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Adventures in Amethyst Series Collection, Volume 1 (Books 1-4)

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Amethyst, WI is a small, peaceful town on a pristine lake with an active tourist season in summer. When the air turns chill, the area is transformed into a ghost town with only a handful of lifers who stay. Amethyst is bursting with mystery, romance, and jealousy all-year-round.

ADVENTURES IN AMETHYST SERIES is a collection of the first 4 novellas in the series, including A Rose for Romeo (Book 1), Revenge in Amethyst (Book 2), Reckless Rose (Book 3), Christmas in Amethyst (Book 4). 

Book 1: A Rose for Romeo

What happens when a nationally renowned sex therapist and author begins to abhor every aspect of her successful occupation? She falls in love, of course. Dr. Melina Rose is sick of sex and has spent her life avoiding intimacy in her personal life. After abandoning everything she's worked all her life for, she returns to her hometown only to discover that everything has changed--except her crush on her sister's old boyfriend Scott "Romeo" Romero.

Book 2: Revenge in Amethyst

After abandoning her career as a renowned sex therapist, Melina Rose has returned to her hometown and fallen in love with Scott Romero. Scott and Melina are ecstatically expecting a baby and planning their wedding. But someone driven by jealousy wants to see Melina's dream-life crash down. A former patient who'd revealed his disturbing fantasies only to Melina is prepared to do anything in order to keep his secrets safe.

Book 3: Reckless Rose

Even bad girls need love... When Reece Childs rolls back into Amethyst to stay, Lona Rose realizes her reckless crush on the older brother of a former beau is still waging hot and heavy. But how to prevent the rumors and mistakes of her past from ruining the start of something wonderful? Reece has just the plan to head off the rumor mill...and make this reckless rose his own forever.

Book 4: Christmas in Amethyst

Eager to make it up to her son's many disappointments in the past year, single mom Sheila Mason takes a shift at the restaurant she works on Christmas Day in order to buy Dev a puppy. When a creepy customer follows her on the deserted road from the restaurant to her home in Amethyst, her holidays go from bad to worse.

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  • Karen Wiesner
    Jan 5, 2018, 16:25
    5 star review from Fallen Angel Reviews
    Fallen Angel Reviews Recommended Read Award
    5 star review from Linda's reviews
    4 1/2 star review from BTSemag and 2014 BTSemag Red Carpet Book Award Nominee
    5 star review from Harriet Klausner

    5 Angels and FAR Recommended Read! "ADVENTURES IN AMETHYST SERIES: A Rose for Romeo highlights what happens when a famous sex therapist and writer grows dissatisfied with her life. Melina chucks it all and returns to her hometown, where she feels desire for Scott, an old crush, rekindling. Revenge in Amethyst is a story of hidden lives and guarded secrets, and the lengths some will go to in order to protect their deepest thoughts from public scrutiny. Reckless Rose tells the tale of Lona, a former bad girl whose old habits threaten a budding relationship. Lona and Reece are finally finding the love the past denied them, but small-minded people with long-term memories threaten their happiness. Christmas in Amethyst is a suspense-filled thriller, an unlikely sort of Christmas story but one whose selfless love of mother for son is heartwarming. A single mother sacrifices her own desires to give her young son something he'll love, but her devotion may cost her more than she intended it to. Each of these stories is wonderful. I love anthologies, especially when there is a mix of genres in the volume. The two suspenseful stories are a good balance for the two romances. The unifying thread in these four stories is the setting, Amethyst. I have to say that the setting is so original that it's a character on its own. I would gladly love a first-hand look at Amethyst, especially the pristine lake. Another strength that flows through these four stories is the way this author writes her characters, so filled with human emotion in such a wide range. From the nervous assistant who wonders what she'll do now that her boss is letting her go, to the client who is so furious his anger oozes onto the page, to the sweet, animal-loving little boy who captured my heart, I felt a connection to the characters in this book. I wanted happy things for the good ones and waited for the creepy guys to get their due! This is a very entertaining volume, one I highly recommend reading." ~Fallen Angel Reviews
    5 Stars! “These reprints of the awesome Adventures in Amethyst dramas contain diverse, fully developed females dealing with personal crises, but also supported in differing ways by their men. This is a splendid anthology with a new tale (see Til Summer Comes Around) just released separately.” ~Harriet Klausner
    5 Stars! “I freely chose to review this series and fell in love with the town and the people. I liked that Dr. Melina Rose decided to give up her sex therapist practice in New York to return to the last place she expected return after she left seventeen years ago in “A Rose for Romeo”, Book 1. The series in “Revenge in Amethyst”, Book 2 continues when her older sister seeks revenge for stealing her one time boyfriend and Lona repents and finds her own hero in “Reckless Rose”, Book 3, and finally wraps up in “Christmas in Amethyst”, Book 3 when single mom, Sheila Mason returns home with her son after a dreadful marriage. Readers should love some of these novellas and eagerly await book five!” ~Linda’s Reviews
    "Ms. Wiesner has created a wonderful town with colorful characters and continuous excitement. Amethyst is a small town riddled with jealousy, mystery and romance. Her vivid descriptions make the main characters come alive. The rivalry between the two sisters, Melina and Lona Rose, is totally believable. The men who live in Amethyst are sexy and powerful. The two antagonists are vile with issues bordering on the insane. Don't miss the wonderful town of Amethyst where anything is possible and the colorful townspeople that live there." ~Dawn Myers for Writers Unlimited
    4 1/2 Books! "These contemporary stories all take place in the small town of Amethyst where the characters' lives intersect, drawing you into the drama of small town life. The first two stories, "A Rose for Romeo" and "Revenge in Amethyst", follow Dr. Melina Rose as she leaves behind her professional life and returns to her hometown. Fighting nightmares and gruesome fears, she returns looking for safety and simplicity. What she doesn't expect are the demons that follow her there. I enjoyed getting a behind-the-scenes look at the secret life of a psychologist. It revealed the struggles that can arise from being unable to separate your professional and personal life. The fear and depression that Melina suffers from, having taken on the problems of her clients, gave a refreshing look at this profession and the hurdles it can cause in one's life. The third story, "Reckless Rose", follows Lona, the wild sister who has built for herself a reputation she finds hard to shake. Constantly under the critical eye of the community, Lona finds it hard to listen to her heart instead of the gossips. This was one character I started out not liking at all, but by the end of the story I felt a strong compassion for her. I think everyone can identify with Lona. Each person has made mistakes in their life and had to face the consequences. This is a powerful story of learning to live despite them. The fourth story in this anthology, "Christmas in Amethyst", follows single mother Sheila and Police Officer Jeb. Sheila was deceived by the wrong guy and is now raising her son alone and trying to make the best of things while wishing she could change the past. She is a character easy to relate to. Each of us has things in our life we regret, second chances that we long for. This is a story of a hurting soul who doesn't believe she is worthy of another chance. There are some creepy elements in these stories that are, nevertheless, real and tragic. Karen Wiesner takes a bold step by wading into dark waters. The antagonists in these stories are not your average, selfish, greedy people. They are psychopaths, whose choices and decisions cannot be rationalized or explained. This made for a very unique and interesting story with unexpected twists. I read this one late at night and found myself peeking around dark corners long after the book was finished. I'm giving this a four-and-a-half book rating. Karen Wiesner uses finely tuned skills to draw the reader in and make you live the story. She tugs at your heartstrings, pumps your adrenaline and sends you falling into love. And all with a masterful attack of words." ~Long and Short Reviews
    4 Stars! “With this series of short stories, I really didn’t know what to expect. What I got was a delightful stroll through a country town with characters loosely linked together through the different tales. Each story was delightful, romantic and complete even if they were short. I felt I knew the town and characters completely by the end of the first story and fell deeper into their lives as the thread continued through the others. By the last story, I meshed into the story and almost a citizen of Amethyst myself. Wiesner has a true gift and it shines through in these stories just as well as it does in her novels.” ~BTSemag
    4 Hearts "Two traditional romances, two tales of suspense--the tiny town of Amethyst has enough tales to keep the reader engaged. The continuing threads and characters make for a most enjoyable read. The characters are engaging--especially Sheila's adorable child Devlin. Author Wiesner lets the reader know you can go home again." ~The Romance Studio
    4.5 Stars! ""A Rose for Romeo": This is a fast read and really comes together well. Again, I can't wait for the next installment in the Adventures in Amethyst Series. (4.25 stars!) "Revenge in Amethyst": Scott and Melina are back in the newest installment of the Adventures in Amethyst series. This story picks up about sex weeks after the first story ends. I admit to some surprise at the tone of this story in the series. It was a darker, more serious tale than I was expecting. I think Ms. Wiesner did an excellent job of bringing the "thriller" portion of this romantic thriller to life. I have said before that Ms. Wiesner surprises me with the depth of her writing and this was no exception. I truly thought this would be more comedic than thriller---I was wrong, dead wrong. This story brings out even more personality and depth to Scott and Melina, as well as other characters. It also brings about a surprising look into the minds of psychotics-or at least one psychotic. The story builds layer after layer of suspense and concern. I stayed up extra late trying to finish the story before falling asleep. I was glad to get more of Scott and Melina's story this time. I felt like the first story ended before I was ready. This second story gave me that sense of completion. For those who haven't read the first story, you'll catch on and catch up without any trouble---but I think this series begs to be read in its entirety. look forward to more adventures from this quirky town. (4 stars!) "Reckless Rose": A poignant story where the bad girl became a decent girl, one who deserves to be loved by a great man. My only complaint was that this novella was so short. Karen did a great job of getting the story filled out so it doesn't lack anything, but I still wanted more. I wanted more time to see them fight each other and fight the township. I could have read about Lona and Reece all night long. I think you are in for a real treat with these newest stories in this anthology. (4 stars!) "Christmas in Amethyst": This story gives wonderful insight to the human mind and how we can so easily misinterpret what happens around us. Without giving away too much plot, a dangerous situation arises after Sheila gets off work. Can Jeb reach her in time? Will they ever get to share their true thoughts? You won't be able to put this one down. It picks up speed and you'll stay up all night to finish the story." ~Once Upon A Romance Review
    "A Rose for Romeo, Book 1: I applaud Melina for the courage it took to walk away from her toxic work situation. Melina is definitely a planner and she has a very specific idea of what she wants to accomplish when she arrives in Amethyst. However, her reunion with Scott definitely puts a kink in her carefully laid plans. Melina is certainly not the awkward girl she used to be, and she and Scott have great chemistry. I really like the situation that brought them back together. I can’t give away too many details, but I will say that her use of a pair of sunglasses and a sledgehammer is a particularly memorable moment. Revenge in Amethyst, Book 2: After the brief glance of Scott and Melina as a couple in A Rose for Romeo, I was pleased to see that their relationship is progressing nicely in this installment of the series. They are very attentive to each other, and their chemistry continues to sizzle as they make plans for their future. I particularly like how good Scott and Melina are with Devlin, Scott’s young cousin. [In this story,] Melina and Scott’s lives hang in the balance, making the story very intense. I enjoyed the pacing and intensity of Revenge in Amethyst…[and] found the story and its conclusion very satisfying. Reckless Rose, Book 3: When I read the blurb for this story, I was very curious. Lona is definitely not portrayed in a positive light in the previous two novellas. However, once I finished reading Lona’s story, I found myself wanting to know more. Christmas in Amethyst, Book 4: This story is by far my favorite in this anthology. Jeb and Sheila have a rich history full of love and heartbreak that makes their connection very real and believable. Jeb is a very patient man. He is always there for Sheila. He is a very solid and strong man, but he’s also incredibly gentle and great with Sheila’s son, Devlin. Sheila’s incident with the creepy customer at the restaurant is definitely scary and had me on the edge of my seat. I flew through the pages, hoping that Sheila would make it through the ordeal safe and finally find the happiness that she deserves. Overall, I enjoyed reading [the first four stories in the] Adventures in Amethyst Series. I recommend it to anyone who loves heartwarming romance paired with a dash of suspense." ~Long and Short Reviews

  • Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews
    Aug 22, 2017, 03:26
    Four stories under one cover.

    A Rose for Romeo (Romance)

    When it reached the point that she dreaded going to work each day, Dr. Melina Rose quits counseling and returns to her home town. She had left Amethyst, Wisconsin, seventeen years ago after her mother died and her father began an intimate relationship with someone almost immediately. Arriving in town, Melina goes to a realtor to purchase the McNulty house. It would take a lot to restore the place, but Melina would accept no other house. Problem is that the house sold only two days prior. So Melina goes to the place to speak with the new owner. That turns out to be Scott “Romeo” Romero. He will happily give the house to her, no money needed, but they would restore the place together first.

    *** THREE STARS! Much of this story deals with setting up various characters with their past histories. A small section sets the ground work for a bad guy who will appear in the next tale. The romance between Melina and Scott is too fast (for me.) It will continue to grow in the next story.

    Revenge in Amethyst (Romantic Suspense)

    Melina thinks that her suffocating counseling career is all in her past; however, that past is coming back to haunt her. Lawrence Caruso, her most disturbed patient, is searching for her. Melina is not too worried until the New York Times runs an article about her and tells the world where she is.

    **** FOUR STARS! Melina and Scott’s romance continues, but there is a lot of suspense mixed in this time. Melina’s sister, Lona, gets more of her past told since she will be one of the main characters in the next episode. The author certainly knows how to build drama! I loved it! ****

    Reckless Rose (Romance)

    (Our story begins a couple of years after the last ends.)
    Lona Rose has been through two divorces. The mistakes of her reckless past would be whispered about in town until the day she dies. But now Lona is no longer restless and actually wants to put down some roots. She wants a good man and a family, just like Melina has. But there is no man in town that interests Lona, until Reece Childs comes back to Amethyst.

    *** THREE STARS! This is a very short story. Lona is nothing like she was in the first two sections. Though Melina and Lona will never be close sisters, they at least seem to be getting along better. In my opinion, the author does not give enough information about Reece or about the attraction Reece and Lona shared long ago. This is a very whirlwind romance. ***

    Christmas in Amethyst (Romantic Suspense)

    Sheila Mason once had a baby boy with Travis Dannon. Travis left and never wanted much (if anything) to do with his son. Sheila loves Devlin “Dev” more than anything though. She makes more money working at a truck stop than she ever could in town, so it is worth an almost hour drive to get to and fro the place. Today is Christmas Eve and Sheila needs the overtime and tips to earn the last one hundred dollars to buy Dev the Christmas present he has wanted for so long, a Golden Retriever puppy. But when a creepy customer begins following her after the shift, Sheila wants nothing more than to reach the safety of Officer Jeb Duncan.

    ***** FIVE STARS! Wow! This entire story covers a single day, beginning early in the morning of Christmas Eve. Dev is a darling boy and has had cameos throughout the other tales. It is wonderful to finally see his mother get her own story told. Jeb is just awesome and I personally felt that Sheila should have snatched him up much sooner. I, as the reader, got to meet Travis too. I am happy to say that I do not know any man as immature and irresponsible as him. Of all the stories in this volume, this one is the best! *****

    Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews


What happens when a nationally renowned sex therapist and author begins to abhor every aspect of her successful occupation? She falls in love, of course.

Dr. Melina Rose is sick of discussing, listening to, and writing about sex.  She's spent her life avoiding intimacy in her own personal life.  After abandoning everything she's worked all her life for, she returns to the small, peaceful town of Amethyst, Wisconsin she grew up in only to discover that everything has changed--everything except her crush on her sister's old boyfriend Scott "Romeo" Romero. 

Chapter 1

"I don't understand any of this, Doctor," Lauren said, shaking her head in disbelief.

Dr. Melina Rose understood how shocking all of this had to be for her assistant. She'd come to work this morning expecting nothing more than to facilitate a full schedule of patients through their appointments the way she usually did.

Melina stopped boxing up her most confidential files to look up at Lauren. The generally sturdy, immaculate woman resembled a baby bird trembling on a branch in a windstorm, where she sensed the inevitability of being torn from everything safe she'd known.

She doesn't feel my convictions, Melina reminded herself. Lauren hadn't been up all night--again--agonizing over the horrendous curve her life had taken away from her original goals and convictions.

Melina walked over to her. Going against her natural instinct to keep her distance, she took Lauren's hands securely in her own. "Lauren, I don't expect you to understand this. A part of me doesn't understand what I'm doing either. But the fact is, I can't do this anymore. That much I know beyond a shadow of a doubt."

She couldn't cope with the images, the shock, the disgust, the depravity, the nightmares, the attacks, the need to distance herself from everyone for fear that, if she exposed herself, they would open up to her without permission and shatter any potential for friendship and respect. All of it had to stop--before her soul withered and dispersed like the way ashes did from a campfire. 

"Do what?" Lauren wailed uncharacteristically, her dark eyes filled with uncertainty and tears. "Counsel? You can't counsel anymore?"

Melina took a deep breath. "Yes. Counsel. I'm closing this chapter of my life."

Lauren's mouth opened, but all that came out was a gasp of shock and dismay.

No one could know the dread Melina felt over coming in to work each day. Her only desire throughout the day was to escape this place, but she couldn't escape the words, the images provoked by their words, their horrible disclosures that should have remained hidden in their own minds. They haunted her so she had no safe haven from them, not even in her New York penthouse, where she closed herself away in her private fortress when she wasn't traveling to promote a new book. She couldn't remember the last time she'd slept without reliving the images brought about by the perversions of her patients. And to think her intention from the start, and the reason she'd stayed so long, had been her overwhelming desire to help people.

Early in her career, she'd become terrified of letting anyone get close to her. She didn't want them to touch her because she could lose herself in their world of danger, illusion, and constantly metastasizing obsession. It was why she'd established a deep cover of her true identity with the persona she'd assumed, and become known nationally for, as acclaimed sex therapist and bestselling author Dr. Mindy Rose. 

When she'd made her decision to walk away from her highly successful career last night, she'd been wildly grateful for her need to distance herself with a different identity. No one knew who she really was or where she was from. 

"Lauren, this is all sudden. I know," Melina said, squeezing her assistant's cold hands tighter. "I've already written you a glowing letter of recommendation that should secure you as a shoo-in anywhere you apply for a position. I've also cut you a generous final paycheck that includes the wages you've earned, your annual bonus very early, as well as a three-month severance package. So you'll have plenty of cushioning while you look for another job. Finally, I've prepared letter for all my colleagues in New York, recommending you for employment. If you're comfortable with them, you may send them out at your own discretion."

As she spoke, Melina could see the relief spreading over Lauren's rounded face. Her lips trembled, and she warmly clasped Melina's hands. "Really?" she asked, hope in her voice.

"Really." Melina gave her a reassuring smile that made Lauren brighten. 

"I worried about you, Lauren. I knew I needed to take care of you before I walked away. I don't want to set you adrift because of my decisions. You'll be amply provided for until you can find work elsewhere."

"Thank you. You're very generous, Doctor. You always have been. I can't tell you how much I appreciate this...especially because of the down payment I just put down my first house last month."

The withdrawal Melina experienced at her employee's sudden, intimate revelation made her step back both physically and emotionally. Though she and Lauren had worked together fluidly for more than ten years, their relationship could be considered nothing more than coolly business-like. Lauren had seemed to sense her penchant for closing herself off personally and had respected her invisible and impenetrable guards. Clearly, her gratitude for Melina's generosity--and Melina's own desire to reassure her--had made her unthinkingly cross the line.

Awkwardly, Melina turned back to the half-empty file cabinet and resumed the task of getting all her patients files boxed up and ready to transfer across town. "After you've cleaned out your desk, you can go home if you'd like," Melina murmured, disliking the coolness in her tone. "Your letter of recommendation and severance pay are on your blotter."

"You've already paid me, no doubt for today, too. I'd like to stay and assist you in any way you require, Dr. Rose."

Lauren's voice was both respectful and professional--perfectly willing to once more accept a purely business relationship. Her flexible attitude was part of the reason they'd worked so well together from the beginning.

"I'd appreciate that, Lauren."

She had a plane to catch in two hours. "Dr. Daniels has agreed to take over my cases. I need to box up all the patient files before the messenger arrives to transfer them to Dr. Daniels' office across town."

Though Dr. Daniels had accumulated many accolades scholastically and set up a private practice in the city, his client list remained small. When Melina had called him at three o'clock that morning, he'd initially been stunned to have her call him so early, but he'd become eager when she explained the nature of her call. 

Her own practice had thrived right from the beginning, with the publication of her first self-help book on intimacy coinciding with the opening of her new private office. Only two years afterward, she'd gotten to the point where she had no choice but to turn away patients because her current clientele filled her schedule to maximum capacity. Those who remained interested in her services even after her moratorium on new clients and referral to other competent therapists went on an ever-growing waiting list on the off-chance that she'd have an opening in the future.

Lauren moved to another file cabinet with an empty box and began unloading. "I assume you've canceled all your appointments for the day?" she queried.


Lauren didn't glance at her as she said, "I'll cancel those for the remainder of the week as soon as we're done here, and I'll contact everyone on your client list and inform them that you're retiring."

"Dr. Daniels said his secretary could do that," Melina said, though the prospect had bothered her. She was too relieved to be getting out to do anything about it.

Lauren shook her head. "I believe it would be better received if the announcement came from your own office, Doctor."

She hadn't wanted to make Lauren do more work, knowing she'd be out of a job immediately after. She'd wanted to give her the choice to walk out with her severance package as soon as she heard. "Thank you. I've asked the phone company to disconnect the business lines first thing tomorrow morning."

"Then I'll have to complete the necessary calls quickly. Will you be vacating the office tomorrow as well?"

"The movers will be here soon to clear everything out."  

"Goodness. Sounds like you've taken care of everything," Lauren commented in mild surprise.

She didn't know the half of it. As soon as Melina had made her decision, she'd begun preparations for closing every avenue of her life immediately and permanently, including the sale of her penthouse suite and the closing and emptying of all her accounts. Everything she was leaving behind in her apartment was going to Goodwill, and she'd written a letter to her publisher through her now-former lawyer, stating that she wouldn't be writing anymore, and royalties should be sent anonymously to World Vision. She'd severed all connections she had to this life. Since they were business contacts, she had no regrets whatsoever. She hadn't slept more than an hour last night. She'd had too much to accomplish in too little time, and her growing confidence in what she'd been doing had kept her wide-awake.

She knew where she was going and nothing more. Crazy as it was, she'd never been surer she was making the right decision before. She was going home--the place she'd vowed never to return to when she was eighteen and had never looked back at until last night. Home, where she had a supernaturally strong feeling that she would find her own heart.

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