Young Adult & New Adult & Adult
Fantasy, Supernatural, Romance
Elle Beaumont is a writer who loves creating vivid fantasy and science fiction worlds. She lives in southeastern Massachusetts with her husband and two children. When not writing or chasing around her children she can be seen crocheting, candle-making, and taking care of her animals. More than once she has proclaimed that coffee is lifeblood and it is how she refrains from becoming a zombie.
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New Adult and Adult
Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Christis Christie lives on the east coast of Canada, in Nova Scotia. She gets most excited about diving into a new fantasy world while writing, but also loves a good supernatural plot. Tiss, as she is affectionately called by her friends, enjoys being creative in any way she can, so if she’s not writing then she’s crocheting or she’s embroidering. Her favorite animal is the sloth, and her favorite retellings are anything Beauty and the Beast related.
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Fantasy, Science Fiction, LGBT+
Born and raised in a small town near the Chesapeake Bay, Lou Wilham grew up on a steady diet of fiction, arts and crafts, and Old Bay. After years of absorbing everything there was of fiction, fantasy, and sci-fi she was left with a very serious writing/drawing habit. Leading to a need to tell stories through art and writing. These days when not daydreaming up new characters to write or draw, she can be found crocheting, making bookmarks, binge-watching whatever catches her eye, and chasing her Basset Hound named Sherlock.
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Young Adult & New Adult
Urban Fantasy and Supernatural
Melanie’s love of writing was instilled in her during the fourth grade when she co-wrote her first sloppily written, hand-drawn, book with her sisters. Since then, she has taken her love of writing to the next level with published novels. Her husband, two sons, and dog, Toby, are her biggest supporters.
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Young Adult & New Adult
Candace Robinson spends her days consumed by words and hoping to one day find her own DeLorean time machine. Her life consists of avoiding migraines, admiring Bonsai trees, watching classic movies, and living with her husband and daughter in Texas—where it can be forty degrees one day and eighty the next.
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Amber R. Duell
Amber R. Duell was born and raised in a small town in Central New York. While it will always be home, she’s constantly moving with her husband and two sons as a military wife. She does her best writing in the middle of the night, surviving the daylight hours with massive amounts of caffeine. When not reading or writing, she enjoys snowboarding, embroidering, and snuggling with her cats.
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New Adult & Young Adult
Heather is a lover of all books YA Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy, but it wasn’t until she was in college that she realized this. It’s likely why the book she wrote in 8th grade was rewritten several times and then set aside to sit on her bookshelf to never see the light of day. Once Heather found the genre that she enjoyed above all others, she dove back into reading, and with it, writing. That’s why even her Christmas books are filled with dragons and shifters.
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Kristin Jacques is speculative fiction author and content creator from New England. She holds a B.A. in Creative Writing from Wells College. Her award-winning dark fantasy Marrow Charm was released from Parliament House Press in October 2019. In November 2019, Marrow Charm won the Fantasy Fiction category at American Bookfest. In 2020, she signed a four-book deal with City Owl Press for the paranormal series Midnight Guardians.
When not writing, she is juggling two rambunctious boys, spoiling her cats, and catching up on a massive TBR pile. She is currently working on projects full of magic, mystery, and delight.
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Fantasy & Romance
Jenny grew up in Oakland, Maryland and currently lives in County Tipperary, Ireland with her lilting husband and two tyrannical children. Her love of reading blossomed the summer after graduating high school, when she borrowed a paperback romance from her mother during the annual family beach vacation.
From that sunny day forward, she has been a lover of stories with Happily-Ever-Afters. In early 2008, she wrote her first novel, The Mirrors at Barnard Hall. But it was not until she moved to Nashville, TN and met her mentor, Billy Block, that she was encouraged to self-publish the work in 2012.
