Karen Wiesner

Nuggets of faith can be passed down as family heirlooms from parent to child, sibling to sibling, spouse to spouse.

Book Six Family Heirloom: Persevering in adversity

Dr. Marcus Samuels is a medical missionary in Japan, and his life has been God’s work despite a severe anxiety disorder associated with being far from home. After twelve years of watching his happily married siblings and their children, he can no longer deny the chronic ache inside him and knows he should start his own family life back in the States—though he has serious doubts about his wife-hunting abilities at the age of forty. Spurred into motion by his mother’s sudden illness, he’s caught off-guard when he realizes just how much he’ll miss Keiko Oichi and her brother Haruki, fellow pediatricians at the Children’s Christian Mission Hospital. The two have not only been his lifeline while in a foreign, distant place, but have also become family to him.


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Keiko and Haruki grew up in the United States as foreign exchange students. It was through their host family that she and her older sibling became Christians. Her conversion to Christ, as well as getting to know Marcus, have radically altered her emotionally-detached acceptance of her traditional Japanese future. When Marcus says he’s leaving Japan for good, she feels lost at the prospect of living without her closest friend. Only with Marcus can she be the woman she truly is inside—if she can shed the cocoon of lifelong familial tradition and impossible expectations and be free.

Knowing Keiko has been betrothed since she was a child, Marcus had trained himself not to see her as a potential mate. But learning of her unhappiness and fear of being unequally yoked to an immoral man she can never love opens his eyes to possibilities he hasn’t allowed himself to consider. Who better to fall in love with than your very best friend? When Keiko’s parents learn of her conversion and feelings for a Christian man, the couple faces a crossroads in love and faith that will change both of their lives irrevocably.

 

Reviews for Worlds Collide

4 Stars! “This final installment in the Family Heirloom Series has the Samuels family needing to rely on their faith in God as they face a heartbreaking loss. The heroine’s conflict is well depicted.” ~RT Book Reviews http://www.rtbookreviews.com  

 

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About Karen Wiesner

Karen Wiesner is an accomplished author with 88 books published in the past 14 years, which have been nominated for and/or won 123 awards, and 14 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 bestsellers, First Draft in 30 Days and From First Draft to Finished Novel {A Writer’s Guide to Cohesive Story Building}, available from Writer’s Digest Books. 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. Jewels of the Quill produced two award-winning group anthologies per year published by Whiskey Creek Press from 2005-2011. All were edited by Karen and others. Along with her writing, Karen enjoys designing Web sites, graphics, and cover art. For more information about Karen and her work, visit her Web sites at http://www.karenwiesner.com, http://www.firstdraftin30days.com, http://www.falconsbend.com and http://www.JewelsoftheQuill.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
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Also by Karen Wiesner

Family Heirlooms Series (Inspirational Romance):
BABY, BABY, Book 1 reissue
SHADOW BOXING, Book 2 reissue
FOOLISH GAMES, Book 3 reissue
GLASS ANGELS, Book 4
SHARDS OF ASHLEY, Book 5
WORLDS COLLIDE, Book 6
          http://www.angelfire.com/stars4/kswiesner/fiction9.html

Woodcutter’s Grim Series—Classic Tales of Horror Retold (Romantic Horror/Paranormal):
“Papa”, Book 1 in SHADOWS IN THE HEART, A Jewels of the Quill Halloween Anthology
“Blood of Amethyst”, Book 2 in TALES FROM THE TREASURE TROVE, Volume IV, A Jewels of the Quill Anthology
WOODCUTTER’S GRIM SERIES, Volume I (Books 1-2 and bonus stories “Dancing to the Grave”, Book 3 and “The Amethyst Tower” (The Final Chapter)
“Moonlight Becomes You”, Book 4 in TALES FROM THE TREASURE TROVE, Volume VII, A Jewels of the Quill Anthology
“Bewitched”, Book 5
          http://www.angelfire.com/stars4/kswiesner/fiction6.html

Denim Blues Mysteries:
RETIRED AND ON THE ROCKS, Book 1
Inspirational Romantic Mystery (Private investigation)
LOVE IS BLIND...AND IT DON’T PAY THE BILLS EITHER, Book 2 Inspirational Romantic Mystery (Police procedural)
SOULS ON (B)ORING STREET, Book 3
Inspirational Romantic Mystery (Amateur sleuth)
          http://www.angelfire.com/stars4/kswiesner/fiction1a.html

