Karen Wiesner

Return to the quaint little town of Peaceful, Wisconsin, from Karen Wiesner’s award-winning Family Heirloom 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.

Book Two Friendship Heirloom: Courage

As the unwanted son of a mother who killed herself to escape a life she couldn’t bear another second and then being passed around from one foster family to the next, each less sympathetic than the one before, Michael Fremont has had it drilled into him from birth that he’s not worth anything...certainly not worth saving. Then he met the angel next door. LeeAnn Wagner was as small and fragile as a china doll, the unfortunate offspring of a couple more volatile than gasoline and a lit match.

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Together, Michael and LeeAnn escaped the horrors of their childhoods and gave their lives to the Lord. But Michael had realized that his love and needs for LeeAnn were only growing beyond his control. Feeling like a coward, he did the only thing he could to save her from his possibly unwanted desires: he joined the military. There he’d made close friends in Christ and unburied the very discipline and willpower he’d struggled to grasp while he was with LeeAnn every minute of every day.

Never once during their years apart does Michael forget his angel...or forgive himself for leaving her just when she seemed to need him most. The last thing he expects upon honorable discharge is to find that the frail creature he’d reluctantly left behind for what’s felt like a lifetime has discovered her own considerable strengths, abilities, and deep, inner happiness. Can she forgive him? Can she ever get over the scars of her past to see him as the man of her heart? One worthy of an angel?

LeeAnn has loved Michael since the moment his gentle eyes met hers. When he left, she thought she’d never survive. But she’d realized soon afterward that she needed the separation as well -- to become the fearless, godly woman he needs, now more than ever; to become what he’s been to her right from the start: a healer and guide, a light in the darkness, a friend who would never abandon or destroy. And maybe now that she and Michael are whole, not hiding from the world, barely able to imagine surviving together or apart, they can become lovers...

But LeeAnn isn’t sure how to fully overcome a past that refuses to remain in her darkest nightmares. Even as she and Michael’s most fervent, uncertain dreams are coming true, the harbinger of her childhood is waiting in the shadows, murderously intent on taking away everything she’s ever wanted.

 

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About Karen Wiesner

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

Karen Wiesner is an accomplished author with 99 books published in the past 15 years, which have been nominated for and/or won 125 awards, and 37 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. Also available now is Writing the Series, her newest offering 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 KarensQuill-subscribe@yahoogroups.com.

 

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
COWBOY FEVER SERIES with Books 1-4 and bonus story “The Only One” (Book 5)
http://www.angelfire.com/stars4/kswiesner/fiction10.html

Family Heirlooms Series (Inspirational Romance):
BABY, BABY, Book 1
SHADOW BOXING, Book 2
FOOLISH GAMES, Book 3
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
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 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
WRITING THE FICTION SERIES  {The Complete Guide for Novels and Novellas}
http://www.firstdraftin30days.com  

Miscellaneous:
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 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, Michael’s Angel, Book 2, in the Friendship Heirlooms Series. Where did you get the idea for this amazing series and why do you think it appeals to today’s audiences?

KW: The Friendship Heirlooms Series is, of course, a spin-off of the Family Heirlooms Series. In the original, the premise was how nuggets of faith could be passed down as family heirlooms from parent to child, sibling to sibling, spouse to spouse. Siblings in the Samuels family were the main characters in each story. I loved 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.

HH: What do you like best about LeeAnn and Michael, the heroine and heroine, and why do you think readers will relate to them?

KW: LeeAnn Wagner and Michael Fremont were first introduced in GLASS ANGELS and SHARDS OF ASHLEY, Books 4 and 5 of the Family Heirlooms Series. Originally, this book wasn’t part of this particular series. Ironically, I had LeeAnn working that the Kaleidoscope Office Building, which was the central location in my KALEIDOSCOPE SERIES:
http://www.angelfire.com/stars4/kswiesner/fiction8.html.
When I put that series together, LeeAnn no longer seemed to fit there and I moved her over to Family Heirlooms. She became such an amazing character in Books 4 and 5 of that series that I knew I wanted to rewrite my original book and include her in the Friendship Heirlooms Series with her own book. Always, LeeAnn has been haunted by the horrors in her childhood, but she’s an amazing resilient and forgiving person—something she doesn’t even realize about herself.

