Anne Carrole has been writing stories since she was in elementary school but back then the hero was more likely to ride a bike not a horse and share a stick of gum rather than a kiss. A co-founder of the western historical romance site, http://www.facebook.com/lovewesternromances, her muse usually comes wearing a cowboy hat or a uniform. Raised on a farm with horses, dogs, cats, chickens, rabbits and whatever other animals she could convince her parents to shelter, she’s married to her own sweet-talking hero and is the proud mother of a college bound teen. They all share their home with a sleek black cat with an attitude to match.
I write erotic romance because I firmly believe that life doesn't stop at the bedroom door. I had a deeply romantic relationship with my husband of 22 years, and I want to celebrate his memory in my writing. After he died, it took me a long time to come out of my grief, but parts of him -- his honor, courage, optimism, tenacity, and lust for life -- live on in all my heroes. They’re all alpha men, as well.
And I write erotic romance because I feel you're never too old to give or receive love. Many of my stories have older heroines who dazzle younger men, and I wouldn't mind being such a heroine in real life. But that's another story...
I'm a member of Romance Writers of America, Liberty States Fiction Writers, and EPIC - the Electronic Publishing Industry Coalition. I’ve written for Ellora’s Cave since signing my first contract in 2004. I love gardening, and grow peonies (my friend calls them the “floozies” of the flower world), dahlias and other showy flowers. I play the piano occasionally, listen to classical music almost all the time, and sometimes dance to music only I can hear. And I read, read, read. I hope you do, too.
Casie, Ruth A.**
Ruth A Casie is a seasoned professional with over twenty-five years of writing experience but not necessarily writing romances. No, she’s been writing communication and marketing documents for a large corporation. Over the past years, encouraged by her friends and family, she gave way to her inner muse, let her creative juices flow, and began writing a series of historical time travel romance novels. When not writing you can find her home in Teaneck, New Jersey, reading, cooking, doing Sudoku and counted cross stitch. Together with her husband Paul, they enjoy ballroom dancing and, with New York City close by, going to the theater. Ruth and Paul have three grown children and two grandchildren. They all thrive on spending time together. It’s certainly a lively dinner table and they wouldn’t change it for the world. Ruth is a Trustee and on the Executive Board of Shelter Our Sister (SOS) in New Jersey. SOS is Bergen County’s only shelter for victims of domestic violence. She frequently speaks at various functions around Bergen County on behalf of the Shelter.
K.M. Fawcett is the author of the thrilling sci-fi romance series, The Survival Race. She enjoys stories filled with adventure and strong, kick-butt heroes and heroines. Ranked 4th degree black belt in Isshinryu Karate and 3rd degree in Ryukonkai (Okinawan weapons), K.M. and her husband own Tenchi Isshinryu Karate Dojo in NJ. When not writing sci-fi & paranormal romances or working out at the dojo, K.M. is driving her children to drum lessons and ballet classes. Visit her on Facebook, Twitter, and at her website www.kmfawcett.com.
Shelley Freydont and Shelley Noble divide their time and their personality between writing amateur sleuth mysteries and women's fiction. Shelley Freydont is the author of nine mystery novels. Shelley Noble's women's fiction novel Beach Colors (William Morrow 2012) was selected as one of USA Today's top ten summer reads. A former professional dancer and choreographer, she most recently worked on the films Mona Lisa Smile and The Game Plan. Learn more about Shelley at www.shelleyfreydont.com or www.shelleynoble.com
A Jersey girl born and bred, Rosemary DiBattista left her heart at the shore, which serves as the setting for much of her work. She earned her B.A. and M.A. in English at Rutgers University, where she discovered that reading Shakespeare was actually considered homework. An English teacher by day and novelist by night, Rosemary is also the author of a non-fiction book for teens and numerous education articles. Her debut novel, a contemporary update of The Taming of the Shrew, is currently out on submission. The first book in her cozy mystery series, Murder Marinara, will be published by NAL/Penguin in early 2014. Rosemary lives in central New Jersey (fifty miles from the nearest ocean) with her husband, two of her three sons, and an ill-behaved fox terrier.
Caroyn Gibbs has a background in television news and video production. She has been published in short fiction by True Confessions. Magazine and e-publisher, Lady Leo Publishing as Chloe J. Daniels. Carolyn lives in New York City and is a member of RWA/NYC chapter.
