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!

Easy to love, hard to hold...

Maggie May’s pa is still looking for the cowboy who knocked up his cowgirl vixen daughter five 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.

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Reviews for Drifter's Heart

“Readers familiar with Karen Wiesner's world will love this version of the "secret baby" story. Fever, Texas, is a wonderful place, and the townspeople and ranchers who populate Ms. Wiesner's Cowboy Fever Series are so real, even the most detached reader will find herself desperately turning the pages to see how the folks of Fever confront and solve very modern problems while still staying true to their old time western values, values like chastity, loyalty and honor. I admit to being a fan of all the books in the Cowboy Fever Series -- the books are chock full of sexy cowboys; what's not to love? -- but DRIFTER’S HEART is special. The reason: a four year old, whirling dervish named Tex. Maggie and Ryder's love story is passionate and heartwarming. A reader can't help but worry as they struggle to overcome the mistakes of their past and cheer as they strive to rise above them to build a life together for themselves and their son. The stronger, deeper and even more moving love in DRIFTER’S HEART, though, is Maggie's love for Tex. Ms. Wiesner draws an exquisite portrait of a child with ADHD and the heartbreaking decisions Maggie faces mirror those of all parents who discover the child they love literally can't sit still. Please don't miss DRIFTER’S HEART. Buy the book for the wonderful romance between Maggie May and her sexy cowboy. Keep it for Tex.” ~Award-winning author Carrie S. Masek http://www.masek.net/

4 Stars! “Karen Wiesner does a spectacular job of providing tons of backstory for DRIFTER’S HEART without revealing it all upfront. We learn tiny morsels about their history as their relationship changes and their story progresses. When a chance offer finds Ryder back in Fever, Maggie must decide if he will remain firmly in her past or if there is room for him in her and Tex’s life. Karen Wiesner has done it again, providing another exceptional piece of storytelling in my new favorite small town of Fever, Texas. Fever is filled with sexy cowboys, small town goodwill, and protective men -- does it get any better than that? DRIFTER’S HEART allows us the privilege of watching Maggie become a strong woman unwilling to settle for less than she deserves and dreams of, while Ryder struggles against his impulse to live his life for others. It is a joy to go along for the bumpy ride through this ranching town and meet the colorful characters found within. Young Tex, the result of Maggie and Ryder’s night of passion, is adorable, precocious and struggling with his own problems, while Mac and Amanda (from Book 1) eagerly await the arrival of twins. Nothing is missing from DRIFTER’S HEART; it is packed full of emotions, drama, horses, meddling family members, and reliable friends. The only thing missing is a cowboy for me!” Natasha Jackson for Readers' Favorite http://www.readersfavorite.com

4 Stars! “This sixth book in the Cowboy Fever Series will definitely satisfy readers’ expectations. Wiesner successfully blends current and relevant real-life issues with hot romance in this very pleasant story about two lovers who manage to find their way back to one another. Fans of the series will continue to enjoy the light and comforting down-home country tone and setting of Fever, Texas.” ~RT Book Reviews http://www.rtbookreviews.com

 

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About Karen Wiesner

Creating realistic, unforgettable characters one story at a time...

Karen Wiesner is an accomplished author with 102 books published in the past 15 years, which have been nominated for and/or won 126 awards, and has 39 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. For more information about Karen and her work, 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.

 

 

Also by Karen Wiesner

Bloodmoon Cove Spirits Series (Paranormal Romance):
BOUND SPIRITS, Book 1
http://www.angelfire.com/stars4/kswiesner/fiction11.html

Woodcutter’s Grim Series -- Classic Tales of Horror Retold (Romantic Horror/Paranormal):
“Papa”, Book 1 
“Blood of Amethyst”, Book 2 
“Dancing to the Grave”, Book 3
“The Amethyst Tower”, The Final Chapter
WOODCUTTER’S GRIM SERIES, Volume I with Books 1-3 and The Final Chapter
“Moonlight Becomes You”, Book 4
“Bewitched”, Book 5
“One Night of Eternity”, Book 6
“Beauty is the Beast”, Book 7
WOODCUTTER’S GRIM SERIES, Volume II with Books 4-7
THE DEEP, Book 8, A Woodcutter’s Grim Series Novel
http://www.angelfire.com/stars4/kswiesner/fiction6.html

