Welcome to the official Gems of Sisterhood web page!
The Sisterhood, what is that, you ask? Quite simply, it’s a wonderful group of lady authors collaborating on a set of books called the Gems of Sisterhood series. Each anthology will contain its own theme, and the stories inside will reflect the theme. To learn more about us, you can follow our Facebook page.
The Sisterhood also helps raise money for members of our indie author family who have sudden expenses, whether it be medical, or due to something such as fire or weather. You can learn more about it at our Go Fund Me page.
The Sisterhood is at it again! We now have an official release date for Gems of Gratitude: November 14, 2016! Here’s just a taste of what’s to come! You can pre-order Gems of Gratitude at Smashwords, Google Play, and Google Books (more links to come)!
Our first book is called Gems of Strength, and the stories will feature a strong female protagonist (main character) who must overcome some obstacle and come out in the end a stronger person. Authors included in The Sisterhood are (in alphabetical order): Alana Madden, Ann Harrison, Ashley Melanson, Chrissy Moon, Christie Stratos, Claire Plaisted, Elizabeth Horton-Newton, Jane Rose Frances, Jennifer Cleary Roche, Karen J. Mossman, Kirsten Campbell, Kristy Wagner, LG Surgeson, Markie Madden, Mistral Dawn, Natasha Madden, Thanna A. Setliff, and Valarie Kinney.
Gems of Strength was released on May 30, 2016, and the e-book is now available at Smashwords, Google Play, Google Books, Nook, Kobo, and at Amazon. The paperback version is now available at Createspace.
The Sisterhood will be releasing the second book of the series, Gems of Gratitude, sometime in November, 2016. This will, of course, be a series of stories from The Sisterhood all about giving thanks and what we’re thankful for. We’re planning to release 2 books in 2017, Gems of Freedom for Independence Day (stories about freedom from oppression, possibly even with women soldiers), and Holiday Gems in early December. There are also plans for a romance anthology sometime in 2018.
Meet the Gems!
Alana Madden lives with her parents in a small rural town in southeast Missouri. She’s currently a junior in high school and aspires to be a teacher. She is also a writer, and is working on several young adult dystopian novels which will be published through Metamorph Publishing, an independent publishing company started by her mother. Her upcoming book, Unrelenting Hell is the first book in her YA series Apocolyptic, and the second book in the series is called Enduring Hell. You can find her on Facebook.
Ann Harrison resides in the small town of Rochelle, Georgia. She has written many articles of general interest for a number of outlets since June of 2010, including the Cordele Dispatch and the Word Matters blog. She has also published a short story entitled The Big Climb in Awethology Light by the #Awethors which can be purchased in paperback at Createspace, and can be downloaded for free through Smashwords. Her second story entitled The Woods was published in December Awethology Light Volume by The #Awethors, which can be downloaded for free at Smashwords. Ann is a member of Behind Our Eyes writers with disabilities organization, and the Project Starfish America Writers’ Guild. To read more of Ms. Harrison’s inspirational writings, visit her blog. To find out more about her upcoming books and other profesional writing, search for author Ann Harrison on Facebook and connect with her on Twitter.
Ashley Melanson was born in Salem, MA. She is the middle child of a single mom. She has lived in many places, but now resides in Missouri. She is an amateur writer. Her story, Fox, being her first published work outside of poems added to a work newsletter back in 2006. In college, she wrote, cast, and directed a play “No Turning Back,” which looks into the psyche of a teenager girl in her everyday life. Ashley can be found on Smashwords.
California native Chrissy Moon has been a poet since age seven, and has been a published author since 2013. Her works include paranormal romance novels for both teens and adults, horror short stories, and more. During her downtime, she is a great lover of coffee and popcorn, in that order.
Chrissy is the author of Surreal Ecstasy, a paranormal romance for women (Kindle), and DayDreamer, a paranormal romance for teens (Kindle). She is also the author of Linger, a psychological thriller short story (Kindle), and Sweet Faded Ink, a poetry collection (Kindle). Chrissy also has the story At Any Moment in Awethology Dark, (a short horror story at Amazon), and a story in The December Awethology Light, an anthology of short holiday stories (Kindle).
