When Lorraine Heath received her BA degree in psychology from the University of Texas, she had no idea she had gained a foundation that would help her to create believable characters—characters that are often described as “real people.” She writes for both adult and young adult readers. She received a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award for Americana historicals. Her novels have been recognized with a RITA, Romance Writers of America’s most prestigious award for excellence; a HOLT medallion award honoring outstanding literary fiction; a Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award for Best Americana as well as Best British Isle Set Historical; five Texas Gold Awards; the Golden Quill Award; the Rising Star Award; and many other awards and recognitions. Her novels have been selections of the Doubleday and Rhapsody Book Clubs. Her novels have appeared on bestseller lists, including USA Today, Waldenbooks, and most recently, the New York Times.
Maya Banks is the pseudonym of Sharon Long, who lives in Texas with her husband, three children and assortment of pets. When she’s not writing, she can be found hunting, fishing or playing poker. A southern girl born and bred, Maya loves life below the Mason Dixon, and more importantly, loves bringing southern characters and settings to life in her stories.
Escaping into the pages of a book is something she’s loved to do since she was a child. Now she crafts her own worlds and characters and enjoys spending as much time with them as possible.
A New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Karen Harper is a former college English instructor (Ohio State University) and high school literature and writing teacher. A lifelong Ohioan, Karen and her husband Don divide their time between the midwest and the southeast, both locations she has used in her books. Besides her American settings, Karen loves the British Isles, where her Scottish and English roots run deep, and where she has set many of her historical Tudor-era mysteries and her historical novels about real and dynamic British women. Karen's books have been published in many foreign languages and she won the Mary Higgins Clark Award for 2005. Karen has given numerous talks to readers and writers across the county.
In 1955, Look magazine called Phenix City, Alabama, “The Wickedest City in America,” but even that may have been an understatement. It was a stew of organized crime and corruption, run by a machine that dealt with complaints forcefully and with dispatch. No one dared cross them - no one even tried. And then the machine killed the wrong man.
When crime-fighting attorney Albert Patterson is gunned down in a Phenix City alley in the spring of 1954, the entire town seems to pause for just a moment - and when it starts up again, there is something different about it. A small group of men meet and decide they have had enough, but what that means and where it will take them is something they could not have foreseen. Over the course of the next several months, lives will change, people die, and unexpected heroes emerge - like “a Randolph Scott western,” one of them remarks, “played out not with horses and Winchesters, but with Chevys and .38s and switchblades.”
Peopled by an extraordinary cast of characters, both real and fictional, Wicked City is a novel of uncommon intensity, rich with atmosphere, filled with sensuality and surprise. Read more about Cupid's Café: Wicked City
Diana Palmer is the pen name of Susan (Spaeth) Kyle. She began writing romance novels in 1979 after sixteen years as a newspaper reporter, and frequently returns to themes of cowboys or the Old West. She has over 150 novels in print. More information about her writing is available at dianapalmer.com.
Eloisa James is the pen name of Mary Bly, a professor of English literature at Fordham University. James' historical romances are appreciated by reviewers and readers alike for their strong voice, unusual characters, and authentic language. She began writing romance novels while attending the University of Virginia on a humanities fellowship, and used the advance from her first novel to pay off her student loans. Her dual careers often cross over in her writing: her romance novels contain poetry quotes and historical events encountered in her university research. More information about her writing is available at eloisajames.comRead more about Books by Eloisa James
For nearly twenty years, Sabrah H. Agee was employed by the District Attorney of Alabama's largest circuit as administrative assistant and investigator. Since her job presented her with the sordid side of life, she began to write romances--stories that always had happy endings--as a means of coping. Sabrah received a lucky break when writer Beverly Barton introduced her to the Heart of Dixie Romance Writers of America. In 1999, Sabrah's first book, Jinx and Tracy, was published by Kensington Publishing Company. At present, she is employed by SABRA Sanctuary, a local shelter through which she assists victims of domestic violence. Read more about Books by Sabrah Huff Agee
Jennifer Blake (real name Patricia Maxwell) has been called a "pioneer of the romance genre", and an "icon of the romance industry." She has written over 60 books with translations in 20 languages and more than 30 million copies in print worldwide. Many of her books are set in her native Louisiana.
She has published books under several different names, including: