It came upon a midnight clear, in fact the truth burst upon me a couple hours earlier: by 10:00 p.m. on December 23, I realized my 2013 Christmas shopping was complete. And yes, I did hear strains of the Hallelujah chorus in that moment. More often than not, I have at least a few stocking… Read More
Ready or not, the holiday is upon us! Are your stockings hung? Is your tree trimmed? Are all the packages wrapped? The cookies baked? Or are you frantically searching online or running around the mall? Are you like me? Did you discover at this last moment that you don’t have enough sugar for the cookies… Read More
I was born in Gillingham, Kent, England, and then moved to
suburban Philadelphia where I still live. I have a great
husband who always picks up the slack for me! I also have a
handsome son and a beautiful daughter . . . they take after
I love reading and writing both historical and paranormal
romance, but whichever genre I choose, I like to include a
puzzle for the reader to solve along with the characters.
I’m super excited that my books are being reissued as
ebooks. As someone who is addicted to reading, I’m
never without my ebook reader. Here’s what’s
happening with my books . . .
My “lords” are coming out now. You can download
the books by clicking on their titles.
I want to thank my many readers who kept in touch with me
during my hiatus from publishing while I was undergoing a
battle with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia. I’m happy
to say I feel great and am in remission again. If you ever
need a charity to adopt, I highly recommend the Leukemia &
Lymphoma Society. The medicines I received did not
exist five years before I was diagnosed! They are making
strides against blood disorders every day.
Check me out on Facebook and if you join my
mailing list, I’ll let you know as each of my books
becomes available for download.
“Ann Lawrence. . . captures the reader on
the first page.” —RT Book Reviews
“Ann Lawrence has shown her versatility as a writer,
alternating between a virtual fantasy series and her
medieval historical romances. The common denominator between
the two is the strength of her heroines, and the courage of
her heroes, as they fight seemingly insurmountable odds to
grab the brass ring.” —Leslie Tramposch, ParaNormalRomance
One of the fun things about being a writer of children’s books is doing research. That hold especially true when you’re writing a series as full of adventure and wild places and learning as my Bulldoggers Club Series. These books feature a group of boys who love the outdoors and riding horses and who come… Read More
An award-winning columnist, reporter, and short-story
writer, Barbara Hay is the author of the debut young adult
novel LESSON OF THE WHITE EAGLE (RoadRunner Press,
October 2011). For nine years, Hay was a columnist and
contributor to the award-winning Sooner Catholic newspaper, which serves western Oklahoma. Her work has also
appeared in the Tulsa World, Columbia Magazine and Women’s World Weekly.
Hay holds a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies from
the University of Oklahoma. The widowed mother of four
children, she lives and writes at her home in Ponca City,
Her next book will be The Bulldoggers Club— The
Tale of the Ill-Gotten Catfish , a new middle-grade
series from RoadRunner Press, coming in 2012.
I recently had a chance to see the movie Philomena starring the brilliant actress Judi Dench in the title role. In addition to being touching and entertaining this movie makes a very important and profound point about what constitutes true intelligence. All too often people assume that the smartest folks are automatically those who hold… Read More
This is actually my favorite part of the holidays. The decoration I love the best is my nativity by Fontanini. We set it up the day after Thanksgiving and keep baby Jesus hidden away until Christmas morning. When my kids were little we’d rotate years as to who would get to place Jesus in his… Read More
USA Today bestsellingauthor Katherine Garbera writes emotionally sexy contemporary romances. An Amazon, BN & iBooks bestseller, she is also a two-time Maggie winner and has more than 7 million copies of her books sold worldwide.
When it comes to Christmas time getaways, I must admit I’m a big fan of stay-cations! With the house all decorated and so many things going on in the area from light displays to concerts, sticking close to home makes sense, especially with our dogs and cats! They are part of the family and like… Read More
Melissa McClone’s degree in mechanical engineering
from Stanford University led her to a job with a major
airline where she travelled the globe and met her husband.
But analyzing jet engine performance couldn’t compete
with her love of writing happily ever afters. Her first
full-time writing endeavor was her first sale when she was
pregnant with her first child! Since then, she has published
over twenty-five romance novels with Harlequin and been
nominated for Romance Writers of America’s RITA award.
When she isn’t writing, she’s usually driving
her minivan to/from her children’s swim and soccer
practices, 4-H meetings and dog shows. She also supports
deployed service members through Soldiers’ Angels and
fosters cats through a local non-kill rescue shelter.
Melissa lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband,
three school-aged children, two spoiled Norwegian Elkhounds
and cats who think they rule the house.
The Christmas season is my favorite time of year. It’s the one time of year I don’t mind shopping, even though I’m elbow to elbow with grouchy strangers, sweating in my winter coat and warm boots, watching my bank account dwindle like a dying fire. I don’t mind Christmas music, even though it’s often simple… Read More
Jennifer Scott has been reading, writing, and loving books
for pretty much as long as she can remember. In 2000,
Jennifer decided to try to become a published author, and
began writing women’s fiction novels. But the road to
writing success is never quick, easy, or predictable, and
Jennifer’s official writing career began in 2009 with
her debut young adult novel, Hate List, written under
the name Jennifer Brown. Jennifer now has four
published young adult novels under the Jennifer Brown name.
She never gave up on the women’s fiction genre,
however, and is thrilled to introduce The Sister
Season as her debut women’s fiction.
