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Lisa Anders

Lisa Anders was born and raised in Michigan where she earned her degree in education and psychology. After seven corporate moves, she and her husband happily reside in Florida. In addition to writing, Lisa enjoys bicycling, boating, and interior decorating. Lisa is a member of the Mount Dora Critique Group—a group of thirteen serious writers sanctioned by the Florida Writers Association. Her first published short stories appear in Volumes 4 and 5 of the Florida Writers collections. Lisa’s first novel, Love at the Lake, was released in 2014.

Love at the Lake

For all of her adult life, they were Patti and John--a passionate, happily married couple. Then a stranger ran a red light. Widowed at age 44, Patti must find the strength to go on alone. Thanks to an unexpected gift from her son and the advances of two prosperous men, Patti's once mundane life is filled with diversions. Neil Harris is the divorced ex-jock dentist who happens to be Patti's boss. She agrees to go out with Neil, but soon grows wary of his strange behavior. Mitch Halstead is the handsome wealthy widower who is in the process of rebuilding both his own life and an incredible home on the lake. Although they share many of the same interests, Patti wonders if she can trust the city-slick, retired financial planner when he offers to help her invest John's life insurance money. Torn between guilt and sexual desire, Patti keeps Mitch at arm's length while dealing with her meddlesome parents and her stubborn college-aged son. When Mitch hires the beautiful and talented decorator, Mary Beth Buchanan, Patti is forced to make a move.
 

Kathryn Ascher

Born and raised in Virginia, Kathryn Ascher tried her hand at poetry and fiction in high school, but put it all aside when she went to college. After graduating from Virginia Tech with her degree in communications, she married her college sweetheart and went to work for a local radio station. After her first child was born, she became a stay-at-home mom and began spending her free time crafting and reading.
 
It wasn’t until after the birth of her third child and a blind book exchange that Kathryn decided to give writing another try. When she picked up her first romance novel, she immediately knew that was the genre for her. She was drawn to the strong lead characters and the quirky secondary characters, the settings, the humor, and most importantly the feelings of falling in love for the first time. She hopes that her readers enjoy these aspects in her writings as well.  www.kathrynascher.com/

What It Takes

After graduating college, Kelsey Morgan left her small-town Virginia roots to make it in LA. After years slogging in commercials and music videos, her movie career is finally taking off. But she’s still miles behind her current costar, and Hollywood playboy, Patrick Lyons. Kelsey does everything she can to avoid Patrick off-set, hoping to not become fodder for the supermarket tabloids that scour the streets for Patrick, trying to get an exclusive look at him and his alleged woman of the week.

Kelsey has successfully kept Patrick at a distance, and her reputation intact, until her drunkard brother-in-law Richard threatens to ruin everything by selling her darkest secret to the highest bidder. Now the victim of blackmail, Kelsey has nowhere else to turn but to Patrick’s arms. But, can he be trusted? Or will the past destroy them all before she can find out if he’s the hero she needs?
  

Blair Bancroft

Blair Bancroft’s writing and the Internet began the same year—1991, the year of the first Gulf War. Alas, the Internet has become considerably more famous and influential, but she can claim a Golden Heart win, a Golden Heart nomination, and a RITA final from the Romance Writers of America, a Best Regency award from Romantic Times, a Best Romance award from the Florida Writers’ Association, and two nominations for an EPPIE, sponsored by the Electronic Publishing Industry Coalition.

After nine published print books and eight books presented by major e-publishers, Blair plunged into indie publishing  in the winter of 2011, uploading a good deal of her backlist and beginning to add new titles in 2012. She has been a strong advocate of online publishing (as long as it’s done with professionalism) since her first e-book came out in 1999 and an enthusiastic proponent for the freedom of Do It Yourself. Blair currently has twenty-seven full-length books and four novellas available online, and considers hand-held e-readers one of the great boons to mankind—thank you very much, Gene Roddenberry (creator of Star Trek.).

