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Shana Abé


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Shana Abé was born in Texas. She spent much of her childhood living in Colorado, with a brief stint in Mexico as a foreign exchange student, and, at age seventeen, lived in Japan as a model. Throughout her childhood, Abé wrote, completing what she calls "The Silliest Romance Novel Ever" during her free time during modeling shoots. Her writing focused on romance, as those were the types of books that she most enjoyed reading. She later attended college in Los Angeles, graduating with a degree in drama.
Her second novel, also a contemporary romance, took third place in a writing contest. She sent the book to several prospective agents, many of which responded with questions similar to "Nice voice — but what line are you writing for?" Unwilling to try to fit her writing into some of the rules that governed contemporary romances, Abé chose to concentrate on historical romances. For her first attempt at a historical romance, the newlywed Abé chose to tell the story of her own romance with her husband, set in medieval times. The manuscript was purchased by Bantam Books and published as A Rose in Winter.
Many of Abé's subsequent novels have also been set in the medieval time period. Abé chose the time period because of its "great sense of dichotomy....It inspires thoughts of grandeur, of courtly grace and chivalrous knights — but at the same time there's a gritty, raw aspect to the period that just cannot be denied."

Abé has received the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award, and has been nominated six times for Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Awards, winning twice
 

Genres: Paranormal Romance, Historical Romance
 

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Under the Same Sky (2012)
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Genevieve Graham
"Graham's sweeping tale unfolds with the kind of luscious, unrushed prose that feels rapturously close to epic."
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The Spanish Daughter (2021)
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"A deftly written story entangling family, identity, chocolate and murder, set in the lush golden days of Ecuador's cacao boom in the early twentieth century. Hughes gradually weaves the separate tales of her narrators into a single strong thread, drawing you into the world of three very different sisters united by deception and loss. An exciting debut from this fresh voice!"
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The Lobotomist's Wife (2022)
Samantha Greene Woodruff
"Woodruff easily pulls the reader into this story of a gifted man with the best of intentions slowly spinning out of control, and the woman who loves him gradually realizing that he must be stopped. Carefully researched and detailed, The Lobotomist's Wife emerges as a strong cautionary tale about the madness of power gone unchecked. A skillful debut!"
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The Forty Elephants (2022)
Erin Bledsoe
"A gritty exploration of the story behind one of England's most infamous gangs and its leader, Alice Diamond. The Forty Elephants were clever, successful, and all-female--a ring of thieves so polished they appeared unstoppable. Bledsoe's debut novel brims with verve, bringing to life the intricate cobweb of criminal relationships comprising London's 1920s underbelly, deftly taking the reader along on Alice's harrowing, and ultimately triumphant, journey to the top."
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Midnight on the Marne (2022)
Sarah Adlakha
"A richly imagined journey into the realm of what if, Midnight on the Marne delves into an alternate world of supreme cruelty and loss, yet where love still endures and fate still entwines souls, and courage can conquer all."

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