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Destiny
Once Upon a Cliché
A Perfect Match
Rekindled
Hearts Ablaze
Exiled Hearts
The Journey Home
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Note: Both the Family and Friendship Heirlooms series' are also set in Peaceful.

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Home
by Karen Wiesner
Christian Romantic Fiction
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Small-town girl Ayodele "Della" Flynn lives in a city she abhors, where danger seems to be lurking around every corner. When her husband dies very unexpectedly, she’s confronted with figuring out where her home is with her young son River and trying to come to terms with the loose ends her husband left their lives in.

Destiny
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Destiny
by Karen Wiesner
Christian Romantic Fiction
978-1-922066-22-0 (electronic); 978-1-387-93060-9 (trade paperback)

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How do you know destiny when it knocks on your door, or recognize it if it’s always been there?

Christian Riley, Elizabeth Horace, and Oscar Albright grew up together, the clichéd “church kids”, but Chris quickly found everything about his life stifling. When he moves to Los Angeles to get away from everything his existence has dictated for him, he doesn’t expect Elizabeth to follow him, but he’s known for as long as he can remember that she loves him obsessively…just as Oscar loves her. With Chris’s faith in tatters, he has no interest in Christianity let alone morality. Yet in the thirteen years that follow, he finds himself returning to Elizabeth whenever he hits rock bottom. Deep down, he understands she alone will always love him, no matter how far he strays or how much he hurts her when he uses her as his last-ditch refuge.

When a serial killer/rapist’s attack of Elizabeth is mercifully thwarted, Chris’s world collapses in on him with guilt and horror coming at him from every corner. The attack has changed Elizabeth. She realizes she’s put her life on hold for too long praying for Chris to share her belief that their love and life together is destined. After she severs the ties between them, Chris knows the only way to get her back is to give himself to the Lord. God begins changing him from the inside out, but—too little, too late—has he fallen in love when his angel of mercy is no longer available to him?

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Elizabeth Horace is the sister of Pastor Wesley Horace, the hero in FOREVER AND ALL THAT JAZZ, Book 3 of the Friendship Heirlooms Series.

Once Upon a Cliché
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Once Upon a Cliché
by Karen Wiesner
Contemporary Romance
978-1-925574-41-8 (electronic);
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A series of unfortunate events leads an unlikely damsel in distress on a crazy, mixed-up journey in which everything goes wrong…only to go perfectly right when she finds her heart's desire right back where she started.

Detached and ignored for most of her life, Brayla Sullivan is the awkward, ugly duckling destined for spinsterhood who's never been kissed, never gone anywhere beyond the small town she was born and raised in. When she starts corresponding with a man from a "Meet Exotic Singles" website and he suggests they meet, she drops everything to fly to him in a last-ditch effort to find her happily-ever-after.

The only son in a family of daughters, Shaun Levi, Peaceful's Chief of Police, has never looked the part of a dashing hero. Whenever he'd opened his mouth, his sisters had spoken for him or over him, and now any attempts at conversation with the opposite sex lead him to either a loss for words or making a mess that's ensured he'll stay a bachelor for life. Brayla has been nothing more than a buddy he's known all his life. But, when a kiss between them on a particularly lonesome New Year's takes a turn for the what-have-we-done?, he sees a side to his old friend he never anticipated…and the consequences may just leave him without a friend or a prayer of convincing her they could share so much more.

Brayla's poorly-conceived plan to meet Mr. Right veers from point A to Z to F and every-sad-where in-between, leaving her hopelessly lost and desperate for someone to rescue her. Everything she expects to happen falls through while the unexpected may turn into everything she's ever dreamed of…or all she's dreaded. On the rocky road to happily-ever-after, who knows what can happen?

Brayla Sullivan is the daughter of Mike Fremont’s boss, mentioned in MICHAEL’S ANGEL, Book 2 of the Friendship Heirlooms Series.

