V. S. Alexander

The Magdalen Girls, V. S. Alexander’s first novel for Kensington Publishing, was published in early 2017 in the US and UK, with rights also sold to the Czech Republic. The novel, set in 1962 Dublin, deals with the dark history…

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Karen Anderson

Karen Anderson has just completed her first novel, South Loop, a crime thriller set in Chicago. She worked previously as a singer-songwriter and a journalist, including stints in Chicago radio and cable television. She later was a sportswriter for the…

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Tracy Auerbach

Tracy Auerbach is an author of science fiction and fantasy for teens and adults. As an avid reader with a vivid imagination, she chose to study film, English, and education, and went on to teach and write S.T.E.M. (science, technology,…

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Cynthia Baxter

Cynthia Baxter is the author of the Lickety Splits Ice Cream Shoppe mystery series (published by Kensington), which features amateur sleuth Kate McKay and her ice cream shop in New York’s scenic Hudson Valley. She is also the author of…

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Mary Campisi

Mary Campisi writes emotion-packed books about second chances. Whether contemporary romances, women's fiction, or Regency historicals, her books all center on belief in the beauty of that second chance. Mary should have known she'd become a writer when at age…

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Leigh Carman

Leigh Carman was born and raised in New England with all of its fall foliage and winter snow. She escaped to the South, where she currently lives outside Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband, two kids, and French Bulldog, Shelby. She loves…

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Mary Carter

Mary Carter is a novelist and workshop leader at The Chicago Writer’s Loft. Her works include: Home With My Sisters, London From My Windows, Meet Me in Barcelona, Three Months in Florence, The Things I Do For You, The Pub…

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Tracy Clark

Tracy P. Clark, author of the Cass Raines mystery series, lives in Chicago. Her first short story, “For Services Rendered,” was included in the mystery anthology Shades of Black: Crime and Mystery Stories by African-American Authors. When not working on…

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Nancy J. Cohen

Nancy J. Cohen writes the Bad Hair Day Mysteries featuring South Florida hairstylist Marla Vail. Titles in this series have made the IMBA bestseller list, been selected by Suspense Magazine as best cozy mystery, and earned third place in the…

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Lori Copeland

Lori Copeland is a popular bestselling author of both contemporary and historical fiction. Her books have been nominated for the Christy and Rita awards, and she has received two Lifetime Achievement Awards from Romantic Times magazine. Her Women of Faith title,…

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Paola Corso

Paola (P.J.) Corso is a community activist and an award-winning author of seven books of fiction and poetry set in her native Pittsburgh where her Italian immigrant grandfather and father worked in a steel mill. Her most recent poetry books are…

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Cheryl Crane

Cheryl Crane is the daughter of movie legend Lana Turner. She is the author of Detour: a Hollywood Tragedy—My Life With Lana Turner, My Mother (coauthored with Cliff Jahr); Lana: The Memories, the Myths, the Movies (coauthored with Cindy De La…

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Isis Crawford

Isis Crawford was born in Egypt to parents who were in the diplomatic corps. When she was five, her family returned to the States, where her mother opened a restaurant in Upper Westchester County and her father became a university…

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Robert Downes

Author and world traveler Robert (Bob) Downes has been inspiring readers to pursue their dreams of travel and adventure for more than three decades. A resident of Traverse City, Michigan, Downes, 64, is the author of three nonfiction books: Planet…

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Peggy Ehrhart

Peggy Ehrhart is a former English professor with a Ph.D. in Medieval Literature. She taught writing and literature at Queens College, CUNY, and then at Fairleigh Dickinson University, taking early retirement in 2002 to focus on writing fiction and playing…

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Colleen Faulkner

Colleen Faulkner sold her first novel at the age of 23 and has more than a hundred and twenty-five books, under various pseudonyms, in various genres, in print. Her novels are published worldwide and have been translated into Chinese, French,…

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Judith E. French

Judith E. French has been writing professionally since she was 15. She is the author of more than 50 novels, sold world-wide and translated into German, French, Italian, Russian, Chinese, Norwegian and other languages. Many of her books are Native…

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Steve Goble

Steve Goble is a digital journalist who works for the USA Today Network in Ohio. He helps manage websites and social media for 11 USA Today Network news organizations. He previously wrote a weekly craft beer column called “Brewologist,” which appeared…

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Michael Griffo

Michael Griffo has written 11 novels and over 25 plays and screenplays. His debut novel, Between Boyfriends, was published by Kensington Books in 2010, and was followed by a novella, Missed Connections, in the anthology Remembering Christmas, both written under the pseudonym…

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Heather Grothaus

Heather Grothaus fell in love with historical romance after reading a Kathleen E. Woodiwiss novel when she was far too young to be doing so. A former journalist, she has built a reputation for crafting twisting adventures, (more…)

