Stanaleiís love of writing romance stems from reading unlikely favorites such as Grimmís Fairy Tales, Barbara Cartland and Alistair MacLean. She has over 20 years in the martial arts. Stanalei holds the rank of Sandan, a 3rd degree black belt, in Aikido. After a taste of life on both U.S. coasts, she now resides in the beautiful Rocky Mountains with her hero, who is also her best friend and husband. Together they enjoy the open road astride a Harley, visiting museums and exploring ghost towns.