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DEGREES OF SEPARATION, Book 1 of the Falcon's Bend Series
TEARS ON STONE, Book 2 of the Falcon's Bend Series
FALCON'S BEND CASE FILES, Volume I (The Early Cases)
THE FIFTEENTH LETTER, Book 3 of the Falcon's Bend Series
ROMANTIC NOTIONS, Book 4 of the Falcon's Bend Series
FALCON'S BEND CASE FILES, Volume II
AS PATIENT AS DEATH, Book 5 of the Falcon's Bend Series
PRETTY FLY, Book 6 of the Falcon's Bend Series
FALCON'S BEND CASE FILES, Volume III
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Falcon’s Bend WI
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Falcon’s Bend Series

Falcon's Bend is a small, sleepy town in Wisconsin that owns more taverns than churches, but fills both on the appropriate days. Teenagers talk of escape from the one-horse town because nothing ever seems to happen. But, even here in the Heartland, police investigators Pete Shasta, Danny Vincent and Amber Carfi fight a never-ending battle to keep their beloved families and hometown safe and sound.

DEGREES OF SEPARATION
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DEGREES OF SEPARATION
Book 1 of the Falcon’s Bend Series
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by Karen Wiesner and Chris Spindler
Mystery/Police Procedural
ISBN 978-1-922066-12-1 (electronic): 978-1-922066-70-1 (trade paperback)
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5 heart sweetheart Award nominee from The Romance Studio

Who is killing the midnight ladies?

Falcon's Bend is a small, sleepy town in Wisconsin that owns more taverns than churches, but fills both on the appropriate days. Teenagers talk of escape from a one-horse town like Falcon's Bend because nothing ever seems to happen...until one fateful night when a dancer from the town's scandalous strip joint is found strangled. It soon becomes clear to Investigators Pete Shasta and Danny Vincent that the close-knit "family" at the nightclub is a bizarre breeding-ground for unbalanced feelings and obsessions. Pete and Danny race to peel away layers of bitterness before another girl falls victim to the dance of death.

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5 beacons! "DEGREES OF SEPARATION is a masterpiece with twists and turns and a suspenseful touch of erotic pleasure, and romance with just the right blending of intriguing characters to make this story excellent beyond words. It is so compelling that it sticks with you like glue even days later. Pete and Vincent dive into a whodunit with a good solid plot and so much fascination that not only will the story have the detectives guessing this incredible mystery; the readers will be equally amazed and surprised! A great colorful cast of characters that interweave to create a well-crafted brilliant story. Woohoo to Pete and Danny, a handsome duo that I hope have many more crime-solving capers under their belt. I loved the way the authors gave them a life as Pete had thoughts of what his wife would think with his long hours of duty. The two authors have thought of everything to keep the reader hypnotized. I absolutely love their style of writing. You could almost visualize Danny and Vincent as they asked questions and jotted down notes. Authors Karen and Chris have devised an exciting story that has a consistent smooth flow with the dialogue and scenes. They have penned a book that keeps you glued to your seat. It is sensual and full of great creativity and that is why I give this book a 5 rating. Their writing is impeccable and extraordinary and this book truly delivers and excels!! Keep writing because you both are truly talented beyond words." ~Lighthouse Reviews http://www.lighthouseliteraryreviews.com/January2006Reviews.html

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TEARS ON STONE
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TEARS ON STONE
Book 2 of the Falcon’s Bend Series
Newly Revised and Reissued!
by Karen Wiesner and Chris Spindler
Mystery/Police Procedural
ISBN 978-1-922066-20-6 (electronic); 978-1-922066-71-8 (trade paperback)
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5 heart sweetheart Award nominee from The Romance Studio

Is murder ever justifiable?

Falcon's Bend Police Department Investigator Pete Shasta's brother Jordan is recently divorced and intent on putting his life back together for himself and his daughter. Jordan discovers that people have moved into the house next door to him and one of them is MaryEmma Gold, who'd lived in the house he now owns when he was a boy. Jordan soon finds that his shy "Marigold" has become an even more withdrawn woman. MaryEmma's sister Shelley sleeps all day and parties all night. Seeing bruises all over MaryEmma's arms, Jordan asks his brother to check into her past. Pete and his partner Danny Vincent discover that Shelley's husband died in a fire only a week before they came to Falcon's Bend. The women left their jobs and lives behind abruptly. Meanwhile, Shelley's new boyfriend is found near the dam, bludgeoned to death. As they uncover murder in the form of a conspiracy, Pete and Danny can't help noticing that Shelley Wilson leaves a trail of dead men behind her wherever she goes...and Jordan may be next.

