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The Amethyst Angel {Traditional Romance Novella}: Elena Lopez's father has decided to play matchmaker with his long-time friend and neighbor, Marta Delgado, when Marta's nephew comes to town. Elena has a secret though:  She's always loved Marta's own son Pablo. An amethyst angel belonging to a dying boy reminds Elena that spending her life waiting for something to happen isn't living and that love must be shared. Can she take the risk of telling Pablo her feelings even if he doesn't share her love?

A Home for Christmas {Inspirational Romance Novella}: All Christie Renata Zondervon has ever wanted is a family, especially at Christmas-time. Craig Stevens has dried her tears, held her hand, listened to her talk about her hopes and fears at any time of day or night. She's never looked at him romantically before...until he invites her to spend Christmas with his family. How does a painfully shy man reveal his heart without voicing the words that could lead to rejection? Craig has given himself twelve days to convince Christie he can be the man of her dreams. Now it's a countdown to win her heart or bust!

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  • Karen Wiesner
    Jan 5, 2018, 16:34
    "The Amethyst Angel"
    2015 BTS Red Carpet Reader's Choice Award Nominee
    2008 RT Book Reviews’ Reviewer’s Choice Award Winner
    2006 EPIC Award Winner
    Love Romances & More 2008 Golden Rose Award 1st Place Winner
    2005 Ecataromance Book of the Year Winner
    4 ½ star review and Top Pick from RT Book Reviews
    5 star review from Long and the Short Reviews
    5 star review from Fallen Angel Reviews
    5 star review from EuroReviews
    5 star review from Love Romances
    4.75 star review from Once Upon a Romance Reviews

    5 Books! "The characters come alive for the reader. The Amethyst Angel lifts the reader’s heart with hope and inner peace. If one looks closely enough, there is a lesson about living along with romance. A book to read without putting down. After a cover-to-cover read, you'll want to pick it up and read it again and again as times goes by. This is a book to be prized for your library of “keepers”." ~Long and the Short Reviews
    5 Angels! "Wiesner takes a step back to deliver a touching story of life, love, and friendship. The Amethyst Angel portrays the consuming commitment Elena Lopez has made to the terminally ill children in her care. It will take a special friend to show this caring woman what she is missing in life. The characters in this story will evoke a reaction in even the most cynical heart. An outstanding read not to be missed." ~Fallen Angels Reviews
    5 Hearts! "This reviewer cannot remember any bad things about this story. The book was extremely believable. The characters were very connected with both each other and the reader. The setting of this story made it easier for the reader to be captivated. Go and get your copy today!" ~Love Romances
    4.75 Stars! "I believe this is my favorite Karen Wiesner story to date. I found this to be the most poignant story I've read in a very long time. Ms. Wiesner draws us into the world of a Children's Hospital for terminally ill patients. She shows us the love and compassion that so many doctors have for their patients. When you read about Dr. Elena's bedside manner and the way she looks after little Juan, you'll be in tears. I was very deeply touched by the love of the staff members at this hospital. Each character shows an extraordinary amount of love and compassion for these dying children while maintaining their dignity. So what's a busy doctor to do? She has secretly loved her neighbor's son (Pablo) for many years. However, her father and the neighbor have conspired to match her up with Pablo's cousin, Arrio, who has just arrived in town. While she enjoys his company, Arrio certainly is no Pablo. Yet, Pablo seems to be pushing her farther away. When her dying patient reminds her of her Amethyst Angel and the things she had told him about living life, Elena decides to go for her true love. I just can't tell you how much I enjoyed this old fashioned (yet modern) look at love in its purest sense" ~Once Upon A Romance Review
    4 1/2 Hearts and Golden Rose Reviewer's Choice Award Winner! "The Santa Fe backdrop makes this story colorful. The flowery cultural intricacies among the characters don't overwhelm the story. Enjoy the sparkling secondary characters." ~Love Romances
    4 Stars! “I enjoyed how the story unfolded, proving how tragic events can bring people’s true feelings to the fore. The Amethyst Angel is a lovely reminder of what it’s like to experience that first-love feeling.” ~BTS Books Reviews
    "Elena and Pablo's love story is one of two shy people who are afraid of rejection. It takes Pablo's player of a cousin Arrio and a dying child to bring the two together. Well written with good characters." ~Coffee Time Romance
    "The Amethyst Angel is heart wrenching. We meet the Lopez family, a family united in dedication to a cause. We are delighted immediately with the quick dialogue, and infected with hope, rather than touched by despair. Risk here is more than an affair of the heart. Love and compassion drive this tale. We sense - and understand - the love the main characters feel for the sick children they care for. The family's effort is more than a setting here, and involves the reader deeply even before we get an idea of the love story involved. This heartwarming story makes excellent nightstand material." ~Long and Short Reviews
    4 Cups! "With The Amethyst Angel, Ms. Wiesner has written a very emotional and heartfelt love story that will have you in tears. The characters are well written with interesting histories." ~Coffee Time Romance Reviews
    4 Lighthouses! "A mini tearjerker." ~Lighthouse Literary Reviews
    4 Stars! "A treasure for those who read it, this will entertain all who read it. Captivating and well written, bringing you deep into their characters' lives. A treasure filled with magic, love, and happy-ever-after. Don't miss adding this impressive lineup to your reading list."
    4 Hearts! "Very enjoyable reading. An excellent mix of characters and plot." ~The Romance Studio
    4 Wings! “The Amethyst Angel is a bit of a heart-jerker.” ~Classic Romance Revival

