Authors

Precious Gem Romance Authors...that was then.

Successful authors...this is now.

Yes, we're all still authors. Precious Gem Romance was a great stepping stone for most of us. Scroll through our ranks and get reacquainted. I'm willing to bet some of you had favorites among this talented group of authors. Check out what we're been doing lately and all the new books we've written. You'll be amazed!


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.

Find Becky online: Twitter * Facebook.

Cheryl Bolen was named Notable New Author for 1997. She has published more than 20 books with Kensington/Zebra, Harlequin, Love Inspired Historical, Montlake, and independently. She has broken into the top 5 on the New York Times and hit the USA Today bestseller list. Her 2005 One Golden Ring won Best Historical, Holt Medallion, and her 2011 My Lord Wicked was awarded Best Historical in the International Digital Awards, the same year her Christmas novella was chosen as Best Novella. Her books have been finalists for other awards, including the Daphne du Maurier, and have been translated into a dozen languages.

Cheryl holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and English from the University of Texas and a master's degree from the University of Houston. Her favorite pursuits are reading diaries of dead English women, traveling to England, and watching the Texas Longhorns play football and basketball. She and her professor husband are the parents of two sons. One is an attorney, the other a journalist.

She invites readers to her website and her blog and to Visit her on Facebook.


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.

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 wrote as Bonnie Adams for 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 at: 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 @ gmail .com or please come and see her at her Facebook page.

Nancy Fraser is an award-winning author of over twenty-five romance novels and novellas. Her books have been published in a half-dozen foreign languages as well as in audio format. Nancy will celebrate her twentieth year as a published author in November of 2016 ... all thanks to that first sale to Precious Gems.

Nancy currently writes for Decadent Publishing, Entangled Publishing, Soul Mate Publishing, and The Wild Rose Press. Nancy spreads her creativity across multiple genres that range from vintage (think 1950s-60s) sweet romance to both historical and contemporary erotic romance and everything in between.

When not writing, Nancy loves to travel (with a special fondness for Las Vegas), and spend as much time as possible with her five grandchildren.

Maddie James wrote as Kim Whalen and now writes as Maddie James. She is a bestselling romance author and is published worldwide in at least 7 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 who wrote as Kathi Webb and Kathleen Webb is now writing as Kathleen Lawless. Her books have garnered rave reviews and numerous awards including Romantic Times K.I.S.S., a Scarlett Letter, and a Golden Quill. Kathleen’s 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. She is working on her 20th novel.

"It’s amazing to see the changes in traditional publishing, including ebooks and the opportunities writers have to interact with their readers.” Kathleen 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.”

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 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Contemporary Romance. Her books are available in France through Milady Romance, an imprint of Bragelonne. Her romance novels--available as ebooks, print books, and audiobooks--all have the same premise: “It’s never too late to live happily ever after.” Joan lives her happily ever after with her husband in the Lone Star State. Visit her at her blog, SlingWords. Sign up for her email list/NL, WordPlay. (Authors, sign up for WritingHacks to receive a monthly tip about the writing business.)


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.

Hannah has also had articles published in national magazines. But maybe the most fun of all, she thinks, was having her first novel published by Kensington Precious Gems, and a paranormal novel published by one of the first e-publishers.

She 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.


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.

Award winning author Karen Whiddon spun fanciful tales for her younger brothers as early as the age of eleven. Growing up in the Catskill Mountains of New York, then the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, she found enough magic in the rugged peaks to keep her imagination fueled for years. Now making her home in North Texas, she shares her life with her hero-like husband and four doting dogs. In her spare time she volunteers for Legacy Boxer Rescue, Inc. She has published around 45 books. Currently she writes for Harlequin Romantic Suspense and Harlequin Nocturne. You can email Karen at KWhiddon1@aol.com

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