Lori Ann Bailey (Published)
Winner of the National Readers’ Choice Award and Holt Medallion for Best First Book and Best Historical, Lori Ann Bailey writes hunky Highland heroes and strong-willed independent lasses finding their perfect matches in the Highlands of 17th century Scotland. Writing about the people and places playing in her head helps her live out her dreams and delve into her love of history and romance. When not writing, Lori enjoys time with her real life hero and four kids or spending time walking or drinking wine with her friends.
Beth Balberchak writes contemporary, paranormal and futuristic romance under the name Laura Lucas. Her debut Christmas novellas were released in December 2012 under the title, A Spirited Season. She recently relocated from metropolitan Washington, D.C. to rural Virginia with her family and finds herself pursuing gardening, sewing and chicken-raising.
Christi Barth earned a Masters degree in vocal performance and embarked upon a career on the stage. A love of romance then drew her to wedding planning. Ultimately she succumbed to her lifelong love of books and now writes contemporary romance. Christi is President of the Maryland Romance Writers and lives in Maryland with her husband.
Gail Barrett is the author of ten award-winning romance novels. A former RITA® finalist, Gail has received the Book Buyer’s Best Award, the Holt Medallion, the Booksellers Best, The National Readers’ Choice Award, and numerous other awards. She lives with her husband in Western Maryland.
Anna Bennett is the award-winning author of the Wayward Wallflowers and Debutante Diaries series. She lives in Maryland with her family, who try valiantly not to roll their eyes whenever she quotes Jane Austen.
Award-winning author Mary Behre writes stories with humor, suspense, and a psychic love-connection set in Tidewater, Virginia. Mary tries not to take herself too seriously, often claiming she’s the lone female in a house full of males and the undisputed queen of her domain. She says she even has the glittery tiara to prove it!
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2011 Golden Heart winner, Diana Belchase is a suspense author who loves action, women who take charge, and the men who tame them. She writes spy novels, women’s fiction, historicals, and nonfiction. Diana is a proud member of Kiss and Thrill, Waterworld Mermaids, Montgomery County Media, the 2011 Starcatchers, and the 2012 Golden Heart Firebirds, as well as RWA, WRW, KOD, Sisters in Crime, International Thriller Writers, and Mystery Writers of America.
USA Today bestselling author Heidi Betts writes sexy, sassy, sensational romance. The recipient of several awards and stellar reviews, Heidi’s books combine believable characters with compelling plotlines, and are consistently described as “delightful,” “sizzling,” and “wonderfully witty.”
Willa Blair (Published)
Willa Blair is an Award-winning Amazon and Barnes & Noble #1 Bestselling author of Scottish Historical, light Paranormal, and Contemporary romance. She has been featured on and contributes to USAToday’s Happy Ever After romance blog, Savvy Authors, Romance University, and more. Her books have won numerous honors, including the Marlene, the Merritt, National Readers’ Choice Award Finalist, The Reader’s Crown finalist, Historical Romance finalist and Honorable Mention in InD’Tale Magazine’s prestigious RONE Award, NightOwl Reviews Top Pick, and InD’tale Review’s Crowned Heart. She loves scouting new settings for books, and thinks being an author is the best job she’s ever had.
As a solid midlist author I’ve written for four publishers over twenty-five years: Harlequin in the golden years of romance, followed by twelve years of rejection, Kensington rescued me, followed by Bantam and Berkley . I have sold steadily and successfully ever since.
Caryn Moya Block (Published)
Caryn Moya Block burst onto the paranormal romance scene with her debut e-book Alpha’s Mate in January of 2012. Since that time she has published A Siberian Werewolf in London and My Mate’s Embrace. She was named one of the “Top 50 Indie Authors for April 2012” from E-Reader Reviews, and won the “Global E-book Awards for 2012” in contemporary romance. She lives with her husband of over 30 years and has two adult sons.
When J.T. Bock was a child, she wanted to be James Bond or Indiana Jones or Wonder Woman or whatever brought her the most action, adventure and romance while play acting on her stage—otherwise known as her grandmother’s basement. Now J.T. has assembled her own team of action heroes, supernatural creatures and maniacal villains and set them on adventures far from her basement to exotic lands and alternate dimensions. From a secret location outside of Washington, DC, J.T. conjures these pulse-pounding tales to share with those kindred readers looking for an exciting escape.
Karna Small Bodman is the author of 4 political thrillers (with a romantic twist) that have hit “#1 in thrillers” on Amazon and won an award at the Paris Book Festival. She served 6 years in The White House and weaves her experiences into her novels.
Meredith Bond is an award-winning author of four traditionally published Regency romances and one indie-published paranormal Regency. Merry has been teaching writing for the past five years and has published a book so that others can “take” her classes as well. Chapter One is available at your favorite e-retailer.
Binnie Syril Braunstein is the published author of three sensual romance novels and 49 short stories. Before becoming a writer, she was a professional academic librarian and still loves doing research. She has also taught courses on creative writing as an adjunct professor, and has lectured widely on the subject. To exercise her creative side, she takes pleasure in creating sometimes elaborate thematic “Baskets by Binnie” to raise money for various causes. Binnie is a dog person who is grateful to all of her friends in WRW who have helped her to understand the language of “cat.”
Susan Breeden is a 2016 Golden Heart® finalist who writes contemporary romances with a touch of sophisticated humor and generous dose of Texas flair. Her short stories have been published in several commercial and literary magazines including Woman’s World, Playgirl, and Zone 3. By day, Susan works as a technical writer/editor for NASA.
When not living the glamorous life of a romance author in the southern NJ suburbs, Terri Brisbin spends her time being a married mom as well as a dental hygienist to hundreds while plotting and planning future stories. Since 1998, she’s written more than 33 novels, novellas and short stories for Berkley/Jove, Harlequin and Kensington Books. Now working on more romances, Terri has also self-published her backlist books.
Denny S. Bryce is a 2016 RWA Golden Heart® finalist in historical romance for WILD WOMEN AND THE BLUES, and a 2014 Golden Heart® winner in romantic suspense for CHASING DAMN. She writes romantic suspense/mystery (contemporary, paranormal, and historical) and mainstream historical fiction. She also is a regular contributor to Happy Ever After (USA Today) blog.
Adele Buck is the author of several comedic romance novels, as yet unpublished, and is represented by Amy Bishop at Dystel, Goderich & Bourret. Adele’s real-life counterpart is someone who has been (among other things) an actress, a corporate communications executive, and an academic law librarian. She has a fantastic husband, the requisite number of neurotic cats, and lives in the suburbs of Washington, DC.