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HeRA will be holding an open critique session for the July Program. Bring your manuscripts for feedback!


Claire Ashgrove has been contracted for her first Regency Historical Romance.


Published Author Dyann Love Barr wins the ConQuest Story in A Bag event at ConQuest44!


Published Author Tori St. Claire signs with Entangled Publishing for her first Brazen book.


Author Cathy Marlowe signs her first contract with a Romantic Suspense through Entangled Publishing.

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HeRA and the Blue Springs S.W.A.T. Team pair up for a special presentation and meeting workshop.


Denise Grover Swank's Young Adult Mystery, Twenty-eight and a Half Wishes hits the #1 slot on the Amazon Free Kindle Store.


Candice Green has been contracted to write the lore for Mufu Games' newest fantasy board game, Talondora, which combines story-telling with great adventuring.






HeRA Launches their Writer's Bootcamp series of online classes designed to equip new authors and new members with the tools necessary for basic craft.


Denise Grover Swank signs with literary agent, Amanda Luedeke, after multiple books reached #1 and stayed at #1 on


Alicia Dean's newest romantic suspense novel, Death Offerings, released on March 28. It is the companion to her 2011 release, Death Notice. .


Misunderstanding Mason, Claire Ashgrove's 2011 Contemporary Novella, was nominated for The Romance Reviews Best Book of the Year (2011).





Tori St. Claire's debut novel, Stripped, hit the best-seller lists, making her a National Bestselling Author.


Misunderstanding Mason, Claire Ashgrove's 2011 Contemporary Novella, was nominated for Long and Short Reviews Best Book of the Month.


Terri Snethen sold her first book, High Times and Low Tips, a mystery, to Henery Press.


Denise Grover Swank's urban fantasy, Chosen, makes a mark on Amazon, coming in at #2 on the Movers and Shakers List for all available titles, #1 in all Sci-Fi/Fantasy and #19 in the entire Kindle store.


RT Book Reviews rates Denise Grover Swank's Chosen at 4 Stars.


Alicia Dean sold her paranormal romance, Reaper's Seduction to Adams Media. The novel will launch the publishers brand new romance line in June.





Immortal Hope , the first book in Claire Ashgrove's paranormal romance series, The Curse of the Templars, releases on January 3.


Stripped, Tori St. Claire's debut erotic romantic suspense, releases on January 3. It is the first book in the Black Opals series.


Misunderstanding Mason, Claire Ashgrove's 2011 Contemporary Novella, was nominated for Long and Short Reviews Best Book of 2011.


Here, Denise M Swank's Young Adult Sci-Fi novel, was nominated for a reader's choice best cover award.




HeRA Authors' Newest Releases

Death Offerings, The Northland Crime Chronicles, Book II Alicia Dean
  MARCH 2012  

A series of unsolved murders going back twenty-five years…
A newspaper columnist who’s caught the attention of a madman…
Macabre gifts left at the crime scene…


A volatile showdown where the prey might teach the hunter that sometimes, victims aren’t as weak as they appear to be…and paybacks can be a bitch.

Sacrifice, The Chosen Series, Book III Denise Grover Swank
  MARCH 2012

She was dead.
No. She only wished she was.

Everything Emma loves has been ripped away—Jake, Will, and her unborn baby. Within minutes of confronting her new reality, Emma is thrust in the middle of a war between two supernatural beings and she’s the prize. To save her son she must choose a side, but Emma wonders if there’s another option—Water.He was losing his mind.

You can’t love someone you don’t know. The Vinco Potentia thinks Will knows something about a woman he doesn’t remember. Will’s only memory of Emma is their few minutes together in the forest, but he is consumed with emotions for her—love and belonging. When his best friend shows up and helps Will escape, his story seems off and Will wonders what he’s hiding.

You are not bound to destiny.

The book stolen from the Vinco Potentia holds the key to a new set of rules and everyone involved will stop at nothing to get it. Torn between her destiny and her desires, Emma will face her biggest sacrifice yet.
Immortal Hope , The Curse of the Templars, Book I Claire Ashgrove
  JANUARY 2012

CENTURIES AGO, Templar knights defied the archangels and unearthed the copper scroll, revealing the gates to hell. Cursed for their forbidden act, they forever roam the earth protecting mankind from evil. But darkness stalks them, and battles they fight bring them ever-closer to eternal damnation. One promise remains to give them salvation – the return of the seraphs.


Embittered by his purpose, Merrick du Loire must honor an ancient pact and bring peace to his cousin’s soul. When he stumbles upon history professor Anne MacPherson, he discovers she possesses a sacred artifact that marks her as a seraph. Duty demands he set aside his personal quest and locate the knight she’s fated to heal. As he struggles with conflicting oaths, Anne arouses buried hope and sparks forbidden desire that challenges everything he’s sworn to uphold.


Anne has six weeks to complete her thesis on the Knights Templar. When Merrick takes her to the Templar stronghold, he presents her with all she needs—and awakens a soul-deep ache, he alone can soothe. Yet loving Merrick comes with a price. If she admits she's destined for him, her gift of foresight predicts his death.

Stripped, Black Opals, Book I Tori St. Claire
  JANUARY 2012

Body of secrets…


As a member of the CIA’s elite, Black Opals, Natalya Trubachev must live a lie, working undercover as the lover of Dmitri, a Russian mob boss. His business is trafficking vulnerable Las Vegas strippers overseas for twisted sex games. Natalya’s business is to blow the ring wide open and bring down Dmitri and his American contacts. But the stakes are raised when she learns that the next target is her own sister Kate, a dancer in the famed club Fantasia. Only now does Natalya realize how personal her mission has become, and how far she’s willing to go to complete it.


Body of lies…


The manager of Fantasia is Brandon Moretti, an undercover detective who keeps a close eye on his girls, and an even closer one on his sinfully sensual hire. For Natalya, working the club could be the break she’s been waiting for. But for Moretti, Natalya is a possible link to a killer. Only he never counted on her being so lethally seductive or so dangerous to get close to. As every forbidden pleasure between them is stripped away, his own secrets threaten their security, but it’s Natalya’s that could destroy them both.




Upcoming Releases by HeRA's Authors

Ensnared by Blood, Inherited Damnation, Book IV Claire Ashgrove
  APRIL 18, 2012  

Beth Whitley has finally put her life back together after her husband’s betrayal and is determined to piece together the clues to her past. But she never imagines an ancient scroll bearing the name of a Celtic ancestor will plunge her into a world of demonic ritual. Nor does she suspect that a kiss shared with genealogist Fintan McClaine will unveil the secrets of her dreams and a burning desire.


Fintan McClaine wants freedom from the dark curse he’s suffered for centuries. When Beth arrives with evidence that she shares ancestral ties with his Selgovae Celt tribe, he must confront the truth of his inherited damnation. As he struggles to convince Beth the truth within her dreams, she awakens a dangerous and forbidden yearning in his heart.


To save them both, Fintan must convince Beth to believe in herself and her ability to overpower his unholy sire. If he fails, he will remain an eternal slave to his tainted blood and lose Beth forever.

Fated for Sacrifice, Inherited Damnation, Book V Claire Ashgrove
  MAY 23, 2012

When Reese Hamilton is abandoned in the snow-laden woods, she must find her way to Dáire McLaine’s cabin—a friend she’s known for years, and the man who makes her pulse triple. Little does she know that a cozy night in the woods will lead to passion they both have been longing to explore. But with the new change in their relationship comes something darker and more terrifying, and Reese must confront danger, even death, before she can be free to love.


Dáire McLaine will do anything to escape his demonic blood and attain mortality, even if that means defying nature’s laws and manipulating Reese’s thoughts for his own means. But when he delves into her hidden secrets, the staggering emotion he encounters makes it impossible to deny the forbidden longings of his own heart. He’s yearned for Reese over the years. Yet to love Reese will demand the ultimate sacrifice—his life.

Soul Seducer Alicia Dean
  JUNE 2012


Twenty-Nine and a Half Reasons , Rose Gardner Mysteries, Book II Denise Grover Swank
  JUNE 29, 2012

When Rose reports for Fenton County jury duty she figures she’s lucky to get out of a morning working at the DMV. Instead, despite a disastrous encounter with the new assistant district attorney, Martin Deveraux, she’s picked as a juror on a murder case. As the case progresses, she realizes an ominous vision she had in the men’s restroom proves the defendant is innocent. And there’s not a cotton picking thing she can do about it.


Or is there?


As if things weren’t bad enough, Rose’s older sister Violet is going through a mid-life crisis. Violet insists that Rose stop seeing her sexy new boyfriend, Arkansas state detective Joe Simmons, and date other men. Rose is done letting people boss her around, but she can’t commit to Joe either. Still, Rose isn’t about to let the best thing in her life slip away.


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