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Jo Beverley

Lori Foster

Miranda Jarrett

Stephanie Mittman

Mariah Stewart


Jo Beverley

Jo Beverley was recently described by Publisher's Weekly as "arguably today's most skillful writer of intelligent historical romance," and her growing success proves what we all know -- that romance readers enjoy intelligent books.

Her career could be said to have started in her teens when she wrote her first novel -- historical romance, of course -- at boarding school, writing in exercise books and sometimes on the backs of letters, and passing it around, scene by scene. Though it was popular at the time, she says she didn't really have a grasp of continuity. After the early tragic parting from his beloved, the young hero went off to dally with a strange woman in the woods!

She never stopped wanting to write romance, however, and a talk at her local library in 1983 set her on the path. Her first novel, LORD WRAYBOURNE'S BETROTHED, was published in 1988, and was a finalist for Best Regency in Romance Writers of America's the Golden Medallion. (Precursor to the RITA, which she has now won four times.) She has since written six more traditional regencies, five longer regencies (the Rogues), four medieval historicals, four Georgian historicals (the Malloren series, featuring the enigmatic Marquess of Rothgar. Rothgar's book will be published in May 2000, so Jo had better have it finished before CR99!), and a Regency historical.

Jo Beverley has won many major awards, and is a member of the RWA Hall of Fame. Her books regularly appear on the USA Today bestseller list, and her most recent one, Forbidden Magic, was on the USA Today list for five weeks and also on the extended NYT bestseller list.

Jo was born and raised in England, and has a degree in English history, which is why she writes historicals set in England. Now, however, she lives in beautiful British Columbia -- happy to have escaped significant winter! -- with her English husband. They have two sons.

Details of Jo's books and back copies of her occasional newsletter can be found on her web page, along with articles and links of interest. She looks forward to meeting new and old friends in Philadelphia, and having a ball!

http://www.sff.net/people/jobeverley

 

Lori Foster

Lori Foster had her first book, a Harlequin Temptation, published in January of 1996. Since then she’s had 8 books published with three different houses, and has 16 books sold total, including a single title, a novella, and two anthologies. In 1999 Lori will have 7 new books released, and in the year 2000 her own 4 book mini-series on Bachelor Brothers will be presented through Harlequin, along with another Temptation.

Lori also does monthly articles for the online writers’ colony, Painted Rock, and has a regular, bi-monthly column in RWR on editor interviews.

Though Lori loves writing, her first priority is now and always will be her family. Her husband is by far the most incredible man she knows, and her three sons, all humorous, handsome, and honorable fellows, are quickly following in their father’s footsteps.

Visit Lori's website at: http://www.eclectics.com/lorifoster

 

Miranda Jarrett

Miranda Jarrett considers herself sublimely fortunate to have a career that combines history and happy endings, even if it’s one that’s also made her family far-too-regular patrons of the local pizzeria.

With over three million copies in print worldwide, Miranda’s best-selling books are enjoyed by readers from Singapore to Poland to Australia. She has won numerous awards for her writing, most recently the Golden Leaf Award for best historical romance of 1998 and a Romantic Times Magazine Reviewer’s Choice Award for Best North American Historical Romance. She has twice been a Romance Writers of America RITA award finalist for best short historical romance.

First to capture readers’ hearts were the seafaring Sparhawks of colonial Rhode Island, who starred in the thirteen romances Miranda wrote for Harlequin Historicals. With THE CAPTAIN’S BRIDE (published in July, 1997), she began a new family saga for Pocket Books featuring the Fairbournes of Cape Cod. CRANBERRY POINT, the next book in the series, was released in May, 1998, and reached the number one spot on Amazon.com’s Best New Romance Paperback Books List. Her current release is WISHING, available early in January, 1999. A launch book for Simon & Schuster’s new Sonnet Books imprint, WISHING has recently been named a Romantic Times Top Pick of the Month.

She has recently signed a contract with Pocket/Sonnet for two more historical romances, MOONLIGHT (June, 1999) and SUNRISE (January, 2000). Her novella, “Buried Treasure,” will be featured in Pocket’s UNDER THE BOARDWALK anthology in July, 1999.

