Summer is a lazy time for me. It shouldn’t be, goodness knows I have enough books to write, but it is. Especially this week with the holiday! So I begged, cajoled, misled, imposed on a few authors to send me their images and a little bio so I could be lazy and not think about lists of 13 things throughout the summer. And they came through! All they needed to do was provide me with a bio and a picture. And the picture was key! I wanted to SEE who they were. Well, there’s some pretty creative SHY authors out there. I love these pictures! So here’s my first list (in no particular order) of 13 authors I know …

1. Mima


Mima rearranges her perennial garden in a small village on the Erie Canal. She is a teacher-librarian to one thousand delightful children, and string partner to a wee black cat. Visit her website ( for excerpts of her 10 erotic romances. 

2. Ashlyn Chase

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Ashlyn Chase describes herself as an Almond Joy bar. A little nutty, a little flaky, but basically sweet, wanting only to give her reader’s a scrumptious reading experience. She writes hot romantic comedy and lives in beautiful NH with her real-life hero and a spoiled brat cat.

3. Pat Brown

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Born in one of the coldest cities in Canada Pat escaped at 22, fleeing to Los Angeles. Her adventures there led to L.A. Heat (2006) which Mark Richard Zubro said “This is the best gay mystery I have read in years. It is a first-rate thriller with heart-stopping action.

4. Michelle Pillow

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Ever since she can remember, Michelle had a strange fascination with anything historical or supernatural–ghosts, magical powers, and oh! vampires. What could be more alluring than being immortal, all-powerful, and eternally beautiful? Michelle M Pillow, Author of All Things Romance, is a multi-published, award winning author writing in many romance fiction genres.

5. Dorothy McFalls

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Dorothy McFalls resides in an artsy beach community in South Carolina with her sexy sculptor husband and their cat-like dog (Abu) and not so new puppy (Iona) and new kitten (Suki). An environmental urban planner by profession and wildlife biologist by education, she gave up her day job to devote her time to writing in 2001. When not boogie boarding or walking her dogs on the beach, she writes romantic adventure fiction, Regency romances, and short stories.

6. Kate George

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Having worked at a number of jobs ranging from Senior Assistant to the Dean of a Medical School to Actor/Booking Agent in outdoor theatre troop, Ms George has plenty of experience to give authenticity to her characters. In fact, the idea for Moonlighting began formulating while she was working as a evening turndown maid at an exclusive resort for people with more money than sense. The layout was perfect for a crime of passion, but as she didn’t want to spend life in prison, she decided writing about murder would be a wiser choice than committing one.

7. Susan Vaughan
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Award-winning author Susan Vaughan loves writing romantic suspense because it throws the hero and heroine together under extraordinary circumstances and pits them against a clever villain. Reviewers have called her books fast-paced, thrilling, action-packed, sizzling, and highly emotional. She lives on the coast of Maine with her husband and dog.

8. Robie Madison
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Award-winning author Robie Madison pursues her own adventures traveling around the world. When at home, she writes about men and women who aren’t afraid to take risks for love. When she’s not traveling or writing, she can be found teaching writing courses online.

9. Kris Eton
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Kris lives in the middle of nowhere with 2 kids, 1 dog, and 1 cat. In order to combat the isolation, she must create hot sexy books. Her other interests include baking and eating her baking, watching movies & tv, and reading too much historical romance.

10. Sandra Sookoo
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Sandra Sookoo is an author of romance.  Her portfolio includes historical, contemporary, and paranormal romance. 

11. Margay Leah Justice
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Margay Leah Justice is the author of Nora’s Soul, the first in a series of books called The Dante Chronicles. She lives in Massachusetts with her two daughters and two cats – five females under one roof! 

12. Shelley Munro
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Shelley Munro lives in New Zealand with her husband and a bossy dog. She writes hot and spicy adventures, usually set in her home country of New Zealand.

13. Kelley Heckart
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Kelley writes Celtic romances for Awe-Struck and Freya’s Bower. Her lifelong passion for Celtic mythology and storytelling inspired her to write novels with fierce warriors, bold women and otherworldly creatures.

And what would a Thursday Thirteen be at Around the Writer’s Block without a couple of wet men to keep these authors company?

17 Responses to An Author’s Thirteen

  • Hi Nina,

    I’m delighted to be included in your Author’s Thirteen! No better time than the summer for sitting on the beach pretending to watch the kids while indulging in a good book! The steamier the better. (And in case anyone is worried, I haven’t lost a kid yet.)

    My first book, Moonlighting in Vermont, doesn’t come out until August 27, making it a little late for summer reading, but that’s OK – it’s perfect for that first day of school when you need to relax. Getting those kids off to school after a summer without deadlines can be stressful – I know.

