Laura Kaye is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than a dozen books in contemporary and paranormal romance, including Hard As It Gets (Avon), Hearts in Darkness, Her Forbidden Hero, and One Night with a Hero. A former college professor, archaeologist, and historian of early American history, she writes sexy, heartfelt novels about men and women looking for -- and finding -- second chances and a place to belong. An energetic and engaging speaker, Kaye is an excellent fit for schools and universities, women's conferences and expos, literary festivals, and writing groups. She also published two scholarly works of American history under her real name, Laura Croghan Kamoie, before launching her fiction-writing career.
Kaye began writing romance after a minor traumatic brain injury left her with an insatiable creative streak. As she healed, she followed her new creative urges wherever they led, including guitar lessons (she is not very good at playing) and fiction writing (she is much better at writing), completing her first novel in just 12 weeks. Now, Kaye cannot imagine her life without writing, and finds inspiration in everything from old family lore that involves angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses, her eight years of working as a civilian employee for the United States military, and her expertise in American history, among others.
The recipient of numerous awards, Kaye received the 2012 EPIC eBook Award for Best Novella and the 2012 HOLT Medallion Award of Merit for Best Romance Novella for Hearts in Darkness. She also won the 2011 NJRW Golden Leaf Award for Best Paranormal Romance for Forever Freed, the 2012 RWA-FF&P PRISM Award for Best Light Paranormal Romance for North of Need, and the 2013 RWA-FF&P PRISM Award for Best Paranormal Romance Novella for Seduced by the Vampire King. Kaye has appeared at many writing conferences and festivals, including the Maryland Romance Writers, the Washington Romance Writers, the New Jersey Romance Writers annual conference, the Arbutus Public Library, the Enoch Pratt Free Library, the Romantic Times Booklovers' Convention, the Romance Writers of America national conference, and the Baltimore Book Festival.
Kaye received her bachelor's degree from Dickinson College and her master's and doctorate degrees from the College of William and Mary. She now lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and a cute-but-bad dog, and she continues to appreciate her spectacular view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.
Praise for Hard As It Gets:
"Laura Kaye is synonymous with great, sexy romance."
-- Jennifer Probst, New York Times bestselling author
"Edgy, sexy and full of suspense! A great read from a great new author!"
-- J.R. Ward, New York Times bestselling author of The Black Dagger Brotherhood Series
Praise for One Night with a Hero:
"Kaye's writing is gripping, free-flowing, and so very sexy!"
-- Fresh Fiction
"Heartbreakingly realistic, with a plot that draws you in the second you pick it up...compelling and fiery hot."
-- RT Book Reviews Magazine
Praise for Hearts in Darkness:
"A unique tale that will have you swooning for this very unusual hero."
-- RT Book Reviews Magazine