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V has been a story-teller all her life, creating stories about people who have the courage to make a difference. This drove her to writing her paranormal series, Sekhmet's Guardians (named top ten pick for best PNR series in 2013),
Ashley is the author of over eleven popular novels in various genres and anthologies. Even with the variety she always seems to come back to her love of paranormal, most notably with books such as her Blood Series.
Tawdra Kandle is the author of THE KING SERIES, a young adult urban fantasy quartet , as well as a wide variety of romance novels, including a young adult paranormal romance quartet. She also writes contemporary romance in both the New Adult and Adult genres.
Karla hosts a successful book blog, Swept Away By Romance, along with her good friend Steffi. In addition to themselves, they have 5 wonderful women who review for the blog.
Thomas A. Knight
Thomas A. Knight built a career out of software development and took up writing in his spare time. Since then, he has released a complete trilogy, The Time Weaver Chronicles, and is currently working on the beginning of a new one.
Natalie Sickles is a wife, mother, educator, and romance books lover. She spends her days teaching children with special needs but when she gets home, she escapes into her books much to her husband's chagrin.
Debra L Hartmann
Debra L Hartmann is the owner of The Pro Book Editor and Indie Author Publishing Services (http://www.indieauthorpublishingservices.com/) where a team of highly recommended freelancers share a common goal of providing affordable services and exceptional quality while actively supporting the growing Indie Author community.
Courtney Marsh is a co-founder of Dreamers Radio and creator of their book-based program, Literary Symposium. She tirelessly devotes her spare time to encouraging others to discover the same joy she experiences at the hands of her favourite authors. http://www.facebook.com/dreamersradiostation
Steffi is a 24-year-old MA student of Postcolonial British Literature from Germany. The classics are a must for school, but Steffi spends most of her free time with a romance novel in her hands. Steffi also hosts Swept Away By Romance, a successful romance book blog, with her good friend Karla and 5 additional reviewers.
Rivka Kawano is a social media speaker, author, and coach. The courses and programs she has created at Author Sensei are helping authors of every genre become masters of book marketing. She loves reading books of all kinds and helping authors achieve their dreams.
Charlie Daye is a paranormal romance author best known for her Amazon Best Selling novel, Breeders. She currently has 12 titles to her credit. Her most recent release, Children of Kria: Fury, is a new series that stems from the Fantasy realm.
Rachel Van Dyken
Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances.
All her life, Debbie has spun stories in her mind, watching the characters come to life. She’s also worked as a nurse, teacher, martial arts instructor, artist, and CIC officer in the Canadian Forces. Since graduating from the Institute of Children’s Literature, she is finally devoting herself to writing her stories down.
Marla Blowers author of the 'Young And Naive' series. Learning To Fall, Daddy and Wasted Years.. All 3 can be found at Amazon.com.
Julia Park Tracey
Julia Park Tracey is an award-winning author and blogger. She has written and edited for newspapers and magazines for 30 years. Her women's history books, I've Got Some Lovin' to Do: The Diaries of a Roaring Twenties Teen and Reaching for the Moon: More Diaries of a Roaring Twenties Teen (Indie-Visible Ink), have won several awards for biography.
Lori Verni-Fogarsi is the author of the novels “Unexpecting” and “Momnesia,” the anthology "Ignite," and the nonfiction “Everything You Need to Know About House Training Puppies & Adult Dogs.” Her writing has earned several awards and features in major media.
Opal is an industry professional, having worked as review coordinator and executive assistant at Astraea Press. She is also an author (under a pen name) of award winning romantic comedy contemporaries, and historicals.
Through her writing ministry, Encouraging faith though fiction, Joann prays that the characters' lives and the lessons they learn within the pages will strengthen each reader's faith and/or bless them in someway.
Always on the hunt for the uncommon things in life, award-winning fantasy romance author Sheri Fredricks thrives on creating adventures for her readers in a modern mythic kingdom.
Samantha March is an author, editor, publisher, blogger, and all around book lover. She runs the popular book/women’s lifestyle blog ChickLitPlus and in 2011 she launched her independent publishing company Marching Ink and has three published novels – Destined to Fail, The Green Ticket and A Questionable Friendship.
Lynn Hubbard is a historical romance author. Her titles include: Run into the Wind, Chase the Moon, Return to Love, Desperado, and War of Hearts.
Karen Woodward is a writer, avid blogger and coffee lover, though perhaps not in that order. All her heroines have a bit of Buffy in them.
