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Celebrate Romance! 1999

May 21-23, 1999

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


 

Our Other Attending Authors!

 

We welcome:

Mary Jo Putney

Sandra Hill

May McGoldrick

Catherine Asaro

Terri Brisbin

Christine Bush

Judy DiCanio

Tracy Fobes

Michelle Jerott

Ann Lawrence

Victoria Malvey


Catherine Asaro

Catherine has been imagining stories her entire life. When she was small, the tales were all about small girls and their cats saving the universe from nebulous evil plots. So she populated the universe with intrepid tots and felines zipping around in space ships. Heaven only knows what the universe thought of this phenomenon. As she grew older, the cats gave way to handsome young fellows. The stories matured over the years, layering on depth and complexity, until she had a large universe with many worlds, a starfaring dynasty of passionate men and women, a history encompassing millennia, and Byzantine intrigues. These stories became the Skolian Empire books from Tor.

Her next Skolia novel, a science fiction romance called THE QUANTUM ROSE,will be serialized in ANALOG magazine, starting with the May 1999 ANALOG. In Fall 1999, Bantam Spectra will publish her first contemporary, THE WORLD WEB, a romantic suspense novel that moves from the sundrenched streets of Italy to the High Atlas Mountains of exotic Morocco.

Her Skolia novels are CATCH THE LIGHTNING, PRIMARY INVERSION, THE LAST HAWK, THE RADIANT SEAS, ASCENDANT SUN (due in March 2000), THE QUANTUM ROSE (which together with its sequel will be coming as one book, probably Fall 2000), and SPHERICAL HARMONIC (2001).

CATCH THE LIGHTNING won the 1997 Sapphire Award for best science fiction romance of 1997 and the on-line UTC Award for best science fiction novel of 1997. PRIMARY INVERSION has been described as "Romeo and Juliet in space" and THE RADIANT SEAS continues their story (this Romeo and Juliet had a happier ending than Shakespeare's ill-fated lovers). One of her most popular recent books, THE LAST HAWK, is role reversal romance, a switch around of the Helen of Troy story--the hunk who launched a thousand ships!

Catherine Asaro was born in Oakland, California and grew up in El Cerrito, just north of Berkeley. She received her Phd in Chemical Physics and MA in Physics, both from Harvard, and a BS with Highest Honors in Chemistry from UCLA. She currently runs Molecudyne Research. Her husband John is the proverbial rocket scientist at NASA, and they have one daughter, an exuberant eight year old.

Catherine's webpages are at http://www.sff.net/people/asaro/

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Terri Brisbin

After being a voracious reader all of her life and a writer for most of it, Terri Brisbin found romance novels (again) when she read Julie Garwood's THE PRIZE in 1991. Then, in late 1994, she began writing romance fiction. Her first novel remains in place in the bottom of her closet waiting for a good time to come out. However, it's her second novel, A LOVE THROUGH TIME, that made its debut in November 1998 from Jove Time Passages.

In real life, Terri is a wife to Chris, a mom to Matt,17, Dru,12, and Mike,7. They live in Berlin,NJ, a small town not far from Philadelphia,PA. She's been a registered dental hygienist for over 20 years and currently works in 2 offices part-time.

Terri is a member of RWA, the NJRW chapter and the FF&P chapter. She's been the NJRW Put Your Heart in a Book Contest coordinator for 2 years. She's also one of the organizers of the ToBeez -- an email loop/support net for authors who have sold their first book and are yet-TO-BE-published.

Terri is now working on her next romance novels some of which involve characters from A LOVE THROUGH TIME. A MATTER OF TIME will be a late 1999 release from Jove Time Passages.

Visit her website at http://romance-central.com/TerriBrisbin

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Christine Bush

Christine Bush Mattera, who writes fiction as Christine Bush, is the author of 6 books of romance/mystery published by Avalon Books. Her latest novel, titled "Whisper a Warning" was an October 98 release. Christine is also the author of numerous newspaper and magazine articles about writing, family relationships, self esteem, and motivation, writing as Christine Bush Mattera.

Christine believes that romance literature is one of the strongest women's voices in our society today, promoting strong heroines, commitment, and the amazing ability of love to conquer even the most challenging life problems.

Christine is a frequent speaker and workshop leader for writing conferences and women's organizations, including RWA, the International Women's Writer's Guild, Skidmore College and Princeton University, as well as many local schools and libraries. Retired from many years of teaching, she now provides writing workshops for children through her company "Cricketbush Writing Workshops".

She is a past president of Bucks County Romance Writers (Pennsylvania) and the current Vice President of New Jersey Romance Writers, and a member of the International Women's Writer's Guild, Mystery Writers of America, the Author's Guild, RWA, and Novelists Inc.

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Judy DiCanio

A resident of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Judy DiCanio loves anything to do with writing and teaching romance!

Her short mystery story, MISS BUTTERWORTH DOES IT AGAIN, was recently published in the Delaware Valley Mystery Writer's DEATH KNELL III anthology which was sold at the 1998 International Mystery Writer's convention - Bouchercon.

Judy recently sold her first book, a time travel romance, to Leisure Books. BELOVED WARRIOR will be published in August 1999. It will be one of the new Perfect Heroes books that are being launched in the spring of 1999.

