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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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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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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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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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Falcon's Bend Series, Book 5: As Patient as Death 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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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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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 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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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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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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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.

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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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 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 Series, Book 4: Romantic Notions 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 3: The Fifteenth Letter 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 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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