Dianne Freeman is a life-long book lover who left the world of corporate finance to pursue her passion for writing. After co-authoring the nonfiction book Haunted Highway, The Spirits of Route 66, she realized her true love was fiction, historical mystery in particular. She also realized she didn’t like winter very much so now she and her husband pursue the endless summer by splitting their time between Michigan and Arizona.
Her debut novel, A Lady’s Guide to Etiquette and Murder, is scheduled for release with Kensington in July 2018.
Renee Ann Miller
Renee Ann Miller is a Northeasterner who hates cold weather and always looks forward to spring. She writes sexy, humorous, and sometimes dark historical romances. Renee is a two-time finalist in Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart Contest®. She’s fond of dirty jokes, pastries, and DIY projects. She’s represented by Jill Marsal of the Marsal Lyon Agency.
Her debut novel, Never Dare a Wicked Earl, is scheduled for release January 30, 2018 with Kensington Zebra Shout.
Cass Morris is a Virginia belle who currently works at the American Shakespeare Center, where she writes teaching guides, leads workshops and seminars, and develops educational resources and classroom materials. Cass completed her Master of Letters at Mary Baldwin College in 2010 and earned a BA in English with a minor in history from the College of William and Mary in 2007. She was accepted into the W&M Alpha Delta Gamma honor society for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and served on the boards of student theatrical production companies as an undergrad and graduate student. She reads voraciously, wears corsets voluntarily, and will beat you at MarioKart.
From Unseen Fire, a fantasy epic set in an alternate-history ancient Rome, will be released from DAW Books on April 3, 2018.
Clarissa N. Goenawan is an Indonesian-born Singaporean writer. Her debut novel, Rainbirds, is the winner of the 2015 Bath Novel Award. Her short stories have won several awards and been published in various literary magazines and anthologies. She loves rainy days, pretty books, and hot green tea.
Rainbirds is forthcoming from Soho Press in March 2018.
Debra Sennefelder is an avid reader who reads across a range of genres, but mystery fiction is her obsession. Her interest in people and relationships is channeled into her novels against a backdrop of crime and mystery. When she’s not reading, she enjoys cooking and baking and as a former food blogger, she is constantly taking photographs of her food. Yeah, she’s that person. Born and raised in New York City, she now lives and Connecticut with her family. Her writing companions are her adorable and slightly spoiled Shih-Tzus, Susie and Billy.
The Uninvited Corpse, Food Blogger mystery series, is scheduled for release April 2018 with Kensington.
Jennifer’s debut novel will be published in 2018 by Red Adept Publishing.
Dylann Crush writes contemporary romance with sizzle and sass. A romantic at heart, she loves her heroines spunky and her heroes super sexy. When she’s not dreaming up steamy storylines, she can be found sipping a margarita and searching for the best Tex-Mex food in Minne-snow-ta. Although she grew up in Texas, she currently lives just south of Canada with her unflappable husband, three energetic kids, a clumsy Great Dane, a rescue mutt and a very chill cat. She loves to connect with readers, other authors and fans of tequila.
Dylann’s debut series will be published with Sourcebooks.
Tara is a lover of fairy tales and a staunch believer in happily ever after. She enjoys writing women’s fiction and contemporary romance with a splash of magic. Her debut novel, Don’t Call Me Cupcake, won the 2016 Golden Heart® sponsored by Romance Writers of America. Tara lives in the Pacific Northwest with her book‑loving family and a book‑eating dog named Merlin.
Tara’s debut novel, Don’t Call Me Cupcake, will be published by Kensington Zebra Shout.
Amanda grew up in the mountains of Colorado. She sang and danced her way through 68 cities on both sides of the Atlantic with the service organization Up with People before starting college. Her love of historical fiction started early with the stories of Kenneth Thomasma, Mark Twain, and Laura Ingalls Wilder. When she’s not writing, Amanda volunteers with her local writers’ group and chases germs as an infection control nurse. She lives in Las Vegas with her husband and their pet turtle Lenore.
Amanda’s debut novel, Between Earth and Sky, comes out with Kensington Publishing in May 2018.