Blair also writes a weekly blog featuring Writing and Editing information - please see Grace's Mosaic Moments at http://mosaicmoments.blogspot.com. Blair is an "out of the mist" writer and her favorite comment about her own writing is that each morning she can hardly wait to get to the computer and find out what is going to happen to her characters today. www.blairbancroft.com/
 

Brides of Falconfell

Miss Serena Farnsworth, spinster, is a managing female, the general crutch for her extended family, for whom she functions as nurse, companion, and household organizer. In short, she lives a life of service, devoid of romance. Until she is invited to attend an invalid at a gloomy Gothic-style estate in Northumberland, where she encounters two suspicious deaths, personal animosity, a needy child, and even needier father. Add witchcraft, poison, shake (sink) holes, Mid-summer Eve revels, and a variety of odd characters, as well as the certainty someone is trying to kill her, and Serena finds herself surrounded by a miasma of evil. The lord of the manor should be of help, but he, alas, is a prime suspect in the murder of the Brides of Falconfell.

 

Diane Burke

Diane Burke, award winning author, writes inspirational romantic suspense for Love Inspired Books by Harlequin. She is the mother of three grown sons, three daughters-in-law and six grandchildren and three step-grandchildren, all of whom fill her life and her heart with love.

Her debut novel, Midnight Caller, won several awards before publication, including first place in the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery and Suspense.

Diane lives in Florida, nestled between the excitement of the Daytona Speedway and the quiet, historical St. Augustine. When not writing, she enjoys spending her time with her family and friends, reading, sitting by the ocean and playing with her dog Cocoa.

Diane would love to hear from her readers. She can be reached at diane@dianeburkeauthor.com.

One Perfect Day: A Mother and Son's Story of Adoption and Reunion

The moment Diane received an unexpected certified letter in the mail, she had no idea her life would be shaken to its core. Memories of a past she had buried more than forty years ago suddenly resurfaced and she wasn't prepared to deal with them.

Steve Orlandi, happily married, father of two and step-father of three, was living the typical middle class American life. But since the age of eight, when he discovered he was adopted, he had led that life dealing with inner questions about his self-identity and genetic history. Always on his mind was one simple, yet complicated and loaded question: Who am I?

In One Perfect Day, Diane shares with readers how she came to the heartbreaking conclusion to give her baby up for adoption and how this decision has affected her life since. Through Steve's invaluable perspective, readers will also experience the lengths he traveled to discover his mother's identity and reach out to her, not knowing whether she'd want to meet with him after nearly four decades of separation. It all comes together on one perfect day.

This book asks and answers the questions: What defines family? What does it mean to forgive? And is it worth the time, energy, and emotional cost to love a stranger?
 

Tonya Burrows

Tonya Burrows wrote her first romance in 8th grade and hasn't put down her pen since. Originally from a small town in Western New York, she's currently soaking up the sun as a Florida girl. She suffers from a bad case of wanderlust and usually ends up moving someplace new every few years. Luckily, her two dogs and ginormous cat are excellent travel buddies.

When she's not writing about hunky military heroes, Tonya can usually be found at a bookstore or the dog park. She also enjoys painting, watching movies, and her daily barre workouts. A geek at heart, she pledges her TV fandom to Supernatural and Dr. Who.

If you would like to know more about Tonya, visit her website at tonyaburrows.com. She's also on Twitter and Facebook.

Honor Reclaimed (Hornet book #2)

Former Marine sniper Seth Harlan is determined to prove that he can still do his job despite his ongoing battle with PTSD. When an old friend contacts HORNET to rescue a black ops soldier, Seth’s stability is strained. He knows all too well what it’s like to rot inside an enemy camp, praying for rescue and waiting for death. And he’s not about to leave a man behind.

Photojournalist Phoebe Leighton just stumbled into the middle of an arms deal. Teaming up with a ragtag team of mercenaries is the last thing she wants to do—especially when she realizes Seth Harlan is assigned to the mission. He may ignite a passion in her she thought long dead, but Phoebe’s hiding a secret that could destroy him.

With a bomb in the mix, HORNET’s mission is suddenly about a lot more than an abandoned soldier. Racing against the clock, Seth, Phoebe, and the rest of the team struggle to stop a ruthless warlord bent on power, revenge…and death.

 

Joyce Humphrey Cares

Joyce Humphrey Cares, author of time travel/romantic suspense is published by Sweet Cravings Publishing. Joyce combines her love of history and the places she has traveled when she weaves her stories. When she is not writing, Joyce builds dollhouses, plays golf, and plans her next trip to a place where she can return home and write a new story.

She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Sunshine State Romance Authors and the Florida chapter of Mystery Writers of America.

Excerpts of her novels Beyond The Mist, Degrees of Wickedness, and It Happened Yesterday can be found at her web site www.joycehumphreycares.com. She may be reached at joycecares01@gmail.com.

