"Writing for me is a playground for the impossible.”
Navy veteran S. B. Alexander, also known to many as Susan, grew up playing and watching sports. But if you ask her what her favorite sport is, she’ll tell you hands down it’s baseball. She grew up collecting baseball cards, watching the Boston Red Sox, and playing the sport with the boys in her neighborhood, which was how her bestselling Maxwell series started—with a high school girl who plays boys’ baseball. While sports can be found in most of her books along with military heroes, you’ll also find suspense, family drama, angst, and romance.
Aside from her love for sports, you might find her devouring a bag of white powdered donuts and buying handbags like they’re going out of style. In fact, her husband calls her the bag lady. When she’s not writing, she’s a full-time caregiver to her soul mate of twenty years who got a bad deal in life when he was diagnosed with ALS. Their motto: “Life is too short to waste. So live every moment like it’s your last.”
"Once in awhile, right in the middle of ordinary life, love gives us a fairy tale. ”
Laura Ashwood has been in love with books since she learned to read. Growing up in a somewhat nomadic family, books were always one constant place where friends and adventures were guaranteed. She now lives in rural NE Minnesota with her real-life hero, and writes sweet romances, many of which are set in the small towns she loves.
Laura and her husband are empty nesters, but her husband loves to say that having her two chihuahuas is much like still having kids at home. They are her writing buddies and not surprisingly, most of her books feature dogs (usually chihuahuas).
When she’s not working at her day job, writing, or reading, Laura likes to create culinary masterpieces, crochet and sew, hunt and fish with her husband, spend time with their children and two adorable grandbabies, and drink copious amounts of coffee.
"I’ve always wanted to be a writer. I just never found something that gave me enough passion to actually make it happen—until my mother died. I wrote my first book to allow others to know her the way I did.”
Carolyn Ridder Aspenson
Carolyn Ridder Aspenson writes mysteries and contemporary romances featuring imperfect women with a flair for telling it like it is. Her stories focus on relationships whether they’re between friends, family members, couples, townspeople or strangers because ultimately, it’s relationships that make a story. She writes the Angela Panther Mystery Series, The Inn at Laurel Creek contemporary romance novella series and the Lily Sprayberry Realtor Cozy Mystery Series.
Carolyn is also the founder of the Facebook author and reader collective, Sleuthing Women—Read. Sleuth. Solve. Repeat. A place for readers to connect with an exclusive group of women authors of female sleuth mysteries.
Now an empty-nester, she lives in the Atlanta suburbs with her husband, two Pit Bull-Boxer mix dogs and two cantankerous cats, but you’ll often find her at a local coffee shop people watching (and listening), or as she likes to call it, plotting her next novel.
"My passion is sitting down and writing a female heroine you'd want to be BFF's with."
S. E. Babin
USA Today Bestselling author S.E. Babin is a mom, a wife, and a military veteran. She has a passion for writing books with a paranormal twist filled with heroines you'd like to sit down and drink too much wine with and heroes who love those kinds of girls. The recipient of several writing awards, Sheryl is content to keep hammering out fun novels with the shenanigans you've come to know her for. She swears some of those shenanigans have actually happened. Also, she likes writing about herself in the third person.
"I read to escape. I write to journey."
A USA TODAY bestselling author, Victoria lives on the island of Newfoundland, and is fiercely proud of her home. She can imagine no better setting for her Heart’s Ease series of sweet yet steamy contemporary romances, and hopes that her readers will one day come to witness Newfoundland and Labrador's rustic beauty for themselves.
Victoria also writes sweet romances, and sometimes lets her imagination run wicked with shifter romances. Regardless of the story, Victoria loves to write about love, and often focuses her stories around strong women learning how to make room in their lives for an equally strong man without losing their sense of self.
"You have to fall in love with a romance hero, so I try to give mine good personalities as well as good looks!"
Growing up in North Wales in a house for which the foundations were originally laid in the 14th century, Catherine Bilson's interest in history was inevitable, but she despised the 20th century geopolitics which passed for history at school. Instead, she devoured every historical novel she could lay her hands on before eventually starting to write her own.
Marrying an Australian, she moved to Queensland in 2001, far from the history she had grown up with. She has two future romance heroes in her sons, a brainless husky and a grumpy old cat.
Catherine also writes contemporary romance under the pen name Caitlyn Lynch.
"Love what you do. Be proud of your work. Care about your readers. Listen, learn, and focus on being the best author you can be. That's all it takes!"
