Heather Graham Pozzessere

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Heather Graham Pozzessere
BornHeather Graham
(1953-03-15) March 15, 1953 (age 66)
Dade County, Florida,
United States
Pen nameHeather Graham,
Heather Graham Pozzessere,
Shannon Drake
EducationTheater Arts/University of South Florida
Genre Romance, suspense, paranormal
Notable worksCivil War novels, Krewe of Hunter series, vampire series, paranormal romantic suspense
SpouseDennis Pozzessere

Heather Graham Pozzessere (born March 15, 1953) is a best-selling American writer, who writes primarily romance novels. She also writes under her maiden name Heather Graham as well as the pen name Shannon Drake. She has written over 150 novels and novellas, has been published in approximately twenty-five languages, and has had over seventy-five million books in print. [1]



Born Heather Graham on March 15, 1953, she grew up in Miami-Dade County, Florida. She married Dennis Pozzessere shortly after her high school graduation. After high school she went on and earned a degree in theater arts from the University of South Florida. She spent several years after that working in dinner theater, singing backup vocals, and bartending. [2] After the birth of her third child, Pozzessere decided she could not afford to go to work anymore. [3] She chose to stay at home, and, to fill her time, began to write horror stories and romances. [2] After two years, [3] in 1982, she sold her first novel, When Next We Love. [2]

Miami-Dade County, Florida County in Florida, United States

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University of South Florida public university in Tampa, Florida, United States

The University of South Florida (USF) is a public research university in Tampa, Florida. It is a member institution of the State University System of Florida. Founded in 1956, USF is the fourth-largest public university in the state of Florida, with an enrollment of 50,755 as of the 2018–2019 academic year. The USF system has three institutions: USF Tampa, USF St. Petersburg and USF Sarasota-Manatee. Each institution is separately accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The university is home to 14 colleges, offering more than 80 undergraduate majors and more than 130 graduate, specialist, and doctoral-level degree programs.

In the years since then, she has written more than 100 novels and novellas. These novels run the gamut of the romance genre, from historical fiction to category, from romantic suspense to time travel, and from vampire fiction to Christmas stories. She has been the launch author for Dell's Ecstasy Supreme line, Silhouette's Shadows line, and for Harlequin's mainstream brand, Mira Books. Her books have been published in twenty-plus languages.

Romance Writers of America presented her with the 2003 Lifetime Achievement Award. [2] She is a member of Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, and Novelists Inc, the Horror Writers Association (of which she is a former Vice President), and has received the Thriller Writer's Silver Bullet for charitable enterprises. [ citation needed ]

Mystery Writers of America

Mystery Writers of America (MWA) is an organization of mystery and crime writers, based in New York City.

Horror Writers Association worldwide non-profit organization of professional writers

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) is a worldwide non-profit organization of professional writers and publishing professionals dedicated to promoting the interests of Horror and Dark fantasy writers.

Pozzessere is a founder of the Florida chapter of the Romance Writers of America, and since 1999 has hosted the annual Romantic Times Vampire Ball for charity. [2] In 2006, she hosted the first Writers for New Orleans on Labor Day, with workshops and a dinner theater event to benefit the city and the libraries. Labor Day of 2007 made it an annual event. She is the founder of the Slushpile players and Slushpile band. [ citation needed ]

Florida U.S. state in the United States

Florida is the southernmost contiguous state in the United States. The state is bordered to the west by the Gulf of Mexico, to the northwest by Alabama, to the north by Georgia, to the east by the Atlantic Ocean, and to the south by the Straits of Florida. Florida is the 22nd-most extensive, the 3rd-most populous, and the 8th-most densely populated of the U.S. states. Jacksonville is the most populous municipality in the state and the largest city by area in the contiguous United States. The Miami metropolitan area is Florida's most populous urban area. Tallahassee is the state's capital.

Romance Writers of America (RWA) is a national non-profit genre writers association. It provides networking and support to individuals seriously pursuing a career in romance fiction and supports top authors such as Nora Roberts and Judith McNaught.

In November 2016, it was announced that Pozzessere would co-author Chad Michael Murray in writing his second novel titled "American Drifter". It's due to be released in November 2017. [4]

Chad Michael Murray American actor and model

Chad Michael Murray is an American actor, spokesperson, writer and former fashion model. He is best known for playing Lucas Scott in The WB/CW drama series One Tree Hill, a recurring role as Tristan Dugray on The WB/CW series Gilmore Girls (2000–01), Charlie Todd in the fifth season of The WB series Dawson’s Creek and war veteran and SSR Agent Jack Thompson in the Marvel/ABC series Agent Carter (2015–16). He had starring roles in the films Freaky Friday (2003), A Cinderella Story (2004), and House of Wax (2005). He portrays Edgar Evernever on The CW show Riverdale.


