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Woodcutter's Grim Series
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Woodcutter's Grim Series, Volume I (Books 1-3 and The Final Chapter)
Papa (Woodcutter's Grim Series, Book 1)
Blood of Amethyst (Woodcutter's Grim Series, Book 2)
Dancing to the Grave (Woodcutter's Grim Series, Book 3)
The Amethyst Tower (Woodcutter's Grim Series, The Final Chapter)
Woodcutter's Grim Series, Volume II (Books 4-7)
Moonlight Becomes You (Woodcutter's Grim Series, Book 4)
Bewitched (Woodcutter's Grim Series, Book 5)
One Night of Eternity (Woodcutter's Grim Series, Book 6)
Beauty is the Beast (Woodcutter's Grim Series, Book 7)
The Deep (A Woodcutter's Grim Series Novel, Book 8)
Hunter’s Blues (A Woodcutter's Grim Series Futuristic Novel)
Bridge of Fire, Part 1: Out of the Ashes (Woodcutter's Grim Series, Book 9)
Bridge of Fire, Part 2: A New Beginning (Woodcutter's Grim Series, Book 9)
Bridge of Fire, Part 3: Into the Sun (Woodcutter's Grim Series, Book 9)

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.

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Woodcutter’s Grim Series, Volume I {Classic Tales of Horror Retold} (Books 1-3 and The Final Chapter)
by Karen Wiesner
Romantic Horror Novella Collection

978-1-925191-25-7 (electronic);
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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, including:

Papa, Book 1: Woodcutter’s Grim Series
Romantic Horror Novella
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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 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, Book 2: Woodcutter’s Grim Series
Romantic Horror Novella
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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, Book 3: Woodcutter’s Grim Series
Romantic Horror Novella
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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 Diane 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, The Final Chapter: Woodcutter’s Grim Series
Time Travel Romantic Horror Novella
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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?

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Woodcutter’s Grim Series, Volume II {Classic Tales of Horror Retold} (Books 4-7)
by Karen Wiesner
Romantic Fantasy Novella Collection

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978-1-925191-31-8 (electronic)

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, including:

Moonlight Becomes You, Book 4: Woodcutter’s Grim Series
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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, Book 5: Woodcutter’s Grim Series
Romantic Fantasy Novella
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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, Book 6: Woodcutter’s Grim Series
Romantic Fantasy Novella
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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, Book 7: Woodcutter’s Grim Series
Romantic Fantasy Novella
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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.”

Ransom Shaussegeny attempts to cure the family of the curse they live under. Instead, 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...

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The Deep
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The Deep, Book 8:
Woodcutter's Grim Series
by Karen Wiesner
Christian Romantic Fantasy Horror Novel

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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...

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Hunter’s Blues
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Hunter’s Blues,
A Woodcutter's Grim Series Futuristic Novel
by Karen Wiesner
Futuristic/Fantasy Romantic Horror
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978-1-922233-97-4 (electronic)

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.

Loosely based on “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” by the Brothers Grimm.

The year is 2093. When the evil in Woodcutter’s Grim unleashed with a vengeance fifty years ago, humans turned into ghouls that avoided the sun and water…and had the innate instinct to contaminate others with their evil. In no time at all, the evil spread and wiped out most of the world’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 few left. In these years, everything has changed, from occupations to marriage. A curfew has been imposed and all live within the heavily-fortressed walls on the Shaussegeny Estate. Few children are born and those that are have a mutated form of dwarfism that makes them barren. Protectorate hunters patrol the world outside in the daylight. They are the last of humanity with no idea how much future they actually have left.

Unofficial Guardian and hunter, Reece Pallaton, wonders what it’s all for and whether he’ll lose everyone he cares about in this endless battle. Fellow Protectorate Brethren, Mishell “Shell” Anderson insists that they can find a cure, a way to survive and push back the evil, that life will someday go back to normal. But Reece is beginning to believe that the battle he and what’s left of humanity are waging can never be won…until he discovers the source of the evil, the mirror that’s only the opposite half of the “glass darkly” world he lives in, and his own terrifying connection to both.

Note: This story fits into the Woodcutter’s Grim Series after The Amethyst Tower, The Final Chapter.

