|More than a decade ago, Melinda Leigh left a career in banking to raise her children and never looked back. Now she writes romantic thrillers for Montlake Romance. Her debut book, SHE CAN RUN, was nominated for 2012 Best First Novel Thriller Award by the International Thriller Writers and was an Amazon romance and mystery/thriller bestseller. Melinda holds a 2nd degree Black Belt in Kenpo Karate and teaches women’s self defense . When she’s not writing or practicing martial arts, Melinda lives in a chaotic house with her husband, two kids, and too many pets. www.melindaleighauthor.com
|K.M. Fawcett was a born romantic. At six years old, she loved restaurants with “soft music and candles” where she could drink Shirley Temples and twirl on the dance floor. When she received A Knight In Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux for her eighteenth birthday, she fell in love…with the romance genre. ♥ Currently, K.M. writes sci-fi/ paranormal romances, and enjoys stories filled with adventure and kick-butt heroes and heroines. Her debut novel, Captive: Book 1 in the Survival Race Series, will be available from Grand Central Publishing’s digital imprint, Forever Yours, in June 2013. K.M. holds the ranks of 3rd degree black belt in Isshinryu karate and 2nd degree black belt in Ryu Kon Kai (Okinawan weapons). She and her husband own Tenchi Isshinryu Karate Dojo in NJ, where they teach karate, weapons and self-defense. When not writing, blogging, or working out at the dojo, K.M. is home with her two children and
|their her two cats, Maddy and Yoda. Visit her at www.kmfawcett.com.
|Rayna Vause loves to learn new things. Along her educational journey she earned a B.A. in English creative writing, and A.A.S in computer information systems and got part way through a degree in computer graphics before switching gears and earning a B.S. in vascular technologies. Though her educational path may have been long and winding, the one constant is her love of reading and writing romance novels. She has published a paranormal romantic suspense novel and has more stories that are currently looking for homes. While she may not be working towards another degree, she’s still feeding her need to learn by studying karate. With a little encouragement from a friend, she finally stepped onto the mat and has worked her way into a green belt.
|Cathy Tully has spent the last eight years writing Sweet Romance, Contemporary Romance and Women’s Fiction. Prior to romance, she wrote a children’s non-fiction book titled, NEBRASKA for Kidhaven Press in 2004. Her first Sweet Romance, ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE, is available through Astraea Press.A Member of Romance Writer’s Of America, The Liberty States Fiction Writer’s, and The Society of Children’s Book Writer’s and Illustrators, Cathy is a firm believer in continually honing her craft. A yellow belt in Isshinryu Karate, she loves the feeling of strength and independence it allows her. Cathy can be found on Facebook and at www.cathytully.com. A born and bred Jersey girl, Cathy lives in central New Jersey with her husband, Joe, and their two daughters.