David Baldacci was born in Virginia, in 1960, where he currently resides. He received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Virginia Commonwealth University and a law degree from the University of Virginia. Mr. Baldacci practiced law for nine years in Washington, D.C., as both a trial and corporate attorney.
The Wish You Well Foundation, established by Michelle and David Baldacci, supports family literacy in the United States by fostering and promoting the development and expansion of new and existing literacy and educational programs. For more information, call 703-476-6032.
A link to his Web site: www.davidbaldacci.com/
Books by David Baldacci:
published her first book in 1982. Since that time she has written over eighty
works of commercial fiction under pseudonyms that include Rebecca Flanders, Donna
Carlisle, Leigh Bristol, Taylor Brady, and Donna Boyd. She is known for her work in
women’s fiction and suspense, as well as supernatural fantasy and adventure. Her
novels have been translated into well over a dozen languages and have been
published in virtually every country in the world. She has appeared on Entertainment
Tonight and Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, and has been featured in such
publications as the Detroit Free Press, the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Ladies Home
Journal, Good Housekeeping, and even T.V. Guide. She is the holder of the Storytelling
World award, 2001, the Georgia Author of the Year Award, 2000, Romantic Times
Reviewer’s Choice Awards for consecutive years 1991-1996, the Georgia Romance
Writer’s Maggie Award, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from Romantic Times,
Her books have been published by Warner, Simon & Schuster, Random House,
Ballantine Books, St. Martin’s Press, Doubleday, Avon Books/Hearst Corporation, G.P.
Putnam/Penguin, and Harlequin/Silhouette. Additionally, she is a founding partner in
the small press BelleBooks, and is founder and president of Blue Merle Publishing.
Her most recent titles, under the pseudonym Donna Boyd, are THE PASSION and THE
PROMISE, and, writing as Donna Ball, The Raine Stockton Dog Mystery Series:
SMOKY MOUNTAIN TRACKS, RAPID FIRE and GUNSHY . All are now in paperback in
Donna lives in a restored nineteenth century barn in the heart of the Blue Ridge Divide,
where she teaches writing and offers coaching services for writers around the country.
She is an active volunteer for Friends of the Library, the local humane shelter, Canine
Companions for Independence, Therapy Dogs International, and several animal
rescue groups. She also owns and operates The Pet Coach (www.thepetcoach.net), a
dog training and behavioral consultation service. In her spare time she enjoys
painting, hiking, and competing in various canine sports. Link to her Web site: http://www.donnaaball.net/
Books by Donna Ball:
- Silent Night (5)©2011
- The Dead Season (6)©2011
- High in Trial (7)©2013
- Double Dog Dare (8)©2013
- Year on Ladybug Farm (1)©2009
- Keys to the Castle ©2011
As a young Air Force pilot, Richard was diagnosed with cancer and learned that he had only a few months to live. Thirty-six years later he's still going strong.
He earned a management degree from the University of Notre Dame and after leaving the Air Force he ran three successful companies involving advanced security products and hi-tech displays used by US embassies and government facilities worldwide. He was an active member of the California Crime Prevention Officer's Association and has been published with cover stories in Security magazine and ASIS Security Management magazine.
When asked what he hopes to achieve as a writer, he said, "The dream for me is to be walking through an airport and notice someone with her head buried in the book. Many readers have said they found it impossible to put down. For me, that's the ultimate compliment." Bard currently resides with his wonderful wife in Redondo Beach, California, where he remains in excellent health.
Link to his Web site: http://www.amazon.com/Richard-Bard/e/B005ED9X4W
Books by Richard Bard:
was born and raised in Southern California, in the kind of idyllic coastal town the Beach Boys made famous. But as a young girl she spent plenty of summers on her grandparents’ farm in Texas. Among her Southern family she was the lone native Californian. “My dad used to tease me and say I was the only prune picker in a family of cotton pickers.”
A gap in jobs in her mid-thirties sent Jill back to college and working toward her Masters degree. “I intended to finish school and teach, perhaps write college textbooks that wouldn’t bore all the enjoyment of history out of the average nineteen year old.” But the gift of a baby daughter changed everything.
Soon she was juggling childcare and classes, motherhood, marriage and home, and found herself in the shoes of so many women, trying to be everything to everyone. “It was October and I took my daughter to a local pumpkin farm to pick a pumpkin. I stood there watching the absolute, pure delight on her two year-old face as she ran through the rows, finding each pumpkin more wonderful than the last. It was a seminal moment in my life. The ordinary world from your child’s eyes is a magical place. You see that joy in something you take for granted©if you notice at all&mdashand suddenly you remember to stop and pay attention to life around you, to not pant through every day but pause to really take deep breaths. You find wonder all over again.”
Four days later Jill quit school to rethink her choices and concentrate on family, something she has never regretted. She was asked once if sacrificing her goals for her daughter and husband wasn’t traveling backwards. “It was never a sacrifice. It was and is enrichment. I am more of a woman for the experience.”
And Jill’s goals had only changed ‘not evaporated.’ Always an avid reader, she had been dabbling with a novel. “Writing is very intimidating. To dabble with an idea was safer, but was also how I found my way into my first book.” Soon she was writing during downtime and almost two years to the day she quit school, she sold her first book to Pocket Books, a division of Simon and Schuster.
“We women walk such a fine line in our lives, often straddling motherhood and career, and feeling the push-pull between the two, when the truth is: we need both to be fulfilled and each one enriches the other. I discovered I had to redefine happiness away from my own expectations and guilt and especially my demands on myself. Family, love and relationships all feed my writing. My emotional response and experiences, the grittiness in life, give my work a sense of humanity.
In the years since, Jill has written thirteen novels and six short stories. There are nearly 7 million of her books in print. Her work has been published in 17 languages, audio, national and international book clubs, and large print editions, and has earned her a place on such national bestseller lists as the New York Times, USA Today, Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, Barnes and Noble and Waldenbooks —who presented Jill with the National Waldenbook Award.
A link to her Web site: www.jillbarnett.com/
Books by Jill Barnett:
- Days of Summer
- Sentimental Journey
- Carried Away
- Just A Kiss Away
- Surrender A Dream
- The Heart's Haven
- A Season In the Sighlands
- That Summer Place©1998
- Stockingfull of Jor
- A Midsummer Night's Madness
- A Holiday of Love
There's only one thing I love more than reading - and that's writing. So creating The Reigning Cats and Dogs Mystery Series, featuring veterinarian Jessica Popper, has been both fun and extremely rewarding for me.
While there's nothing more intriguing than a mystery, I've also tried to incorporate humor into my books, since to me, that's always the icing on the cake. To make the books even more fun, I always add in the antics of Jessie's menagerie: her rambunctious Westie, Max; his sidekick, Lou the Dalmatian; aging pussycat Catherine the Great; newcomer Tinkerbell, a tiger kitten with the personality of a diva; mouthy Prometheus, a Blue and Gold Macaw with attitude; and last but not least, the silent yet seemingly wise chameleon Leilani.
A link to her Web site: www.cynthiabaxter.com/
Books by Cynthia Baxter:
- Lead a Horse to Murder
- Hare Today Dead Tomorrow
- Right from the Gecko
- Who's Kitten Who?
- Monkey See, Monkey Die
Edith H. Beer
tells her own story in The Nazi Officer's Wife. This is the story of how she survived the holocaust of World War II in Austria.
is an Agatha and Macavity nominee, winner of the Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award and a four-time winner of the Maxwell Award, presented by the Dog Writers Association of America. She lives in Kentucky with her husband, her son, and four poodles. www.LaurienBerenson.com
Books in Melanie Travis Mystery Series:
lives on the Georgia coast, where he still practices law after 27 years. He's also active in local politics, having served on the Camden County Board of Education and, currently, he's one of five members of the Camden County Board of Commissioners. And, of course, he writes.
Steve has been writing since 1990, and though his undergraduate degree was in political science, and he's trained as a lawyer, it was Steve's interest in history that led to him writing international suspense thrillers. They were the kind of books he liked to read, so naturally they became the kind of book Steve liked to write. Steve doesn't adhere to the adage, "write what you know." Instead, he says, "write what you love."
He also credits the nuns who taught him in Catholic school with instilling the discipline needed to both craft a novel and find a publisher. It took Steve 12 years — 85 rejections over five different manuscripts — before Ballantine Books finally bought a manuscript. Like he says, "I'm the poster child for it can be done."
A link to Steve Berry's Web site.
Books by Steve Berry:
I attended Morehead State University on an academic scholarship and studied computer programming. My sophomore year of college, I bought the shoe store in Olive Hill where I still worked and changed the name to 'Boots & Britches.' I specialized in selling handmade boots, saddles, tack, and jeans. I went to school full-time and ran the business (with the help of my mother) every spare minute I had outside of classes. Needless to say, I wasn't a social butterfly!
Once I received my graduate degree, I began to write in my newfound spare time, just to see if I could do it. My first attempt was a historical romance, but five chapters in, I discovered I was doing more research than writing. To prove to myself I could actually finish a book, I switched to contemporary romance and pounded my way through my first manuscript. I've been writing contemporary romance ever since.
Books by Stephanie Bond:
Ann Brashares is a Virginia native but grew up in Maryland. Although she studied Philosophy at Barnard college, Ann started her career as an editor for 17th Street Productions, which was later acquired by Alloy Entertainment who she worked for briefly.
