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We're so excited to announce our stellar lineup of speakers for the RWA2021 virtual conference, November 18-20!

Librarians Day Keynote Speaker: Kimberla Lawson Roby

Kimberla Lawson Roby
New York Times
best-selling author, speaker, and podcast host Kimberla Lawson Roby has published 28 books, including fiction and nonfiction titles. She has sold nearly 3 million copies of her books, and they have frequented numerous bestseller lists. Kimberla is the 2013 NAACP Image Award Winner for Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction and has received numerous other awards. And in August 2020, she was named by USA Today as one of the 100 black novelists you should read.

Did you know that RWA2021 registrants can attend all Librarians Day sessions, including the keynote? Kimberla also will participate in a 30-minute “ask me anything” session after her keynote where you can ask her questions about her career and writing process.

Nicole AshworthNicole Ashworth

Nicole Ashworth got her BA in psychology from Augusta University in 2008, while enrolled as a student she began her library career in the Augusta-Richmond County Public Library System in 2004. She has worked as a student assistant, library assistant, and as branch manager of the Appleby Branch Library in Augusta, GA. Her experience working at a branch has helped her develop a variety of programs for various ages and experiences. She is a prolific reader of all genres and enjoys sharing her favorite reads with patrons.

Finola AustinFinola Austin

Finola Austin, also known as the Secret Victorianist on her award-winning blog, is an England-born, Northern Ireland-raised, Brooklyn-based historical novelist and lover of the 19th century. Her first novel, Bronte's Mistress (Atria Books, 2020), was inspired by the scandalous real-life affair between a married woman, Lydia Robinson, and Branwell Bronte, brother to the Bronte sisters. By day, Finola works in digital advertising. She has two degrees from the University of Oxford, including a Master's in English Literature, 1800-1914. Find her online at

Patty BlountPatty Blount

Patty Blount ( grew up shy and quiet in New York but found  her voice writing strong, relatable Young Adult characters. Best known for her internet-issues books, Patty’s latest novel, SOMEONE I USED TO KNOW (Sourcebooks Fire 2018) earned several honors including a double win in YARWA’s Athena Awards. Patty’s a member  of 3 RWA chapters, currently serves as YARWA’s VP Communications, and is a Guide in RWA’s Pen2Paper program.

Eden BradleyEden Bradley

New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Eden Bradley has written erotic romance for Berkley, Bantam, Harlequin, Samhain Publishing and Black Lace Books, as well as indie publishing and Red Hot Romance Publishing. Her work has been translated into twelve languages.

Eden also works as a sex educator. She speaks on kink psychology, safety and practice, as well as sex positive culture for women. She also offers a series of writing craft courses. You can visit her online at, and you can find her on Twitter and Facebook, including her private Facebook group, After Dark Social Club.

Cevin BryermanCevin Bryerman

Cevin Bryerman is the publisher and CEO of Publishers Weekly, the international news platform of the book publishing industry. He has been in the publishing business for more than 30 years, working at the helm of both trade and consumer magazines in strategic planning, business development and strategic partnerships.

As a leader within the publishing industry, his innate talent, he believes, is working directly with the people affecting the industry, including publishers, booksellers and librarians.

In his free time, he is devoted to his family and children and is an avid tennis player and cyclist. He lives on Long Island.

Fauzia BurkeFauzia Burke

Fauzia Burke is a book marketing expert and pioneer of online book publicity. As the founder and president of FSB Associates, she has spent more than 25 years publicizing books by bestselling authors such as Alan Alda, Arianna Huffington, Deepak Chopra, Sonya Renee Taylor, Ken Blanchard, Charles Spencer, as well as many first-time authors. In 2019, she co-founded Pub Site, a platform for building author websites and used by authors like Tom Clancy, Robin Cook, and hundreds more. Fauzia also does consulting and offers a "power hour" for authors needing marketing advice. Whether you’re a first time author overwhelmed by the idea of building a brand or an experienced author wanting to take your marketing and publicity to the next level, Fauzia can help! She’s the author of Online Marketing for Busy Authors, and is based in San Diego, CA.

Barbra CampbellBarbra Campbell

Barbra Campbell and her pen names have published over 100 short stories/novellas since January of 2019. She spends her days writing, marketing, organizing, and working with other short story authors to stay on top of the demanding world of short story romance.

