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From the author: You might be wondering, What’s up with “Dame Amethyst”? Award-winning author Karen Wiesner was 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 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 Books 1, 2 and 4 below.

Papa
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Awards & Honors: 2008 EPIC Award finalist!   Siren Book Reviews Best Book of 2010 nominee!   2008 Dream Realm Award winner!   Recommended Read from Dark Angel Reviews!   5 Paw Prints from Howling Good Books!   4 1/2 Stones from Siren Book Reviews!   4.25 stars from Huntress Reviews!

Papa, Book 1
by Karen Wiesner
Romantic Horror Novella
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Originally published in SHADOWS OF THE HEART, A Jewels of the Quill Halloween Anthology (out-of-print)
978-1-312-34490-7 (mass market paperback)

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A wickedly horrifying rendering of the classic children's story Hansel and Gretel, in which modern revenge is served up sweet...

Less than a year after Randall Parker left his family for elementary school teacher, Amy, the unthinkable happens--is ex-wife and two children are killed in a car accident. Ever since the accident, Amy has had terrible nightmares in which Rand's son and daughter return to exact revenge on their father and Amy herself (the wicked step-mother) for abandoning them. When Rand convinces her to come away with him for a healing respite to an isolated cabin in the woods, Amy's guilt-filled nightmares turn into pure horror.

Blood of Amethyst
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Awards & Honors: Siren Book Reviews Best Book of 2010 nominee!   2008 Dream Realm Award winner!   Recommended Read from Dark Angel Reviews!  5 Paw Prints from Howling Good Books!  4 1/2 Stones from Siren Book Reviews!  4.25 stars from Huntress Reviews!

Blood of Amethyst, Book 2
by Karen Wiesner
Romantic Horror Novella
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Originally published in TALES FROM THE TREASURE TROVE, Volume IV, A Jewels of the Quill Anthology (out of print)
978-1-312-34493-8 (mass market paperback)

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A blood-curdling answer as to why the childhood-nightmare creature Rumpelstiltskin so wanted a child of his own...

Amethyst Phillip's father--her only family--disappears in Woodcutter Grim's evil woods. Town Sheriff and Guardian Gabe Reece sends out a search party and eventually they find the body, completely drained of blood. A devastated Amethyst refuses to do anything but carry on all by herself in the isolated area she grew up.

But something strange is happening, and Gabe realizes it every time he drops by to check on the woman who's held his heart for long years. She's grown pale, cold. She's sleeping all the time, waking only in the night, when her taste for blood overwhelms her. Then Gabe becomes aware that something in the woods is calling to her, something that's stealing her life...

Gabe will face his deadliest foe yet when the woman he loves falls prey to a nameless creature who wants her very soul.

Dancing to the Grave
(Designed by Karen Wiesner)

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Awards & Honors: Siren Book Reviews Best Book of 2010 nominee!   2008 Dream Realm Award winner!   Recommended Read from Dark Angel Reviews!   5 Paw Prints from Howling Good Books!  4 1/2 Stones from Siren Book Reviews!   4.25 stars from Huntress Reviews!

Dancing to the Grave, Book 3
by Karen Wiesner
Romantic Horror Novella
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978-1-312-34499-0 (mass market paperback)

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Loosely based on The Pied Piper of Hamelin. The children of Woodcutter's Grim are changing...and only one person, music teacher Diana Anders, realizes the truth. Can she and her husband, Kurt Jones, a member of the ancient lineage of the Protectorate's Chosen Seven, save them and the future of their town?

The Amethyst Tower
(Designed by Karen Wiesner)

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Awards & Honors: Siren Book Reviews Best Book of 2010 nominee!   2008 Dream Realm Award winner!   Recommended Read from Dark Angel Reviews!   5 Paw Prints from Howling Good Books!  4 1/2 Stones from Siren Book Reviews!   4.25 stars from Huntress Reviews!

The Amethyst Tower, The Final Chapter
by Karen Wiesner
Time Travel Romantic Horror Novella
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978-1-312-34503-4 (mass market paperback)

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Loosely based on Rapunzel. The isolated maiden meets her knight in a time-traveler who's come into the future to rescue her from the Warlock Lord holding her captive in the amethyst tower. Where else but in the fairy-tale-horror town of Woodcutter's Grim?

