Karen Wiesner

For the ten generations since the evil first came to Woodcutter's Grim, the Guardians have sworn an oath to protect the town from the childhood horrors that lurk in the black woods. Without them, the town would be defenseless...and the terrors would escape to the world at large.

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. WOODCUTTER'S GRIM SERIES, Volume II contains the first novella in the series that Karen contributed to a Jewels of the Quill anthology, plus three bonus stories!


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A four-book miniseries within the Woodcutter’s Grim Series, dealing with the curse on the Shaussegeny family. Includes “Moonlight Becomes You” (Book 4), “Bewitched” (Book 5), “One Night of Eternity” (Book 6), and “Beauty is the Beast” (Book 7).

“Moonlight Becomes You”:

Very loosely based on The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse. When her child becomes deathly ill and none of the doctors and specialists can help him, Heather Rowe rushes to Woodcutter's Grim, hoping the boy's father can explain what's happening. But Lance Shaussegeny both intrigues and terrifies Heather as much as what he's told her of his hometown does. She soon learns that nothing in Woodcutter's Grim--including Lance--is what it seems.

5 Stars! “This first story takes place thirty years after the curse was cast. For those with a soft heart, rest assured that the infant, Gavin, never comes to harm. So there is no need to fear or avoid this awesome tale. I could not stop reading until the very end and am about to submerge myself into the next Shaussegeny story.” ~Huntress Reviews http://www.huntressreviews.com
“The premise of this story is very original and I am interested to see how each member of the family will eventually find their chosen mate.” ~Bridget for The Romance Reviews http://www.theromancereviews.com/viewbooksreview.php?bookid=835

“A wonderful story. These are very imaginative, refreshing romantic fantasies. Well written and entertaining..., readers will enjoy finding true love in the Jewel of the Quill realms.” ~Harriet Klausner for The Merry Genre Go Round Reviews http://harstan.wordpress.com/2010/12/27/tales-from-the-treasure-trove-volume-vii-carrie-s-masek-jane-toombs-janet-lane-walters-karen-wiesner/

4 Stars! “I admire Heather so much. Not only is she a woman struggling to understand the changes that came over her after making love to Lance, but she's also a new mother with a very sick child. My heart ached as she held her son and tried to understand what was wrong with him. She's terrified of going to Woodcutter’s Grim, but Heather is willing to face her own fears if it means saving her son. I became so wrapped up in Heather and her son’s struggle that I turned each page hoping they would find some peace. I do have to say that I found Lance and his family a little creepy... I know they meant well, but...I kept hoping Lance or someone in his family would sit down with Heather and have an open, honest discussion with her. On the other hand, I have to wonder if Heather, who's very stubborn, would have listened to what they had to say. It's clear the love Lance and his family show Heather and her son is genuine and unconditional. I enjoyed reading Moonlight Becomes You. Woodcutter’s Grim is certainly scary, but also is an intriguing place filled with interesting characters. I recommend it to anyone looking for a frightening fairytale.” ~Long and Short Reviews http://www.longandshortreviews.blogspot.com/2012/04/moonlight-becomes-you-by-karen-wiesner.html

4 1/2 Stars! “As a story, this forms a part of her long-running Woodcutter’s Grim Series of novels appearing in a compilation of stories. Since the evil had laid its grip on Woodcutter’s Grim the Defenders have had to make sure their children can grow up in a safer place that it would have been, or the horrors that lurked around there could have picked them off one by one. This story, like her other novels is loosely based on the fairy tale of the Town Mouse and the Country Mouse. Heather Rowe is at a loss as to what is happening to her child, and when she can’t get any answers from the doctors who look at the child, she has to return to Woodcutters Grim, where her man, Lance lives to find out what is going on. From the first three pages Karen has the reader find out more about the characters than if she had waited. She wants the reader to know of the characters first before she sets the action off in this story. Heather wants to know what is going on with the child, and only he has the answers, but she has only heard a little about Woodcutters Grim and the rumours of the curse, and nothing more. Heather can’t understand why he knows so much about her and her him, but when he answers all her questions, she finally comes to terms with what she has to do to save herself and her child.” ~Love Romance Passion http://www.loveromancepassion.com/review-tales-from-the-treasure-trove-vol-vii/

“Bewitched”:

Very loosely based on The Little Mermaid. Glynnis Shaussegeny becomes bewitched by the mystery man who appears out of nowhere on the abandoned property across the lake from her family’s estate. But does Aric Sayer have even more dark secrets than she does?

