Friday, February 1, 2019

Visit Us: ROMANCE GEMS, New Home on the Web

Thank you for reading Gems in the Attic for the last 3 years.

We've grown too large for the Attic
so we've moved to a new home on the web.

Visit us at Romance Gems.

We will be talking and laughing about reading, writing,
romance, love, and life in general.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Introducing Judith Hudson by Nancy Fraser #RomanceGems

Tomorrow we move to the wonderful new Romance Gems site! Be sure and visit there Friday, February 1, for the Grand Opening. Throughout January I was fortunate enough to be able to introduce you to a number of new-to-the-GEMS authors. Today is no exception.

Today it’s my pleasure to welcome our final new author, Judith Hudson, to the blog!

Getting to Know Judy

Judy writes small town romance novels with more heart than heat.  "Pretty well any combination of people can make a strong family unit these days," she says, "as long as there is love."

Born in Toronto, she went to high school in St. Louis and raised her family on Vancouver Island in Pacific Northwest, in a community much like Fortune Bay, the setting of her novels. Her background as a landscape painter makes the lakes, forest and mountains come alive in her books, and her love of gardening, cooking and photography also inspires her work.

You can find opening chapters of her books on her website, as well as links to her reader’s group and a free e-copy of the series prequel novella, Lake of Dreams. 

Judy’s Path to Becoming an Author?

My father was a writer so I knew it could be done. I knew that what it took to be a writer was to write. It’s a combination of imagination and hard work—or “butt in the chair”, as writers like to say. He wrote for TV and before that radio, but unfortunately, died before he got a chance to write his great novel. But his legacy to me was knowing that it could be done.

But first I had to run a gauntlet of fine arts first. I was a painter for more years than I can count while my children were in school, painting in oils en plein aire, outside, near my home on oh-so-beautiful Vancouver Island. Then I started taking university classes in photography, including darkroom photography, (that comes into the story later,) eventually getting my degree in Fine Art in 2000, specializing in painting, photography and printmaking.

I sold a lot of paintings, but I painted more, and eventually was crushed under the burden of all those paintings. One day I walked out of my studio and didn’t go back for two years. It was a time we were travelling a lot and I started to write travel articles—writing a lot, putting them together with my photographs, and selling a few. If I’d been savvier then, I would have started a blog, but that was the early 2000s and I wasn’t that smart.

Then one day I was chained to the couch after a foot operation, had a new laptop and my husband was called away on a family emergency for two weeks, and I thought I’d just write up the story that had been swirling in my head for years, ever since we’d lived in Honeymoon Bay on Vancouver Island, a village that bears an uncanny resemblance to Fortune Bay, the location of my romance series. That turned into Summer of Fortune, the first full length book in the series, about Maddie, a single mother who finds herself with a summer of freedom and decides to finally launch her career as—wait for it—a dark room photographer.

Since then, I’ve been writing non-stop, and there are now seven books in the Fortune Bay series. I say they’re about friendship, family and happily-ever-after. In other words, life.

A Look at What Judy Writes

Colleen Murphy’s back on Majestic Lake for the summer, living in the cabin, helping out at the marina and looking for romance with Mr. Right. Her maternal time bomb isn’t just ticking, it’s ready to explode. When her live-in artist partner tells her his plans don’t include a family, Colleen heads home to Fortune Bay. Working in Seattle didn’t suit her anyway, away from the lake and forest she loves, so she’s back on Majestic Lake for the summer, living in the cabin, helping out at the marina and looking for Mr. Right.

Since his wife’s death two years ago, Alex Potter has struggled to stay afloat. Now, losing his grandfather, always his rock in the tough times, is the last straw. The day after the funeral, Alex goes AWOL from the family firm and retreats to his grandfather’s island lake house in Fortune Bay, the only place he’s ever really felt at home.

Alex seems to be a secretive drifter, not the solid family guy Colleen is looking for. But as together they spearhead a local environmental battle, they both wonder if they might have found something worth fighting for.

