As long as I can remember I have loved to read books. I have my mother to thank for my interest. The earliest books I can remember reading were Little Red Riding Hood and The Little Engine That Could. The Little Engine That Could is a book that teaches children you can achieve anything if you put your mind to it.
In my adolescence, books like Little House on the Prairie, Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys Mysteries, and Treasure Island colored my world, when I was not outside playing with the neighbors, or participating in fast-pitch softball. In my late teens I ransacked my mother’s stash of novels, always on the prowl for a good read. Then when I was 18, or perhaps 19, I borrowed Captive Bride, by Johanna Lindsey, from a friend. From that moment on, I was hooked on romance.
Later I went to college to study my other passion; history. And in 1999, I graduated summa cum laude from Washburn University with a B. A. degree in History.
After graduation, Joe, my very own hero and significant other suggested, “Why don’t you write a romance novel? You love history and reading romance. Why not combine your two passions into a career?” I admit I was skeptical at first. But before long The Little Engine That Could began to pull me in that direction. I gave it a try, and soon, story ideas started to flow. Words on my computer screen eventually followed.
After several years, and more rewrites than I care to admit, I pitched Vow of Seduction to a New York editor in the summer of 2007. She liked it well enough to ask for a partial submission. But I also entered my manuscript in several RWA sponsored writing contests that had New York editors as final round judges. Happily, I placed, or won in three of the contests, and as a result, each judge requested a full submission of the manuscript.
In September of 2008, I received and accepted an offer from Kensington Books for a two-book contract. I was thrilled. The Little Engine That Could ...just did.
VOW OF SEDUCTION was an October 2009 release. It won 2nd place, historical category, in the 2010 Volusia County Romance Writers Laurel Wreath contest. VOW OF DECEPTION arrived in bookstores in November 2010, and received 4 stars at RT Book Reviews.
I’m currently working on my 3rd medieval romance, tentatively titled KNIGHT OF REDEMPTION (Lost Knights Book #1).