After years spent in the administrative support field, Linda decided to exercise another part of her brain and write a novel. She loved reading romance and figured that’s what she’d write. Easier said than done. After years of workshops and RWA chapter meetings, she finally saw her manuscripts place in contests. Twelve years after her first writing class, she sold a confession story. From that point on, she couldn’t be stopped and is always pleased when her sweet contemporary and historical stories find homes.
With interests as widespread as baking, crocheting, watching dog agility matches, and reading thrillers by Swedish authors, Linda is the mother to 4 adult children and grandmother to 2 granddaughters. She currently lives in the southern California mountains with her husband of almost 34 years and their two spoiled dogs.
Blog: Musings On The Writing Life http://blog.lindacarroll-bradd.com
Beth Caudill resides in North Carolina with her husband and two children. Her home is lined with bookcases and filled with books. Although she does not claim the computer manuals, those belong to her husband. In her life prior to becoming a stay-at-home-mom, she worked as a technical support analyst and quality assurance software tester. Now she plays chauffeur and cook for her family and writes while the kids are at school.
When her stories refuse to have happy endings, Beth moonlights as Nicole Graysen. Nicole writes about triumphant villains and heroes who surrender to the dark side. Even in fairy tales life is not fair.
Beth/Nicole is a member of Romance Writers of America, her local chapter Heart of Carolina Romance Writers, and the special interest chapter Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal. You can visit Beth and Nicole at their websites.
Descended from a gypsy girl and the son of a Georgia planter, Fleeta is a fifth generation Texan. She grew up in the Panhandle of Texas and graduated from Texas Tech and the University of Texas. She began writing at the age of eight when she decided to re-write ‘Snow White
and the Seven Dwarfs’ to remove the interval in the coffin. She’s been convoluting plots ever since. Fleeta spent more than twenty years as a librarian, most of them in libraries of large law firms. She wrote a monthly column for a professional newsletter for several years and contributed to a number of legal industry publications including National Law Journal. She served on legal publication advisory boards for Clark Boardman and RIA publishers.
The Santa Rita 1950’s series is based on the numerous small towns Fleeta lived in all over Texas. She finds the time period romantic and exciting, while small towns offer a colorful background for her eclectic characters. Don’t Call Me Darlin’ , the first of the series, is set in 1957 and is filled with 50’s slang, jazzy cars, and a redhead to remember. Coming up will be stories about a country singer under investigation for murder, a bride running away from the church an hour before her wedding, an abandoned wife’s elusive yellow T-bird, and the family saga of three sisters and the men who won’t stay gone. Watch for them.
Presently Fleeta lives in yet another small town in Central Texas where she writes full time, presides as Director of the Altar Guild at her church, and serves as housekeeper for her four feline roommates. She loves to hear from her readers and welcomes e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When I was very young, I dreamed of marrying a handsome, author-type hermit and spending our days in a book-filled cottage, reading and writing books of every variety. We would have children, who would also spend their days reading. We’d have fruit trees and a vegetable garden and puppies and kittens. It was a good plan. Later, when I realized hermits weren’t a viable option, I decided to be a librarian and hopefully marry one too, then we could raise little librarians together while we read, shelved and wrote books. Somehow, that detoured into law school, and from there, it just kept getting curiouser and curiouser. I didn’t just become an attorney, I actually married one! But it all worked out, because he loves to read, and travel, and tempts me into real-life adventures. While I still daydream about the old hermit-based plan, this life gives me a lot more material for books, and let’s face it, a lot more fun.
I have lived in Arizona and Tennessee, but Arizona is my home. I have discovered wealth is not measured in how much money you have but in how much love you share. As a young child, I loved reading and writing. Many nights I would wrap up in a blanket, daydream, while I turned the exciting pages of a book. The books would take me too many places. To my surprise, I started writing and creating my very own world; a place where I could go and lose myself with just a pen and paper. I grew up with the fascination of the American Indian. My love for them grew by leaps and bounds as I read about them from my history book. I wanted to show, in my writings, the proud people that the American Indians truly are. They show honor and respect for all living things. If I can capture just a small portion of that in my writings then that would be an added bonus for me.
I entwine the culture of the American Indian with sacred animals turning romance and mystery into a great read. I hope to reveal in my books the uniqueness of the American Indian. I feel truly blessed to try and reveal how special the American Indians truly are. I sincerely pray readers enjoy the characters that I bring to life on each turning page!!!!
Melinda lives in Arizona with her two children and her cat Feather. Her precious husband Tommy passed away unexpectedly in October 2011. Melinda belongs to Romance Writers of America, Northern Arizona Romance Writers of America (NARWA), created Rim Country Creative Writers. Melinda’s publisher: Dancing with Bear Publishing.
Visit Melinda at www.melindaelmore.webs.com or her blog, http://melindaelmoreauthorofmysteryromance.blogspot.com/
From the first moment I saved the knight in shining armor at age eight, I fell in love with romance. Since then, I have conjured many stories, and now I am excited to bring the best of them to you.
My main love is the Regency historical, but don’t be surprised if you find some medieval and western romances show up.
I am a native Texan and have deep roots in the small Texas town in which I live. My husband is incredibly wonderful and supportive and I have one awesome teenage son. Going back to school for my MBA is keeping me busy, but has not stopped me from my first love—creating exciting new worlds and interesting characters to fill them.
