2020 Short Story Challenge Winners
Fiona Archer drinks buckets of iced coffee, and loves reading and writing addictive, sizzling romance. Her past jobs include organizing the lives of Fortune 500 type CEOs and wrangling wayward football stars at promotional events. Writing books about sinfully commanding alpha heroes and teaming them with sassy, smart heroines is her most rewarding job ever. She loves hearing from her readers so don’t be shy.
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A Southern California native, Bacio can’t imagine living far away from the ocean. Bacio shares her household with a supportive husband, two teenagers growing “too fast,” and a multitude pet craziness: Four dogs, hamsters, rabbits, fish and geckos. In her other life, she teaches college classes in English, journalism and popular culture.
Laura M. Baird
Laura M. Baird is a wife of thirty years, a mother of two sons, grandmother to a precious little boy, a former U.S. Army sergeant, and currently a dental hygienist (of twenty years) as well as a published romance author. She hopes to transition out of hygiene soon in order to devote her time to daydreaming… which means writing! A voracious reader herself, she strives to write stories that can be enjoyed by many; ones that are sexy and fun but thoughtful as well.
She’s honored to have a story included in the Happy Holidays anthology, published by Kwarts Publishing of South Africa, in which all proceeds benefit The World Literacy Foundation. Most recently she was humbled to be included in Who’s Who of Emerging Writers 2020, published by Sweetycat Press.
Laura enjoys engaging with readers and authors, and loves the encouragement and support amongst the writing community. When not spinning her next tale or engrossed in a story, she’s simply having a good time with hubby and dreaming of the many destinations around the world they hope to visit one day.
Amazon page: https://www.amazon.com/Laura-M-Baird/e/B0745JY9CF
Kait Ballenger is the award-winning author of the Seven Range Shifter paranormal romance series, where she weaves captivating tales of dark, sexy heroes who are cowboys by day, wolf shifters by night.
When Kait’s not preoccupied writing “intense and riveting” paranormal plots or “high-voltage” love scenes that make even seasoned romance readers blush, she can usually be found spending time with her family or with her nose buried in a good book. She lives in Florida with her librarian husband and two young sons.
Asa Maria Bradley
Asa Maria Bradley grew up in Sweden surrounded by archaeology and history steeped in Norse mythology, which inspired both her Viking Warriors and the Norse Billionaire Shifters sexy modern-day paranormal romance series. She also writes urban fantasy about empowered heroines who kick ass while saving the world.
Booklist attributes her writing with “nonstop action, satisfying romantic encounters, and intriguing world building” and Entertainment Weekly says “when it comes to paranormal romance with explosive action scenes, Bradley has that nailed.” Her work has received the honors of a double nomination for the Romance Writers of America’s RITA contest, a Reviewers’ Choice Award nomination, a Holt Medallion win, and a Booksellers’ Best Award win.
Asa came to the United States as a high school exchange student and quickly fell in love with ranch dressing and crime TV dramas of all flavors, two addictions she unfortunately still struggles with. Currently, she lives on a lake deep in the forest of the Pacific Northwest with a British husband and a rescue dog of indeterminate breed. Sadly, neither of them obeys any of her commands.
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New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author Eden Bradley has written erotic romance for Berkley, Bantam, Harlequin Spice/HQN, Samhain Publishing and Black Lace Books, as well as indie publishing. With over 40 novels and novellas published to date, her work has been translated into twelve languages. Eden lives among the redwoods in Northern California with her Boston Terrier child.
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Boone Brux is a USA Today Bestselling Author of over twenty-five books. Her books range from urban fantasy to romantic comedy. She lives beautiful Alaska with her family and herd of animals. Many of her stories come from real life experiences, so be warned, no person or escapade is off limits when it comes to writing her books.
Crystal is a southern girl and mom to two amazing little dudes who have a love of all things Godzilla. She has a ridiculous addiction to books, coffee and true crime shows. Crystal is the wife to a wonderful man whose undying support has made her writing journey possible. She fell in love with romance novels the day her aunt put a Harlequin in her hand at the tender age of ten. That day also put her dream of one day becoming a romance writer into motion. The release of her debut novel, Simmer, made that dream come true.
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Born in small-town Texas, Cara Carnes was a princess, a pirate, fashion model, actress, rock star and Jon Bon Jovi’s wife all before the age of 13. In reality, her fascination for enthralling worlds took seed somewhere amidst a somewhat dull day job and a wonderful life filled with family and friends. When she’s not cemented to her chair, Cara loves traveling, photography and reading.