Woodcutter's Grim Series Collection
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Awards & Honors: Siren Book Reviews Best Book of 2010 nominee!   2008 Dream Realm Award winner!   Recommended Read from Dark Angel Reviews!   5 Paw Prints from Howling Good Books!  4 1/2 Stones from Siren Book Reviews!   4.25 stars from Huntress Reviews!

WOODCUTTER'S GRIM SERIES, Volume I (Classic Tales of Horror Retold)
by Karen Wiesner
Romantic Horror Novella Collection
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978-1-312-34472-3 (trade paperback)

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Woodcutter's Grim Series, Volume I (Classic Tales of Horror Retold) is a collection of the first three novellas in the series plus the final story in the series. Includes Papa (Book 1), Blood of Amethyst (Book 2), Dancing to the Grave (Book 3), and The Amethyst Tower (The Final Chapter).

Moonlight Becomes You
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Awards & Honors: 5 stars from Readers Favorite!   5 stars from Huntress Reviews!   4 ½ stars from Love Romance Passion!

Moonlight Becomes You, Book 4
by Karen Wiesner
Romantic Paranormal Novella
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Originally published in TALES FROM THE TREASURE TROVE, Volume VII, A Jewels of the Quill Anthology (out of print)
978-1-312-34506-5 (mass market paperback)

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The first in a four-book miniseries within the Woodcutter’s Grim Series dealing with the curse on the Shaussegeny family. Very loosely based on The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse. When her child becomes deathly ill and none of the doctors and specialists can help him, Heather Rowe rushes to Woodcutter's Grim, hoping the boy's father can help their child. But Lance Shaussegeny's explanations terrify Heather, even though she's intensely attracted to him all over again. She soon learns that nothing in Woodcutter's Grim—including Lance—is what it seems.

Bewitched
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Awards & Honors: 4 1/2 stars from Long and Short Reviews!

Bewitched, Book 5
by Karen Wiesner
Romantic Paranormal Novella
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978-1-312-34512-6 (mass market paperback)

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The second in a four-book miniseries within the Woodcutter’s Grim Series dealing with the curse on the Shaussegeny family. Very loosely based on The Little Mermaid.

Glynnis Shaussegeny becomes bewitched by the mystery man who appears out of nowhere on the abandoned property across the lake from her family’s estate. But does Aric Sayer have even more dark secrets than she does?

One Night of Eternity
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One Night of Eternity, Book 6
by Karen Wiesner
Romantic Paranormal Novella
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978-1-312-34515-7 (mass market paperback)

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The third in a four-book miniseries within the Woodcutter’s Grim Series dealing with the curse on the Shaussegeny family. Loosely based on The House That Jack Built. The curse pronounced on the Shaussegeny clan for all time was very clear: "Because the Shaussegeny name has long been synonymous with faithlessness, even unto your own chosen mates, only one chosen mate will be allotted to each of your kin henceforth. These chosen mates must also fall under the family curse, but these pairs will know true peace when they become one. Herein lays your salvation—and your damnation. Only if each of your clan remains faithful to their chosen mates in word and deed for all of their days will they have blissful contentment. Apart, mates shall be restless and forever unsettled, gripped by a sadness and despair unlike any other. A terrible fate will come upon the one who breaks the mate covenant."

Gavin Shaussegeny has broken the covenant with his wife, Marnie, by cheating on her, and the betrayal carries a harsh penalty and punishment. Although Gav regrets his faithlessness and loves his wife more than anyone or anything else, the house that he's built for himself is rapidly beginning to tumble down around him. There is one chance for salvation for him now: Only his mate's undeserved forgiveness will free him from his punishment to re-live his betrayal over and over for all time.

Beauty is the Beast
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Awards & Honors: 5 star review from Huntress Reviews!   4.5 stars from Long and Short Reviews!

