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ALYSSA ALEXANDER

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Alyssa Alexander is a lifelong Michigander who survives the cold winters by writing romance novels that always include a bit of adventure. Her debut book, The Smuggler Wore Silk, won first place in the historical category of the 2011 MORWA Gateway to the Best contest, received 4.5 Stars and Top Pick! from Romantic Times, and was nominated for the 2015 RITA® Award. Her second book, In Bed With A Spy, won third place in the 2012 Reveal Your Inner Vixen contest, received 4.5 Stars and Top Pick! from Romantic Times, and a Starred Review from Publisher’s Weekly. Now she's busily banging away at the keyboard and laughing with her real life hero husband as they raise a couple of four-legged felines and a six-year-old boy who really is a joyful noise with dirt on it.


KATHERINE ASHE

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Katharine Ashe is the award-winning author of historical romances that reviewers call “intensely lush” and “sensationally intelligent,” including How to Be a Proper Lady, an Amazon Editors’ Choice for the 10 Best Books of the Year in Romance, and My Lady, My Lord and How to Marry a Highlander, 2015 and 2014 finalists for the prestigious RITA® Award of the Romance Writers of America. Her books are recommended by Publishers Weekly, Women’s World Magazine, Booklist, Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, Barnes & Noble, and many others, and translated into languages across the world.

Katharine lives in the wonderfully warm Southeast with her beloved husband, son, dog, and a garden she likes to call romantic rather than unkempt. A professor of European History, she writes fiction because she thinks modern readers deserve grand adventures and breathtaking sensuality too. For more about Katharine’s books, please visit www.KatharineAshe.com or write to her at PO Box 51702, Durham, NC 27717.

ROSANNE BITTNER

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USA TODAY best-selling author Rosanne Bittner has been writing since 1979, with over 60 novels published to date. All of her books involve fictitious characters involved in real American history, especially about the Old West of the 1800's. She has won many awards and is a member of Western Writers of America, Romance Writers of America®, Women Writing the West, Oregon-California Trails Association, Mid-Michigan RWA and several historical societies. She travels often for research and to conduct writing workshops and speak for libraries. She and her husband live in southwest Michigan and have two grown sons, three grandsons and four step-grandchildren.

Rosanne's first inspirational, WHERE HEAVEN BEGINS, was awarded second place for the prestigious WILLA literary award presented by Women Writing the West! Her novel SONG OF THE WOLF received a RITA nomination from RWA®.

In April 2012, Rosanne was presented with a Romantic Times Pioneer Award for her 30+ years in writing, and RT also nominated Rosanne's novel DO NOT FORSAKE ME for Best Historical Romance for 2015 at their spring 2016 conference in Las Vegas.

 DIANE BURTON

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Diane combines her love of mystery, adventure, science fiction, and romance into writing romantic fiction. She’s a member of Romance Writers of America® as well as the Mid-Michigan, Kiss of Death, and Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal RWA chapters. Besides the science fiction romance SWITCHED and OUTER RIM series, she also writes romantic suspense and mysteries. Diane and her husband live West Michigan. They have two children and three grandchildren.

GINA CONKLE

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When you open a book, what do you want to find?

Escape? Entertainment? Enjoyability?

A good story gives you these things. Great fiction does even more.

Isn’t it wonderful to read a novel like that? You want to revisit those characters and stay in that world.  Books need to be that satisfying.

My books reach across two sub-genres of romance: adventurous Viking romance and sparkling Georgian romance.

My Viking romances send you to another time and place: think evocative atmospheres with a dash of intrigue.  As a storyteller, I work to honor historical accuracy.  I love the Viking era!  You find craftsmen, farmers, shipbuilders, and yes, alpha males galore. But, sometimes I need to balance the Norse hammers in my head with another era.

You’ll find my Georgian romances deliver splash and sparkle with banter, lots of banter.  Complex characters are welcome…strong, diverse men and women with a mind of their own. There’s something about the 1700s that fascinates me.  Maybe its the mid-century shift from exploration to the Age of Wonder, a time when scientific exploration exploded…something to read and discover.

