RITA Award® winning author and Christy finalist Shelley Adina wrote her first novel when she was 13. It was rejected by the literary publisher to whom she sent it, but he did say she knew how to tell a story. That was enough to keep her going through the rest of her adolescence, a career, a move to another country, an M.F.A. in Writing Popular Fiction, and countless manuscript pages. Along with her bestselling steampunk series written as Shelley Adina, she writes women’s fiction set in Amish country under the name Adina Senft. Between books, she loves playing the piano and Celtic harp, making period costumes, and spoiling her flock of rescued chickens.
Reggi is an author of romantic suspense and contemporary romance novels. She likes nothing better than telling tales of love lost and then found or stories of heroes and heroines who discover love and then wonder if they’ll live long enough to enjoy it. She studied screenwriting and creative writing at University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and is a past chapter president of Romance Writers of America and is a current RWA member. She’s married and has two kids and two dogs. She is happy to hear from her readers.
Pat is a writer of romance and mystery who lives in Victoria and works for the local hospital. For as long as she can remember she has loved stories. First reading them and then making them up. Sometimes that got her into trouble when she was younger but that’s another story! She studied journalism in college but got side-tracked raising a family and working a variety of other jobs to pay the bills. Writing fell by the way-side. The years went by and one day she decided to check out a local writer’s group. There was a workshop with an exercise. Write something that had the hero and heroine meeting within the first page. Maybe there could even be a kiss! She decided, why stop there, let’s put the heroine on top of the bar! Many revisions later, the result was Lost In Vegas! She went on to create the Death by Chocolate mystery series, set in Victoria and available on Amazon. These books became best sellers on Amazon.com, and she is currently working on the fourth in the series, Soul Mates. She is also working on a fast paced romantic suspense/thriller novel set in the Pacific Northwest and China.
Mimi is an incredibly busy New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who has five series to her credit: The Vicarage Bench Series– Spirit/time -travel tales that have a surprising twist ; The Angels with Attitude Series –Angels Love Romance ; The Elvis Series–Make an Elvis song a book; Vegas Series–six books full of romantic suspense, humor and gritty conflicts, and…the fast-paced, edgy, humorous, romantic suspense Undercover FBI series. Mimi lives on the east coast of Vancouver Island with her husband and writes her various romances with tongue-in-cheek and a mad glint in her eye. She’s been known to say: “If I can steal a book lover’s attention away from their everyday grind, absorb them into a fantasy love story, and make them care about the ending, then I’ve done my job.”
Marion Ann Berry was born and raised in Nova Scotia, but one summer she ventured to Alberta to work for a luxury hotel in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. That first summer sparked the love of hospitality within Marion Ann. Through her experiences, her first memoir about the hotel world emerged. She continues to welcome visitors from all over the world at a hotel she calls home.
Jacquie Biggar is a USA Today bestselling author of romantic suspense who loves to write about tough, alpha males and strong, contemporary women willing to show their men that true power comes from love. She is the author of the popular Wounded Hearts series and has a new series in paranormal suspense, Mended Souls. She has been blessed with a long, happy marriage and enjoys writing romance novels that end with happily-ever-afters. Jacquie lives in paradise along the west coast of Canada with her family and loves reading, writing, and flower gardening. She swears she can’t function without coffee, preferably at the beach with her sweetheart. 🙂
A free range child, Maggie Bolitho grew up on an island in Canada’s Pacific Northwest. She spent her formative years constructing alternative universes, flying under the radar, and wishing for 20/20 vision. She set out to see the world shortly after her 17th birthday. Eventually she met and fell in love with a wild colonial boy. After five years of futile resistance, she moved to Melbourne, Australia and married him. In 2007, Maggie and her husband made Canada their permanent home. They now live in a leafy suburb on the island where Maggie grew up. Most of the time they are perfectly happy there although sometimes they long for the sunburnt country. While living Down Under, she started writing fiction. Some of her adult short stories appear in different anthologies in the US, Canada, and Australia. She has had poetry published in Quills Canadian Poetry magazine. Her debut novel Lockdown (YA) was published in 2014 by Great Plains Teen Fiction (Winnipeg, Canada). Outback Promise was released by HarperCollins Australia in November 2015.
