Romantic Fiction from Karen
Wiesner

Rave Reviews for
Karen's Wiesner's Books

Woodcutter's Grim Series, Volume I (Books 1-3 and The Final Chapter)
Papa (Woodcutter's Grim Series, Book 1)
Blood of Amethyst (Woodcutter's Grim Series, Book 2)
Dancing to the Grave (Woodcutter's Grim Series, Book 3)
The Amethyst Tower (Woodcutter's Grim Series, The Final Chapter)
Woodcutter's Grim Series, Volume II (Books 4-7)
Moonlight Becomes You (Woodcutter's Grim Series, Book 4)
Bewitched (Woodcutter's Grim Series, Book 5)
One Night of Eternity (Woodcutter's Grim Series, Book 6)
Beauty is the Beast (Woodcutter's Grim Series, Book 7)
The Deep (A Woodcutter's Grim Series Novel, Book 8)
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)
The Amethyst Angel
A Home for Christmas
The Amethyst Star
Creatures of the Night
Kaleidoscope Series (Books 1-7)
Perfect Cadence (Kaleidoscope Series, Book 1)
In Cahoots With Cupid (Kaleidoscope Series, Book 2)
Behind Amethyst Eyes (Kaleidoscope Series, Book 3)
Jordana's Chair (Kaleidoscope Series, Book 4)
Paper Tiger (Kaleidoscope Series, Book 5)
Cabin Fever (Kaleidoscope Series, Book 6)
The Longest Night (Kaleidoscope Series, Book 7)
Cowboy Fever Series (Books 1-5)
Wings of Love (Cowboy Fever Series, Book 1)
Losses and Gains (Cowboy Fever Series, Book 2)
For Always (Cowboy Fever Series, Book 3)
Taming April (Cowboy Fever Series, Book 4)
The Only One (Cowboy Fever Series, Book 5)
Drifter’s Heart (A Cowboy Fever Series Novel, Book 6)

Woodcutter's Grim Series, Volume I Reviews

5 Stars!
“The book I read is in actuality the first two books in the series along with some extra stories (which is the first volume of the series collection). I have to say, this scared me. The stories are all entwined, mentioning various characters and events throughout the volume. The horror is well written, where the things that go bump in the night are there and disguised as family, friends and stories you grew up on. The town’s fear feels very real and translates into sensory details. I couldn’t put this down, and I know I’m going to have a hard time getting it out of my head. Highly, highly recommend this to anyone who loves a good scare.” ~BTS eMag http://btsemag.com/

5 Paw Prints!
“This is an anthology loosely based on fairy tales, which have a twist of the unexpected. These are definitely not our children’s fairy tales. Papa: Loosely based on Hansel and Gretel, this tale is one of horror, loss, and love. Blood of Amethyst: This is a Rumpelstiltskin that will make your hair curl as the clues work themselves out, and we find out just why Rumpelstiltskin wants a baby! Dancing to the Grave: This is a tale of mayhem and an interesting look at The Pied Piper. The Amethyst Tower: Prince has known there is much expected of him. He has known that since the day that he was born. But his dreams of his love, with Rapunzel-like hair, that is locked in a tower somewhere within the confines of his strange town make him wonder if he will ever be what the world need. WOODCUTTER’S GRIM SERIES by Karen Wiesner is a thrilling collection of tales to read on a dark stormy night. The stories flow into one another so that it seems as though they’re just one story instead of an anthology. If you are looking only for a Happily Ever After, then be forewarned that not all of these tales may qualify, but they all lead the reader through the twisted streets of a town that is steeped not only in superstition but also in fairy tales. Beware the streets of Woodcutter’s Grim on All Hallow’s Eve, lest the creatures that prowl the night come to bear witness to the deals you strike with their devil. This is definitely a book that I will reread! And one I recommend to any parent who enjoyed the original tales before they were remade for children. This loosely based set of stories brings to mind just how creepy the original tales were!”
~Nicole Hicks for Howling Good Books http://howlinggoodbooks.com/index.php?id=209

4 1/2 Stones!
“There's a town somewhere in America where evil lurks. Escaping through a portal in time, the darkness torments the town of Woodcutter's Grim by performing acts of mischief and harm by warping those fairy tales most of us grew up reading and enjoying. But, though the townspeople feel this evil in their being, the Protectorate works tirelessly to keep the evil behind the scenes. It is up to them to protect the people from the evil as well as figure out what mischief is being conducted. Getting right to the point: This is a must read! Being one of those people who've grown up on fairy tales such as Rapunzel, Rumpelstiltskin and the likes, I found it so very intriguing how the author not only reminds the readers of past tales, but incorporates the same look, feel and even more emotion for a modern-day audience with a very modern approach to each. This is not a story for kids! There is love, romance and steamy scenes that play so well into these stories. I loved the characters and how each played into the overall story, how each story played into the overall book. Karen Wiesner has taken me for a ride into her world and I have to admit, I was saddened to leave Woodcutter's Grim when I finished the book. Karen made my blood boil, my nerves fray and even more importantly, my heart ached for her characters. I would suggest all read this as soon as possible. By all means, sit in your favorite chair on a nice night and let Karen take you for a ride! This is one of those books I would love to have in hard cover, sitting on my bookshelf to pull out at any time to sit and enjoy.”
~Kayden McLeod for Siren Book Reviews http://sirenbookreviews.blogspot.com/2010/05/karen-wiesner-woodcutters-grim-series.html

4 Stars!
"In Wiesner's well-written stories, familiar fairy-tale characters come to life as horrific monsters in a fictional town with a terrifying life force of its own. Characters are well drawn, but beware the clever townspeople, because everyone is suspect. Although each delightfully haunting tale can be read as a stand-alone, they are interrelated."
~Donna M. Brown for Romantic Times BOOKreviews

4 Lips!
“Karen Wiesner writes four chilling books that are all written around your favorite fairy tales. Papa, Book 1 is based around the characters Hansel and Gretel. Blood of Amethyst, Book 2, is based off of the evil Rumpelstiltskin. Dancing to the Grave, Book 3, is based around The Pied Piper of Hamlin. Last but not least The Amethyst Tower, Book 4, is based around the beautiful Rapunzel. Karen also writes the stories around Halloween and that gives the stories a much scarier feel when you are reading them. Readers, this fantastic book should be read around Halloween. Don't forget, though, when you turn your lights out you may hear things that go bump in the night. Great job, Karen. I love how you combined romance and horror into these wonderful short stories. I really enjoyed your book, and I thank you for giving me the opportunity to review it!” ~ParanormalRomance.ca http://paranormalromance.ca/horrorreviews.html

4 Cups!
""Papa": This story, like the fairy tale Hansel and Gretel, has a macabre and disturbing undertone. The characters of Rand and Amy become unwitting pawns to his dead wife's deal with evil. This really makes you think twice about reading those innocent little fairy tales to your children. "Blood of Amethyst": Rumpelstiltskin comes to life and wants fresh blood in this story with a vampire flare. Gabe and Amethyst are both completely devoted to their respective lives, and this leads them on a path of pain and despair. I found this to be the saddest story of the series, but very poignant. "Dancing to the Grave": This story gives you one more reason to intensely dislike rodents, and is probably my favorite book in the series. Diana and Kurt are equally strong and interesting characters. Their story is one of love, and a devotion to fight together in order to save their marriage. "The Amethyst Tower": The weight of the world rests on one man's shoulders, and he is slowly crumbling. This tale is the last in a wonderfully spooky series, and it does not disappoint. Prince is pushed to the edge, and not knowing if he will survive keeps you guessing right up until the end. The Woodcutter's Grim Series takes childhood fairy tales to the extreme. They are all somewhat creepy if you really think about them. It is no wonder kids have nightmares after hearing them. I enjoyed them all, but Book 3 is my favorite with its equally strong characters. The ending ties them all together, and leaves just enough to the imagination. You are just waiting for the low eerie music to start playing before the curtains falls. Sleep tight!"
~reviewed by Lototy for Coffee Time Romance http://coffeetimeromance.com/BookReviews/Woodcuttersgrimseries.html

4 Stars!
“These four frighteningly amazing stories put a whole new twist on some old fairy tales. WOODCUTTER'S GRIM SERIES, Volume I has four romantic horror stories that are all loosely based on fairytales. The stories were written very well and they captured my imagination with their imagery and the descriptive scenes. Papa was a clever twist on the tale of Hansel and Gretel. In this story, Randall had left his wife for Amy and found out later that his ex-wife and their two kids had died in a tragic accident. Since then Amy has had horrible dreams of the kids coming to take revenge on them for what they had done. I was completely engrossed in this story and the story definitely held some surprises that kept me on my toes. This was a true horror story that will keep you up at night and make sure you never think about the story of Hansel and Gretel the same way again. Blood of Amethyst was a romantic and chilling tale that tested the strength of a man's love for a woman and how far he would go to protect her. In this story Gabe will face one of his greatest challenges yet to save the woman he loves from the evil monster who wants her soul. This was one of my favorites not only because of Gabe (who is amazing by the way), but because it had one of my favorite fairy tale characters, Rumpelstiltskin. I also liked learning more about the creature behind this heinous act and how he fit into everything. Dancing to the Grave was loosely based on The Pied Piper of Hamelin and was a thrilling mystery that will keep you guessing until the very end. This was one of the more exciting stories of the four, and I really liked how Diana and Kurt worked together and how the author was able to turn the story of The Pied Piper of Hamelin into an adventure filled thriller with a bit of romance as well. The Amethyst Tower is based on Rapunzel and in this version her knight in shining armor happens to be a time traveler. These two were fun to get to know and this was one of my absolute favorite retellings of this story. The characters were well written and the story kept you interested with the different twists and turns. I really liked the fact that the hero was a time-traveler. It was an interesting twist to the story. All of these stories kept me riveted to the pages and anxious to see what would happen next. Fans of wicked romances with mystery and danger lurking in every page will love this series!” ~The Romance Reviews http://www.theromancereviews.com/viewbooksreview.php?bookid=1737

4.25 Stars Overall!
Papa, Book 1: 5 Stars! This story gave me the exact same eerie feeling that I experienced as I watched the movie titled (based on a video game) Silent Hill. This tale is the first of a novella series about the Great Evil that dwells in the town of Woodcutter's Grim and its surrounding woods. The Great Evil likes to manifest itself in dark, twisted versions of fairy tales. My advice is to not read this story at night if you are alone. Blood of Amethyst, Book 2, 4 Stars! Ever wonder why Rumpelstilskin wanted a child of his own? This story gives and answer that will send chills up your spine. Sheriff Gabe Reece had a small role to play in the previous tale, but this time the Guardian takes center stage. Readers learn a little about the town's past, as well as the responsibilities that rest upon the shoulders of Gabe and the Brethren. An intriguing read. Dancing to the Grave, Book 3, 4 Stars! Though this series is basically a blending of romance and horror, the author leaned toward using mystery and suspense in this particular tale. The Brethren have been minus one member since the night of Prince's birth. By the end of this story, the seat will be filled and the Brethren undergo a change or two. Chills never raced down my spine while reading this one, but the suspense kept my eyes glued. The Amethyst Tower, The Final Chapter, 4 Stars! This exciting time-traveling romance ties up all the prophecy's loose strings nicely. After I finished reading this book and its addictive stories, I was left wanting more. Four novellas were just not enough to satisfy my craving for Woodcutter's Grim. To my delight, I have been told that the author has another set of stories set within the Woodcutter's Grim Series. (Volume II contains a four-book [novellas] miniseries dealing with a curse on the Shaussegeny family. These stories are also loosely based on classic fairy tales.) The chills just keep on coming!” ~Huntress Reviews http://www.huntressreviews.com/

“I don't like short stories. To me, short stories have always seemed like an easy way out. Someone comes up with a good kernel of an idea, and just writes that, without fleshing it out all the way into a story. I'm always left frustrated. Why did they make that decision? How is that they reached this age and didn't know something that was crucial to the story? What happens next? They never have closure; to me, it seems the story usually stops without being finished. That is not what happens here. Karen Wiesner has written four stories that are fully formed short stories on their own. They are linked by the setting, Woodcutter's Grim, and many of the characters carry from one story to the next, but different people get to shine in each story. Karen Wiesner here has called what we normally call fairy tales, “classic tales of horror.” This choice really emphasizes that most people don't realize how scary and frightening children's songs, television shows, and stories really are. For example, did you know that ring around a rosy is a song about dying from the bubonic plague? Do you realize that Jack and Jill went up a hill to fetch a pail of water, and Jack fell down and hit his head so hard that it split his head open? Think about how frightened Jill must have been as she ran to fetch the nanny. The stories in this book: Papa, Blood of Amethyst, Dancing to the Grave, and The Amethyst Tower are all re-tellings of fairy tales. It seems that evil took hold of the town Woodcutter's Grim one day, and the evil likes to possess the town and its inhabitants and force people into reenacting fairy tales. This isn't a happy possession; no Cinderella or Snow White here. The problem is that the evil has begun to seep outside the town limits and the town's protectors aren't able to keep the evil restricted to Woodcutter's Grim anymore. In the first story, Papa, the evil reaches out and grabs someone with a tenuous connection to Woodcutter's Grim, and forces them to re-enact Hansel and Gretel. Rand and his wife Amy are struggling to deal with the death of Rand's first wife and his two children. Amy has fallen into a deep depression, which Rand tries to fix by taking a vacation weekend in Woodcutter's Grim. Needless to say, it does not go well. This story introduces us to the evil of Woodcutter's Grim. Blood of Amethyst, Dancing to the Grave, and The Amethyst Tower are all set in Woodcutter's Grim, explain the hold that evil has on the town, and gives us a look into three other couples. Blood of Amethyst explains what Rumplestiltskin really wanted with the baby he tried to steal from the princess. In Dancing to the Grave, we learn how the Pied Piper enthralled the town's children. The Amethyst Tower is an explanation of why Rapunzel's hair grew that much, how the prince found the tower, and what happened when they climbed down her hair. The overarching story of the evil of Woodcutter's Grim, introduced in Papa, is explained and dealt with in the remaining stories. All four have elements of horror but also a healthy dose of romance between our protagonists. In each, they struggle with the evil that threatens to overtake and destroy their relationships and their lives. These women almost lose their Prince Charmings through depression, infidelity, the death of a parent, etc.—things we can all relate to. In this book, not only does love prevail, but good triumphs over evil and you get two happy endings for the price of one.” ~Happily Ever After Reviews http://hea-reviews.blogspot.com/2010/09/review-woodcutters-grim-by-karen.html