Beauty is the Beast, Book 7
by Karen Wiesner
Romantic Paranormal Novella
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978-1-312-34517-1 (mass market paperback)

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The final in a four-book miniseries within the Woodcutter’s Grim Series dealing with the curse on the Shaussegeny family. Very loosely based on Beauty and the Beast. The Shaussegeny family curse came with one final pronouncement: “And now there is but one manner in which this curse can be broken and obliterated entirely: That beauty falls in love with the beast and vice versa, that evil loves good and good loves evil. If this should happen, your family shall be released from each aspect of my curse and your alliance with evil shall be ended.”

When Ransom Shaussegeny attempts to cure the family of the curse they live under, he becomes a werewolf trapped in his beast form and isolates himself inside the family fortress. When he meets Tess Moore, a beautiful enchantress, and falls under her spell, Ransom no longer knows who or what is real—or whether the evil in Woodcutter’s Grim is about to have the last laugh by dooming him, the woman he loves, and his family for all time...

Woodcutter's Grim Series Volume II Collection
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Awards & Honors: 5 star review and Top Pick from The Romance Reviews!

WOODCUTTER'S GRIM SERIES, Volume II (Classic Tales of Horror Retold)
by Karen Wiesner
Romantic Paranormal Novella Collection
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978-1-312-34478-5 (trade paperback)

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Woodcutter's Grim Series, Volume II (Classic Tales of Horror Retold) is a collection containing a four-book miniseries within the Woodcutter’s Grim Series dealing with the curse on the Shaussegeny family. Includes Moonlight Becomes You (Book 4), Bewitched (Book 5), One Night of Eternity (Book 6), and Beauty is the Beast (Book 7).

The Deep
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Awards & Honors: 5 stars from Huntress Reviews!  5 stars from BTSemag!   5 stars from Reader's Favorite!   Editor’s Top Pick from BellaOnline's Horror Literature!

THE DEEP, Book 8
A Woodcutter's Grim Series Novel
by Karen Wiesner
Inspirational Romantic Paranormal Horror
978-1-61160-277-7 (electronic);
978-1-300-66676-9 (trade paperback)

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Very loosely based on Metamorphoses: The Story of Pygmalion and the Statue by Ovid.

Cheyenne Welsh can't forget her past and the disappearance of her younger sister. When she returns to Woodcutter's Grim to sell the family property she grew up on, she's confronted with all the nightmare-realities of her childhood, still alive and well, still right where she left them--down in the darkness the Deep dwells inside. Her home...

Hunter’s Blues
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HUNTER’S BLUES,
A Woodcutter's Grim Series Novel
by Karen Wiesner
Futuristic Paranormal Romance
Coming April 2018

Return to Karen Wiesner’s award-winning Woodcutter’s Grim Series, where you first met and fell in love with this terrifying, magical town with its intriguing cast of characters, in an all new novel.

Very loosely based on The Evil Mother-in-Law by the Brothers Grimm.

The year is 2040. When the evil in Woodcutter’s Grim unleashed ten years earlier, humans turned into spooks who avoided the sun and had a taste for human flesh…along with the innate instinct to contaminate others with their evil. In no time at all, the evil spread and wiped out half of the town’s population before the Protectorate—the Guardians sworn to protect Woodcutter’s Grim and those outside against the evil pervading it—came up with a way to hold the threat at bay, not completely but enough to save those left. In these years, everything has changed, from occupations to entertainment. A curfew has been imposed, and few are stupid enough to break it. Protectorate bounty hunters patrol the cities in the daylight. Humans live in fortress-like homes that aren’t always capable of keeping the ghouls out.

Guardian bounty hunter and ex-Marine, Reece Pallaton, wonders what it’s all for and whether he’ll lose everyone he cares about in this endless battle. Fellow Guardian, Michell “Shell” Jones insists that they can find a cure, that life will someday go back to normal. But Reece is beginning to believe that the battle he’s waging can never be won…until he discovers the source of the evil and his own, terrifying connection to it.

Note: This story will fit into the Woodcutter’s Grim Series after THE DEEP, Book 8, and before The Amethyst Tower, the Final Chapter.

Status of this book: Planning to research and outline in November 2016, write in May 2017, revise in June 2017, and polish in August 2017.

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