Karen Wiesner

How do you know destiny when it knocks on your door, or recognize it if it’s always been there?

Christian Riley, Elizabeth Horace, and Oscar Albright grew up together, the clichéd “church kids”, but Chris quickly found everything about his life stifling. When he moves to Los Angeles to get away from everything his existence has dictated for him, he doesn’t expect Elizabeth to follow him, but he’s known for as long as he can remember that she loves him obsessively... just as Oscar loves her. With Chris’s faith in tatters, he has no interest in Christianity let alone morality. Yet in the thirteen years that follow, he finds himself returning to Elizabeth whenever he hits rock bottom. Deep down, he understands she alone will always love him, no matter how far he strays or how much he hurts her when he uses her as his last-ditch refuge.


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When a serial killer/rapist’s attack of Elizabeth is mercifully thwarted, Chris’s world collapses in on him with guilt and horror coming at him from every corner. The attack has changed Elizabeth. She realizes she’s put her life on hold for too long praying for Chris to share her belief that their love and life together is destined. After she severs the ties between them, Chris knows the only way to get her back is to give himself to the Lord. God begins changing him from the inside out, but -- too little, too late -- has he fallen in love when his angel of mercy is no longer available to him? Destiny... Do you believe?

 

Reviews for Destiny

4 1/2 Stars! “This story shows that, quite often, what you are desperately searching for in your life has always been there, unseen due to its familiarity. And as with Elizabeth, it also shows that love is often blind. Too blind. The lucky ones realize it before it is too late. Once again the author, Karen Wiesner, has written an inspirational romance that kept me reading far longer than I should have. (I rescheduled a dentist appointment just so I could finish it.) I would also like to mention that a card game (called Destiny Poker) is played in this story. A small section, in the back of this book, tells how the author came up with the game. Since the idea first came to mind, Destiny Poker has been tweaked and refined and is now available to the public. You can find details on how to play Destiny Poker in the book. The author has even made a special card deck, which you may choose to order. (I have a deck. The back of each card has a picture of the book’s cover. I have to admit that the cards are gorgeous.) This is a stand-alone story. No other book needs to be read to fully enjoy it. The characters have well-developed backgrounds and are so believable that, were they real people, I could have called them my friends. A wonderful story to curl up with on a cold night or take with you on a plane or vacation. Very heartwarming.” ~Huntress Review http://www.huntressreviews.com

4 Stars! “DESTINY by Karen Wiesner is a very good book. As a Christian and a young adult, I could relate to this book on many levels. As humans, when we are on a spiritual level sometimes we find it hard to forgive ourselves when we feel that we have done wrong. I have struggled with that myself. I think Karen Wiesner did a great job of displaying the struggle of a spiritual journey. Karen Wiesner also did a great job showing how sometimes our relationships with others can consume us and how we in return, lose ourselves in wanting to be loved. The four main characters, Chris, Elizabeth, Oscar, and Yolie, who are all friends, all have unique stories but their stories blend with each other. Chris is struggling to find his own identity but is doing so in a way in which he is turning away from God. Elizabeth does not really know who she is but is not really trying to find herself because she is so much in love. Oscar is Elizabeth's best friend and to me is the most sane of the group, and Yolie is someone who just has a really caring heart but that is also what has led to most of her struggles. All in all, DESTINY is a great story. I would recommend it strongly and encourage all to read this as it can actually help a lot. Karen definitely did a good job of putting a lot of twists and turns in the book, which I loved. The book definitely kept my attention all the way through. If you enjoy real romance novels that not only focus on the good but also show the struggles of relationships and how couples do overcome them, then this is the book for you.” ~Readers Favorite http://readersfavorite.com/

 

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About Karen Wiesner

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

Karen Wiesner is an accomplished author with 96 books published in the past 15 years, which have been nominated for and/or won 125 awards, and has 28 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. Look forWriting the Fiction Series: The Complete Guide for Novels and Novellas, her next offering from Writer’s Digest Books, in May 2013. 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. For more information about Karen’s fiction and series, consult her official companion guide The World of Author Karen Wiesner: A Compendium of Fiction. Additionally, Karen is a member of Infinite Worlds of Fantasy Authors and World Romance Writers. Along with her writing, Karen enjoys designing websites, graphics, and cover art.

For more information about Karen and her work, visit her websites 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

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 with 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
“One Night of Eternity”, Book 6
WOODCUTTER’S GRIM SERIES, Volume II with Books 4-6 and bonus story “Beauty is the Beast” (Book 7)
http://www.angelfire.com/stars4/kswiesner/fiction6.html

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
“For Always”, Book 3
“Taming April”, Book 4
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
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
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

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 reissue (Poetry Collection)
http://www.angelfire.com/stars4/kswiesner/poetry.html
CODY KNOWS reissue with Linda Derkez (Children's Picture Book)
“Taking Responsibility Builds Trust”, Making Good Choices Series, Book 1 reissue (Children’s Nonfiction Interactive Picture Book)
“Taking Care of Your Things”, Making Good Choices Series, Book 2 reissue (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, DESTINY. Where did you get the idea for this story?