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Melissa Eskue Ousley
Melissa Eskue Ousley is an award-winning author living on the Oregon coast with her family, a neurotic dog, and a piranha. Her debut novel, Sign of the Throne, won a 2014 Reader's Favorite International Book Award and a 2014 Eric Hoffer Book Award. Her third book, The Sower Comes, won a 2016 Eric Hoffer Book Award. Her fourth book, Sunset Empire, was released in the Secrets and Shadows box set, a bestselling young adult collection. Her suspense novel, Pitcher Plant, was released this May 2020. When she's not writing, she can be found walking along the beach, poking dead things with a stick.
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Fantasy, Science Fiction, LGBTQ+
Erin Grammar writes about horrible things happening to good people—while looking as cute as humanly possible. When she isn’t working on her latest novel, she likes to hunt for gemstones and Hello Kitty collectibles, spend time with her family (including two real and very demanding cats), craft, watch horror movies, and style wigs big enough to hold tons of secrets.
She lives in Southern California because she’s an actual lizard, and without constant heat she’ll die.
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Fantasy, Science Fiction, Romance
Natalie Murray is the author of Emmie and the Tudor King (March 2021), Emmie and the Tudor Queen (July 2021), and Emmie and the Tudor Throne (2022). Published by Midnight Tide Publishing, the YA time travel romance series follows a high school graduate to a reimagined Tudor England where she meets a doomed, but utterly dreamy, Tudor king who she must save from a dreadful fate. The Hearts & Crowns series has received acclaim from Foreword Reviews, InD’Tale Magazine, YA Books Central, and popular YA authors Brigid Kemmerer (A Curse So Dark and Lonely) and CJ Flood (Infinite Sky), among others. Emmie and the Tudor King was a finalist in the 14th Annual National Indie® Excellence Awards in the New Adult Fiction category. Natalie is currently penning her next angsty romance from beautiful Lake Macquarie on Australia’s east coast, where she lives with her husband, two children, and hangry miniature schnauzer, Otto.
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Laynie is a southern dreamer who constantly finds herself lost inside a book, whether she is writing it, publishing it, or reading it. When she isn’t lost in a sea of words, she is hunting for her next great adventure with her children in the Southeastern portion of the US. She a co-owner of Sword and Silk Books and the VP of Programs for YARWA as well as a proud member of the SCBWI.
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Nancy O’Toole is an author of fairy tale retellings and superhero fiction. Her body of work includes The Red and Black Series, The Lady of the Watchtower, and the upcoming Twin Kingdoms series. She is the co-host of One for All: A My Hero Academia Podcast. When not writing, or working as a librarian in Central Maine, she spends her time reading, watching anime, and taking far too many pictures of her cat, Coraline.
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Fantasy, Humor, LGBTQ+
Justin is a self-described genre hopper, with a love of fairy tales, horror, supernatural, contemporary, humor, and LGBT (Even better if they’re all mixed together!). He is also the Director of Red Hen Theatre Company, based in Paris, KY. When he isn’t writing novels, he is a playwright, and his stage plays are available through Heuer Publishing, LLC. When not writing, he’s lovingly teasing his friends, giving his opinion, and debating whether or not he wants pizza for dinner (that answer is always yes.).
Fantasy, Superhero, Science Fiction
Gianne is a writer of heroes and rom-com and an artist of character and comics from Lipa, Batangas, Philippines. Gianne has been interested in making her own stories with illustrations since her mother gave her little scrapbooks to fill in when she was in Gradeschool. She has never stopped writing and creating since. She is also a lover of all things superhero, from the compelling origins to the dramatic and tragic love between fellow caped crusaders. There are enough Batman-themed items on her bookshelf, but admittedly Robin and Batgirl have her heart. Her favorite book genres are Fantasy and Romcom and everything in between. She is also interested in sharing Philippine Mythology with the world.
Scarlett St. Clair
Dark Fantasy, Romance
Scarlett St. Clair is the author of the HADES X PERSEPHONE SAGA, the HADES SAGA, and WHEN STARS COME OUT. She has a Master's degree in Library Science and Information Studies and a Bachelors in English Writing. She is obsessed with Greek Mythology, murder mysteries, and the afterlife. If you are obsessed with these things, then you'll like her books. You can find pictures of her adorable dog Adelaide on her Instagram at authorscarlettstclair.