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 SHARON BUCHBINDER

Sharon Buchbinder has been writing fiction since middle school and has the rejection slips to prove it. An RN, she provided health care delivery, became a researcher, association executive, and obtained a PhD in Public Health. She is the author of the Hotel LaBelle Series, the Jinni Hunter Series, and the Obsession Series. When not attempting to make students and colleagues laugh or writing, she can be found fishing, walking her dogs, herding cats, or breaking bread and laughing with family and friends in Baltimore, MD and Punta Gorda, Florida.

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JAX CASSIDY

USA Today Bestselling Author Jax Cassidy followed her dreams to Paris, then Hollywood to pursue a film career but managed to fall in love with penning sexy romances and happy endings. When she’s not in the writing cave, she focuses all her energies on healing the world as a spiritual medium. Jax also carves time for mixed media projects and modern calligraphy. She is often spotted at the local café getting her coffee fix, or indulging in wine with close friends. She is Co-Founder of Romance Divas, an award winning writer’s website and discussion forum. Jax is represented by Roberta Brown of the Brown Literary Agency.

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CANDACE COLT

Candace writes contemporary paranormal romance. Her rich experiences working in health care, teaching, and directing a college campus library gave her enough story ideas for a lifetime.

Like so many avid readers, Candace points to a special person, a loving aunt, who started her love affair with books. For most of her childhood Christmases and birthdays, an overjoyed Candace received a brown paper package (yes, tied up with string!). Inside, books. Wonderful, fabulous, charming books.

Aunt Cora’s thoughtfulness launched Candace on a lifelong journey of voracious reading—fiction and non-fiction. It propelled her inquisitive mind through several college degrees. 

And now Candace pays it forward as a storyteller.

When she’s not writing, editing, or reading, she loves line dancing, Tai Chi, yoga, rock painting, and leather work. With her husband of forty-six years, she lives the good life in a small town on the west coast of Florida.      

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DARCY DEVLON

If you ask Darcy where she’s from, she’ll tell you Texas despite living in Florida the last 18 years. She still insists on saying “y’all” and “yee-haw.” Ever since Darcy encountered her first romance novel, her first love has been books. What’s better than intimacy and passion, fights and make-up sessions? And she whole-heartedly believes in the power of love, no matter what kind of love it may be. Growing up Darcy wanted to be a police officer and has great respect for those brave enough to fill those difficult shoes. When she became a single mom at a young age her dream evolved into her writing. Now, she loves to write suspense and mystery with as much law enforcement in her stories as possible.

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MIA ELLAS

Urban fantasy and paranormal romance author Mia Ellas was always accused of living in her own world so she decided to put it to paper. She loves things that go bump in the night so she decided to share her love with her readers.

She resides in Florida with her husband and girls. When she isn’t writing she’s enjoying the beach, taking cardio kickboxing, or practicing martial arts.

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KERRY EVELYN

Kerry has had the pleasure of being owned by ten cats over her lifetime. Linus, Tonto, Abigail, Whiskey, Midnight, Duchess, Batman, Shadow, Dave, and Buster and their love and antics shall forever live on in print. When she’s not writing, she’s teaching, reading, drinking sweet drinks, and taking selfies with everything and everyone. She’s a mentor, presenter, part-time homeschool mom, cheer mom, and prayer warrior. Life goals include more date nights, building her dream library within her dream castle, a happy home for every child, getting her husband to dress dapperly (occasionally, for research purposes, of course), and peace on earth. She is the author of the Crane’s Cove series, sweet and inspiring romance set in Coastal Maine. 

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LYNDA HAVILAND

Lynda Haviland is a USA Today Bestselling Author of paranormal romance and fantasy. Magic features in everything she writes, from ancient Egyptian immortals to matchmaking ghosts to demon-possessed fae. She is easily bribed with hazelnut coffee, caramel, or a bottle of Pinot Noir. With a very serious addiction to fiction, she can also be talked into getting lazy on the couch and binge watching movies on Netflix. She calls it “research.”

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KRISTAL HOLLIS

Kristal Hollis grew up in a rural, South Florida community sandwiched between cane fields, orange groves, and a big lake. Her books showcase small towns, family drama, bad guys who get their comeuppance and an emotionally satisfying romance for the main characters.

A past Florida PRIDE winner, Beacon winner, Touch of Magic finalist and RWA Golden Heart® finalist, Kristal spends her free time watching Netflix with her husband, doling out mad love to their two rescued fur-babies, and chasing dust bunnies with the sweeper. Admittedly, she is living her happily-ever-after in a little suburban castle at the edge of the dark, enchanted forest that inspires her stories.

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DEBRA JESS

A Connecticut Yankee transplanted to Central Florida, Debra Jess writes science fiction, romance, urban fantasy, and superheroes. She began writing in 2006, combining her love of fairy tales and Star Wars to craft original stories of ordinary people in extraordinary adventures and fantastical creatures in out-of-this world escapades.

Her first published novel, Blood Surfer, has won the National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award for Best Paranormal and Futuristic. Her follow-up novella, A Secret Rose, has won the Maggie Award & Golden Leaf Award for Best Novella. Her short stories have appeared in Heart’s Kiss Magazine as well as the Fragments of Darkness horror anthology.

Debra is a graduate of Viable Paradise and is a member of Codex. She’s also a member of the Romance Writers of America and RWA’s  Fantasy, Futuristic, & Paranormal chapter and the First Coast Romance Writers.

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KIRA NYTE

Born and raised a Jersey girl with easy access to NYC, Kira was never short on ideas for stories.  She started writing at the tender age of 11, and her passion for creating worlds exploded from that point on.  Romance came later, but since then, all of her heroes and heroines find their happily ever after, even if it takes a good fight, or ten, to get there.

Kira resides in Central Florida with her husband, four children, two bunnies, two hermit crabs, and a parakeet.  She works part-time as a nurse when she’s not writing or traveling between sports, other activities, or her characters’ worlds. 

Kira loves to hear from readers!  

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ABIGAIL SHARPE

Abigail is a Boston-bred Yankee now eating grits and saying “y’all” while writing passionate and playful contemporary romance in North Central Florida.

When she’s not writing, she can be found wearing a corset and singing bawdy songs with Just Desserts, an a cappella musical comedy act, at places that won’t throw them out.

Abigail lives with her husband, two kids, and one crazy princess puppy.  You can keep up with her on Goodreads or Facebook.

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SUE-ELLEN WELFONDER 

USA Today bestselling author Sue-Ellen Welfonder aka Allie Mackay writes Scottish historical romance and contemporary paranormal romance. A former airline stewardess, her passions are animals, nature, and anything old and quirky. She lives on Florida’s southwest coast with her husband and her muse, Snuggles the writer cat.

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