Cowboy Fever Series (Contemporary Romance):
“Wings of Love”, Book 1
“Losses and Gains”, Book 2
“For Always”, Book 3
“Taming April”, Book 4
“The Only One”, Book 5
DRIFTER’S HEART, Book 6, A Cowboy Fever Series
COWBOY FEVER SERIES with Books 1-5
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

Friendship Heirlooms Series (Inspirational Romance):
CLUMSY GIRL’S GUIDE TO FALLING IN LOVE, Book 1
MICHAEL’S ANGEL, Book 2
http://www.angelfire.com/stars4/kswiesner/fiction9a.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
http://www.angelfire.com/stars4/kswiesner/fiction7.html

Wounded Warriors Series (Contemporary Women’s Fiction):
RELUCTANT HEARTS, Book 1
WAITING FOR AN ECLIPSE, Book 2
MIRROR MIRROR, Book 3
WAYWARD ANGELS, Book 4
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
TEARS ON STONE, Book 2
FALCON’S BEND CASE FILES, Volume I (The Early Cases)
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
FIRST LOVE, Book 2
FOREVER MAN, Book 3
http://www.angelfire.com/stars4/kswiesner/fiction2.html

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

Kaleidoscope Series (Contemporary Romance Novellas):
“Perfect Cadence”, Book 1 
“In Cahoots With Cupid”, Book 2 
“Behind Amethyst Eyes”, Book 3
“Jordana’s Chair”, Book 4
“Paper Tiger”, Book 5 
“Cabin Fever”, Book 6
“The Longest Night”, Book 7
KALEIDOSCOPE SERIES Collection with Books 1-7
http://www.angelfire.com/stars4/kswiesner/fiction8.html

Adventures in Amethyst Series (Contemporary Romance/Suspense Novellas):
“A Rose for Romeo”, Book 1
“Revenge in Amethyst”, Book 2
“Reckless Rose”, Book 3
“Christmas in Amethyst”, Book 4

ADVENTURES IN AMETHYST SERIES Collection with Books 1-4
http://www.angelfire.com/stars4/kswiesner/fiction4a.html
Reference:
FIRST DRAFT IN 30 DAYS
COHESIVE STORY BUILDING (formerly titled FROM FIRST DRAFT TO FINISHED NOVEL {A Writer’s Guide to Cohesive Story Building}
THE POWER OF PROMOTIONAL GROUPS
WRITING THE FICTION SERIES: The Guide for Novels and Novellas
http://www.firstdraftin30days.com
THE WORLD OF AUTHOR KAREN WIESNER: A COMPENDIUM OF FICTION {The Official Companion of Karen Wiesner’s Books}
http://www.angelfire.com/stars4/kswiesner/nonfiction.html

Miscellaneous:
2-in-1 Inspirational Romances:
“The Amethyst Angel” (Traditional Romance Novella)
“A Home for Christmas” (Inspirational Romance Novella)
2-in-1 Supernatural Romances:
“The Amethyst Star” (Futuristic Romance Novella)
“Creatures of the Night” (Paranormal Romance Novella)
http://www.angelfire.com/stars4/kswiesner/fiction5.html
HOME (Inspirational Romantic Fiction)
THE BLOODMOON CURSE (Contemporary Gothic Romantic Suspense with an Inspirational Slant)
SWEET DREAMS (Paranormal Romance)
RESTLESS AS RAIN (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 Poetry, Melodies, and Other Wanderings of Karen Wiesner
(Poetry Collection)
http://www.angelfire.com/stars4/kswiesner/poetry.html
CODY KNOWS with Linda Derkez (Children's 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, DRIFTER’S HEART, Book 6, A Cowboy Fever Series Novel.

