We celebrate our member’s who have published and those who are still working on it. Of course, having just romance readers in the group is always nice too. Please like, share, comment on all the authors social media accounts, joins some newsletters and purchase some books. As always please write and post reviews on Amazon and/or Goodreads.
Charlee Allden (Published Author)
Sexy Sci-Fi Romance
Charlee is a long time fan of love, adventure, and happily-ever-after. She grew up in Florida where a huge fallen oak tree in the swampy woods near her home served as her very own Star Ship Enterprise. Luckily the alligators were almost never a problem on her spaceship as the flight-deck was several feet above the muddy ground. She did lose a few tennis shoes on away missions, though.
J. D. Allen (Published Author) - Shamus Award Nominee, Mystery Writers of America Freddie Award-winner
J.D Allen's Sin City Investigations series launched with 19 Souls in 2018.She has short stories in the Anthony Award-winning anthology, Murder under the Oaks as well as Carolina Crimes: 20 Tales of Need, Greed, and Dirty Deeds. She's a past Chair of the Bouchercon National Board, a member of MWA, PI Writer’s of America, and president of her local Sisters in Crime chapter. She’s an Ohio State Univ. Alum with a degree in forensic anthropology and a creative writing minor.
|CS Bennett (Published Author)|
Political, Human Interest, Romance, Mystery and Military Suspense
I began my interest in reading as a child, thanks to my mother who read to me, and in 7th grade was honored by my school as the recipient of the Dolfinger-McMahon Book Award. My first novel was published in 2012. Between 2011 and 2013, while attending college full time two of those years, I penned 16 novels of various genres, while graduating with honors from the University of North Florida. To date, I have penned 30 thirty full length books, 24 which are currently published.
Valerie Bowman (Published Authors)
Historical and Contemporary Romance
She is a historical romance author who writes racy Regency romps! Her debut novel was published in 2012. Since then, her books have received starred reviews from Publisher's Weekly, Booklist, and Kirkus. She's been an RT Reviewers' Choice nominee for Best First Historical Romance and Best Historical Romance Love and Laughter. Two of her books have been nominated for the Kirkus Prize for fiction
Valerie grew up in Illinois with six sisters (she's number seven) and a huge supply of historical romance novels. After a cold and snowy stint earning a degree in English Language and Literature with a minor in history at Smith College, she moved to Florida the first chance she got. Valerie now lives in Jacksonville with her family including her two rascally dogs. When she's not writing, she keeps busy reading, traveling, or vacillating between watching crazy reality TV and PBS.
AUTHOR NAME: P. K. Brent
TAGLINE: twisted tales of love and lore
|Tami Cowden (Published Author)
Romance and Non-Fiction
Tami Cowden lives and writes in Las Vegas, Nevada. Her first novel, Cruising for Love, won a Golden Heart from Romance Writers of America, and was published initially by Avalon. It is now available from Montlake Romance.
Tami is also the coauthor of The Complete Writers Guide to Heroes and Heroines: Sixteen Master Archetypes, a guide to characterization for writers. Tami has presented writing programs on characterization, plotting and scene building at more than 100 writing conferences and retreats, as well as online. Due to popular demand, she also authored a follow up book, Fallen Heroes: Sixteen Villain Archetypes.
|Elise Darby (Published Author)|
Ms. Darby has one short story published in the Romancing the Holidays Anthology - Volume 2 edited and published by the First Coast Romance Writers.
|Lia Davis (Published Author)
Lia Davis is the USA Today bestselling author of more than forty books, including her fan favorite Ashwood Falls Series. A lifelong fan of magic, mystery, romance and adventure, Lia’s novels feature compassionate alpha heroes and strong leading ladies, plenty of heat, and happily-ever-afters.
Lia makes her home in Northeast Florida where she battles hurricanes and humidity like one of her heroines. When she’s not writing, she loves to spend time with her family, travel, read, enjoy nature, and spoil her kitties.
Alyssa Day (Published Author) RITA® Winner
Alyssa Day is the pen name (and dark and tortured alter ego) of author Alesia Holliday. As Alyssa, she is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author with more than a million books sold, and she writes the Vampire Motorcycle Club, Warriors of Poseidon and Cardinal Witches paranormal romance series and the Tiger’s Eye Mysteries, a paranormal mystery series. As Alesia, she writes comedies that make readers snort things out of their noses, and is the author of the award-winning memoir about military families during war-time deployments: Email to the Front. She has won many awards for her writing, including Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA award for outstanding romance fiction and the RT Book Reviews Reviewer’s Choice Award for Best Paranormal Romance novel of 2012.
