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LuAnn McLane
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Being an avid reader at an early age, LuAnn McLane soon knew she wanted to be a writer. Encouragement from teachers led to creative writing classes on both the high school and college level. In the mid 1980's she became a staff reporter and wrote human-interest stories for several local newspapers and at one point had her own award-winning column in The Kenton County Recorder. Fiction, though, was what she really longed to write. She joined an eclectic literary group called Night Writers and met romance novelist Nicole Jordan who invited her to join Romance Writer's of America. With a handful of women, they founded the Ohio Valley RWA chapter that is now a huge national chapter.

Four children and a traveling husband, however, curtailed McLane's writing career until a now-or-never mid-life crisis made her overcome her fear of computers and jump back into the crazy business of romance writing and she hasn't looked back.

Her fiction accomplishments during the past three years include eHarlequin choosing her to write a chapter for the online romance The Rancher and the Rose. Her inspirational romance Chicken Soup for Annie, won an honorable mention in the Writer's Digest 2001 Writing competition, placing 37th out of over 1600 entries. Fowl Play, a romantic comedy, was published in the anthology Romancing the Holidays, Elan Press February 2002. In a national contest, Beach House Presentations/ chose her romance, Mountain Magic to be included in the anthology Celebrating Romance as part of national promotion for their popular personalized romances and was featured in an article in People Magazine. Recent non-fiction credits include "Under the Covers" an article about writing romance in Cincinnati Woman Magazine. She ghost wrote a story for her mother that is included in The Breast Cancer Book of Strength and Courage Prima Publishing, October 2002, and had the pleasure of promoting and signing it with her at Barnes and Noble with local news coverage.

In 2003 her short romance, "Express Lane" appeared in Woman's World Magazine. Her big break, though, came when Lori Foster ran a contest on her website looking for fresh new voices in erotic romance. Her entry was chosen as one of the favorites and submitted to editor Kate Duffy at Kensington, resulting in the sale of Cabin Fever which was in the contemporary anthology, Wildest Dreams, a December release from Brava.

Her current release, Hot Summer Nights, a contemporary romance from NAL is currently on the shelves and Ms. McLane will have five more books from NAL in the future. Her next release will be in August 05 with a novella in the contemporary romance anthology, Taking Care of Business with authors Toni Blake and Patricia Ryan.

LuAnn McLane lives in Florence, Kentucky, just outside of Cincinnati, Ohio. When she takes breaks from writing, she enjoys long walks with her husband, watching "chick flicks" with her daughter and tries to keep up with her three active sons.

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