Book Beat Babes

Book Beat Babes

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Meet and Greet the Book Beat Babes

The Book Beat Babes are dedicated to providing you with the latest and greatest in the book industry, making our blog a must for any dedicated writer or reader.

Get to know us from our bios below. For more, click the Book Beat Babes left column pics, where you'll find handy links to our websites. 

Also, don't forget to check the Mark Your Calendars feature in the right column to keep abreast of our upcoming guests. You won't want to miss them!

Debra St. John has been reading and writing romance since high school. She always dreamed about publishing a romance novel some day. Her dream came true when she started writing sultry contemporary romance with sexy heroes and spunky heroines for The Wild Rose Press. Although she's a country gal at heart, she lives in a suburb of Chicago with her husband, who is her real life hero.

She is the author of The Corral Series, which includes her debut release, This Time for Always, a Champagne Rose and Rosebud bestseller at The Wild Rose Press. The second book in the series, This Can't Be Love, was Love Romance Cafe's Best of 2010 Contemporary WinnerThis Feels Like Home will complete the series when it releases in January.

Her holiday stories include A Christmas to Remember, An Unexpected Blessing (Thanksgiving)and The Vampire and the Vixen for Halloween.

Wild Wedding Weekend completes her bookshelf.

Christine Verstraete is an award-winning journalist and author who enjoys writing the unusual. Her stories have been featured in several anthologies including Timeshares and Steampunk'd from DAW Books, and in Darlings of Decay and The Tall Book of Zombie Shorts. Her new book, GIRL Z: My Life as a Teenage Zombie, came out in August. Learn more at and her blog,

In Miniature Style II ebook:


Morgan Mandel’s not only addicted to reading and writing romances,  mysteries, and science fiction, but also can’t stop herself from hanging out on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and other social media sites. She confesses to getting Good Paul, her husband, also hooked on Facebook and Youtube. When she’s not indulging in those addictions, she’s out walking her dog, Rascal, going to local festivals, or hunting for finds at rummage and garage sales.

Since she loves escaping into a fun, romantic story, she offers the same to her readers in her releases, Her Handyman, and her other chick lit, Girl of My Dreams.

Morgan's serious side is evidenced in her latest release, the Blessing or Curse Collection of 5 short stories, the sequel to her thriller, Forever Young: Blessing or Curse. Before that, came her romantic suspense, Killer Career, and her Chicago-based mystery, Two Wrongs.

DL Larson always thought she’d be a city girl, but instead, she has spent the last 40 years surrounded by corn fields.  She lives in northern Illinois and enjoys the outdoors, especially gardening, and hanging out with her family that continues to grow.

Reading is a big part of DL’s life, both professionally as a writer and as a Children’s Librarian. 

She likes being in the know, seeing firsthand what folks like to read.  Going back to school as an adult rejuvenated her desire to become a novelist.  The writing awards she received lifted her up and reinforced her drive to tell the best story she could.  Her second novel, Promises To Keep was a 2008 Reader’s Choice Recipient. Her latest release, Promises My Love, has received great reviews and is available on in e-book or book form.

DL is a WindyCity member of RWA. 

Visit DL Larson's website at and connect with her on

DL's Books are available at her Amazon Author Page:


Over the past two decades Terri Morris has been a frequent presenter and writer on tax and business issues for writers.   Writing as Annie Bruce, she published her first work of fiction in the fall of 2012 – a romantic suspense set in the Chicago area.  Annie Bruce is the name of her great-great grandmother who was married to Wallace Bruce, a world-renowned poet and scholar in the late 19th and early 20th century.  Terri is very proud of her Scottish heritage but just can’t choose a favorite Scotch because there are too many wonderful ones available.  Determined to continue sampling to narrow down the possibilities she, however, remains conflicted about Haggis.

Born in Poland, Margot Justes has lived in some of the world's most wonderful places, including Israel, France and South Africa. Currently living in the Midwest, she has taken her love of art and travel and cultivated it into unique settings and stories for her writing, 2007 brought her a contract for her first novel A Hotel in Paris.

A Hotel in Bath was released in February 2013, and Margot is currently working on her third book in the hotel series, set in Venice, Italy. 

She finished her first paranormal novel Blood Art, released in September 2013, and is hard at work on another one. 
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Margot Justes is a Member of Romance Writers of America, and is a past president of the Chicago North RWA Chapter and the Chicago Chapter of Sisters in Crime.

She loves to hear from readers.

Posted by Morgan Mandel - Blog Owner, Who's Excited to Be Part of Such a Great Blog Team!

P.S.  Comments are Always Appreciated! 


  1. Congratulations! Looks like a great site.

  2. Thanks so much, Barbara. I'm hoping it will be of benefit to many writers!

    Morgan Mandel

  3. Here we are!! Today's the big move. I'm so happy to be a part of things!

  4. Congrats ladies! Looks like a week filled with all kinds of great stuff! The site looks wonderful!

  5. Replies
    1. It's been a while since we introduced ourselves, so occasionally I'll be doing it more!

  6. This post originally appeared when our blog began, but will reappear from time to time, so you get to know our members.

  7. Yay! Looks like I need to update my bio again...I guess that happens from time to time. :)

  8. Wonderful idea, Morgan!! Thanks for doing this!!!!