|Jennifer L. Armentrout
# 1 New York Times and International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.
Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA.
She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.
|Maria V. Snyder
Maria V. Snyder switched careers from meteorologist to novelist when she began writing the New York Times best-selling Study Series (POISON STUDY, MAGIC STUDY and FIRE STUDY) about a young woman who becomes a poison taster. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, Maria dreamed of chasing tornados and even earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Meteorology from Pennsylvania State University. Unfortunately, she lacked the necessary forecasting skills. So she worked as an environmental meteorologist until boredom and children drove her to write down the stories that have been swirling around in her head. Writing, proved to be more enjoyable than meteorology, and Maria returned to school to earn a Master of Arts degree in fiction writing from Seton Hill University. Unable to part company with Seton Hill and its wonderful writing program, Maria is currently a teacher and mentor for the MFA program.
Sylvia Day is the #1 New York Times & #1 international bestselling author of over twenty award-winning novels translated into 41 languages. With tens of millions of copies of her books in print, she is a #1 bestseller in 23 countries. Sylvia’s novels took spots among the top ten bestselling books on global year-end sales round ups in both 2012 and 2013, making her one of the most widely read authors in the world today. She has been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Author and her work has been honored as Amazon’s Best of the Year in Romance. Sylvia served as the 22nd President of Romance Writers of America.
Born in Los Angeles, she grew up in Orange County (the O.C.), and later lived in Monterey and Oceanside. Sylvia now lives in Las Vegas, Nevada, but occasionally enjoys her pied-à-terre on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in New York. She considers the two vibrant, energetic, and never-dark cities perfect for a writer whose working hours are as unpredictable as her characters.
Alyssa Cole is a science editor, pop culture nerd, and romance junkie who splits her time between fast-paced NYC and island-paced life in the Caribbean. Radio Silence, the first book in her postapocalyptic New Adult series from Carina Press, will be released in February 2015. Her first novel, Eagle’s Heart, was released in January 2014 and the erotic South Asian fantasy short Sweet to the Taste was released soon after. She is one of the contributing authors in the multicultural Revolutionary War romance anthology For Love & Liberty: Untold Love Stories of the American Revolution. She has several other projects, both contemporary and historical, in the works. She is represented by Courtney Miller-Callihan of SJGA.
In addition to writing, she has hosted a romance book club and taught romance writing at the Jefferson Market Library in NYC. When she’s not busy writing, traveling, and learning French, she can be found watching cat videos on the Internet with her real-life romance hero.
Carol is a cover artist and owner of Carol's Cover Designs. In 2014, she was nominated for EPIC's Ariana cover art award in the category of Sci-Fi and won the Ariana in Spiritual novel category.
Cat Johnson is a 2 time New York Times & 5 time USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance. A self-proclaimed promo ‘ho, she is known for her creative marketing and research practices. Consequently, Cat has sponsored bull riding rodeo cowboys, owns an entire collection of cowboy boots and camouflage shoes for book signings and a fair number of her consultants wear combat or cowboy boots for a living. As a hybrid author, she writes both full length and shorter works and is currently contracted for series with publishers Kensington and Samhain.
Christi Barth earned a Masters degree in vocal performance and embarked upon a career on the stage.
A love of romance then drew her to wedding planning. Ultimately she succumbed to her lifelong love of books and now writes contemporary romance.
Christi is President of the Maryland Romance Writers and lives in Maryland with her husband.
Corrina is a former newspaper reporter with a degree in journalism from Boston University. A mom of four, she now works from home writing romance novels with a geeky twist and as the Content Director and co-founder of GeekMom.com.
She’s also is the co-writer of GeekMom Book: Projects, Tips and Adventures for Moms and Their 21st Century Families.
And, every now and then, she’s Wonder Woman.
Damon Suede grew up out-n-proud deep in the anus of right-wing American, and escaped as soon as it was legal. Though new to romance fiction, Damon has been writing for print, stage, and screen for two decades.
He’s won some awards, but counts his blessings more often: his amazing friends, his demented family, his beautiful husband, his loyal fans, and his silly, stern, seductive Muse who keeps whispering in his ear, year after year.
Dan Mayland is the author of The Colonel’s Mistake, The Leveling, and Spy For Hire, the first three novels in the Mark Sava spy-thriller series. The novels are set in and around Iran and the greater Caspian region, a volatile corner of the world that Mayland has studied extensively. Click on this photo link for more information about his travels to the region. Some of Mayland's thoughts on contemporary Iranian politics can be found here. Sign this guestbook to receive email updates about his books.
Before starting the Sava series, Mayland graduated from Dartmouth College and founded Mayland Real Estate. He lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and two children.
|Deborah A. Bailey
Deborah A. Bailey is the author of two novels, "Hathor Legacy: Outcast" and "Hathor Legacy: Burn," and a short story collection, "Electric Dreams: Seven Futuristic Tales." Her short stories have won awards from the Philadelphia Writers’ Conference and her work has been published in US1 Magazine and the Sun. In her "other" life, she's a freelance tech writer who's published three non-fiction books and articles that have appeared in print and online.
