the New England Reader's Choice Bean Pot Award for Best Romantic Suspense in 2010 and finaled in the Ancient City Heart of Excellence Readers' Choice contest in 2011. Her Witches Anonymous series has garnered 5-star reviews and was dubbed a Fallen Angel Reviews Recommended Read. Both the Super Agent Series and the Witches Anonymous Series have been on multiple Amazon Kindle bestsellers lists.
Karen Fenech writes contemporary and historical romantic suspense and suspense-mystery. Her novels, originally released in hardcover by Gale under the Five Star Expressions imprint, have received critical acclaim and have been praised by New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors Kat Martin, Maureen Child, and Debra Webb. Her novel BETRAYAL has been translated into Japanese, and her short fiction has been translated into Swedish, Danish, and Norwegian. All of her novels are now available for Kindle and Kindle applications (from 99 cents). She lives with her husband and daughter.
Suzanne discovered romance novels in her aunt's hidden stash one summer as a teenager. From that moment on she knew two things: she loved romance stories and someday she'd be writing her own. Her love for romances has only grown over the years. It took her a number of years and a secondary career as a nurse to finally start writing her own stories.Suzanne's sexy stories, whether they be her on the edge of your seat romantic suspense, the heart warming small town stories or her steam Western Eroticas, will keep you thinking about her characters long after their Happy Ever After is achieved.
Avery Flynn, the author of UP A DRY CREEK, her first published novel and the debut title for her Dry Creek series set in Nebraska, grew up in a small town in the western part of that state, a far cry from her present day home just outside of Washington, D.C. It was no accident that she went back to her roots for the small town setting for her romantic suspense. The name Avery Flynn is a pseudonym for the author who, at least for now, prefers to remain behind the scenes. She believes having Avery as her alter ego is a very good thing because, as she says, “Pen name Avery is way cooler than me. Her favorite color is hot pink. She drinks single malt scotch on the rocks. She loves the Argentinean tango and stays at Iceland’s Ice Hotel.” Today she’s enjoying her own happily ever after with her dashing husband, three crazy kids and two arthritic dogs. She dreams of one day having a floor-to-ceiling library à la Beauty and the Beast and is working to perfect the coffee IV drip.
Since first publishing in January 1996, Lori Foster has become a Waldenbooks, Borders, USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly and New York Times bestselling author. Lori has published through a variety of houses, including Kensington, St. Martin’s, Harlequin, Silhouette and Samhain. She is currently with Berkley/Jove. Lori believes it’s important to give back to the community as much as possible, and for that reason she ran special contests in conjunction with a publisher, facilitating many first sales for new authors. She routinely organizes events among authors and readers to gather donations for various organizations.
MJ Fredrick knows about chasing dreams. Twelve years after she completed her first novel, she signed her first publishing contract. Now she divides her days between teaching 4th grade students how to write and diving into her own writing, traveling everywhere in her mind, from Belize to Honduras to Africa to the past.
Barbara Freethy is an award-winning, best-selling author of 30 novels. She is known for writing emotional and compelling stories about love and family, sometimes with a little suspense, sometimes with a little magic. Recently, in an effort to make her backlist available to readers, she began self-publishing new electronic versions of her books. The first self-published title, SUMMER SECRETS, hit #1 on the New York Times Bestseller List and remained on the list for four weeks. DON'T SAY A WORD and ALL SHE EVER WANTED, also appeared on the New York Times and USA Today Bestseller Lists. There are now new Kindle versions of her other backlist titles, including the RITA Award Winning Novel, DANIEL'S GIFT, and RITA finalist titles, ASK MARIAH, SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL and GOLDEN LIES. Several more backlist titles as well as an ebook original will be coming in the next few months.
I've been writing stories my whole life.
Ever since my grandfather sneaked us into the "parlor" and told us spooky (not really) stories when our grandmother wasn't looking. What a gift. That wonderful man evoked the love of creating stories and sharing them with whomever cares to listen.
Before Cindy Gerard entered the slippery slope of Single Title Romantic Suspense in 2005 with her award winning Body Guard series, she wrote 30 category romance novels, first for Bantam’s Loveswept line and then for Harlequin/Silhouette’s Desire line. She’s currently writing her 14th single title romantic suspense novel for her new One-Eyed Jacks series, which is a spin-off of her New York Times best-selling Black Ops, Inc. series for Pocket Books.
Two of Cindy’s novels have been featured in Cosmopolitan Magazine as COSMO Red Hot Reads, she’s appeared on many best-seller lists, among them Publisher’s Weekly and USA Today and has a string of 9 New York Times best sellers going for her. In addition to numerous industry awards, among them RT’s Reviewer’s Choice award for best Romantic Intrigue and 2 Reader’s Crownes for best Romantic Suspense, Cindy is also a 6 time Romance Writers of America Rita finalist and a 2 time RITA winner.
Adrienne Giordano writes romantic suspense and women's fiction. She is a Jersey girl at heart, but now lives in the Midwest with her work-a-holic husband, sports obsessed son and Buddy the Wheaten Terrorist (Terrier). She is a co-founder of Romance University blog. Adrienne's debut romantic suspense, Man Law, is available from Carina Press. Her second book, A Just Deception, will be available from Carina Press on September 5, 2011.
I grew up on a farm in the middle of Canada's breadbasket. Under the canopy of crisp blue prairie skies I read books. Lots and lots of books. Occasionally, I picked up a pen and paper or tapped out a few meagre pages of a story on a keyboard and dreamed of becoming a writer when I grew up. One day the inevitable happened and I knew without question the time was right. What to write was never the issue - romance and the gut wrenching journey towards forever.
New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Heather Graham majored in theater arts at the University of South Florida. After a stint of several years in dinner theater, back-up vocals, and bartending, she stayed home after the birth of her third child and began to write, working on short horror stories and romances. After some trial and error, she sold her first book, WHEN NEXT WE LOVE, in 1982 and since then, she has written over one hundred novels and novellas including category, romantic suspense, historical romance, vampire fiction, time travel, occult, and Christmas holiday fare. She wrote the launch books for the Dell's Ecstasy Supreme line, Silhouette's Shadows, and for Harlequin's mainstream fiction imprint, Mira Books. Heather was a founding member of the Florida Romance Writers chapter of RWA and, since 1999, has hosted the Romantic Times Vampire Ball, with all revenues going directly to children's charity. She is pleased to have been published in approximately twenty languages, and to have been honored with awards frorn Waldenbooks. B. Dalton, Georgia Romance Writers, Affaire de Coeur, Romantic Times, and more. She has had books selected for the Doubleday Book Club and the Literary Guild, and has been quoted, interviewed, or featured in such publications as The Nation, Redbook, People, and USA Today and appeared on many newscasts including local television and Entertainment Tonight.
