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Seven DISTINCTIVE AUTHORS offer new, short, exciting Tales from the Treasure Trove—each featuring a sparkling jewel!
Seven COMPELLING COUPLES discover romance, suspense, second chances, forces of nature, a love triangle, or the supernatural.
Seven ENTERTAINING SITUATIONS feature destined lovers, threatened worlds, cursed stones, dangerous secrets, mysterious talismans…or even poisoned pies!
The Turquoise Talisman by Jane Toombs (North of Nonesuch Series, Book 2) paranormal romance
Grandma Toivi always told Ella Rose that trouble comes in threes. She decides her grandmother was right when a great-uncle’s death brings Ella the bequest of an ancient Eastern dagger with a turquoise hilt, a mysterious stranger shows up, claiming he’s a gift of the dagger and danger stalks her.
_The Tanzanite Curse by C.J. Winters paranormal romance
The Tanzanite Curse begins with the theft, and the curse, of a rare gemstone. By the time Jillian buys it, the coveted blue-violet stone has acquired a reputation for bringing good luck, and then bad luck, to its owner. Emotionally devastated by the betrayal of her ex-husband, Jillian is skeptical when a man called Drew enters her life. Is he a fortune hunter–or someone she’s known forever?
_Princess Sapphire by Nancy Pirri historical/American west
Laura Elizabeth Woodbury, heir to a Montana cattle ranch, has just lost her father. A year ago, he bestowed upon her the nickname ‘Princess Sapphire’ when he discovered sapphires in a mine where, sixteen years earlier, he’d found gold. The independent Laura is astonished to learn her father has hired a fancily-dressed stranger to assist her. Matt Black is the right hand man of a Minnesota railroad baron who’d been a friend of Laura’s father. Matt’s been hired to head up a team of railroad workers replacing damaged railroad tracks across Montana and to find a decent man to marry Laura. Matt is completely unprepared for the headstrong, willful redhead and soon finds himself falling in love with her. Laura feels the same way about Matt—until she learns his secret that will change her life completely.
_Mrs. Claus and the Moonstone Murder by Christine DeSmet (A Mischief in Moonstone Story, Book 3) humorous romantic mystery
On her second day of duty, new county deputy Lily Schuster finds herself smack dab in the middle of Moonstone, Wisconsin, trouble. First, she arrests archeologist Marcus Linden for trespassing. Then, before she can haul him off to jail she has to take him with her to the North Pole, a mansion in town, where another trespasser has been reported. Sexy Felicity Starr, 27, has come to the shores of Lake Superior with her sights set on rich Henri LeBarron, 84. Henri used to play Santa for the town’s celebrations. When Henri seems smitten by Felicity, the town’s debate over his sanity stimulates Ruth Mueller, 86, to haul out the cheap moonstone ring Henri gave her in eighth grade and compete for him. Felicity is sexy beyond belief, but Ruth was this year’s pie queen at the fair—a force to be reckoned with. But a pie contest between the women goes awry when the pie judge in front of Henri drops dead after tasting Felicity’s pie. Was Henri the real target? Who wants him dead? Was it one of Santa’s two prospective wives, who both have surprising backgrounds? Or did somebody else slip poison into the pie? When Lily’s trespassing prisoner, Marcus, volunteers too quickly to help her solve the case in exchange for clemency, she suspects she can’t trust the archeologist who’d also like to trespass on her heart.
_Bloodstone Legacy by Cassie Walder (The Saurian Series, Book 2) paranormal/science fiction
Bloodstone is running low on the world Sauria, and a male Saurian goes in search of it on other planets. On the planet Heita, he finds a kindred priestess who intrigues him. Heita operates on a very rigid world view, quite different from the freedom found on Sauria. A race of dangerous beings threaten the inhabitants of Heita during the planet’s dark cycle, and the Saurian finds himself in as much danger of losing his heart as losing his life.
_Revenge in Amethyst by Karen Wiesner (Adventures in Amethyst Series, Story 2) romantic thriller
4 1/2 stars! "Once again the talented Jewels of the Quill offer a collection of enchanting stories. All the authors give readers what they want--adventure, mystery, romance and a peek into the unknown--and they never fail to entertain." ~Donna M. Brown for Romantic Times BOOKreviews
The Turquoise Talisman by Jane Toombs: This story was the best out of all the works I’ve read by Ms. Toombs. It wrapped me up so completely in the plot that I just couldn’t stop reading.
The Tanzanite Curse by C.J. Winters: This story sizzles to life. It touches mysteries we’ll never understand.
Princess Sapphire by Nancy Pirri: I had a great time getting to know these characters. Ms. Pirri has the gift of writing short stories that give you the feeling you’ve read an entire novel. She can get all of the details novel readers crave into the shortened format. I have always enjoyed her stories.
Mrs. Claus and the Moonstone Murder by Christine DeSmet: It’s another comedic foray into Moonstone. This town is filled with characters who are truly "characters" in every sense of the word. Ms. DeSmet has written another humorous slice of life story from Moonstone. It’s just a fun story with a crazy ending.
Bloodstone Legacy by Cassie Walder: For a second in a series book, Ms. Walder picks up the story in such a way that new readers won’t feel bewildered. I enjoy the Saruian series with its complexities. It’s hard to describe the intricacies of the story, but it is easy reading. The ending will leave you hanging (like me) and waiting for the next installment. I’m not always one for cliff hangers, but I really want to see what happens with Mina and Lucian.
Garnet Nights by Liz Hunter: I found Sam and Sadie’s story to be a quick read. It moved along and while it kept the romance as the main focus, I enjoyed the suspense portion of the plot.
Revenge in Amethyst by Karen Wiesner: I admit to some surprise at the tone of this story in the series. It was a darker, more serious tale than I was expecting. I think Ms. Wiesner did an excellent job of bringing the "thriller" portion of this romantic thriller to life. I have said before that Ms. Wiesner surprises me with the depth of her writing and this was no exception. I truly thought this would be more comedic than thriller--I was wrong, dead wrong. This story brings out even more personality and depth to Scott and Melina, as well as other characters. It also brings about a surprising look into the minds of psychotics—or at least one psychotic. The story builds layer after layer of suspense and concern. I stayed up extra late trying to finish the story before falling asleep. I was glad to get more of Scott and Melina’s story this time. I felt like the first story ended before I was ready. This second story gave me that sense of completion. For those who haven’t read the first story, you’ll catch on and catch up without any trouble--but I think this series begs to be read in its entirety. I did notice that the Adventures in Amethyst Series Collection will be released in September 2007. I look forward to more adventures from this quirky town.
Robyn for Once Upon A Romance Review
"A collection of seven tales, spanning several genre styles, that will surely tantalize your imagination to no end. If you read Vol. I and Vol. II, then you will be familiar with the series these stories come from. Yes, these are stand alone tales; however, ...you do not need to read the two previous anthology novels to thoroughly enjoy yourself. Sometimes "To Be Continued" is not so bad after all, IMHO. A delightful treat for a rainy afternoon." ~Huntress Reviews
Book Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press
No. of Pages: 398
Paper Weight (lb): 16.6
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