"WOODCUTTER'S GRIM SERIES is a collection of classic horror stories retold with a modern flair. "Papa" ( Hansel and Gretel), "Blood of Amethyst" (Rumpelstiltskin), "Dancing to the Grave" (The Pied Piper of Hamlin) and "The Amethyst Tower" (Rapunzel) are classic fairy tales with a new twist. The entire anthology is set in present times as well as having elements of history thrown in. Woodcutter’s Grim is a town that has been plagued by evil for ten generations. They have also been protected by the Guardians for just as long. Without the Guardians, the terrors found in the woods of Woodcutter’s Grim would put the town and the world at risk. This anthology was very well put together and each story was like a book all by itself. The storyline was well developed and resolved at the end. The stories are definitely for adults, and were written in a way that made me care for all of the primary characters. The dialogue was realistic and I was entertained by each story. Some elements were a little harsh, but it set the tone of the story."
~reviewed by Breia Brickey for Paranormal Romance Reviews http://www.paranormalromance.org/reviews/review.php?id=29072

"This was a great set of stories all set or based around the town of Woodcutter's Grim--a place that I would not recommend living in or visiting at anytime...especially Halloween. This was a nice scary read with all the stories having a modern fairy tale twist. "Papa" is the opening story in this book about Woodcutter's Grim. This story is based on the classic tale Hansel and Gretel. Instead of a story for children to teach them some morals, this is horror pure with a hint of romance. The suspense builds throughout the whole tale with every twist and is sure to give any reader more and more goosebumps as things unfold. It is already clear from this first story that Woodcutters Grim is not a place where you can spend a nice quiet holiday. The second story the author offers up is called "Blood Amethyst". This story is similar to the tale of Rumplestiltskin with a horrible scary twist. After this second story, it is clear that the author has a knack for writing a good horror story with a pinch of romance that lightens the mood a little. "Dancing to the Grave is the third story in the Woodcutters Grim Series collection. This never before published tale is based on the Pied Piper of Hamelin. The characters were likable...and the storyline was clever and interesting... The last part in this collection is "The Amethyst Tower" and is based on the story of Rapunzel but it is set in the future...[with] some interesting pieces to add to the story of Woodcutter's Grim... All in all, this collection of stories about Woodcutters Grim is a great set of stories. With every tale connected to each other and all set around Halloween, this was a scary piece of work. Paranormal romance and full of horror, this is a book that shouldn't be read late at night. Things that go bump in the night would be afraid of Woodcutter's Grim. The author can write a good story and, even though these tales are all part of a series, they also stand alone very well. If you like something unusual, love and little mystery, then this is something worth having a taste of."
~reviewed by Anne Marie Chalmers for Front Street Reviews http://www.frontstreetreviews.com/

"Instead of spending your Halloween handing out Trick-or-Treat candy or watching reruns of classic horror movies, spend it with a fantastic novel of four romantic horror stories and a glass of mulled cider. Enjoy a spine tingling experience with the awesome genius of Karen Wiesner. She has taken four of the classic Grimm’s Fairy Tales and rewritten them in her own unique style turning them into new modern horror tales. Each tale is terrifying and weaves perfectly into the next."
~reviewed by Dawn Myers for Writers Unlimited www.writersunlimited.com

""Papa": A very dark take on Hansel and Gretel, "Papa" will chill the soul. This tale introduces readers to the town of Woodcutter’s Grim and the evil and sets up some of the characters, primarily the Guardians, who will create the thread between the stories. "Blood of Amethyst": Rumpelstiltskin comes to life in "Blood of Amethyst". A bleak and scary tale, "Blood of Amethyst", provides more background information on the town, its history, and its future. "Dancing to the Grave": Denied what it wants, the evil of Woodcutter’s Grim has returned to attack the town’s lifeblood…their children. "Dancing to the Grave" is a modern and definitely darker take on the Pied Piper of Hamlin tale. Diana is a strong woman who has weathered some very hard times. Diana’s relationship to Amethyst ties this tale to the previous one and sets up the final denouement. "The Amethyst Tower": The final chapter of the series, "The Amethyst Tower" brings Rapunzel to life. The innocent fairy princess will either be saved or sacrificed, ultimately restoring or dooming the world. A world-weary knight must find the castle, destroy the beast, and save the princess.A bit grimmer than Grimm's fairy tales, WOODCUTTER’S GRIM SERIES will take you on a chilling journey through the darkness of night. Take a ride with author Karen Wiesner to see if the characters make it to the light."
~reviewed by Kathy Samuels for Romance Reviews Today http://www.romrevtoday.com/

""Papa": A delightful tale. "Blood of Amethyst": Incredible storytelling. “Dancing To the Grave”: A deliciously spooky tale. “The Amethyst Tower”: A beautiful adult fairy tale. Retelling classic fairy tales (Hansel and Gretel, Rumpelstiltskin, The Pied Piper of Hamelin and Rapunzel) has been done many times over the years. Few authors keep them classic yet scarier like Karen Wiesner has achieved with this collection; the audience will feel they are entering the woods of Woodcutter’s Grim and sense they may not get out. The key that makes this quartet superb is the feeling everything starts of normal like a second chance at love (“Papa” and “Dancing to the Grave”), a concerned lover (“Blood of Amethyst) or a hero rescuing his damsel in distress (“The Amethyst Tower). Then Ms. Wiesner deftly changes the venue in each into frightening fantasy novellas. This is an excellent anthology in which the readers will want more stops in Woodcutter’s Grim, sort of like a Hotel California adult fairy tale location."
~reviewed by Harriet Klausner http://harrietklausner.wwwi.com/review/woodcutters_grim_wiesner

“This collection is made up of four stories that actually link together to create one whole. Each story is loosely based on a fairy tale. (One fairy tale has a mythology twist.) The first story “Papa” reminds me of a blend between the horror movie "Silent Hill" and the fairy tale "Hansel and Gretel". The second, “Blood of Amethyst”, makes me think of it as a blend between Stephen King's horror movie "Needful Things" and the fairy tale "Rumpelstiltskin". The third story, “Dancing to the Grave”, blends the goat-god Pan and the fairy tale "The Pied Piper of Hamelin". The last, “The Amethyst Tower”, is a wild time travel fantasy with the fairy tale of "Rapunzel." All four stories are set at Halloween and EVERYTHING is a circle. I could not begin to guess which story is my favorite, but...the first tale sent icy chills down my spine. All-in-all, horror fans will find this the perfect way to spend a stormy night alone.”
~reviewed by Detra Fitch for Huntress Reviews http://www.huntressreviews.com

“A bit grimmer than Grimm’s fairy tales, WOODCUTTER’S GRIM SERIES will take you on a chilling journey through the darkness of night. Take a ride with author Karen Wiesner to see if the characters make it to the light.”
~reviewed by Kathy Samuels for http://romrevtoday.com/Issue%2010-1-08/woodcutter%27s%20grim%20-%2010-1-08.htm

"Karen Wiesner's anthology, WOODCUTTER'S GRIM SERIES, presents four tales based loosely on classic tales. Make no mistake however; these are powerful, contemporary tales of the paranormal, with a sprinkle of romance mixed in. In the first, "Papa" guilt and sorrow twist together, to add torment to the moralistic self-judgment of Amy; her feelings threaten to end the couple's heartfelt relationship until moving too close to a certain forest threatens far more. In the next, "Blood of Amethyst," the dedication, and determination of the hero, Gabe (easily the most appealing character in all the tales) are as pivotal as love. "Dancing to the Grave" is a standout strange tale even among these; in this story, community (and the fate of the children) becomes a driving force. Finally, "The Amethyst Tower," features the classic lovelorn heroine/captive in a completely unpredictable plot. Each of these, although presented as a twist on an old tale, features a very original plot and emotional characters in evocative situations. A haunting, dark quality pervades all four, adding to the plausibility of some otherwise bizarre events (not to mention characters). The haunting quality is often derived from recall of the past, or a specific character's reflection on the past. The slower times contrast sharply with the more spine-tingling times. These stories are an enjoyable read, although best perhaps NOT at bedtime!"
~Long and Short Reviews http://www.longandshortreviews.com/category/book-reviews/

“Since I'm a big fan of retold fairy tales, I enjoyed these innovative variations on the theme very much. Although the stories could stand alone, they build upon each other to form a unified although episodic novel. This book contains genuine horror, so don't count on finding unequivocal happy endings. By the conclusion of "The Amethyst Tower," however, peace at last descends on Woodcutter's Grim.”
~reviewed by author Margaret L. Carter http://www.margaretlcarter.com

Papa Reviews
(Book 1: Woodcutter's Grim Series)

5 Angels! "Are you looking for a creepy, hair-raising tale? This book has it! Even though the story happens around Halloween, it doesn't need to be Halloween if you are in the mood for chills! I would like to suggest that you might want to leave an extra light on when you sit down to read this, just in case... Papa is a twisted reversal of the Hansel and Gretel story I grew up with. This story is off the creepiness meter. I had chills down my spine reading this one. Do not read this story at night, alone, and especially not in a cabin in the mountains! If you love the scary ghost stories you probably used to hear around the campfire when you were a kid growing up, then this is the story for you." ~Fallen Angel Reviews http://www.fallenangelreviews.com/2007/November/StephanieB-ShadowsOfTheHeart.htm

5 Tombstones! "Everything I hoped it would be. A clever, spine-chilling story that made me unable to stop reading. The characters are outstanding and unique. The eerie tale of Hansel and Gretel has just gotten more chilling. The characters were unyielding individuals with strict beliefs. Just when I thought I had figured it out, the book turns and it throws all my first conclusions out the window. It kept me on my toes. This is a truly Halloween inspired revamp to an old fairytale." ~Bitten by Books http://bittenbybooks.com/?p=1434

4 Hearts! "Karen Wiesner gives the reader a spooky grown-up tale reminiscent of Hansel and Gretel in Papa with a trip to a village where time stands still in a truly scary excursion. An enjoyable read." ~The Romance Studio http://theromancestudio.com/reviews/reviews/shadowheartanthology.htm

4 Wings! “A Halloween romp of fun and shivers. Papa is a story of fear, terror and Christian peace in this story of a newly married couple that is haunted by his dead children. Their second honeymoon takes them to Woodcutter's Grim, a town of magic and terror that leads them to Hansel and Gretel's Gingerbread House deep in the Woods. There the two of them remembered God's love brings peace and forgiveness, not pain and guilt. These tales are wonderfully crafted, and fun-filled with the joys and traditions of the season woven into them. The characters come alive and celebrate this holiday each in their own way in these stories. With the gingerbread house that puts people to sleep, this tale shows people not always at their best but doing the best they can at this time of year in an interesting adventure. I really enjoyed this and look forward to more from this favorite author. If you enjoy this holiday as much as I do, pick up this book to settle back for a good read.” ~Classic Romance Revival http://www.classicromancerevival.com/component/resource/article/crr-reviews/27-anthology/91-shadowsin-the-heart-jewels-of-the-quill.html

"Papa is haunted by a guilt that even love is powerless to cure. A couple's romantic getaway to Woodcutter's Grim (an effort to discover themselves and subsequently perhaps find freedom) turns into one hell of a nightmare. Anyone keen on a counterbalance of love, horror, murder and apparition will have a feast." ~TCM Reviews http://tcm-ca.com/reviews/1736.html

"A wonderful story to be told by moonlight on Halloween! Randall Parker only sees the ghosts of his children after Amy falls ill and refuses to leave the apartment. He takes her to Woodcutter's Grim where time stands still. Karen Wiesner chills Halloween night with the story Papa. Definitely read every Halloween night when ghosts return to haunt." ~ Rolling Seas Reviews www.rollingseasreviews.com

4 Stars! "Papa is a chilling interpretation of Hansel and Gretel in the romantic horror novella by Karen Wiesner, where Randall and new bride Amy are haunted by specters of his deceased children." ~RT Book Reviews

"Papa is a creepy tale of a man who hears his children crying after they die in a car wreck. Curl up with a copy on Halloween to have a spooky night. Fairy tales take on a new look in the hands of this talented woman." ~Writers Unlimited http://www.writersunlimited.com

"In this is a dark and disturbing tale, guilt only serves to feed the terror. The darkness of the theme is enhanced by many images: from tombs, accidental death, endless grief and a place called Grim. Sin and guilt form a backdrop here, as well as the specter of a pact with the devil. It starts dark enough, but the growing awareness of a true horror waiting just around the corner will make even hardcore horror fans cringe." ~The Long And Short Of It Reviews http://longandshortreviews.blogspot.com/2007/09/review-shadows-in-heart.html

Blood of Amethyst Reviews
(Book 2: Woodcutter's Grim Series)

4.5 Hearts and Reviewer Top Pick! "Blood of Amethyst takes the stories we all remember from childhood and puts a decidedly different twist to them to come up with a tale that keeps the reader enthralled, no matter how hard her heart is pounding!" ~Night Owl Romance http://www.nightowlromance.com/nightowlromance/reviews/Review.asp?ReviewId=1221

