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Tales from the Treasure Trove, Volume IV by Jewels of the Quill

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Eight ENTERTAINING SITUATIONS feature destined lovers, wild men of the past and present, deadly gems,or even creatures of fantasy come to life!

 

"The Moonstone  (Men of Moonstone Series, Book 1) {humorous romantic mystery} by Christine DeSmet (Dame Moonstone): They're tall as the oaks, bold as the bulls they've ridden in rodeos, and they don't talk about the past. They're three buddies who've seen the worst the world has to dish out. One by one, they ride into Moonstone for missions impossible and women improbable. John "Bozeman" Hall hales from Bozeman, Montana, where he grew up raising longhorn cattle, hunting grizzlies, and eating snake meat over a campfire. He thought he could handle anything. Then he arrives in Moonstone. After a suspicious fire that destroys newlyweds Crystal and Peter LeBarron's cabin on their Moonstone farm, John comes to town to find the pyro criminal. His first suspect? The surly squatter refusing to leave a cave on the farm-a young, homeless woman and her son.

"Petals of a Topaz Jewel" {suspense} by Carrie S. Masek (Dame Topaz): Beth Collins, a middle-aged widow juggling career, family responsibilities and personal needs, answers a singles' ad, and finds herself on a date with a charming younger man who may just be the Rose Petal Slasher.  

"Sapphire Dreams" (Sapphire Palace Series, Book 1) {romantic historical/old west} by Nancy Pirri (Dame Sapphire): James Freeman is Bozeman's new Marshal and has plans to close down every brothel in town, including Kate O'Malley's Sapphire Palace. Kate has the fight of her life on her hands--convincing James she's running a legitimate establishment, a saloon, diner, and boarding house.  

"Turquoise Twilight" (North of Nonesuch Series, Book 3) {paranormal romance} by Jane Toombs (Dame Turquoise): Talissa Hunter takes her dream-of-a-lifetime trip to European vampire country and is disappointed not to meet any "creatures of fantasy" as her friend calls them. In a romantic encounter on the way home, she rescues what she believes is a wounded man. What a pleasant surprise when he turns up at her place in North Of Nonesuch Country! But what will happen when she discovers what he really is?  

"Saurian Bloodstone" (The Saurian Series, Book 3) {paranormal/science fiction} by Cassie Walder (Dame Bloodstone): After being repatriated to Sauria, Mina finds herself overwhelmed by simply fitting into her race's homeworld. Everything she's ever wanted is offered to her. But all she wants is Lucian's love.

"Woman Cast in Amber" (The Amber Chronicles, Book 1) {a love story} by Janet Lane Walters (Dame Amber): The rulers of the kingdom of Rivand are under a curse because an early king refused to give his heart to the Witch of the Woods. Five hundred years later, Hugh Riva, the prince and only child of the current king is given Emme as a body slave. She was found near the Witch's Woods and though young, has the black hair and blue eyes of the witch. She lives with Hugh and falls in love with him. As the time of the testing arrives, they venture into the woods. Hugh must choose between love and comfort. Should he choose a comfortable life, Emme will be cast in amber.

 

"Blood of Amethyst" (Woodcutter's Grim Series--Classic Tales of Horror Retold, Book 2) {romantic horror} by Karen Wiesner (Dame Amethyst): For the ten generations since the evil first came to Woodcutter's Grim, the Guardians have sworn an oath to protect the town from the childhood horrors that lurk in the black woods. Without them, the town would be defenseless.and the terrors would escape to the world at large. Loosely based on "Rumpelstiltskin." A blood-curdling answer as to why the childhood-nightmare creature Rumpelstiltskin so wanted a child of his own... Amethyst Phillip's father-her only family-disappears in Woodcutter Grim's evil woods. Town Sheriff and Guardian Gabe Reece sends out a search party and eventually they find the body, completely drained of blood. A devastated Amethyst refuses to do anything but carry on all by herself in the isolated area she grew up. But something strange is happening, and Gabe realizes it every time he drops by to check on the woman who's held his heart for long years. She's grown pale, cold. She's sleeping all the time, waking only in the night, when her taste for blood overwhelms her. Then Gabe becomes aware that something in the woods is calling to her, something that's stealing her life... Gabe will face his deadliest foe yet when the woman he loves falls prey to a nameless creature who wants her very soul.  