4 1/2 Stars! “Has Glynnis betrayed her chosen mate before she’s even met him? Glynnis is a werewolf who has made a huge mistake. She was sure that she’d already met the man destined for her. When that man walks away from her, she is devastated. Even worse, this means that she has been unfaithful to her true mate. I could practically feel her pain and loneliness as she howled her anguish at the moon. It isn’t long before Glynnis becomes aware that she’s not alone. Aric Sayer has been watching her. From the moment they meet, Glynnis and Aric are drawn to each other, but Aric isn’t an ordinary man, and his past is a mystery, even to himself. Is Aric her true mate, or is Glynnis making another mistake? I’m glad I got to know a bit more about Glynnis. In the first story [in this “miniseries” within the Woodcutter’s Grim Series, Moonlight Becomes You, she seemed carefree and at peace with the family curse. However, this tale showed Glynnis in a much different light. She is a woman with a broken heart who longs for the peace she can only attain when she unites with her true mate. To make matters worse, her brother Lance has recently connected with his mate and they have a beautiful baby. While Glynnis is happy for her brother, she can’t help but feel a bit jealous. I think her mixed emotions add a very human element to this supernatural tale. Glynnis is also very honest and straightforward, traits which made her even more endearing. When she and Aric meet, the connection between them is powerful, but Glynnis holds back. I was very pleased that she resisted rushing into a serious relationship until he knew about her curse as well as her previous relationship. She is never cryptic with him, but she also never bombards him with too much information. Her patience allows him to freely choose whether to join her or not. I admire her courage at telling the truth even though it might mean she loses Aric forever. Aric’s history is definitely interesting. I can’t say much about his true nature without spoiling the story, but I will say that he isn’t a werewolf. He’s a unique supernatural creature that adds an interesting dimension to the magic surrounding Glynnis and her family. Ms. Wiesner has packed a lot of information about Aric and his history into this short story, but it all fit together well and never felt rushed or overwhelming. I really enjoyed watching Glynnis and Aric discover the truth of his origins. This buildup of information also led to a very exciting climax that had me speeding through the pages. I’m glad I had the opportunity to read Bewitched. Readers wanting to enjoy this great addition to the Woodcutter’s Grim Series should definitely read the first four stories in the series in order to better understand the Shaussegeny family. Once readers visit Woodcutter’s Grim, I have no doubt they’ll want to come back. I will certainly be reading the other stories in this series soon.” ~Long and Short Reviews http://www.longandshortreviews.blogspot.com/2012/05/bewitched-by-karen-wiesner.html

4 Stars! “Not your ordinary fairytale. Loosely based on The Little Mermaid, Bewitched is about Glynnis, who is instantly drawn to the mysterious man that appears out of nowhere across the lake from her family's home. She knows about curses all too well since her own family is plagued by one, but she may find out that Aric has an even darker secret. This story is an amazingly dark fairy tale laced with some romance, making for a very intriguing story. The descriptive imagery helped me to imagine just what this world must be like for these characters and grow to love them for it. The characters are very well written, easily luring readers into this fantastic new world full of secrets, curses, and love. Glynnis is part of a family that is plagued with a curse and because of this, she has to go through plenty of problems in order to make things right. Aric was a mysterious character I enjoyed figuring out along with Glynnis. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good dark fairytale.” ~The Romance Review http://www.theromancereviews.com/viewbooksreview.php?bookid=4900

4 Stars! “This is the second in a four-book miniseries within the Woodcutter's Grim Series involving the curse of the Shaussegeny family. The story is loosely based on the tale of "The Little Mermaid". I have come to realize that this author, Karen Wiesner, has a manipulative side. She takes an innocent fairy tale, rips apart all but the main meat of it, and then inserts her own darker magic while captivating the reader with her awesome storytelling skills. As with the previous novellas, the main characters have well developed backgrounds and the curse causes the Shaussegeny family a plethora of problems in which they must deal with in a timely manner. It all adds up to give the reader one heck of a wild ride.” ~Huntress Reviews http://www.huntressreviews.com

