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)
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, Story 1)
Revenge in Amethyst (Adventures in Amethyst Series, Story 2)
Dame Amethyst Treasures
The Amethyst Angel
A Home for Christmas
The Amethyst Star
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)
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)
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
"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
“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
""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
“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 bedtimes!"
~reviewed by Snapdragon for LASR http://longandshortreviews.blogspot.com/2009/02/woodcutters-grim-by-karen-wiesner.html
“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
"Truly a new twist on old urban legends. This collection is everything I hoped it would be. Clever, spine-chilling stories that made me unable to stop reading. The characters are outstanding and unique. A great Halloween anthology. "Papa" by Karen Wiesner (5.0 R.I.P.): 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
"Seven Jewels of the Quill authors serve up a varied and enjoyable Halloween sampler in this anthology. 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. This is a nice blend of genres and an enjoyable read."
~reviewed by Lynn Bushey for The Romance Studio http://theromancestudio.com/reviews/reviews/shadowheartanthology.htm
“These seven stories from the Jewels of the Quill authors are a Halloween romp of fun and shivers. Papa (Woodcutter's Grim Series - Classic Tales of Horror Retold, Book 1) by Karen Wiesner (Dame Amethyst) 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. From the Unvanished Hitchhiker to the costumes that transform the bodies in them, to the gingerbread house that puts people to sleep, these tales show people not always at their best, but doing the best they can at this time of year in interesting adventures. I really enjoyed this anthology and look forward to more from these favorite authors. I give this book a good 4 wings and if you enjoy this holiday as much as I do, pick up this book to settle back for a good read.”
~Melissa for 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 on
SHADOWS IN THE HEART which in turn stirs a keenness to read more of the
Jewel of the Quill collections."
~TCM Reviews http://tcm-ca.com/reviews/1736.html
"A wonderful Treasure Trove of stories 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." "A Treasure Trove of Anthology
stories by Jewels of the Quill Authors to definitely read every Halloween
night when ghosts return to haunt."
~Pamela Faye for Rolling Seas Reviews www.rollingseasreviews.com
""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. The gems shine again in this Jewels of the Quill Halloween anthology. Their award-winning talent in this potpourri offers a variety of treats--and possibly a trick or two."
~reviewed by Donna M. Brown for Romantic Times BOOKreviews
""Papa" by Karen Wiesner is a creepy tale
of a man who hears his children crying after they die in a car wreck. Curl
up with a copy of SHADOWS IN THE HEART, a Jewels of the Quill Halloween
Anthology, on Halloween to have a spooky night. Jewels of the Quill never
fails to produce a time of reading pleasure, and this time they have added a
creepy aspect. Urban legends and fairy tales take on a new look in the
hands of these talented women."
~Dawn Myers for Writers Unlimited http://www.writersunlimited.com
"SHADOWS IN THE HEART is an anthology of
spooky-themed tales, all with paranormal elements featuring seven authors
and published by Whiskey Creek Press. ""Papa" by Karen Wiesner: 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 a "Grimm." 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
(Book 2: Woodcutter's Grim Series)
in Tales from the Treasure Trove, Volume IV
(A Jewels of the Quill Anthology)
and in the Woodcutter's Grim Series, Volume I collection
““Blood of Amethyst” by Karen Wiesner: 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.
TALES FROM THE TREASURE TROVE, Volume IV was an interesting group of tales that ranged from the extremely hair-raising to the sweetly heartwarming. Needless to say, there’s something for everyone.”
~reviewed by Viscaria for The Long and Short Of It Reviews http://longandshortreviews.blogspot.com
"Each of these authors, collectively known as the Jewels of the Quill, brings something unique and interesting to this anthology. It's an eclectic mix to suit every reader's taste--from paranormal romance to historical. "
~Barb Anderson for Romantic Times BOOKreviews
"In TALES FROM THE TREASURE TROVE, Volume IV, eight accomplished authors join forces and mix their diverse creative talents in an anthology that’s sure to have at least one memorable story for those who enjoy the romance genre in its many varied forms. As in any anthology, some stories are stronger than others, and one of the strongest in this one is that of Karen Wiesner’s “Blood of Amethyst”, an engaging romantic horror that’s a gruesome retelling of the fairytale Rumpelstiltskin where the evilness of the creature 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. All in all, TALES FROM THE TREASURE TROVE, Volume IV does a wonderful job in showcasing an eclectic mix of fine authors and their works. In having so many different styles together, it allows readers who may not otherwise pick up a certain genre, to get a little taste of it and discover a new type of storytelling they may enjoy. For fans of romance, strong heroines and brave heroes, TALES FROM THE TREASURE TROVE, Volume IV has much to offer."
~reviewed by Shannon Frost for TCM Reviews http://tcm-ca.com/reviews/2035.html
“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 by Karen Wiesner: A wonderful story. These are very imaginative, refreshing romantic fantasies. Well written and entertaining…, readers will enjoy finding true love in the Jewel of the Quill realms.” ~Harriet Klausner for The Merry Genre Go Round Reviews http://harstan.wordpress.com/2010/12/27/tales-from-the-treasure-trove-volume-vii-carrie-s-masek-jane-toombs-janet-lane-walters-karen-wiesner/
“I admire Heather so much. Not only is she a woman struggling to understand the changes that came over her after making love to Lance, but she's also a new mother with a very sick child. My heart ached as she held her son and tried to understand what was wrong with him. She's terrified of going to Woodcutter’s Grim, but Heather is willing to face her own fears if it means saving her son. I became so wrapped up in Heather and her son’s struggle that I turned each page hoping they would find some peace. I do have to say that I found Lance and his family a little creepy… I know they meant well, but…I kept hoping Lance or someone in his family would sit down with Heather and have an open, honest discussion with her. On the other hand, I have to wonder if Heather, who's very stubborn, would have listened to what they had to say. It's clear the love Lance and his family show Heather and her son is genuine and unconditional. I enjoyed reading Moonlight Becomes You. Woodcutter’s Grim is certainly scary, but also is an intriguing place filled with interesting characters. I recommend it to anyone looking for a frightening fairytale.” ~Long and Short Reviews http://www.longandshortreviews.blogspot.com/2012/04/moonlight-becomes-you-by-karen-wiesner.html
“Those Jewels of the Quill are at it again with this well-paced and entertaining anthology.” ~Karen Sweeny-Justice for RT Book Reviews http://www.rtbookreview.com
4 ½ Stars!
“Moonlight Becomes You by Karen Wiesner: 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/
“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/
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
"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
""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
"This was a great selection of stories, all quite different from the next and great fun to read. Very enjoyable."
~reviewed by Glenda K. Bauerle for The Romance Studio http://theromancestudio.com/reviews/reviews/treasuresoftheheart.htm
4.5 Blue Ribbons! "TREASURES OF THE
HEART is written by six Jewels of the Quill authors who have done an
incredible job of writing a Valentine's Day anthology that captured my
heart. Each story was unique in style and captured the spirit of the
romantic holiday. From the first story to the last I was completely hooked.
TREASURES OF THE HEART is a definite must read this Valentine's Day and any
other day you crave romance."
~Dina Smith for Romance Junkies http://www.romancejunkiesreviews.com/artman/publish/contemporary/Treasures_Of_The_Heart_4529.shtml
4 Books! ""A Rose for Romeo" by Karen Wiesner: 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.!"
~reviewed by Zinnia for The Long And The Short Of It Reviews http://longandshortreviews.blogspot.com/2008/05/review-treasures-of-heart-jewels-of.html
““A Rose for Romeo” by Karen Wiesner: 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 readers appreciation for the story. “A Rose for Romeo” is a quick and pleasant read." ~reviewed by Jake Langthorn for WRDF Reviews http://blog.lyndacoker.net/2009/06/01/wrdf-review-of-treasures-of-the-heart-jewels-of-the-quill-anthology.aspx
"Tales from the Treasure Trove,
Volume III is jam-packed full of quite a few exciting stories that are sure
to please any reader. Each story by these delightful authors comes to life
on the pages leaving readers unable to set this book down."
~Tangela Williams for MyShelf.com http://www.myshelf.com/romance/07/talesfromthetreasuretrovevolume3.htm
"Once again the talented Jewels of the Quill offer a collection of enchanting stories. All the authors give readers what they want--adventure, mystery, romance and a peek into the unknown--and they never fail to entertain."
~Donna M. Brown for Romantic Times BOOKreviews
"Another Treasure Trove of romance stories, from the Jewels of the Quill
authors, to enjoy anytime! "Revenge in Amethyst" by Karen Wiesner is an
edge-of-the-seat read. TALES FROM THE TREASURE TROVE, Volume III is another
spellbinding romance anthology from the Jewels of the Quill authors!"