She and her husband have five children. [2]


As Heather Graham

Stand Alone Novels

  • When Next We Love (1983)
  • Tender Taming (1983)
  • A Season for Love (1983)
  • Quiet Walks the Tiger (1983)
  • Night, Sea and Stars (1983)
  • Hours to Cherish (1984)
  • Tender Deception (1984)
  • Red Midnight (1984)
  • Arabian Nights (1984)
  • Serena's Magic (1984)
  • Sensuous Angel (1985)
  • Hold Close the Memory (1985)
  • An Angel's Share (1985)
  • A Circumstantial Affair (1986)
  • Dante's Daughter (1986)
  • Handful of Dreams (1986)
  • The Maverick and the Lady (1986)
  • Eden's Spell (1986)
  • Liar's Moon (1987)
  • Siren from the Sea (1987)
  • Every Time I Love You (1988)
  • The Devil's Mistress (1991)
  • Spirit of the Season (1993)
  • Renegades (1995)
  • A Magical Christmas (1996)
  • Queen of Hearts (1997)
  • The Last Cavalier (1998)
  • Tempestuous Eden (1999)
  • Night of the Blackbird (2001)
  • A Matter of Circumstance (2001)
  • Miracle (2001)
  • A Season of Miracles (2001)
  • In the Dark (2004)
  • Suspicious (2005)
  • Kiss Of Darkness (2006)
  • The Island (2006)
  • Blood Red (2007)
  • The Last Noel (2007)
  • Nightwalker (2009)
  • Dust to Dust (2009)
  • There Be Dragons (2009)
  • Home in Time for Christmas (2009)
  • Night of the Wolves (2009)
  • The Killing Edge (2010)
  • The Rising (with Jon Land) (2017)
  • American Drifter (with Chad Michael Murray) (2017)
  • The Ghost of You (novella) (2018)
  • Undercover Connection (2018)
  • Tangled Threat (August 20, 2019)

MacAuliffe Viking Trilogy Series

  1. Golden Surrender (1987)
  2. The Viking's Woman (1993)
  3. Lord of the Wolves (1993)

Cameron Family Saga Series

  1. Sweet Savage Eden (1989)
  2. A Pirate's Pleasure (1989)
  3. Love Not a Rebel (1989)
  4. One Wore Blue (1991)
  5. And One Wore Gray (1992)
  6. And One Rode West (1992)
North American Woman Trilogy
  1. Sweet Savage Eden (1989)
  2. A Pirate's Pleasure (1989)
  3. Love Not a Rebel (1989)
Civil War Trilogy
  1. One Wore Blue (1991)
  2. And One Wore Gray (1992)
  3. And One Rode West (1992)

MacKenzies - Old Florida Series

  1. Runaway (1994)
  2. Captive (1996)
  3. Rebel (1997)
  4. Surrender (1998)
  5. Glory (1999)
  6. Triumph (2000)

Suspense Series

  1. Drop Dead Gorgeous (1998)
  2. Tall, Dark, and Deadly (1999)
  3. Long, Lean and Lethal (2000)
  4. Dying to Have Her (2001)
  5. Hurricane Bay (2002)
  6. Picture Me Dead (2003)
  7. Dead on the Dance Floor (2004)
  8. The Presence (2004)
  9. Killing Kelly (2005)
Soap Opera
  1. Long, Lean and Lethal (2000)
  2. Dying to Have Her (2001)
  3. Killing Kelly (2005)
O'Casey Brothers
  1. Dead on the Dance Floor (2004)
  2. Killing Kelly (2005)

Harrison Investigation Series

  1. Haunted (2003)
  2. The Presence (2004)
  3. Ghost Walk (2005)
  4. The Vision (2006)
  5. The Seance (2007)
  6. The Dead Room (2007)
  7. The Death Dealer (2008)
  8. Unhallowed Ground (2009)
  9. Nightwalker (2010)

The Flynn Brothers Trilogy

  1. Deadly Night (2008)
  2. Deadly Harvest (2008)
  3. Deadly Gift (2008)

Prophecy Series

  1. Dust to Dust (2009)

Vampire Hunters Series

  1. Night of the Wolves (2009)
  2. Night of the Vampires (2010)
  3. Bride of the Night (2011)

The Bone Island Trilogy

  1. Ghost Shadow (2010)
  2. Ghost Night (2010)
  3. Ghost Moon (2010)

Krewe of Hunters

  1. Phantom Evil (2011)
  2. Heart of Evil (2011)
  3. Sacred Evil (2011)
  4. The Evil Inside (2011)
  5. The Unseen (2012)
  6. The Unholy (2012)
  7. The Unspoken (2012)
  8. The Uninvited (2012)
  9. The Night is Watching (2013)
  10. The Night is Alive (2013)
  11. The Night is Forever (2013)
  12. Crimson Twilight (novella) (2014)
  13. The Cursed (2014)
  14. The Hexed (2014)
  15. The Betrayed (2014)
  16. When Irish Eyes are Haunting (novella) (2015)
  17. The Silenced (2015)
  18. The Forgotten (2015)
  19. All Hallows Eve (novella) (2015)
  20. The Hidden (2015)
  21. Haunted Destiny (2016)
  22. Deadly Fate (2016)
  23. Darkest Journey (2016)
  24. Dying Breath (2017)
  25. Dark Rites (2017)
  26. Doomed Legacy (2017)
  27. Hallow Be the Haunt (novella) (2017)
  28. Fade to Black (2018)
  29. Pale as Death (2018)
  30. Echoes of Evil (2018)
  31. Haunted By the Holidays (novella) (2018)
  32. Christmas, The Krewe and a Large White Rabbit (novella) (2018)
  33. The Summoning (May 21, 2019)
  34. The Seekers (July 23, 2019)
  35. The Stalking (September 24, 2019)
  36. Blood Night (novella) (October 22, 2019)