Jennifer has a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from
William Jewell College, and lives in the Kansas City,
As I ponder the appeal of Amish stories, I think I can best illustrate it with two very compelling images: the image of a family gathered at the dinner table, and the image of a family seated in a church pew. Faith and family are the essence of Amish life—the unshakable foundations of that life—and… Read More
I’ve called Missouri home for most of my life, and
most folks don’t realize that several Old Older Amish
and Mennonite communities make their home here, as well. The
rolling pastureland, woods, and small towns along county
highways make a wonderful setting for Plain
populations—and for stories about them, too! While
Jamesport, Missouri is the largest Old Order Amish
settlement west of the Mississippi River, other communities
have also found the affordable farm land ideal for raising
crops, livestock, and running the small family-owned
businesses that support their families.
Like my heroine, Miriam Lantz, of my new Seasons of the
Heart series, I love to feed people—to share my
hearth and home. I bake bread and goodies and I love to try
new recipes. I put up jars and jars of green beans,
tomatoes, beets and other veggies every summer. All my adult
life, I’ve been a deacon, a dedicated church musician
and choir member, and we hosted a potluck group in our home
for more than twenty years.
Like Abby Lambright, heroine of my new Home at Cedar
Creek series, I consider it a personal mission to be a
listener and a peacemaker—to heal broken hearts and
wounded souls. Faith and family, farming and frugality
matter to me: like Abby, I sew and enjoy fabric arts—I
made my wedding dress and the one Mom wore, too, when I
married into an Iowa farm family more than thirty-five years
ago! When I’m not writing, I crochet and sew, and I
love to travel.
I recently moved to Minnesota when my husband got a
wonderful new job, so now he and I and our border collie,
Ramona, are exploring our new state and making new friends.
I’ve reached that magical age. My birthday was last week and instead of mentioning my actual age, perish the thought, I called it the anniversary of my 29th birthday. Since I stole this idea from a friend of mine, I bequeath its use to you. The beauty of this approach is you can be as… Read More
I always get a little nostalgic around Christmas time—longing for a simpler, gentler time when Christmas wasn’t commercial. That was one of the main reasons for writing my Lady Georgie book, THE TWELVE CLUES OF CHRISTMAS. It’s set in a little English village in Devonshire. Stone cottages, a brook running through it, a hunt on… Read More
Rhys Bowen’s mysteries have been nominated for every
major mystery award, including the Edgar for best novel, and
she has won nine of them. She currently writes the Molly
Murphy Mysteries, set in turn-of-the-century New York City
and featuring a feisty Irish immigrant woman. In 1997 she
began a new, lighter series, this one about a minor royal in
1930s England. The first book was called Her Royal
Spyness. It has been described as Bridget Jones meets
Charade as told by Nancy Mitford and described in a Booklist starred review as "A smashing romp." The
first book has appeared on many bestseller lists and award
nomination slates, including the Dilys award for the book
that independent booksellers most enjoyed selling. A
Royal Pain and Royal Flush are now in stores and Royal Blood comes out this fall.
Rhys was born in Bath, England, of a Welsh/English family,
and educated at London University. She worked for the BBC in
London, as an announcer then drama studio manager. She sang
in folk clubs with luminaries like Simon and Garfunkel and
Al Stewart, and also started writing her own radio and TV
plays. Needing to escape from the dreary London weather, she
accepted an invitation to work for Australian Broadcasting
in Sydney. While Down Under she met her future husband John,
who was on his way to California. She married and settled in
the San Francisco area, where she has lived ever since,
raising four children. (Although she now spends her winters
in her condo in Arizona.)
Finding nothing like the BBC in California, Rhys started
writing children’s books. Her first picture book was
named a NY Times best book of the year. More picture
books followed, then Rhys moved to young adult novels,
writing many best selling titles. She also wrote some adult
historical sagas and some TV tie-ins. When she felt she had
exhausted her enthusiasm for writing for teenagers, Rhys
decided to write what she likes to read: mysteries with a
great feel for time and place. Her childhood memories of her
Welsh relatives were the inspiration for her first mystery
series: the Constable Evans novels. The stories were
immediately well received. The second book, Evan Help
Us, was called "a jewel of a story" by Publishers
Weekly and nominated for a Barry Award. Evan’s
Gate received an Edgar Best Novel nomination.
Wanting to try her hand at something different and edgier,
Rhys conceived Molly Murphy—brash, fearless Irish
immigrant in New York City. The first book in this series, Murphy’s Law, won three awards including the
Agatha. Every subsequent book has received starred reviews
and award nominations. For the Love of Mike won the
Anthony Award at the world mystery convention. Oh Danny
Boy won a Macavity. The ninth book, The Last
Illusion, will be published in March 2011.
Rhys also enjoys writing short stories and has achieved much
critical acclaim for them. Doppelganger won the
Anthony award and was included in the world’s finest
mystery and crime stories anthology. More recently her story Voodoo was chosen to be part of the anthology of the
best of 50 years of Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine.
Rhys is a past national board member of Mystery Writers of
America. When not writing she loves to travel, sing, hike,
play her Celtic harp, and entertain her grandchildren. She
blogs at Jungle Red Writers and Rhys’s Pieces.
Hi friends, It’s been quite a few weeks hasn’t it? I hope wherever you are in the world, you and your loved ones are safe and healthy. I’m writing this on March 24th and realize that when this blog gets published, things may have changed drastically. But here’s a little recap of where we’re at… Read More