Molly McAdams Molly McAdams grew up in California but now lives in the oh-so-amazing state of Texas with her husband and furry daughter. Her hobbies include hiking, snowboarding, traveling and long walks on the beach…which roughly translates to being a homebody with her hubby and dishing out movie quotes.

Liz Carlyle A lifelong anglophile, Liz Carlyle cut her teeth reading gothic novels under the bedcovers by flashlight. She is the author of sixteen historical romances, including several New York Times bestsellers. Liz travels incessantly, ever in search of the perfect setting for her next book.

Beverly Jenkins Beverly Jenkins grew up in Detroit and majored in journalism and English Literature at Michigan State University. She has been featured in many US publications, including the Wall Street Journal, People Magazine, Dallas Morning News and Vibe Magazine. In 2012, she was nominated for the 44th annual NAACP Image Awards for her novel, A WISH AND A PRAYER in the Outstanding Literary Work category.

Jennifer McQuiston A veterinarian and infectious disease researcher by training, Jennifer McQuiston has always preferred reading romance to scientific textbooks. She resides in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband, their two girls, and an odd assortment of pets, including the pony she promised her children if mommy ever got a book deal. Jennifer can be reached via her website at or followed on Twitter @jenmcqwrites.

Stephanie Laurens NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Stephanie Laurens began writing as an escape from the dry world of professional science, a hobby that quickly became a career. Her novels, set in Regency England, have captivated readers around the globe, making her one of the romance world’s most beloved and popular authors. She lives in Melbourne.

Anna Campbell Always a voracious reader, Anna Campbell decided when she was a child that she wanted to be a writer. Her historical romances have been critically acclaimed and won numerous awards, including the Australian Romance Readers’s Favourite Historical Romance for CAPTIVE OF SIN and Favourite Romance Author for 2009 and 2010. Anna lives in Queensland.

Johanna Lindsey One of the world’s most successful authors of historical romance, every one of Johanna Lindsey’s previous novels has been a national bestseller, and several of her titles have reached the #1 spot on the NEW YORK TIMES bestseller list. Ms. Lindsey lives in New England with her family.

Elizabeth Lowell Elizabeth Lowell is the author of many remarkable New York Times bestselling historical and contemporary novels. She lives in Washington with her husband with whom she writes mystery novels under a pseudonym.

Elizabeth Boyle Elizabeth Boyle has always loved romance and now lives it each and every day by writing adventurous and passionate stories that readers from all around the world have described as “page-turners.” Since her first book was published in 1996, she’s seen her books become New York Times and USA Today bestsellers and won the RWA RITA Award and a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice award. She resides in Seattle with her husband and two small sons, or “heroes in training” as she likes to call them.

Suzanne Enoch A native and current resident of Southern California, SUZANNE ENOCH loves movies almost as much as she loves books. When she is not busily working on her next novel, Suzanne likes to contemplate interesting phenomena, like how the three guppies in her aquarium became 161 guppies in five months

Julia Quinn The author of twenty previous novels for Avon Books, Julia Quinn is a graduate of Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges and lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family.

Karen Ranney Karen Ranney began writing when she was five. Her first published work was The Maple Leaf, read over the school intercom when she was in the first grade. In addition to wanting to be a violinist (her parents had a special violin crafted for her when she was seven), she wanted to be a lawyer, a teacher, and most of all, a writer. Though the violin was discarded early, she still admits to a fascination with the law, and she volunteers as a teacher whenever needed. Writing, however, has remained an overwhelming love of her life.

Laura Lee Guhrke Laura Lee Guhrke spent seven years in advertising, had a successful catering business and managed a construction company before she decided writing novels was more fun. When she’s not tapping away at her keyboard, Laura spends time relearning how to ski, mastering the wakeboard grab and trying to actually hit a golf ball.

Lynsay Sands Lynsay Sands lives in Canada and is the author of countless award-winning romances, including the bestselling Argeneau vampire series.

Kerrelyn Sparks Former tap dancer and high school French teacher, New York Times bestselling author Kerrelyn Sparks has always searched for creative ways to express herself. A prolific reader since childhood, she discovered that writing her own stories provided the ideal way to combine her love of comedy, language, and history. And what a relief that the voices in her head have led to a paycheck instead of a padded room! A native Texan, Kerrelyn lives with her husband and children in the Greater Houston area.

Sara Bennett Sara Bennett lives in Australia with her accountant husband, two children, three cats and a dog who believes it’s a person. Sara confesses to reading anything–mystery, thrillers and horror–but romance is her favorite. She also writes paranormal romances for Avon under the name Sara Mackenzie.

Cathy Maxwell Cathy is the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of several Avon romances. She also wrote for HarperCollins. This former US Navy officer presently lives in Virginia.

Sophie Jordan Sophie Jordan, a former high school English teacher, resides in Houston with her family. When she’s not writing, she divides her time between inventing what she likes to call culinary masterpieces — her husband won’t always agree — and visiting her family’s pecan ranch in the scenic Texas Hill Country.

Tracey O’Hara Tracey O’Hara grew up reading Stephen King, Raymond E. Feist, and J.R.R. Tolkien, where she developed her taste for adventure and the paranormal thriller. When she’s not writing, reading or listening to heavy metal, she spends time with her husband, two sons and three cats. She lives in Australia.

Sophia Nash Sophia Nash’s first three novels won 8 national awards including the prestigious RITA Award and a spot on Booklist’s ‘Top Ten Romances of the Year’. Sophia was born in Switzerland, raised in France and the United States, but says her heart resides in Regency England. It’s no wonder considering her ancestors: a French admiral and English Royal Navy commander who traded epic cannon fire at sea. Before pursuing her long held dream of writing Historicals, Sophia was an award-winning television producer for CBS, a congressional speechwriter, and a nonprofit CEO. Visit her website:

Julie Anne Long The author of five popular novels from Warner and four from Avon, Julie Anne Long lives in the California with a fat orange cat (little known fact: they issue you a cat the moment you become a romance novelist).