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Caraway Carter has worn numerous hats. He’s been a furniture salesman, a dresser, a costumer, an actor/waiter, a rabble-rouser, a poet and most recently a writer. He loves words and stringing them together, he loves sex and sexy men, and he writes relationship fiction that reminds you–it’s never too late for love. And he has lived his tagline. He married his husband on Halloween, at the age of forty-nine, and they are the loving parents of an adorable cat named Molly.
International best selling author Sierra Cartwright was born in England and spent her early childhood years traipsing through castles while planning to become a princess. Since she ended up moving to America, the princess thing didn’t work out as she expected.
She’s always had a pen in her hand, and she wrote her first book at the age of nine. In middle school, she taught herself to brew a pot of coffee so she could burn the midnight oil to complete a Star Trek fanfic novel. Since then, she has published more than forty titles, all of them romances with happily ever afters.
These days you’ll find her taking pictures of sunrises on Galveston beach before beginning work, but occasionally she still likes to imagine what her life might be like if she really was royalty…
She has worked on both sides of the publishing industry, both in a bookstore and for actual publishing companies. Although she loved both for different reasons, she found that writing was her true passion and has spent the last few years breaking into the industry as best she can.
She is a lover of all things romance and began her writing journey in her late twenties. Since then, she has immersed herself in the romance genre and couldn’t be happier.
When she’s not writing or reading, she enjoys binging a great Netflix show (Stranger Things anyone?), baking (because who doesn’t love cookies!), and spending time with her family.
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Katana Collins is an award-winning, Top 100 Amazon Best-Selling author with 15 published books, in a wide range of contemporary romance genres (Paranormal, New Adult, Small town, Erotic Suspense … you name it!). And just recently, she started writing Harley Quinn graphic novels for DC Comics. She lives in Portland, Maine, with an ever-growing brood of rescue animals: a kind of mean cat, a doofy lab, a very mellow chihuahua, and a very not mellow cairn terrier puppy … oh yeah, there’s a husband somewhere in that mix, too. She can usually be found hunched over her laptop in a cafe, guzzling gallons of coffee, and wearing fabulous (albeit sometimes impractical) shoes.
USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Janie Crouch writes what she loves to read: passionate romantic suspense. Hailing from Virginia, she spent the past five years on an American military base in Germany for her hubby’s Department of Defense job. She loves engaging in all sorts of adventures, traveling, and surviving life with four kids.
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Patricia D. Eddy
Patricia D. Eddy writes romance for the beautifully broken. Fueled by coffee, wine, and Doctor Who episodes on repeat, she brings damaged heroes and heroines together to find their happy ever afters in many different worlds. From military to paranormal to BDSM, her characters are unstoppable forces colliding with such heat, sparks always fly.
Patricia makes her home in Seattle with her husband and very spoiled cats, and when she’s not writing, she loves working on home improvement projects, especially if they involve power tools.
Her award-winning Away From Keyboard series will always be her first love, because that’s where she realized the characters in her head were telling their own stories—and she was just writing them down.
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Zoey Ellis writes dark, magical, fantasy romances about tortured, possessive, alpha anti-heroes and the sassy heroines who belong to them (even if they don’t want to!). Filled with passionate, carnal steam, Zoey’s stories feature couples that ultimately have to grow for each other to survive the dark worlds they inhabit.
Described as ‘deliciously dark’ and ‘unputdownable’, Zoey’s thrilling, fantastical romances come complete with roller-coaster twists and turns, unique worlds, and happy endings.
Zoey is a Londoner, cat mama, and proud romance and epic fantasy addict. She loves jealous/possessive heroes, sexual tension that jumps off the page, and memorable, magical worlds. She reads most genres of romance and has a special love for the ‘true mates’ trope and dark angst.
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Zoe Hill is an Australian writer. Having found her niche spinning tales about love and villains—a trope she affectionately termed “Villainous Romance,” Zoe loves nothing better than typing all the words and consuming exorbitant amounts of coffee and Skittles while her teens are at school.
A country girl at heart, she is a rabid reader, a metal head, and UFC fanatic. When not writing, Zoe can be found chatting about plot bunnies with her menagerie of animals and musing out loud about how well she’s moonlighting as a competent wife and mother.
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Sara L. Hudson
Sara L. Hudson was an east coast wild child until her NASA engineer husband wrangled and shipped her down to Texas.
Now she lives in Houston with her smarty-pants husband, two adorable kids and fur-baby, Jack.
