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- Doreen Alsen
- Patricia Antone
- Ron Bagliere
- Georgia Beers
- Laurie Bishop
- Bill Blodgett
- T.E. Bradford
- Gayle Callen/Emma Cane/Julia Latham
- Char Chaffin
- MJ Compton
- Jo Crosier/Rachell Nichole
- Diane Culver
- ALee Drake
- Regina Edwards-Drumm
- Taryn Elliott
- Kris Fletcher
- Holly Greenfield
- Nicki Greenwood
- Ellen Hartman
- Nancy Henderson
- Jenni Holbrook/Jen Talty
- Dawn Ireland
- Em Kaye/Tamera Stone
- Mary Reed McCall
- Kat Morrisey
- Katie O'Boyle
- Patti O'Manne
- Cari Quinn
- Nona Raines
- Aurora Rey
- J. Lynn Rowan
- Maggie Shayne
- Danica St. Como/Sophia Roslyn
- Susan St. Thomas
- Christine Wenger
- M.J. Woods
Doreen Alsen has wanted to be a writer all her life, but took a brief detour into being an opera singer and choral conductor. She realized that maybe she should spend more time writing when creating the back story of her operatic characters was more fun than actually singing. Plus, her romance lovin' heart couldn't take all the dead bodies littering the stage at the end of the performance.
Doreen writes contemporary romantic comedy. She likes to create stories about intelligent, independent people finding love. She is still an active conductor, and can be regularly found waving her arms around in front of singers.
The discovery of the library in her elementary school years began Patricia's lifelong love affair with books. She will read just about anything with a good plot and a happily ever after, the happily ever after part being a must. A lifelong resident of Central New York, she lives with her husband, two college-attending sons, and Zeus, their 100-pound Lab mix, AKA "The Unruly Toddler."
When not working in her garden enjoying her roses, she is writing furiously in a notebook or madly typing away because that next new book idea has popped into her head. Her first print book, CATCHING A COWBOY'S EYE, was published in November 2016. The second book of her Falling SEALs e-book series, published in April 2017, COMMENCE FALLING...IN LOVE, was awarded the 2016 BiblioBoard Most Read Romance for SELF-e category.
Ron is a graduate of Dutchess Community College, and a registered architect who has worked in the K-12 and Healthcare markets for over 25 years. In addition to his other projects, Ron was involved with the design of the Golisano Upstate Children's Hospital addition to University Hospital in Syracuse, NY.
A bit of a wanderlust spirit resides in Ron. At a moment's notice, he's been known pack his bags and go just about anywhere. Among his fondest destinations were Nepal and New Zealand. When he travels in the States, it's out west to see his brother in San Jose, or Alaska to fish, or to Hawaii to catch the sun and sand.
When Ron isn't traveling, hiking, snapping photos with his camera, or at his desk writing, he can be found at the Carrier Dome cheering the SU Orangemen, or in any of the upstate campgrounds, sitting around the campfire with a chilled glass of Riesling and his best friend and life partner, Linda.
Georgia Beers is a Lambda, Foreword Book of the Year, and Goldie award-winning author of lesbian romance. Born and raised in Rochester, New York, she still lives there with her wife of twenty years, their two dogs and a cat. When not writing, she watches too much TV, reads voraciously, and invents new reasons not to work out. She is currently hard at work on her next book. You can visit her and find out more at her website.
As a child, Laurie was accused of always having her "nose stuck in a book." She started writing poetry in grade school, and as a young teen made her first attempt at a novel. Then she picked up her grandmother's copy of Jane Austen's PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, and thus began her love affair with the Regency.
In 2002 Laurie won the RWA's Golden Heart Competition for Best Regency. The winning manuscript was published by NAL/Signet books as THE BEST LAID PLANS in November of 2003 and was rated a TOP PICK by Romantic Times Book Club. In addition, THE BEST LAID PLANS was a finalist entry in the 2004 BOOKSELLER'S BEST contest. Her second book, DECEIVING MISS DEARBORN (May 2004), also received excellent reviews and earned a 4 star rating from Romantic Times.