And more importantly, she does all of that while finding time to enjoy her family, pets, and cello because no matter how much she loves fantasy worlds and happily ever afters, the real world demands that she give it some attention too. 

Jacquelin CangroJacquelin Cangro

Jacquelin Cangro worked at Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster for more than twenty years. Now she uses her expertise as a freelance developmental editor and writing coach, specializing in romance and women's fiction. Her first book, The Subway Chronicles: Scenes from Life in New York, was published by Penguin/Plume. Jacquelin's short fiction was selected as the Saturday Evening Post’s Great American Stories 2014, and her other works of fiction have appeared in Stonecrop Review, The Macguffin, Valparaiso Fiction Review, and Cortland Review. She teaches writing at GrubStreet and The Loft Literary Center. You can find out more about Jacquelin and her work at

Brenda ChinBrenda Chin

Award-winning editor Brenda Chin has worked in the romance industry for more than 30 years. Throughout her many years as a Senior Editor with Harlequin, she had the opportunity to work with some of the best writers in the business. After leaving Harlequin, Brenda joined Belle Books as the Editorial Director of ImaJinn Books, where she learned a whole new side to the business. Then she moved on to Entangled, joining the team as the Editorial Director of Entangled’s Brazen and Scorched lines. Now, Brenda is working as a freelance editor, working with numerous Indie authors, as well as taking on projects for Belle Books, Tule and Dreamspinner Press. She’ll also be taking on the role of Editorial Director of the upcoming Zory app. You can find her at, and on Facebook at Brenda Chin, Editor.

Jeannie ChinJeannie Chin

Jeannie Chin writes contemporary small town romances. She draws on her experiences as a biracial Asian and Caucasian American to craft stories that speak to a uniquely American experience.

She is a former high school science teacher, wife to a geeky engineer, and mom to an extremely talkative kindergartner. Her hobbies include crafting, reading and hiking.

Her latest book is The Inn On Sweetbriar Lane.

Sara ComeauSara Comeau

Sara Comeau has always been an advocate for love, so it came as no surprise when life led her to writing steamy romance. Through her work as a psychic medium and lover of space, she has acquired a great deal of knowledge and experience that has inspired her to tell love stories through science fiction, the supernatural, and the ancient times.

When she’s not writing, Sara enjoys traveling, indulging in her foodie ways, helping others to find their life’s purpose, and spending time with her husband, Jacob, and two Dobermans, Anubis & Athena. Discover more about Sara and her work at

Laurie CooperLaurie Cooper

Laurie Cooper launched her online business, Pub-Craft: Marketing for Books and Brands, in October 2013. She helps authors go from struggling, feeling invisible, and not knowing what to do next, to finding and connecting with their ideal readers. While she works with authors from around the world, Laurie calls Ottawa, Canada her home. Learn more about Laurie and The Visible Author Method. Connect on Facebook (#AskPubCraft), Instagram (@pubcraftteam), and find out more about Pub-Craft at

Janie CrouchJanie Crouch

USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestselling author Janie Crouch writes what she loves to read: passionate romantic suspense. After a lifetime on the East Coast, and  a six-year stint in Germany due to her husband's job as support for the U.S. Military, Janie has settled into her dream home in Front Range of the Colorado Rockies. She loves engaging in all sorts of adventures (triathlons! 200-mile relay races! mountain treks!), traveling, and surviving life with four kids.

Joanna D'AngeloJoanna D'Angelo

Over the years I have worn many hats including four years as a movie critic for CBC Radio (Ottawa, Canada); co-producing and directing/writing “Who’s Afraid of Happy Endings?” a documentary about romance writers (GAPC Entertainment/BRAVO! Canada); and as the writer for the TV series (two seasons) “The Love Letters” (GAPC Entertainment/BRAVO! Canada).

