About Samantha Ann King

USA Today bestselling author Samantha Ann King was born and raised in Houston, Texas. After receiving her BBA in Finance from Texas A&M University and marrying her high school crush (notice she didn't say sweetheart), Samantha relinquished her "native Texan" status and moved to Baton Rouge. She has called Albuquerque, New Mexico home since 1985. The mother of three has volunteered in the community as an advocate for children's issues ranging from education to healthcare. In 2010, as her nest started to empty, she began writing erotic romance. Thanks to her win in Passionate Ink's Stroke of Midnight Contest, Samantha signed her first publishing contract in 2011. Her first book was nominated for RT’s 2012 Reviewers’ Choice Award.

See ya around

Jeffe Kennedy

Jeffe Kennedy at RT 2013

I suck at good-byes. Hate ‘em, hate ‘em, hate ‘em. Yeah, I hate ‘em.

So this isn’t good-bye. I’ll see all of you again…somewhere. In person or online.

I’m so lucky to have spent this time with such caring, fun, and talented authors. Most of them I didn’t know before Reese Ryan brought us all together. Heck, I didn’t know Reese. We still haven’t met for reals, but I know if I ever get to her part of the world, I can call her and say, “Let’s get together,” and she’ll move heaven and earth (although probably not a deadline) to make it happen. And if she ever gets to my part of the world and doesn’t let me know, I’ll get pissy and stamp my “little” foot.

Leah Braemel, Maggie Wells, Lynda Aicher, Samantha Ann King at RT 2013

From left to right: Leah Braemel, Maggie Wells, Lynda Aicher, Samantha Ann King
RT Conference 2013

When this blog began, I only knew Jeffe Kennedy. Had met her a couple of years earlier thanks to a virtual introduction. Since Jeffe lives only an hour from me, that virtual introduction led to a corporeal one at a local RWA chapter meeting.

Lilay Santana, Samantha Ann King, Lynda Aicher

From left to right: Lily Santana, Samantha Ann King, Lynda Aicher

I was thrilled to meet Maggie Wells, Leah Braemel, Lynda Aicher, and Lily Santana at my first RT Conference in Kansas City, just as this blog launched. Because of them, that first conference was so much less scary and so much more fun. And when I visited Portland a few months later, Lynda, Lily and I shared a meal and the kind of weird and wonderful conversation unique to writers. I met Sandy James at RWA in San Antonio and enjoyed a long chat over a Carina sponsored breakfast. Really cool since I was a Sandy James fan before the Contemporary Romance Café came to be.

I’m looking forward to meeting the rest of the Café contributors at conferences or book-signings, over a meal or a drink or a cup of tea. Until then…

See that woman sneaking out of the party without saying good-bye. That’s me. I’ll see ya around!

Katie Lane: Cowboys, Billionaires & a Giveaway

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***Katie is giving away a print copy (U.S. only) of A Billionaire After Dark to one lucky commenter.*** In the summer of 2011, I read a feature story in the local paper about debut romance author Katie Lane. Since the book … Continue reading

Tips for Writing Descriptions

I recently received this question on Goodreads: Do you have any tips that help you when it comes to writing character and setting descriptions? Writing description is my least favorite part of the process! I’m not a big fan of … Continue reading

A Week in the Life of a Writer

Since I began writing in 2010, I’ve kept a time card of my work. It’s divided into different departments of the business known as Samantha Ann King: studying craft, research, business and writing. Here’s what the week of March 14-20 … Continue reading

Opposites Attract

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Opposites attract. I’ve seen it in real life. In fact, I’m living it. And I prefer it in the romances I write and read. The bad boy and good girl (Kristen Ashley, Motorcycle Man). Or bad girl and good boy … Continue reading

Sharing Hailey on Sale

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Sharing Hailey A smoldering USA Today bestseller from an author who “knows how to bring the heat” (RT Book Reviews)! Hailey Anderson’s deep, dark secret? She’s been madly in lust with her overprotective brother’s two best friends for years. Gorgeous woodworking artist … Continue reading

Writing: The Bare Necessities

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This month I’ve been bouncing all over the place, searching for a topic for my January post. First, it was everything I’ve learned about the complexities of American English from my work as a literacy volunteer. There was also the househunting … Continue reading

Researching Romantic Suspense

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My first book, Sharing Hailey, had a romantic suspense element to it. My second and third books wanted romantic suspense—begged for it—but after doing all the law enforcement and legal research for that first book, I didn’t want to go … Continue reading

Starbucks: The Writer’s Office

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I discovered Starbucks this summer. Okay, pick up your jaw from the floor. I know I’m late to the party. No surprise there. While many writers have been using Starbucks as their base for years, I didn’t understand the appeal. … Continue reading