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5 beacons! "In book two of the Falcon's Bend Series, TEARS ON STONE, the reader is once more enthralled in a web of intrigue that is mesmerizing... Falcon's Bend is one small town that instills a certain quietness about it, yet really paints some wild sheering excitement. The emotion is tight and well written... Pete and Danny indeed have their days filled with trouble with this psychological chiller that once again has the reader on the edge of their seat. When Jordan was talking to MaryEmma and held onto her, I could feel the intensity and almost see all the painful expressions layered on their faces. Ms. Wiesner and Ms. Spindler have generated a most thrilling novel that has the reader wishing to ride shotgun with Pete and Danny. With more entertaining characters, these two talented authors have penned a well-developed plot and captivating story that is a winner. Ms. Wiesner and Ms. Spindler are so brilliantly ingenious that they have again created another masterpiece. This book is definitely a top-notch winner and that is why I rate it a 5." ~Lighthouse Reviews http://www.lighthouseliteraryreviews.com/January2006Reviews.html

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FALCON’S BEND CASE FILES, Volume I
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FALCON’S BEND CASE FILES, Volume I
(The Early Cases)
Newly Revised and Reissued!
by Karen Wiesner and Chris Spindler
Mystery/Police Procedural Novella Collection
978-1-922066-25-1 (electronic); 978-1-922066-69-5 (trade paperback)
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EPPIE 2007 Finalist FALCON'S BEND CASE FILES, Volume I was an EPPIE Award 2007 Finalist

5 heart sweetheart Award nominee from The Romance Studio!

Preditors & Editors Reader's Poll Winner (#26 in the 2006 Preditors & Editors mainstream category)

Bugs: A partially digested body is found in the oxidation ditch at the Falcon's Bend Wastewater Treatment Plant. Was it an accident...or is new Falcon's Bend Investigator Pete Shasta facing his first murder?

Ledit Contest Finalist Logo Fixated: Someone has been following new Falcon's Bend citizen Risa Nitzberg for the past few weeks. Victor Brooks, her neighbor from across the street who's become fixated with Risa from afar, steps in when Risa's creepy stalker decides to get up close and personal.

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Broken Wings: Just two months ago, a runaway daughter Keith Pierce never knew he had landed on his doorstep. Seventeen years earlier, Keith Pierce had a brief, intense affair with a woman on the lam. When Keith returns to Kat's hometown of Falcon's Bend to find his daughter's mother, he discovers that Kat disappeared shortly after giving birth to Quinn. Investigator Pete Shasta solves a decade and a half old missing-person case that's about to turn into murder.

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Obsessions: A newborn baby is stolen from Falcon’s Bend Community Hospital's maternity ward...and Lt. Pete Shasta’s only lead is to the Liace Adoption Agency, which set up the open adoption of the unmarried mother’s baby. Case Representative Lisa Mercer is as suspicious and defensive as she is beautiful. Pete finds himself breaking the cardinal rule of investigation—never get emotionally involved with anyone even remotely associated with a case. With a kidnapper who seems to believe there’s nothing left to lose and potentially everything to gain, and his own uncontrollable feelings for Lisa, Pete’s about to learn just how dangerous obsessions can be.

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Blind Revenge: For the first three years of her life, Lindsay Bronwyn had nightmares about a witch who wanted her eyes. Nineteen years later, those nightmares have come true when she's found murdered on her kitchen floor, her eye sockets empty. Falcon's Bend Investigator Danny Vincent faces the supernatural to get at a chilling flesh and blood truth.