Beyond the Mist

The woman in the long, black cape appeared at night the way visions usually do.

Alexandra Pirrot, FBI agent, traveled to a historical chateau in the French countryside. She is chosen by the chateau’s resident ghost to return to the gruesome time of 1789—the French Revolution—when blood ran down the streets of Paris. She is determined to piece together the long-held secrets and mystery surrounding her family. To help link the past and the present, Alexandra joined forces with French attorney, Jean Paul Morneau, who has been hired to defend the present day chateau owner on murder charges.

Two sets of footprints are led by the ghost on a romantic journey, into a time of treachery and betrayal, to rescue one of the aristocracy from Madam Guillotine and to help another who is no longer alive, but has not crossed over, find peace.

 

 Jax Cassidy
Jax Cassidy followed her dreams to Paris, then Hollywood to pursue a film career but managed to fall in love with penning sexy romances and happy endings. She writes contemporary, paranormal, and new adult romances. She is Co-Founder of Romance Divas, an award winning writer’s website and discussion forum. Jax is also known as one-half of the retired writing team of Cassidy Kent. She is represented by Roberta Brown of the Brown Literary Agency. www.jaxcassidy.com  www.romancedivas.com


Brush With Desire

Art was not only a passion of Machiko Barrett, but also a destiny―a way of life she has known since her talent was discovered at three-years-old. Caught in a turbulent storm of celebrity, scandal, and corruption, she disappeared from the art world only to re-emerge 15 years later. Her sheltered existence is disrupted when she is lured back to her one true passion: painting.

While she struggles to discover her own identity through her art, she encounters a man who opens her eyes to the art of sensuality, and awakens the woman buried deep inside the broken girl.

 

 

Phyllis Cherry

Phyllis Cherry was born in the small coal mining town of Benham, Kentucky. She attended Radford College and the University of Tennessee and graduated from the University of Alabama.  She is a member of Romance Writers of America (RWA) and Tampa Area Romance Authors (TARA). 

In addition to writing inspirational fiction, P S Cherry has written numerous magazine and newspaper articles on food, wine, and travel. She has visited every continent except Antarctica, which is not on her wish list.  She is a watercolor artist and is an avid traveler.

Her book Angels in Training is available on Amazon.com in print and for Kindle.
 

Angels in Training

Like people, different angels have different talents and different jobs. Angels in Training is a book for “children of all ages” about a school named WhiteFeathers Academy. Typically the students at WhiteFeathers depart their worldly lives as infants. They grow up in angel villages and arrive at WhiteFeathers at age twelve for their final year of training in their fields of talent. Graduation day is called Birth Day. The students get their wings and “fly up” as angels on their thirteenth Birth Day. The story is about a student named Millie who enters WhiteFeathers directly from earth at age twelve. She is at a disadvantage having spent so little time in training and having no special talent. But she is determined to overcome obstacles, get her wings and fly up on Birth Day.

 

 Wynter Daniels

Wynter Daniels lives in Central Florida with her husband of more than twenty years. After careers in marketing and the salon industry, Wynter’s wicked prose begged to be set free. In 2007 she realized a lifelong dream of becoming a published author with the release of her first contemporary romance novel, The Kitten Club under the name Dara Edmondson.

She has authored more than two dozen books for several publishers including Entangled Publishing, Carina Press, Ellora’s Cave, Loose Id and Red Sage. You can find her on the web at www.WynterDaniels.com or on Facebook and Twitter as Wynter Daniels.

The Witches of Freedom Moon


Wynter Daniels has added paranormal romance to her repertoire with this new series. The Witches of Freedom Moon series is a bit of suspense, a bit of paranormal, and a lot of steamy romance.

Now available as an omnibus print and ebook edition, all three books in the series will keep you on the edge of your seat as you follow psychics Jilly, Taryn and Haley through danger, witchcraft and romance.  Book 1 - A witch on the run finds refuge in a spiritual camp until the disappearance of a local teen forces her into action. Book 2 - A psychic's powers ramp up after a knock on her head. But when she becomes a suspect in a series of arsons, she's forced to rely upon the son of the man who thinks she's a killer. Book 3 - A dreamwalker must win over a non-believer whose life is in jeopardy.