Lecia Cornwell Lecia Cornwall is a PRO member of the Romance Writers of America’s Seattle and Calgary Chapters. Her background includes all facets of writing, including running a successful freelance writing business specializing in direct marketing and advertising. Both history and writing have been lifelong passions. Lecia currently lives and writes in Calgary, Alberta, the heart of the Canadian West.

Sandra Hill Sandra Hill is a graduate of Penn State and worked for more than 10 years as a features writer and education editor for publications in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Writing about serious issues taught her the merits of seeking the lighter side of even the darkest stories. She is the wife of a stockbroker and the mother of four sons.

Lorraine Heath After graduating from the University of Texas, Lorraine Heath wrote training manuals, press releases, articles, and computer code, but something was always missing. In 1990 she read a romance novel and not only became hooked on the genre, but quickly realized what her writing lacked: rebels, scoundrels, and rogues. She’s been writing about them ever since.

Terri Garey Terri Garey is the author of paranormal comedies about life and death. A former computer analyst, she now works full-time devising demented tales from the dark side. Ever an optimist, Terri sees more twisted tales in her future.

Caroline Linden Caroline Linden knew from an early age she was a reader, but not a writer. She studied physics, dreamed of being an astronaut, earned a math degree from Harvard College and then wrote software for a financial services firm, all the while reading everything in sight but especially romance. Only after she had children, and found herself with only picture books to read, did she begin to make up a story of her own. To her immense surprise, it turned out to be an entire novel and it was much more fun than writing computer code.

Jennifer Bernard Jenny Bernard is a graduate of Harvard and a former news producer herself. The child of academics, she read tons of romance in secret and was swept away by the fantasy of it all. She’s no stranger to book success as she’s built quite a robust career (and online following!) writing erotic novellas straight to e-book.

Anne Mallory Anne Mallory is a lifelong romance reader who sold her first novel to Avon after becoming a finalist in RWA’s Golden Heart contest. Aside from writing, she is an enthusiastic hobby collector, game player, water girl, cat lover, chocolate consumer and homebody — not necessarily in that order. A native Michigander, Anne currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Gillian Bagwell Gillian Bagwell has had a life-long love of books, British history, and theatre, and united these passions in writing ‘The Darling Strumpet’, her first novel. She began her professional life as an actress, then moved from acting to directing and producing, founding The Pasadena Shakespeare Company, which she ran for nine years. She now lives in Berkeley, California.

Indigo Bloome Indigo Bloome is married with two children. She has lived and worked in Sydney and the United Kingdom, with a successful career in the finance industry. Indigo recently traded city life with a move to regional Australia, which provided her with an opportunity to explore her previously undiscovered creative side. Her love of reading, deciphering dreams, stimulating conversation and the intrigue of the human mind led her to writing her first novel, Destined to Play.

Gayle Callen Award winning author Gayle Callen has written more than 17 historical romances for Avon Books. She lives in upstate New York with her husband, Jim, their three children, and their dog, Apollo.

Tessa Dare Tessa Dare a part-time librarian, full-time mommy, and swing-shift writer. She makes her home in Southern California, where she shares a cozy, cluttered bungalow with her husband, their two children, and a dog.

Anna Randol Anna Randol was raised in Southern California. When she was eight, she decided her diary was too dull and decided to write as if she lived on a raft in the Amazon with her imaginary dog, Cream Puff. At twelve, Anna decided racing down rapids with only a dog for company might get rather lonely. Handsome British heroes began to appear on her raft, and her love of adventure-driven romance was born.

Adele Ashworth USA Today bestselling author and RWA Rita Award winner Adele Ashworth has published three previous books with Berkley and seven titles for Avon. She lives in Texas with her children.

Donna Fletcher Part of the fun in writing, Donna Fletcher admits, is doing the research. But it is with her characters that she has the most fun. She loves giving life to fresh characters and feels their excitement as they face the pleasures and pitfalls of falling in love. She feels her life is rich and full, having three terrific sons, two fantastic daughters-in-law, an endless supply of friends, a loving dog, and a crazy, black, one-eyed cat named Bear.

Maya Rodale Maya Rodale began reading romance novels in college at her mother’s insistence and it wasn’t long before she was writing her own. Maya is now the author of multiple Regency historical romances. She lives in New York City with her darling dog and a rogue of her own.

Katharine Ashe The American Library Association’s Booklist named Katharine Ashe one of the “New Stars of Historical Romance” and RT Book Reviews awarded her debut historical romance, Swept Away By A Kiss, a “TOP PICK!” Katharine lives in the wonderfully warm Southeast with her husband, son, two dogs, and a garden she likes to call romantic rather than unkempt. A professor of European history, she has made her home in California, Italy, France, and the northern US. Please visit her at

Miranda Neville Miranda Neville grew up in England before moving to New York City to work in Sotheby’s rare books department. After many years as a journalist and editor she decided writing fiction was more fun. She lives in Vermont. For more about Miranda please visit her website

Alice Gaines Alice Gaines loves her romance as hot as she can get it. Besides spinning tales in her head, Alice’s passions include vegetable gardening, the San Francisco 49ers, and America’s Test Kitchen. She’s a maniacal fan of East Bay soul band, Tower of Power. Alice has a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of California at Berkeley and lives in Oakland, California with her pet corn snake, Casper, and a strange cat that moved into her yard.



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