A Harlequin Intrigue author since 2006, Paula enjoys telling stories that combine spine-tingling suspense with passionate romance. She's also a full time graphic artist with an advertising agency in Alabama.
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author LAURA GRIFFIN started her career in journalism before venturing into the world of romantic suspense. Her books have won numerous awards, including a 2010 RITA (Whisper of Warning) and a 2010 Daphne du Maurier Award (Untraceable). Her debut novel, One Last Breath, won the Booksellers Best Award for romantic suspense. Laura currently lives in Austin where she is working on the next book in her popular Tracers series.
ELIZABETH HEITER likes her suspense to feature strong heroines, chilling villains, psychological twists, and a little bit (or a lot!) of romance. Her research has taken her into the minds of serial killers, through murder investigations, and onto the FBI Academy’s shooting range. Elizabeth graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in English Literature. She’s a member of International Thriller Writers and Romance Writers of America. Allison Brennan calls her first suspense in the Profiler series, HUNTED, "a terrific, gripping, page-turning debut by a talented new voice in suspense."
Angela Henry was once told that her past life careers included spy, researcher, and investigator. She stuck with what she knew because today she's a mystery writing library reference specialist, who loves to people watch and eavesdrop on conversations. She's the author of four mysteries featuring equally nosy amateur sleuth Kendra Clayton, and is also the founder of the award-winning MystNoir website, which promotes African-American mystery writers, and was named a "Hot Site" by USA Today.com. When she's not working, writing, or practicing her stealth, she loves to travel, is connoisseur of B horror movies, and an admitted anime addict. She lives in Ohio and is currently hard at work trying to meet her next deadline.
Rita grew up running the beaches of a barrier island on Florida's east coast. An island brat, she spent more time climbing weathered oaks and chasing alligators than playing with the dolls her family gave her. She married a Marine and feels fortunate to have lived many places and traveled to the states and countries she didn't live. Leaving government service she moved back to that barrier island where she writes contemporary fiction weaving her experiences into her story telling. Her heroes and heroines are either in the military or government service because she writes what she knows. Her father was in the Coast Guard and immediate family members served in every branch of the service as desk jockeys, grunts, pilots and everything in between. She's experienced the highs and lows of military and government life and is grateful for each experience.
Cindy Huefner Cromer
Cindy Huefner Cromer, formally a New Jersey resident, now resides in Stuart, Florida, with her husband, son, and daughter. Cindy works as a laboratory scientist and executive. As the president of a laboratory network, she has written numerous laboratory procedures and research documents. Driven by a passion for suspense and mystery novels, she dreamed of becoming a writer. Her dream turned into reality with the release of her debut suspense novel, Desperate Measures. She is currently working on her second novel, Desperate Deceptions. Plots are in place for her third and fourth books.
Betsy was raised on MGM musicals, old skool Harlequin romances, and Nancy Drew. As a child, she was known to cry at the beginning of the television musical version of Cinderella (the one starring Leslie Ann Warren), because she knew it would soon be over and she’d have to wait another year to see it again (no DVRs back in those dark ages). Really it should not have come as a shock to anyone that someday she’d want to write romance novels of her own. In fact, the biggest surprise was that it took her so long to actually buckle down and do it. After mild flirtations with other genres, and the completion of her B.A. in English, Betsy took a good look at her bookshelves. She realized that, although she owned everything Nora Roberts had ever published, and had read about a bizillion other romance novels, she hadn’t picked up anything by Faulkner or James Joyce in years (and then only under duress). An epiphany ensued. Once the scales fell from her eyes, Betsy embraced her own true love and came out as a romance author to family, friends, and colleagues. Her announcement was met with a variety of reactions, some more sarcastic than others. Betsy has chosen to blithely ignore nay-sayers and continue moving on the path towards her dreams.
Victoria Howard is the author of three romantic suspense novels, The House on the Shore, which was a contender for the 2009 Joan Hessayon Award, Three Weeks Last Spring, a Pushcart Prize nominee, and Ring of Lies. Born in Liverpool, Victoria, trained as a medical secretary, and subsequently worked for the National Health Service. She spent twenty years living on a croft in the Highlands of Scotland, and while there managed a company involved in the Offshore Oil and Gas Industry. When not working on a manuscript, Victoria can be found curled up with a book, gardening, designing knitwear, travelling the world or walking her Border collie, Rosie. A member of Romantic Novelists' Association since 2009, Victoria is also a member of the Romance Writers of America. Victoria currently resides in South Yorkshire.
Born and raised in Miami, Florida, I’ve lived in various places throughout my youth, from California to Hawaii and back to Florida (Key West), before finally settling in Texas. I make my home outside Dallas, Texas with my spoiled black lab (Missy). I am a member of Romance Writers of American and the Dallas Area Romance Authors (DARA), where I’m an active member; you can find me at the local meetings each month. That’s about it off the top of my head. I love talking with other readers and writers, so feel free to contact me.
Trish Jackson grew up on a farm in Zimbabwe, Africa, where it was not unusual to have to carry an UZI around for protection from armed gangs of insurgents. She moved to the U.S. in 1990, loves country living, horse riding and all animals. Trish also loves people to contact her and tell her their stories.
She writes romance with a difference--chilling, provocative, spicy, shocking, sometimes even politically incorrect. WAY OUT OF LINE, a passionate romantic suspense in a unique African setting, was first published in 2003, and has recently been republished. REDNECK P.I. is a romantic suspense/comedy about Twila Taunton, who is proud to be a redneck. Sassy and evocative, her adventures as a private investigator who has to choose between two hunky twins are definitely in bad taste. KICKASSITUDE, the sequel to Redneck P.I. is set to be released in March 2013.
Elle James spent twenty years livin' and lovin' in South Texas, ranching horses, cattle, goats, ostriches and emus. A former IT professional, Elle is proud to be writing full-time, penning intrigues and paranormal adventures that keep her readers on the edge of their seats. Now living in northwest Arkansas, she isn't wrangling cattle, she's wrangling her muses, a malti-poo and yorkie. When she's not at her computer, she's out snow-skiing, boating, or riding her ATV, dreaming up new adventures in stories.