You can read the first Chapter of Lake of Dreams HERE.

Get a free e-copy of Lake of Dreams when you sign up for Judy’s readers' group, or you can buy a print copy on Amazon or B&N.

Where to Find Judy in Cyberspace

As always, I’m so glad you stopped by. Be sure to come back tomorrow for the Grand Opening of Romance GEMS with posts by 23 bestselling authors!


Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Stay or Run Away by Karen Kelley #RomanceGems

     I'm excited to announce a brand new book in my Hayes Brothers series. Here's a taste of Nailed It!

     “I think I’d better go.” Yes, I was running away, and I never ran away from anything. The guy was making me crazy.

     Ryder leaned closer, until I could see the tiny flecks of gold in his green eyes. “Do I scare you, Samantha?”

     His words scraped across my body. I swallowed past the lump in my throat. “You scare the hell out of me.” I managed to get out.

     “Are you sure it’s me? Maybe you’re more scared about what you feel when you’re around me.”

     Yes, I had so much fun writing this book. I love the chemistry between Ryder and Samantha. For me, that's what I like about writing and reading romance. The chemistry has got to be there.

     Want to know a little bit more?  Here's the back cover blurb of Nailed It!:


     When I barged into the adjoining bedroom early the next morning, I naturally expected to see my best friend, not the very naked man with a dragon tat curling around one muscular arm, or that he would make an offhand remark about my very sheer nightie.

     Ryder Hayes is a smart ass, definitely no gentleman, and I never want to see him again!

     Except he’s the best man, and I’m the maid of honor. I’m pretty sure he’ll ruin my idea of a fairytale wedding for my best friend.


     Samantha is hot! As soon as I saw her in that nearly see-through nightie, I knew I wanted her.

     But she has my number: I’m a confirmed bachelor, and plan to stay that way. She’s all about finding Mr. Right. Maybe I can convince her to have fun with Mr. Wrong until he comes along?

     Yeah, I’ll be her sex toy, and she won’t even need to change my batteries.       

Have a great day!
Karen Kelley

Click any title to order or read for free in KU.

               Dangling...Participle?                          Take a Hike!                               Nailed It!

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Introducing Elsa Kurt by Nancy Fraser #RomanceGems

Welcome back! It’s been an absolute joy to introduce this wonderful group of new-to-us authors to our readers. Gems in the Attic ... soon to be Romance GEMS ... is growing by leaps and bounds. In addition to these introductions, we’ve got some wonderful posts coming up that you won’t want to miss! But not today.

Today it’s my pleasure to welcome author Elsa Kurt to the blog!

Getting to Know Elsa

Elsa Kurt is a multi-genre, indie & traditionally published author & and speaker. She currently has eight novels independently published as well as three novellas published with Limitless Publishing. Her presentation, ‘You Wrote It, Now What?’ is now an adult enrichment course offering and soon-to-be online course. 

She is a lifelong New England resident and married mother of two grown daughters. When not writing or talking her head off, she can be found gardening, hiking, kayaking, and just about anywhere outdoors.

How Did Elsa Become an Author?

I've been an avid reader and writer for as long as I can remember, but it wasn't until I reached my forties that I finally pursued my goal of being an author. I began with a children's book and it seemed to have open the floodgates of suppressed stories. From there I moved on to writing a young adult novel, then my first contemporary women's fiction novel, called Livvy Takes the Long Way, and haven't stopped since. To date, I have eight novels published and three novellas. This spring I'll be releasing book three in Welcome to Chance and a 'passion project' I'm working on.

A Look at What Elsa Writes

Welcome to the small, coastal New England town of Chance. It's a place where everyone knows your name... and your business. In book one of this charming series - Mae's Cafe - we meet William, the handsome stranger who's come to town,  feisty Feather Anne, the beloved matriarch and patriarch of Chance, the Brightsiders. You'll get to know arrogant Miles and painfully shy Rosabelle, the fearsome five, and of course, Mae. Pull up a seat in the cafe and get comfortable because once you're here, you won't want to leave.

