by Pamela Ann Cleverly The second book in my Tanner series became available on December 18th. Watching it go live was exciting and rewarding. I felt a tremendous sense of accomplishment and rejoiced with family and friends. But now it’s time to move on. So, I left Northeastern Ohio’s cold, grey days and moved on… Read More
I’ve always had stories in my head. They were there
just waiting to be pulled out when I needed to keep my three
rowdy younger brothers quiet. There was a story for long
trips in the car or bad weather days. If need be, I could
read them something from my vast library of Nancy Drew and
the Hardy Boys. Those books were the fuel that fed my love
of mysteries that years later would lead me to Agatha
Christie, Mary Stewart, and Phyllis Whitney.
My teachers complained to my mother that I often daydreamed
in class. I didn’t pay attention. When class got
boring, I just flipped the switch in my head, and a
wonderful story began to play. I tried my best to look
attentive, which wasn’t easy. I struggled through
school — then I struggled through life.
After a failed marriage, my young daughter and I left the
comfort of northeastern Ohio for Toronto, Ontario. It was
love at first sight, and each year was more exciting and
glamorous than the last. I became an active member of the
American business community with ties to the American
Consulate. It was a fantasy life, just like in the books
that kept my mind occupied each day riding the subway
trains. But just six years later, and at the height of my
social life, my second husband was transferred back to
Cleveland. I cried all the way to Buffalo. Then, before I
had time to plan my next move, I had a devastating accident,
which left me unable to walk without assistance for almost a
year. I read over three hundred books that year. I expanded
my interests into the genres of Romance and often read two
Harlequins in a single day. I found myself rewriting some of
the endings or continuing on with a sequel if the story
ended too soon.
One day, I told my mother that the stories in my head were
often better than the ones I read. I guess I’d never
explained to anyone about those stories that came out of
nowhere. Her answer was that I should write them down. Gee,
I’d never thought of that. And so in the summer of
1982, I began my first book — a paranormal set outside
of London. I wrote it out longhand and then typed the
completed pages on my portable typewriter. My world was
perfect and I was going to become a writer. But not then.
Fast-forward twenty-three years. I was sitting at my
computer at work and suddenly there was a story in my head.
It wouldn’t go away, and it wouldn’t let me
think about anything else. So I started writing and finally
finished at 160,000 words. But then the sequel was in my
head, and I was in trouble because I didn’t know what
to do next. I joined a writer’s group, and now
I’m finally ready to tell my stories.
I’ll be telling those stories from the rolling hills
of northeastern Ohio. That is, when I’m not telling
them from our home in the lower Florida Keys. I’m also
the Executive Director of CANTER Ohio (The Communication
Alliance to Network Thoroughbred Ex-Racehorses). But
that’s another story.
I’m so excited about the upcoming release of my new book MENDING FENCES on June 19. It’s a book about family. Specifically, the book revolves around a widowed father and his four daughters: Sharon, Kathy, Patti, and Helen. My mom and dad had six girls. Actually they had three girls, waited ten years, then had… Read More
Fascinated by broken-hearted couples and atypical families, Patricia weaves engaging tales of men and women who create cohesive families where love reigns supreme. She sprinkles her books with intriguing characters who struggle to find balance in life after tragedy. Whether an unwed teenager, desperate widow, abandoned father, or a couple who stray from their marital vows, her characters form relationships impacted by their desire to create a family. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Patricia attended St. Mary's College in Moraga, California, where she studied Psychology and Spanish. She spent her junior year abroad at the University of Madrid then transferred to UC Santa Barbara where she received her B.A. in Spanish. She went on to get a Master's degree in Education at Oregon State University. Patricia lives with her husband and two children in Alameda, across the bay from San Francisco, along with two very large chocolate labs named Annabella and Jack, and a rescue terrier mix, Shay Dog. Oh, and she also takes care of her daughter's guinea pig, Lucifer. When she's not writing or spending time with her family, Patricia enjoys riding her Friesian horse Maximus, who lives in the Oakland hills with a million dollar view. The link to her website is: http://www.patriciayagerdelagrange.com
People often ask me which character is me in a book. I always say, “Them all.” In MORNINGS ON MAIN, I was a young woman driving through town looking for a place to stop for a few months. Looking for a piece of her life that was missing. She traveled light from town to town,… Read More
A fifth-generation Texan, New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Jodi Thomas chooses to set the majority of her novels in her home state, where her grandmother was born in a covered wagon. A former teacher, Thomas traces the beginning of her storytelling career to the days when her twin sisters were young and impressionable.
