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Karen's Wiesner's Adventures in Amethyst Series

Adventures in Amethyst Series (Stories 1-4)
A Rose for Romeo (Adventures in Amethyst Series, Book 1)
Revenge in Amethyst (Adventures in Amethyst Series, Book 2)
Reckless Rose (Adventures in Amethyst Series, Book 3)
Christmas in Amethyst (Adventures in Amethyst Series, Book 4)
Til Summer Comes Around (Adventures in Amethyst Series, Book 5)
Rose and Thorn (Adventures in Amethyst Series, Book 6)
Briar’s Patch (Adventures in Amethyst Series, Book 7)
For Auld Lang Syne (Adventures in Amethyst Series, Book 8)
Forbidden Fruit (Adventures in Amethyst Series, Book 9)

Adventures in Amethyst Series Reviews

5 Angels and FAR Recommended Read! "ADVENTURES IN AMETHYST SERIES: A Rose for Romeo highlights what happens when a famous sex therapist and writer grows dissatisfied with her life. Melina chucks it all and returns to her hometown, where she feels desire for Scott, an old crush, rekindling. Revenge in Amethyst is a story of hidden lives and guarded secrets, and the lengths some will go to in order to protect their deepest thoughts from public scrutiny. Reckless Rose tells the tale of Lona, a former bad girl whose old habits threaten a budding relationship. Lona and Reece are finally finding the love the past denied them, but small-minded people with long-term memories threaten their happiness. Christmas in Amethyst is a suspense-filled thriller, an unlikely sort of Christmas story but one whose selfless love of mother for son is heartwarming. A single mother sacrifices her own desires to give her young son something he'll love, but her devotion may cost her more than she intended it to. Each of these stories is wonderful. I love anthologies, especially when there is a mix of genres in the volume. The two suspenseful stories are a good balance for the two romances. The unifying thread in these four stories is the setting, Amethyst. I have to say that the setting is so original that it's a character on its own. I would gladly love a first-hand look at Amethyst, especially the pristine lake. Another strength that flows through these four stories is the way this author writes her characters, so filled with human emotion in such a wide range. From the nervous assistant who wonders what she'll do now that her boss is letting her go, to the client who is so furious his anger oozes onto the page, to the sweet, animal-loving little boy who captured my heart, I felt a connection to the characters in this book. I wanted happy things for the good ones and waited for the creepy guys to get their due! This is a very entertaining volume, one I highly recommend reading." ~Fallen Angel Reviews http://www.fallenangelreviews.com/2007/July/Carly-AdventuresInAmethystSeries.htm

"Ms. Wiesner has created a wonderful town with colorful characters and continuous excitement. Amethyst is a small town riddled with jealousy, mystery and romance. Her vivid descriptions make the main characters come alive. The rivalry between the two sisters, Melina and Lona Rose, is totally believable. The men who live in Amethyst are sexy and powerful. The two antagonists are vile with issues bordering on the insane. Don't miss the wonderful town of Amethyst where anything is possible and the colorful townspeople that live there. " ~Dawn Myers for Writers Unlimited http://www.writersunlimited.com

