M. Allen was born and raised a sassy Jersey girl. Her love for creative writing and for all things romance inspired her to write her own series. When she’s not writing, she’s usually tending to her 3 dogs, 6 chickens, and 2 goats at her farmhouse in central Jersey. She is a passionate supporter of coffee and dark chocolate, and she always enjoys cozying up to watch a Nancy Meyers film. She loves relieving stress by immersing herself in various genres of novels. You can currently find her lost in a towering to-be-read pile.
Estelle Pettersen is an Australian author and former journalist whose romance stories explore empowerment, freedom, and finding one’s strength. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Journalism and Psychology, from the University of Queensland, Australia. Her second degree is an MBA from Queensland University of Technology, Australia. She is a member of Romance Writers of Australia and is passionate about history, languages, cultures, traveling, food, and wine. She is happily married and living in Norway these days.
We would like to introduce Judith Russell. Judy has a passion for horses and even bred her amazing buttermilk buckskin named Stormy. When she’s not spending time with her family, you can find her enjoying the beautiful Bitterroot Mountains and the amazing river that flows through the Montana valley where she lives with her husband, Jack.
Judy graduated from Yale School of Drama with a Masters in Fine Arts in Playwriting. She won the ASCAP Cole Porter Prize for Excellence in Writing while at Yale. Her play “Cutting In” won the Elly Award from the Sacramento Regional Theatre Alliance for Best Original Script in 1992. In 1993, “Medicine Men,” a two-act play, was published by One Peaceful World Press. “Fireproof,” “Digging Up Tennessee” and “Braving the Glen” were published in 1996 by Dialogus Play Service and Publishing. Later, Judith published the two-book series “Following on White Horses.”
Judy is now writing for Magnolia Blossom and will be releasing her first series later this year.
Ann Watters was born into the military, with her father raising Ann to always believe in herself and always follow her dreams. From the United States, and throughout the world, Ann’s parents opened her eyes to many traditions, leaving Ann to write of vampires from many cultures. Ann loves to spend time with her family and furry babies when she is not busy researching and writing and almost always shares her writing desk with the black cat she adoringly calls Apollo. She has been fascinated with vampires since she picked up Bram Stoker’s novel, and later Anne Rice. Now, living in the foothills of Colorado, Ann spends a lot of her time looking to The Rockies as she writes romances and brings legends to life.
Casey Nash grew up in the South, loving the West. Cowboy runs through his veins. In the summers, it's not uncommon that he goes missing—out West to work cattle, write novels, and just catch up with himself. Nash loves hunting, fishing, riding horses, spending time with his family, and just being outside every chance he gets. He and his wife have a small farm in South Alabama.
The Wild West was always a big interest, as both my father and my grandfather were always reading Westerns, and there were ‘cowboy books,’ as they called them, laying around for me to read. Then I was given Western annuals for birthdays and Christmas, which also helped push my interest. Horse riding became a passion. It’s such a joy to ride through open places and just enjoy being there.
What I love doing is writing, especially about wild open places of America and the people who lived there in the 1800s. There is now a plethora of new Western books being written, as interest has surged recently. It is a fascinating era and one in which there is always something more to learn about and enjoy.
I also have a great interest in nature too and enjoy being outdoors and in wild places. I have also played guitar semi-professionally for many years.
I live with my wife, Glennys, and a Lhasa Apso dog.
Lisa M. Prysock resides with her husband of more than twenty-four years in beautiful, rural Kentucky, near horse farms and four-board fences. She enjoys sharing her faith and Christian inspiration in her novels amidst heartwarming drama, suspense, and usually a generous dose of humor.
Armed with babysitter earnings, she purchased her first manual typewriter at age twelve. She began plunking out stories. Within a few years, she won an award for her first chapter story and some poetry. Later on, as her children began to fly the coop, Lisa became the author of more than thirty books in a variety of Christian Romance genres, winning the Lighthouse Award for her debut novel, To Find a Duchess.
Some of Lisa's bestselling titles include The Shoemaker, Lydia's Lot, Geneva, Marry Me Katie and No Place Like Home from the Whispers in Wyoming series, and Lottie's True Love and Belle of the Ball from the Brides of Pelican Rapids series.