Incognito Series (Romantic Suspense):
NO ORDINARY LOVE, Book 1
UNTIL DEATH DO US PART, Book 2
BOUNTY ON THE REBEL’S HEART, Book 3
DEAD DROP, Book 4
UNDER THE SPELL, Book 5
RENEGADE'S ROSE, Book 6
UNDERCOVER ANGEL, Book
HARD TO HANDLE, Book 8
DANCE IN SHADOWS, Book 9
HYPNOTIZED, Book 10
MIND GAMES, Book 11
DARK APPROACH, Book 12
INCOGNITO SERIES MEGABOOK, Volume 1 Collection
INCOGNITO SERIES MEGABOOK, Volume 2 Collection
INCOGNITO SERIES MEGABOOK, Volume 3 Collection
INCOGNITO SERIES MEGABOOK, Volume 4 Collection
          http://www.angelfire.com/stars4/kswiesner/fiction7.html

Wounded Warriors Series (Contemporary Women’s Fiction):
RELUCTANT HEARTS, Book 1 reissue
WAITING FOR AN ECLIPSE, Book 2 reissue
MIRROR MIRROR, Book 3 reissue
WAYWARD ANGELS, Book 4 reissue
UNTIL IT'S GONE, Book 5
WHITE RAINBOW, Book 6
          http://www.angelfire.com/stars4/kswiesner/fiction1.html

Falcon’s Bend Series (Mystery/Police Procedural written with Chris Spindler):

DEGREES OF SEPARATION, Book 1 reissue
TEARS ON STONE, Book 2 reissue
FALCON’S BEND CASE FILES, Volume I (The Early Cases) reissue
THE FIFTEENTH LETTER, Book 3 reissue
ROMANTIC NOTIONS, Book 4 reissue
FALCON’S BEND CASE FILES, Volume II reissue
          http://www.angelfire.com/stars4/kswiesner/mystery.html

Angelfire Trilogy (Contemporary Romance):
FALLING STAR, Book 1 reissue
FIRST LOVE, Book 2 reissue
FOREVER MAN, Book 3 reissue
          http://www.angelfire.com/stars4/kswiesner/fiction2.html

Gypsy Road Series (Contemporary Romance):
LEATHER & LACE, Book 1 reissue
FLESH & BLOOD, Book 2 reissue
FIRE & ICE, Book 3 reissue
VOWS & THE VAGABOND, Book 4 reissue
          http://www.angelfire.com/stars4/kswiesner/fiction3.html

Kaleidoscope Series (Contemporary Romance Novellas):
“Perfect Cadence”, Book 1 in CHRISTMAS WISHES, A Jewels of the Quill Christmas Anthology
“In Cahoots With Cupid”, Book 2 in MAGICAL KISSES, A Jewels of the Quill Valentine’s Day Anthology
“Behind Amethyst Eyes”, Book 3 in TALES FROM THE TREASURE TROVE, Volume V, A Jewels of the Quill Anthology
“Jordana’s Chair”, Book 4 in TALES FROM THE TREASURE TROVE, Volume VI, A Jewels of the Quill Anthology
“Paper Tiger”, Book 5 in HALLOWEEN TREASURES, A Jewels of the Quill Halloween Anthology
KALEIDOSCOPE SERIES Collection with Books 1-5 and bonus stories “Cabin Fever” (Book 6) and “The Longest Night” (Book 7)
          http://www.angelfire.com/stars4/kswiesner/fiction8.html

Cowboy Fever Series(Contemporary Romance):
“Wings of Love”, Book 1 in CHRISTMAS GEMS, A Jewels of the Quill Christmas Anthology
          http://www.angelfire.com/stars4/kswiesner/fiction10.html

Adventures in Amethyst Series (Contemporary Romance/Suspense Novellas):
“A Rose for Romeo”, Story 1 in TREASURES OF THE HEART, A Jewels of the Quill Valentine's Day Anthology
“Revenge in Amethyst”, Story 2 in TALES FROM THE TREASURE TROVE, Volume III, A Jewels of the Quill Anthology
ADVENTURES IN AMETHYST SERIES Collection (Books 1 and 2 and bonus stories : “Reckless Rose” (Story 3) and “Christmas in Amethyst” (Story 4)
          http://www.angelfire.com/stars4/kswiesner/fiction4a.html

