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Friendship Heirlooms Series

Return to the quaint little town of Peaceful, Wisconsin, from Karen Wiesner’s award-winning Family Heirlooms Series,
where you first met and fell in love with these colorful, lovable friends. Now you can read the stories of those secondary characters in an all-new spin-off series.
Nuggets of faith can be passed down as heirlooms from friend to friend, heart to heart, soul-mate to soul-mate.

Peaceful, WI

Clumsy
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CLUMSY GIRL’S GUIDE TO FALLING IN LOVE
Book 1 of the Friendship Heirlooms Series
by Karen Wiesner
Inspirational Romantic Comedy/Chick-lit
ISBN 978-1-61160-274-6 (electronic)
978-1-105-20122-6 (trade paperback)
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Book One Friendship Heirloom: Persistence

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Zoë Rossdale is the clumsy girl who always has her elbows, feet, eyes, and brass-red hair going in the wrong directions. She floats around in her own world, comfortable there alone, only to be jarred back into the real one when her obliviousness gets her in trouble again. After a lifetime of being evaluated critically—first by her own father, and then by everyone around her—and found wanting, she’s trying to change…for her own good. She’s reaffirmed her commitment to Christ and vowed not to do any of the stupid, possibly illegal, things she’d done for years on the pitiful excuse of surviving. After nearly being fired from the only job she could get to keep her from starving and living on the streets, she’s going to school once more and trying to do better for her über-patient boss. And she’s allowed her best friends to talk her into getting contacts, some new clothes, and a more flattering hairstyle. They tell her she looks beautiful, but she feels more like a dodo bird than ever before—until she literally runs into the only man she’s ever gone loopy over.

Curt Bertoletti has spent years trying to forget the seriously messed-up Zoë and her embarrassing ways. The only person who’d ever approved of the ditzy klutz was his mother, and his mother has become relentless in her cause to get him married and settled down. Surely that’s what conjured the appearance of Zoë... Zoë, who looks so little like the girl he remembers. Even as he vows that he won’t stray again—out of weakness or whatever it was that had him stone-gone over her before—he can’t help remembering how well he and Zoë fit together. They’d truly been two abnormal peas in an even stranger pod. But no other woman had ever gotten that misty look in her eyes when she looked at him, or kissed him like she’d forgotten anyone or anything else existed. No other woman made him so happy, so mad, so sad, and so content. Though he’s walking stronger in the Lord than he ever has before and he finally knows what he wants in life, he’s convinced Zoë Rossdale is not it—matchmaking mother or no matchmaking mother. So why can’t he forget her and be done with it?

For better or worse, Zoë will always be Zoë—the clumsy girl with her dress tucked into her pantyhose, toilet paper stuck to her shoe and trailing in her wake, the girl whose idea of falling in love is to stand at the edge of the precipice, throw out her arms and confidently jump into a free-fall. If Zoë will always be Zoë, the only question left is, can they both live with that fact? Forever?

Zoë Rossdale was a secondary character in GLASS ANGELS, Book 4 of the Family Heirlooms Series.

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5 Stars! “Zoe Rossdale is a character who has a lot of trust issues, especially where men are concerned. She considers herself to be unlovable and a little on the ugly side, which she is not. Her problems with men stems from her father and her ex-boyfriend Curt, who had the audacity to dump her over the phone, for a buxom flake who only knows how to get people to do what she wants them to do. Curt, on the other hand, realized the wrong he committed and has been trying ever since to right the wrong he’d done, doing whatever it takes to win her back. Zoe slowly forgives him and they come up with a marriage pact where they’ll abstain from marital relations until he can prove himself, though Zoe has her doubts that it’ll even work and he’s determined it will and he won’t be the one to crack first. It was a really good and worthwhile book to read and you could relate to Zoe and Curt. The secondary characters that supported Zoe and Curt were terrific and you did dislike the nemesis who was the cause of Zoe’s and Curt’s breakup and she probably understood the message she received from Zoe a lot better than the message she received from Curt in the past. Fast, fun, and definitely an enjoyable read. Highly recommended.” ~BTS eMag http://btsemag.com/