Sometimes my passion for reading and writing takes over, but I'm blessed to have a fantastic husband who supports my writing and my “book habit.” We have two boys who understand mom’s quirky writer’s ways.  Life is good…even better with a book!

LEILA DAVIS

Leila now resides in her native Seattle, WA, but credits her years of substitute teaching in the Comstock, Michigan, school system for the necessary research behind her Avon Flare Young Adult novel, LOVER BOY. She is also multi-published in short story form and is an avid fan of the mystery genre. She is a former president of MMRWA.

 
 
 

WIL A. EMERSON

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2005 president of MMRWA, is a Mid-Michigan resident who lives in beautiful Canadian Lakes. The setting provides peaceful inspiration but often her characters are drawn from extensive travel throughout the U.S. and Europe.

After twenty years in the health care profession, Wil decided to pursue a long held dream to write novels for publication. She focuses on mysteries but her first success came in women's fiction--TAKING ROSIE'S ARM. She frequently contributes to Smashwords.com where you can find suspense, humor and good old fashion romance with happy endings.

Wil's creative outlet has a few arms. Never one to shy away from multitasking, she is the Emerson chef, Bar-B-Que meister and campfire tender. During some relaxed moments, she's takes up a brush for painting acrylic scenes, still-life and whimsical flowers.

Because of her interest in nursing and the medical field, Wil serves as director of a prescription assistance service. Along with several volunteers, she obtains prescribed medications for individuals without prescription insurance or have fallen into the 'low income' bracket. The work is her most satisfying endeavor.

Of course, the writer prevails, and there is always a work-in-progress!

ROHN FEDERBUSH

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Rohn retired from the University of Michigan as Administrator of the Applied Physics PhD Program. She also received a Masters of Arts in Creative Writing in 1995 from Eastern Michigan University, and in 1998, Vermont College awarded her a summer conference scholarship to work on her novel. Since then, she has won numerous awards for her fourteen novels, 120 short stories and 150 poems to date. Rohn's latest novel, SALOME’S CONVERSION, is now available in print and e-reader formats.

In addition to her fiction work, Rohn has also written many non-fiction articles for publication.

NANCY GIDEON

(a.k.a. DANA RANSOM, ROSALYN WEST, LAUREN GIDDINGS)

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With 46 sales to her credit since her first publication in 1987, Portage, Michigan author Nancy Gideon's writing career is as versatile as the romance genre, itself (probably because she's a Gemini!) One month, it's researching the gritty existence of 1880's Texas Rangers only to jump to modern themes of intrigue and serial killers. Then it's back to the shadowy netherworlds of vampires and horror movie scripts. She's a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award-Winner for Historical Adventure and HOLT Medallion winner as well as a Waldenbooks, amazon.com and aol.com best seller. In-between, she's the former vice president and award-winning newsletter editor for Mid-Michigan RWA and is widely published in industry trade magazine. A full-time legal assistant and mother of two almost out of the nest boys, she spends her spare time taking care of a menagerie consisting of an ugly dog, a lazy cat, a tankful of pampered fish and three African clawed frogs adopted after a Scouting badge and a yard full of unruly flowers. Nancy begins her writing day at 4:30 a.m. while the family is still sleeping.

Nancy recently sold the first three books in a paranormal shapeshifter series to Pocket Books. They are scheduled for release in June, July and August of 2010!

MARGO HOORNSTRA

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Margo Hoornstra writes contemporary romance published in both print and e-book formats. A communications specialist by trade, she has worked as a magazine editor, television producer and speech and script writer. She now enjoys the freedom to write fiction full time, always providing that happily ever after for her characters.

Margo is a founding member of the Mid-Michigan Chapter of Romance Writers of America. Her short stories and essays have been nationally published in Woman’s World and Country Woman magazines.

Wife to one, mother to four and grandmother to four so far, Margo is a Detroit native who couldn’t be happier now living in rural Mid-Michigan.

 MARA JACOBS

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Mara Jacobs is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Worth romance series.

