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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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Incognito Series, Book 1: No Ordinary Love by Karen Wiesner (Romance/Mystery/Adventure)
 
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NO ORDINARY LOVE, Book 1: Kira Gunn, 25-year-old wunderkind, remembers nothing about her life before 31-year-old Vincent Carson. He's been her guardian, her protector, her business partner and her passion for 15 years, yet he remains an enigma who seems to exist solely to give her everything she wants and needs. Who is he? Where did he come from? Who is she and where did she come from? The vague nightmares she's had as long as she can remember--gunshots, utter terror and the gentle eyes of salvation--and Vincent's tender resistance to help her discover the answers of her uncertain past are taking its toll on her body, her heart and her soul. How can she trust a man whose past is as gray as her own? But how can she leave Vincent, the only home she's ever known? For he is her salvation.

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Incognito Series, Book 2: Until Death Do Us Part (Romantic Action/Mystery) by Karen Wiesner
 
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Captain Shannon McKee has restored order to the Network, a covert government agency. However, corrupt former Head of Operations, Giles Jameson is MIA, intent on destroying the reporters who uncovered his corruption. Operatives Kirsten Ulrick and Ash Barnett go undercover to protect Raven Harris and her husband from their seemingly invisible enemy.

When Raven and Casey Harris lost their child to a supposed accident, they lost their marriage as well. Raven and Casey live together as guilt-ridden strangers, afraid to love and trust each other again...and just as afraid to let go of the bond they once shared. When Raven’s life is threatened because of evidence she and her partner uncovered on a dangerously corrupt man of power, and old, unhealed wounds are pierced again, Raven and Casey must renew their vows or let go forever...dead or alive.

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Incognito Series, Book 3: Bounty on the Rebel's Heart by Karen Wiesner (Romance: Contemporary Adventure/Spies [Intrigue])
 
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Network operative Natalie Francis goes undercover, posing as Reb's former lover--investigative journalist Adrienna Kelly--to find Reb and his evidence against Giles Jameson and the Network. Together they uncover a conspiracy that could upset the wrong people and silence both of them for good. And, when Natalie realizes she's fallen for the man she'd been protecting, she considers the impossible--escaping the Network.

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Incognito Series, Book 4: Dead Drop by Karen Wiesner (Romance: Intrigue/Espionage)
 
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Roan Emory, Network operative, formerly Daniel Sands, was inducted against his will. Parris "Perry" L'Engle, an FBI agent and the only woman he ever loved, has never been convinced that the car accident that took Daniel's life was legitimate. Just before his disappearance 25 years earlier, Daniel had been approached for recruitment by a covert agency. Now the scenario that had seemed like the catalyst to tragedy is taking place again. Outside her son Danny's office, Perry hears a familiar voice she'd overheard the day before Daniel disappeared, giving an identical recruiting pitch to her son. Horrified, she vows this cipher won't get him...but he can lead her to Daniel. Roan will never be free of the Network. Only legitimate death can free him. Ironically, though he's found his heart again with Perry, he knows the only one who can save their son from the same fate that destroyed their lives is Roan Emory--the most dangerous man in the world.

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Kaleidoscope Series, Book 1: Perfect Cadence by Karen Wiesner (Contemporary Romance Novella)
 
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Thirty-year-old Keri Woods has had it with her no-commitment, no-way boyfriend Rob. Planning to get her head on straight, she accepts her boss Angela's offer to use the Lewis family's cabin for a two-week skiing vacation over the Christmas holiday. Little does Keri realize that her boss's cousin, Joshua Lewis, is already occupying the very same cabin at the very same time...

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Kaleidoscope Series, Book 2: In Cahoots with Cupid by Karen Wiesner (Contemporary Romance Novella)
 
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Angela Lewis, owner of Kaleidoscope Office Services and its companion business Lewis Graphics by Design, has devoted her life to seeing that everyone she cares for is happy. But when she returns home to Fever, Texas for a wedding, she remembers the one instance where she'd turned her back on something she wanted for herself. Kiowa Mackenzie is five years younger than she is and had pursued Angela with the energy of a stallion when they were younger. Even now, he seems to have no inclination to stop, though she insists she's too old for him and she's not interested in falling in love again. Best man Ki has every intention of tackling the bridesmaids to make sure maid of honor Angela catches the bride's bouquet!

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Kaleidoscope Series, Book 3: Behind Amethyst Eyes by Karen Wiesner (Contemporary Romance Novella)
 
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Amethyst-eyed, bespectacled Aimee Cooper has had a secret crush on muscle-bound accountant Rob Channing for years--even while one of her best friends dated him. When Aimee's father dies after years with Alzheimer's, she's left to mourn and sort out the complicated mess his estate has fallen into. In life's strange serendipity, this tragedy gives her an "in" to get close to the man of her dreams. But what does a life-long, freckle-faced wallflower know about capturing the interest of a bean-counting playboy?

