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Contemporary Romance Author

Relatable heroines. Swoon-worthy heroes. Real-life drama. And all the feels. 

About Jo

About Jo

Jo lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her husband and needy, but lovable, doggos, Gus (Australian Shepherd) and Henrik (Swedish Vallhund—look it up, they’re adorable). Her favorite season is Fall, though the color change in the PNW isn't quite as beautiful as it is in her home state of Ohio. Jo loves cooking, though her favorite thing to eat (aside from potato chips) is pho, which she's unsuccessfully tried to make three times. Her drink of choice is either a Gibson or a Bloody Mary, though lately she's been experimenting with mezcal. She also loves puzzles, hiking, and karaoke. 

Jo's stories feature strong, passionate heroines and draw upon aspects of her life, such as her love of good food and great cocktails, dancing, her Mexican heritage, and her fascination with archaeology which inspired her debut romcom, Raiders of the Lost Heart, to be released Fall of 2023 by Berkley.

Jo is represented by Eva Scalzo of the Speilburg Literary Agency.



Raiders of the Lost Heart

Release Date: Fall 2023

Publisher: Berkley

Summary: Two rival archaeologists with the hots for each other need to work together to find an ancient Aztec knife—except things heat up fast in the Mexican Jungle, in more ways than one.

Archaeology Book 2

Release Date: TBD

Publisher: Berkley

Summary: Coming soon!



2019 - Elevation of Love Contest - Cultural, Interracial, Multicultural RWA
Unpublished - Third Place (Abrazar)

2019 - The Catherine Contest - Toronto RWA 

Contemporary Romance Long - First Place (With Abandon)

2019 - Stiletto Contest -
Contemporary Romance Writers
Contemporary Romance Long - Finalist (With Abandon)

2019 - Melody of Love Contest - Music City Romance Writers 

Contemporary Romance Long - Finalist (Forever Gone)

2018 - Fire and Ice Contest - Chicago North RWA

Contemporary Romance Long - Finalist (Forever Yours)

2018 - The Emily Contest - North Houston RWA

Contemporary Romance Long - Finalist (Forever Yours)

2017 - Linda Howard Award of Excellence - Southern Magic RWA

Contemporary Romance Long - Finalist (Forever Yours)

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