Dame Amethyst Treasures:
“The Amethyst Angel” (Traditional Romance Novella) in TALES FROM THE TREASURE TROVE, Volume I, A Jewels of the Quill Anthology
“A Home for Christmas” (Inspirational Romance Novella) in SMALL GIFTS, A Jewels of the Quill Christmas Anthology
“The Amethyst Star” (Futuristic Romance Novella) in TALES FROM THE TREASURE TROVE, Volume II, A Jewels of the Quill Anthology
DAME AMETHYST TREASURES Collection with “The Amethyst Angel”, “A Home for Christmas”, “The Amethyst Star” and bonus paranormal romance novella “Creatures of the Night”
          http://www.angelfire.com/stars4/kswiesner/fiction5.html

Writing Reference:
FIRST DRAFT IN 30 DAYS
FROM FIRST DRAFT TO FINISHED NOVEL {A Writer’s Guide to Cohesive Story Building}
THE POWER OF PROMOTIONAL GROUPS
          http://www.firstdraftin30days.com  

Miscellaneous:
HOME (Inspirational Romantic Fiction)
THE BLOODMOON CURSE (Contemporary Gothic Romantic Suspense with an Inspirational Slant)
SWEET DREAMS reissue (Paranormal Romance)
RESTLESS AS RAIN reissue (Contemporary Romance)
“Silver Bells, Wedding Bells” (Romantic Comedy Novella) in the MISTLETOE MARRIAGES ANTHOLOGY
          http://www.angelfire.com/stars4/kswiesner/fiction4.html
SOUL BLEEDS The Dark Poetry and Other Wanderings of K.S. Wiesner (Poetry Collection)
          http://www.angelfire.com/stars4/kswiesner/poetry.html
CODY KNOWS with Linda Derkez (Children's Picture Book)
“Taking Responsibility Builds Trust”, Making Good Choices Series, Book 1 (Children’s Nonfiction Interactive Picture Book)
“Taking Care of Your Things”, Making Good Choices Series, Book 2 (Children’s Nonfiction Interactive Picture Book)
          http://www.angelfire.com/stars4/kswiesner/childrensbooks.html

 

An Interview with Karen Wiesner
By Holly Hewson for The Romance Studio

HH: Karen, thank you for talking with us at TRS. Please tell us about your featured release, Worlds Collide, Book 6, the final, in the Family Heirlooms Series.  What do you like best about Keiko and Marcus, the heroine and heroine, and why do you think readers will relate to them?

KW: Writing the Samuels family siblings’ stories has been such a joy for me, and coming to the last brother, who’s been in all the previous books in the series, was something I was looking forward to immensely. My hero, Marc, didn’t disappoint me. My goal in writing this story was to put a Christian in a situation where he felt called by the Lord to be a missionary…and yet this man of God is a homebody—not someone who can function normally being so far away from home and family. This isn’t a situation that anyone talks about easily because I suppose people expect Christians to be grateful and cheerful wherever the Lord puts us and most people assumed traveling is something everyone would love to do. That’s not always the case.

With the heroine, Keiko, I wanted to introduce someone who was born into an ultra-traditional world in which the family hierarchy dominates all decision or choice. Growing up in a Japanese family that adheres to old-fashioned standards, like marriage betrothal, was fascinating to me, especially because it was set in Japan, which is in many ways the exact opposite of America, where freedom and choice rules.

HH: Did anything interesting happen in the course of writing this book or series?

KW: You could say that <grin>! While I don’t want to overemphasize this, it was a situation in which I know other authors can truly appreciate my dilemma. I’d just finished the first draft of Worlds Collide when the earthquake/tsunami devastated Japan. While I’ve never included precise dates within any of the stories in the series, my own timeline for this particular book set Worlds Collide in March 2011! I seriously thought about revising my book to include this cataclysmic event. Yes, it could have been a powerful story. But whatever angle I came at this from, I knew this event would consume the story and take it far, far from where I’d intended and still wanted to go with it. I fell back on the belief that readers would understand because I’d never actually pinpointed precise dates for any of the stories in the series and the fact that this is a work of fiction. I truly hope this situation never happens again—for any country or in my writing.