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Kaleidoscope Series, Book 4: Jordana's Chair by Karen Wiesner (Contemporary Romance Novella)
 
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Soulful-eyed heartbreaker Dex Everett has been intrigued by his neighbor since she moved into his building a year ago--though, or perhaps because--she's nothing like the made-up glamour girls he's used to dating. Jordana DeSoto barely speaks English, has worn the same two handmade outfits in all the time he's known her, and has never bothered with, nor needed, make-up. The few times he's helped her carry furniture up to her apartment, he's noticed that her living space is basically empty. No one he's ever known could be content with so little simply because she earned it on her own or display such joy over a new chair. Jordana captures Dex the way no other woman ever has. Is this ladies' man officially off the market?

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Kaleidoscope Series, Book 5: Paper Tiger by Karen Wiesner (Romantic Suspense Novella)
 
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Billy LaPointe's wife died only a couple years after they married, leaving him with a son to raise on his own. Nine years later, he's found love again with Veronica Spencer and his teenage son Damian is just as smitten with her. But after years of hearing Roni hedge on his marriage proposals, Billy is desperate. Determined to make her his forever, he offers her an ultimatum that he soon regrets. What he doesn't know is that Roni has a secret past she doesn't want to look back and confront--a past that may have come back to haunt her. Can she risk losing Billy and Damian because of what could be a true threat...or merely a paper tiger?

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Kaleidoscope Series, Book 6: Cabin Fever by Karen Wiesner (Contemporary Romance Novella)
 
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Shayna Cavanay divorced her lying, cheating, deadbeat husband three years ago and she's only sure of one thing: The only good thing he ever did for her was give her their seven-year-old son Ty. As a single mother, Shayna divides her time between working enough to provide for her and her son and making up for the vast multitude of deficiencies of Ty's poor excuse for a father. When Ty begins to exhibit an inability to cope with the lack of a father-figure in his life, his elementary school teacher reaches out to Shayna. But Shayna has been burned by do-gooders before. It's up to hunky Dakota Loring--and Ty--to prove he's the real deal.

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Kaleidoscope Series, Book 7: The Longest Night by Karen Wiesner (Contemporary Romance Novella)
 
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When Jolie Everett married Jag Myrick, she was a reluctant model eager to settle down and have a family while he was a restless photographer eager for his big break. They both got what they wanted--separately. After three short years of a marriage spent mostly apart, Jolie has decided to get the child she wants and forget the naïve illusion of marital bliss. But Jag is nowhere near ready to let his beloved bride go. During one endless night, he tries to convince her he's in their relationship for the long haul while she tries to distract him with every sweet seduction in the book. Unfortunately, their first night back together in almost two years starts out badly...and only seems to be getting worse.

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Kaleidoscope Series, Books 1 - 7 by Karen Wiesner (Contemporary Romance Anthology)
 
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Kaleidoscope Office Building provides employment to nine hot, young singles--all about to make a love connection. Working 9 to 5 has never been so complicated...or so much fun!

KALEIDOSCOPE SERIES is a collection of all seven of the novellas in the series, including Perfect Cadence (Book 1), In Cahoots With Cupid (Book 2), Behind Amethyst Eyes (Book 3), Jordana's Chair (Book 4), Paper Tiger (Book 5), Cabin Fever (Book 6), and The Longest Night (Book 7).

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Making Good Choices Series, Book 1: Taking Responsibility Builds Trust by Karen Sue Wiesner (Children's Picture Book: Interactive)
 
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An interactive set of stories and illustrations designed to help parents and kids understand each other and to work together toward making good decisions, designed specifically for preschoolers up to 6 years old.

Available in pdf and html (opens in your browser).

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Restless as Rain By Karen Wiesner (Contemporary Romance)
 
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She has two men, two identities, one choice...

Rain Meyers has been in a suffocating relationship for five years, engaged to a man who sees only what he wants to see in her. When Rain finally escapes, she meets a man she can make beautiful music with.

But Bryan isn't about to give up the glass bottle world he's tried to trap Rain into...even if it means destroying everyone in his path.

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Sweet Dreams by Karen Wiesner (Paranormal Romance)
 
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Someone has unleashed an ancient evil bent on destroying Cassidy Christopher by eradicating the women he loves, one by one...

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Woodcutter's Grim Series, Book 1: Papa by Karen Wiesner (Romantic Horror Novella)
 
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A wickedly horrifying rendering of the classic children's story "Hansel and Gretel", in which modern revenge is served up sweet...