Lena Diaz (Published Author) -Daphne du Maurier Award of Excellence in Mystery and Suspense
Originally from Kentucky, author Lena Diaz now lives in sunny northeast Florida with her husband, two children, and a rescue kitty named Pepper. A former Romance Writers of America Golden Heart® finalist, she has won the prestigious Daphne du Maurier Award for excellence in mystery and suspense four times, as well as the Booksellers’ Best Award for romantic suspense. She loves to watch action movies and hike in the beautiful Tennessee Smoky Mountains, though not at the same time.
Laura Ervin (Published Author)
Paranormal YA Romance
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She lives in Orange Park, Florida with her husband John, four Dachshunds and one giant cat. When not wrapped up in the wondrous world of writing about her characters she works as a Registered Nurse in a Pediatric practice. Joy and inspiration come from dreams (yes, seriously), music, hiking, sightseeing, and riding on the back on her husband's Harley.
Gloria Ferguson (Published Author)
I hail from the snow-belt of northeast Ohio and after my Kent State graduation, I headed to the Caribbean island of Aruba to live and work for a subsidiary of Exxon, teaching children of ex-pats. What could be better than sand, surf, and stunning sunsets? After my tropical makeover, I jetted to central Florida to teach music in the public schools and raise my son. I now live in northeast Florida. I love Nature and wildlife, like the turkeys and deer that roam my backyard. And I love traveling to locales to observe how other writers lived, worked, and played. Writing is not only my passion, but a vocation worth the time and effort to pursue.
Maggie Fitzroy (Published Author)
Historical Romance Suspense
Maggie is a former journalist and magazine and newspaper editor with a bachelor’s degree in history from Ursinus College and a master’s degree in education from the University of Virginia. A lifelong, avid reader of fiction and nonfiction, she loves creating historical romances that sweep the reader into the past—where love is an adventure.
Selena Fulton (Published Author)
She lives in sunny Florida and considers herself a southerner because she has lived here for most of her life. Being born in a landlocked state, she loves being near the ocean. She can not remember a time when books weren’t a part of her life. From the beginning, her mother would take her and her brother to the library and let them check out as many books as their arms could hold. She remembers the smell of the library and the thrill of venturing into the stacks to discover the new worlds she had found in books.
Stories abound in her head, usually just before she drops off to sleep. She comes from a long line of story-tellers and hopes she can honor them with her stories. As she told someone once, life isn’t about the destination. We all get there, sooner or later. Life is about the journey…
Constance Gillam (Published Author)
I wrote my first book at age ten. It has yet to be published. In a quest to find myself, I've worked as genetic counselor, health underwriter, bank proof operator, phlebotomist, real estate agent, and medical technologist. In the end, I've come back to the profession I've revisited most often, being a writer.
Music constantly flows through my mind as do the next scenes in my current manuscript. I'm now content. My husband and I live in the Atlanta area with our three children and grandchildren close by.
Debby Grahl (Published Author)
Mystery, Magic, and Romance
Debby writes contemporary romance with elements of suspense and sometimes ghosts or witches. She lives on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, with her husband, David. Besides writing, she enjoys biking, walking on the beach, and a glass of wine at sunset. Her favorite places to visit are New Orleans, New York City, Captiva Island in Florida, the Cotswolds of England, and her home state of Michigan. She is a history buff who also enjoys reading murder mysteries, time travel, and, of course, romance. Visually impaired since childhood by Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP), she uses screen-reading software to research and write her books. Her latest book, Mountain Blaze, was released November 2022.
Cheryel Hutton (Published Author)
Cheryel Hutton is a Southern girl to the core. She was born in Tennessee, and spent most of her life there. There among the hills and valleys she found abundant inspiration for the stories she writes.
Recently she and her husband moved near Jacksonville, Florida, where they enjoy the sunshine, warm weather, and nearness to the ocean. Here Cheryel is discovering new inspiration and spends her time transcribing stories told to her by a muse who happens to be a dragon..
Cheryel has written four full length novels Shadows of Evil (not currently available for sale), The Ugly Truth, Blood of the Innocent, and Doggone Ugly Creek; as well as two novellas Keepers of Legend and The Secrets of Ugly Creek. A fourth Ugly Creek novel will be released in the near future.