Today Laurie Bishop lives in her college town—a small upstate New York community on the shores of Lake Ontario. She has a Master's degree in Human Services and Counseling, her field of employment, but at night she collaborates with her cat and writing partner, Tojo. Laurie also writes contemporary romance.
Bill still lives in the community where he met and married his lovely wife, Janice. Actually, she lived around the corner from him and they both ignored each other until their teen years when the hormone thing kicked in and they suddenly realized that the cute little girl skipping rope and that goofy boy riding a bike had both grown up. They are the proud parents of April and Lindsay, both of whom are now married. April married Darren and they have two beautiful boys, Brian and Owen. Lindsay married Tim and they have a beautiful little girl, Kailyn.
Bill enjoys hiking, kayaking, camping with his family, golfing, making candles, and restoring his antique European sports car, a 1972 MGB. They say to write from what you know, so he does. He writes of love, life, and relationships.
Tracy (writing as T.E. Bradford) wrote her first complete story when she was twelve, and her first song just a year earlier. They were the first of many to come, and set an early tone for her desire to express faith and inspiration with words and music. Since then, she has continued to express herself, and to convey her beliefs and faith in stories and song. She has published poems and articles in various literary magazines, and her column "Inside Technology" ran in The Harbinger out of Mobile, Alabama for several seasons. As co-owner and a Senior Editor of ABC Editing Services, she helped aspiring and self-published authors achieve their goals, and is proud to have several books on her shelves at home that recognize her contributions to their success.
Tracy found her true writing voice when she combined Young Adult with Fantasy, added a dash of music and wove in a breath of spirituality. She will tell you that her husband once told her that kids today know more about fictional characters than they do about God. It is her deepest desire that through her words and stories she might be able to change that, and to shine a light that will help others find their way when the path is dark.
USA Today bestselling author Gayle Callen has three sides to her writing personality. She writes he writes Scottish and Victorian romances as herself, contemporary romance as Emma Cane, and medievals under the name Julia Latham, all for Avon Books.
Named the "Notable New Author of 1999," Gayle has also won the Holt Medallion, the Laurel Wreath Award, the Booksellers' Best Award, was a finalist in the National Readers Choice Awards and a nominee for RT Book Reviews Magazine's Reviewers' Choice Award.
Gayle resides in Central New York with her husband and three children. A past President of the Central New York Romance Writers, she is also a member of Romance Writers of America and Novelists Inc.
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- "Gayle Callen writes one dazzling gem of a book after another." — New York Times bestselling author Christina Dodd
Char Chaffin started reading romance, science fiction and horror at a very young age. Her love of books is directly responsible for her overflowing bookcases, and the bounty stored on her new Kindle threatens to eclipse her entire paper collection. Char currently writes mainstream and contemporary romance filled with family, rich characters and engaging plots. For her, it all comes back to the love.
Char began her writing odyssey as a poet, crafting Victorian-style poetry, then went on to writing short stories. She found her niche when she began writing longer and longer short stories, until she wrote her first novel. Over the years she worked a variety of jobs, from farm hand to costume designer to fiscal accountant, before deciding a writing career was her true focus.
A native New Yorker, Char lives Upstate on a sixty-acre farm with husband Don, rat terrier Daisy Mae and two barn cats who constantly slack off on the job of keeping the barn free of varmints. The Chaffin extended family is scattered all over the United States and Alaska.
When she's not pounding away at her keyboard or burying her nose in books and Kindle, she tends a huge vegetable garden and helps Don maintain a sixty-acre farm.
MJ can't remember a time when she wasn't creating her own stories and considers every life experience fodder for her fiction.
Although her 30-year career in local television included such highlights as being bitten by a lion, preempting a US President for a college basketball game, giving a three-time world champion boxer a few black eyes, a mention in the Drudge Report, and meeting her husband, the urge to create her own stories never went away.
MJ lives in upstate New York with her husband and two children. Music and cooking are two of her passions, and she enjoys baseball and college basketball, but she's primarily focused on wine...and writing.
Jo Crosier writes contemporary erotic romance under the pen name Rachell Nichole. She loves creating memorable characters and putting them through the paces on their discovery for and journey to love.