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5 beacons! "Bugs: After reading about the aerators cutting the victim to ribbons, it was like the tiny hairs on the back of my neck stood at attention. Broken Wings: The ending in this story is so twisted, I had to do a double take on it...wow! Intense. Obsessions: This story will have your adrenaline racing as Pete scurries through every obstacle in his path. Blind Revenge: This story had me tossing in the covers and at times still feeling for my eyes. Fixated: Okay, for sure, anyone in a chat room even briefly should be extra careful. Murder is usually the start of the investigation for Pete Shasta and Danny Vincent but not without a bit of desire, retribution, betrayal, and atonement. In this anthology there are five stories that will quench the thirstiest mystery readers. The whole series surrounding Detectives Pete and Danny are fascinating; not to mention fast-paced and loaded in emotion that will have you spellbound. Karen Wiesner and Chris Spindler are such great collaborators. They take a story and turn it into a piece of art. Their suspense chillers are so cleverly dazzling that it leaves the reader eagerly anticipating the next installment. Their writing is so driven that it leaves the reader with the story still refreshed in their mind days later. This is a collection of stories that readers should not miss. The plots are so well developed with enormous twists and turns that leaves the reader rapidly turning pages to the end. A good mystery always leaves the reader delighted but an even greater mystery full of bone-chilling suspense leaves the reader completely satisfied. Once you read one of Ms. Wiesner and Ms. Spindler's books, you just can't stop! Five mystery suspense tales that leave you breathless until the crime is solved. I really enjoy their style of writing. If I could I would give this anthology a ten, it is so incredible!" ~Linda for Lighthouse Reviews http://www.lighthouseliteraryreviews.com/January2006Reviews.html

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THE FIFTEENTH LETTER
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THE FIFTEENTH LETTER
Book 3 of the Falcon’s Bend Series
Newly Revised and Reissued!
by Karen Wiesner and Chris Spindler
Mystery/Police Procedural
ISBN 978-1-922066-57-2 (electronic); 978-1-922066-72-5 (trade paperback)
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5 heart sweetheart Award winner from The Romance Studio

Sins of the father...

For the past fifteen years, on the anniversary of his arrest for armed robbery, Zeke Carfi has received a threatening letter signed by the wife of his deceased partner in crime. Zeke's daughter Amber, Falcon's Bend Police Department's newest patrol officer, has spent fifteen years holding onto a secret that could further condemn the father she'd worshiped as a child. When Zeke is released on parole, Amber finds herself questioning everything she's ever believed. Is Zeke the good man she once knew? How could the father who'd made her the center of his world for the first seven years of her life be a criminal? Is it possible to turn from a life a crime, or is it true that once a criminal always a criminal? Their reconciliation is cut short when Amber discovers the fifteenth letter...and the key to a fifteen-year mystery that could lead to murder.

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5 Pixies! "The FIFTEENTH LETTER evoked, for me, Dell Shannon's Luis Mendoza and McBain's 87th Precinct. This is small town USA, however, not the big city. This doesn't mean the crimes are small though. I didn't read the first two books in this series and that's often a handicap. As a general rule, I like to start with the first one. The authors of THE FIFTEENTH LETTER did such an exceptional job of bringing me up to date on the relationships without it feeling like that's what they were doing. I in no way felt that I was missing something, as so often happens when you read a series out of order. The camaraderie between the characters flows easily. They really care about each other and it shows. Amber isn't made to feel like a token, being the only woman officer. Then again, she was the only female player on the football team. That's where she met her partner, Jensen. I really enjoy her. She's not real girlie but deep down she's feminine. She has a soft side; she just doesn't know how to show it. I especially like the evolution of her relationship with Jensen. It all rings true. I appreciate the characters interactions, not only at work but in their personal lives as well. The mystery/crime is excellent. The past does come back to haunt you and karma is brutal, especially when it comes in the form of Kiah Roberts and Roman Salim. That people like that really exist is scary enough, but when they get together it's truly frightening. Toward the end of the book, I found myself leaning into my screen and so tense my neck hurt. That's how intense the action got. If you're a fan of Shannon, McBain or just excellently executed procedurals, I highly recommend THE FIFTEENTH LETTER. I know I'll be reading the prior books and the fourth installment." ~Ivy for Dark Angel Reviews https://www.darkangelreviews.com/The_Fifteenth_Letter.html

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ROMANTIC NOTIONS
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ROMANTIC NOTIONS
Book 4 of the Falcon’s Bend Series
Newly Revised and Reissued!
by Karen Wiesner and Chris Spindler
Mystery/Police Procedural Howdunnit
ISBN 978-1-922066-94-7 (electronic); 978-1-922066-95-4 (trade paperback)
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5 heart sweetheart Award winner from The Romance Studio

Love--and murder--is in the air.

