Vivi Andrews is the award-winning author of over a dozen paranormal romances, including the sexy Serengeti Shifters and the Karmic Consultants paranormal romantic comedies. Born and raised in Alaska, she still lives in the frozen north when she isn’t indulging her travel addiction. Whether at home or on the road, she’s always hard at work on her next happily ever after. You can find more about Vivi and her books at www.viviandrews.com.
Growing up in Houston, Texas, Andrea has always enjoyed creating characters and stories. But it wasn’t until she was in her late twenties that she started writing novels. What happened that ignited the writing flame in her fingers? Divorced, and disillusioned by love songs and stories. They exaggerate. She thought. Love and Romance are not like that in the real world. Then she met her husband and realized, yes love and romance are exactly like the songs and stories say. She is now a happy wife, and a mom to three kids (two boys and a girl). Andrea writes fantasy, paranormal and historical romance. When not writing or reading, one may find Andrea dancing in Zumba. She is excited to work with Crimson Romance on her forthcoming debut paranormal romance, The Garnet Dagger. She believes in the power of change and counting each moment as a blessing. But most importantly, she believes in love.
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.
Virna DePaul is a former criminal prosecutor and national bestselling author of paranormal romance, contemporary romance, and romantic suspense. She writes for Harlequin Romantic Suspense, HQN, and Random House. Virna is also a successful indie author.
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 nearly 40 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. She also co-manages the Backlist eBooks collective of traditional authors presenting their backlist. 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.
USA Today Bestselling Author Misty Evans writes the Super Agent romantic suspense series, the light paranormal Witches Anonymous 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 the Ancient City Heart of Excellence Reader’s 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. She has short stories Entangled, A Paranormal Anthology and Every Witch Way But Wicked. All proceeds from Entangled go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and all proceeds for EWWBW go to Nathon Fillion’s Kids Need To Read charity. Misty is currently at work on the next books in all her series. She likes her coffee black, her conspiracy stories juicy, and her wicked characters dressed in couture. When not reading or writing, she enjoys hanging out with her husband of twenty-two years and their twin sons.
Bestselling Author Maggie Mae Gallagher doesn’t remember a time when she wasn’t writing. When she was a kid she acted out her favorite scenes, only better, with her brother and cousin. As a teenager, she wrote reams of poetry, but realized her true love lay with creating characters and stories. A former music and history major, Maggie is a total geek at her core. When she is not writing, she adores attending the latest comic con or spending time with her family. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri, with her two furry felines.
Award winning author Kathy Ivan can’t remember a time when books and reading weren’t an enormous part of her daily life. Blessed by a mother who instilled in her the importance of books and storytelling, Kathy could always be found with her nose buried inside a book for hours at a time. By day her job is about an uncreative as it gets, doing medical transcription. By night, she unleashes all the voices in her head and with the characters weaves together their lives and adventures, telling stories she hopes readers want to read. An avid reader of all types of romance, Kathy has written both romantic suspense and paranormal romance. Kathy makes her home in the heart of North Texas doing her best to deal with the Texas heat. She’s a member of Romance Writers of American (RWA) and the Dallas Area Romance Authors (DARA). Kathy’s debut romantic suspense, Desperate Choices, won the 2012 OKRWA International Digital Award for suspense.
In the number one position of Mallory Kane’s list of favorite things, which includes paper dolls, chocolate, kittens and snuggling, are books and stories. Once she convinced her mother to teach her to read–at age three, that was that.
Her mother was a librarian and her dad came from a long line of southern storytellers. Mallory aspires to be as good a storyteller as her father. When she’s not writing, Mallory creates and designs greeting cards because– well, she never got over playing with paper dolls. She lives in East Tennessee with her husband Michael and their three cats. For more information about Mallory and her writing, visit her website at www.mallorykane.com or write her at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Xandra King is the alter ego of USA Today Best-selling author, Susan Stephens. Like Susan, Xandra is a passionate supporter of readers, and writers of all ages and styles. Xandra lives on the wild Yorkshire moors in the north of England where Wuthering Heights was conceived, with an assortment of pets, including a husband, three children, numerous dogs, horses, donkeys, and a bad tempered cat. Xandra loves writing about hot men and strong women with that little something extra in their genes, and Susan would say that the best thing about Xandra is that she never grows old. (But she has an official birthday, because she liked to eat cake.)
Laurie London is the author of the Sweetblood and Iron Portal series—dark, sexy paranormal romance, set primarily in the Pacific Northwest. Publisher’s Weekly calls the Sweetblood series “sexy” and “sizzling.” Her latest release, ASSASSIN’S TOUCH, kicks off the new Iron Portal series. She lives on a small farm outside of Seattle with her husband, two children and a variety of animals. After graduating cum laude with a business degree from Western Washington University, she worked for a Fortune 500 company as a programmer/tester and an underwriter. Her other jobs included cocktail waitress, hotel maid, candy store manager and bridal gown sales. When not writing, she can be found running, reading, sewing, making jewelry, mucking stalls, volunteering or riding her horse. Someday she hopes to qualify for the Quarter Horse World Show – that is, if her horse doesn’t get hurt again.