She also writes paranormal romance and romantic suspense. While she has not yet published these titles, her first paranormal romance won third place in the Reveal Your Inner Vixen contest in 2012.
Jo holds two undergraduate degrees, one in Professional Writing and the other in French. She also received a Master's of Fine Arts in Writing Popular Fiction at Seton Hill University. She lives in New York with a mountain of books, a loving family, and an evil cat named Godiva that she adores.
Diane Culver grew up loving and living the Hamptons life style...but as a "townie," meeting and working for such people as Cary Grant, Richard Burton and Orson Bean, to name just a few. When Diane's tenth grade English teacher told her not to count on writing the great American novel (her ultimate life dream), Diane opted to become an award-winning math teacher in a high school outside of Syracuse. She loves to watch the snow fly as she sits by a crackling fire, writing with a cup of Earl Grey tea by her side. She's currently in the process of writing a 6-book series, Hampton Thoroughbreds, the series where action meets adventure, where the rich love to play Hamptons' style...and where deceit lies just beyond the dunes. Diane longs for her vacations when she can walk the beach at Jetty 4. The beach and ocean beckon, and always will until the end of time.
ALee will never lack for settings for her novels because she is fortunate to be married for 36 years to her best friend and travel buddy, Wladziu. Together they have walked the volcano rim in Hawaii, and snorkled at the City of Refuge (Have you ever been eye to eye with a moray eel?). They have salmon fished the Kenai River in Alaska, and strolled at midnight down the river walk in San Antonio (very romantic). On trips to Asia they walked a section of the Great Wall in China, and visited a Snake Farm (not her choice) in Thailand.
ALee and Wlad have been blessed with five amazing children and three grandchildren. During the school year she is an elementary teacher.
ALee believes in one true love, the strength of family, the magic of serendipity, and happily ever after. She is intrigued with signs that suggest the comforting presence of angels, the messages of love in nature and the whispers of age-old wisdom in the wind.
Regina grew up in Upstate New York, and in spite of its winters, she wouldn't want to live anywhere else...unless of course it's an island in the Caribbean. Reading romance has always been in her blood, and the heroes in those books set a pretty strong precedent for finding Mr. Right.
She did find him eventually in her husband Bill, who often inspires Regina's heroes. They share fifteen acres in Upstate New York with two stepdaughters, and a couple of lovable beagles who are more like children than dogs. Regina also works in marketing and public relations, but she's thankful to be able to pursue her other passion—making her writing dreams come true.
Taryn Elliott is a USA Today Bestselling Author of contemporary romance that has made it her mission in life to get as many rockstar stories out of her head and onto the page as possible. She never knew that her fascination with everything music could be translated into the perfect way to make a living. And with that wide-open playground she gets to mix in tattoo artists, winery entrepreneurs, book owners, billionaires and anything else she can think of.
She comes from upstate NY and grew up with parents who passed on their love of television and movies, so writing stories seemed like a natural progression. She falls in love with every hero as she writes him and there's always an eclectic soundtrack to match. She loves to hear from her readers and is on most social media platforms. You can find all her links at her website or contact her by E-mail.
Kris Fletcher writes about small towns, big families, and the love that grows despite them. She has a thing for underdogs, which probably explains her lifelong devotion to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Kris shares her Central New York home - fondly known as Casa Kitty - with her husband, kids, two cats, and a large population of wild killer dust bunnies. You can learn more about Kris, her books, and the view from her balcony at her website.
Holly Greenfield lives in Upstate New York with her husband and two sons. She has always had a weakness for romance of any kind. The harder it tugs at the heartstrings the better. Holly lives for writing. Her love of the written word came when she needed an escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. From there, it became an addiction and the characters haven't stopped talking since.
Holly is also an active member of Romance Writers of America; CNYRW chapter, and Celtic Hearts Romance Writers chapter.
Nicki Greenwood graduated SUNY Morrisville with a degree in Natural Resources, which of course has nothing to do with writing novels. She has also worked in a bakery, an insurance agency, a flower shop, and a doctor's office, which have nothing to do with writing, either. She did spend an awesome two years as an assistant editor for a publisher, and now does freelance editing on the side. Nicki still holds down a day job, which manages to get her out of the house once in a while. Since 2010, she has written eight novels, including the award-winning Gifted Series.
