What were you doing eleven years ago? I know what I was doing. I was part of a group of authors planning a new blog called the Sisterhood of the Jaunty Quills.


The Original Jaunty Quills: Anne Mallory, Shana Galen, Robyn DeHart, Cindy Kirk, Margo Maguire, Shirley Karr


Blogs were the new thing eleven years ago. This was before Facebook and Twitter and social media. The idea of readers being able to interact directly with authors was new and exciting. It was exciting to me, a fledgling author who fangirled plenty over my favorite authors.

Over the past eleven years I’ve written hundreds of blogs for the Jaunty Quills. I’ve read thousands of blogs posted by my fellow Quills and our guests. Some days writing my post was a chore. Some days it was cathartic. Some days it was pure fun.


The 2014 Jaunty Quills: Jesse Hayworth, Mia Marlowe/Lexi Eddings, Cindy Kirk, Nancy Robards Thompson, Kristan Higgins, Shana Galen, Katherine Garbera


But the best part of every blog I ever wrote was reading the comments you, the readers, made in response. I can honestly say I read and responded to almost every single one. There might have been a few days when I had a newborn, was recovering from a natural disaster, or was traveling when I might have missed a comment or two. But I think those missed comments are very few.


Jaunty Quills 2015: Shana Galen, Vanessa Kelly, Katherine Garbera, Mia Marlowe/Lexi Eddings


Eleven years ago when Cindy Kirk, Margo Maguire, Robyn DeHart, Anne Mallory, Shirley Karr, Kimberly Logan, and I started the Jaunty Quills, we didn’t have any idea the blog would still be around a decade later. We didn’t have any idea that we’d become good friends. I still chat daily with former members Robyn, Anne, and Margo. I expect to keep in touch with the current Jaunties.

I hope to keep in touch with you, too, readers. Please find me on Facebook or sign up for my newsletter. You can find out all about my new adventures with my daughter Princess Galen, Sparky the dog, and the long-suffering Ultimate Sportsfan (my husband).




We’ve still got about a month left, and to celebrate we’re bring back some of the original Jaunties. Stop by November 4 to read a guest post by original Jaunty Margo Maguire and November 9 to read founding member Robyn DeHart’s post.

This isn’t goodbye. It’s so long for now.

18 thoughts on “Eleven Years

  1. Susan Gorman says:

    Shana– I will miss this blog. So many great posts and authors!
    Thank you for suggesting that I visit the JQ– I have enjoyed meeting all of the authors and reading their posts!

    1. Shana Galen Shana Galen says:

      Thanks for being such a great supporter, Sue!

  2. Dawn A says:

    I will miss reading this blog every day. You guys have taken me through the gamut of emotions, and I’ve loved every minute of it.

    1. Shana Galen Shana Galen says:

      Thanks, Dawn. I will miss stopping by every morning too.

  3. Amy says:

    This blog has been such a bright spot in my day. I have met some really good authors that I may have, otherwise, missed. I have read before that it is important for personal happiness to have a tribe. This has been like a romance tribe for me. Thanks to you all.

    1. Shana Galen Shana Galen says:

      Amy, I think you are exactly right. We are part of a fabulous tribe–the romance tribe.

  4. Lisa Hutson says:

    I will miss this blog. There aren’t many that I check on regularly. But this was one. My favorite thing??? Rarely was the post about someones new book coming out or something like it. Most of the time, it was life, surprises, family, loss, love……
    But I guess nothing can go on forever….Thanks for all your sharing.

    1. Shana Galen Shana Galen says:

      Lisa, I’ve been looking back at posts, and we initially did a lot of promo posts for our books. Over time we became much more interested in having a conversation with our friends (all of you!) than saying “buy my book.”

  5. Kate Sparks says:

    Wow… 10 plus years! How things have changed in that amount of time, the world, publishing, individuals’ families…. It’s been an amazing time for everyone.
    You all do know that you’ll still be ‘stalked’ by your readers on other social media, publishing sites, etc.
    Our ‘one stop shopping’ may have ended at JQ… but we’re still ‘with you’….

    1. Shana Galen Shana Galen says:

      Stalk away. And yes! The world has changed in so many ways. Who knows where we will be 10 years from now.

  6. LSUReader says:

    I’ll miss the blog. I don’t like Facebook or Twitter. I am grateful to have so many newsletters and books to follow y’all through! Take care.

    1. Shana Galen Shana Galen says:

      Please do check our our newsletters! We want to keep in touch.

  7. Annette Naish says:

    Since I did not find the blog until recently, I am disappointed that I will soon be missing you. But, after 11 years I can truly see that things have changed.

    I am simply grateful that I did find you.

    1. Shana Galen Shana Galen says:

      We are too, Annette!

  8. Eileen A-W says:

    I will definitely miss the blog as it was one of the few remaining. I really enjoy the behind the scenes and getting to know the authors. Thank you for your contributions.

    1. Shana Galen Shana Galen says:

      Thanks for being such a great supporter, Eileen.

  9. Charlene says:

    Congratulations! I’ve missed your posts!

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