After working at Alloy, Ann wrote the first book of her award-winning series, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, which became an international bestseller. Ann continued to write three more books in the series, The Second Summer of the Sisterhood, Girls in Pants, and Forever in Blue. The series inspired two major motion pictures, the first of which was released in 2005.
Following the Sisterhood series, Ann went on to write a few adult novels, including The Last Summer of You and Me which came out in 2007. Ann then wrote a book as a companion novel to the Sisterhood series called Three Willows, which follows new characters as they explore the bonds of sisterhood and friendship.
Books by Ann Brashares:
- Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants © 2010
As a USA Today bestselling author of more than 30 novels in romance and women’s fiction, Jean Brashear is a five-time RITA finalist and Romantic Times BOOKReviews Career Achievement Award winner who knows a lot about taking crazy chances.
A lifelong avid reader, at the age of forty-five with no experience and no training, she decided to see if she could write a book. It was a wild leap that turned her whole life upside down, but she would tell you that though she’s never been more terrified, she’s never felt more exhilarated or more alive. She’s an ardent proponent of not putting off your dreams until that elusive ‘someday’ — take that leap now.
If you like the stories and families of Nora Roberts, Barbara Freethy, Bella Andre and Robyn Carr, you’ll want to try the vivid characters and engaging families of Jean’s stories.
Books by Jean Brashear:
Lilian Jackson Braun
(b. 1913) is an American writer. She is well-known for her light-hearted series of "The Cat Who..." mystery novels. The "Cat Who" books center around the life of former newspaper reporter James Qwilleran, and his two Siamese cats, KoKo and Yum Yum in the fictitious small town of Pickax located in Moose County, "400 miles north of everywhere." Although never formally stated in the books, the towns, counties and lifestyles described in the series are generally accepted to be a modeled after Bad Axe, Michigan (located in the "Michigan Thumb") where she resided with her husband for many years until the mid 1980's. Many also believe that the culture and history of the Upper peninsula of Michigan are represented in the series as well, which is quite possible as it is indeed a fictitious location.
Lilian Jackson Braun began her writing career as a teenager, contributing sports poetry for the Detroit News. She later began working as an advertising copywriter for many of Detroit's department stores. After that stint, she worked at the Detroit Free Press as the "Good Living" editor for 30 years. She retired from the Free Press in 1978.
Not much is really known about Braun, as she prefers to keep her private life that way. For years, publishers have given inaccurate accounts of her year of birth, which has remained unknown until she openly acknowledged her age in an interview for the Detroit News in January 2005. Like many writers from her generation, Braun is an admitted technophobe, and still uses a typewriter. She currently resides in North Carolina with her husband, Earl Bettinger, and their two cats. The books all contain the dedication "Earl Bettinger the husband who..."
Books by Lilian Jackson Braun:
- The Cat Who Played Post Office
- The Cat Who Knew Shakespeare
- The Cat Who Sniffed Glue
- The Cat Who Went Underground
- The Cat Who Talked To Ghosts
- The Cat Who Lived High
- The Cat Who Knew A Cardinal
- The Cat Who Moved A Mountain
- The Cat Who Wasn't There
- ... And Many More ...
WA RITA Finalist, 2013, Best First Book, Crazy Little Thing
#1 Best Seller in Contemporary Romance, Crazy Little Thing
#1 Best Seller in Historical Romance, Highland Surrender
Wall Street Journal Best Seller, Crazy Little Thing
Books by Tracy Brogan:
- Crazy Little Thing © 2012
may not have invented the literary thriller, but his groundbreaking tour de force The Da Vinci Code © with its irresistible mix of religion, history, art, and science © is the gold standard for a flourishing genre.
Born in Exeter, New Hampshire in 1964, Brown attended Phillips Exeter Academy (where his father taught), and graduated from Amherst with a double major in Spanish and English. After college he supported himself through teaching and enjoyed moderate success as a musician and songwriter.
Brown credits Sidney Sheldon with jump-starting his literary career. Up until 1994, his reading tastes were focused sharply on the classics. Then, on vacation in Tahiti, he stumbled on a paperback copy of Sheldon's novel The Doomsday Conspiracy. By the time he finished the book, he had decided he could do as well. There and then, he determined to try his hand at writing. His first attempt was a pseudonymously written self-help book for women co-written with his future wife Blythe Newlon. Then, in 1998, he published his first novel, Digital Fortress © followed in swift succession by Angels and Demons and Deception Point. None the three achieved commercial success.
Then, in 2003, Brown hit the jackpot with his fourth novel, a compulsively readable thriller about a Harvard symbiologist who stumbles on an ancient conspiracy in the wake of a shocking murder in the Louvre. Combining elements from the fields of art, science, and religion, The Da Vinci Code became the biggest bestseller in publishing history, inspiring a big-budget movie adaptation and fueling interest in Brown's back list.
