Meet the Authors

Dianne Freeman

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.

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Renee Ann Miller

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.

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Cass Morris

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.

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Clarissa Goenawan

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.

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Debra Sennefelder

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.

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Jennifer Klepper

A Midwest native, Jennifer Klepper made stops in Dallas, Charlottesville, and Boston before settling for good in Maryland. Jennifer attended Southern Methodist University and the University of Virginia School of Law, her law degree guiding her through the worlds of corporate law, tech startups, and court advocacy for foster children. She is an ardent consumer of podcasts and books that challenge her with compelling and unfamiliar topics. When she’s not writing, she’s crossing things off a never ending to-do list and hoping to catch that next sunset. Jennifer lives near Annapolis with her husband and two kids.

Jennifer’s debut novel will be published in 2018 by Red Adept Publishing.

Dylann Crush

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 Sheets

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.

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Amanda Skenandore

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.

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Carrie Nichols

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.

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Diana Hicks

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

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Amanda Stauffer

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 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.

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Rebecca Enzor

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.

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Clarissa Harwood

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.

Clarissa’s debut novel, Impossible Saints, is scheduled for publication by Pegasus Books on January 2, 2018.

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Minerva Spencer

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.

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Anna Quinn

Anna Quinn is a writer, teacher, and the owner of The Writers’ Workshoppe and Imprint Books in Port Townsend, WA. She has thirty years of experience teaching and leading writing workshops across the country. Her writing has appeared in various literary journals and texts, including Literature Circles and Response, Instructor, Tidepools, IS Literary Magazine, Manifest-Station, Lit-Fest Anthology, 2016, and Washington 129 Anthology.
Anna’s first novel,  The Night Child, was recently acquired in a world right’s deal by Blackstone Publishing and will be published Jan. 30th, 2018.


Mira T. Lee

Mira T. Lee’s debut novel, Everything Here is Beautiful, will be published by Viking Penguin in January 2018.
Her short fiction has appeared in journals such as the Southern Review, the Gettysburg Review, the Missouri Review, Triquarterly, Harvard Review, and American Short Fiction. She was awarded the Missouri Review’s Peden Prize for Best Story in 2010, an Artist’s Fellowship from the Massachusetts Cultural Council in 2012, and has twice received honorable mention for the Pushcart Prize.
Mira is a graduate of Stanford University. She lives in Cambridge, MA.


Christina Hovland

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.

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Eldonna Edwards

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.

Eldonna’s debut novel, This I Know, is forthcoming from Kensington April 24, 2018.


Rachel Dacus

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.

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Kimmery Martin

Raised in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky, Kimmery Martin is a literary reviewer, author interviewer, traveler, and obsessive information junkie. She and her husband now reside in Charlotte, North Carolina with a herd of energetic children and the world’s most obstinate dog. Kimmery exercises grudgingly, cooks inventively, reads voraciously, and is currently on hiatus from her day job as an ER doctor to work on her second novel. You can explore her book reviews, author interviews, travelogues, and articles at
The Queen of Hearts, a work of medical fiction blending poignancy, wit, and authenticity, will be published by Penguin Random House on February 13, 2018.

Randee Green
Randee Green

Randee Green’s love of books was born not long after she was. While most young children were
tearing out the pages, or using them as coloring books, Randee was trying to teach herself how to
read. It was while Randee was in junior high school that she truly began to focus on refining her
skills as a writer, and she hasn’t stopped since. In the meantime, she’s earned a Bachelor of Arts
in English Literature, as well as a Masters and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. When
Randee isn’t coming up with new ways to kill off people in her mystery novels, she’s usually
reading, indulging in her passion for Texas country music, traveling, or hanging out with her
favorite feline friend, Mr. Snookums G. Cat.
Randee’s debut mystery novel, Criminal Misdeeds, will be published by Camel Press in the fall
of 2018. Criminal Misdeeds will be the first novel in the Carrie Shatner Mystery Series.

