Jane Toombs, accomplished author, dear friend, and parent to five children, two
stepchildren, and loved by six grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren has passed away.
She was the published author of about one hundred books, novellas and short stories, both in print and electronic. These include the various romance genres--gothic, suspense, contemporary, historical, Regency and paranormal--as well as other genres such as mystery, fantasy and horror. Her awards include a 1995 Bookrak Award for best-selling series book ( The Abandoned Bride), a 1998 Prism Award for best dark paranormal ( Lover's Moon) and a 2003 EPIC Award for best non-fiction.(Words Perfect: Becoming Your Own Critique Partner), co-authored with Janet Lane Walters. Other EPIC awards include a 2003 award for Best Anthology: Shifters (With three other authors.)
Jane was a member of a closed twelve author group of authors designed to promote each other called Jewels Of The Quill, where she bore the title of Dame Turquoise and had her own page at the site: http://www.jewelsofthequill.com This group has won many awards: In 2006, Best Anthology: Tales From the Treasure Trove Vol. I , a Jewels of The Quill anthology with multiple authors. (The Turquoise Mask.) And again in 2008 the JOTQ won Best Anthology with Tales From The Treasure Trove Vol.III (The Turquoise Talisman) and we won Best Anthology once more in 2010 with A Valentine's Day Anthology, Magical Kisses. (The Third Kiss). Jane was also a charter member of Romance Writers of America and belonged to several of their chapters.
Because Jane wrote for Harlequin for many years and they sold foreign rights, she had books published in many foreign countries in their languages.Besides Harlequin, she wrote for other New York publishers in the past, but most recently concentrated her efforts on writing only for electronic publishing companies. Those who knew Jane held her and her work in the highest respect.
She will be sorely missed. Rest in Peace, Jane.