Sara earned her master’s in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University in England and has been previously published as a news reporter and columnist.
Also an English professor, Sara’s favorite course to teach is the one she created on the World of Romance Novels.
Because the world needs to love and laugh more.
Tracey Jerald knew she was meant to be a writer when she would re-write the ending of books in her head on her bike when she was a young girl growing up in southern Connecticut. It wasn’t long before she was typing alternate endings and extended epilogues “just for fun”.
After college in Florida, where she obtained a degree in Criminal Justice swearing she saw things she’ll never quite believe and never quite forget, Tracey traded the world of law and order for IT.
Her work for a world-wide internet startup transferred her to Northern Virginia where she met her husband in what many call their own happily ever after. They have one son.
When she’s not busy with her family or writing, Tracey can be found in her home in north Florida drinking coffee, reading, training for a runDisney event, or feeding her addiction to HGTV.
Check out Tracey’s collection of contemporary romance books available on Amazon.com and free on Kindle Unlimited.
A.D. Justice is the award-winning USA Today bestselling author of numerous romance novels, including the Steele Security series. When she’s not writing, she’s spending time with her own alpha male in their Georgia home or riding horses on the mountain trails. She’s also an avid reader of romance novels, a master procrastinator, a chocolate sommelier, a twister of words, and speaks fluent sarcasm. An avid animal lover, A.D. Justice has two horses, three cats, and two very spoiled dogs.
Terri E. Laine
Terri E. Laine is a USA Today Bestselling author with twenty plus titles to her name. She left a career as a CPA to pursue a dream in writing. She lives in Maryland with her husband, three kids, two cats and a dog and somehow still manages to be an avid reader.
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Michelle Mars has an unhealthy obsession with coffee, caramel, and funny t-shirts. This single mom of two amazing, kind, and creative dragons/children has naturally purple hair and loves nothing more than talking books, kids, and living your best life. She enjoys reading romance, traveling, and writing stories that make her readers laugh, sweat, and swoon. Michelle’s truth: Humor is a turn-on!
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Gina L. Maxwell
When she’s not reading or writing steamy romance novels, she spends her time losing at Scrabble (and every other game) to her high school sweetheart, doing her best to hang out with their adult teenagers as they learn to fly on their own, and dreaming about her move to someplace warm once they finally do.
Kayt Miller grew up in the midwest surrounded by a loving family which included three brothers, one sister, and parents who always fostered her creative side.
Kayt wrote her first book when she couldn’t find a story about a certain type of a woman and a specific kind of man. She called it Game Changer and it couldn’t have been a more appropriate title. It changed her life in many ways.
Her goal, as a writer, is to write stories that relate to all of us, to make readers laugh and maybe cry sometimes. Kayt hopes her readers can escape into a fantasy, one that’s actually possible. Sure, some of the stories are dubbed “Insta-love” but that’s okay. She fell in love with her husband pretty damn fast and with her daughter the second she saw her.
Dani René is a USA Today Bestselling Author of dark and deviant romance. She lives in the picturesque city of Cape Town where wine is plenty and the views are spectacular. She’s also a proud member of the Romance Writer’s Organization of South Africa (ROSA). When she’s not writing, she can be found binge-watching the latest TV series, or working on graphic design. She has a healthy addiction to reading, tattoos, coffee, and ice cream.
Gen Ryan is an international best-selling author and forensic psychologist who spends her days molding the next generation of forensic psychologists. Each semester she starts with profiling, moves to interrogation, and ends on a high note with her absolute favorite, serial killers. Her nights are spent crafting stories that will tear a reader’s heart out and twist their minds at the same time. She brings a unique twist to romance, a twist always rooted somewhere deep inside the character’s psyche that will keep readers on the edge of their seats.
Blue is a color synonymous with trust, rest assure that you can trust author Blue Saffire to take your emotions on a journey that will hook you in and create your next addiction.
As a young girl, Blue’s mother introduced her to the world of love and music through movies like Seven Brides For Seven Brothers, Bye Bye Birdie, and Neptune’s Daughter. Once she got her hands on books that sucked her into the magic that pages bring, an authoress was born.
Blue is now an award-winning, bestselling author of over fifty romance novels and novellas.
She writes with the intention to touch the heart and the mind while hooking, weaving, and looping multiple series, keeping you engaged in her worlds. Whether writing as Blue Saffire or Royal Blue every word is meant to have a lasting touch that leaves you breathless for more.