4 1/2 Books! "These contemporary stories all take place in the small town of Amethyst where the characters' lives intersect, drawing you into the drama of small town life. The first two stories, "A Rose for Romeo" and "Revenge in Amethyst", follow Dr. Melina Rose as she leaves behind her professional life and returns to her hometown. Fighting nightmares and gruesome fears, she returns looking for safety and simplicity. What she doesn't expect are the demons that follow her there. I enjoyed getting a behind-the-scenes look at the secret life of a psychologist. It revealed the struggles that can arise from being unable to separate your professional and personal life. The fear and depression that Melina suffers from, having taken on the problems of her clients, gave a refreshing look at this profession and the hurdles it can cause in one's life. The third story, "Reckless Rose", follows Lona, the wild sister who has built for herself a reputation she finds hard to shake. Constantly under the critical eye of the community, Lona finds it hard to listen to her heart instead of the gossips. This was one character I started out not liking at all, but by the end of the story I felt a strong compassion for her. I think everyone can identify with Lona. Each person has made mistakes in their life and had to face the consequences. This is a powerful story of learning to live despite them. The fourth story in this anthology, "Christmas in Amethyst", follows single mother Sheila and Police Officer Jeb. Sheila was deceived by the wrong guy and is now raising her son alone and trying to make the best of things while wishing she could change the past. She is a character easy to relate to. Each of us has things in our life we regret, second chances that we long for. This is a story of a hurting soul who doesn't believe she is worthy of another chance. There are some creepy elements in these stories that are, nevertheless, real and tragic. Karen Wiesner takes a bold step by wading into dark waters. The antagonists in these stories are not your average, selfish, greedy people. They are psychopaths, whose choices and decisions cannot be rationalized or explained. This made for a very unique and interesting story with unexpected twists. I read this one late at night and found myself peeking around dark corners long after the book was finished. I'm giving this a four-and-a-half book rating. Karen Wiesner uses finely tuned skills to draw the reader in and make you live the story. She tugs at your heartstrings, pumps your adrenaline and sends you falling into love. And all with a masterful attack of words." ~Lily for The Long and Short Of It Reviews http://longandshortreviews.blogspot.com/2007/09/review-adventures-in-amethyst-series.html

4 Stars! “With this series of short stories, I really didn’t know what to expect. What I got was a delightful stroll through a country town with characters loosely linked together through the different tales. Each story was delightful, romantic and complete even if they were short. I felt I knew the town and characters completely by the end of the first story and fell deeper into their lives as the thread continued through the others. By the last story, I meshed into the story and almost a citizen of Amethyst myself. Wiesner has a true gift and it shines through in these stories just as well as it does in her novels.” ~BTSemag http://btsemag.com/

4 Hearts "Two traditional romances, two tales of suspense--the tiny town of Amethyst has enough tales to keep the reader engaged. The continuing threads and characters make for a most enjoyable read. The characters are engaging--especially Sheila's adorable child Devlin. Author Wiesner lets the reader know you can go home again." ~reviewed by Lynn Bushey for The Romance Studio http://theromancestudio.com/reviews/reviews/amethystwiesner.htm

4.5 Stars! ""A Rose for Romeo": This is a fast read and really comes together well. Again, I can't wait for the next installment in the Adventures in Amethyst Series. (4.25 stars!) "Revenge in Amethyst": Scott and Melina are back in the newest installment of the Adventures in Amethyst series. This story picks up about sex weeks after the first story ends. I admit to some surprise at the tone of this story in the series. It was a darker, more serious tale than I was expecting. I think Ms. Wiesner did an excellent job of bringing the "thriller" portion of this romantic thriller to life. I have said before that Ms. Wiesner surprises me with the depth of her writing and this was no exception. I truly thought this would be more comedic than thriller---I was wrong, dead wrong. This story brings out even more personality and depth to Scott and Melina, as well as other characters. It also brings about a surprising look into the minds of psychotics-or at least one psychotic. The story builds layer after layer of suspense and concern. I stayed up extra late trying to finish the story before falling asleep. I was glad to get more of Scott and Melina's story this time. I felt like the first story ended before I was ready. This second story gave me that sense of completion. For those who haven't read the first story, you'll catch on and catch up without any trouble---but I think this series begs to be read in its entirety. look forward to more adventures from this quirky town. (4 stars!) "Reckless Rose": A poignant story where the bad girl became a decent girl, one who deserves to be loved by a great man. My only complaint was that this novella was so short. Karen did a great job of getting the story filled out so it doesn't lack anything, but I still wanted more. I wanted more time to see them fight each other and fight the township. I could have read about Lona and Reece all night long. I think you are in for a real treat with these newest stories in this anthology. (4 stars!) "Christmas in Amethyst": This story gives wonderful insight to the human mind and how we can so easily misinterpret what happens around us. Without giving away too much plot, a dangerous situation arises after Sheila gets off work. Can Jeb reach her in time? Will they ever get to share their true thoughts? You won't be able to put this one down. It picks up speed and you'll stay up all night to finish the story." ~reviewed by Robyn for Once Upon A Romance Review http://www.onceuponaromance.net/AmethystAnthologyReview.htm

