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Karen Kondazian

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Karen Kondazian is an award-winning author born in Boston, Massachusetts. Her debut novel The Whip, received five awards in 2013, including the USA News Best Book Award for Historical Fiction and the International Book Award for Best Western. She is also the author of the best-selling book, The Actors Encyclopedia of Casting Directors, with a foreword by Richard Dreyfuss.

Kondazian was a journalist and is an award winning theater actress who began her acting career at the age of eight, as one of the infamous children on Art Linkletter’s, Children Say the Darnest Things. She completed her schooling at San Francisco State College, The University of Vienna and The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts.

Onstage, Kondazian has distinguished h

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“Life’s going to do that to you missy. Gonna upset your wagon, not just once but many times. And you got to choose who’s sitting next to you. Someone you can trust…or not.”
Karen Kondazian, The Whip

“Everything was temporary; she understood that now. All of this was temporary. It would all be snatched away. It was all on loan. Even the people we love. They were all on loan. One day you see their face across a rickety table or you pass them hurrying from here to there, or you see them leave you in your bed, and their profile passes you by...and you don't know...your thoughts somewhere else. And then they are snatched away forever and you did not know to say goodbye. You did not know.”
Karen Kondazian, The Whip

“That the woman in her had died in anguish and a vengeful man had been born in her place apparently brooked no notice of the universe. Nor had the universe even blinked in the absorption into itself of her tragedy.”
Karen Kondazian, The Whip


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To Conquer a Highlander (Highlander, #1) by Mary Wine
To Conquer a Highlander, by Mary Wine
A fierce Highland laird ready to kill for king and country...

When Torin McLeren discovers his neighbor's plot against his king, he takes their daughter as his prisoner, thereby stopping her father's plot from going forward. But that leaves him with a woman under his roof whom he can't ignore, and not just because she's his enemy's daughter...

A woman who's as much trouble as she is temptation...

Shannon McBoyd decides to use her captor to experience passion for the first time, and then to destroy him. But her plan goes awry because once she has lured Torin into her bed, she no longer wants to hurt the one man who seems to value and understand her...

Even if her father will kill him-and her-when he discovers what they've done...
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Caine's Reckoning (Hell's Eight, #1) by Sarah McCarty
Caine's Reckoning, by Sarah McCarty (erotica)
he Hell's Eight is the only family he's ever needed, until he meets the only woman he's ever wanted...

Caine Allen is a hardened Texas Ranger, definitely not the marrying kind. But when he rescues a kidnapped woman and returns her to town, the preacher calls in a favor. One Caine's honor won't let him refuse. From the moment he beds Desi, Caine knows turmoil will follow. Desi might have the face of a temptress, but she also has a will of iron and while she needs his protection, she's determined that no man will control her again. They establish an uneasy bond, but it isn't enough for Caine. He wants all Desi has to offer. He wants her screams, her moans, her demands...everything. Yet there's still a bounty on Desi's head, and keeping her sexually satisfied is proving easier than keeping her alive.
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Highlander's Bride (Heart of the Highlander, #1) by Deborah Gafford
Highlander's Bride, by Deborah Gafford
Romance author Deborah Gafford’s Heart of the Highlander Series begins with this high-action historical romance. Alexander MacGregor returns home, disillusioned and weary after his service to his king. But his hardest battle of all may be with his own family. As next in line to become laird, his father gives him an ultimatum; wed a mysterious lass within five days or forfeit his birthright.

When Katherine Gordon is brought to the MacGregor stronghold and presented to a gruff, moody Highlander, whom she is told she must marry, she wants none of him. Vowing not to let his intelligence and handsome looks sway her wounded heart, she seeks to escape before she is forced to learn the treachery of a man's passion. But escape can lead to capture by a new enemy. And capture can mean death.

Highlander’s Bride is the first book in this captivating historical romance series. Set in 1502, in the highlands of Scotland, this beautiful love story transcends time and continents, bringing readers to a past when love, passion and romance blend with duty, valor, and honor.
  6 votes, 18.8%

Runaway (Florida Civil War, #1) by Heather Graham
"I accepted you as payment on a gambling table, because you're incredibly beautiful, and I want you for the same reason."

His smoldering gaze claimed her long before a poker hand made her his. Tara Brent knew she could never escape this dark and brooding stranger who promised her safety, with a price: marriage and life together in the lush, lethal wilderness of Florida. She didn't even know his name, only the promise of passion, and refuge in his arms.

Jarrett McKenzie swept his ravishing bride away from New Orleans to his remote Florida plantation, determined to uncover the desperate secret from which she ran. He couldn't tell her of his own Seminole roots—or open her guarded heart—until his former commander, President Andrew Jackson, declared war on the Indians, and a powerful enemy from Tara's past found his way to their door.
Runaway, by Heather Graham
  5 votes, 15.6%

The Whip by Karen Kondazian
The Whip, by Karen Kondazian
Inspired by the true story of a woman, Charlotte "Charley" Parkhurst (1812-1879) who lived most of her extraordinary life as a man in the old west.

As a young woman in Rhode Island, she fell in love with a runaway slave and had his child. The destruction of her family drove her west to California, dressed as a man, to track the killer.

Charley became a renowned stagecoach driver for Wells Fargo. She killed a famous outlaw, had a secret love affair, and lived with a housekeeper who, unaware of her true sex, fell in love with her.
Charley was the first woman to vote in America (as a man). Her grave lies in Watsonville, California.
  4 votes, 12.5%


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message 11: by Blak

Blak Rayne Nice to meet you, Karen! All the best. :D

message 10: by B.B.

B.B. Shepherd Hi Karen! Thanks for the friendship. I'd love to get to know you. :)

Cynthia Willow Hi, Karen, thanks for the friend request! Blessings, Cynthia P. Willow

Carole Gill Hello, Karen.
Nice to know you.

Giok Ping Ang Hello Karen,
Real happy to be your friend!

Penelope Marzec Thanks for your friendship!

message 5: by Karen

Karen Kondazian Charlotte wrote: "Hello Karen... Congrats on your ~ The Whip wins USA Book News Best Historical Fiction Award. Thanks for your LIKE of my Review of your book 'THE WHIP' ~ such a great book!

~Charlotte M. Liebel"

Thank you so much Charlotte for your wonderful words about the book! I am wishing you and your family a beautiful Holiday and a magical 2013!
Karen (Kondazian)

message 4: by Charlotte (last edited Dec 06, 2012 09:17PM)

Charlotte Liebel Hello Karen... Congrats on your ~ The Whip wins USA Book News Best Historical Fiction Award. Thanks for your LIKE of my Review of your book 'THE WHIP' ~ such a great book!

~Charlotte M. Liebel

Savannah Karen,
Thank you for the friendship.
Stay naughty,

message 2: by Karen

Karen Kondazian Nadia wrote: "I met Karen Kondazian for the first time last weekend. It was as if we had known each other for years. She is beautiful inside and out. I am looking forward to reading her book, "The Whip." I l..."

Thank Nadia for your beautiful words...(am just learning how to navigate goodreads so just saw your message.)
Thank you so much for your kindness and I too look forward to seeing you again at a book signing in Austin!
And let me know what you think of The Whip...I would love to hear your response to it...
May you have a 2012 filled with health and magic...

message 1: by Nadia

Nadia Sahari I met Karen Kondazian for the first time last weekend. It was as if we had known each other for years. She is beautiful inside and out. I am looking forward to reading her book, "The Whip." I look forward to seeing her again at a book signing in Austin. Can't wait to read about Charley Parkhurst. I love books about women by women. Especially true stories.

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