4 Stars! “Readers will like what Karen Wiesner has made Glynnis into, as it fits into the whole fantasy/fairy tale story idea nicely. It is the story of two people who have been apart all their lives but who need to be together, and Aric doesn’t know who that one woman is until he meets her purely by chance one day. It is then he feels that she has been the one who can fill his heart with love-she is the one part of him that can make him whole again. So far he has been living alone and has felt so empty.” ~Love Romance Passion http://www.loveromancepassion.com/review-bewitched-woodcutters-grim-series-book-5-by-karen-wiesner/

“One Night of Eternity”:

Loosely based on The House That Jack Built. The curse pronounced on the Shaussegeny clan for all time was very clear: "Because the Shaussegeny name has long been synonymous with faithlessness, even unto your own chosen mates, only one chosen mate will be allotted to each of your kin henceforth. These chosen mates must also fall under the family curse, but these pairs will know true peace when they become one. Herein lays your salvation -- and your damnation. Only if each of your clan remains faithful to their chosen mates in word and deed for all of their days will they have blissful contentment. Apart, mates shall be restless and forever unsettled, gripped by a sadness and despair unlike any other. A terrible fate will come upon the one who breaks the mate covenant." Gavin Shaussegeny has broken the covenant with his wife, Marnie, by cheating on her, and the betrayal carries a harsh penalty and punishment. Although Gavin regrets his faithlessness and loves his wife more than anyone or anything else, the house that he's built for himself is rapidly beginning to tumble down around him. There is only one chance for salvation for him now: Only his mate's undeserved forgiveness will free him from his punishment to re-live his betrayal over and over for all time.

4 Stars! “This is the third in a four-book novella miniseries within the Woodcutter's Grim series. Each story can stand alone, but by reading them in order you will get the full gut-punch. In the first story, Lance returned to Woodcutter's Grim because his father, Gav, had disappeared in the woods. In the second story, Gav's disappearance is remarked on also. The family has figured out that Gav must have cheated on Marnie again and that the covenant part of the curse is at work, and they suspect (correctly) that Marnie knows exactly where Gav is and what is happening to him, but Marnie will not speak about her husband. The character of Marnie is very strong. Family means everything to her. I was impressed by her character during the first two stories. After this tale, I like her even more.” ~Huntress Reviews http://www.huntressreviews.com

4 Stars! “Can Marnie let go of her hate before it kills her? Marnie thought she’d put Gavin’s unfaithfulness behind her. After they were cursed into becoming werewolves, Marnie thought the new mate bond would allow her to forget all about Gavin’s previous indiscretions. She was dreadfully mistaken. Since Marnie and Gavin never truly dealt with the pain his affairs caused, the injury festered and rotted their marriage from the inside out. Each exchange between them was laced with bitterness and pulled me further and further into the dark mood of the story. As Marnie and Gavin reach the breaking point, they have to ask themselves one question. Is their marriage worth saving? Marnie’s pain practically drips from each page. My heart ached as she fought to control equal parts love and hate for Gavin. I couldn’t believe she’d lived with the pain year after year rather than having an open honest discussion with Gavin. Instead, in her stubbornness, she hurls insults at him. Even though Gavin deserves every harsh word, the arguing only serves to make the situation worse. I cringed each time Gavin and Marnie inflicted new and deeper wounds on each other and I honestly began to doubt they were ever going to reconcile. Gavin is a man who just doesn’t get it... I couldn’t tell if he genuinely didn’t know that Marnie needed him to apologize for the past, or if his misunderstanding was deliberate...when it was obvious she needed something much more meaningful. I found Gavin’s punishment for infidelity to be truly terrifying, and yet it seemed to be the only thing that was going to get through to him. Not only did he relive the absolute worst moment of his life over and over, but Marnie experienced the betrayal as well. Marnie and Gavin are literally dying without each other. The tension mounted as the story reached its climax. I held my breath and crossed my fingers hoping for a happy ending. One Night of Eternity may be a short story, but the emotions contained within its pages are powerful, and I couldn’t put the book down until I’d finished reading it. Anyone looking for a tale filled with real and raw emotions and an ultimately happy ending should consider reading One Night of Eternity.” ~Poinsetta for Long and Short Reviews http://www.longandshortreviews.blogspot.com/2012/05/one-night-of-eternity-by-karen-wiesner.html