KW: Maggie May made her extremely memorable appearance in “In Cahoots With Cupid” and I knew while I was coming up with the proposal for this series I wouldn’t want Maggie and Ryder’s story to be a novella. There was too much to cover, so having a novel to tie up the series was something I loved doing.

In this book, I explore the life of a drifter who’s spent his life feeling restless wherever he was. For the most part, he’s been working the rodeo circuit -- not an easy or a safe life. Sometimes, he worked as a horse trainer on ranches, but, even after he met Maggie at the May Ranch, he went back to bullfighting. When he sees Maggie again, he finds out that their one night together resulted in pregnancy.

Tex is four years old and Maggie recently found out that, while doctors won’t diagnose a child so young, he has all the markers for ADHD. Tex isn’t an easy child to look after. Ryder inadvertently has the answer to a lifetime of extreme restlessness and instability. Maggie is worried sick how this will affect both of their lives if her son does have this condition. She’s exhausted all the time and worried about money because she barely has enough to survive. Having Ryder show up now is both a blessing and another whole set of worries. Just when she comes to rely on his presence... and fall in love again, will he disappear without a trace like he did last time?

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:

I haven’t sold but I’m working on a second novel in the series that will feature the hero and heroine in Taming April, Book 4 of the series:

A WING & A PRAYER, Book 7, A Cowboy Fever Series Novel
Contemporary Romance
by Karen Wiesner
Wedded bliss is all it’s cracked up to be…until Shawn Jacobs and April St. Clair find out how hard it is to be full-time parents and individuals.

Find out more and register to be notified of the sale and release here: http://www.angelfire.com/stars4/kswiesner/fiction10.html

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

KW: My 2014 upcoming releases include:

KERI IS CUTE, CUTE, CUTE!
by Karen Sue Wiesner
Children’s Illustrated Picture Book
978-1-61160-922-6 (ebook); 978-1-61160-923-3 (print)
Coming January 2014 from Wee Creek Press http://www.weecreekpress.com/

I CAN TOUCH THE SKY
by Karen Sue Wiesner
Children’s Illustrated Picture Book
Coming in print and ebook formats
Coming June 2014 from Wee Creek Press http://www.weecreekpress.com/

FOREVER AND ALL THAT JAZZ, Book 3 of the Friendship Heirlooms Series Inspirational Romance
978-1-304-49146-6 (trade paperback) from
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/karenwiesner
978-1-61160-283-8 (electronic)
Whiskey Creek Press http://www.whiskeycreekpress.com
Coming March 2014

ONLY THE LONELY, Book 1, Angelfire Trilogy II
Contemporary Romance
978-1-304-57828-0 (trade paperback) from http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/karenwiesner
Electronic from Writers Exchange E-Publishing
http://www.writers-exchange.com/Karen-Wiesner.html
Coming May 2014

FIRST COMES LOVE, Book 4 of the Friendship Heirlooms Series
Inspirational Romance
Coming in trade paperback from
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/karenwiesner
978-1-61160-286-9 (electronic) from Whiskey Creek Press http://www.whiskeycreekpress.com
Coming July 2014

AS PATIENT AS DEATH, Book 5 of the Falcon’s Bend Series by Karen Wiesner & Chris Spindler
Mystery/Police Procedural Novel
Coming in trade paperback and electronic formats from
Writers Exchange E-Publishing
http://www.writers-exchange.com/Karen-Wiesner.html 
Coming September 2014

TIL SUMMER COMES AROUND, Book 5, An Adventures in Amethyst Series Novel by Karen Wiesner
Contemporary Romance
Trade paperback from http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/karenwiesner
Electronic from Writers Exchange E-Publishing
http://www.writers-exchange.com/Karen-Wiesner.html
Coming November 2014

PERFECT REFLECTION, Book 5 of the Friendship Heirlooms Series
Inspirational Contemporary Romance/Chick-lit
Trade paperback from http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/karenwiesner

and electronic formats from Whiskey Creek Press http://www.whiskeycreekpress.com
Coming December 2014

HH: Thank you!

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