Nancy Robards Thompson
Nancy Robards Thompson


Jaunty Post

We’ve invited some former Jaunty Quills to come back and say hello before we turn off the lights here at the blog. Please welcome back Terri Brisbin!


Every once in a while, you are lucky enough to meet up with a group of people who ‘get’ you. If you’re really lucky, they let you hang out with them and have fun with them and learn from them. I was THAT lucky when I was invited to join an online group of authors who called themselves ‘The Jaunty Quills.’ It was an eclectic group of authors by then, even though it began as group of historical romance writers.


And, gosh, it was fun, too!


We had a mascot, we had a website, and we got together in person each year to discuss our plans to engage with readers throughout the year. Because that – engaging with our readers – was the whole reason the Jaunty Quills existed.


But, on a personal level, there was more to the Jaunty Quills. You see, writing is such a solo adventure and one that leaves writers with their thoughts and words most of the time. The Jaunty Quills were also a lifeline. When challenges arose – whether writing or life – that group of authors was a safe place to vent, to ask for help or advice and to commiserate with others who completely understood the situation. OH, and we talked writing and story and careers, too.


Emily McKay, Shana Galen, Margo Maguire, Cindy Kirk, Catherine Kean, Robyn DeHart, Kristan Higgins, Katherine Garbera, Jannette Kenny, Nancy Robards Thompson and Ashley March/Elise Rome were the JQs who I joined with on the loop. All of them talented writers and successful published authors who loved to tell stories and talk about them with their readers. Thanks to each of you for all you shared with me during our time together!
As a JQ, I got the chance to invite my own writer friends to guest blog with us and that was a special treat for me. Some friends who came to visit included Tina Gabrielle, Beth Ciotta, Ann Lawrence and Lynn Viehl. They blogged, answered questions from readers and visitors and told us about their books and their writing.


So, now, almost four years after the group reformed with some new faces, it’s time to say goodbye to the Sisterhood of the Jaunty Quills! I want to thanks those authors who started the group, those who kept it going through several different formations and all those who took part. And especially, I want to thank the readers – who are really the point of all our activities!


To celebrate all the fun and the comradery over the years, I’d like to offer to one person who comments their choice of two of my works (pending availability of print copies if desired) along with a souvenir I just brought home from Scotland! We’ll choose one lucky commentor to receive the giveaway.


Terri Brisbin is the USA TODAY bestselling author of the A HIGHLAND FEUDING series for Harlequin Historical and the NOVELS OF THE STONE CIRCLE series for NAL/Berkley. Connect with Terri through her website ( ) or on Twitter ( ) or on FB at ( )


28 thoughts on “Once A Jaunty Quill, Always A Jaunty Quill

  1. Kate Sparks says:

    I’m not sure how long there’s been a JQ group, but I’ve enjoyed my years of reading the blog! I want to thank all of the past and current authors for their contributions! I’ve not only read your books, I’ve enjoyed the other authors you introduced to me!! Thanks again!! Keep on writing great stories for us to read and enjoy!!!

  2. Dawn A says:

    This is a great idea, to have former Quills blog again. Thank you Terri for coming back and telling us about your time here. I look forward to the remaining posts.

  3. Cindy Kirk Cindy Kirk says:


    So happy to see you!! It was wonderful following your Scotland adventures on Facebook.

  4. Shana Galen Shana Galen says:

    So fun to see you back here, Terri!

  5. So happy you could come back for the day, Terri!

  6. Terri, thank you for visiting! It’s clear how much this blog has been a source of joy and friendship over the years.

  7. LSUReader says:

    I’ve been visiting here for several years–certainly long enough to remember JQ Terri. I’ll miss the fun all you creative gals provided on the blog page. Thankfully, there’s still lots of your books for me to rely on! Thanks so much.

  8. Connie Reynolds says:

    Thanks for the chance.

  9. Annette Naish says:

    I feel so badly that I did not find this blog long ago. I am very grateful that I have found them now.

    Sorry, Terri, I was not here when you were here, but I can tell from your heartfelt comments, you gained from your experience with the group. As have I. As a reader it has been lovely to have writers share their thoughts and to be allowed to “see behind the curtain”. I have found new authors to follow, new books to read and most of all the knowledge that each of these women are as talented as they are generous with their thoughts and time.

  10. Catherine Maguire says:

    Thank you for the wonderful post and I will miss Sisterhood of the Jaunty Quills.

  11. Sandra S says:

    Does it feel like “old times” or have you all changed too much? How many of you have changed genres?
    I know you all have been missed. Who ever coordinated it did a wonderful job! Missed many of you that
    I haven’t kept up with. Have fun!

    1. Sandra –

      I think ‘old times’ because, although there are newer Jaunty Quills here since I left in 2012, I think I know most all of them or have met them already!

  12. Lexi Eddings Lexi Eddings says:

    Welcome back, Terri!

  13. says:

    It’s sad that most blogs have closed down but it’s understandable. Luckily a lot of you guys are on FB 🙂

    1. It is sad but social media has changed SO much over the last few years that blogs are less visited than before Facebook and Pinterest and Instagram, etc.

      It was great to have you as a visitor — and yes, you can find all of us (past and present JQs) all over FB, Twitter, etc.

      Happy Reading!

  14. Pearl says:

    Wonderful post. I will miss this lovely place and the authors.

  15. Glenda says:

    Hi Terri! I discovered the Jaunty Quills after you had departed but have enjoyed many years of posts. I’m still sort of in denial that the blog is ending… You know, hoping I’m imagining it.

  16. girlfromwva says:

    so sorry to see the blog ending, but will enjoy it while it lasts! great post!

  17. bn100 says:

    lots of authors

  18. Julie-ann Ford says:

    Welcome back. Thank you for the chance.

  19. Eileen A-W says:

    Welcome back Terri!! Thanks for the chance!! I’m so sad about the ending of an era.

  20. Kirsten says:

    So sad it’s comming to an end, really enjoyed my time here visiting the blog !!

  21. Checked out the Jaunty Quills pretty much every day. Always good fun and real posts. You can/could be yourself at all times, really something to make you smile 😀

  22. Gretchen says:


  23. Charlotte says:

    I only found this blog a little while ago & am sorry to see it end. But how great it has been being part of the family. Getting to know you all and find out more about my favorite authors.

  24. Tina Steele-Kersey says:

    This is so neat. Keep them coming.

  25. Michelle F. says:

    I enjoy blogs because I like the chance to win stuff. You can also learn interesting things such as when they have posts about the Regency era. I’ve been visiting this blog for a few years and really enjoy it.

  26. Charlene Whitehouse says:

    Absolutely great group of Authors. I love the blogs.

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