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, spoke 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.
Over My Dead Body2009 RT Reviewer's Choice Award, Nominee2009 P.E.A.R.L. Honorable Mention
Wait Till Your Vampire Gets HomeTop Pick from RT BOOK Reviews2008 P.E.A.R.L. Honorable Mention
Because Your Vampire Said So2008 RT Reviewer's Choice Award, Winner
I'm The Vampire, That's WhyDebut #13 on Barnes & Noble Romance Bestseller List
Cupid, Inc.Nominated for SingleTitle.com Reviewer's Choice AwardFresh Pick for FreshFiction.com
Wild WomenNominee, Contemporary Romance, 2004 CAPA Awards1st Place, Best Published Romance Novel, 2004 Royal Palm Literary Awards2004 ARIANA, Best Romance CoverNo. 1 Bestselling E-book for 2004, Hard Shell Word FactoryBest Book of Fiction of 2004, Oklahoma Writer’s Federation, Inc.
“A Mother Scorned”Grand Prize Winner, 72nd Annual Writer’s Digest Writing CompetitionNominee, 2004 Derringer Awards1st Place, Best Published Short Story, 2004 Royal Palm Literary Awards
The Accountant and The VirginJune 2004 RT Top Pick, Nominee for Best Erotic Romance, 2004 Romantic Times Reviewer Choice Awards
1-800-SEX4YOUNominee, 2004 Psyche Award For Best Overlooked Work
Beyond the Mundane: UnravelingsWinner, Best Anthology, 2005 EPPIEs
Three Men and a LadyRecommended Read and Five Angels, Fallen Angel Reviews
Lighthearted LustFinalist, 2004 Sizzler Awards
The Pleasure Seekers 1: DakeNominee, 2004 Sizzler Awards
Midnight IntentionsEPPIE, Best Romantic Suspense, 2002 Annual EPIC E-book Awards2nd Place, Best Novella, AEPRA Awards
Husband For HireThird Place, Romance Novel, 1999 OWFI Annual ContestFirst Place, Romance Novel, 1997 SARA’s Sooner or Later Contest
Housewife For RentTop Winner, 1996 Silhouette “Yours Truly” Contest
Shadows PresentFirst Place, Paranormal Romance, 1996 SARA's Sooner Or Later Contest
Daddy In TrainingFirst Place, Contemporary Romance, 1996 SARA's Sooner or Later ContestFirst Place 1996 Prodigy's Passionate Promises ContestFirst Place, 1995 SARA's Sooner or Later ContestFirst 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.