Autumn Jordon is a quiet nut with a reputation for finding trouble. She lives with her husband, who supplies her with support and tons of laughs, along the Appalachian Trail in northeast Pennsylvania. Crafting stories has always been part of her life. While in fourth grade, her first novel, A Night To Remember, sold three copies: to her best friend, teacher and mother. When AJ’s not writing or blogging here, she enjoys her family, her dogs and cat, her friends, great books, gardening, walking the trails and traveling with her own hero. Her favorite destinations, so far, are Vermont and Arizona.No matter what Autumn is doing, she’s busy dreaming up ideas to put the characters of her romantic thrillers in grave danger.
Stacy Juba wrote her first book in high school study halls and had it published by Avon Books at age 18. Although Stacy specializes in writing adult romantic suspense novels, she has also authored books for children and young adults – she pursues whatever story ideas won’t leave her alone. Stacy’s titles include the romantic suspense books Twenty-Five Years Ago Today and Sink or Swim, the young adult paranormal thriller Dark Before Dawn, the young adult family hockey novel Face-Off, and the patriotic children's picture book The Flag Keeper. Many of her titles have appeared as #1 on various Amazon Kindle Top 100 lists.
Mallory Kane has two excellent reasons for loving reading and writing. Her mother was a librarian, who taught her to love and respect books as a precious resource. Her father could hold listeners spellbound for hours with his stories. His oral histories have been chronicled in numerous places including the Veterans' History Project at the Library of Congress. He was always her biggest fan. Mallory loves romantic suspense with dangerous heroes and dauntless heroines, and enjoys tossing in a bit of her medical knowledge for an extra dose of intrigue. Her latest ongoing series for Harlequin Intrigue, the Delancey Dynasty, is in full swing. The next two books are HER OWN PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR in May of 2012 and DEATH OF A BEAUTY QUEEN in June of 2012. Mallory lives in Tennessee with her computer-genius husband and three exceptionally intelligent cats.
Virginia is an RWA Golden Heart® Finalist and a finalist in several published writing contests, including the Holt Medallion. Besides writing and reading, Virginia enjoys nature and traveling. The mother of three, she is an academic librarian and a native of Peru. She lives in Florida. Her books are set in fictional locales based on Peru and the Florida Gulf Coast.
A RITA-award nominated author, Elle Kennedy grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario, and holds a B.A. in English from York University. From an early age, she knew she wanted to be a writer, and actively began pursuing that dream when she was a teenager. Elle currently publishes with Signet Eclipse, Harlequin Romantic Suspense, and Samhain Publishing. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting!
Born in England, raised in New England and subsequently settling in the South, my background has strongly influenced my eclectic taste in literature, art and life experiences. A passionate advocate for nature and wildlife, I began college as a zoology major but ultimately graduated with a business degree in paralegal studies. My career has run the gambit from law to network administration to marketing and back to law. My fervent desire to "save the animals" feeds my writing as well as my ability to fall prey to half a dozen canines that rule my life. My home in the North Georgia mountains provides an environment that infuses creative energy and a ten acre playground for my puppies. I write what I love. The environment. The paranormal. The law.
Jayne Ann Krentz
The author of over 50 New York Times bestsellers, JAYNE ANN KRENTZ writes romantic-suspense, often with a psychic and paranormal twist, in three different worlds: Contemporary (as Jayne Ann Krentz), historical (as Amanda Quick) and futuristic (as Jayne Castle). There are over 35 million copies of her books in print. Building on the success of her DREAMLIGHT TRILOGY in 2010, Jayne is now focused on writing the LOOKING GLASS TRILOGY. This series will follow the Quicksilver Mirror (a paranormal artifact) through all three of Jayne's worlds covering a time span of several hundred years. The first LOOKING GLASS book, IN TOO DEEP, will feature Fallon Jones, a recurring character from Jayne's contemporary ARCANE SOCIETY series of novels. When she's not writing, Jayne can be found at her favorite social networking site posting messages to her fans.
Flying an eight hour solo cross-country in a Piper Arrow with only the airplane's crackling radio and a large bag of M & Ms for company, Sylvie Kurtz realized a pilot's life wasn't for her. The stories zooming in and out of her head proved more entertaining than the flight itself. Not a quitter, she finished her pilot's course, earning her commercial license and instrument rating. Since then, she's traded in her pilot's license for a keyboard, where she lets her imagination soar to create fictional adventures that explore the power of love and the thrill of suspense. When not writing, she enjoys the outdoors with her family, quilt-making, photography, and reading whatever catches her interest.
Joyce Lamb started writing as a teenager, plunking her dad's electric typewriter on her bedroom floor and pounding away at it in her jams. She'd just finished reading Rage of Angels by Sidney Sheldon and found the unhappy ending inspiring. So, naturally, she decided to write romance novels, where the ending is guaranteed to be happy. Her second novel, Caught in the Act, was a 2004 Rita finalist in the romantic suspense category. True Colors, the second in her True trilogy, has just been released. Romantic Times says it’s "fast paced and gripping ... dark and twisted ... sizzling and satisfying. A perfect weekend read!
Kallie Lane writes suspenseful romantic fiction with a touch of humor to lighten the dark moments. She understands the rough edges of alpha males and loves to write about them, helping them find the women who complete them in every way that matters. She excels at hard hitting action and complex relationships that end with the heroine and hero building a life together. Kallie loves to write stories with realistic characters, intricate plots, and happy endings. With her Shadow Soldier series, she has had the pleasure of meeting many military men who fit the bill. And while she loves doing extensive research, many of the locations and perils in her stories stem from personal experience. The isolated cottage in Dark Abandon is her own, her boating disasters serving as inspiration for her heroine's. Her recent release, Reckless Abandon, takes place at a rodeo where she spent much of her time. She was thrilled when the novel was rated Best Book by Long and Short Reviews. Kallie lives in Canada, was born and raised there, and loves winter in the cool blue North. Ever the optimist, she claims a hot toddy by the fire can work wonders after dragging oneself through snowdrifts and -45C degree temperatures. The perfect setting for hatching romantic suspense novels.
More than a decade ago, Melinda Leigh left a career in banking to raise her children and never looked back. She started writing when her youngest child entered first grade as a way to preserve her sanity. Her stories have won writing awards including Put Your Heart in a Book, The Marlene Award, Where the Magic Begins and The Gateway to the Best. She Can Run, her debut romantic suspense novel with Montlake Romance, released in November 2011 and became the #1 Hot New Release in Kindle Romantic Suspense.Melinda is also an avid martial artist. She holds a 2nd degree belt in Kenpo Karate, studies Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and teaches women’s self-defense. She lives in a messy house in the suburbs with her husband, two teenagers, a couple of dogs and one neurotic cat with an inexplicable fear of ceiling fans. With such a pleasant life, she has no explanation for the sometimes dark and disturbing nature of her imagination.