~reviewed by Dakota Wind for Rolling Seas Reviews http://www.rollingseas.com.au
"A collection of seven tales, spanning several
genre styles, that will surely tantalize your imagination to no end. If you
read Vol. I and Vol. II, then you will be familiar with the series these
stories come from. Yes, these are stand alone tales; however, ...you do not
need to read the two previous anthology novels to thoroughly enjoy yourself.
Sometimes "To Be Continued" is not so bad after all, IMHO. A delightful
for a rainy afternoon."
~Huntress Reviews http://www.huntressreviews.com/especial.htm
"TALES FROM THE TREASURE TROVE, VOLUME III is a collection of romance stories that is diverse and well written. The writers each have distinctive styles that tempt, tease, and excite the reader’s imagination. While a happy-ever-after is anticipated, each story takes twists and turns in the plot that makes the reader anxious for the “good guys”. “Revenge in Amethyst” is a modern romance that’s invaded by evil. The demon-possessed enemy finds the heroine, making for some breathtaking fear and action. The collection of romance stories offers a variety of life styles and worlds but one constant can be found over the ages and in all the life styles—true love finds a way and humanity find physical, emotional, and spiritual joy in life."
~reviewed by Camellia for The Long and Short Of It Reviews http://longandshortreviews.blogspot.com/2008/02/review-tales-from-treasure-trove-vol.html
"A Home for Christmas" (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!"
"The Amethyst Star" (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."
"Creatures of the Night" (4 hearts): "This story is much darker than the
others in this anthology are, but it is just as 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
~Mandi for Love Romances http://www.loveromancesandmore.com/reviews/June2007/dameamethysttreasures_mandie.htm
"If you're not sure what you feel like reading, this anthology is a wonderful choice. Three of the four entertaining stories have been previously published [the reviews for these stories can be found at RomanticTimes.com]. There is something here for everyone, including romances in differing genres: traditional, inspirational, futuristic and paranormal."
~Sandra Garcia-Myers for Romantic Times BOOKreviews
""The Amethyst Angel": 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. "A Home for Christmas": I liked Christie and Craig and the concept of an orphan finding a home and love for Christmas. "The Amethyst Star": This is a more sensual story than the previous two. Sher is a more forceful character. "Creatures of the Night": This is the most sensual story of the collection. The characters are also more vivid. Susanna and Nickolai have a strong bond, but finding out that you are married to a vampire cannot be easy. I would have to say that this is my favorite story of the bunch. These stories are all well written with good characters."
~Maura for Coffee Time Romance http://www.coffeetimeromance.com
3 1/2 Books!
"The stories in this anthology all share some common threads. Many explore the risks of love and rejection. Personal doubt is a key factor in these stories, which range from the simple and simply charming to the far more deep and complex paranormal. These tales open with the heart wrenching "The Amethyst Angel." 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. 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 Christmas-y, and music, especially the favorite Christmas carols, is a connecting theme. "The Amethyst Star" is futuristic in setting and departs from the sweet and rather dear themes of the first two. 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. "Creatures of the Night," delves into the paranormal realm, but is somewhat realistically contemporary in setting. The first person account lends this story a certain immediacy, and allows the reader to closely identify with the main character, Susannah. We also become confused along with the main character, doubting what is real and what is merely her imagination. Delightfully, the heroine--even while discovering her own uniqueness, shares some of the self-doubts of the main characters in the opening three stories. This quirky tale is a fun read. These stories, heartwarming as they are, make excellent night-stand material."
~The Long and Short of It Reviews http://longandshortreviews.blogspot.com/2007/08/review-dame-amethyst-treasures.html
"In the anthology TALES FROM THE TREASURE TROVE, Volume I, the characters, unique to each of the stories they inhabit, come alive for the reader. The various styles of the twelve writers in this book give the reader a wide range of stories--paranormal, ghost, futuristic, contemporary, historical, etc., all with heartwarming romance. A gemstone theme ties the stories together. Magic, legends and superstition lure the reader into a variety of environments. Some of the stories like “Turquoise Mask” and “Peridot Moon” vibrate with danger while stories like “The Amethyst Angel”, “Garnet Light”, and “Bloodstone Cure” lift the reader’s heart with hope and inner peace. Humor and the improbability of “The Best Kind of Opals” brings smiles and an ‘oh, come on’ feeling of shared fun. Greed is the most predominate of the Seven Deadly Sins but LOVE overrides the bad to give the reader a happy-ever-after ending. If one looks closely enough, there is a lesson about living in each story along with romance. These accomplished writers have joined together to create 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”."
