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Speakers
Jade Lee
A USA Today Bestseller, JADE LEE has been scripting love stories since she first picked up a set of paper dolls. Ball gowns and rakish lords caught her attention early (thank you Georgette Heyer), and her fascination with the Regency began. Now an author of more than 30 romance novels, she finally gets to play in the best girl-heaven place of all: a Bridal Salon! In her new series, four women find love as they dress the most beautiful brides in England. Look for the first books in Feb/March 2012 with Engaged in Wickedness, an e-book novella, and Wedded in Scandal, a Berkley Sensation novel. The next set comes out July/Aug 2012 with Engaged in Passion and Wedded in Sin.

And don't forget KATHY LYONS! She's Jade's lighter, contemporary half. Kathy writes for Harlequin Blaze. Look for her newest Blaze Night After Night... in March 2012.

To find out all the latest news on Jade or Kathy, visit them on the web at www.jadeleeauthor.com or www.kathylyons.com!




Jody Lynn Nye
Jody Lynn Nye is a graduate of Loyola University of Chicago. Before going on to writing full time, she worked in a variety of jobs, including as a technical operator/manager at a local UHF TV station, and wrote mystery game materials free-lance for Mayfair Games.

Among the forty or so books Jody has written are several contemporary fantasies, including Mythology 101, Mythology Abroad, Higher Mythology, The Magic Touch, and Advanced Mythology, several SF novels, Taylor's Ark, Medicine Show, The Lady and the Tiger, and The Ship Errant, and three volumes in an epic fantasy series, The Dreamland: Waking in Dreamland, School of Light and The Grand Tour. Jody also wrote The Dragonlover's Guide to Pern and has collaborated with Anne McCaffrey on Crisis On Doona (NYT best-seller), Treaty At Doona, The Death of Sleep, and The Ship Who Won. She has also co-authored the Visual Guide to Xanth with Piers Anthony, and written over 110 short stories. She edited an anthology about mothers in science fiction, fantasy, myth, and legend, Don't Forget Your Spacesuit, Dear!, a science fiction book you can actually give to your mom." She collaborated on eight books with the best-selling fantasy author Robert Asprin, first on a contemporary fantasy, License Invoked, then on seven books in Asprin's most famous series, the Myth-Adventures.

Her current books are Dragons Deal, the third book in Robert Asprin's Dragons series from Ace Books, and a humorous military SF adventure, View From the Imperium, published by Baen Books.

When not occupied in petting cats or writing fiction, Jody reads, travels, does calligraphy, bakes, or gardens. She lives in the northwest suburbs of Chicago with one cat and her husband, author and packager Bill Fawcett.



Laurie Brown
Laurie Brown says she writes because she loves to, because she needs to do it in order to stay sane, and because writing gets her out of housework. By day a mild-mannered accountant, she spends her evenings and weekends writing, following her alpha heroes and spunky heroines on their madcap adventures to a happy ending.

She writes historical, contemporary, and paranormal romances, each with a humorous voice and sensual tone. Besides speaking at writing conferences from Florida to Washington, she has taught a number of writing classes at College of DuPage.

Her most recent release DEATH OF BRIDEZILLA is a contemporary mystery (think Bridgit Jones channels Nancy Drew) for Little Black Dress, London. Laurie is currently working on OVER HIS DEAD BODY, book two of the three-book series.

WHAT WOULD JANE AUSTEN DO? (May 2009) was her second time-travel romance for Sourcebooks, and it was a Romance Writers of America RITA Finalist in the Paranormal Category. Two more time-travel books are now in the works, WHAT WOULD JANE AUSTEN CHOOSE? and WHAT WOULD JANE AUSTEN RISK?

Laurie loves to hear from readers, especially if they laughed out loud while reading her books.



Pamela Ferdinand
Pamela is the co-author of “Three Wishes: Our True Story of Good Friends, Crushing Heartbreak, and Astonishing Luck on Our Way to Love and Motherhood,” a triple memoir published by Little, Brown & Co. in North America in April 2010 and in five other countries (U.K., France, Holland, Poland, Brazil).

An award-winning journalist for major U.S. newspapers–including The Boston Globe, Miami Herald, and Washington Post–for more than a decade, Pamela has covered breaking news from Hurricane Andrew and the crash of TWA Flight 800 to the Roman Catholic church crisis and New England’s connections to the September 11 terrorism attacks. She served as The Washington Post’s New England correspondent in Boston for six years and was a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2003-2004.