A Rose for Romeo Reviews
(Book 1: Adventures in Amethyst Series)

4.5 Stars! "After reading about Melina and Scott, I was thrilled to learn that there are more books coming about them and the town of Amethyst. Melina is a superstar in the world of sex. She's sort of a hip and young Dr. Ruth. Yet, when you get past the superstar exterior, you find a confused woman who wanted to help people and she's burned out by the perverts that have become her clients. When she gets to Amethyst, Wisconsin, she discovers the property she has wanted to buy all her life was just purchased a few days ago. Imagine the shock she finds when she goes to the house to try to sweet-talk the new owner into selling and finds Scott "Romeo" Romero is the new owner. The sparks really start to fly now. This is a fast read and really comes together well. Again, I can't wait for the next installment in the Adventures in Amethyst Series." ~Once Upon A Romance Review http://www.onceuponaromance.net/ARoseForRomeoReview.html

5 Flags! "With a strong helping of romance, hope, and optimist, this will truly leave the reader hungering for more. Well-paced plot and sympathetic characterization rule the roost, and there's a wealth of imagination presented for the reader's delectation." ~EuroReviews http://euroreviews.eu.funpic.de/bookdetails.php?book_id=907

4 Cups! "A wonderful romance which will warm your heart with a smile. Very creative and entertaining, well written and with wonderful characters that will keep you riveted until the end." ~Coffee Time Romance http://www.coffeetimeromance.com/BookReviews/TreasuresOfTheHeartAJewelsOfTheQuillValentinesDayAnthology.html

5 Hearts! "Memorable characters that leave the reader wanting more." ~Love Romances http://www.loveromances.com

4.5 Blue Ribbons! "Captured my heart. I was completely hooked. A definite must-read this Valentine's Day and any other day you crave romance." ~Romance Junkies http://www.romancejunkiesreviews.com/artman/publish/contemporary/Treasures_Of_The_Heart_4529.shtml

4 Books! "A delightful short story—one of those short stories that doesn’t leave you feeling unsatisfied. I found myself falling a little in love with Scott. He is one of those truly genuine heroes. And Melina was so, dare I say it, sweet. This was a, ha ha, sweet short story that left me smiling!" ~Long And The Short Reviews http://longandshortreviews.blogspot.com/2008/05/review-treasures-of-heart-jewels-of.html

"Karen weaves a story to bring renewed warmth to beating hearts." ~Rolling Seas Reviews www.rollingseas.com.au

"If you are looking for a relaxing read then this is a book you are not going to want to miss. This reviewer was very engrossed. The only disappointment to be found in this book is the fact that you want the story to continue, as you will be unable to get enough of these characters." ~MyShelf.com http://www.myshelf.com/romance/06/treasuresoftheheart.htm

“I liked the strong characterizations of Melina and Romeo. Particularly in the beginning of the story, Melina becomes a real person very quickly. A real person with issues, however, and those issues play a central role both in the story and in the reader’s appreciation for the story. A quick and pleasant read." ~WRDF Reviews http://blog.lyndacoker.net/2009/06/01/wrdf-review-of-treasures-of-the-heart-jewels-of-the-quill-anthology.aspx

Revenge in Amethyst Reviews
(Book 2: Adventures in Amethyst Series)

4.25 Stars! "I admit to some surprise at the tone of this story in the series. It was a darker, more serious tale than I was expecting. I think Ms. Wiesner did an excellent job of bringing the "thriller" portion of this romantic thriller to life. I have said before that Ms. Wiesner surprises me with the depth of her writing and this was no exception. I truly thought this would be more comedic than thriller—I was wrong, dead wrong. This story brings out even more personality and depth to Scott and Melina, as well as other characters. It also brings about a surprising look into the minds of psychotics—or at least one psychotic. The story builds layer after layer of suspense and concern. I stayed up extra late trying to finish the story before falling asleep. I was glad to get more of Scott and Melina's story this time. I felt like the first story ended before I was ready. This second story gave me that sense of completion. For those who haven't read the first story [A Rose for Romeo], you'll catch on and catch up without any trouble—but I think this series begs to be read in its entirety. I look forward to more adventures from this quirky town." ~Once Upon A Romance Review http://onceuponaromance.net/TreasureTroveIIIReview.htm

