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If this is your first visit to my website, please spend some time exploring. Under the ‘Karen’s Books’ tab, you’ll find all my available books, some with excerpts. All my books are available in paperback and also in digital form on Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com.

Be sure, too, to peruse my (very infrequent) blogs, the titles of which you’ll find immediately to the right on this home page. Shift your eyes a tad and there they are! Clicking on any of the blog posts will give you a feel for both my style and content.

My most recent book (2018) titled Surprised by Shadowsthe title taken from a quote by Johann von Goethe: “There is strong shadow where there is much light” – is now available. It’s the second book of the New Hope Series set in America’s heartland in the late 19th century.  Along with romance and mystery and despite the setting of a little town named New Hope in 1881 Nebraska, I hope the story makes the reader think about the role of community in a person’s life, and how best to balance one’s own personal passions with the needs of the people around us.

Book 1 of the New Hope Series is What We Carry With Us. You can start with the second book and enjoy it on its own without reading the first one, but be warned that you’ll want to go back to the first book when you’re done. One reviewer wrote that What We Carry With Us  has “… a lot of mystery, a realistic Western flavor, some romance and some very fine writing.” (Beacon Journal, 1/14/18)

My Laramie Series of six books stretches in time from 1880 to 1919. In the series, peripheral characters in one story take center stage in another, yet each of the novels stands alone very nicely. Start with any of the books and you’ll enjoy a perfectly good read. The six in order are:

  1. Lily’s Sister (also available on audio)
  2. Waiting for Hope (also available on audio)
  3. Where Home Is (also available on audio)
  4. Circled Heart
  5. Gold Mountain
  6. Smiling at Heaven

Anyone who wants to read something fun with a touch of heartfelt romance and a happy ending will enjoy the Series Penwarrens, a trio of shorter, light-hearted Victorian romances titled Claire, After All – Listening to Abby – and Jubilee Rose.

The Dangerous Thaw of Etta Capstone is a stand-alone novel and my personal favorite.

Magnificent Farewell is another stand-alone novel that commemorates World War I from an American’s perspective and is intended to offer solemn respect to all who served and suffered in “the war to end all wars.” I tried my hand at an anti-heroine, of sorts, and then decided to spice things up with a bit of mystery, too.  Book club discussion topics are posted on my website because Magnificent Farewell lends itself to thoughtful conversation. The book was a change from my other novels, and I appreciated one male reader who liked it but admitted that it wasn’t a “Disney princess” kind of story ~ he’s a wise man who’s right on target.

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