Kara has written for seven different category lines (for Harlequin, Silhouette and Bantam Loveswept). In addition, she's written ten screenplays (three of which have been optioned, none produced, alas) and numerous novels and proposals that haven't sold (yet). She also blogs, tweets and spends way too much time on Facebook. The blank page doesn't frighten her. Kara's books have finaled in several romance industry contests including the National Readers' Choice Awards, the Holt Medallion competition and the Rita. Her Harlequin American PLAIN JANE'S PLAN won the Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice. Currently Kara writes a romantic suspense series for Harlequin Super Romance, PROJECT JUSTICE. She lives in a 105-year-old fixer-upper Victorian house in California with her husband Rob, also a writer, and various pets. When she is not writing, she enjoys an ever-changing array of activities that currently includes bicycling, yoga, mosaic-making and selling vintage jewelry online.
Julie Leto was born and raised in Florida to a family of Italian and Cuban descent. After picking up her first romance novel when she was only sixteen, Leto knew that she wanted to write one of her own. She earned degrees in creative writing and speech communications from the University of South Florida. She began writing in 1988 while she was in graduate school. After graduation she became an English teacher at Tampa Catholic High School and continued to write on weekends and at night. In 1996, in order to give herself more time to write, Leto quit her teaching job and joined her family’s manufacturing business. The following year she sold her fourth completed novel, Seducing Sullivan, to Harlequin Temptation. Shortly thereafter, she gave birth to a daughter and chose to be a full-time writer and mother. In addition to her long publishing history with Harlequin, she has also written romantic adventure novels for Simon & Schuster and paranormal romance for Penguin. Leto was a launch author for the Harlequin Blaze line and is the longest continuous member of the Tampa Area Romance Authors organization. She lives in Tampa, Florida.
Nikki Logan lives amongst a string of wetlands in Western Australia with her long-suffering partner and a menagerie of furred, feathered and scaly mates. She studied film and theatre at university, and worked for years in advertising and film distribution before finally settling down in the wildlife industry. Her romance with nature goes way back, and she considers her life charmed, given that she works with wildlife by day and writes fiction by night–the perfect way to combine her two loves. Nikki believes that the passion and risk of falling in love are perfectly mirrored in the danger and beauty of wild places. Every romance she writes contains an element of nature, and if readers catch a waft of rich earth or the spray of wild ocean between the pages she knows her job is done. Nikki debuted for Harlequin Enterprises (writing for the Romance line) in February 2010.
NYT's bestselling Cait London is published in 28 countries, either as Cait London or as Cait Logan (both pseudonyms). Currently, she is placing her early books under the Cait London name and in epublishing. In her national award-winning career and with millions of copies, she's written historicals, category/series, paranormal, and now romantic suspense and women's fiction. Best known for her vividly written characters and plot twists, Cait loves to read, play with computers and photography, and admits to owning a runaway herb garden. She also loves to drive and has researched on location all of her novels, including the Oregon Trail and Northwest Indian/fur trader/gold trails into Canada. Most recently, she has researched vinyards and lighthouses in the Lake Michigan area and those on the California-Oregon coastline. Also a USA Today bestseller, Cait has received several national kudos including featured alternate in Doubleday and Rhapsody book clubs, and featured selection in romantic suspense in Mystery Guild book club. Her awards include Holt, Laurel Wreath, RIO (Reviewers International Organization), Bookseller's Best, WRWA Reader's Award for Single Title, B.Dalton's Bestseller Award, several RT nominations and awards, including Reviewer's Choice Award.
New York Times bestseller Dianna Love once dangled over a hundred feet in the air to create unusual marketing projects for Fortune 500 companies. Once she focused her energetic muse on storytelling, the first book she wrote won a RITA® Award and sold out in six weeks. She now writes high-octane romantic thrillers, and will release three novels in the new, fast-paced Slye Temp series during 2013. She also co-authors the bestselling Belador urban fantasy series with #1 NYT bestseller Sherrilyn Kenyon. When not in the writing cave, Dianna enjoys touring the country on her BMW motorcycle. She lives in the Atlanta, GA area with her motorcycle-instructor husband, and a tank full of unruly saltwater critters.
Jenn, as everyone calls her, likes to keep things simple. That's why she runs a roofing construction business, teaches, writes and does her own business taxes eight days a week. She considers herself a multi-cultural and well-rounded person. Workers leave her alone when she starts yelling at them in Chinese and Malay. She also studies German and Russian because she can't pronounce French very well. The most boring and interesting thing she ever did was translating documents from various languages into English, giving her an opportunity to see many countries. Having traveled extensively in her twenties, she now spends her thirties quietly with six noisy dogs.
Most little girls dream of puppies, ponies and Prince Charming, but I grew up to write about murder, mayhem, and the killer next door. I love stories. I love reading them and I love writing them. Ever since I picked up my first crayon, I've been spinning tales in one form or another. I've published articles in magazines and on websites, short stories in print and online, and even optioned a screenplay. Although fascinated by the dark and twisted, I'm also a sucker for tales of love conquering all. These dual interests show up in my stories as creepy, dangerous villains, and the heroines and heroes who must defeat them.
USA Today Bestseller Catherine Mann has over two million books in print in more than 20 countries. A RITA Award winner and five time nominee, she writes romance novels for Harlequin, Berkley & Sourcebooks. She resides in Florida with her military flyboy husband and their four children.
Connie Mann thrives on variety, so she is an author, a blogger and a boat captain. She encourages women to reach their dreams through her blog: www.BusyWomenBigDreams.com and speaks on perseverance, determination and the writing craft. She knows a bit about being stubborn since her new romantic suspense, Angel Falls, took 10 years to get published! She is an active member of Romance Writers of America and American Christian Fiction Writers and loves romantic suspense. She is also a United States Coast Guard-licensed boat captain and pilots a boat for the Silver River Museum, part of the local school system. What a treat to show curious 5th graders their first alligator or underwater spring! When she’s not writing, Connie loves to spend time on Central Florida’s waterways, explore nearby towns, and hang out with her fabulous family.
Currently living in Missoula, Montana, Kat Martin is the bestselling author of over fifty Historical and Contemporary Romance novels. Before she started writing in 1985, Kat was a real estate broker. During that time, she met her husband, Larry Jay Martin, also an author. Kat is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara, where she majored in Anthropology and also studied History. "I love anything old," Kat says. "I love to travel and especially like to visit the places where my books are set. My husband and I often stay in out-of-the-way inns and houses built in times past. It's fun and it gives a wonderful sense of a by-gone era."
