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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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Falcon's Bend Series, Book 3: The Fifteenth Letter (ebook and print) by Karen Wiesner and Chris Spindler (Mystery: Police Procedural)
 
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Zeke's daughter Amber, Falcon's Bend Police Department's newest patrol officer, has spent fifteen years holding onto a secret that could further condemn the father she'd worshiped as a child. When Zeke is released on parole, Amber finds herself questioning everything she's ever believed. Is Zeke the good man she once knew? How could the father who'd made her the center of his world for the first seven years of her life be a criminal? Is it possible to turn from a life a crime, or is it true that once a criminal always a criminal?

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Falcon's Bend Series, Book 4: Romantic Notions (ebook and print) by Karen Wiesner and Chris Spindler (Mystery: Police Procedural)
 
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Love--and murder--is in the air.

The nude body of a young woman is discovered in her bed, shot through the heart. Lying between her breasts is a single red rose with an exquisite wedding band. Also at the scene of the crime is a chilling quote: "What is done out of love always takes place beyond good and evil." In order to find the killer, Lieutenants Pete Shasta and Danny Vincent decide to put Amber undercover. Amber's assignment goes from dull to deadly when she discovers a murderer harboring romantic notions…

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Falcon's Bend Series, Book 5: As Patient as Death (ebook and print) by Karen Wiesner and Chris Spindler (Mystery)
 
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Until death do us part...

Lisa and Falcon's Bend Police Department Detective Pete Shasta are enjoying roles as Mommy and Daddy to their adopted baby boy. Despite the radical adjustment, they've never been happier or more fulfilled as individuals and as a couple. Seeing the contrast of her own marriage and that of her neighbor's, Lisa can't help sticking her nose in where it doesn't belong--and not for the first time…

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Falcon's Bend Series, Book 6: Pretty Fly (ebook and print) by Karen Wiesner and Chris Spindler (Mystery/Police Procedural)
 
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Shayna Vincent returns home after her romance turns disastrous. While staying with her brother, she meets up with Shawn Futrell, an old crush who’s been widowed twice, his third wife is missing, and he’s the father of a sixteen-year-old from his first marriage. But Shayna can’t stop recalling how besotted she was with Shawn as an impressionable teenage girl. What pretty fly could resist the invitation of such a seductive spider?

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Family Heirlooms Series Collection Volume I: Books 1 - 3 by Karen Wiesner (Complete Series: Inspirational Romance)
 
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Includes the first three books:

Book 1: Baby, Baby
Book 2: Shadow Boxing
Book 3: Foolish Games

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Family Heirlooms Series Collection Volume II: Books 4 - 6 by Karen Wiesner (Complete Series: Romance)
 
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Includes the last three books:
Book 4: Glass Angels
Book 5: Shards of Ashley
Book 6: Worlds Collide

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Family Heirlooms Series, Book 1: Baby, Baby by Karen Wiesner (Inspirational Romance)
 
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Book One Family Heirloom: Accepting God's will

A Proverbs 31 wife wonders, does "submissive" mean giving up having anything of her own?

Thirty-seven-year-old Tamara Wolfe married her childhood sweetheart, Robert, right out of high school and proceeded to have a passel of children who fill her life to capacity. With the last of her children in preschool, Tamara decides to make a business out of her long-time love of creating designer gift baskets. She doesn't expect Robert to be against it from her first word.

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Family Heirlooms Series, Book 2: Shadow Boxing by Karen Wiesner (Inspirational Romance)
 
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Joined before God and family out of a sense of responsibility? Or love?

As a teenager, Justine Morris's escape from the pressures of caring for her dying father was stolen moments with Joshua Samuels. But their tender, desperate liaison found them facing teen pregnancy. Afraid of their Christian families' responses to the situation, they married quickly and built a life for their child.

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Family Heirlooms Series, Book 3: Foolish Games by Karen Wiesner (Inspirational Romance)
 
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Book Three Family Heirloom: Healing

She was one of his late wife's best friends. He's the man she's loved from afar for as long as she can remember. Falling in love could take simply letting go of their fears...or a miracle.

Peter Samuels had lost his beloved wife Lydia to a brain tumor just one year earlier. His grief continues to overwhelm him, especially now that he's the sole caretaker of their growing children and he's alone once more in the world without a partner.

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Family Heirlooms Series, Book 4: Glass Angels by Karen Wiesner (Inspirational Romance)
 
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Book Four Family Heirloom: Forgiveness

A young Christian woman struggles with seeking pardon from those she's hurt when she can't seem to get past her own inability to forgive those who have wronged her.

