"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.
"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.”
"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!
"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.
"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.
“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 passion is sitting down and writing a female heroine you'd want to be BFF's with."
S. E. Babin
S.E. Babin has a passion for writing books with a paranormal twist. Whether it's romance or mystery, she loves taking the norm and turning it into the extraordinary. Her love of reading turned into a curious exploration to see whether or not she could write her own novel. Beginning with discarded pages of angsty novels and a slightly popular reimagining of Beowulf's Grendel in her high school English class, Sheryl spent way too much time in the library, killing any chance of her becoming a cheerleader or anything even remotely cool.
"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!)
"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.
"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.
“Ya gotta believe in something, doll. It might as well be happy endings.”
Pooks (a.k.a. Patricia Burroughs) is a fifth-generation Texan, novelist, screenwriter, short story writer, and short story anthology editor. She is also an Academy Fellow, having received the Academy Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting (awarded by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, yes, those are the Oscars folks). She lives in fear of being pinched and waking up to find ‘it’s all a dream’ because she somehow has managed to do all this while living in Dallas, Texas, and not even the fancy part!
Her writing is as eclectic as her reading. She loves romance, wonderful and swoony romance! She loves historical tales, passionate and fabulous historical tales! She adores steampunk novels and cozy mysteries and fantasy romances—and the publication of her Sweet Promise Press mystery, Mourning Chorus, will mean she has fulfilled a lifelong dream of writing and publishing in all those beloved genres.
Also? She desperately needs a maid.
"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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
“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.
“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.
"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.
“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.”
Living in beautiful northern Virginia, Nancy 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!
Nancy 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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
"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.
"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.
“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.
“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.
"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 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.