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Adventures in Amethyst Series

Amethyst, WI is a small, peaceful town on a pristine lake with an active tourist season in summer.
When the air turns chill, the town is transformed into a ghost town with only a handful of lifers who stay.
Populated with colorful characters, Amethyst is bursting with mystery, romance, and jealousy.
Come and visit a place where anything is possible all-year-round.

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From the author: You might be wondering, What’s up with “Dame Amethyst”? Award-winning author Karen Wiesner is Dame Amethyst, the founder of Jewels of the Quill, an award-winning group of authors in all genres banded together to promote their many books. Jewels of the Quill produced two award-winning group anthologies per year, published by Whiskey Creek Press, from 2005-2011 (all currently out of print). Karen edited all 14 anthologies and designed the covers as well as contributing a novella to each. Additionally most of Karen’s contributions were put in “Dame Amethyst” collections. All of these have been revised and reissued including those below.

A Rose for Romeo
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A Rose for Romeo, Book 1
by Karen Wiesner
Contemporary Romance Novella
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Also coming May 2014 in the ADVENTURES IN AMETHYST SERIES collection
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Originally published in TREASURES OF THE HEART, A Jewels of the Quill Valentine’s Day Anthology (out-of-print)

bestseller Whiskey Creek Press TOP TEN BESTSELLER LIST for sales in February 2006

Cupid and Psyche Award Nominee Nominated for The Romance Studio's 2005 and 2006 CAPA Awards

What happens when a nationally renowned sex therapist and author begins to abhor every aspect of her successful occupation? She falls in love, of course.

Dr. Melina Rose is sick of discussing, listening to, and writing about sex. She’s spent her life avoiding intimacy in her own personal life. After abandoning everything she’s worked all her life for, she returns to the small, peaceful town of Amethyst, Wisconsin she grew up in only to discover that everything has changed—everything except her crush on her sister’s old boyfriend Scott “Romeo” Romero.

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

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Revenge in Amethyst
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Revenge in Amethyst, Book 2
by Karen Wiesner
Romantic Thriller Novella
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978-1-304-24337-9 (mass market paperback)—40% discount!
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Originally published in TALES FROM THE TREASURE TROVE, Volume III, A Jewels of the Quill Anthology (out-of-print)

EPPIE 2008 winner TALES FROM THE TREASURE TROVE, Volume III won the 2008 EPPIE Award

Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award







Nominee TALES FROM THE TREASURE TROVE, Volume III, A Jewels of the Quill Anthology, was nominated for RT Book Reviews' Reviewer's Choice Award

bestseller Whiskey Creek Press TOP TEN BESTSELLER LIST for sales in May 2007

After abandoning everything she’s worked all her life for as a nationally renowned sex therapist and author, Melina Rose has returned to the small, peaceful town of Amethyst, Wisconsin she grew up in and fallen in love with her sister’s old boyfriend Scott “Romeo” Romero. Scott and Melina are ecstatically expecting a baby and planning their wedding. Everyone in town has agreed to keep Melina’s past as Dr. Mindy Rose a secret. However, someone in Amethyst is driven by jealousy to see Melina’s dream-life come crashing down. Before long, every newspaper in the country is flooding tiny Amethyst in search of the scoop on why she quit her practice.

Unfortunately, a prominent former patient who’d revealed his disturbing fantasies only to Dr. Mindy Rose doesn’t want his fetishes broadcast to the world at large…and he’s prepared to do anything he has to in order to keep his secrets safe.

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

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Reckless Rose
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Reckless Rose, Book 3
by Karen Wiesner
Contemporary Romance Short Story
Newly Revised and Reissued!
978-1-304-24341-6 (mass market paperback)—40% discount!
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Mass market paperback from Amazon.com
Coming May 2014 in electronic formats
from Writers Exchange E-Publishing
Also coming May 2014 in the ADVENTURES IN AMETHYST SERIES collection
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LASR best book award nominee Reckless Rose was nominated for The Long and Short Reviews Best Romance of 2007

Even bad girls need love...

When Reece Childs rolls back into Amethyst to stay, Lona Rose realizes her reckless crush on the older brother of a former beau is still waging hot and heavy. But how to prevent the rumors and mistakes of her past from ruining the start of something wonderful?

Reece has just the plan to head off the rumor mill...and make this reckless rose his own forever.