To learn more about Chrissy, visit her website, her Facebook author page, and follow her on Twitter. You can also find Sweet Faded Ink in audio book at Amazon.
Christie Stratos is an editor and award-winning writer who holds a degree in English Literature. She is the author of Anatomy of a Darkened Heart, the first book of five in the Dark Victoriana Collection. Christie has had short stories and poetry published in Ginosko Literary Journal, Andromedae Review, 99Fiction, and various anthologies. An avid reader of all genres and world literature, Christie reads everything from bestsellers to classics to indies.
You can find Anatomy of a Darkened Heart at Kindle, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords. To learn more about Christie and her books, visit her website, Twitter, Facebook, and on You Tube.
Claire Plaisted lives in Rotorua, New Zealand with her family and two cats. Rotorua is one of the main tourist stops for a cultural Maori experience with lots of things to do, be it walking, cycling, museums, spa days etc. She is an Indie Author, with side lines in genealogy where she researches and formats family history books for clients. Since that time she has also developed a business to help Indie Authors self publish. I have published six books for clients so far.
Claire has published ten of her own books so far: two are short stories, five are part of a crime series called Garrett Investigation Bureau. She also has one erotic fantasy, one children’s mythical story and a contemporary romance under her pen name ‘Beth Bayley’.
She started to write in 2012, quite by accident and ended up with a Regency Historical Novel, which still needs editing and publishing. From that time on, she has not stopped. Her ongoing work has been a continual learning curve, which includes designing websites, learning how to use WORD more efficiently. At present, she is working on a War Diary and attending college to help enhance her small business management skills. You can find Claire at her website, on Facebook, and on Amazon.
Elizabeth Horton-Newton was born and raised in New York City. She began writing when she was a child, writing stories for friends and family. In the 4th grade at P.S. 151 in Manhattan she wrote an essay about her dream job- she wanted to be an author. She continued to write short stories over the following years as she raised a family. After attending Long Island University in Brooklyn, NY and East Tennessee State University she worked in the social work field for thirteen years.
She currently lives in E. Tennessee with her husband, author Neil Newton, and a collection of rescued dogs and cats. Her first book View From the Sixth Floor: An Oswald Tale was published in October 2014. It’s a love story that revolves around the assassination of President John Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963 and the ensuing conspiracy theories. This was followed in June 2015 with the release of Riddle, a romantic thriller about a Native convicted of killing his high school girlfriend. She is currently at work on her third novel, Stolen, a romantic thriller about kidnapping , gypsies, and the Witness Protection Program. In addition she has short stories in several anthologies, including The December Awethology Dark Volume. You can find out more about Elizabeth by visiting her website.
Jane Rose Frances lives in Florida with her husband and son. Her poem, Dancing with Lilacs in my Hair is her first professional publication. She wrote the poem after her recent struggle with breast cancer, and she is currently in remission. To learn more about Jane, visit Metamorph Publishing.
Jennifer L. Roche began her writing career in 1995 while in high school when she published a poem in a compilation titled Dappled Sunlight. An avid reader since childhood, Jennifer would write and illustrate her own books as a child when she had read all her current books. You could say writing was always in her blood! In 2013 Jennifer created Rainbows of Happiness LLC, a writing & professional photography company which includes her line of handmade sea glass necklaces, jewelry, & accessories at company Just For You.
Since becoming a full-time writer Jennifer has written the award-nominated, Amazon Best-Selling Book Healing Ties, Book One in the Ties Series, with Book Two, Severed Ties, coming soon. Jennifer has also written articles and short works for various online publications covering a multitude of topics. Jennifer designed and runs three different blogs: The Final Penstroke to feature her personal writing, Getting the Final Word to feature other Indie authors, and Moments Captured on Film to give photography tips and techniques while displaying both photography from her own collection & photography sent by followers.
Jennifer is part of several upcoming anthologies releasing later this year. She wrote the short story Hidden Identities for Gems of Strength; stories written for this multi-authored anthology consist of strong female protagonists written by women authors. This anthology is part of the Gems of Sisterhood series and is published by Metamorph Publishing. Jennifer is participating in the next segment of the anthology, Gems of Gratitude, due out in Nov 2016.
