Magicians' Bios


Heather Leonard, a labor and employment lawyer/mediator by day, writes paranormal romance and romantic suspense in her ever so sparse free time. If she were a super-hero (and she wants to be - capes are sooo in this year), her superpowers would be the ability to find the best bottle of cheap champagne and answer all questions relating to Star Wars trivia. Her weaknesses would be the inability to resist good champagne and Star Wars trivia challenges. She also likes to talk about herself in the third person, as this bio indicates.


Carla Swafford loves romance novels, action/adventure movies, and men, and her books reflect that. Plus she's a rare creature in the Deep South, she loves hockey. Carla's married to her high school sweetheart and lives in Alabama.
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There are those who say romance novels are fairy tales written for grown women. I happen to like fairytales. One of my favorite Broadway musicals, Cinderella, is based on a fairytale.

Through the pages of romance novels, I have played pall mall with the Bridgertons. I have had tea with the very high-in-the-instep Bedwyns. I’ve plotted with the Desperate Duchesses and giggled with the Wallflowers.

I have loved it all so much that I decided to try my hand at writing some “fairytales” of my own.

I have wanted to be a writer since I was nine years old. A career as an opera singer - a tale of adventure in itself - and the twists and turns of life have taught me that fate and love are the two most powerful forces in the universe.

I've sung opera in Salzburg. I've lived in a small English village. I've been a teacher, a veterinary technician, and a funeral home coordinator. Now I manage a bakery. I create confections to help people celebrate those moments in life that bring us all joy.

Through it all I've seen my share of villains and ogres, frogs and princes, heroes and heroines. This much I know to be true. None of life's characters are ever what they seem. Everyone is something more, and something less. Love is the one thing that lays our souls bare to each other. Love creates the only real beauty in the world.

For a long time, reading fairytales was enough for me. Then I had to write them, because there are stories in my head that simply must be told.

2008 Golden Heart Finalist
2009 Golden Heart Finalist

2007 Royal Ascot Winner
2008 Royal Ascot Winner
2009 Royal Ascot Winner

2008 Daphne du Maurier Winner
2009 Daphne du Maurier Winner


Suzanne Johnson grew up in rural Northwest Alabama, halfway between the Bear Bryant Museum and Elvis' birthplace. That, plus living in New Orleans for fifteen years, has give her a highly refined sense of the absurd and an ingrained love of SEC football and fried gator on a stick. She grew up reading  Stephen King and the gothic romances of Susan Howatch, which is why she often writes romance in which at least one of the participants is not human.
Under the name Suzanne Johnson, she writes the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series for Tor Books: Royal Street (2012), River Road (2012) and Elysian Fields (2013) will be followed by Pirate's Alley (2015) and Belle Chasse (2015). She also is the author of the short paranormal sweet romance, Christmas in Dogtown, for Story Vault. Her 2013 novel Elysian Fields is the 2014 winner of the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence for paranormal/fantasy/futuristic.

Under the name Susannah Sandlin (chosen in honor of her gggg-grandmother of the same name), she writes paranormal romance and romantic thrillers (with humans!) for Montlake Romance. The award-winning Penton Legacy paranormal romance series is: Redemption (2012); Absolution (2012), winner of the 2013 Holt Medallion for paranormal romance; Omega (2013), a finalist for RT Book Reviews' 2014 Reviewer's Choice Awards for paranormal romance; and Allegiance (June 2014). The Collectors is a romantic thriller series. Lovely, Dark, and Deep (Collectors 1) will be released in June 2014; book two, as yet untitled, will release in December 2014. Her paranormal romance short, Chenoire, was released in December 2013 by StoryFront.

By day, Suzanne is an editor at Auburn University despite being an alum of the University of Alabama, which she thinks makes her bilingual. She lives in Auburn with two dogs named after professional wrestlers—a long story she is not inclined to share.

Twitter: @Suzanne_Johnson

Meda White is an award-winning author who writes sweet, sultry, and southern contemporary and new adult romance. Born with Georgia clay running through her veins, she continues to enjoy the Southern lifestyle with her husband, a very spoiled Collie, and a stray cat who adopted the family. When not writing, you might find her making music, shooting zombie targets, teaching yoga, or explaining the meaning of her unusual first name.


Aidee Ladnier (who also writes as Angelia Pitman) began writing fiction at twelve years old but took a hiatus to be a magician’s assistant, ride in hot air balloons, produce independent movies, collect interesting shoes, and amass a secret file with the CIA. A lover of genre fiction, it has been a lifelong dream of Aidee's to write both romance and erotica with a little science-fiction, fantasy, mystery, or the paranormal thrown in to add a zing.

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DEBRA GLASS is the author of over thirty-five books of historical and paranormal romance, non-fiction, young adult romance, and folklore. The recipient of the National Society of Arts and Letters Alabama Screenwriter Award in 1992, she went on to win the NSAL Empire State Award for excellence in screenwriting. She holds an MAed with emphasis in history from the University of North Alabama.

Debra is a member of Romance Writers of America and the Professional Authors’ Network. She is also a member of RWA’s Heart of Dixie and Southern Magic Chapters.

She lives in Alabama with her real life hero, a couple of smart-aleck ghosts, and a glaring of diabolical black cats.

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For information about the Skeletons Series or Debra’s Haunted History of the Shoals Ghost Walk Tour, click HERE.


Larynn Ford writes about normal everyday life and those times when the heroine's boyfriend announces he's not human or when that pesky witch from down the street decides to kill her friend. You have got to hate it when that happens but her heroines are strong, resourceful, and open-minded. Paranormal fantasy covers it if she has to put a tag on it.

Growing up in the wonderful state of Alabama she loves the South and sets her stories there. She became interested in writing in high school but didn't give serious thought to publication until 2009. Her first book, In my Wildest Dreams, was published April 16, 2013 with a short story, Christmas Blessings to follow in Soul Mate Publishing's 2013 Christmas anthology, All I Want For Christmas Is A Soulmate.

Contracts for two books to be released in 2014 currently keep her hopping. Look for Rescued and Dreams Do Come True later this year.

Check out my website for details on release dates and some gorgeous covers.


Raised in the American South, Paula Graves knows Southerners don't hide their crazy people—they showcase them.  Eccentric people make for the best stories, and Southerners love their stories.  The need to tell stories has been a driving force in Paula's life from a young age.

As a girl, her favorite books were mysteries and romances. When she realized there were books that featured both romance and mystery, she knew she'd found her calling. An award-winning national bestseller, she gets to play both matchmaker and murderer and get paid for it.  She loves to hear from readers and encourages them to click the "contact" button on her website and let her know what they think of her books.

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 Philisha Byrd Stephens

Born and raised in North Alabama, Philisha fell in love with books while battling breast cancer. The stories took her away from the unpleasantness of life and gave her hope. As a result, she wanted to create stories of her own. She is currently unpublished, but hopes that will change when her first story is ready.


Susan Sierra is a historical and contemporary romance writer. She loves books and old letters, adores her dog and family, and has a deep and committed love affair with coffee. She spent time as an undergraduate studying (having fun) in Mexico, went on to work for a large regional magazine as a copyeditor, and then decided that she hadn’t tortured herself enough in she went to graduate school. After many years, she walked away with a PhD and an unhealthy relationship with Charles Dickens. She hopes to complete her first full-length novel in 2015. Follow me on TWITTER!