by Elizabeth Lowell I loved the idea so much I once used it for a book title. I’d insert a shameless plug here, but this blog is supposed to talk about my newest novel, Perfect Touch. While this latest romantic suspense has plenty of the action and thrills I love to write, it also deals… Read More
Individually and with co-author/husband Evan, Ann Maxwell
has written seventy novels and one work of non-fiction.
There are 30 million copies of these books in print, as well
as reprints in 30 foreign languages. These novels range from
science fiction to historical fiction, from romance to
mystery to suspense. Writing as Ann Maxwell, she began her career in 1975 with a
science fiction novel, Change. Since then, seven of
her nine science fiction novels have been recommended for
the Science Fiction Writers of America Nebula Award; A
Dead God Dancing was nominated for what was then-called
TABA (The American Book Award). In 1976 Ann and Evan (as A. E. Maxwell) collaborated with a
Norwegian hunter and photographer, Ivar Ruud, on The
Year-Long Day, a nonfiction work about Ruud's
life as a trapper and hunter in the Arctic Circle. The book
was later condensed in Reader's Digest and published
in four foreign editions and three book club editions. In
1985, Just Another Day in Paradise, was published
by Doubleday. It was the first of eight A. E. Maxwell crime
novels, featuring couple Fiddler and Fiora faced with
mysteries in the shade of sunny southern California. The
second book, The Frog and the Scorpion, received a
creative writing award from the University of California.
The fourth book in the series, Just Enough Light to
Kill, was named by Time Magazine as one of the
best crime novels of 1988. Ann and Evan (writing as Ann Maxwell) have published four
suspense novels, the most recent of which is Shadow and
Silk. These novels appeared on nation-wide bestseller
lists and are considered groundbreaking in the field of
romantic suspense, which she helped innovate. In 1982, Ann began publishing romance novels as Elizabeth
Lowell. Under that name she has received numerous
professional awards in the romance field, including a
Lifetime Achievement award from the Romance Writers of
America in 1994. She has written both contemporary and
historical romances as well as western romance. Since July of 1992, she has had more than thirty novels on
the New York Times bestseller list, as well as
other national and international bestseller lists. The
series of novels featuring the unforgettable Donovan
family---Amber Beach, Jade Island, Pearl Cove and Midnight in Ruby Bayou have
won acclaim as some of her best romance novels. Her most recent romantic suspense is Night Diver.
Her newest romance novel is Perfect Touch. You can connect with Ann on Facebook or Google+.
It’s that time of year when many of us are on the road or in the air headed to beloved or exotic locales. But whether you have a ticket to ride, or will spend summer in your own backyard, chances are a good book will be part of your vacation. And if books are part… 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.
by Jaycie Cash October can be scary, but don’t worry there are plenty of great books for you to enjoy this month. Check out these great reads being released by Writerspace Top Shelf Authors: Perfect Timing “A Harrigan Family Novel” By Catherine Anderson Mass Market Paperback and eBook Published by Signet Released Sept. 30, 2014,… Read More
By Jaycie Cash School is back in session and we’re heading full steam towards fall. While not fill all 30 days of September with some great reads by Writerspace Top Shelf Authors, like: The Homecoming A Thunder Point Novel #6 By Robyn Carr Mass Market Paperback and eBook Published by MIRA Released August 26, 2014… Read More
Usually picking a favorite scene in a book is like picking my favorite chocolate from one of those Valentine’s Day boxes—I like them all! I have a ton of scenes that I love in This Year’s Black. There’s the makeover. Sex in a tent (trust me, it’s better than it sounds). The won’t-give-an-inch flirting/bickering. But… Read More
Avery Flynn, author of UP A DRY CREEK, her first
published novel and the debut title for her Dry Creek series set in Nebraska, grew up in a small town in the
western part of that state, a far cry from her present day
home just outside of Washington, D.C. It was no accident
that she went back to her roots for the small town setting
for her romantic suspense.
“When I graduated high school,” she says,
“I couldn’t cross the state line fast enough.
The older I got and the farther I moved away, the more I
realized what a wonderful place Nebraska had been to live. I
swore I’d set a novel there as a way to give people a
look into the amazing folks that live in my home state.”
The name Avery Flynn is a pseudonym for the author who, at
least for now, prefers to remain behind the scenes. She
believes having Avery as her alter ego is a very good thing
because, as she says, “Pen name Avery is way cooler
than me. Her favorite color is hot pink. She drinks single
malt scotch on the rocks. She loves the Argentinean tango
and stays at Iceland’s Ice Hotel.”
Author Avery has been writing since she was a child and her
father gave her a baby blue Brother typewriter. She
couldn’t read but nonetheless wrote numerous stories
about her stuffed animals in gibberish. She hasn’t
stopped since, though she maintains that her spelling has
gotten much better and she now prefers to write in English.
Today she’s enjoying her own happily ever after with
her dashing husband, three crazy kids and two arthritic
dogs. She dreams of one day having a floor-to-ceiling
library à la Beauty and the Beast and is
working to perfect the coffee IV drip. For right now,
however, she’s happy to have her first book published
and to have finished the second, A Dry Creek Bed,
which is expected to be published by the end of 2011.
Like most writers, I also had a day job, because one does acquire a certain taste for the luxuries of life, such as shelter and food. I wound up, largely by chance, as a college professor, reading specialist type, working with teachers. So, at the ripe old age of thirty, I looked up to find… Read More
Dr. Russell published his first novel, Empire, in
1993 with Evans Publications, Inc. He followed that suspense
novel with two historic frontier titles—The Savage
Trail (Pinnacle Books, 1993) and Requiem at Dawn (Pinnacle Books, 2000). Requiem at Dawn was a
finalist for Best Original Paperback in the 2001 Western
Writers of America, Inc., Spur Awards competition.
