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 - 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.
|Karen Andover - romantic suspense, contemporary romance, and science fiction.
Karen lives an idyllic island life and her goal is to share her happy place with readers one book at a time. She lives in Florida with her husband and rescue pup.
|CS Bennett - - 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.
P. K. Brent - twisted tales of love and lore.
2023 - News
Honorable Mention in the Writers of the Future 2nd Quarter 2023 contest!
|Caren Burmeister - Historical Fiction, Historical Romance and non-fiction.|
Amazon Profile: https://www.amazon.com/stores/Caren-Burmeister/author/B0BBCXRZ3Y
Caren Burmeister is a former journalist. After more than two decades, she left the newsroom in 2010. Now a freelance writer and editor at Caren Tells Your Story, she helps others write inspiring stories that give meaning and purpose to life.
She lives in Jacksonville with her cats Brody and Gracie and enjoys yoga, photography, hanging out with friends, and hiking and whitewater river rafting in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
|Valerie Czerny - Academic Non-Fiction - Historical Romance Fiction
V. L. CZERNY is a writer of fiction and poetry, scholar, storyteller, professor of English, and an avid reader and interpreter of classical children’s stories and fairy tales. She has recently written novellas and short stories for both adults and children with fictional plots placed in colonial America and in biblical settings. She is working on a romantic short story for an upcoming First Coast Romance Writers’ anthology, as well as on a novel for children and young adults that relates ten-year-old Penny’s adventure as she is recruited to maneuver into the dark dominion of the trees with the assistance of a fox, burrowing owl, dragonfly, alligator, bear, her own cat, and other animals on a heroine’s journey to upset the applecart in a restrictive world.
Val was recognized by John Hamant, the Director of the “Legends” storytelling program at Colonial Williamsburg, as the best female creative writer/embellisher and storyteller, has performed at local venues, libraries and schools, has traveled to Paris to present her interpretations about Mary Poppins at the conference of “Children’s Literature in the Interwar Period” at the Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense, and has presented papers at conferences throughout America. She also produced and edited a college journal, Essais: The Journey of the Mind.
Val’s published dissertation is entitled, Let Them Run Wild: Childhood, the Nineteenth-Century Storyteller, and the Ascent of the Moon. Chapters she has published in books include “Doorway Composition” in the anthology, Gateways to Completion, and “Baffling the Beards” in Women Moving Forward: Justice, Toward a System of Right Relationships. A few of her articles are: “Mary Poppins: L’Entre Guerres, Sojourneuse Consciente” in Strenæ; “A Return to the Wild in Anne of Green Gables” in The Lion and the Unicorn; and, about Beatrix Potter, “Constrained by Performance: Women Write the Wild” in Women and Language.
Elise Darby - - Contemporary Romance.
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 - - Paranormal Romance.
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 - - RITA® Winner Paranormal Romance.
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.
Gloria Ferguson - - Romantic Suspense/Mystery.
WEBSITE - https://gloriaferguson.com/
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 - - Historical Romance Suspense Mystery.
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 - - Contemporary Romance.
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…
|M. J. Gates (a.k.a Joseph Michael Kiel) - |
M.J. Gates grew up alongside one of the Great Lakes where the water left its mark on him forever. Military service called and he spent twenty-four years in postings throughout the U.S. and abroad. Active duty was interspersed with education at Texas A&M University, first as an English major and then completing a degree in veterinary medicine. The water has always been his compass rose so living and traveling on boats from the Caribbean to Glacier Bay in Alaska has been a way of life. He currently divides his time between a home on an island in the Pacific Northwest and a boat based out of Florida. A contemporary romance novel, Sailing Into Christmas, will be published soon.
Debby Grahl - - 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.
C. L. Hart a.k.a. Lil DeVille - Fantasy, horror, sci-fi, occasional romance-mostly sweet/non-explicit.
Lil DeVille erotic romance, steamy romance, lots of m/m and menage.
Cara Hartley - Poetry .