    "A Home for Christmas"
    2015 BTS Red Carpet Reader's Choice Award Nominee
    5 star review from Ecataromance
    5 star review from Classic Romance Revival
    5 star review from EuroReviews
    4 1/2 star review from Once Upon a Romance Reviews

    5 Flags! "Wonderfully touching and heartwarming with wonderful characters and an enticing, imaginative plot to make the story a true winner, and not just at Christmas!" ~EuroReviews
    5 Wings! “Karen Wiesner pens her best tale yet of two people who are in love and just haven’t told each other of it yet for lack of confidence. This story is a very uplifting one for the holiday, and one of Ms. Wiesner’s best. Fun, well crafted, and the full meaning of love in the season came through. Her story come alive with characters that reached for a dream and weren’t afraid of failing in that quest. Ms. Wiesner’s was her best work of two people, very shy but confident in their love of Christ and taking a chance to lay their hearts on the line. I loved it. It was the best holiday book I have read this season.” ~Classic Romance Revival
    5 Stars! "A read you truly don't want to miss. You are filled with the spirit of Christmas and the miracle of true love. Unique and truly a gift to the reader. I highly recommend making this part of your holiday reading." ~Ecataromance
    4.5 Stars! "Ms. Wiesner writes an excellent novella. While the book is connected to WAYWARD ANGELS [Book 4 of Karen Wiesner's Wounded Warriors Series], it will fully stand alone. I say this because it took me the first couple of chapters to remember I had read the first book. The characters were familiar, but I didn't put it all together at first. Ms. Wiesner writes a sensitive novella that looks at the fears some of us have. She delves into the fear of failure, fear of flying and other fears. For some of us, these fears can overwhelm and paralyze us and it keeps us from living life to the fullest. It was so tastefully and sensitively written how Craig and Christie work to overcome fears together. I was rooting for them the whole way through the book. I think you'll get a chuckle out of the misspoken phrases Craig sometimes says. You'll get an insightful look into Christie's fear of flying. Craig and Christie's story is an inspiring look at the way love really can overcome all." ~Once Upon a Romance Review
    Very Highly Recommended! "'Tis the season to be jolly and what better way than with an unforgettable story. Treat yourself to a delightful holiday retreat. Build a warm crackling fire and wrap up in a cuddly robe with a steaming hot mug of cider. Then grab this story and sit back for a relaxing unforgettable journey. The experience will be a poetic Hallmark card set into motion."
    4 Stars! “A feel good story. I thoroughly enjoyed reading A Home for Christmas. If you read romance, you will know that in every tale someone will have their heart broken. What sets this story apart is the way this is played out. I found it refreshing that the main characters, Christie and Craig, were Christians with a strong faith in God but still not exempt from the bumpy road to the elusive happily ever after dream. Written in clean language, A Home for Christmas is a feel good story which can be shared with anyone who loves happy endings.” ~BTS Books Reviews
    4 Hearts! "This book is truly heartwarming and was a great read. The characters connected well with each other and made the story all the more believable. This reader could sometimes feel that she was in the story as the main character. To see what Christie gets for Christmas make sure to buy a copy today!" ~Love Romances
    "I liked Christie and Craig and the concept of an orphan finding a home and love for Christmas. Well written with good characters." ~Coffee Time Romance