~Camellia for The Long and the Short of It Reviews http://longandshortreviews.blogspot.com/2008/01/review-tales-from-treasure-trove-volume.html
4 1/2 Hearts and Golden Rose Reviewer's Choice Award
""The Amethyst Angel" by Karen Wiesner: The Santa Fe backdrop makes this story colorful. The flowery cultural intricacies among the characters don't overwhelm the story. TALES FROM THE TREASURE TROVE, Volume I, A Jewels of the Quill Anthology is a glowing romance grouping with eclectic stories connected to gemstones. Also, enjoy the sparkling secondary characters like the aunts, grandmothers and housemates. Each story samples the author's genre and there is a little bit of everything in the pages. No two people are going to enjoy this book in the same way and the reader should enjoy the stories that are not their usual style."
~Love Romances www.loveromances.com/jewelsofthequill_di.html
"Each of these stories is different; very enjoyable reading. Romance, mystery, there is both in each story where something needs to be resolved before one can move on. An excellent mix of characters and plots."
~The Romance Studio http://theromancestudio.com/reviews/reviews/treasuretrove.htm
“In this anthology, SMALL GIFTS, the Jewels of the Quills serve up a delightful Christmas feast of six tales of the season. In A Home for Christmas, Dame Amethyst, 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. I loved each of these stories. They were fun, well crafted, and the full meaning of love in the season came through in each of them. Each of the Jewels made her story come alive with characters that reached for a dream and weren’t afraid of failing in that quest. The mysteries need solving, lives need changing, and our writers are the perfect creators for those stories. Ms. Wiesner’s A Home for the Holidays 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. These tales wove together joyfully, keeping you going from one story to the next to find out what else they had in store of us in these holiday stories. I give this anthology a solid 5 wings. It was the best holiday book I have read this season.”
~Melissa for Classic Romance Revival http://www.classicromancerevival.com/component/resource/article/crr-reviews/27-anthology/96-small-gifts-jewels-of-the-quill.html
"SMALL GIFTS is a read you truly don't want to miss. As you unwrap each story, you are filled with the spirit of Christmas and the miracle of true love. Each of these six authors has put their own creative stamp on a group of stories that will quickly become a holiday favorite. Each story is unique and truly a gift to the reader. I highly recommend making SMALL GIFTS part of your holiday reading."
~reviewed by Susan for Ecataromance http://www.ecataromance.com/reviews?type=&id=418
"["A Home for Christmas"] was my favorite story in the SMALL GIFTS anthology. 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."
~Robyn Roberts for Once Upon a Romance Review http://onceuponaromance.net/AHomeForChristmasReview.html
"The story collection works well together because the strengths and surprises of the main characters are very parallel. I liked the writing because the stories flow and you move through them quickly. I gave this anthology a 4 rating because of the quality of the writing and also because the characters are like people I know. I gave this anthology a sweet sensuality rating because the stories are written in a manner that leaves out explicit details of the relationships so your imagination can fill in the details of where the relationships are going. Each of the stories has a pair of main characters that also have an enjoyment of life factor that really enhances the story."
~The Romance Studio http://theromancestudio.com/reviews/reviews/smallgifts.htm
"Christmas is a truly wondrous time of year, a time when love, hope, and faith abound. Find Christmas early with these short holiday treats brought to life by the Jewels of the Quill. "A Home for Christmas" by Karen Wiesner winds this holiday treasure of stories to an end. 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, SMALL GIFTS takes a moment and brings readers back to what is important. These versatile stories offer 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 then with SMALL GIFTS, A Jewels of the Quill Christmas Anthology. Six leading romance authors have united together to bring you a wealth of unforgettable stories. Each one is a rare jewel that is assured to put a sparkle in your eye and warmth into your heart. These six memorable tales each reveal the true potential of each one of these talented authors. The endless variety each one presents is sure to appease the most selective romance reader. Each one offers a generous proportion of the Christmas cheer that will put any reader into the holiday spirit. It is a true testament that good things do come in small packages. 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 SMALL GIFTS and sit back for a relaxing unforgettable journey. The experience will be a poetic Hallmark card set into motion."
