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Joyce Adams Counts | Terry Blain

Our hearts are heavy as we lay to rest one of our fellow RomVet sisters. Joyce Adams Counts is now watching us from above as the true angel she was and now is. Joyce, you’ll be missed.

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In Memory of Joyce please learn about the gifted
person she was from her website bio.

Meet Joyce Adams Counts

Author of eight Historical Romances

Three-time Golden Heart Finalist For Romantic Suspense and Historical catagories

PASIC Book of Your Heart Finalist

Member of RomVets -- Romance Authors who served their country

 


Ever since Joyce read her first book and a wonderful new world opened before her, she wanted to write. She wanted to be a part of that magic.

Many years later, Joyce still believes in love, laughter, and the magic of books. She is the author of eight historical romances and a Christmas novella, with new works in progress...

Born in Missouri, she returned home to her roots after living from Hawaii to North Carolina to California. She served in the U.S. Army with the 652nd Engineer Battalion, and was a top secret courier while stationed at Ft. Shafter, Hawaii. After leaving the Army she exchanged her combat boots and handcuffs for flip-flops while she attended college at the University of Hawaii with course study emphasis on Journalism and Psychology. Shoes/flip-flops were required to be worn to class, but the rules didn’t say anything about wearing them in the class.

bramaHer admitted quirky sense of humor, love of romance and mystery lead her into interesting situations, which somehow show up in her books. While writing and researching, she has rode a Brahma bull, taken Faro lessons from a real gambler, and learned how to pick locks.

A firm believer in happily-ever-after, Joyce is married to a man who could be a hero straight out of one of her western historical romances. He even likes her quirky sense of humor and loves animals, especially her two 'girls': a cocker spaniel, and a cockapoo who looks like a miniature afghan hound. She knows, no such thing as a mini-affy.

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Joyce combines her love of people and writing by teaching writing classes, giving workshops, and has been both a national and international speaker.

She loves to travel, but hates to fly...go figure. Her books have been translated into Dutch, Chinese, and Norwegian.

A three-time Golden Heart Finalist in romantic suspense and historical categories, her awards include two Silver Certificates from Affaire de Coeur and PASIC Book of Your Heart Finalist. She is a member of RomVets (women who served in the military and now write), Romance Writers of America, Published Author Network, Published Authors Special Interest Chapter of RWA, and MORWA a Missouri chapter of RWA.

Her goal is to bring her readers a bit of love, laughter, and a little danger.


Terry BlainTerry Blain

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Terry Irene Blain. A devoted wife, daughter, mother, grandmother and veteran.

From Terry's Website about page. Terry you will be missed!

Have you ever heard of Koko the gorilla? She learned sign lan­guage, and when she signs “the past,” she motions in front of her. When she signs “the future,” she motions behind her. Why? Because we can see what’s in front of us—the past—but can’t see behind us—the future. Well, thank heav­ens we can see the past. How can we know where we want to go unless we have some sense of where we’ve come from?

Know­ing the past is impor­tant. Since high school, his­tory was my love. To me, a his­tory teacher is a sto­ry­teller, and I was lucky enough to grow up in a large, extended Mid­west fam­ily with a rich oral tra­di­tion. Even after my par­ents moved to Cal­i­for­nia, every sum­mer we drove cross-country to Illi­nois and had big fam­ily reunions where I remem­ber sit­ting on the front porch or in the kitchen, lis­ten­ing to every­one tell sto­ries about when they were kids or when their par­ents were kids, soak­ing up the details. Since, I’ve done a lot of research that con­firms those sto­ries. I ended up with a BA and MA and taught Amer­i­can His­tory and West­ern Civ­i­liza­tion at our local com­mu­nity col­lege. While I was teach­ing, I had all this aca­d­e­mic knowl­edge, and every­one said, “You should write a book.” My excuse was that I wasn’t the best typ­ist in the world. Then my hus­band bought a com­puter. I had no more excuse.

I’d started read­ing romance nov­els, and when I did, I dis­cov­ered one of the ele­ments I’d always enjoyed was the romance. I’d always read his­tor­i­cal titles like Samuel Shellenberger’s Cap­tain From Castile, the Elsworth Thane Williams­burg nov­els, and the Jan­ice Holt Giles Amer­i­cana nov­els. Although these weren’t labeled romance, the romance ele­ment was a uni­ver­sal­ity. Regard­less of time or set­ting, social cus­toms, eco­nomic con­di­tions, pol­i­tics or wars, I was always sucked in by the rela­tion­ship between men and women.

Also I noticed, when I started to read his­tor­i­cal romance that some of them weren’t very accu­rate. Sorry, it’s the teacher in me! The fic­tion half of me says “What if?” but the his­to­rian half says “But it hap­pened this way.” So I am always com­pelled to include Author’s Notes to explain any com­pro­mises and hope the notes will be of inter­est. There’s an old Chi­nese proverb that says “Every time some­one opens a book they learn some­thing.” I want what­ever peo­ple learn from my books to be as accu­rate and authen­tic as possible.

Because of all the sto­ries I heard as a child, thus know­ing our fam­ily his­tory, I first wrote Ken­tucky Green. Some of my ances­tors lived in that area: one fam­ily story has a great-great-great however-many-great grand­fa­ther hunt­ing with Daniel Boone. Also, the fron­tier appealed. In 1794 in Ken­tucky, it took a man and a woman work­ing together to make a home­stead. Romance in the making.

Because of all my fam­ily cross-country trips as a child, I always thought Durango, Col­orado, was beau­ti­ful place. Col­orado Sil­ver, Col­orado Gold grew out of that.

I was lucky enough to grow up with a sense of com­mu­nity and his­tory from the sto­ries I heard my fam­ily tell. That gave me a sense of place, and a sense of what I want—which is to write his­tor­i­cal romance, which gives me the oppor­tu­nity pass on the sto­ries of who we are and where we come, explor­ing the rela­tion­ships between men and women. Look­ing to the past, we’re see­ing where we can go in the future. What could be more fun than that?

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