A chapter of the Romance Writers of America®.

2019 AKRWA Officers

President -  Tamsin Ley 

Vice President - Lynn Lovegreen 

Secretary - Elizabeth Allyn-Dean

Treasurer - Neva Post


Elizabeth Allyn-Dean


Adventure; romance; spunky, kick-ass heroines; hunky, take-charge heroes; a dash of humor… Elizabeth Allyn-Dean writes paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and fantasy stories that blend these elements to get to a happily ever after. From the first time she lost herself in a fantasy novel in her self-built treehouse, Elizabeth knew she wanted to be an author. After a detour into the world of archaeology, she returned to her true love--writing. Elizabeth still enjoys losing herself in a good book, as well as exploring her artistic side, gardening, beachcombing for interesting treasures, indulging her inner nerd, and playing with her two dogs and cats. For the last twenty years, she has called Alaska home, enjoying the adventures, gorgeous scenery, and fascinating people and places it offers. You can follow Elizabeth at:

Website: https://elizabethallyndean.wordpress.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/E.AllynDean

Twitter: https://twitter.com/EAllynDean


Jae Awkins

Welcome to Alaska Romance Writers of America! I love to write many variations of Romance, including Suspense novels, Historical Sagas, Time Travel and Ancient History. I'm currently writing "Thrown Under the Bus" - an irreverent comedy & 'who-dun-it' about an 'off-the-wall' bunch of elderly Residents living in a Retirement Community for 'B' list celebrities. When not writing, I've pursued other artistic fields and have artistic works that have traveled as far as Europe, sold through local art galleries in Alaska over the years. Trained as an AutoCAD draft designer and a commercial embroidery machine programmer & operator, I've enjoyed a life of creativity in many forms and loved the craft of Writing since childhood. Please check in with me. 

Website: http://jaeawkins.com


Jennifer Bernard


Jennifer Bernard is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance. Her books have been called “an irresistible reading experience” full of “quick wit and sizzling love scenes.” A graduate of Harvard and former news promo producer, she left big city life in Los Angeles for true love in Alaska, where she now lives with her husband and stepdaughters.  She still hasn’t adjusted to the cold, so most often she can be found cuddling with her laptop and a cup of tea. No stranger to book success, she also writes erotic novellas under a naughty secret name that she’s happy to share with the curious. 

Website: http://JenniferBernard.net


Boone Brux


As a bestselling author, Boone Brux’s books range from high fantasy to humorous paranormal. Boone has lived all over the world, finally settling in the icy region of Alaska, where she writes full time. Always looking for the next adventure, it’s not unusual to find her traversing the remotest parts of the Alaskan bush. No person or escapade is off limits when it comes to weaving real life experiences into her books.

Website: http://www.boonebrux.com


Cheryl Burghart


Cheryl is an International Beauty Queen, a former singer/songwriter, and one of Murfreesboro, Tennessee’s 15 Most Beautiful People (2009). She was raised in a suburb just outside Washington, D.C. She is the youngest of seventeen children and credits her artistic background to her sister Linda, who taught her to read at the age of three! Her sister was set to graduate from The Duke Ellington School For The Arts and began taking Cheryl with her during her final two months of school. Cheryl was immersed in artistic and academic activities every Friday and she was only four years old when she sat in on a senior English literature class with her sister. The teacher’s name was Ms. Brown and she changed Cheryl's life forever when she asked her to read aloud to the class, "The Road Not Taken", by Robert Frost. Ten years later, Cheryl attended Duke Ellington as a Violin Major/Piano Minor and Ms. Brown was her Freshman English teacher and Ms. Matthews was her violin teacher. 

Now, after a long absence, Cheryl has finally returned to her true first love. The written word. She completed her first novel, a contemporary multi-cultural, in 2016. Cheryl now resides in majestic Alaska with her sexy husband. He is her knight in shining armor and the inspiration behind her novels! Their four children are in college.