Elena Mikalsen

Dr. Elena Mikalsen is a women’s fiction author and a member of the Women’s Fiction Writers Association. She resides in San Antonio with her husband, two children, and two rescue dogs. She loves travel, nature, and reading every book she can find. Dr. Elena Mikalsen is also a clinical psychologist blogging on issues of mental health for teens and adults. She has published nonfiction in the area of children’s mental health, and she is regularly interviewed by the media due to her expertise in managing anxiety, stress, and parenting issues. She provides consultation to authors on writing about mental health. Her nonfiction writing can be found at
Her debut women’s fiction novel, Wrapped in the Stars, will be published in 2018. The novel was short-listed for the Del Sol First Novel Prize in 2017.

Suanne Schafer

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.

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Diane Byington

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.

Besides reading and writing, Diane loves to hike, kayak, and photograph sunsets. She and her husband divide their time between Boulder, Colorado, and the small Central Florida town they discovered while doing research for her first novel, tentatively called Run Away Home.

Corinne Sullivan

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.

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Negeen Papehn
Negeen Papehn

Negeen Papehn was born and raised in southern California, where she currently lives with her husband and two rambunctious boys. She wasn’t always a writer. A graduate of USC dental school, Negeen spends half of her week with patients and the other half in front of her laptop. In the little time she finds in between, she loves to play with her boys, go wine tasting with her friends, throw parties, and relax with her family.

Her debut novel, Forbidden by Faith, will be out with City Owl Press February of 2018

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Kaelan Rhywiol

Kaelan was born and raised in upstate NY, in the Adirondack mountains. Xie is non-binary and uses xie/xem/xyr pronouns. Xie started writing when xie turned 11 and hasn’t ever stopped. Kaelan holds a B.A in bioanthropology/forensic chemistry and an MST in education/world history.  Xyr hobbies include reading, spinning wool with a spinning wheel, cooking, knitting, sewing and making jewelry. Xie currently lives in Southern Ontario, Canada with xyr husband of 19 years, their two kids, a foot fetishist of a cat, two crazy kittens, and a grumpy chinchilla. The best place to connect with Kaelan is on twitter, where xie spends way too much time.
Xyr debut novel Bloodbound, a paranormal romance featuring the myths and folklore of Wales is expected to release from Ninestar Press April 30, 2018.

Melissa Bennett

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.

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Julie Maloney 

Julie Maloney’s debut novel, A Matter of Chance, will be published in April 2018 by She Writes Press.  Julie is the founder/director of WOMEN READING ALOUD, a non-profit organization devoted to promoting women writers.  She is a trained workshop leader in the Amherst Writers and Artists Method and holds an MFA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  She is a former dancer, choreographer and artistic director of the Julie Maloney Dance Company in New York City.  Julie’s book of poems, Private Landscape, published by Arseya Press, is an intimate look into the heart of a woman who traveled through cancer. She is a frequent speaker on “Writing as a Life Tool.” As director of WRA, she leads writing workshops throughout the year. Julie will return to the island of Alonnisos this June to lead her eighth international writer’s retreat in Greece.  She returned from the south of France in September after leading a writing retreat in the region of Languedoc for the second year.  To learn more about WOMEN READING ALOUD.
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Sharee Stover

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.

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Maddison Michaels

Indoctrinated into a world of dashing rogues and feisty heroines when she was 14-years-old, Maddison Michaels is a prolific reader and writer of romantic suspense and historical fiction. She gets her daily dose of suspense from working as a Police officer, prosecuting real life villains in the Courts of Australia.
A member of the RWA and RWA Australia, Maddison is as passionate about her writing as she is about her other two loves; her family and her cups of tea. Luckily she gets a healthy dash of romance married to her wonderful husband and her exercise regime is kept on track by her six-year-old daughter, who ensures Maddison is kept very busy chasing her around.
Her debut novel The Devilish Duke is scheduled for release February 26, 2018 with Entangled Publishing Amora.

Island of Sweet Pies and Soldiers


Sara Ackerman

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)

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The Summer Lists
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Amy Mason Doan

Amy Mason Doan lives in Portland, Oregon. As a writer for publications including The Oregonian, San Francisco Chronicle, Wired and Forbes, Amy has interviewed everyone from beer-brewing monks to nanotechnologists. Amy has an M.A. in Journalism from Stanford University and a B.A. in English from U.C. Berkeley.

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.

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