Our Published Authors

Anna Philpot


Barrett spent her formative years in the quiet North Chicago suburbs. Art and music helped fuel an overactive imagination that eventually channeled into a flair for the dramatic and a dream of acting. Life and times deferred that dream but offered a new challenge. At her ten-year class reunion, Barrett announced plans to start nursing school. Nursing provided a career of endless challenges and learning opportunities spanning thirty years, several jobs, and great travels. After relocating from Illinois to Wisconsin to New Mexico, Barrett set down new roots and fell helplessly into a new passion—writing. With some encouragement and provocation, she spent fourteen years making up stories—roughly, twelve completed manuscripts. Then it was time to take the leap of faith and consider publication. That was when the real “learning” began. Readers, betas, critiques, mentors, edits, revisions, revisions, revisions, and then some pitches, some rejections, and some more revisions. And now, Barrett’s got books, published books. Her first book, “Damaged in Service” was a finalist for a Golden Crown Literary Society Award. It is the first of a four book series. But that’s not all for this story… Author of: Damaged in Service, Defying Gravity, Dispatched With Cause, Deliver Us From Evil, Windy City Mistletoe, Balefire, Flights of Fancy, June Magee, R.N., Festival Nurse.

Visit Barrett on the web: http://wordsofbarrett.wordpress.com

Colleen Herrera

Darynda Jones

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Darynda Jones has won numerous awards for her work including a prestigious Golden Heart®, a RITA®, and a Daphne du Maurier. As a born storyteller, she grew up spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by, annoying man and beast alike. Darynda lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys.

Visit Darynda Jones on the web: http://www.darynda.com

Dianne Lindstrom

Visit Dianne Lindstrom on the web: http://www.shipwreckedproject.com

Elise Cyr

Elise Cyr has always loved adventure, romance, and happy endings. She writes primarily in the medieval period. Because there’s still so much we don’t know about that time in history, the writer’s imagination is essential for fleshing out the research and making it come to life on the page. Plus swords and castles are just plain fun. Elise lives in New Mexico with her husband and the sweetest dog ever. When she’s not writing, she hikes, bikes, cooks, and (of course) reads. Siege of the Heart is her debut medieval romance from Kensington.

Visit Elise Cyr on the web: http://elisecyr.wordpress.com


Helen Pilz

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Jeffe Kennedy

Jeffe Kennedy is an award-winning author whose works include novels, non-fiction, poetry, and short fiction. She has been a Ucross Foundation Fellow, received the Wyoming Arts Council Fellowship for Poetry, and was awarded a Frank Nelson Doubleday Memorial Award. Her award-winning fantasy romance trilogy The Twelve Kingdoms hit the shelves starting in May 2014. Book 1, The Mark of the Tala, received a starred Library Journal review and was nominated for the RT Book of the Year while the sequel, The Tears of the Rose received a Top Pick Gold and was nominated for the RT Reviewers’ Choice Best Fantasy Romance of 2014. The third book, The Talon of the Hawk, won the RT Reviewers’ Choice Best Fantasy Romance of 2015. Two more books followed in this world, beginning the spin-off series The Uncharted Realms. Book one in that series, The Pages of the Mind, has also been nominated for the RT Reviewer’s Choice Best Fantasy Romance of 2016 and won RWA’s 2017 RITA® Award. The second book, The Edge of the Blade, released December 27, 2016, and is a PRISM finalist, along with The Pages of the Mind. The next in the series, The Shift of the Tide, will be out in August, 2017. A high fantasy trilogy taking place in The Twelve Kingdoms world is forthcoming from Rebel Base books in 2018. She also introduced a new fantasy romance series, Sorcerous Moons, which includes Lonen’s War, Oria’s Gambit, The Tides of Bàra, and The Forests of Dru. She’s begun releasing a new contemporary erotic romance series, Missed Connections, which started with Last Dance and continues in With a Prince. In 2019, St. Martins Press will release the first book, The Orchid Throne, in a new fantasy romance series, The Forgotten Empires. Her other works include a number of fiction series: the fantasy romance novels of A Covenant of Thorns; the contemporary BDSM novellas of the Facets of Passion; an erotic contemporary serial novel, Master of the Opera; and the erotic romance trilogy, Falling Under, which includes Going Under, Under His Touch and Under Contract. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with two Maine coon cats, plentiful free-range lizards and a very handsome Doctor of Oriental Medicine. Jeffe can be found online at her website: JeffeKennedy.com, every Sunday at the popular SFF Seven blog, on Facebook, on Goodreads and pretty much constantly on Twitter @jeffekennedy. She is represented by Sarah Younger of Nancy Yost Literary Agency.

