HeRA will be holding an open critique session for the July Program. Bring your manuscripts for feedback!
Claire Ashgrove has been contracted for her first Regency Historical Romance.
Published Author Dyann Love Barr wins the ConQuest Story in A Bag event at ConQuest44!
Published Author Tori St. Claire signs with Entangled Publishing for her first Brazen book.
Author Cathy Marlowe signs her first contract with a Romantic Suspense through Entangled Publishing.
Claire Ashgrove has been writing since her early teens and maintained the hobby for twenty years before deciding to leap into the professional world. Her first contemporary novel, Seduction’s Stakes, sold to The Wild Rose Press in 2008, where she continues to write steamy, sexy stories for the Champagne and Black Rose lines. Adding to these critically acclaimed contemporaries, Claire’s paranormal romance series, The Curse of the Templars, debuted with Tor in January 2012. For those who prefer the more erotic side of romance, she also writes for Berkley Heat as the National Bestselling Author Tori St. Claire.
Dennis Barr is a writer who’s better known for his pithy letters to various editors than his stirring fiction. That hasn’t kept him from diving into his first novel, and the beginnings of a second. He keeps his secret identity as a romance writer safe while working at a day job as an IT manager for a Kansas City engineering firm. He’s recapturing the fun of fiction writing, after a decades-long break from earlier efforts writing science fiction in his college years. He’s a loving husband and father, a doting grandfather, and sometimes masquerades as a curmudgeon. A word of warning–don’t get him involved in a political discussion; it’s not a pretty sight.
With the maiden name of Love, how could she not write romance?
Dyann is a former chef, and her hobbies include sewing, belly dancing, acting, and playing video games with a vengeance. She lives in western Missouri with her husband and their cat, Spook, who thinks he actually owns the house. They’re just the servants who came with the property.
A long time fan of reading and the romance industry, I believe in supporting authors. I have been featured on a best selling author’s webpage showing my support at a book signing dressed in a purple sequined tank top, leopard print mini skirt, and a hot pink punk wig. Fortunately for the world at large, a few years ago I decided to limit my author “stalking” to see what it would take to get my own work published. HeRA has proved to be an invaluable resource for me as I work on my Young Adult and humorous Suspense novels. I have learned much in the areas of developing writing craft skills, publishing in today’s market, and balancing the demands of a full time teaching job, husband, children, while retaining my title as the “Best Grandma Ever”.
Karin Rita Gastreich was born near Kansas City, Missouri. After earning a PhD in Zoology at the University of Texas in Austin, she lived for ten years in Costa Rica. There she directed a study abroad program in tropical ecology and environmental policy for Duke University and the Organization for Tropical Studies. She recently returned to her home town and is now an Assistant Professor of Biology at Avila University. Her past times include camping, hiking, music, and flamenco dance.
Tenaya Jayne has been writing fiction since the age of seven. She specializes in paranormal romance and fantasy. She loves writing poetry, flash fiction, and demented fairy tales. Her first novel, Blue Aspen, was published in 2009 and has become a cult favorite.
Cathy Marlowe lives in Missouri with a huge chocolate lab whose crazy antics occasionally appear in her books. She's blessed with a supportive husband, three wonderful children. When not writing, she coaches soccer and works to create a safe world for children. She loves dark chocolate mint M&Ms accompanied by a steaming mug of coffee and smart stories that touch the heart while making you laugh, cry, and stay up all night turning pages.
J.F. is a Roman lover. All things Roman or Celtic or Ancient. Her first book is coming out this year Vows of Revenge set in 295BCin where else…ancient Rome. J.F. is a PRO member of Romance Writer’s of America, a member of the Historical Novel Society, as well as Mid-America Romance Authors (MARA), Hearts Through History Romance Writers, and Heartland Romance Authors HERA. With all of the above to keep her busy, she also loves anything to do with horses and dogs, gardening and landscaping, sewing and crocheting…but most of all her family, friends, and always reading a good book.
If you enjoy stories about brides and grooms not ready to commit, identical twins who trade places, cowboys, and pretend marriages, you’ll enjoy Marilyn Shank’s contemporary romances. Marilyn’s first four novels were published by Avalon Books. Avalon’s quality hard-back books were distributed only to libraries and Avalon’s internal book club. But when Amazon purchased Avalon in June, 2012, everything changed. Marilyn is pleased to have two books with Montlake Amazon’s romance line: Daddy with a Deadline and Bride by Mistake. These books are being published both in paperback and electronic format.
Critique Constructive Critique is one of the most valuable assets an author can have and HeRA facilitates these efforts.
Writer's Bootcamp As a member of HeRA all our Writer's Bootcamp classes are free of charge.
Annual Retreat Our Annual Fall Retreat allows members time to concentrate on writing, be that in workshop settings or simply time away to write.
Workshops Members enhance their Bootcamp Basics and further their craft with our monthly programs, guest speakers, and workshops.