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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
- MJ Compton
- Diane Culver
- Elizabeth Doherty
- ALee Drake
- Regina Edwards-Drumm
- Amy Gamet
- Holly Greenfield
- Nicki Greenwood
- Janina Grey
- Dawn Ireland
- Em Kaye/Tamera Stone
- Mary Reed McCall
- Erin McKenzie
- Kat Morrisey
- Patti O'Manne
- Nona Raines
- J. Lynn Rowan
- Maggie Shayne
- Kerrie Strong
- 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 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 is a mom of two who, with her husband, is learning to empty nest. Then again, it is not quite empty with Zeus, their 100-pound Lab mix, AKA "No No Bad Dog," still at home.
When not hanging out with the hubby and Zeus on the patio or enjoying her rose garden, she is writing furiously in a notebook, 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. COMMMENCE FALLING...IN LOVE, the second book of her Falling SEALs e-book series, was awarded the 2016 BiblioBoard Most Read Romance for SELF-e category.
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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 is a writer, singer-songwriter, cancer survivor and proud wife and mother. Born and raised in Central New York, she will tell you that her parents gave her the two best tools in her arsenal by reading to her and raising her in a Christian household. In spite of the long Central New York winters, she continues to live there with the husband that God created just for her, and the son who is her forever best story. In her heart, she feels that her gift of writing is a little piece of magic, and that it is both her privilege and grandest adventure to find new ways to stretch a hand out to touch the wonder of this vast universe God created.
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
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.
Growing up in the Hamptons in the 60's and 70's, Diane Culver soaked up the ambience of surf and sand. After several years as an award-winning mathematics teacher, she left the academic life behind to pursue her dream of writing, and the Hampton Thoroughbreds series was born. Diane loves writing suspenseful romance. In her downtime, she plays golf and travels. London tops her list of places to visit.
Elizabeth Doherty is an author of Romance and ChickLit novels, and she welcomes you on the journey as she navigates the oh-so-scary world of self-publishing. When not writing, she is also a social studies teacher, an avid reader, a lover of all things 90's nostalgia, a cinefile, a theater lover, and a person generally trying to find her way in the world.
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.
Amy Gamet is the USA Today bestselling author of romantic suspense and contemporary romance. She's best known for her HERO Force series, where military romance meets thrilling action and intrigue. She has three kids, a husband, a slightly stinky and poorly trained dog, and an ancient calico cat who doesn't like people. If the timing is just perfectly right, you can find her sitting on a purple reclining loveseat in a basement full of toys, writing her next big novel while her husband takes care of the chaos for a while. For him, the kids, the stinky, cranky pets, and for the opportunity to tell you a story, she is grateful.
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.
Janina Grey has been writing since she could hold a crayon, and there has been no stopping her since. Journaling, short stories, poetry, newsletters, news, feature, columns, Op/Eds, and press releases have kept her busy her whole life. But it was the sweet romances she read in her downtime that stayed forever in her heart and gave her the inspiration to write her own.
Growing up on Long Island and living periodically in Tennessee as a youth has given her the opportunity to meet many different types of people and experience many different lifestyles. After moving from Long Island to settle in upstate New York with her family, she found the support needed to pursue her writing endeavors.
When Janina is not writing, she may be marching for women's rights, kayaking, camping, drumming, or dancing around the fire.
With her two children grown, she and her husband, David, share their 110-year-old Mohawk Valley farm house homestead with a few resident spirits and a very squawky murder of crows.
"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.
Erin McKenzie has been a lover of words since she first learned her ABCs, sparking a lifelong passion for reading, writing, and of course, word games! She is a professional school counselor, mom to her three young children, partner to her wife of fifteen years, chief dishwasher and laundry folder, soccer mom and homework checker. She and her family live in the Finger Lakes region of New York State and share their home with several furry friends.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A lifelong reader, Kerrie was "that kid," the one reading by flashlight under her covers, the one sent outside in the summer just to read a book on the porch or write stories in her spiral notebook, the one who checked out romance novels from her college library along with the scientific reference books she needed for her term papers. Now she's a freelance copywriter, married to the guy she met on her first and only blind date over twenty years ago, living in CNY with their two kids and two cats and a flourishing colony of frogs in a backyard pond. Kerrie writes romance and horror-- and so far, those are in separate stories--but can still be found on the porch with a book on those perfect summer days.
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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- "Happiness is a book by Christine Wenger!" — Patricia Kay
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.