From the time she picked up her first book at the age of three, Jasmine has always been a lover of words. Growing up, Jasmine used the words in books to discover new worlds and escape reality. As a student, she was a huge fan of English class and discovered her love of writing as well. Penning poems, short stories, and fan fiction became a hobby, and her love of words grew. Jasmine now uses her fascination with words and the skills she learned from many wonderful teachers to edit and proofread stories, helping authors make their books shine.
When she's not working, reading, or spending time with her kids, Jasmine enjoys geeking out over nerdy shows like Doctor Who and Game of Thrones, listening to music from the 50s-80s, playing board games with friends, and posting silly quiz results online.
“You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one” - John Lennon
Writing sweet and clean contemporary fiction, Christina Butrum brings realistic situations with swoon-worthy romance to the pages - allowing her readers to fall in love right along with the characters.
When she isn't busy writing, Christina enjoys spending time with her family. Christina Butrum looks forward to publishing several more books for her readers to enjoy.
"My goal is to write books that make readers happy."
Patricia PacJac Carroll
Patricia PacJac Carroll~ I am a writer, Christian first, and blessed beyond my imagination. I live in the Dallas-Ft Worth area of Texas with my wonderful treasure of a husband, my spoiled dog, Jacs, and my awesome son, Josh. Did I say I was blessed? The PacJac is from my initials and my husbands. I wouldn't be able to write if it weren't for him. I love adventure and the open road. The stories of the western era have always been a favorite of mine. I enjoy writing, and my goal is to write stories readers will enjoy.
“I write fiction because no one can stand too much reality.”
Vickie is a published author of two books with The Wild Rose Press: The Witches of Half Moon Island and The Ghost of Kathleen Murphy. Her third book, Murder at the Peach Blossom Inn, is with her editor in the final phase for a release late summer or early autumn. Her latest book, Loving Lauren, will be published by Sweet Promise Press. Vickie is also a contributor to Southern Writers Magazine.Vickie has published many short stories and articles and has won various awards and commendations over the years. She has been a full time writer for the last three years. She is developing her blog site, Sweet Tea and Sympathy now, and plans to have it up and running this summer. The blog will focus on the writer’s life but in particular the life of a Southern writer.
"Laughter is the greatest gift I can give a reader. The highest reward they give to me is in accepting it."
USA Today Bestselling Author Sam Cheever writes mystery and suspense, creating stories that draw you in and keep you eagerly turning pages. Known for writing great characters, snappy dialogue, and unique and exhilarating stories, Sam is the award-winning author of 80+ books.
Blah, blah, blah… Also, she has 15 dogs. That’s why she puts dogs into most of her stories. Because dogs make great characters and…let’s face it…Sam has tons of experience to share. (Especially about dog poo…she has LOTS of experience with that!)
"The most important thing in life is to stop saying 'I wish' and start saying 'I will'"
Living in the heartland of the country, Claire Colby is surrounded by corn fields, beans fields and hot men on tractors. Widowed young, she has thrown herself into family, gardening, becoming a crazy dog lady, and succeeding, reading and writing.
While reading eclectically, she likes a little mystery with her romances and unlike most readers, really loves a cliff hanger, as long as she doesn't have to wait six months for the next book to come out. She loves to write series, because finding out how people grow and change over the course of their romances, and lives is fascinating. Plus it's always fun to see a friendly face again.
"Books and pets are the best friends to have. They both love you unconditionally and are there for you no matter what."
P. Creeden is the sweet romance and mystery pen name for USA Today Bestselling Author, Pauline Creeden. She loves a good mystery and grew up watching Colombo, Perry Mason, and Murder, She Wrote. Books have always been a focal point of her life, from Nancy Drew and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to thrillers like John Sanford.
Animals are the supporting characters of many of her stories, because they occupy her daily life on the farm, too. From dogs, cats, and goldfish to horses, chickens, and geckos -- she believes life around pets is so much better, even if they are fictional. P. Creeden married her college sweetheart, who she also met at a horse farm. Together they raise a menagerie of animals and their one son, an avid reader, himself.
"I love writing fun and flirty mysteries. If you love books with a dash of spice and twist of whodunit, you're going to love my work!"
Stephanie Damore is mystery author with a soft spot for romance and humor, too. She loves all things girlie with a dollop of danger, has a strong affinity for the color pink (especially in diamonds and champagne), and, not to brag, but chocolate and her are in a pretty serious relationship. Her books feature fearless females, a little bit of sass, a few laughs, and a whole lot of whodunit. She hopes her stories keep you guessing and laughing all the way until the end.