"The Tanzanite Return" (sequel to "The Tanzanite Curse") {paranormal romance} by C.J. Winters (Dame Tanzanite): In 2016, on their thirtieth birthday, psychic identical twins Tabitha and Tanya Beaufort spot an expensive pair of tanzanite earrings. They recall the fabulous cursed tanzanite once owned by their mother, but mesmerized by the glorious gems, they buy the earrings and have them reset as pendants. Each twin soon meets and accepts a new man into her life. Tabitha's friend, Clive, is a detective, and Tanya's is Nick, a newspaperman. Tabitha has a radio talk show called Hear Tabby in Kansas City, and Tanya works with her. Life looks very rosy. Then Tabitha dreams of an impending natural disaster that will cause massive destruction in the area. Clive warns that if she publicly announces her impression, it could cause traffic snarls, supply shortages, looting and probable violence. Tanya and Nick tend to agree. Tabitha, however, worries that if she remains quiet, she may be responsible for thousands of deaths. What if her prediction is right? And what if it's wrong?

 

Reviews for TALES FROM THE TREASURE TROVE, Volume IV:

5 angels! “Jewels of the Quill authors have added another awesome anthology to their already impressive set. TALES FROM THE TREASURE TROVE, Volume IV has stories from eight of the multitalented authors. Each story is an intriguing romance tale from several different genres. There is something for every romance lover in this anthology. This is the kind of book you put on your keeper shelf and reread. ””Woman Cast in Amber” (The Amber Chronicles, Book 1) by Janet Lane Walters...is a really unusual story. It is good but unsettling. What would I have done faced with the dilemma Hugh and Emme faced? My problem with the story is not the tale but that I’m not sure I would have been able to do the right thing myself and, while that is thought-provoking, it is uncomfortable. I think this is a book that I need to read the sequel to settle my turbulent thoughts and a sequel is promised in TALES V (coming September 2009). ”“Turquoise Twilight” (North of Nonesuch Series, Book 3) by Jane Toombs...is a good, spooky story! I loved the mysterious other travelers, the spooky old castle and inns the group stays in, and the scary stories they tell each other at night. Then there are the really weird circumstances that lead to Talissa and Marcus meeting. And of course since this is a Nonesuch tale, there is a paranormal element and a bit of a surprise. I can’t wait for the next Nonesuch episode! ”Have you ever wondered what a fairy tale would be like if it was a horror story? That is what Karen Wiesner does with the “Blood of Amethyst” (Woodcutter’s Grim Series, Book 2). This tale is a horror version of Rumplestilskin in which the “little man” is a demon and a vampire. Don’t expect a happily-ever-after ending with this tale. This is truly a horror story. I was thoroughly creeped-out by this story and loved it. I do not advise you to read this story at home alone, at night, without adequate light… ””Petals of a Topaz Jewel” by Carrie S. Masek...contains a marvelous twist that makes it a fun read despite the subject matter of a potential serial murderer. Ms. Masek has a great sense of humor, and I really enjoyed this tale. ””Sapphire Dreams” (Sapphire Palace Series, Book 1) by Nancy Pirri...is a cute historical western tale with two strong-minded personalities on the path to a collision. When the crash comes, it isn’t pretty but it is fun. I grinned all the way through this tale. I can’t wait to read Annie’s story next (Annie is a waitress and friend of Kate’s) coming in CHRISTMAS WISHES, A Jewels of the Quill Christmas Anthology (available September 15, 2008). ”Mina and Lucian’s story continues in “Saurian Bloodstone” (The Saurian Series, Book 3) by Cassie Walder,...a cute, entertaining tale. Ms. Walder has Mina having to adjust from a culture where she lived to serve to a culture in which she must demonstrate her ability to lead. The fact that the sets of norms and morays of the two worlds are almost complete opposites makes for a very interesting situation that Mina must carefully wade through. I can’t wait to see what happens with Mina and Lucian next! ”“The Tanzanite Return” by C.J. Winters...is a really intriguing, thought provoking story. What a dilemma Tabitha and Tanya are faced with; I would hate to have to make this kind of decision. As a book, I loved it! Ms. Winters does a masterful job hooking the reader’s interest and taking them for the ride of their life as they work through the problem with the main characters. ”Although “The Moonstone Fire” (Men of Moonstone series, Book 1) by Christine DeSmet is the first book of a new set of Moonstone stories, the secondary characters are from the first Moonstone books, so you may want to read those stories first. This is another cute Moonstone story. The Moonstone stories are so entertaining and fun, you don’t want to miss one. I enjoyed “The Moonstone Fire” and am looking forward to another adventure. ”At the moment, TALES IV is my favorite anthology from Jewels of the Quill. Every story is good and well worth reading. All of the anthologies I have read from Jewels of the Quill have been wonderful collections of stories with something to please almost any type of romance author. I’m looking forward to their next project because I know I will not be disappointed.” ~reviewed by Stephanie B. for Fallen Angel Reviews http://fallenangelreviews.com/2008/February/StephanieB-TalesFromTheTreasureTroveVolumeIV.htm