Reports of Jo-Ann Carson’s death on a Gulf Island are greatly exaggerated or, at the very least, premature. The eclectic crew of ghosts that haunt her head spill onto the page in two series: The Gambling Ghosts and The Ghost & Abby Mysteries. A Viking with existential issues, a broken-hearted Highlander, a Casanova man-witch and a Pirate with a secret are just a few of the males her strong heroines encounter in tales of fantasy adventure and romance. A firm believer in the magic of our everyday lives, Jo-Ann loves watching sunrises, walking beaches near her home in the Pacific Northwest and reading by the fire. You can visit her on social media.
Sarah Castille is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Redemption Series, Sinner’s Tribe Motorcycle Club series, Legal Heat series and the Club Excelsior series. A recovering lawyer with a fondness for dirty-talking alpha males, she now is a full-time writer, who lives on Vancouver Island.
Born and raised on the West Coast of Canada and married to her high school sweetheart, with a spirited toddler and a fluffy dog. Whitley spends her days making food that gets thrown on the floor, vacuuming Cheerios out from under the couch and making sure that the dog food doesn’t end up in the air conditioner. But when nap time comes and it’s not quite wine o’clock, Whitley sits down, avoids the pile of laundry on the couch, and writes. A lover of all things decadent: wine, cheese, chocolate and spicy erotic romance, Whitley brings the humorous side of sex, the ridiculous side of relationships and the suspense of every day life into her stories. With mommy wars, body issues, threesomes and role playing, these books have everything we need to satisfy the curious kink in all of us.
Multi-published author Bonnie Edwards lives with her husband and pets on the rainy coast of British Columbia. She believes life should be lived with joy and humour. You can find that humour and joy in her earthy, irreverent, love stories. Sometimes her stories have a paranormal twist, likes curses and ghosts, other times not. But they’re always entertaining and guarantee a happy ending. With three ongoing romance series (steamy paranormal, sexy contemporary and heartwarming Christmas) and contemporary family novels, she rarely spends a day without writing. She has written novels, novellas and short stories for Kensington Books, Harlequin Books, Carina Press, and Robinson (UK) although now she publishes her work herself.
For more info and sample chapters: www.BonnieEdwards.com
After years of bouncing back and forth across Canada, Jodie Esch finally chose Vancouver Island as her home. She lives in the country where she indulges in her passions of reading novels and studying recipe books. Her only reason to head to the city is to meet with friends or to find the perfect latte. She’s the proud author of The Girlfriends Series (Young Adult) and her romance series The Coopers. Her focus is on creating heroines who tackle life’s challenges, with a sense of humor and a touch of the mystical.
International bestselling author Susan Fox, who also writes as Savanna Fox and Susan Lyons, “knows what women want in a contemporary romance” (Publishers Weekly). She’s multi-published in short stories, novellas, and novels. Her books have won numerous awards and have been translated into French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, and German. Many are available as audio books. Most of her work is set in British Columbia, including her Caribou Crossing Romances and her new Blue Moon Harbor series, both published by Kensington Zebra. Susan is a Pacific Northwester with homes in Victoria and Vancouver, British Columbia. She has degrees in law and psychology, and has had a variety of careers, including perennial student, computer consultant, and legal editor. Fiction writer is by far her favourite, giving her an outlet to demonstrate her belief in the power of love, friendship, and a sense of humor.
An English grad, a biochemistry alum, and a paleontologist walk into a bar… And, no joke, two hours later, they’ve sketched a town and a far-flung family of cousins who inherit the local chocolate shop and its swashbuckling pirate ghost. Then they invited another writer to join the crew and she brought a parrot!
Rachel Goldsworthy is the biochem grad, although her day job is creating applied communications for a research centre at the University of Victoria. She believes in living her values, which means cycling to work and constantly researching new chocolate recipes so her stories are authentic. Also she is vastly entertained by putting words in the mouth of that talking parrot.
With the other Corsettes (see above) she writes fun, feminist fiction set in the delightful community of Corsair’s Cove.
Vanessa Grant is the author of over thirty-five novels, with over 10 million books sold worldwide.
Vanessa began her literary career writing the column “A Letter From Lucy Island Lighthouse” for a small northern British Columbia newspaper. She later worked as a contributing editor for Sea Talk magazine and free lance commentator for CBC Radio Canada. Her first novel was published in 1985 and she went on to write over thirty more romance novels as Vanessa Grant (several while living on a sailboat in Mexico for two years) and three dark thrillers under the pseudonym Val Cameron. Vanessa’s books have been translated into 15 languages with over 10 million copies of her books sold worldwide. Her non-fiction Writing Romance won the Under the Covers literary award and was described in a National Writer’s Monthly review as “by far the best writing book I have ever read.” Vanessa has presented storytelling workshops for writers’ groups in Canada, the USA, Australia and New Zealand, and is currently developing multimedia courses for writers through her StorytellerAcademy.ca. She lives with her husband Brian and their Siberian Husky Winter on British Columbia’s beautiful Vancouver Island.
