Mariah Stewart is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of romance, romantic suspense, and women's fiction. Her current contemporary romance series, the Chesapeake Diaries, is set in the fictional town of St. Dennis on Maryland's Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, about which #1 bestselling author Robyn Carr says "rich characterizations, a charming setting, and romances you'll never forget will have you packing your bags for St. Dennis". She's also the author of nineteen bestselling romantic suspense novels, including the MERCY STREET, DEAD, TRUTH, and LAST series and the classic stand-alones, BROWN-EYED GIRL and VOICES CARRY. A native of Hightstown, New Jersey, she lives and gardens amidst the rolling hills of southern Chester County, PA, with her husband and a couple of rambunctious rescue dogs. She's the mother of two grown daughters - a psychologist and a prosecutor - and the grandmother of some of the cutest kids on the planet. In past lives, she's been a teacher and an insurance executive, but knows she's found the perfect job: sitting in her sunny office in old sweats and flip flops, making up stories and the characters who live in them, and getting paid for it. Life could not be sweeter.