Joyce Perz

Katie Lane

Katie Lane is the bestselling author of the Deep in the Heart of Texas series. She believes that laughter is the best medicine and strives to write contemporary and western contemporary romance that will tickle her readers' funny bones and give them a happily-ever-after they won't soon forget. Katie resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico with her husband.

Visit Katie Lane on the web: http://katielanebooks.com

Lauren Teffeau

Lauren was born and raised on the East Coast, educated in the South, employed in the Midwest, and now lives and dreams in the Southwest. When she was younger, she poked around in the back of wardrobes, tried to walk through mirrors, and always kept an eye out for secret passages, fairy rings, and messages from aliens. She was disappointed. Now, she writes to cope with her ordinary existence. Implanted from Angry Robot is her first novel.

Visit Lauren Teffeau on the web: http://laurencteffeau.com

Linda Crockett

Louise Bergin

Nola Robertson

Nola Robertson is an award winning author of paranormal romance. She is also an artist who enjoys designing her own book covers. The only thing she loves more than reading about hot, ripped, and dangerous alphas is writing about them. Her days are spent delving into the otherworld, and writing stories filled with strong, sassy heroines, and even stronger, sexier heroes. A mid-western born girl, she now resides in New Mexico’s land of sweltering heat and dehydrated lizards with a very supportive husband and a clutter of cuddly cats. Her first book in the Wicks Hollow Witches Series, Deadly Demon Fire, was the winner in the 2016 Lone Star writing contest.

Visit Nola Robertson on the web: http://www.nolarobertson.com

Robin Perini

Award-winning author ROBIN PERINI is devoted to giving her readers fast-paced, high-stakes adventure with a love story sure to melt their hearts. Her mission's motto: "When danger and romance collide, no heart is safe." After seven prestigious Romance Writers of America® Golden Heart® finals, Robin sold seven novels within one year. She won the Golden Heart® in 2011, and that title became her first Harlequin Intrigue, Finding Her Son (March 2012). Residing in the southwestern United States, by day, she works for an advanced technology corporation, and in her spare time, you might find her giving one of her many nationally acclaimed writing workshops or training in competitive small-bore rifle silhouette shooting. She is the author of In Her Sights (Montlake 2011), Finding Her Son, Cowboy in the Crossfire and Christmas Conspiracy (Harlequin Intrigue 2012) as well as the upcoming Montgomery Justice Series from Montlake Romance. You can find out more information at her website www.robinperini.com or visit her on Twitter @RobinPerini, Facebook (Robin PeriniAuthor) or Goodreads.

Visit Robin Perini on the web: http://www.robinperini.com


Sarah Baker

Sarah H. Baker grew up in New Orleans, the city of music, food, and wonderful stories. After running off to Alaska to enjoy a taste of the wild pipeline days, she returned to the Lower 48 and earned a Master's degree in engineering. As an engineer for the government, Sarah has lived all over the United States, but seems to have sprouted roots in New Mexico. While moving around, she stumbled onto the joy of her life: writing. Sarah writes mystery as S.H. Baker, romance as Sarah Storme, and erotica/erotic romance as Lydia Parks. She has written for Kensington, Harlequin, Five Star, and other publishers, and is most proud of her newest release, Return to Marshall's Bayou, a full-cast audio production from Siren Audio Studios of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Listen to a sample at www.SHBaker.com. Sarah also enjoys talking to readers and writers, and occasionally teaches classes for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of New Mexico.

