Joy to the World, My Shopping’s Done

on December 24, 2013

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!

on December 23, 2013

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

Ann Lawrence

Ann Lawrence

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 their dad!

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.

LORD OF THE KEEP

LORD OF THE MIST

LORD OF THE HUNT

My “Tolemac Wars” series is coming this summer and fall:

VIRTUAL HEAVEN in August

VIRTUAL DESIRE in September

VIRTUAL WARRIOR in October

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.

Warmest Regards,

Ann

“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

http://www.annlawrence.com

Research for a Writer is a Gift that Keeps Giving

on December 19, 2013

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

Barbara Hay

Barbara Hay

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, Oklahoma.

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.

http://www.barbarahay.com

Smart By Any Other Name

on December 17, 2013

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

Christmas Decoration

on December 16, 2013

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

Christmas Vacation

on December 13, 2013

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

Melissa McClone

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.

http://www.melissamcclone.com

‘Tis the Season…for Imperfection

on December 12, 2013

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

Jennifer Scott

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, Missouri area.

http://www.jenniferscottauthor.com

Why Does Amish Fiction Appeal to Us?

on December 11, 2013

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

Naomi King

Naomi King

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.

http://www.naomikingauthor.com

They’re Not Birthdays Anymore, They’re Anniversaries

on December 10, 2013

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

In Search of the Perfect Christmas

on December 9, 2013

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

Rhys Bowen

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.

http://www.rhysbowen.com