Mary C. Findley
Mary C. Findley writes Steampunk with Gothic romance twists as Sophronia Belle Lyon. She and her husband co-write educational non-fiction plus SciFi and Historical Romance. A Dodge, a Twist, and a Tobacconist is the best-selling first book in the Alexander Legacy series.
Margaret L. Turley
Margaret L. Turley successfully completed the Crafting the Character Based Novel I, II & III, Crafting the Illustrated Book, Polishing the Character Based Novel I, II & III and Publishing the Character Based Novel I II & III by Pamela R. Goodfellow PhD. (The equivalent to an MFA in creative writing) She has completed several other college level writing classes and attends writing conferences. When she isn’t writing, Margaret reads.
Amanda J. Greene
Amanda J. Greene is a paranormal romance author. Writing, working, attending school full time and being a military wife is not easy, but rewarding! Naturally, she accomplishes everything with a strong cup of coffee in her hand.
Garrett Marco is an acquiring editor for Soul Mate Publishing, a fiction editor at the literary arts journal The Grove Review, and works as a freelance manuscript editor. With eight years of editing experience, Garrett seeks only one thing in fiction: good writing.
Gina Ardito is multi-published in contemporary, historical, and paranormal romance and a popular workshop hostess for writers around the country. In honor of her dedication to career, community, and family, she was named a Woman of Outstanding Leadership in the field of Publishing by the International Women’s Leadership Association in 2012. That same year, she launched her freelance editing business, Excellence in Editing.
Tracy James Jones
Tracy James Jones, from Dallas and Waxahachie, Texas, is a blogger, book reviewer, indie author, former actor & artist who writes interracial multicultural romantic drama. Literary portfolio includes four published novels, a collection of short stories, and two original screenplays. Blog: “Let’s Talk About Book’s”- http://tracyjamesjones.wordpress.com/
Author Mary Ting resides in Southern California. Writing her first novel, Crossroads Saga, happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother. When she started reading new adult novels, she fell in love with the genre. It was the reason she had to write one-Something Great.
Carolyn Boyles is a Freelance Editor and Writer. She is also a Content Editor for Desert Breeze Publishing, Inc. Her first book, A Complete Plain-English Guide to Living with a Spinal Cord Injury, was published in 2007, and her second book, Searcy, a photographic history of Searcy, Arkansas, came out in 2012.
Katheryn Lane is the bestselling independent author of The Desert Sheikh series, which spent over three months at #1 on Amazon’s bestseller lists when it was first published in January 2013. She is also the author of several other contemporary romance novels, including The Royal Sheikh, The Sheikh’s Beloved and A Bride For The Sheikh, all of which have hit the top ten on Amazon’s bestseller rankings.
Kathie Middlemiss is the owner of Kat's Eye Editing where she offers editing services and advice to wide variety of very talented authors. An obligate bibliophile, she's living her dream - helping get new books out into the world and into readers' hands.
Mary-Nancy Smith is owner/editor of Mary-Nancy's Eagle Eye Editing. She has a BS from Abilene Christian University in Human Communications and loves to read whether for work or for pleasure!
Lori Leger is the sole proprietor of Cajunflair Publishing, she’s involved in every aspect of the process. Several books in her La Fleur de Love, Halos & Horns, and Seasons of Love series have attained Amazon’s Best-Seller ranking, and continue to earn good reviews from readers and review websites.
Shereen's books are heartwarming historical / fantasy romances. She is currently contracted with ImaJinn Books, an imprint of Belle Books, for a series of fairytale-inspired Regency romance novels.
Stefan Vucak is an award-winning author of eight sci-fi novels and four political thrillers. He has leveraged a successful career in the Information Technology industry and applied that discipline to create realistic storylines for his books.
Best-selling Author of five series, The Vicarage Bench, Angels with Attitude,Vegas, Elvis and a hot, new romantic suspense series called Undercover FBI,Mimi Barbour lives on the east coast of Vancouver Island and creates books in her favorite genre – Romance.
Publishing a book has been a lifelong dream of Ginger’s and last year Wild Rose Press published her first book, an erotic romance called Getting Down to Business. She is now both traditional and self published and working on several genres.
Karen-Anne Stewart has always adored reading and has now fallen in love with writing. Her written works are The Rain Trilogy: Saving Rain, Healing Rain, and After the Rain, and the newly released stand alone novel, Ash to Steele. Her debut novel, Saving Rain: The First Novel in The Rain Trilogy, was a nominee for the Book Junkie’s Choice Awards, and Saving Rain and After the Rain were nominees for the 2014 RONE Awards.
