Monday, November 12, 2012

                November/December 2012
New Releases 
Daniel's Desire
Confederate soldier, Lt. Daniel McCoy has just escaped from a Union prison. The last thing he needs is to wander into the farm of Rosemarie Wilson, a widow hovering near death, with three small children. But is it only honor that keeps him from leaving?
Miss Merry's Christmas
The Duke of Penrose is not happy with Miss Meredith Chambers, the American governess his new wards have arrived with. He quickly replaces her, happy to have his unwanted attraction to the unsuitable woman behind him. Until his mother hires her as a companion…
Four Of A Kind
Four stories of mystery and suspense by authors J. R. Lindermuth, Carol Culver Rzadkiewicz, Douglas Quinn and Sara Williams--Edited by Douglas Quinn. White Heron Press
Clumsy Girl’s Guide to Falling in Love
Book 1 of the Friendship Heirlooms Series
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.
Eva Pennington - Trouble in Georgia
While expanding her banking empire into Georgia, Eva clashes with devious Atlanta good-old-boys who think her ambitions are unseemly for a woman. But they’re desperate for Eva’s investment in their banks to avert financial calamity – a calamity created by their own poor management. Convinced they can out-smart Eva, the bankers try to secure her cash infusion without sharing control. As Eva and her team get to work on a hostile takeover, she finds she must put her romance with Dutch on a back burner and focus on out-maneuvering the bankers and escaping the violent intentions of the Georgia boys’ pals in the Ku Klux Klan.
Bastards of Ran
Deceit and betrayal end in torture Jaylon suffers all because a legend promised the return of the Bastards of Ran.
From the atrocities of war a decision was made to save their race and their world. Protection of those of paramount value must be assured by any means. Ships orbiting their planet were built. Only when their planet would not support even war, the last and lowest, the military, were sent to the ships. From the age of seven when his training began, Jaylon knew only military. Guard duty in the Paramount lounge should have been easy duty though he was warned by his peers to never trust the Paramounts, especially the woman.
New Contracts
Open And Shut, by John R. Lindermuth, a crime story about a murder/suicide with a twist. Tentative release date is April 2013, Untreed Reads,
On Valentine's Day, a Valentine's Anthology, with Raine Delight, February 2013, It's Raining Men/Sara York (Publishers)
A Courtesan's Desires is Killarney Sheffield’s fourth novel and first ever Eppie nomination and finalist. Winners to be announced March 16th in Vancouver Washington.
Giveaways & News
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©   In 2013, Karen Wiesner’s multi-award-winning Wounded Warriors Series will be revised and reissued. RELUCTANT HEARTS, Book 1, will be out February 2013, WAITING FOR AN ECLIPSE, Book 2, April 2013, MIRROR MIRROR, Book 3, May 2013, WAYWARD ANGELS, Book 4, June 2013, UNTIL IT’S GONE, Book 5, July 2013, and WHITE RAINBOW, Book 6, September 2013. All will be published by Writers Exchange E-publishing in electronic formats. Trade paperbacks will be available from Find out more here:
5 Stars! “CLUMSY GIRL’S GUIDE TO FALLING IN LOVE, Book 1 of Karen Wiesner’s Friendship Heirlooms Series, will have you laughing, crying and empathizing with Zoë throughout the entire story. Zoë has always been the clumsy girl, never really fitting in. When she attempts to fit in, others accept her, but she still feels out of place and in her own world. Zoë runs into Curt and the old memories return and although they both fight them and Zoë is determined not to be with Curt, are they really meant to be together forever? I feel this book has been well-written. While reading it, I felt as if I were a part of the characters’ lives as Zoë is talking with the reader throughout the book, sharing her thoughts, feelings and experiences. Zoë is such a likable character and someone whom so many readers could relate to on many levels. There are times when we all feel as if we do not fight into the world that we are living in and are searching for that perfect fit, not to mention that perfect someone to share life with. Zoë and Curt have a past and, while it was a wonderful past together, so much time has passed and with the hurt feelings and misunderstandings, they must find where they are at now. Relationships are something that are wonderful but confusing and hard at the same time and readers relate to this and will be sucked right into the drama of the Curt and Zoë relationship in this book and will want to keep reading until the end!” ~Kristie I. for Readers Favorite