“Writes romance that's sparkling, sassy and has sigh worthy endings.”
Multi published, award-winning Australian author, Joanne Dannon, writes to give her readers the experience she loves to savor--indulging in a sigh-worthy-happily-ever-after, being swept away from the everyday by diving into a delicious romance novel.
Joanne is a happily married mother of two heroes-in-training who loves spending time with friends and family. She can be found on social media and her website www.joannedannon.com chatting about reading, writing, cooking, vintage-inspired dresses and all things romantic.
“Writing for me, is about trying to share a little love and joy in a big world, hoping to make a difference.”
Elsie Davis discovered the world of Happily-Ever-After romance at the age of twelve when she began avidly reading Barbara Cartland, the Queen of Romance, and has been hooked ever since. After building her dream log home on top of a small mountain, she turned her attention to do what she loves most, writing. An award-winning author and active member of RWA, she writes contemporary romance and romantic suspense. She writes from her heart, hoping to share a little love in a big world.
When she’s not writing, she can be found: birding, kayaking, camping, fishing, playing disc golf, and taking nature walks—hoping to spot wildlife. Basically, she loves all things outdoors, EXCEPT cold weather. Her and her husband are avid Caribbean cruisers, but Elsie’s favorite vacation was their cruise to Alaska. (In spite of the cold!) Indoors, she enjoys a toasty fire, a glass of red wine, and of course, a great romance with a guaranteed Happily-Ever-After.
"My goal with my writing is to show the power of love while also instilling a true sense of realism in my work. I want to show readers that love doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful."
Lindsay Detwiler is the author of eleven sweet contemporary romance novels and a high school English Teacher. Her novel, Inked Hearts, was named a Romance Times Top Pick in 2017. Her romantic drama, Remember When, was named a Route One Reads Romance Pick in 2018. Lindsay has also written works for Harness Magazine, Chicken Soup For the Soul, Thought Catalog, and The Huffington Post.
Lindsay lives in her hometown of Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, with her husband, Chad; their five cats; and their mastiff, Henry, who appears in all of Lindsay's novels. When she's not reading or writing, Lindsay loves shopping, Netflix, and chocolate.
"I enjoy writing stories that evoke strong emotions in readers. When that happens, I know I’ve done my job as an author."
Restless ghosts. Misty cliffs. Heroes with secrets. And heroines who will stop at nothing to win the hearts of the men they love. Escape into the world of romance, suspense, and the paranormal with books by USA Today bestselling author Raine English.
Raine began her career as a journalist, but writing romance novels was her passion. Her stories have won many awards, including finalling in the Romance Writers of America® Golden Heart® and winning the Daphne du Maurier Award. She lives in New England with her family and two French bulldogs, Bailey and Dolly.
"In the end, the only reason writers persevere against the odds and the rejection and the critique and the blocks is that we believe our stories are worth telling. "
Maddie Evans is a slightly cynical romantic who believes in the combination of love and hard work. When she's not writing stories, you can find her exploring dirt trails on her bike or jogging around town.
Maddie lives in New England with her husband, kids, and an ever-changing number of tropical fish.
"Sweet doesn't need to mean boring! I know that and so do you, so let's be friends!"
Molly Fitz is the quirky, cozy mystery pen name of USA Today bestselling author, Melissa Storm. And while she can't technically talk to animals, she and her doggie best friend, Sky Princess, have deep and very animated conversations as they navigate their days. Add to that, five more dogs, a snarky feline, comedian husband, and diva daughter, and you can pretty much imagine how life looks in Casa de Fitz.
Molly lives in a house on a high hill in the Michigan woods and occasionally ventures out for good food, great coffee, or to meet new animal friends.
“I love creating stories that bring history to life and that allow readers to escape to another time and place.”
Ramona is a historical romance author who loves to immerse herself in research as much as she loves writing. A native of Montana, every day she marvels that she gets to live in such a beautiful place. When she’s not writing, her favorite pastimes are fly fishing the cool clear streams of a Montana river, hiking in the mountains, and spending time with family and friends.
Ramona’s heroines are strong, resilient women, the type of women you’d love to have as your best friend. Her heroes are loyal and honorable, the type of men you’d love to meet and bring home to meet your family for Sunday dinner. She hopes her stories bring the past alive and allow you to forget the outside world for a while.
“By nature, not design, I write all my stories to give readers a warm feeling of coming home.”
