Meet The Summit Authors

The Summit Authors are eight of today’s most successful, innovative independent authors. All of our members have written for top New York publishers and achieved national and international recognition. Our bestselling, award-winning novels include contemporary, historical, and paranormal romance, women’s fiction, and mysteries. You can keep up with all of our latest books and exciting new projects here at

Judith Arnold is a USA Today bestselling, award-winning author of more than 90 novels, with more than 10 million copies of her books in print. Her writing has been called “enchantingly charming,” “quietly lyrical,” and, according to Publishers Weekly, “scrumptious.”

Wendy Lindstrom is a RITA Award-winning author of “beautifully poignant, wonderfully emotional” historical romances. Romantic Times has dubbed her “one of romance’s finest Americana writers,” and readers rave about her enthralling characters and the riveting emotional power of her work.

Julianne MacLean is a USA Today bestselling author praised by readers and reviewers alike for her “smart, thrilling, sizzling” writing. Her 20 historical romances have been published internationally by three major New York publishers.

 Patricia McLinn is a USA Today bestselling author of 27 “powerful, compelling” contemporary romances cherished by readers worldwide for their memorable characters, sensuality and emotional intensity. There are more than 4 million copies of her books in print.

 Julie Ortolon is a USA Today bestselling author who has earned raves from Publishers Weekly and Booklist for her sparkling romantic comedies filled with passion and heart. Her novels regularly appear at the top of the ebook bestseller lists.

 Patricia Ryan is a RITA Award-winning author known for breaking boundaries with her “fresh, swift and sexy” page-turners that blend romance, history and suspense. Her 28 books have been published in more than 20 countries.

 Kathryn Shay is a USA Today bestselling author and has more than 5 million copies in print of her 47 published novels. Her contemporary romances have been serialized in Cosmopolitan magazine and featured in The Wall Street Journal and People magazine.

Shelly Thacker is a RITA Award finalist and national bestseller who has earned lavish praise from Publishers Weekly, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Detroit Free Press and The Oakland Press for her “innovative, addictive, erotic” historical romances.