For the past 15 years, I have been working with indie authors as a developmental editor, production/publishing manager, and consultant. I work one-one with authors to help them shape an idea into a successful series. In addition to my editorial work, I also teach authors how to market their work to the right reader/audience. This includes growing channels of communications via email, social media, and traditional media. I straddle my love of books and my love of film by creating book promo videos for authors, offering an emotional and visceral look into the book. My videos can be used as part of broader promotional campaigns. You can find out more about me, my work, and my promo videos on my website:

susan dansbySusan Dansby

Susan Dansby has received seven Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Emmy® Awards and five Writers Guild of America Awards from her work on the CBS daytime dramas AS THE WORLD TURNS (Script Writer, Breakdown Writer, Associate Head Writer), and THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS (Script Writer). After serving as Consulting Producer for AMBITIONS, a prime-time soap on OWN, Susan returned to Y&R for a stint as Story Consultant. In addition, Susan is a professional television director. Her credits include GUIDING LIGHT, GHOSTWRITER, SESAME STREET and GENERAL HOSPITAL. She has a BFA in Drama from Carnegie-Mellon University.

Aubrey DarkAubrey Dark

Aubrey is a romance writer, personal financial planner, and math tutor. She is a lifelong learner and educator who enjoys making hard stuff easier for people to understand.


Miranda DarrowMiranda Darrow

Miranda Darrow’s an author, freelance editor, #RevPit board member, and story sleuth. As an editor, she digs deep into your manuscript to uncover the best version of your story. She’s a writer and voracious reader who has turned her passion for books into a career helping authors develop the intricate facets of their stories.


Anna DePaloAnna DePalo

Anna DePalo is the USA Today best-selling author of sexy & fun contemporary romance novels, including The Serenghetti Brothers series from Harlequin. Mining her New York roots and Italian immigrant family for inspiration, she has won the NJRW Golden Leaf, the NECRWA Readers’ Choice, the Book Buyer’s Best and the RT Reviewers’ Choice. She practiced law, now calls writing her passion, and always takes her morning coffee with chocolate.


Tobi DoyleTobi Doyle

Erin Novotny writing as Tobi Doyle, a hybrid romance author, has published over a dozen romance books. She writes HEAs with heat and humor, romantic suspense, and cozy mysteries. A member of the RWA’s Pen to Paper committee, she’s also the current President of RWA’s romantic suspense chapter, Kiss of Death, a member of Central Ohio Fiction Writers, West Virginia Writers and other local writing groups.


Ricardo FayetRicardo Fayet

Ricardo Fayet is one of the four founders of Reedsy, a marketplace connecting authors to the world's top publishing talent — from editors to cover designers, book marketers, or literary translators. He's the author of several Reedsy Learning courses on marketing and a regular presenter at several prestigious writers' conferences: NINC, RWA Australia, and The Self Publishing Show Live, among others. He recently released his first book, with the non-imaginative title of How to Market a Book, which is free on all retailers.

Veronica ForandVeronica Forand

Veronica Forand is a novelist and an attorney. She's won the Golden Pen Award for Romantic Suspense, the Bookseller's Best in Romantic Suspense, finaled times in the Daphne du Maurier Contest for Excellence in Suspense, and was chosen a Top Ten Finalist out of over thirty thousand entries in the James Patterson Co-Author Competition. 

Maggie GigandetMaggie Gigandet

Maggie is a former trial attorney with almost a decade of training and experience in writing, researching, and interviewing. She is a current freelance writer focusing on wildlife, the outdoors, history, and anything unusual. An avid hiker, Maggie runs a blog on the Tennessee State Parks and enjoys researching for fun.

Jen GraybealJen Graybeal

Jen Graybeal (she/her) is a book coach, freelance editor, and author cheerleader working exclusively with romance authors. Her encouraging feedback, creative approach to problem solving, and gently-applied tough love inspires clients to take their books and business to the next level. She has a degree in English, an ever-expanding TBR, and a furball assistant that is usually on her lap. Visit her website for client testimonials at or follow her on Instagram: @JenTheEditor.


Leslie J HallLeslie J. Hall

Leslie J. Hall is the author of the Kaitlyn Willis Road Signs Mystery series. She is a recognized writing instructor around the Pacific NW. She writes mysteries and women’s fiction and co-leads, Write Night, a weekly writer’s critique group. Leslie is a member of Romance Writers of America, Women’s Fiction Writing Association, Sisters In Crime, and is on the Northwest board of Mystery Writers of America. Leslie loves words, books, writing, and sharing that passion with others. Find out more about her and her classes at

Nate HoffelderNate Hoffelder

Nate has been helping people fix broken tech since 2010. He builds and repairs Wordpress sites, and acts as a virtual IT department for authors. He also blogs about the Kindle and indie publishing. Nate is the president of the Riverside Writers Club in Fredericksburg, VA, and is on the board of the Florida Writers Foundation. When he’s not volunteering, he spends his time working on projects such as The Speaker Bureau, Simple Author Websites, and Author Website in a Box. In his spare time, Nate hand-raises budgies.