You'll often find her in the garden, sketching or reading a book, listening to her favorite contemporary Christian music artists, hanging out with the kids at church, or exploring the bookstore.
Robin Deeter fell in love with the written word the day she picked up "The Black Stallion" by Walter Farley, and that love affair continues to this day. In high school, she realized she could do more than read good stories; she could write them. She honed her craft with the Creative Writing Program through Full Sail University.
In between writing her historical Weatern and contemporary romance novels, she pursues her love of music and acting through community theater. She currently writes three book series: the Chance City Series, the Paha Sapa Saga and the Wolf Junction Series.
If you can't find her writing or performing locally in Pennsylvania, where she resides, you'll catch her sporting the Black and Gold and cheering on her Pittsburgh Steelers.
Laura Strickland shares a small country homestead on the Niagara Frontier with her husband and beloved rescue dog, Tinker. Her early love of reading led her to begin writing Fiction in third grade, and she’s been developing her craft ever since. Writing across many Romance genres, she’s won awards for everything from her Scottish Historicals to her groundbreaking Buffalo Steampunk Adventures, but has a special place in her heart for Western Romance. Deeply interested in animal welfare, she been blessed to have mothered a number of adopted dogs. Her writing mantra is Lore, Legend, Love.
M. L. Newman is an independent writer who lives in rural Connecticut with her wonderful husband. She is a member of the RWA. She has a bachelor's degree in Social Sciences from Marist College. She is active in community theatre and has played characters ranging from Brigitta Von Trapp in The Sound of Music to Ms. Hannigan in Annie which has inspired the many fun aspects and personalities for the characters in her romance novels.
Born and raised in Texas, Kara had to make the state the setting for her first series. From the food to the fun, like floating the rivers, it is the fire in her blood that inspires her. Kara's family and friends take center stage in her books. Her sisters and best friends are her heroines, and her husband created her favorite hero. Love and family are the point of her stories, and she seeks to entertain, relieve stress, and inspire people. Books can take one on a journey that one can relive over and over. Kara is extremely grateful to those authors who did that very thing for her. For more information, please visit www.karaoneal.com.
JC Fairbanks began writing after a passionate dream made it impossible to think about anything else. In the dream, she got to know dozens of people whose stories were begging to be told. Intensely romantic, and deliciously steamy, her stories embody the fun, smart, and sassy world she wants to live in. JC is living her happily-ever-after by the San Francisco Bay, but you may spot her splashing in the waves anywhere saltwater is found.
Nora Nolan is the pen name of a gray-haired grandmother who always wanted to write, but didn't get around to it until 2019. She's written several Old West romances with a good bit of spice and a hint of kink, always with a healthy dose of humor and characters you're bound to love. Nora and the love of her life live in Arkansas. Between them, they have two nearly perfect sons, two wonderful daughters-in-law, and three grands without whom the sun might not shine. They're currently dogless, but that might change at any time. She misses having a doggie around the house!
Suzanne Baginskie and her husband, Al, left New Jersey and relocated to the west central coast of Florida. She’s been writing ever since her mother gifted her a five-year diary for her eighth birthday. Unknowingly, her mother’s inspirational nudge helped the writer inside her emerge.
She recently retired from a law firm as a paralegal-office manager. Now she writes daily, spinning tales of romantic suspense that pair tantalizing mystery with compelling romance. She starts each day with a four-mile walk and meditates on her current writing project. A voracious reader, she supports her local library association as a friend. She loves traveling, especially on cruise ships. Most sea days on board, you’ll find her plotting stories outside on the deck, gazing at the ocean. Currently, she is working on her series.
Lynn Diavol lives in Upstate New York with her two fluffy dogs and tyrannical cat. If she isn’t corralling her pets, then she’s grappling with the fantastical worlds in her mind to get them on paper. She enjoys the feel of a captivating book alongside a cup of tea, even if she only gets a few pages in before life drags her back to reality. That’s why Lynn aims to create an escape from your daily life into something much more than just a story written by some stranger. The Sun’s Shadow is her debut novel with many more soon to come!