Donna Galanti is the author of A Human Element and A Hidden Element (Imajin Books), the first two books in the paranormal suspense Element Trilogy, and the middle grade fantasy series Joshua and the Lightning Road (Month9Books 2015). She is represented by Bill Contardi of Brandt & Hochman Literary Agents, Inc. Donna is a contributing editor to the International Thriller Writers Big Thrill magazine and blogs at Project Mayhem, a cooperative of published middle grade authors. She’s lived from England as a child, was a U.S. Navy Photographer stationed in Hawaii, has had a career in marketing communications, and operated her own resume writing service. She lives in Pennsylvania with her family in an old farmhouse that has lots of nooks and crannies for writing. You can find her books, resources for writers, and upcoming events at www.ElementTrilogy.com. For more information on her writing for teens and tweens visit www.DonnaGalanti.com.
Elisabeth Staab started hunting mutant hedgehogs back in 1842… Oops, wrong bio… Elisabeth Staab digs coffee, saucy stories, and sexy things that go bump in the night. Once, she ate dinner in a jail and liked it. She lives in the Washington DC area with her incredible family and does her best to juggle life while ignoring the laundry.
Growing up, Eliza Knight was a proficient storyteller, with most of her plots encompassing princesses and princes and dreams coming true. Now as an author, some of her stories are still about royalty, knights, duels, ladies, intrigue, betrayal. History fascinates her, so she tries to bring history back to life in each of my stories.
When she’s not reading or writing Eliza is usually doing research for fun. If you love history, visit her at History Undressed, where she discusses all the wildly fascinating and titillating facts of history!
Geoff Symon is a Federal Forensic Investigator, Polygraph Examiner, teacher and consultant. His participation in high-profile cases includes the attacks on September 11, 2001, the Space Shuttle Columbia explosion and the Chandra Levy investigation, among countless other less-known cases. He has specified and certified training in the collection and preservation of evidence, blood-spatter analysis, autopsies and laboratory techniques.
|J. Gregory Smith
Greg Smith is the bestselling author of the thriller, A Noble Cause and the Paul Chang Mystery series including Final Price, Legacy of the Dragon and Send in the Clowns. His latest novel is The Flamekeepers, a doomsday cult thriller.
Prior to writing fiction full time, Greg worked in public relations in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and Wilmington, Delaware. He has an MBA from the College of William & Mary and a BA in English from Skidmore College.
His debut novel, Final Price, was first released as a self-published work. The book was signed to publisher AmazonEncore, and after a fresh edit and cover came out November 2010. Since then Greg has been working with Thomas & Mercer. He is working on a new thriller outside of the Chang series.
Greg currently lives in Wilmington, Delaware with his wife, son and dog.
|Jay (Joyfully Jay)
Jay is a wife, mom, blogger, and cat wrangler. She is an avid reader and lover of beaches, lazy days, and all things chocolate and peanut butter. You can find Jay over at her blog, Joyfully Jay, where she reviews m/m romance and more. Jay loves m/m romance and has been reading the genre for about 5 years. She averages about 4 books a week and loves to talk about them. She also hangs out on Twitter or Facebook and always loves meeting fellow readers and chatting about books!
Award-winning, best-selling author, Judi Fennell opened the cyber doors of www.formatting4U.com in response to the inflated numbers she’d heard people were paying to self-publish their books as the indie-publishing wave grew. With hundreds of clients and services from formatting for electronic and print, to award-winning cover design, to story and copy editing, Judi has the technical know-how, experience, marketing/promotion, and authorial sensitivity to guide even novice indie-publishing authors through the ropes.
Kate McMurray has been writing stories since she could hold a pen. She picked up her first romance novel when she was thirteen and has loved the genre ever since. She started writing gay romance after reading a book and thinking there should be more love stories with gay characters. Her first published novel, In Hot Pursuit, came out in February 2010, and she’s been writing feverishly ever since. She likes stories that are brainy, funny, and of course sexy, with regular guy characters and urban sensibilities.
When she’s not writing, Kate works a nonfiction editor. She also reads a lot, plays the violin, knits and crochets, and drools over expensive handbags. She’s maybe a tiny bit obsessed with baseball. She lives in Brooklyn, NY, with a pesky cat. - See more at: http://www.katemcmurray.com/about-kate-mcmurray/#sthash.9bTLG6oG.dpuf
Kate Quinn is a native of southern California. She attended Boston University, where she earned a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Classical Voice. A lifelong history buff, she has written three novels set in ancient Rome: "Mistress of Rome," "Daughters of Rome," and "Empress of the Seven Hills," all of which have been translated into multiple languages.