C. L. Hart Amazon Author Page: https://bit.ly/CLHartAmazonAuthor
Naughty Netherworld Press Blog: http://www.naughtynetherworldpress.com
Naughty Netherworld Press Books: https://bit.ly/NNPBooks
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Book Bub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/lil-deville
C.L. Hart is a disabled former home health nurse who lives in a remote rural town in the Colorado-Wyoming-Nebraska triad. She primarily pens dystopian and Lovecraftian fantasy but sometimes busts out a sweet romance to shake things up.
When not writing sanity-scarring stories or appeasing eldritch horrors, Ms. Hart enjoys baking and being crafty. However, even when she's pretending to be a normal old lady, you'd best believe that her screwy synapses are cooking up new literary abominations.
Jan Jackson - - 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 - - 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 - - Paranormal Romance.
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YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/@AuthorMelodyJohnson
Amazon Author Profile: https://www.amazon.com/stores/Melody%20Johnson/author/B00QR7226A
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.
|Vanessa Victoria Kilmer - Romance, Historical Romance, Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Magical Realism|
BIO: - Pending
Joan Lange a.k.a Merrie Angel- - Poet, Inspirational, Mystery, Sweet Romance.
Pen Name: Merrie Angel
Award winning poet and artist, Joan is a lifelong environmentalist, peace & human rights activist and advocate for all life on Earth. She wrote her first book entitled "Happiness" when she was 5, has been a spokesperson for UNICEF & worked with President Carter to promote solar energy and alternative fuels. She writes to empower every being, to open eyes & open lives. As a drummer, singer, gardener, artist, photographer, archaeology & astronomy aficionado, Joan's passions & life experience have defined her poetic journey. She has sung, slung words & given talks around the planet to crowds ~ from 10 to 10,000 ~ sharing the message of universal kindness & understanding to each other, to Mother Earth. Her hope is that, through poetry & song, to be a modern-day "Joan-ny Apple Seed" ~ planting seeds of change one person at a time - poetry has that power. Kindness IS Cool!
Kari Lemor - - 2023 Winner in the National Excellence in Romance Fiction Awards - Golden Rose Award Contemporary Romance Contemporary Romance/Suspense.
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.
|Jolene MacFadden a.k.a. L.J. Green - - Non-Fiction and Historical Mystery Steampunk Romance under pen name.|
Threads (Instagram) - https://www.threads.net/@jolenesbooksandmore
Linkpop page: https://linkpop.com/ljgreensemporium
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.
L.J. Green's stories can be found on Kindle Vella and inside the new FCRW's Romancing the Tropics anthology.
|Leah Miles - Contemporary Romance and Paranormal Romance.
Threads - https://www.threads.net/@leahmilesauthor
Leah Miles is the ultimate bookworm, devouring stories in any genre. Currently, she's creating a contemporary series, where each story stands alone, yet shares characters, all wrapped up in a thrilling blend of suspense and military romance. Her latest work-in-progress is a heart-pounding Romantic Suspense novel that's a finalist in the pre-published division of the 2023 Georgia Romance Writers' Maggie Awards.
With her keyboard gets a break, she is off exploring new destinations or enjoying quality time with her hubby and their rambunctious cocker spaniel pup. She was born and raised in Georgia and works full-time managing an insurance office. She has three adult children, who all live in Georgia but don't visit often enough.
Candese Nieves - - Paranormal Romance.
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
|Tia Rebman a.k.a.Emery Wilde - Contemporary Romance.
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."
|Kelle Z Riley - Contemporary Romance, Cozy Mystery.|
A former Golden Heart Finalist. She is the past program chair and popular speaker for the Chattanooga Writer's Guild, a member of Sisters in Crime, Romance Writers’ of America and various local chapters. When not writing, she can be found pursuing passions such as being a self defense instructor, a Master Gardener, and a full time chemist with numerous professional publications and U.S. patents.
|Latisha Redding a.k.a Tish Laroux - Children's Books / YA Romance.
Fun facts about me
I love reading, of course!
I don’t like oatmeal, but I like oatmeal raisin cookies.
I don’t like humid weather, but live in Florida, which is very humid.
I prefer dogs to cats (doesn’t everyone?)