Three years ago, Samantha Samuels had suffered under the violent hands of Ryder Feldmann, a juvenile delinquent her pastor father had been counseling. Now she's completed her psychiatry training and plans to help other victims of violent crimes at the rape counseling clinic in her hometown of Peaceful, Wisconsin. Unexpectedly, she finds herself sharing an office building and Sunday services at her new church with the older brother, a divorce counselor, of her attacker...the very man she'd been in love with before her rape.

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Family Heirlooms Series, Book 5: Shards of Ashley by Karen Wiesner (Inspirational Romance)
 
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Book Five Family Heirloom: Learning trust

In order to reconcile her past, she must face the terrible truth she buried long ago...and, in doing so, she gambles with her heart and the salvation of her own soul.

Ashley Savage grew up in a troubled home with a competitive, pampered sister and an abusive, ridiculing mother who played at being a Christian when she needed to...and led Ashley to more addictions than one child could handle. As an adult, Ashley tells herself she's put the extreme fears of the past behind her, but she spends most of her time repairing the crumbling wall holding back the horrors she's not willing to face ever again. She's become a woman against the world.

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Family Heirlooms Series, Book 6: Worlds Collide by Karen Wiesner (Inspirational Romance)
 
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Book Six Family Heirloom: Persevering in adversity

Dr. Marcus Samuels is a medical missionary in Japan, and his life has been God's work despite a severe anxiety disorder associated with being far from home. After twelve years of watching his happily married siblings and their children, he can no longer deny the chronic ache inside him and knows he should start his own family life back in the States--though he has serious doubts about his wife-hunting abilities at the age of forty. Spurred into motion by his mother's sudden illness, he's caught off-guard when he realizes just how much he'll miss Keiko Oichi and her brother Haruki, fellow pediatricians at the Children's Christian Mission Hospital. The two have not only been his lifeline while in a foreign, distant place, but have also become family to him.

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Friendship Heirlooms Series Collection, Volume I (Books 1-4) by Karen Wiesner (Contemporary Romance Collection)
 
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Return to the quaint little town of Peaceful, Wisconsin, from Karen Wiesner's award-winning Family Heirlooms Series, where you first met and fell in love with these colorful, lovable friends. Now you can read the stories of those secondary characters in an all-new spin-off series. Nuggets of faith can be passed down as heirlooms from friend to friend, heart to heart, soul-mate to soul-mate.

Contains the first four books of the series.

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Friendship Heirlooms Series, Book 1: Clumsy Girl's Guide to Falling in Love by Karen Wiesner (Inspirational Romantic Comedy/Chick-lit)
 
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Book One Friendship Heirloom: Persistence

Zoë Rossdale is the clumsy girl who always has her elbows, feet, eyes, and brass-red hair going in the wrong directions. She floats around in her own world, comfortable there alone, only to be jarred back into the real one when her obliviousness gets her in trouble again. After a lifetime of being evaluated critically--first by her own father, and then by everyone around her--and found wanting, she's trying to change...for her own good. She's reaffirmed her commitment to Christ and vowed not to do any of the stupid, possibly illegal, things she'd done for years on the pitiful excuse of surviving. After nearly being fired from the only job she could get to keep her from starving and living on the streets, she's going to school once more and trying to do better for her über-patient boss. And she's allowed her best friends to talk her into getting contacts, some new clothes, and a more flattering hairstyle. They tell her she looks beautiful, but she feels more like a dodo bird than ever before--until she literally runs into the only man she's ever gone loopy over.

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Friendship Heirlooms Series, Book 2: Michael's Angel by Karen Wiesner (Inspirational Romantic Suspense)
 
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Michael Fremont has had it drilled into him from birth that he's not worth saving. Then he met his angel, LeeAnn Wagner. Together, they escaped the horrors of their childhoods. Aware that his love and needs for her were becoming unbearable, he'd joined the military. LeeAnn had realized she needed to become the fearless, godly woman Michael needed; a healer and a friend. And, maybe now that she and Michael are whole, they can become lovers. But even as their most fervent dreams are coming true, the harbinger of her childhood waits, intent on taking away everything she's ever wanted.

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Friendship Heirlooms Series, Book 3: Forever and All That Jazz by Karen Wiesner (Contemporary Inspirational Romance)
 
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Newlyweds Jasmine Pepowski and Wesley Horace find out that her sickly father can no longer live alone without assistance. Wes is barely coping with the extreme changes marriage has wrought as it is. Then her father discloses a shocking truth: Her mother walked away from her family to return to her career. Even as her father and Wesley advise her to leave the past in the past, Jazz has to know if her mother has regrets about her choices before she drops yet another life-changing anvil on her husband's already aching head.