4.5 hearts and Reviewer Top Pick! "What do a love story, paranormal romance, romantic horror, suspense, romantic historical/American West, paranormal/science fiction, and humorous romantic mystery have in common? They're all here in the newest gem of a collection from the authors of Jewels of the Quill, TALES FROM THE TREASURE TROVE, Volume IV. ""Woman Cast in Amber" (The Amber Chronicles Book 1) by Janet Lane Walters is a love story to tug even the toughest heartstrings. Definitely looking forward to Book 2 in Volume V! ""Turquoise Twilight" (North of Nonesuch Series, Book 3) by Jane Toombs is the story of a woman who wins a trip to "Dracula Country" but what she finds when she gets home is even more of a surprise. This story is a charmingly fresh take on the "old country." ""Blood of Amethyst" (Woodcutters Grim Series-Classic Tales of Horror Retold, Book 2) by Karen Wiesner takes the stories we all remember from childhood and puts a decidedly different twist to them to come up with a tale that keeps the reader enthralled, no matter how hard her heart is pounding! ""Petals of a Topaz Jewel" by Carrie S. Masek: Don't even start to think this is a story you may have read before. A young widow starting again, uh-huh? Uh-uh--no way! Wow! ""Sapphire Dreams" (Sapphire Palace Series, Book 1) by Nancy Pirri is definitely a new tale from the Old West. Saddle up, cowgirls--is this cowboy for real? ""Saurian Bloodstone" (The Saurian Series, Book 3) by Cassie Walder is a fascinating glimpse into other worlds and cultures. When a woman's dreams and a heart's longing are added to this mix we have a story that truly draws the reader in. ""The Tanzanite Return" (sequel to "The Tanzanite Curse") by C.J. Winters is an engaging romp with a pair of twins and their men whose lives turn unexpectedly challenging on the basis of one sister's dream. ""The Moonstone Fire" (Men of Moonstone Series, Book 1) by Christine DeSmet draws the reader in with arson, kidnapping, and silkie chickens. Be prepared as just about anything can happen in Moonstone, including falling in love! "Even though some of the stories are advanced parts of series, they easily stand alone as well." ~reviewed by Samantha Ann for Night Owl Romance http://www.nightowlromance.com/nightowlromance/reviews/Review.asp?ReviewId=1221