Website: cherylburghart.vpweb.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StilettoHeelsOn

Twitter: Storyteller @StilettoHeelsOn


Emma Butler

Emma Butler, an Alaskan resident for fourteen years, is on a constant quest to escape the contemporary and immerse herself into fantastical historical romance. An Austenite and classic literature buff her writing is infused with historical settings and the romance that the regency era inspires, but with a spanking good twist. She loves all things that drip with corsets, castles, carriages, and crops. Coffee fuels her writing forays and keeps her running around after a brood of children and chickens. Married for fifteen years her very own hero and husband encourages and supports her through a wild life of adventure, with unexpected cross country moves, entrepreneurship, large family living, and many Alaskan and Hawaiian adventures.  


Char Chaffin

Char Chaffin writes multi-genre romance filled with family, rich characters and engaging plots. For her, it all comes back to the love. 

A displaced Alaskan, Char travels extensively, and lives in several places throughout the year: summers in Fairbanks, Alaska, winters in the South Texas Coastal Bend, and in-between places of wherever sounds like fun. Joining her in this life-fest is hubby Don, a retired Air Force man with a love of Fifties rock n' roll and a passion for hot, classic cars. Between them they have three children and four grandchildren, all scattered to the far corners of the country.

Char's love of romance and erotica interspersed with paranormal, horror, science fiction, and fantasy has inflated her reading collection into several bookcases and an overburdened Kindle. Char voraciously reads in between writing novels, novellas, and short stories. She is multi-published, and always plotting that next manuscript.

When she isn't writing, she wears a Senior Acquiring Editor hat for Soul Mate Publishing. 

Char can also be found under the pen name of CiCi Cordelia, with her writing partner and BFF, Cheryl Yeko. As CiCi they are an award-winning duo who pen Western Historical and Paranormal Romance. 

Char is a member of several writing groups, as well as RWA National and AKRWA in Alaska.

Connect with Char, here:

Website: http://charchaffin.wordpress.com/ 'Falling In Love is Only the Beginning'

Facebook: http://facebook.com/char.chaffin

Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/pvscu7w

Twitter: http://twitter.com/char_chaffin

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5337737.Char_Chaffin

Connect with CiCi Cordelia, here: Amazon Author Page: www.amazon.com/CiCi-Cordelia/e/B01AJ5EM90

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/HeartfeltRomance

Website: http://ccromance.com/


Karen Kiely

Karen Kiely is a lifelong Alaskan who has never lived in an igloo and doesn’t know anyone who has. Her current project started out as a standalone contemporary romance but has become a series due to minor characters gone rogue. Once upon a time, Karen’s alter-ego was paid for the privilege of selecting all fiction for her public library. In her spare moments, she reads, travels, and hopes the Chicago White Sox will win another World Series in her lifetime.

Website: http://www.karenkielyauthor.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/karen.kielyauthor.3

Twitter:  @kkielyauthor


Tamsin Ley

Tamsin Ley builds worlds full of sexy heroes who don’t know they need a mate - that is, until they meet the woman they can’t resist. The romance is sizzling hot, a surprise twist waits around every corner, and the stories will never leave you hanging (although you may still crave more!).

Website: http://www.mates4monsters.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TamsinLey/


Katie Louise

Katie Louise is a native of Colorado where her whole family still lives. She holds a BA in Theatre from the University of Northern Colorado and studied film and dance at Humboldt State in California. She’s lived in northern and southern California, Tucson AZ, Las Vegas and now Anchorage AK, thanks to her Air Force hubby. Traveling and meeting people are two of her favorite things along with chocolate, yoga, shooting, gardening, and being a devoted mama. Her favorite books to write have strong heroes pitted against equally strong heroines with a healthy dose of romance thrown in. She lives with the love of her life (the aforementioned hubby) and wouldn’t have it any other way.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/katielouiseauthor


Lynn Lovegreen

Lynn Lovegreen has lived in Alaska for fifty years. After twenty years in the classroom, she retired to make more time for writing. She enjoys her friends and family, reading, and volunteering at her local library. Her young adult historical fiction is set in Alaska, a great place for drama, romance, and independent characters. See her website at www.lynnlovegreen.com. You can also find her on Facebook and Instagram.  