Anne Armistead writes love stories, set in the past and present. She earned her English literature degree from the University of Georgia and her MFA in Creative Writing from Spalding University. Anne is a member of the Atlanta Writers Club and the Historical Novel Society. When she's not writing, she's reading, taking nature walks, and watching BBC television. She and her husband have two grown daughters and a bevy of dogs rescued among their extended family, her own being Jackpot (she hit the jackpot when they found each other). She has published romance novels in numerous genres including a Southern Gothic historical paranormal romance, a historical romance, and a contemporary romance. Anne is excited to sign with Magnolia Blossom for her romance THE CAROUSEL TIME TRAVELER, a two-part series set against the Paris 1900 Exhibition. Learn more about Anne at annearmisteadauthor.com.
Kat Carrington is an Indiana girl with deep country roots. She retired to South Carolina with her husband of twenty-seven years and discovered that her passion for reading had deepened into a passion for creating her own stories. Just as she always liked to read a wide variety of different types of books, she also likes to create a wide variety of stories on her own. What they all have in common is romance, sometimes sweet and steamy and other times dark and rough, but always with a happy ending.
Kat is a proud mother and grandmother, which made her simple country lifestyle a rich adventure. When she writes about dogs, gardening, cooking, or horseback riding, those experiences come from her own family life. Now she pours the richness of those relationships into her characters. She has written eleven books, and you can find her spinning tales over her laptop any day of the week.
Peggy Jaeger is a contemporary romance writer who writes Romantic Comedies about strong women, the families who support them, and the men who can’t live without them. If she can make you cry on one page and bring you out of tears, rolling with laughter the next, she’s done her job as a writer.
Family and food play huge roles in Peggy’s stories because she believes there is nothing that holds a family structure together like sharing a meal… or two… or ten. Dotted with humor and characters that are as real as they are loving, she brings all topics of daily life into her stories: life, death, sibling rivalry, illness and the desire for everyone to find their own happily ever after. Growing up the only child of divorced parents, she longed for sisters, brothers and a family that vowed to stick together no matter what came their way. Through her books, she’s created the families she wanted as that lonely child.
When she’s not writing, Peggy is usually painting, crafting, scrapbooking or decoupaging old steamer trunks she finds at rummage stores and garage sales.
As a lifelong diarist, she caught the blogging bug early on, and you can visit her at peggyjaeger.com where she blogs daily about life, writing, and stuff that makes her go “What??!"
Though born in the Bronx, Suzanne is a “Jersey Girl” through and through. Supported by an encouraging family, wonderful friends and colleagues, and a fierce writing group, she leads a double life—that of a writer and an English teacher to junior high students. When not conjuring up stories from romances to horror and everything in-between or living vicariously through her characters, (they have more exciting lives) you can find her relaxing at the Jersey shore, spending time with friends, or bingeing Netflix. She lives for the day that she’ll be reading and enjoying her students’ novels.
Gretchen Lovett is a wife, a daughter and a mother, born in Delaware and transplanted to North Carolina. She spent her twenties and thirties working as a secretary in several different nonprofits. While she still enjoys helping a few wonderful organizations secure grant funding, her passion is narrative writing. As a ghostwriter (someone who is paid to produce content for clients) she has written both fiction and nonfiction. The Creative Billionaire series is her first published under her own name.
Growing up on a farm in the Midwest gives Nicole a unique perspective into small-town life, the setting of her first series. She studied literature at university, and after graduating lived in the Southwest, the Nevada desert, and on the West Coast. She has traveled to Canada, Israel, and throughout Mexico, and hopes to see more of the world in the future. Recently, she moved back to her rural home where she writes books that capture readers’ hearts. Nicole is passionate about the environment, loves coffee, wine, and everything sweet. Her sidekick is a tiny Yorkie that’s one pound of ornery plus three pounds of cuteness, named Gigi.
A voracious reader her whole life, author Susan Payne loves the written word. When reading more than fifty books per month wasn’t enough, she decided to allow her mind to take flight and write all the many stories that kept intruding in her life. She blended her love of history and her love of words to create over eighty stories. All historical and centering on a couple finding love and a happy ever after together.
Currently living in England, Kate Messick is married with three cats and two degrees in classical music. She enjoys everything clarinet, lifting weights, reading, playing games, and traveling.
