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Incognito Series

Men and women who have sacrificed their personal identities to live in the shadows and uphold justice for all--no matter the cost.

"This series about a secret, seemingly inhuman organization had to have
just the right amount of emotion to keep the reader interested
and the author has done that and more! A perfect combination of loyalty
to one's position and the inability to live without human contact, love and feeling.
Karen Wiesner has me believing in this organization one hundred percent.
I love how even the character names seem to fit the situation and surroundings perfectly.
This entire series is highly recommended...and I haven't even read them all yet!"
~Lighthouse Literary Reviews

"Each book in this series can stand on its own. The main characters are always different.
The only thing that is consistent is the Network, but each book explains what it is
and what position all of the characters hold in the Network.
Each book is its own time and event, the story is complete in each one.
Not necessary to read each one but you may want to!"
~ Front Street Reviews

Undercover Angel
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Undercover Angel, Book 7
by Karen Wiesner
Romantic action/adventure suspense
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5 hearts and nominated for the 5 heart sweetheart Award from The Romance Studio

FAR Recommended Read5 Angels and FAR Recommended Read Award

LASR Best Book LASR's Highest Rating

Featured Review and 5 stars from Manic Readers

Nominated for LASR's Best Book of 2008 Award

Second in Network command, Captain Shannon McKee leads the organization with an unfeeling, iron fist. Yet, when the opportunity comes to take down the most notorious drug dealer in history, she goes after her heart's desire--to utterly destroy the man who killed her younger brother.

But Mareno Ortega isn't at all what Shannon expects him to be. He's intelligent, attractive, charming, shy...and, unbelievably, a doting father to his two children. Shannon has more reason to hate this criminal than anyone else, yet she finds herself confused by his contradictions. Is he a man with no options, playing a game he desperately wants out of? Or is he an enigma, trying to seduce her in a cat and mouse chase she can't win?

The only man alive who can stop this undercover angel from her suicide mission is the Navy SEAL she served with and nearly lost her heart to, Captain Ron Blair, currently Network Master Strategist. But can Ron save her...from herself?

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Best Book! "The Incognito Series has been many things: engrossing, riveting, heart-thumpingly suspenseful, fast paced and exciting--not to mention intensely passionate. Get ready for the next level in UNDERCOVER ANGEL. At times, I found some of the stories in this series uncomfortable to read. Why do I say that? Because I am never unaffected by the emotional twists and turns Ms. Wiesner's characters have to struggle through to reach their happily-ever-after. UNDERCOVER ANGEL succeeds in wringing a caring connection out of me for the very character I had come to think of as the enemy. Sure, Shannon McKee, the top dog in the agency, works for the good guys but her inflexible stance against deep emotional relationships between agents has always rubbed me the wrong way. This book is one that I've been looking forward to for a long time. How would Ms. Wiesner handle this delicate challenge? How could she change the rules of the Network's platform without compromising its strength? How could she make me care for a woman that I'd come to revile? Prepare yourself for Shannon's courageous and painful awakening to truth. I have to share this with you. Once I hit chapters twelve and thirteen, my perceptions of Shannon McKee were blown away. I got my first real peek into Shannon's past, her heart and her fear...for the love between Shannon and Ron Blair. I mean, there's pain along with their love--how could I not feel for them? Through it all, the thought that their connection could have survived, that there was and is something there to save and to fight for has got to be as romantic as Romeo and Juliette. My gosh, Ms. Wiesner has me feeling sorry for Shannon. This character, a woman I've hated with great zeal because of how she treats her operatives and the rules she's enforced, ends up being all too human. A woman who has such tortured depths that she's drowned in them to the point she's forgotten how to be a woman, indeed she thinks that part of her might be a fatality to her goals. This is a tragic love story. Not so much about the man/woman thing, though there is that, but Shannon is a woman who's forgotten how to love herself. And she's scared. So very scared and, dang it all, I found myself rooting for Shannon with tears in my eyes. She's lost but can't face it. Not yet. Ron is her savior, her touchstone and the key to the emotional treasure locked, bolted and barricaded inside her. But how can a love that only had just started growing years before possibly survive the arctic winter Shannon had put it in? The reasons, the drive, the cold passion that drives her would have driven anyone else to their knees. Ms. Wiesner has written a powerful story of a warrior, a patriot and a human being with strong convictions. Shannon needs to rediscover how to deal with the emotional inferno that awaits within her before it destroys all that she's worked for. To do that, she needs to open herself to her past and the person from it—Ron. When Ron flashes back to the memories of their past, the dialogue has to be some of the most romantic and poignant than any Ms. Wiesner has written during this entire series. The heartfelt revelations and passion in a place so filled with evil intent and hopelessness truly is a stroke of writing genius. I dare anyone to remain unmoved after reading it. The catalyst comes when Shannon goes on a field assignment in the outside world and she comes face to face with all that she's done and all that she's forgotten. The pace picks up and, with tight and effective writing, you are emotionally dragged along with Shannon as revelations bombard her, one after the other. It all makes sense. Ms. Wiesner's talent for using strong descriptive language painted clear images of a character's turmoil and struggles, of yearnings and hope. Once again, Ms. Wiesner cleverly writes within the rules of this world yet manages to spin it on its axis, taking me on a new journey. There is nothing staid or comfortable in the Incognito Series--it constantly has me on edge. In UNDERCOVER ANGEL I was riding a see-saw of 'will she or won't she?' all the while keeping my fingers crossed that Shannon will. Ms. Wiesner also has kept the quality of grit intact in this latest adventure. The world of the Network is dangerous, fraught with peril and betrayals, determination and violence. The villain is a surprise on a couple of levels and I truly never had a clue who it was. If you've been following the Incognito Series, then this is a must read. I would advise readers to check out the previous books in the series because in doing so it will insure the same powerful impact on them as UNDERCOVER ANGEL has for me. There is no question that this book is Shannon McKee's story and it is worth the telling." ~Xeranthemum for Long And Short Reviews http://longandshortreviews.blogspot.com

