Romance

This genre will be covered in February, 2013. Do you love Romance; do you write or read it? Let me hear from you.

Authors who Write Romance:

Lena Nelson Dooley

Award-winning author, Lena Nelson Dooley, has more than 700,000 books in print.

Helping other authors become published really floats her boat, with over 20 signing their first book contract after her mentoring. Three of her books have been awarded the Carol Award silver pins, and she has received the ACFW Mentor of the Year award. The high point of her day is receiving feedback from her readers, especially people whose lives have been changed by her books.

Her 2010 release Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico, won the 2011 Will Rogers Medallion Award for excellence in publishing Western Fiction. Maggie’s Journey appeared on a reviewers Top Ten Books of 2011 list. It also won the 2012 Selah award for Historical Novel. Mary’s Blessing released in May 2012. Catherine’s Pursuit is coming in February 2013.

In addition to her writing, Lena is a frequent speaker at women’s groups, writers groups, and at both regional and national conferences. She has spoken in six states and internationally. She is also one of the co-hosts of the Gate Beautiful blog radio show.

“A heartwarming tale filled with history, adventure, faith, and love.” –Lisa Wingate, bestselling and award-winning author of Dandelion Summer and Firefly Island

The search for her sisters will become a spiritual journey for the entire family.

Raised by her father, Catherine McKenna has never lacked for anything, surrounded by people to take care of her every need. On her eighteenth birthday she discovers that not only did her mother die when she was born, but she has two identical sisters. Although her father vowed not to look for his daughters, Catherine made no such promise. Setting out on her own with one clue and her maid in tow, she’s determined to find her sisters.

Collin Elliott has seen better days. After losing his ship to a violent and unexpected storm, he is trying to recover–physically and emotionally. When Angus McKenna sends him to find, follow, and protect his daughter, he wants nothing more than to finish his task and return home. Can he help her find her sisters?

And will the discoveries they make along the way teach them both what’s most important in life?

Lena’s Website: www.lenanelsondooley.com

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JoAnn Durgin

JoAnn lives with her husband, Jim, and their three children in southern Indiana and works as a full-time estate administration paralegal in Louisville, Kentucky. After penning a few full-length manuscripts as a stay-at-home mom a number of years ago, she set them aside to raise her children, a decision she feels the Lord honored. The last novel she wrote (in two weeks), Awakening, because her debut novel in 2010. JoAnn is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers and the Louisville Christian Writers. She’d love to hear from you via her website at www.joanndurgin.com or her Author JoAnn  Durgin page on Facebook.

Daydreams released in late 2012 and is the fourth published novel in JoAnn’s Lewis Legacy Series, following Awakening, Second Time Around and Twin Hearts (Torn Veil Books). Meet Under the Mistletoe (Pelican Book Group/White Rose Publishers) also released in late 2012 as well as Please, a short fiction piece in the I Choose You romance anthology (Oak Tara Publishers). All books available from all major online book retailers.

Website: http://joanndurgin.com/

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Bonnie Blythe

My writing career begins where most writing originates–from a love of reading. I was an avid reader all through life, and after marriage and children, reading was my escape. Soon after, I got the crazy idea that I could write a book. I spent the next fifteen years poring over how-to books, studying my favorite authors, and hammering out pitiful manuscripts, one after the other. Then I met some writerly friends. I joined a critique group and a few writing organizations. From there I began to attend national conferences, and met with agents and editors to pitch my story ideas. After I landed an agent, I thought I’d arrived. So silly. Where’s the story in that? My agent shopped my manuscripts to the handful of publishers who accepted contemporary romance–until there were no publishers left.My family experienced some transitions–one of which was moving from the West Coast to the Southeast. During that time, I was too busy to write, and too discouraged to think I could make it after so many rejections. So I released my agent from our contract and ignored the muse for two years. After settling in our new home and making friends, the muse began to whisper once again. I slowly began to jot down the ideas forming in my mind, and wrote a few more books. Then I heard about indie publishing. I knew about online publishers, but this was something different. I heard about Smashwords and Amazon KDP. So I thought, why not? Since that time I have sold thousands of e-books and received so many encouraging notes from readers–which makes the discouragement and frustration evaporate. Now I get to write and people read my books. That’s what I call a happy ending.

Except it’s not quite an ending. There are still too many books left to write. My latest endeavor is a three book series entitled Cascade Brides: Three Novels of Faith, Hope, and Charity. Faith, Hope, and Charity are the local names of the three peaks of the Sisters Mountains in the Cascade Range. The series is about three estranged siblings, each in far-flung reaches of Oregon, and how the men they meet bring them back in contact with each other at the foot of the Cascades.

Bonnie’s Website: www.bonnieblythe.com

Blog: www.bonnieblythespureromance.blogspot.com

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K. Dawn Byrd

Website: http://www.kdawnbyrd.blogspot.com

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