Liz HsuLiz Hsu

Liz Hsu is a multiple award-winning author who has a deep love of traveling, the people of the world and their dynamic histories, and reading and writing. She holds a B.A. from John Cabot University, Rome, in addition to a M.A.T. and M.A. in World History from Georgia State University. Her first two romances feature characters with lupus, a chronic autoimmune disease. Lupus has had a significant impact on her on a personal level since before her diagnosis in 2009. From Atlanta, she now lives in Metro-Detroit with her Chinese-American husband, daughter, and adorable Pomeranian.

Sascha IllyvichSascha Illyvich

Sascha Illyvich started writing eighteen years ago. His erotic romances have been listed under Night Owl Romance’s and Road to Romance’s Recommended read lists, and he’s been nominated for a CAPA by The Romance Studio. Recently, Torn to Pieces was a USA TODAY Recommended Read. Sascha is a trained and experienced public speaker and enjoys giving talks and teaching, particularly on aspects of romance, erotic romance, and writing. He was the former host of The Unnamed Romance Show on Radio Dentata, and is fond of doing guest spots and interviews, on both traditional radio and podcasts. Sascha is self-published and has written for various publishers for the past twenty years. Find him at

Jaycee JarvisJaycee Jarvis

Jaycee Jarvis was an avid romance and fantasy reader long before she became a writer. With four fantasy romance novels out in the world, Jaycee is delighted to write stories with a romantic  heart set against a magical backdrop, creating the kind of book she most likes to read.

Jaycee is proud to be a Golden Heart® finalist and gives back to the romance writing community as the president of the Golden Network chapter of RWA. When not lost in worlds of her own creation, she resides in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, three children and a menagerie of pets.

Beverly JenkinsBeverly Jenkins

Ms. Jenkins is the nation’s premier writer of African-American historical romance fiction and specializes in 19th century African American life. She’s the 2018 Michigan Library Association Author of the Year, a USA TODAY best-selling author, an NAACP Image Award nominee, and the 2017 recipient of Romance Writers of America’s Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award. She has over forty-nine published works, and been named to many Best Book of the Year lists, including NPR and the American Library Association. She speaks widely on romance, writing, and African-American history. Her books were recently optioned for film by Sony Pictures and Al Roker Entertainment.

Ines JohnsonInes Johnson

Lover of fairytales, folklore, and mythology, Ines Johnson spends her days reimagining the stories of old in a modern world. She writes books where damsels cause the distress, princesses wield swords, and moms save the world.

Kate JohnsonKate Johnson

Kate is a former editor who founded Zory, an interactive reading app, in 2020. A romance reader for over 20 years, an editor for seven, and a mom of two toddlers, she lives by the motto: HEAs all day, laundry all night.

Darynda JonesDarynda Jones

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Darynda Jones has won numerous awards for her work, including a prestigious RITA®, a Golden Heart®, and a Daphne du Maurier, and her books have been translated into17 languages. As a born storyteller, she grew up spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by. Darynda lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys.

Clarissa KaeClarissa Kae

Using her Animal & Veterinary Science degree, Clarissa breeds Australian Shepherds and Aussiedoodles for emotional and medical service. She is a collegiate equestrian and devotes countless hours to ending equine slaughter (saving 200+ horses with All Seated In A Barn Equine Rescue). 

Clarissa is the former president of her local California Writers Club after spending several years as the Critique Director and Conference Coordinator. She’s a former contributor for Equus and editor for Writer’s Digest. She’s the author of award winning Once And Future Wife and her Victorian fairy retellings, A Dark Beauty and Cinders Like Glass. She and her family live in the agriculture belly of California with a farm of horses, alpacas, dogs, and chickens.

