Ross writing as Fedora AMIS won the Mayhaven Fiction Prize for her Victorian
whodunit, Jack the Ripper in St. Louis. She dons corset and hoop skirts to
perform as real historical people and imagined characters from the 1800s.
Fedora loves live theater, travel, plants and cooking.
After an exciting life as a CPA, Amanda Berry took up writing when her husband swept the family off to England to live for a year. Now she's hooked, and since returning to the states spends her writing days concocting spicy contemporaries and dark paranormal romances while her cats try in vain to pry her hands off the keyboard. Her Marlene award-winning contemporary romance, L.A. Cinderella, debuts from Harlequin Silhouette Special Edition in June 2010. From gritty paranormals to glowing contemporaries, one thing remains the same—love and happily ever after. Amanda lives in the Midwest with her husband and two children. For more about Amanda and her books, please visit www.amanda-berry.com.
USA Today and New York Times best-selling author Lynn Cahoon is an Idaho
native. If you’d visit the town where she grew up, you’d understand why her
mysteries and romance novels focus around the depth and experience of small
town life. Currently, she’s living in a small historic town on the banks of
the Mississippi river where her imagination tends to wander. She lives with
her husband and four fur babies.
herself as a woman who does way too much and never wants to stop, Michele
Dunaway is a bestselling author and award-winning high school teacher.
Michele has published 23 books with Harlequin Enterprises, 3 with St.
Martin’s Press, and 4 with Amazon over her 15 year career in writing. A
veteran teacher, in addition to teaching English III, Michele also advises
the student newspaper and yearbook. She is a JEA Distinguished Yearbook
Adviser, a Dow Jones News Fund Special Recognition Adviser and a Missouri
High School Journalism Teacher of the Year. Proud mother of two daughters,
Michele is an avid pet lover who shares her home with far too many rescued
cats, who of course completely rule the roost.
www.micheledunaway.com or @micheledunaway
Eileen Dreyer (also writing as Kathleen Korbel)
Born and raised in Brentwood, Missouri and a product of Catholic Schools,Eileen lives in St. Louis County with husband Rick and her two children. She has animals but refuses to subject them to the glare of the limelight.
Dreyer won her first publishing award in 1987, being named the best new Contemporary Romance Author by Romantic Times. Since that time she has also garnered not only five other writing awards from Romantic Times, but five RITA Awards from Romance Writers of America, which secures her only the fourth place in the Romance Writers of America prestigious Hall of Fame.
Since extending her reach to suspense, she has also garnered a coveted
Anthony Award nomination for her last paperback, Bad Medicine. She has over
three million books in print world wide, and has made regular appearances on
the Waldenbook and B.Dalton bestsellers list, and now the USA Today list.
As a child Angela remembers her mother telling people that Angela would read everything she could get her hands on, including the cereal box. That all changed the moment she swiped a copy of a romance novel from her mother's bookshelf,. She immediately knew that writing romance novels is what she wanted to do. She fell in love with the genre, and the idea of falling in love. Publishing her first novel made that dream come true...at long last.
Angela is currently obsessed with the genre of romantic suspense. When she’s
not writing new stories you can find her binge watching cop shows looking
for inspiration for those creepy villains every suspense story needs.
Nicole Evelina is St. Louis historical fiction and romantic comedy writer. She is one of only six authors who completed a week-long writing intensive taught by #1 New York Times bestselling author Deborah Harkness.
Fox is the New York Times bestselling author of several books about
vampires, werewolves and things that go bump in the night. She claims that
researching her stories can be just as much fun as writing them. In the name
of fact-finding, Angie has ridden with Harley biker gangs, explored the
tunnels underneath Hoover Dam and found an interesting recipe for Mamma
Coalpot’s Southern Skunk Surprise (she’s still trying to get her courage up
to try it).