Nicki lives in upstate New York with her husband, son, and assorted pets. If you can't find her at her computer, you can always try the local Renaissance Faire.
Ellen Hartman has been making a living as a writer since she got her creative writing degree from Carnegie Mellon University and went to work for Microsoft. She spent fifteen years writing technical manuals no one ever read until she finally decided to take a shot at writing what she really loves—romance.
Ellen wrote much of her first novel in the back of a preschool classroom while she was trying to ease her younger son's separation anxiety. She had agreed to stick around for a day, maybe two. Somehow—the exact chain of events is hazy—one day turned into a full year of scribbling in a notebook on the bench in the corner. Her son is now a completely independent elementary school student (phew!), and that book became her first sale to Harlequin Books.
Ellen is still employed as a writer, working at the local university. In her spare time, she writes romance, reads as much as she can, and hangs out with her sons.
Nancy Henderson writes both historical and paranormal romance. When she isn't writing, she's spending time with her family and her menagerie of cats. Yes, she is the crazy cat lady...and she's proud of it!
Jenni Holbrook (aka Jen Talty) spent her summers as a teenager on the beautiful shores of Lake George, NY. Her mind was always filled with stories and she loved it when everyone gathered around the campfire and told them. She loved to create neighborhood shows. Any way to tell or perform the stories that constantly played in her head. She was always in need of a creative outlet, whether it be theatre, dancing, or books, it didn't matter.
As Jenni got older, the practical side took over and she went to Nazareth College where she earned her degree in Business Education. Jenni has worked as a teacher and also spent a few years in the Marketing world. However, the pull to create stories never left her and one day while sitting along the shores of Owasco Lake, Jenni pulled out pen and paper and started to write. Finally, she felt like she'd come home.
Today, Jenni lives in Western NY with her husband and her three children. When she's not carting her kids from one hockey rink to the next, she can be found in her 'cave' crafting her next Romantic Suspense novel.
"Once Upon a Time" are four of Dawn's favorite words. Her love of story became a love of romance when she read Georgette Heyer's Devil's Cub. It inspired her to write stories with strong characters that discover love is never easy, but always worthwhile. Dawn's written several award-winning novels set in Georgian England—an era filled with rules and intrigue. Her characters often defy "Society" as they pursue love, run away, pursue, run away—well, you get the idea.
Then again, she might write romance in order to do the research. What other profession encourages you to sit in the audience at Harlequin's Male Model search and take notes, or just sigh?
Dawn lives in a Victorian home in Upstate New York with her husband and very independent cats. When she's not writing, she's singing, gardening, learning to play the harp, or wood carving. If you'd like to learn more about Dawn and her novels, visit her website.
Em Kaye writes light erotica as herself, and contemporary romances as Tamera Stone. Both sides of her writing personality love to write a story where two people fall in love. Em holds a degree in Creative Writing. When not working on her next novel, Em adds to her book collection or spends time with family in upstate New York.
Nationally award-winning author M. Reed McCall grew up in rural Upstate New York as part of a large and loving family. Before becoming a writer, she first considered a career in national security, studying for a brief time at the University of Leningrad before completing undergraduate degrees in Russian and English back in the United States, followed by a master's degree in English literature.
As Mary Reed McCall, she published seven historical romance novels with HarperCollins Publishers. She has recently published her first work of mainstream contemporary fiction under the imprint of Teabury Books. Mary makes her permanent home in New York State with her husband and children, and when she is not writing or involved with family activities, she teaches high school and college-level English.
Kat Morrisey wrote her first series of short stories - Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys fan-fiction - when she was ten, and moved on to New Kids on the Block fan-fiction when she was twelve. At some point, she can't remember when exactly, she made what she now sees as a smart career move: to focus on writing original fiction. Her route to becoming an author has taken many twists and turns including earning a degree in English from St. Bonaventure University, earning a law degree from Syracuse University and passing the NYS Bar, a law practice, teaching as an adjunct at a local college, and a way-too-close-for-comfort encounter with the Grim Reaper himself in 2013. Despite the detours she took to get where she is today her destination remained the same - to become an author of stories loaded with love, hope, a side (or two) of sexy, and of course, a happily ever after.