After graduating from Michigan State University with a degree in advertising, Mara spent several years working at daily newspapers in advertising sales and production. This certainly prepared her for the world of deadlines!

She writes mysteries with romance, thrillers with romance, and romances with…well, you get it.

Forever a Yooper (someone who hails from Michigan's glorious Upper Peninsula), Mara now splits her time between the Copper Country, Las Vegas, and East Lansing, where she is better able to root on her beloved Spartans.

 JESSICA JEFFERSON

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Jessica Jefferson makes her home in Almost-Chicago with her husband, nine and three year old girls, guinea pigs, and English bulldog Pete.  When she's not busy trying to find middle-ground between being a modern career woman and Suzy-Homemaker, she loves to watch "Real Housewives of [insert city here]" and performing unnecessary improvements to her home and property.

Jessica writes Regency-era historical romance with a modern twist, infused with humor. She always tries to create endearingly flawed heroes and one of a kind heroines that you'll want to continue knowing long after you read the last page.

PATRICIA KIYONO

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During her first career, Patricia Kiyono taught elementary music, computer classes, elementary classrooms, and junior high social studies. She now teaches music education at the university level.

She lives in West Michigan with her husband, not far from her children and grandchildren. Current interests, aside from writing, include sewing, crocheting, scrapbooking, and music. A love of travel and an interest in faraway people inspires her to create stories about different cultures.
 
 

LUCY KUBASH

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Lucy has been making up stories for as long as she can remember, starting with writing animals stories to read to her friends in school. By high school she had started writing a historical romance. After taking several creative writing classes in college, she started writing short stories, eventually selling 14 of them to Woman's World magazine. She joined RWA® and MMRWA in 1984 and has found the incredible support and knowledge offered from both to be priceless. She has served as chapter president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, publicity chair and co-librarian.

Lucy has been married to the same guy since 1972….,has a grown son and daughter and lives in southwest Michigan with her husband, two dogs, and one cat. She currently writes a monthly column, "The Pet Corner," for the Mailmax newspaper (back to writing animal stories!) and has several book length romances in various stages of completion.

Lucy's first novel, CHANCE'S RETURN, was first published in 2006 as an ebook only but is now available in both print and ebook format from Pelican Book Ventures.

Lucy also blogs at The Zeke Chronicles, which was launched to celebrate 10 years of writing The Pet Corner column!

LAURIE KUNA

(a.k.a LAURIE CARROLL)

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Laurie had a Romance Writers of America® Golden Heart finalist with her very first novel, A WAR OF HEARTs. She has been a member of the MMRWA since 1988, but has been writing practically since she could hold a pencil.

A high school English teacher in West Michigan for twenty-one years, Laurie holds both a Bachelors degree in English and a Masters degree in telecommunications from Michigan State University.

She speaks to writers' groups across the Midwest, often on her two favorite subjects--grammar and swearing—and has even spoken in New Zeeland on American English.

Laurie is the primary line editor for ImaJinn Books and lists photography and travel as some of her hobbies. Her most recent titles, both from ImaJinn Books and both written as Laurie C. Kuna are: SOME PRACTICAL MAGIC (2004) and THAT OLD BLACK MAGIC (2005).

Laurie loves to hear from readers. You may write to her at: P.O. Box 557 Ada, MI 49301.

LORALEE LILLIBRIDGE

(a.k.a. LORA LEE)

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Loralee has been a fan of romance novels for as long as she can remember. Reading them has always been a source of enjoyment, but writing them gives her a different kind of joy. She believes strongly in the power of love. Writing stories about ordinary people and extra-ordinary love is a way for her to share this joy with her readers. She makes her home in West Michigan. Four children and their spouses, nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren make her life a very special place.

ELIZABETH (BETTY) MEYETTE

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Author, poet, freelance writer and blogger Elizabeth Meyette published her first novel, Love’s Destiny in June 2012. She had written the historical romance 30 years earlier, but it languished in her closet during her career in education as an English teacher and Media Specialist.