Carrie’s 2016 RWA® Golden Heart® winning short contemporary, The Marine’s Surprise Daughter, is a February 2018 release from Harlequin Special Edition. Her stories of small-town life are full of heart, home and humor. She is represented by Jill Marsal of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.
A hardy New Englander, Carrie moved to the deep South twenty years ago and is still anxiously awaiting winter. She loves to travel, is addicted to British crime dramas and knows a Seinfeld quote appropriate for every occasion.
Carrie has one tolerant husband, two grown sons, and two critical cats. To her dismay, Carrie’s characters, much like her family, often ignore the wisdom and guidance she lovingly offers.
Diana became an avid reader when she found her first romance novel tucked away in a corner of her high school library. The more books she read, the more she wanted to be a writer. Diana has a Master’s degree in information systems and accountancy and for many years worked for a major Fortune 100 telecommunications company as an IT project manager (As one does when pursuing a career as a romance author.) These days, when she’s not writing steamy scenes, Diana enjoys running half marathons, traveling, and indulging in the simple joys of life like wine and chocolate. She lives in Atlanta and loves spending time with her two children and husband.
Her debut novel, Love Over Lattes, is coming out Summer 2018 with The Wild Rose Press
Amanda Stauffer is a graduate of Yale and Columbia Universities who works as an architectural conservator, restoring historic landmarks across the country. When she grew frustrated with New York City’s dating scene, Amanda headed to match.com. Even though no successful relationships came out of it, her experiences provided her with a lifetime of warm and fuzzy memories, a few friends, and an abundance of material should she ever decide to pursue a career in comedy. Amanda is a fan of Italian neorealist cinema, mojitos, and—well, you can just read her protagonist’s Match profile on page 20 of her book, because Alison lifted heavily from Amanda’s own profile.
Match Made in Manhattan is scheduled for release on January 2, 2018, from Skyhorse.
Rebecca Enzor is a nuclear chemist and fantasy author in Charleston, SC, where she lives with her husband, two dogs, three cats, and two chickens. Obsessed with everything ocean, she studied fisheries biology in college and electrocuted herself collecting fish in a river, which inspired several key scenes in her novel. She’s represented by Eric Smith of P.S. Literary.
Speak the Ocean, a Blackfish meets The Little Mermaid retelling, will be published by Reuts in Fall 2018.
Clarissa Harwood holds a Ph.D. in English Literature with a specialization in Nineteenth-Century British Literature. She writes historical fiction set in Victorian and Edwardian England. In addition to being a proud member of the Historical Novel Society, Clarissa is a part-time university instructor and full-time grammar nerd who loves to explain the difference between restrictive and nonrestrictive clauses. She lives in Ontario, Canada, with her husband and three neurotic cats.
Minerva Spencer is a Canadian transplant who now lives in the mountains of New Mexico. She began writing in 2013 after closing her 8-room bed and breakfast (a subject she will never write about. . . ) Minerva has worked as a criminal prosecutor, college history professor, and bartender, among many other things. She operates a small poultry rescue on her four-acre hobby farm, where she lives with her wonderful, tolerant husband, Mr. Spencer, and dozens of fabulous furred and feathered friends.
Dangerous, the first book in her Regency Era trilogy, The Outcasts, will be published by Kensington Publishing in July 2018, and Barbarous will be published in November 2018. She is repped by Jessica Alvarez of BookEnds Literary Agency.
Mira T. Lee
Christina Hovland lives her own version of a fairy tale—an artisan chocolatier by day and romance writer by night. Born in Colorado, Christina received a degree in journalism from Colorado State University. Before opening her chocolate company, Christina’s career spanned from the television newsroom to managing an award-winning public relations firm. She’s a recovering overachiever and perfectionist with a love of cupcakes and dinner she doesn’t have to cook herself. A 2017 Golden Heart finalist, she lives in Colorado with her first-boyfriend-turned-husband, three children, and the sweetest dog around.
Her debut, Confessions, is scheduled for release Spring 2018 with Entangled Publishing.
A veteran massage therapist and former journaling instructor, Eldonna Edwards cut her teeth on the back of Southern Baptist pews in her provincial Midwest hometown. She’s drawn to stories about community–the places we live, the families we’re born into, and the tribes we gravitate toward. Her best-selling memoir, LOST IN TRANSPLANTATION, chronicles a life-changing decision to donate a kidney to an ailing stranger. She’s also the subject of the award-winning documentary “Perfect Strangers” that follows one kidney patient and one potential kidney donor in their search for a possible match. Eldonna currently lives and writes on the central California coast of California.
Rachel Dacus is the daughter of a bipolar rocket engineer who blew up a number of missiles during the race-to-space 1950’s. After studying at UC Berkeley, Rachel remained in the San Francisco area, where she raises funds for nonprofit organizations. Her most recent book, Gods of Water and Air, combines poems, essays, and a short play about the afterlife of dogs. Her other poetry collections are Earth Lessons and Femme au Chapeau.
The Renaissance Club is her debut novel, forthcoming in January 2018 from Fiery Seas Publishing. She is a member of the Women’s Fiction Writers Association.
Suanne Schafer completed the Stanford University Creative Writing Certificate program in 2014. Her short works have been featured in Bête Noire Magazine, Brain, Child Magazine, Empty Sink Publishing, Three Line Poetry and three anthologies: Night Lights, Graveyard, and Licked. Her debut women’s fiction novel, A Different Kind of Fire, explores the life of a nineteenth century bisexual artist living in West Texas and will be released in 2018. Her current work in progress involves an American physician caught up in the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Suanne is a member of San Antonio Romance Authors, Romance Writers of America, and Women’s Fiction Writers Association. Suanne is fiction editor for Empty Sink Publishing, an online literary magazine.
Diane Byington has been a tenured college professor, yoga teacher, psychotherapist, and executive coach. Also, she raised goats for fiber and once took a job cooking hot dogs for a NASCAR event. She still enjoys spinning and weaving, but she hasn’t eaten a hot dog or watched a car race since.
Corinne Sullivan studied English with a Creative Writing Concentration at Boston College, where she graduated in 2014. She then received her MFA in fiction from Sarah Lawrence College in 2016. Her stories have appeared in Night Train, Knee-Jerk, and Pithead Chapel, among other publications.
Her debut novel, Indecent, is scheduled for released March 2018 with Wednesday Books.
Her debut novel, Forbidden by Faith, will be out with City Owl Press February of 2018
Melissa Bennett, a die-hard romantic, credits that to her southern upbringing. Her debut novel, Hidden Thorns, is a romantic, mystery, suspense story, strongly influenced by her Christian faith.
Today, she lives in the suburbs of Kansas City with her husband of 30 years, and two lazy Miniature Schnauzers. She’s the proud mama of four fantastic adult children, and a part-time caregiver to her father, who she is thankful to now have living nearby.
Melissa is a cookbook collector, who loves to tinker in the kitchen, and has grand delusions of one day opening her own café. In addition to the above, she is a baseball fan, music lover, wannabe beach bum, a dog devotee, and is constantly exploring other outlets that allow her to exercise her creativity.
Colorado native Sharee Stover lives in Nebraska with her real-life-hero husband, three too-good-to-be-true children, and two ridiculously spoiled dogs. A self-proclaimed word nerd, she loves the power of the written word to transform, ignite and restore. She writes Christian romantic suspense combining heart-racing, nail-biting suspense and the delight of falling in love all in one. When she isn’t writing, Sharee enjoys reading, crocheting and long walks with her obnoxiously lovable German Shepherd.
Sharee’s debut novel, Secret Past, is scheduled for release April 2018 with Harlequin Love Inspired Suspense.
Born and raised in Hawaii, Sara Ackerman is the author of Island of Sweet Pies and Soldiers. When she’s not writing or practicing acupuncture, you’ll find her in the mountains or in the ocean, which is where most of her inspiration happens.
Island of Sweet Pies and Soldiers, February 13, 2018. (historical fiction)
Amy Mason Doan
The Summer List is her first novel and draws on her beloved summers in lakeside Pinecrest, California. It will be published on June 26, 2018 by Graydon House/HarperCollins.
A second novel, set in coastal California and Oregon, will be published in 2019.