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Lisa Rayne Bio (Full)

Author Lisa Rayne is an award-winning author, a speaker, and an advocate for the mainstream distribution of inclusive fiction that showcases multicultural protagonists. She provides readers with romantic stories featuring smart, sexy characters of diverse backgrounds across the span of time.

Lisa has won four Emma Awards, and her first sports romance debuted on two Amazon bestseller lists. Always looking to try something new, she put her sexy, banter-laden spin on historical romance with her milestone 2022 release featuring a Black Highlander. Never Cross a Highlander garnered the coveted Publishers Weekly starred review and was lauded by Kirkus Reviews as “a flawless combination of modern-day issues and old-school romance.”

As a business and intellectual property attorney, Lisa’s also passionate about helping creatives become savvy entrepreneurs. In her other life, she puts her expertise to use as a business strategist and entrepreneur coach. When she’s not writing or working, Lisa spends her time serving as track mom to the youngest of her two daughters, cheering for the Kansas City Chiefs, binge-watching planner flipthroughs on YouTube, and plotting how to get one of her novels turned into a movie featuring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

To stay in the know about Lisa’s upcoming releases, events, and other shenanigans, join her mailing list at lisarayne.com

Industry Reviews

Kirkus Reviews tauted Never Cross a Highlander “a flawless combination of modern-day issues and old-school romance” (15 December 2022).

Entertainment Weekly named Never Cross a Highlander one of The 5 Best Winter Romance Novels to Keep the Season of Love Going (Feb 22, 2023) and extolled,

Never Cross A Highlander also received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, which lauded that “Readers are sure to fall just as hard for the page-turning adventure as they will for the swoonworthy Kallum MacNeill” (2022 October 13).

Prior to its release, Publishers Weekly named Never Cross A Highlander  a notable book of fall and winter 2021 that readers would want on their radar in the Romance & Erotica genre:

“NEVER CROSS A HIGHLANDER by Lisa Rayne takes on the highland romance genre with a tale of suspense, passion, and strapping Black Scotsmen.”
~ Publisher’s Weekly, (2021 JUNE 21, 268(25), 91)

Emma Awards

From Debut Author of the Year to Book of the Year

For her first novel (Counselor Undone), Lisa was honored with 2016 Emma Awards for Debut Author of the Year and for Interracial Romance of the Year.

Her second novel, Quarterback Casanova, debuted as an Amazon Best Seller in Multicultural Romance and Sports Genre Fiction and won the 2017 Emma Award for Book of the Year.

Lisa was also honored with a 2017 Emma Award for Runaway Hearta Summer Olympics-inspired story that garnered Novella Romance of the Year.

Pictured right: Author Lisa Rayne with the legendary Ms. Beverly Jenkins.

Business Strategies & The Art of Going MogulTM

As a former practicing attorney, Lisa’s also passionate about helping creatives become savvy entrepreneurs. In her other life, she puts her expertise to use as a business strategist and entrepreneur coach.

After years coaching authors via workshops and conferences, she’s seen a need to put her business development and entrepreneurship coaching skills to use for the book publishing community. So she’s recently launched Going MogulTM for Authors, an initiative where she helps authors conquer overwhelm and build from platform to profits without compromising their values or neglecting relationships with the ones they love.