“Karen Wiesner has been very busy of late with her new and intriguing novels which are based on certain old fairy tales and nursery rhymes. She has of course, rewritten them for a more modern audience. Karen has the reader really getting into the minds of the characters, and finding out what makes them tick, but also what can make them tolerant of others. She normally likes putting tragic characters together where the both of them can find peace of mind with each other and sort out their life problems, but in this one in the series, it is less about self-harm or self-punishment, and more of what others have done to them, for example, the curse on their family. It is interesting to see how these two characters will work out their differences and become one.” ~Love Romance Passion http://www.loveromancepassion.com/review-one-night-of-eternity-woodcutter%e2%80%99s-grim-series-book-6-by-karen-wiesner/

“Beauty is the Beast”:

Very loosely based on Beauty and the Beast. The Shaussegeny family curse came with one final pronouncement: “And now there is but one manner in which this curse can be broken and obliterated entirely: That beauty falls in love with the beast and vice versa, that evil loves good and good loves evil. If this should happen, your family shall be released from each aspect of my curse and your alliance with evil shall be ended.”
When Ransom Shaussegeny attempts to cure the family of the curse they live under, he becomes a werewolf trapped in his beast form and isolates himself inside the family fortress. When he meets Tess Moore, a beautiful enchantress, and falls under her spell, Ransom no longer knows who or what is real -- or whether the evil in Woodcutter’s Grim is about to have the last laugh by dooming him, the woman he loves, and his family for all time...

5 Stars! “I admit that Beauty and the Beast has always been my favorite fairy tale and Wiesner's story is loosely based on it; however, that is not why I am giving this story such a high rating. This story deserves every star. Instead of accepting his fate and grieving, this hero is trying hard to lift the curse or find a cure. As for the heroine, she is not perfect. Her secret is worse than his. I find that fact to be a refreshing change. It is a gentle twist to make the tale even more interesting. Karen Wiesner knows what readers want in their stories and she delivers.” ~Huntress Reviews http://www.huntressreviews.com

Excerpts:
http://www.angelfire.com/stars4/kswiesner/fiction6.html

Review for the collection:

5 Stars and Top Pick! “WOODCUTTER’S GRIM SERIES is collection of short stories about the inhabitants of Woodcutter’s Grim who are anything but ordinary. These hauntingly romantic tales will give you the chills and have you swooning within the same sentence. In Volume II, the author focuses on the Shaussegeny family, who has a terrible curse placed upon them. Moonlight Becomes You, Book 4 is about Heather Rowe discovers she’s pregnant with Lance Shaussegeny’s child -- who displays some curious symptoms. Her son is sick, and Lance may be the only one who knows how to cure him. Many relive past wrongs over in their mind, but nothing could be worse than reliving them in the flesh. Bewitched, Book 5, is not your ordinary fairytale. This story is an amazingly dark fairy tale laced with some romance, making for a very intriguing story. The descriptive imagery helped me to imagine just what this world must be like for these characters and grow to love them for it. The characters are very well written, easily luring readers into this fantastic new world full of secrets, curses, and love. Glynnis is part of a family that is plagued with a curse and because of this, she has to go through plenty of problems in order to make things right. Aric was a mysterious character who I enjoyed figuring out along with Glynnis. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good dark fairytale. One Night of Eternity, Book 6, was by far one of the most emotion-packed stories in this series yet. Much of it is bittersweet and the mixed emotions and fears of the characters practically ooze off the page. It was very easy to become engrossed in Gavin and Marnie's story, and I couldn't help but feel empathy and even joy at times. Marnie and Gavin both have scars because of their actions, but throughout the book they get a chance to finally accept them and possibly have a happy ending of their own. The scenery and descriptive language in the story helps set the mood for this haunting tale. The imagery used was beautiful and creative. I enjoyed every minute of this story and couldn't put it down. I recommend this story to those who love a romance with some relatable characters and tons of emotion-packed scenes. Beauty is the Beast comes with a new twist. I love fairy tales and I am always happy to check out new retellings. This one is definitely one of the best. I love the dark romance and the twists and turns that are added into this story. Ransom brings some real depth to the beast character which I love because not all retellings of this story have very much depth to the beast's character. This story is so much more than a retelling, though as it brings in a magic of its own and drew me in, keeping me glued to the pages for hours. I highly recommend Beauty is the Beast not only to fans of fairytales, but anyone who loves a good paranormal romance.” ~The Romance Reviews http://www.theromancereviews.com/viewbooksreview.php?bookid=5933

 

About Karen Wiesner

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

Karen Wiesner is an accomplished author with 91 books published in the past 14 years, which have been nominated for and/or won 124 awards, and 30 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 for Writing the Series, 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. 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:

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
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

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, Woodcutter’s Grim Series -- Classic Tales of Horror Retold, Volume II. Where did you get the idea for this amazing series and why do you think it appeals to today’s audiences?

