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I am a Women's Fiction/Romance author. I write books about smart women in extraordinary circumstances. WRAPPED IN THE STARS was short-listed for the Del Sol First Novel Prize in 2017.

I am somewhat obsessive about travel, but, when I am at home, in San Antonio, I can be found browsing through bookstores or antique shops with my husband and two children.

When not writing stories, I am a Pediatric Psychologist helping children with chronic medical illness.

I blog on issues of mental health for teens and adults at https://www.drelenamikalsen.com
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Wrapped in the Stars

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All the Silent Voices

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The story starts great with a child's kidnapping, then complete gets onto another tangent, actually several and I completely lost track of what actually the story was about.
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“Do you think the universe fights for souls to be together?
Some things are too strange and strong to be coincidences.”
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“Invisible threads are the strongest ties.”
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“So, I love you because the entire universe conspired to help me find you.”
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“If you cry because the sun has gone out of your life, your tears will prevent you from seeing the stars.”
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“The stars are not afraid to appear like fireflies.”
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