Her first book, SLOW RIDE, was published in 2014 by Crimson Romance. Her follow up novel is set to release in the first quarter of 2017.
When she isn't writing or reading she focuses on her career as a Workforce Development Specialist, though sometimes she still dusts off her law license to use for good, not evil. She lives in Marcy, New York, the same small town she grew up in, with her adorable but very moody cat, Olive.
Born in the upstate New York village known as the Birthplace of Women's Rights, Katie O'Boyle loves the Finger Lakes in every season. It's no surprise that she has set her Lakeside Porches romance novels in Tompkins Falls on Chestnut Lake.
To friends and readers, she is the author of warm-hearted romance with the theme "Healing, Hope, and Love." To the outside world, she is a tech-savvy college professor. When she's not writing, she's traveling with friends, photographing nature, and reaching out her hand to women in recovery.
Patti has been writing for over thirty years. Her first book was a self-published, hand-bound story about being adopted, written for a coworker who was adopting a child. An avid reader all her life, she graduated from The Hardy Boys, The Bobbsey Twins and Nancy Drew to Ellery Queen, Inspector Poirot and Agatha Christie. From there, it was only steps to her love of Harlequin and Silhouette. When not writing, Patti is reading, and in between she tries to carve out a new life as single and spends time with her children.
Cari Quinn has been writing since she was a teenager, and a few years ago decided to work toward publication. That day came in November 2009 with her first book, a short erotica titled FULL DISCLOSURE. Cari is also an editor at a romance publisher, and a proofreader and graphic designer at a newspaper. In between, she writes, drinks coffee, and sometimes even sleeps.
Nona Raines (who also writes as N. Raines) is a former librarian who lives in upstate New York with her many pets. She's currently working on her next novel between walking the dog and shooing the cats off the laptop. In addition to her self-published work, her erotic and contemporary romances are published with The Wild Rose Press and Loose Id. Her most recent work is the New Adult serial romance NOT THE HOT CHICK and its companion piece, NOT THE HOT GUY.
Aurora Rey grew up in a small town in south Louisiana, daydreaming about New England. She keeps a special place in her heart for the South, especially the food and the ways women are raised to be strong, even if they're taught not to show it. After a brief dalliance with biochemistry, she completed both a B.A. and an M.A. in English.
When she's not writing contemporary lesbian romance or at her day job in higher education, she loves to cook and putter around the house. She's slightly addicted to Pinterest, has big plans for the garden, and would love to get some goats. She lives in Ithaca, New York with her partner and two dogs.
J. Lynn Rowan started writing stories as a small child, usually starring her favorite cartoon characters. Most of her work through middle and high school was filled with typical teenage angst and melodrama, and usually mirrored the books she loved to read. But eventually she found her own author's voice and decided to seriously pursue a writing career.
Historical fiction remains J. Lynn's "first love," but she has enjoyed the journey to becoming an author of romance and chick lit. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, the Central New York Romance Writers, and the Historical Novel Society. She is also a teacher who tries to instill a love of learning, reading, and writing in her students.
When she's not writing, J. Lynn enjoys travelling, gardening poorly but enthusiastically, studying various topics in American history for her own expertise, and channeling Julia Child every time she steps into the kitchen.
A native of Oswego, NY, she now lives in Charlotte, NC, with her own Romantic Hero of a husband and the most adorable baby on the planet.
New York Times bestselling author Maggie Shayne will have published 61 novels and 25 novellas by the end of 2014. She has written for 7 major publishers and 2 CBS Daytime Dramas (Guiding Light and As the World Turns) and also had a long running newspaper advice column, now a nonfiction book Shayne On You. She has racked up 17 Rita Award nominations and actually, finally, won the prestigeous award in 2005 for Her Best Enemy. She's also won two National Reader's Choice Awards from the Oklahoma Romance Writers, Best Book of the Year from Romance Reviews Today, The Daphne Du Maurier Award from the Mystery & Suspense Writers of America, Favorite Anthology of the Year Award from Bookstores That Care, A Sapphire Award from the Fantasy Romance Online Bookstore, The Golden Leaf Award from the New Jersey Romance Writers, The P.E.A.R.L Award, and several awards from Affaire du Coeur Magazine. RT Book Reviews Magazine has regaled Maggie with 11 Reviewer's Choice Awards, 2 Career Achievement Awards, a WISH Award, and a Gold Medallion. This month Maggie received yet another Reviewers Choice award nomination for Innocent Prey, a thriller in her critically acclaimed Brown and de Luca Series.