Michael and LeeAnn were both scarred by the past but together found healing and the miracle of acceptance and love. It was hard to find a balance with these characters because they needed to be strong enough to overcome the past, but they couldn’t be completely healed yet to make the story work and to have vulnerable characters still on the edge. They’re both such an amazing combination of tough and tender. I think readers will love them individually and as a couple as much as I did.

Upcoming Friendship Heirlooms Series releases:

FOREVER AND ALL THAT JAZZ, Book 3 of the Friendship Heirlooms Series with Jasmine “Jazz” Pepowski and Pastor Wesley Horace from SHARDS OF ASHLEY, Book 5 of the Family Heirlooms Series
Inspirational Romance
Trade paperback from http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/karenwiesner
Electronic formats from Whiskey Creek Press http://www.whiskeycreekpress.com
Coming March 2014

FIRST COMES LOVE, Book 4 of the Friendship Heirlooms Series with Chad Feldmann and Winnie McBride from GLASS ANGELS, Book 4 of the Family Heirlooms Series
Inspirational Romance
Trade paperback from http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/karenwiesner
Electronic formats from Whiskey Creek Press http://www.whiskeycreekpress.com
Coming July 2014

CLUMSY GIRL’S GUIDE TO HAVING A BABY, Book 5 of the Friendship Heirlooms Series with newlyweds Zoë Rossdale and Curt Bertoletti from CLUMSY GIRL’S GUIDE TO FALLING IN LOVE, Book 1 of the Friendship Heirlooms Series
Inspirational Romance
Trade paperback from http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/karenwiesner
Electronic formats from Whiskey Creek Press http://www.whiskeycreekpress.com
Coming December 2014

PERFECT REFLECTION, Book 6 of the Friendship Heirlooms Series with Elaina Houston and Ethan Lynwood from SHARDS OF ASHLEY, Book 5 of the Family Heirlooms Series
Inspirational Romance
Trade paperback from http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/karenwiesner
Electronic formats from Whiskey Creek Press http://www.whiskeycreekpress.com
Coming April 2015

CLUMSY GIRL’S GUIDE TO HAVING IT ALL, Book 7 of the Friendship Heirlooms Series with new parents Zoë Rossdale and Curt Bertoletti from CLUMSY GIRL’S GUIDE TO FALLING IN LOVE and CLUMSY GIRL’S GUIDE TO HAVING A BABY, Books 1 and 5 of the Friendship Heirlooms Series
Inspirational Contemporary Romance/Chick-lit
Trade paperback from http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/karenwiesner
Electronic formats from Whiskey Creek Press http://www.whiskeycreekpress.com
Coming August 2015

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 other upcoming 2013 releases:

BOUND SPIRITS, Book 1 of the Bloodmoon Cove Spirits Series
Paranormal Romance
Trade paperback and electronic formats coming 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
Mass market paperback from http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/karenwiesner
Electronic formats 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
Trade paperback from http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/karenwiesner
Electronic formats from Whiskey Creek Press http://www.whiskeycreekpress.com
Coming October 2013

“The Only One” {Cowboy Fever Series, Book 5} 
Contemporary Romance Novella
Mass market paperback from http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/karenwiesner
Electronic formats from Whiskey Creek Press http://www.whiskeycreekpress.com
Coming November 2013 from Whiskey Creek Press http://www.whiskeycreekpress.com

DRIFTER’S HEART, Book 6, A Cowboy Fever Series Novel
Contemporary Romance
Trade paperback from http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/karenwiesner

Electronic formats from Whiskey Creek Press http://www.whiskeycreekpress.com
Coming December 2013

HH: Thank you!

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