From a young age, Kate’s dad read all sorts of fantasy books aloud to his daughters. Kate found her insatiable hunger for dragons and stories only grow with the years. Living an exciting life, Kate is never afraid to reach for the stars. She founded the Symphonic Anime Orchestra and traveled with her music all over the US. In addition to her music, Kate has collected a diverse resume working in education, road construction, spinal technician, data mining, security escort, and more. Her life philosophy: Life is short, never be afraid to spice it up.
Toni V. Sweeney has lived 30 years in the South, a score in the Middle West, and a decade on the Pacific Coast and now she’s trying for her second 30 on the Great Plains.
Since the publication of her first novel in 1989, Toni divides her time between writing under her own name and various pseudonyms. She is also on the review staff of the New York Journal of Books, and in 2016, was named a Professional Reader by netgalley.com.
Currently, Toni has written 78 novels (one for every year of her life so far), many of which have seen publication. This includes several series.
Corlet (pronounced Cor-lay) lives in sunny Colorado with her husband, daughter, and dogs. Corlet loves to spend time outdoors, running, and kickboxing. She works as a nurse but finds lots of time for writing in her free time. Her lifetime goal is to write in as many countries as possible. She got the idea to write Bee's Flowers series when she contemplated the different reasons people purchase flowers. She is currently working on the third full-length installment of the series and can't wait to share it with readers. Corlet has had a lifelong love affair with books and reading, and it has been a dream of hers to work with a publishing company. She also has a to-be-read list that gets longer every year.
After 14 years in Texas, Linda returned home to her roots in the red clay of South Carolina. She has two wonderful sons: a scientist and an artist—opposite polarities. For many years, she bred, trained and showed the magnificent Andalusian horse. So, she’s seen a lot of this country from the windshield of a truck towing a horse trailer.
She enjoys events with her sports car club, reading, music, anything horsy, symphony, and theater. She adores formal gowns and is always on the lookout for formal occasions (fewer and fewer in our casual world.) She loves, loves, loves the piano, but unfortunately does not play. Shopping on-line is an almost addiction. She retired from a career as a legal assistant to stay busier in retirement. Her job now is her passion: writing.
USA Today bestselling author Liz Flaherty started writing in the fourth grade when her Aunt Gladys allowed her to use her portable Royal typewriter. The truth was that her aunt would have let her do anything to get her out of her hair, but the typewriter and the stories it could produce caught on, and Liz never again had a day without a what if… in it.
A long-time newspaper stringer and columnist, she was also an inveterate reader of romantic fiction—one of those who thought I could do that and set about proving she could. Twenty or so books later, she’s happily writing sweet romance with a touch of inspirational. She’s working on the Fallen Soldier series for Magnolia Blossom now, still mumbling what if… and drinking a liberal amount of coffee while she figures it out.
She and Duane, her husband of at least forever, live in a farmhouse in central Indiana, sharing grown children, spoiled cats, and their grandkids, the Magnificent Seven. (Don’t get her started on them—you’ll be here all day.) To find out more about her, stop by http://lizflaherty.net/ or sign up for her newsletter at http://eepurl.com/df7dhP.
Tina studied journalism at University and then went to work for a fortune 500 company working Logistics for over 20 years. She now writes full-time and helps her husband run his Crop Dusting business in the summer months. When she’s not writing she likes to travel, read and spend time with her farm critters. You can learn more about Tina and her books at www.tinaholland.com.
Sara Mack grew up with her nose in books and most notably got caught reading Flowers in the Attic behind her Trapper Keeper in the 8th grade. Twenty-something years ago she married the guy she met at the gas station, and now they have two kids, two pups, and two fish. She writes paranormal, contemporary, and YA romance, and has an unnatural affinity for iced tea, dark chocolate, and true crime docs.
My name is Hannah Willow. I decided to start writing when I felt the LGBTQ population was underrepresented in urban fantasy and other romance genres. I grew up reading fantasy and science fiction. My lesbian mother instilled a love of reading in me, but the books I read had homogeneous characters. I want to bring something new to readers to have them thinking, questioning, and maybe a bit excited.