Jewels of the Quill bids a fond farewell to our Dame Sapphire. We wish you success in all of your endeavors!
Dee writes: "I’d like to thank the members of the Jewels of the Quill for having me as a fellow member for the past several years. It was an honor--a privilege--to be among such talented writers. January 2011, I ventured into the opposite end of the writing spectrum—publishing. I started a company, Melange Books, LLC, and we are growing by leaps and bounds! We are a multi-genre publishing house, in print and digital formats. It’s been a great learning experience over the past year. I’ve come to realize that this is what I was meant to do in life. Better late than never! In 2012, I also opened a young adult imprint called Fire and Ice. We’re actively seeking submissions!"
Jewels of the Quill bids a fond farewell to our Dame Garnet. We wish you success in all of your endeavors!
Liz Hunter saw her first book, a romantic suspense titled BEYOND THE SHADOW, published in 2000 by Hard Shell Word Factory. PLAIN JANE'S TIGHT END, a romantic suspense novel, was the follow-up. All three books in her nautical romance series, Love on the High Seas, are currently available, including FOOTLOOSE, BLUE WATER and SAIL AWAY, published by Champagne Books. A PRECIOUS GIFT (mainstream women's fiction) and the novella Blame It On The Mistletoe in the Mistletoe Magic Anthology are also published by Champagne Books. The first three novellas in Liz's Troubled Waters Series are also available. Garnet's Light was published in TALES FROM THE TREASURE TROVE, the first Jewels of the Quill Anthology. Garnet Lake was in TALES FROM THE TREASURE TROVE, Volume II, and Garnet Nights was in TALES FROM THE TREASURE TROVE, Volume III. TALES III won the 2008 EPPIE Award and was also nominated in the RT Book Reviews Reviewer's Choice Awards. The Troubled Waters Series collection, including Books 1-3 in the series, plus bonus stories, is now available from Whiskey Creek Press. Liz's newest release is Garnet Hills in in TALES FROM THE TREASURE TROVE, Volume VI, A Jewels of the Quill Anthology (a 2011 EPIC eBook Award finalist).
Wishing to spend more time with her husband and daughter and to travel, Liz Hunter is no longer actively writing. As a founding member of the group, she and her wonderful stories will be greatly missed by all.
Jewels of the Quill bids a fond farewell to our Dame Aquamarine. We wish you success in all of your endeavors!
Dee writes: "I will miss the camaraderie and wonderful support of Jewels of the Quill. It has been a privilege and a pleasure to be associated with authors of this calibre. I wish you all good health and lots more excellent writing."
Jewels of the Quill bids a fond farewell to our Dame Alexandrite. We wish you success in all of your endeavors!
Judith writes: "The decision to say goodbye to Jewels of the Quill was not an easy one. I enjoyed the camaraderie, the support, and the sharing that were part of belonging. My life, however, kept getting more complicated, and those complications interfered with my ability to do my share of Dame activities. Finally it became obvious that something had to give, and since my responsibilities at Uncial Press had to take precedence, I reluctantly said farewell. I'll miss belonging, but will cherish my memories of being a Jewel."
Connie Severson (who wrote as C.J. Winters) passed over on January 3, 2009 following a mercifully short struggle with metastatic cancer and attendant strokes. The members of Jewels of the Quill were stunned and saddened to hear the tragic news about our beloved Dame Tanzanite. She was a vital and cherished member of our group and an author with profound and eternal talent that will never be forgotten by her readers.
Connie's contributions to Jewels of the Quill anthologies included The Tanzanite Curse, available in Tales from the Treasure Trove, Volume III, which won the 2008 EPPIE Award and was also nominated for the RT Book Reviews' Reviewer's Choice Awards. The Tanzanite Return, the sequel to The Tanzanite Curse, is also available now in Tales from the Treasure Trove, Volume IV, which received a 5-angel review from Fallen Angel Reviews, and 4 1/2 hearts and Night Owl Romance's Reviewer Top Pick award. Connie contributed White Elephants to the first Jewels of the Quill Halloween anthology, Shadows in the Heart, an EPPIE Award 2008 finalist as well as a 2007 Dream Realm Award finalist. Connie's light mystery novella, Princess and the Tanzanite Necklace was released September 2009 in Tales from the Treasure Trove, Volume V. She was also contracted to contribute the sequel to White Elephants, titled The Horse in the Kitchen, in the group's second Halloween anthology, Halloween Treasures (coming September 2010).