Brenda Jackson (Published Author) -Romance Writers of America’s Nora Robert’s Lifetime Achievement Award 2012, 3- Amazon Editor’s Choice Award 2021 and many more
Brenda Jackson, New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of over 140 books and novellas, and 15 million books in print, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Jacksonville University. She worked in management for State Farm Insurance where she retired after thirty-seven years. Forty-nine years ago, she married her high school sweetheart, Gerald and they have two sons, Gerald Jr. and Brandon, ages forty-three and forty-one, respectively. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Jan Jackson (Published Author)
Romantic Suspense & Paranormal
She lives in Florida with her computer programming genius husband, three children, and four outrageously spoiled cats. She is a first degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, Past President of First Coast Romance Writers), and fitness instructor.
When not writing, she can be found reading, teaching spinning, Body Pump, or collapsed in front of her giant HDTV, covered in cats.
Libby Ann Jackson (Published Author)
Contemporary Romance/Non-Fiction Writer
She has functioned as a Technology Trainer, Change Management, Development, Design and Delivery of Instructor-Led training curriculums, Agile Project Management processes and the product roll-out lifecycle. She has years of experience with teams developing people, processes and technology used for enhanced business tools and workflows. Recently, wrote and published a short romance story for the First Coast Romance Writers Annual Anthology - Volume 3
Melody Johnson (Published Author)
Melody Johnson is the author of the gritty, paranormal romance Night Blood series set in New York City. The first installment, The City Beneath, was a finalist in several Romance Writers of America contests, including the “Cleveland Rocks” and “Fool For Love” contests. Melody graduated magna cum laude from Lycoming College with her B.A. in creative writing and psychology, and after moving from her northeast Pennsylvania hometown for some much needed Southern sunshine, she now works as a digital media coordinator for Southeast Georgia Health System’s marketing department. When she isn’t working or writing her next Night Blood novel, Melody can be found swimming at the beach, honing her newfound volleyball skills, and exploring her new home in southeast Georgia.
Kari Lemor (Published Author) - Finalist in the National Excellence in Romance Fiction Contest - Golden Rose Award Contemporary Romance
Kari Lemor has always been a voracious reader. One of those kids who had the book under the covers or under the desk at school. Even now she has been known to stay up until the wee hours finishing a good book. Romance has always been her favorite, stories of people fighting through conflict to reach their happily ever after. Writing wasn't something she enjoyed when young and only in the last few years began putting the stories that ran rampant in her head, down on paper.
Now that her kids are all grown and have moved out, she uses her spare time to create character driven stories of love and hope. She lives with her husband and they split their time between a small town in New England and beautiful St. Augustine. Being near the ocean is her dream location.
Siera London (Published Author)
Siera write heroines you know, heroes you love, and romance you feel.
A USA Today Bestselling & Award-winning author, she writes contemporary and paranormal romance, romantic suspense, and crime fiction.She crafts stories of diverse characters navigating their journey with intelligence, wit, emotion, and love. When away from the literary world, Siera lives on the east coast with Mr. Awesome and a color patch tabby named Frie.
Jolene MacFadden also writing as L.J. Green - (Published Author)
Non-Fiction/Historical Mystery Romance
Jolene has been an avid reader of all kinds of genre all her life. She published her first book in 2014 called "Insiders Guide to Campground Hosting in Florida Parks" while traveling full-time in an old RV with her mother to the many great Florida State Parks. After workamping for a few years she decided to share her love of our state's natural resources and encourage more people to volunteer. She has since published several other non-fiction books including two about digital marketing for writers. Currently she is working on her first historical mystery fiction series under her pen name that has been published on Kindle Vella.
Marie Long (Published Author)
Contemporary and Paranormal Romance
USA Today Bestselling author Marie Long writes diverse Romances featuring bikers, shifters, and rockstars, that always end in happily-ever-afters.
She enjoys the snowy weather, the mountains, and a cup of hot white chocolate. She’s an avid supporter of literacy movements like We Need Diverse Books (WNDB) and National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).
Connie Mann (Published Author)
Romantic Adventure Suspense
Connie Mann is a licensed boat captain and loves writing romantic suspense stories set in Florida’s small towns and unspoiled wilderness. She is the author of the Florida Wildlife Warriors series (Beyond Risk, Beyond Power and Beyond Fear), the Safe Harbor series (Tangled Lies, Hidden Threat, Deadly Melody), as well as Angel Falls and Trapped! She has lived in seven different states but this self-proclaimed weather wimp has happily called Florida home for more than twenty years.
When she’s not dreaming up plot lines, you’ll find “Captain Connie” exploring the beaches along the Florida coast and captaining eco-tours on the Indian River Lagoon in New Smyrna Beach. She is also passionate about helping women and children in developing countries break the poverty cycle and build a better future for themselves and their families.