 

Louise M. Gouge

Award-winning Florida author Louise M. Gouge writes historical fiction for Harlequin's Love Inspired Historical imprint. In addition to numerous other awards, Louise is the recipient of the prestigious Inspirational Readers’ Choice Award for her 2005 novel, Hannah Rose (first place), and her 2011 Regency novella, The Gentleman Takes a Bride (second place). In 2012 she placed third in the Laurel Wreath contest with her novel A Proper Companion. Louise has e-published five of her out of print novels and one original novel, Escape from Kikwit. With her great love of history and research, Louise has traveled to several of her locations to ensure the accuracy of her stories’ settings. When she isn't writing, she and her husband love to visit historical sites and museums. Please visit her Web site at blog.Louisemgouge.com


Cowboy to the Rescue
Four Stones Ranch Book One

Captivated by the cowboy 
Though Georgia belle Susanna Anders agrees to accompany her father on a silver prospecting trip to Colorado, her heart belongs to the South. Then charming cowboy Nate Northam saves her father's life and gives them shelter at his ranch. Feeling gratitude is only natural, but falling for a Yankee? Both of their families would be outraged. 

While Susanna's father recovers at the Northams’ home, Nate can't help being drawn to the sweet Southern beauty…and wishing he were free to think of courtship. That is until shocking revelations compel both Nate and Susanna to choose where their loyalties lie—fettered to the past or to the promise of a bold new love…. 

Four Stones Ranch: Love finds a home out West
 

 Rebecca Heflin

Rebecca Heflin is an award-winning author who has dreamed of writing romantic fiction since she was fifteen and her older sister snuck a copy of Kathleen Woodiwiss' Shanna to her and told her to read it. Rebecca writes women's fiction and contemporary romance. When not passionately pursuing her dream, Rebecca is busy with her day-job as a practicing attorney.
 
Rebecca is a member of Romance Writers of America (RWA), Florida Romance Writers, RWA Contemporary Romance, and Florida Writers Association. She and her mountain-climbing husband live at sea level in sunny Florida.

She is the winner of the prestigious Royal Palm Literary Award for Published Romance for her entry, “Rescuing Lacey.” Rebecca won out of a pool of more than 300 entries.  Learn more about Rebecca at www.rebeccaheflin.com/wordpress/
 

Dreams of Perfection

Best-selling romance writer, Darcy Butler, is holding out for perfection in the form of her own carefully-crafted heroes. Once blissfully engaged to be married, Darcy’s post-traumatic commitment phobia is depriving her of the very thing she wants most: her very own happily-ever-after. Now, here she is just six months shy of her thirtieth birthday, and not a Prince Charming in sight.

Successful lawyer, Josh Ryan, is the boy-next-door with a soft spot for the less fortunate, and Darcy’s best friend without benefits. Darcy often comes to him lamenting her love-life, or the lack thereof, whereupon Josh patiently doles out his sage advice. Problem is Josh is in love with Darcy.

 

Sandra Madden

Sandra majored in in Radio/TV/Film minored in drama at the University of Miami . For three of her four years in college she acted in thirty-minute radio dramas almost on a weekly basis. Inevitably these live broadcasts of Theater X were love stories in which she played the heroine. Usually, the tragic heroine. Romance and fantasy became her fate.

Sandra had a short-lived career as a broadcast journalist and then a broadcast copy/promotional writer in the Miami and Los Angeles markets. Her most rewarding work was as a writer/producer/host for a Miami PBS station. During this time she met many inspiring women who shared their stories, women whose remarkable achievements, great spirits and strength influenced her work.

First, Sandra became a published poet. As with most writers, her first historical novels were written in the evenings after the day job. Years after the fact, she married Dave Madden, a retired actor best known for his role as Reuben Kincaid on The Partridge Family television series. Not long after being published she discovered that a writer’s life is not all about the voices in your head demanding release to a page. A writer’s life includes thundering deadlines, dry spells, assorted blocks, carpel tunnel syndrome and frozen shoulders. Occasionally, the green-eyed monster rears her head and wraps grown women in knots. But most of all, writing romance is a wonderful love story in itself. www.sandramadden.com/

The Lieutenant's Governess (The Officers of Annapolis)

Following the Civil War Annapolis is bustling with activity as the Naval Academy rebuilds. Accident prone Susannah Partridge arrives on a mission and desperate for work agrees to become the governess to Lieutenant Trace Reardon's four daughters while he searches for a suitable wife.

Trace is only interested in a marriage of convenience and soon finds Susannah to be the perfect candidate. But Miss Partridge believes love is the only reason for marriage and she harbors a devastating secret.
 

