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Under the pseudonym Binnie Syril, Baltimore writer Binnie Syril Braunstein has authored three romance novels and 49 published short stories, as well as reviews, articles, and a frequently updated romance bibliography, A Bouquet of Books. She served as “Writer in Residence” at two Baltimore area schools and has developed courses on writing short stories, romance novels, essays, personal memoirs, as well as on publicity and library research for writers. She is the editor of Novelist, Inc.’s NINC Blast and a publicist for romance and literary authors. She holds a bachelor of music degree in voice and a master’s degree in library science. She worked as a professional librarian for 11 years before beginning to write full time.

Always a passionate lover of books, New York Times bestselling author Phoebe Conn first answered a call to write in 1980 and swiftly embarked on her own mythic journey. Her first book, Love’s Elusive Flame, was a Zebra historical in 1983. Her 36th book, a contemporary, Fierce Love, is a May release from Samhain Publishing. She has more than seven million copies in print of her historical, contemporary and futuristic books written under her own name as well as her pseudonym, Cinnamon Burke, and she remains as enthusiastic as ever about writing. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Art History and a master’s degree in Education. She is a member of RWA, PEN, and

A member of NINC for many years, Charlotte Hubbard has attended every conference since she joined and recently served three years as NINC’s secretary. In her 20+ years as a published author, she has written confessions, Western historicals, erotica, inspirational romance, and is currently writing two Amish series for two different publishers.

Diana Peterfreund has published eight novels for adults and teens, including the four-book Secret Society Girl series, the “killer unicorn novels” Rampant and Ascendant, and For Darkness Shows the Stars, a postapocalyptic retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion. She has also written several critically acclaimed short stories and a variety of nonfiction essays about popular children’s literature. She is a member of RWA, WRW, SFWA, and has been a part of NINC since she was first eligible to join five years ago. Diana lives in Washington D.C., with her family.

Jana DeLeon is former CFO who jumped off the corporate ladder to write fiction, although she confesses to a lingering spreadsheet addiction. Now, she writes boring technical manuals by day and mystery/romance by dawn’s early light. She published five books with Dorchester and currently writes for Harlequin Intrigue. She began indie publishing in 2010 with her Dorchester backlist and released her first straight-to-indie book in 2012. She received the 2012 RT Reviewers Choice Award for Best First Series Romance. Jana and her husband love animals and have their own version of the Brady Bunch—three dogs and three cats. She grew up in the swamps of Louisiana and sets all of her books in fictional bayou towns. Now, she lives in Dallas, Texas and is thankful every day for swimming pools, enormous AC units and swamp coolers.

Business Briefs

Barnes & Noble Giveaway for Kids

Customers who buy a Nook Tablet in a Barnes & Noble bricks-and-mortar store will receive a promotion code enabling them to download a collection of free e-Books as part of the bookseller’s Nook Kids Summer Reading Program. The program is aimed at readers aged 12 and older. The titles offered are Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz; Angel Burn by L. A. Weatherly; The Enemy by Charlie Higson—each of which is the first title of a series—; and Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey.” This group of titles will be offered through August 5. Titles for older teen readers and for younger readers will be offered later in the summer.


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