Gloria Davidson Marlow (Published Author)
An award-winning author of romantic suspense and women's fiction, Gloria Marlow grew up on the creek where generations of her family worked as commercial fishermen in Northeast Florida. Her husband proposed to her on that creek and they raised their three children steps away from it. She grew up with her heart firmly planted in the soil and saltwater and her nose firmly planted in a book. It seems only natural that the little girl who loved books grew into the schoolgirl who begged for writing assignments and read nearly every biography in her elementary school library, before becoming the teenage girl who devoured romance novels like candy and dreamed of writing one of her own someday. Having done just that while her children were young, Gloria continues to write stories of love in the face of danger, hope in the face of despair, and happily ever after. She lives with her husband of 36 years and a very spoiled dachshund, works as a paralegal at a local law firm, and enjoys spending time with her grandchildren.
Alice Martin (Published Author)
Young Adult Fiction
Alice Martin discovered her love of writing at a young age. She wrote her first book, Thea, at the age of 11 and has continued to create new stories ever since. She was born in Florida and grew up in a small town, where she has been able to pursue her passion of writing while still having time to spend with her family. If she's not reading or writer, her favorite place to be is the ocean.
Leah Miles (Published Author)
Contemporary Romance and Paranormal Romance
An avid reader of all genres, Leah has been writing stories since she was in grade school. She enjoys traveling and spending as much time as possible with her husband and grown children.
Candese Nieves (Published Author)
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She is a dragon slayer, wolf tamer, love maker, magic taker kind of girl who writes multicultural urb. Short story in the First Coast Romance Writers yearly anthology - volume 2
Priscilla Oliveras Kissinger (Published Author)
Latinx Contemporary Romance
Priscilla Oliversas is a USA Today bestselling author and 2018 RWA® RITA® double finalist who writes contemporary romance with a Latinx flavor. She and her work have earned praise from the O, The Oprah Magazine, Washington Post, New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, Redbook, Publishers Weekly, and Booklist, amongst others. Priscilla earned her MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University and currently serves as adjunct faculty in the program and teaches the online class “Romance Writing” for ed2go. While she’s a devotee of the romance genre, Priscilla also considers herself a sports fan, beach lover, and Zumba aficionado, who often practices the art of napping in her backyard hammock.
Tia Rebman a.k.a. (Soon to be published)
Tia Rebman is a contemporary romance author living in North East FL with her husband and two fur-children. She loves creating stories that are both heart-wrenching and relatable. When she’s not writing, you’ll find her curled up with her favorite book, drawing on her iPad, or bingeing on her favorite TV shows. Usually, she’ll have a cup of coffee in hand. Pre-pandemic, she loved visiting Disney World in Orlando, FL, or just traveling in general with her husband to all the dreamy small towns for inspiration for her writing.
Karen Renee (Published Author) -NERFA Finalist
Romantic Suspense, Contemporary Romance
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Karen Renee is the author of the Riot Motorcycle Club, Beta, and O-Town series of books. She once crunched Nielsen ratings data but these days she brings her imagination to life by writing books. She has wanted to be a writer since she was very young, but it’s taken the last twenty plus years for her to amass enough courage and overall life experience to bring that dream to life. Some of those life experiences came from the wonderful world of advertising, banking, and local television media research. She is a proud wife and mother, and a Jacksonville native. When she’s not at the soccer field or cooking, you can find her at her local library, the grocery store, in her car jamming out to some tunes, or hibernating while she writes and/or reads books.
Debra Roberson (Published Author writing as D.L.Koontz)
Romance Suspense Historical Fiction
D.L. Koontz writes about what she knows: muddled lives, nail-biting unknowns and boundless hope. She has had seven novels published (most, romantic suspense) using her pen name (dlkoontz), and four non-fiction books. She has been published in seven languages.
Besides writing, she freelances as an editor/copyeditor. She is also an instructor and health autodidact. Formerly, she was an entrepreneur, corporate trainer, journalist and college instructor. She is happily ensconced on Georgia's coast on a small beef cattle ranch, enjoying the 360-degree nature views around the beautiful estate she shares with her husband.
Laura Salas Schad (Published Author)
She was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, but emigrated to sunny Florida in the late 90s, where she met her husband and made a permanent home with him and the two children that God gave to them. Well, three, if you count our American Blue rabbit.
Reading has always been one of her favorite activities. Inspirational fiction has encouraged her and strengthen her faith on numerous occasions. Books like Redeeming Love and The Masterpiece by Francine Rivers showed her how a well-crafted story can be instrumental in spreading hope from His Word. Over the years, she has enjoyed many romantic, romantic suspense and women’s fiction stories that eventually inspired her to “try her hand” at storytelling. She likes to incorporate in her stories aspects of the rich Hispanic culture of which she is proudly a part.