In 2006, the University of Oklahoma Press released Dreams
to Dust: A Tale of the Oklahoma Land Rush, which was
selected as an Official Oklahoma Centennial Project. It won
both the Oklahoma Book Award for fiction and the Langum
Prize for Historical Literature. With The Yard Dog: A
Mystery (Minotaur Books, September 2009), Russell
introduces the Hook Runyon series. The first book finds Hook
investigating a murder at an Oklahoma railroad yard near a
German POW camp during WWII. The Insane Train,
second in the series, was selected as one of the six best
mysteries of 2010 by Publishers Weekly.
I had a friend suggest that maybe writers were drawn to the time period where they have the most memorable past lives. If this is the case, clearly I had a blast during my time as a medieval lady because I can’t seem to get enough of the time period. Some people look at the… Read More
Four-time RITA finalist Joanne Rock has never met a romance sub-genre she didn't like. The USA Today bestselling author of over eighty books enjoys writing a wide range of stories, most recently focusing on sexy contemporaries and small-town family sagas. An optimist by nature and perpetual seeker of silver linings, Joanne finds romance fits her life outlook perfectly---love is worth fighting for. A frequent speaker at regional and national writing conferences she enjoys giving back to the writing community that nurtured and inspired her early career. She has a Masters degree in Literature from the University of Louisville but credits her fiction writing skills to her intensive study with friend and fellow author Catherine Mann. When she's not writing, Joanne enjoys travel to gather new ideas.
A short video I saw a few minutes ago on msn.com provided info from a study about what makes people immediately likeable. You know, that all-important first impression that takes place within the first one-tenth of a second of encountering someone. I was surprised by the results. According to the video, the part of our… Read More
When I wrote The Protectors Series (Dangerous Pursuit, Dangerous Interlude and Dangerous Paradise), I wanted to showcase places I had been to in a story. I love traveling and using tidbits I’ve learned in my travels. In Dangerous Pursuit, my husband and I visited several different jungles so I could experience what it felt like… 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 $20 Amazon e-gift card to one winner (US and Canada only entries), in honor of her 5th book in the Everyday Heroes series, STOLEN, released October 25th. However, for the entries outside US and Canada, she will give the winner an e-copy of one of the other four books in the Everyday Heroes series (HUNTED, OBSESSED, TRAPPED, or KIDNAPPED). NOTE: STOLEN is not part of the prize.
In THE APPLE ORCHARD, Tess, an art provenance expert, keeps her handwritten notes in the freezer. Our dashing hero, Dominic, discovers this habit of hers (along with her other less-than-attractive habits, such as drying her undies by draping them over lampshades, and subsisting on Red Bull and microwave burritos, when he visits her apartment. I… Read More
Using blunt scissors, pages from a Big Chief tablet, a
borrowed stapler and a Number Two pencil, Susan Wiggs
self-published her first novel at the age of eight. A Book
About Some Bad Kids was based on the true-life adventures of
Susan and her siblings, and the first printing of one copy
was a complete sell-out.
Due to her brother's extreme reaction to that first
prodigious effort, Susan went underground with her craft,
entertaining her friends and offending her siblings with
anonymously-written stories of virtuous sisters and the
brothers who torment them. The first romance she ever read
was Shanna by the incomparable Kathleen Woodiwiss, which she
devoured while slumped behind a college vector analysis
textbook. Armed with degrees from SFA and Harvard, and
toting a crate of "keeper" books by Woodiwiss, Roberta
Gellis, Laurie McBain, Rosemary Rodgers, Jennifer Blake,
Bertrice Small and anything with the words "flaming" and
"ecstasy" in the title, she became a math teacher, just to
prove to the world that she did have a left brain.
Late one night, she finished the book she was reading and
was confronted with a reader's worst nightmare--She was wide
awake, and there wasn''t a thing in the house she wanted to
read. Figuring this was the universe''s way of taking away
her excuses, she picked up a Big Chief tablet and a Number
Two pencil, and began writing her novel with the working
title, A Book About Some Bad Adults. Actually, that was a
bad book about some adults, but Susan persevered, learning
her craft the way skydiving is learned--by taking a blind
leap and hoping the chute will open.
Her first book was published (without the use of blunt
scissors and a stapler) by Zebra in 1987, and since then she
has been published by Avon, Tor, HarperCollins, Harlequin,
Mira and Warner Books. Unable to completely abandon her
beloved teaching profession, Susan is a frequent workshop
leader and speaker at writers' conferences, including the
Romance Writers of America conference, the PNWA and Maui
Writers Conference. She won a RITA award in 1994, and her
recent novel The Charm School was voted one of RWA's
Favorite Books of the Year. She is the proud recipient of
several RT awards, the Peninsula RWA's Blue Boa, the Holt
Medallion and the Colorado Award of Excellence.
Susan enjoys many hobbies, including sitting in the hot tub
while talking to her mother on the phone, kickboxing,
cleaning the can opener, sculpting with butter and growing
her hair. She lives on an island in the Pacific Northwest
with her husband, Jay, her daughter, Elizabeth, and an
Airedale that hasn't been groomed since 1994.
Last year, my niece Jessen Judice asked me to cohost her new venture—a review podcast for fangirls of romance who love to talk about the books they love. With positive vibes, our can-do attitudes, and Jessen at the helm, we started recording episodes for Smart Women Read Romance. As a writer of romance, I thought… Read More