Mary KarlikMary Karlik

 Mary Karlik combines her Texas roots with her Scottish heritage to write happily-ever-afters from Texas to Scotland. You can find her Texas roots in her indie published, contemporary Young Adult romance Hickville series. She is traditionally published in Young Adult Fantasy with her Fairy Trafficking series set in the magical world of Scotland. The audio version of Magic Heist, the second in the series, was nominated in 2019 for the One Voice Award for “Best Fiction Novel UK Voices Only.” Mary is an active member of RWA, where she serves on the Board of Directors. She formerly served on the board of the YARWA and the Dallas Area Romance Authors chapters and looks forward to raising a glass or two of gin and tonic with her fellow writers—whether virtual or in person—at RWA’s national convention.

Pascale KavanaghPascale Kavanagh

Pascale Kavanagh combines the unlikely pursuits of spiritual counseling, creativity coaching, and authoring steamy romance novels into a beautifully messy life. Her stories are smart and steamy, with a splash of suspense and a sprinkle of magic. She’s committed to the life-changing powers of true love and great orgasms.

David KudlerDavid Kudler

David Kudler is an author, publisher, and expert provider of design and editorial services to independent publishers. Through his company, Stillpoint Digital Press, he has published over a hundred titles by twenty authors — including himself. He has also served since 1999 as the managing editor of the Collected Works of Joseph Campbell, editing and overseeing the publication of books, ebooks, audiobooks, and audio and video recordings of the late mythologist’s lectures. He has been a featured blogger on since 2013. He is currently working on a series of books for independent and self-publishers on ebook creation, sales, and marketing called Ebooks for Indies.

Alisa KwitneyAlisa Kwitney

Alisa Kwitney is a former DC Comics staff editor and the author of numerous prose romantic women's fiction, YA and superhero novels and graphic novels. She is also the author of the non-fiction book, Sandman: The King of Dreams and co-host of the Endless, a  Sandman podcast.

Lynn LovegreenLynn Lovegreen

Lynn Lovegreen has lived in Alaska for over fifty years. After twenty years in the classroom, she retired to make more time for writing. Her young adult historical romance is set in Alaska, a great place for drama, romance, and independent characters. She is a member of two RWA chapters, currently serving as president of AKRWA and newsletter editor of YARWA. She has been a member and leader of several writing critique groups over the years. When not reading or writing, Lynn enjoys volunteering at her local library, spends way too much time watching PBS, and would gladly run off to Cornwall with the Poldarks.

Arwen Lynch-PoeArwen Lynch-Poe

Arwen Lynch-Poe, author, psychic medium, teacher, lives and loves in New Mexico. As the Professional Joy Seeker, she shows you how to find and follow your joy. She’s written nine novels with her writing partner, Cai Smith. Also under her belt are nine decks. Her tenth deck is Dan May’s Gentle Creatures.

M. MaloneM. Malone

M. Malone is a RITA® Award winner and a NYT & USA Today bestselling author of completely inappropriate romantic comedy. She spends most days wearing Wonder Woman leggings and T-shirts that she's embarrassed for anyone to see while she plays with her imaginary friends. She lives with her husband and their two sons in the picturesque mountains of Northern Virginia even though she is afraid of insects, birds, butterflies and other humans.

She also holds a master's degree in business from a prestigious college that would no doubt be scandalized at how she's using her expensive education.

Linda MercuryLinda Mercury

More than anything, Linda Mercury cares about compassion, connection, and intimacy. Prior to becoming a writer, she used to be a librarian, historian, and professional clown (but not all at once).

Her life’s work is to share what she knows about love, history, and passion with as many people as possible. Sometimes, her work looks like very sexy paranormal romance novels. Other times, it is blog posts on history, feminism, and intercultural understanding. Ultimately, all of her work is about coming together. Because life is way better when people tell each other the truth of who they are.

Lydia MichaelsLydia Michaels

Lydia Michaels is the award-winning and bestselling author of over forty novels, including the groundbreaking collection, Write 10K in a Day. She is the consecutive winner of the 2018 & 2019 Author of the Year Award from Happenings Media, as well as the recipient of the 2014 Best Author Award from the Courier Times. She has been featured in USA Today, Romantic Times Magazine, Love & Lace, and more. As the host and founder of the East Coast Author Convention and the Behind the Keys Author Retreat, Lydia Michaels plays a respected role in the book community. When she’s not working on her next novel, she is accepting speaking engagements and using her platform to advocate for positive author business practices and doing whatever she can to empower female entrepreneurs around the world.