Born and raised in New York City, Catherine Greenfeder grew up listening to wonderful storytellers, her grandparents and her mother. Interest in the paranormal goes back to her childhood and listening to her grandfather’s ghost stories of Ireland. Currently a full-time language arts teacher in New Jersey, Catherine writes novels and stories in her spare time. Sacred Fires, her paranormal romance about soul mates reuniting to uncover an antiquities smuggling operation in Mexico, is her third published novel. Wildflowers, a historical western romance, published in 2011. Angels Among Us, a contemporary paranormal set in New Jersey, published in 2006. Married to Wayne, her high school sweetheart and soul mate, Catherine lives in New Jersey. She’s the mother of a young adult son. When not teaching or writing, Catherine enjoys theatre, travel, yoga, and long walks with her black Labrador retriever, Murphy. www.catherinegreenfeder.vpweb.com
Higgins, Lisa Verge**
Lisa Verge Higgins is the bestselling, RITA-nominated author of fifteen novels that have been published worldwide and translated into as many languages—quite a switch for this former PhD candidate in chemistry. Currently writing women’s fiction for Hachette, Lisa’s books have finalled for a RITA, won the Golden Leaf and the Bean Pot Awards, and twice she has cracked Barnes & Noble’s General Fiction Forum’s top twenty books of the year. Her latest novel, FRIENDSHIP MAKES THE HEART GROW FONDER, hit the shelves in March 2013. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and their three daughters, who never fail to make life interesting.
Babette James writes contemporary and fantasy romance and loves reading nail-biting tales with a satisfying happily ever after. When not dreaming up stories, she enjoys playing with new bread recipes and dabbling with paints. A teacher, she loves encouraging new readers and writers as they discover their growing abilities. Her class cheers when it’s time for their spelling test! She lives in New Jersey with her wonderfully patient husband and three extremely spoiled cats. Her debut contemporary romance, Clear As Day, is available in eBook and in print. Visit Babette at her website: www.babettejames.com.
Alan W. Jankowski is the award winning author of well over one hundred short stories, plays and poems. His stories have been published online, and in various journals including Oysters & Chocolate, Muscadine Lines: A Southern Journal, eFiction Magazine, Zouch, The Rusty Nail, and a few others he can't remember at the moment. His poetry has more recently become popular, and his 9-11 Tribute poem was used extensively in ceremonies during the tenth anniversary of this tragic event...His book "I Often Wonder: a collection of poetry and prose" on Inner Child Press, is now available on Amazon.
When he is not writing, which is not often, his hobbies include music and camera collecting. He currently resides in New Jersey. He always appreciates feedback of any kind on his work, and can be reached by e-mail at: Exakta66@gmail.com
Wendy LaCapra has been reading romance since she sneaked into the adult section at the library and discovered Victoria Holt & Jane Aiken Hodge. From that point on, she dreamed of creating fictional worlds with as much richness, intrigue and passion as she found within those books. Her stories have placed in several contests, including the a 2012 Golden Heart®. She lives in NYC with her husband.
Roz Lee has been married to her best friend and high school sweetheart for over three decades. These days she splits her time between their home in rural New Jersey and Southern California, where her husband works. Even though she's lived on both coasts, her heart lies in between, in Texas. A Texan by birth, she can trace her family back to the Republic of Texas. With roots that deep, she says, "You can't ever really leave."
Roz and her husband have two grown daughters they couldn't be more proud of, and are currently raising a ten-year-old Labrador Retriever, Betty Boop, who isn't aware of her canine heritage. When Roz isn't writing, she's reading or traipsing around the country on one adventure of another. No trip is too small, no tourist trap too cheesy, and no road unworthy of traveling.
Melinda Leigh abandoned her career in banking to raise her kids and never looked back. She started writing as a hobby and became addicted to creating characters and stories. Since then, she has won numerous writing awards for her paranormal romance and romantic-suspense fiction. Her debut novel, She Can Run, was the number one bestseller in Kindle Romantic Suspense, a 2011 Best Book Finalist (the Romance Reviews), and a nominee for the 2012 International Thriller Award for Best First Novel. When she isn’t writing, Melinda is an avid martial artist: she holds a second-degree black belt in Kenpo karate and teaches women’s self-defense. She lives in a messy house with her husband, two teenagers, a couple of dogs, and two rescue cats.