Upon retiring from teaching, she dusted off Love’s Destiny, polished it up and submitted it to Crimson Romance, an imprint of F&W Media, who published it. Unlike her first novel, the sequel, Love’s Spirit took only seven months from inception to submission, and will be published as an ebook on April 22, 2013.

She has also written children’s books including The Go-to-Sleep Tree, Rise and Shine, Caroline and At Annie’s House and is hoping to publish them soon.

Elizabeth and her husband Richard live in the Great Lakes Bay area of Michigan. They have an agreement that she cannot cook on writing days after enduring burnt broccoli and overcooked chicken.  Fortunately, Richard is an excellent cook. Elizabeth becomes so absorbed in her writing, crying at the sorrows of her characters, rejoicing in their triumphs, that she laughingly describes herself as a “snapdragon” at interruptions, “not like the pretty flower, but like a dragon that snaps.” She is currently working on a mystery set in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York.

DANA CORBIT NUSSIO

a.k.a. DANA CORBIT

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Dana started telling "people stories" at about the same time she started forming words. So it came as no surprise when the Indiana native chose a career as a newspaper reporter and features editor. She left the workforce to be a stay-at-home mom, but the stories came home with her as she discovered the joy of writing fiction.

Her first novel, A BLESSED LIFE, an Oct. 2002 from Steeple Hill Love Inspired, was a finalist in the HOLT Medallion competition. She has since sold three more novels to Steeple Hill.

Dana makes her home in Novi, Michigan, with her husband, three daughters and two disinterested felines. She has been active in the Mid-Michigan RWA Chapter since she joined in 1999, having served as the chapter secretary and chaired the Publicity, Published Author Network and Retreat Speaker committees.

Dana loves to hear from readers and may be contacted by email at danacorbit@earthlink.net or at P.O. Box 120044, Grand Rapids, MI 49512.

AMY OLLE

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Amy is an author of contemporary romance novels. Her first book, Beautiful Ruin, will be released in November 2015.
She graduated from Michigan State University with a BA in Psychology and a few years later earned her MA in Psychology from the University of West Georgia. The day she defended her thesis, she picked up Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander and discovered the genius of romance novels.

 MARIS SOULE

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Maris majored in art in college, but her love of books led her to writing, and her love of happy endings led her to romances. She authored 25 contemporary series romances, including the give-away book for the (then) new Harlequin Temptation line before switching to suspense (with a touch of romance).

Although she grew up in California , a red-head with blue eyes talked her into moving to Michigan (for just two years). Way too many years later, she's still living in Michigan with the same man, not too many miles away from their two grown children and young granddaughters. (But she does sneak down to Florida for the winter.) Maris is a two-time RITA finalist and a two-time winner of the Write Touch Readers' Award. Many of her books are still available as paperbacks, hard covers, e-books, and audio.

For more information about Maris and her books, check out her website at: www.MarisSoule.com. Maris also invites you to join her on Facebook (Fans of Maris Soule) and Twitter (marisSouthHaven)!

DIANA STOUT

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Diana Stout, MFA, PhD is a writer and former English professor, who became a writer first, gaining experience in multiple genres, including screenwriting. She returned to college in 2000 so she could do what she loved — teaching others how to enjoy writing. Her students say, “She smiles when she talks about writing.” Now that she has retired from full-time teaching, she has returned to creative writing with utter joy.

She cut her romance-reading teeth with Forever Amber, then Gone With the Wind, moving secretly to Peyton Place. Today she enjoys Nicholas Sparks’ romantic tales. Her favorite romances are classic, timeless tales of Austen’s PersuasionPride & Prejudice, Sense & Sensibility, and Thomas Hardy’s The Woodlanders, North and South, and Return of the Native.

Diana is most proud of her ambitious literary, historical YA medieval novel, Grendel's Mother, that became a ten-year project from start to finish.

Currently, she is working on her seven-part novella series, a new romance time travel, and various screenwriting projects. You can read one of Diana’s connect to her three major blogs or review her portfolio at her main website, Sharpened Pencils Productions.