About the Author:

Writing passionately comes easily to Regina Jeffers. A master teacher, for thirty-nine years, she passionately taught thousands of students English in the public schools of West Virginia, Ohio, and North Carolina. Yet, “teacher” does not define her as a person. Ask any of her students or her family, and they will tell you Regina is passionate about so many things: her son, children in need, truth, responsibility, the value of a good education, words, music, dance, the theatre, pro football, classic movies, the BBC, track and field, books, books, and more books. Holding multiple degrees, Jeffers often serves as a Language Arts or Media Literacy consultant to surrounding school districts and has served on several state and national educational commissions.


A Time Warner Star Teacher and Crystal Apple Finalist, as well a Martha Holden Jennings Scholar, Jeffers is relatively new to the publishing realm. Her career began when a former student challenged her to do what she so “righteously” told her class should be accomplished in writing. On a whim, she self-published her first book Darcy’s Passions. “I even paid one of my former students to draw the cover. The book was for them and for me. I never thought anything would happen with it. Then one day, Ulysses Press contacted me. They had watched the sales of the book on Amazon, and they offered to print it. That was the beginning of this madness.”


Since that time, Jeffers has continued to teach during the day and to write at night. “Writing was just my latest release of the creative side of my brain. I have taught theatre, even participated in professional and community-based productions when I was younger. I have trained dance teams, flag lines, majorettes, and field commanders. My dancers were both state and national champions. I simply need that time each day to let the possibilities flow.”
“When I write now, I write as I used to choreograph routines for my dance teams; I write the scenes in my head like a movie. Usually, it plays there for several days being tweaked and rewritten, but, eventually, I put it to paper. Generally, it does not change much from there because I completed several mental rewrites before the pen and paper are included.” Jeffers admits that she still has much to learn about writing. Being trained in theatre and in journalism, she knows she must work on her description. “Telling the story through dialogue is usually not my problem. Making sure my reader sees what I see in my head is where I struggle.”


Branching out into Regency and contemporary romance, Jeffers insists, “Every woman dreams of her one great love, the man who inspires an emotional response with just a glance across a crowded room. A romance novel must by definition exist purely for the advancement of the hero’s love affair with the heroine; yet, the reader must want the hero to win the woman’s love. To be believable, there must be a connection beyond the sexual appeal; there must be some conflict, which is character-driven. The characters must have believable reasons to be drawn together, as well as to be frustrated by their dreams.” This is the type of literature Jeffers writes–something truly beautiful and haunting.

Awards:

*The Prosecution of Mr. Darcy’s Cousin: A Pride and Prejudice Mystery* -
2016 Finalist for the Frank Yerby Award for Fiction; 2016 Finalist for the
Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense; 2016 Finalist
Chanticleer International Book Awards in Mystery and Mayhem

*The Mysterious Death of Mr. Darcy: A Pride and Prejudice Mystery* - 2013
SOLA’s Eighth Annual Dixie Kane Memorial Awards, Honorable Mention,
Romantic Suspense; Finalist 2014 Frank Yerby Award for Fiction; Winter Rose
Awards 2014, 2nd Place, Romantic Suspense

*Angel Comes to the Devil’s Keep: Book 1 of the Twins’ Trilog**y *- 2013
SOLA’s Eighth Annual Dixie Kane Memorial Awards, 3rd Place, Historical
Romance

*A Touch of Grace: Book 4 of the Realm Series* - 2012 SOLA’s Seventh Annual
Dixie Kane Memorial Awards, 3rd Place, Historical Romance

*The First Wives’ Club* - 2012 SOLA’s Seventh Annual Dixie Kane Memorial
Awards, Honorable Mention, Historical Romance

*The Scandal of Lady Eleanor (*aka* A Touch of Scandal): Book 1 of the
Realm Series* - 2011 Write Touch Readers’ Award, 2nd Place, Historical
Romance

*Christmas at Pemberley: A Holiday Sequel to Pride and Prejudice* - 2011
Booksellers’ Best Award Finalist, Inspirational Romance; 2012 New England
Book Festival, 2nd Place, General Fiction

*The Phantom of Pemberley: A Pride and Prejudice Mystery* - 2010 SOLA’s
Fifth Annual Dixie Kane Memorial Awards, 3rd Place, Romantic Suspense

*Darcy’s Temptation: A Sequel to Pride and Prejudice* - 2009 Booksellers’
Best Award Finalist, Long Historical

*The Earl Claims His Comfort, Book 2 of the Twins’ Trilogy* - 2016 Hot
Prospects Award Finalist, Romantic Suspense