Novelist and word slinger, Connie Vines dwells in a butter-yellow house shaded by mimosa and magnolia trees deep in the quirky suburbs of southern California with her husband. Connie writes contemporary and historical romance, mystery/thrillers, paranormal/fantasy, and YA fiction and nonfiction. Her writing awards include H.O.L.T. Medallion, Orange Rose, Fool for Love, and The Award of Excellence for her adult fiction; Dream Realm Award, Independent e-book Award, Frankfurt Book and National Book Award nominee for her YA/Middle Grade fiction. Her nonfiction articles are part of the Thomson Gale Education Series.