5 Angels! “This is the kind of book you put on your keeper shelf and reread. Have you ever wondered what a fairy tale would be like if it was a horror story? That is what Karen Wiesner does with the Blood of Amethyst. This tale is a horror version of Rumplestilskin in which the “little man” is a demon and a vampire. Don’t expect a happily-ever-after ending with this tale. This is truly a horror story. I was thoroughly creeped-out by this story and loved it. I do not advise you to read this story at home alone, at night, without adequate light.” ~Fallen Angel Reviews http://fallenangelreviews.com/2008/February/StephanieB-TalesFromTheTreasureTroveVolumeIV.htm

4 Cups! "Ms. Karen Wiesner writes a chilling yarn of patient, haunting evil, waiting to pounce. I could not anticipate the exciting ending. The characters were full of angst, quirks and a whole lot of humanity. I would suggest this to any reader of fiction." ~Coffee Time Romance http://www.coffeetimeromance.com

“What would happen if the Big Bad Wolf was real? What if the witch really did lure in Hansel and Gretel? That is the question that made this story so gripping. Blood of Amethyst was a very riveting, chilling tale of a supernatural, paranormal small town that hides a thin veil between the worlds of good and evil. Definitely kept me on the edge of my seat, but be prepared, this is not your traditional romance, and doesn’t have your typical happily ever after. Even so, I couldn’t stop turning the pages.” ~The Long and Short Of It Reviews http://longandshortreviews.blogspot.com

"Blood of Amethyst is an engaging romantic horror that’s a gruesome retelling of the fairytale Rumpelstiltskin where the evil has long terrorized the people of the small town, Woodcutter’s Grim. With its well written characters and vivid descriptive details, it’s a story will chill the reader’s spine while it’s being read and haunt their mind well after it’s been finished." ~TCM Reviews http://tcm-ca.com/reviews/2035.html

Dancing to the Grave Reviews
(Book 3: Woodcutter's Grim Series)

5 Paw Prints! “This is a tale of mayhem and an interesting look at The Pied Piper. A thrilling tale to read on a dark stormy night. If you are looking only for a Happily Ever After, then be forewarned this may not qualify, but instead leads the reader through the twisted streets of a town that is steeped not only in superstition but also in fairytales. Beware the streets of Woodcutter’s Grim on All Hallow’s Eve, lest the creatures that prowl the night come to bear witness to the deals you strike with their devil. This is definitely a book that I will reread! And one I recommend to any parent who enjoyed the original tales before they were remade for children. This loosely based story brings to mind just how creepy the original tale was!” ~Howling Good Books http://howlinggoodbooks.com/index.php?id=209

4 1/2 Stones! “There's a town somewhere in America where evil lurks. Escaping through a portal in time, the darkness torments the town of Woodcutter's Grim by performing acts of mischief and harm by warping those fairy tales most of us grew up reading and enjoying. But, though the townspeople feel this evil in their being, the Protectorate works tirelessly to keep the evil behind the scenes. It is up to them to protect the people from the evil as well as figure out what mischief is being conducted. Getting right to the point: This is a must read! Being one of those people who've grown up on fairy tales such as Rapunzel, Rumpelstiltskin and the likes, I found it so very intriguing how the author not only reminds the readers of past tales, but incorporates the same look, feel and even more emotion for a modern-day audience with a very modern approach to each. This is not a story for kids! I loved the characters and how each played into the overall story, how each story played into the overall book. Karen Wiesner has taken me for a ride into her world and I have to admit, I was saddened to leave Woodcutter's Grim when I finished the book. Karen made my blood boil, my nerves fray and even more importantly, my heart ached for her characters. I would suggest all read this as soon as possible. By all means, sit in your favorite chair on a nice night and let Karen take you for a ride! This is one of those books I would love to have in hard cover, sitting on my bookshelf to pull out at any time to sit and enjoy.” ~Siren Book Reviews http://sirenbookreviews.blogspot.com/2010/05/karen-wiesner-woodcutters-grim-series.html

4 Stars! "In Wiesner's well-written story, familiar fairy-tale characters come to life as horrific monsters in a fictional town with a terrifying life force of its own. Characters are well drawn, but beware the clever townspeople, because everyone is suspect." ~ RT Book Reviews

4 Lips! “Karen sets this story around Halloween and that gives it a much scarier feel when you are reading. Readers, this fantastic book should be read around Halloween. Don't forget, though, when you turn your lights out you may hear things that go bump in the night. Great job, Karen. I love how you combined romance and. I really enjoyed your book, and I thank you for giving me the opportunity to review it!” ~ParanormalRomance.ca http://paranormalromance.ca/horrorreviews.html

4 Cups! "This story gives you one more reason to intensely dislike rodents, and is probably my favorite book in the series. Diana and Kurt are equally strong and interesting characters. Their story is one of love, and a devotion to fight together in order to save their marriage. The Woodcutter's Grim Series takes childhood fairytales to the extreme. They are all somewhat creepy if you really think about them. It is no wonder kids have nightmares after hearing them. I enjoyed them all, but Book 3 is my favorite with its equally strong characters. Sleep tight!” ~Coffee Time Romance http://coffeetimeromance.com/BookReviews/Woodcuttersgrimseries.html

4 Stars! “This frighteningly amazing story puts a whole new twist on some old fairytales. Written very well, this story captured my imagination with its imagery and the descriptive scenes. Dancing to the Grave was loosely based on The Pied Piper of Hamelin and was a thrilling mystery that will keep you guessing until the very end. I really liked how Diana and Kurt worked together and how the author was able to turn the story of The Pied Piper of Hamelin into an adventure filled thriller with a bit of romance as well. This story kept me riveted to the pages and anxious to see what would happen next. Fans of wicked romance with mystery and danger lurking in every page will love this series!” ~The Romance Reviews http://www.theromancereviews.com/viewbooksreview.php?bookid=1737

4.25 Stars Overall! “Though this series is basically a blending of romance and horror, the author leaned toward using mystery and suspense in this particular tale. The Brethren have been minus one member since the night of Prince's birth. By the end of this story, the seat will be filled and the Brethren undergo a change or two. Chills never raced down my spine while reading this one, but the suspense kept my eyes glued. After I finished reading this addictive book, I was left wanting more to satisfy my craving for Woodcutter's Grim. To my delight, I have been told that the author has another set of stories set within the Woodcutter's Grim Series. (Volume II contains a four-book [novellas] miniseries dealing with a curse on the Shaussegeny family. These stories are also loosely based on classic fairy tales.) The chills just keep on coming!” ~Huntress Reviews http://www.huntressreviews.com/

“I don't like short stories. To me, short stories have always seemed like an easy way out. Someone comes up with a good kernel of an idea, and just writes that, without fleshing it out all the way into a story. I'm always left frustrated. Why did they make that decision? How is that they reached this age and didn't know something that was crucial to the story? What happens next? They never have closure; to me, it seems the story usually stops without being finished. That is not what happens here. Karen Wiesner has a story that’s fully formed on its own. Karen Wiesner here has called what we normally call a fairytale, “classic tales of horror.” This choice really emphasizes that most people don't realize how scary and frightening children's songs, television shows, and stories really are. For example, did you know that ring around a rosy is a song about dying from the bubonic plague? Do you realize that Jack and Jill went up a hill to fetch a pail of water, and Jack fell down and hit his head so hard that it split his head open? Think about how frightened Jill must have been as she ran to fetch the nanny. Woodcutter’s Grim Series stories are all re-tellings of fairy tales. It seems that evil took hold of the town Woodcutter's Grim one day, and the evil likes to possess the town and its inhabitants and force people into reenacting fairy tales. This isn't a happy possession; no Cinderella or Snow White here. The problem is that the evil has begun to seep outside the town limits and the town's protectors aren't able to keep the evil restricted to Woodcutter's Grim anymore. In Dancing to the Grave, we learn how the Pied Piper enthralled the town's children. The overarching story of the evil of Woodcutter's Grim, introduced in Papa, is explained and dealt with in the remaining stories. All have elements of horror but also a healthy dose of romance between our protagonists. In each, they struggle with the evil that threatens to overtake and destroy their relationships and their lives. These women almost lose their Prince Charmings through depression, infidelity, the death of a parent, etc.—things we can all relate to. In this book, not only does love prevail, but good triumphs over evil and you get two happy endings for the price of one.” ~Happily Ever After Reviews http://hea-reviews.blogspot.com/2010/09/review-woodcutters-grim-by-karen.html

"Dancing to the Grave (The Pied Piper of Hamlin) is a classic fairytale with a new twist. Woodcutter’s Grim is a town that has been plagued by evil for ten generations. They have also been protected by the Guardians for just as long. Without the Guardians, the terrors found in the woods of Woodcutter’s Grim would put the town and the world at risk. This book was very well put together. The storyline was well developed and resolved at the end. The story is definitely for adults, and was written in a way that made me care for all of the primary characters. The dialogue was realistic and I was entertained. Some elements were a little harsh, but it set the tone of the story." ~Paranormal Romance Reviews http://www.paranormalromance.org/reviews/review.php?id=29072

"This was a great story set or based around the town of Woodcutter's Grim--a place that I would not recommend living in or visiting at anytime...especially on Halloween. This was a nice, scary read with a modern fairytale twist. Dancing to the Grave is the third story in the Woodcutters Grim Series. This tale is based on the Pied Piper of Hamelin. The characters were likable and the storyline was clever and interesting. This was a scary piece of work. Paranormal romance and full of horror, this is a book that shouldn't be read late at night. Things that go bump in the night would be afraid of Woodcutter's Grim. The author can write a good story. If you like something unusual, love and little mystery, then this is something worth having a taste of." ~Front Street Reviews http://www.frontstreetreviews.com/

"Instead of spending your Halloween handing out Trick-or-Treat candy or watching reruns of classic horror movies, spend it with a fantastic novel of four romantic horror stories and a glass of mulled cider. Enjoy a spine tingling experience with the awesome genius of Karen Wiesner. She has taken a classic Grimm’s fairytale and rewritten it in her own unique style turning it into a new modern horror tale. Terrifying and weaves perfectly into the next." ~Writers Unlimited www.writersunlimited.com

"Dancing to the Grave is a modern and definitely darker take on the Pied Piper of Hamlin tale. Diana is a strong woman who has weathered some very hard times. Diana’s relationship to Amethyst ties this tale to the previous one and sets up the final denouement. A bit grimmer than Grimm's fairy tales, the Woodcutter’s Grim Series will take you on a chilling journey through the darkness of night. Take a ride with author Karen Wiesner to see if the characters make it to the light." ~Romance Reviews Today http://www.romrevtoday.com/

"Dancing To the Grave: A deliciously spooky tale. Retelling classic fairy tales (Hansel and Gretel, Rumpelstiltskin, The Pied Piper of Hamelin and Rapunzel) has been done many times over the years. Few authors keep them classic yet scarier like Karen Wiesner has achieved with this series; the audience will feel they are entering the woods of Woodcutter’s Grim and sense they may not get out. The key that makes this series superb is the feeling everything starts out normal. Then Ms. Wiesner deftly changes the venue in each into frightening fantasy novella. This is an excellent book in which the readers will want more stops in Woodcutter’s Grim, sort of like a Hotel California adult fairytale location." ~Harriet Klausner http://harrietklausner.wwwi.com/review/woodcutters_grim_wiesner

“All-in-all, horror fans will find this the perfect way to spend a stormy night alone.” ~Detra Fitch for Huntress Reviews http://www.huntressreviews.com

"Karen Wiesner's WOODCUTTER'S GRIM SERIES, presents tales based loosely on classic tales. Make no mistake however; these are powerful, contemporary tales of the paranormal, with a sprinkle of romance mixed in. Dancing to the Grave, Book 3, is a standout strange tale; in this story, community (and the fate of the children) becomes a driving force. Although presented as a twist on an old tale, this story features a very original plot and emotional characters in evocative situations. A haunting, dark quality pervades, adding to the plausibility of some otherwise bizarre events (not to mention characters). The haunting quality is often derived from recall of the past, or a specific character's reflection on the past. The slower times contrast sharply with the more spine-tingling times. An enjoyable read, although best perhaps NOT at bedtimes!" ~LASR http://longandshortreviews.blogspot.com/2009/02/woodcutters-grim-by-karen-wiesner.html

“Since I'm a big fan of retold fairytales, I enjoyed this innovative variation on the theme very much. This book contains genuine horror, so don't count on finding unequivocal happy endings.” ~author Margaret L. Carter http://www.margaretlcarter.com

The Amethyst Tower Reviews
(The Final Chapter: Woodcutter's Grim Series)

5 Paw Prints! “Prince has known there is much expected of him. He has known that since the day that he was born. But his dreams of his love, with Rapunzel-like hair, that is locked in a tower somewhere within the confines of his strange town make him wonder if he will ever be what the world need. A thrilling tale to read on a dark stormy night. If you are looking only for a Happily Ever After, then be forewarned this may not qualify, but instead leads the reader through the twisted streets of a town that is steeped not only in superstition but also in fairytales. Beware the streets of Woodcutter’s Grim on All Hallow’s Eve, lest the creatures that prowl the night come to bear witness to the deals you strike with their devil. This is definitely a book that I will reread! And one I recommend to any parent who enjoyed the original tales before they were remade for children. This loosely based story brings to mind just how creepy the original tale was!” ~Howling Good Books http://howlinggoodbooks.com/index.php?id=209