Linda Rae Sande
A former technical writer, Linda Rae is now the author of eight popular historical romances, She also runs a commercial print shop where she's surrounded by pretty papers!
Tamara Hoffa is a contemporary romance author, an editor, a reviewer, a professional reader and runs the SSLY blog with fellow author Beverly Ovalle.
Elke was born and raised on Grand Cayman. Author of For the Love of Jazz and Deadly Bloodlines. When not writing, she's helping other writers in Cayman through her organization CayWriters.
Amanda spends her time drinking tea, bouncing plotlines off her vocal moggies and writes romance novels featuring the British older hero/heroine, interspersed with her off-beat quirky humour.
KJ Montgomery likes to take the ancient myths and legends and use them as a basis to weave a tale that both entertains and encourages the reader to think about what they’ve been taught about history.
Sara O'Connor, M.S., M.F.A.
As the founder of the leading PR firm Gliterary Girl Media and CEO of the publishing company 4Word Press, LLC, Sara O’Connor has built a strong and valued reputation in the industry with a client roster that includes both NY Times and USA Today best selling authors. Along with her strong ties to the vast author community, she is also a trusted source in the industry with more than 50 published articles on book publicity and several active memberships with both local and national literary organizations.
Andrea Smith is an Indie Author who has self-published two series of books since 2012. Her first series, The Baby Lite Series is considered New Adult Genre and consists of 3 books and a novella. Her second series, The G-Man Series, is Contemporary Suspense Romance with an erotic flavor. Her books have been Amazon Best-Sellers and received positive reviews.
Tricia Andersen is a fighter/contemporary suspense/historical romance author. Her two series, The Black Irish Series and the Hard Drive Series, are available at Sweet Cravings Publishing. She is also the co-host of the WON Radio show Freshly Booked that airs Wednesday nights at 8:00 pm CST on Blog Talk Radio.
Elena Dillon writes sweet, teenage romance with sass, suspense and swoon. She is also the Winner of 2012 RONE award for YA. Lover of reading, writing and... not so much on the 'rithmetic.
Jess Huckins is freelance editor, writer, and web developer. She holds a Master of Arts in Publishing and Writing and is seeking representation for her first novel.
Kelliea Ashley is a Line Editor at Breathless Press and has published seven e-books in the past year. Winter Gifts, her first published work, is the winner of Breathless Press' Best of 2013 Contemporary Award.
Author of the Amazon Best Selling Harland County Series, Donna Michaels writes Romaginative Fiction with romance through the H's-Hot, Humorous & Heartwarming. Her latest, Her Uniform Cowboy won BEST COWBOY in a Book/Reader's Choice-LRC, and Book 2, Her Unbridled Cowboy ranked #12 in P & E's Best Romance 2013 poll. Her time-shift Captive Hero was a Reader's Choice Finalist-RomCon and a RONE Awards Time Travel Finalist last year.
Geri is a blogger and reviewer for Ever After Romance Book Blog. She started reading romance after she found her aunt's Harlequin stash when she was 13 years old and never looked back since.
By day Diane Smith is a trial attorney with a busy commercial practice. She has reviewed books for various online sites and has judged many writing competitions including Passionate Ink. Once of these days, she hopes to be a romance author, having already published in the non-fiction field.
Roberta J. Gordon
Native Arkansas and author of "Gemini Witching: Elements 101", Roberta also holds a fulltime job as an office manager in Central Arkansas. Reading, writing and traveling are her passions. .
Joanna D'Angelo is Editor in Chief of Lachesis Publishing Inc. Genre fiction at its best! Joanna also manages Love Romance Novels, the largest independent romance fiction page on facebook. Joanna is also a filmmaker and the director of the documentary Who's Afraid of Happy Endings? about the world of romance fiction. The documentary aired on Bravo! Canada and has been broadcast around the world.
Bottom Drawer Publications (BDP): Read whatever you want, wherever you want, whenever you want. BDP publishes romantic and erotic fiction in a range of sub-genres ranging from Contemporary and New Adult right through to Steampunk.
Tiffany Halliday is the owner and reviewer of A_Tiffyfit's Reading Corner (http://tiffyfit.blogspot.com) where she enjoys helping to promote authors, books, and the love of reading!
Tracee is the Vice President of Pump Up Your Book and an Author Branding/Blog Tour Specialist for Entangled Publishing. She has been an avid reader since she was young and enjoy helping authors any way she can.