She will be missed terribly by each of us.
Margaret L. Carter (Dame Onyx)
Christine DeSmet (Dame Moonstone)
Liz Hunter (Dame Garnet)
Dee Lloyd (Dame Aquamarine)
Carrie S. Masek (Dame Topaz)
Nancy Pirri (Dame Sapphire)
Barbara Raffin (Dame Jade)
Jane Toombs (Dame Turquoise)
Janet Lane Walters (Dame Amber)
Karen Wiesner (Dame Amethyst)
Karen Woods (Dame Coral)
Jewels of the Quill has made a donation to the American Cancer Society in her name.
This candle burns in loving memory of C.J. Winters.
Jewels of the Quill bids a fond farewell to our Dame Obsidian. We wish you success in all of your endeavors!
Michele writes: "Jewels of the Quill are terrific writers and classy dames. My time as Dame Obsidian totally rocked (get it...rocked?). I feel very fortunate to have been a member of this group. Karen Wiesner does the work of a dozen people and her commitment and effort on behalf of JOTQ is awe-inspiring. I wish every Jewel love and laughter. Thanks for a wonderful year!"
Jewels of the Quill bids a fond farewell to our Dame Opal. We wish you success in all of your endeavors!
Alice writes: "I very much enjoyed my association with Jewels of the Quill members. The friendships are much prized. Since my income didn't justify the expense, circumstances dictated that I no longer belong to the group. I will miss the camaraderie and the knowledgeable information often received. May you all have much success."
Alice passed away on Thursday, December 16, 2010. Alice wrote western romance novels and her ninth book was about to be published. She contributed the western romance novella, The Best Kind of Opals, to Tales from the Treasure Trove, Volume I, which won the 2005 RT Book Reviews' Reviewer's Choice Award, was a 2006 EPPIE Award winner, and won Ecataromance’s 2005 Best Book of the Year.
This candle burns in loving memory of Alice Blue.
Sherry writes: "In every relationship there is a time to say hello and a time to say good-bye. I have found that my career is taking me in several new and exciting directions. In order to do justice to both the group and myself, I have made the decision to leave the Jewels of the Quill. Although I will no longer be featured, I will be accessible to my friends and fans. I have enjoyed being part of the Jewels of the Quill and wish everyone the best. Please keep up with what is happening in my career at my website, or contact me at http://www.derr-wille.com/dropmeanote.shtml . I always look forward to hearing from old friends."
Debbie writes: "It is with sadness that, due to the demands of my writing career, I must depart Jewels of the Quill. This is not good-bye to JOTQ fans or from the other Jewels, it is simply a farewell until we meet again in another place and another time. Please stop by and visit me at my website from time to time. I'd love to hear from you."
Diana writes: "It is with great sorrow that I am leaving this wonderful group of ladies at the end of June. I've had some health issues this past year and in order to keep my strength up, I'm limiting what I can do. So, for all my readers and Jewels of the Quill, it has been an honor sharing these web pages with you and I especially thank Karen Wiesner who has been my pillar and rock this past year. I thank you, Karen, for all you've done for me and your understanding with my health issues. Hugs and love to all, Diana."
Jaye writes: "It has been an honor and a pleasure to be a Jewel, and I have enjoyed the fellowship of the many signings, shows and conventions I've attended as Dame Ruby. Unfortunately, my writing is moving away from romance, so I must seek out new avenues of promotion. I will always treasure this time in my career, and I know that many of the friendships forged here will remain. A big thanks, too, to my fans for their support. Please know there are more books on the horizon, and I can always be reached through my website."
Julie writes: "It is with regret and fond remembrance that I leave the Jewels. I've thoroughly enjoyed my time as Dame Peridot and treasure the friendships I've made here, but it's time for me to move on. Even though I'm leaving the group, I'll still be there for my fans. They can always reach me at my website. I wish all the Jewels the best, and now it's time for me to say goodbye."
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