Janice Kay Johnson Baczewski graduated from Whitman College with a B.A. in history and then received a master's degree in library science from the University of Washington. She was a branch librarian for a public library system until she began selling her own writing. She is the author of sixty books for children and adults. Her first four published romance novels as Kay Kirby, were coauthored with her mother, Norma Tadlock Johnson, also a writer who has since published mysteries and children's books on her own. These were "sweet" romance novels, the author hastens to add; she isn't sure they'd have felt comfortable coauthoring passionate love scenes! She continued writing novels under the pennames of Janice Stevens, Janice Kay Johnson, Kay Bartlett, and Janice Bartlett. She loves writing novels about both love and family — about the way generations connect and the power our earliest experiences have on us throughout life. Her romances are frequent finalists for Romance Writers of America RITA® awards. She has written six novels for young adults and one picture book for the read-aloud crowd. Rosamund was the outgrowth of all those hours spent reading to her own daughters, and of her passion for growing old roses. Two more of her favorite books were historical novels she wrote for Tor/Forge. The research was pure indulgence for someone who set out intending to be a historian!

Janice Kay is divorced and has raised her two daughters in a small, rural town north of Seattle, Washington. She's an active volunteer and board member for Purrfect Pals, a no-kill cat shelter, and foster kittens often enliven a household that already includes a few more cats than she wants to admit to!

Book List in Order:8 titles

  • It's a rainy day in Las Vegas. Cassidy Black has to rescue a friend from a flood without being washed away herself. Cassidy wants to protect her friends from the results of a botched science experiment that brought their paternal DNA into question. C...


  • Shaeli wants to come out of the shadows and fully experience life, while keeping her true nature a secret. Growing up wild and free, Shaeli was made a part of the wolfen Guttheridge clan when she was very young. Not remembering much of her early life...


  • Growing up in the fast-paced realm of the Montabella in the glittering grit of Las Vegas, Cassidy Black knows opulence and excess. Being pretty and popular, Cassidy's life is easy and fun--until she runs into the harsh realization that she may not be...


  • Cassidy Black lives a fast-paced life at the Montabella in the glittering grit of Las Vegas. Waking from a recurring nightmare, Cassidy's nostalgic feelings take her on a trek through the Montabella's underbelly where she encounters a voice from her ...


  • Living a fast-paced life at the Montabella in the glittering grit of Las Vegas, Cassidy Black takes it one day at a time. Cassidy's day is full with the goals to solve the case of the deceased security guard, to resolve the mystery of a hit-and-run i...


  • Cassidy Black knows a fast-paced life at the Montabella in the glittering grit of Las Vegas. What she doesn't know is that people are bent on kidnapping her to collect an old debt. What Cassidy wants is to run away with her boyfriend, what she does i...


  • HEARTSTRINGS For social worker Ben Norwood, Anne Gregory had become much more than the mother of a boy who was one of his cases. But how could he tell her that he fantasized about making love to her? The truth would destroy his professionalism and...


  • DANGEROUS EMBRACE Rachel Brewer thought she'd stumbled into the pages of a spy novel, and she wasn't thrilled. Especially since the "bad guy" was her late husband, Jack, and the FBI agent was the intractable but sexy Luke Warren. Luke insisted ...