A graduate of the University of Florida, Sharon Hartley grew up in Miami, Florida where she currently resides with her husband, one Dalmatian and hundreds of orchids. A certified court reporter for twenty years, her legal work all too frequently provides Ms. Hartley with ideas for her romantic suspense novels. South of South Beach is Sharon's first published novel. Ms. Hartley was a Golden Heart finalist in 1999 in the Long Contemporary Category, and she also enjoys writing romantic short stories for a change of pace. Readers can Email her at Orchidrom@aol.com.