Plan your visit to the town of Chance by clicking over to Amazon.

Where to Find Elsa in Cyberspace

As always, I’m so glad you stopped by. Be sure to come back daily for more great posts from the Romance GEMS authors!


Monday, January 28, 2019

Introducing Lucinda Race by Nancy Fraser #RomanceGems

Welcome back! We’re closing in on the final introductions of our newest authors with only two more to go including today’s post. In addition to these introductions, we’ve got some wonderful posts coming up that you won’t want to miss! But not today.

Today it’s my pleasure to welcome author Lucinda Race to the blog!

Getting to Know Lucinda

Lucinda Race is a life long fan of romantic fiction. As a young girl, she spent hours reading novels and dreaming of, one day, becoming a writer. As life twists and turns, she found herself writing nonfiction but longed to turn to her true passion, romance novels. After developing the story line for The Loudon Series, it was time to start living her dream. Fingers flying over computer keys, two novellas and five novels have been published in the series. She has also written a trilogy to be published in 2019 and is working on something new.

Lucinda lives, with her husband Rick, and their two little dogs, Jasper and Griffin, in the rolling hills of western Massachusetts. When she’s not writing romance novels Lucinda reads everything she can get her hands on. She’s passionate about growing tomatoes and roses. Her writing is contemporary, heartwarming, and engaging.

Lucinda’s Path to Becoming an Author?

I’ve always wanted to write but never had the courage to put words on paper until one day when I was talking to a friend and I shared that most of my life I've dreamt in chapters- where characters were leading me to a path to tell their stories. 

She encouraged me to write them down- telling me that "most people" don't dream that way. I started and I've never looked back.

A Look at What Lucinda Writes

After a cryptic letter appears in her mailbox and flowers are delivered anonymously, Dani Michaels’ secret past threatens to collide with her future. Out of options and tired of running Dani confesses the danger she’s in to her friends.
With her best friend, Ellie McKenna, by her side, Dani finds help from Loudon’s finest policemen, namely Ellie’s fiancé, Pad Stone, and his partner, Paul Greene.

As Dani is dragged deeper into the danger zone, Ellie, Pad and Paul are determined to save her. Will the smoldering sparks ignite between Dani and the handsome Officer Greene allowing her to have the future she’s longed for or will her past destroy her future?

You can find Magic in the Rain on Amazon.

Where to Find Lucinda in Cyberspace

As always, I’m so glad you stopped by. Be sure to come back daily for more great posts from the Romance GEMs authors!


Sunday, January 27, 2019

Introducing Kari Lemor by Nancy Fraser #RomanceGems

Welcome back! We're closing in on the end of the month and, with it, the end of the Gems in the Attic blog as we've known it in the past. Beginning February 1st, we'll become Romance Gems. Along with our new name and site, we're also fortunate to have a dozen new-to-us authors. You've already met some of them but we still four more to go.

Today it’s my pleasure to welcome author Kari Lemor to the blog!

Getting to Know Kari

Kari Lemor has always been a voracious reader. One of those kids who had the book under the covers or under the desk at school. Even now she has been known to stay up until the wee hours finishing a good book. Romance has always been her favorite, stories of people fighting through conflict to reach their happily ever after.
Now that her kids are all grown and have moved out, she uses her spare time to create character driven stories of love and hope, often with a splash of danger.  She lives with her husband in a small town in New England dreaming of warmer weather.  But only if it's near the ocean.

Her romantic suspense series, Love on the Line, is about ex-military men who have bonded close as brothers, and the feisty women who love them.

When Did Kari Know She Would Become a Writer?

I’ve read so many author bios that say this author has wanted to become a writer since they were a child. Not so for me. I hated writing in school. If you had said I would become a writer I would have laughed. Only now do I realize it’s because I was always told what to write. No one ever told me I could create my own world and tell the story of two people finding their way to each other.