Kate Lutter believes she was born to write. She wrote her first novel when she was in eighth grade, but then almost burned her house down when she tried to incinerate her story in the garbage can because she couldn’t get the plot to turn out right. Now, many years later, she lives in NJ with her husband and five cats (no matches in sight) and spends her days writing contemporary paranormal romances, traveling the world, and hanging out with her four wild sisters. She is happy to report that her debut novel, Wild Point Island, published by Crescent Moon Press, is available in mass market paperback and ebook formats. She is busy writing the sequel. Kate also writes a weekly exotic travel blog entitled Hot Blogging with Chuck, which features her very snarky and rascally almost famous cat. Kate can be found at www.katelutter.com. Her blog can be found at www.katelutter.blogspot.com.
Maria K. Alexander
Penelope Marzec grew up along the Jersey shore. She started reading romances at a young age and fell hopelessly in love with happy endings. Her inspirational romances won two of EPIC’s eBook Awards and another book was a finalist in that contest. Her paranormal, Irons In The Fire, was a nominee for a Romantic Times Reviewers Choice award. Visit her website at www.penelopemarzec.com for more information.
Tere Michaels is a writer of a trilogy of m/m books for Loose ID and an editor for Loose ID and Etopia Press.
Orr, Alice **
Irene Peterson is a Jersey Girl. She's been writing since she was fifteen and published her first novel in 2006. Of course, it's about the Jersey shore. Of course, part of it is autobiographical...but only the nifty parts. She is currently working on a dragon book, a WWII adventure and a romp in Scotland with the Loch Ness monster. Some of this will be autobiographical. Irene's website is located at www.irenepeterson.com Her blog with current serialog is http://peachette48.livejournal.com.
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author and RITA® Finalist Caridad Pineiro wrote her first novel in the fifth grade when her teacher assigned a project – to write a book for a class lending library. Bitten by the writing bug, Caridad continued with her passion for the written word and in 1999, Caridad’s first novel was released. Over a decade later, Caridad is the author of nearly 40 published novels and novellas. When not writing, Caridad is an attorney, wife, and mother to an aspiring writer and fashionista. For more information, please visit www.caridad.com or www.rebornvampirenovels.com.
Kathye Quick has been dreaming about King Arthur and his knights ever since she saw the first episode of the Adventures of Sir Lancelot on a black and white television way back when she was a little girl. The dashing William Russell as Sir Lancelot stole her heart and swept her away to a time when “In days of old, when knights were bold, the stories told of Sir Lancelot.” From that day on, as soon as the Sisters in Catholic School, gave her a number 2 pencil, she began writing her own tales of knights and their ladies. Kathye is thrilled to build upon her Beyond Camelot – Brother Knights series with the release of Braeden and Janne and plans a third book to continue the adventure.
A multi-published award-winning author, in addition to fantasy historical romance, Kathye also writes romantic comedies, historical romance, and, with Patt Mihailoff writing as P. K. Eden, urban fantasy. She is one of the founding members of Liberty State Fiction Writers, a multi genre writing group formed to further the craft of writing and help others hone their writing skills and break into the publishing world.
When she isn’t writing, Kathye works for county government in New Jersey and is married to her real life knight in shining armor, Don. She has three grown sons who are all having adventures in kingdoms of their own.
Visit Kathye at her website to find out more about her stories.
Award-winning author Nisha Sharma, also writing as Tess Quinn, was raised in the countryside of northeast, Pennsylvania. With very little to do in a small town, Nisha filled her spare time with eighties music, Bollywood movies, and a lot of reading. When she ran out of romances to read at her local library, she started writing sequels to her favorites and she’s been writing ever since. Nisha graduated from Muhlenberg College with a B.A. in English in 2006 and Hofstra School of Law in 2010. She continues her obsession with writing while obtaining her MFA in creative writing from Wilkes University. She loves living in an area where the population has more people than cornfields, and the local movie theater plays Bollywood movies all the time. Nisha is represented by Antonella Iannarino at David Black Literary. You can find her at www.Nisha-Sharma.com.