With a degree in family studies, Thomas is a marriage and family counselor by education, a background that enables her to write about family dynamics. Honored in 2002 as a Distinguished Alumni by Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Thomas enjoys interacting with students on the West Texas A&M University campus, where she served as Writer in Residence.
Commenting on her contribution to the arts, Thomas said, "When I was teaching classes full-time, I thought I was making the world a better place. Now I think of a teacher or nurse or mother settling back and relaxing with one of my books. I want to take her away on an adventure that will entertain her. Maybe, in a small way, I'm still making the world a better place."
When not working on a novel, Thomas enjoys traveling with her husband, renovating a historic home they bought in Amarillo and checking up on their two grown sons.
By Katharine Britton Inspiration in content Inspiration, the root of which is the word “spirit,” comes from the Latin “spiritus,” meaning “breath.” Early (c. 1300) definitions of “inspiration” meant the “immediate influence of God or a god” mainly in religious writing. Inspiration, when it comes to an author, can feel like divine intervention. But even… Read More
Katharine has a Master’s degree in Creative Writing
from Dartmouth College. Her screenplay, Goodbye Don’t
Mean Gone, was a Moondance Film Festival winner and a
finalist in the New England Women in Film and Television
contest. Katharine is a member of the League of Vermont
Writers and PEN New England. She teaches writing at
Colby-Sawyer College, and is an instructor at The
When not at her desk, Katharine can often be found in her
Norwich garden, waging a non-toxic war against the slugs,
snails, deer, woodchucks, chipmunks, moles, voles, and
beetles with whom she shares her yard. Katharine's defense
consists mainly of hand-wringing, after-the-fact.
by Carolyn Haines People often ask writers where ideas for books come from. I think it’s different for each story—a tidbit for a newspaper or magazine, a chance conversation with a friend, happening upon a historical fact while looking for something else, or maybe a dream. Sometimes, as in the case of Rock-A-Bye Bones, one… Read More
USA Today bestselling author Carolyn Haines grew up
with both parents working as
journalists, and she was bitten by the writing bug at a very
young age. Her three ambitions were to be a cowgirl, a
mystery-solving sleuth like Nancy Drew, and a writer. Today,
she has basically accomplished them all. She is the author
of the acclaimed Bones mystery series and in
addition, she works as an advocate for humane treatment for
animals and operates a small rescue on her farm (7 horses, 9
cats and 6 dogs).
Haines claims to have had “the last golden childhood
of the South.” She grew up in Lucedale, Mississippi, a
town of 3,000 in the Southeastern Pine Barrens. She rode her
bicycle all over the county with her wonderful dog Venus and
employed her imagination to create adventures with her friends.
Her first job in journalism was at the local weekly, The
George County Times, when she was in high school. She
went on to work as a photojournalist at the Hattiesburg
American while attending the University of Southern
Mississippi to earn a B.S. in journalism.
She worked for nearly a decade in the news business,
covering local politics, the state legislatures in Alabama
and Mississippi, spot news, writing a personal column and
her favorite—writing features and using photography to
illustrate the story. With her mother,
she ran a statewide bureau in Mississippi for the Mobile
Register and the Mississippi Press. As part of
her journalistic adventures, Haines covered an armed robbery
on horseback, hopped a freight train, and rescued a young,
injured bald eagle from certain death. She was the first
female reporter hired on the news side of the Huntsville
At the same time, she began writing short fiction for
personal satisfaction. Under the sway of Eudora Welty,
Flannery O’Connor, Doris Betts, and Lee Smith, Haines
wrote about the landscape and the people she knew. The end
result was being accepted by an agent who urged her to
“write a novel.”
Another huge influence was Harper Lee and TO KILL A
MOCKINGBIRD. Haines’s first novel was SUMMER OF
THE REDEEMERS, a coming of age story set in 1963 rural
Mississippi and published in 1994. Haines was honored in
2010 with the Harper Lee Award for Distinguished Writing.
In 2009, Haines was named the recipient of the Richard
Wright Award for Literary Excellence.
From general fiction, Haines drifted into mysteries, and THEM BONES, a humorous mystery with a wise-cracking
ghost, was bought at auction. The stories center around
Sarah Booth Delaney and her friends. The fourteenth book in
the series, BOOTY BONES, was published May 20, 2014,
by St. Martin’s Minotaur.
While writing the lighter mysteries, Haines has continued to
write in the darker terrain of the crime novel. PENUMBRA and FEVER MOON (both St.
Martin’s Minotaur) are historical crime novels.