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John Hall

John Hall can still remember the first book he ever read. It was Harry The Dirty Dog.  Since that day, he’s always loved reading. When he was in fifth grade, he decided he was going to be a writer when…

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Traci Hall

With an impressive bibliography in an array of genres, USA TODAY bestselling author Traci Hall has garnered a notable fan base. She pens stories guaranteed to touch the heart while transporting the reader to another time and place. Her belief…

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Christopher Hawke

Christopher Hawke’s debut novel, Unnatural Truth—a surreal psychological thriller focusing on the perception of reality, addiction, and mental illness—established Hawke's unique talent for storytelling. His second novel, Altered Selves, is a 21st-century fable about what it means to have a…

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Norah Hess

Always a daydreamer, and often scolded for it by the grandmother who raised her, New York Times bestselling author Norah Hess always wanted to be a writer. At 18, she was sent to Chicago to live with an aunt after…

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Dorothy Howell

Dorothy Howell is the author of 42 novels.  Her books have been translated into a dozen languages and have sold internationally. She writes the hilarious Haley Randolph mystery series. Haley is desperate to find a way to quit her sales…

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Hannah Howell

After five years and many rejections, I finally got my first book on the stands in 1988—Amber Flame—from Leisure Books (reissued a while back under the title His Bonnie Bride). Also the western—A Taste of Fire published by Kensington in…

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Charlotte Hubbard

Many moons ago—like, in 1983 while I was still a school librarian—I sold my first story to True Story magazine. This launched me into writing about seventy of those “true confessions” stories over the years, and I’ve been a slave…

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Alexandra Ivy

Alexandra Ivy graduated from Truman University with a degree in theater before deciding she preferred to bring her characters to life on paper rather than on stage. She started her career writing traditional regencies before moving into the world of…

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K. M. Jackson

A native New Yorker, K. M. Jackson spent her formative years on the A train where she had two dreams: (1) to be a fashion designer and (2) to be a writer. After spending over ten years designing women’s sportswear…

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Vanessa Kelly

Named by Booklist as one of the "New Stars of Historical Romance,” USA Today bestselling author Vanessa Kelly's books have been nominated for awards in a number of contests. She is also the recipient of the prestigious Maggie Medallion for historical romance. With a…

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Rebecca Kertz

Rebecca Kertz has lived in rural Delaware since she was a young newlywed. First introduced into the Amish world when her husband took a job with an Amish construction crew, she took joy in watching the Amish job foreman's children…

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Sylvie Kurtz

Flying an eight-hour solo cross-country in a Piper Arrow with only the airplane's crackling radio and a large bag of M&Ms for company, Sylvie Kurtz realized a pilot's life wasn't for her. The stories zooming in and out of her…

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Cathy Lamb

Cathy Lamb writes her novels late at night. She has insomnia, so she figures she might as well get something done when she is sleepless. Her novels are for women who believe that life is better with chocolate, would like…

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Laura Levine

Laura Levine is a former sitcom writer whose credits include The Bob Newhart Show, Laverne & Shirley, The Jeffersons, The Love Boat, Three’s Company, and Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman. As an advertising copywriter, she created Count Chocula and Frankenberry cereals…

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Terry Lewis

Terry Lewis has been a trial judge in Tallahassee, Florida, for almost 30 years. His novels explore that gray area between law and justice, garnering favorable reviews such as this observation from Publisher’s Weekly: “Lewis…clearly knows his legal and geographical…

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John Manchester

John Manchester has a made a living creating music for 45 years. He dragged his guitar through countless dive bars before joining Livingston Taylor’s band in 1978, opening for Linda Ronstadt and Fleetwood Mac. He taught himself to compose. His…

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Sandra Marton

Sandra Marton, a USA TODAY bestselling author and four-time Rita award finalist for Best Novel of the Year in Romance and Romantic Suspense, is a must-read for romance readers in the United States and all around the world. She’s won…

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Alyssa Maxwell

Alyssa Maxwell, author of the Gilded Newport mysteries and the Lady and Lady's Maid mysteries, knew from an early age that she wanted to be a novelist. Growing up in New England and traveling to Great Britain fueled a passion for history, while a love of…

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Emma Miller

Emma Miller lives quietly with her husband and extended family in her old farmhouse in rural Kent County, Delaware, amid fertile fields and lush woodlands where the whir of Amish buggy wheels and the horses’ hooves on the road are…

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J. J. Murray

Romance novelist J. J. Murray writes multicultural novels in all genres. He grew up in New York (Huntington), New Jersey (Plainfield), Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh), Missouri (St. Louis), Indiana (West Lafayette and College Corners), and Ohio (Marietta), and has now lived 32…

