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The following biographical information has been provided by the authors.
Jo BeverleyJo Beverley is one the few authors writing English-set historical romance who is English. She was born and raised in England, and has a degree in English history from Keele University in Staffordshire. She and her husband emigrated to Canada, where they now live. They have two sons.
Though Jo started to write as a young child, it was only in the eighties that she began to think that it was something ordinary people could do, and after a talk at a local library, she settled to seriously writing her first historical romance.
Now, she is the author of over twenty-five romance novels and many novellas which have brought her numerous awards, including five awards from the Romance Writers of America and awards from Romantic Times including two Career Achievement awards. She is a member of the RWA Honor Roll, and the RWA Hall of Fame.Beverley is one of the authors featured with profile and article in the reference book, North American Romance Writers, Ed. Kay Mussell and Johanna Tunon, Scarecrow Press. "...designed to highlight significant recent changes in the romance genre and to profile writers who have made North America the dominant geographic center for romance publishing." You can find out more about Jo Beverley at her official Web site: www.jobev.com.
Victoria Alexander is the New York Times, USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of 20 novels or novellas. The former television reporter turned to writing full time when she discovered fiction was much more fun than real life and she's never looked back.
Victoria grew up traveling the country as an Air Force brat and now lives in Omaha, Nebraska with her husband, two teenaged children, a bearded collie named Sam, a house under constant renovation and never ending chaos.She laughs a great deal. Visit www.eclectics.com/victoria to learn more.
Kathleen EagleKathleen Eagle published her first book, a Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award winner, with Silhouette Books in 1984. Since then she has published nearly 40 books, earning her nearly every award in the industry, including two Career Achievement Awards from Romantic Times Magazine and Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA. Several of her books have made RWA’s “Top 10 Favorite Books of the Year” list. She was Keynote Speaker for RWA’s national conference in 1993 and was named Midwest Fiction Writer of the Year by her RWA chapter in 1995. Her books have consistently appeared on regional and national bestseller lists, including USA Today and the New York Times extended bestseller list. Born in Virginia and raised “on the road” as an Air Force brat, Ms Eagle earned her BA in English literature from Mount Holyoke College, her MS from Northern State University, and taught at Standing Rock High School in North Dakota for 17 years. She served as president of the North Dakota Council of Teachers of English and secretary of the ND Department of Education Curriculum Council. Now a full-time fiction writer, she was elected to serve as an advisor to Romance Writers of America Board of Directors for 1995-96. A teacher of creative writing at The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, she has also reviewed Popular Fiction for the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Eagle’s work is often singled out by book reviewers for its exceptional quality. The Night Remembers was a Chicago Tribune Notable Book. Sunrise Song, The Night Remembers, The Last True Cowboy, and What the Heart Knows made the Library Journal “Five Best Romances of the Year” list. BookPage listed What the Heart Knows among its “Top Six Romance Picks” for 1999. The Last Good Man was a finalist for the 2000 Minnesota Book Award for Popular Fiction. Her novel, You Never Can Tell, now available in paperback from Avon Books, was named to RWA's 2001 "Top Ten Favorite Books of the Year" list. Once Upon a Wedding, now available in paperback from Avon Books, was a 2002 a RITA finalist. Night Falls Like Silk (William Morrow, October 2003), the sequel to The Night Remembers, will be available in March '05 for the first time in paperback. Kathleen Eagle lives in Minnesota with her husband of 34 years, who is Lakota Sioux and a public school teacher. The Eagles have three grown children and three grandchildren. You can visit Kathleen's official Web site at: www.kathleeneagle.com.
Elizabeth GraysonElizabeth Grayson has had a life-long love affair with stories. She was published for the first time in fourth grade and had completed a historical novel by the time she was fifteen. She kept writing through the years when she was working on her BS and MS in Education. She wrote through twelve years of teaching art in New York State, and during nine years of children's classes at the St. Louis Art Museum. In 1986 her first historical novel, Love, Honor and Betray, won the Waldenbook Award for Best-selling First Romance. Since then she has published eleven award-winning romance novels, including Painted By the Sun, which was a finalist for the prestigious Willa (Cather) Literary Award. Grayson has also received the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award for Historical Romances set in America. Her most recent book, Moon in the Water, was just named a finalist for the Romance Writers of America's Rita Award in the Long Historical category. Grayson's next book, a contemporary novel entitled A Simple Gift, will be published under her maiden name Karyn Witmer in January of 2006. Bestselling author Kristin Hannah has this to say about the upcoming book: "A Simple Gift is a story of love and loss, the price of keeping secrets, the tragedy of losing faith in each other, and the triumph of finding our way home. Fans of stirring, emotional women's fiction will love this story." Grayson/Witmer lives in St. Louis, Missouri with her husband and cat. You can visit her Web site at: www.elizabethgrayson.com.
Lois GreimanLois Greiman is the author of over fifteen novels, including romantic comedy, historical romance and mystery. She has won such prestigious honors as Romantic Times Storyteller Of The Year, MFW's Rising Star, and RT's Love and Laughter award. She is currently a finalist for the coveted Rita statuette given for the best short historical of 2004. Ms. Greiman lives in Minnesota with her family and an ever increasing number of horses. You may write to her at Lois Greiman, PO Box 16, Rogers, MN 55374 or visit her online at www.loisgreiman.com.
Julie MillerJulie Miller is an award-winning author - with a Daphne du Maurier, two Readers' Choice awards, a PRISM and a Golden Quill on the shelves in her office. She's been a finalist in several other contests, including the Golden Heart. She started her career writing action-packed paranormals for Dorchester, and now has a home at Harlequin where she writes for Intrigue, Blaze and special projects.