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Hard to Handle
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Hard to Handle, Book 8
by Karen Wiesner
Romantic action/adventure suspense
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5 hearts and nominated for the 5 heart sweetheart Award from The Romance Studio

Nominated for the 2009 2009 CAPA Finalist CAPA Award

Loyal operative Dez Luttino has graduated from the recruits of the Network, top of his classes and single-mindedly driven to succeed in his duty to his country. What he hadn't counted on was mentoring his first operative--Nova Granger, once a head-strong, albeit gorgeous, hunting machine who didn't seem to want to follow any rules except her own. As her team leader years ago, Dez had helped Nova tame her reckless nature and develop a team player attitude. She's become one of the organization's most valuable operatives.

Little does Nova know that sexy Dez has been instructed to prepare her for an undercover mission that involves felling a ruthless criminal. While Dez has been instructed by his superiors to get close to Nova and encourage her to trust him implicitly, he soon realizes that he's gone beyond duty and done the unthinkable by falling in love.

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5 Hearts! "Karen Wiesner seems to keep getting better and better as this series continues. The subjects are more challenging, the operatives for the Network more sensitive. Rules about relationships within the covert agency were relaxed in Book 7 and the agents seem to be thriving. Ms. Wiesner is extremely sensitive to the plight of sexually abused children in this book. She crafts her story well, building the intimacy between Nova and Dez slowly and patiently as one would have to with the suffering Nova still really hasn't totally recovered from. The author and I seem to be in complete sync. The punishment for the next sex offender Nova deals with is a piece de resistance of ingenuity. Gifted characters and the dating experience of Nova and Dez blended with the suspense of the mission scenario make this a novel I found hard to put down. It pulled me in on the first page and didn't let me go. I'm looking forward to Book 9 with high hopes from what I've seen so far." ~The Romance Studio http://theromancestudio.com/reviews/reviews/hardtohandlewiesner.htm

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Dance in Shadows
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Dance in Shadows, Book 9
by Karen Wiesner
Romantic action/adventure suspense
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5 hearts and nominated for the 5 heart sweetheart Award from The Romance Studio

4 1/2 stars and Romantic Times Top Pick Award from RT Book Reviews

bestseller Whiskey Creek Press TOP TEN BESTSELLER LIST for sales in October 2009

Long-time Head of Network Operations, Angelo Pluzetti, has faced danger in every form, to the most extreme degree. He gives his loyalty without question to the primary mission of the Network and to his family of operatives. He's kept his own heart, emotions and personal needs buried. After countless years, Angelo has never failed and never been captured by an enemy...until he's targeted by R.E.D. and kidnapped. The last thing he expects is the deceptively-frail Network doctor and the mother of his unborn child, Celine Savage, to be the one to save his life and unbury his heart.

