Meet the Characters

Jewel's Gems by Maggie Ryan

Main Characters:

Madame Jewel:  Lady Juliette Gardner is an aristocratic member of the ton in England. She has a regale bearing and golden hair. Her eyes are bright blue and her skin is pale and unblemished. Leaving England, she travels to Culpepper Cove and opens The Red Petticoat Saloon. Her goal is to provide a safe haven for those fallen angels who make their living entertaining men and helping them to follow their own dreams.

Gabriel Emmanuel Vasquez: A tall man with black hair and dark, chocolate brown eyes. He is a man of steel and yet has a heart of gold. He own's the Corozon de oro, a mine in the Sierra mountains. Upon discovering his new partner is an English woman, he is prepared to buy her out until he loses his heart. They become far more than partners as he helps Jewel build The Red Petticoat Saloon and becomes the bodyguard and disciplinarian to every gem beneath its roof.

Nettie:  Nettie is a middle-aged mullato woman, born and raised in Louisiana. Her skin is the pale cream of café au lait and her eyes are a startling blue. She has the wisdom of a woman who has survived a great deal of heartache and sorrow and yet her heart is full of love for those in her life. She takes Jewel and her gems under her wings though she often threatens to whack them with her wooden spoon. She sings like an angel, offers words of wisdom to those who care to listen, hugs for those who need them and meals that have mouths watering the moment they step into her kitchen.

Opal:  Ophelia is one of the original gems. She has chestnut brown hair and brown eyes. She is full of life and has no trouble living life on her own terms. As she told Jewel when they met on the ship to New Orleans, she'd far rather make her living giving and receiving pleasure than working in a gold mine. She helps Jewel on her journey to become California's newest madame.

Amy: Amelia is the second original gem. Her gemstone is Amethyst and her hair is black and her eyes blue. She is as happy with her choice of profession as Opal; both girls friends for years and brave enough to sail to America to find their own fortunes.

John Harrison: A slender man with a great sense of humor and a quick smile. He has blondish-brown hair and blue eyes. Leaving his job as a carriage driver in New Orleans, he escorts Opal, Amy and Jewel to California and begins working in Gabriel's and Jewel's gold mine. He often spends his time with Opal as they share an intimate connection but he has also enjoyed the pleasures that Amy has to offer.

SECONDARY CHARACTERS:

Horace Gardner: Lord Gardner is Juliette's unforgiving father. He lost his joy of living with the death of his wife and Juliette's twin brother in childbirth. When a scandal involving his daughter breaks her heart, he is far more concerned that it will affect his livelihood.

Lady Forrester:  The Dowager Countess of Blackstone, Lady Willamina Christina Marguerite Forrester is Juliette's maternal grandmother. The woman doesn't take anything from anybody and comes to rescue Juliette from her father's hateful clutches. It is because of Gram that Juliette leaves England to travel to New Orleans where her life takes a path she'd never considered.

Grand Uncle George: George is Willamina's brother. His illness brings her and Juliette to New Orleans. He is a kind man who has always enjoyed the beauty of life, including beautiful women.  He is Nettie's employer, treating his servants fairly and having nothing good to say about the enslavement of any people. His death leaves Juliette the recipient of his estates and allows her to make decisions about building her dream.

Donald Davidson: George's lawyer who believes women should be silent and complacent. He is shocked at Juliette's demeanor and furious when she bests him in a poker game which wins her half-ownership of a gold mine. 

Henry Davidson: Donald's son and yet upon meeting Juliette, he couldn't be happier to see his father bested and her courage gives him the strength to begin to dig out from under the tyranny of his father's thumb.

Cedric Tompkins: A shift, evil man Jewel meets in California. He runs not one but two brothels and neither with any other goal in mind than to make money. He might have a smooth exterior but it quickly becomes apparent that he has no heart and quite possibly, no soul.

Dottie:  Dorothy is an experienced painted lady who leaves her old brothel as soon as she paid the last penny on her contract. After meeting with Opal and Amy, her only desire is to become one of Madame Jewel's gems and becomes Peridot – though she is still called Dottie. I don't think I ever gave her a description other than she is excited to be a gem and is quick to laugh.

BIT CHARACTERS FROM OTHER AUTHOR'S UPCOMING BOOKS:

Charles Walker:  (Livia Grant) Charlie is a piano player Jewel meets in San Francisco who is hired to work at the saloon.

Della: (Alta Hensley) A woman rescued by Jewel and Gabriel from Cedric's brothel. She has brown hair and brown eyes. She is very thin and pale and is sickly.




Ruby Red by Maggie Ryan

MAIN CHARACTERS:

Rebekah Grace McTavish: Born and raised in Culpepper Cove, this feisty redhead is determined to wear one of those coveted red petticoats. She has eyes the color of emeralds and pale skin with freckles. After leaving the laundry where she worked, she is hired by Jewel and she becomes Ruby. However, the name she comes to adore is Red – the only name it seems that the sheriff wishes to call her.

