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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.
The Amethyst Angel and A Home for Christmas
The Amethyst Angel (traditional romance)
Elena Lopez's father has decided to play matchmaker with his long-time friend and neighbor, Marta Delgado, when Marta's nephew comes to town. Elena has a secret, though: She's always loved Marta's own son Pablo. An amethyst angel belonging to a dying boy reminds Elena that spending her life waiting for something to happen isn't living and that love must be shared. Can she take the risk of telling Pablo her feelings even if he doesn't share her love?
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4 1/2 star review and September Top Pick from RT Book Reviews and 2005 Reviewers' Choice Award Winner
Love Romances Golden Rose Award Winner
Ecataromance 2005 Best Book of the Year
Whiskey Creek Press TOP TEN BESTSELLER LIST for sales in September 2005, October 2005, December 2005 and January 2006
4.75 Stars! "I believe this is my favorite Karen Wiesner story to date. I found this to be the most poignant story I've read in a very long time. Ms. Wiesner draws us into the world of a Children's Hospital for terminally ill patients. She shows us the love and compassion that so many doctors have for their patients. When you read about Dr. Elena's bedside manner and the way she looks after little Juan, you'll be in tears. I was very deeply touched by the love of the staff members at this hospital. Each character shows an extraordinary amount of love and compassion for these dying children while maintaining their dignity. So what's a busy doctor to do? She has secretly loved her neighbor's son (Pablo) for many years. However, her father and the neighbor have conspired to match her up with Pablo's cousin, Arrio, who has just arrived in town. While she enjoys his company, Arrio certainly is no Pablo. Yet, Pablo seems to be pushing her farther away. When her dying patient reminds her of her Amethyst Angel and the things she had told him about living life, Elena decides to go for her true love. I just can't tell you how much I enjoyed this old fashioned (yet modern) look at love in its purest sense" ~Once Upon A Romance Review http://www.onceuponaromance.net/TheAmethystAngelReview.html
A Home for Christmas (inspirational romance)
Craig Stevens is determined to tell Christie of his feelings for her once and for all. But how does a painfully shy man reveal his heart without voicing the words that could lead to rejection?
Christie Renata Zondervon grew up in an orphanage and then with a multitude of foster families. All she’s ever wanted is a home and a family, especially at Christmas-time. When she met Craig’s brother, she thought she’d found the man to build that family with, and she was devastated when it didn’t work out.
Craig has been there for Christie since the day they met. He’s dried her tears, held her hand, listened to her talk about her hopes and fears at any time of day or night. He believes in her even when she doesn’t believe in herself. She’s never looked at him romantically before…until he invites her to go to Olympia, Washington to spend Christmas with him and his family. For the first time, Craig begins to show her his heart, and she begins to see him in a whole new light.
Craig has given himself just a few days before Christmas to convince Christie he can be the man of her dreams. Now it’s a countdown to win her heart or bust!
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4.5 Stars! "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." ~Once Upon a Romance Review http://onceuponaromance.net/AHomeForChristmasReview.html
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The Amethyst Star and Creatures of the Night
The Amethyst Star (futuristic romance)
They live in a time when humans have become an endangered species...
Thirty years ago, the men and women of Earth went off to fight in Intergalactic War I, an event which left their world forever altered. With more carbon dioxide in the air, the temperature has risen considerably and made prolonged exposure to the sun deadly. Herbivores have all but disappeared while carnivores have flourished. Man--severely decreased in number--returns to find their families slaughtered by the large man-eaters. Answering the call for help to avoid extinction from their earth allies are two races from two very different worlds: The Patrollers are a breed of aliens with extrasensory perception and the ability to camouflage themselves and their charges in any situation. The Patrollers have become protectors to the humans. Hunters from the planet Chaashane have ultra-strength, speed and instincts, allowing them to both track and destroy the elusive and clever carnivores that have become the dominant species.
Greatly outnumbered by the male sex, women have become earth's most valuable prizes in their roles as Procreators. Their eggs are harvested-in an attempt to "grow" a human race comparable to the days before their near extinction-and fertilized by only the strongest males of the species. Pair-bonding is rare. Families no longer exist since children are gestated in labs and then raised in sex-specific institutions. Lady Sher of the Amethyst Star, a Queen and Procreator, is mankind's last hope for survival. The previous queens have been unable to reproduce for years, and no other females are of harvesting age. While Sher dutifully upholds her obligations to her people, her loneliness and personal desires go unmet. More than anything, she longs for true love, to spend a lifetime with the man of her heart-a man she can create and share a family with. Her heart's desire can never be fulfilled...especially not with the hunter Randolf, who fills her waking and dreaming mind with forbidden longings.
On Randolf's home world, all inhabitants mate for life. The sex drive doesn't become active until the age of 21 and then only after a mate is chosen. At that time, their desire becomes both unbearable and uncontrollable. In a traditional Chaashane ceremony at the age of 17, Randolf and his clan priest shared a vision of Randolf's life-mate. Both saw the rare star of amethyst. When Randolf heard the bi-annual call for hunters to go Earth and saw Lady Sher, he knew his destiny was leading him there. But humans have never pair-bonded with any other race and, given the current state of the earth, destiny and desire may be impossible to fulfill.
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Whiskey Creek Press TOP TEN BESTSELLER LIST for sales in October 2006
#26 in the 2006 Preditors & Editors Poll
"The TALES FROM THE TREASURE TROVE, Volume II anthology is even better than the first TREASURE TROVE volume. If you miss out on this anthology, then you miss out on one of the best anthologies of the entire year." ~Huntress Reviews http://www.huntressreviews.com/
Creatures of the Night (paranormal romance)
Loner and night owl painter Susanna Heath has just married her exotic-foreigner husband. Nicholai Rostislav disappears all day, coming to her only at night. Now she finds out that he's a bloodsucking vampire. And you thought your marriage had problems.
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"The characters are vivid. Susanna and Nickolai have a strong bond, but finding out that you are married to a vampire cannot be easy. This is my favorite story of the bunch." ~Coffee Time Romance http://www.coffeetimeromance.com
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