"In TALES FROM THE TREASURE TROVE, Volume IV, eight accomplished authors join forces and mix their diverse creative talents in an anthology that's sure to have at least one memorable story for those who enjoy the romance genre in its many varied forms. The anthology begins with "Woman Cast in Amber" by Janet Lane Walters, which loops the reader into its fairytale-like world. This particular story has the feel of setting up for something greater to come in its ongoing Amber Chronicles series, and from the enticing snippet "Woman Cast in Amber" offers, it'll be a series worth keeping an eye on for future installments. "The paranormal romance of "Turquoise Twilight", Book 3 in the North of Nonesuch Series by Jane Toombs follows next featuring Talissa Hunter embarking on a free vacation to Romania with hopes for excitement and adventure, and she gets just that when she saves handsome Englishman, Marcus Zugaric, from death in a mysterious fog. The charming and witty Talissa does make it a worthwhile read. "As in any anthology, some stories are stronger than others, and one of the strongest in this one is that of Karen Wiesner's "Blood of Amethyst", an engaging romantic horror that's a gruesome retelling of the fairytale Rumpelstiltskin where the evilness of the creature has long terrorized the people of the small town, Woodcutter's Grim. With its well written characters and vivid descriptive details, it's a story will chill the reader's spine while it's being read and haunt their mind well after it's been finished. "One of the shorter stories "Petals of a Topaz Jewel", a work of suspense by Carrie S. Masek, also delivers some of the strongest emotion. With its twist at the end, this is a story that when the last page is read, the reader wants to see more because Beth is a character who's that easy to like, that realistic, and that interesting. "In Nancy Pirri's historical romance, "Sapphire Dreams", the reader is taken back in time to Bozeman, Montana in 1881. With its period dialogue, historical details, and enjoyable characters, "Sapphire Dreams" is another of the strongest stories in the anthology, and as it states in the beginning that it's Book 1 in the Sapphire Palace Series, it seems that author Pirri will treat readers to more of her work soon. "One of the most unique tales is that of the science fiction/paranormal piece, "Saurian Bloodstone" by Cassie Walder, which is Book 3 of The Saurian Series. As it seems to be an ongoing series, "Saurian Bloodstone" does a fine job in setting up the culture of its alien world. It ends on a particularly interesting note that's sure to have readers looking for the next installment. "The paranormal romance "The Tanzanite Return" by C.J. Winters is a sequel to an earlier work titled, "The Tanzanite Curse". This one is an interesting story of Tabitha Beaufort, a radio talk show host, and her twin sister, Tanya. Fortunately, not being familiar with the first piece doesn't hinder the enjoyment of this one as it provides adequate back story and is really a work that can stand on its own. "The anthology rounds out with Book 1 of Christine DeSmet's Men of Moonstone Series, the romantic mystery, "The Moonstone Fire". "The Moonstone Fire" is also dubbed a humorous mystery, and while it does have its lighthearted moments, it also tackles issues that are very heartrending as John is a disabled veteran from Afghanistan, making it one of the more deeply emotional stories featured. "All in all, TALES FROM THE TREASURE TROVE, Volume IV does a wonderful job in showcasing an eclectic mix of fine authors and their works. In having so many different styles together, it allows readers who may not otherwise pick up a certain genre, to get a little taste of it and discover a new type of storytelling they may enjoy. For fans of romance, strong heroines and brave heroes, TALES FROM THE TREASURE TROVE, Volume IV has much to offer." ~reviewed by Shannon Frost for TCM Reviews http://tcm-ca.com/reviews/2035.html

4 stars! "Each of these authors, collectively known as the Jewels of the Quill, brings something unique and interesting to this anthology. It's an eclectic mix to suit every reader's taste--from paranormal romance to historical. " ~Barb Anderson for Romantic Times BOOKreviews