Dana Marton writes fast-paced action-adventure romances that take her readers all over the globe. She is a Rita Award finalist and the winner of the Daphne du Maurier Award of Excellence. She loves writing stories of intrigue, filled with dangerous plots that try her tough-as-nails heroes and the special women they fall in love with. Her books have been published in seven languages in eleven countries around the world.
Lindsay McKenna is the pseudonym of New York Times Bestselling author, Eileen Nauman. With more than 109 Harlequin titles to her credit and approximately 23 million books sold in 22 countries worldwide, Lindsay is one of the most distinguished authors in the women's fiction genre. She is the recipient of many awards, including six RT Book Reviews awards (including best military romance author) and an RT Book Reviews Career Achievement Award. In 1999, foreseeing the emergence of ebooks, she became the first bestselling women's fiction author to exclusively release a new title digitally. That title was Valkyrie, now in 2013, Danger Close via Harlequin. In recognition of her status as the originator of the military romance genre, Lindsay is affectionately known as "The Top Gun of Women's Military Fiction." Lindsay comes by her military knowledge and interest honestly—by continuing a family tradition of serving in the U.S. Navy. Her father, who served on a destroyer, USS Fletcher, in the Pacific theater during World War II, instilled a strong sense of patriotism and duty in his daughter. So, upon graduating high school, Lindsay—already a student pilot—continued the family custom by enlisting in the U.S. Navy and serving three years (1964-67) as an AG3—Aerographer's Mate Third Class (meteorologist). Since that time Lindsay has kept up her interest in test piloting and training as research for her military romance novels. In pursuit of authenticity, she has undergone high-altitude hyperbaric chamber training at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, flown an Air Force T-38 "chase plane" out of Edwards Air Force Base in California, undertaken two missions (a 12-hour day mission and a five-hour night mission) in an Air Force Strategic Air Command(SAC) B-52 bomber out of K.I. Sawyer Air Force Base in Michigan, flown in a Falcon Coast Guard jet from Coast Guard Miami Air Station in Florida and participated in search-and-rescue helicopter and training missions out of the Coast Guard Port Angeles in Washington. Naturally, Lindsay's military experience is the backbone of her writing—in addition to being credited with writing the first military romance novel (Captive of Fate, 1983), she has created a thriving subgenre within the romance field. It is, therefore, no surprise that her many experiences in the U.S. Navy are a backdrop for her upcoming Shadow Warriors series.
Shannon McKenna is the NYT bestselling author of over ten action packed, turbocharged romantic thrillers, among which are the stories of the wildly popular McCloud series. She loves tough and heroic alpha males, heroines with the brains and guts to match them, villains who challenge them to their utmost, adventure, scorching sensuality, and most of all, the redemptive power of true love. Since she was small she has loved abandoning herself to the magic of a good book, and her fond childhood fantasy was that writing would be just like that, but with the added benefit of being able to take credit for the story at the end. Alas, the alchemy of writing turned out to be messier than she'd ever dreamed. But what the hell, she loves it anyway, and hopes that readers enjoy the results of her alchemical experiments. She loves to hear from her readers.
I was fortunate to enjoy an exotic childhood growing up overseas. Entertainment came in the form of reading, riding on elephants in Laos, Sunday visits to museums in Paris, and tracking tigers in northern Thailand. With the world my home, I excelled in language, music, and, above all, story-telling. Language is my thing, which is why I've taught Spanish, ESL, and linguistic at various insitutions, including the College of William and Mary, my alma mater. Because I'm the wife of a retired Navy veteran, writing military romantic suspense suits me best. I live with my husband and many children near Virginia Beach, where I'm inspired by real-life stories of Navy SEALs' sacrifices and their struggles to combat terrorism.
Trish Milburn writes contemporary romance for Harlequin American Romance and paranormal romance for Harlequin Nocturne. She also writes young adult fiction for Bell Bridge Books and has self-published several of her romantic suspense and women's fiction titles. She’s a two-time Golden Heart award winner, a fan of walks in the woods and road trips, and is a big geek girl, including being a dedicated Whovian and Browncoat and the occasional cosplayer.
A 3rd generation Harlequin reader and the 1st in her family to write professionally, C.J. published her first book with Harlequin Romantic Suspense in 2012. She lives in Maryland with her family. When she isn't writing, she enjoys spending time with family and friends and reading. C.J. believes in first loves, second chances, and happily ever after.
Julie Miller is an award-winning, nationally bestselling author--with a National Readers Choice Award and a Daphne du Maurier among other prizes. In 2009, she was honored to receive a Career Achievement Award in Series Romantic Suspense from RT BookReviews. Several of her 45+ books have appeared on the USA Today, Amazon, Borders and BookScan Top 100 Romances bestseller lists. After starting her career writing single-title romantic suspense with a paranormal twist, Julie joined the Harlequin family when her first Intrigue, ONE GOOD MAN, was published in 2000. Since then, she has crafted the bestselling, award-winning Taylor Clan series for Intrigue, as well as its equally successful spin-off series, THE PRECINCT. While she continues to write about cops and crime scenes for Intrigue, Ms. Miller occasionally writes for Harlequin Blaze--where her romantic suspense books get a steamier twist, and her military heroes have been especially popular. She also writes for continuities and other special projects at Harlequin Enterprises.
Maureen A. Miller
Maureen is known for writing cold, dark romantic suspense novels, but even she needs to warm up after awhile. ENDLESS NIGHT will take you to the cliffs of Maine's rugged coast in the middle of a blustery nor'easter, while JUNGLE OF DECEIT will have you sweating in the Guatemalan rain forests. Maureen's first endeavor into romantic suspense was a novel called WIDOW'S TALE, which was a Golden Heart nominee with the Romance Writers of America. She also runs a little blog called JUST ROMANTIC SUSPENSE. :)
An 11th generation Texan, Angi Morgan utilizes her strong heritage to create passionate characters willing to risk everything. She writes Intrigues where danger and honor collide with love. When the house is quiet, she plots ways to engage her readers with complex story lines, throwing her characters into situations they'll never overcome...until they find their one and only.
Carla Neggers is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 60 novels, including SAINT'S GATE, the first in her new Sharpe & Donovan series, and the upcoming SECRETS OF THE LOST SUMMER. Her work has been translated into two dozen languages. Carla is a founding member of the New England Chapter of Romance Writers of America and has served as president of Novelists, Inc. and vice president of International Thriller Writers. Born and raised in western Massachusetts, Carla started writing at age eleven, when she'd climb a tree with pad and pen and perch on her favorite branch to spin stores. When she isn't writing, she enjoys kayaking, hiking, cross-country skiing and traveling. Carla and her husband, Joe Jewell, live on a hilltop in Vermont, not far from picturesque Quechee Gorge.