Falcon's Bend Police Department Patrol Officers Amber Carfi and Warren Jensen are partners on the job, and lovers off-duty. The relationship is so new and fragile, neither of them are willing to come out in the open with it. But sometimes love can't be hidden any more than secrets can be kept... The nude body of a young woman is discovered in her bed, shot through the heart. Lying between her breasts is a single red rose with an exquisite wedding band. Also at the scene of the crime is a chilling quote: "What is done out of love always takes place beyond good and evil." In order to find the killer, Lieutenants Pete Shasta and Danny Vincent decide to put Amber undercover. Amber's assignment goes from dull to deadly when she discovers a murderer harboring romantic notions...

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5 Stars! "A terrific blend of romance, mystery, and homicide police work. As with each book in this series, you do not have to read any of the other books to fully enjoy and understand the story. Yet those who read the series in order will feel as though they know the characters on a personal level. Putting together a homicide investigation and yet making sure readers feel as though they are part of the small town (in this case, Falcon's Bend) is not an easy thing to do. It is even harder when there is more than one author working on the story. These two authors make it seem easy. The story flows smoothly and I could not tell that there were two different people, two different personalities, shaping the plot. Totally exquisite." ~Detra Fitch for Huntress Reviews http://www.huntressreviews.com

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FALCON’S BEND CASE FILES, Volume II
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FALCON’S BEND CASE FILES, Volume II
Newly Revised and Reissued!
by Karen Wiesner and Chris Spindler
Mystery/Police Procedural Novella Collection
ISBN 978-1-922066-89-3 (electronic); 978-1-922066-99-2 (trade paperback)
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Murder on the Heartstrings: Lieutenant Pete Shasta takes his lovely wife Lisa on a romantic vacation, promising her no mysteries, no crime, and certainly no murder. But, not long after arriving in the middle of a blizzard that has shut down the entire town below the luxurious inn, a body is found stuffed into a janitor's closet. Lisa's only resort is to join her husband in sleuthing so she can get back to her Valentine's Day agenda.

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Flashback: In the midst of planning for the birth of his first child, Lieutenant Danny Vincent is called away because a person missing for seven months has suddenly, and suspiciously, dropped back from out of nowhere. Lucinda Staub was thought to be dead. Now that she's returned, her husband Ryan wants nothing to do with her--even seems afraid of her--insisting she'd bested Old Scratch himself down in the swamp. Lucinda claims to have lost her memory...so how did she know how to get home? And why is she back now?

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Double Take: Victor Brooks, celebrated artist and owner of The Brooks Gallery in Falcon's Bend, contacts local police about a missing painting. The very next day, two more pieces of art are stolen. Patrol Officers Amber Carfi and Warren Jensen stake out the gallery, hoping to catch an insatiable thief.

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Retribution: The subdivision FBPD investigators Pete Shasta and Danny Vincent live in becomes home to a very hot young mama...and their wives Lisa and Melody aren't too happy about all the men in the neighborhood moonlighting as Peeping Toms. But it isn't until the beautiful young woman disappears, leaving her two young children alone, that Lisa realizes crime is firmly afoot.

Up In Smoke: Lieutenant Pete Shasta is struggling to find the perfect Christmas gift for his perfect wife. His agonizing is interrupted when FBPD Dispatch receives a call from the neighbor of a local Christmas tree farm--which has just burned to the ground. Owner Mitchell Ferrara is officially out of business for the holiday season. But was the fire an accident...or the means to cover up evidence of a crime?

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Ghost of the Past: After an exhausting day, patrol officer Amber Carfi is looking forward to dinner and going home to the love of her life, Warren Jensen, who's been acting strange and secretive lately. When she stops at a local restaurant for take-out, she's surprised when a woman at the counter pushes a note written on a napkin over to her. The hastily scrawled correspondence says that someone has been following her all day and he’s now in the restaurant. Sixteen years earlier, Ericka Callister gave birth to a baby she didn't want. Young and scared, she wrapped the baby in a pillowcase, then threw him into a dumpster before fleeing. She's about to discover the hard way that mistakes have a way of haunting the guilty no matter how far they run and no matter where they hide.