Miranda is a graduate of Brown University with a degree in art history. A frequent speaker at both readers' and writers' conferences, she is a member of Novelists, Inc., New England Writers, Valley Forge Romance Writers, the Published Authors Network, and Romance Writers of America. She is currently serving on RWA’s Board of Directors as the elected Region One Representative.

She loves to hear from readers, and can be reached at P.O. Box 1102, Paoli, PA 19301-1145, or at MJarrett21@aol.com.

 

Stephanie Mittman

Stephanie Mittman was born and raised on Long Island, where she met and married her high school sweetheart. In 1991, after a successful career as a stained glass artist, she tried her band-aided hand at writing.

Published in 1995, she now has six novels and two novellas on the shelves and has won numerous awards, including several Romantic Times Reveiwer's Choice awards and nominations (Best Americana Historical, Career Achievement (twice), Best Time-Travel), the America Online First Annual Romance Readers and Writers Award for Best Americana Romance as well as a Bestseller Award from Bookrak.

In Oct. 1997, SWEETER THAN WINE hit #6 on Ingram's A List (Mass Market Paperback Top 50 Most Requested Titles) THE COURTSHIP was Stephanie's first lead title as was also a DOUBLEDAY BOOK CLUB Alternate Selection. PW said of it: "Mittman, who does sweet historical romance to perfection, delivers her finest in this gentle tale. . . .Mittman's characters are, as always, endearing and well-developed, but here she enriches her story by giving them seemingly insurmountable obstacles."

Stephanie's first book on a new three book contract with Dell, A KISS TO DREAM ON, came out in October 1998 to fabulous reviews including "If any writer is going to sit on the throne so recently vacated by the wonderful LaVyrle Spencer, it just may be Stephanie Mittman."–Barnesandnoble.com . She is a regular speaker at the Penn State Writers Conference and often gives workshops on the local and national level.

She can be reached at: Stephanie Mittman , c/o MLGW, 190 Willis Avenue, Mineola, NY 11501 and by e-mail at SMittman@aol.com.

Homepage on the web: http://www.stephaniemittman.com

Mariah Stewart

Mariah Stewart is the author of several award-winning contemporary romances. MOMENTS IN TIME, her first book, was the winner of the prestigious Golden Leaf for Best Single Title Romance of 1995, and was a nominee for Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award for Best Contemporary Novel of 1995. Her second book, A DIFFERENT LIGHT, was the recipient of the 1995 Award of Excellence for Best Contemporary Romance. Carolina Mist was a best selling romance in 1996, and was a finalist for the highly regarded Holt Medallion.

DEVLIN'S LIGHT - an Amazon.com top pick for August '97, a nominee for a Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award, a Holt Medallion finalist and a finalist for the Golden Quill - began a three book contemporary family saga . WONDERFUL YOU, the second book in the trilogy, was a July '98 release and was selected as a Top Pick of the Month by Romantic Times and was called "delightful. Totally charming and enchanting..." by the Philadelphia Inquirer. The third and last book in the trilogy, MOON DANCE, also a Romantic Times Top Pick of the Month, was a January '99 lead for Pocket Books . Her seventh novel, a romantic suspense, PRICELESS, will be a June '99 lead.

In November of '97, her novella, If Only in My Dreams, was included in Pocket Books 1997 national best-selling Christmas anthology, UPON A MIDNIGHT CLEAR. In July of '99, Mariah's novella, Swept Away, will be part of an all-new anthology presented by Pocket Books, entitled UNDER THE BOARDWALK, along with stories from Linda Howard, Jillian Hunter, Geralyn Dawson and Miranda Jarrett.

A native of Hightstown, New Jersey, Mariah Stewart lives in Lansdowne, PA, with her husband, two teenaged daughters, and two adorable golden retriever puppies known locally as the Evil Twins. Presently she is working on her next novel for Pocket Books and dividing her spare time between renovating the family's century-old home (now on the National Register of Historic Places), pulling an occasional weed from her perennial beds, and much like a character in one of her recent books, compiling a list of take-out establishments by day of the week. She can be reached at MariahStew@aol.com


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