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Wiesner, Karen

Creating realistic, unforgettable characters one story at a time…

Karen Wiesner is an accomplished author with 105 books published in the past 16 years, which have been nominated for and/or won 126 awards, and has 41 more titles under contract.

Karen's books cover such genres as women's fiction, romance, mystery/police procedural/cozy, suspense, paranormal, futuristic, gothic, inspirational, thriller, horror, chick-lit, and action/adventure. She also writes children's books, poetry, and writing reference titles such as her bestseller, First Draft in 30 Days and From First Draft to Finished Novel {A Writer's Guide to Cohesive Story Building} (now out of print; reissue coming soon in paperback and electronic formats under the title Cohesive Story Building). Her third offering from Writer's Digest Books is Writing the Fiction Series: The Complete Guide for Novels and Novellas, available now. Her previous writing reference titles focused on non-subsidy, royalty-paying electronic publishing, author promotion, and setting up a promotional group like her own, the award-winning Jewels of the Quill, which she founded in 2003.

For more information about Karen's fiction and series, consult her official companion guide The World of Author Karen Wiesner: A Compendium of Fiction. Visit her website at http://www.karenwiesner.com. If you would like to receive Karen's free e-mail newsletter, Karen's Quill, and become eligible to win her monthly book giveaways, send a blank e-mail to KarensQuill-subscribe@yahoogroups.com.

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2-in-1 Inspirational Romance Novellas by Karen Wiesner (Inspirational Romance Anthology)
 
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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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2-in-1 Supernatural Romance Novellas by Karen Wiesner (Romance/Fantasy/Science Fiction Anthology)
 
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The Amethyst Star {Futuristic Romance Novella}: They live in a time when humans have become an endangered species...
Thirty years ago, the men and women of Earth went off to fight in an intergalactic war. In the time since, carnivores have flourished and slaughtered most of the human race. Answering Earth's call for help to avoid extinction, Hunters have ultra-strength, speed and instincts, allowing them to destroy the carnivores. Human women have become invaluable prizes in their roles as Procreators. Pair-bonding is rare and families no longer exist. Lady Sher of the Amethyst Star is mankind's last hope for survival though her heart's desire can never be fulfilled...especially not with the hunter Randolf. On Randolf's home world, a vision of the rare star of amethyst was revealed along with the prophecy that if he loses this star, the hunter will become the hunted for all time. Will destiny and desire prove impossible goals?

Creatures of the Night {Paranormal Romance Novella}: Loner and Night-owl painter Susanna Heath has just married her exotic-foreigner husband. Nicholai Rostislav disappears all day, coming to her only at night. Now she finds out that he's a bloodsucking vampire. And you thought your marriage had problems.

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Adventures in Amethyst Series Collection, Volume 1 (Books 1 - 4) by Karen Wiesner (Contemporary Romance Anthology)
 
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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).

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Adventures in Amethyst Series, Book 1: A Rose for Romeo by Karen Wiesner (Contemporary Romance Short Story)
 
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Amethyst, Wisconsin 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. Populated with colorful characters, Amethyst is bursting with mystery, romance, and jealousy. Come and visit a place where anything is possible all-year-round.

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.

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Adventures in Amethyst Series, Book 2: Revenge in Amethyst by Karen Wiesner (Contemporary Romance Short Story)
 
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After abandoning everything she's worked all her life for as a nationally renowned sex therapist and author, Melina Rose has returned to the small, peaceful town of Amethyst, Wisconsin she grew up in and fallen in love with her sister's old boyfriend Scott "Romeo" Romero. Scott and Melina are ecstatically expecting a baby and planning their wedding. Everyone in town has agreed to keep Melina's past as Dr. Mindy Rose a secret. However, someone in Amethyst is driven by jealousy to see Melina's dream-life come crashing down...

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Adventures in Amethyst Series, Book 3: Reckless Rose by Karen Wiesner (Contemporary Romance Short Story)
 
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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?

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Adventures in Amethyst Series, Book 4: Christmas in Amethyst by Karen Wiesner (Contemporary Romance Short Story)
 
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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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Adventures in Amethyst Series, Book 6: Rose and Thorn by Karen Wiesner (Contemporary Romance)
 
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Reece Childs finally has his rose--Lona Rose, that is, and life seems perfect. Reece can't imagine a thorn from his past could destroy his present and future happiness. He'd had no clue that Angelina, his "port" in the city he made his most frequent run to when he was a truck driver, was pregnant. Now she's in Amethyst, demanding that he be a father to their son. Even to keep Lona happy, Reece can't turn away...

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Angelfire II Quartet Series Collection (Books 1 - 4) by Karen Wiesner (Contemporary Romance Collection)
 
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Contains Books 1 - 4:
ONLY THE LONELY, Book 1: When Diane learns her long-term boyfriend is married and asks Mikey to help her convince the cheater she's over him, Mike vies to be more than a pretend boyfriend.

MIDNIGHT ANGEL, Book 2: Roxanne Hart has endured a jet-set life as a model with everything, but she's never been satisfied by it. The love of her life was like a midnight angel-there and then gone, reality within a dream. Learning she has cancer, Rox's determined to do all the things she's always wanted to without regret. Like letting herself love her midnight angel, even with the more-than-a-little-likely chance she'll lose everything.

