Jodi Thomas, a fifth generation Texan, chooses to set the majority of her novels in her home state. Her first book, Beneath the Texas Sky, (1988), won the National Press Women's Novel of the Year in its category. Book three, The Tender Texan (1991), was Thomas's first national bestseller and won her the first of her Romance Writers of America's RITA. In all, Jodi has won four (4) RITA awards
(the latest in 2010) and has been inducted into the Romance Writers of America’s Hall of Fame.
Ms. Thomas made the USA Today’s Best-Selling list. Her sixteenth book rose to number sixteen on the New York Times bestseller list.
In 2005, Finding Mary Blaine received the National Readers’ Choice Award. She has since received this award for two other books.
The Lone Texan won the Readers’ Choice in 2009 for Best Western Romance. In 2011, her Somewhere Along the Way won the Booksellers’ Best Award.
Ms. Thomas is Writer In Residence at West Texas A & M University. She lives in Amarillo with her husband, Tom. They have two grown sons.
Jaye Wells served as a magazine editor and freelance writer for several years before leaving facts behind to make up her own reality. Her overactive imagination and life-long fascination with the arcane and freakish blended nicely with this new career path. Her Sabina Kane urban fantasy series is a blend of dark themes, grave stakes and wicked humor. Silver-Tongued Devil is due out in December, 2011, and Blue-Blooded Vamp is due out in May, 2012, both from Orbit.
Ms. Wells lives in Texas with her saintly husband and devilish son. Her work is represented by Rebecca Strauss of McIntosh & Otis.