After 22 years with nearly every major publisher in the business, Maggie decided in March 2014 not to re-sign with any house, and instead, to take her career independent by way of her own label, Thunderfoot Publishing. In this changing industry, she feels the need for a middle man between the creator of a book and its readers is vanishing.
Maggie's series include: Wings in the Night and Wings in the Night: Reborn (Vampire,) The Immortal Witches Series and The Portal Series (Witches,) The Fairies of Rush Duet (Fantasy Romance,) The Texas Brands Series and The Oklahoma Brands Series (Contemporary Western Romance,) The Mordecai Young Books and The Secrets of Shadow Falls Series (Romantic Suspense,) and The Brown and de Luca Novels (Romantic Thrillers.)
Maggie lives in a beautiful, century old farmhouse named "Serenity" in Cortland County NY with her soulmate, Lance, who became her husband on Valentine's Day 2014. Together, they are living the kind of love she writes about.
Danica St. Como writes erotic contemporary romance suspense, erotic Victorian historical suspense and other genres under her pen name, and also collaborates with her daughter Gina to write erotic romance and paranormal romance under the name Sophia Roslyn.
This former Jersey girl has written since she was eleven. Now she lives in a 200-year-old farmhouse in central upstate New York, tucked in at her desk with any number of Whippets underfoot. She puts her pen to paper—figuratively—to craft novels in several romance sub-genres: contemporary M/F erotic romance suspenses, M/F/M ménage a trois, M/M relationships, erotic historical, and paranormal—all hot, all steamy, and all sensual. St. Como is a member of the Romance Writers of America and the Central New York Romance Writers.
After her fifth grade class made a mockery of her first dramatic play, Susan gave up her writing dreams in favor of painting and playing the guitar. Years later, as a stressed-out scientist and mother of two, she bought her first romance novel, rekindling her desire to write. Now, the scientist-turned-science-teacher spends her days teaching the forces of nature to middle schoolers, and her evenings penning sensual romances. Her first book, MELTDOWN, was published by The Wild Rose Press.
Christine has a dual Master's Degree in Probation and Parole Studies and Sociology from Fordham University. The knowledge gained from such studies certainly has not prepared her for what she loves to write the most—westerns!
Christine sold her first book, THE LADY AND THE COWBOY, to New Readers Press, the publishing division of Laubach Literacy. The book was subsequently chosen by the Publishers Liaison Committee of the Public Library Association's Adult Lifelong Learning Section as one of 1998's "Top Titles for Adult New Readers."
She has also written several freelance articles for Senior World, a publication of the Metropolitan Commission on Aging, as well as for the Syracuse Newspapers. She writes romances for Harlequin Special Edition Books and cozy mysteries for Penguin/Obsidian Books.
In her spare time, she loves to watch bull riding and rodeo.
Born and raised in Central New York, Chris still lives in the area with her husband Jim—the model for all her heroes.
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M.J. writes contemporary romance. She lives in Central New York with her husband, two daughters and her beautiful but not-so-bright Bernese Mountain Dog. She grew up in a small town south of Syracuse and began typing made up stories at a young age. After attending SUNY Oswego and SUNY Cortland, she set aside a college career to work with her father and his brother at their law practice.
After her uncle was elected as a Judge (the same position her great-grandfather held many moons ago in the same county), M.J. continued working with her father in his solo practice for over twenty years. She often draws from these experiences and re-imagines them to get her characters into trouble while they find love. M.J. writes motivated by coffee and music, also drawing inspiration from the Central New York landscape, or random stimulus in newspapers or magazines. She published her first trilogy of full-length novels, The Amped Series, in one short year and is currently at work on various stand-alone novels.