5 Angels! “Set aside some time before you delve in. You will not want to put it down. Scott Romero and Melina Rose’s story picks up a month and a half after it left off in the first book. We already know Melina and Scott love one another, now they just have to survive some rough times. I love that this is a continuation of the first story instead of switching characters. There was more I wanted to know about Melina and Scott the first time, and now we get the answers! I am looking forward to reading the next one.” ~Fallen Angel Reviews http://www.fallenangelreviews.com/2008/January/StephanieB-TalesFromTheTreasureTrove_VolumeIII.htm

5 Flags! "Meets the same high standards as the earlier story." ~EuroReviews http://euroreviews.eu.funpic.de/bookdetails.php?book_id=911

"An edge-of-the-seat read." ~Rolling Seas Reviews http://www.rollingseas.com.au

"A modern romance that’s invaded by evil. The demon-possessed enemy finds the heroine, making for some breathtaking fear and action." ~Long and Short Of It Reviews http://longandshortreviews.blogspot.com/2008/02/review-tales-from-treasure-trove-vol.html

Reckless Rose Reviews
(Book 3: Adventures in Amethyst Series)

5 Angels! "Reckless Rose tells the tale of Lona, a former bad girl whose old habits threaten a budding relationship. Lona and Reece are finally finding the love the past denied them, but small-minded people with long-term memories threaten their happiness. I have to say that the setting is so original that it's a character on its own. I would gladly love a first-hand look at Amethyst, especially the pristine lake. Another strength that flows through these four stories is the way this author writes her characters, so filled with human emotion in such a wide range. I felt a connection to the characters in this book. I wanted happy things for the good ones and waited for the creepy guys to get their due! This is a very entertaining book, one I highly recommend reading." ~Fallen Angel Reviews http://www.fallenangelreviews.com/2007/July/Carly-AdventuresInAmethystSeries.htm

"Ms. Wiesner has created a wonderful town with colorful characters and continuous excitement. Amethyst is a small town riddled with jealousy, mystery and romance. Her vivid descriptions make the main characters come alive. The rivalry between the two sisters, Melina and Lona Rose, is totally believable. The men who live in Amethyst are sexy and powerful. Don't miss the wonderful town of Amethyst where anything is possible and the colorful townspeople that live there." ~Writers Unlimited http://www.writersunlimited.com

4 1/2 Books! "This contemporary story all take place in the small town of Amethyst where the characters' lives intersect, drawing you into the drama of small town life. Reckless Rose follows Lona, the wild sister who has built for herself a reputation she finds hard to shake. Constantly under the critical eye of the community, Lona finds it hard to listen to her heart instead of the gossips. This was one character I started out not liking at all, but by the end of the story I felt a strong compassion for her. I think everyone can identify with Lona. Each person has made mistakes in their life and had to face the consequences. This is a powerful story of learning to live despite them. Karen Wiesner uses finely tuned skills to draw the reader in and make you live the story. She tugs at your heartstrings, pumps your adrenaline and sends you falling into love. And all with a masterful attack of words." ~Long and Short Reviews http://longandshortreviews.blogspot.com/2007/09/review-adventures-in-amethyst-series.html

4 Hearts! “The tiny town of Amethyst keeps the reader engaged. The continuing threads and characters make for a most enjoyable read. The characters are engaging—especially Sheila's adorable child Devlin. Author Wiesner lets the reader know you can go home again." ~The Romance Studio http://theromancestudio.com/reviews/reviews/amethystwiesner.htm