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5 Hearts! "In another wonderful book from Mss. Wiesner and Spindler the officers of my favorite police force work to solve some bizarre crimes while giving us a look into their personal lives at the same time. One of the best things about the Case Files is that the authors are able to delve into so many different types of crimes. Each challenges the officers to step away from their needs as people to focus on the happenings that confront them on the job. They step up to the tasks, sometimes sadly but always professionally. These men and women could police my town any day. They're the type of characters we wish lived in our neighborhood. This is another exceptional example of the collaborative efforts of the two authors. Murder on the Heartstrings has Detective Pete Shasta trying to get away from murder and mayhem to celebrate his wife Lisa's birthday. Seems crime follows the cop everywhere as the hotel masseur is killed the first day of their vacation. Flashback gives us Detective Danny Vincent trying to solve a bizarre case where a woman apparently became the mate of the devil for seven months then returns to go on a killing spree. Double Take pits officers Amber Carfi and Warren Jensen against an art thief. Mix in a little marijuana selling, the possibility that Amber is pregnant and Voila! another great suspense. Retribution sometimes happens in strange ways. Melody Vincent and Lisa Shasta are getting a little tired of the femme fatale enticing all the men in the neighborhood. Lisa stumbles into a crime that threatens her life. Up In Smoke tells the tale of the poor Christmas tree farm owner with the nagging wife. In Ghost of the Past, sixteen year old Ericka Callister has everything until she gets pregnant and makes a life altering decision. Life goes on in Falcon's Bend amidst tragedy the officers see in their work. All this reviewer can wish is the authors don't run out of ideas for unique villains! This book, like all the others in the series, is superbly crafted, full of action and great police work." ~Dee Dailey for The Romance Studio http://theromancestudio.com/reviews/reviews/falconsbend2wiesnerspindle.htm

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AS PATIENT AS DEATH
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AS PATIENT AS DEATH
Book 5 of the Falcon’s Bend Series
by Karen Wiesner and Chris Spindler
Mystery/Police Procedural
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Until death do us part…

Lisa and Falcon’s Bend Police Department Detective Pete Shasta are enjoying roles as Mommy and Daddy to their adopted baby boy. Despite the radical adjustment, they’ve never been happier or more fulfilled as individuals and as a couple. Seeing the contrast of her own marriage and that of her neighbor’s, Lisa can’t help sticking her nose in where it doesn’t belong—and not for the first time…

Sweet, ever-hopeful Eva has suffered the ravages of cancer for most of her life. Just after she was diagnosed with recurrent cancer, she met Jerome Boca and he’d swept her off her feet in a whirlwind romance with a fairytale wedding to follow. A little more than a year ago, the newlyweds moved into the subdivision Lisa and Pete reside in Falcon’s Bend. Eva believes in being a submissive wife to her husband and Jerome is Mr. Charming—to the point that Lisa doesn’t trust him one little bit, especially when Eva opens up to her and admits he’s not everything they’ve both portrayed him to be. Lisa knows there’s something criminal going on, but Pete refuses to get involved in private domestic matters. In her own sleuthing, Lisa discovers that, not only has Jerome taken out an immense life insurance policy on his dying wife, but he’s been married twice before…in both cases, to terminally ill women. But that’s only the beginning of Lisa’s fears. Unexpectedly, Eva gets the good news that she’s in remission. Will a man who’s been as patient as death with his wife’s suffering become a killer when the goal he’d been waiting to be realized is thwarted?

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Pretty Fly
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PRETTY FLY
Book 6 of the Falcon’s Bend Series
by Karen Wiesner and Chris Spindler
Mystery/Police Procedural/Romantic Suspense
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Will you walk in, pretty fly…and will you walk out once you’re trapped inside the spider’s lair?

Shayna Vincent moves home to Falcon’s Bend after her romance turns disastrous with a colleague she’s known since moving to Chicago to attend college and then began working at the prestigious Bethany Advertising Agency. When she and Gage Keveris became a creative design team there, he’d told her he was married to a career-ambitious woman who traveled often. Over the years, Shayna heard all about his marital problems and inadvertently fell in love with him anyway. Unfortunately, his ultra-controlling wife refuses to give him a divorce. Shayna can’t bear the pain of being near him when they can’t be together.

While staying with her little brother Danny, a Falcon’s Bend Police Department Detective, she meets up with an old crush from high school. Sean Futrell is recently widowed, and the father of a seventeen-year-old from a previous marriage. When Danny finds out his vulnerable sibling is seeing Futrell, he tries to put a stop to it by telling her that the death of Sean’s wife was more than a little suspicious. Unfortunately, the FBPD hasn’t been able to find any evidence to pin on him.

But rebellious Sean is exactly what Shayna needs to sooth her battered heart. Sean is movie-star gorgeous, and she can’t stop recalling how besotted she was with him as an impressionable teenage girl—one Sean never seemed to notice back then but plans to make up for lost time now.

