Meet the Authors

Pat Amsden

Pat Amsden

Writer of Romance and Mystery

Pat Amsden is a writer of romance and mystery who lives on the West Coast of Canada. She lives with her son in Victoria, BC and works at the local hospital. She is, once again, single.

For as long as she can remember she has loved stories. First reading them and then making them up. Sometimes that got her into trouble when she was younger but that’s another story!

She studied journalism in college but got side-tracked raising a family and working a variety of other jobs to pay the bills. Writing fell by the way-side. The years went by and one day she decided to check out a local writer’s group.

There was a workshop with an exercise. Write something that had the hero and heroine meeting within the first page. Maybe there could even be a kiss! And don’t let the heroine get too comfortable. If she’s shy don’t have her go to the library and meet the librarian, get her out of her comfort zone. Maybe that could be in a bar. She decided, why stop there, let’s put the heroine on top of the bar! Many revisions later, the result is Lost In Vegas!


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Vicki Batman, has sold many romantic comedy works and essays to magazines, several publishers, and most recently, three romantic comedy mysteries. Along the way, she has garnered awards and bestsellers.

An avid Jazzerciser. Handbag lover. Mahjong player. Yoga practioner. Movie fan. Book devourer. Chocaholic. Best Mom ever. And adores Handsome Hubby.

Funny sweet, and quirky, Vicki’s stories are full of her hallmark humor, romance, and will delight all readers.

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Jacquie Biggar

Jacquie Biggar

Jacquie Biggar is a USA Today bestselling author of romance who loves to write about tough, alpha males and strong, contemporary women willing to show their men that true power comes from love. She lives on Vancouver Island with her husband and loves to hear from readers all over the world!

In her own words:

“My name is Jacquie Biggar. When I’m not acting like a total klutz, I am a wife, mother of one, grandmother, and a butler to my calico cat.

My guilty pleasures are reality tv shows like Amazing Race and The Voice. I can be found every Monday night in my armchair plastered to the television laughing at Blake and Adam’s shenanigans.

I love to hang at the beach with DH (darling hubby) taking pictures or reading romance novels (what else?).

I have a slight Tim Hortons obsession, enjoy gardening, everything pink, and talking to my friends.”

She has been blessed with a long, happy marriage and enjoys writing romance novels that end with happily-ever-afters.

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Deborah Ahern Evans


Deborah Ahern Evans writes books that touch the heart and challenge the soul. When she’s not writing or practicing law, she spends her free time with friends and family or out in nature, enjoying the four seasons of Pennsylvania and Vermont.

Writing as Veronica Forand, she’s won the Golden Pen Award for Romantic Suspense, the Bookseller\’s Best in Romantic Suspense, finaled six books and manuscripts in the Daphne du Maurier Contest for Excellence in Suspense, and was chosen a Top Ten Finalist out of over thirty thousand entries in the James Patterson Co-Author Competition.

She’s represented by Michelle Grajkowski of 3 Seas Literary Agency at

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Claire Gem


Claire Gem writes for her life. An avid fan of intensely emotional romance as well as a good ghost story (not necessarily together or in that order), her favorite authors include Nora Roberts, Barbara Michaels, Linda Howard, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Simone St James, & Susanna Kearsley.

Claire has lived in five states – Florida, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, & Texas. She’s worked as a hairdresser, a bridal designer, a lab tech, & in scientific research. Her loves are horses, fishing, pretty things, & being a novelist. And wine. And chocolate.

Claire’s idea of a great love story is one with extreme emotion: one that makes you laugh and cry, get mad and get scared, one that has that *sigh* factor. A book that transports you to another place and introduces you to new people so real, you want to call them up and ask them out for a drink, and miss them when you read those dreaded words – The End.

Since receiving her MFA in Creative Writing from Lesley University, Claire loves living in New England with her husband Clark, who’s been her HEA for almost 35 years now, a Boston terrier named Chopper, a well-worn Mac laptop, and lots of daydreams.