Visit Sarah Baker on the web: http://www.SarahStorme.com

Return to Marshall's Bayou

Shannon Donnelly

Shannon Moreau

Shannon Yvonne Moreau is a writer of new adult fiction and historical nonfiction. Shortly after graduating with a B.A. in Liberal Arts from The Evergreen State College, she completed the Writing for Children and Teenagers course from the Institute of Children’s Literature. This led to her first published article in Cricket magazine and to another in American History. Currently she is a member of the Romance Writers of America (RWA) and the Land of Enchantment Romance Authors (LERA) New Mexico chapter. She works as an Executive Assistant but loves books, comics, music, movies and TV, and she never has enough opportunities to dance. Visit her “Read, Write, Bliss” blog at http://readwritebliss.wordpress.com.

Visit Shannon Moreau on the web: http://readwritebliss.wordpress.com

Shea Berkley

Shea Berkley is an author of YA (young adult) fantasy novels, which means she's the luckiest person alive ’cause she gets to spend her days playing with her characters. Some are totally cool, others aren’t so nice, but they all bring something to the party. Shea is a three time Golden Heart finalist and total writing geek. She loves talking books and plot and all things character. With her first book, TORREIN: AGE OF FEAR released, she quickly sold a three book fantasy series (Keepers of Life). She was thrilled when the first book in that series, THE MARKED SON, received great reviews. Her next book in the Keepers of Life series, THE FALLEN PRINCE, is due to hit bookstores in 2013. All her books can be found at your local bookstore or online at major retailers.

Visit Shea Berkley on the web: http://www.sheaberkley.com/

Shelly Alexander

Shelly grew up traveling the world, earned a BBA in Marketing, and landed a corporate job in Dallas, TX before marriage lured her to Albuquerque in the early '90s. After growing up with four older brothers and eventually having three sons of her own, Shelly decided to escape her male-dominant world for some "girl time" by reading romance novels. While reading in the New Mexico sunshine as her husband fished for trout, she began to dream up love stories that she'd like to write herself someday. The years passed with Shelly helping run the family business, volunteering for every field trip and school function imaginable, and incalculable loads of dirty laundry provided by her three active boys. When she survived invasive breast cancer, she decided it was now or never, and she bought her first laptop so she could start writing down her stories. The rest is history--well, contemporaries to be precise. Now, Shelly spends her days writing steamy romances while tending to a miniature schnauzer named Omer, a tiny toy poodle named Mozart, and a pet boa named Zeus. Her stories feature strong, independent heroines and mouth-watering heroes, and her plots are filled with real-life issues, unexpected twists, and subtle doses of humor. She still attends her three teenage boy's golf matches, school functions, and music performances, but they have learned to do their own laundry, providing Shelly with more time to devote to writing.

Visit Shelly Alexander on the web: http://shellyalexander.net/

Susan McDuffie

Susan McDuffie has been a devotee of historical fiction since her childhood, when she believed she had been born in the wrong century. She now writes historical mysteries set in medieval Scotland. The Muirteach MacPhee Mysteries include A MASS FOR THE DEAD (2006), THE FAERIE HILLS (2011-- Winner of NM Book Award “Best Historical Novel” 2011) and THE STUDY OF MURDER (September 2013). Additional information can be found at www.SusanMcDuffie.net or www.facebook.com/SusanMcDuffieAuthor.

Visit Susan McDuffie on the web: http://www.SusanMcDuffie.net

Tamra Baumann

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Tracy Zullo

Hey :) My name is Tracy Zullo and I'm a writer. It's taken quite a while for me to say those words. I started off my life as a reader, anything and everything I could get my hands on. Even when I was in elementary school I read whatever I could find. Easily bored, I'd finish my assignments in class and start talking. My teachers grew frustrated. Nothing worked but getting me out of the room. The Media Center (Library) became my second home. This is where I discovered things like, The Wizard of Oz wasn't just a movie, it was a whole series of books. Books in series, ahh a dream come true. Flash forward to an overachieving child, a scholarship, a love of math that competed with my love of words and I became a young engineer who read at night when she should be sleeping. Loving the control and beauty of engineering, I missed the wild craziness of creativity. So I married it. My wonderful musician husband Mike. Two amazing daughters later and three career changes (all within engineering), I'm living in New Mexico surrounded by unique and creative people, still reading whenever I can. But now I write too. I've joined the craziness of creativity myself and couldn't be happier about it.

Visit Tracy Zullo on the web: http://tracyzullo.com