Today, this former English and speech teacher gets support from her fellow members of the Prairieland Romance Writers (www.prwne.com) - her local chapter of Romance Writers of America, the Kiss of Death link in the Mystery-Romantic Suspense sub-genre chapter of RWA, as well as her husband and son - and smiling guard dog, Maxie!
Her category romances have appeared on the Waldenbooks bestseller lists, and she was selected to help promote Harlequin Intrigue's expansion from four to six books a month by writing an original story that appeared in a series of 2-in-1 Intrigue spotlight books in September. Her popular Taylor Clan mini-series for Intrigue, which features a family of law enforcement officers set in the Kansas City area, has been spun off into a new mini-series in 2005, entitled The Precinct, which features several supporting characters from the original series.
Inspired by the likes of Agatha Christie and Encyclopedia Brown, Ms. Miller believes the only thing better than a good mystery is a good romance. Read more about Julie at her official Web site: www.juliemiller.org.
Deborah RaneyDeborah Raney has been writing for eleven years and is currently at work on her 11th novel. Recent titles include 2005 RITA finalist, A Nest of Sparrows (WaterBrook Press/Random House 2004) and the RITA award-winning Beneath a Southern Sky (WaterBrook 2001). Her novella, Playing by Heart (Barbour Books 2003) was a 2004 Christy Award finalist. Her first book, A Vow To Cherish, inspired World Wide Pictures' award-winning film of the same title. Both novel and film won Excellence in Media's Silver Angel Award.Deb has co-authored two non-fiction books and has written for several periodicals including Mary Engelbreit's Home Companion, Writer's Digest, and Christian Parenting Today. In addition, she has contributed short stories and novellas to several anthologies.Deb and her husband, illustrator Ken Raney, are the parents of four children and make their home in Kansas. Visit www.deborahraney.com for more information.
Cynthia RutledgeCynthia Rutledge learned at an early age the value of having an active imagination. If she didn't like the ending of a television show or movie, she simply thought of a different one. Or if she had difficulty falling asleep, instead of counting sheep, she made up a story.
She wrote her first book in junior high school with the hero modeled after Peter Noone of Herman's Hermits. (Anyone remember him?) When she let a favorite teacher read it and received a less than enthusiastic response, Cynthia promptly relegated it to the trash. However, she couldn't stay away from writing. When she was sixteen she penned these words in her diary: "I don't know what I would do if I couldn't be a writer."
But it would be several decades before her dream would become a reality. In the meantime, she would go to college, first graduating with a BA in Sociology and Political Science and later with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. As a registered nurse she would work at a variety of different jobs, including a hospital discharge planner, a hospice coordinator, and most recently, as a regional consultant for a large insurance company.
During all this, she and her husband Kirt would raise one daughter, Wendy, and a variety of pets. It was while Wendy was in college that the dream of writing resurfaced. A little over three years after she began writing again, Cynthia sold her first novel, Unforgettable Faith, an inspirational romance to Steeple Hill. She's proud of the books she's written and truly believes that to get to know an author, you only need to read her work. Cynthia invites you to grab a cup of hot cocoa, curl up with one of her novels, and get better acquainted! You can find out even more at: www.cynthiarutledge.com.
Cheryl St. JohnCheryl St.John is the award-winning author of more than twenty-five historical and contemporary novels for Harlequin and Silhouette Books. One thing that all reviewers and readers agree on regarding her work is the intensity of emotion. Words like "heart-warming", "emotional depth" "touches your soul", "tugs your heart all over the map", "endearing characters" and "on my keeper shelf" are commonly used to describe her work. Her 2005 releases are: Prairie Wife, Harlequin Historical, 2/05
Million Dollar Makeover, SSE Montana Mavericks, 6/05
His Secondhand Wife, Harlequin Historical 7/05
The Bounty Hunter, Montana Mavericks Historical, 9/05
You can learn more about Cheryl at her Web site: www.tlt.com/authors/cstjohn.htm.
Ruth ScofieldRuth Scofield is a Missouri native who began school in an honest-to-goodness rural two room schoolhouse while living on a Missouri farm. Neither farm nor school had indoor plumbing or running water. During those early years, she watched her mother and grandmother daily cook on a wood burning stove, observed hand milking, plowing, and field work. At six years old she personally hauled water from a well, plucked chickens for Sunday dinner, churned butter, shucked corn, helped can fruit, and washed clothes on a scrub board. "When my first historical came out, someone asked me how I researched it," Scofield says. "And I had to laugh. Some of what I wrote wasn't research at all; they were memories. I remember the warm taste of milk right from the cow, the heat radiating from a wood stove, or the awful smell of wet chicken feathers." After that first year of school, the family moved to the city where Ruth finished her basic education. As was common in those days, Ruth married her husband, Charles, right out of high school, had two children, and followed her IBM husband around the country for thirty years. While living in New York, Ruth took some college courses in English and History, and worked for a weekly newspaper for one year. She wrote social news and features there.Among the places Ruth and Charles have lived are Chicago, the suburbs just west of New York City, and on the outer edge of Washington, D. C. In 1993, Ruth and Charles returned to the midwest. Together they love to travel and study history, and have seen most of the United States, England, some of Scotland and Wales, and visited Paris and the Normandy beaches. They've felt the lava heat of Hawaii's live volcano and stood on the ancient ice of Alaska's glaciers. Ruth has a passion for the Santa Fe Trail history and has visited most of it.Ruth is active in her local RWA chapter, Heartland Romance Authors, and holds a membership in Romance Writers of America, Faith, Hope, and Love, an outreach chapter, Heartland Writers Guild, Novelists, Inc, and The Authors Guild. Check out her Web site, ruthscofield.romance-central.com, for more information.
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