She has bachelors degrees in political science and Soviet/East European Affairs from Tufts University as well as masters degrees in Slavonic and East European studies from the University of London and journalism from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Pamela currently lives with her family and 22-year-old cat in Chicago, where she happily and imperfectly juggles parenting, writing, and teaching journalism.



Libby Fischer Hellmann
Libby Fischer Hellmann is the award-winning author of nine Chicago crime thrillers. A BITTER VEIL, a literary thriller and stand-alone, was released in 2012 and is set in Revolutionary Iran. SET THE NIGHT ON FIRE (2010), is another stand-alone thriller that goes back, in part, to the late Sixties in Chicago. She also writes two crime fiction series. The first features Chicago PI Georgia Davis and includes the hard-boiled EASY INNOCENCE (2008), DOUBLEBACK (2009), and TOXICITY (2011). In addition there are four novels in the Ellie Foreman series, which Libby describes as a cross between “Desperate Housewives” and “24”. Libby has also published over 15 short stories in NICE GIRL DOES NOIR and has edited the acclaimed crime fiction anthology, CHICAGO BLUES. She has been nominated twice for the Anthony Award, and once for the Agatha. All her work is available digitally. Originally from Washington DC, she has lived in Chicago for 30 years and claims they'll take her out of there feet first.



Danielle Jackson

Danielle Jackson is a senior publicist at Sourcebooks, and the lead publicist for the Sourcebooks Casablanca romance fiction imprint. She has been with Sourcebooks for over 4 years, and loves everything about books and learning as much as she can about the publishing industry. Danielle first began reading romance novels by stealing her mom's and reading the dirty parts when she was far too young. An eclectic reader, Danielle loves all kinds of romance novels, but favors regencies, contemporaries and YA.

You can follow her on Twitter @SourcebooksCasa for updates on Sourcebooks' romance novels.






Tera Cuskaden Kleinfelter
As a lifelong resident of Indiana, Tera Kleinfelter learned to immerse herself in books at a young age. Feeling no desire for cows, corn or soybeans, she quickly turned her passion into a profession. Tera began working in the romance field as a proofreader and reviewer in 2005 and quickly wanted more. After working for multiple publishers as a final line editor, she took the plunge to apply to Samhain. Once she was hired in 2007, she never looked back and is currently the Art Department Coordinator as well as an editor and works for Samhain full-time.



Christine Sneed
Chiristine SneedChristine Sneed is a graduate of the MFA creative writing program at Indiana University and has published stories in Best American Short Stories, PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, New England Review, The Southern Review, Ploughshares, Pleiades, Glimmer Train, Massachusetts Review, Meridian, Other Voices, Greensboro Review, River Styx, Phoebe, South Dakota Review, and many other journals.

She has been awarded an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in poetry and has been nominated for several Pushcart Prizes and received special mentions in the Pushcart anthology for stories "Quality fo Life" and "Beach Vacation." Along with a 2010 Los Angeles Times book prize, first-fiction category, for her story collection, Portraits of a Few of the People I've Made Cry, Portraits was awarded Ploughshares prize for a first book, the John C. Zacharis Prize, and was chosen as the Book of the Year by the Chicago Writers Association for traditionally published fiction. It was also longlisted for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story prize. She lives in Evanston, IL and teaches creative writing for Northwestern University's graduate writing program and for Pacific University's low-residency MFA program.



Anastasia Royal
Anastasia RoyalAnastasia Royal turned her healthy passion for reading into the punishing profession of writing. She routinely stays up all night on deadline, doing triage on manuscripts. “Please let me live!” they all scream at her. But not all of them make it. UNDOING I DO, Anastasia’s debut novel, did (St. Martin’s Press 2007). The next one that pulled through was non-fiction, THE ROYAL TREATMENT: A Natural Approach to Wildly Healthy Pets (Simon & Schuster 2012). She co-wrote that one and it almost killed her. She also recently ghost-wrote a veterinary blog for The Huffington Post.




Tracy Montoya
Tracy MontoyaTracy Montoya is an editor for Entangled Publishing's Entangled Suspense line and an award-winning romantic suspense author and magazine writer. She's current seeking romantic suspense of all kinds--anything from sweet to sexy, contemporary to historical, paranormal to procedural--as long as it's character-driven and fast-paced. She especially loves dark procedural suspense and international intrigue, new twists on favorite hooks or tropes, and stereotype-free multicultural characters. But there's not a lot that she doesn't like, as long as it contributes to her insomnia problem and keeps her reading through the night. While romantic suspense is her specialty, Tracy can acquire all types of fiction for Entangled Publishing.



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