4 1/2 Stones! “There's a town somewhere in America where evil lurks. Escaping through a portal in time, the darkness torments the town of Woodcutter's Grim by performing acts of mischief and harm by warping those fairy tales most of us grew up reading and enjoying. But, though the townspeople feel this evil in their being, the Protectorate works tirelessly to keep the evil behind the scenes. It is up to them to protect the people from the evil as well as figure out what mischief is being conducted. Getting right to the point: This is a must read! Being one of those people who've grown up on fairytales such as Rapunzel, Rumpelstiltskin and the likes, I found it so very intriguing how the author not only reminds the readers of past tales, but incorporates the same look, feel and even more emotion for a modern-day audience with a very modern approach to each. This is not a story for kids! I loved the characters and how each played into the overall story, how each story played into the overall book. Karen Wiesner has taken me for a ride into her world and I have to admit, I was saddened to leave Woodcutter's Grim when I finished the book. Karen made my blood boil, my nerves fray and even more importantly, my heart ached for her characters. I would suggest all read this as soon as possible. By all means, sit in your favorite chair on a nice night and let Karen take you for a ride! This is one of those books I would love to have in hard cover, sitting on my bookshelf to pull out at any time to sit and enjoy.” ~Siren Book Reviews http://sirenbookreviews.blogspot.com/2010/05/karen-wiesner-woodcutters-grim-series.html

4 Stars! "In Wiesner's well-written story, familiar fairy-tale characters come to life as horrific monsters in a fictional town with a terrifying life force of its own. Characters are well drawn, but beware the clever townspeople, because everyone is suspect." ~ RT Book Reviews

4 Lips! “Karen sets this story around Halloween and that gives it a much scarier feel when you are reading. Readers, this fantastic book should be read around Halloween. Don't forget, though, when you turn your lights out you may hear things that go bump in the night. Great job, Karen. I love how you combined romance and. I really enjoyed your book, and I thank you for giving me the opportunity to review it!” ~ParanormalRomance.ca http://paranormalromance.ca/horrorreviews.html

4 Cups! "The weight of the world rests on one man's shoulders, and he is slowly crumbling. This tale is the last in a wonderfully spooky series, and it does not disappoint. Prince is pushed to the edge, and not knowing if he will survive keeps you guessing right up until the end. The Woodcutter's Grim Series takes childhood fairytales to the extreme. They are all somewhat creepy if you really think about them. It is no wonder kids have nightmares after hearing them. I enjoyed them all, but Book 3 is my favorite with its equally strong characters. Sleep tight!” ~Coffee Time Romance http://coffeetimeromance.com/BookReviews/Woodcuttersgrimseries.html

4 Stars! “This frighteningly amazing story puts a whole new twist on some old fairytales. Written very well, this story captured my imagination with its imagery and the descriptive scenes. The Amethyst Tower is based on Rapunzel and in this version her knight in shining armor happens to be a time traveler. These two were fun to get to know and this was one of my absolute favorite retellings of this story. The characters were well written and the story kept you interested with the different twists and turns. I really liked the fact that the hero was a time-traveler. It was an interesting twist to the story. This story kept me riveted to the pages and anxious to see what would happen next. Fans of wicked romance with mystery and danger lurking in every page will love this series!” ~The Romance Reviews http://www.theromancereviews.com/viewbooksreview.php?bookid=1737

4.25 Stars Overall! “This exciting time-traveling romance ties up all the prophecy's loose strings nicely. After I finished reading this addictive book, I was left wanting more to satisfy my craving for Woodcutter's Grim. To my delight, I have been told that the author has another set of stories set within the Woodcutter's Grim Series. (Volume II contains a four-book [novellas] miniseries dealing with a curse on the Shaussegeny family. These stories are also loosely based on classic fairy tales.) The chills just keep on coming!” ~Huntress Reviews http://www.huntressreviews.com/

“I don't like short stories. To me, short stories have always seemed like an easy way out. Someone comes up with a good kernel of an idea, and just writes that, without fleshing it out all the way into a story. I'm always left frustrated. Why did they make that decision? How is that they reached this age and didn't know something that was crucial to the story? What happens next? They never have closure; to me, it seems the story usually stops without being finished. That is not what happens here. Karen Wiesner has a story that’s fully formed on its own. Karen Wiesner here has called what we normally call a fairytale, “classic tales of horror.” This choice really emphasizes that most people don't realize how scary and frightening children's songs, television shows, and stories really are. For example, did you know that ring around a rosy is a song about dying from the bubonic plague? Do you realize that Jack and Jill went up a hill to fetch a pail of water, and Jack fell down and hit his head so hard that it split his head open? Think about how frightened Jill must have been as she ran to fetch the nanny. Woodcutter’s Grim Series stories are all re-tellings of fairy tales. It seems that evil took hold of the town Woodcutter's Grim one day, and the evil likes to possess the town and its inhabitants and force people into reenacting fairy tales. This isn't a happy possession; no Cinderella or Snow White here. The problem is that the evil has begun to seep outside the town limits and the town's protectors aren't able to keep the evil restricted to Woodcutter's Grim anymore. The Amethyst Tower is an explanation of why Rapunzel's hair grew that much, how the prince found the tower, and what happened when they climbed down her hair.The overarching story of the evil of Woodcutter's Grim, introduced in Papa, is explained and dealt with in the remaining stories. All have elements of horror but also a healthy dose of romance between our protagonists. In each, they struggle with the evil that threatens to overtake and destroy their relationships and their lives. These women almost lose their Prince Charmings through depression, infidelity, the death of a parent, etc.—things we can all relate to. In this book, not only does love prevail, but good triumphs over evil and you get two happy endings for the price of one.” ~Happily Ever After Reviews http://hea-reviews.blogspot.com/2010/09/review-woodcutters-grim-by-karen.html

"A classic fairytale with a new twist. Woodcutter’s Grim is a town that has been plagued by evil for ten generations. They have also been protected by the Guardians for just as long. Without the Guardians, the terrors found in the woods of Woodcutter’s Grim would put the town and the world at risk. This book was very well put together. The storyline was well developed and resolved at the end. The story is definitely for adults, and was written in a way that made me care for all of the primary characters. The dialogue was realistic and I was entertained. Some elements were a little harsh, but it set the tone of the story." ~Paranormal Romance Reviews http://www.paranormalromance.org/reviews/review.php?id=29072

"This was a great story set or based around the town of Woodcutter's Grim--a place that I would not recommend living in or visiting at anytime...especially on Halloween. This was a nice, scary read with a modern fairytale twist. The Amethyst Tower is based on the story of Rapunzel but it is set in the future with some interesting pieces to add to the story of Woodcutter's Grim. Paranormal romance and full of horror, this is a book that shouldn't be read late at night. Things that go bump in the night would be afraid of Woodcutter's Grim. The author can write a good story. If you like something unusual, love and little mystery, then this is something worth having a taste of." ~Front Street Reviews http://www.frontstreetreviews.com/

"Instead of spending your Halloween handing out Trick-or-Treat candy or watching reruns of classic horror movies, spend it with a fantastic novel of four romantic horror stories and a glass of mulled cider. Enjoy a spine tingling experience with the awesome genius of Karen Wiesner. She has taken a classic Grimm’s fairytale and rewritten it in her own unique style turning it into a new modern horror tale. Terrifying and weaves perfectly into the next." ~Writers Unlimited www.writersunlimited.com

"The final chapter of the series, The Amethyst Tower brings Rapunzel to life. The innocent fairy princess will either be saved or sacrificed, ultimately restoring or dooming the world. A world-weary knight must find the castle, destroy the beast, and save the princess. A bit grimmer than Grimm's fairy tales, the Woodcutter’s Grim Series will take you on a chilling journey through the darkness of night. Take a ride with author Karen Wiesner to see if the characters make it to the light." ~Romance Reviews Today http://www.romrevtoday.com/

"A beautiful adult fairy tale. Retelling classic fairy tales (Hansel and Gretel, Rumpelstiltskin, The Pied Piper of Hamelin and Rapunzel) has been done many times over the years. Few authors keep them classic yet scarier like Karen Wiesner has achieved with this series; the audience will feel they are entering the woods of Woodcutter’s Grim and sense they may not get out. The key that makes this series superb is the feeling everything starts out normal. Then Ms. Wiesner deftly changes the venue in each into frightening fantasy novella. This is an excellent book in which the readers will want more stops in Woodcutter’s Grim, sort of like a Hotel California adult fairytale location." ~Harriet Klausner http://harrietklausner.wwwi.com/review/woodcutters_grim_wiesner

“All-in-all, horror fans will find this the perfect way to spend a stormy night alone.” ~Detra Fitch for Huntress Reviews http://www.huntressreviews.com

"Karen Wiesner's WOODCUTTER'S GRIM SERIES, presents tales based loosely on classic tales. Make no mistake however; these are powerful, contemporary tales of the paranormal, with a sprinkle of romance mixed in. The Amethyst Tower, features the classic lovelorn heroine/captive in a completely unpredictable plot. Although presented as a twist on an old tale, this story features a very original plot and emotional characters in evocative situations. A haunting, dark quality pervades, adding to the plausibility of some otherwise bizarre events (not to mention characters). The haunting quality is often derived from recall of the past, or a specific character's reflection on the past. The slower times contrast sharply with the more spine-tingling times. An enjoyable read, although best perhaps NOT at bedtimes!" ~LASR http://longandshortreviews.blogspot.com/2009/02/woodcutters-grim-by-karen-wiesner.html

“Since I'm a big fan of retold fairytales, I enjoyed this innovative variation on the theme very much. This book contains genuine horror, so don't count on finding unequivocal happy endings.” ~author Margaret L. Carter http://www.margaretlcarter.com

Woodcutter's Grim Series, Volume II Reviews

“Moonlight Becomes You: Enthralling. Bewitched: Exciting. One Night of Eternity: Creative and poignant. Beauty is the Beast: Heartwarming. The second Woodcutter’s Grim anthology contains four excellent paranormal romances in which members of the cursed Shaussegeny family meet their beloved mates. Each tale is loosely based on a fairy tale as Karen Wiesner provides fresh, adult renditions in a fabulous collection.” ~Harriet Klausner for Alternative Worlds http://www.alternative-worlds.com/2012/08/11/woodcutters-grim-series-volume-ii-karen-wiesner/

“Bewitched: The premise underlying the series, of a town haunted by evil, the Guardians set to protect the town, and a curse placed upon a family that made them werewolves proves very intriguing. This story begins with a lyrical fairy tale/folklore narrative which engages the reader immediately. The two likeable leads in the tale ensure that readers wish to discover how their situation gets resolved and will leave them curious about other members of the family explored in subsequent stories. One Night of Eternity: The author earns extra points for an inventive punishment visited upon one of the two characters. Beauty is the Beast: Each story in Woodcutter’s Grim Series, Volume II contains some aspect that adds to the enjoyment. In the case of Beauty Is the Beast, an interesting and unexpected twist supplies that extra appeal. This last installment of the miniseries does provide a resolution for some of the ongoing storylines, though a door opens for further possibilities within the world of Woodcutter’s Grim in THE DEEP, expected in October 2013.” ~Bitten By Books http://bittenbybooks.com

Moonlight Becomes You Reviews
(Book 4: Woodcutter's Grim Series)

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

“An imaginative, fairytale fantasies where characters face down the forces of the fantastic, the whimsical and the terrifying in order to be with their true love. 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.” ~The Romance Reviews http://www.theromancereviews.com/viewbooksreview.php?bookid=835

“A wonderful story. A very imaginative, refreshing romantic fantasy. Well written and entertaining.” ~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. 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 Stars! “Well-paced and entertaining.” ~RT Book Reviews http://www.rtbookreview.com

4 ½ 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 Reviews
(Book 5: Woodcutter's Grim Series)

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 Reviews
(Book 6: Woodcutter's Grim Series)

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 Reviews
(Book 7: Woodcutter's Grim Series)

4.5 Stars!
“Will Ransom be set free by science or magic? I’m glad Ransom finally got his own story. In the previous three stories in the anthology, he remained a bit of a mystery. I only knew that he was a scientist desperate to create a potion that would cure his family of the werewolf curse, and that he’s never left his family’s property for fear of contaminating anyone else, especially his chosen mate, with his curse. As I read, I discovered that Ransom is much more than a scientist. He’s a caring, sensitive man with amazing willpower. While the rest of his family embraces the curse of the werewolf, Ransom has been fighting it for over twenty years. It would have been so much easier for Ransom to embrace the curse, but he took the more difficult path. I admire his perseverance and dedication to his principles.
“When a strange man stumbles onto the Shaussegeny property, his situation bears an eerie resemblance to the tale of Beauty and the Beast. Since Ransom is such a scientific and logical person, I did find it a bit odd that he would suddenly decide to go where the magic was leading him. After all, he’d spent his whole life resisting the magic and evil that surrounded Woodcutter’s Grim. However, this led Ransom into the interesting predicament of having to acknowledge that science might not hold the key to everything after all. Tess brings out the best in Ransom. Though they met under less than ideal circumstances, they quickly begin to fall in love and have great chemistry. Like Ransom was at the beginning, Tess is very mysterious. The truth of her past isn’t revealed in full until the end of the story. I can’t give away any details without spoiling the ending. However, I will say that Tess’s history is a truly interesting twist that I didn’t expect.
“I thoroughly enjoyed reading Beauty is the Beast. Ransom’s happy ending with Tess is sweet and well deserved. Ms. Wiesner’s take on the classic fairytale was the perfect ending to this miniseries within the overall Woodcutter’s Grim Series. Anyone who enjoys fairy tales that are a little different should certainly read Beauty is the Beast as well as the other stories in the anthology.” ~Long and Short Reviews http://longandshortreviews.blogspot.com/2012/05/beauty-is-beast-by-karen-wiesner.html

4 Stars!
“Beauty and the Beast with a new twist. I love fairy tales and I am always happy to check out new retellings and 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=4903

4 Stars!
“I am generally not a fan of the destined to be together storyline. That said, it works in this story. There is a reason for it. And I love the twist that comes from it. This twist is one of those I fear saying too much about, it is so good, so unexpected, that I in no way saw it coming or even came close to guessing what it might be. Overall, I recommend this book. It is a wonderful re-imagining to Beauty and the Beast and well worth adding to any collection.” ~You Gotta Read Reviews

