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Women who have faced pain, loss and heartache.
They know the score and never back down.
Women who aren't afraid to love with all their passion and all their strength,
who risk everything for their own little piece of heaven...

Men who live their lives on the blade's edge. Knights in black armor..
The only thing more dangerous than crossing these men is loving them...

"Karen Wiesner has totally swept me into her Wounded Warriors Series!"
~Dawn Myers for Escape to Romance

Reluctant Hearts
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Reluctant Hearts
Book 1 of the Wounded Warriors Series
by Karen Wiesner
Newly Revised and Reissued!
Contemporary Women's Fiction
9781922233158 (trade paperback, 5x8); 978-1-922233-14-1 (electronic); 978-1-300-38979-8 (trade paperback, 6x9)
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EPPIE

2003

What's a man to do when he's seen too much of life's dark side and suddenly finds himself believing in flesh-and-blood angels who can heal with a single touch?

What's a girl to do when she believes in true love but can't trust the eyes of her own heart?

Fall in love...reluctantly?

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4 1/2 Delightful Divas! "At 400 pages, RELUCTANT HEARTS is almost intimidatingly long. It’s also a much grittier, almost difficult at times, story to read than I’m used to. But the final word is that this first book in Karen Wiesner’s Wounded Warriors Series is worth the time invested...and then some. Ms. Wiesner’s warriors are men and women who battle for survival and even try to find love in a world that often takes more than it gives. I usually prefer reading stories that are easier to read, but there’s something powerful in the storytelling that is not only compelling but rewarding as well. While this is Wendy and Paul’s story, we’re also getting to know the other people in their lives. Included in this group is Wendy’s older brother Steve, his best friend Tommie and Tommie’s younger sister, also Wendy’s friend, Jessie. There’s also Gwen, Brenda and Mitch. Some we get to know much better than others, but they’re all connected in some very basic, very intrinsic manner. Wendy is the peacemaker in her family; it’s a role she’s held for as long as she can remember. She adores her father who she’s placed on a pedestal; she soothes her mother and is more mother to her than daughter and between her father and brother Steve, she strives to keep peace. She’s a giver, but there’s something almost...hmmm, not dark, but not healthy either, about it. But family dynamics don’t have to make sense or be healthy; life doesn’t play fair, it just is. Paul has never, ever known love. He has no concept of it; as far as he’s concerned it’s nothing more than gloss, certainly it’s something that he’ll never believe in. But he has his friends and Steve’s younger sister has always appealed to him; she’s so very different from anyone else in their group--except for Tommie. But she’s always giving and again, that’s not something he’s had much experience with. Yet for all their differences, Paul and Wendy have much more in common than anyone would think.. especially them. For opposites, they’re strangely alike. I don’t usually reveal as much about a story, or about the characters I’m reviewing as I did here, but there’s something about these two people that calls to me. I strongly felt the need to explain just what it is about Wendy and Paul that affected me. This is not a light story, it’s often not even a happy place to be, but it’s about people, real people. People whose lives are not perfect and who, like so many of us at times, have to struggle to make it through another hour, another day. People with flaws, with good intentions that go wrong, with hope--or with no hope. They are also like many people around us, some that we may even know. And I think that’s the true strength of Karen Wiesner’s writing. With her guidance, we truly get to know who Paul and Wendy are; there are no secrets, no hidden facets. Karen Wiesner introduces us and takes us right into the lives, hearts and minds of the people in her book and I, for one, cannot look away; learning about other people can often lead us to insights about ourselves. This is the first book that I’ve read by this author and I’m extremely fortunate enough to have the other books in this series to read. And I must say being able to read a series right through--or perhaps with small breaks in between--is a real treat. RELUCTANT HEARTS is a stunning introduction to Ms. Wiesner’s Wounded Warriors Series and to her skillful recitation about the lives of those that she introduces us to. Bravo!" ~Kathy for Dark Diva Reviews http://ddrreviews.blogspot.com/2010/05/reluctant-hearts-wounded-warriors-1-by.html

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Waiting for an

Eclipse
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Waiting for an Eclipse
Book 2 of the Wounded Warriors Series
by Karen Wiesner
Newly Revised and Reissued!
Contemporary Women's Fiction
9781922233196 (trade paperback, 5x8); 978-1-922233-18-9 (electronic); 978-1-300-38984-2 (trade paperback, 6x9)
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EPPIE 2005 finalist

Steve Thomas has a self-destructive wife, three kids, more guilt than one man can handle...and a chance at true love for the first time in his life--if only he can allow himself to take it.

