Inspirational Writer of Contemporary and Historical Romantic  Suspense and Mystery

"For I know the plans I have for you...."
Jeremiah 29:11 NIV 
Kelly Ann Riley
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Tidbits & Novel News:

Sept. 20-22, 2018 
Hello! It's been a long while since I checked-in on this site. I'm happy to be back, and I wanted to share that I had an awesome time at the 2018 American Christian Writers Conference which was held at the beautiful Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, TN. (See photos below).  Not only were the workshops full of excellent information, I got to mingle with fellow writers, agents, and editors. It was great meeting up with old friends as well as making new ones. I'm also very excited to be able reboot my writing career after having to take time off to deal with family issues. I love writing, and I hope to bring you more stories soon. Stay tuned for future developments. 

If you like birds or bird watching or just enjoy a fun cozy mystery, try reading "For the Birds" in the Secrets of Blue Hill Library series. The novel is available on the Guideposts web site.

Kelly Ann Riley writing as Emily Thomas

Kelly's Guideposts Books released in 2014

Kelly Ann  Riley writing as Emily Thomas

Available now for Christmas 2013

This is a reissue of The Christmas Quilt from Guideposts' Patchwork Mysteries series and is now available in a fun three holiday book set with mysteries from other wonderful Guidepost series. It is also available singularly as an ebook. Happy Holidays!
Merry Mysteries Set-

2013--Kelly is working on two new exciting series for Guidepost books. Secrets of Blue Hill Library and Secrets of Mary's Book shop.  Check out these book club series on and

Summer 2012: Yesterday's Secrets is a finalist in the ACFW Carol Award Contest in the Mystery Category 

in The Guideposts Books Patchwork Mystery Series Book Club.  See  Patchwork Mysteries Series

2011-- Fire Storm is nominated for a RWA Rita® Award for Best First Book and an ACFW Carol Award Short Contemporary Suspense.

2011-- Kelly is working on 2 more books for the Patchwork Mystery Series. Very exciting!

December 2010

"Homespun Holiday" released as #5 in Guideposts Books' Patchwork Mystery Series Book Club. Patchwork Mysteries Series

Summer 2010-

Kelly Ann's first novel  "Firestorm" 
published by Steeple Hill will be released July 13, 2010.

Read about Guideposts' "Patchwork Mysteries Series" at Patchwork Mysteries Series
Kelly Ann will be writing Book #5 of the series.

November 2009-
Kelly Ann has been contracted to write Book # 5 of Guidepost's Patchwork Mysteries Series.

September 2009-

"Kitty's Fire" has a new title--"Firestorm" and will a 2010 release from Steeple Hill in the Love Inspired Suspense Line.

Read Kelly Ann's interview about "The Call" on Romance Writers on the Journey.  If you leave a comment on Sept. 5th you may win a gift.
Saturday Special: Kelly Ann Riley Sold! « Romance Writers on the Journey

August 2009-- On August 25th Kelly Ann accepted an offer from Tina James, Steeple Hill, for "Kitty's Fire."  Here's the announcement by Kelly Mortimer that went out on Publishers Marketplace--

Kelly Ann Riley's debut KITTY'S FIRE, in which an L.A. firefighter returns to her hometown to prove her father didn't start the fire that killed him and two others, and an ex-FBI agent goes undercover as the new fire chief to prove her wrong; but neither expect the sparks that fly between them, to Tina James of Steeple Hill Love Inspired Suspense, by Kelly Mortimer at Mortimer Literary Agency.

July 2009:
"Kitty's Fire" Wins the Golden Heartâ  Award for Best Inspirational Manuscript.

2009 RITA & Golden Heart Award Winners | Romance Writers of America

Photo provided by Jacqui Jacoby. 
Jacqui Jacoby - Romance with a Body Count

"The Promise" a historical romantic suspense places 3rd in the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence.

March 2009: 
"Kitty's Fire" finals in RWA's Golden Heart Contestâ again. This time in the Inspirational Category.  Last year the book finaled in the Contemporary Series Romantic Suspense/Adventure category.
2009 RITA and GH Finalists Announcement | Romance Writers of America

"The Promise" a romantic supsense set in the Alaskan Gold Rush finals in the Inspirational Category of the Daphne du Maurier Award Contest (Kiss of Death RWA Chapter)

January-March 2009:
Kelly Ann is working on an exciting new historical romantic suspense series set during the Alaskan Gold Rush.  More details to come....

Kelly Ann's award-winning critique partner and friend, Caroline (Cee) Dunsheath signs with the fabulous Mortimer Literary Agency. (
Mortimer Literary Agency)

September 2008:

"A Cowboy's Prayer" places 3rd in the Romantic Suspense Category in the ACFW's Genesis Contest. 

Kelly Ann journeyed to Minneapolis, Minn. to attend the ACFW conference.  She mingled with wonderful writers, agents and editors. A highlight of the trip was shopping at the Mall of America which was conveniently located near the hotel

July 2008:
Kelly Ann attended the fabulous National RWA Conference in San Francisco.  She enjoyed the editor appointments, visiting with her agent and friends, and learning how to improve writing skills at the workshops. 

"Kitty's Fire," which was nominated for a Golden Heart, made the Awards Ceremony extra exciting this year.

June 2008
"Undercover Marriage" wins 2nd place in the Dixie First Chapter Contest and receives Honorable Mention in the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense Contest.

May 2008
"Tread Softly: A Want Ad Mystery" wins 1st place Romantic Suspense in the Sheila Contest--Valley Forge Romance Writers.

"Undercover Marriage" finals in the Inspirational Category of the Daphne Du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense. Winners will be announced at the National RWA Conference in July 08.

April 2008
"A Cowboy's Prayer" finals in ACFW's Genesis Contest in Romantic Suspense.

March 2008
"Kitty's Fire" finals in RWA's Golden Heart Contest in the Contemporary Series Romantic Suspense/Adventure Category.

"Tread Softly" finals in the Sheila Contest (Valley Forge Romance Writers)

July 2007

Kelly Ann signs with the Mortimer Literary Agency. (Mortimer Literary Agency)

While attending RWA's National Conference in Dallas, TX, Kelly Ann met and signed with Kelly Mortimer of the Mortimer Literary Agency. She had been corresponding with Kelly for several months about her writing projects. Kelly Mortimer is a terrific agent and a fun, inspiring person to work with.

"Kitty's Fire" Wins in the Dixie First Chapter Contest.

"Kitty's Fire" wins first place in the Inspirational Category and the full manuscript is requested by an editor at Steeple Hill.

March 2007

Tread Softly: A Want Ad Mystery finals in Romance Writers of America's Golden Heart Contest, Romantic Suspense Category.

January 2007

The Daphne du Maurier Award Contest opens January 15th 

On January 15th the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence Contest will begin.  Kelly is the co-coordinator for the published division.  Novels with a 2006 copyright that meet the contest criteria can be entered.  Deadline for entries is March 15th.  There is also an unpublished division.  For more information visit the Mystery Suspense Chapter of the RWA's web site at  and/or contact Kelly at for information for the published side of the contest.

September 2006

"Kitty's Fire" wins 3rd place in the ACFW Genesis Contest

In September, Kelly Ann attended the American Christian Fiction Writer's conference in Dallas, TX, where she got to meet with other writers, agents and editors.  The theme of the conference was New Beginnings.   An extra special  highlight of the trip was the announcement of the 2006 Genesis Contest winners.  "Kitty's Fire" won 3rd place in the Romantic Suspense Category.

July 2006

"Cargo to Die For:  A Want Ad Mystery" wins 2nd place in Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence Contest

July 25-30   Kelly Ann traveled to Atlanta, Georgia to attend the national conference of the Romance Writers of America.  The conference offered wonderful workshops and networking with other writers and publishing professionals.

On Thursday, July 27th, Kelly Ann attended KOD's Death by Chocolate party.  As Co-Coordinator of the published Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence contest, she had the privilege of announcing winners and handing out awards to the published contestants.  She also received an award in the unpublished side of the contest for "Cargo To Die For: A Want Ad Mystery,"  "Cargo  To Die For" won 2nd place in the Inspirational category.


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