SHADOWS OF THE NIGHT, Book 3: The horror Ty Foxx suffered as a child at his father's hands has scarred him but he knows he has to face all he's been running from in life. The rape that drove Cherish Stephenson's fiancé away left her terrified of getting close to anyone. When she meets Ty, she realizes how much she's missed by being afraid of the shadows of the night.

PROMISES IN THE DARK, Book 4: William Decker has lived his life on the principle of 'Better to not love what you never had to begin with'...and he can't deny it's done little beyond keep him lonely.

Sapphire Stephenson married, had a child--and divorced--before she was out of her teens. Her entire life is wrapped up in being a good role model for her daughter and not trusting any man living or dead. Decker seems to be the one exception. But is even he capable of more than promises in the dark?

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Angelfire II Quartet, Book 1: Only the Lonely by Karen Wiesner (Contemporary Romance)
 
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Mikey Lund has spent thirty years being the odd man out and believes he only fell into being in a popular crowd as an adult because of a friendly association at Foxx Body Shop, where he's the head mechanic. Truthfully, he's been in love with most of his female friends from afar for years yet he's never considered any of them truly an option for him. He's spent a lonely existence, only imagining the perfect romance but never coming close to it. When Mike's drop-dead gorgeous friend Diane Hoffman quits her job after learning her boss and long-term boyfriend Robert Drake is married with children, Diane comes to work at the garage. Afraid she'll be weak if she relies on herself, she asks Mike if he'll help her convince Robert she's over him. Mike sees an opening to show Diane not all men are losers and creeps, unable or unwilling to be faithful to one special woman.

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Angelfire II Quartet, Book 2: Midnight Angel by Karen Wiesner (Contemporary Romance)
 
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Roxanne Hart has endured a jet-set life as a model with everything, but she's never been satisfied by it. The love of her life was like a midnight angel-there and then gone, reality within a dream. Learning she has cancer, Rox's determined to do all the things she's always wanted to without regret. Like letting herself love her midnight angel, even with the more-than-a-little-likely chance she'll lose everything.

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Angelfire II Quartet, Book 3: Shadows of the Night by Karen Wiesner (Contemporary Romance)
 
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Ty Foxx left home when he was a teenager, taking his brother Jeff with him. The horror they'd suffered as children, along with their other three siblings, at their father's hands has scarred them both. Ty had tried to take care of and shelter his younger brother, eventually becoming a successful photographer, but in the end he couldn't save him. He hasn't looked back for so long, he's stunned when he learns that his father succumbed to an illness that plagued him for years. The threat and terror he posed is over, dead and gone. Even though Ty is filled with self-loathing and fury at the past with the loss of his brother, he knows the time has come for him to go home and face the rest of his family and all that he's been running from in life.

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Angelfire II Quartet, Book 4: Promises in the Dark by Karen Wiesner (Contemporary Romance)
 
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William Decker has lived his life on the principle of 'Better to not love what you never had to begin with'...and he can't deny it's done little beyond keep him lonely.

Sapphire Stephenson married, had a child--and divorced--before she was out of her teens. Her entire life is wrapped up in being a good role model for her daughter and not trusting any man living or dead. Decker seems to be the one exception. But is even he capable of more than promises in the dark?

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Angelfire Trilogy Book 1: Falling Star by Karen Wiesner (Contemporary Romance)
 
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A man of God, a fallen angel. Two different worlds, one undying love...

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Angelfire Trilogy Book 2: First Love by Karen Wiesner (Contemporary Romance)
 
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During a traumatic childhood, Darlene Foxx had only one light--Jason Radcliffe, her best friend and eventually her lover. Until she found out that she wasn't his only lover, Darlene dreamed of the day they'd escape and be together forever. At seventeen, she left home alone and forced herself to overcompensate for her upbringing by never trusting anyone, especially Jace.

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Angelfire Trilogy Book 3: Forever Man by Karen Wiesner (Contemporary Romance)
 
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Brett Foxx has loved and he's lost. He's put a lifetime of anger, recklessness and a multitude of sins behind him. The road warrior has finally settled down and he plans to keep himself as far from love as he can get. He's not looking for trouble, but if anyone can give it to him it's his former lawyer and unrequited fantasy Savvy O'Brien.

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Angelfire Trilogy Collection Books 1 - 3 by Karen Wiesner (Romance Series)
 
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Contains all three books in the series:

Heaven's promise, desire's flame.

There are no scars like those inflicted in childhood, and no love like your first. Timeless couples Rori Mason and Nate Jovanovich, Darlene Foxx and Jace Radcliffe, Savvy O'Brien and Brett Foxx seek out the unconditional love and healing of an angel and the scorching heat of unending passion.

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Bloodmoon Cove Spirits Series Collection (Books 1 - 3) by Karen Wiesner (Paranormal Romance Collection)
 
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Contains all three books in the series:

Book 1: Bound Spirits
Book 2: The Bloodmoon Curse
Book 3: Crooked House

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Bloodmoon Cove Spirits Series, Book 1: Bound Spirits by Karen Wiesner (Paranormal Romance)
 
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"Harrity Scaritty, on the mountain-side, in the realm of the dead, how will you escape, how will you be fed? With the living and the undead".

Nestled on Lake Superior in northern Wisconsin is a small, secluded town called Bloodmoon Cove with volatile weather, suspicious folk...and newly awakened ghosts bent on revenge. Esmeralda "Esme" Dumas comes to the town looking to find work surrounded by wide-open nature, and most of all looking for a place to hide.

Bloodmoon Cove Park Ranger John Kotter senses immediately that she has ghosts of her own. As a child, Esme was kidnapped and locked in a cold, dark basement. Her only friends were rodents, insects, and the changeable terror that held her hostage. The only thing that kept her sane those nightmare years were her books. She's been on the run since her escape a few months ago, never expecting to find another bound spirit come back to life.

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Bloodmoon Cove Spirits Series, Book 2: The Bloodmoon Curse by Karen Wiesner (Gothic Inspirational Romance)
 
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An unsuspecting nurse is lured to an ancient family mansion said to hold both ghosts and horrifying secrets in order to care for three orphaned children.

Amberlyn Lyons has recently suffered a devastating miscarriage that has torn her marriage apart and shaken her faith. She quietly takes a nanny position at an isolated mansion in Bloodmoon Cove without electricity, telephone, or ease of passage...

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Bloodmoon Cove Spirits Series, Book 3: Crooked House by Karen Wiesner (Paranormal Romance)
 
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Some doors, once opened, can never be closed again.
Orphan and widow Corinne Zellman is stunned to discover she's the only surviving heir of Edward Buchanan, a relative of her recently deceased husband. In Bloodmoon Cove, she finds Crooked House, the family "estate", which lives up to its disturbing name, as does Edward, who disappears so frequently she can almost believe he's a ghost. It isn't long before Corinne begins to suspect he had ulterior motives for insisting she come. But to believe that is to believe that Rafe Yager, a hardened soldier and ghost hunter, is entirely correct when he says Crooked House is dangerous. The longer she stays, the less chance she'll ever leave again.

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Cohesive Story Building (formerly titled FROM FIRST DRAFT TO FINISHED NOVEL {A Writer's Guide to Cohesive Story Building}) by Karen Wiesner (Non-Fiction: Writing Advice)
 
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By bestselling Writer's Digest Books author Karen S. Wiesner

Revised, Updated, and Reissued Writing Reference

Second Edition
Without layering, a story is one-dimensional, unbelievable, boring. Layers mean stronger characters, settings, plots, suspense, intrigue, emotions and motivation. Layering also produces cohesion of all elements. Characters must blend naturally with the setting the writer has placed them, just as plot becomes an organic part of character and setting. If a story doesn't work, it could very well be because the elements aren't cohesive. Cohesive Story Building shows how each element hinges on the other two and how to mix them until they fuse irrevocably.

Additionally, Cohesive Story Building carefully explores each of stage of story development from brainstorming and outlining to drafting and revision. From a thorough look at the fundamentals of writing to comprehensive story building techniques, as well as submission guidelines and etiquette, this must-have guide will see writers through the entire novel writing process from start to finish.

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Cohesive Story Building Worksheets by Karen Wiesner (Writing Advice)
 
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Bonus! Worksheets, Checklists, and Exercises
from COHESIVE STORY BUILDING:

One of the questions I was asked most when the first edition of this book was published by Writer's Digest Books was whether the worksheets, checklists, and exercises were available in a usable format. With this second edition, my new publisher and I are offering a download of all of these that are in a usable format, namely Rich Text Format (RTF), which allows for cross-platform document exchange and which most word processors are able to read or write to. In other words, the file allows you to type right into the document and use it over and over as needed! Additionally, for those who prefer a printed version, a paperback booklet is also available.

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Cowboy Fever Series Collection, Volume I (Books 1 - 5) by Karen Wiesner (Contemporary Romance Collection)
 
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Contains the first 5 Cowboy Fever Series Novellas:
Cowboy Fever Series, Book 1: Wings of Love
Cowboy Fever Series, Book 2: Losses and Gains
Cowboy Fever Series, Book 3: For Always
Cowboy Fever Series, Book 4: Taming April
Cowboy Fever Series, Book 5: The Only One

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Cowboy Fever Series, Book 1: Wings of Love by Karen Wiesner (Contemporary Romance Novella)
 
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When Wings "Mac" Mackenzie falls in love, it's for life, and interior designer Amanda Grant is the woman he has his heart set on. When he asked her to move in with him at his fixer-upper ranch in Fever, Texas--the dinky little cattle town he and his brother grew up in--he'd expected to be there with her often. Unfortunately, as co-owner of a family-owned engineering firm, Mac finds himself spending more time than ever overseeing projects after his younger brother becomes a family man. With Amanda making the house a home for them, he struggles to get his business matters in hand so he can settle down with her, the way he longs to. An on-the-job injury puts his life in perspective. Eager to become a full-time rancher, he returns home at Christmas-time, ready to make the ultimate commitment to Amanda--only to find her long gone.

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