Kate made the jump from ancient Rome to Renaissance Italy for her fourth and fifth novels, "The Serpent and the Pearl" and "The Lion and the Rose," detailing the early years of the Borgia clan. She also has succumbed to the blogging bug, and keeps a blog filled with trivia, pet peeves, and interesting facts about historical fiction. She and her husband now live in Maryland with a small black dog named Caesar, and her interests include opera, action movies, cooking, and the Boston Red Sox.
|Kathleen Ann Gallagher
Kathryn Craft is the author of two novels from Sourcebooks: The Art of Falling, and The Far End of Happy (due Spring 2015). Her work as a developmental editor at Writing-Partner.com, specializing in storytelling structure and writing craft, follows a nineteen-year career as a dance critic. Long a leader in the southeastern Pennsylvania writing scene, she serves as book club liaison for the Women’s Fiction Writers Association. Kathryn lives with her husband in Bucks County, PA.
K.M. Fawcett enjoys stories with adventure, romance, and kick-butt heroes and heroines. She is the author of the thrilling sci-fi romance series, the Survival Race. She has co-written an adult fairy tale, Beauty and the Curse, with friend and author Cathy Tully. K.M. is a member of RWA, FF&P, and The Liberty States Fiction Writers. She holds the rank Sandan (3rd degree black belt) in both Isshinryu Karate and in Ryukonkai (Okinawan weapons). She and her husband own Tenchi Isshinryu Karate Dojo in NJ where they teach karate, weapons, and self-defense. When not working on her novels or working out at the dojo, she’s busy driving her two children to drum lessons and ballet classes.
Lea Nolan couldn’t read until the third grade. After a lot of hard work she finally got the hang of it and devoured any book she could find with a shiny Newberry Award sticker on the cover. Today she writes the stories she sought as a teen—smart paranormals with bright heroines, crazy-hot heroes, diabolical plot twists, plus a dose of magic, a draft of romance and a sprinkle of history. She holds degrees in history and women’s studies concentrating in public policy and lives with her heroically supportive husband and three brilliant children in Maryland.
Wall Street Journal bestselling author Melinda Leigh has sold over 2 million copies of her romantic suspense novels. She’s been nominated for a Thriller Award, a RITA, and three Daphnes. A martial artist and animal lover, Melinda lives in NJ with her husband, two children, and a small herd of rescue pets. With such a wonderful life, Melinda has no idea why her imagination takes her to dark and disturbing places. Find out more about Melinda and her books at MelindaLeigh.com.
Sara is a graduate of Marist College, with a B.A. Degree in English Literature & Theater. Her initial career path after college was as a professional actress. Some of her television credits include, A&E Biography, Guiding Light, Another World, As the World Turns and Rescue Me.
In 2013 Sara's novel UNTAMED won two PRISM awards--Dark Paranormal and Best of the Best. Sara has been a lover of both the paranormal and romance novels for years. Her sci-fi/fantasy/romance obsession began years ago with the TV Series STAR TREK and an enormous crush on Captain Kirk. That sci-fi obsession soon evolved into the love of all types of fantasy/paranormal; vampires, ghosts, werewolves, and of course shape shifters. Sara is married to her college sweetheart, Will. They live in New York with their 4 boys.
Shiloh Walker is an award-winning writer…yes, really! She’s also a mom, a wife, a reader and she pretends to be an amateur photographer. She published her first book in 2003. Her newest series, Secrets and Shadows, launched with Deeper than Need, followed by Sweeter than Sin and Darker than Desire.
She writes romantic suspense and contemporary romance, and urban fantasy under the name J.C. Daniels.
Stephanie Draven is a national bestselling and award-winning author of historical, paranormal, and contemporary romance. Her newest project, IT STINGS SO SWEET is a collection of 1920s historical erotic romances that celebrate sex, women, and the Jazz Age. Stephanie is currently a denizen of Baltimore, that city of ravens and purple night skies. She lives there with her favorite nocturnal creatures–three scheming cats and a deliciously wicked husband. And when she is not busy with dark domestic rituals, she writes her books.
Stephanie Julian writes sophisticated, sultry romance for adventurous readers. Her paranormal erotic series feature witches, werewolves, and Bigfoot, oh my! She’s also the author of the best-selling Salon Games series and the serial romances, An Indecent Proposition and An Indecent Affair. Stephanie is happily married to a Springsteen fanatic and the mother of two sons who introduced her to the joys of Slipknot, Warped Tour and never-ending headaches
Taria Reed is a professional photographer who married her love of photography and cover design. She's designed covers for numerous publishers, then in August 2013 she opened up her own stock house called "The Reed Files". It's been a wild ride but she loves what she does and can't imagine doing anything else for a living.
Tere Michaels is an East Coast girl, born and bred and no, she doesn't have an accent or bigh hair! Happily writing contemporaries and burgeoning superheroes in dystopian NYC-as you do...
Valerie Tibbs is a cover and graphic artist. She's designed covers and marketing pieces for publishers such as Liquid Silver, Samhain Publishing, and Decadent Publishing.