Jean C. Gordon
For sweet and inspirational romance author Jean C. Gordon, writing is a natural extension of her love of reading. From that day in first grade when she realized t-h-e was the word “the,” she’s been reading everything she can put her hands on. She and her college-sweetheart husband tried the city life in Los Angeles, but quickly returned home to their native small-town Upstate New York, where she sets many of her books.
They share a 180-year-old farmhouse just south of Albany, NY, with their daughter and son-in-law, two grandchildren, and a menagerie of pets. Their son lives nearby. While Jean creates stories, her family grows organic fruits and vegetables and tends the livestock de jour.
"Everyone loves a happy ending and, as the writer, I am no different."
Penny Harmon has been writing all her life, but it was only over the last few years that she decided to share it with the world. Her stories portray people you want to get to know and her characters come to life with fun dialogue and some serious plots. While most of her books are set in her home state of Maine, don’t be surprised to find she can write about places she always wanted to visit. Her goal is to entertain her readers and Penny wants her books to leave her readers with a feeling of satisfaction…she wants them to take something away from her books, whether it is a life lesson or a feeling of peace.
Penny lives in Maine with her long-time partner, Dan, three beautiful grandchildren, and three crazy cats. She can often be found in the garage sanding down an old piece of furniture or sewing something new for one of her grandchildren.
"Strive for progress, not perfection."
Liwen Y. Ho
Liwen Y. Ho works as a chauffeur and referee by day (AKA being a stay at home mom) and an author by night. She writes sweet and inspirational contemporary romance infused with heart, humor, and a taste of home (her Asian roots).
In her pre-author life, she received a Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Western Seminary, and she loves makeovers of all kinds, especially those of the heart and mind. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her techie husband and their two children, and blogs about her adventures as a recovering perfectionist.
“I hope my stories reveal the hero within each reader and encourage them to face their villains.”
Sharon Hughson inhales words and exhales stories. Her characters face real--difficult, and sometimes heart-wrenching—issues. Just because it’s fiction, doesn’t mean readers can’t see themselves on the pages…and find the strength to be the hero of their own story.
Sharon could easily get lost in books. When her parents divorced, escaping into Narnia saved her from a fate worse than rebelling against everything. She pens her stories for that troubled teenager, seeking hope and encouragement, because sometimes vacation only happens between the pages of a book. When not immersed in the world of writing and reading, Sharon substitutes in local classrooms, keeps house for her honey and waits on her three cats.
"Love is a funny thing. So expect to LOL a few times when you're reading my books!"
Shanae Johnson was raised by Saturday Morning cartoons and Afterschool Specials. She still doesn’t understand why there isn’t a life lesson that ties the issues of the day together just before bedtime. While she’s still waiting for the meaning of it all, she writes stories to try and figure it all out.
And by the way, the E elongates the A. So it’s pronounced Shan-aaaaaaaa. Perfect for a hero to call out across the moors, or up to a balcony. If you hear him calling her name, please send him her way!
Publisher's Weekly Bestselling, award-winning author of over 30 novels and 1.7 million books in print, Deb Kastner lives in beautiful Colorado with her husband and a pack of miscreant mutts. She is blessed with three adult daughters and two grandchildren. Her favorite hobby is spoiling her grandchildren, but she also enjoys reading, watching movies, listening to music (The Texas Tenors are her fav), singing in the church choir, and exploring the Rocky Mountains on horseback.
"What I love about writing in the past is that there's always something new to discover. History has a way of surprising you in ways you could never expect!"
Elisa Keyston graduated from Sonoma State University with a degree in history, which she always secretly hoped to be able to use to write historical fiction. Ten years later, her dream is coming true as series lead on the Pioneer Brides of Rattlesnake Ridge historical romance series!
Elisa is also the author of the Northwest Magic series, a sweet contemporary romance series with hints of magic and mystery set in her home state of Oregon. When she's not writing, Elisa spends most of her time gardening, collecting gnomes and fairies for her backyard, and fawning over her furbabies.
“My books are about falling in love, the sweet tingles in your belly when you realize you’ve met the one you’re supposed to be with.”
Allie Kincaid is the clean & and wholesome romance pen name for Nancy Stopper. She writes family-based series set in small towns appropriate for all ages.
Living in beautiful northern Virginia, Allie dreams of small-town living where the everyone knows everyone else (including their business) and neighbors wave when you pass. Since she doesn’t live in one, she creates them for everyone else to enjoy through her books. She’s a mom to 2 college students and 1 middle schooler who has spent more hours at the baseball field and the dance studio than she cares to admit. With her husband, her primary goal is to finish raising her 3 kids into productive adults!