A Perfect Match
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A Perfect Match
by Karen Wiesner
Romantic Suspense
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978-0-359-58184-9 (trade paperback)
Coming August 2019

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At nearly 40, Dante Robinson has never been in a serious relationship that wasn't more than a one-night stand. His nephew, a college student, living in the upstairs apartment of his garage reveals that, on a lark, he and his friend started an online dating company, Perfect Match. Dante insists he shut it down…until the kid offers to hook him up with a "naughty librarian".

Lena Young has worked two jobs since she was in high school. She’s 30 and raises the daughter of her abusive older brother, a truck driver, as if she's her own. When her friend convinced her to sign up for Perfect Match, she couldn’t get herself to go through it…until Dante responds to her profile.

Developing a major crush on her brother's best friend hadn't been difficult when Lena was a sheltered girl, but Dante hasn't been back to their house in 16 years. After she agrees to meet him without telling him who she is, she discovers he only invited her over to his house to get laid. She's mortified but, when an equally humiliated Dante comes to the truck stop diner she works on the weekends and apologizes, begging her to forgive him, she can't turn him away. Wanting to tell him to hit the road, she instead finds herself believing him, championing his determination to become a better man…convinced that, with him, she could have one thing in her life that brings her the kind of joy she's always dreamed of but has never considered possible.

Lena Young is the close friend of Brayla Sullivan and Shaun Levi, hero and heroine in ONCE UPON A CLICHÉ, A Peaceful Pilgrim Novel.

Rekindled
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Rekindled
by Karen Wiesner
Contemporary Romance
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What's done is done and can't be undone. Or can it?

Landon Robinson and Nickira Cassidy met when she was just out of high school and he was visiting the sunny coast of California with friends, blowing the money they'd saved for years to afford the reckless free-for-all. The six-year-age difference between them felt like nothing in the wake of an overwhelming, mutual attraction neither of them could handle…let alone refuse.

But Nickira's life had been planned out for her without her permission. The only child of filthy rich parents, she's an heiress with obligations to fulfill. She's destined to excel at and graduate from college without seeking a career of her own, allowing herself to become intelligent eye candy for her equally wealthy husband. Even there, her personal choices matter little. Her father had picked out the son of a close business associate for her when she was just a teenager, and she was already engaged years in advance of the anticipated wedding of the century.

Landon had never before fallen for any woman longer than a few hours, but he lost his head completely over Nickira, selfishly and shortsightedly aiming to convince her to give up everything for him. Even after he succeeded, her family disowned her and she got pregnant before the whirlwind, unimpressive wedding, paradise wasn't guaranteed. In the fallout, a princess realized she wasn't cut out for squalor and a dirt-poor playboy didn't have the skills to hold onto the heaven he never expected to capture.

Forty years later, divorced, neither of them feel any older or wiser. Reconciling how badly they'd messed up the one thing in their lives they both wish they'd given themselves to unconditionally seems impossible. Can dying embers rekindle?

Landon Robinson and Nickira Cassidy are the parents of Dante Robinson, hero in A PERFECT MATCH, A Peaceful Pilgrim Novel.

Hearts Ablaze
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Hearts Ablaze
by Karen Wiesner
Contemporary Romance
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Riley Levi, 25, is an ultra-modern woman living in Minneapolis. She wants her successful career as an airline stewardess, her own space to pursue her interests…and love that sets her heart ablaze. In short, she wants everything she can get in life without compromise.

Liam "Blaze" Blazel is 35, head-strong, and old-fashioned. He lives in their hometown of Peaceful, Wisconsin, where they got married a year ago. He believes marriage means a husband and wife live together, sleep together every night, and eventually raise a traditional family together--and those kids don't spend most of their hours in daycare. This is his second marriage. Ironically, his first ended because his wife was pushing them to start a family together before he was ready.

There's simply no happy medium that could make this thing work…

Liam “Blaze” Blazel is the deputy at Peaceful Police Department and Riley Levi is the sister of Chief of Police Shaun Levi, as mentioned in ONCE UPON A CLICHÉ and A PERFECT MATCH, Peaceful Pilgrim novels.