4 Stars!
“This is a novel where the characters have their problems. Everything can be worked out for the better. It ends up being an interesting and compelling retelling of a popular fairy tale.” ~Love Romance Passion http://www.loveromancepassion.com/review-beauty-is-the-beast-woodcutters-grim-series-book-7-by-karen-wiesner/

The Deep Reviews
(Book 8: A Woodcutter's Grim Series Novel)

Editor’s Top Pick!
“To say that author Karen Wiesner has been busy writing would be a gross understatement. According to both her website, www.karenwiesner.com, and that of her publisher, Whiskey Creek Press, Wiesner has over one hundred book credits (and counting) under her name with a number of literary awards to match. Whether she is busy forging the fires of romance or guiding her readers on a twisting path of horror (or, in the case of her latest Woodcutter’s Grim Series installment, THE DEEP, mixing a story of both), Karen Wiesner seems at home hanging her creative hat in a variety of genres. In THE DEEP, Cheyenne Welsh has quietly returned to Woodcutter’s Grim, her hometown and a whispered place of dread where evil things have been rumored to gather for several hundred years. Despite having been away from home for a long time, Cheyenne’s homecoming is far from joyful--ever since her younger sister vanished under suspicious circumstances, her mother went mad, and her father became increasingly reclusive with his obsession around his academic work and studies, Cheyenne has attempted to forget the horrors associated with her childhood even as she has followed her despised father’s career path and endured a series of abusive and traumatic situations along the way. With her father, a retired professor, violently and mysteriously murdered in the basement of her childhood home, and her high school sweetheart and neighbor, Dr. James Beck, once again at her side, Cheyenne must gather her courage and unravel a lifetime of pain and horror as she seeks to stand against the darkness of THE DEEP. The novel is listed as Book 8 of the Woodcutter’s Grim Series. In the series, Karen Wiesner has crafted a well-researched and creative world in which evil forces plague the small northern Wisconsin town of Woodcutter’s Grim, commonly taking the guises, appearances, and traits of fairytale monsters and folklore characters. As Wiesner spins THE DEEP, she draws on previously explored mythologies and tales without shutting readers new to Woodcutter’s Grim out—THE DEEP was the first book in the series I have read and I was able to connect to passing references with relative ease. Wiesner builds a sense of dread and foreboding in THE DEEP, particularly in such moments when Cheyenne finds herself alone in her father’s isolated house at the edge of Woodcutter’s Grim and on the brink of sanity. While there are elements of horror imbued throughout, particularly in context to the author’s emphasized Christian references, the story works effectively as a Gothic romance--a young woman trapped in her inherited residence and haunted by some unknown evil is assisted by the man she loves in order to break free of the chains and torments of her past. Overall, THE DEEP is smart and fast paced--I look forward to traveling to Woodcutter’s Grim once again--I’ll try to avoid the evil on the way.” ~Justin D. Davis, BellaOnline's Horror Literature Editor http://horrorliterature.bellaonline.com/editorspicks.asp

5 Stars!
“If you have not read the previous stories in this series, do not worry. You will still fully understand what is happening. Each title is a stand-alone story. However, those who have read at least a couple of them will be able to envision these events in a broader scope. Each story is a different, dark piece of the evil puzzle that is known as Woodcutter’s Grim. If you enjoy authors who write “old school style”, then this entire series should be to your taste. All the titles, especially this one, has the spicy flavor of the old Gothic Romances that I used to greedily consume. This story has romance, mystery, suspense, adventure, and horror all blended together. Something for everyone. As usual, Karen Wiesner gives readers what they crave—and more.” ~Detra Fitch for Huntress Reviews http://www.huntressreviews.com

5 Stars!
“THE DEEP is a bone-chilling horror novel loosely based on Metamorphoses: The Story of Pygmalion and the Statue by Ovid. Karen Wiesner entices the reader into the creatively built world, Woodcutter’s Grim, where evil likes to reside. The author’s vivid descriptions of a creepy [fetish] doll, an unknown creature in the basement, and the cold that permeates the house combine into a thoroughly spooky page-turning read. Even with the evil creature as a large part of this story, Wiesner skillfully rebuilds Cheyenne Welsh and James Beck’s relationship as well. Their heartfelt conversations, confessions, and forgiveness make them couple to cheer for. This entertaining, hair-raising novel with an action-packed climax, where—in true fairy-tale fashion—good triumphs over evil and the couple lives happily ever after, stands alone so reading the earlier tales isn’t necessary to enjoy this story.” ~BTSemag http://www.btsemag

“While the title may bring to mind a submarine or subterranean setting, actually this novel is the latest in Wiesner’s “Woodcutter’s Grim” series, in which each installment (connected but readable on their own) takes its inspiration from myth, legend, or fairy tale. THE DEEP echoes the myth of Pygmalion’s beautiful statue brought to life by Aphrodite, but in a much darker guise. Woodcutter’s Grim is a Town with a Dark Secret, haunted by evil forces against which certain leading families have pledged to guard the innocent residents. Heroine Cheyenne returns to town after her father’s death, planning to sell his house and break all ties to Woodcutter’s Grim, site of her mother’s death and a more terrible loss: When Cheyenne was fifteen, her little sister Dulcie vanished. To add to the trauma of the memory, Cheyenne was supposed to be watching Dulcie at the time. Their father, an archeologist obsessed with the dark, occult side of certain African cultures, had been reclusive all along and became even more so in his final years. His basement sanctuary, which nobody else was allowed to enter, symbolized his eccentricity and secretiveness. Even when she can’t avoid returning to the house after his death, Cheyenne stays away from the basement. Meanwhile, her teenage sweetheart, James, now a doctor, has never stopped yearning for her. When they meet again after years of separation, she can’t deny her feelings for him. However, she hates the idea of staying in Woodcutter’s Grim, while he has an obligation to spend his life there as one of the town’s guardians. The Deep—“Die Diep”—is an ominous figurine her father brought home from an African dig. Eerie phenomena plague Cheyenne when she temporarily moves into the old house. Could the Deep still be lurking in the locked basement, now animated and malevolent? And could her father have sacrificed Dulcie to the entity incarnated in the statue? This novel merges horror and romance in a perfectly balanced combination. The conflict between Cheyenne’s loathing of her former home and James’s duty to remain in the town is believable, and their emotional clashes are rendered with wrenching intensity. Vividly portrayed sensory details enhance the horror, especially the icy cold of the house and the odor of mushrooms that intermittently permeates the atmosphere. James’s Christian faith, which plays a vital role in his decisions and actions, is not obtrusive or preachy but woven naturally into his character. While secondary characters enrich the background and allude to other books in the series, no prior knowledge of them is necessary to appreciate this story. Wiesner employs African myth and legend to create a plotline intriguingly different from the European-based hauntings of much horror fiction.” ~Author Margaret L. Carter http://www.margaretlcarter.com

“The eighth Woodcutter's Grim Series thriller is a chilling horror tale. The second chance relationship between James and Chey enhances the strong main storyline of a good earth mother fighting the ancient evil her Daddy wrought upon his offspring. Readers will relish the latest work by this wonderfully talented writing wizard.” ~MBR Bookwatch http://www.midwestbookreview.com/mbw/dec_13.htm#klausner

Adventures in Amethyst Series Reviews


"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

The Amethyst Angel Reviews

4.75 Stars! "I believe this is my favorite Karen Wiesner story to date. I found this to be the most poignant story I've read in a very long time. Ms. Wiesner draws us into the world of a Children's Hospital for terminally ill patients. She shows us the love and compassion that so many doctors have for their patients. When you read about Dr. Elena's bedside manner and the way she looks after little Juan, you'll be in tears. I was very deeply touched by the love of the staff members at this hospital. Each character shows an extraordinary amount of love and compassion for these dying children while maintaining their dignity. So what's a busy doctor to do? She has secretly loved her neighbor's son (Pablo) for many years. However, her father and the neighbor have conspired to match her up with Pablo's cousin, Arrio, who has just arrived in town. While she enjoys his company, Arrio certainly is no Pablo. Yet, Pablo seems to be pushing her farther away. When her dying patient reminds her of her Amethyst Angel and the things she had told him about living life, Elena decides to go for her true love. I just can't tell you how much I enjoyed this old fashioned (yet modern) look at love in its purest sense" ~Once Upon A Romance Review http://www.onceuponaromance.net/TheAmethystAngelReview.html

5 Hearts! "This reviewer cannot remember any bad things about this story. The book was extremely believable. The characters were very connected with both each other and the reader. The setting of this story made it easier for the reader to be captivated. Go and get your copy today!" ~Love Romances http://www.loveromancesandmore.com/reviews/June2007/dameamethysttreasures_mandie.htm

"Elena and Pablo's love story is one of two shy people who are afraid of rejection. It takes Pablo's player of a cousin Arrio and a dying child to bring the two together. Well written with good characters." ~Coffee Time Romance http://www.coffeetimeromance.com

"The Amethyst Angel is heart wrenching. We meet the Lopez family, a family united in dedication to a cause. We are delighted immediately with the quick dialogue, and infected with hope, rather than touched by despair. Risk here is more than an affair of the heart. Love and compassion drive this tale. We sense - and understand - the love the main characters feel for the sick children they care for. The family's effort is more than a setting here, and involves the reader deeply even before we get an idea of the love story involved. This heartwarming story makes excellent nightstand material." ~Long and Short Reviews http://longandshortreviews.blogspot.com/2007/08/review-dame-amethyst-treasures.html

5 Books! "The characters come alive for the reader. The Amethyst Angel lifts the reader’s heart with hope and inner peace. If one looks closely enough, there is a lesson about living along with romance. A book to read without putting down. After a cover-to-cover read, you'll want to pick it up and read it again and again as times goes by. This is a book to be prized for your library of “keepers”." ~Long and the Short Reviews http://longandshortreviews.blogspot.com/2008/01/review-tales-from-treasure-trove-volume.html

5 Angels! "Wiesner takes a step back to deliver a touching story of life, love, and friendship. The Amethyst Angel portrays the consuming commitment Elena Lopez has made to the terminally ill children in her care. It will take a special friend to show this caring woman what she is missing in life. The characters in this story will evoke a reaction in even the most cynical heart. An outstanding read not to be missed." ~Fallen Angels Reviews http://www.fallenangelreviews.com/August2005/Amanda-TalesfromtheTreasureTroveAnthologyVolume1.htm

4 1/2 Hearts and Golden Rose Reviewer's Choice Award Winner! "The Santa Fe backdrop makes this story colorful. The flowery cultural intricacies among the characters don't overwhelm the story. Enjoy the sparkling secondary characters." ~Love Romances www.loveromances.com/jewelsofthequill_di.html

4 Cups! "With The Amethyst Angel, Ms. Wiesner has written a very emotional and heartfelt love story that will have you in tears. The characters are well written with interesting histories." ~Coffee Time Romance Reviews http://www.coffeetimeromance.com/BookReviews/TalesFromTheTreasureTroveVolume1.html

4 Lighthouses! "A mini tearjerker." ~Lighthouse Literary Reviews http://www.lighthouseliteraryreviews.com/October2005Reviews.html

4 Stars! "A treasure for those who read it, this will entertain all who read it. Captivating and well written, bringing you deep into their characters' lives. A treasure filled with magic, love, and happy-ever-after. Don't miss adding this impressive lineup to your reading list." ~Ecataromance.com http://www.ecataromance.com/reviews?type=&id=728

4 Hearts! "Very enjoyable reading. An excellent mix of characters and plot." ~The Romance Studio http://theromancestudio.com/reviews/reviews/treasuretrove.htm

4 Wings! “The Amethyst Angel is a bit of a heart-jerker.” ~Classic Romance Revival http://www.classicromancerevival.com/component/resource/article/crr-reviews/27-anthology/79-tales-from-the-treasure-trove-volume-i.html

A Home for Christmas Reviews

4.5 Stars! "Ms. Wiesner writes an excellent novella. While the book is connected to WAYWARD ANGELS [Book 4 of Karen Wiesner's Wounded Warriors Series], it will fully stand alone. I say this because it took me the first couple of chapters to remember I had read the first book. The characters were familiar, but I didn't put it all together at first. Ms. Wiesner writes a sensitive novella that looks at the fears some of us have. She delves into the fear of failure, fear of flying and other fears. For some of us, these fears can overwhelm and paralyze us and it keeps us from living life to the fullest. It was so tastefully and sensitively written how Craig and Christie work to overcome fears together. I was rooting for them the whole way through the book. I think you'll get a chuckle out of the misspoken phrases Craig sometimes says. You'll get an insightful look into Christie's fear of flying. Craig and Christie's story is an inspiring look at the way love really can overcome all." ~Once Upon a Romance Review http://onceuponaromance.net/AHomeForChristmasReview.html

4 Hearts "This book is truly heartwarming and was a great read. The characters connected well with each other and made the story all the more believable. This reader could sometimes feel that she was in the story as the main character. To see what Christie gets for Christmas make sure to buy a copy today!" ~Love Romances http://www.loveromancesandmore.com/reviews/June2007/dameamethysttreasures_mandie.htm

"I liked Christie and Craig and the concept of an orphan finding a home and love for Christmas. Well written with good characters." ~Coffee Time Romance http://www.coffeetimeromance.com

"In A Home for Christmas, we meet a shy and charming man, as well as the love of his life. His self-doubt makes him less than open about his feelings, but his affection comes through in his kindness and support. In this everyday sort of adventure, the strength that comes through faith is also explored. The story itself is nicely Christmasy, and music, especially the favorite Christmas carols, is a connecting theme. Heartwarming and makes excellent nightstand material." ~Long and Short Reviews http://longandshortreviews.blogspot.com/2007/08/review-dame-amethyst-treasures.html