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4 1/2 Stars and 2004 Reviewer's Choice Nominee! "Set in Milwaukee, this poignant book reflects on the complex dynamics of drug addiction and the profound impact it has on the lives it touches. Wiesner's ability to delve into her characters' psychological makeup to depict the sensitive topic of drug addiction makes this an exceptionally powerful story. The second book in her Wounded Warriors series, this is a must-read." ~RT Book Reviews

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Mirror Mirror
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Mirror Mirror
Book 3 of the Wounded Warriors Series
by Karen Wiesner
Newly Revised and Reissued!
Mainstream Romantic Suspense
978-1-922233-35-6 (trade paperback, 5x8); 978-1-922233-34-9 (electronic); 978-1-300-38988-0 (trade paperback, 6x9)
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Twenty-five years ago, Gwen Nicholson-Nelson was in a car accident that almost claimed her life and left behind a strange gift. She can see the future...and death...before it comes to pass. She had a vision of her husband's death ten years before it happened in, for Gwen, chilling deja vu. During this time, she's also had a disturbing connection with another like her, a psychic who has the power to not only see into others but to manipulate and destroy.

For twenty-five years, as seemingly unrelated events convince Gwen she has no power of her own beyond bizarre sight, she's wondered why she was given the ability to see pain and death yet never to alleviate them. But when her nemesis targets Dylan Mitchell, the man she loves, and his daughter, all the pieces of the puzzle that have tormented her fall into place. Gwen must discover her own power, believe in herself and her destiny, and act--before her vision of Dylan's death comes to pass.

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Dark Angel Recommended Read 5 Delightful Divas! "MIRROR MIRROR is an excellent read and, while it’s quite a bit different in regards to the paranormal element, it’s still a wonderful character-driven story. It’s also a great fit with Karen Wiesner’s Wounded Warriors Series...oh boy is it ever! In the other stories, so far, Gwen is one of those people that always seem to have everything under control. The reality, however, is far different. She’s just been able to partially mask the turmoil that she’s ruthlessly repressed and, as I discovered, no one was as surprised as she when everything came undone. The catalyst is Dylan Mitchell, a man from her past who she’s managed to push deep down into her consciousness...but now that he’s back in the picture and the genie will not go back into the bottle. Dylan...he’s an unexpected force and I really couldn’t see how anyone could surpass Tommie in Gwen’s heart. But that was before we met him and found out just how intense their past connection had been. All that he’s gone through over the years is enough to send anyone around the bend, but Dylan’s memories of Gwen have given him strength and a courage he never knew he possessed. All I can say is, it’s a very, very good thing! As the present and the past collide no-one is untouched and an evil that’s been touching the lives of people around Dylan and Gwen is finally unmasked, but not without a world of hurt and heartache, for both the characters and the reader. I was totally captivated by Gwen’s struggle against her nemesis who, until now, had remained a rather vague force. But with the coming together of Dylan and Gwen’s lives once again, the face, and touch, of evil is becoming clearer to Gwen. Shivers, horror, disgust all run rampant as we are dragged further into the mind of obsession and twisted desire and there were times when I could swear that the filth coming from the “other’s” mind was tangible. I became overwhelmingly involved through Gwen and Dylan, but also through the younger minds that were in the grasp of this human monster. There were times I almost despaired of Gwen’s ability to open herself up to a love that she had worked so hard to forget. But with the help of some very good friends, a daughter who, in some ways, far exceeded her years, a man that needed her in ways even he couldn’t explain and a presence that was finally able to help her break through the interior shields, Gwen was able to come face to face with evil. Even now I feel such emotion at all that had taken place that the tears threaten to fall. Be prepared with a handful of tissues because, while this is a romance, there is a lot that has to be let go and it is still somewhat overwhelming. It took me awhile to process this third story in the very talented Karen Wiesner’s Wounded Warriors Series, but once I started the review for MIRROR MIRROR, it practically wrote itself. If that’s not testament to the power of Ms. Wiesner’s writing, I don’t know what else I could possibly say. Except for: Do yourself a favor and check out, at the very least, this story—you won’t regret it!” ~Kathy for Dark Diva Reviews http://ddrreviews.blogspot.com/2010/06/mirror-mirror-wounded-warriors-3-by.html

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Wayward Angels
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Wayward Angels
Book 4 of the Wounded Warriors Series
by Karen Wiesner
Newly Revised and Reissued!
Inspirational Women's Fiction
978-1-922233-40-0 (trade paperback, 5x8); 978-1-922233-39-4 (electronic); 978-1-300-38995-8 (trade paperback, 6x9)
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What do you get with a former wild man who's committed his path to the Lord and a woman who has absolutely nothing to lose? It's either a match made in heaven...or a sure-fire heartache.

Gregg Stevens has spent a lifetime making bad decisions, never knowing true love. Stormie Knight, a new Christian, beguiles him with her eccentricities and well-kept secrets. Extracting those secrets could shatter both of their hearts, along with the newborn faith of a wayward angel not yet ready to spread her wings.