HH: Where did you get the idea for this amazing series and why do you think it appeals to today’s audiences?

KW: The premise of my Family Heirlooms Series is how nuggets of faith can be passed down as family heirlooms from parent to child, sibling to sibling, spouse to spouse. Siblings in the Samuels family are the main characters in each story. I love the reality of dealing with issues that married couples and families deal with on an everyday basis, mingled with the struggle that goes along with those issues in the Christian walk. I think the realistic quality of the material is what appeal to so many women—the situations are ones you can apply to your own life.

Being a writer of series can be a Catch-22. Sometimes a series drags on long past the point of author interest. Other times a series ends far too soon. That was the case for me with the Family Heirlooms Series. I fell in love with so many of the secondary characters in this series that I came up with book ideas for two of those characters, sold them as non-series novels, but then realized I had a lot more tales to tell that connected with but didn’t really fit in as part of the Family Heirlooms Series. The Friendship Heirlooms Series was born.

Return to the quaint little town of Peaceful, Wisconsin, from my 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.

Look for the following upcoming releases:

Clumsy Girl’s Guide to Falling in Love, Book 1 of the Friendship Heirlooms Series (coming December 2012) with Zoë Rossdale from GLASS ANGELS, Book 4 of the Family Heirlooms Series
Coming December 2012

Michael’s Angel, Book 2 of the Friendship Heirlooms Series (coming July 2013) with LeeAnn Wagner and Michael Fremont from GLASS ANGELS and SHARDS OF ASHLEY, Books 4 and 5 of the Family Heirlooms Series
Coming July 2013

Forever and All That Jazz, Book 3 of the Friendship Heirlooms Series (January 2014) with Jasmine “Jazz” Pepowski and Pastor Wesley Horace from SHARDS OF ASHLEY, Book 5 of the Family Heirlooms Series
Coming January 2012

First Comes Love, Book 4 of the Friendship Heirlooms Series (March 2014) with Chad Feldmann and Winnie McBride from GLASS ANGELS, Book 4 of the Family Heirlooms Series
Coming March 2014

Clumsy Girl’s Guide to Having a Baby, Book 5 of the Friendship Heirlooms Series (June 2014) with newlyweds Zoë Rossdale and Curt Bertoletti from CLUMSY GIRL’S GUIDE TO FALLING IN LOVE, Book 1 of the Friendship Heirlooms Series
Coming June 2014

Perfect Reflection, Book 6 of the Friendship Heirlooms Series (October 2014) with Elaina Houston and Ethan Lynwood from SHARDS OF ASHLEY, Book 5 of the Family Heirlooms Series
Coming October 2014

Check out this upcoming series (including back blurbs, covers, and details) here:
http://www.angelfire.com/stars4/kswiesner/fiction9a.html

HH: What do you have coming up for lucky readers?

KW:My upcoming 2012 releases:

"Losses and Gains" {Cowboy Fever Series, Book 2} 
Contemporary Romance Novella
978-1-61160-279-1 (electronic) from Whiskey Creek Press http://www.whiskeycreekpress.com
Coming May 2012

"One Night of Eternity" {Woodcutter’s Grim Series, Book 6} 
Romantic Paranormal Novella
978-1-61160-273-9 (electronic) from Whiskey Creek Press http://www.whiskeycreekpress.com
Coming July 2012
 
WOODCUTTER’S GRIM SERIES, Volume II (including Books 4-7)
Romantic Paranormal Novella Collection
978-1-105-20066-3 (trade paperback) from http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/karenwiesner
978-1-61160-275-3 (electronic) from Whiskey Creek Press http://www.whiskeycreekpress.com
Coming September 2012

"For Always" {Cowboy Fever Series, Book 3} 
Contemporary Romance Novella
978-1-61160-280-7 (electronic)
from Whiskey Creek Press http://www.whiskeycreekpress.com
Coming November 2012

CLUMSY GIRL’S GUIDE TO FALLING IN LOVE, Book 1 of the Friendship Heirlooms Series by Karen Wiesner
Inspirational Romantic Comedy/Chick-lit
Trade paperback from http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/karenwiesner
Electronic formats from Whiskey Creek Press http://www.whiskeycreekpress.com
Coming December 2012

HH: Thank you!

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