5 Flags! "Wonderfully touching and heartwarming with wonderful characters and an enticing, imaginative plot to make the story a true winner, and not just at Christmas!" ~EuroReviews http://euroreviews.eu.funpic.de/bookdetails.php?book_id=908

5 Wings! “Karen Wiesner pens her best tale yet of two people who are in love and just haven’t told each other of it yet for lack of confidence. This story is a very uplifting one for the holiday, and one of Ms. Wiesner’s best. Fun, well crafted, and the full meaning of love in the season came through. Her story come alive with characters that reached for a dream and weren’t afraid of failing in that quest. Ms. Wiesner’s was her best work of two people, very shy but confident in their love of Christ and taking a chance to lay their hearts on the line. I loved it. It was the best holiday book I have read this season.” ~Classic Romance Revival http://www.classicromancerevival.com/component/resource/article/crr-reviews/27-anthology/96-small-gifts-jewels-of-the-quill.html

5 Stars! "A read you truly don't want to miss. You are filled with the spirit of Christmas and the miracle of true love. Unique and truly a gift to the reader. I highly recommend making this part of your holiday reading." ~Ecataromance http://www.ecataromance.com/reviews?type=&id=418

4 Hearts! "The strengths and surprises of the main characters are very parallel. I gave this a 4 rating because of the quality of the writing and also because the characters are like people I know. The main characters also have an enjoyment of life factor that really enhances the story." ~The Romance Studio http://theromancestudio.com/reviews/reviews/smallgifts.htm

4 Angels! "Christmas is a truly wondrous time of year, a time when love, hope, and faith abound. Find Christmas early with this short holiday treat. Karen Wiesner offers an inspirational romance that will have you smiling by the last page. Craig is a devoted man, committed to the Lord, family and friends. His kindness towards Christie is wonderful to see. The faith they display and the friendship they share is a strong basis for a future together, and readers can't help but hope that Craig gets his heart's desire. In a season beset with hectic malls, endless parties, and the need to complete everything before the bell tolls on the 24th, this story takes a moment and brings readers back to what is important, offering friendship and love for the holiday season. Readers will enjoy this precursor to Christmas, and it is sure to get readers in the mood long before the temperatures start to chill." ~Fallen Angel Reviews http://www.fallenangelsreviews.com

Very Highly Recommended! "'Tis the season to be jolly and what better way than with an unforgettable story. Treat yourself to a delightful holiday retreat. Build a warm crackling fire and wrap up in a cuddly robe with a steaming hot mug of cider. Then grab this story and sit back for a relaxing unforgettable journey. The experience will be a poetic Hallmark card set into motion." ~MyShelf.com http://www.myshelf.com/romance/05/smallgifts.htm

4 Roses! "A Christian religious theme resounds throughout this story of a young man attempting to travel home for Christmas to allow his family to meet the woman he loves. The attraction between the characters is strong." ~Love Romances http://www.loveromances.com/jewelsofthequillsmallgifts_di2.html

The Amethyst Star Reviews

4 Hearts! "This short story is quite intense in the thoughts and the societal expectations of the characters. This reviewer quickly became caught up in the emotional pull between Lady Sher and Randolf. The expectations of Lady Sher are heart wrenching and add an interesting element to the story, while Randolf's people seem to have an outlook more consistent with today's society. The differences between the main characters races and their practices are very well explained and demonstrated as the two interact within the Hunter Abode. The intimate scenes are tastefully written while still portraying adequate passion. This reviewer was pleased with the depth and completeness of this short story." ~Love Romances http://www.loveromancesandmore.com/reviews/June2007/dameamethysttreasures_mandie.htm

"Sher is a more forceful character. Well written with good characters." ~Coffee Time Romance http://www.coffeetimeromance.com

"The opening is dark: humans are not hunters, but hunted. However, hope builds as we grow closer to understanding the mind and motivations of Randolph, the main character. The details of the royal setting, the home of Lady Sher, are a delight to read. The world Wiesner creates is very original, and has great depth and detail. Heartwarming and makes excellent night-stand material." ~Long and Short Reviews http://longandshortreviews.blogspot.com/2007/08/review-dame-amethyst-treasures.html

4 Cups! "Futuristic plotlines are among my very favorites and The Amethyst Star has most of the elements that I enjoy about this particular genre. The unique world Ms. Wiesner has created is enchanting. Randolf and Sher exhibit intriguing traits as they go about their daily lives and deal with the attraction that sparks between them. The storyline is enhanced by a prophecy that one hopes will be fulfilled before the end of the story. An appealing tale sure to end up on many a reader's favorites list." ~Coffee Time Romance http://www.coffeetimeromance.com/BookReviews/Talesfromthetreasuretrovevolume2.html

4 Stars! "There is a strong message behind this short story, one that humans need to heed. Fans of romance will enjoy this." ~ReviewYourBook.com http://www.reviewyourbook.com/review.cfm?reviewid=512&k=1

4 1/2 Hearts! "Strong and well defined characters that readers will quickly come to care about. Readers can also look forward to plenty action and suspense. From tears to laughter, readers will experience it all. Creatively written, fast paced and easily enthralling." ~The Romance Studio http://theromancestudio.com/reviews/reviews/treasuretrove.htm

4 Crowns! "There was much to be explained regarding the different beings and the severely regulated human social order to give a good basis for this story. Ms. Wiesner was certainly up to the task. Readers of futuristic and alien romance should well enjoy this tale." ~Realms of Love http://www.realmsoflove.com/modules.php?name=Reviews&rop=showcontent&id=105

4 Books! "The Amethyst Star offers an intensely imagined, futuristic world that won't fail to thrill the paranormal fan. Superb writing style, a frequently unpredictable twist, a distinct, original story. A thoroughly enjoyable way to spend your time!" ~Long and Short Reviews http://longandshortreviews.blogspot.com/2008/05/review-tales-from-treasure-trove-vol-2.html

"Karen Wiesner certainly gave the characters life. Randolf is strong, confident and compassionate. Lady Sher is noble, curious and naive, as well she should be. The story itself had a flair of futuristic idealism. I enjoyed reading about the different cities and what they represented." ~WRDF Reviews http://blog.lyndacoker.net/2009/05/28/wrdf-review-of-tales-from-the-treasure-trove-volume-ii.aspx

"One outstanding book that readers will love. Laugh, cry, set off on an adventure; this book has it all. One magnificent read." ~MyShelf.com http://www.myshelf.com/romance/06/talesfromthetreasuretrovevolume2.htm

Creatures of the Night Reviews

"The characters are vivid. Susanna and Nickolai have a strong bond, but finding out that you are married to a vampire cannot be easy." ~Coffee Time Romance http://www.coffeetimeromance.com

4 Hearts! "This story is intense and intriguing. The chemistry between Susanna and Nicholai is undeniable and is really what drew this reviewer into the story. This element also makes the love scenes seem much more heated than they really are. A captivating read with good characters." ~Love Romances http://www.loveromancesandmore.com/reviews/June2007/dameamethysttreasures_mandie.htm

Kaleidoscope Series Reviews

4 1/2 Stars Overall!
“5 Stars! Perfect Cadence: A beautiful second chance at love for two deserving people. Very well done. 4 Stars! In Cahoots With Cupid: I thoroughly enjoyed this tale. 5 Stars! Behind Amethyst Eyes: This tale has the delicious flavor of the early Jayne Ann Krentz novels. (Innocent hard working girl, who is also a brave underdog, meets hardheaded man who cannot resist her, though he wants to, and she has loyal friends to stand by her side when things get tough. [That example describes this story and Krentz's novel FAMILY MAN]) This is an outstanding novella tale that I sorely wish was a full-length story. 4 Stars! Jordana's Chair: This author is a whiz at playing matchmaker with characters that seem to be polar opposites of each other. Dex grew up in comfort and Jordana's life was full of hardships. Karen Wiesner shows that love can bring together people from anywhere. On a side note, how can I resist reading an author who uses weird words, such as "ipecac", in her stories? Romantic and inspiring. 5 Stars! Paper Tiger: This one had shivers running up and down my spine. I could not seem to read fast enough. I simply HAD to know what was going to happen next. As with the other stories within the Kaleidoscope Series, I found this one to be well written, with engaging characters, and thoroughly enjoyable. 5 Stars! Cabin Fever: Throughout this series, Shayna has always been willing to lend a helpful hand or shoulder to her friends. Now her story is finally revealed and it is as heart-warming as I had hoped it would be. Extremely well done. 4 Stars! The Longest Night: There is more to this story than I tell in the synopsis. The entire tale takes place in a six-hour span, on a New Year's Eve. I found the story to be a wonderful way to conclude this special novella series collection.” ~Detra Fitch for Huntress Reviews http://www.huntressreviews.com/

4 Stars!
“An absorbing collection of consecutive stories featuring the lives and loves of the employees and friends of businesses in the Kaleidoscope office building.” ~Susan Mobley for RT Book Reviews http://www.rtbookreviews.com

4 Tea Cups!
“Karen brought seven stories of family and friendships into one collective book, and the short stories were wonderfully written. She brought back what true friendships, love and commitments are all about where people care for each other and where you help family and friends when they have a need.” ~Wendy for Happily Ever After Reviews http://hea-reviews.blogspot.com/2010/09/kaleidoscope-series-by-karen-wiesner.html

“Perfect Cadence: Poignant. In Cahoots With Cupid: A winning tale. Behind Amethyst Eyes: Sweet. Jordana's Chair: Realistic. Paper Tiger: Entertaining. Cabin Fever: Heartwarming. The Longest Night: Enthralling. Each of these contemporary romance stories contains fully developed lead couples as Karen Wiesner displays her talent with this strong, first-time-together collection of the Kaleidoscope tales.” ~Harriet Klausner for Genre Go Round http://genregoroundreviews.blogspot.com/2010/10/karen-wiesners-kaleidoscope-series.html

“This contemporary romance collection contains the first seven books in the Kaleidoscope Series which features the business that is run and operated by Angela Lewis. All the stories deal with women's issues that range from lovers with commitment issues, domestic violence, absentee fathers, self-image and so on. Each novella focuses on a different character in different circumstances. The stories have very well-developed characters and the issues depth while some have a lighter tone. This is a box set that would appeal to chick-lit and contemporary romance readers as a whole. There are some romantic suspense elements as well.” ~BTSemag http://btsemag.com/

Perfect Cadence Reviews
(Book 1: Kaleidoscope Series)

5 Stars! "What could make a better story than a cabin and an old flame? Karen Wiesner is a talented author; I always look forward to her art. Sure to be a cherished favorite. Thank you for another good read." ~ReviewYourBook.com http://www.reviewyourbook.com/review.cfm?reviewid=608

5 Hearts! "So much fabulous reading enjoyment I could not read it fast enough. Some of this era’s greatest writing—above and beyond the levels I have come to expect. The characters were spectacular, the storyline enthralling, and the actions by even the lesser characters were spell-binding. Kudo to the authors. I highly recommend this to everyone. You will definitely not be disappointed. I guarantee it." ~The Romance Studio http://theromancestudio.com/reviews/reviews/christmaswisheswcpantho.htm

5 Wings! “This delightful read gives you a wonderful sense of family, relationships, and the joy of the season. Wonderfully paced stories. I give this book a high 5 wings and recommend to anybody looking for a uplifting book to read any time of year.” ~Classic Romance Revival http://www.classicromancerevival.com/component/resource/article/crr-reviews/27-anthology/101-christmas-wishes-jewels-of-the-quill.html

4 1/2 Pixies! "Sure to delight readers, offering a delectable morsel for the reader's imagination as the hopeful and optimistic approach to a happy ending brings joy and the glory of the Christmas spirit straight to reader’s heart. A powerful helping of romance, tension, and the proverbial happy ending." ~Dark Angel Reviews https://www.darkangelreviews.com/Christmas_Wishes.html

4 1/2 Books! “These two extremely independent people have lots of stumbling starts before they find their way in this emotion called love that they are both rather leery of. Josh’s cat, Leonardo the Maine coon, tries to help in his own special way. For the ‘keeper’ shelf of your library.” ~The Long And The Short Of It Reviews http://www.longandshortreviews.com/LASR/1208/ChristmasWishes-AN.htm

4.25 Fangs! “If you love Christmas stories, this book is one to keep on your shelves. You'll want to pull it out every year and cuddle up by the fireplace with a hot cup of cocoa while reading (if you don't have a fireplace snuggle up in your favorite blanket like I do, imagining a fireplace in front of me). Perfect Cadence is a story of second chances, a tale of the one that got away being found again. I loved the setting--a perfect winter romance set in a cabin in the mountains.” ~Fang-tastic Books http://fang-tasticbooks.blogspot.com/2010/12/review-of-christma-wishes-jewels-of.html

4 Cups! “A warm and hopeful tale of true love lost and found again, this story made me want to book a mountain cabin with my own true love, my own Perfect Cadence. Of course, like Keri, I would let him do the cooking and wood chopping. A good, light, seasonal read that had me looking for my fireplace and hot cocoa.” ~Coffee Time Romance http://www.coffeetimeromance.com

"This will leave any reader of this genre satisfied and wanting more. This will definitely get any reader into the Christmas spirit." ~Front Street Reviews http://www.frontstreetreviews.com/

"Family oriented and heartwarming." ~RT Book Reviews http://www.rtbookreviews.com

In Cahoots With Cupid Reviews
(Book 2: Kaleidoscope Series)

5 Stars! "Karen Wiesner, you did it again! You made my heart swell and tears come to my eyes. In Cahoots With Cupid is a sweet story. Ki and Angela are both delightful characters. The reconciliation was heartwarming. I love it! Fans of romance, this is a must-read." ~ReviewYourBook.com http://www.reviewyourbook.com/review.cfm?reviewid=1225