Charlotte Hubbard (also writing as Melissa MacNeal)
moons ago--like 1983 while I was still a school librarian-- I sold my first
story to True Story. This launched me into writing about seventy of those
"true confessions" stories over the years, and I've been a slave to my
overactive imagination ever since.
Megan Kelly read her first Harlequin Romance as a teenager and became an avid reader. She dreamed of writing those exciting and moving stories she loved. After years (and years) of writing, she finally sold to Harlequin American Romance in 2007. She lives in the Midwest with her husband and two children and is well-known at her local bookstore and library. Her website is http://www.megankellybooks.com
Kimberly Killion found her love for all things tragic, passionate, and historic after taking a mythology course in college. The book wasn't Romeo and Juliet, as you might suspect, but Dante's Inferno, Oedipus, The Iliad, and a few other Greek tragedies. An artist by profession, she traded her paintbrush for a pen, and began to explore the realm of romance. In addition to writing Medieval romance, she teaches graphic design part-time in St. Louis where she brings her passion for words and the arts into the grueling boredom of lecture. A member of Romance Writers of America and the Heartland Writers Guild, Kimberly has won numerous awards for her writing. She is married to her high school sweetheart and lives in Illinois with two children, a dog, three cats, and two dozen chickens. Visit her website at www.kimberlykillion.com
Kim's debut novel, Her One Desire, has been nominated for the 2009 Romance Writers of America RITA award for Best First Book.
Carol Monk (writing as Carol Carson)
With several million books in print and New York Times and USA Today's bestseller lists under her belt, former CPA Patricia Rice has won numerous awards for her emotionally-charged contemporary and historical romances, including the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice and Career Achievement Awards and the Bookrak Bestselling Paperback award. Her books have also been honored as Romance Writers of America RITA finalists in the historical, regency and contemporary categories. She was nominated in two categories by Romantic Times Book Club for 2002 Career Achievement awards and a Reviewers Choice Award for her bestselling romance, MUST BE MAGIC.
A firm believer in happily-ever-after, Patricia Rice is married to her high school sweetheart and has two children. A native of Kentucky, she resides in St. Louis, Missouri, and now does accounting only for herself. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, the Authors Guild, and Novelists, Inc., as well as numerous professional accounting organizations and local charities.
Scott has always believed the Blarney Stone is in Ireland for good reason
and she thanks her strong Irish heritage for her own story-telling
abilities. her first two books, Golden Heart winner, TUG OF WAR, and HAUNTS
OF THE HEART, a reader's choice winner, are in the collection of the State
Historical Society Library in Columbia, Missouri. Before retiring after 29
years in a special education classroom, Barbara found teaching and writing
to be compatible careers. But there were days when both students and
characters refused to cooperate. Now she can pursue her dream as a fulltime
writer as long as she can avoid distraction and procrastination!
Karen Witmer-Gow (also writing as Elizabeth Grayson)
Karyn/Elizabeth was published for the first time when she was in the fourth grade. She finished a historical novel at fifteen. After a successful career teaching art in elementary schools and at the St. Louis Art Museum, she began to dabble in writing again. In 1986 her Waldenbook Award-winning novel LOVE, HONOR AND BETRAY was published under the name Elizabeth Kary.
In 1995 she began to write stories set on the advancing American frontier under the name Elizabeth Grayson. Her eleventh book, MOON IN THE WATER, was set on aboard a riverboat and garnered recognition as both a finalist for the Romance Writers RITA award and for the prestigious Willa Cather Literary Award.
A SIMPLE GIFT, her first contemporary novel written as Karyn Witmer, was a Literary Guild exclusive in 2005. The paperback will be in bookstores in September 2006.
Karyn/Elizabeth still enjoys teaching. She occasionally teaches a course on Popular Fiction at a local college, and is a frequent speaker at writers' conferences around the country. She collects miniature English cottages, enjoys needlework, and has a weakness for antique jewelry. She is happily married to a former advertising executive and devotes much of her time to playing "Auntie Mame" to two her nieces.
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