KW: Most of the novellas in the Woodcutter’s Grim Series are loosely based on popular, traditional fairy tales or poems. When I was putting together the first collection of Woodcutter’s Grim Series stories, I wrote a story based on the children’s poem The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse -- something I adored as a kid and also when my son was very young. The story didn’t work out at all like I planned, so I set aside, figuring I would brainstorm and try to come up with another angle for the story that I liked still and didn’t want to forget. Well, later, when I was trying to come up with my contributions for the 2011 Jewels of the Quill anthologies, I remembered this story. I’d always been intrigued by the Shaussegenys, who were mentioned in all of the previous Woodcutter’s Grim Series stories. There were hints that the family was made up of werewolves, and I really wanted to explore that angle and so came up with a four-book miniseries within the Woodcutter’s Grim Series, dealing with the curse on the Shaussegeny family. “Moonlight Becomes You” introduced the miniseries with the first son of Marnie and Gav Shaussegeny giving in to the curse...and infecting the woman he loves and their child with it. This story also introduced the growing conflicts between Marnie and Gav.

“Bewitched” continued the miniseries with Glynnis, the daughter of Marnie and Gav, and the mysterious new man who appeared across the lake. “The Little Mermaid” is one of my favorite fairy tales and so I knew I wanted to do a spin-off of it for my little horror town Woodcutter’s Grim. How to do it perplexed me for a long time because many of these stories are so loosely based on the fairy tale. It’s very difficult to fit a modern story into an older mold, so I don’t force it when it won’t go. For some reason, “Bewitched” perfectly fit into one aspect of the old tale and, after I realized that, the story pretty much wrote itself. It’s a fun, paranormal twist on a beloved story.

“One Night of Eternity” came next, featuring Marnie and Gav. I’ve always been intrigued by the children’s poem, The House That Jack Built, and when I started brainstorming on fairy tales that would make a good transition into my Woodcutter’s Grim Series, this intriguing, confusing poem was one of the first that I wanted to use. I came up with a simple, line-by-line outline of the story based on the poem, and the book really wrote itself after that. I just find it such a cool, circular idea that fit so well into the miniseries, as the situation was introduced in Book 4 and then touched on in Book 5. I especially enjoyed writing the story of a couple who endures marital infidelity and how this becomes so twisted in a paranormal situation like theirs. Their obsessive love for each other was obvious to me from their first moments thinking of each other.

Another huge fairy tale favorite of mine has always been Beauty and the Beast, and it was the obvious choice for the final story to wrap up this miniseries, “Beauty is the Beast”. The idea that the hero is trapped in his werewolf form was beyond compelling to me, mingled with a heroine who isn’t all that she seems. In that situation, who is the beauty and who is the beast? The story so perfectly brought this series full circle. It’s a favorite of mine now, as I hope it will be for readers.

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

KW:More Woodcutter’s Grim Series, for sure! I love that this series is so open-ended (which relieves any pressure on my end) and I can pretty much write anything and somehow fit it into the series. I’m longing to write many, many more novellas, and certainly full-length novels. I hope this series never ends.

What’s coming up in the Woodcutter’s Grim Series:

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

For the ten generations since the evil first came to Woodcutter's Grim, the Guardians have sworn an oath to protect the town from the childhood horrors that lurk in the black woods. Without them, the town would be defenseless...and the terrors would escape to the world at large.

The final in a four-book miniseries within the Woodcutter’s Grim Series, dealing with the curse on the Shaussegeny family. Very loosely based on Beauty and the Beast. The Shaussegeny family curse came with one final pronouncement: “And now there is but one manner in which this curse can be broken and obliterated entirely: That beauty falls in love with the beast and vice versa, that evil loves good and good loves evil. If this should happen, your family shall be released from each aspect of my curse and your alliance with evil shall be ended.”

