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FRI/4/23 :: 7:00p
Fiction: Swept Away By Romance


These bestselling historical romance writers enthrall readers with their captivating stories of  dukes and duchesses while exploring timely, present day issues —like feminism, social justice, empowerment, and autonomy—through the lens of history.

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Elle Jackson

Growing up in the Midwest of the United States, Elle read voraciously. Through her love of books, she learned early on that the world was a huge place, but not as vast as the universes. Elle Jackson fell in love with writing everything from historical romance to science fiction romance. She’s a designer, professor, wife, and mom of two amazing kids. As a designer and writer, she says creating is her happy place. Renovating dollhouses and designing journals are her latest obsessions.


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Amalie Howard

Amalie Howard is a bestselling author, most notably of The Beast of Beswick, “a smart, sexy, deliciously feminist romance,” and one of O-The Oprah Magazine’s Top 24 Best Historicals to Read. She is the co-author of the #1 bestsellers in regency romance and Scottish historical romance, My Rogue, My Ruin and What A Scot Wants, and has also penned several young adult novels. Rules for Heiresses is her forthcoming book this fall. Of Indo-Caribbean descent, she has written articles on multicultural fiction for The Portland Book Review and others. She lives in Colorado with her family. Visit her at amaliehoward.com.


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The Ripped Bodice

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Eloisa James

Eloisa James is a USA Today and New York Times bestselling author and professor of English literature, who lives with her family in New York, but can sometimes be found in Paris or Italy. Eloisa’s newest novel is Wilde Child: Wildes of Lindow Castle. She is the mother of two and, in a particularly delicious irony for a romance writer, is married to a genuine Italian knight. Visit her at www.eloisajames.com.


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Erica Ridley

Erica Ridley is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of historical romance novels. When not reading or writing romances, Erica can be found riding camels in Africa, zip-lining through rain forests in Costa Rica, or getting hopelessly lost in the middle of Budapest.


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Vanessa Riley

Vanessa Riley is an award-winning author of Regency and Historical Romances featuring dazzling multi-culture communities and powerful persons of color. To fuel her interest in the Regency and early-Victorian eras, she made time for attending renaissance fairs and consuming period novels and films while obtaining her Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Stanford University. She is a member of Romance Writers of America and the Historical Novel Society, as well as a Christian Book Lovers board member. A frequent speaker at women’s events, she lives in Georgia with her military husband and teenage kid. Visit her online at VanessaRiley.com.