Maxine Mansfield

Hi, my name is Maxine Mansfield and I write fantasy erotic romances for the scarlet line of THE WILD ROSE PRESS. I love this far northern state of Alaska where the summer days are long and the winter nights even longer. I have one very special man, his three equally special children, and our five delightful grandchildren in my life. Not to mention a very bossy African Grey parrot named Gabriel. Oh, and Gnomes! Many, many gnomes.

Website: http://www.maxinemansfield.com


Miriam Matthews

I was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, but knew Alaska would be my heart's home as soon as I stepped off the plane way back in the early 1980's. Living in Alaska is not for everyone, but it is definitely for me! A pilot myself, many of my stories involve aviation, strong female characters and the cultures and legends of my wild, untamed Alaska. I write romantic suspense, paranormal romance and historical romance and enjoy weaving intricate plots with current events or cultural legends or myths. When I'm not writing, I can be found teaching women's self-defense seminars and martial arts, scuba diving in tropical locales, flying around the country or just getting away to some unique paradise with my hubby. You can find my books at your favorite digital provider. Both digital downloads and, for the more traditional reader, hard copies are also available. You can take a sneak peak, or read the first chapter of all of my novels on my website at:

Website: miriammathews.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/miriam.matthews.773


Erin McLellan

Erin McLellan is the author of several contemporary romances, all of which have characters who are complex, goodhearted, and a little quirky. She likes her stories to have a sexy spark and a happily ever after. Originally from Oklahoma, she currently lives in Alaska and spends her time dreaming up love stories set in the Great Plains. She is a lover of chocolate, college sports, antiquing, Dr Pepper, and binge-worthy TV shows. Erin is a member of Romance Writers of America and its Alaska chapter. 

Website: https://www.erinmclellan.com

Newsletter: https://www.subscribepage.com/erinmclellannewsletter

Twitter: @emclellanwrites

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorerinmclellan/

Instagram: @erinmclellanwrites  


Lizzie Newell

I write stories set in on a planet that resembles Alaska -- men go fishing, and women run everything else. Humor aside, this fictional planet has a surface covered entirely in ocean, fjords, mountains, and glaciers. On Fenria, men tend to die off in boating accidents leaving control of government to the more numerous women. The situation makes a wonderful canvas for exploring relationships between men and women and their relationship to technology and nature.  My writing is science-fiction with romantic elements. I’m currently working on my third novel manuscript.

I grew up Colorado and have a BA in Arts and Humanities from Colorado State University. After moving to Alaska I earned a BFA in sculpture from University of Anchorage Alaska. I consider my writing to be a form of sculpture -- a monument so big that it contains an entire planet which can only be viewed through the magic of words. In addition to my Web site, visit my blog site.

Blog: http://lizzienewell.blogspot.com


Morgan Q. O'Reilly

Born in New Orleans, raised in California, Morgan O’Reilly has lived in Alaska since 1977. She has an English degree from Mills College. After raising a son, she’s now fortunate to spend her days engaged in daydreaming and turning those dreams into romantic novels and novellas featuring damsels in distress rescued by their own brains and hunky heroes. She is also lucky to be a stay at home puppy mama with her three year old yellow Lab, Neo, close by her side.

Website: http://sheamcmaster.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Shea-McMaster/240251469328338 


Neva Post

Neva Post creates playful, character-driven fiction. Her books feature strong, smart heroines and dependable heroes. Neva loves a happy escape and thinks that everyday life could benefit from a song and dance number, even though she can’t hold a tune and is the person in gym class who goes left when everyone else turned right. On movie night, a Buffy re-run or a romantic comedy with enough humor to also entertain her husband is Neva’s favorite. Neva is currently finishing a young adult paranormal romance trilogy.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100015673968743