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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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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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Cowboy Fever Series, Book 2: Losses and Gains by Karen Wiesner (Contemporary Romance Novella)
 
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Lance Olsen, Triple Aces Ranch co-owner, lost his wife Colleen and their two-year-old son in a fire four years ago. Colleen became the love of his life and he can't imagine ever getting over what they shared enough to move on and start again. At this point in his continued grief, the ranch is all that matters to him. He believes his heart is dead to him.

Colleen's baby sister, Janaya Gaines, left the ranch right out high school to pursue a different life--and to forget. Though she'd come home for her sister and nephew's funerals, she'd been too devastated to stay long...or to ever imagine coming home again. All her life, her sister had gotten everything she'd set her mind to, everything Janaya had wanted. Instead of competing and giving in to her resentment, Janaya left to find a life and maybe love of her own. But no one could ever replace Lance Olsen in her heart.

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Cowboy Fever Series, Book 3: For Always by Karen Wiesner (Contemporary Romance Novella)
 
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Long ago Jared Chapman, ranch foreman and co-owner of Triple Aces Ranch, silently gave his heart to Alana Hamilton, the orphan his grandmother brought to the ranch, and he's never regretted it. But, as a young man, he'd had no idea how to share the intensity of feelings he had for sweet and vulnerable, seventeen-year-old Alana. Instead, he'd awkwardly promised her he'd always be there for her.

Alana had loved Jared from the start for the kindness he showed her, but she didn't possess beauty, smarts or riches. Unwanted for most of her life, she'd learned to make the best of her lot in life. Not sure what a close-mouthed cowboy like Jared meant with his promise, she accepted the proposal of the one man who'd expressed interest in marrying her. Marriage to Holt Bowman meant leaving the only place she'd ever called home and giving up on true, fairytale love with Jared.

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Cowboy Fever Series, Book 4: Taming April by Karen Wiesner (Contemporary Romance Novella)
 
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Shawn Jacobs, co-owner of Triple Aces Ranch, is the ultimate ladies' man. But, as his best friends find the women of their dreams and get hitched one by one, he wonders what he's missing.

Once a classmate of Shawn's and the daughter of a hard-working ranch hand who never had enough money to buy her a dress, let alone move out of the filthy hovel they'd lived in together after her mother's death, April St. Clair is a high-powered lawyer. She's left the dirty, dusty, stinking life of cattle ranching as far behind her as she can get. The men she dates are dressed to the nine's, and their hands are as soft as their hearts. Unfortunately, she hasn't come home once since she left for college. When her father dies--alone--she's devastated. The only thing he left behind is a young mare that he'd wanted Shawn Jacobs and no other to train.

When the beautiful, snotty, green-eyed blond shows up at Triple Aces in treacherous high heels and designer clothing, asking him to train her father's horse, Shawn's amusement quickly turns to annoyance--and more. April infuriates him even as she turns him on. He knows it isn't just the wild horse that needs to be tamed. April resists him at every turn, but even she isn't immune to cowboy fever.

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Cowboy Fever Series, Book 5: The Only One by Karen Wiesner (Contemporary Romance Novella)
 
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More than five years ago, Ken Abrams, Triple Aces Ranch co-owner, and his wife Karla were madly in love and expecting their first child. Tragedy took that unborn daughter from them and drove them into opposite corners. Seeing how unaffected Ken seemed by the loss of their child shook Karla's whole world. He didn't want to talk; didn't even appear to grieve. The very next morning, he was back out on his horse, doing ranch work, and she couldn't forgive him his ease in coping--especially when his work seemed to take over his entire life so she rarely saw him anymore. Devastated, Karla left him. Ken is the only man she's ever loved, and, after five years apart, she knows she has to make a decision: wash her hands of their marriage, or confront him about the loss of their unborn daughter.

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Cowboy Fever Series, Book 6: Drifter's Heart by Karen Wiesner (Romance: Western Contemporary)
 
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Easy to love, hard to hold...

