Addicted to reading romance novels since she was twelve years old, when her favorite library started cutting back her fix, Sariah Aarons went to plan B: writing them. Now for any moment not taken by running three businesses in two different industries, she is in the corner crafting steamy contemporary romances with complicated heroes you fall in love with, compelling heroines you root for, and the everlasting love that brings them together.
Katherine Achatz is a fifth generation Coloradoan who grew up outside a small, isolated town in the mountains. She is a Northwestern Law grad, former real estate development lawyer, and currently makes her living writing about tax law. She has been a lover of romance novels since her grandmother gave her a bag of old Harlequins when she was in junior high school. She writes romantic suspense and contemporary romance and can’t wait to make it her day job.
Kathy Altman (Published)
Kathy Altman writes contemporary romance, romantic suspense and the occasional ode to chocolate. She’s published by Harlequin Superromance, and contributes to USA Today’s “Happy Ever After” blog. When she’s not writing, reading or putting in her forty hours a week as a computer programmer for the Air Force, she enjoys baking, watching the Ciarán Hinds version of Persuasion and making other people feel superior by letting them win at Scrabble.
Kathryn Anderson developed her love of writing at the age of ten, when she wrote about haunted houses and wild west adventures where the girls always got to be heroes. She is currently working on a young adult fantasy romance series where the girls still get to be heroes, and they get the boy. Kathryn has served WRWDC as president, vice president, retreat chair (twice), board member, contest chair and in other volunteer roles.
Sarah Andre lives in SWFL, but has so many WRW friends she decided to join the chapter. In June of 2015 Sarah debuted her Romantic Suspense: LOCKED, LOADED and LYING to rave reviews. She hopes to publish a second novel by year’s end.
Jill Archer is the author of Dark Light of Day, the first book in the Noon Onyx series by Ace. She lives in rural Maryland with her two children and husband, who is a recreational pilot. She blogs about books, movies, interesting people, writing and various weekend adventures.
Lisa E. Arlt (Published)
Lisa E. Arlt writes young adult novels, women’s fiction, and is currently working on a memoir. The constants are strong females triumphing over challenges to create their unique happily-ever-after. Lisa has published one novel with Harlequin and a dozen romantic short stories internationally.
Dee has always lived life with stories playing in her head. It’s not unusual for her to drift off into an imaginary world for a moment, where she rewrites the events around her and finishes the tale with a happy ending where good triumphs over evil.
She writes from the heart and hopes that someday her stories will be in print for others to enjoy. Until then, she learns and practices her craft, showers her children, husband and pets with love, and keeps dreaming.
Catherine Asaro (Published)
Catherine Asaro’s stories blend hard science fiction, romance, and exciting space adventure. A two-time winner of the Nebula Award from SFWA, she has also earned recognition from the romance community as a finalist in the RITA contest and three-time winner of the Romantic Times Book Club Award. She has published over twenty novels, many of which belong to her acclaimed saga of the Skolian Empire, and her Lost Continent fantasy series helped launch Harlequin imprint Luna Books.
A native Washingtonian, V.R. Avent is an independent author who writes erotic romances. These romances are always mixed with enjoyable drama, new adult, and multicultural/interracial story lines. She is a mother of one and lives in Washington, DC, with her beautiful daughter. V. R. loves cooking and having a blast and is often busy at work, writing erotic romances balanced with just enough drama to keep you captivated.
Xio Axelrod (Published)
Xio Axelrod is an award-winning author of love stories, contemporary romance and (what she likes to call) strange, twisted tales. Xio grew up in the music industry and began recording at a young age. When she isn’t writing stories, she can be found in the studio, writing songs, or performing on international stages (under a different, super-secret name of course). She lives in Philadelphia with one full-time husband and one part-time cat.
Lori Ann Bailey writes hunky highland heroes and strong-willed independent lasses finding their perfect matches in the Highlands of 17th century Scotland. Her debut novel, Highland Deception, will be out summer 2016 with Entangled Publishing. She lives in Northern Virginia with her real life hero, four fabulous kids, two dogs determined to destroy her house and two cats secretly plotting the demise of those dogs.
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.
Historical romance author Anne Barton lives in Maryland with her husband and three children, who try valiantly not to roll their eyes whenever she quotes Jane Austen. Her debut novel, WHEN SHE WAS WICKED releases from Grand Central Forever in January 2013.
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 is the award-winning author of Amazon and Barnes & Noble bestselling Scottish historical paranormal romance, and a contributor to USAToday’s Happy Ever After romance blog.
Her popular Highland Talents series, set in a pivotal point in Scottish history, is filled with men in kilts, psi talents, and plenty of spice. Available in ebook, print, and audiobook formats, this series will soon be joined by more novels of adventure and romance.
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.
Amanda Brice leads a double life. By day she’s an intellectual property attorney for a large federal government agency. At night she writes teen mystery novels and time travel. A popular speaker on the writers’ conference circuit with her workshops on basic copyright and trademark law, she is a two-time Golden Heart finalist and president of Washington Romance Writers.
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.
Christine Bunt loves writing historicals set in the Regency. An unpublished pro, her second love is anything Disney. She’s a sucker for a happy ending.