Abigail Sharpe (Published Author) - Golden Heart® Finalist, Beacon Winner, Molly Finalist, The Carla - Crown Jewel of Books Finalist
Playful and Passionate Contemporary Romance
Abigail is a Boston-bred Yankee now eating grits and saying “y’all” in North Central Florida. She dreamed more of being a stage actress or joining the CIA than being an author. While she still enjoys participating in community theater productions and singing karaoke, the secret-agent career was replaced by hours at her computer, writing stories of love and laughter and happily ever after. Abigail lives with her husband, two kids, and one crazy princess puppy.
Christy L. Thomas (Published Author)
C.L. Thomas enjoys writing Paranormal and Fantasy stories. Her first novel, Beware The Wolf, is scheduled for publication March 2021. She’s been a finalist in The Sheila and Stiletto contests. A sucker for a story with a happily ever after, C.L. enjoys creating characters that struggle and occasionally fail before reaching an unexpected and satisfying end. She current has two short stories in two different anthologies including Romancing the Holidays Volume 1 for First Coast Romance writers.
She is an avid wildlife enthusiast. C.L. loves taking photos of wildlife near her home in North Central Florida. Pictures of fox, deer and raccoons are found sprinkled throughout her social media accounts. When she’s not writing, she spends time with her family on the porch and walks in nature.
Loretta Torossian (Soon to be Published Author)
Lusine Torossian fell in love with storytelling in first grade when she wrote her first story. It was a five-page saga written entirely in Armenian about a pelican saving her babies from a burning tree. She and her family moved to the United States when she was nine, but the love she felt for words as a child stayed with her even as English became her primary language. Her enjoyment of writing stems from her early years in Armenia where her teachers and grandmother read her fairy tales and encouraged her to create her own fanciful stories and paintings. She is currently working on several epic fantasy novels inspired by Armenian mythology and folklore. She is influenced by the writings of Anne McCaffrey, C.S. Lewis, Madeleine L’Engle, Terry Goodkind, Juliet Marillier, David Farland, and the countless Armenian and Russian fairy tales she grew up on.
Sara J. Walker (Published Author)
Contemporary Romance and Christian Historical Romance
Longtime puppeteer and dramatic story teller, Sara loves both the spoken and the written word. She has two grown children and resides with their husband of 57 years in a small Georgia town. She has short stories in two volumes of the Romancing the Holidays Anthologies created and published by the First Coast Romance Writers.
Barbara Whitaker (Published Author)
Growing up in a small Tennessee town, where everyone knew everyone and most people could claim some kinship if you went back far enough, Barbara developed a strong connection to place and to those who came before her. Her mother told them family stories and local tales she had heard over the years. A simple Sunday drive became a running dialog with a story for every point along the way. This oral history combined with a small-town, Southern upbringing molded her sense of history and fed her imagination.
Reading novels and watching old movies provided an escape from her busy life. After compiling the genealogical information gathered by her mother and writing down many of those family stories to share with the next generation, She decided to try putting the stories in her head down on paper. Her own fictional stories and characters emerged. And, although she loved all historical time periods, the Second World War held her attention longer than any other and connected her to her family’s stories and her small hometown’s stories. Barbara's historical fiction novels focus on love stories in the World War II era.
Vickey Wollan (Published Author)
Sweet Contemporary Romance
Vickey Wollan has written for business publications, but is excited to embark on her long-awaited romance writing journey. Having a good run in the corporate world prepared her to become an entrepreneur in creativity and relaxation. Her stories are designed to transport readers to a less stressful portion of their day and leave them with a feeling of awe. Her work is now published in six fiction books including a completed three-novel series.
Originally from Ohio, she moved to Florida in the late Eighties. Central Florida is sometimes called Hollywood East where the waves and palm trees are amazing. But, there’s something about a white Christmas that fills her heart with joy. The use of imagination surrounds her and she will draw from it as her characters come to life in plots that will keep readers guessing, but leave them with a happily ever after.
Romance Readers and/or
Working on Being Published Author Members
|Karen Andover - Romance Reader||Mary Behr - Romance Reader|
|Jeanne Cunningham - Romance Reader||Valerie Czerny
Soon to be Published Historical Romance Author
|Millie Dotson - Romance Reader||Wendy Duncan - Romance Reader
|Lori Harris - Romance Reader||Cynthia Hill - Romance Reader|
|Cindy Kendall - Romance Reader||Tish Laroux - Romance Reader|
|Tiffany Miller - Romance Reader||Jean Osborn - Romance Reader
|Kirsten Korona Wright - Romance Reader|