Maureen Smith is the author of the romantic suspense novels Ghosts of Fire, With Every Breath, and A Heartbeat Away. Her 2002 debut novel, Ghosts of Fire, was nominated for a Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award and an Emma Award for favorite new author, and won the Romance in Color Reviewers' Choice Awards for New Author of the Year and Romantic Suspense of the Year. Her second novel, With Every Breath, was also nominated for a Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award, and garnered four Emma Award nominations in the categories of Favorite Hero, Favorite Romantic Suspense, Author of the Year, and Book of the Year. Maureen received a B.A. in English from the University of Maryland, College Park. As a former freelance writer, her feature articles appeared in various newspapers, magazines, and online publications. She now lives in San Antonio, Texas with her husband, two children, a cat, and a miniature schnauzer.