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Kathryn Jane

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Award winning author Kathryn Jane writes the popular Intrepid Women Series. Novels filled with mystery, suspense, adventure, psychic abilities, animals and of course, romance. Think MacGyver, Criminal Minds, and James Bond…with a dash of I Love Lucy.

Addicted to the ocean, Kat lives on the west coast of Canada with her fabulous feline assistant, and a devoted mutt to keep her charming prince company while she’s busy penning fast-paced mysteries and adventures about Kickass Women and the Men who Dare to Love them…

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Marian Lanouette   

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Amazon Bestselling author Marian Lanouette/Merry Holly is a multi-published author in both mystery and romance. She’s also the creator as well as an author in the Season of Series. Born in Brooklyn, New York she’s one of ten children. She took to writing to explore new and adventurous places. While her friends traveled on planes for vacation, Marian traveled in books. With an overactive imagination, it didn’t take long for her to start creating her own characters and stories. The first two books in Marian’s series The Jake Carrington Mysteries were released in 2012 and 2013 respectively. Coming soon is Mated for Life the third book in the series.

Marian has had many interesting careers throughout her life. The most interesting was as an office manager for a local cemetery/crematory. When needed she also helped out with the cremations (thus, Burn in Hell was created from her vivid imagination.)

As an avid reader, she discovered mysteries by reading the Daily News as a youngster. Intrigued by the real life crimes, and how the police worked and eventually solved them, ignited her imagination beyond the ordinary. Reading romances are one of her guilty pleasures. In her work Marian likes mix both mystery and romance to achieve intriguing results.

Marian’s a member of Sisters in Crime and Romance Writers of America.

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Stephanie Taylor

S.A. Taylor is a contemporary and romantic suspense writer, a physical therapist assistant, and a community college professor. When she’s not immersed in those roles, she can be found with her head buried in a good book, working out, golfing, kayaking, dabbling in photography, listening to music (a must when writing), and watching sports.

She builds her stories around the characters who speak the loudest and drops them into plots filled with high emotional stakes all balanced with a touch of humor. The ideas come from an extensive background in the medical profession, fascination with law enforcement and forensics, as well as her passion for sports and music. Currently, her works in progress include five novels, A Step Too Close, A Twisted Fate, Shutter, Follow Me, and Sharp Blades.

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Marsha R. West

The theme of Marsha’s seven books is always second chances. She even has a four-part series titled The Second Chances Series, because she believes in Happily Ever Afters. Her husband picked up a plaque for her on one of their several trips to Maine that states her philosophy exactly. Everything will be all right in the end. If it’s not all right, it’s not the end. The Heroines and Heroes in her books are in their 40s and 50s with their parents and children often playing supporting roles. Finding a new life while danger threatens is challenging, but makes the win all the more worthwhile.

Marsha’s a member of Romance Writers of America-North Texas RWA, Texas Authors, and has her own weekly blog and monthly newsletter. She’s delighted to be a part of WORD BY WORD and looks forward to sharing uplifting and encouraging posts.

Marsha loves making presentations to groups and has twice taught a Silver Frogs class on Indie Publishing for Texas Christian University. Her books can be found on AMAZON, B & N, KOBO, and iTunes. Print books are also available. Blurbs for each of her books with links can be found on her website where you can also sign up for her NEWSLETTER and BLOG. She’d love to hear from you.

  Sharon Wray

Sharon is a librarian who once studied dress design in the couture houses of Paris and now writes of novels of suspense, adventure, and love. A wife, mother of twins, and caretaker of Donut the one-eyed rescue dog, she’s addicted to snapping photos and eating Oreos.

She writes about the men in her Amazon bestselling Deadly Force romantic suspense series where smart, sexy women teach their alpha males that Grace always defeats Reckoning.

Her bestselling debut book EVERY DEEP DESIRE, a sexy, action-packed retelling of Romeo and Juliet, is about an ex-Green Beret determined to regain his honor, his freedom, and his wife.

She’s repped by Deidre Knight and Kristy Hunter of The {Fabulous} Knight Agency.

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