 

  Katherine (MK) Mitchell

Until recently MK was a member of the Writers Guild of America, West.  She earned that privilege by developing storylines for television and being contributing writer.  Three of her original screenplays were acquired under paid options by production companies.  The film production companies’ various problems prevented the completion of the motion pictures. MK had an entertainment column for almost two years in a specialized national newspaper originating from California; interviewed several celebrities and developed a Profile of one time hair styling superstar, Vidal Sassoon
 
The works are: Yours Forever...Maybe, a romantic adventure novel published in December 2011.  The second one, Wasted. . . Maybe, is romance with an edge; reflecting the male dominated world of the 1950s where women have to follow the rules of the game. This was published in 2013.   Currently, MK is working on the third . . . MAYBE romance and adventure entitled Shelby’s Way...Maybe.  This will be followed by a more literary endeavor for a larger canvass entitled From History to Lala Land depicting two women’s journeys from and through World War II Europe, Hollywood California and Boca Raton, South Florida respectively.  The depth and the gut of this story parallel MK’s a memoir. www.katherinemitchellauthor.com

Wasted . . . Maybe

Glimpse into the male dominated 1950s where men ruled and alluring women beguiled while trying to position themselves into lives of comfort. Melody’s façade of elegance and confidence hides her rapidly plummeting lifestyle until she has to face her realities. Gorgeous, sweet, trusting Lara climbs out of depravity but may be heading toward a total relapse. Hard-edged Carla, the bitter conniver, tries to outsmart one and all in order to be the elusive winner.

True love is lurking around all the time, but it must be earned. Can they do that? Can any one of them make the right choices? Find out.

 

 

Victoria Pinder

Victoria Pinder grew up in Irish Catholic Boston before moving to the Miami sun. She worked in engineering, then decided to follow Elle Woods to law school. Unhappy still, she realized her obvious dream after penning stories all her life. She wanted to be a writer. With her full time job of teaching, in 2013 and 2014, she sold on her own sold six books to three different publishers. Now she is represented by Dawn Dowdle of Blue Ridge Literary Agency for her next novels. 
Victoria is the Vice President of Programs for the Florida Romance Writers, Contemporary Romance, Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal chapter of RWA, Celtic Hearts and Savvy Authors.

She is working hard on other projects and found the time to plan her wedding this year.  www.victoriapinder.com

Favorite Coffee Favorite Crush

 Penny moves back to Miami to start her a job with a list of things to accomplish.
1.      Find a place to live.
2.      Avoid her gold-digging mother.
3.      Reconnect with old high school friends: her best friend Sandra, the dramatic Eva, the dark Michael, her half-brother Wyatt, and her former crush Jay.

Jay may have kept her firmly in the “friend zone”, but that didn’t stop her from wanting more. Her five friends have stood by her through some difficult times and she’ll need their help now to accomplish her first two goals.
As soon as Jay sees Penny, he puts his plan into motion. His investors need to see him with a stable woman, one who isn’t all flash and no brains; Penny fits the bill perfectly. There’s just one hitch—he wants more.

Their pretend date sets off a whirlwind of plots. From mothers who want to control their children’s lives to the loss of her exciting new job, Penny’s world turns upside down. She knows she can overcome all obstacles except one—she’s falling for Jay all over again.


Neely Powell

Neely Powell is the pseudonym for co-writers Leigh Neely and Jan Hamilton Powell. The best friends met when they both worked at a radio station in Chattanooga. They tried writing fiction together for several years, but life and other adventures got in the way. Their friendship endured as they focused on individual careers. Writing as Celeste Hamilton, Jan published 24 romance novels for Silhouette and Avon Books, which appeared on the B. Dalton, Waldenbooks Romance, and USA Today bestseller lists before she left fiction for a career in corporate communications. Leigh was a successful nonfiction writer and editor of newspapers and magazines, though she still wrote fiction. Around that time, Leigh started a novel about a shape-shifting attorney. Jan provided editorial support when Leigh suggested they write together again. The result was a sale of True Nature by Neely Powell along with The Connelly Witches miniseries from Harlequin E. Witch’s Awakening is part of the Urban Fantasy/Paranormal box set. Neely Powell writes about shifters, witches, werewolves, faeries and ghosts, mixing in shades of romance, mystery and thrillers—the kind of books they enjoy reading.