It was a shocking experience that jump-started Brenda Novak's career as a bestselling author--she caught her day-care provider drugging her children with cough syrup to get them to sleep all day. That was when Brenda decided she needed to quit her job as a loan officer and help make a living from home.
"When I first got the idea to become a novelist, it took me five years to teach myself the craft and finish my first book," Brenda says. But she sold that book, and the rest is history. Her novels have made the New York Times, USA Today and Borders/Waldenbooks bestseller lists and won many awards, including two Rita nominations, the Book Buyer's Best, the Book Seller's Best and the National Reader's Choice Award.
Terry Odell got her start writing when she was trying to be a "good mom" and be able to talk about one of her son's favorite tv shows. Quickly drawn into Highlander (who doesn't like looking at Adrian Paul), she honed her craft with fan fiction. Wondering if she could create her own characters, she began an original novel. She thought it was a mystery, but her daughters told her it was a romance. Since she'd never read a romance, she faced a new challenge. Once she discovered romantic suspense, she was hooked, and now has 7 romantic suspense novels published, an 8th on the way, and has finally written that straight mystery she wanted to write to begin with.
Mal Olson writes adrenaline-kicked romantic suspense. Her action-packed debut novel Shadow of Deceit was released by The Wild Rose Press in March of 2012. When her consuming passion for writing allows time, she enjoys reading, flower gardening, jamming with friends on her mountain dulcimer, and hiking in a nearby state forest (or in the mountains somewhere.) She has three grown children and one granddaughter and resides with her own special hero in southeast Wisconsin where she juggles writing time with her freelance landscape design business. She is a member of RWA, WisRWA and Mad City Romance.
Anne Patrick is the author of more than a dozen novels of Romance, Mayhem & Faith, including the award-winning and best-selling Fire and Ash, Lethal Dreams and Sabotage. Her heroines are usually strong willed, witty, and often very opinionated…combinations that usually land them in situations where death seems imminent. When she isn't working on her next novel she enjoys spending time with family and friends, and traveling to foreign countries to experience new cultures and adventures.
Award-winning author Robin Perini’s love of heart-stopping suspense and poignant romance, coupled with her adoration of high tech weaponry and covert ops, encouraged her secret inner commando to take on the challenge of writing romantic suspense novels. Her mission's motto: "when danger and romance collide, no heart is safe." As a writer, Robin is devoted to giving her readers fast-paced, high stakes adventures with a love story sure to melt their hearts. Robin’s strong characters and tightly woven plots have garnered her seven prestigious Romance Writers of America Golden Heart® finals, and Golden Heart Winner in 2011. Stolen Lullaby, will be published by Harlequin Intrigue® in May, 2012 as Finding Her Son. Her other 2011 Golden Heart® Finalist, In Her Sights, will be published by Amazon's Montlake Romance November 29, 2011.
Cathy Perkins’ suspense writing lurks behind a financial geek day-job, where she learned firsthand the camouflage, hide in plain sight, skills employed by her villains. Born and raised in South Carolina, the setting for THE PROFESSOR, she now lives in the Pacific Northwest with her work-a-holic husband and a 75-pound Lab who thinks she’s still a lap-puppy.
Edita A. Petrick
I live in a region north of Toronto, with my adult children and two terribly spoiled wheaten terriers. I am a professional engineer but I left the field after nearly thirty challenging years in that profession. Today, I work full time for the York Region District School Board, in my second-chance at enjoying your work-career. I write romantic suspense, mysteries, thrillers and fantasy genres, often with paranormal elements. Over the years, I’ve had short stories published in various literary magazines, anthologies and zines. However, my first novel, the Cracked Shadow, was published by Write Words, Inc. in 2006, two romantic suspense novels followed with the New Concept Publishing and then Cerridwen Press/Ellora’s Cave picked up my Burning Spiral contract, followed by Cold Scheme – two romantic thrillers more than just suspense. My third novel, Mistress of Deceit, is coming out this May 2014 from Ellora’s Cave and I’m happily looking forward to promoting it.
Barbara Phinney retired from the military to raise her two children. That's when she asked herself, what was the hardest genre to write? Romance. Nearly twenty years later, she's published in that genre, going on to final in several contests and take the plunge into the self-publishing pool, with Souvenirs, set in the shadow of the bridge to Prince Edward Island, on the warm beaches that inspire her. Barbara lives in Eastern Canada with her husband, several barn cats and some chickens. Her own brood has flown the coop.
A daydreamer at heart, Patricia A. Rasey, resides in her native town in Northwest Ohio with her husband, Mark, and her lovable Cocker Spaniel Gypsy. A graduate of Long Ridge Writer's School, Patricia has seen publication of some her short stories in magazines as well as several of her novels. Ms. Rasey is a three-time recipient of the Word Weaving Award for Literary Excellence and a three-time winner of the prestigious RIO Award Of Excellence. She is also a three-time EPPIE finalist and was a 2001 nominee for Romantic Times Magazine's Best Electronic Book. Additionally, Twilight Obsessions and Twilight Visions, two anthologies she was a part of, was nominated for the PEARL, the Paranormal Excellence Award in Romantic Literature, in the Best Anthology category. Her short story, In The Mind of Darkness won the P&E 2002 Horror short story category.
Growing up in a tiny community in Alabama boasting only one stop sign and a gas station gave Christy ample opportunity to create daring adventures in her head. When she wasn't thinking of her story characters, Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys kept her entertained and out of trouble. Later came the chills of Stephen King and the thrills of John Grisham, but the romance genre always held a strong place in her heart. After leaving her career with a major insurance company, the characters in her head came alive again and Christy decided to write her own stories. And now, she and her characters couldn't be happier. A member of Romance Writers of America and International Thriller Writers, Christy lives in Alabama with her husband, two incredibly cute canines and one very shy turtle.
Katie fell in love with romance at a young age thanks to books she pilfered from her mom’s stash. Years later she loves reading romance almost as much as she loves writing it. However, she didn’t always know she wanted to be a writer. After graduating with a degree in psychology and working too many jobs she hated, she finally figured things out. She now spends her days writing dark paranormal romance and sexy romantic suspense for Carina Press, Harlequin Nocturne, and NAL/Signet Eclipse.