Ella Sheridan never fails to take her readers to the dark edges of love and back again. Born and raised in the Deep South, she writes romantic suspense, dark erotic romance, and hot BDSM contemporaries. Strong heroines are her signature, and her heroes span the gamut from hot rock stars to alpha hit men and everywhere in between. Ella never pulls her punches, and her unique combination of raw emotion, hot sex, and action leaves her readers panting for the next release.
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Mayra Statham resides in Southern California with her three kids and husband. When she isn’t writing or hanging with family, you can find her hidden behind a romance novel while enjoying a highly caffeinated drink.
She loves hearing from readers. Connect with her on social media platforms @mystathamwrites or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Delancey Stewart is a contemporary romance author whose books run the gamut of settings and setups, but they always deliver humor, heart and heat. It’s a guarantee.
She writes from her home in Denver, CO, where she manages a household full of boys and men. Okay, only one man. The hubs. But two boys. Well, three if you count the hubs. (You see why she does words and not numbers. We were told there’d be no math in this bio. Someone lied.)
Delancey grew up in California and has had more jobs than anyone on earth (personal trainer, pharmaceutical rep, copywriter, tech writer, marketing director, wine seller, elementary school teacher… No kidding. The list. It goes on.) But the one she loves most is writing, in part because she gets to meet people who love books and stories as much as she does! Delancey is also half of the editing team at Evident Ink ( www.evidentink.com), where she gets to help other authors make their voices as strong as they can be.
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Jen Talty is a USA Today Bestseller of Romantic Suspense, Contemporary Romance, and Paranormal Romance. She first started her writing career while carting her kids from one hockey rink to the next, averaging 170 games per year between 3 kids, in 2 countries and 5 states. Her first book, IN TWO WEEKS, was originally published in 2007. In 2010 she helped form Cool Gus Publishing with NY Times Bestselling Author Bob Mayer and ran the technical side of the busines through 2016. Today, Jen is currently enjoying the next phase of her life…the empty nest. She spends her winters in Jupiter, Florida and summers in the Fingers Lakes region of New York. Her children have gone off to carve out their own places in the world while Jen still follows her passion crafting her stories and sharing them with readers.
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International Bestselling, Award-Winning Author Mary Ting writes soulful, spellbinding stories that excite the imagination and captivate readers all over the world. Her books run a wide range of genres: science fiction, fantasy, and swoon-worthy stories. Her storytelling talents have won her a devoted legion of fans and garnered critical praise.
Mary was born in Seoul Korea and resides in Southern California with her husband, two children, and two dogs—Mochi and Mocha. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Becoming an author was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother. After realizing she wanted to become a full-time author, she retired from teaching after twenty years.
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From Reina, “As an author and reader, I’m all over the place Sweet to Heat, Contemporary to Historical, Paranormal to… well, normal! Books were my fantasy, my salvation, a vacation on paper. In books I could travel the world, discover different times, and live a thousand lives and more… I want to share that same joy with others and hope that my books find their way onto keeper shelves and readers’ hearts.”
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Magan Vernon has been living off of reader tears since she wrote her first short story in 2004. She now spends her time killing off fictional characters, pretending to plot while she really just watches Netflix, and she tries to do this all while her two young children run amok around her Texas ranch.
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Jennifer Woodhull is an author of romance with lots of wit, sexy heat, and plenty of heart. She is known for writing immersive settings that take readers to a wide variety of locales around the world. Her heroines are funny, strong, make bad decisions, and get in their own way sometimes before finding their path to happiness. Her heroes are driven, funny, sweet, and sometimes complicated.
Jennifer lives in Tennessee with her real-life book boyfriend and their yellow lab, who can be more persuasive than any roguish hero when he’s after a snack.
A lover of travel, Jennifer has been known to plot novels and write pages of dialogue on her phone from planes, trains, and automobiles when inspiration strikes (though not while driving, because safety first).
Jennifer loves second chances and is a complete sucker for a good guy who’s just a little off track. Her works include The Dating Alternative, and the funny, sexy second-chance romance, The Last Virgin in Texas.
Reader Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/JenniferWoodhullsWordHangovers/
Khloe Wren lives in rural South Australia with her husband, two daughters and an ever-changing list of animals! She started writing in 2013 and has published over 30 romantic suspense books since then. She writes both paranormal and contemporary stories, including her best-selling series The Charon MC. Khloe enjoys writing outside of the box and loves her heroes strong, and her heroines even stronger.
Khloe loves to hear from readers, so please check out the links below to keep in touch:
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