    Now it’s back to work on TWO works in progress. I love the challenge of keeping my characters out of each other’s stories. I’ll check in during the day if anyone has questions, comments or remarks I’ll either answer truthfully or make up a really good lie!

    Thanks again,

    Kate George

  • Nice post. I like the wet men, but there should be 13 of ’em or 14 (a spare).

  • Great TT! And that guy in the first pic is too hot!


    My TT is at

  • Kate – Glad to have you visiting! And your first release sounds awesome. I know you went with a small press … what is the name of it? Have you gone into edits yet?

    Kelly – He is rather yummny isn’t he?

    Paige – I loved your post on the declaration of independence. Happy T13!

  • Hi Nina, I’m back again as promised!

    Mainly Murder Press is the name of the publisher I’m with. Small but mighty! I’m extremely grateful to Judith Ivie for giving me a shot – she’s a hoot to work for and very professional, as well as having three mysteries and a number of non-fiction books under her belt. You can check her out at if you like.

    I’ve been through round one of edits and I’m waiting for the final proof to come. (I wanted to be all professional and use the word gallies/gallys/gal… but I can’t figure out how to spell it! How sad is that for a writer? Spelling is my greatest downfall – but it doesn’t keep me from writing!)

    What I write is sort of steamy mainstream romantic suspense. Meaning that in this particular book the main squeeze isn’t a cop. However that’s no the case in one of the WIPs I’m working on now, so I guess for that one I’ll take mainstream out of the category and just say steamy romantic suspense.

    With lots of fun thrown in – because if it isn’t fun for me to write then I’d rather do the dishes. Sad but true. So my protagonists tend to be quirky and strong minded, with a good sense of humor and crazy stuff happening. Anybody who’d like to see a snippet can check out my website at

    NOW, I have a bone to pick with you, Nina. How come you didn’t put one of those hunky men next to MY picture? It only seems fair! You know what they say – Dare to Dream!


  • It was great to see the faces put to names, Nina! What a great idea. I knew what I looked like, and I recognized a couple others, but it was fun to see the rest!


  • Kate – I can’t spell either. My family thinks it’s hysterical I became a writer! (So I can’t spell the “g” word either.) But saying “I sent it off to my editor” is such a thrill! And you’re not the only one who mentioned the hawt guys. I’m thinking there may be one to keep everyone company in the next round. *g*

    Ashlyn – It is fun to put a face with the people we interact with over the Internet. Thanks for stopping by!

  • It’s wonderful to meet all these fabulous authors, Nina! You travel in great company, woman!

  • Thanks for including me as part of your TT. It’s great putting names and faces together. Ooh, and I loved the male element. Very nice. 🙂

  • Thanks for including me as part of your thirteen. Enjoy the wet men very much, especially number two. I want him to lift up that wet t-shirt.

  • Fran – These pics are great aren’t they? Thanks for stopping by.

    Shelley – I love that pic of you with the camel. You didn’t get slobbered on did you? And thanks for playing along.

    Kelley – Wet men are always a bonus! (And you just want to check him for more tattoos I’m sure … *vbg*) Glad you could join in the fun!

  • Nina – I managed to escape any slobber, but it was a close-run thing. We were with a herd of camels and many of them were young. They were very curious and weren’t shy about showing it!

  • Nina, thank you for making me a part of your Author’s 13, too. What wonderful company you pout me in!

  • Hey! Thought I’d stop by, say hello, and hope no one noticed I’m a day late, lol. Thanks for including me Nina, this is such a fun idea!! 😀

  • Shelley – One of the many things for me on my “bucket list” … ride a camel (and an elephant). But I did here they’re very drooly! *g*

    Margay – Thank YOU for coming over to hang out for awhile.

    Michelle – A day late … pshaw. (No one noticed … I changed the time stamp. Ahhhh … just kidding, but you looked. LOL!) Glad to have you here.

  • Coming in very late to the party. 🙂 Had my mind filled with getting to a book reading/book signing for my latest release, THE NUDE, and then left for vacation the very next day. Not a good excuse, but I was a bit frazzled about the thought of reading a section of my rather spicy Regency romance to friends and family. I’m here now. Late is the new black, right? Anyhow, thank you, Nina, for the chance to actually *see* the authors I read and chat with online! I’m back at the beach, working on training my new kitty on how to use the toilet (our last kitty loved the convenience!), and researching for my next WIP set in 17th century Romania. It’s great to be home, though the Romania research makes me yearn for a European adventure.

  • Dorothy – Glad you enjoyed your vacation. And you’re not late, just the last to arrive. 😉 Thanks for stopping by. And I’d love to have my kitty use the toilet! I can’t even imagine how you managed to teach her that.

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