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Christmas in Amethyst
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Christmas in Amethyst, Book 4
by Karen Wiesner
Romantic Thriller Novella
Newly Revised and Reissued!
978-1-304-24351-5 (mass market paperback)—40% discount!
Available now from http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/karenwiesner
Mass market paperback from Amazon.com
Coming May 2014 in electronic formats
from Writers Exchange E-Publishing
Also coming May 2014 in the ADVENTURES IN AMETHYST SERIES collection
Electronic formats from Writers Exchange E-Publishing
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Eager to make it up to her son's many disappointments in the past year, single mom Sheila Mason takes a shift at the restaurant she works on Christmas Day in order to buy Dev a puppy. When a creepy customer follows her on the deserted road from the restaurant to her home in Amethyst, her holidays go from bad to worse.

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Adventures in Amethyst Series Collection
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ADVENTURES IN AMETHYST SERIES
by Karen Wiesner
Novella Collection
Newly Revised and Reissued!
ISBNs: 978-1-304-57823-5 (trade paperback); (electronic)
Coming May 2014
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The ADVENTURES IN AMETHYST SERIES is a collection of all four of the novellas in the series, including A Rose for Romeo (Book 1), Revenge in Amethyst (Book 2), Reckless Rose (Book 3), and Christmas in Amethyst (Book 4).

FAR Recommended Read

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

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Til Summer Comes Around
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TIL SUMMER COMES AROUND,
Book 5, An Adventures in Amethyst Series Novel
by Karen Wiesner
Contemporary Romance
Coming November 2014
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When Quinn Rutledge and Summer Rosales met on a warm summer night on the shores of beautiful Lake Amethyst, they were both young, all was right in the world, and the only thing on their agenda was romance—one that neither of them wanted to end with the summer and closing of resort town Amethyst’s tourist season. Promises and plans were made. Promises were broken…

Summer was just about to begin law school with her closest friend—her pole opposite who’d dragged her to Amethyst in the first place. Apple Wooten came from a rich family she didn’t appreciate and was sliding her way through life, trying to get the most fun she could out of it—including stealing just to see what she could get away with. Summer found herself in the unfortunate position of taking the blame for one of Apple’s thefts, and not only spent time in jail but also was the victim of an inmate’s wrath that led to the disfigurement of one side of her face before she was acquitted of all charges and allowed to pursue her law degree.

Quinn had a lucrative dream career stretching out before him as an author who’d already won numerous accolades despite his youth. Though he’d returned to his livelihood after the summer with the woman he’d fallen so hard for, his heart prevented him from keeping away until they could see each other again the following summer as they planned. When Summer didn’t show up, he’d tried to find her and couldn’t. Though he should have returned to his writing, he’s instead found himself settling in Amethyst, waiting hopefully, and probably foolishly, through endless winters until Summer comes around…

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Status of this book: First draft complete. Planning to revise in May 2014, polish Summer 2014.

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Rose and Thorn
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ROSE AND THORN,
Book 6, An Adventures in Amethyst Series Novel
by Karen Wiesner
Contemporary Romance
Coming March 2018
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Every rose has its thorn…

Reece Childs finally has his rose—Lona Rose, that is—the woman from his past and everything he’s ever wanted. He’d been as close as a kiss to having her as his wife, too. He and Lona had left Amethyst for a few weeks to combine their wedding and honeymoon in Las Vegas…only two disastrous divorces already under her belt had shattered Lona’s illusions about the institution of marriage and made her superstitions about taking that journey again. So they came back and let everyone in town believe they were married. Now their little daughter is two years old and life seems perfect. Reece can’t imagine a thorn from his past could destroy his present and future happiness.

When Reece came back to Amethyst and fell for Lona Rose, he’d left behind truck driving—and everything associated with it. He’d had no clue that Angelina Batista, his “port” in the city he made his most frequent run to, was pregnant. Now she’s in Amethyst, demanding in no uncertain terms that he be a father and provider to their son, who’s not much older than his daughter. Not only has Angelina rented the house next door to his, but she has the proof that the boy is his.

Lona is furious and intent on doing everything to drive this overbearing usurper as far from her happily ever after as she can. She’s not willing to share her man with someone he never loved, regardless of the intimacy of their uncommitted relationship. Yet, even to keep Lona happy, Reece can’t turn away from his own son…

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Status of this book: Planning to research, outline, write, revise and polish in 2016-2017.

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Briar’s Patch
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BRIAR’S PATCH,
Book 7, An Adventures in Amethyst Series Novel
by Karen Wiesner
Contemporary Romance
Coming June 2018
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As a teenager, Roman “Bud” Marasek was shy and withdrawn, a farmer’s kid who grew up to be a farmer himself. The first girl he loved was Briar Sankey, a popular girl with big, beautiful eyes and a wild clothing and makeup style. It took him years to work up the courage to ask her out, and their date was the best night of his life. But, when she never answered his calls after that and started dating the star athlete, he’d realized he’d only been wishing on a star. Years passed, Bud fell in love with Evette, had a daughter, and his wife died unexpected. Raising Harper hasn’t been easy alone, but at forty-five-years-old he feels completely unprepared for being both father and mother to a moody, emotional teenager daughter with too many boyfriends and life-and-death meltdowns. He turns to Briar for help. Briar is running her mother’s restaurant, has finally toned down her style, and, unbelievably, has never married and seems content to be alone. Looks are deceiving.

