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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, 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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Adventures in Amethyst Series, Book 7: Briar's Patch by Karen Wiesner (Contemporary Romance)
 
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As a teenager, Roman "Bud" Marasek was shy, a farmer's kid who grew up to be a farmer himself. The first girl he loved was Briar Sankey, a popular girl destined to be only a wish. Years later, he married, had a daughter, and his wife died unexpectedly. Raising Harper hasn't been easy alone, and he turns to Briar for help. Suddenly she's seeing Bud in a whole new light...and falling in love with the sweet, shy man who's been there all along.

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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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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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Falcon's Bend Series, Book 6: Pretty Fly 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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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 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 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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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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Adventures in Amethyst Series, Book 5: Til Summer Comes Around by Karen Wiesner (Romance: Contemporary)
 
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When Quinn Rutledge and Summer Rosales met on a warm summer night on the shores of beautiful Lake Amethyst, they were both young, all was right in the world, and the only thing on their agenda was romance--one that neither of them wanted to end with the summer and closing of resort town Amethyst's tourist season. Promises and plans were made. Promises were broken...

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Falcon's Bend Series, Book 2: Tears on Stone by Karen Wiesner and Chris Spindler (Mystery/Police Procedural)
 
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Is murder ever justifiable?

Falcon's Bend Police Department Investigator Pete Shasta's brother Jordan, is recently divorced and intent on putting his life back together for himself and his daughter.

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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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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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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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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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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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