Our FCRW Authors

Our FCRW Authors

Welcome to our Author and Members Page

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.


Author Charlee Allden
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.
Author CS BennettCS 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.
Author PK Brent
P. K. Brent -- twisted tales of love and lore
Website: http://pkbrent.com
V. L. CZERNYValerie Czerny Academic Non-Fiction -
(Working on Historical Romance Fiction)

Email: vclassczerny@gmail.com

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.

Author Elise Darby
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.
Author Lia Davis
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. 
Author Alyssa Day
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.
Author Gloria Ferguson
Gloria Ferguson - Romantic Suspense/Mystery
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.
Author Maggie Fitzroy
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.
Author Selena Fulton
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…
Author Debbie Grahl
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.
Author Jan Jackson
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.
Author Libby Jackson
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
Author Melody Johnson
Melody Johnson - Paranormal Romance
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.
Author Kari Lemor
Kari Lemor - - Finalist in the National Excellence in Romance Fiction Contest - 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. 
Joan Lange
Joan Lange - Poet, Inspirational, Mystery, Sweet Romance
https://poeticgazette.com (experiencing tech difficulties)

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!
Author Jolene MacFaddenJolene MacFadden also writing as L.J. Green - Non-Fiction/Historical Mystery Steampunk Romance
Pen Name Accounts

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.
Author Lean MilesLeah Miles - 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.
Author Candese Nieves
Candese Nieves - (Paranormal Romance)
Purchase A Copy Romancing the Holidays Volume 2

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
Author Tia Rebman a.k.a. Emery WildeTia Rebman a.k.a.Emery Wilde (Soon to be published)
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."
Author Kelle Z RileyKelle 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.

Author Latisha ReddingLatisha Redding ( Published Author of a Childrens Book) - Soon to be YA Romance under Pen Name Tish Laroux


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.
Author Karen ReneeKaren 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.
Author Laura Salas SchadLaura Salas Schad (Christian Romance)
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.
Author Abigail SharpeAbigail 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.
Author Loretta Torossian
Loretta Torossian (Soon to be Published Author)
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.
Author Vickie WollanVickey Wollan (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.
Author Sara WalkerSara J. Walker(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.
Author Barbara WhitakerBarbara 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.

Romance Readers and/or

Working on Being Published Author Members

Jeanne Cunningham - Romance ReaderCynthia Hill - Romance (Young Adult) - working on it
Joseph Michael Kiel a.k.a MJ Gates (Soon to be Published)
Theresa Burian will be known as Tessa Lyons - Romance Reader and Writer
Under Contract to Publish in 2023 - Website will be done in May
Tiffany Miller (a.k.a. Tiffany Sher) - Published Non-Fiction (1998) - Working on Contemporary Romantic Comedy Fiction
Marie Morton-Williams (Contemporary Romance) - working on it.Kirsten Korona Wright - Romance/Fantasy - working on it
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