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Sara Blayne was born and reared in Las Vegas, New Mexico, a stopover on the Santa Fe Trail nestled in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. She graduated with a BA and MA from Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, New Mexico, where she met and married her husband Steve. She taught Freshman English at ENMU for five years until she and Steve had their first child, a son named Caleb. She quit teaching to remain at home. Her daughter Kathryn was born two and a half years later. Sara presently resides with her husband and family, including Kathryn’s five-year-old son Morgan, and two-month-old son Tristin, on her husband’s family ranch outside of Portales.
Her favorite pastimes are playing with her grandsons, helping Steve feed the cattle, throwing the Frisbee for Penny, her Labrador Retriever, and watching old movies on TV. She houses a menagerie of five cats, six dogs, and a Guinea pig, most of whom belong to her daughter, an aspiring veterinarian.
In 1985, she published her first novel, Passion’s Lady, which was nominated for Best Regency Romance by Romantic Times. An Elusive Guardian was nominated for Best Regency by Romantic Times in 1993-94. Theodora won a Gold Medal Review from Romantic Times in 1996-97 and was nominated for Best Regency the same year. In 1997, A Noble Pursuit was nominated for a RITA award. In 1998, Sara Blayne was awarded the Career Achievement Award by Romantic Times. In 1998, A Noble Resolve was nominated for Best Regency. She has published four fantasy historical romances under the nom de plume of Johanna Hailey.
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