~reviewed by Suzie Housley for http://www.myshelf.com/romance/05/smallgifts.htm
"SMALL GIFTS is a Christmas tree of stories dazzling as Yule Tide
SMALL GIFTS is a wonderful Christmas Anthology of stories to melt the hearts
~Rolling Seas Reviews http://www.rollingseas.com.au
"SMALL GIFTS is another remarkable collection of stories, now with a winter holiday theme, like its predecessor, TALES FROM THE TREASURE TROVE, Volume I. "When Rudolph Was Kidnapped" by Christine DeSmet: This story tugs at the heart of many Christmas celebrations, the children. Through a class of bright-eyed children, older generations find new meaning in community celebrations and traditions. "A Kiss Under the Mistletoe" by Julie Skerven: This is another suspenseful story that moves quickly. Miscommunication and misunderstood intentions, mixed with a little danger and old traditions, can still make for a lovely holiday away from home. "Deck the Halls" by Cassie Walder: This unexpected treat is a tale suited to those who understand or practice the traditions of devout Jews. It is an outstanding suspense tale that will raise goose bumps. There is enough information in the story to understand the religious terms and their significance, for people of other faiths. An enchanting and wild peek into another world. "Winter Enchantment" by Jane Toombs: The characters are endearing as they discover each other in spite of themselves. Regency enthusiasts will enjoy the details of an 'Orphans' style Christmas tale. "Special Delivery" by Carrie S. Masek: This is a very fast-paced story, rewarding the reader with a delightful coming home tale. "A Home for Christmas" by Karen Wiesner: 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."
~Di for Love Romances http://www.loveromances.com/jewelsofthequillsmallgifts_di2.html
""The Amethyst Star" by Karen Wiesner: There is a strong message behind this short story, one that humans need to heed. TALES FROM THE TREASURE TROVE, Volume II, A Jewels of the Quill Anthology, has six enchanting romance stories. Each short story is by a different author, and the connecting thread is a gem or the name of a gem. Fans of romance will enjoy this volume."
~reviewed by Debra Gaynor for ReviewYourBook.com http://www.reviewyourbook.com/review.cfm?reviewid=512&k=1
4 1/2 Hearts!
"In TALES FROM THE TREASURE TROVE, Volume II, you have six delightfully romantic tales that all have the same goal in mind finding the rare and precious jewels of love and happiness. There is something for everyone in this fine collection of tales. From suspense and shape-shifters to a historical offering a second chance, readers are sure to be entertained. Each contain 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. Each story is creatively written, fast paced and easily enthralling depending on what the reader enjoys most. Although each story seems to be based around a precious jewel, love is the real focal point. A strong sense of love comes from each and everyone. Readers are encouraged to add TALES FROM THE TREASURE TROVE, Volume II by such wonderful authors as Karen Wiesner, Liz Hunter, Jane Toombs, Christine DeSmet, Nancy Pirri and Michele Bardsley to their reading list. They won't be disappointed."
~The Romance Studio http://theromancestudio.com/reviews/reviews/treasuretrove.htm
"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."
~reviewed by Annie Alvarez for WRDF Reviews http://blog.lyndacoker.net/2009/05/28/wrdf-review-of-tales-from-the-treasure-trove-volume-ii.aspx
“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
““Perfect Cadence” by Karen Wiesner: Keri Woods is thirty and beautiful, but has never had a man commit to her. Fed up with her current dead-end relationship, she takes her boss' offer of a rustic cabin in ski country for two weeks to get away. Joshua Lewis is grieving the loss of Dandy, the man who was like a father to him. He heads off to the family cabin, not knowing his cousin, Angela, has already promised it. He never expected to find a naked woman curled up in his bed when he came back from chopping wood. Ten years ago Keri and Joshua shared one special date, one special kiss. Neither has forgotten it, and no one else has lived up to it for either ever since. Unbeknownst to them, Dandy and Angela schemed together to give them a very special Christmas gift: each other. 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. This anthology has variety, humor, romance, and some old fashioned holiday cheer for flavor. I liked the individual stories, differing genres, and hopeful themes. A good, light seasonal read, Christmas Wishes had me looking for my fireplace and hot cocoa.”
~reviewed by Heather for Coffee Time Romance http://www.coffeetimeromance.com
"Karen Wiesner carries on CHRISTMAS WISHES, A Jewels of the Quill Christmas Anthology with her story "Perfect Cadence". Matchmaking can be fun, and it can work which this story proves. A typical romance with nice characters, this will leave any reader of this genre satisfied and wanting more. And there will be more...the next story in this series will be out for the Valentine's anthology. This anthology will definitely get any reader into the Christmas spirit. With so many different genres covered, there is something for everyone. With most of the stories being part of a series, this collection gives the reader the chance to try out an array of authors and find some future reading material."