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.
Author of Paranormal and Travel/Adventure Romance
Anna Lowe is a middle school teacher who divides her time between coastal Maine and a village in view of the Austrian Alps. She loves dogs, sports, and travel – and letting those inspire her fiction. Once upon a time, she was a long-distance triathlete and soccer player. Nowadays, she finds her balance with yoga, writing, and family time with her husband and young children.
Anna started reading romance in spite of herself (because tomboys don’t read romance – right? Wrong!) and has enjoyed reading and writing in the genre ever since. Two of her favorite romance authors are Kristan Higgins (for sweet love stories) and Rosalind James (for the combination of a New Zealand setting and sports). She’s a fan of capable heroines like Rylee Adamson (by Shannon Mayer, who mixes action, fantasy and romance). On any given weekend, you might find her hiking in the mountains or hunched over her laptop, working on her latest story. Either way, the day will end with a chunk of dark chocolate and a good read.
Angela McCallister has always wanted to grow up to be someone who would never grow up, and lucky her, that’s exactly what she’s done. Nothing says adventurous more than being a 16-yr US Navy Sailor with an imagination wild enough to create stories and characters with a paranormal bite. A mother of five, she’s gained plenty of story ideas from her family as well as her military experience. Angela is very laid-back and happy to try just about anything once, from skydiving, sailing, slacklining, Aikido, and even hang-gliding–as long as she doesn’t have to subject anyone to her “singing” or make an appearance in a bikini. Like all authors, she’s crazy for books, especially Romance, and will talk about them for days. She’s currently stationed at Naval Base Ventura County Point Mugu in California where she can be spoiled with some of the best weather in the country. With such platforms as an aircraft carrier, an amphibious ship, and an Aegis destroyer, and duty stations in Illinois, Washington, Hawaii, and California, her experiences vary widely. She’s visited Thailand (a favorite), Bahrain, Dubai, Jebel Ali, Hong Kong, Guam, Canada, Mexico, and Singapore. She’s a member of RWA San Diego, From the Heart Romance Writers, and Rose City Romance Writers and especially loves to hear from and meet readers and fellow authors.
Julie is a native of Central Kentucky. After receiving her degree in English, she chose a career in higher education finance. Fifteen years later, she decided to allow her inner creative genius loose and began writing. She has been an avid reader her entire life, with a special love for mysteries, so she thought it fitting to make her first novel one of suspense. Growing up as an Army brat, she has lived in several states and foreign countries. To this day, she enjoys traveling to new places and experiencing new cultures. When at home she is likely to be found enjoying a few extreme sports, such as: rock climbing, scuba diving, or whitewater rafting. Her willingness to enter into activities of mortal peril is balanced by her commitment to ensure the quality of life for animals through her service with various dog rescue organizations. She now lives in Middle Tennessee with her three dogs, Ginny, Holly and Luna.
Michelle Miles is the award-winning author of fast-paced, fun-filled paranormal, fantasy and contemporary romances. She is the author of the Ellora’s Cave epic fantasy romance series, Realm of Honor which includes her latest book, Only for a Knight, the second in the series set in the Celtic Otherworld. Currently, she is writing and publishing her Guardians of Atlantis series about the sexy men of Atlantis and the women who love them. She is also the author of the Coffee House Chronicles, a contemporary romance series set in and around a coffee house, as well as an action-adventure series The Adventures of Ransom and Fortune. She is a member of Romance Writers of America®, PAN Liaison of the Dallas Area Romance Authors chapter and member of the Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal chapter. Her work has placed in the highly-acclaimed Writer’s Digest Writing Competition and the Stroke of Midnight Contest sponsored by the Passionate Ink chapter. She is also a contributor of the charity paranormal anthology, Entangled, which has donated over $10,000 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. A Native Texan, she loves hockey, baseball, drinking coffee, cross-stitching and shopping for shoes and handbags. She is a regular contributor to Plotting Princesses and can be found online at Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Goodreads.
USA TODAY Bestselling author Julie Miller may be known for her romantic suspense, but she also writes romantic suspense with a paranormal twist. She’s won a National Readers Choice Award and two Daphne du Maurier Awards, including a Daphne for Best Paranormal Romance for her most recent title, ALWAYS FAITHFUL. She was also honored to receive a Career Achievement Award from RT BookReviews. Several of her 50+ books have appeared on the USA Today, Amazon and BookScan Top 100 Romances bestseller lists–and millions of copies of her books have been sold in print and e-format around the world. In addition to her popular Kansas City cop books she writes for Harlequin, Julie has penned several award-winning paranormal romances centered around a covert group of sexy former Marines, each with his own unique talent. From a “beast” living with a sorcerer’s curse to a shaman who speaks to the dead, from a telekinetic to a hero who can’t die–these are the men who serve and protect the causes they believe in, and the women they love. Published by Prairie Muse Publishing, you can find these paranormal titles wherever ebooks are sold! Check out Julie’s book giveaway contests, monthly newsletter and more on her website at www.juliemiller.org.
