Monday, February 29, 2016

Gems All Around Us

"There are little gems all around us that can hold glimmers of inspiration. ~ Richelle Mead

Liz Flaherty: It's been years since the Precious Gems line closed, yet many of us have stayed connected. The romance writers' community is close and hilarious and sometimes confrontational. It's one of my favorite places to be and for me it all started with the Gems, so I said "Hey, what do you think?" and Joan and Maddie ran with it. Thanks to them and to all the other "Gem-sisters" who joined in. We hope you enjoy the blog.

Joan Reeves: A couple of months ago, Liz Flaherty emailed me and asked what I thought about starting a group blog composed of former Precious Gems Authors. I told her I thought it was a great idea.

Maddie James: I'm very happy to be part of this group blog and can't wait to get started! It feels a little like coming home, reconnecting with so many of my PG author friends. We hope you enjoy our musings. Be sure to let us know what you like about our blog, and what more you would like to see here! Please meet all of our authors:

Becky Barker is an award-winning, best-selling author whose steamy romance novels have been translated into more than a dozen foreign languages, into digital format and audio books. Her work has also been reissued in trade paperback as well as large print hardcover library editions. Besides spending time with her big, extended family, Becky enjoys music, gardening, fishing and reading. She considers herself fortunate to have a life filled with laughter and love.

Jo Ann Brown was writing as Jo Ann Ferguson and now writes as Marianne Ellis, Jocelyn Kelley, and Jo Ann Brown. Jo Ann has been creating characters and stories for as long as she can remember. Her first stories were populated with her friends and sisters. She wrote her first novel in high school, and it happily resides in the very back of her file cabinet. Fast forward through college, serving in the US Army as a quartermaster officer, getting married, and increasing her blessings with three children...and Jo Ann sold her first book in 1987. Since it was published in 1988, she has sold over 100 titles and has become a best-selling and award-winning author. Romantic Times called her “a truly talented author.” She currently writes Amish romances for Love Inspired as Jo Ann Brown. She has always lived on the east coast, but now resides in Nevada with her husband and a very chubby cat.

Patty Copeland has been a member of Romance Writers of America and Chicago North RWA for decades, as well as a member of From the Heart Romance Writers and other online groups. She is once more dipping her toes into writing after a long absence and is working on a novella series with another writer. Currently she acts as media manager for a boutique Scottsdale law firm, supervising and editing their newsletter, blogs and other marketing materials.

Lynn Crandall lives in the Midwest and writes in the company of her cat. She has been a reader and a writer all her life. Her background is in journalism, but whether writing a magazine or newspaper story or creating a romance, she loves the power stories hold to transport, inspire, and uplift. Find Lynn online: Facebook * Amazon Author Page * Twitter.

Bonnie Edwards began her writing career as Bonnie Adams with Precious Gems Romance shortly before the line stopped publishing. Since then, she’s helped launch the Aphrodisia imprint for Kensington Books and published with Harlequin and Carina Press. She believes life should be lived with joy. That joy shows up in her earthy, irreverent love stories. Publishing has changed in the years since Precious Gems and taking charge of her publishing life has been both rewarding and challenging, but change is life and life is change so she’s embraced self-publishing with her heart and soul.Sometimes her stories have a paranormal twist, likes curses and ghosts, other times not. But they’re always entertaining and guarantee a happy ending.Find Bonnie online: Amazon Author Page * Twitter * Facebook * Goodreads. Sign up for her newsletter.

Liz Flaherty thinks one of the things that keeps you young when you quite obviously aren’t anymore is the constant chances you have to reinvent yourself. Her latest professional incarnation is as a Harlequin Heartwarming author and she is enjoying every minute! She’d love to hear from you at lizkflaherty at gmail.com or visit her online at Facebook.

Maddie James is a bestselling romance author who is published worldwide in at least seven languages. Her books, available in ebook, paperback, and audio formats, span the romance genre from contemporary, to romantic suspense, to paranormal romance. Landing on all major retailer top-selling lists, she’s been listed as a Top 100 Romance Author at Amazon, and a Rising Star in Western Romance at iBooks.

Karen Kelley is a USA Today bestselling author. She's written books for Kensington, Berkley and Sourcebooks. She decided to step out of her comfort zone and strike out on her own by going independent and has found it very satisfying.

