been devouring books since she learned to read at the age of three. An old portable typewriter got her started writing in her room at eight and she’s been writing ever since. Her practical nature led her to pursue a master’s degree and a career that would pay the bills, but the writing bug continued to bite. She started working ferociously in her spare time to become a published author and has become an active member of her local RWA chapter, Heart of Dixie.
After eight years and eleven completed manuscripts, she finally made the leap and got ‘the call’ from Harlequin Desire on May 31, 2011. She always dreamed of seeing her work in print and is thrilled to finally be able to share her special blend of sensuality and dry, sarcastic humor with the world. Read more about Cupid's Café: Andrea Laurence
In the author's own words: "I'm addicted to history and romance! Raised an Army brat, I had the great fortune to marry an officer and travel the world. After raising four children and putting down roots, the muse came calling with abandon, complete with swashbuckling adventure and mayhem. And as I anticipate my debut release, my greatest hope is that my stories resonate with you, dear reader." Read more about Cupid's Café: Katherine Bone
Stella Cameron is the New York Times best selling author of the acclaimed Court of Angels Series, the Bayou Books and many others. There are fourteen million copies of her books in circulation worldwide. She is the recipient of the Pacific Northwest Achievement Award for distinguished professional achievement and for enhancing the stature of the Northwest Literary community. She lives in Washington State. Read more about Cupid's Café: Stella Cameron
Author Christy Reece will talk about her new novel, Midnight Secrets, written under the pen name Ella Grace, and her other books at the next meeting of the Cupid's Cafe Book Club on Wednesday, May 22, at noon in the A&B meeting room at the Main Library.
One of the most popular romance writers in America today, Joan Johnston has more than 10 million books in print world-wide— including the New York Times bestsellersSISTERS FOUND, THE COWBOY, THE TEXAN, THE LONER, THE NEXT MRS. BLACKTHORNE and NO LONGER A STRANGER. THE PRICE represented a milestone in Johnston’s career as her first hardcover original.
Joan is a member of the Authors Guild, Novelists, Inc., International Thriller Writers and Romance Writers of America. She resides in Florida where she lives only minutes away from her daughter, a professional organizer and freelance writer, her son-in-law and two grandchildren with whom she loves to play tennis. Her son, also a budding novelist, lives in Seattle. Read more about Cupid's Café: Joan Johnston
Growing up in a tiny community in Alabama boasting only one stop sign and a gas station gave Christy ample opportunity to create daring adventures in her head. When she wasn't thinking of her story characters, Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys kept her entertained and out of trouble. Later came the chills of Stephen King and the thrills of John Grisham, but the romance genre always held a strong place in her heart.
Christy's award winning Last Chance Rescue series consists of nine books and features strong, alpha males, smart, courageous women, plenty of steam, action adventure, and always a happy ending. Christy is currently writing an LCR novella, CHANCES ARE, that she plans to release at the end of 2012.
Currently living in Missoula, Montana, Kat is the New York Times bestselling author of over fifty Historical and Contemporary Romance Suspense novels. Before she started writing in 1985, Kat was a real estate broker. During that time, she met her husband, Larry Jay Martin, author of more than twenty books, both westerns and mysteries. Kat is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara, where she majored in Anthropology and also studied History.
"I've always loved books. I was an avid reader, with any number of my own stories rolling around in my head. Writing them down seemed a logical step."
"I love anything old," Kat says. "I love to travel and especially like to visit the places where my books are set. My husband and I often stay in out-of-the-way inns and houses built in times past. It's fun and it gives a wonderful sense of a by-gone era."
Beverly Jenkins is the nation's premier writer of African-American historical romance fiction and specializes in 19th century African American life. She has 30 published novels to date.
She has received numerous awards, including: five Waldenbooks/Borders Group Best Sellers Awards; two Career Achievement Awards from Romantic Times Magazine; a Golden Pen Award from the Black Writer's Guild, and in 1999 was named one of the Top Fifty Favorite African-American writers of the 20th Century by AABLC, the nation's largest on-line African-American book club.
She has also been featured in many national publications, including the Wall Street Journal, People Magazine, Dallas Morning News and Vibe Magazine. She has lectured and given talks at such prestigious universities as Oberlin University, the University of Illinois, and Princeton. She speaks widely on both romance and 19th century African-American history.
Linda's first book, the historical romance Guardian Angel, was released in 1994, and in the years since she's written in several romance sub-genres under several names. In order of appearance, Linda Winstead; Linda Jones; Linda Winstead Jones; Linda Devlin; and Linda Fallon. She's a six time finalist for the RITA Award and a winner (for Shades of Midnight, writing as Linda Fallon) in the paranormal category. Most recently she's been writing as Linda Jones in a couple of joint projects with Linda Howard, and rereleasing some of her backlist in ebook format. She can be found at any one of a variety of Facebook pages (search for Linda Winstead Jones and Linda Howard/Linda Jones) and at www.lindawinsteadjones.com. Read more about Cupid's Café: Linda Winstead Jones
Linda Howard has won the B. Dalton Bestseller Award and the Romantic Times Magazine Reviewers' Choice Award for Series and the W.I.S.H. Award for hero Joe Mackenzie from her Silhouette Intimate Moments title, Mackenzie's Mission. A tie-in book, Mackenzie's Pleasure, reached number 61 on the USA Today bestseller list. A Romance Writers of America RITA and Golden Choice finalist, she is a frequent Waldenbooks bestselling author, often claiming the number-one position. Read more about Cupid's Café: The Mackenzie Family Saga of Linda Howard