Michele Bardsley

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Michele Bardsley (born 1970 in Tulsa, Oklahoma) is a nationally bestselling author who writes paranormal fiction for New American Library. She is best known for her Broken Heart novels. The ongoing series focuses on small-town supernatural parents trying to raise their mortal children while dealing with the unusual aspects of their new lives.


Michele received her first publishing contract in 1998 from pioneer electronic publisher, Hard Shell Word Factory, for her romantic comedy, Daddy In Training. She’s had numerous short stories, novellas, and novels published by electronic, independent, and traditional publishers. She’s also written articles for national magazines such as Writer’s Digest, RT BOOK Reviews, and Byline.

Over the years, her work has earned awards and recognition from many organizations and publications. A few include: “A Mother Scorned” won the Grand Prize in the 72nd Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition; Wild Women received OWFI’s coveted trophy award for Best Book of Fiction and FWA’s Royal Palm Award for Best Romance Novel; and A Demon is a Girl’s Best Friend was awarded Crème de la Crème from the Oklahoma Writer’s Federation, Inc.

Michele has given workshops about inspiration, self-editing techniques, romance heroes, vampire fiction, electronic publishing, humor in fiction, selling erotica, winning contests, Internet promotion, and many other topics. She has presented workshops, spoken at luncheons, and participated in panels at events and meetings across the United States, including the annual conferences of Romantic Times, OWFI, Florida Writers Association, Tulsa Night Writers, EPICon, and Celebrate Romance.

Writings and Publications[edit]


Broken Heart Series[edit]

  1. I'm The Vampire, That's Why (Signet Eclipse, 2006)
  2. Don't Talk Back To Your Vampire (Signet Eclipse, 2007)
  3. Because Your Vampire Said So (Signet Eclipse, 2008)
  4. Wait Till Your Vampire Gets Home (Signet Eclipse, 2008)
  5. Over My Dead Body (Signet Eclipse, 2009)
  6. Come Hell or High Water (Signet Eclipse, 2010)
  7. Cross Your Heart (Signet Eclipse, 2010)
  8. Must Love Lycans (Signet Eclipse, 2011)

The Wizards of Nevermore Series[edit]

  1. Never Again (Signet Eclipse, 2011)
  2. Never Say Never (Signet Eclipse, 2012)

Erotic Romance[edit]

Michele still has several erotic romance e-books available through Changeling Press and Ellora's Cave. (See external links.)

Awards & Kudos[edit]

Over My Dead Body
2009 RT Reviewers' Choice Award, Nominee
2009 P.E.A.R.L. Honorable Mention

Wait Till Your Vampire Gets Home
Top Pick from RT BOOK Reviews
2008 P.E.A.R.L. Honorable Mention

Because Your Vampire Said So
2008 RT Reviewers' Choice Award, Winner

I'm The Vampire, That's Why
Debut #13 on Barnes & Noble Romance Bestseller List

Cupid, Inc.
Nominated for SingleTitle.com Reviewer's Choice Award
Fresh Pick for FreshFiction.com

Wild Women
Nominee, Contemporary Romance, 2004 CAPA Awards
1st Place, Best Published Romance Novel, 2004 Royal Palm Literary Awards
2004 ARIANA, Best Romance Cover
No. 1 Bestselling E-book for 2004, Hard Shell Word Factory
Best Book of Fiction of 2004, Oklahoma Writer’s Federation, Inc.

“A Mother Scorned”
Grand Prize Winner, 72nd Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition
Nominee, 2004 Derringer Awards
1st Place, Best Published Short Story, 2004 Royal Palm Literary Awards

The Accountant and The Virgin
June 2004 RT Top Pick, Nominee for Best Erotic Romance, 2004 Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Awards

Nominee, 2004 Psyche Award For Best Overlooked Work

Beyond the Mundane: Unravelings
Winner, Best Anthology, 2005 EPPIEs

Three Men and a Lady
Recommended Read and Five Angels, Fallen Angel Reviews

Lighthearted Lust
Finalist, 2004 Sizzler Awards

The Pleasure Seekers 1: Dake
Nominee, 2004 Sizzler Awards

Midnight Intentions
EPPIE, Best Romantic Suspense, 2002 Annual EPIC E-book Awards
2nd Place, Best Novella, AEPRA Awards

He’s A Wonderful Wife
First Place, Romance Novel, 2001 OWFI Annual Contest

Husband For Hire
Third Place, Romance Novel, 1999 OWFI Annual Contest
First Place, Romance Novel, 1997 SARA’s Sooner or Later Contest

Housewife For Rent
Top Winner, 1996 Silhouette “Yours Truly” Contest

Shadows Present
First Place, Paranormal Romance, 1996 SARA's Sooner Or Later Contest

Daddy In Training
First Place, Contemporary Romance, 1996 SARA's Sooner or Later Contest
First Place 1996 Prodigy's Passionate Promises Contest
First Place, 1995 SARA's Sooner or Later Contest
First Place, 1995 NORA's Crystal Heart Contest

  • My poetry, nonfiction, and short-short fiction have received awards and recognition from Northwoods Journal, Tulsa Community College, Byline Magazine, Scribe & Quill, Oklahoma State University, Amazing Instant Novelist, OWFI, Writer's Bloc, Writer's Digest, and WriteLink.

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