Welcome to the home of The Gemstone Chronicles! The Gemstone Chronicles is a four book series of middle grades/young adult fantasy adventure novels. Although the books are written for a younger audience, they will appeal to adults, too. I invite you to follow the adventures of Aidan, Maggie, and their grandparents Nana and Beebop as they venture into the world of Celahir to help their elven friends.
The first book of the series is The Carnelian. Carnelians are reddish-orange semi-precious gemstones mostly used for making cabochons today. Historically, carnelians were used to make signet rings for sealing official documents since the hot wax did not stick to the stone. They are also used for making cameos, beads, and other pieces of jewelry.
The carnelian was one of the twelve stones in the Breastplate of Aaron in the Bible. The stone is associated with good luck, courage, peace, and happiness.
The Gemstone Chronicles series is expanding!! The second book of the series, The Gemstone Chronicles Book Two: The Amethyst will make its debut in early December 2012. Below is the cover!!
The Amethyst follows Aidan, Maggie, Nana, Beebop and the children’s mother, Laura, as they return to Celahir to fight a giant and try to rescue Mike (Aidan and Maggie’s father). Aidan becomes the companions’ champion and faces Brendan (the giant) in a series of challenges to determine their fate and the fate of his father!
Amethysts are among my favorite gemstones. I find a fair amount of amethysts during my frequent rock hunting trips and have tumbled a few in my rock tumbler. Mostly, though, I collect them and wait until I can get them faceted. The specimens that I have vary in color from a pale purple to a very deep purple. They are simply gorgeous stones!
Historically, amethysts were thought to be stones that could ward off drunkenness and protect the wearer from poison. Catholic bishops often wear the stone and, for them, it symbolizes humility, sincerity, and spiritual wisdom. As with the carnelian (from Book One: The Carnelian), the amethyst was a gemstone in the biblical Breastplate of Aaron. In The Gemstone Chronicles Book Two: The Amethyst the stone represents happiness and joy.
Today, amethysts are used in rings, bracelets, necklaces, earrings – virtually any kind of jewelry. They vary in color, from pale lavender to the deepest purple and the color can be changed by exposure to high heat or natural radiation.
You can read an excerpt from The Gemstone Chronicles Book Two: The Amethyst in the Sneak Peeks tab of the website!
The Gemstone Chronicles Book Three: The Emerald is now officially part of the family! Released as an ebook on June 6, 2013 and as a paperback on July 27, 2013, it joins the first two books of the series! The books follow the adventures of Aidan, Maggie, Nana, and Beebop and their elven friends in the magical land of Celahir!!
The Emerald follows our intrepid crew as they continue their adventures in Celahir. Having defeated Brendan and recovering the Amethyst, they now head deeper into Celahir to rescue Mike from the clutches of Maeva. After a fateful encounter with the witch, Aidan and Maggie have to muster all of their courage and skills to rescue their friends and family. If they can do that, they may just have a hope of recovering the Emerald!
Emeralds are my favorite gemstones. Perhaps it’s my Irish ancestry as the green reminds me of that fair green island. Perhaps it is because they are my lovely wife’s favorite gems. I don’t know, but the deep green of the stone can be mesmerizing.
I’m not the only one who thinks about emeralds this way. Historically, emeralds are the traditional birthstone for May. Emeralds are believed to hold many different magical and mystical properties. Emeralds are thought to be helpful with love, bring success in sales, and neutralize negative influences. In different religions, emeralds play a large role. Green is the holy color of Islam; in the Catholic Church, green is considered the most natural and elementary color in liturgy. Emeralds have long been used for healing such ailments as colic, burns, headaches, and many others. The stones were even ground into fine powder and used as an eye lotion in ancient times.
The Gemstone Chronicles Book Three: The Emerald can be found at Amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/Gemstone-Chronicles-Book-Three-ebook/dp/B00D8RH54Q)
The book, like the first two of the series, is also available in paperback from Amazon.com, Createspace.com, and BarnesandNoble.com.
The cycle is now complete! The Gemstone Chronicles Book Four: The Ruby is now available! The final book of the series finds our heroes returning to Celahir for the final gemstone the Ruby! Held by the terrifying cherufe, Aidan, Maggie, Nana, and Beebop must find a way to rescue the gemstone and restore the balance of good and evil in Celahir.
Rubies are my second favorite gemstone. They are the red version of sapphires, and are extremely hard (9 on the Mohs scale). With the beautiful deep red color of the most prized specimens, it’s easy to understand why the stone is so valuable!
Our friends over at Wikipedia tell us that the ruby is aluminum oxide and the red coloration comes from chromium. All natural rubies have some imperfections, but if the stone has rutile inclusions, the ruby can be cabbed (made into a cabochon) that highlights the rutile in a star pattern.
Over the centuries, rubies have been associated with passion and prosperity. Rubies have always been connected with love. Rubies are the traditional birthstone for July, but make for wonderful gifts at any occasion! Rubies are thought to sharpen focus, reduce the fear of evil, and guard against physical and psychic attacks. Along with emeralds, sapphires, and diamonds, rubies are considered the precious gemstones known for their rarity, color, and monetary value. For this and many other reasons, it seemed an appropriate stone with which to end the series!
The Gemstone Chronicles Book Four: The Ruby, can be found at the following links:
The book, like the others in the series, can also be found at Createspace.com, BarnesandNoble.com, and many other retailers!
I would be remiss if i didn’t thank each and every one of the readers, reviewers, and friends who have helped make this series an incredible success!!