Maria Imbalzano


My love of reading dates back to my childhood when I would borrow at least four books from the library every week. During the summer, I would sit in the house and read, until my mother, totally frustrated, would send me outside to play and lock me out. I always found my way back in. However, I must confess, I hated to write. In every English and writing class throughout college, I dreaded trying to be creative. As a friend from law school so aptly put it, “The reason why we’re here is because we don’t have a creative bone in our bodies.”

Despite my dislike of creative writing back then, I embraced legal writing, and was first published in Volume 5 of the Fordham International Law Journal. My article was entitled “In re Mackin: Is the Application of the Political Offense Exception an Extradition Issue for the Judicial or Executive Branch?” I would advise you against reading it, for you will surely fall asleep.

While practicing law as a divorce attorney, I decided to try for some balance in my life and began writing romance. Thankfully, I found my creative bone. Instead of only drafting motions, legal memoranda, and briefs, although fascinating, I started to spend my free time creating memorable characters and taking them on their emotional journeys through my contemporary romance novels.

I am a member of Romance Writers of America and New Jersey Romance Writers, and have received many honors for her work including the ACRA Readers’ Choice Heart of Excellence Award and the Wisconsin Romance Writers Write Touch Readers Award. I also finaled in the New England Readers’ Choice Contest and NJ Romance Writers Golden Leaf Contest.


"Sworn to Forget" has been named as a finalist in the 2019 RONE Awards.

maria's books

New Novella Coming Soon!

A Song for Another Day

Gigi Jenson, an up-and-coming Broadway star, finds herself in Willow Springs, Vermont, for the summer as director of their first annual community revue. This sleepy town is worlds away from her vibrant and beloved New York City, but the experience she’ll gain will be invaluable to her career.

Jason Simmons has lived in Willow Springs his entire life. Working several jobs while writing music, he yearns for a contract to record his songs. The one chance he had to make it in Nashville he blew due to stage fright.

When Jason volunteers to help Gigi with the revue, sparks ignite but their dreams are taking them in different directions. Will their love for each other ever guide them to the same path?


The Blueberry Swirl Waltz

Ice cream and dance lessons reunite Katie and Chaz in small-town Roebling in 1951, but each of them has a dream which interferes with their budding relationship.


Sworn to Remember

Michael spurned his high-powered job in the city for a balanced life, but Samantha’s workaholic ways may just implode their relationship.


Sworn to Forget

Nicki and Dex ignite each other but for her, given events from the past, commitment is out of the question. For him, it’s the only answer.


Dancing in the Sand

When Ava and Brian reunite, their powerful attraction binds them together, but the past holds a secret that even love may not be able to overcome.


Unchained Memories

Philosophical differences over their chosen careers pit Charlotte and Clay against each other, not only in the courtroom but in the bedroom.


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