    "In A Home for Christmas, we meet a shy and charming man, as well as the love of his life. His self-doubt makes him less than open about his feelings, but his affection comes through in his kindness and support. In this everyday sort of adventure, the strength that comes through faith is also explored. The story itself is nicely Christmasy, and music, especially the favorite Christmas carols, is a connecting theme. Heartwarming and makes excellent nightstand material." ~Long and Short Reviews
    4 Hearts! "The strengths and surprises of the main characters are very parallel. I gave this a 4 rating because of the quality of the writing and also because the characters are like people I know. The main characters also have an enjoyment of life factor that really enhances the story." ~The Romance Studio
    4 Angels! "Christmas is a truly wondrous time of year, a time when love, hope, and faith abound. Find Christmas early with this short holiday treat. Karen Wiesner offers an inspirational romance that will have you smiling by the last page. Craig is a devoted man, committed to the Lord, family and friends. His kindness towards Christie is wonderful to see. The faith they display and the friendship they share is a strong basis for a future together, and readers can't help but hope that Craig gets his heart's desire. In a season beset with hectic malls, endless parties, and the need to complete everything before the bell tolls on the 24th, this story takes a moment and brings readers back to what is important, offering friendship and love for the holiday season. Readers will enjoy this precursor to Christmas, and it is sure to get readers in the mood long before the temperatures start to chill." ~Fallen Angel Reviews
    4 Roses! "A Christian religious theme resounds throughout this story of a young man attempting to travel home for Christmas to allow his family to meet the woman he loves. The attraction between the characters is strong." ~Love Romances

Chapter 1

Elena Lopez's father joined her as she completed her rounds through the Children of Hope Hospital. Three generations of Lopez's had cared for terminally-ill children, but Elena was the first woman doctor in her family.

At thirty years of age, she'd given her life to the hospital. She'd grown up inside its walls, and she'd known since she was a young girl that she would follow in her father's footsteps. 

"Marta's welcome party is this night. We should get ready soon," her father reminded her, his voice sounding more melodious to Elena as the unpainted plaster walls and saltillo tile halls absorbed and hushed it to an intimate whisper. "You are planning to attend?"

Elena glanced at him warmly. "Of course. How could I turn Marta down?"

Her father's mouth turned up in amusement at the mere thought.

Though Marta was in a wheelchair, crippled from the car accident that had claimed Elena's mother's life years ago, she was a formidable woman who simply didn't take no for an answer--certainly not from her best friend's family, which Marta had claimed as her own since Susana's death. 

"I just want to look in on Juan before we go."  

Her father nodded, and they stopped long enough to put on gowns, masks, shoe coverings and gloves to protect Elena's patient from infection. Then they continued down the hall to the isolated section of the ward. Her father stayed in the doorway while she went into Juan's room. 

Though Juan Habanera had had a bone marrow transplant a few weeks earlier and hadn't developed an infection in that time, Elena could recognize the signs of decline in the seven-year-old. Even so, the joy in his smile was never affected by his unstable health. His optimism belied all of his suffering. He'd come to the hospital three years ago, justifiably afraid and uncertain of his future, but he'd become a new person in that time. Everyone in the ward drew strength from him. 