Allie writes small-town contemporary romance with handsome heroes and strong heroines. Her books tug at your emotional heartstrings and leave you with a warm feeling that lingers long after the last page. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Washington Romance Writers, and Virginia Romance Writers.
"If I've got love and laughter in my life, I've got everything I need."
Kim Koby is a Jersey girl with a sense of humor. She loves to combine happily ever after with sweet, fun mom humor. She’s happily married and has two grown boys in their twenties. Weaving together stories is a dream come true. Kim is always brimming with fresh, new ideas and spends her days playing with words.
Her two co-pilots both weigh under twenty-five pounds and keep her company in her writing endeavors. Jack and Toby are an important part of Kim's life. She’s been around animals since she could crawl. In her fifties, that means that a lot of time has passed! Cats and dogs have always made a house a home in her world.
"If my words bring encouragement or a smile to someone’s day, I’m a happy writer"
Sandi Layne has been writing for more than twenty years, publishing works of contemporary Christian romance, historical fiction, and posting columns on writing and publishing for various sites at one time or another. Her stories are noted for their attention to detail and striking heroines, and she enjoys bringing her readers through stories that surprise, entertain, and edify.
Married for more than a quarter of a century, she, her husband, and their two sons currently reside in Maryland. She was born and raised in California, where she worked as an educator, a minister, and a secretary, as well as in retail and department store security. Writing was never her planned vocation, but with varied experiences to draw from, she brings authenticity to her words and worlds.
Her interests include reading, autism, theology, reading, medieval history, and daydreaming. Did she mention reading? She is also the sheepish subscriber to at least three streaming services at home for entertainment and is a fan of podcasts on a variety of subjects. Her favorite hours are before the sun rises and her favorite day of the week is Monday. Yes, she’s serious.
"I want readers to believe that love is patient, love is kind, and love is possible. Sweet romance is my happy place."
Sydney Logan writes heartfelt stories that feature strong women and the men who love them. In addition to her novels, she has penned several short stories and is a contributor to Chicken Soup for the Soul. She is a Netflix junkie, music lover, and a Vol for Life. Sydney and her husband make their home in beautiful East Tennessee.
“A story is magic with words…an adventure, a mystery, or just plain fun.”
Emmie Lyn grew up roaming the hills of Connecticut hoping to find Prince Charming charging through the forest on his white stallion. In real life, it didn’t work out quite the way she’d imagined. But with words, she discovered how to create happily ever after stories for everyone to enjoy.
Emmie shares twelve acres in rural New England with her husband, a rescue terrier, and a cat with a bad attitude. When she isn’t letting the characters in her head tell their stories, she enjoys gardening – mostly flowers, cooking – mostly desserts, and spending time with her grandchildren – never enough time with them!
"My dream has always been to write stories about perfectly imperfect characters whom readers could identify with, want to share a cup of coffee with, and hopefully, never forget."
AVA MALLORY has been a grade school teacher, a psychiatric technician, a dementia unit nurse manager, and a hospice nurse. She has embarrassed herself in front of handsome celebrities, won vocal contests much to the chagrin of her children, survived a major earthquake, and nearly drowned when she mistakenly thought a YMCA lifeguard asked her to dive into the deep end on her first day of swim lessons. She and her eternally annoyed children share their home with a massive collection of books and a never-ending supply of new book ideas.
AVA is best known for what she calls her Mysteries with Heart. She loves a great madcap adventure with lovable, yet ornery and sometimes precocious characters, who play hard, laugh often, never mind their own business, bicker, squabble, and tease relentlessly, but never forget that deep down they fiercely love each other, even if they can't bring themselves to admit it.
The best career advice I've ever received? “Read obsessively. Write furiously. Edit carefully.”
Who would have guessed, all those years ago, that Pamela Martin would someday be able to say, "I am a writer!"? Pam grew up an Air Force brat, which gave her the foundation to write creative stories – she saw a lot of new places and met quite a few "characters" along the way. Those are still cherished memories, and they taught important life lessons -- flexibility, acceptance, respect, patriotism.
After graduating with a BAT from Sam Houston State University, Pam began my career as a teacher, starting out in first grade and, eventually, moving all the way to middle school and high school. Throughout that part of her working life, Pam wrote the occasional press release, many curriculum units, and related classroom materials, but writing was a sideline until about 2008, when she took a step past the light and became a freelance writer. Hundreds of articles, product descriptions and blog posts later, she found the opportunity to write fiction, what turned out to be her true career love!
“Writing is the only profession I know where you can sit in a rocking chair, staring out over the ocean, and call it working.”
