Honorary Heartlettes


Mary Buckham finished her first novel in eighth grade as part of a homework assignment. Even though the A she earned was in most part for the illustrations she included, the writing bug had taken hold and never let go. During her college career, when she was earning credits toward a degree in International Relations with a minor in Sino-Soviet history, Mary filled her creative well by attending Universities in Seattle, Hawaii, Florence, Italy and Washington, D.C. She traveled extensively throughout the u.s., Europe and the Middle East during the same time period before settling down to raise a family and begin a career in International and Credit Card banking. Leaving the world of Finance shortly after her youngest child was born, Mary turned her attentions once more to writing.

In short order Mary became a free-lance article writer, selling hundreds of articles to local, regional and national publications. She quickly became a Contributing Editor to several different monthly magazines and eventually editor of The Inland Northwest Family Magazine. During this same time Mary taught writing courses through her local Community College, had a non-fiction travel book published and start her first novel.

Long before the publication of her first book in 2004, Mary expanded her teaching endeavors to include a variety of online courses geared toward the beginning novelist. By the time Mary’s second book came out in 2006, Mary had established herself as a sought after speaker and teacher of the writing craft, both online and in live presentations throughout the U.S. and Canada. Currently she juggles these engagements with her role as president of a virtual Manufacturing Company that is producing safety tools in the U.S. and China and slated to be on the world wide market in 2008.

Mary continues to speak speaks to writers across the country and gives online courses throughout the year.  For more information on Mary, her novels and her workshops, please visit www.MaryBuckham.com



The first book Dianna completed won nine awards, culminating with the Golden Heart and Daphne du Maurier awards.  After Harlequin Books purchased WORTH EVERY RISK, this book sold out in a month then wet on to win Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA Award.  She currently writes single title contemporary and paranormal romantic suspense novels as well as a regular column in a regional magazine. Her next releases will be Phantom in the Night (Pocket/2008) and Midnight Kiss Goodbye (St. Martin’s Press/2008).  She enjoys teaching BREAK INTO FICTION™ workshops across the country each year and even presented  at a convention for writers and fans in Wiesbaden, Germany last year.

Dianna was first interviewed on television for a national art award while in sixth grade.  Since then her creative endeavors in both the art and writing fields have garnered articles in local and national magazines as well as major newspapers.  For an interview, please email her at dianna@diannalovesnell.com to arrange an appointment or to interview electronically. 

Dianna lives with her husband in the metro Atlanta area where she is Vice President of Georgia Romance Writers (one of the largest regional writing chapters in the country). Visit her appearance page to see where she goes when she’s not riding her motorcycle across the country in search of new settings for another exciting romantic action-suspense.

To find out more, please visit www.diannalovesnell.com





Tina Ferraro is the author of Top Ten Uses for and Unworn Prom Dress and How to Hook a Hottie, the latter of which was a Spring 2008 Book Sense Children’s Pick . . . “Ferraro captures the high school voice perfectly with this enjoyable romp about a smart young girl’s desire to make money, only to come up with a slightly harebrained plan that is not what she bargained for. A good, fun read for girls 14 and older.” –Maureen Palacios, Once Upon a Time, Montrose, CA





Elizabeth Boyle started writing about the time she was old enough to pick up a pen and hasn’t quit since.  After obtaining degrees in English Literature and History, she worked for fifteen years as a paralegal.  Toiling away on insurance fraud cases, software piracy, and police misconduct cases, Elizabeth learned a lot about motivation and character development (good and bad). 

In 1990, she got serious about writing what she loved-romance novels-and her first novel, Brazen Angel, won the Dell Diamond Debut contest and was published in 1996.  It went on to win the RWA RITA award for Best First Book.   Since then she’s published eleven more novels, including her most recent book, Love Letters from a Duke, which made the NY Times Extended bestseller list.  Her next book, Tempted by the Night, will come out in late August 2008.  