Nancy Northcott’s childhood ambition was to grow up and become Wonder Woman. Around fourth grade, she realized it was too late to acquire Amazon genes, but she still loved comic books, science fiction, fantasy and YA romance. A sucker for fast action and wrenching emotion, Nancy combines the romance and high stakes she loves in The Protectors, her new contemporary mage series from Grand Central Forever Yours. Her debut novel, Renegade, received a starred review from Library Journal. The reviewer called it “genre writing at its best.” Nancy is a three-time RWA Golden Heart finalist and has won the Maggie, the Molly, the Emerald City Opener, and Put Your Heart in a Book. Married since 1987, Nancy and her husband have one son, a bossy dog, and a house full of books.
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.
bestselling author of the Red Stone Security series, the Moon Shifter series
and the upcoming Deadly Ops series. She fell in love with romance at a young
age thanks to books she pilfered from her mom’s stash. Years later she loves
reading romance almost as much as she loves writing it. However, she didn’t always
know she wanted to be a writer. After changing majors many times, she finally
graduated summa cum laude with a degree in psychology. Not long after that she
discovered a new love. Writing. She now spends her days writing dark paranormal
romance and sexy romantic suspense.
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.
Things that go bump in the night have always fascinated Jaime Rush. Sometimes those things are human; other times, not so much. Her new Hidden series reveals humans with the essence of gods who walk the knife’s edge between the glamour of Miami and a place filled with hot passion and dangerous beauty. Part dragon, angel, or sorcerer, Crescents must fight their own kind, magical beings, and the lure of their darkest nature. Jaime is the author of the award-winning Offspring series and is also Tina Wainscott, bestselling author of eighteen novels. Contests, sneak peeks and more at www.jaimerush.com.
Veronica Scott grew up in a house with a library full of books as its heart, and when she ran out of things to read, she started writing her own stories. Married young to her high school sweetheart then widowed, Veronica has two grown daughters, one young grandson and cats. Veronica’s life has taken many twists and turns, but she always makes time to keep reading and writing. Everything is good source material for the next novel or the one after that anyway, right? She’s been through earthquakes, tornadoes and near death experiences, although nothing is as stressful as meeting a book deadline. Always more stories to tell, new adventures to experience–Veronica’s personal motto is, “Never boring.”
Maggie Shayne is best known as the New York Times bestselling author of more than 50 novels, nearly 30 novellas, a former soap writer, (The Guiding Light, As the World Turns,) a former advice columnist (Shayne on You,) and RITA Award winner. But what’s less known about her is that she’s been a practicing Witch for almost as long as she’s been a published author. Known within the Craft of the Wise as LadyHawk the Mythmaker, Maggie studied in the Black Forest Circle Seminary for three years, earning her 1st, 2nd, and 3rd degree elevations there. A licensed minister of Wicca, Maggie was later made a Craft Elder, and co-founded a new Wiccan tradition called RavenMyst Circle. Her coven, The Coven of the Redtail Hawk, turned out five new high priestesses, several of whom went on to form covens of their own, and making Maggie, according to the Old Ways, A Witch Queen.
USA Today Bestselling author, Jennifer St. Giles, aka Jennifer Saints, J.L. Saint is no ordinary Georgia Peach. She’s a Golden Heart, three-time Maggie, two-time National Reader’s Choice, Marlene, RT Reviewer’s Choice and Daphne du Maurier award-winning author. Jenni writes in multiple genres, including: romance, paranormal, contemporary, historical and military and time travel. She is a passionate patriot, event planner and the Vice-President of a charitable foundation which helps women and children’s causes. Jenni believes fervently in following your dreams and never giving up.
Linda Thomas-Sundstrom is an award-winning author of both light and dark paranormal romance and urban fantasy, writing books for Kensington, Dorchester, Amazon Montlake, GothicScapes, and Harlequin’s Nocturne paranormal imprint. Linda is a teacher by day and a writer by night. She lives on a big stretch of land in the country, where rattlesnakes are not her friends, and swears she has a resident Muse who sings nearly 24/7. Linda hopes to get to all of those ideas. Linda has just finished her 16th project, had four novels and novellas out in 2012, and has four more in the works. Linda speaks on writing and on creating paranormal worlds at Comic-Con, World Fantasy, WonderCon, Tucson Festival of Books, Romantic Times Booklover’s Conventions, Komikaze, Romance Writers of America, the Southern California Writer’s Conference, ConDor, Conjecture, and she runs the writing workshops for some of the North County libraries.
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.