Sheriff Jebidiah Justice: A man who stands about 6'3" with a chest as hard as marble. He is a man of stern convictions and honor. His hair is brown and his eyes are blue. He makes it his duty to win the heart of a girl he's known all of his life and show her that the only one she ever need was him. Of course, he was also determined that the little beauty would never don a red petticoat.

RETURNING SUPPORTING CHARACTERS:

Madame Jewel:  Lady Juliette Gardner is an aristocratic member of the ton in England. She has a regale bearing and golden hair. Her eyes are bright blue and her skin is pale and unblemished. Leaving England, she travels to Culpepper Cove and opens The Red Petticoat Saloon. Her goal is to provide a safe haven for those fallen angels who make their living entertaining men and helping them to follow their own dreams.

Gabriel Emmanuel Vasquez: A tall man with black hair and dark, chocolate brown eyes. He is a man of steel and yet has a heart of gold. He own's the Corozon de oro, a mine in the Sierra mountains. Upon discovering his new partner is an English woman, he is prepared to buy her out until he loses his heart. They become far more than partners as he helps Jewel build The Red Petticoat Saloon and becomes the bodyguard and disciplinarian to every gem beneath its roof.

Nettie:  Nettie is a middle-aged mullato woman, born and raised in Louisiana. Her skin is the pale cream of café au lait and her eyes are a startling blue. She has the wisdom of a woman who has survived a great deal of heartache and sorrow and yet her heart is full of love for those in her life. She takes Jewel and her gems under her wings though she often threatens to whack them with her wooden spoon. She sings like an angel, offers words of wisdom to those who care to listen, hugs for those who need them and meals that have mouths watering the moment they step into her kitchen.

Opal:  Ophelia is one of the original gems. She has chestnut brown hair and brown eyes. She is full of life and has no trouble living life on her own terms. As she told Jewel when they met on the ship to New Orleans, she'd far rather make her living giving and receiving pleasure than working in a gold mine. She helps Jewel on her journey to become California's newest madame.

Amy: Amelia is the second original gem. Her gemstone is Amethyst and her hair is black and her eyes blue. She is as happy with her choice of profession as Opal; both girls friends for years and brave enough to sail to America to find their own fortunes.

John Harrison: A slender man with a great sense of humor and a quick smile. He has blondish-brown hair and blue eyes. Leaving his job as a carriage driver in New Orleans, he escorts Opal, Amy and Jewel to California and begins working in Gabriel's and Jewel's gold mine. He often spends his time with Opal as they share an intimate connection but he has also enjoyed the pleasures that Amy has to offer.

NEW SECONDARY CHARACTERS:

Harry March:  Owns the laundry in Culpepper Cove. Is a rude, boorish man who is Rebekah's employer until she quits to become a gem. He doesn't trust women, the sheriff or the bank.

Dennis Sanders:  An outlaw that kidnaps Rebekah after he and his partner rob and murder Mr. March.

Timothy Peterson: Sanders's partner in crime

CHARACTERS PULLED FROM UPCOMING BOOKS:

Della: (Alta Hensley) -  She and Rebekah become good friends while working at the saloon.

Dr. Anson Norwood: (Alta Hensley) – Kind and gentle hearted, he cares for the people of Culpepper Cove

Bo Magnusson: (Maddie Taylor) – Big, blonde, brawny, blue-eyed Swede who owns both the livery and the blacksmith forge

Crawford Slade: (Tabitha Black) – It is mentioned that he will be interviewing for the position of deputy after the current deputy, Zeke Tanner, is injured but will move on to become the sheriff in Dry Creek.

Mayor William Rockwell: (Renee Rose) – The mayor of Culpepper Cove

Lawrence Black: (Sue Lyndon) – A man of the cloth who resides in the forests of the Sierra Mountains but does come down to Culpepper Cove and agrees to marry Jeb and Rebekah



Characters from His Sweet Amber:

Callie Thompson is a curvy green-eyed blonde from Virginia who heads west with her new husband after they elope. When her husband dies not long after they arrive in Culpepper Cove, pride keeps her from contacting her estranged family for help. She finds employment at The Red Petticoat Saloon and plans to save all her earnings for a return trip home to Virginia. But a former preacher who lives in the Sierra Mountains takes a keen interest in her, and she starts to rethink her plans to travel back east.

Lawrence Black is a tall, dark, and handsome former preacher from South Carolina who traveled west after his wife died. He blamed himself for her untimely demise and also became so angry at God that he feels he can no longer lead a congregation. Alone in the Sierra Mountains, he’s content to live off the land, though after a few months he begins to yearn for feminine companionship and even dream of starting over with a new wife. When he meets Callie, he realizes he’s not the only one in need of a second chance.





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