To fuel her writing, Elizabeth enjoys traveling to England, and uses each trip to discover more historical gems for her writing-especially those wonderful London Walks.  She adores Bath and London, but will go just about any place at the drop of the hat.  Case in point–she keeps a traveling bag at the ready in her closet for any such opportunity.  When she can’t travel there is always inter-library loan to find the perfect books that can transport her to these far-flung locales. 

Married for nearly 15 years to a man she describes as “the best birthday present I ever got,” they have two boys and live in a quiet Seattle neighborhood that overlooks Puget Sound.  When she isn’t writing, she knits voraciously, gardens when she can and spends a lot of time picking up Legos.  Elizabeth can be found online at http://www.elizabethboyle.com or on MySpace at http://www.myspace.com/elizbo.  Drop by her blog or “friend her” if you have a chance. 


Born and raised in Ohio, Elaine Spencer moved to Georgia 7 years ago to attend The University of Georgia. Three classes away from graduating with a degree in Economics she panicked and realized that she was heading straight into a life she was dreading. After receiving the advice of, “Do what you love; find a way to make it a living,” she made a 180, (much to the dismay of her parents), and changed her major to Comparative Literature and English. Via this new avenue she found a way to make reading her life, which landed her at The Knight Agency.

Elaine joined The Knight Agency in September of 2005 to manage their continual onslaught of queries and submissions. She currently acts as the liaison between clients, publishers, and agents as Manuscript Coordinator and also as TKA’s sub-rights manager. Elaine has successfully closed over 20 foreign deals on behalf of TKA clients this year alone. In early 2006, Elaine began aggressively building her own client list as the agency’s newest associate agent, and her first sale followed weeks later. She is looking to acquire novels in a variety of categories, including women’s fiction, romance (light paranormals, romance, contemporary mainstream, romantic suspense, comedic, historical), young adult, mystery, and suspense.

Elaine is a member of the AAR, Romance Writers of America, Mystery Writers of America, and International Thriller Writers.

Established in 1996, The Knight Agency has sold more than seven hundred books for its one hundred-plus clients. Elaine is proud to join the talented Knight Agency family, whose authors have produced bestsellers featured on the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Los Angeles Times, Barnes & Noble Bestseller, Amazon.com Hot 100 lists. Awards received by clients include the RITA, Gold Medallion, Walden Books Award for Best New Author, and numerous others.

When she’s not reading Elaine is just your typical twenty-something! She loves to shop more than should ever be legal, and if asked can without hesitation justify ANY purchase as absolutely necessary. She loves college football and her absolute favorite place inside Sanford stadium on any given autumn Saturday, (GO DAWGS!). And of course, she is always a sucker for a good book.Look for Elaine’s visit on December 2.


After graduating from the University of New Hampshire with a degree in English and Journalism, Karen Foley did a short stint as a newspaper reporter before obtaining a job with the Federal government where she has worked for twenty years.

She married her former high-school sweetheart in 1989 and ten days after the wedding packed up their belongings and moved to Europe, where she continued her work with the Department of Defense. During those five wonderful years, they skied the Swiss and Italian Alps, hiked through the Scottish Highlands, explored Etruscan ruins, searched for Celtic ring forts, haggled their way through the Parisian flea markets and traipsed through every 13th and 14th century castle she could find.

Those years instilled in Karen a love of history and provided a vivid backdrop for her historical romances. And her long-time involvement with the Department of Defense gives her great ammunition to create believable action and yummy military heroes.

Karen’s debut Blaze novel, Flyboy, hit bookstore shelves in October, and was voted a Top Pick by RT Book Reviews. She has also sold three more books to Harlequin Blaze, scheduled for release in 2009. Karen is a member of the RWANew England Chapter and a former newsletter editor. She can be found online at http://www.karenefoley.com/ or at her blog, The Moody Muses


Last year, at the suggestion of some of my early readers, I searched high and low for a critique group to hone my craft, receive support and learn valuable writing skills. I found it immediately in an online critique group. The group is the brainchild of Linda Rettstatt, writer, moderator, comedian and supporter extraordinaire.