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5 Delightful Divas! "My first thought when I read the blurb for DANCE IN SHADOWS was, "Finally!" Finally I get to know Angelo better! Angelo has been an important part of each and every book of the Incognito Series. He has been such a strong secondary character. Not only that, but he was the one person in the upper level management of the Network who realized that the operatives needed to have a human life, complete with emotions and relationships. Well, maybe not the only one who realized it but at least the only one who was willing to wage a silent war to get it. In each book, I only got a small piece of how great Angelo truly is. He does his job well and he's completely loyal to the Network, but he also had compassion for the operatives, and that compassion would peek through in the other books. DANCE IN SHADOWS gave me even more than I had hoped for. I got to meet Angelo, up close and in person, and he was a more satisfying character than I could have imagined. Plus, an operative was finally one step ahead of the Network. I have been somewhat irked in the other books by the fact that the Network is always one step ahead of the operatives, which is to be expected, but they didn't let their operatives in on what was really going on. Master Chess players are what they are. However, Celine finally gets the one-up on them. It was perfect! The relationship between Angelo and Celine was more emotional and drawn out than some of the others in this series, which was fitting for both of these characters. I loved getting an inside look at Angelo and Celine and their relationship. The ending only leaves me with more anticipation for the next book in the series. I see changes and a bright future for the Network operatives, and can't wait to read about it. This is, by far, the best book of the Incognito Series yet!" ~Melissa for Dark Diva Reviews http://ddrreviews.blogspot.com/2009/08/incognito-series-book-9-dance-in.html

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Hypnotized
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Hypnotized, Book 10
by Karen Wiesner
Romantic action/adventure suspense
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bestseller Whiskey Creek Press TOP TEN BESTSELLER LIST for sales in February 2010

Dr. Sherry Mansfield is a talented hypnotist who possesses the ability to use the power of suggestion in an eerie, supernatural way. When she sends the Network a message through a suicide bomber that she wants to escape her abusive husband--the leader of a small terrorist group--they offer her a deal: They'll rescue her from her husband if she'll use her special skill for them in the pursuit of justice. The Network also fears that a rival terrorist faction will target Dr. Mansfield, wanting to use her unusual gift for evil the same way her husband's group does. Network operatives--and former secret lovers--Noah Harlow and Rhiannon Murray must rescue Dr. Mansfield to keep the world at large from falling into jeopardy.

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You Gotta Read (highest rating)! "After being captured, tortured and finally rescued four years ago, Rhiannon Murray decided she wanted more out of life and love than what her team leader Noah Harlow could give. Trying to break clean from her former lover, she requests transfer to another unit in the network. Noah sees to it all her requests are denied. As team leader, he's determined to make sure she's safe, but is there more than lust lying under his cool exterior? Can he truly give Rhiannon his heart? Dr. Sherry Mansfield amazing mental ability is being misused by her husband, the leader of a terrorist cell and coveted by an even more dangerous group, but when she used a young suicide bomber to deliver a plea for help, the Network send Rhiannon and Noah undercover into the heart of danger as married counselors for a troubled teen ranch. How long will they be able to fight their close quarters and their hearts? Having read a few of the Incognito Series by Mrs. Wiesner, I applaud her ability to keep up the suspense all the way through book ten. Noah and Rhiannon's story doesn't disappoint with non stop tension, steamy love scenes and subplots that make you say, "What? No way!" An absolute pleasure to read, I hope HYPNOTIZED won't be the last of this series." ~You Gotta Read Reviews http://yougottareadreviews.blogspot.com/2009/10/review-hypnotized-by-karen-wiesner.html

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Mind Games
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Mind Games, Book 11
by Karen Wiesner
Romantic action/adventure suspense
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After nearly 25 years, psychiatrist Jocelyn Dominica has determined the fate of every operative in the Network. When she's diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, her superiors decide it's time for her to choose a replacement and retire from service. After overhearing them discuss the options for her retirement, the mention of the death of her father more than two decades ago, and a traitor inside the Network or Oversight, Jocelyn realizes she's no longer sure who to trust. Are her superiors trying to save her...or end any possibility of threat she poses?