Sylvie Grayson loves to write about suspense, romance and attempted murder, in both contemporary and science fiction/fantasy and has published romantic suspense novels, Suspended Animation, Legal Obstruction, and The Lies He Told Me, all about strong women who meet with dangerous odds, stories of tension and attraction. She has also written The Last War series, a romantic sci fi/fantasy, the first of which was released in June 2015. She has lived most of her life in British Columbia, Canada, in spots ranging from Vancouver Island on the west coast to the North Peace River country and the Kootenays in the beautiful interior. She spent a one year sojourn in Tokyo, Japan. She has worked as an English language instructor, a nightclub manager, an auto shop bookkeeper and a lawyer. She lives in southern British Columbia with her husband on a small piece of land near the Pacific Ocean that they call home, when she’s not travelling the world looking for adventure.
Kay Gregory grew up in England before moving to Victoria, B.C. with her parents. There she met her husband in the unromantic setting of a dog club banquet. They were married a year later and moved to Winnipeg and then to Thunder Bay, eventually settling in Vancouver where they raised two sons and an assortment of dogs, hamsters, gerbils rats and ferrets. Over the years Kay has had more jobs than she can count – everything from removing the roe from dead herring to packaging paper bags, running a health food bar and working in a variety of offices – all experiences that provided invaluable background for her books. In 1987 a kind publisher pointed out that the suspense novel she had submitted to them was actually a romance. This led to the publication of her first book, A Star for a Ring. Since then Kay has written over 40 novels, novellas and short stories for a variety of publishers. She is currently concentrating on e-publishing some of her backlist. Her most recent book is A Woman of Impulse, the sequel to A Woman of Experience.
Ardelle Holden is an award-winning writer and artist. She has written for her hometown paper as a columnist and feature article writer, and her photographs and a drawing have won awards in the last four consecutive years at the Society of the Arts Annual Show in Ajijic, Jalisco.
She has had a wealth of life experiences over a dozen careers to fuel her writing in several genres. She is presently working on a sequel to A Person of Interest, an historical fiction, a series of children’s books under the umbrella of Grandmother’s Charms and a series of short stories about her life in the bush and other wild adventures. These may appear on her blog before compilation.
She and Patrick raised two children working together in aviation, mining exploration, and in the wild rice lakes of northern Manitoba.
Ardelle is pursuing her diverse artistic passions in retirement in Nanaimo, BC and Ajijic, Mexico.
CJ Hunt is a passionate reader and writer of romance. She writes kissing books set in the small town of Rivers End—some with a touch of Magic and Intrigue! While her body is living happily-ever-after with her lovely game designer of a husband in Vancouver, BC, her mind spends most of its time with her invisible friends in the fictional Vancouver Island town of Rivers End. CJ can often be found sipping some sort of handcrafted cocktail while contemplating how to complicate everyone’s lives just enough that when they get their happy endings, you really feel like they’ve earned it. CJ has one grown-up daughter, a gigantic family and a passion for gaming that intersects with writing in all kinds of interesting ways. She firmly believes that writing is more fun with friends, and in addition to being a member of VIRA she is the current President of the Greater Vancouver Writers’ Association: Romance and Beyond, a co-founder of The Creative Academy, and sits on the board of directors for the Surrey International Writers’ Conference. Visit CJ and Rivers End online at www.cjhuntromance.com.
I was born in the magical city of Prague, in the Czech Republic, once known as the Paris of central Europe. I love old architecture, opera, classical music and vintage clothing. Perhaps latent memories of my early childhood are responsible. I have a degree in history and enjoy ferreting out obscure details of the lives of men and women who lived in centuries past. Writing about the Regency is my form of time-travel.
As a child, I told stories, not the ones that got me into trouble, but epic sagas meant to pass the time on road trips or doing chores. I thrived on building imaginary worlds and creating crazy characters.
Now I write romantic fiction, fantasy, and the occasional magazine article. Life is full of possibilities. It’s hard not to write about What if’s when every one of them holds the potential for adventure.