When Ransom Shaussegeny attempts to cure the family of the curse they live under, he becomes a werewolf trapped in his beast form and isolates himself inside the family fortress. When he meets Tess Moore, a beautiful enchantress, and falls under her spell, Ransom no longer knows who or what is real -- or whether the evil in Woodcutter’s Grim is about to have the last laugh by dooming him, the woman he loves, and his family for all time...

THE DEEP, Book 8, A Woodcutter’s Grim Series Novel 
Inspirational Romantic Paranormal Horror
Trade paperback from http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/karenwiesner
Download from Whiskey Creek Press http://www.whiskeycreekpress.com
Coming October 2013

For the ten generations since the evil first came to Woodcutter's Grim, the Guardians have sworn an oath to protect the town from the childhood horrors that lurk in the black woods. Without them, the town would be defenseless...and the terrors would escape to the world at large.

Very loosely based on “Metamorphoses: The Story of Pygmalion and the Statue” by Ovid

Cheyenne Welsh can’t forget her past and the disappearance of her younger sister. When she returns to Woodcutter’s Grim to sell the family property she grew up on, she’s confronted with all the nightmare-realities of her childhood, still alive and well, still right where she left them -- down in the darkness the Deep dwells inside. Her home...

HUNTER’S BLUES, A Woodcutter's Grim Series Novel
Futuristic Paranormal Romance
Trade paperback from http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/karenwiesner
Download from Whiskey Creek Press http://www.whiskeycreekpress.com
Coming October 2015

Return to Karen Wiesner’s award-winning Woodcutter’s Grim Series, where you first met and fell in love with this terrifying, magical town with its intriguing cast of characters, in an all new novel.

This story will fit into the Woodcutter’s Grim Series after THE DEEP, Book 8, and before “The Amethyst Tower”, the Final Chapter.

Very loosely based on “The Evil Mother-in-Law” by the Brothers Grimm

The year is 2040. When the evil in Woodcutter’s Grim unleashed ten years earlier, humans turned into spooks who avoided the sun and had a taste for human flesh...along with the innate instinct to contaminate others with their evil. In no time at all, the evil spread and wiped out half of the town’s population before the Protectorate -- the Guardians sworn to protect Woodcutter’s Grim and those outside against the evil pervading it -- came up with a way to hold the threat at bay, not completely but enough to save those left. In these years, everything has changed, from occupations to entertainment. A curfew has been imposed, and few are stupid enough to break it. Protectorate bounty hunters patrol the cities in the daylight. Humans live in fortress-like homes that aren’t always capable of keeping the ghouls out.

Guardian bounty hunter and ex-Marine, Reece Pallaton, wonders what it’s all for and whether he’ll lose everyone he cares about in this endless battle. Fellow Guardian, Michell “Shell” Jones insists that they can find a cure, that life will someday go back to normal. But Reece is beginning to believe that the battle he’s waging can never be won...until he discovers the source of the evil and his own, terrifying connection to it.

My upcoming 2012 releases:

FALCON’S BEND CASE FILES, Volume IIhttp://www.angelfire.com/stars4/kswiesner/mystery.html
Newly Revised and Reissued
Mystery/Police Procedural Novella Collection
Coming September 2012 in electronic formats from Writers Exchange E-Publishing
http://www.writers-exchange.com/Karen-Wiesner.html
and trade paperback from http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/karenwiesner

THE FIFTEENTH LETTER, Book 3 of the Falcon’s Bend Series
Newly Revised and Reissued
Mystery/Police Procedural
Coming October 2012 in electronic formats from Writers Exchange E-Publishing
http://www.writers-exchange.com/Karen-Wiesner.html
and trade paperback from http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/karenwiesner

ROMANTIC NOTIONS, Book 4 of the Falcon’s Bend Series
Newly Revised and Reissued
Mystery/Police Procedural
Coming November 2012 in electronic formats from Writers Exchange E-Publishing
http://www.writers-exchange.com/Karen-Wiesner.html
and trade paperback from http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/karenwiesner

“For Always”, Book 3 of the COWBOY FEVER SERIES by Karen Wiesner
Contemporary Romance Novella
Whiskey Creek Press http://www.whiskeycreekpress.com
Coming November 2012 in electronic formats

CLUMSY GIRL’S GUIDE TO FALLING IN LOVE, Book 1 of the Friendship Heirlooms Series
Inspirational Contemporary Romance/Chick-lit
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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