When Mary Wilson was told her first book had too much sex for a fantasy reader and too much paranormal content for the romance reader, she didn’t give up. Instead, she kept submitting, and in December 2002, her first book, Ghost Touch, an erotic paranormal romance, was published by Ellora’s Cave under the pen name Mary Winter. Since then, she’s written over fifty erotic romance novels and novellas. She’s worked with nine publishers, including some of the largest and best in the digital-first publishing industry.
Mary’s extensive knowledge of the new age and metaphysical field has come from a twenty year history of practicing Wicca. She’s written extensively on new age and Wiccan topics, with her articles appearing in Circle Network News, New Moon Rising, SageWoman, PagaNet News and other publications. As Mary Caelsto, she’s written numerous metaphysical books and also pens pagan inspirational romances.
She started Jupiter Gardens in 2008, growing it to encompass several imprints and authors. Though Mary Winter has retired (except for special “guest” appearances), Mary continues to write including, as Mary Caelsto and loves to use her knowledge of both the author and publisher sides of the business to help other authors grow. She’s pictured with her horse, Fortune, who she can see from the window of her office, and when she isn’t writing or working, can be found in the pasture spending time with her horses.
Young Adult Acquisitions Editor
When Em Petrova isn’t busy writing steamy erotic romance of her own, she’s slashing down your little darlings. Characterization, grammar, and punctuation are the BFF’s who help her to push authors to produce their greatest work. Her biggest reward is seeing you succeed.
When Steve Lenker first met Mary, it was a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…okay so maybe it was at a writing workshop, but it was a long time ago. A digital artist, he combines pictures of the real world with the fantastical, showcasing animals on planets in distant solar systems and breathtaking landscapes. As an editor, he uses the same eye for detail to help authors craft their stories to be the best they can be. When he’s not editing, he’s creating more artwork or taking long walks on the acreage he shares with Mary. His office overlooks the woods behind their shared house; he doesn’t mind the horses.
Jennifer Lawrence has been working as an editor for Pink Petal Books and Jupiter Gardens Press since 2008. In that time, she has worked with over a dozen authors and edited more than two dozen manuscripts. She holds a B.A. in English from Calumet College of St. Joseph, with a specialty in Literature. Her hobbies include reading (of course), writing (also of course), gardening, hiking, studying martial arts, herbalism, comic books, and SF/fantasy TV/movies. She lives just outside of Chicago with her husband, five cats, and a house full of gargoyles.
Rochelle Weber is a Navy veteran and holds a BA in Communications from Columbia College in Chicago with an emphasis on creative writing. She has over 20 years of editorial experience and has edited books in a variety of genres: fiction, fantasy, self-help and even poetry; as well as newsletters for various non-profit organizations including Marketing for Romance Writers. She states, “I have been mentally editing every piece of printed material I have read for most of my life. My mother was a stickler for grammar, as am I. One of my pet peeves is the dreaded comma splice, and I can name a few bestselling authors who use them frequently. Who edits their work?”
Rochelle has two novels published and is working on a third. She also has a review site called “Rochelle’s Reviews.” She lives in Round Lake Beach, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. She has two daughters (one engaged and the other married), four grandchildren, one step-grandchild, two almost step-grandchildren, and one almost step-great-grandchild. Two cats allow her to live in their house and wait on them leg and paw.
Author Blog: http://rochelleweber.blogspot.com
Review Site: http://rochellesreviews.blogspot.com
Amazon Author’s Page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B002HVPRVM
Other Staff Members
Award winning and bestselling author Suzanne Rock resides in central Massachusetts with her college sweetheart and two daughters. She started writing erotic romance in 2009 and sold her first story, Spyder’s Web, to Loose Id in June of that year. She now has over twenty dark, edgy, erotic stories to her name. In addition to writing, she teaches courses on craft and the publishing industry through Romance Writers of America, Sizzling PR and Savvy Authors. She’s also is the social media coordinator for Jupiter Gardens Press
Blog: Romance on a Budget: http://www.suzannerock.wordpress.com