Author Jennifer L. Roche is the creator and co-publishing company through Rainbows of Happiness LLC of a benefit anthology to bring awareness to families suffering from child loss at any age, titled Detours In Our Destinations. She, along with Indie Editing Services, has created a 13 Author anthology of short stories where proceeds will benefit programs to support grieving families. Preorders are available now on Smashwords. You can find Jennifer on Facebook, Twitter, and her blog The Final Penstroke, among many other places.
Karen J. Mossman lives on Anglesey, a small island off the North Wales coast in the UK. She lives with her husband of 36 years and their elderly Yorkshire terrier. She is the author of novels Joanna’s Destiny (Kindle) and The Secret (Kindle), as well as three themed short story collections: The Missing (Kindle), Behind the Music (Kindle), and Heroes (Kindle). Her third novel will be out in the summer of 2016. Her short story The Road to Happiness is featured in Gems of Strength.
You can find Karen at her Amazon author page, on Facebook, on Google+, and at her website. She’s also on Pinterest. Check out Karen’s reviews of the stories inside Gems of Strength on her website!
Kirsten Campbell is the author of several published Science Fiction, Speculative & Urban Paranormal Fantasy short stories. She’s also a published poet. Her work has been published in Bewildering Stories, The Pittsburgh Quarterly Online, Ascent Magazine, The Fairfield Review, Poets-Artists & Madmen, Interracial Voice, Sagazine Online, The Write Gallery, The CoffeehousePress Journal, Beauty Talk, COBRA, and several other magazines.
Her Urban Paranormal novel, Blood Master-Book 1 of The G.O.D.s Series was a Top 100 Best Seller. Visit Kirsten at the G.O.D.s page for all things G.O.D.s, or her website. (The second book of the G.O.D.s Series, Blood Rage, is due out this spring!)
Kirsten is the author of Darkness Calls, a book of speculative/paranormal short stories, and of Perfect Chaos, a book of previously published poetry (a #1 New Release for 3 weeks.) She also co-authored Chocolate & Diamonds for the Woman’s Soul (a #1 International Best Seller and Hot New Release.) Her poetry chapbook, The Abandoning Kind, was published by Puddinghouse Press in 2009, and her chapbook, Poetry from the Covert Bourgeoisie, was published by Ladybug Press in 2006.
Kristy Wagner lives on her Missouri farm with goats, chickens, rabbits, three cats (one naked), and a well-meaning Great Pyrenees. She has been writing since she could pick up a pencil and has pursued horror and thriller writing since first discovering her own style. After a brief college career in acting, she graduated with a BA in English with an emphasis on Composition.
Kristy works a busy day job, co-owns a farm, and volunteers with local 4-H youth programs but hopes to one day support herself with a full time writing career. Kristy’s first published work will be the short story See in Gems of Strength, and she plans to contribute pieces to the future entries in the Gems of Sisterhood series as well. Kristy is also currently preparing her first full length novel for publication.
LG Surgeson is an author and teacher who lives in a cottage by a river in Mid Wales with her long-suffering partner and their two cats. She writes fantasy and fiction novels and blog articles about education, mental health and whatever else has got under skin this week. She has published five novels in the Black River Chronicle, her fantasy adventure series that follows a rag-tag band of mercenaries, do-gooders and slightly bemused wizards as they try and save the world, repeatedly. She is also working on several books about her experiences as a teacher.
She writes in the spare time she creates by avoiding the outside world and ignoring the housework. The cats like to help. They aren’t good at it.
Lily Luchesi is a young author/poet born in Chicago, Illinois, now residing in Los Angeles, California. Ever since she was a toddler, her mother noticed her tendency for being interested in all things ‘dark’. At two she became infatuated with vampires and ghosts, and that infatuation turned into a lifestyle by the time she was twelve, and, as her family has always been what they now call ‘Gothic’, she doesn’t believe she shall ever change. She is also a hopeless romantic and avid music-lover who will always associate vampires with love, blood, and rock and roll.
