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Born and raised in central Illinois, Karen attended Northern Illinois University in DeKalb and the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. She transferred to Brigham Young University, where she met her husband Bruce, and there graduated with a degree in English and American Literature.

Karen and Bruce have lived in Utah, Illinois, California and Washington, currently residing in Panajachel, Guatemala. They are the parents of ten children. Not surprisingly, family relationships are a recurring theme in Karen's writing.


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I’ve got a new book coming out soon, hopefully in October if I can get through the final edits and let it go. It’s a novel, Afraid of Everything, and you can see here the cover and summary, followed by a little story on how the idea came to me. Helena Carr is afraid of […]
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Description: Two sisters, one facing opportunity, the other tragedy. Can their bond endure? When the lives of two sisters take a much different course than expected And one sister is on the verge of realizing her lifelong dream while the other faces a terrible tragedy To give a voice to a beloved baby who had none To show the incredible power that comes to families when they pull together to overcome challenges. At these times, a house of pain can become a house of diamonds.

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One thing I enjoy whenever I read one of Julie N. Ford's novels is the Southern culture that permeates the story. In Home Matters, Olivia is an aspiring actress from the South transplanted to LA, hoping to make it big. She gets a spot on a home repai ...more
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I thought I was in for a suspense thriller and was disappointed. Not enough suspense, scenes rushed over, with characters who were little more than cliches. No depth or thrills. It was more of an outline of a suspense novel than an actual, completed ...more
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Another fantastic novel by one of my favorite writers.
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Overlay by Marlayna Glynn Brown
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Truly fascinating memoir written about Marlayna's growing up years, born to alcoholic parents and it gets worse from there. The writing style is easy and clear and flows beautifully. It's hard to read and see how this young girl was repeatedly put in ...more
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She's Never Coming Back by Hans Koppel
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She's Never Coming Back, a Swedish thriller, was impossible for me to put down until I finished it. It felt exactly like watching a film. I appreciated the escapism it allowed me in that way. I didn't appreciate the graphic sexual nature of the rape ...more
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I'm sitting here staring at the usual Goodreads question "What did you think?" and hardly know where to begin. Wow. I've read many dark novels about dysfunctional families, tragic childhoods and mental illness, but this one is hands down the absolute ...more
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The first half of this book was amazing and I enjoyed every word of it. I was completely absorbed in the story and the characters, feeling such a sweetness coming from Seth especially. And the visits to the AA meetings were fascinating to me, especia ...more
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This was an interesting approach to your average detective tale. One thing, it's written by a German writer and set in Germany, sorry can't recall the city. Another thing, the female detective, main character, is cheating on her husband because he ch ...more
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“These memories are part of my heritage, the fabric of my personality, and as real to me as the land itself.”
Karen Jones Gowen, Farm Girl

“A folklore study differs from most writing, in that the tale is told in the voice of the individual telling the story, not by the collector.”
Karen Jones Gowen, Farm Girl

“In her daydreams, they aged miraculously, she still trim with a blond ponytail, standing next to her strong, tall husband with his thick, curly dark hair and straight white teeth. Money was never an issue.”
Karen Jones Gowen, Uncut Diamonds

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