4 Stars! "I think this series begs to be read in its entirety. I look forward to more adventures from this quirky town. Reckless Rose: A poignant story where the bad girl became a decent girl, one who deserves to be loved by a great man. My only complaint was that this novella was so short. Karen did a great job of getting the story filled out so it doesn't lack anything, but I still wanted more. I wanted more time to see them fight each other and fight the township. I could have read about Lona and Reece all night long. I think you are in for a real treat. You won't be able to put this one down. It picks up speed and you'll stay up all night to finish the story." ~Once Upon A Romance Review http://www.onceuponaromance.net/AmethystAnthologyReview.htm

Christmas in Amethyst Reviews
(Book 4: Adventures in Amethyst Series)

5 Angels! "Christmas in Amethyst is a suspense-filled thriller, an unlikely sort of Christmas story but one whose selfless love of mother for son is heartwarming. A single mother sacrifices her own desires to give her young son something he'll love, but her devotion may cost her more than she intended it to. I have to say that the setting is so original that it's a character on its own. I would gladly love a first-hand look at Amethyst, especially the pristine lake. Another strength that flows through these four stories is the way this author writes her characters, so filled with human emotion in such a wide range. I felt a connection to the characters in this book. I wanted happy things for the good ones and waited for the creepy guys to get their due! This is a very entertaining book, one I highly recommend reading." ~Fallen Angel Reviews http://www.fallenangelreviews.com/2007/July/Carly-AdventuresInAmethystSeries.htm

"Ms. Wiesner has created a wonderful town with colorful characters and continuous excitement. Amethyst is a small town riddled with jealousy, mystery and romance. Her vivid descriptions make the main characters come alive. The rivalry between the two sisters, Melina and Lona Rose, is totally believable. The men who live in Amethyst are sexy and powerful. Don't miss the wonderful town of Amethyst where anything is possible and the colorful townspeople that live there." ~Writers Unlimited http://www.writersunlimited.com

4 1/2 Books! "This contemporary story all take place in the small town of Amethyst where the characters' lives intersect, drawing you into the drama of small town life. Christmas in Amethyst, follows single mother Sheila and Police Officer Jeb. Sheila was deceived by the wrong guy and is now raising her son alone and trying to make the best of things while wishing she could change the past. She is a character easy to relate to. Each of us has things in our life we regret, second chances that we long for. This is a story of a hurting soul who doesn't believe she is worthy of another chance. There are some creepy elements that are, nevertheless, real and tragic. Karen Wiesner takes a bold step by wading into dark waters. The antagonist isn’t your average, selfish, greedyp person. He’s a psychopath, whose choices and decisions cannot be rationalized or explained. This made for a very unique and interesting story with unexpected twists. I read this one late at night and found myself peeking around dark corners long after the book was finished. Karen Wiesner uses finely tuned skills to draw the reader in and make you live the story. She tugs at your heartstrings, pumps your adrenaline and sends you falling into love. And all with a masterful attack of words." ~Long and Short Reviews http://longandshortreviews.blogspot.com/2007/09/review-adventures-in-amethyst-series.html

4 Hearts! “The tiny town of Amethyst keeps the reader engaged. The continuing threads and characters make for a most enjoyable read. The characters are engaging—especially Sheila's adorable child Devlin. Author Wiesner lets the reader know you can go home again." ~The Romance Studio http://theromancestudio.com/reviews/reviews/amethystwiesner.htm

4 Stars! "I think this series begs to be read in its entirety. I look forward to more adventures from this quirky town. This story gives wonderful insight to the human mind and how we can so easily misinterpret what happens around us. Without giving away too much plot, a dangerous situation arises after Sheila gets off work. Can Jeb reach her in time? Will they ever get to share their true thoughts? You won't be able to put this one down. It picks up speed and you'll stay up all night to finish the story." ~Once Upon A Romance Review http://www.onceuponaromance.net/AmethystAnthologyReview.htm

Til Summer Comes Around Reviews
(Book 5: Adventures in Amethyst Series)

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Rose and Thorn Reviews
(Book 6: Adventures in Amethyst Series)

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Briar’s Patch Reviews
(Book 7: Adventures in Amethyst Series)

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For Auld Lang Syne Reviews
(Book 8: Adventures in Amethyst Series)

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Forbidden Fruit Reviews
(Book 9: Adventures in Amethyst Series)

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