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GOTTA Read Rating! “This is a truly beautifully emotional and engaging story! It is my favorite so far in this series. Stormie is an absolutely striking character. She is bipolar and struggles with the fact that she can never be “normal.” I have known several people with this disorder, and I think Ms. Wiesner did an excellent job of portraying the intense high and low mood swings that plague a bipolar individual. The self-destructive cycle of feeling good enough to stop taking the medication and then crashing without it is the sad and difficult reality of this behavioral disorder. This book gives interesting insight into the mental battles of the person who is afflicted with the disorder. Gregg is a wonderful character, too. He is captivated by the beautiful and natural Stormie, but he wants to give them both time to overcome their past demons and to grow in their relationship. I liked how he continually took his struggles to the Lord because he recognized that he did not have the strength within himself to overcome the temptations facing him. In an additional sub-story, Gregg deals with helping one of the boys at the Wayward Angels boy’s shelter. There is heartbreak and the relationship between Gregg and Diego is shown as a loving father to a son. Here too Gregg shows unconditional acceptance and love. The plot is woven from the secrets kept, the desire to trust and be trusted, and the struggles in the developing relationships. I enjoyed the whole book, but by the last third I was barely able to set the book aside! Ms. Wiesner is a master storyteller. This is a ‘Gotta’ read for everyone to understand the difficulties of bipolar disorder and also for the sheer enjoyment of a well-crafted story. Be sure to check out the other books in the series, too!” ~You Gotta Read Reviews http://yougottareadreviews.blogspot.com/2009/12/review-wayward-angels-by-karen-wiesner.html

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Until It's Gone
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Until It's Gone
Book 5 of the Wounded Warriors Series
by Karen Wiesner
Women’s Romantic Suspense
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978-1-922233-43-1 (trade paperback, 5x8); 978-1-922233-42-4 (electronic); 978-1-300-39000-8 (trade paperback, 6x9)
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You don't know what you've got...until it's gone.

Mitch Taylor has been playing a very dangerous game. The lines between black and white, good and evil, saint and sinner are all blurred. Just when he thinks the stakes can't get any higher, in steps the only woman who could ever hurt him and the only one who can heal him. In the space of a skipped heartbeat, he can't imagine having more to gain...and more to lose.

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5 Stars! "Karen Wiesner pens another powerful tale with UNTIL IT'S GONE. Wiesner writes novels that are so powerful and strong that you will never forget them. Mitch and his sister were so damaged by their father that only love will bring them back from the brink of an abyss. True love is what will redeem them and make them whole; they just have to be prepared to accept it. UNTIL IT'S GONE is a classic case of what can go wrong in one’s life but can be fixed with help. It is also a story where you do not realize what you have...until it's gone. Unbelievably riveting, Karen Wiesner takes us to the depths of despair and raises us up to victory with this book." ~Single Titles http://singletitles.com/?p=3774

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White Rainbow
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White Rainbow
Book 6 of the Wounded Warriors Series
by Karen Wiesner
Inspirational Women's Fiction
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978-1-922233-50-9 (trade paperback, 5x8); 978-1-922233-49-3 (electronic); 978-1-300-39006-0 (trade paperback, 6x9)
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5 hearts and nominated for the 5 heart sweetheart Award from The Romance Studio

Jessie Nelson has been telling herself she doesn't deserve or believe in second chances, especially when it comes to love...until her white rainbow appears in a corporate pirate who conquers her, heart and soul.

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5 Hearts! “Ms. Karen Wiesner quickly became a favorite author of mine. I will admit, however, that this is the best of her books I’ve read. Each time I believe it is the best, but I am amazed at the intricacy written into this story. It would not be unusual for me to lose interest with so much conflict. That didn’t happen. The poignancy of this book was incredible. The storyline’s main characters were so diligently written it was as if they were living in front of me. This couple faced tremendous adversity and each found their way to God, salvation and each other. The supporting characters were loving reinforcement that, fortunately, was willing to stand by both Jessie and Flint. The white rainbow was symbolic of second chances. The way that was incorporated into her book was beautifully presented. I absolutely couldn’t wait to reach the end and then I didn’t want it to end. There was also such a major bombshell near the end that I wasn’t expecting. I highly recommend this book as another major hit for Ms. Wiesner. I cannot say enough how convinced I am that each reader will be thrilled. This offering will make her a “must read” for others as she is for me. My hat’s off to you, Ms. Wiesner. You truly are an inspired author. Thanks for giving of yourself!” ~The Romance Studio http://www.theromancestudio.com/reviews/reviews/whiterainbowwiesner.htm

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