“This is a delightful short novel with incredible depth of emotion packed into it, as well as much fun. It should be a movie! In fact, when you read this, you’ll feel like you’ve settled back in your seat and are enjoying the next great romantic comedy—but with much more depth. (Hollywood, take note of this story!) Zoe and Curt once dated, but they let their flaws and life’s rotten circumstances color their thinking and push them apart. Now they’re thrown back together and they have to sort through everything from their own relatives’ bad examples for living right, to old flames coming back. Secrets get revealed on almost every page, which kept me reading and entertained. I was also hooked by Zoe and Curt meeting to walk their Maine coon cats. That device of the cats does not take over the story, though, and the author wisely lets it settle into the background as we’re sucked into the subject of what it takes for each of us to truly value the individuals who matter most in our lives: friends, family, and spouse or spouse-to-be. This romantic relationship novel asks important thematic questions throughout: Do you put into actions the words you say about respecting others and the person you say you love most in your life? Do you take the time to really get to know somebody? How hard are you working at being a true friend? How hard are you working at being the best person you can be overall? In this novel, author Karen Wiesner allows the reader to navigate nothing short of your soul. Zoe and Curt are flawed characters, and thus people like “us.” Zoe and Curt have to navigate their mistakes (humorous and serious ones), ask forgiveness, and then find ways to show appreciation for the goodness found in the other person. There’s a lovely prescription here in this book for being a better and happier person. But don’t think this novel is “heavy”—remember the cats and Zoe’s clumsiness! You can read this novel for the pure joy, laughter, and funny antics that happen because of the cats and Zoe’s clumsiness with most everything she says and does. I smiled and chuckled a lot while reading this. Zoe and Curt have their hands full with family, friends, and felines. I loved this novel! Karen Wiesner outdoes herself yet again with another well-written story.” ~Christine DeSmet, author, First-Degree Fudge, Book 1, Door County Fudge Shop Mystery Series (debuting in 2013), also a professional screenwriter , and a faculty associate of writing, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Christine is the director of the national Write-by-the-Lake Writer’s Workshop & Retreat
4 Stars! “This is an inspirational romance, meaning that the characters often turn to God for His guidance. If you are not a Christian, you will still enjoy this tale very much because the author doesn’t shove religion down the throats of her readers. This story focuses on the trust and romance of the main couple. That is one of the things I like most about the author, Karen Wiesner. Each character has its own developed background; however, the main and secondary characters have fully developed ones. Zoë’s roommate will have her story told in a later title. Zoë’s two other friends had their stories told in the Family Heirloom Series (of which this new series is a spin-off). Each title is a stand-alone story and, as always, each story is fabulous!”
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Eva Pennington - Trouble in Georgia
A sequel to "Eva Marie Pennington," the main character, Eva, is fascinating and unforgettable. She is charming, beautiful, cunning, and brilliant, and each of the women she has carefully selected for her "team," as she calls it, outwit the so-called financial wizards who think a woman couldn't possibly run a financial empire, and they try with every attempt possible, including attempts at her life, to get rid of her. But she shows them; does she ever! This book has it all -- intrigue, suspense, romance, sex, and most of all, great writing by an author whose name I believe we are going to see a lot more of. And I hope to see a lot more of Eva, too. This is definitely one of those "couldn't stop reading it!" books.
Karen Wiesner
©     In December 2012, Karen will be interviewed at The Romance Studio with the release of CLUMSY GIRL’S GUIDE TO FALLING IN LOVE, Book 1 of the Friendship Heirlooms Series:
©     December 16, 2012, Karen will be the guest author at Janet Lane Walter’s blog with the release of CLUMSY GIRL’S GUIDE TO FALLING IN LOVE, Book 1 of the Friendship Heirlooms Series:
©     December 16, 2012, Karen will be the guest author at the Bookingly Yours blog with the release of CLUMSY GIRL’S GUIDE TO FALLING IN LOVE, Book 1 of the Friendship Heirlooms Series:
©     December 18, 2012, Karen will provide a guest post at the Bookingly Yours blog with the release of CLUMSY GIRL’S GUIDE TO FALLING IN LOVE, Book 1 of the Friendship Heirlooms Series: