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What are Romance Gems?
We are authors who love to read romance and love writing it too. Our books are Romance Gems too. Some are sweet. Some are spicy. Some are steamy and sizzling. Some are straight romance while others are romantic comedy or romantic suspense.
Whatever your reading passion, we've got you covered. We'll touch your heart and sometimes make it pound with excitement—maybe fear too. All in all, we are the Gem of an Author you've been waiting to discover.
A former Writing and English Literature teacher, Ana now writes steamy contemporary romances featuring sexy, alpha heroes and strong, beautiful heroines who fight and love with equal passion. Her published works include short stories, her bestselling series, Billionaire Brides of Granite Falls and the spinoff series, Beyond Granite Falls. She is presently working on her Billionaire Island Brides series. Ana lives in the northeast, and loves traveling, tennis, yoga, meditation, everything Italian, and spending valuable time with her daughter.
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 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.
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Cheryl Bolen, named Notable New Author for 1997, is a New York Times bestselling author. 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.
Connie 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 in southern California with her husband and an adorable little dog name Chantel.
Montana was supposed to be their retirement home, but it didn't work out. She loved Montana, but the air was too thin, and she just couldn't breathe there! So they recently moved to Alabama.
Connie has a stepson, still in Michigan, and 3 cats who live with her and her HEA. When she's not writing, she loves to basket weave, make jewelry, fiddle on my piano, and read.
Right now, her craze is reading billionaire contemporary and erotic romances. Who knows? Next week it may be military romances.
Elsa has written several children's books, writing as Melanie Cherniack.
She has also written a book of empowerment and inspiration based on her life experiences.
She is a lifelong New England resident and married mother of two grown children. Join her in "Finding Beauty in the Imperfections of Life."
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.
Hannah lives in New Jersey with her husband and 105 pound Golden Doodle. She is currently at work on several new stories and getting her website ready.
Jan Scarbrough is the author of the popular Bluegrass Reunion series.
She loves 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's published with Kensington, Five Star, ImaJinn Books, Resplendence Publishing and Turquoise Morning Press.
Joan Reeves ~ Keeping Romance Alive...One Sexy Book at a Time ~ is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Contemporary Romance.
Joan's books are available in France through Milady Romance, an imprint of Bragelonne. Her romance novels—available as ebooks, print books, and audio books—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. They divide their time between a book-cluttered home in Houston and a small house at the foot of the Texas Hill Country. At night, they sit on the porch of their home in the country, look up at the star-studded sky, and listen to the coyotes howl.
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Her romantic women's fiction series, Fortune Bay Books, is set in the Pacific Northwest. In each book, someone at a crossroads of their life moves into a ramshackle cabin on Majestic Lake where they work through their problems with the help of friends and family, and the occasional nudge from the friendly spirit of Aunt Augusta. If a romance grows in the process, and it always does, well, so much the better.
As an landscape artist and photographer, the setting of the story is very important to Judy, and her characters are often artists.
Karen Kelley is a USA Today bestselling author.
She's written books for Kensington, Berkley and Sourcebooks. When she decided to step out of her comfort zone and strike out on her own by going independent, she found the adventure 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 belongings, put their house on the market, moved into an RV and added solar panels.
Karen and her hubby plan to travel the country until they get tired of the gypsy lifestyle. Never fear. While they're doing that, Karen will be looking for new adventures in life as well as in her writing.
Karen Whiddon, an award winning author, 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.
Karen has published around 45 books. Currently she writes for Harlequin Romantic Suspense and Harlequin Nocturne.
Now that her children are all grown and have moved out, she uses her spare time to create stories of love and happily ever after romances where heroes ride to the rescue of damsels who have already saved themselves. Kari lives with her husband in a small town in New England dreaming of warmer weather. But only if it's near the ocean.
Born and raised in the Maritime Provinces of Eastern Canada, now makes her home in a small town in Northwestern Ontario. As long as she can avoid being hit by a runaway moose in her wilderness paradise she assumes everything is golden.
She's been happily married for a long time to her own hero. His encouragement and loving support keep her moving forward.
When she's not cheering on the Red Sox or traveling in the summer with her teacher husband, she writes, reads romance, and drinks copious amounts of Earl Grey tea.
Kathleen Lawless, has garnered rave reviews for her books 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.”
Winding roads lined by old stone walls, forgotten cemeteries, grand homes with shadowy pasts...all sparks for her imagination. Whether it's a quaint seaside town or the vibrant city of Boston, it's easy for this "hauntingly romantic" author to envision the past mingling with the present.
Romance, time travel, ghosts, and magic... You're off on a great adventure!
Laura is both traditionally published and self-published and is a member of Romance Writers of America® Cactus Rose Chapter and the Celtic Hearts Romance Writers. After earning degrees in English and German, with a specialty in British Literature, she taught for a few years.
As of now, Laura has a full-time job as mom of three which leaves nights for traveling through the mists of Scotland. Her latest adventure though has been writing hockey romance as Kenzie MacLir with contemporary romance author Heather Lire. Their debut story is in the Icing the Puck anthology available now.
She's a popular Harlequin author noted for her wonderful characters and her heartwarming and wholesome romance novels, and she's rapidly becoming a hybrid author with her indie published romances.
Her books are available in paperback, large print, audio, ebooks, and in box set collections.
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.
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 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.
She did not become a writer until she was an adult and working 2 part-time jobs, taking a class at Boston University, and keeping up with her family. She needed an escape and went to Annie’s Book Stop.
She discovered the Romance section and fell in love. One day while browsing she found a Romantic Times magazine which contained an article titled “You Can Be a Romance Author.” Right then, she knew that was what she wanted. When she told her family about her new vocation, they asked how soon she'd make lots of money. They’re still waiting.
Family and food play huge roles in her stories because she believes there is nothing that holds a family structure together like sharing a meal...or two...or ten.
Dotted with humor and characters that are as real as they are loving, she brings all topics of daily life into her stories.
Growing up as the only child of divorced parents, she longed for sisters, brothers and a family that vowed to stick together no matter what came their way. Through her books, she created the families she wanted as that lonely child.
Peggy has a master's degree in Nursing Administration and first found publication with several articles she wrote on Alzheimer's Disease while running an Alzheimer's in-patient care unit during the 1990s.
It took her a year of saving and planning before she was able to commit to her goal full-time. Her debut novel, Secret Hunger, was published in April of 2015.
Satin lives in Massachusetts with her husband. Other than writing, she loves reading, supporting fellow authors (especially self-published ones,) traveling, and photography. She's also partial to a good whiskey every now and then.