Karen McCullough likes to set her imagination free to roam this universe and others in search of interesting stories. As a result, she’s the author of more than a dozen published novels and novellas in the mystery, romance, romantic suspense, paranormal, and fantasy genres. She's won several awards, including an Eppie Award for best fantasy novel and has been a finalist for an Eppie award four times, as well as finaling in the Daphne, Prism, Lories, Rising Star awards and several others. Her short fiction has appeared in a number of anthologies and magazines.
A former computer programmer, magazine editor, and web developer, she is now writing full-time. Karen lives in North Carolina with her husband of many years. Her favorite activity beside writing is visiting her three children and eight grandchildren, who are scattered around the world.
"When I began to write again I noticed a trend - writing dark unhappy stories made me unhappy. So I made a decision to write a novel with a happy ending and I have been writing happy stories ever since."
I am an Australian author who writes contemporary women's fiction including chick lit and romance.
I have written all my life especially as a child when I loved to write short stories and poetry. At University I studied Creative Writing as part of my Communication degree. Afterwards when I was busy working in public relations I didn't write for pleasure for quite a few years although I wrote many media releases, brochures and newsletters. (And I still do in my day-job!)
I live on Sydney's Northern Beaches with my husband and daughter where I enjoy drinking copious amounts of coffee and long walks on the beach.
"If you love historical romances full of people overcoming problems with the ones they love, you'll love the Bryants of Sweet Grove Beginnings: five siblings desperate to reconnect with each other, build their family after devastation, and discover their perfect partners."
Whether you love sweet or steamy romances, Emily Murdoch writes historical romance full of passion and detail. Throughout her career so far she has examined a codex and transcribed medieval sermons at the Bodleian Library in Oxford, designed part of an exhibition for the Yorkshire Museum, worked as a researcher for a BBC documentary presented by Ian Hislop, and worked at Polesden Lacey with the National Trust. She has a degree in History and English, and a Masters in Medieval Studies, both from the University of York.
As Emily Murdoch, you can read her sweet Conquered Hearts medieval series, sweet Seasons of Love Regency novella series, and inspirational Sweet Grove Beginnings Western series. As Emily E K Murdoch, you can read her steamy Ravishing Regencies Regency novella series.
"The thing I love most about writing is the opportunity to make personal connections with people who enjoy reading my books."
Becky Muth is a coffee addict who lives in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia with her husband and their adult sons. Although she started out writing ghost stories inspired by actual folklore, Becky has since transitioned to writing sweet romance, romantic suspense, and cozy mysteries.
Becky's love of all creatures great and small shows through her writing. Her umpteen pets, which include both dogs and reptiles, often inspire the fictional animals that appear in her books.
“One can never be lonely when they open the pages of a good book.”
Home is where the heart lies. Nan O'Berry grew up listening to stories at her grandparents' feet. So it's not surprising that her love of a good story pushed her to begin writing her own tales for enjoyment. As these grew she shared her historical and contemporary perspectives about the heroes of her imagination, cowboys, lumberjacks, and the country they founded to friends who urged her to give it a go.
Armed with a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Degree from Old Dominion University, Mrs. O’Berry loves finding those interesting facts that might lead to a good story material. So pull up a chair and grab that glass of sweet tea and enjoy.
"I write because the world needs more Happily Ever Afters."
Ann Omasta is a USA Today bestselling author.
Ann’s Top Ten list of likes, dislikes, and oddities:
1. I despise whipped cream. There, I admitted it in writing. Let the ridiculing begin.
2. Even though I have lived as far south as Key Largo, Florida, and as far north as Maine, I landed in the middle.
3. If I don't make a conscious effort not to, I will drink nothing but tea morning, noon, and night. Hot tea, sweet tea, green tea––I love it all.
4. There doesn't seem to be much in life that is better than coming home to a couple of big dogs who are overjoyed to see me. My other family members usually show significantly less enthusiasm about my return.
5. Singing in my bestest, loudest voice does not make my family put on their happy faces. This includes the big, loving dogs referenced above.
6. Yes, I am aware that bestest is not a word.
7. Dorothy was right. There's no place like home.
8. All of the numerous bottles in my shower must be lined up with their labels facing out. It makes me feel a little like Julia Roberts' mean husband from the movie Sleeping with the Enemy, but I can't seem to control this particular quirk.
9. I love, love, love finding a great bargain!
10. Did I mention that I hate whipped cream? It makes my stomach churn to look at it, touch it, smell it, or even think about it. Great––now I'm thinking about it. Ick!