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Constance O’Banyon

Constance O'Banyon is a USA TODAY bestselling author and Romantic Times Career Achievement Award winner who has more than 8 million books in print. She has written various romantic subgenres, ranging from the traditional historical to contemporaries at Zebra, Pinnacle,…

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Charles O’Brien

I was born in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and raised in Green Bay, joined the army at 17 and served as a medical technician in Korea (1945-47). History has always fascinated me. It was my major at Notre Dame (B.A., 1951; M.A.,…

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Abigail Owen

Award-winning paranormal romance author Abigail Owen grew up consuming books and exploring the world through her writing. She attempted to find a practical career related to her favorite pastime by earning a degree in English Rhetoric (Technical Writing). However, she…

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Sharon Page

Sharon Page is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of over 30 books in the romance genre. She sold her first book in 2004. Since then she has written for Random House, Harlequin/Harper Collins, Kensington Publishing, and has…

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Robin Reardon

Robin Reardon is an inveterate observer of human nature, and her primary writing goal is to create stories about all kinds of people, some of whom happen to be gay or transgender—people whose destinies are not determined solely by their…

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Eric Red

Eric Red is a Los Angeles–based novelist, screenwriter, and film director. His first two novels, a dark coming-of-age tale about teenagers called Don’t Stand So Close and a dark fantasy called The Guns of Santa Sangre, are available from SST…

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Farrah Rochon

A native of south Louisiana, USA Today bestselling author Farrah Rochon officially began her writing career while waiting in between classes in the student lounge at Xavier University of Louisiana. After earning her Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of…

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Kadie Scott

Award-winning contemporary romance author Kadie Scott grew up consuming books and exploring the world through her writing. She attempted to find a practical career related to her favorite pastime by earning a degree in English Rhetoric (Technical Writing). However, she…

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James D. Shipman

Amazon Bestselling Author James D. Shipman was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. While earning a degree in history from the University of Washington and a law degree from Gonzaga University School of Law, he began publishing short stories…

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Deborah Simmons

Deborah Simmons began her writing career as a journalist, but left nonfiction for the world of happily ever afters. She’s published 28 romances with Avon, Harlequin, and Berkley, as well as an indie romantic comedy. Among her titles are a USA…

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Michele Sinclair

In need of a creative outlet, Michele Sinclair began writing novels after her second child was born. A voracious reader of romance books and a constant dreamer of romantic plots, she was encouraged to put her ideas to paper and soon…

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Karen Rose Smith

USA TODAY bestselling author Karen Rose Smith is an only child who delved into books at an early age. She learned about kindred spirits from Anne of Green Gables, solved mysteries with Nancy Drew and wished she could have been the…

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Bobbi Smith

After working as a department manager for Famous-Barr, and briefly as a clerk at a bookstore, Bobbi Smith gave up on career security and began writing. She sold her first book to Zebra in 1982. In the past 28 years,…

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Joseph Souza

Joseph Souza is the author of eight works of fiction. He won the Andre Dubus Award, received Honorable Mention for The Al Blanchard Award, and in 2013 won the Maine Literary Award. He grew up in Boston and worked as…

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S. A. Stovall

S. A. Stovall grew up in California’s central valley with a single mother and little brother. Although no one in her family had ever achieved a degree higher than a GED, she put herself through college (earning a BA in…

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V. K. Sykes

K. Sykes is really two people—Vanessa Kelly and Randy Sykes, a husband and wife team who write USA Today bestselling contemporary romance. The second book in their Philadelphia Patriots Series of sports romances won the Kindle Book Review Best Indie…

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Khaled Talib

Khaled Talib is a former journalist with local and international exposure. His articles have been published and syndicated to newspapers worldwide, and his short stories have appeared in literary journals and magazines. The author is a member of the Crime Writers Association…

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Eileen Watkins

Eileen Watkins specializes in mystery and suspense fiction. For 2017, she launches the Cat Groomer mysteries, featuring “cat whisperer” and amateur sleuth Cassie McGlone. The series, from Kensington, kicks off with The Persian Always Meows Twice.  Eileen previously published eight…

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Vincent Wilde

Vincent Wilde is the author of the Cody Harper mystery series about a cross-dressing sleuth who enjoys wielding a whip as much as slipping into a silk chemise. The Combat Zone, published by Cleis Press, takes Cody from Boston’s officially…

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Peter Wood

Peter Wood is the author of Confessions of a Fighter—Battling Through the Golden Gloves and A Clenched Fist—The Making of a Golden Gloves Champion, two memoirs published by Ringside Books. His first book, To Swallow a Toad, an adult novel…

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Joe Yogerst

A jack of all trades in the world of words, Joe Yogerst has worked as a writer and editor on four continents including stints in South Africa, London, Hong Kong, Singapore and his native California. His portfolio ranges from investigative…

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