Her interest in poetry came around the same time as when she was given a book of Edgar Allan Poe’s complete works. She then realized she had been writing her own poetry since she could hold a pen, and just had not known the correct terms. She finished her first manuscript at the age of fourteen, and was first published at twenty-one.
Her debut novel, Stake-Out (Paranormal Detectives Series Book One), was published by Vamptasy Publishing on May 19th, 2015. Book two, Miranda’s Rights, was released on January 8th, 2016. Book three, Life Sentence, was be released on August 2nd, 2016 by Vamptasy Publishing, and book four (title TBA) was also just accepted by the publisher and will be released in January 2017.
She has a short story, “Undead Ever After” in the CHBB Publishing anthology Love Sucks (released on June 13th, 2015). Her first erotic short story, “Have No Fears”, was published in the Hot Ink Press anthology Naughty Bedtime Stories: In Three Words on October 10th, 2015. She will also have a short erotic horror story, “The Devil’s Dozen”, in the upcoming Hot Ink Press anthology Death, Love, Lust, which was released on February 4th, 2016. Her horror short “Too Young To Kill” was released in the CHBB Publishing anthology Lurking In The Shadows on June 28th, 2016.
You can find Lily at her website, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Goodreads.
Markie Madden is a married mother of two living with her family in southeast Missouri. She has written stories since she was in the fourth grade, and after repeated rejections by both publishers and agents, she self-published her first book, Once Upon a Western Way in 2012. Markie battled cancer from 2013 to 2014, and she’s currently in remission from leukemia; she won’t be considered “cured” until 2015. Since cancer took her out of the traditional workforce, Markie turned back to her love of writing.
She now has five books of her own, as well as two books she’s published for clients, other authors aspiring to reach their goals of publishing their work. She also has a story called A Very Pepper Christmas, which is part of the December Awethology Light Volume by The #Awethors, available at Kindle.
Markie’s books are available at all major print and e-book retailers and include: Keeping a Backyard Horse (an Amazon #1 best-seller), My Butterfly Cancer, Fang and Claw (Undead Unit 1), and Souls of the Reaper (Undead Unit 2). Books by other authors and published by her are Witchopedia: An A to Z Book of Shadows by author Naddya Foxfire, Rubies from the Heart: Dark Poetry by Cynthia Ruby, and of course, Gems of Strength by The Sisterhood. Today, Markie is taking on more clients, and there are several books that she’s formatted for other authors.
Mistral Dawn is a thirty-something gal who has lived on both coasts of the US, but somehow never in the middle. She currently resides in the Southeast US, with her kitty cats (please spay or neuter your pets). Childish Things is a short story in Mistral’s Petri Dish Chronicles. Rainbow Dreams is the first book in the series and at least two more books are planned. Mistral has also written three novels in her Spellbound Hearts series, Taken By The Huntsman, Bound By The Summer Prince, and Captivated By The Winter King, as well as a novella in the series, Intrigue In The Summer Court.
You may find Mistral on Facebook at Mistral Dawn’s Facebook Page, or on Twitter at Mistral Dawn’s Twitter Page, or on Tsu at Mistral Dawn’s Tsu Page, or you may email her at firstname.lastname@example.org, and she would love to hear from you. Mistral also has a blog (Mistral Dawn’s Musings) on which she posts excerpts, sneak peeks, interviews, pictures, and various other musings. She thanks you humbly for your interest in her books, and she would be honored if you would leave a review so that she can see what you thought!
Natasha Madden was born May 23, 1995, in Flint, Michigan. She was taught a love of animals from a young age. When she was eight years old, her family moved to Odessa, Texas. She wrote her first book when she was in the fifth grade, The Guardians, a book she is currently in the process of rewriting. When she was sixteen, her family moved to a small farming community in southeast Missouri. She graduated in 2013 from Twin Rivers High School in Broseley, Missouri.
She still lives there with her family, three dogs, a cat, two gerbils, and a horse. She’s working with Metamorph Publishing in order to get her first novel published.
Natasha’s first professional publication is the story titled A Very Spartan Christmas, published in December of 2015 in the anthology The December Awethology Light (Kindle version) by The #Awethors, which is available in print and e-book format. You can find her on Facebook.