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FALCON’S BEND CASE FILES, Volume III
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FALCON’S BEND CASE FILES, Volume III
Newly Revised and Reissued!
by Karen Wiesner and Chris Spindler
Mystery/Police Procedural Novella Collection
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First Sight: Patrol Officer Amber Carfi and her partner on and off the Falcon’s Bend Police Department, Warren Jensen, are facing some huge changes in their lives. They’re planning their wedding…and inadvertently engaged in a heated “nuptials” competition with her father’s bride-to-be. Following an on-the-job injury that’s left him unable to do his work properly, Warren is retiring early from the force. On this, his last day on the job, Amber and Warren are called in when the local bank is held up and the thieves are holding hostages in hopes of securing their own safe passage out. Sloane Oligney and high school math teacher Chad Martin are two of the unfortunate hostages inside the bank. Sloane has been blind since birth—and her refusal to believe in “love at first sight” is almost as deeply entrenched as her disability. But, when she hears Chad’s voice for the first time as he talks her down and helps her through their precarious situation, she wonders if “love at first sound” is possible…and whether they’ll make it out alive to find out for sure.

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Identity: With his own young son to guide him, Falcon's Bend Police Department Investigator Pete Shasta has been working on a relationship with both of his parents after their traumatizing divorce during his childhood. They’re closer than ever before when his father is diagnosed with end-stage cancer. He and his brother Jordan know for sure that their younger sister Crystal, whom they’d all lost touch with years ago, should be here with them. When Pete’s own investigation into her whereabouts comes up empty, they hire a private detective to find her. Unfortunately, by the time she’s located, it’s too late. Their father is gone, leaving an immense inheritance for all of them to share. But their sister is no longer the girl any of them remember, proving the hard lessons Pete’s been learning of late: that a person’s identity changes as they get older and priorities shift for better or worse. But is his sister’s homecoming too little, too late…in more ways than one?

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Cupid’s Romance: Falcon's Bend Police Department Investigator Danny Vincent is always wary when his partner Pete leaves town on vacation. In the past, he’s gotten some of the strangest, spookiest cases when he’s on his own investigating, and, as Pete, Lisa and their son take their first family vacation as far from Falcon’s Bend as they can get, Danny gets a doozy…at exactly the wrong time. His wife Melody and their young daughter have decided to visit her father in New Orleans—a trip Danny’s been begging off for months. Now he’s alone, and when the department gets a call from separated-and-on-the-verge-of-divorce newlyweds, complaining of a stalker, his bad feeling gets worse. The middle-aged Iversons don’t know the woman following them, watching their house, sending them strange little notes all signed “Cupid” but they want her to go away. Harlequin D’Vine owns the Cupid’s Romance Online Dating Service, and, though the Iversons actually met through the matchmaking site, neither had ever met the oddly androgynous Harlequin at any point. Harlequin believes she really is Cupid in modern-day flesh, and, as much as Danny would like to prove her identity is nothing out of the ordinary, he can’t find any evidence of who she is or where she came from, let alone why she’s so vengefully adamant that the Iversons continue the happily-ever-after she brought about with her Golden Arrow.

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Out of Mind: Out of sight is not out of mind for Falcon’s Bend Patrol Office Amber Carfi, who’s long-time partner and new husband has retired and she’d not sure what to make of his replacement, Fergie Giles. She knows the captain was pressured into hiring a woman, and she can’t see any other reason why the seemingly frail, ultra-feminine, closed-book Fergie would have been hired…until they get a case of what looks like a kidnapping gone wrong. Molly Keane was found at the edge of the woods and is admitted to the hospital with multiple wounds. She’s been starved and beaten. Though the woman gives them detailed descriptions of her kidnappers, Amber and Fergie can’t find hide nor hair of the perpetrators. Just as abruptly, Molly disappears again without a trace. Amber and her new partner, who suddenly has a lot to say, begin to piece together the fifteen-year-old mystery of a kidnapped child who may never escape her trauma.

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Lonely Hearts: Lisa, wife of FBPD investigator Pete Shasta, is trying her hardest to avoid mystery in her very full, busy life. But when her sister-in-law confides her worries about her sister Shelley Wilson, who’s had nothing but bad luck with men and has all but abandoned her daughter, Lisa also becomes worried and then downright concerned when Shelley becomes involved in a “lonely hearts” support group and falls in love with a man accused of fraud and then murder. Is Shelley again a victim or an accessory to crimes committed out of passion?