A past RITA Division Coordinator, Golden Heart category coordinator, Judy has also been in charge of the VFRW chapter's contest. She has been president of the FF&P chapter twice and is currently president of the VFRW chapter.

When she isn't busy writing or teaching, Judy enjoys spending time with her husband, three Golden Retrievers and Maine Coon cat. She works full time as an accountant and also reviews books for the Online Speaking Tree Magazine.

Judy's website is at http://members.aol.com/jdicanio/judy.html

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Tracy Fobes

Tracy Fobes read her first Barbara Cartland romance when she was twelve and hasn't stopped reading romance since. She loves to explore the conflict and passion between men and women, and enjoys adding a touch of mystery to her stories.

Her debut romance, TOUCH NOT THE CAT, was released by Pocket Books in Oct. 1998 and received critical acclaim. Her next romance, HEART OF THE DOVE, is due for release mid-July, from Pocket Books.

Visit with Tracy on her website, http://www.tracyfobes.com, or send her an email at tfobes@aol.com.

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Sandra Hill

Sandra Hill is the author of eight romance novels and three anthologies, including time-travels, historicals and contemporaries. All of them are heavy on humor and sizzle. One of her books, FRANKLY, MY DEAR, was a Rita finalist in 1997. Her first book, THE RELUCTANT VIKING, won the Holt Medallion for best first book. Most recently, THE LAST VIKING won New Jersey Romance Writer's Golden Leaf Award in the single title romance category.

Her other titles include: THE OUTLAW VIKING, THE TARNISHED LADY, SWEETER SAVAGE LOVE, DESPERADO and LOVE ME TENDER. Her upcoming May book, THE BEWITCHED VIKING, will be the launch book for a new humor line at Dorchester Publishing.

You can find Sandra's website at http://www.sff.nt/people/shill/

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Ann Lawrence

Ann Lawrence writes both paranormal and historical romance. Her debut novel, VIRTUAL HEAVEN, to be released in May 1999, is one of the launch books for the Perfect Heroes series by Dorchester Publishing. Also look for Ann in PARADISE coming in August of 1999.

Ann, who married her own perfect hero, lives in the Philadelphia area with her two children.

Find Ann on the web at http://www.annlawrence.com

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Michelle Jerott

One day, while standing up to her knees in mud and swinging a pick ax, Michelle Jerott had a revelation: despite her classical archaeology degree from the University of Michigan, archaeology just wasn't her calling in life. So she had a baby instead and started writing fiction--not just any fiction, but romance fiction, where girls get to have all the fun.

When not writing books, Michelle disguises herself as a mild-mannered working mom. She and her husband live near Madison with their children, and she toils away at the University of Wisconsin, spending lots of government money. Her first book, ABSOLUTE TROUBLE, won the Romance Writers of America's Golden Heart Award. Her second book, ALL NIGHT LONG, will be available from Avon in October 1999.

Michelle's website URL is http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Delphi/8911/author.html

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Victoria Malvey

With her acclaimed debut novel, PORTRAIT OF DREAMS, Victoria Malvey entered the fascinating world of publishing. Her second novel, ENCHANTED, a lead title for Pocket's new line, Sonnet Books, is a March release.

She is currently working on her third novel which is currently scheduled for release in December '99.

Victoria's site can be found at http://www.victoriamalvey.com

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May McGoldrick

Nikoo McGoldrick, a recently retired engineering manager, and Jim McGoldrick, an Associate Professor of English with a Ph.D. in 16th Century British Literature, write under the pen name May McGoldrick. Together, they are the award-winning authors of six Historical Romance Novels published by Penguin Putnam. They have three more scheduled for release over the next two years, and their first non-fiction book, titled A MARRIAGE OF MINDS: Collaborative Fiction Writing, is scheduled to be released by Heinemann next year.

In 1995, Jim and Nikoo's debut novel, THE THISTLE AND THE ROSE, was the Romantic Times Magazine Reviewer's Choice nominee for Best First Historical Romance, and the winner of two NJRW Golden Leaf awards and the Florida RWA Laurel Wreath for Best Historical Novel. Since then, their novels have garnered numerous national awards, including the 1997 Colorado RWA Award of Excellence Finalist for Best Historical Novel (ANGEL OF SKYE), the 1997 Virginia RWA Holt Medallion Winner for Best Long Historical (ANGEL OF SKYE), and winner of the 1998 RWA Southern Heat Contest for Best Paranormal (...MADE IN HEAVEN). Their latest book, FLAME, has been chosen as a December 1998 Doubleday Book Club Alternate Selection.

Jim and Nikoo currently live in Bucks County, PA with their two sons and their affable Golden Retriever, Max.

Their webpages are at http://www.romanceweb.com/mcgoldrick/index.html

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Mary Jo Putney

A New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Mary Jo Putney was born in Upstate New York with a reading addiction, a condition for which there is no known cure. Her entire romance writing career is an accidental byproduct of buying a computer for her freelance graphic design business.

Eighteen novels later, she says solemnly that not least among the blessings of a full-time writing career is that one almost never has to wear pantyhose.

The winner of numerous writing awards, including two Ritas, her most recent books are THE RAKE and ONE PERFECT ROSE. Since one features an alcoholic hero and the other has a death and dying theme, itís safe to say that romance isnít what it used to be!

Visit Mary Jo's virtual home at http://www.lightst.com/MaryJo

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