Thanna A. Setliff was born 6 hours before Halloween and her Daddy said that didn’t fool him a bit, he knew she was a witch. With both parents being avid readers, her Momma of romance, and both parents of fantasy and science fiction, it’s no wonder she writes paranormal romance. She is a reader of most genres and would like to branch out to several in the future.
She is a lover of the paranormal with her first novel in a Paranormal Vampire Romance Series, Defying Darkness (Worlds of Darkness Book One) Kindle version. She has known she wanted to be an author since fourth grade, but only published at age forty-eight and recommends others follow their dreams sooner than that! She used to be terrified of vampires until she saw Dracula (1979). She was seduced and vampires became an object of fantasies. She is a romantic at heart, and lives in a dream world as often as she can. She is now sharing those fantasies with readers, thanks to great mentorship from Barbara Chioffi (herself also a member of The Sisterhood). She has a love of all things fantasy and vampires in particular. She is mostly a Paranormal Romance writer, though she has written a Paranormal Psychological Thriller, Combustion for Gems of Strength, a Gems of Sisterhood Series publication.
Current projects are a prequel to Defying Darkness (Smashwords version), In Darkness Shining, due in April or May 2016, book Two in the Worlds of Darkness, Stalking Darkness, Oh Baby, a comedic drama for Gems of Gratitude, the second Gems of Sisterhood book (due out in early November). And lastly, Painting With Emotions, a love-story spotlighting mental illness in a non-stereotypical fashion for a Stigma Spectrum Anthology. The anthology is her brainchild and close to her heart. Metamorph Publishing is sponsoring the Anthology and all proceeds will go to an as-yet unspecified charity. You can find her at Facebook, Goodreads, and Twitter.
Valarie Kinney is a writer, fiber artist and Renaissance Festival junkie with a wicked caffeine addiction. She resides in Michigan with her husband, four children, and two insane little dogs. She is the author of Heckled, Slither, and Just Hold On, as well as the short stories Copper and Ailith in the KAPOW! anthologies by 7DS Books. She is also a contributor of poetry quoted at the beginning of each story in Dragons of Faith.
You can find Valarie Kinney at her Facebook page or at her website.
Her books are Just Hold On, Slither, Heckled, and she has short stories in Kapow and Kapow 2 by 7DS Books.
Here’s a little teaser from The Sisterhood, a sneak peek at Vanquish, by Markie Madden, founder of The Sisterhood:
I was going to die, I just knew it. At this very moment, I could feel my life slipping away. I was alone. I was going to die, alone. Oh, there were plenty of people around me; there was a flurry of activity going on that I barely comprehended. But these people were strangers. I might have known their names at one point, but they flitted around the drug-induced haze surrounding my brain, escaping like wisps of fog in the light of dawn. I didn’t care about their names. I was going to die.
I was startled out of my reverie by the sensation of movement. Someone was pushing my bed down the hallway. For a moment, I couldn’t understand where they were taking me. Oh, that’s right. They’re taking me to the ICU. The rushing sensation from the moving bed was almost nauseating. I was sure if I were to open my eyes, the bright flashes of the long florescent lights would be dizzying. Besides, it took too much effort to lift my eyelids beyond the slits that seemed to be normal for me these days. My tiny frame shivered under the thin sheet. It seemed I could not stay warm; every gust of air hit me hurricane-force.
My thoughts drifted to my family. When I spoke to them earlier, I told them I would be changing rooms, but at that time, I didn’t know what room number. I had no idea if someone called them. I had no idea if I would ever see them again. At this point, I wished for death. There was no strength left in me, and this was only the beginning of a long battle. Everyone was cheering me on, telling me to keep fighting, to be strong. But the battle I was facing was like nothing else I’d ever encountered in my life; I didn’t know if I could win.
The bed turned a corner, and through my slitted eyes, I could see someone following me, pushing a tall, four-wheeled cart in front of them. The cart carried all my worldly possessions, at least, those I was allowed to have. At that moment, it felt like those items: my clothes, a few photographs of family, some get well cards, my phone, a couple of books, and my dad’s computer, encompassed the entirety of what I owned. Anything outside these walls was beyond the scope of my drugged mind.