Welcome to our Press Page!
And no, this is not about Pressing Grapes.
The Press Page is for Members of the Press, Reviewers, Librarians, or anyone else who needs a bit more information about our lovely goddesses, including their recent successes, awards won, their next release dates, how to contact them directly, and their best most non-re-re-retouched photos.
Claudia Dain, after writing novels in almost every setting imaginable, is taking a long sojourn in the Regency, where she expects to live happily ever after. She’s won some awards but is frankly too lazy to look them up. She’s also a two time Rita finalist, which she remembers vividly because of the shock. Her Regency era Courtesan Chronicles series is available on Kindle, Nook, iPad, and all the other digital devices cropping up almost daily.
As Claudia Welch she is launching her women’s fiction career with the novel SORORITY SISTERS, out July 2012 from Berkley. She is currently revising SORORITY SISTERS. Do not ask her how it’s going.
For more information on the lovely Claudia, or to contact her directly, check out Claudia’s website!
Suzanne Enoch writes humorous Regency historical romances and equally humorous contemporary caper romances. In her free time, she loves to go to the movies and has a collection of Star Wars figures she’s been working on since 1977 (including a life-sized Yoda), together with a more recently-acquired collection of Lord of the Rings and X-Men figures. She’s a native of Southern California, and currently lives in the O.C. with a huge number of guppies and other fish and five finches — and the aforementioned statues, figures, and prop replicas.
After working full time since college, Suzanne was finally able to leave her day job and devote herself to Hugh Jackman and writing full time in 2002. She occasionally cheats on Hugh with both Johnny Depp and Russell Crowe. With three books scheduled in 2007, she’s now starting work on a new Historical romance, and is continuing with the Samantha Jellicoe/Richard Addison contemporary romance series.
For more information on our scintillating Suzanne, or to contact her directly, click here — Suzanne’s website!
Rachel Gibson writes fast-paced contemporary romances. Four of her novels were named among the Top Ten Favorite Books of the Year by Romance Writers of America. She has won numerous awards, including Border’s Bestselling Romantic Comedy, National Reader’s Choice Award, and the RITA Award for the Best Single Title Contemporary of the Year. When not writing, Rachel can be found boating on Payette Lake, shopping for shoes, or forcing her cat to share her favorite indulgence — Judge Judy.
To find out more fascinating facts about our very own Rachel G, or to contact her directly, click on Rachel’s website!
USA Today and New York Times best-selling author Karen Hawkins has won numerous awards for her humorous Regency set historical romances and humorous, small-town contemporary romances. A one-time college prof at a small college, she was working on her PhD in political science when she sold her first book. She immediately did what all good college students in the middle of stats class would do, she quit school and burned her books on the front lawn while dancing around and drinking vodka straight from a plastic gallon jug.
OK, maybe there was no vodka. We made that part up. But you get the picture.
Karen writes a lot usually at her favorite booth at Panera and, contrary to popular rumor, she does wear clothes. At least, she does at Panera. What she does at home is her business and A Secret.
For more information on Karen and her sexy, laugh-out-loud, award-winning, best-selling books (or to contact her to find out what she wears when writing at home) check out her website here!
Lori Handeland is a two time RITA Award winner and the New York Times Bestselling author of paranormal romance, urban fantasy, historical fantasy and contemporary category romance. She has written several popular series such as: The Luchetti Brothers, The Rock Creek Six, The Nightcreature Novels, The Phoenix Chronicles and Shakespeare Undead
Lori also writes western historical romance under the name Lori Austin. Her “Once Upon a Time in the West” series began with the RITA nominated BEAUTY AND THE BOUNTY HUNTER in 2012. The second book in the series was named one of Publishers’ Weekly’s Best Summer Books of 2013. The third book, THE LONE WARRIOR, is a 2014 release.
Madeline Hunter’s first romance was published in 2000. Since then she has written twenty-two historical romances to critical acclaim, all of them national bestsellers. Her books have appeared on the USAToday list, The New York Times list, and Publishers Weekly’s paperback bestsellers list. She is a two- time RITA winner and seven time finalist.
Madeline loves to integrate history into her stories, giving readers both an emotionally powerful love story and a compelling, page-turning plot of intrigue or mystery that always includes a good dose of humor. In a parallel existence far from Mt. Oly, Madeline has a Ph.D. in art history and teaches at a university. She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, who won’t let her quit her day job because he is afraid she will become a writing hermit if she does. He is probably right. For fun Madeline travels to the far corners of the earth, collects artisan jewelry, cuddles her cat Ivan, and hangs out with her friends. She bravely lives on that very narrow edge where lack of organization threatens to hurl a person into the abyss of chaos.
At the tender age of twelve, Sabrina Jeffries decided she wanted to be a romance writer. It took her eighteen more years and a boring stint in graduate school to sell her first book, but now her sexy and humorous Regency-set historicals routinely land on the USA Today and New York Times lists. They’ve also won several awards, from the Booksellers’ Best to the Maggie Award for Excellence.
Her current series, the School for Heiresses, features the spirited graduates of Mrs. Harris’s School for Young Ladies, unconventional heiresses who prove a match for society’s most irresistible rogues.
Sabrina lives in North Carolina with her husband and son, where she writes full-time. If you’d like to get in touch with Sabrina, or want to find out more about her many books, visit her website!
Julia London is a New York Times, USA Today and Publisher’s Weekly bestselling author of historical Regencies and contemporary romantic women’s fiction.
She has won the RT Reviewers Choice Award, been named one of Borders Best, and is a four-time always-the-bridesmaid-never-the-bride finalist for the RITA Award. When Julia is not outdoors yelling at her dog to get out of the neighbor’s yard, she is at work in Austin, Texas on a variety of books that you can bet your last dollar were due last month. Julia’s procrastination skills are unsurpassed by any goddess on this blog.
Barbara O’Neal (aka Barbara Samuel) has written a number of highly acclaimed novels, including How To Bake A Perfect Life, a Target Club Pick, and The Lost Recipe for Happiness, which won the RITA in 2010, bringing her total number of RITA awards to six. Her books have been sold to Italy, Australia and New Zealand, France, Germany, and Poland, Brazil and Hungary and many others.
Barbara loves olive oil and peaches, good ale and gardening, big dogs and all cats. She’s also a long distance walker who traveled a portion of the Camino de Santiago Compestela in 2010, and hopes to return to walk the rest in the near future.
She often blogs about her cooking experiments, her travels, and the writing life at www.awriterafoot.com. A native of Colorado, she now lives on the skirts of Pikes Peak with her partner, a British endurance athlete, and four animals who convinced her they needed rescue.
Christie Ridgway is a California native and author of over forty contemporary romances. A five-time RITA finalist and USA Today bestselling author, she writes sexy, emotional reads starring determined heroines and the men who can’t help but love them. Married to her college sweetheart, Christie lives in Southern California in a house filled with boys and pets. She writes as an escape from sports equipment, football on TV, and dog hair.