Briar had spent her life confident she had all the time in the world to make a life for herself and any choice she wanted. At forty-five, she no longer has the same choices. With both of her parents gone, she’s the only one left to run the restaurant, her mother’s legacy to the small town of Amethyst and what she considers her “patch” in the big, wide world. Additionally, the few eligible men in the area don’t interest her.

Letting slip an unintended faux pas, a friend of both Briar and Bud reveals to Briar that Bud has had a thirty year crush on her. Suddenly his reason for coming by the café nearly every day of his life takes on startling meaning. In truth, she’d barely noticed him most of the time. When he asks her for help with Harper, she can’t refuse. And suddenly she’s seeing Bud in a whole new light…and falling in love with the sweet, shy man who’s been there all along.

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Status of this book: Planning to research, outline, write, revise and polish in 2016-2017.

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For Auld Lang Syne
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FOR AULD LANG SYNE,
Book 8, An Adventures in Amethyst Series Novel
by Karen Wiesner
Contemporary Romance
Coming October 2018
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At the ripe old age of thirty-seven, Clay Wooten is tired of his law career and his insane, meddling family. Between constantly having to rescue his younger sister from her life-and-death antics and his parents’ high-handed belief that they can manage his life better than he can, he wants out. At the very least, he wants to escape long enough to figure out on his own which direction to follow for his future.

Harper Marasek had spent her teenage years wanting nothing more than to escape the stifling, suffocating small town she was born and raised in. When the charming and much-too-old-for-her Clay Wooten passed through Amethyst when she was sixteen years old, she found herself smitten…and two years later she headed to New York to start college and learn how to be an independent woman. Harper secretly hoped to meet up with Clay and, though for the years she was in college they shared an off-and-on intimacy that could never be enough for her, she unfathomably finds after getting her degree that she misses Amethyst, her family and old friends, and the small town values she’d dismissed unceremoniously when she was younger. With the offer of a job waiting for her in her hometown…and a marriage proposal from her high school boyfriend…Harper contacts Clay to say goodbye forever.

Clay has spent a lifetime unwilling to allow himself to be shackled by anyone or anything except his family. Women have merely been a means to an end and unfettered pleasure for him. But realizing he’s losing Harper, he suddenly wants nothing more than to hold on tight. On the pretense of getting away from his family, he suggests to Harper that they take a road trip, to end in Amethyst, for auld lang syne. Harper has resigned herself to never capturing Clay’s heart, but she’s loved him for as long as she can remember. How can she refuse when the happiest moments of her life have been spent with this man?

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Status of this book: Planning to research, outline, write, revise and polish in 2016-2017.

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Forbidden Fruit
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FORBIDDEN FRUIT,
Book 9, An Adventures in Amethyst Series Novel
by Karen Wiesner
Contemporary Romance
Coming December 2018
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Rich and superficial, Apple Wooten knows best that she’s wasted her life, in and out of rehab, betraying those she considers friends, and never forming attachments with anyone but her unhealthily cloistered family. When her brother shocks all of them by announcing he’s leaving the Wooten Law Firm in New York City and moving to Amethyst, Wisconsin, a mere blip on the map, to marry a small town girl, Apple is prodded by her mother to rush in and talk sense into him. Though it’s the last thing she wants to do considering she’s just been released from another rehabilitation she doesn’t expect to stick and Amethyst is the hometown of a friend she all but destroyed with her selfishness, she nevertheless sees no way to avoid her mother’s bidding. She’d never been able to refuse her parents anything—and not simply because they control the purse strings.

The one person in Amethyst who will give her the time of day is John “Bay” Bailey, who also went into the family business. The Baileys own a slew of resort cabins on Lake Amethyst and, during the tourist season, they do brisk, bustling business. Apple had met Bay years ago, the first time she ever came to Amethyst, when she’d ordered him around and all but made him her servant. Bay didn’t seem bothered by her cruel teasing then, just as he doesn’t seem to be affected by her humbled attempts at kindness now. As the youngest of nine siblings in a close-knit family, Bay has learned that acceptance is far easier than fighting. Unfortunately, a bad experience with love when he was young also taught him that folding is preferable to holding because reaching for forbidden fruit like the treacherous, beautiful disaster, and—recently—child-like and fragile Apple Wooten could be the worst mistake he’s ever made.

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Status of this book: Planning to research, outline, write, revise and polish in 2016-2017.

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