In May 2010, an anthology she edited, DELTA BLUES,
was released to critical acclaim.
Along with writing, Haines is the fiction coordinator at the
University of South Alabama where she teaches graduate and
undergraduate fiction writing. And she is president of Good
Fortune Farm Refuge, an organization dedicated to helping
animals and to educating the public on the need to spay and
She lives on a farm with her “critters.” They
are the terror of the neighborhood.
By Margaret Daley From Judith Arnold about how The Inheritance collection originated: The idea for the series was born during the “Let Your Imagination Take Flight” conference in 2015. Patricia McLinn, Day Leclaire, Lisa Mondello, Kathryn Shay, and Judith Arnold were all at the conference, and we were tossing ideas around, searching for… Read More
Margaret Daley is an award winning, multi-published author
in the romance genre. One of her romantic suspense books, Hearts on the Line, won the American Christian
Fiction Writers’ Book of the Year Contest. Recently
she has won the Golden Quill Contest, FHL’s
Inspirational Readers’ Choice Contest, Winter Rose
Contest, Holt Medallion and the Barclay Gold Contest. She
wrote for various secular publishers before the Lord led her
to the Christian romance market. She currently writes
inspirational romance and romantic suspense books for the
Steeple Hill Love Inspired lines, romantic suspense for
Abingdon Press and historical romance for Summerside Press.
She has sold ninety-two books to date.
Margaret was the President for American Christian Fiction
Writers (ACFW), an organization of over 2600 members. She
was one of the founding members of the first ACFW local
chapter, WIN in Oklahoma. She has taught numerous classes
for online groups, ACFW and RWA chapters. She enjoys
mentoring other authors.
Until she retired a few years ago, she was a teacher of
students with special needs for twenty-seven years and
volunteered with Special Olympics as a coach. She currently
is on the Outreach committee at her church, working on
several projects in her community as well as serving on her
On a more personal note, she has been married for over forty
years to Mike and has one son and four granddaughters. She
treasures her time with her family and friends.
Margaret Daley is giving away a $10 Amazon e-gift card (only for US and Canada entries) or for the rest of the world an eBook copy of one of the three books in Everyday Heroes series (HUNTED, OBSESSED or TRAPPED) (winner's choice), in honor of a new series, New Beginnings. NOTE: LOVE'S HEALING POWER is not part of the contest prize.
by Jean Lafitte (with translation by DJ Jaco) Bonjour, mes amies. I was most pleased when asked to offer my considerable knowledge of the art of l’amour to modern women who might wish to please a man of the world such as myself. (DJ: He means pirates. Specifically, undead French pirates from the early 1800s…. Read More
The Unofficial Bio: I am ridiculously nearsighted, have a weakness for reality
shows (anyone for a marathon of “Ice Road
Truckers?”) and am somewhat obsessive-compulsive.
Well, okay, my critique partner calls me “Rain
Man.” I like to color-code anything, am obsessed with
the search for the perfect daily planner, and love listening
to Canadian French folk music.
The “Official” Bio Suzanne Johnson is the author of the Sentinels of New
Orleans urban fantasy series from Tor Books: ROYAL
STREET, (Book 1), RIVER ROAD (Book 2), ELYSIAN
FIELDS (Book 3), and PIRATE’S ALLEY (Book
4). BELLE CHASSE (Book 5) will release on Nov. 8,
2016. She is also the author of a holiday short, CHRISTMAS IN DOGTOWN, a novella and collection
of stories, PIRATESHIP DOWNTHE CONSORT, that was part of the Dark
Secrets Paranormal Noir anthology.
Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is the author of the
multiple award-winning Penton Vampire Legacy paranormal romance series: REDEMPTION, ABSOLUTION, OMEGA, and ALLEGIANCE, and
a standalone spinoff, STORM FORCE; The
Collectors romantic thriller series, LOVELY, DARK,
AND DEEP and DEADLY, CALM, AND COLD; and a
paranormal digital short, CHENOIRE. Her new Wilds
of the Bayou series with Montlake Romance begins with WILD MAN’S CURSE, releasing April 5, 2016, with
book two (as yet untitled) following in late 2016.