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Michael's Angel
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MICHAEL’S ANGEL
Book 2 of the Friendship Heirlooms Series
by Karen Wiesner
Inspirational Romantic Suspense
ISBN 978-1-61160-278-4 (electronic)
978-1-300-02888-8 (trade paperback)
Available now in electronic formats from Whiskey Creek Press
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Book Two Friendship Heirloom: Courage

As the unwanted son of a mother who killed herself to escape a life she couldn’t bear another second and then being passed around from one foster family to the next, each less sympathetic than the one before, Michael Fremont has had it drilled into him from birth that he’s not worth anything…certainly not worth saving. Then he met the angel next door. LeeAnn Wagner was as small and fragile as a china doll, the unfortunate offspring of a couple more volatile than gasoline and a lit match.

Together, Michael and LeeAnn escaped the horrors of their childhoods and gave their lives to the Lord. But Michael had realized that his love and needs for LeeAnn were only growing beyond his control. Feeling like a coward, he did the only thing he could to save her from his possibly unwanted desires: he joined the military. There he’d made close friends in Christ and unburied the very discipline and willpower he’d struggled to grasp while he was with LeeAnn every minute of every day.

Never once during their years apart does Michael forget his angel…or forgive himself for leaving her just when she seemed to need him most. The last thing he expects upon honorable discharge is to find that the frail creature he’d reluctantly left behind for what’s felt like a lifetime has discovered her own considerable strengths, abilities, and deep, inner happiness. Can she forgive him? Can she ever get over the scars of her past to see him as the man of her heart? One worthy of an angel?

LeeAnn has loved Michael since the moment his gentle eyes met hers. When he left, she thought she’d never survive. But she’d realized soon afterward that she needed the separation as well--to become the fearless, godly woman he needs, now more than ever; to become what he’s been to her right from the start: a healer and guide, a light in the darkness, a friend who would never abandon or destroy. And maybe now that she and Michael are whole, not hiding from the world, barely able to imagine surviving together or apart, they can become lovers…

But LeeAnn isn’t sure how to fully overcome a past that refuses to remain in her darkest nightmares. Even as she and Michael’s most fervent, uncertain dreams are coming true, the harbinger of her childhood is waiting in the shadows, murderously intent on taking away everything she’s ever wanted.

LeeAnn Wagner and Michael Fremont were secondary characters in GLASS ANGELS and SHARDS OF ASHLEY, Books 4 and 5 of the Family Heirlooms Series.

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4 1/2 Stars! “MICHAEL’S ANGEL is Book 2 of the Friendship Heirlooms Series. Both Michael and LeeAnn have had very hard lives and although they both went their separate ways have found their way back to each other once again. Despite their personal demons neither can deny that they both need to be in each other’s lives. Karen Wiesner again has reached into the troubled lives of her characters and brought hope, love and God into their lives. A fantastic read. I anticipate reading more of this series in the very near future!” ~BTS eMag http://btsemag.com/

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Forever and All That Jazz
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FOREVER AND ALL THAT JAZZ
Book 3 of the Friendship Heirlooms Series
by Karen Wiesner
Inspirational Romance
ISBN 978-1-61160-283-8 (electronic); 978-1-304-49146-6 (trade paperback)
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Book Three Friendship Heirloom: Hope

Newlyweds Jasmine Pepowski and Wesley Horace’s relationship climbs a rocky ledge when she finds out that her sickly father can no longer live alone without assistance. Jazz can’t imagine putting her beloved father in a nursing home, but Wesley isn’t crazy about living with the old man. He’s barely coping with the extreme changes marriage has wrought. He’d been a bachelor for most of his adult life and he’d never realized being married would mean not being able to make his own decisions—compromising his personal desires for his wife’s at every turn, relegating all his free time to “couple” activities, not to mention giving up his home office/game room for a father-in-law who doesn’t trust him not to hurt his little girl at the first available opportunity.

With her father’s health in jeopardy, he discloses a shocking truth: Her mother is alive and well, a Jazz singer who made a conscious choice to walk away from her family to return to her career. Even as her father and Wesley advise her to leave the past in the past, Jazz has to know if her mother has regrets about her choices before she drops yet another life-changing anvil on her husband’s already aching head.