I’m a free-lance writer living on the west coast of British Columbia. When I’m not tied to my laptop, I’m out exploring what BC has to offer. Currently, I’m working on 2’s—book two of the Landings series and the sequel to A Trail of Embers.
Feel free to check out my blog. Send me a note and let me know what you think.
A love for Jane Austen’s novels and Regency and Austenesque romance novels inspired Suzan Lauder to write her own variations, which led her to a passion for Regency era history and costuming. She cherishes the many friends she’s made as a result of these interests. Suzan is a member of JASNA, VIRA, RWA (PAN and Beau Monde chapters), and is a registered professional engineer. She enjoys independent travel, design, Pilates, yoga, cycling, sustainability, upcycling, architecture, beta editing, and blogging. Most of the time, a Vancouver Island penthouse loft condominium with a view of the Salish Sea is home. For a few months each winter, Mr. Suze and their two rescue cats accompany her to their tiny Spanish colonial casita in Centro Historico of a port city in Mexico. All of Lauder’s published fiction is based on Pride and Prejudice and is available from Meryton Press.
Kathleen’s earliest memories are of wanting to be a writer. To create stories that would touch the lives of others who love to read the way she does. “I’m working on my 20th novel, and it’s amazing to see the changes in traditional publishing, including ebooks and the opportunities writers have to interact with their readers.” She enjoys pushing the boundaries of traditional romance into erotic romance, romantic suspense, women’s fiction and stories for young adults. She also knows about happy endings. “Can you believe I wrote A Hard Man to Love with a hero named Steele, years before I met my own hero named Steel? He’s far and away the most romantic man I’ve ever known.” Her books have garnered rave reviews and numerous awards including Romantic Times’ K.I.S.S., a Scarlett Letter, and a Golden Quill.
S.M. McEachern/Susan McEachern
S.M. McEachern/Susan McEachern is originally from Nova Scotia, where she attended Dalhousie University and earned an honors degree in Sustainable Development with a focus on oceans. Now a writer, traveller, and Air Force wife, Susan moves around too much to say she’s from any one place. She is a member of the published author’s network of the Romance Writers of America (RWA PAN) and Novelists Inc. (Ninc). Under the pen name S.M. McEachern, her young adult dystopian trilogy, Sunset Rising, won the 2015 Readers Favorite Gold Medal Award. Her newest release, Shag Lake, is Susan McEachern’s debut new adult sci-fi adventure.
Fall in love with a new Old West… where the men are steadfast and the women are adventurous. You’ll find Wild West scouts, spies, cardsharps, wilderness guides, and trick-riding superstars in my stories. Those are my heroines. Wait till you meet my heroes! My love for historical romance adventures with grit and passion came from watching Western movies while growing up on a cattle farm in northern Alberta. I’ve studied to be a paleontologist, computer programmer, and animator and worked in two of those fields. After three nominations and one win of the RWA® Golden Heart® award, I turned my attention to writing where the best reward is hearing from readers who enjoy my stories.
Yvonne Rediger was born in Saskatchewan, lived and worked in northern Manitoba, Alberta, New Brunswick, Saskatchewan and for the last ten years on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Yvonne has been writing since she was in her teens. Her favourite genres are urban fantasy, paranormal, science fiction, and mysteries, each with a bit of humour and romance. She is married to her scuba diving buddy, who is also her sailboat captain. She has two children and is owned by one Siamese cat. Yvonne is a top 55 finalist in Harper Collins / Harlequin’s 2015 So You Think You Can Write (SYTYCW). Her first novel, The Shape of Us, VIC Shapeshifter Book 1, was released in March of 2016. The second novel in the VIC Shapeshifters series, Hell Cat was released in June of 2016. Nominated for the Ethel Wilson Award for Fiction. Diving in Heart First, set in Utila, Honduras, was released in 2017. They are available in ebook on all platforms as well as in print at bookstores and online.
Alice writes under only one name, but she can’t seem to settle on a genre. She loves her western historical romances, originally published by Kensington Books, but her first book was a contemporary romance, still available at Montlake. Her short stories wander all over the place, but she’s very fond of them too. But whatever time period Alice explores, her stories are rich in language, tug at the heartstrings, and celebrate the power of love.
Once upon a time, Shereen read fantasy and romance novels to entertain herself. Now she writes heartwarming tales braided with threads of magic and love, and mystery elements woven in for good measure. She’s a fan of resourceful women, intriguing men, and happily ever after endings. If her stories whisk you away to a different realm for a few hours, then Shereen will have achieved one of her life goals.
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