A longtime New Orleans resident, Suzanne is a veteran
journalist with more than fifty national awards in writing
and editing nonfiction for higher education, including the
Robert S. Sibley Award for the best university magazine in
the U.S. and Canada, for the Rice University magazine. She
currently works at Auburn University in Auburn, Ala., and is
plotting a return to the Gulf Coast within the next sixteen
Suzanne is an active member of Novelists Inc., Romance
Writers of America, and is a member of the Southern Magic,
Kiss of Death, Georgia Romance Writers, and Fantasy,
Futuristic and Paranormal chapters of RWA.
by Lisa Renee Jones With every new series an author starts from scratch. A new world to mold, new characters to create and acquaint yourself with, and in my case an intricately twisted plot to plan out. Yet, with the daunting task of a new series comes the thrill of weaving in the new elements… Read More
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling
author Lisa Renee Jones is the author of the highly
acclaimed INSIDE OUT SERIES, and is now in
development by Suzanne Todd (Alice in Wonderland, Austin
Powers, Must Love Dogs) for cable TV. In addition, her Tall,
Dark and Deadly series and The Secret Life of Amy Bensen
series, both spent several months on a combination of the NY Times and USA Today lists.
Since beginning her publishing career in 2007, Lisa has
published more than 40 books translated around the world.
Booklist says that Jones suspense truly sizzles with an
energy similar to FBI tales with a paranormal twist by Julie
Garwood or Suzanne Brockmann.
Prior to publishing, Lisa owned multi-state staffing agency
that was recognized many times by The Austin Business
Journal and also praised by Dallas Women
Magazine. In 1998 LRJ was listed as the #7 growing women
owned business in Entrepreneur Magazine.
Lisa loves to hear from her readers. You can reach her at
lisareneejones.com and she is active on twitter and facebook
One of the most frequent questions I get from readers is “Have any of your books ever been turned into movies?” At last, after twenty-three years and eighty novels, I get to answer that with a resounding yes! My romance HELLO IT’S ME premiered a few weeks ago as a Hallmark Movies & Mysteries television… Read More
New York Times bestseller Wendy Corsi Staub is the
award-winning author of more than eighty novels, best known
for the single title psychological suspense novels she
writes under her own name. Those novels and the
women's fiction she writes under the pseudonym Wendy
Markham have frequently appeared on the USA Today,
Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Bookscan bestseller lists. In 2015, Wendy published three new novels: THE BLACK WIDOW, which concluded her cyber predator suspense
trilogy for HarperCollins; BLOOD RED, which
launchedMundy's Landing, a psychological
suspense trilogy for HarperCollins; and NINE LIVES, which launchedLily Dale, a cozy mystery series for Crooked Lane. Her Wendy
Markham novel HELLO, IT'S ME made its television
premiere on the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Channel starring
Kellie Martin and Kavan Smith. A two-time finalist for the prestigious Simon and Schuster
Mary Higgins Clark Award, she's won the 2008 RT Award
for Career Achievement in Suspense, the 2007 RWA-NYC Golden
Apple Award for Lifetime Achievement, an RWA Rita award, and
five WLA Washington Irving Prizes for Fiction. She previously published a dozen adult suspense novels with
Kensington Books as well as the acclaimed young adult series
LILY DALE with Walker/Bloomsbury. Earlier in her career, she
published in a broad range of genres under her own name and
various pseudonyms, and has co-authored and ghostwritten for
a number of celebrities. Wendy lives in the New York City suburbs with her husband
and sons. A vocal and active supporter of Relay for Life,
Support Connection, and the American Cancer Society, she was
a 2012 Ovarian Cancer Awareness month national spokesperson
for the Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation, and was a
featured speaker at the Katonah-Lewisboro
Relay for Life. As an animal rights advocate, she fosters
for various rescue organizations in the metropolitan area.
Ever since I was a little girl, I loved few things more than a good road trip—short antiquing road trips, long climbing mountain road trips, epic winding coastal road trips . . . I loved them all. Then in my dating days, I realized that one of the best ways to find out if a… Read More
Jeanne Devlin is editor of The RoadRunner Press, an award-winning traditional publishing house based in the American West. An editor of newspapers, magazines, and books for more than thirty years, she has also worked on national marketing and publicity campaigns with such publishers as Simon and Schuster and St. Martin's and for a number of New York Times bestselling authors, including Robyn Carr, Sabrina Jeffries, Debbie Macomber, Linda Lael Miller, and Wendy Corsi Staub.
A graduate of the Stanford University Publishing Course, Jeanne is a member of the Children's Book Council, the National Book Critics Circle, and the Oklahoma Center for the Book of the Library of Congress. She also consults with boutique publishers.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read reviews that criticised historical romance for being inaccurate just because the characters engaged in pre-marital sexy times. But the Victorians were a lot sexier than people think. Our perception of them has been filtered by all those old photos of unsmiling grand dames and elder statesmen…. Read More