5 Wings! “A great story with wonderful characters you really get tied up in. For the Valentine season, it was a delightful read that proved very enjoyable.” ~Classic Romance Revival http://www.classicromancerevival.com/blog/?p=1087

4 1/2 Hearts! "A nostalgic look at returning to the old hometown and finding something she left behind years ago. Valentine’s Day themed books are easily made into cookie-cutter offerings. This selection is definitely not like that. A unique book to grasp and hold my attention. Whatever your interest, you will find it here.” ~The Romance Studio http://theromancestudio.com/reviews/reviews/magicalkissesjotq.htm

Black Seal Rating (fantastic Read; definitely stays on my shelf) "A perfect Valentine read that will make you laugh, will make you cry, and the hero will definitely make you fall in love." ~WRDF http://blog.lyndacoker.net/2009/02/05/wrdf-review-of-magical-kisses-anthology.aspx

4 Stars! "Enchanting and delightful with quirky characters and laugh-out-loud scenes as well as some poignant moments." ~RT Book Reviews http://www.rtbookreviews.com

4 Books! "Complex and heartbreaking, this was an interesting story but no less romantic or enjoyable. Angela has faced a painful past and I truly felt for both her and for Kiowa as he longed to ease her pain and love her if she would only let him." ~Long and Short Reviews http://longandshortreviews.blogspot.com/2009/04/magical-kisses-jewels-of-quill.html

"Fun, character-driven, and ultimately happy. The writing is consistently good. This would, indeed, make good Valentine's reading." ~TCM Reviews http://tcm-ca.com/reviews/2660.html

"True love endures time and distance for Ki and Angela. He is her lifeline, even if she does not see it. The love Ki has for Angela is all encompassing, and their story is a delight to read. A wonderful set of characters, unique and memorable. Intelligent dialogue and a clever plot. I recommend this to all romance lovers." ~Coffee Time Romance http://www.coffeetimeromance.com

“A heartbreaking tale. I love the single mindedness of Kiowa Mackenzie. He makes up his mind and nothing or no one can change it. He is willing to wait for who will complete his life. This is a lesson that we all need to learn. I did think it was sad that Angela waited so long to go home and make peace with her father. Too many times that is exactly what happens in real life. The perfect Valentine’s Day read. This book will join the other Valentine anthologies you have lined up on your bookshelves.” ~Writers Unlimited http://www.writersunlimited.com

"Very moving starring charming lead characters." ~Harriet Klausner http://genregoroundreviews.blogspot.com/2009/02/magical-kisses-jewels-of-quill-st.html

“Love strong enough to surpass time apart. It’s beautiful when it happens and Ms. Wiesner set it up perfectly. Ki’s strong love for Angela is powerful and their story an enjoyment to read. Entertaining, the characters well written, I recommend this book to anyone.” ~Joyfully Reviewed http://www.joyfullyreviewed.com/reviews/Feb09/magicalkissajewelsofthequillvalentinesdayanthology.ANTHO.html

Behind Amethyst Eyes Reviews
(Book 3: Kaleidoscope Series)

4 Cups! "This is another sweet story of the underdog finding love when they feel they never will. A perfectly fit couple and great friends make this a feel good read.” ~Coffee Time Romance & More http://www.coffeetimeromance.com

5 Stars! “The reader will be delighted and intrigued. I found the reading quite entertaining and can't wait to read the next installment!” ~ReviewYourBook.com http://reviewyourbook.com/component/simple_review/?review=1761-Tales-From-the-Treasure-Trove-V-A-Jewels-of-the-Quill-Anthology

4 Stars! “Guaranteed to satisfy. I hope you enjoy the anthology as much as I did.” ~Huntress Reviews www.huntressreviews.com

4 Books! "Main character Aimee Cooper is easy to identify with--from her less than total confidence to her desperate attempt to totally recreate herself. Rob’s point of view really gives the reader another whole view: this one is all romance. The quality of the writing is consistent, making this a very pleasant read indeed." ~LASR http://longandshortreviews.blogspot.com/2009/09/tales-from-treasure-trove-volume-v-by.html

"This story is sweet and I enjoyed reading it." ~You Gotta Read http://yougottareadreviews.blogspot.com

Jordana's Chair Reviews
(Book 4: Kaleidoscope Series)

5 Wings! “In this latest installment of her Kaleidoscope Series, Dame Amethyst delivers yet again. She shows us how, once again, love can break down barriers from childhood and heal wounds once thought too deep to heal. A very wonderful story, one that this reviewer empathized with easily, and felt that Ms. Wiesner truly was able to convey the fears and scars that the homeless live with every day for the rest of their lives. A wonderful trip through the hearts of a wonderful couple that will make your emotions soar. I give this book a solid 5 wings. Loved it completely, can’t wait till the next.” ~Classic Romance Revival http://www.classicromancerevival.com/blog/?p=1485

5 Stars! “I love a good, fast-paced short story. This will leave the reader wanting more. Love, romance and suspense abound.” ~Readers Favorite http://readersfavorite.com/cat-71.htm?review=2642

5 Cups! “An exciting short tale designed to keep us on the edge of our seat. Beautifully written with inspiring characters.” ~Coffee Time Romance & More http://www.coffeetimeromance.com/BookReviews/talesfromthetreasuretrove6.html

Paper Tiger Reviews
(Book 5: Kaleidoscope Series)

5 Stars! "This one had shivers running up and down my spine. I could not seem to read fast enough. I simply HAD to know what was going to happen next. As with the other stories within the Kaleidoscope Series, I found this one to be well written, with engaging characters, and thoroughly enjoyable." ~Huntress Reviews http://www.huntressreviews.com/especial.htm

4 Stars! “I’d say this story has enough suspense in it to keep you up at night. It surely haunted my dreams. If you love a story that will scare your socks off, this one is for you. I had to keep putting it down because it was too intense and too close to a horror story for my personal tastes. Karen Wiesner is a master storywriter and storyteller. I don’t like to have my socks scared off, but I cannot deny Karen’s masterful ability to spin a story and reel the reader into that story. It was very realistic and totally believable. If you love a scary thrill, this story is perfect for you.” ~Once Upon a Time Romance Reviews http://www.onceuponaromance.net/HalloweenTreasures.htm

Cabin Fever Reviews
(Book 6: Kaleidoscope Series)

5 Hearts! “The more I read, the more I wanted to read. Ms. Wiesner has become a favorite to me and this book just made me more certain than ever that she’s permanently on my must read list. The characters in each book had such camaraderie it was enviable. They were close and never allowed each other to suffer alone. The stories were varied and even included one which is not my favorite genre. It was still spellbinding. Each storyline included primarily one couple supported by the others. Each book, of course, that changed. There was sensuality and intense love shown. The characters, their situations and their conflicts were so down-to-earth that I felt as if I was part of the action. When the book ended, the lives of the main characters had evolved so much more than I could have expected. Their lives changed, and we were kept in touch throughout. I highly recommend this to anyone.” ~The Romance Studio http://theromancestudio.com/reviews/reviews/kaleidoscopewiesner.htm

5 Stars! “Throughout this series, Shayna has always been willing to lend a helpful hand or shoulder to her friends. Now her story is finally revealed and it is as heart-warming as I had hoped it would be. Extremely well done.” ~Huntress Reviews http://www.huntressreviews.com/

“Heartwarming with fully developed lead couples. Karen Wiesner displays her talent with this strong tale.” ~Genre Go Round http://genregoroundreviews.blogspot.com/2010/10/karen-wiesners-kaleidoscope-series.html

The Longest Night Reviews
(Book 7: Kaleidoscope Series)

5 Hearts! “The more I read, the more I wanted to read. Ms. Wiesner has become a favorite to me and this book just made me more certain than ever that she’s permanently on my must read list. The characters in each book had such camaraderie it was enviable. They were close and never allowed each other to suffer alone. The stories were varied and even included one which is not my favorite genre. It was still spellbinding. Each storyline included primarily one couple supported by the others. Each book, of course, that changed. There was sensuality and intense love shown. The characters, their situations and their conflicts were so down-to-earth that I felt as if I was part of the action. When the book ended, the lives of the main characters had evolved so much more than I could have expected. Their lives changed, and we were kept in touch throughout. I highly recommend this to anyone.” ~The Romance Studio http://theromancestudio.com/reviews/reviews/kaleidoscopewiesner.htm

4 Stars! “There is more to this story than I tell in the synopsis. The entire tale takes place in a six-hour span, on a New Year's Eve. I found the story to be a wonderful way to conclude this special novella series.” ~Huntress Reviews http://www.huntressreviews.com/

“Enthralling with fully developed lead couples. Karen Wiesner displays her talent with this strong tale.” ~Genre Go Round http://genregoroundreviews.blogspot.com/2010/10/karen-wiesners-kaleidoscope-series.html

Cowboy Fever Series Reviews

“In the small town of Fever, Texas, a series of couples with turbulent histories reunite for the sake of true love, despite their differences. Wiesner packs each book with characters who share intense and strained relationships—a variable that makes their romance stories that much sweeter in the end. This anthology is great for whiling away a relaxing weekend.” ~RT Book Reviews http://www.rtbookreview.com http://www.angelfire.com/stars4/kswiesner/fiction10.html

4 Stars! “Wings of Love, Book 1: I like Wings. I like his loyalty, views and commitments. I understand where he is coming from, so I can easily relate to him. Losses and Gains, Book 2: A heart-breaking story that tells us about the consequences of selfish actions, of avoiding to stand up for what one believes in and of how hate makes you forget all the good. If both Lance and Janaya have been wronged, they also show how God works in mysterious ways. For Always, Book 3: …this story is a must read to know the classic signs of domestic abuse and to learn what is unacceptable and when to take a stand. Taming April, Book 4: I am still bawling after reading this story. The author has brilliantly made us face the heart-breaking and bitter truths of life. What has me crying is the relationship between April and her dad—how children tend to be cruel and ignorant of parents in the race of success. Yet how much they still do for us with and without us knowing about it. An eye-opener indeed to our responsibilities toward our parents, no matter what they say to make us feel better. This is my favorite story from the whole collection. A must read. The Only One, Book 5: Okay, I am crying my eyes out again. This is my second favorite story from this collection. Their grief at losing their child and then each other is heartbreaking. I cannot imagine going through it. It is a universal fact that everyone grieves in their own way. Unable to accept the way the other grieves makes or breaks a relationship, as we see with Ken and Karla. This is a must read. Just be prepared to have your heart broken. The Cowboy Fever Series is a complete collection of stories suited for everyone. They will break your heart, make you fall in love, cry and laugh. They will make you face the insecurities and harsh realities of life. These are not light-hearted reads. They may evoke deep-down hidden emotions we try to ignore in our daily lives. Still, you should read these at least once. You will not regret it.” ~Coffee Time Romance & More http://www.coffeetimeromance.com

4 Stars! “If you like your cowboy romances clean but with a hint of contemporary drama, you'll appreciate the fact that Whiskey Creek Press is now offering the first five novellas in Karen Wiesner's Cowboy Fever Series together for the first time. This is an enjoyable compilation that focuses on love relationships in the rural Texas panhandle town of Fever and, in particular, on the handsome male co-owners of Triple Aces Ranch. The first novella titled WINGS OF LOVE, features a Fever born engineer and a wealthy, big city interior designer. Wings, the hero, is in love with Amanda but he fears dropping the big, bad "L-word" will send her packing. In Book 2, LOSSES AND GAINES, Janaya's heart was broken when her older sister's manipulations caused Janaya to leave love behind. Lance is available again, but he's now a bitter man and not receptive to the woman who turned her back and stayed gone too long. Moving on to Book 3, Jared Chapman had loved Alana since his grandmother took the orphaned girl in, but shy and reserved Jared could never bring himself to confess his love, and Alana married someone else. When Jared discovered Alana was trapped in an abusive marriage, a long-standing vow drove him to be there for Alana FOR ALWAYS. Lubbock attorney April St. Clair grew up the dirt poor daughter of a cow poke, so loving one is out of the question. Shawn Jacobs is part owner of Triple Aces Ranch, but he's a cowboy and the local Lothario, too. In Book 4, one look at the out-of-place city girl has Shawn fighting two sudden desires--TAMING APRIL and becoming a one-woman man. And, finally to bring this satisfying compilation of romance to a close, Ms. Wiesner offers up Book 5, THE ONLY ONE. A miscarriage and grief drove a wedge between Karla and Ken. Five long years of separation needs a final resolution and the choices are limited--a divorce or a new beginning. Each of these gems is a quick, satisfying read and Ms. Wiesner keeps things interesting by varying the plots and character motivations, while building a community of memorable heroes and heroines that pop up in each other's stories. I know Ms. Wiesner has a recent new addition to this series and those who like this compilation will likely check out Book 6, DRIFTER'S HEART, as I plan to do. As a whole, this series is a fine way to get your western romance on.” ~The Romance Reviews http://www.theromancereviews.com/viewbooksreview.php?bookid=11407

Wings of Love Reviews
(Book 1: Cowboy Fever Series)

5 Stars! “The couple's trouble in this story is mainly due to a lack of communication and the fear each has of possible rejection. Normally stories such as this make me want to smack the pair for stupidity and tell them to spit out their feelings for one another. Yet Karen Wiesner has written it in such a way that I sympathize with both of their plights. I cannot help but wonder if I would have done anything differently. This is what I call a “feel good” story. The secondary characters are from the neighboring ranches. In this story, there are glimpses into the lives of those neighbors. Amanda fits right in with everyone in Fever. I have already come to care for Maggie May and her small son. I could almost hear her Southern twang. If this is a taste of what is to come, than I look forward to the rest of the stories in this series. I am left with a warm feeling and the belief that miracles are possible.” ~Detra Fitch for Huntress Reviews http://www.huntressreviews.com/