Maggie May's pa is still looking for the cowboy who knocked up his cowgirl vixen daughter five years ago. Little Tex has grown up without a father, but he's the shining star of the May Ranch. Like his father, though, he's always running off and disappearing.

Just when Maggie May thinks it'll never happen, the drifter she loves shows up, suddenly wise to the fact that his oh-so-altruistic efforts to quiet her endless stream of conversation had ended with a child. Horse trainer for hire and former rodeo bullfighter, Ryder McCall returns to Fever, Texas. This time, Maggie May plans to get him back in her clutches--and win his heart forever.

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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

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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) 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.

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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.

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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...

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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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Falcon's Bend Case Files, Volume II by Karen Wiesner and Chris Spindler (Mystery: Police Procedural)
 
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The second collection of Falcon's Bend Detectives Pete Shasta and Danny Vincent's cases, with Patrol Officer Amber Carfi.

Murder on the Heartstrings: Lieutenant Pete Shasta takes his lovely wife Lisa on a romantic vacation, promising her no mysteries, no crime, and certainly no murder. But, not long after arriving in the middle of a blizzard that has shut down the entire town below the luxurious inn, a body is found stuffed into a janitor's closet. Lisa's only resort is to join her husband in sleuthing so she can get back to her Valentine's Day agenda...

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Falcon's Bend Case Files, Volume II.1: Retribution and Up In Smoke by Karen Wiesner and Chris Spindler (Short Stories: Mystery)
 
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Retribution: The subdivision FBPD investigators Pete Shasta and Danny Vincent live in becomes home to a very hot young mama. But it isn't until the beautiful young woman disappears, leaving her two young children alone, that Pete's wife realizes crime is firmly afoot.
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Up In Smoke: A local Christmas tree farm has burned to the ground. But was the fire an accident…or the means to cover up evidence of a crime?

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Falcon's Bend Case Files, Volume II.2: Murder on the Heartstrings by Karen Wiesner and Chris Spindler (Short Stories: Mystery)
 
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Not long after arriving in the middle of a blizzard that has shut down the entire town below a luxurious inn, Lt. Pete Shasta and his wife Lisa's romantic vacation is interrupted when a body is found stuffed into a janitor's closet.

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Falcon's Bend Case Files, Volume II.3 Double Take by Karen Wiesner and Chris Spindler (Short Stories: Mystery)
 
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Patrol Officers Amber Carfi and Warren Jensen stake out the gallery, hoping to catch an insatiable thief.

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Falcon's Bend Case Files, Volume II.4: Flashback by Karen Wiesner and Chris Spindler (Short Stories: Mystery)
 
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In the midst of planning for the birth of his first child, Lieutenant Danny Vincent is called away because a person missing for seven months has suddenly, and suspiciously, dropped back from out of nowhere. Lucinda Staub was thought to be dead. Now that she's returned, her husband Ryan wants nothing to do with her--even seems afraid of her--insisting she'd bested Old Scratch himself down in the swamp. Lucinda claims to have lost her memory...so how did she know how to get home? And why is she back now?

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Falcon's Bend Case Files, Volume II.5: Ghost of the Past by Karen Wiesner and Chris Spindler (Short Stories: Mystery)
 
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Sixteen years earlier, Ericka Callister gave birth to a baby she didn't want. Young and scared, she wrapped the baby in a pillowcase, then threw him into a dumpster before fleeing. She's about to discover the hard way that mistakes have a way of haunting the guilty no matter how far they run and no matter where they hide.

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Falcon's Bend Series, Book 1: Degrees of Separation by Karen Wiesner and Chris Spindler (Mystery/Police Procedural Novel)
 
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Who is killing the midnight ladies?

Falcon's Bend is a small, sleepy town in Wisconsin that owns more taverns than churches, but fills both on the appropriate days. Teenagers talk of escape from a one-horse town like Falcon's Bend because nothing ever seems to happen...until one fateful night when a dancer from the town's scandalous strip joint is found strangled.

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