Less than a year after Randall Parker left his family for elementary school teacher, Amy, the unthinkable happens--his ex-wife and two children are killed in a car accident. Ever since the accident, Amy has had terrible nightmares in which Rand's son and daughter return to exact revenge on their father and Amy herself for abandoning them. When Rand convinces her to come away with him for a healing respite to an isolated cabin in the woods, Amy's guilt-filled nightmares turn into pure horror.

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Woodcutter's Grim Series, Book 2: Blood of Amethyst by Karen Wiesner (Romantic Horror Novella)
 
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A blood-curdling answer as to why the childhood-nightmare creature Rumpelstiltskin so wanted a child of his own...

Amethyst Phillip's father--her only family--disappears in Woodcutter's Grim's evil woods. Town Sheriff and Guardian Gabe Reece sends out a search party and eventually they find the body, completely drained of blood.

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Woodcutter's Grim Series, Book 3: Dancing to the Grave by Karen Wiesner (Romantic Horror Novella)
 
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Loosely based on "The Pied Piper of Hamelin". The children of Woodcutter's Grim are changing...and only one person, music teacher Diane Anders, realizes the truth. Can she and her husband, Kurt Jones, a member of the ancient lineage of the Protectorate's Chosen Seven, save them and the future of their town?

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Woodcutter's Grim Series, Book 4: Moonlight Becomes You by Karen Wiesner (Romantic Paranormal Novella)
 
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Very loosely based on "The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse". When her child becomes deathly ill and none of the doctors and specialists can help him, Heather Rowe rushes to Woodcutter's Grim, hoping the boy's father can explain what's happening. But Lance Shaussegeny both intrigues and terrifies Heather as much as what he's told her of his hometown does. She soon learns that nothing in Woodcutter's Grim--including Lance--is what it seems.

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Woodcutter's Grim Series, Book 5: Bewitched by Karen Wiesner (Romantic Paranormal Novella)
 
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Very loosely based on "The Little Mermaid". Glynnis Shaussegeny becomes bewitched by the mystery man who appears out of nowhere on the abandoned property across the lake from her family's estate. But does Aric Sayer have even more dark secrets than she does?

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Woodcutter's Grim Series, Book 6: One Night of Eternity by Karen Wiesner (Romantic Paranormal Novella)
 
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Very loosely based on "The House That Jack Built". The curse pronounced on the Shaussegeny clan for all time was very clear: "Because the Shaussegeny name has long been synonymous with faithlessness, even unto your own chosen mates, only one chosen mate will be allotted to each of your kin henceforth. These chosen mates must also fall under the family curse, but these pairs will know true peace when they become one. Herein lays your salvation--and your damnation. Only if each of your clan remains faithful to their chosen mates in word and deed for all of their days will they have blissful contentment. Apart, mates shall be restless and forever unsettled, gripped by a sadness and despair unlike any other. A terrible fate will come upon the one who breaks the mate covenant."

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Woodcutter's Grim Series, Book 7: Beauty is the Beast by Karen Wiesner (Romantic Horror Novella)
 
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Ransom Shaussegeny attempts to cure the family of the curse they live under. Instead, he becomes a werewolf trapped in his beast form and isolates himself inside the family fortress. When he meets Tess Moore, a beautiful enchantress, and falls under her spell, Ransom no longer knows who or what is real--or whether the evil in Woodcutter's Grim is about to have the last laugh by dooming him, the woman he loves, and his family for all time...

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Woodcutter's Grim Series, Book 8: The Deep by Karen Wiesner (Paranormal [mild Horror]/Christian)
 
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Very loosely based on "Metamorphoses: The Story of Pygmalion and the Statue" by Ovid. Cheyenne Welsh can't forget her past and the disappearance of her younger sister. When she returns to Woodcutter's Grim to sell the family property she grew up on, she's confronted with all the nightmare-realities of her childhood, still alive and well, still right where she left them--down in the darkness the Deep dwells inside. Her home...

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Woodcutter's Grim Series, The Final Chapter: The Amethyst Tower by Karen Wiesner (Romantic Time-travel Horror Novella)
 
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Loosely based on "Rapunzel". The isolated maiden meets her knight in a time-traveler who's come into the future to rescue her from the Warlock Lord holding her captive in the amethyst tower. Where else but in the fairytale-horror town of Woodcutter's Grim?

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Woodcutter's Grim Series, Volume I {Classic Tales of Horror Retold} (Books 1-3 and The Final Chapter) by Karen Wiesner (Romantic Horror Anthology)
 
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For the ten generations since the evil first came to Woodcutter's Grim, the Guardians have sworn an oath to protect the town from the childhood horrors that lurk in the black woods. Without them, the town would be defenseless...and the terrors would escape to the world at large.

Woodcutter's Grim Series, Volume I (Classic Tales of Horror Retold) is a compilation of the first three novellas in the series and The Final Chapter.

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