Jasmine “Jazz” Pepowski and Pastor Wesley Horace were secondary characters in SHARDS OF ASHLEY, Book 5 of the Family Heirlooms Series.

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5 Stars! “The third fabulous Friendship Heirlooms inspirational family drama is a wonderful tale as several vulnerable people cope with major changes in their lives. Even though the fascinating storyline has more of a taste of Jasmine, the pastor's internal doubts (re: his wife, his distrusting live-in father-in-law and his demanding flock dominating all his time) make for an excellent read; as a man of God still is a man.” ~Harriet Klausner

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First Comes Love
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FIRST COMES LOVE
Book 4 of the Friendship Heirlooms Series
by Karen Wiesner
Inspirational Romance
ISBN 978-1-61160-286-9 (electronic); 978-1-304-89819-7 (trade paperback)
Coming July 2014 in electronic formats from
Whiskey Creek Press
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Book Four Friendship Heirloom: Responsibility

At the age of fifteen, Chad Feldmann and Winnie McBride made an impulsive choice that led to pregnancy. Now, years later, they have a precious little girl, they’ve both graduated high school, and they’re married. But all is not well in paradise. As much as Winnie loves her daughter, she can’t forget the life she’d expected to be living. Her dreams were pushed aside ruthlessly, kicked in the dirt and all but buried with pregnancy and motherhood. While they were both caring for their daughter and trying to finish high school before they got married, she and Chad lived platonically and it’d seemed to her that they were both struggling and making sacrifices to move forward wisely with their lives. Once they’re married, she discovers that Chad has used the college fund his father set aside for him to pursue the dreams he’d always imagined for his life. She’s working two jobs and taking care of their child. She can’t see that he’s doing his part, sacrificing for their life together, anymore. The less he’s there for them, the more her resentment grows.

Chad blames himself for the reckless choice made when he and Winnie were kids. He believes he should have protected the girl he loved—even if it meant protecting her from him, until they were both ready for forever. All he wants now is to build a life with Winnie, but he doesn’t know how to do that without unintentionally taking away her dreams. In some ways, he expected to lose her from the moment they discovered she was pregnant, and that expectation hasn’t lessened at all in the years since. He knows Winnie isn’t happy, knows she’s pulling further and further from him, and he can’t figure out how to stop the inevitable. They’ve done everything backwards— the baby carriage, then marriage—and somehow he has to remind her that, regardless of all the wrongs committed, one thing has been true for him for as long as he can remember: First came love.

Chad Feldmann and Winnie McBride were secondary characters in GLASS ANGELS, Book 4 of the Family Heirlooms Series.

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Status of this book: Complete and submitted; awaiting editor revisions.

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Perfect Reflection
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PERFECT REFLECTION
Book 5 of the Friendship Heirlooms Series
by Karen Wiesner
Inspirational Romance
ISBN coming soon (electronic); coming soon (trade paperback)
Coming December 2014 in electronic formats from
Whiskey Creek Press
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Book Five Friendship Heirloom: Perception

Elaina Houston has had it drilled into her from birth that she has to look picture-perfect, act, speak and perform perfectly. When she couldn’t live up to the impossible expectations of her parents, she threw herself away—and paid a horrible price for her destructive surrender. But she has a second chance to turn her life around, and she won’t ever let another person decide who and what she needs to be. Even as she colors outside the lines, her internal conflicts prevent her from experiencing peace over the slightest failure. In part, that’s why Ethan Lynwood, her co-worker, best friend and all-around handyman, is so good for her. Ethan expects nothing from her and he seems to accept her just the way she is, even when she’s a mess…even when she’s a mess…maybe especially when she is.

Ethan’s spent his lifetime making stupid mistakes—because he’d believed his own wisdom was infallible. He found out the hard way that God is in control and we all need humility, humanity, and a helping hand. And sometimes the most accurate reflection comes from accepting that we’re not perfect but we’re loved unconditionally anyway.

Elaina Houston and Ethan Lynwood were secondary characters in SHARDS OF ASHLEY, Book 5 of the Family Heirlooms Series.