Witch’s Awakening

Brenna Connelly Burns is most powerful witch of her generation in the Connelly family. With help from her sister, Fiona, and cousin, Eva Grace, she hopes to put an end to the curse o The Woman in White. The Woman cursed the family when they came from Ireland the 1700s. Since then, a young witch from every generation of Connellys had died to preserve the secrets of the magical town of New Moune--a sanctuary for supernaturals of all types. Now Jake, the local sheriff an a white tiger shape shifter will attempt to win the witch's heart and help her end the family curse.
  

Shelby Reed

At the age of ten, Shelby Reed wrote her first romance with Prince Charming — literally! — as the hero, and it’s been non-stop story spinning ever since.  Despite the idealistic place from which she embarked, she’s partial to writing realistic, flawed, multi-faceted characters, lush emotion, and the ever-possible happy ending.

When not pecking away at the computer keyboard, Shelby enjoys creative projects such as portraiture and decorating, and lives a bucolic life with her own Prince Charming in North Florida and on Lake Griffin in Lake County. http://www.shelbyreed.com/

The Fifth Favor

Imagine a world where a woman’s every pleasure, every wish and wildest fantasy is granted by the man of her dreams…

Such a world exists inside the walls of Avalon, an elite private club that caters to women’s deepest desires. Billie Cort, a reporter from the raunchy magazine Illicit, has come to Avalon to interview the club’s most popular escort, the breathtakingly sexy Adrian.

Expecting nothing less from a place like Avalon, Billie is still stunned at how effortlessly Adrian brings out her sexual side. Adrian, too, is surprised to find himself thinking about Billie long after their interview is over. Adrian, of course, is irresistible, but Billie isn’t accustomed to being pursued by outrageously attractive male escorts. Adrian wants her, but soon realizes that she can fill a role in his life that’s more than just physical…

 

Abigail Sharpe

Abigail is a Boston-bred Yankee now eating grits and saying "y'all" in North Central Florida. She dreamed more of being a stage actress or joining the CIA than being an author. While she still enjoys participating in community theater productions and singing karaoke, the secret-agent career was replaced by hours at her computer, writing passionate and playful contemporary romance.

Abigail lives with her husband, two kids, and one crazy princess puppy. You can keep up with her on Goodreads or on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/AbigailSharpeBooks

Who Wants to Marry a Doctor?

The Doctor Is In . . .
As a single mom and pediatrician, Sabrina Bankhead doesn't have time for romance. All that changes when she reluctantly agrees to take part in a dating show fundraiser for a children's hospital. But once she sets eyes on the journalist hired to cover the show, none of the four contestants stand a chance. If she doesn't choose one of the eligible bachelors, the hospital doesn't raise a cent. What's a lovestruck doc to do?

Investigative journalist Quinn Donnelly is on the mend after an assignment in Afghanistan left him both physically and emotionally scarred. Though he's itching to return overseas and finish his story, he'll have to be content with this fluff piece assignment to cover a local dating show. One-night stands are Quinn's forte-but after he meets Sabrina, he's ready to say yes for the long haul. After years of chasing the next big story, Quinn is starting to wonder if maybe home really can be where the heart is . . .
 

Maria Elena Alonso-Sierra

Maria Elena Alonso-Sierra comes from two prominent Cuban families, both in the ballet and jurisprudent world. After leaving her homeland, she lived in many places around the world, among them Mexico, Puerto Rico, France (the setting for her first novel), and several cities in the United States.

An avid reader since the age of six, she always wanted to be a writer.  She wrote her first Science Fiction short story at the age of thirteen, her first paranormal romance at twenty, and has been writing, in one function or another, ever since.  While living in France, she became serious about her writing and began penning her first novel, The Coin.

Ms. Alonso-Sierra has a Masters in English from FIU that focused on 12th century French medieval romances, and has worked as a professional dancer, singer, reporter, adjunct teacher at the university level (FIU), and middle school Language Arts/Literature teacher.  She speaks four languages fluently (English, Spanish, French, Italian), has knowledge of German, Latin, Middle English, and Old French.  She also took creative writing classes with Cindy Chinelly and John Dufresne while at the university, and participated in Dufresne’s writing group Friday Night Writers.

The Coin

For artist Gabriela Martinez, life has become complicated: she suspects her mentor and friend wants her as his mistress, her husband is neglecting her, and her latest illustration is ruined. Seeking peace, she visits her favorite thinking spot in La Marbriére, the mountain overlooking her home in the Côte d’Azur. Distracted, she winds up in an unfamiliar clearing, where she discovers a 1945 French coin half-buried in the ground. Delighted with its beauty, she has it set on her favorite bracelet.