4 cups! "Woman Cast in Amber" by Janet Lane Walters: Mrs. Janet Lane Walters has written a tale of misguided love and hopefully redemption. I really enjoyed the example of love exhibited by Emme. "Turquoise Twilight" by Jane Toombs: Ms. Jane Toombs has written an exciting story of discovery and enlightenment. The surprises were many and varied making it a breeze to read. "Blood of Amethyst" by Karen Wiesner: Ms. Karen Wiesner writes a chilling yarn of patient, haunting evil, waiting to pounce. I could not anticipate the exciting ending. "Petals of a Topaz Jewel" by Carrie S. Masek: Ms. Carrie S. Masek has written an account of grief overcome and chances taken. I enjoyed the surprise twist. "Saurian Bloodstone" by Cassie Walder: Ms. Cassie Walder has created a beautiful tale of differences accepted and love discovered. I really enjoyed the interplay between Mina and Lucian. "The Tanzanite Return" by C.J. Winters: Ms. C.J. Winters has written a cautionary tale of crying wolf. I eagerly read to the unpredictable conclusion. "Moonstone Fire" by Christine DeSmet: Ms. Christine DeSmet has written a tale of redemption and the rebirth of hope as seen through a little boy's eyes. I really liked the curmudgeon and the debutante angle of this story. Jewels of the Quill have written a diverse selection of stories guaranteed to introduce each authors work to a new audience regardless of their preference. The characters were full of angst, quirks and a whole lot of humanity. I would suggest this anthology to any reader of fiction." ~Kathy for Coffee Time Romance http://www.coffeetimeromance.com

"This was a very interesting read on my part, as I wasn't sure how to write a review for such a long anthology. The main thread these stories had that united them was that jewels were somehow in the title, and someway worked into the story whether as a character's name or as an actual jewel in the story, which made it interesting to see where each story was going to head. ""Woman Cast in Amber" by Janet Lane Walters: This is one of the non-traditional romance stories, and does not have a truly discernible happily ever after, although we are set up to hear more of the story from a secondary character later on. We've all heard them, and some of us grew up hearing them. the classic "fairy tale". A tale that has been handed down from generation to generation. This was a story that is told as if from generation to generation, although nothing seems to have been lost in the translation. You'll find yourself rooting for Emme. ""Turquoise Twilight" by Jane Toombs: This is actually quite a fun story, even with the ominous presence of something evil lurking in the background. The circumstances Talissa finds herself in keep the story entertaining, without detracting from the seriously creepy vibe we occasionally get. ""Blood of Amethyst" by Karen Wiesner: What would happen if the Big Bad Wolf was real? What if the witch really did lure in Hansel and Gretel? That is the question that made this story so gripping. "Blood of Amethyst" was a very riveting, chilling tale of a supernatural, paranormal small town that hides a thin veil between the worlds of good and evil. Definitely kept me on the edge of my seat, but be prepared, this is not your traditional romance, and doesn't have your typical happily ever after. Even so, I couldn't stop turning the pages. ""Petals of a Topaz Jewel" by Carrie S. Masek: A fun short story that had a surprise twist at the end, this was not a love story, but still fun to read. Beth Collins was an interesting woman to meet, and it would have been nice to get to know her better. Sometimes, the thought of the possibility of more is a great way to be introduced to a previously unknown author. This one made me smile. ""Sapphire Dreams" by Nancy Pirri: Take a quick trip back to the Wild West and meet a Marshal on a mission to shut down every brothel he comes across and a woman hotelier just trying to run an honest business. The sparks fly when these two strong-willed people meet, and an interesting and sweet love story ensues. I got a sweet little thrill at the end of this one. ""Saurian Bloodstone" by Cassie Walder: I enjoyed this interesting, in-depth glimpse into a world of shape-shifting dragons. This story was a great love story continuation of a previous tale where we get to catch up with characters from before. We all have moments of, "I wonder what's happening with those characters." This short story gives us a bit of a catch up glimpse, and I find I would like to read the previous story, or stories, by this author since I loved meeting all of her characters. The world-building was incredible, and even the seemingly formal speech in the dialogue was easy to follow and seemed completely appropriate. I would love to read more by Cassie Walder. ""The Tanzanite Return" by C.J. Winters was an interesting story with a touch of the paranormal. ""The Moonstone Fire" by Christine DeSmet: This was actually a very sweet and humorous love story that left me smiling in the end. The fact that John is a bit "broken" just endears him further as we move along in this story. I adored the son's lisp and his easy acceptance of circumstances around him, which he relates in terms that are quite comical. The blooming love between John and Dolly is well done and in the end, brought a quick smile to my face. "TALES FROM THE TREASURE TROVE, Volume IV was an interesting group of tales that ranged from the extremely hair-raising to the sweetly heartwarming. Needless to say, there's something for everyone." ~reviewed by Viscaria for The Long and Short Of It Reviews http://longandshortreviews.blogspot.com