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Friendship Heirlooms Series, Book 4: First Comes Love by Karen Wiesner (Contemporary Inspirational Romance)
 
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Book Four Friendship Heirloom: Responsibility

At the age of fifteen, Chad Feldmann and Winnie McBride made an impulsive choice that led to pregnancy. Now, years later, they have a precious little girl, they've both graduated high school, and they're married. But all is not well in paradise. As much as Winnie loves her daughter, she can't forget the life she'd expected to be living. Her dreams were pushed aside ruthlessly, kicked in the dirt and all but buried with pregnancy and motherhood. While they were both caring for their daughter and trying to finish high school before they got married, she and Chad lived platonically and it'd seemed to her that they were both struggling and making sacrifices to move forward wisely with their lives. Once they're married, she discovers that Chad has used the college fund his father set aside for him to pursue the dreams he'd always imagined for his life. She's working two jobs and taking care of their child. She can't see that Chad is doing his part, sacrificing for their life together, anymore. The less he's there for them, the more her resentment grows....

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Friendship Heirlooms Series, Book 5: Perfect Reflection by Karen Wiesner (Inspirational Romance)
 
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Elaina Houston has been taught to look, act and speak perfectly. When she couldn't live up to the impossible expectations, she threw herself away. Now she has a second chance. Ethan Lynwood, her best friend and maybe more, seems to accept her just the way she is even when she's a mess...maybe especially when she is. Ethan found out the hard way that God is in control and we all need humility, humanity, and a helping hand. And sometimes the most accurate reflection comes from accepting that we're not perfect but we're loved unconditionally anyway.

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Friendship Heirlooms Series, Book 6: Clumsy Girl's Guide to Having a Baby by Karen Wiesner (Inspirational Romance)
 
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Clumsy girl Zoe Rossdale is back, married to the love of her life, Curt Bertoletti, and setting off on another crazy adventure--maybe the most fun and dangerous of all. Having a baby!

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Gypsy Road Series Collection Books 1 - 4 by Karen Wiesner (Complete Series: Romance)
 
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Four gypsies on a solitary road...until love throws a fork in their paths.

Contains entire series:
LEATHER & LACE, Book 1 of the Gypsy Road Series
FLESH & BLOOD, Book 2 of the Gypsy Road Series
FIRE & ICE, Book 3 of the Gypsy Road Series
VOWS & THE VAGABOND, Book 4 of the Gypsy Road Series

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Gypsy Road Series, Book 1: Leather & Lace by Karen Wiesner (Contemporary Romance)
 
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Can a rogue find love with the girl next door? Not if his ex-girlfriends have any say in it!

Bethany Briggs is a wallflower who's always looked for love in the wrong places. Rod Summers is notorious for the string of broken hearted girlfriends he's left behind. Even when she sees a teddy bear beneath his wild exterior, she isn't sure she can trust her heart. But this shy girl-next-door is about to prove that the pattern for leather and lace can be tailor-made.

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Gypsy Road Series, Book 2: Flesh & Blood by Karen Wiesner (Contemporary Romance)
 
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After risking her heart once and learning to regret it, JoJo Summers finds it necessary to live her life as a paper doll. No emotions, no danger and no pain. Randy Briggs is the one man who can change her mind. His only ace in the hole is that she underestimates the power of love. Just when JoJo takes the first step in risking her heart to Randy, her past comes back to haunt her, in flesh and blood...and then her heart isn't the only thing she's in danger of losing.

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Gypsy Road Series, Book 3: Fire & Ice by Karen Wiesner (Contemporary Romance)
 
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Jon Rushing has finally found the answer to a lifetime of misplaced guilt and misery. Tracey Scott is unlike anyone Jon has ever met before. She's completely open and honest, ever true to her own heart--and determined to have a baby, ASAP. Even as Jon vows to be everything she'll ever need and Tracey sets her heart on him, the past rears its ugly head. What Tracey wants most of all is the one thing Jon can't give her...unless he can find a way to go back in time and reverse the damage.

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Gypsy Road Series, Book 4: Vows & the Vagabond by Karen Wiesner (Contemporary Romance)
 
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They both want what they can't have--each other.

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Home by Karen Wiesner (Christian Romance)
 
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Small-town girl Ayodele "Della" Flynn lives in a city she abhors, where danger seems to be lurking around every corner. When her husband dies very unexpectedly, she's confronted with figuring out where her home is with her young son River and trying to come to terms with the loose ends her husband left their lives in.

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