Here in Southwest Florida, we know a lot about the power of hurricanes. They can be terrifying, destructive demons playing havoc with human lives.
We know a lot about the power of love, too. We know love can survive storms of all kinds, and these ten new stories from Southwest Florida Romance Writers prove it. Here, love comes to rich and poor, young and old. It lurks on the beach, in town, and in Florida’s agricultural heartland. It might creep up on you, or it might strike with the power of a hurricane.
Sometimes the hurricane arrives in disguise: a vintage motorcycle, a bucking bronco, a man’s name. Be surprised, be moved, be open to what comes after the storm. Because sometimes, out of devastation, come new beginnings. And the heart of each story is love.
Don’t miss the first anthology from Southwest Florida Romance Writers, From Florida with Love: Sunsets & Happy Endings, also from Satin Romance…
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About the Author
Karen Dean Benson decided to try her hand at writing romantic historical fiction somewhere between diapering her first child and kissing the sixth off to college. The Dominican Nuns in the Detroit, Michigan parochial system attempted to teach her how to diagram a sentence. Armed with this knowledge and her love of Jane Austen and Kathleen Woodiwiss’ memorable tales, she pounded out stories on a Royal Portable typewriter that bounced merrily across the desktop. The lusty voices of children in the background increased her fervor. After graduating from Northwood University, she spent the next years in the woodlands of Northern Michigan relishing the beauty of the Au Sable River as her family grew. She swapped out the Royal for a thirty-pound Olympic that stayed put when typing. Karen loves research, history, and tales of convoluted lives. She weaves all this against the backdrop of a by-gone era and tosses in plenty of problems to solve. Her novels involve young women blundering through the social constraints of the 18th and 19th Centuries. She and husband Charlie divide their time between golf courses in Michigan and Florida.
I wrote my first novel at the age of six. It was titled “The Mouse,” and was two pages long—including illustrations! My mother saved that first edition and every now and then, I take it out and smile over it. When my beloved husband of many years suddenly died, I’d come home after a long day of work and write. Writing allowed me to pour out all my sadness. Then, the more I wrote, the more I realized I would go on. I would be happy, I had a lot of living to do, and love stories to tell. I’m published now in Romance novels and an anthology of short stories. But my first two manuscripts still reside on a CD somewhere in my house. I can’t bear to erase them because they’re mine, they’re loved, and like a crazy relative one hides in the attic, they reside in a quiet, safe place.
Ever dream of traveling through time? Mariah Lynne does. She writes stories that take her readers along on exciting journeys. Travel to distant times and beautiful places with strong-willed independent heroines whose memorable tales will entertain with twisted plots that dabble in the paranormal. Shadows Across Time fits that description to a T as do her previous works The Love Gypsy and The Duchess’ Necklace. A Graduate of Syracuse University, Mariah lives on a beautiful Florida Gulf Coast Island where she has written weekly entertainment columns for two island newspapers. Because she loves where she lives, Southwest Florida takes center stage in her stories. She is a member of Romance Writers of America and the Southwest Florida Romance Writers who recently published an anthology: “From Florida With Love: Sunsets and Happy Endings.” Mariah’s short story “Love At First Flight” is included. When she is not writing, she enjoys swimming, traveling and spending time with her husband and her dolphin hunting dog, Max. To learn more about Mariah and her Time Travel adventures visit her at:
An Accidental Writer ~ Writing was a tool, not a toy, until a stay in a haunted hotel. Howling wind and creaking floors sent Becca to a bookcase full of dog eared romances. Sleeplessness turned to fascination. Hooked she read old romances, new romances, both sexy and sweet, until her own tales begged to be written. Becca now lives in Wyoming with her family. Despite frequent travels she is, at heart, a homebody believing the mind is the most fascinating playground of all.