Lisa Marie Rice
Lisa Marie Rice is eternally 30 years old and will never age. She is tall and willowy and beautiful. Men drop at her feet like ripe pears. She has won every major book prize in the world. She is a black belt with advanced degrees in archaeology, nuclear physics, and Tibetan literature. She is a concert pianist. Did I mention her Nobel Prize? Of course, Lisa Marie Rice is a virtual woman and exists only at the keyboard when writing erotic romance. She disappears when the monitor winks off.
Gina Robinson lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and children. She belongs to Romance Writers of America and International Thriller Writers. Always an avid reader, she particularly loves romance, mysteries, suspense, and anything that makes her laugh. With these interests, writing romance with action, adventure, and a humorous touch is a natural fit for her.
Internationally bestselling, RITA-award winning, author Karen Rose was born and raised in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC. She met her husband, Martin, on a blind date when they were seventeen and after they both graduated from the University of Maryland, (Karen with a degree in Chemical Engineering) they moved to Cincinnati, Ohio. Karen worked as an engineer for a large consumer goods company, earning two patents, but as Karen says, “scenes were roiling in my head and I couldn't concentrate on my job so I started writing them down. I started out writing for fun, and soon found I was hooked.” Her debut suspense novel, DON'T TELL, was released in July, 2003. Since then, she has written eleven more novels and a novella. Her twelfth novel, YOU BELONG TO ME, was released in 2011. Karen's books have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, London Sunday Times, and Germany's der Spiegel bestseller lists, reaching #2 on the London Times' list and #1 on der Spiegel!
USA Today Bestselling Author Patricia Rosemoor has written 95 published novels that have generated more than seven million sales for eight publishers. Her fascination with "dangerous love" has led her to bring a different mix of thrills and chills and romance to each book. ANIMAL INSTINCTS and CRIMSON DUET (2 related holiday novels at a discounted price) are now available at digital retailers.
Since I was a kid, I devoured books on unexplained mysteries and psychic phenomena. I knew I would be published, marry a fabulous guy, and win a Toyota Supra. Missing the romance, drama, and action of my favorite television shows, X-Files, Roswell, and Highlander, I created my own mix in the Offspring series (HarperCollins). A PERFECT DARKNESS (RT Book Reviews Reviewer's Choice Award Winner) kicked off my paranormal romantic suspense series. See the books in order below a New York Times bestselling anthology with authors Lynsay Sands and Pamela Palmer, includes an unrelated Offspring story. The Offspring series is about a group of twenty-somethings who live ordinary lives but possess extraordinary psychic abilities. They are the Offspring of parents involved in a mysterious experiment gone awry. Sexy...dangerous...outcasts... They are being hunted by the government and others like them. Together they must find the truth and fight an enemy out to destroy them. I also have an alter ego. Jaime Rush is a pseudonym for Tina Wainscott, my real name. As Tina, I wrote 18 books for St. Martin's Press and Harlequin, some of which have won Romance Writers of America's Golden Heart award, the Maggie, and RT Book Reviews Reviewer's Choice Awards.
Jennifer Ryan, author of The Hunted Series, writes romantic suspense and contemporary small-town romances. Jennifer lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and three children. When she isn’t writing a book, she’s reading one. Her obsession with both is often revealed in the state of her home and how late dinner is to the table. When she finally leaves those fictional worlds, you’ll find her in the garden, playing in the dirt and daydreaming about people who live only in her head, until she puts them on paper. Please visit her website at www.jennifer-ryan.com for information about upcoming releases.
Tiffany A. Snow
After working as a Microsoft Systems Engineer in the IT field for nearly fifteen years, I now write full-time and am thrilled to be a part of the Amazon Montlake family. My debut novel, NO TURNING BACK, is the first book in the Kathleen Turner Series. I write about things I love to read myself - a heroine who could be a neighbor or best friend; two men who each portray their own version of darkness and light, each vying for her affection; and a story that focuses as much on the characters as it does the suspense.
I've recently released Book Two in the Kathleen Turner Series, TURN TO ME, in which these same characters continue their lives and relationships. The third book, TURNING POINT, will be released by Montlake in 2013. There will be a total of five books in the Kathleen Turner Series.
Roxanne St. Claire
Roxanne St. Claire is a bestselling author of nearly thirty novels of romance and suspense. A four-time nominee and one time winner of the prestigious RITA Award for outstanding romantic fiction, her books have also won the National Reader’s Choice Award for best romantic suspense for two consecutive years, as well as the Daphne du Maurier Award, the HOLT Medallion, the Maggie, Booksellers Best, Book Buyers Best, five Awards of Excellence, the Aspen Gold and many others. Prior to launching a full time career as a novelist in 2003, Roxanne spent most of her professional life as a marketing executive and public relations consultant. She is a graduate of UCLA, an active member of several national writing organizations, and a lecturer on a wide range of writing-related topics. She lives in Satellite Beach, Florida with her husband and their two teenagers, and if you know her, you call her Rocki.
Award-winning author and attorney Carol Stephenson keeps the light burning well into the night. Originally a Midwesterner, she learned to love books at an early age because of her parents' nightly reading ritual. Best known for her emotionally drawn, hard-driving romances, Carol's first book, Nora's Pride, won the 2002 National Readers' Choice Award for both Best First Book and Long Contemporary. Her legal thriller Courting Danger won the 2006 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence in the Long Contemporary category. Shadow Lines, an international thriller, is the fourth book in the Madonna Key series about seven women, unthinkable danger and a lost history waiting for those who dared. Chasing the Truth revved as a thrill-a-minute Harlequin NASCAR story.
Growing up, Alison Stone never imagined becoming a writer. She enjoyed math and science and ultimately earned a degree in engineering. She credits an advertisement for writing children’s books for sparking her interest in writing. She never did complete a children’s book, but she did have success writing articles for local publications. Finally, Alison got up the nerve to try her hand at full-length fiction. After completing a handful of manuscripts, she sold her first book to Samhain Publishing in 2011, followed a few weeks later by a second sale. Now, Alison has the best of both worlds. From her home office in Western New York, she writes fast-paced romantic suspense while her four children are in school. It never fails to amaze her how soon the afternoon bus arrives.
Carla Swafford inherited her love of books from her dad and his father. Growing up, she read every book with a horse on the cover until the age of twelve when she read her first romance. Tired of waiting for her favorite authors to publish more books, she decided to write one. She joined Romance Writers of America and was the finalist in several writing contests. Carla lives in Alabama and works in a male-dominated occupation at the same company with her husband.