Juan was frail, with huge dark eyes set in a pale face. He'd lost his hair long ago from treatments. In his hands, he held the small amethyst angel statue Elena had given him when he came. As he often did, he raised it up toward the window beside him. The sun pierced through it and exploded light-filled, lavender rays all around him. Elena had told him her mother gave her the angel just before she'd died, promising her the angel's light of love would never go out as long as life was lived and love was shared. 

 "How do you feel this afternoon, cariño?" Elena asked him with a smile.

"Sleepy. Happy. I hoped you would come back tonight to tuck me in."

Elena picked up his chart, anxious about the results of the tests she'd taken earlier. His temperature was elevated, and she could see the glands in his neck were swollen even from the foot of the bed. 

She moved to the side of the bed and folded his blanket down past his waist. Gently, she probed his abdomen below the ribs and confirmed an enlarged spleen. 

She didn't want him to see her unhappiness. The results of the bone marrow biopsy she'd performed that morning weren't in yet, and she wanted all the facts before she talked to him. She set down the chart. Sitting carefully beside him, she unlooped her stethoscope from around her neck and warmed it in her gloved hands. 

"How did you enjoy the sunshine today, Juan?"

"The sun felt nice. I was glad to be outside. Pablo came with magic up his sleeves."

Elena laughed at the delighted smile of memory lighting the boy's pale face. "He did, did he? Seems I missed the best part of the day."

Though activities had to be limited, considering the isolated patients' tendency toward infection, everyone--including the staff--enjoyed a good magic show. 

"He asked after you," Juan told her with a teasing smile. "If you'd been there, the flowers he pulled out of his construction hat would have been yours."

Elena lowered her gaze, too aware of how her heart rate had picked up with the mention of Pablo. He'd used his lunch hour to entertain the children again. "Yes, I saw Pablo's flowers on Liz's nightstand. She was very happy with them."

Elena pressed the warmed stethoscope to his chest, listening to his heart and breathing. He sounded labored.

 "Is Liz still afraid of being alone during her dialysis?" Juan asked.

"She's getting better. She loved the picture books you suggested. That helped a lot. Thank you, Juan."

"I'll try to visit her tomorrow."

"I think she'd like that."  Elena drew his blanket up around his shoulders. "Have you had any headaches?"

"Not bad. Not like they were."

Elena nodded, sure they would be back soon, based on the symptoms she was seeing in him. "All right. I'll have Henry start you on antibiotics right away, then you need to sleep, cariño. I'll come back and check in on you before I go to bed tonight. 'Night."

"Goodnight, ángel de amor."

Elena hugged him before getting up to jot notes on his chart. She left the room, her father's calming hand at her back. "Bad news?" he asked when they were far enough down the hall to be out of Juan's hearing. 

"He's developing pneumonia. I'm still waiting on the results of the biopsy I did this morning. The last thing he needs right now is to get an infection."

At the receptionist desk, they removed their scrubs. Elena gave the ward nurse instructions for starting the IV, telling him to page her if Juan developed cyanosis and a higher fever over the next few hours.

Her father didn't offer her any of the number of platitudes she already knew when they left the hospital. In silence, they followed the stone path behind it to the simple home several generations of Lopez's had lived in, in order to be on call at all times. None of the children in their hospital were expected to live more than five years. Many of them wouldn't survive to the end of the year. Her father also didn't tell her not to get involved. He--they--believed it was their calling in life to make sure these children were comfortable and as happy as they could possibly be in the time left to them. Loving them was a given, and it was necessary to give freely of what they had. 

"Have you met Marta's nephew before?" Elena asked once they let themselves inside the cool shadows of their foyer.

"Arrio, no, though I have met several of her other nieces and nephews." He placed his cane in the oversized antique Apache basket.

"Did she invite many people to the welcome celebration?"

"Merely all of Santa Fe, I believe," her father said, his face serious. Marta had to be excited about Arrio's arrival.

Pablo would be there. Of course he would. He was Marta's son, and therefore Arrio's cousin. Pablo would certainly be there. Her pulse jumped at the thought.

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