Shana Galen
Shana Galen


friendship, giveaway, Robyn DeHart

This is my last post on the Jaunty Quills. I’ll pop in for the goodbye posts, but this is my last post. I’m so pleased to have my good friend, Robyn DeHart, as my guest today. We became friends through the blog, and we’ve been friends for more than 11 years now. We’ve seen each other through personal and professional highs and lows. I’m so thankful this blog brought us together. And now, here’s Robyn…


Wow! It’s totally an end of an era. It seems like forever ago when a small group of us decided to start this little blog. It’s gone through some significant changes, but at its core, it has always been a place for us to get to hang out with y’all, our fellow readers.

When the JQ’s first started my first book, Courting Claudia, had just been released from Avon Books.


I was a newlywed and I just moved away from my beloved Texas to live in Tennessee where the Professor had his first teaching position. Y’all were there for me through my homesickness, through writing crises and triumphs. You offered me support and kindness when I struggled through infertility and miscarriages and then celebrated with me when the Professor and I brought our girls home. Y’all are, in a word, friends.

I treasure the relationships I made with my fellow Quills. We might only see each other at conferences, but many of us chat weekly about our books and families. I just couldn’t let the JQ’s ride off into the sunset without stopping by and bidding everyone a fond farewell. It’s certainly not goodbye forever though, I’m still available online and you can keep up with me on Facebook and in my newsletter. I try to tweet, but frankly I kinda suck at it, but I am on there. J

I want to give away digital copies of the first two books in my Brotherhood of the Sword series, Undercover With the Earl and Dueling With the Duke.



So just let me know what your favorite memory is of the Jaunty Quills and I’ll pick a winner at random.

Thanks to Shana for inviting me back today.

Thank you for stopping by, Robyn. I’ll announce Robyn’s winner on Sunday.

42 thoughts on “Goodbye from Former JQ Robyn DeHart

  1. Dawn A says:

    There have been so many memories, both happy and sad. I’ve laughed with Ms. Higgins and I’ve cried with Ms. Romain and I’ve had every emotion in between with the rest of these fine women. Thank you ladies!

    1. Robyn DeHart Robyn DeHart says:

      So true. I still remember sobbing as I read Kristan’s post about the 13 miners.

  2. Amy says:

    New-to-me authors has been one of my favorite parts. I have been only aware of the blog in the recent years. So your books are new for me, Robyn. I must say the covers are gorgeous! Nothing draws me in like a stunning cover.

    1. Robyn DeHart Robyn DeHart says:

      Awww, thank you! I’m rather fond of my covers too. I do hope you’ll give me a try and let me know what you think. And I totally agree – there are few pleasures in life that measure up to discovering a new author.

  3. Shana Galen Shana Galen says:

    Thanks for stopping by, Robyn!

    1. Robyn DeHart Robyn DeHart says:

      Thanks for inviting me! And thanks for the lovely introduction. I’m rather glad this blog brought us together too. :-*

  4. Dawn says:

    If you’re books are as good as your covers I’m in. Woo-Hoo I found a new author to read. Looking forward to getting to know you & your work.

    1. Robyn DeHart Robyn DeHart says:

      Thank you, Dawn, I do hope you enjoy them! I have quite the back list. 🙂

  5. Karen says:

    There are so many great JQ memories. I found new writers and learned so much about all the JQ’s outside of being authors. I read posts regularly and felt like the JQ’s were my friends too. I feel lucky to have shared in this experience with other readers. Thanks for letting me be a fly on the blogs wall.

    1. Robyn DeHart Robyn DeHart says:

      Thanks for joining us, Karen. We certainly wouldn’t have had a blog without all of you to share it with.

  6. Angie Frawley says:

    Just getting to know you all through the blog posts!!

    1. Robyn DeHart Robyn DeHart says:

      Hi Angie! One of my favorite readers. :-*

  7. Louise Risser says:

    Getting to know the authors though this. Good luck in the future.

  8. Lee Garcia says:

    I love the JQs recommendations on books to read. I find new authors whom I have ended up loving and continue to read their books. The peeks into your lives makes us feel like we have a vested interest in each one of you. I thank you all for the education each of you have given us on writing, history and love. Thank You!