Connie started her journey as a Beta reader, moved to Editor, then was promoted to COO of 5 Prince Publishing. Although she loves all kinds of books, she really enjoys Romance the most, as everyone can use a little happy ending.
Ruth is a wife, mom, and grandmom who loves the escapism she finds in books, especially romance novels. Reading allows her to travel to far off places in the distant - or not so distant - past, and gives her the chance to see things and meet people she'd never otherwise get to experience.
Karen is a former co-teacher for children with Severe and Emotional Behavior Disorders as well as being a former hotel manager. These two positions boosted her love for helping and pleasing people as well as her love for learning things.
Cynthia Shepp is a freelance fiction editor with two years’ experience, a BA in English/Literature, and over one hundred edited books. Her passion is working with authors to polish their dreams into realities.
Melissa Groeling graduated from Bloomsburg University with a degree in English. Lights Out is her second novel to date.
A lover of all things romance and part time reviewer on Rogues Under the Covers, Lisa is a reader of mainly historicals (those dashing rakes and bold ladies for that time period!), contemporaries are becoming a new guilty pleasure with the explosion of ebooks.
Cynthia Hill is the author of "Idol Hands" and "What Lies Behind." She has written for many websites such as Reality News Online, and the Yummy Mummy Club, and also serves as editor for Confessions of a Pop Culture Addict.
Books have been with Elisha Sawyer through all phases of her life. Right now early education and youth literacy is a field she finds herself dedicated to during the day, while mysteries and romance entertain her mind at night.
Bestselling author Jane Porter has been a finalist for the prestigious RITA award four times, has over 12 million copies in print. Porter’s novel, Flirting with Forty, was picked by Redbook as it's Red Hot Summer Read in 2006 before being made into a Lifetime movie in 2008 starring Heather Locklear.
Delores Goodrick Beggs
Delores Goodrick Beggs grew up in Wyandotte County, Kansas. She started typing her Western romance fiction in the evenings. A Dream Come True, Place in the Heart Book Five, is coming June 2014 from Desert Breeze Publishing, Inc.
Michelle Lynn Brown is the author of the best-selling Trampled Rose Novels, Miracles in Disguise, Consider the Thorns, and I'll Settle for Love. She seeks to minister through her writing – not as someone who has it all figured out, but someone who has figured out how wonderful God is.
Savannah is a new author and is currently working on several titles to include more in the Sapphire Springs series. She also designs her own book covers.
For many years Louise worked in the high tech industry, raised two children and received her MBA. She currently writes a monthly Master Gardener article for the local town paper. Her current novel “The Sisterhood of the Coin” will be published in the very near future by The Wild Rose Press.
Ian lives in Sydney, Australia with a couple of humans and a bunch of animals that are in a constant battle for food supremacy. When he's not buying food, you will most likely find him reading or listening to an audiobook. He tends to read stories about women and by women.
C. E. Black
Writer of Paranormal and Fantasy Romance, C.E. Black is the best-selling author of The Enduring Kiss Series, Shifted Temptations and Cursed Desires.
An avid reader for over 38 years, Linda Best has been reading romance novels of all genres, most recently enjoying the paranormal adventures.
As an avid reader, Sabrina thinks reviews are vital. www.Luv2readbookreviews.com came about to help Independent Authors. Posting book reviews and offering proofreading services gives Independent Writers another person to promote all their hard work. Contributing the time to write a review is a way to give back to all these wonderful writers who pour their heart and soul into a book.
Laura Hunsaker is an award-winning writer who loves the idea of a Highlander sweeping her off her feet. After earning degrees in English and German, specializing in British Literature, she taught for years. Now, she writes Scottish Time Travel and Paranormal Romance. A hybrid author, being both traditionally and self-published, as well as a member of Romance Writers of America® Cactus Rose Chapter.
Ten minutes here, another ten there. Any minute to read is fine by Michele. With her degree and training, she has spent her life in education, both elementary and secondary. She loves a book that develops characters into interesting people she wants to know or a book that takes her to a time and place she's only heard about.
Sara Barnard is the published author of: A Heart on Hold, A Heart Broken, A Heart at Home, A Heart Forever Wild, and Rebekah's Quilt -- all from 5 Prince Publishing -- as well as The Calling and The Saga of Indian Em'ly from Painted Pony Books and Prairie Rose Publications. She works as an editor for 5 Prince and teaches elementary school.
Beth has spent her career teaching students to love learning, especially when it comes to books! She loves to read the classics as well as non-fiction, mysteries, and good romantic novels. When it rains, she hopes to be found in a cozy chair by the fire immersed in a good book.