Visit me at www.tiffanygreen.net. I’m also on Facebook. I hope you enjoy my books!
As a young girl, Sarah Grimm always had a story to tell. At times they were funny, other times scary, but they always ended with a happily-ever-after. Sarah spent years scribbling in notebooks, filling the pages with partial chapters and the margins with titles and story ideas. She told friends the characters spoke to her, and that she was compelled to get their stories on paper. Eventually, she sat down at a computer and wrote her first tale of dangerously sexy suspense.
Sarah lives in West Michigan with her husband, two sons and three miniature schnauzers. Between mom’s taxi service, her day job, and keeping the books for the family marine repair business, Sarah can be found curled in her favorite chair, crafting her next novel.
I earned a Master of Arts in Library and Information Science from the University of Iowa in 2003 and have worked as a Public Services Librarian since July 2005.
I joined the Romance Writers of America in October 2006. I belong to the following online RWA chapters: Passionate Ink, Hearts through History, Futuristic, Fantasy and Paranormal, and the BeauMonde. My local chapter is Two Rivers Romance Authors.
I’ve written romances since I was in my teens, when I spent my lunch hours with my pen, paper, and characters. My love of romances started with Regencies written by Georgette Heyer and Elizabeth Mansfield. I encountered contemporary tales via Harlequin Presents. As the romance genre expanded, my reading and writing styles changed too.
When I first began to write, my favorites inspired me. Later I chose to weave new tales into the genre I loved. I continue to embroider and knit new narratives for the amusement of myself, my friends, and my readers.
Nebraska native, Sherry James, spent her youth riding and writing. All those hours she spent on the back of a horse sure gave her plenty of time to think up stories. She grew up to become a rodeo queen and a published author. Guess all that riding and writing paid off! These days she’s a wife to an amazing husband, and the mother of two equally amazing kids. She still rides when she gets the chance, and has more than 80 magazine and newspaper articles to her credit. She is a founding member and past president of the Prairieland Romance Writers, and a long-time member of RWA. She also belongs to Western Writers of America, and the Nebraska Writers Guild. You can find her romantic comedy series, Studs For Hire, at Prairie Muse Publishing, some of her contemporary cowboy romances at Ellora’s Cave, and her western historicals at The Wild Rose Press. Be sure and stop by Sherry’s web site to keep up on all the latest news.
Linda LaRoque is a Texas girl, but the first time she got on a horse, it tossed her in the road dislocating her right shoulder. Forty years passed before she got on another, but it was older, slower, and she was wiser. Plus, her students looked on and it was important to save face.
A retired teacher who loves West Texas, its flora and fauna, and its people, Linda’s stories paint pictures of life, love, and learning set against the raw landscape of ranches and rural communities in Texas and the Midwest. Linda is a member of RWA, her local chapter of HOTRWA, NTRWA and Texas Mountain Trail Writers.
Linda lives in a small community in central Texas with her husband and dog Molly. Visit www.lindalaroque.com and read the first chapters of her books. On her blog. Linda shares short stories she’s written, recipes, tips on writing, vacations and writing workshops she’s attended, and has guest author bloggers. Leave a comment to be entered in her monthly Ebook drawing.
Alana Lorens is a fan of love. She believes no one should settle for the ordinary or the expected when there are so many other choices out there.
Each of her books features adventure, compelling stories and fantastic settings from outer space to the deep forests of the Montana mountains to the unseen horrors that lurk in small-town America.
She dreamed for many years of being a spaceship captain—or maybe a famous chef– but chose instead fictional excursions into fascinating places with companions from her imagination.
She has been a published writer for over thirty years, including seven years as a reporter and editor at a newspaper in Homestead, Florida, and has now published fourteen novels (some under her sci-fi/fantasy pseudonym, Lyndi Alexander).
Alana is married to an absent-minded computer geek. Together, they have a dozen computers, seven children and a full house in northwestern Pennsylvania.
Niecey Roy knew she wanted to be a writer from a very young age, but her moment of enlightenment came after watching the movie You’ve Got Mail. It was then she realized her place in life and happily parked her butt on writing romance. Her dream was to create sexy vixens, hunky, half naked heroes, and above all, romance; lots and lots of butterflies in the belly, breathless first kisses and happily-ever-afters.
When she’s not at her day job where she works as a legal assistant, she can be found at home at a cluttered desk, pounding her tired little fingers away on a keyboard with nothing but black pepper flavored sunflower seeds and Visine as her weapons for mass-romance-novel-creation. When her fingers need a break, you’ll find her at a table with friends, drinking a few martinis and showing off a new pair of (sometimes ridiculous) high heels. She’s usually the loudest at the table and most often the one snorting with laughter.
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Although Ann Stephens wrote stories and (bad) poetry in her twenties, she did not focus on writing an actual book until she was in her forties. The first novel she ever attempted was bought by Kensington Publishing after an editor read the first chapter as part of a contest. Entitled To be Seduced, it arrived in stores in February 2010.
She appeared in the Debut Corner of Romantic Times Book Reviews February 2010 issue. Ann is a member of the Romance Writers of America, the Nebraska Writers’ Guild and the Nebraska Writers’ Workshop. She lives with her husband, her two beautiful daughters and two cats.