Not only has she gone independent with her writing but, along with her husband, they've given away or sold most of their stuff, put their house on the market, moved into an RV and added solar panels. They plan to travel the country until they get tired of the gypsy lifestyle. She'll be looking for new adventures in life as well as in her writing.

Kathleen Lawless wrote as Kathi Webb and Kathleen Webb for Precious Gems. Her earliest memories are of wanting to be a writer. To create stories that would touch the lives of others who love to read the way she does. “I’m working on my 20th novel, and it’s amazing to see the changes in traditional publishing, including ebooks and the opportunities writers have to interact with their readers.” She enjoys pushing the boundaries of traditional romance into erotic romance, romantic suspense, women’s fiction and stories for young adults. She also knows about happy endings. “Can you believe I wrote A HARD MAN TO LOVE with a hero named Steele, years before I met my own hero named Steel? He’s far and away the most romantic man I’ve ever known.” Her books have garnered rave reviews and numerous awards including Romantic Times K.I.S.S., a Scarlett Letter, and a Golden Quill.

Tracey Lyons is an Amazon Top Ten bestselling historical romance author of the Women of Surprise series, Tracey sold her first book on 9/9/99! Her books have been translated into several languages. Tracey lives with her husband in New York’s Hudson Valley region. She has appeared on the award winning Cox Cable Television show, Page One and on the stage of Lady Jane’s reading salon in New York City. She holds membership in Romance Writers of America, American Fiction Christian Writers and Novelists Inc. Tracey considers herself a small town gal who writes small town romances. You can learn more about Tracey and her books by visiting her website.

Caragh O'Brien wrote romances happily for a decade. Recently, she switched to young adult science fiction. Caragh is best known for the Birthmarked Trilogy.

Joan Reeves is a NY Times and USA Today bestselling author who writes contemporary romance. Her novels are available in ebook, audio, and print editions. Joan lives her happily ever after with her hero, her husband, in the Lone Star State which forms the backdrop of many of her novels. The premise of all her books is: "It's never too late to live happily ever after."

Hannah Rowan is a life-long Jersey girl who covered news for her local paper for many years. She wrote a gossip column, profiled prominent citizens, and wrote a humor column weekly. She’s also had articles published in national magazines. But maybe the most fun of all was having her first novel published by Kensington Precious Gems, and a paranormal novel published by one of the first e-publishers. Hannah lives in New Jersey with her husband and 105 pound Golden Doodle, and is currently at work on several new stories.

Jan Scarbrough is the author of the popular Bluegrass Reunion series, writing heartwarming contemporary romances about family and second chances, and if the plot allows—horses. Living in the horse country of Kentucky makes it easy for Jan to add small town, Southern charm to her books, and the excitement of a horse race or a competitive horse show. A member of Novelist, Inc., Jan has published with Kensington, Five Star, ImaJinn Books, Resplendence Publishing and Turquoise Morning Press.

Pamela Tracy is a USA Today bestselling author who lives in Arizona with her husband (He claims to be the inspiration for most of her heroes) and her son. (He claims to be the interference for most of her writing time.) She was raised in Omaha, Nebraska, and started writing at a very young age (a series of romances, all with David Cassidy as the hero. Sometimes Bobby Sherman would interfere). Then, while earning a BA in Journalism at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, she picked up the pen again only this time, it was an electric typewriter on which she wrote a very bad science fiction novel.) First published in 1999 by Barbour Publishing, She has since published more than thirty books and sold more than a million copies. Her 2007 suspense Pursuit of Justice was a Rita finalist. Her 2009 suspense Broken Lullaby won the American Christian Fiction Writers' Book of the year award.

Connie Vines wrote under the name Addison Murray for Precious Gems Romance. Now she writes as Connie Vines. She has been a member of Romance Writers of America and the Orange County RWA for decades and is the President of the GothRom Chapter of RWA. Published in romance, historical, young adult, non-fiction, and fantasy, her novels have won the H.O.L.T. Medallion, Orange Rose, and the Award of Excellence. Her Rodeo Romance Series, novella series and anthologies are available through her publisher, BLW, in print and e-book. Connie lives southern California with her husband and an adorable little dog name Chantel.

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