Linda grew up in the small town of Brownsville, Pennsylvania, where her passions led her to music, social work and the Sisters of St. Joseph. A few years ago, an old dream that had never died re-emerged and Linda starting writing. And writing. And writing. She writes stories for women- of strength, love, humor and hope.

Her first book, And The Truth Will Set You Free came out at Wings ePress, Inc. this summer and was a bestseller for July/August. I’ve had the honor and privilege to read initial drafts of three of her other books. And let me tell you, even as a first draft, this woman can write. She made me laugh, cry and fall in love with all her characters from the very first page. I hope you’ll check her out at her website and on October 8 for her Honorary Heartlette blog. 


It is our pleasure this month to welcome Myretta Robens as September’s Honorary Heartlette. Myretta comes to us from the RWA-New England Chapter, where she employs her multi-talents as both the Chapter’s webmistress and PAN Liaison.

We love Myretta for all those things, but she is also near and dear to our Purple Hearts because of her devotion to Jane Austen, which she parlayed into one of the hottest web site tributes to dear Jane, The Republic of Pemberley.

After living vicariously in the Regency period, Myretta decided to try her hand at writing one of her own period pieces, and, in 2005, Kensington Publishing published Once Upon a Sofa and Just Say Yes, the latter of which was a finalist in the prestigious RWA RITA Award competition.

We so look forward to having Myretta join us. Look for her blog post on September 2. 


We are so pleased to welcome Marley Gibson as our guest blogger and Honorary Heartlette for the month of August!

One thing we Purple Hearts marvel at – Marley is everywhere! She serves as the Vice President of the New England Chapter of RWA and is active in other online writers’ groups, has a blog of her own: Books, Boys, and Buzz, and conducts workshops at local writers’ groups and regional and national conferences. She also recently conducted a session on “What to Expect After You Sign the Contract” for the Romance Diva’s first annual “Not Going to Nationals Cyber Conference”.

After writing ten books, she made her first sale this past year with her “Sorority Girl” series to Puffin Books. The first, Rush – A Sisterhood Novel, is due out in May 2008.Anyone who knows Marley can attest to her contagious energy and giving heart – both of which she wields in her amazing networking skills. I know she pours both these things into all her relationships, her writing, her work, her cooking (she’s a self-trained gourmet chef), and her sports teams (Roll Tide and Go Leafs!)

Her care and concern for fellow writers is evident in the support and encouragement she offers. The most widely known example is when her critique partner couldn’t attend a conference and Marley pitched the hook that eventually brought her CP’s series to auction. Marley and her CP recount this story in their fabulous workshop, “Networking 101″. But I can attest from personal experience that she also works tirelessly behind the scenes to urge writers at all levels of the process along.

As far as her “real” life, the non-writing life, Marley lives outside of Boston with her husband, best friend, and personal webmaster, Mike. You can find more information on Marley at her web site,www.marleygibson.com .

We are so excited to have her join us; look for her blog post on August 5, 2007! 



I am very excited to announce our first Honorary Heartlette, Kristan Higgins author of Fools Rush In. See below to read her guest blog.Kristan‘s book was a funny, smart, witty look at love on Cape Cod – if you’re a Cape purist, she won’t disappoint!

I must admit, I’m personally excited for her to blog for us since I enjoy her writing, her speaking – and gosh darn it – her as well!

Kristan, a former copywriter, lives in Connecticut with her husband and two kids. When she isn’t making her readers giggle (or tear-up), she spends time with her kids, goofs around with her husband, reads, watches baseball, rides her bike and bakes – whew! She sounds like a busy girl.

Then, of course, there’s also her obsession with Derek Jeter (editorial comment: not bad, but he’s no Jason Veritek).I admittedly am really looking forward to her new book, Catch of the Day, coming out in October 2007. Check out that and more at her site: http://www.kristanhiggins.com/


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