Richard Harrison, an American intelligence officer, is livid. A simple favor for his boss has turned his vacation in the French Riviera into a hellish assignment. Now, not only does he learn the truth about the coin, but he must also protect Gabriela from a cunning killer who will stop at nothing.

Together with Maurice Nôret, from French intelligence, Richard attempts to discover the madman’s identity, except his budding love for this beautiful artist is turning into a dangerous handicap. Every one of his moves is thwarted with brutal countermoves. Soon, the psychological games to terrorize Gabriela escalate beyond his control. If Richard doesn’t find a solution, it may be too late for them both.

Set in the exotic French Riviera, The Coin is a story of hatred, betrayal, love and duty—of terrible and painful choices that, nonetheless, bring about personal triumph.

Tmonique Stephens

Tmonique Stephens wrote her first novel about a reporter and a hockey player after the U.S. hockey team won gold in the 1980 Olympics. She loves writing flawed characters who reflect the emotional baggage we all carry. She writes complicated stories for complicated people. Paranormal romances and fantasy novels are her favorite genre.

Eternity and Everlasting are the first two novels in her Descendants of Ra series. Evermore, the third novel will be released in September 2014. Currently, she is working a contemporary revenge series and Encore, the fourth novel in the Descendants of Ra series. She will read anything about fairies, demons, or angels. She also enjoys Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and Preston and Child.

She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing from City College of New York where she won an English Department Award for her play Tea with Salt in 1987.
Born in St. Thomas USVI, Tmonique Stephens grew up in The Bronx, New York one mile from Yankee Stadium. She loves SyFy, the History channels, and also Asian cuisine. But her heart and stomach longs for anything from the Caribbean.  http://tmoniquestephensauthor.com/

Eternity

Cursed for 2000 years, Roman Nicolis has tracked his lovers’ soul through each reincarnation only to lose her horribly every time. Reclaiming their love is his only salvation. He’s been her friend, her father, her neighbor, but never again her lover . . . until now.

A late night walk home throws Stella Walker into the path of a killer. The last thing she remembers are the deep blue eyes of the man trying to kill her—and the first things she sees after a seven day coma are the same blue eyes in the handsome face of the man hired to protect her. Is he truly the owner of a security firm or the man who wants to finish her off? Is it fears she feels when Roman touches her or the memory of something sweeter?

Past secrets haunt them. An angry demon stalks them. Roman will do anything to recover what they once had. Though Stella’s ruined childhood has made her close her heart and body to any man, he must get past the walls around her to gain her love and trust, for it will take their union to defeat an unexpected enemy sent from the Egyptian Gods. A man Romans respects, and Stella trusts.
 

Dianne Venetta

Dianne lives in Central Florida with her husband, two children and part-time Yellow Lab—Cody-body! When not whacking away at her keyboard crafting her next novel you'll find her in their organic garden chasing grasshoppers and plucking hornworms all while drawing wild analogies between kids and plants and men. Definitely men.

A girl's gotta have fun, right?

When she's not knee-deep in dirt or romance, Dianne contributes garden advice for various websites and volunteers in her kids' school garden (a crazy existence to be sure). But at the end of the day, if she can inspire someone to stop and smell the roses—or rosemary!—kiss their child and spouse good-night, be kind to a neighbor and Mother Earth, then she's done all right.

Ladd Springs
Book 1 in a series of 5

Delaney Wilkins finds herself at odds with hotel developer Nick Harris over a deathbed promise and a mysterious find in the Tennessee forest. Both are after title to Ladd Springs, But Ernie Ladd, current owner of the property and uncle to Delaney, is adamantly opposed to them both.
Felicity Wilkins, Delaney’s daughter, deserves to inherit her family’s legacy, but neighbor Clem Sweeney is working against her, ingratiating himself with Ernie Ladd. Clem is also harboring a secret that will make him a very wealthy man—unless the others stop him before he can bring it to fruition.
Complicating matters is Annie Owens. Ex-girlfriend to Jeremiah Ladd, Ernie’s estranged son living in Atlanta, she declares her daughter Casey is Jeremiah’s, making Casey every bit as entitled to the property as Felicity—only Annie hasn’t proven this claim. Yet.

All are fighting to get the property, but only one will walk away with the gold. Which will it be? Find out in the first installment of Ladd Springs…