~reviewed by Anne Marie Chalmers for Front Street Reviews http://www.frontstreetreviews.com/
"The six Quill contributions cover several genres to include young adult, but share in common an interesting and uplifting jewel of a holiday theme."
~reviewed by Harriet Klausner http://genregoroundreviews.blogspot.com/2008/09/christmas-wishes-jewels-of-quill.html
"Six Jewels of the Quill authors join forces for a Christmas collection. [T]he stories are family oriented and heartwarming..."
~reviewed by Barb Anderson for Romantic Times BOOKreviews
“These six stories are about Magical Kisses that happen on Valentine’s Day, sweet stories of love found in the most unexpected places at the holiday every romantic celebrates with joy and excitement. “In Cahoots with Cupid” by Karen Wiesner (Dame Amethyst): This last story is about two people who have known each other most of their lives and is the second story in Karen’s Kaleidoscope Series. He has loved her since he was 7 years old and she was 11. He has been her most comforting friend, always there for her. But she had unwisely loved another and now feels she is unworthy. A great story with wonderful characters you really get tied up in. I loved this anthology and felt, for the Valentine season, it was a delightful read that proved very enjoyable.”
~reviewed by Melissa for Classic Romance Revival http://www.classicromancerevival.com/blog/?p=1087
4 1/2 Hearts!
"This Valentine’s Day celebratory anthology is a fresh, entertaining look into six great authors’ visions of a fabulous festivity for the greatest love day of the year. These authors, Jewels of the Quill, offer diverse stories with varied degrees of romantic interest. There truly is something for everyone in this book. The final novella by Karen Wiesner, “In Cahoots With Cupid,” rounded out this wonderful selection of stories with a nostalgic look at returning to the old hometown and finding something she left behind years ago. These authors have given me several hours of pleasure. The stories were all good though they were each vastly different from the others. This diversity in both writing style and content created a book that is great reading and would make a terrific gift. Valentine’s Day themed books are easily made into cookie-cutter offerings. This selection is definitely not like that. I found each unique book to grasp and hold my attention. These characters are appealing and vary as do the authors. The storylines are all strong and enjoyable. It would be hard to pick a favorite because I thoroughly enjoyed them all. I strongly encourage you to read this book and make your own comparison. I challenge you to pick a favorite. Just know that whatever your interest, you will find it here. Kudos to the authors, all six of them.”
~reviewed by Brenda Talley for The Romance Studio http://theromancestudio.com/reviews/reviews/magicalkissesjotq.htm
Black Seal Rating (fantastic Read; definitely stays on my shelf)
"The authors of this anthology are true “jewels” of romance. A perfect Valentine read, this collection of six amazing MAGICAL KISSES will make you laugh, will make you cry and the heroes will definitely make you fall in love. ...I liked all the stories... Basically this anthology by the Jewels of the Quill is about second chances at finding the love of your life…the perfect romance! Reading MAGICAL KISSES makes one feel reassured that it really is never too late for love. So this anthology would make a great Valentine gift for yourself…enjoy…Happy Valentine’s!!!"
~reviewed by Raakhee Suryaprakash for WRDF http://blog.lyndacoker.net/2009/02/05/wrdf-review-of-magical-kisses-anthology.aspx
"Once again the Jewels assemble their award-winning talents for this sextet of enchanting stories that capture the essence of Valentine's Day. Each offering is delightful; there are quirky characters and laugh-out-loud scenes as well as some poignant moments."
~Donna M. Brown for Romantic Times http://www.romantictimes.com
"The final story of the anthology, “In Cahoots with Cupid” by Karen Wiesner, is a bit more complex and heartbreaking than the other stories. This was an interesting story and not quite as lighthearted as some of the other stories in the anthology, but it was 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. Overall, this was an enjoyable anthology featuring a variety of characters and romances all centered around Valentine’s Day. I...enjoyed reading this anthology. From reuniting with an old flame to falling for a neighbor to finding love with a good friend each story and relationship proved that love can be found when and where you least expect it."
~reviewed by Lilac for Long and Short Reviews http://longandshortreviews.blogspot.com/2009/04/magical-kisses-jewels-of-quill.html
"This anthology will come out in February 2009, just in time for Valentine's Day. Each story includes some kind of magical kiss, from silver-wrapped chocolates to the unexpected kiss at just the right moment. The stories are all fun, character-driven, and ultimately happy. While each has some kind of conflict, it's resolved by the end, and the main character or characters usually end up stronger and happier for having gotten through the difficulties. While, the style and voice varies with the different authors, the writing is consistently good throughout the anthology. This would, indeed, make good Valentine's reading."
~reviewed by Hope Evey for 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. The magic of these stories [in the MAGICAL KISSES Valentine's Day anthology] is in the kiss. Each story highlights the kiss, from the explosive power of a first kiss to the slow burn of a kiss shared by lifelong friends. They all have a wonderful set of characters, and each storyline is unique and memorable. The authors in this anthology showcase their talents and artistry by delivering stories with intelligent dialogue and clever plots. I enjoyed each one, and recommend this to all romance lovers."
~Lototy for Coffee Time Romance http://www.coffeetimeromance.com
“[A] delightful...Valentine’s Day Anthology. “In Cahoots with Cupid” by Karen Wiesner is the last story in this anthology. This is a heartbreaking tale about a daughter who believes her father will choose her ex-husband over her to love. Believing this, she stays away from her mother and home. Also, the one man who loves her cannot break her belief that she is too old for him. 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. MAGICAL KISSES is an anthology stuffed full of feel-good stories. It is the perfect Valentine’s Day read. This book will join the other Valentine anthologies you have lined up on your bookshelves.”
~Dawn Myers for Writers Unlimited http://www.writersunlimited.com
""In Cahoots With Cupid" by Karen Wiesner: Very moving. These are six entertaining often amusing contemporary romances starring charming lead characters as each author exceeds the high expectations of Jewels of the Quill and Valentine's Day."
~reviewed by Harriet Klausner http://genregoroundreviews.blogspot.com/2009/02/magical-kisses-jewels-of-quill-st.html
““In Cahoots With Cupid” (Kaleidoscope Series, Book 2) by Karen Wiesner: Love stronger 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. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the authors of MAGICAL KISSES offer writing styles in varying ranges to bring you stories in this anthology that contain something for every reader. The stories are entertaining and the characters well written, all tied together by the magic of a kiss. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys an anthology with a different flavor for every taste.”
~reviewed by Amon for Joyfully Reviewed http://www.joyfullyreviewed.com/reviews/Feb09/magicalkissajewelsofthequillvalentinesdayanthology.ANTHO.html
(Book 3: Kaleidoscope Series)
in Tales from the Treasure Trove, Volume V
(A Jewels of the Quill Anthology)
and in the Kaleidoscope Series collection
4 Stars! “Seven stories by seven authors guaranteed to satisfy no matter your taste. This anthology has something for everyone. Comedy, suspense, fantasy, mystery, and contemporary are all present, but every story has romance at its core. I hope you enjoy the anthology as much as I did.” ~Detra Fitch for Huntress Reviews www.huntressreviews.com
4 Books! "Behind Amethyst Eyes is a great one to wrap up this anthology. 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. TALES FROM THE TREASURE TROVE, Volume V makes a nice bedside reader. The stories within are just the right length--and each different enough from the next to be a fresh start. While some are part of series (appearing in similar anthologies) each stands alone as a story, so you need not have read earlier version. The quality of the writing is consistent throughout, making this a very pleasant read indeed." ~Snapdragon for LASR http://longandshortreviews.blogspot.com/2009/09/tales-from-treasure-trove-volume-v-by.html
"This story is still sweet and I enjoyed reading it." ~Janelle for You Gotta Read http://yougottareadreviews.blogspot.com
"This was an interesting read because I didn’t know what I was going to get in each story, and, let me tell you, there is something in here for everyone. It is a bit like a Greek Meze or a Spanish Tapas--something for every taste. Often in anthologies you get one sub-genre or theme. In this one there is fantasy, crime, lost love and more. Some of these stories are quirky, others light-hearted. On top of the variety of plots and genres, you get variety in writing styles and length. I think this book is great if you’re feeling experimental or if you like surprises mixed in with your conventional romance. Every one of these stories manages to be believable, no matter how short it is, and all without taking you beyond the bedroom door. A good mix of stories and authors that make a very readable, intriguing whole. In fact, this is a great buy for a Christmas treat either for yourself or a friend." ~Vasiliki Scurfield for WRDF Reviews http://blog.lyndacoker.net/2009/10/31/wrdf-review-of-tales-from-the-treasure-trove-volume-v.aspx
(Book 4: Kaleidoscope Series)
in Tales from the Treasure Trove, Volume VI
(A Jewels of the Quill Anthology)
and in the Kaleidoscope Series collection
5 Cups! “As always the Jewels of the Quill ladies have offered us an exciting collection of short tales designed to keep us on the edge of our seat for hours. Beautifully written with inspiring characters and colorful stories set across the globe, there is so much to see. With everything from history to dragons and cowboys to murder, there is something for everyone in this much anticipated anthology.” ~Hollie for Coffee Time Romance & More http://www.coffeetimeromance.com/BookReviews/talesfromthetreasuretrove6.html
4 Stars! “Seven short stories ranging from gothic historical and Victorian to romantic suspense make up this original collection. These stories will appeal to readers who are looking for an eclectic mix of genres with a dash of romance.” ~Barb Anderson http://www.rtbookreviews.com
"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."