“Stories may be similar, but the people in them make each one unique.”
Cheryl is a USA Today bestselling author from beautiful Auckland, New Zealand with two alter egos: C.A. Phipps who writes mysteries and Cheryl Phipps who writes women’s fiction-often over-lapping as these things do. A lover of stories filled with feisty heroines, suave heroes, and wonderful small towns, she enjoys crafting her own heart-warming tales of strong family ties, mixed in with a little romance, humor, and delicious baking!
With a wonderful husband who she married the moment she left school (yes, they were high school sweethearts) by her side, she is devoted to her children and grandchildren and loves animals of all kinds, especially bossy cats! Her favorite things are family times, travel, and cooking-in that order.
“I hope you enjoy romances with Bold Women and Brainy Men who are Smart and Strong Enough to handle them...”
USA TODAY bestselling author Victoria Pinder moved cross country and now lives in Denver though her books always take her right back to Miami, where she lived for years. She’s currently expecting another baby and raising the first one, both of whom inspire her writing. Somewhere in between using drama to make her humdrum days seem more interesting and falling in love with happily-ever-afters to offer hope to her readers, she takes to her fictional world where all her characters in Miami might mention or meet each other in one huge world and discovers what her bold heroine and her brainy, sexy hero might need to really find true love.
“I write stories to show the world that true comes in all the colors of the rainbow.”
Born and raised in the California Bay Area, I’m an American mom, wife, and hopeless romantic living in Europe. I love to explore various cultures coming together through the blessing of love. I’m an avid reader of romance and I have been since I was a pre-teen.
Over seven years ago, I took a leap of faith after marrying my husband and moved to his home country of Belgium. Leaving my family behind was difficult, but the plus was getting to explore the beauty that is Europe. I currently reside in a suburb of Brussels, Belgium with my husband and daughter.
“Happiness is a cup of Coffee and a good Book.
Marie Savage is a self-published contemporary southern romance author who has a love for family, friendships, patriotic spirit, and hometown pride.
Born and raised in the Florida Panhandle, she has always had a love for reading and writing, with the romance genre being her obvious favorite. Her desire to expand her horizons, led her to join the United States Air Force and proudly serve her country for six years.
While stationed in California, she met her true love and together they have shared life's beautiful joys and tragic losses. After spending over half her life in the Central Valley of California, she has moved back home to the Wiregrass area of Alabama, where her passion for writing first began.
“Try a romance novel on–for sighs!That’s my tagline, because I strive to leave readers with a happy sigh when they reach The End of each of my stories. ”
USA Today Bestselling Author Magdalena Scott writes sweet romance and romantic women’s fiction. A lifelong resident of Small Town America, she invites readers into her world to find out what’s hidden just below the surface of those tiny dots barely visible on the map. Romance, mystery, and the journey to be one’s best self are all part of a day in her neighborhood. Readers have commented that they’d like to move to the imaginary towns Magdalena writes about, which she takes as high praise indeed.
Magdalena is a practicing minimalist, having downsized from a 3,000 square foot house to a studio apartment, where her Giant Closet continues to resist taming. When not writing at home or spending time with family and friends, she loves to travel–carry-on baggage only–and is always pleasantly surprised at the kindness of strangers.
“I believe in writing stories that showcase a strong feminine spirit. The women who settled the west are survivors and I try to bring that to my writing.”
Christine Sterling can no longer ignore the voices in her head. They are clamoring to get out and have their stories told and she is writing them as quickly as possible! She finally gained the nerve and published her first book in 2017. Her favorite pastimes are conversing with God, writing historical romance with strong female characters and hunky heroes, kibitzing with other authors and drinking tea.
A native of Virginia, she now lives in a Pennsylvania pre-civil war Farm House with her husband, three dogs and about a dozen barn cats that are too lazy to hunt. She has three beautiful grown daughters who are the inspiration for many of the stories she writes.
Falcon Storm was born in the frozen wastelands of Alaska and is rumored to have raised by a herd of moose. All that time spent in the dank, dark cold was quite enough, so he moved far, far away to the slightly-less-cold state of Michigan and now continues to seek out warmth by making others laugh.
From role-playing games to spinning tall tales, he’s always been a storyteller. These days he writes about funny and fantastical worlds set just beneath the surface of our own and works from home writing conspiracies, making random cyphers, and raising his sassafras daughter, Phoenix.
"I love telling the kind of stories that readers can lose themselves in... and emerge having found themselves."
