Karen Wiesner

Return to cowboy country in Fever, Texas, where the heat isn't the only thing causing a fever! See if you can find the heirloom wedding band!

Lance Olsen, Triple Aces Ranch co-owner, lost his wife Colleen and their two-year-old son in a fire four years ago. Colleen became the love of his life and he can’t imagine ever getting over what they shared enough to move on and start again. At this point in his continued grief, the ranch is all that matters to him. He believes his heart is dead to him.


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Colleen’s baby sister, Janaya Gaines, left the ranch right out high school to pursue a different life—and to forget. Though she’d come home for her sister and nephew's funerals, she’d been too devastated to stay long...or to ever imagine coming home again. All her life, her sister had gotten everything she’d set her mind to, everything Janaya had wanted. Instead of competing and giving in to her resentment, Janaya left to find a life and maybe love of her own. But no one could ever replace Lance Olsen in her heart.

When she comes home, accepting that the life she’s tried to build for herself has been a matter of mostly losses and few gains, she doesn’t expect Lance’s anger at her selfishness in staying away, nor does she anticipate that the animosity between them could ever stir the embers of true love.

 

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About Karen Wiesner

Creating realistic, unforgettable characters one story at a time…

Karen Wiesner is an accomplished author with 89 books published in the past 14 years, which have been nominated for and/or won 123 awards, and 13 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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Karen Wiesner’s Back list:

Cowboy Fever Series(Contemporary Romance):
“Wings of Love”, Book 1 in CHRISTMAS GEMS, A Jewels of the Quill Christmas Anthology
“Losses and Gains”, Book 2
          http://www.angelfire.com/stars4/kswiesner/fiction10.html

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
ROMANTIC NOTIONS, Book 4
FALCON’S BEND CASE FILES, Volume II
          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

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 the 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, “Losses and Gains”, Book 2 in the Cowboy Fever Series.

KW: The premise for this story was the idea of a woman with an extremely competitive sister who will do anything—anything—to one-up her sister. The heroine, wallflower Janaya, never believed she could compete with her perfect, ambitious older sister. Instead of fighting, she backed down and eventually left her hometown of Fever, Texas—and left the only man Janaya ever loved, Lance Olsen, firmly in her sister’s clutches. This story takes place four years after Lance’s wife and young son are killed in a fire that consumes the ranch he lives on. Now he’s a co-owner at the Triple Aces Ranch, and he’s still not over the death of his loved ones…or Janaya, who was his first love. I love writing about characters with an established, co-mingled history and didn’t get together the first time. Now they have a second chance at sharing a happily ever after together the second time around.

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

KW:The Cowboy Fever Series actually started with a couple of non-series (non-Cowboy Fever Series anyway) stories. The idea for a small fictional town in the Texas Panhandle called Fever came to me while I was outlining UNDER THE SPELL, Book 5 of my Incognito Series http://www.angelfire.com/stars4/kswiesner/fiction7.html. I really wanted to shake things up in that book and put the characters in a radically different setting. A cowboy ranch seemed like the perfect solution. The heroine, Justine Fielding (aka Gina Calhoun) in that book lived in Fever before she was recruited by the Network. She accepted their offer, and, for those readers of the series, you know acceptance means giving up every part of the life you once knew—including who you love. So you will meet Alex Lynch, the man Justine loves (but can only be with one month a year) in each offering of the Cowboy Fever Series, but his happily ever after will be tinged with sadness.

Fever was also mentioned in my novella “In Cahoots With Cupid”, the second book in my Kaleidoscope Series http://www.angelfire.com/stars4/kswiesner/fiction8.html, where hero Kiowa and his brother Wings “Mac” Mackenzie are first introduced. Wings was the hero in “Wings of Love”, Book 1 of the Cowboy Fever Series and in that book he settled down on his horse ranch in Fever.

I think women love the idea of cowboys because they’re heroic, chivalrous, old-fashioned and hardworking—a man’s man, hard and in need of a woman’s soft touch. But I also think women readers want romance without being overwhelmed with all the details of what it’s like to own and work on a ranch. I strongly wanted the stories to be character-focused and romance-oriented with an authentic but subtle cowboy/ranch setting, atmosphere, and flavor. That’s what I’m offering with this series.

What’s coming up in the Cowboy Fever Series:

Return to cowboy country in Fever, Texas, where the heat isn't the only thing causing a fever! See if you can find the heirloom wedding band!

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

Jared Chapman is the ranch foreman at Triple Aces Ranch, which he co-owns. When he gave his heart to Alana Hamilton, an orphan his grandmother brought to the ranch, he’d never regretted it. As a young man, he’d had no idea how to share the intensity of feelings he had for sweet and vulnerable, seventeen-year-old Alana.  Instead, he’d awkwardly promised her he’d always be there for her.

Alana had loved Jared from the start for the kindness he showed her, but she didn’t possess beauty, smarts or riches. Unwanted for most of her life, she’d learned to make the best of her lot in life. Not sure what a close-mouthed cowboy like Jared meant with his promise, she accepted the proposal of the one man who’d expressed interest in marrying her. Marriage to Holt Bowman meant leaving the only place she’d ever called home and giving up on true, fairy-tale love with Jared.