~Detra Fitch for Huntress Reviews http://www.huntressreviews.com/especial.htm
4 Siren Stones!
"Whether you prefer a little more banter in your romance (The Scarecrow and Ms Moon), or something more 'straightforward', the eclectic mix of author voices makes this anthology a good read. Some 'traditional' horror tales have been modernised and updated with a refreshing energy (The Charmer), while others warn the reader to Be Careful What They Wish For…. Lest they actually get it. None of the tales were overly graphic in either the horror department or bedroom antics... and I enjoyed the balance that all the authors struck between these two aspects. This is more a read for those who like their romance with a Small Side-Order of Scare, rather than all out blood, guts and no-hope-of-ever-sleeping-again. ...on the whole each story flowed easily, and they all fit well together... "
~Lisa Fitzpatrick for Siren Book Reviews http://sirenbookreviews.blogspot.com/2010/08/anthology-jewels-of-quill-halloween.html
“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, even if it was too intense for me. I don’t like to have my socks scared off. 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.” ~Robyn Roberts for Once Upon a Time Romance Reviews http://www.onceuponaromance.net/HalloweenTreasures.htm
“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
“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. 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 Jewels of the Quill collection--just in time for the holidays--is a true gift. These Christmas stories 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/
"Wings of Love by Karen Wiesner: Exciting. These are four enjoyable Christmas Gems as each author contributes 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
“Overall, 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.” ~Grace for The Readers Round Table http://thereadersroundtable.com
“How do you know it is Christmas time? Is it the smell of your tree, the eggnog, mistletoe or holly? Each of these stories is based on a Christmas theme, but the characters here find love… The authors in this anthology do a very good job of describing the scene the story is set in. The stories are short, but each reads well and has enough detail to flesh the story out. They are established authors and clearly know how to tell a tale. 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. None of these stories disappoint. All the authors write well and choose interesting situations. 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!” ~Aloe for Long and Short Romance Reviews http://longandshortreviews.blogspot.com/2011/09/christmas-gems-by-jewels-of-quill.html
“CHRISTMAS GEMS is a quaint little collection of romantic Christmas stories. The four stories, The Christmas Magi of Birch Bay, Wings of Love, A Christmas Surprise, and Mistletoe and Holly were all about romantic Christmas miracles. In one story two lovers sold their most prized possessions in order to give each other the Christmas gifts they desired most only to find that their gifts were for these same prized possessions. In another story a man in love is determined to take it slow whilst the woman he loves is waiting impatiently for him to declare his love. In A Christmas Surprise, a young girl leaves her brother unattended and he is abducted. One year later, she finds him along with true love. This one was my personal favorite. In the final story, Mistletoe and Holly, a self-proclaimed grinch is snowed in with a beauty who absolutely loves Christmas. All the stories result in a magical Christmas where all parties involved get the one thing they wish for most. I thoroughly enjoyed the stories, getting angry at the characters at times and at others laughing at their awkwardness and other antics. I was rooting for the guys 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.” ~Joana James for Readers Favorite http://readersfavorite.com/review/5409
4 out of 5 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/
“Wings of Love by Karen Wiesner: Exciting. These are four enjoyable Christmas Gems as each author contributes a warm family drama starring fully developed protagonists.” ~Harriet Klausner for Midwest Book Review http://www.midwestbookreview.com
“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
“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/
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