A fall that could have stolen her life as well as her memories puts her in the hands of a man who tells her he's her husband and he loves her...but may be trying to kill her.

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5 Books and Book of the Week Nominee! “This is about a romance that defies death and betrayal and rises above the intrigue to soar into the stratosphere of pure love despite, or in spite of, the machinations of others. I wasn’t too sure about Jocelyn at first. I’ve heard her name throughout the Incognito Series and I know she can play hardball with the bad guys and win. What I didn’t know about was the damaged woman inside that hid and was in pain. Here is a character whose job it is to get into other people’s heads. To cure them, or to break them—she did it effectively. Ms. Wiesner gets a reader into Jocelyn’s own head and it is not pretty or happy or hopeful. At least, not from her point of view. Add to that the devastating news that she’s given and it’s remarkable she didn’t completely lose it. Jocelyn is an agent, trained with everyone else but never went into field work. Her training comes in handy when she least expects it. Her fortitude is tested along with her sense of self. Everything she has known is challenged and undermined. Who does she believe in? Who can she trust? Can she even trust herself? This book takes a reader deep into the mind of an abused and tormented woman. It shows how strong a woman can be and through each revelation and revealing of each clue, we see a broken woman come back to life. She stands up to be counted as a survivor and this reader totally was committed to watching Jocelyn win. The cost is high but the rewards are as romantic as this reader could wish. Chase is the man from Jocelyn’s past as well as her present. This book takes a reader on a journey where Chase has to face his inner demons if he’s to have any place in Jocelyn’s future. When the book starts, he and I had absolutely no idea just how dangerous, traumatic and shocking his course would be. As each scene unfolded and clues were dropped here and there, a reader gets a peek into this man’s own nightmarish reality. He has genetics against him, and although he has a sense of it, once he is forced to face the truth of it and its ramifications, Chase’s reaction is what every reader could wish. In the meantime, I was treated to flashbacks and memories which helped me understand how he became the man he is and why he needs to become the man he should be. There was never any doubt that Chase loved Jocelyn--but love isn’t always enough. As I’ve come to expect from Ms. Wiesner, this eleventh book in the Incognito Series remains strong in elements of surprise, freshness and excitement. The convoluted, far reaching plot against the heroine and hero was another masterful handling of intricate detail and creative villainy. I thought I had it all figured out; right until the last shots were fired. I just sat there stunned. How cool it was that I had no idea who it was until the author wanted me to. I had an idea but at the last second, she pulled the old switcheroo. And yet, all I felt was a profound sadness because so many lies and deceits hurt two very beautiful people. Does the end justify the means? You bet. That Shannon from Oversight, the big cheese in charge of The Network did her clever Chess Master maneuvering again and darn if she wasn’t right--again. And even if a reader has never read any of the Incognito Series before, this book can stand alone with only Jocelyn and Chase’s story to carry it. It’s strong and well written. MIND GAMES, the 11th in the Incognito Series, continues the premier legacy of writing that Ms. Wiesner has imbued all her books with. This reader enjoyed well developed characters, amazing thought twisting intrigue, absolutely wonderful romance and emotion, and sensual and passionate scenes between Jocelyn and Chase as they reaffirmed their love that refused to die as it survived incredible odds. This story kept me on the edge of my seat and I read it in one sitting. I give this story a definite recommend to all romantic suspense readers because this book represents what this genre is all about. It delivers romance with meaning.” ~Xeranthemum for Long and Short Reviews http://www.longandshortreviews.com

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Dark Approach
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Dark Approach, Book 12
by Karen Wiesner
Romantic action/adventure suspense
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2011 RT Book Reviews Reviewer’s Choice Award Nominee

LASR Best Book Nominee

5 hearts and nominated for the 5 heart sweetheart Award from The Romance Studio

Network operatives and lovers Lucy Carlton and Vic Leventhal have spent years living in shadows, the property of the covert organization they gave their loyalty to in the lofty pursuit of justice for all. Disillusioned, they’re now determined to live their lives on their own terms. When the Network’s arch enemy, a reorganized terrorist group called R.E.D., secretly approach the two about defecting—freedom for information that will disable the Network—the couple must choose between freedom, love and loyalty. In the process, they jeopardize the Network’s anonymity...and its very existence.