"Once again the sparkling Jewels of the Quill have created a spectacular anthology. "Something for everyone" should be the motto of the Jewels of the Quill. These talented ladies span the literary genres. There are paranormal, horror, historical, science fiction, and humorous stories in this anthology and all are chock full of romance. ""Woman Cast in Amber" by Janet Lane Walters: Janet Lane Walters has written a tantalizing love story that lasts through the ages from one generation to the other. She has skillfully led us to the next story in The Amber Chronicles. She has given the reader something to think about in her story. Do you take a chance on love or choose the safe way of life? ""Turquoise Twilight" by Jane Toombs: Those of us who love the paranormal romances need to find the North of Nonesuch Series by Jane Toombs. Her take on vampires and vampire hunters is fresh, unique, and appealing. ""Blood of Amethyst" by Karen Wiesner: A unique twist on an old classical fairy tale. Once again this talented author has written a romantic horror that appeals to the imagination. Left with unanswered questions about sexy Guardian Gabe and his babe, readers will be anxious to read the next story in the Woodcutters Grim Series. ""Petals of a Topaz Jewel" by Carrie S. Masek is the fourth fantastic story in this amazing anthology. A delight for all readers who love surprise endings, unexpected twist fans, or irony. Twelve red roses for Carrie S. Masek for this magnificent tale of blind dates, sex, and murder. ""Sapphire Dreams" by Nancy Pirri is the fabulous fifth story in the anthology. An outstanding story by Nancy Pirri for those of us who love to read romantic old west stories. Marshal James Freeman is hilarious as he bumbles his way right into Kate's heart. Nancy Pirri pens an ending that delights us all when Marshal Freeman finally realizes he is wrong and Kate is the woman of his heart. ""Saurian Bloodstone" by Cassie Walder: The main characters are a fresh delight. Readers will appreciate these two delightful dragons. Cassie Walder does an excellent job of bringing her dragons to life and making the reader want to read more of The Saurian Series. ""The Tanzanite Return" by C.J. Winters: Psychic twins who each find a true love make C. J. Winters' tale one to remember. The cursed tanzanite adds a dramatic flair for those of us who love and wear tanzanite. Psychic twins out to save the area they live in from destruction makes an exciting, enjoyable read. ""The Moonstone Fire" by Christine DeSmet: Christine DeSmet creates a strong but flawed hero in John Hall that is appealing. While this is the last story in the treasure trove, it certainly is not the least. "The Moonstone Fire" is not only a romance but also a mystery. This story is a strong ending to a fantastic anthology. "Psychic twins, vampires, and heroes make up a delightful group of main characters all through this anthology. Many of these stories segue into the next story of the series it was originally in, which leaves the reader yearning for more. TALES FROM THE TREASURE TROVE, Volume IV is a must have anthology. Excellent stories penned by a talented group of writers. The Jewels never disappoint their faithful readers." ~Dawn Myers for Writers Unlimited http://www.writersunlimited.com

TREASURE TROVE, Volume IV
A Jewels of the Quill Anthology
Edited by
Barbara Raffin, Jane Toombs
and
Karen Wiesner
978-1-60313-138-4 (trade paperback), $12.71;
978-1-60313-139-1 (electronic), $5.09
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