I write what I like to read: romantic suspense, paranormal romance and contemporary romance. I write for entertainment and escape--the same reasons I love to read. A triple RWA Golden Heart finalist as well as a double Daphne Du Maurier finalist, I am a lover of craft and closet-hoarder of writing craft how-to books. In my day job, I work as a sonographer at UCSF Medical Center, a location with an intensity that makes me slightly insane...which works well with the writer in me. Not to mention all the character material I have access to--and I'm not talking about the patients (well...mostly). I have been married twenty years to my own personal hero, a veteran firefighter, we have two beautiful daughters and are blessed to live in the heart of wine country on the gorgeous Central Coast of California.
Novelist Leslie Tentler worked in public relations as a writer and editor for nearly two decades before deciding to pursue her love of writing fiction. Her first manuscript won multiple Romance Writers of America chapter contest awards, including the prestigious Maggie Award of Excellence. Leslie is a native of Kingsport, Tennessee. Growing up, she was an avid reader, first of Nancy Drew novels and then surreptitiously devouring her mother’s historical romances at probably too young an age. As she got older, her reading interests moved to dark, contemporary romantic thrillers, which she writes today. Midnight Caller, the first book in the Chasing Evil trilogy, was honored as a finalist in the 2012 International Thriller Awards at ThrillerFest for Best First Novel. Leslie is a member of Romance Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, The Authors Guild, Mystery Writers of America, and Novelists, Inc. She lives in Atlanta with her husband, Robert, and their standard poodle, Tori.
Award-winning author Kay Thomas didn’t grow up burning to be a writer. She wasn’t even much of a reader until fourth grade. That’s when her sister read THE BLACK STALLION aloud to her. For hours Kay was enthralled—shipwrecked and riding an untamed horse across desert sand. Then tragedy struck. Her sister lost her voice. But Kay couldn’t wait to hear what happened in the story—so she picked up that book, finished reading it herself and went in search of more adventures at the local library. Today she lives in Dallas with her husband, their two children, and a shockingly spoiled Boston terrier. Her novels have been published internationally and translated into several languages. Look for Hard Target, Book 1 in her new Elite Ops series, coming from Avon Impulse in November 2013.
From the historical novels that began her writing journey (written as Gwyneth Atlee and Colleen Easton) to the riveting romantic suspense that has become her trademark, Colleen Thompson writes stories that show us that sometimes, love can kill. In 2004, Colleen Thompson's first romantic thriller, Fatal Error, launched Dorchester Publishing's new line of fast-paced, steamy romantic suspense. The book was nominated for the RITA Award for Best Romantic Suspense and won the Texas Gold for Best Mainstream Fiction. Other honors received by her books include a starred review from Publisher's Weekly, nominations from the Reviewers International Organization, Top Pick, KISS awards, and a reviewers’ choice award nomination from Romantic Times Book Club Magazine, and a Perfect Ten from Romance Reviews Today. Now residing in the Houston area with her husband and son, Colleen works with children in addition to her writing and speaking. When she’s not on deadline, she can often be found hiking with her family, playing with her pets, fiddling with her computer, or with her nose stuck in a good book.
Aimée and David Thurlo
David and Aimée Thurlo have, together and separately, written more than seventy novels in a variety of genres. The Thurlos. writing career began when Aimée was inspired to write a novel while David was teaching middle school. She sat down with legal pad and pencil, began a romantic intrigue, and soon found David looking over her shoulder whenever class was out. They quickly discovered that they could write with one voice, and their combined efforts resulted in books characterized by the unique stamp that defined their partnership in life and work. In addition to many romantic suspense novels, the Thurlos have written three different mystery series, each featuring a very different primary investigator. In the Sister Agatha series, mysteries are solved by a nun; the Lee Nez series features a partnership between a Navajo vampire and an FBI agent. Their flagship series of Ella Clah police procedurals is set on the Navajo Reservation; Ella Clah is a Special Investigator for the Navajo Police Department. The Thurlos. have sold over one million Harlequins to date, and their novels have been translated and sold worldwide in more than 18 countries.
Shiloh Walker has been writing since she was a kid. She fell in love with vampires with the book Bunnicula and has worked her way up to the more…ah…serious works of fiction. She loves reading and writing anything paranormal, anything fantasy, and nearly every kind of romance. Once upon a time she worked as a nurse, but now she writes full time and lives with her family in the Midwest. She writes paranormal and contemporary romance, as well as romantic suspense.
I've been a story teller for as long as I can remember. I wrote my first story when I was eight or nine. Now, with my husband as my partner, I create gritty, sexy romantic suspense.
Loreth Anne White
Loreth Anne White was born and raised in southern Africa, but now lives in Whistler, a ski resort in the moody British Columbian Coast Mountain range. It’s a place of vast, wild and often dangerous mountains, larger-than-life characters, epic adventure, and romance — the perfect place to escape reality. It’s no wonder it was here she was inspired to abandon a 16-year career as a reporter, features writer, and editor (under the name Loreth Beswetherick) to escape into a world of romantic fiction filled with dangerous men and adventurous women. When she’s not writing you will find her long-distance running, biking or skiing on the trails, and generally trying to avoid the bears – albeit not very successfully. She calls this work, because it’s when the best ideas come. Loreth has won the Romantic Times Reviewer’s choice award, is a double Romantic Times Reviewers’ choice award finalist, a Rita finalist, a double Daphne Du Maurier finalist, and multiple CataRomance Reviewers’ choice winner.
The tenth of eleven children, I had to do something to distinguish myself. That thing turned out to be writing. One of the coolest things that ever happened to me was finalling in RWA's Golden Heart contest for unpublished romance writers in 2001. I went on to do it again in 2002 and 2003. Another cool thing: winning the 2003 New Voice in Romance contest sponsored by Dorchester Publishing and Romantic Times Magazine. My contest-winning story went on to be published by Dorchester. I live in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, with my husband, two YA kids, five rats and a Rotti-Lab cross.
An award-winning, best-selling novelist, Ruth Glick is the author of over 100 books. Writing as Rebecca York, she has authored or co-authored over 50 romantic suspense novels. The first of her Berkley Sensation paranormal romantic suspense novels, KILLING MOON, was published in June 2003; EDGE OF THE MOON followed in August 2003 and WITCHING MOON in October 2003. KILLING MOON and EDGE OF THE MOON were launch books for the Berkley Sensation imprint. She writes the popular 43 Light Street series for Harlequin Intrigue. Over 30 Light Street Intrigues have been published. NOWHERE MAN was called "one of the most heart-wrenching, moving works of romantic suspense in several years," by reviewer Harriet Klausner.