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Laura Benedict is the Edgar-nominated author of six novels of dark suspense, including the Bliss House gothic trilogy: The Abandoned Heart, Charlotte’s Story (Booklist starred review), and Bliss House. Her work has also appeared in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, PANK, on NPR, and in anthologies like Thrillers: 100 Must-Reads, and St. Louis Noir. She lives with her family in Southern Illinois.
Carolyn Haines is the USA Today bestselling author of over 70 books. She was the recipient of the Harper Lee Award for Distinguished Writing and the Richard Wright Award for Literary Excellence, as well as the “Best Amateur Sleuth” award by Romantic Times. Haines writes in a number of genres, from cozy mystery to horror and short fiction. She got her start in publishing in romantic mysteries with one savvy black cat detective called Familiar. She’s delighted to bring back the first Familiar stories–and to introduce Trouble, son of Familiar, in a delightful new Familiar Legacy series which will feature a number of talented authors (and cat lovers!) Find out more about Carolyn by signing up for her newsletter to get the very latest black cat detective releases. You can also visit her Amazon Author Page.
Michelle Ladner is writer of romantic suspense, urban fantasy, and young adult manuscripts. An enthusiast of many genres of fiction, she works to combine elements of romance, suspense, thriller, and fantasy into her on writing. She lives with her husband in Vancleave, MS, where she wrangles four cats and a toddler. When not writing or reading, or wishing her daughter would allow her to sleep for an entire night, she dabbles in amateur photography and loves to travel.
Claire Hamner Matturro grew up listening to tales of errant and often unhinged kith and kin, whiskey making, and the War Between the States. She never quite outgrew the spell of those often dark, yet funny stories. She’s been a newspaper reporter in Alabama, a lawyer in Sarasota, FL, and has taught at Florida State University College of Law. She and her husband, Bill, spent one long, cold winter in Oregon where Claire was a visiting professor of legal writing at the University of Oregon School of Law. But her love of story-telling trumped the legal world and Claire turned to writing fiction. Her books are: Skinny-Dipping (2004) (a BookSense pick, Romantic Times’ Best First Mystery, and nominated for a Barry Award); Wildcat Wine(2005) (nominated for a Georgia Writer of the Year Award); Bone Valley(2006) and Sweetheart Deal (2007) (winner of Romantic Times’ Toby Bromberg Award for Most Humorous Mystery), all published by William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishing. Claire remains active in writers’ groups and regularly contributes to Southern Literary Review. We also invite you to follow her on Twitter and on Facebook.
Holly Cawein Price lives in the country near Memphis, Tennessee, with four dogs and two cats. She is retired from the corporate world, where she held a management position for many years. Holly’s background is in Program Management and Interior Design. Holly always wanted to be a novelist and, after her retirement in 2009, she began her journey. Holly wrote feature articles and reviews for Suspense Magazine for several years and now she is focused on honing her skills as a writer of romantic fiction. Holly is working on two different series, one with Trouble the Cat Detective, and one with Christie Costner, an interior designer. Each series takes place in small towns in the south, since that is what is most familiar. Holly loves to travel with her cousin (and partner in crime) and she hopes that you will enjoy each of her series, soon to be released. Holly has many favorite people, but her most favorite are her grand-nephew and her four grand-nieces. She collects old books, antique furniture and antique jewelry. Holly also makes jewelry and is busy working on her family’s genealogy. Holly sews and does art projects and writes, writes, writes.
Fran Roberts was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Although she loved the people and her Green Bay Packers, she relocated to the Gulf Coast to enjoy six months of summer and NO winter. She currently teaches middle school Compensatory Language Arts in Pascagoula, MS, and truly enjoys a challenge. Her first two books were devotionals, brought about by a curse she prayed upon herself as a young child: “Lord, please don’t ever let my life be boring.” The first book is “31 Prayers for the Addict I Love” written after the untimely death of two addicted loved ones. The second is “31 Prayers for When Life Isn’t Fair”. Roberts’ first fiction novel, “A Place Called Grace,” is a Christian Romance/Murder Mystery. The sequel– “A Place Without Mercy” was released in December, 2016. There are more stories to come, since her wild imagination rarely rests. Roberts has also published several poems and short stories, and loves to read as much as write. She lives in Pascagoula with her two daughters, three dogs and a cat (the amount of animals could vary at any time, though). She also has a grown son in South Carolina who also happens to be her favorite preacher, though the pastors at First Baptist Tillman’s Corner are in her top five. She’s a member of Gulf Coast Writer’s Association, Mobile Writer’s Guild, and West Mobile Writer’s Group.
Jaden Terrell is a Shamus Award finalist and the internationally published author of the Nashville-based Jared McKean mysteries. She is a contributor to the Killer Nashville Noir anthology and to Now Write! Mysteries, a collection of writing exercises published by Tarcher/Penguin for writers of crime fiction. A recipient of the 2009 Magnolia Award for service to the Southeastern Chapter of Mystery Writers of America, Terrell is a former special education teacher with thirty years of experience as a teacher and trainer. She is a writing coach, workshop leader, and developmental editor.
Susan Tanner has five historical romances published by Leisure Books; Highland Captive; Exiled Heart; Captive to a Dream; Winds Across Texas; Fire Across Texas and part of anthology with A Warm Southern Christmas also by Leisure. Currently, in addition to a very demanding full-time job, she competitively barrel races with her daughter and spends the late night and wee morning hours with Trouble!