KW: Oddly enough, at the end of last year I was taking a much needed break for writing -- and I guess that spells major bursts of creativity. I had an extremely vivid, emotional dream that I woke up from and immediately started writing notes so I wouldn’t lose anything. The basic idea was a woman who believed in true, destined love so much that she couldn’t let go even when it seemed that that love was the worst thing in the world for her. The tag line “How do you know destiny when it knocks on your door, or recognize it if it’s always been there? Destiny... Do you believe?” came to me almost instantly when I saw down and worked out a back cover blurb for the story. I designed a cover and worked the project into my schedule, then I submitted the proposal. That same day I got an acceptance. When I went to outline the book shortly afterward, it wasn’t as easy as I expected because my original plan was to write the whole thing in the hero Christian’s POV, in first person. After outlining 5 scenes or so, I knew that wasn’t working but I also knew writing it in third person from Chris and Elizabeth’s POV wouldn’t work either. So I did something a little different with this book than I’ve done in the past with a story. There’s a love triangle (or maybe it’s a square J) throughout most of the book, and I wanted to show the story from all three points of view. Usually I’m not a fan of love triangle books because it’s hard for me not to feel sorry for the odd man or woman out -- the one who loses. It’s so unfair and it seems cruel to me on the part of the other two in the love triangle. But I found a way to give everyone a happily-ever-after in this one. Writing the book in all three points of view was like magic and I quickly outlined the whole book. The first draft was also magical, and my critique partner said she was absolutely absorbed in it from beginning to end. I knew then that this was a special book. I hope fans love it as much. Plus, it’s set in my fictional town of Peaceful, WI, where my Family and Friendship Heirlooms series are set, as well as my single-title HOME.

HH: What do you like best about Elizabeth, the heroine, and why do you think readers will relate to her?

KW: RT Book Reviews said of the book, “The heroine’s blind love is easy to believe and empathize with.” I agree that Elizabeth is like many women these days -- looking for true, destined love... and along the way she makes some mistakes because she’s so focused on what she believes in and she’s searching for. She’s such an idealist that it’s hard for her to see anything but what she wants to define her own happiness. Luckily, her happiness did come in the end and so her perseverance was rewarded.

HH: Did anything interesting happen while writing this book?

KW: By May 18, 2012, I’d finished the first draft of this book and getting ready to revise it. We had some friends over for a night of food, fun and game. During a random round of non-competitive draw poker, I came up with the idea of using discards to build a hand of poker. That night, together as a group, we established some basic rules and strategy for this game. At first I called it Discard Poker, then I thought it would work really well in DESTINY, since Oscar and Yolie are playing a game to distract themselves in Chapter 8. This game requires inventive and sometimes unconventional strategy since what you end up with could simply be what fate (random chance) allows you. Destiny Poker was born and went through countless evolutions after that point until it became the game featured in this book. In the back of the book you’ll find the instructions for Destiny Poker and a special discount offer to purchase your own novelty deck of Destiny Poker playing cards.

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

KW: My upcoming 2013 releases include:

COWBOY FEVER SERIES 
Contemporary Romance Novella 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

WRITING THE FICTION SERIES: The Guide for Novels and Novellas
Nonfiction/Writing Reference
978-1599636900 (trade paperback) from Writer’s Digest Books http://www.writersdigestshop.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=Karen+Wiesner
Coming May 30, 2013

MICHAEL’S ANGEL, Book 2 of the Friendship Heirlooms Series
Inspirational Romantic Suspense
978-1-300-02888-8 (trade paperback) from
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/karenwiesner
978-1-61160-278-4 (electronic) from Whiskey Creek Press http://www.whiskeycreekpress.com
Coming July 2013

BOUND SPIRITS, Book 1 of the Bloodmoon Cove Spirits Series
Paranormal Romance
Trade paperback and electronic formats from Writers Exchange E-Publishing
http://www.writers-exchange.com/Karen-Wiesner.html
Coming August 2013

“Beauty is the Beast” {Woodcutter’s Grim Series, Book 7} 
Romantic Paranormal Novella
978-1-61160-276-0 (electronic) from Whiskey Creek Press http://www.whiskeycreekpress.com
Coming September 2013

THE DEEP, Book 8, A Woodcutter’s Grim Series Novel 
Inspirational Romantic Paranormal Horror
978-1-300-66676-9 (trade paperback) from http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/karenwiesner
978-1-61160-277-7 (electronic) from Whiskey Creek Press http://www.whiskeycreekpress.com
Coming October 2013

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

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


HH: Thank you!
 

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