Cafferty & Quinn

  1. Let the Dead Sleep (2013)
  2. Waking the Dead (2014)
  3. Infernal Night: Michael Quin vs. Repairman Jack (novella) (with F. Paul Wilson) (2014)
  4. The Dead Play On (2015)
  5. Blood on the Bayou (novella) (2016)
  6. Toys in the Attic (novella) (2017)
  7. Big Easy Evil (novella) (2017)
  8. Bitter Reckoning (2018)

New York Confidential

  1. Flawless (2016)
  2. A Perfect Obsession (2017)
  3. A Dangerous Game (2018)
  4. A Lethal Legacy (2019)

Finnegan Connection

  1. Law and Disorder (2017)
  2. Shadows in the Night (2017)
  3. Out of the Darkness (2018)


  • The Best of Heather Graham: Tender Taming / When Next We Love (1990)
  • The Best of Heather Graham: A Season for Love / Quiet Walks the Tiger (1991)
  • Untamed Maverick Hearts (1993)
  • Tender Taming / When Next We Love (1994)
  • Three Complete Novels: Sweet Savage Eden / A Pirate's Pleasure / Love Not a Rebel (1994)
  • A Season for Love and Quiet Walks the Tiger (1994)

Omnibus in Collaboration

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As Heather Graham Pozzessere

Some reedited as Heather Graham.

Stand Alone Novels

  • Night Moves (1985)
  • Double Entendre (1986)
  • The Di Medici Bride (1986)
  • The Game of Love (1986)
  • King of the Castle (1987)
  • A Circumstantial Affair (1986; a.k.a. A matter of circumstance)
  • All in the family (1987)
  • Lucia in Love (1988)
  • Strangers in Paradise (1988)
  • This Rough Magic (1988)
  • Home for Christmas (1989)
  • A Perilous Eden (1990)
  • Forever My Love (1990)
  • Wedding Bell Blues (1990)
  • Forbidden Fire (1991)
  • Snowfire (1991)
  • The Christmas bride (1991)
  • Hatfield and McCoy (1991)
  • Mistress of Magic (1995)
  • Between Roc and a Hard Place (1993)
  • Last cavalier (1993)
  • Lonesome rider (1993)
  • The Trouble with Andrew (1993)
  • Wilde imaginings (1993)
  • Slow Burn (1994)
  • An Angel's Touch (1995)
  • Eyes of Fire (1995)
  • For All of Her Life (1995) (Re-issued as Up In Flames February 27, 2018)
  • Seize the wind (1995)
  • Down in New Orleans (1996)
  • If Looks Could Kill (1997)
  • Never Sleep with Strangers (1998)
  • Night heat (2001)

Angel Hawk Series

  1. Bride of the Tiger (1987)
  2. Angel of Mercy (1988)
  3. Borrowed Angel (1989)
  • Night Heat: Bride of the Tiger/ Angel of Mercy/ Borrowed Angel (2001)

Slater's Summer Fires Series

  1. Dark Stranger (1993)
  2. Rides a Hero (1989)
  3. Apache Summer (1989)
  • Summer Fires: Dark Stranger, Rides a Hero and Apache summer (1998)

Omnibus in Collaboration

As Shannon Drake

Stand Alone Novels

  • Tomorrow the Glory (1985)
  • Blue Heaven, Black Night (1986)
  • Ondine (1988)
  • Lie Down in Roses (1988)
  • Emerald Embrace (1991)
  • And I Will Love You Forever (1991)
  • Gifts of Love (1991)
  • Damsel in Distress (1992)
  • Bride of the Wind (1992)
  • Vanquish the Night (1992)
  • Lovers and Demons (1993)
  • One Little Miracle (1993)
  • Branded Hearts (1995)
  • The King's Pleasure (1998)
  • The Pirate Bride (2008)

Fire Series

  1. Princess of Fire (1989)
  2. Knight of Fire (1993)

No Other Series

  1. No Other Man (1995)
  2. No Other Woman (1996)
  3. No Other Love (1997)

Vampires Series

  1. Beneath a Blood Red Moon (1999)
  2. When Darkness Falls (2000)
  3. Deep Midnight (2001)
  4. Realm of Shadows (2002)
  5. The Awakening (2003)
  6. Dead by Dusk (2005)
  7. Kiss Of Darkness (2006)
  8. Blood Red (2007)

Graham Family Series

  1. Come the Morning (1999)
  2. Conquer the Night (2000)
  3. Seize the Dawn (2001)
  4. Knight Triumphant (2002)
  5. The Lion in Glory (2003)
  6. When We Touch (2004)
  7. The Queen's Lady (2007)

Victorian Fairy Tale Series

  1. Wicked (2005)
  2. Reckless (2005)
  3. Beguiled (2006)

Omnibus in Collaboration

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