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Lori DevotiLori Devoti worked for three different newspapers in two different states before deciding to stay home with her children and begin writing fiction. The multi-published author of urban fantasy, contemporary romance and paranormal romance, Lori has been a finalist for many awards and winner of the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award. Her books have received numerous Top Pick designations from Romantic Times and appeared on Bookscan’s top 100 selling romances. As an instructor she has taught at the University of Wisconsin Write by the Lake program, various writing conferences and conducted online workshops.

She lives near Madison, Wisconsin with her husband and children as well as two dogs.


Jenna ReynoldsJenna Reynolds is the pseudonym of an author from the Midwest. She holds a Master’s Degree in English from the University of Wisconsin. Jenna writes for Ellora’s Cave, recognized as the world’s first and foremost publisher of erotic romance for women, as featured in Forbes, the Washington Post, Publisher’s Weekly and the Montel Show. Under her other pen name Anna Black, Jenna’s short stories have appeared in The MILF Anthology, Cowboy Lover-Erotic Stories of the Wild West, The Mammoth Book of the Kama Sutra, the Cleis Press anthologies Hurts So Good, and The Sweetest Kiss: Ravishing Vampire Erotica. Her short stories have also appeared in anthologies edited by New York Times bestselling author, Zane. She’s an avid collector of tarot cards and has studied the tarot for over twenty years.


Kathy Steffen Kathy Steffen‘s novels have won numerous awards, including the CRW Award of Excellence, the HOLT Medallion Award, and the Beacon Award for Best Historical Fiction. Her books have been finalists in the IPA Benjamin Franklin Awards and at the London Book Festival. Steffen’s titles, First There is a River, Jasper Mountain, and Theater of Illusion are published by Medallion Press. Her first published short story appeared in Quality Women’s Fiction.

Kathy pens a monthly column on writing, Between the Lines, for Southwest Wisconsin’s Voice of the River Valley. She’s taught writing at AllWriters’ Workshops and the University of Wisconsin’s Writer’s Institute, Write by the Lake, and at Rhinelander School of the Arts. Kathy is a member of the Author’s Guild, Mystery Writers of America, Romance Writers of America, and Novelists Inc.