Vanessa MillerVanessa Miller

Vanessa Miller is a bestselling author, with several books appearing on Essence Magazine's Bestseller's List. She has also been a Black Expressions Book Club Alternate pick and #1 on BCNN/BCBC Bestsellers' List. Vanessa has worked with numerous publishers: Urban Christian (Kensington), Kimani (Harlequin), Abingdon Press, and Whitaker House. She is currently working on Something Good with Thomas Nelson (HarperCollins), which releases in March 2022. Most of Vanessa's published novels depict characters that are lost and in need of redemption. The books have received countless favorable reviews: "Heartwarming, drama-packed and tender in just the right places" (Romantic Times Book Review) and "Recommended for readers of redemption stories" (Library Journal). Visit her online at; Twitter: @Vanessamiller01; Instagram: @authorvanessamiller; Facebook: @AuthorVanessamiller.

Hayley MillimanHayley Milliman

As Head of Education at ProWritingAid, Hayley focuses on building engaging, helpful learning content for the millions of users who rely on ProWritingAid to make their writing clear and effective. Hayley has a robust writing portfolio and has written for dozens of publications on topics related to education, marketing strategy, history, entrepreneurship, and more. She has also published several books related to writing and history, one of which hit the Amazon bestseller list.

Jode MillmanJodé Millman

In addition to being the award-winning author of The Midnight Call, Jodé has been an attorney for more than 40 years with practical experience in Intellectual Property Law. She is a contributing editor of “The Kaminstein Legislative History Project: A Compendium and Analytical Index of Materials Leading to the Copyright Act of l976," holds a Masters in English Literature specializing in Law and Literature, the author of the best-selling Broadway Guidebook “SEATS: NEW YORK,” a producer/host of the popular podcast, “Backstage with the Bardavon” and a book reviewer for To learn more about Jodé, check out her website at

Laina MolaskiLaina Molaski

Through all her career choices, Laina Molaski has continued to have a passion for writing stemming from childhood, where, as an only child, she developed a vivid imagination. She is proud of her vast experiences in life from barrel racing, to being on the dance team for a semi-pro basketball team, to being a mom of 2 amazing kids. She decided to follow her dream as an author in 2009 and has worked her way up to having 5 fans (maybe 6 now). She often tells her family and friends that no one is safe from his or her ventures slipping into her books. 

To find out more information about Laina and her books, check out her website at

Kate MooreKate Moore

How did I ever become a writer? I was not orphaned. I never had to work in a shoe-blacking factory or live in an isolated country vicarage. Other than the threat of atomic annihilation, my childhood was an agreeable one. I grew up in a lively extended family that crammed into station wagons, tents, boats, and cabins for adventures to woods and waters along the California coast, and magically on the island of Oahu. My people were storytellers, fascinated with history, news, and gossip; our house was full of books; and we were left to imagine and dream. In Jane Austen’s works I found the world I knew and began to write stories of falling in love standing up (mostly fully clothed) in the midst of family and friends. With help from RWA locally and nationally I learned the craft and business of writing both contemporary and historical, single title and series. I am a three-time RITA finalist; three-time Library Journal top pick in romance; and a winner of the Golden Heart, Book Buyers Best, and Readers Crown awards. I’ve just completed my twentieth romance, Saturday Santa, from Boroughs Publishing Group.


Camille Pagan Camille Pagán

Camille Pagán is the #1 Amazon Charts and Washington Post bestselling author of eight novels, and a certified coach who helps aspiring to established authors create even better careers. Connect with her at or

Roan ParrishRoan Parrish

Roan Parrish lives in Philadelphia, where she is gradually attempting to write love stories in every genre. When not writing, she can usually be found cutting her friends’ hair, meandering through whatever city she’s in while listening to torch songs and melodic death metal, or cooking overly elaborate meals. She loves bonfires, winter beaches, minor chord harmonies, and self-tattooing. One time she may or may not have baked a six-layer chocolate cake and then thrown it out the window in a fit of pique.