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Bridge of Fire, Part 1
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Bridge of Fire, Part 1: Out of the Ashes
Woodcutter's Grim Series, Book 9
by Karen Wiesner
Romantic Fantasy Novel
Coming January 2021

Loosely based on "The Three Billy Goats Gruff". William Gruff was the youngest son in a family of shape-shifting goats. They moved around constantly until his father heard about Woodcutter's Grim, a small town in Wisconsin where magic in the form of fairytale horror resides. When the Gruffs reached the edge of town, they faced a monstrous troll that demanded they pay the toll with a blood contract. In exchange for safe passage, the Gruffs were given the magical means to build extramundane bridges. With the help of his mother and the Protectorate—guardians sworn to protect Woodcutter’s Grim against the evil pervading it—Liam escaped. In the years since, he's lived his life desperately lonely, engineering fantastical bridges that defy logic. Nothing prepares him for meeting a woman like Adaryn Azar with eyes of fire, limbs as graceful as an exotic, exquisite bird in flight.

Adaryn has a secret of her own that keeps her on the run. Her existence has been fraught with wariness, terror, and far too many painful beginnings. Just as everything she's ever wanted seems about to come true with Liam, her enemy discovers her once more. But starting over is risk she can no longer take because it would mean losing the timeless love she's found with Liam…

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

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Bridge of Fire, Part 2
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Bridge of Fire, Part 2: A New Beginning
Woodcutter's Grim Series, Book 9
by Karen Wiesner
Romantic Fantasy Novel
Coming February 2021

Loosely based on "The Three Billy Goats Gruff". William Gruff was the youngest son in a family of shape-shifting goats. They moved around constantly until his father heard about Woodcutter's Grim, a small town in Wisconsin where magic in the form of fairytale horror resides. When the Gruffs reached the edge of town, they faced a monstrous troll that demanded they pay the toll with a blood contract. In exchange for safe passage, the Gruffs were given the magical means to build extramundane bridges. With the help of his mother and the Protectorate—guardians sworn to protect Woodcutter’s Grim against the evil pervading it—Liam escaped. In the years since, he's lived his life desperately lonely, engineering fantastical bridges that defy logic. Then he falls in love with Adaryn Azar, a legendary phoenix, and they conceive a child together.

But their happily-ever-after is in danger when the hunter who's tracked her for centuries, forcing her to die and be reborn far too many times, finds her again. Unfathomably, the only shelter for supernatural creatures is Woodcutter's Grim, a place he just barely escaped when he was 16. The only other option is another death, another painful beginning…and forfeiting the life growing inside her.

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

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Bridge of Fire, Part 3: Into the Sun
Woodcutter's Grim Series, Book 9
by Karen Wiesner
Romantic Fantasy Novel
Coming March 2021

Loosely based on "The Three Billy Goats Gruff". William Gruff was the youngest son in a family of shape-shifting goats. They moved around constantly until his father heard about Woodcutter's Grim, a small town in Wisconsin where magic in the form of fairytale horror resides. When the Gruffs reached the edge of town, they faced a monstrous troll that demanded they pay the toll with a blood contract. In exchange for safe passage, the Gruffs were given the magical means to build extramundane bridges. With the help of his mother and the Protectorate—guardians sworn to protect Woodcutter’s Grim against the evil pervading it—Liam escaped. In the years since, he's lived his life desperately lonely, engineering fantastical bridges that defy logic. Adaryn Azar, a legendary phoenix, changes his lonely life.

But the hunter who's tracked her for centuries finds her again. Because dying and resurrecting would mean forfeiting the life growing inside her, their only option is to flee to Woodcutter's Grim. There, they learn that the Great Evil that has dominion over the town is using the Gruffs’ magical bridges to escape into the outside world. Returning to the town has put Liam under servitude again, but he and Adaryn are determined to help the Protectorate seal the town.

The legend is clear though: Just one phoenix can exist in the mortal world and Adaryn's cycle is about to come to a close with the birth of their child. Will the powerful magic Liam wields consume him before he can build the only bridge that can take him and Adaryn into the sun of Eternal Paradise?

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

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