Six of the 12 award-winning authors who comprise the Jewels of the Quill are present in this anthology and entertain with each story. Settings are in the past, present and future -- and the stories are a mixture of the funny, happy and sad -- but all resonate with love and hope from the common focal point of the jewel.

Liz Hunter writes of romantic suspense on "Garnet Lake," where LeeAnn must return home again to seek solace. She ends up finding first love Mike. In "The Turquoise Cat," a paranormal romance by Jane Toombs, Olivia inherits a Victorian home in Michigan's Upper Peninsula and relocates. She meets Raoul, who might be a shape-shifter.

Sapphire must work for the man who betrayed her to pay her brother's debt in Nancy Pirri's American historical, "For the Love of Sapphire." In "The Amethyst Star," a futuristic romance by Karen Wiesner, procreation is done in a lab.

In Michele Bardsley's paranormal romantic comedy, "Heart of Obsidian," a dying woman's wish is for her siblings to find their soul mates. When the men are "Misbehavin' in Moonstone," interim mayor Kirsten Peplinski follows them across county lines and meets her match in this humorous romantic mystery by Christine DeSmet. (Whiskey Creek, Sep., 400 pp., $13.95)
Reviewed by: 
Donna M. Brown