Melissa Storm is a mother first, and everything else second. Writing is her way of showing her daughter just how beautiful life can be, when you pay attention to the everyday wonders that surround us. So, of course, Melissa’s USA Today bestselling fiction is highly personal and often based on true stories.
Melissa loves books so much, she married fellow author Falcon Storm. Between the two of them, there are always plenty of imaginative, awe-inspiring stories to share. Melissa and Falcon also run a number of book-related businesses together, including LitRing, Sweet Promise Press, Novel Publicity, Your Author Engine, and the Author Site. When she’s not reading, writing, or child-rearing, Melissa spends time relaxing at home in the company of a seemingly unending quantity of dogs and a rescue cat named Schrödinger.
"Life is too short to be unhappy. Even in tragedy and sorrow there is joy. Grieve but move on as you celebrate each moment."
In 1981 I quit my job and announced to the world I was going to write a romance novel. I then spent the summer at the beach and the next year on the road visiting friends and relatives in some forty states and multiple Canadian provinces and Mexican estados. I chalk this—and the many intervening years before I finally actually published a book—all up to research.
In the meantime I’ve honed my editorial skills, gotten a history degree and learned a fair amount about antiques, running a business, and restoration of orphan buildings, the last several in conjunction with my wonderful spouse. And for us the adventure continues—with the occasional break for me to type madly into the computer whatever harebrained idea I may have come up with for a novel. (Fortunately, in most cases better judgment prevails and I don’t inflict it onto the world.)
"Win without boasting, lose without excuses." Borrowed quote from Albert Payson Terhune"
Ryan Jo Summers
Ryan Jo Summers writes romances that blur the lines of subgenres. She mixes contemporary with time travel, Christian, suspense, sweet, and paranormal like blending a fruit and yogurt smoothie. Her non-fiction works have appeared in numerous trade journals and magazines including ‘WNC Woman Magazine’, ‘Critter Magazine’, ‘Journey Devotions’, and ‘Vet Tech Journal’ and more. She is a regular contributing author for the ‘Asheville Pet Gazette’.
Her hobbies include baking, crafts, DIY work, gardening, enjoying nature, and chess/mah-jongg/word-find puzzles. She pet sits/dog walks when she’s not busy writing and she fosters homeless pets for area animal rescues.
She lives in a century-old cottage in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina with her own menagerie of rescued pets and way too many houseplants.
"Never be ashamed to read what makes you happy."
Kizzie Waller, who also writes as K.M. Waller, lives in Florida with her husband, two kids, and geriatric cat (seriously, he's 19). When she’s not reading, writing, or chasing her kids around the house, she loves to binge television dramas and mysteries.
"Animals are such agreeable friends—they ask no questions; they pass no criticisms.” –George Eliot"
A USA Today bestselling author, Debbie writes sweet contemporary romance and women’s fiction. She currently lives on the west coast with her husband and two dachshund rescues, Dash and Briar. She loves to hike, work in the garden, and on most sunny days you can find her enjoying her backyard. She’s an avid supporter of animal rescue, and as such, pledges to happily donate a percentage of all book sales to local and national rescue organizations. When you purchase any of her books, you’re also helping animals.
Sweet Promise Press Support Staff
"I found my dream job in the pages of a book"
Angi DeMonti is the fiercely loyal assistant who saves USA Today bestselling Sweet Contemporary Romance author Melissa Storm's life (and sanity) on a regular basis. Her experience includes publishing house management, newsletter automation, giveaway administration, social media marketing, web design, formatting, client communications, and more. Angi's ability to quickly prioritize and delegate allows Melissa Storm's various businesses to meet the demands of authors around the globe.
When she is not working, Angi spends time with her real life happily ever after, runs a craft business and enjoys getting lost in a good book.
“There is no pit so deep that God is not deeper still.” ~ Corrie Ten Boom and THE HIDING PLACE
Alice Shepherd is a retired school librarian and the wife of a retired United Methodist Minster. She also has Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension which limits her activities somewhat because she is on oxygen 24/7. So, she reads and plays word games and cooks a little along with other daily routine things that come with owning a home. She and her husband love traveling by train across the country and traveling to visit their grandchildren. They have retired to Jefferson, NC in Ashe County. This is the nationwide top producer of live Christmas trees. They love it there! They are on the side of a mountain and have a very limited view in the spring and summer.
Alice and her husband met at church and got engaged a week later and married six months later. They will soon celebrate their 48th anniversary. They are the proud parents of two grown children. They have a total of six grandchildren and a grandchild-in-law. They have lived in NC, Florida and Kentucky…but NC will always be home.