    1. Robyn DeHart Robyn DeHart says:

      That’s lovely, Lee. And I totally agree.

  9. Connie Reynolds says:

    Pick one favorite memory??? I suppose it was the day I discovered the Jaunty Quills.

    1. Robyn DeHart Robyn DeHart says:

      That’s awesome, Connie.

  10. Sandra Spilecki says:

    Here’s wishing you true happiness and contentment. You will be missed. Love your books!

    1. Robyn DeHart Robyn DeHart says:

      Thanks so much, Sandra.

  11. Lisa Hutson says:

    What a very sweet post. I will miss jq too. Very few blogs want to post about life, happiness, sometimes sad, worries, plus reading and books. But the reading and life were first. I will miss it.

    1. Robyn DeHart Robyn DeHart says:

      Me too, Lisa. I’ll miss it too. The JQ’s have been a big part of my life for a decade.

  12. Annette Naish says:

    What a lovely post. I am very new here, so my memories are not as many as most of you have. But, for me I have loved Shana’s and Theresa’s comments about their daughters. The humor and love, not necessarily in that order, has been touching.

    1. Annette Naish says:

      If I were smarter, I would never have let the comment go without correcting my error.

    2. Robyn DeHart Robyn DeHart says:

      Yes, Annette! I love kiddo stories too. Really makes you feel like you know the person, to get a glimpse of their life as a parent.

  13. I must admit that I haven’t had the pleasure of reading your books yet Robyn. But the covers are stunning and I’d love to givd them a try! My favorite thjng is your personal connection with the Jaunty Quills authire. Getting a response to your comment. Getting a sympathetic encouragement or some advice. Having the ladies make you laugh out loud at work, when you’re quickly checking the blog… all good memories!

    1. Robyn DeHart Robyn DeHart says:

      Those are all great memories.

  14. girlfromwva says:

    favorite memory was the first time i came to this blog site and saw all the fantastic authors that are actually on here. to me it seems that they all lift up and promote other authors.

    1. Robyn DeHart Robyn DeHart says:

      I totally agree. That was one of my favorite parts of being a Quill – all these lovely women that I consider friends. That’s a gift.

  15. LSUReader says:

    There’s too many good memories of one of my favorite book blogs to choose just one favorite. I can, however, choose my least favorite moment: when it was announced the JQs were closing. Thanks for a lovely post, Robyn. I look forward to catching up with your Brotherhood of the Sword series.

  16. Lexi Eddings Lexi Eddings says:

    So good to see you here again, Robyn. Thanks for dropping by!

    1. Robyn DeHart Robyn DeHart says:

      Somehow I missed your move into contemporaries! It’s been great to be here again.

  17. Tonya Lee says:

    What I loved about JQ is got to know some new authors and got to learn about some great books and chat with authors that I love and talk about romance books and the greats thing of all that you maybe win a new book now and then!
    Love this blog and will miss it but will still talk to my favorite authors like you (Robyn Dehart) and shana Galen on facebook and on your web sites!

    1. Robyn DeHart Robyn DeHart says:

      Yes, please keep in touch via Facebook and email and whatnot. We’re still here.

  18. Joanna Moreno says:

    I got to “meet” lots of awesome authors and the best part is we talked about my then favorite show, Downton Abbey! *long sigh* I miss those days…

    1. Robyn DeHart Robyn DeHart says:

      Someday I’m going to binge on that show….

  19. bn100 says:

    meeting new authors

    1. Robyn DeHart Robyn DeHart says:

      Yep. Nothing better than finding a new author.

  20. Laney4 says:

    I’m sorry. I can’t narrow it down to one specific memory.

    I have enjoyed talking with all of you here. I’ve laughed at most of Jaunty’s antics through the years. I might even have made suggestions for things he could do too….

    Take care, and I hope to see all of you again soon (just not on this blog, sniff, sniff).

  21. Glenda says:

    Hi Robyn! There have been so many wonderful posts thru the years that I can pick a favorite. My least favorite ones have been the goodbye ones: whether individual ones or, lately, the ones saying goodbye to everyone….

  22. Mary M says:

    Robyn, that is a great pic of you & your Professor. I’m glad to hear about your new series. My favorite memory is of Cindy Kirk surprising all commenters with free books!!Congrats, Cindy on all the success you’re having!

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