Shaila PatelShaila Patel

As an unabashed lover of all things happily-ever-after, Shaila Patel's younger self would finish reading her copy of Cinderella and chuck it across the room because it didn't mention what happened next. Now she writes from her home in the Carolinas and dreams up all sorts of stories with epilogues and Indian-American characters who look like her. Shaila is a pharmacist by training, a medical office manager by day, and a writer by night. She is the author of the multiple award-winning, #ownvoices, young adult paranormal romance trilogy called the Joining of Souls. She loves craft beer, tea, and reading in cozy window seats—but she'll read anywhere. You might find her sneaking in a few paragraphs at a red light or gushing about her favorite books online. Check her out at

Susan Elizabeth PhillipsSusan Elizabeth Phillips

SUSAN ELIZABETH PHILLIPS, a #1 New York Times bestselling author, is proud of having pioneered the sports romance with her 1989 novel Fancy Pants and her groundbreaking Chicago Stars series. With books published in more than 30 languages, she’s a favorite of readers all over the world. Her newest Chicago Stars novel is WHEN STARS COLLIDE.

Darlene ReilleyDarlene Reilley

Darlene Reilley is a nomadic writer traveling the world. When not writing, she loves coffee, hiking, photography and snorkeling. She is an authorpreneur, associate editor/journalist, photographer and workshop guru. Darlene is also one of the few people that can say she has a poem in space. Her goal is to write 100 books that entertain and inspire the future of humanity.

Darlene is happiest when her fingers are flying over the keyboard and she’s lost in words. In another world, she is an archaeologist traveling through the world in search of ancient relics. Her unique perspective and well-traveled boots can help you explore life from a new point of view.

A.M. RoarkA. M. Roark

An avid bibliophile, A.M. Roark wanted to be a Librarian when she grew up but life had other plans. One hubby, four kids, five dogs, one bunny, two hamsters, and five-no four fish later, she remains and avid reader and is FINALLY a published author!

A. M. Roark is the pen name for the romance fiction of author Alexis-Morgan Roark. She is currently working on stories in the Lavender Fields and Love & Riff series. She has more stories to share and characters for you to meet and is excited to have you join her!

You can get to know her on all major social media platforms @alexismroark. You have permission to remind her she should be writing instead of posting.

Lisa Brown RobertsLisa Brown Roberts

Award-winning romance author Lisa Brown Roberts still hasn’t recovered from the teenage catastrophes of tweezing off both eyebrows, accidentally attending prom with someone else’s boyfriend, and crashing her car into a tree while trying to impress a guy. Her novels The Bookworm Crush, The Replacement Crush (and more) feature adorkable teens navigating family, friendship, and first love, and have earned praise from Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, and the School Library Journal. Lisa loves to connect with readers, especially on Instagram.

Joanne RockJoanne Rock

Joanne Rock is a USA Today bestselling author and four-time RITA finalist. A veteran of series romance, she celebrated her 95th book for Harlequin in 2021 and has penned a variety of genres through other publishing outlets. A frequent speaker at regional and national writing conferences she enjoys giving back to the writing community that nurtured and inspired her early career. She has a master’s degree in literature from the University of Louisville and has taught writing, fiction, and film at college programs in KY, UT, and NY. Learn more about her work at

Penny SansevieriPenny C. Sansevieri

Penny C. Sansevieri, Founder and CEO of Author Marketing Experts, Inc., is a bestselling author and internationally recognized book marketing and media relations expert. She is an Adjunct Professor teaching Self-Publishing for NYU. She was named one of the top influencers of 2019 by New York Metropolitan Magazine.

Her company is one of the leaders in the publishing industry and has developed some of the most innovative Amazon visibility campaigns as well offering national media pitching, online book marketing, author events, and other strategies designed to build the author/book visibility.

To learn more about Penny’s books or her promotional services, visit

Elizabeth SchechterElizabeth Schechter

Elizabeth Schechter has been called one of the top erotica and alternative sexuality writers in the world. Her writing credits include the award-winning steampunk erotic romance House of Sable Locks, the Celtic fantasy Princes of Air, and 2021 VIVIAN finalist Written in Water, the first book of the Heir to the Firstborn serial.

She was born in New York at some point in the past. She is officially old enough to know better, but refuses to grow up. She lives in Central Florida with her husband and son.

Naima SimoneNaima Simone

Published since 2009, USA Today bestselling author Naima Simone loves writing sizzling romances with heart, a touch of humor and snark. Her books have been featured in The Washington Post and Entertainment Weekly, and described as balancing “crackling, electric love scenes with exquisitely rendered characters caught in emotional turmoil.”

She is wife to Superman, or his non-Kryptonian, less bullet proof equivalent, and mother to the most awesome kids ever. They all live in perfect, sometimes domestically-challenged bliss in the southern United States.

Sierra SimoneSierra Simone

Sierra Simone is a USA Today and Wall Street Journal best-selling former librarian (who spent too much time reading romance novels at the information desk). Her notable works include Priest, American Queen, and Misadventures of a Curvy Girl, and her books have been featured in Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Entertainment Weekly, and Buzzfeed. She lives with her husband and family in Kansas City.

Morena StammMorena Stamm

Morena is an editor for The Wild Rose Press who specializes in editing steamy romance books (The hotter the better!).

Philip William StoverPhilip William Stover

Philip William Stover splits his time between Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and New York City. He has an MPS in Interactive Telecommunications and an MFA in writing. He is a clinical professor at New York University. As a freelance journalist, his essays and reviews have appeared in Newsday, The Forward, the Tony Awards, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Houston Chronicle, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and other national publications. For many years he ghosted with an international best-selling women’s fiction author. He has published multiple middle-grade novels for Simon & Schuster and was the American Theater critic for 

Kathleen SweeneyKathleen Sweeney

Kathleen Sweeney is the Manager of Marketing and Customer Service at Book Brush. She has over nineteen years of marketing experience and has shared her love of Book Brush with over 100 author groups. She lives in central Illinois with her husband, three busy boys, and two handsome cats. Her hobbies include eating tacos and turning socks right side out.

Carol Van Den HendeCarol Van Den Hende

Carol Van Den Hende is the award-winning author of Goodbye, Orchid, a public speaker, and MBA with 20+ years’ experience in marketing, strategy and insights. Plus, she works in chocolate (there’s no ‘sweeter’ job!) Carol is passionate about simplifying marketing concepts into actionable steps that authors need for publishing success. She’s keynoted and presented at conferences like Writer’s Digest, NJ-SCBWI, NJRW, Rutgers Writers’ Conference, Sisters-in-Crime and Women Who Write. Attendees have said “Carol is a clear, articulate, organized speaker who is both an expert and excellent presenter,” “you can feel the love and passion for what you do as much as how knowledgeable you are. I walked away confirming I was on the right path and excited to apply all you have shared and inspired. Thank you so much!” “wish it was all day. Can never get enough of you,” “You inspire me and fire me up every time. I can’t wait to market my book and my why!” Please connect with Carol at

Eve VaughnEve Vaughn

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Eve Vaughn has always enjoyed creating characters and stories from an early age. As a child, she was always getting into mischief, so when she lost her television privileges (which was often), writing served as her outlet. Her stories have gotten quite a bit spicier since then! When she’s not writing or spending time with her family, Eve is reading, baking, traveling, or kicking butt in ‘80s trivia. She loves hearing from her readers.

Maisey YatesMaisey Yates

Maisey Yates is a New York Times bestselling author of over one hundred romance novels. Whether she’s writing strong, hard working cowboys, dissolute princes or multigenerational family stories, she loves getting lost in fictional worlds. An avid knitter with a dangerous yarn addiction and an aversion to housework, Maisey lives with her husband and three kids in rural Oregon.

Rebecca YorkRebecca York

A New York Times and USA Today Best-Selling Author, REBECCA YORK is a 2011 recipient of the Romance Writers of America Centennial Award. Her career has focused on romantic suspense, often with paranormal elements. She has written for Harlequin, Berkley, Dell, Carina and others. Currently she writes the Decorah Security Series and the Off World Series for Light Street Press and also writes paranormal romantic suspense for Changeling Press.

Her many awards include two RITA finalist books and two Career Achievement awards from Romantic Times. Many of her novels have been nominated for or won RT Reviewers Choice awards. In addition, she has won a Prism Award, several New Jersey Romance Writers Golden Leaf awards and numerous others.