Jared had been silently devastated by Alana’s marriage. But, true to his promise, when her husband begins to take the pressures of being up-and-coming politician out on her, Jared runs to her rescue. Alana isn’t looking for a bodyguard. Can Jared open up and become the prince who will love her for always?

“Taming April” {Cowboy Fever Series, Book 4} 
978-1-61160-281-4 (electronic)
Coming January 2013 from Whiskey Creek Press http://www.whiskeycreekpress.com

Shawn Jacobs, co-owner of Triple Aces Ranch, is the ultimate ladies’ man. But, as his best friends find the women of their dreams and get hitched one by one, he wonders what he’s missing.

Once a classmate of Shawn’s and the daughter of a hard-working ranch hand who never had enough money to buy her a dress, let alone move out of the filthy hovel they’d lived in together after her mother’s death, April St. Clair is a high-powered lawyer. She’s left the dirty, dusty, stinking life of cattle ranching as far behind her as she can get. The men she dates are dressed to the nine’s, and their hands are as soft as their hearts. Unfortunately, she hasn’t come home once since she left for college. When her father dies—alone—she’s devastated. The only thing he left behind is a young mare that he’d wanted Shawn Jacobs and no other to train.

When the beautiful, snotty, green-eyed blond shows up at Triple Aces in treacherous high heels and designer clothing, asking him to train her father’s horse, Shawn’s amusement quickly turns to annoyance—and more. April infuriates him even as she turns him on. He knows it isn’t just the wild horse that needs to be tamed. April resists him at every turn, but even she isn’t immune to cowboy fever.
 
COWBOY FEVER SERIES Collection
978-1-105-19916-5 (trade paperback) from
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/karenwiesner
978-1-61160-282-1 (electronic) from
Whiskey Creek Press http://www.whiskeycreekpress.com
Coming May 2013

Award-winning author Karen Wiesner is the founder of Jewels of the Quill, an award-winning group of authors in all genres banded together to promote their books. The group also does anthologies together. COWBOY FEVER SERIES contains the first novella in the series that Karen contributed to a Jewels of the Quill anthology, plus four bonus stories!

Will include Wings of Love (Book 1), Losses and Gains (Book 2), For Always (Book 3), Taming April (Book 4), and The Only One (Book 5)

“The Only One” {Cowboy Fever Series, Book 5} 
978-1-61160-284-5 (electronic)
Coming November 2013 from Whiskey Creek Press http://www.whiskeycreekpress.com

More than five years ago, Ken Abrams, Triple Aces Ranch co-owner, and his wife Karla were madly in love and expecting their first child. Tragedy took that unborn daughter from them and drove them into opposite corners. Seeing how unaffected Ken seemed by the loss of their child shook Karla’s whole world. He didn’t want to talk; didn’t even appear to grieve. The very next morning, he was back out on his horse, doing ranch work, and she couldn’t forgive him his ease in coping—especially when his work seemed to take over his entire life so she rarely saw him anymore. Devastated, Karla left him. Ken is the only man she’s ever loved, and, after five years apart, she knows she has to make a decision: wash her hands of their marriage, or confront him about the loss of their unborn daughter.

Ken never understood why Karla left him, and, the few times he’s contacted her, she’s been as cold and volatile as a rattlesnake. He can only believe she also blames him for the death of their unborn child. He allows her the silent separation, unwilling to risk her asking him for a divorce. The death of his daughter tore him to pieces. Losing Karla will finish him for sure.

When Ken shows up with her four brothers at the exotic dance club Karla’s been working as a waitress to make ends meet, she sees that he hasn’t changed at all—and she tells him she wants a divorce ASAP. Can Ken prove the loss of their child all but destroyed him and she’s still the only one for him?

DRIFTER’S HEART, Book 6, A Cowboy Fever Series Novel
Contemporary Romance
Trade paperback from http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/karenwiesner
978-1-61160-285-2 (electronic) from Whiskey Creek Press http://www.whiskeycreekpress.com
Coming December 2013

Easy to love, hard to hold...

Maggie May’s pa is still looking for the cowboy who knocked up his cowgirl vixen daughter four years ago. Little Tex has grown up without a father, but he’s the shining star of the May Ranch. Like his father, though, he’s always running off and disappearing. Just when Maggie May thinks it’ll never happen, the drifter she loves shows up, suddenly wise to the fact that his oh-so-altruistic efforts to quiet her endless stream of conversation had ended with a child. Horse trainer for hire and former rodeo bullfighter, Ryder McCall returns toFever, Texas. This time, Maggie May plans to get him back in her clutches—and win his heart forever.

What do you have coming up for lucky readers?

My upcoming 2012 releases:

"One Night of Eternity" {Woodcutter’s Grim Series, Book 6} 
Romantic Paranormal Novella
Coming July 2012 from Whiskey Creek Press http://www.whiskeycreekpress.com
 
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

CLUMSY GIRL’S GUIDE TO FALLING IN LOVE, Book 1 of the Friendship Heirlooms Series
Inspirational Contemporary Romance/Chick-lit
978-1-105-20122-6 (trade paperback) from http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/karenwiesner
Download from Whiskey Creek Press http://www.whiskeycreekpress.com
Coming December 2012

HH: Thank you!

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