Welcome to my Author Showcase! From sweet romance to sultry love affairs, you’ll find here a list of romance authors who have influenced me in some way. Make a point to visit their websites and check out their books. If you are an author and would like to be featured here, please send me a message through my contact page to discuss!
- Laurel O’Donnell
2. Melinda Valentine
Melinda Valentine is a shower singing superstar, an avid reader, and believes music and chocolate can soothe the soul. She has three wickedly entertaining kids and is a PRO member of RWA (Romance Writers of America) as well as a member of the Maryland Romance Writers. She is an author with Limitless Publishing and Soulmate Publishing. Check out her website and books by clicking here.
3. Eve Edwards
Eve Edwards is the pen name of Julia Golding, a multi-award winning writer for children and young adults. Former British diplomat and Oxfam policy adviser, she has now published over thirty books in genres ranging from historical adventure to fantasy. Read carefully and you’ll spot all sorts of material from her diplomatic and Oxfam careers popping up in unexpected places. She has a doctorate in English literature from Oxford. Studying for this prompted her to write her first novel, ‘The Diamond of Drury Lane.‘
*As a reader, I fell in love with Edward’s stories The other Countess, and The Queen’s Lady, images featured above. Find out more about her spectrum of books on her website here.
4. Rebecca Rivard
Bestselling, award-winning author Catherine Kean’s love of history began with visits to England during summer vacations, when she was in her early teens. Her British father took her to crumbling medieval castles, dusty museums filled with fascinating artifacts, and historic churches, and her love of the awe-inspiring past stuck with her as she completed a B.A. (Double Major, First Class) in English and History. She went on to complete a year-long Post Graduate course with Sotheby’s auctioneers in London, England, and worked for several years in Canada as an antiques and fine art appraiser.
After she married a tall, handsome, and charming Brit and moved to Florida, she started writing novels, her lifelong dream. She wrote her first medieval romance, A Knight’s Vengeance, while her baby daughter was napping. Catherine’s books were originally published in paperback and several were translated into Czech, German, and Thai foreign editions. She has won numerous awards for her stories, including the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. Her novels also finaled in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards and the National Readers’ Choice Awards.
When not working on her next book, Catherine enjoys cooking, baking, browsing antique shops, shopping with her daughter, and gardening. She lives in Florida with her husband, daughter, and two spoiled rescue cats. Visit her website here, and follow her on Facebook and Goodreads.
6. Ingrid Hahn
Ingrid Hahn is a failed administrative assistant with a B.A. in Art History. Her love of reading has turned her mortgage payment into a book storage fee, which makes her the friend who you never want to ask you for help moving. Though originally from Seattle, she now lives in the metropolitan DC area with her ship-nerd husband, small son, and four opinionated cats. When she’s not reading or writing, she loves knitting, theater, nature walks, travel, history, and is a hopelessly devoted fan of Jane Austen. She’d love to connect with her readers! Find her on Twitter as @Ingrid_Writer, on Instagram as ingrid_hahn, and on Facebook here.
7. Lori Ann Bailey
Lori Ann Bailey writes hunky highland heroes and strong-willed independent lasses finding their perfect matches in the Highlands of 17th century Scotland. Writing about the people and places playing in her head helps her live out her dreams and delve into her love of history and romance. She lives in Northern Virginia with her real life hero, four kids that keep her on her toes, two dogs determined to destroy her house and two cats secretly plotting the demise of those dogs.
Her debut novel, Highland Deception, was released August 2016 with Entangled Publishing. She can be found here on Facebook, and look for her on Instagram. Visit Lori Ann Bailey’s website to learn more about Highland Deception as well as her upcoming releases.
8. Sally Walker Brinkman
Sally Walker Brinkmann was born in Washington, D.C. She attended George Washington University and graduated from Shepherd College with a BA in English. She worked eight years as writer and editor of “The Sandpiper”, an employee newspaper of U.S. Silica Corporation, a mining operation in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia. She also taught English and Special Education in West Virginia for seventeen years. Several of her shorter stories have been published in local anthologies. Four of her plays have been produced by the Morgan Arts Council Theater Project. She has won awards in the West Virginia Writers’ annual competitions for both drama and fiction.
Her first novel, Rebel Traveler, a time travel fantasy set in Morgan County during the Civil War and in 2010, was published by Borgo Press in 2013. An Anthology of her shorter works, Wicked Women and other Stories, all set in this area of modern day West Virginia, was published by Wildside Press in 2014. Her second novel, Between River and Mountain, a Civil War story set in Morgan County, was published by Wildside Press in 2015. Find Sally on Facebook here!
9. Cathy Skendrovich
Cathy Skendrovich has always loved a good story, and spent her formative years scribbling what is now called Fan Fiction. The current heartthrob of the time featured heavily in all her stories. Unfortunately, once she went to college, her writing took the form of term papers, written on typewriters instead of computer keyboards. Upon graduation, Cathy took a job as an English teacher in a middle school. Along the way, she married her husband of now thirty-two years, had two sons, and moved to southern Orange County, California to work in their school system.
Now she has returned to writing. Prisoner of Love is her first published novel, followed closely by The Pirate’s Bride. A sequel to The Pirate’s Bride, as well as another contemporary romantic suspense are in the works. She likes writing romance because she feels it’s lacking in today’s technological world. While she enjoys writing contemporary stories, creating romance in bygone times fascinates her. She hopes her ability to write in both genres will be the beginning of a long and satisfying writing career.