I didn’t learn to ride a bike without training wheels until I was 9 years-old.
|Karen Renee - NERFA Finalist -|
- Romantic Suspense, Contemporary Romance
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.
|Laura Salas -
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 - Playful and Passionate Contemporary Romance.|
Golden Heart® Finalist, Beacon Winner, Molly Finalist, The Carla - Crown Jewel of Books Finalist
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.
Loretta Torossian - YA Sci-Fi/Fantasy.
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 - Contemporary Romance and Christian Historical Romance.|
Amazon Profile: https://www.amazon.com/Sara-Walker/e/B08FCWKJPD/
A seasoned puppeteer and dramatic storyteller, Sara appreciates both spoken and written narratives. She prefers reading Christian Historical Romance, but she enjoys a variety of genres. Especially the stories written by her fellow First Coast Romance Writers.
Sara and her husband of sixty years live in a town many consider the Blueberry capital of Georgia. Their house was built by her grandfather and is filled with sweet memories of family.
Her creative flair shines through her contributions to the First Coast Writers anthologies. She has been published in all three Romancing the Holidays and Romancing the Tropics. On December 6th, her fifth story will be released in the newest anthology collection, For the Love of Winter.
Her current works in progress are a three-book series set in the early 1900s in rural Georgia. Those books are about a family of characters inspired by her own family tree
|Amanda Ward (Amber Warden, A.C. Ward) - Steamy contemporary romance; young adult fantasy and soft Sci-Fi
Author Website: https://amberwardenauthor.mailerpage.com
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/stores/Amber-Warden/author/B09R682NNK
Amber Warden started reading romance before she probably should have. Before long, she was anticipating the steamy scenes and soon skipping past the description of sweeping hills to the good parts. Still dreaming about Mr. Right-Forever, she lives out her fantasies in her stories. Her main hope is for those reading to take away the feeling that they are more than enough for anyone. She'd love to hear from her readers:
|Barbara Whitaker - Historical Romance.|
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.
Danika Winters (DJ Winters) Contemporary Romance / Suspense /Thrillers
Danica Winters is a Publishers Weekly, Neilson Bookscan, Walmart, and Amazon bestselling author who has won multiple awards for writing books that grip readers with their ability to drive emotion through suspense and occasionally a touch of magic.
She is also the co-owner of Self-Publishing Services, a women-owned and run business. SPS is a company that she loves, as she feels that she gets to help other authors grow creatively and enhance their discoverability in the ever-changing publishing market. SPS has worked with many NYT and USA Bestselling authors and they are constantly growing.
When she’s not working, she can be found in the wilds of Montana testing her patience while she tries to understand the allure of various crafts (quilting, pottery, and painting are not her thing). She always believes the cup is neither half full nor half empty, but it better be filled with wine.
|Vickey Wollan - Sweet Contemporary Romance.|
Threads - https://www.threads.net/@authorvickeywollan/
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. She has published eight stories so far and is working on more.
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
|Jane Avary - Contemporary, Romantic Suspense|
|Tessie Benton - Romance (Working on getting Published)|
Facebook Profile: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100095099180058
|Jeanne Cunningham - Romance Reader|
|G. Renee Denton a.k.a. Ren Denton, Wren G. Kennedy - Published non-fiction (academic) - essays, short stories, poetry, Southern Gothic, Memoir, Coming-of-Age, Teen Romance - Working on a Fiction Book|
Work Website: https://sites.google.com/site/rendenton
BIO: - in progress
|Cynthia Hill - Romance (Young Adult) - working on it|
|Author Tessa Lyons (a.k.a.Theresa Burian) - Contemporary Romance Reader|
Under Contract to Publish in 2023
Website will be done : TessaLyonsBooks.com
|Tiffany Miller (a.k.a. Tiffany Sher) - Published Non-Fiction (1998) - Working on Contemporary Romantic Comedy Fiction|
|Sally Ann Murphy - Soon to be Published Romance Author|
|Marie Morton-Williams (Contemporary Romance) - working on it.||Kirsten Korona Wright - Romance/Fantasy - working on it|