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5 Books! “The Incognito Series ends with a hard-hitting, gritty yet cautiously optimistic bent that delivers exactly what readers have come to expect from the talented Ms. Wiesner. I’ve often wondered how the author was going to pull off the final chapter and what astounding dark secret she would explore to a reader’s adventurous satisfaction. How could it be as diabolical as some of the exploits the Network has had to deal with in the past? What other dastardly thing had yet to be explored and conquered? I couldn’t wait to find out. This final story in the Incognito Series, DARK APPROACH, deals with Victor and Lucy. Lucy ends up being more special than anyone ever expected and it is revealed early on during the course of this tale. Shannon McKee, the head of Oversight who usually sticks her head and hand into the situation with brutal manipulation, is missing from this tale but Angelo, second in command, more than makes up for it when he has to play the most important life and death chess game of his career. In fact, even though Angelo has had his own happily ever after in DANCE IN SHADOWS, in my opinion, he is even more heroic in DARK APPROACH. The sacrifices he’s had to make over the long course of his time in the Network, with an end game that might or might not come to fruition, had to have been a severe and burdensome pressure on his heart and mind for that entire duration. In fact this book makes him all the more human because it gives readers an honest and open view of what demons drove Angelo, and it’s a whopper. I will say that…I sort of wanted to shake Lucy a few times [in the beginning] and tell her to snap out of her waffling and whiny attitude. But I stuck with it because I knew the caliber of Ms. Wiesner’s writing and figured she was painstakingly setting a reader up for what was about to happen and I should just let her do it. How right I was. Once Vic and Lucy get mixed up with the remnants of the terrorist organization who has finally found the ultimate weapon to take down the Network from the inside, the insipid waffle turned into a waffle iron and a reader gets hit with it right between the eyes. The action, the drama, suspense and the truly morally and ethically offensive plan against the Network is revealed. As usual, a reader’s emotions are engaged once Vic and Lucy realize just what it was they were seeing inside the terrorist cell. Sure there was horror, but fear, anxiety, anger and hopelessness rear their ugly heads too. Despite it all, the steadfast and burning love that Vic and Lucy have for each other rings true. It’s the internal dialogue that sheds light on it for a reader. With their determination and skills taught to them as operatives, their belief that they could pull off [leaving the Network] never ceased—dimmed maybe, but never truly stopped. They really are a credit to the Network and to each other. The interesting personal dynamics aside, this story does justice to the series. It presented a solid happily ever after for Vic and Lucy, which I enjoyed, and delivered a promise for a hopefully ever after for network operatives in the future. DARK APPROACH also touched base upon the very real possibility of the moral dilemmas scientists face today [with human cloning]. Yes we might have the technology but does that mean they should do a thing just because they can? The book reveals a very plausible reason why there is and should be a line in the sand. Sometimes the ends do not justify the means, and the author had Angelo face that very fact. Yes, they can make hard and difficult decisions but some things really are taboo and there’s a darn good reason why that is so. I happen to agree with Angelo and Celine, the doctor whose research it was, and in a roundabout way, the author too. The conflict, plot and delivery were well thought out and executed, and the drama once again kept me on the edge of my seat. DARK APPROACH is the end of a series that never became complacent, stale or predictable. The only thing I could count on was the hero and heroine would somehow some way, despite and in spite of all the risks and dangers, find the loopholes to love and flourish. This story delivers on that promise as well. The difference this time is that Vic and Lucy weren’t alone in wanting their happily ever after. They had some powerful help and it was bittersweet. Another good thing about this book is that it really can stand alone. I’ve followed this series from book one and found it to be a consistent element--all these books can be read alones because Ms. Wiesner focused on the hero and heroine but always provided just enough background to make it all fit without it ever coming close to an info-dump. Sure, it helped to have read the other books because a reader catches the deeper undercurrents--you know, to find out why it was easy to hate some characters and then be astounded when a reader found she couldn’t dislike them anymore because she got to know them as people and understood what made them tick. The Incognito Series was a wild and intense ride all the way through with some powerfully awesome and stellar writing to make it all come together in a memorable fashion. Thank you, Ms. Wiesner, for a truly riveting and entertaining reading experience. It was the best.” ~Xeranthemum for Long And Short Reviews http://longandshortreviews.blogspot.com

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Books 1-6 in the Incognito Series
Shadow Missions (Incognito Series spin-off novella miniseries)

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