4 1/2 Stars! “This story--just in time for the holidays--is a true gift. The Christmas story will warm your heart and you’ll be looking forward to all the holiday cheer, family, friends, love and celebration. These stories offer a beautiful mixture of romance, fun, inspiration, love and miracles. Wiesner’s Wings of Love is cowboy all the way when Mac Mackenzie falls in love for the third time with the same interior designer who’s fixing up his ranch.” ~Amy Lignor for RT Book Reviews http://www.rtbookreviews.com/

"Exciting. An enjoyable Christmas Gem contributing a warm family drama starring fully developed protagonists.” ~Harriet Klausner on the Mainstream Fiction Blog http://mainstreamfiction.blogspot.com/2011/08/christmas-gems-christine-desmet-karen.html

“Wings of Love is an enjoyable read. It is a heartwarming holiday story with an incredibly sweet ending that will leave readers eagerly anticipating the next installment of Karen Wiesner’s Cowboy Fever Series.” ~The Readers Round Table http://thereadersroundtable.com

4 Books! “How do you know it is Christmas time? Is it the smell of your tree, the eggnog, mistletoe or holly? This story is based on a Christmas theme, but the characters here find love. The author does a very good job of describing the scene the story is set in. The story is short but reads well and has enough detail to flesh the story out. Wings in Love was a fun read. Take a cowboy who works construction and mix him with an interior decorator and then add true love. Watching these two misunderstand each other will make you laugh and comment out loud. This story doesn’t disappoint. Why not pick up a copy for yourself and read it by fire while drinking hot chocolate (or maybe a bit of eggnog)? You won't regret it!” ~Long and Short Romance Reviews http://longandshortreviews.blogspot.com/2011/09/christmas-gems-by-jewels-of-quill.html

4 Stars! “A quaint romantic Christmas story all about miracles. A man in love is determined to take it slow whilst the woman he loves is waiting impatiently for him to declare his love resulting in a magical Christmas where all parties involved get the one thing they wish for most. I thoroughly enjoyed the story. I was rooting for the guy to get their girl. This little book is the perfect thing for a quiet Christmas. It brought joy to my heart and a smile to my face. It really speaks to the magic of Christmas. The general theme was that real love will flourish if given a chance and with Christmas being all about love, I find it the perfect Christmas gem.” ~Readers Favorite http://readersfavorite.com/review/5409

4 Stars! “This is a very sweet story of love and the fear to love. The journey that Amanda and Wings take to come to terms with their pasts comes through well. I felt their conflicting emotions and confusion on how to interpret each other’s words. I was surprised that I got to know the main characters so well and got as invested as I did in the outcome for the length of the story. I recommend this to anyone of all ages who like cowboys and sweet love.” ~Darker Passions Reviews http://darkerpassions.net/

Losses and Gains Reviews
(Book 2: Cowboy Fever Series)

5 Stars!
“Losses and Gains, Book 2 in Karen Wiesner's Cowboy Fever Series, is so much more than a romance novel. It is a story of love, resentment, sibling rivalry and second chances. I was immediately drawn into the story and into the characters' lives! Janaya is such a lovable main character and one that can be related to on so many levels. I found myself empathizing with her on so many different occasions and also cheering her on in the middle of making decisions. The relationships, interactions and conversations between the characters are well-written and credible. The scene where Janaya and her mother really talk was well-done and is a turning point for them both. This is a great, quick read that will keep you turning the pages and enjoying life on the ranch!” ~Kristie I for Readers Favorite http://readersfavorite.com/review/7037

4 Stars!
“The reader will get to know a lot about Janaya and her life, and how it had disappointed her so much. I found this to be a love story that grows out of desperation and hurt from a great loss. Lance has to leave the hurt inside him and let love grow instead. Janaya acts as his hope later and readers can gain a lot from reading it.” ~LoveRomancePassion.com http://www.loveromancepassion.com/review-losses-and-gains-cowboy-fever-book-2-by-karen-wiesner/

4 Stars!
“As the story unfolds, it hooks you in and makes you continue reading and feel the characters’ pain. You can sense that they truly loved each other but their choices made them who they were. I truly knew that these two characters were meant to be together from the beginning. I will anxiously wait to read book three later this fall. Enjoy this short read of a true love gone wrong.” ~The Romance Reviews http://www.theromancereviews.com/viewbooksreview.php?bookid=6034

4 Stars!
“In this story, both main characters have lost those dearest to them. I am eager for the next episode and plan to begin reading it immediately.” ~Detra Fitch for Huntress Reviews http://www.huntressreviews.com/

For Always Reviews
(Book 3: Cowboy Fever Series)
Released on its own and in the Cowboy Fever Series collection

5 Stars!
“For Always, Karen Wiesner's third book in her Cowboy Fever Series, is filled with characters who will tug at your heart strings and have you cheering them on to finding happiness in their lives! Alana is a well-developed character and I really enjoyed getting to know her in this story. Alana's past hurts and life situations have contributed to her self-esteem and the choices she has made all throughout her life. Alana spends time confronting these issues and Karla is a great support and friend to her during this time as she has also had to deal with issues of her own. These girls could be anyone's neighbor and/or friend and this really makes it so easy to get pulled into their lives and this book! Wiesner's style of writing is so easy to read and time flies as you become immersed in the story and the characters' lives!” Kristie I. for Readers Favorite http://readersfavorite.com/

5 Stars!
“The author tackles a situation of which most authors would not dare – physical and emotional abuse. Alana has a friend in town (who also used to live in Fever, Texas), Karla. Though only a secondary character in this story, she is vital to the plot. She will also have her own story told later in this series.” ~Detra Fitch for Huntress Reviews http://www.huntressreviews.com/

Taming April Reviews
(Book 4: Cowboy Fever Series)

4 Stars!
“April St. Clair has just found out her father has succumbed to a cancer she didn’t even know he had. She would have known, of course, if she had bothered to visit her hometown, aptly named Fever, once in a while. Karen Wiesner brings to life the poverty-stricken upbringing April experienced after her mother died and her father all but stopped living himself. Painting a wonderful picture of April scrubbing floors, Wiesner does a fantastic job of illustrating this with colorful descriptions. The tension and embarrassment April still feels at the hands of high school tormentor Shawn Jacobs is palpable from the moment these two get within a few feet of one another. She is cold and he is cruel but they want each other so much that it drives them crazy, because neither of them wants to want the other. Rather than a tale of unrequited love, Taming April is a tale of reluctant love of two people from similar backgrounds who can’t stop envying the other long enough to realize they have more in common than they realize. This short story flies by, making you yearn for a longer build-up to the obvious tension between April and Shawn. Despite their flaws and pride, these are characters you care about and I would love to see this story turned into a full-length novel.” ~Readers' Favorite http://readersfavorite.com/book-review/11014

4 Stars!
“April is a wonderful role model. She went from rags to designer outfits. She worked hard as a teen and even more so as a young lady alone in the big city. She earned every cent. How could anyone not be impressed? Even a bit envious? There are several lessons in this terrific tale, but the main one I heard was to never judge someone until you have walked a mile in her high heeled shoes.” ~Detra Fitch for Huntress Reviews http://www.huntressreviews.com/

The Only One Reviews
(Book 5: Cowboy Fever Series)

4 Stars!
“The Only One is part of Karen Wiesner's Cowboy Fever Series. There is no doubt that Karen Wiesner has mastered the art of storytelling. The Only One is a love story that is told in a gripping way. I got carried away while reading this novel because of the vivid depiction of the character's emotions. Two people who are still obviously in love with each other have separated and it looks as if there is no more chance that they get back together. Anyone who gets into the hearts of the couple will surely start hoping that they should stay together and this is where Karen Wiesner captures her readers. The story unfolds smoothly while it reveals the past and we start to understand why Karla and Ken behave the way they do. For the tomboyish Karla, the only girl in her family, Ken is the only person she fell in love with while Ken is also genuinely in love with her. This is just the stuff that romance novels are made of. This is also a story of how people cope with misfortune in various ways. Above all, the story reminds me that true love should conquer all.” ~Readers Favorite http://readersfavorite.com/

4 Stars!
“As you may have guessed, Karla is the friend [a.k.a. secondary character] to whom Alana turned to in the third story. This story is a wonderful way to conclude this omnibus. It is riveting and holds onto the reader’s attention whether she wants it to or not. For the readers who noticed that one other female character has not has her story told, do not fret. The sixth story, DRIFTER’S HEART, is soon to be published. I can hardly wait.” ~Detra Fitch for Huntress Reviews http://www.huntressreviews.com/

“The Only One dives into the story quickly and introduces us to Ken who has been ‘kidnapped’ by his wife’s brothers. Ken comes across as a real character, feeling the pain of separation, perhaps pending divorce. We feel more of his pain when he sees his wife working as a waitress in what appears to a sleazy bar. We’re also told that they lost a baby and as the story unfolds, begin to learn what happened from Karla’s viewpoint too. The dialogue is natural sounding and the setting perfect. If you’re looking for a quick read about a hot cowboy, this might be one for you.” ~Long and Short Reviews

Drifter’s Heart Reviews
(Book 6: A Cowboy Fever Series Novel)

5+ Heartfelt, Tender, Broken Promises, Life Changing, Second Chance at Life Stars!
“DRIFTER’S HEART will steal your heart! I must admit that, out of all the characters in the Cowboy Fever Series, Maggie May was my least favorite until I read DRIFTER’S HEART. Now it has surpassed The Only One, which had that place won hands down! This is a complicated, well-rounded story filled with an expanse of subjects that will touch everyone's hearts. It takes a very special person and writer to imbibe the sensitivity and expertise to rip at their reader’s soul and make them feel every bit of the sorrowful pain their characters are enduring. Ms. Wiesner has accomplished such a coveted gift, and she shares with her readers in this emotional ride of a lifetime. Ryder McCall was a drifter, the son of the famous Reece McCall and had a half-sister, Lavender. Ryder was a good looking man whose mystique grabs at the reader’s heart. He was a loner at heart, didn't have attachments anywhere he roamed, and never stayed too long in one place. Fever, Texas was the only place that felt like home to him. Maggie May never fell hard until Ryder McCall entered her life. Eventually, Maggie wore Ryder down. The next morning Maggie was alone and devastated beyond words. As time went by, she realized she was pregnant and, being the proud woman that she was, she took on the responsibility of her son, Little Tex, on her own. I began to love this character and all she stood for. She loved her son endlessly and became a wonderful mother who grew up fast. This novel takes the reader 5 years later, when Ryder returns to Fever, to work at his friend Mac's ranch, after a life-altering accident in the bull ring that almost kills him. He is expected not to walk again but survives with tremendous pain, rehab, and a bad limp. This wonderful segment takes the reader through the day-to-day grueling life of Maggie and her pain and anguish, the sleepless nights soothing her son from his night terrors, and the torment that has become her life without the man she loves. Maggie will not settle for anything less than it all, and she is determined to have it. Don't miss out on this wonderful series, the compassion and overwhelming heartache, the tears that will stream down your face before you realize they are there, that only a special writer like Ms. Wiesner can make you feel. DRIFTER’S HEART takes on a life of its own with Maggie and Ryder meeting again, the realization that he has a son with a disability that he’s had to endure his entire life, the regrets and hopes that he can be a better man and father than his dad ever was for him or Lavender. This novel takes you through the conflict and turmoil of a drifter who’s always only known one way of life but wants to change, keep promises, have a real family, and just doesn't know if he has it in him. Sparks fly, love scenes are great, threats are made, and twists and turns are around every corner, and then fate steps in. Every aspect of the story makes for a wonderful, well-rounded, all-encompassing, heart-wrenching story that will warm the reader’s heart. If you haven't read this, it is a must on your TBR! Get your tissues ready for this all-encompassing tear jerker.” ~A Bookish Escape http://www.abookishescape.com/2013/12/book-review-drifters-heart-cowboy-fever.html

4 Stars!
“Maggie May is a beautiful cowgirl that no man in Fever, Texas can resist until she stumbles upon the sexy Ryder McCall with his sideways grin and Sam Elliot drawl. Ryder comes from a family of bull riders, which makes him an unacceptable match for Maggie, according to her father who warns him away. A summer spent rebuffing Maggie’s sexual overtures culminates in one night of fiery passion that leaves Maggie heartbroken and pregnant. Karen Wiesner does a spectacular job of providing tons of backstory for DRIFTER’S HEART without revealing it all upfront. We learn tiny morsels about their history as their relationship changes and their story progresses. When a chance offer finds Ryder back in Fever, Maggie must decide if he will remain firmly in her past or if there is room for him in her and Tex’s life. Karen Wiesner has done it again, providing another exceptional piece of storytelling in my new favorite small town of Fever, Texas. Fever is filled with sexy cowboys, small town goodwill, and protective men—does it get any better than that? DRIFTER’S HEART allows us the privilege of watching Maggie become a strong woman unwilling to settle for less than she deserves and dreams of, while Ryder struggles against his impulse to live his life for others. It is a joy to go along for the bumpy ride through this ranching town and meet the colorful characters found within. Young Tex, the result of Maggie and Ryder’s night of passion, is adorable, precocious and struggling with his own problems, while Mac and Amanda (from Book 1) eagerly await the arrival of twins. Nothing is missing from DRIFTER’S HEART; it is packed full of emotions, drama, horses, meddling family members, and reliable friends. The only thing missing is a cowboy for me!” Natasha Jackson for Readers' Favorite http://www.readersfavorite.com

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

5 Stars!
“The sixth in the Cowboy Fever Series is a wonderful second chance ranch romance. The enjoyable storyline contains strong protagonists with the heroine knowing what she wants and the hero struggling between love and a dysfunctional childhood (due to his rodeo champion father). With the return of stars from the previous entries (see Cowboy Fever Series anthology for a delightful omnibus of the fab five) enhancing the readers visit to Texas ranch country, fans will relish Karen Wiesner's wonderful tale.” ~Harriet Klausner

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