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Assassin: FBPD investigators Pete Shasta and Danny Vincent have prayed mightily to have seen the last of FBI Special Agent in Charge Robert Lock. But when he shows up in Falcon’s Bend on a special undercover investigation, they find themselves involved whether they like it or not. A pseudo Christian doomsday cult believes that the World Wide Web is the mark of the beast. They’ve set up multiple cells around the world focused on bringing down the beast. According to Robert, their ringleader is the most unlikely terrorist in the world—a mouse of a man who actually runs his own successful internet business from the seclusion of his home situated in Falcon’s Bend. Robert is determined to destroy the cult from the inside out…until he realizes his estranged wife Azure, the daughter of the FBI’s Associate Deputy Director, is not only involved in the cult that knows all about his investigation but has been sent to prove her loyalty to them by killing him…

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Status of this book: Planning to outline in February 2015, write in May 2015, revise and polish in July 2015.

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Sharing more than one publisher, an interest in many different genres, and a strong mutual respect for each other's body of individual work, Karen and Chris began talking casually about writing together in 2001. After merging ideas they had for their own projects, DEGREES OF SEPARATION and the Falcon's Bend Series were born. Karen and Chris feel their partnership is as close as neighbors right across the street instead of on opposite ends of the world.

Karen Wiesner Karen Wiesner

Creating realistic, unforgettable characters one story at a time…

The Falcon's Bend Series was Karen Wiesner's first (but certainly not last) foray into the mystery genre. Karen is an accomplished author with 105 titles published in the past 16 years, which have been nominated/won 126 awards, and has 41 more contracted for spanning many genres and formats. Named a "leading romance writer" in The Writer Magazine, Karen’s books cover such genres as women’s fiction, romance, mystery/police procedural/cozy, suspense, paranormal, futuristic, gothic, inspirational, thriller, horror and action/adventure. Her fiction releases have won or been nominated for RT Book Reviews Reviewer's Choice Award, the Dream Realm Award, the Daphne du Maurier Award, eCataromance Reviewer's Choice Award, The Romance Studio's CAPA Award and Sweetheart Award, FTHRW's The Lories Award, the FCRW Published Beacon Contest, the Frankfurt Award, many L-Edit Slip contest awards, and multiple EPIC Awards. Find out more about Karen's fiction here.

Karen is also the multi-award-winning author of poetry, children's books, and writing reference titles such as her bestseller, FIRST DRAFT IN 30 DAYS, available now from Writer's Digest Books. Karen's second release from Writer's Digest Books was FROM FIRST DRAFT TO FINISHED NOVEL {A Writer's Guide to Cohesive Story Building}, now out of print. It’ll be reissued soon in paperback and electronic formats under the title COHESIVE STORY BUILDING. Karen’s third release with Writer’s Digest Books is WRITING THE FICTION SERIES: The Guide for Novels and Novellas available now in trade paperback. For more information, visit Karen's nonfiction page. Her previous writing reference titles focused on non-subsidy, royalty-paying electronic publishing, author promotion, and setting up a promotional group like her own, the award-winning Jewels of the Quill, which she founded in 2003. THE POWER OF PROMOTIONAL GROUPS is available now. For more information about Karen’s fiction and series, consult her official companion guide THE WORLD OF AUTHOR KAREN WIESNER: A COMPENDIUM OF FICTION.

Karen's complete book list can be found here: http://www.angelfire.com/stars4/kswiesner/jewelsbooklists11.html.

Interested in what Karen is working on? Click here for Karen's WIP, along with information on new and/or unsold projects.

Find out more about Karen by visiting her websites at http://www.karenwiesner.com and http://www.JewelsoftheQuill.com. View editions of current and past issues of Karen Wiesner's newsletter, Karen's Quill, here: http://www.angelfire.com/stars4/kswiesner/KQnewsletter.html.

Christine SpindlerChris Spindler

Chris Spindler is a German author who also writes in English. Her first mysteries introduced London's Inspector Frederick Terry to high praise from critics and readers alike. They're available from Hard Shell Word Factory.

In Germany, Chris Spindler is mainly known under her maiden name Tina Zang. Her quirky "Karate Hamster" series is a roaring success with 7 to 10 year olds. She also writes YA romance and novels.

Find out more by visiting her website at http://www.christinespindler.com, or at her German website http://www.christinespindler.de.

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