We are excited to welcome these fabulous speakers to Fall Into Romance.

Sarah Frantz

Sarah FrantzSarah comes to editing from two directions: from her academic work on popular romance studies and from reviewing for Dear Author. Academia taught her how to analyze narrative structure. Reviewing romance for almost four years taught her how to spot dubious motivation and wooden dialogue at thirty paces. She has transferred her analytical and reviewing talents to editing, so when she makes you cry, it’ll be in private rather than for the whole world to see. You’re welcome.

Sarah has a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Michigan. She edited two academic collections, Women Constructing Men: Female Novelists and Their Male Characters, 1750-2000 (Lexington, 2009) and New Perspectives on Popular Romance Fiction: Critical Essays (McFarland, 2012). She is founder and past president of the International Association for the Study of Popular Romance and has published academic articles on Jane Austen, J.R. Ward, Suzanne Brockmann, Joey Hill, and scenes in which the romance hero breastfeeds from the heroine. Yes, really.

Sarah loves non-paranormal contemporary romance of almost any variety, but wouldn’t turn down pre-twentieth century historical romances that explore what it means to be LGBTQI in different eras. She’s an utter slut for angst but adores humor too. She knows a thing or two about BDSM and will read any romance that gets BDSM right. Her soft spots are ex-cons, sex workers, soldiers, actors, and rock stars. Write a book with an angsty, kinky, sarcastic, ex-con rent boy falling for a former soldier who’s now a famous rock star and actor and she’ll never leave you alone.

Sarah also works as a freelance romance editor and BDSM consultant at Alphabet Editing. She can almost always be found procrastinating on Twitter: @sarahfrantz.

Cathy Maxwell

Cathy MaxwellBestselling novelist Cathy Maxwell, a storyteller since childhood, embraces her writing romance as a way to express her belief that “loving well is the greatest adventure of all,” and to explore her fascination with the Regency period.

The author of twenty-five historical romance novels and four novellas Cathy’s latest The Seduction of Scandal, the fifth of her Scandal and Seduction novels, has just been published. The others, also set in the Regency period, are quintessential Cathy Maxwell—traditional historicals with a contemporary sensibility and a touch of humor. They are A Seduction at Christmas, The Marriage Ring, The Earl Claims His Wife, and His Christmas Pleasure. Each has appeared for multiple weeks on The New York Times Best Seller list.

Cathy received recognition from the start with her first novel, All Things Beautiful. Published in 1994, it was nominated for Best First Book by the Romance Writers of America and for Best First Historical by Romantic Times magazine. It also received first place recognition as Best Read of 1994 from the Reader’s Voice

Born in Olathe, Kansas, Cathy’s family roots go back to the Mayflower and the Revolutionary War. She has long called Virginia home, noting she is “a Virginian by choice, but a Kansan by nature.” She worked in television news and spent six years in the Navy. She attended Air Force intelligence school, worked in the Pentagon and did a tour with Naval Intelligence.

Cathy began her writing career in 1991. Now, twenty years later, she is the author of sixteen national bestsellers and her novels appear regularly on The New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists. Her books include In the Highlander’s Bed, Bedding the Heiress, In the Bed of a Duke, The Price of Indiscretion, Temptation of a Proper Governess, and The Seduction of an English Lady. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Washington Romance Writers, Virginia Romance Writers, and Novelists Inc., and she is a frequent speaker at writers’ conferences, libraries and special events.

She lives in rural Powhatan County with her rescued dogs Rico and Maya and with her son during college breaks, and is just a few miles from her horses, Duncan and Dinero.

Carla Neggers

Carla NeggersNew York Times bestselling author Carla Neggers has been spinning stories ever since she climbed a tree with pad and pen at age eleven. Now she has millions of copies of her books in print in more than 30 countries, and more than two dozen of her books have placed on the New York Times, USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists. Declan’s Cross is the third novel in her acclaimed Sharpe & Donovan romantic suspense series that launched with Saint’s Gate and Heron’s Cove and has been praised as “a breathtaking reading experience” (Providence Journal), “gripping and suspenseful” (Nashua Telegraph), and “outstanding” (USA Today). Her popular Swift River Valley series debuted with Secrets of the Lost Summer, which spent three weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and garnered rave reviews, including a starred review from Booklist and a Top Pick from RT Book Reviews.

Growing up in rural western Massachusetts with three brothers and three sisters, Carla developed an eye for detail and a love of a good story. Her imagination, curiosity and sense of adventure are key to creating the complex relationships, fast-paced plots and deep sense of place in her books.

“My first job was cleaning rooms at a local motel,” says the author. “As I’d pull back a shower curtain, I’d be thinking, ‘What if I found a dead body in the tub?’ As kids, we fanned out into the fields to pick wild blueberries. I’d be thinking, ‘What if I found a dead body under a pine tree?’

“Fast-forward to a boat tour of a Dutch canal a few years ago. I was thinking, ‘What if a dead body floated by?’ Are we seeing a pattern here?”

At the core of every novel Carla writes is what Publishers Weekly has called her “flair for creating likeable, believable characters and her keen recognition of the obstacles that can muddle relationships.” She sold her first book not long after graduating magna cum laude from Boston University with a degree in journalism. An accomplished musician, she studied with members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and freelanced as an arts-and-entertainment reporter—always with a novel in the works.

Carla attributes her enduring success to the dedication of her readers. An active member of the writing community, she teaches workshops across the country. She is a founding member of the New England Chapter of Romance Writers of America and has served on the boards of International Thriller Writers and Novelists, Inc. She has given numerous media interviews, from a popular talk-radio show in small-town Louisiana to television appearances in such cities as Boston, Denver, Phoenix, Nashville, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Louisville, Columbus, Memphis and Vancouver, British Columbia.

When she isn’t writing, Carla loves to travel, hike, garden and spend time with her large family. Get-togethers at her family’s tree farm on the western edge of the Quabbin Reservoir are a favorite. She and her husband, Joe, a native of middle Tennessee, have two grown children. They are frequent travelers to Ireland and divide their time between Boston and their hilltop home in Vermont, not far from Quechee Gorge.

For more information please visit her at CarlaNeggers.com.

Farrah Rochon

Farrah RochonA native of south Louisiana, USA Today Bestselling author Farrah Rochon officially began her writing career while waiting in between classes in the student lounge at Xavier University of Louisiana. After earning her Bachelors of Science degree and a Masters of Arts from Southeastern Louisiana University, Farrah decided to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a published novelist. She was named Shades of Romance Magazine’s Best New Author of 2007. Her debut novel, Deliver Me, the first in her Holmes Brothers series, garnered rave reviews, earning Farrah several SORMAG Readers’ Choice Awards.

In September 2010, Farrah joined the Harlequin Kimani Romance family with the launch of her new series that follows the lives of the fictional New York Sabers football team. The second book in the Sabers series, I’ll Catch You, was nominated for the prestigious RITA Award given by the Romance Writers of America, and the first book in her Bayou Dreams series, A Forever Kind of Love, was a 2012 RT Book Reviews Reviewer’s Choice Award nominee.

When she is not writing in her favorite coffee shop, Farrah spends most of her time reading her favorite romance novels, hanging around on Twitter, and trying to attend as many Broadway shows as her budget will allow. An admitted sports fanatic, Farrah feeds her addiction to football by watching New Orleans Saints games on Sunday afternoons.

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