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Karen Essex

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I'm the author of KLEOPATRA, PHARAOH, LEONARDO'S SWANS, STEALING ATHENA, DRACULA IN LOVE, AND BETTIE PAGE: LIFE OF A PINUP LEGEND--All featuring iconic women. I am also an active screenwriter and an award-winning journalist. I divide my time between Los Angeles and Europe, where I soak in the atmosphere while writing historical fiction.

Please see my blog, "Women, History, Sex, & Power" at http://karenessex.com/main/?cat=1.

Or join our chat group on Goodreads, Ask Karen Essex. http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/5...
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Karen Essex I just finished writing not one but two books, and both are contemporary, as opposed to my usual historical fiction, and my team is deciding which one…moreI just finished writing not one but two books, and both are contemporary, as opposed to my usual historical fiction, and my team is deciding which one to bring out first. I'm also researching a new idea right now inspired by a summer trip to Barcelona and Madrid. It will be art-based historical fiction, but I'm not quite ready to talk about it yet. Stay tuned!(less)
Karen Essex The mystery of my lineage! I am going to devote this autumn to investigating my mother's family that migrated from Albania/Northern Greece in the 16th…moreThe mystery of my lineage! I am going to devote this autumn to investigating my mother's family that migrated from Albania/Northern Greece in the 16th century to Sicily, and then to New Orleans in the 19th century. Perhaps it will be interesting enough to inspire a novel!(less)
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“Lovers of words have no place where honest work must be done.”
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“...the world we learned as children to fear---the milieu of goblins, ghosts, spirits, and magic - when it is the tangible world that is rife with unimaginable horrors. The truth is, we must fear monsters less and be warier of our own kind.
-from Dracula In Love”
Karen Essex

“The point of my books is to give voice to otherwise voiceless females from history and myth, to unlock what has been secreted away in women's hearts and minds for millennia. Historically, women have either been reduced to nothing but their sexuality or stripped of it entirely: the Madonna or the whore.”
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“The point of my books is to give voice to otherwise voiceless females from history and myth, to unlock what has been secreted away in women's hearts and minds for millennia. Historically, women have either been reduced to nothing but their sexuality or stripped of it entirely: the Madonna or the whore.”
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message 16: by Scott

Scott Roberts Merry christmas.


message 15: by Stan

Stan Law A belated thanks for choosing me to be among your friends, Karen. It may interest you that my book Marvin Clark—In Search of Freedom in now a matching FREE download on Amazon Kindle. Enjoy it while you can. (A little review on Amazon wouldn't hurt either!)
Stan
http://www.amazon.com/Marvin-Clark-Se...


message 14: by Richard

Richard Fulgham Dear M. Essex,
I am immensely honored that you woulld ask to be my friend. I've been down a bit and late on all my correspondence. Still, I was delighted -- even smiled! -- to see under my "notifrications" that you'd added me to your list. Thank you so much, espe3cially coming from such a successful author as yourself. I remain yours, Richard Lee Fulgham


message 13: by Karen

Karen Essex Gary wrote: "Thank you Karen:

My Memoir - TO LIVE OR MAYBE NOT
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Welcome, Gary! I love the title of your memoir.


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Gary Revel Thank you Karen:

My Memoir - TO LIVE OR MAYBE NOT
At Barnes and Noble

My birth in Alabama, youth, high school-Holmes County High School, US Navy Service, music-Hollywood, Memphis, Nashville, Martin Luther King Jr. Assassination Investigation, recording and releasing the single record of the song about the MLK assassination, THEY SLEW THE DREAMER and more.

Paperback and for Nook Book-Click Here


message 11: by Karen

Karen Essex Welcome new Goodreads friends! I hope you'll stay in touch here and on my chat page: http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/5...

After these last, lazy days of summer, things will get more active. Hope everyone wrings the last drops of fun out of the waning days of warmth!


message 10: by Cristy (last edited Aug 21, 2011 11:20PM)

Cristy Thanks for the friend invite!.. I was stoked to find I was a winner of your book Dracula in Love and look forward to reading it!


message 9: by Karen

Karen Essex Nely wrote: "Hi Karen,
I saw your book "Dracula in Love" today while out shopping, and I was so excited to see it on the shelf! I was so close to buying it! But then I remembered I'll be getting it in the mail ..."


Hope you enjoy, Nely. Stay in touch!


message 8: by Nely

Nely Cab Hi Karen,
I saw your book "Dracula in Love" today while out shopping, and I was so excited to see it on the shelf! I was so close to buying it! But then I remembered I'll be getting it in the mail in a few weeks. This patience/virtue thing is not my thing. ;) I'm looking forward to reading it.


message 7: by Karen

Karen Essex I hope everyone will join my goodreads chat, Ask Karen Essex, officially from July 25-29 but we'll see how long we can keep it going!

http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/5...


KellBell Thanks for the friend invite!


message 5: by Elle

Elle Thanks for the friend-vite Karen. I look forward to keeping up with you.


Ana - Maria Lenghel Hi
You are very beautiful
Thanks for the add


message 3: by Beth

Beth Hi Karen,
Thanks for befriending this fellow author on Goodreads!
- Beth


Bradley Hello Karen, thank you for adding me as a friend. =)

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