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Jennifer Bonds/JJ Bonds
Jennifer Bonds writes sizzling contemporary romance with sassy heroines, sexy alphas, and a whole lot of mischief. She also writes YA paranormal romance as JJ Bonds. When she’s not writing or wrangling toddlers, Jennifer can be found curled up with a good book and a bottle of wine. Jennifer lives in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, where her overactive imagination and a weakness for reality TV keep life interesting. She’s lucky enough to live with her very own real-life hero, two adorable children, and one rambunctious K9. Loves Buffy, Mexican food, the Winchester brothers, and all things zombie. Sings off-key. Visit her at http://www.jenniferbonds.com
Samuel Castellino was born in northeastern Pennsylvania and has lived most of his life in Wilkes-Barre with the exception of six years spent working in Monterey, California. His first career in life was mostly as a writer of computer code. Upon retiring from that profession, he became a writer of romance novels, including historical romance. What a change! He proclaims his online thesaurus to be his new best friend and admits to enjoying the editing process. He has written two romance novels to date: The Education of Sabina
and Into the Far Country
. As a self-published author, he has found marketing his books to be his biggest challenge—even with an author website, an Amazon Author Page, a Facebook page, and a Twitter handle. He takes his hat off and bows to others who have successfully mastered this book-marketing challenge. His second writing interest involves theological anthropology—the study of the human being as she or he relates to God. His non-fiction, self-published book The Prodigal Son Revisited
explores the interplay among the Christian Trinity, angels, and human beings.
Amazon Author Page: https://amazon.com/author/samuelcastellino
Author web site: http://authorsamcastellino.com/
Natalie J. Damschroder
Natalie J. Damschroder is the author of high-stakes romantic adventure and paranormal romance with 24 published novels, including a YA trilogy as NJ Damschroder. She has been published my several traditional publishers and is also self-published. A former president, vice president, treasurer, newsletter editor, and librarian for CPRW, Natalie is a charter member of the Hobnail Boot Squad (for butt-kicking encouragement) and frequent wearer of the white dress of Galadriel (for gentle yet powerful support). Learn more about her by visiting her websites at nataliedamschroder.com
Something magical happened in the musty basement of Julie Doherty’s local courthouse. She went there intending to research her ancestry, not lose herself in a wealth of stories, but the ghosts of yesteryear drew her into the past and would not let her go. Those early ponderings led to Scent of the Soul
, Julie’s first novel. Readers will notice a common theme throughout Julie’s books: star-crossed lovers. This is something she knows a bit about, since during one of her trips to Ireland, she fell in love with an Irishman. The ensuing immigration battle took four long years to win. With only fleeting visits, Skype chats, and emails to sustain her love, Julie poured her heartache into her writing, where it nourished the emotional depth of her characters. Julie is a member of Pennwriters, Romance Writers of America, Central PA Romance Writers, The Longship Company, Perry County Council of the Arts, and Clan Donald USA. When not writing, she enjoys antiquing, shooting longbow, traveling, and cooking over an open fire at her cabin. She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, who sounds a lot like her characters.
Visit Julie at: www.juliedoherty.com
Sara Walter Ellwood/Cera duBois
Although Sara Walter Ellwood long ago left the farm for the glamour of the big town, she draws on her experiences growing up on a small hobby farm in West Central Pennsylvania to write her contemporary westerns. She’s been married to her college sweetheart for over 20 years, and they have two teenagers and one very spoiled rescue cat named Penny. She longs to visit the places she writes about and jokes she’s a cowgirl at heart stuck in Pennsylvania suburbia. Sara Walter Ellwood is a multi-published and international Amazon bestselling author of the anthology set Cowboy Up
. She also publishes paranormal romantic suspense under the pen name Cera duBois.
Visit her websites:
Sara Walter Ellwood
~~Stories about cowboys and the women strong enough to love them…
~~Where good and evil collide, and love always prevails…
Susan Gourley/Susan Kelley
Susan Gourley retired from teaching to become a full-time writer. She’s a bestselling author of science fiction romance that she writes as Susan Kelley. She is also multi-published in high fantasy that she writes under her real name. She’s a co-author of the bestselling nonfiction book, The Insecure Writers Support Group Guide to Publishing and Beyond
. The mother of five sport-loving boys and one brainy daughter, she resides in her large country home in central Pennsylvania. Read more about her books and projects at her website, http://www.susangourley.com
D.R. Grady is the author of over twenty clean romance novels. She lives with her husband near Hershey, PA and adores chocolate, laughing, collecting bags, books, and shoes. Oh, and writing clean stories that resonate with others.