After my youngest child sat on my lap one day and asked, “Mommy, what do you want to be when you grow up?” my journey into the writing world began. Sure, I loved staying home with my children, but they were growing up too fast and I wanted to have something for me once they were off to college and on their own sooo... After taking a course on writing for children at the Institute of Children’s Literature, I published a children's non-fiction book in 2004, Nebraska, for Kidhaven Press. To say I was excited put it mildly, now a published author, I was thrilled. When a mentor and dear friend, said, “You should write a romance” I took her advice. After all, she’d steered me toward writing for children and that worked out well. I had nothing to lose. Thus began my adventure into writing women’s fiction and romance novels. Hard to believe that was eight years ago, but I love the romance genre so much I haven’t looked back since : ) My available books are as follows:
ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE; available now, Astraea Press, Amazon.com
MARRYING MR. RIGHT; available now, Amazon.com, The Wild Rose Press
TRAINING TRAVIS; coming soon, Amazon.com, The Wild Rose Press
Rayna is fascinated by the paranormal and she loves a good romance as well, which probably explains why these two elements perpetually crop up in her writing. The perpetual student, she took fiction writing classes and steeped herself in reading tales of love conquering all before attempting to write her own story. After a number of failed attempts she finally published a paranormal romantic suspense novel before discovering a secondary passion, M/M romance.Now, Rayna divides her time between crafting stories of sexy men finding their way to love and penning the adventures of kick-butt heroes and heroines who overcome impossible odds. Naturally, she mixes in a bit of the supernatural. Additionally, she also writes out of the box paranormals with, blog mate, Melinda Leigh.When Rayna isn’t writing or being bossed around by the two cats that allow her to live with them, she’s attending karate classes, planning her next trip to Disney World or indulging her obsession with video games. She is a founding member of Liberty States Fiction Writers, a multi-genre fiction writer’s organization and currently serves and their Vice President and Conference Chair. You can also visit with Rayna and her good friends and fellow writers Melinda Leigh and KM Fawcett on their blog Attacking the Page.
Growing up in Cranford, NJ, Eileen always aspired to write novels. As soon as she could print, she began folding sheets of letter-sized paper in half, drawing cover illustrations and attempting to write "books." Her earliest efforts involved adventure stories about horses. During her high school years at Benedictine Academy in Elizabeth, NJ, she moved on to Nancy Drew-type mysteries. In her freshman year at Marywood College in Scranton, PA, Eileen won first place in a college-wide short story contest. The real turning point occurred later that year, when a friend lent her a paperback of DRACULA. Eileen read it by flashlight during a thunderstorm and blackout in the dorm, and instantly knew that was the kind of book she wanted to write. More contemporary horror and suspense authors who have influenced her work since then include Ira Levin, Dean Koontz and Barbara Michaels. Since 2003, Eileen has published four novels with Amber Quill Press LLC, three of them paranormal thrillers under the name "E. F. Watkins." Watkins is a founding member of the Garden State Horror Writers, and also belongs to the mystery-writers’ group Sisters in Crime/Central Jersey and The Writer’s Workshop of Bergen County, NJ. She has taught fiction-writing seminars for the adult school in Wayne, NJ. A professional journalist for more than 30 years, Eileen has written about art, architecture, fine crafts and interior design for daily newspapers and local, national and international magazines. She shares her 1922 house in northern New Jersey with two cats--Bela and Harley--and decorates it with furniture, fabrics and accessories from the 1930s-40s.
Award-winning author Lois Winston writes the critically acclaimed Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mysteries series featuring magazine crafts editor and reluctant amateur sleuth Anastasia Pollack. ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY GLUE GUN, the first book in the series, received starred reviews from both Publishers Weekly and Booklist. Kirkus Reviews dubbed it, “North Jersey’s more mature answer to Stephanie Plum.” Other books in the series include DEATH BY KILLER MOP DOLL, REVENGE OF THE CRAFTY CORPSE, DECOUPAGE CAN BE DEADLY and the Anastasia Pollack ebook Mini-Mysteries CREWEL INTENTIONS, MOSAIC MAYHEM, and PATCHWORK PERIL, all of which are also included in the CRAFTY CRIMES anthology.
Lois's most recent release is DEFINITELY DEAD, the first book in her new Empty Nest Mystery series.
Lois is also published in women’s fiction, romance, romantic suspense, and non-fiction under her own name and her Emma Carlyle pen name. In addition, she’s an award-winning crafts and needlework designer and an agent with the Ashley Grayson Literary Agency. Visit Lois/Emma at http://www.loiswinston.com, and visit Anastasia at the Killer Crafts & Crafty Killers character blog, http://www.anastasiapollack.blogspot.com.
Pearl Wolf published her first work of fiction–a short anecdote for THE READER’S DIGEST—when she was fourteen years old. For this effort, she received the grand sum of $5.00. That was enough to start her on her writing career. She lives in Manhattan, escapes to Southampton whenever she can and hibernates in Florida in the winter. She has two sons and three grandsons. Pearl is active in several writers organizations including New Jersey Romance Writers, Florida Romance Writers, NYC Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime, NY-Tristate chapter (past president). When she isn’t writing, she loves to play duplicate bridge and is a life master.
Zaman, Natalie **