Exiled Hearts
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Exiled Hearts
by Karen Wiesner
Christian Romance
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Avery Worchester is 40 and well-aware he's screwed up his life badly. He has three angry ex-wives, three kids of varying ages that he's only just started to get to know after years of allowing questionable monetary compensation and babysitters take the place of actual parenting on his behalf. But, less than a year ago, his best friend made him realize if he didn't start making drastic changes to the disturbing pattern of his life, he would lose everything that mattered to him sooner or later. He started his transformation by breaking up with the woman he'd been dating for no better reason than good sex. Twenty-two-year-old Stella hated his kids, and the feeling was mutual. Little did he realize she was pregnant when he unceremoniously dumped her. For selfish reasons of her own--not limited to being unsure who the father actually was--she didn't bother to inform him.

Barely two weeks after the baby was born, she shows up at his modest apartment and unceremoniously dumps his newborn daughter on him, saying she's realized she's not cut out to be a mother and not to call her. Ever. Avery's life is turned upside-down in no time. He's never cared for an infant before. Asking his ex-wives for help isn't an option. With nowhere left to turn, he responds to an ad for a nanny who's living in his building.

Twenty-seven year old Jayne Eyre is working toward a Child Therapy Masters' degree and she barely paid her first months' rent in a building that seems downright swanky for someone of her extremely limited means. The only child of an exile from a country where Christianity is illegal, Jayne was raised the opposite of everything her father had known growing up in such a rigid, dangerous country. Like her fictional counterpart, Jayne is fiery, independent, much preferring to be happy than dignified. She refuses to believe her life or choices have any boundaries at all.

Avery needs her help badly, and she finds herself drawn into his world so her existence is soon wrapped up in him and the precious little girl along with those of his other, older, justifiably wary children. But Avery has been anything but a reliable, devoted lover to the women in his life, if his past is any indication. When a sensitive, passionate angel ventures into the miry wilds of love, what can her heart expect to meet beyond certain exile?

Avery Worchester was the best friend and boss of Dante Robinson, hero in A PERFECT MATCH, A Peaceful Pilgrim Novel.

The Journey Home
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The Journey Home
{sequel to Home}
by Karen Wiesner
Christian Romance
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Coming October 2021

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Five years into their marriage, Ayodele “Della” Cole and Cade Somers share a three-year-old daughter and her son, River (13), from her previous marriage, in addition to her wildly popular bakery Sugar & Spice. Della has never been happier…yet she senses her husband is at a crossroads. He lost his full-time teaching job years ago, a career he loved, and though he's had offers from other school districts, he hasn't been willing to leave his family to consider any of them. He fills in wherever he's needed at the bakery as well as acting as a substitute teacher at the Peaceful school district. He knows as well as Della does that her previous marriage taught her she can't and won't leave small-town life in Peaceful ever again.

When Cade is again offered his old position at the elementary school he taught in Milwaukee for many years, Della sees his interest and encourages him to pursue the position even though she has strong qualms about doing so. She doesn't know how either of them, let alone their children, will handle a long-distance relationship. Cade insists Milwaukee is only three hours away. With a little compromise and adjusting on both their parts, they'll have every weekend together and ultimately the job is temporary--just for one year until the full-time teaching position he's been waiting to fill at Peaceful Elementary officially becomes his.

After only a handful of weeks, Della is miserable, and, during a weekend visit, she discovers emails on Cade's laptop from his ex-wife Julia. The tone of the notes are entirely too friendly, and Della can't help wondering if something is going on between the two of them that Cade clearly doesn't want to admit even to himself. While he denies anything has happened or will happen, Della faces that they're both been pursuing separate lives for longer than she's realized. Is it possible for love to lead a couple along the same path toward mutual fulfillment, or is love's journey always destined to end sooner or later?

Peaceful Pilgrim Novel Collection A
by Karen Wiesner

Collection with four Peaceful Pilgrim novels, including ONCE UPON A CLICHÉ, A PERFECT MATCH, REKINDKLED, and HEARTS ABLAZE available at a discount when purchased together!

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Peaceful Pilgrim Novel Collection B
by Karen Wiesner

Collection with four Peaceful Pilgrim novels, including HOME, DESTINY, EXILED HEARTS, and THE JOURNEY HOME, available at a discount when purchased together!

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