Amazon Author page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B007HR0ULS
Twitter: @drgradybooks https://twitter.com/drgradybooks
Facebook Page: D.R. Grady https://www.facebook.com/drgradybooks
Andrew Grey/Geoff Laughton
Andrew grew up in western Michigan with a father who loved to tell stories and a mother who loved to read them. Since then he has lived throughout the country and traveled throughout the world. He has a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and works in information systems for a large corporation. Andrew’s hobbies include collecting antiques, gardening, and leaving his dirty dishes anywhere but in the sink (particularly when writing) He considers himself blessed with an accepting family, fantastic friends, and the world’s most supportive and loving partner. Andrew currently lives in beautiful, historic Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
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Allison B. Hanson
One very early morning, Allison B. Hanson woke up with a conversation going on in her head. Unable to go back to sleep, she went to her computer and began writing. It still hasn’t stopped. Her romances include paranormal, sci-fi, fantasy, and mystery suspense. Visit her at http://www.allisonbhanson.com/
Carrie Jacobs spent approximately fifteen years as a columnist for a local weekly newspaper, writing "slice of life" type articles. She writes contemporary romance novels and short stories in any genre imaginable, including the weird and creepy. She lives in beautiful Juniata County with her family and spoiled pets. Connect with her on Facebook at facebook.com/writercarriejacobs
, on Twitter at @carrieinpa
or on her website at carrieajacobs.com
Geri Krotow is a US Naval Academy graduate who traded in her uniform for writing. She is the award-winning and bestselling author of the the New Orleans-set Bayou Bachelors series with Kensington Lyrical Caress and the Silver Valley, PD series for Harlequin Romantic Suspense, which features Central Pennsylvania. Geri enjoys creating sexy contemporary romances and tingling suspense, preferably with settings that she has personally experienced in her global travels. Visit her at www.gerikrotow.com
Briana Michaels grew up and still lives on the East Coast. She’s worked as an Events Planner for a large hospital, owned her own company, and taught a preschool art class for several years before becoming an author. Family is her life, but writing is her passion. When not plotting her next adventure, she’s usually reading and enjoying time with her family and friends. Visit her website: www.BrianaMichaels.com
Teresa Peschel/Odessa Moon
Teresa Peschel writes nonfiction books under her own name and fiction as Odessa Moon. While growing up, she read piles of science-fiction and fantasy and often wondered what the authors hand-waved away about how difficult it really would be to terraform a planet. Her series, The Steppes of Mars, is her attempt to combine all those interests. Her first book, The Bride from Dairapaska
, might best be described as women’s science-fiction with romance elements. Future books will be equally difficult to describe. She has at various times painted, sewed, served in the Navy, worked as a sales clerk and cashier, taken care of her family, and gardened with enthusiasm. She has long been interested in sustainability, resource depletion, and finding a balanced life. She lives with her family, her dog Muffy, and mostly useless cat in the Sweetest Place on Earth.
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Facebook page: Bill Peschel and Peschel Press:
Joyce E. Myers
Joyce E. Meyers has been writing most of her life, but seriously for the past eleven years. Her genre is Christian inspirational romance. Her favorite fairy tale is Beauty and the Beast, her favorite color is blue, and she believes strongly in the best advice she's ever been given: When life does not work out…keep on trying.
Cindy is an aspiring author who writes sweet contemporary and romantic mystery with a paranormal twist. She is currently seeking publication for her first manuscript. During the day, Cindy is a research administrator at Penn State University. She lives on a dairy farm in Central PA with her high-school-sweetheart husband, is the mother of three children, and has two precious grandsons. Beginning in January 2009, she became the new CPRW Secretary and previously served as Pro Liaison.
Delynn Royer is the older, smarter, funnier, more ornery alter ego of author Donna Grove, who, as a young mother, published several light historical romances. Since then, Delynn has kept busy working a day job and raising her sons. Now that she has completed her finest achievement—that of launching two upstanding young men into the world—she has returned to her first love, writing. She has updated her backlist to be released as e-books and is penning a new romantic mystery series. Visit Delynn at http://delynnroyer.wordpress.com/
Misty Simon loves to tell stories, especially the ones she types on her computer. Sharing her quirky sense of humor through her full-figured heroines is a dream come true and she hopes readers take something away with them from every story. Misty lives in Central Pennsylvania with her husband and daughter, Noelle, where she is hard at work on her next book. She loves to hear from readers and you can check out her website
or email her directly
Karen Rose Smith
Karen Rose Smith was born in Pennsylvania in the Susquehanna Valley. As a teenager, music became as important to her as reading. She and her cousin took their first sojourn into writing by collaborating on a script for the MONKEES television program. They sent that script to every concert venue where the group appeared that summer! In college, Karen began writing poetry and also met her husband to be. They both started married life as teachers, but when their son was born, Karen decided to try her hand at a home decorating business. She returned to teaching for a while but changes in her life led her to writing romance fiction. She has sold 82 books since 1992 as well as indie published her backlist and new titles. She is a winner of many awards, and her romances have made the USA TODAY list, Borders Group Bestseller list, and Amazon Contemporary Romance Bestseller list. Married to her college sweetheart, believing in the power of love and commitment, she envisions herself writing relationship novels (including mysteries) for a long time to come! Visit her at her websites: http://www.karenrosesmith.com/
Ranae Watts is an aspiring author of Romantic Suspense. She recently started her writing career but has enjoyed reading romantic fiction, mystery, thriller, and suspense novels for many years. As a member of Romance Writers of America (RWA), Central Pennsylvania Romance Writers (CPRW), Kiss of Death (KOD), and Sisters of Crime, she continues to learn the craft. Ranae lives in Central Pennsylvania with her husband, one of her three sons, and six Jack Russell Terriers. When she isn’t writing or reading she enjoys knitting, crocheting, and spending time with her grandchildren.