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Shelley Adina Bates MFA
Joined Seton Hill
Silicon Valley, CA
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Shelley Adina is the author of 24 novels published by Harlequin, Warner, and Hachette, and a dozen more published by Moonshell Books, Inc., her own independent press. She writes steampunk and contemporary romance as Shelley Adina, and as Adina Senft, writes Amish women’s fiction. She holds an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University in Pennsylvania, where she teaches as adjunct faculty. She won RWA’s RITA Award® in 2005, and was a finalist in 2006. When she’s not writing, Shelley is usually quilting, sewing historical costumes, or hanging out in the garden with her flock of rescued chickens.


  • PhD in Creative Writing, Lancaster University (Lancaster, UK) - in progress
  • MFA in Writing Popular Fiction, Seton Hill University (Greensburg, PA), 2011 MA in Writing Popular Fiction, Seton Hill University (Greensburg, PA), 2002
  • BA Literature, University of California (Santa Cruz, CA), 1995


  • The Tempted Soul (FaithWords, 2013)
  • Brilliant Devices (Moonshell Books, 2013)
  • The Hidden Life (FaithWords, 2012)
  • Magnificent Devices (Moonshell Books, 2012)
  • The Wounded Heart (FaithWords, 2011)
  • Her Own Devices (Moonshell Books, 2011)
  • Lady of Devices (Moonshell Books, 2011) - MFA thesis
  • The Chic Shall Inherit the Earth (FaithWords, 2010)
  • Tidings of Great Boys (FaithWords, 2009)
  • Who Made You a Princess? (FaithWords, 2009)
  • Be Strong and Curvaceous (FaithWords, 2009)
  • The Fruit of My Lipstick (FaithWords, 2008)
  • It's All About Us (FaithWords, 2008)
  • Over Her Head (Warner Faith, 2007)
  • A Sounding Brass (Warner Faith, 2006)
  • Pocketful of Pearls (Warner Faith, 2005)
  • Grounds to Believe (Steeple Hill, 2004)


  • Romance Writers of America RITA® Award - Best Inspirational Novel (2005)



  • Christy Award Finalist - Young Adult (2009)