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Status of this book: Outline and first draft complete; planning to revise and polish Summer 2014.

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Clumsy Girl’s Guide to Having a Baby
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CLUMSY GIRL’S GUIDE TO HAVING A BABY
Book 6 of the Friendship Heirlooms Series
by Karen Wiesner
Inspirational Contemporary Romance/Chick-lit
ISBN coming soon (electronic); (coming soon) trade paperback
Coming April 2015 in electronic formats from
Whiskey Creek Press
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Book Six Friendship Heirloom: Maturity

Clumsy girl Zoë Rossdale is back, married to the love of her life, Curt Bertoletti, and setting off on another crazy adventure—maybe the most fun and dangerous of all. Having a baby!

Zoë Rossdale was a secondary character in GLASS ANGELS, Book 4 of the Family Heirlooms Series. Newlyweds Zoë and Curt from CLUMSY GIRL’S GUIDE TO FALLING IN LOVE.

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Status of this book: Planning to outline in Summer 2014, write in September 2014, revise polish in Late 2014.

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All Good Things
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ALL GOOD THINGS
Book 7 of the Friendship Heirlooms Series
by Karen Wiesner
Inspirational Romance
ISBN (electronic); coming soon (trade paperback)
Coming August 2015 in electronic formats from
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Book Seven Friendship Heirloom: Strength

All good things must come to an end, but bad things continue forever?

Vashti Samuels, Rozlyn Gosnik, and Justice Adams grew up together as the children of lawyers at Adams, Samuels & Gosnik General Practice Law Firm in Peaceful, Wisconsin. The three were best friends all their lives with Roz and Justice pairing off as a couple while teenagers. Together, the three of them traveled the globe and went on all the adventures a restless, reckless tomboy like Vashti could desire. Never once did she consider Justice might have unrequited, unresolved feelings for her. Never once did she realize Roz felt only jealousy and animosity for her. The truth came out when Vashti and Justice changed their minds about continuing with their three-musketeer plans to become psychiatrists. Instead, the two transferred to law school. Abruptly, Roz made her true feelings known. Their friendship fractured, and Vashti had no idea how to make things right. Though she’s harbored a silent attraction to Justice, she’d done nothing to act on it despite accusations to the contrary. In truth, she’d never had much use for romantic relationships. When she was lonely, she had all the friends—male or female—she could ask for. The few times she’d felt more for the men in her life hadn’t worked out and, truthfully, she hadn’t wanted them to. She’s content to let the Lord call all the shots in her life and to be free from restrictive entanglements.

When Justice ends up in the hospital after a near-fatal accident, he makes it clear Vashti is the last person he wants to hold his hand during his convalescence. Roz is always a consideration for him, despite their latest, messy break-up, but, despite how intimidated he’d always been by the über-independent, self-confident knockout, Vashti is the fantasy he’s longed for as long as he can remember. He knows he’ll never be more to her than a

Vashti Samuels was a secondary character in SHADOW BOXING, Book 2 of the Family Heirlooms Series.

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Status of this book: Planning to outline August 2014; write in November 2014, revise and polish in December 2014.

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Clumsy Girl’s Guide to Having It All
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CLUMSY GIRL’S GUIDE TO HAVING IT ALL
Book 8 of the Friendship Heirlooms Series
by Karen Wiesner
Inspirational Contemporary Romance/Chick-lit
ISBN coming soon (electronic); (coming soon) trade paperback
Coming November 2015 in electronic formats from
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Book Eight Friendship Heirloom: Humility

Clumsy girl Zoë Rossdale is back, married to the love of her life, Curt Bertoletti, and enjoying motherhood. She has everything she ever wanted. But is it too good to be true?

Zoë Rossdale was a secondary character in GLASS ANGELS, Book 4 of the Family Heirlooms Series. Newlyweds Zoë and Curt from CLUMSY GIRL’S GUIDE TO FALLING IN LOVE, and expectant parents from CLUMSY GIRL’S GUIDE TO HAVING A BABY.

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Status of this book: Planning to outline in January 2015, write in April 2015, revise and polish in Summer 2015.

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