In addition, The Da Vinci Code became the subject of raging controversy, inspiring a spate of books by scholars and theologians who disputed several of the book's claims and accused Brown of distorting and misrepresenting religious history. The author, whose views on the subject are stated clearly on his website, remains unperturbed by the debate, proclaiming that all dialogue, even the most contentious, is powerful, positive, and healthy.
Link to Dan Brown's Web site.
Books By Dan Brown:
Mary Beth Brown
Mary Beth Brown is a writer, speaker and registered nurse. She is the author of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling book, Hand of Providence: the Strong and Quiet Faith of Ronald Reagan. She posts to the blog www.2minuteview.com about politics, culture and family issues. She has been a guest on numerous national TV and radio shows including FOXNEWS the O'Reilly Factor and Britt Hume, CNN, MSNBC and others.
She travels extensively speaking to Christian and conservative audiences. She also serves on the board of the nationally recognized conservative women's organization, the Clare Boothe Luce Public Policy Institute. A graduate of the University of Washington, she was a founder of the Mothers Campaign for Family in that state.
She has been a delegate to several Republican Conventions and has testified before the Washington State Senate on education, child, and family issues.
She currently resides in University Place, Washington with her husband, Floyd Brown and their three children.
Books By Mary Beth Brown:
I am not going to talk in the third person. It feels weird.
I am a Bestselling author of Paranormal Romance, Post Apocalyptic, Contemporary, Romance, and Fantasy novels. I write a lot of books and jump Genres all the time. Mostly because I think I have Writers ADD, I like to call it WADD. It might be a real thing.
I write Young Aduls some of the time but mostly New Adult, my books have sexual content (Heck yes) and Swearing. You have been warned. Now enjoy!
I have a beagle named Buster, a husband who I force to read everything I write and two girls who want so badly to be a character in my books. And not in that order.
I am mid thirties so be prepared for the chick lit novel this year. I am calling it my Ode to my Midlife Crisis. I'm kidding. It's actually called The Single Lady Spy Series and it is an adult romantic-thriller series. The first book, The End of Me is due out April of 2013. It is a sexy and fresh series with the lightest touch of erotic naughtiness.
I have been writing since I was old enough to lie. So for some time. If you're wondering about the hat, it's my 'Hey I'm Canadian Toque'
Welcome to my world. Please enjoy the ride. If you would like to reach me for whatever reason, please visit me at my facebook page - facebook.com/TaraBrownAuthor.
Thanks for checking me out and I hope you got lost in something I wrote or it made you so MAD/HAPPY/SAD/BLISSFUL/TURNED ON/ANGRY/EXCITED/FRIGHTENED/HORRIFIED that you couldn't believe it.
Books By Tara Brown:
was born in Virginia, grew up in Tennessee, graduated from Barnard College and since 1971 has lived in London where she qualified as a barrister and is a member of the Inner Temple.She has written a layman's guide to the English planning system "Planning Applications and Appeals" and a biography "Martha Washington First Lady of Liberty" which was awarded a Citation of Merit by the Colonial Dames of America. She has written a novel, a World War II romantic saga " War Brides" inspired by the stories and reminiscences of the wartime generation, especially those of women who joined Churchill's Special Operations Executive, and family holidays in a small East Sussex village where, according to local legend, an old smugglers' tunnel led from beneath a grave in the churchyard to the seacoast, obviously waiting for a story to be built around it. On the Web: http://www.amazon.com/Helen-Bryan/e/B001HCXMDC
Books By Helen Bryan:
is a web developer, database designer, consultant and author. I've been building web applications since 1996, and working with databases since 1981. I'm a co-author of "MySQL / PHP Database Applications" (2003).
PHP (including experience with PEAR, Smarty, CodeIgniter); Drupal (5 and 6); Perl (CGI, mod_perl, HTML::Mason, DBI); object-oriented programming (in PHP and Perl); RDBMS concepts and query languages (SQL, QUEL); MySQL; PostgreSQL (PL/PGSQL and PL/Perl stored procedures); other SQL-based systems: Sybase, Oracle, Ingres; XML (SOAP, XSLT, XML-RPC); content management systems (general CMS concepts, Vignette); project definition and management; Apache; C++; Unix (basic administration, OS X, BSD, Solaris, Linux, System 5); VMS
Books By Brad Bulger:
- MySQL/PHP Database Applications ©2003
has always been passionate about reading. An Honorary Ambassador for the UN Literary Decade, she hosted the first-ever White House Conference on Global Literacy in 2006 to encourage international cooperation and build free societies through literacy. In 2001 she joined with the Library of Congress to launch the first National Book Festival in Washington, D.C. As First Lady of Texas, Mrs. Bush founded the statewide Texas Book Festival in 1995. She taught in Dallas, Houston, and Austin public schools.
Books By Laura Bush: