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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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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.

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...
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?

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.

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.
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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Bloodmoon Cove Spirits Series, Book 1: Bound Spirits by Karen Wiesner (Paranormal Romance)
 
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Don't close your eyes

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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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.

Denim Blues Mysteries Series Collection Books 1 - 3 by Karen Wiesner (Complete Series: Inspirational Romantic Mystery)
 
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Contains all three books in the series:

Book 1: Retired and on the Rocks
Book 2: Love is Blind...and It Don't Pay the Bills Either
Book 3: Book 3: Souls on {B}Oring Street

Available in Kindle, html, epub and pdf.

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Denim Blues Mysteries, Book 1: Retired and on the Rocks by Karen Wiesner (Inspirational Romantic Mystery [Private Investigators])
 
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A missing engagement ring leads to murder...

It's been a month since Denim McHart hung up his private investigating career after he ended up with a bullet in his leg. The injury has forced Den to re-evaluate future goals in his career, his love-life and his spiritual life. To keep himself busy in early retirement, he's been attempting to restore an antique table and he's officially bored. He can't seem to keep his mind off his investigative partner, the lovely and complicated Sylvia Price whom he's had an on-again, off-again romantic relationship with in the past. When Sylvia calls him out of the blue, he doesn't waste time getting down to their office.

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Denim Blues Mysteries, Book 2: Love is Blind...and It Don't Pay the Bills Either by Karen Wiesner (Inspirational Romantic Mystery [Police Procedural])
 
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Working with local private investigators Den McHart and Sylvia Price, Briar's Point Police Department Detective Orlando Bateman solves a missing person case. Keeya Nilsen, visually impaired from the plane crash that took her parents' lives, comes to him and has a justifiably bad attitude about love, since all the men she's ever loved have cheated on her and robbed her...including the last one, who absconded with her most prized possession--her grandfather's unpublished Blues compositions--when he flew the coop. As together they search for her last boyfriend and her missing legacy, Orlando reminds Keeya of the faith she'd had before the plane crash that changed her life and makes her see love as God intends.
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Denim Blues Mysteries, Book 3: Souls on {B}Oring Street by Karen Wiesner (Inspirational Romantic Mystery [Amateur Sleuth])
 
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Erin Shanley, a hospice nurse, turns amateur sleuth when she realizes that some of her patients are being swindled out of their life savings by the new "psychic" fortunetellers in Briar's Point. She confides in her neighbor, Detective Tyler Shaw, whom she grew up alongside and considers her best friend.

Tough guy Ty has been in love with Erin since their disastrous first attempt at a romantic relationship when they were teenagers. Erin has been skittish about love since she discovered her father was cheating on her mother--and Ty is so much like her father. How can she risk loving a reckless, restless adventurer when her mother's loyalty to a man like that brought her so much pain? But when Erin's bumbling sleuthing attempts arouse someone's wrath, she realizes her heart isn't the only thing in danger.

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Destiny by Karen Wiesner (Inspirational Romance)
 
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How do you know destiny when it knocks on your door, or recognize it if it's always been there?

When a serial killer/rapist's attack of Elizabeth is mercifully thwarted, Chris's world collapses in on him with guilt and horror coming at him from every corner. The attack has changed Elizabeth. She realizes she's put her life on hold for too long praying for Chris to share her belief that their love and life together is destined. After she severs the ties between them, Chris knows the only way to get her back is to give himself to the Lord. God begins changing him from the inside out, but--too little, too late--has he fallen in love when his angel of mercy is no longer available to him?

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Falcon's Bend Case Files, Volume I (The Early Cases) (print) by Karen Wiesner and Chris Spindler (Mystery/Police Procedural Novellas)
 
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Mystery/Police Procedural Novellas:

Bugs: A partially digested body is found in the oxidation ditch at the Falcon's Bend Wastewater Treatment Plant. Was it an accident...or is new Falcon's Bend Investigator Pete Shasta facing his first murder?

And four more rivetting novellas....

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Falcon's Bend Case Files, Volume I (The Early Cases) by Karen Wiesner and Chris Spindler (Mystery/Police Procedural Novellas)
 
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Mystery/Police Procedural Novellas:

Bugs: A partially digested body is found in the oxidation ditch at the Falcon's Bend Wastewater Treatment Plant. Was it an accident...or is new Falcon's Bend Investigator Pete Shasta facing his first murder?

And four more rivetting novellas....

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Falcon's Bend Case Files, Volume I (The Early Cases): Bugs and Fixated by Karen Wiesner and Chris Spindler (Short Stories: Mystery)
 
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Bugs: A partially digested body is found in the oxidation ditch at the Falcon's Bend Wastewater Treatment Plant. Accident...or murder?
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Fixated: Fixated with his neighbor from across the street, artist Victor Brooks, steps in when her creepy stalker decides to get up close and personal.
Falcon's Bend Case Files, Volume I.2 (The Early Cases): Broken Wings by Karen Wiesner and Chris Spindler (Short Stories: Mystery)
 
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Broken Wings: Investigator Pete Shasta solves a decade and a half old missing-person case that's about to turn into murder.

Falcon's Bend Case Files, Volume I.3 (The Early Cases): Obsessions by Karen Wiesner and Chris Spindler (Short Stories: Mystery)
 
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A newborn baby is stolen from Falcon's Bend Community Hospital's maternity ward...
Falcon's Bend Case Files, Volume I.4 (The Early Cases): Blind Revenge by Karen Wiesner and Chris Spindler (Short Stories: Mystery)
 
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Investigator Pete Shasta solves a decade and a half old missing-person case that's about to turn into murder.
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