I’d always had stories in my head though, and each night to fall asleep, I would create scenarios and let them play out. My first attempt at writing was with a group of ladies online doing what is called fan fiction. Writing stories based on already established characters and worlds. I got so many followers and readers, my oldest daughter told me I should try and write something original to earn money.  So with an original story and characters, I began. All the years and words of writing fan fiction had helped me hone my craft. I joined online writer groups and attended conferences and workshops and started subbing my work. I made so many new friends who have been incredibly helpful. And with the help of these wonderful people I have finally succeeded in truly being an author.

A Look at What Kari Writes

An innocent in the crossfire . . .

FBI agent Jack Holland broke every rule in the book falling for the girlfriend of Angelo Cabrini, son of a New Jersey mob boss. But even if Callie Lansing’s relationship to Angelo was actually a cover and her heart was free, her relationship with Jack put both of their lives at risk. Nothing, though, could make Jack regret the liaison that led to the birth of their son, Jonathan.

After Angelo discovered Callie’s pregnancy, he went after Jack and wound up dead. Now Jack is on the run with a target on his back. The only thing keeping Callie and Jonathan safe is the mob boss's belief that the baby is his grandchild. But if Victor Cabrini discovers the truth before Jack can put him behind bars, it could mean death for his sweet covert family. . . .

You can find Running Target on Amazon.

Where to Find Kari in Cyberspace

As always, I’m so glad you stopped by. Be sure to come back daily for more great posts from the Romance GEMs authors!


Saturday, January 26, 2019

Love is Not a Triangle by Connie Vines

A love triangle: (also called a romantic love triangle or a romance triangle) is usually a romantic relationship involving three people. While it can refer to two people independently romantically linked with a third, it usually implies that each of the three people has some kind of relationship to the other two.       🔺

I don’t like love triangles. Maybe it’s because I’ve never been in one, but I find it difficult to believe that a character cannot decide between two love interests.   I also find it extremely difficult to finish a novel featuring a love triangle.

Yes, I am aware love triangles are all over literature. I’ve heard them described as: complex, dramatic, and wildly unpredictable.  The uncertainties and decision-making that plagues characters in these stories often parallel our own circumstances and fears. 

Three love triangles that have made impressions on many readers everywhere.

1. Gone with the Wind: Scarlett O’Hara, Rhett Butler, Ashley Wilkes.

 The relationship between Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler in Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with The Wind is considered, by some readers and viewers of the adaptation, an epitome of a classic romance. Others, on the other hand, may consider the relationship between O’Hara and Butler a classic example of an abusive relationship (quadrilateral if you count Melanie Hamilton).

 2.  The Great Gatsby: Jay Gatsby, Daisy Buchanan, Tom Buchanan

If there is one literary love affair that could possibly rival O’Hara and Butler’s tumultuous relationship, it just may be that of Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan. The smitten Mr. Jay Gatsby may be considered the world’s biggest romantic or stalker depending on your take.  (This was a required read my Freshman year in High School which is probably the only reason I read the entire novel.)

3. Wuthering Heights: Heathcliff, Catherine, Edgar

In a discussion of love triangles, where would we be without mentioning Wuthering Heights. Like Jay Gatsby, Heathcliff’s obsessive love has a strong hold over him, ultimately driving his over-arching desires throughout the story and proving to have a substantial impact on not only him, but everyone else around him.

Considered a tortured romantic soul, Heathcliff has lived his life deeply in love with his childhood friend Catherine who, to his revulsion, is torn between her shared desire for him and her desires for another.  (This novel, also a required read, caused me to have a nightmare.)


1. Casablanca
2. Gone with the Wind
3. Legends of the Fall

I must confess, I can watch Casablanca.  The movie is very political and the love triangle is not at the forefront of the novel.

Are you thinking, "How can she not enjoy a good love triangle?"

Remember, it's all subjective.  Read what you love to read!

As for me, if there's going to be romance, let it be between just two people. Then if there's angst, it can be worked out

As all romance readers and writers know. love conquers all!

Happy Reading,

Connie Vines

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