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Karen Witemeyer

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For those who love to smile as they read, bestselling author Karen Witemeyer offers warmhearted historical romance with a flair for humor, feisty heroines, and swoon-worthy Texas heroes. A transplant from California, Karen came to Texas for college, met a cowboy disguised as a computer nerd, married him, and never left the state that had become home.

Winner of the National Reader's Choice Award, HOLT Medallion, ACFW Carol Award, Inspirational Reader's Choice Award, and a finalist for both the RITA and Christy Awards, Karen is a firm believer in the power of happy endings. . . and ice cream. She also loves to reward her readers. Every month she gives away two inspirational historical novels to someone from her newsletter list and offers subs
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Karen Witemeyer That is so funny! I actually had forgotten. I've always liked the name Emma and it has a wonderful historical feel, but I didn't realize that I had us…moreThat is so funny! I actually had forgotten. I've always liked the name Emma and it has a wonderful historical feel, but I didn't realize that I had used it three times. I make notes of main characters and key secondary character names and try really hard not to duplicate them, but with years between books and my tired brain, it appears I let some slip through. At least I can take comfort in the fact that, according to the social security website, Emma was the third most popular girl's name for nearly the entire 1880s decade. So since there were a lot of Emmas running around in the late 19th century, I guess it's only natural to have three show up in my books. At least that's the story I'm sticking to. Ha!

I do appreciate you pointing that out to me. Not even my editors caught that. :-) You must truly be a dedicated fan. Thanks for reading and caring enough about my characters to notice the similarities. :-)(less)
Karen Witemeyer Hi, Lisa. My next project to release is actually an e-novella called Love on the Mend. It is a follow-up to Full Steam Ahead, taking the young runaway…moreHi, Lisa. My next project to release is actually an e-novella called Love on the Mend. It is a follow-up to Full Steam Ahead, taking the young runaway Jacob and giving him his own story as a grown man. He finally returns home to the place he ran away from after 16 years, ready to make peace with the past and lay it to rest. Only his past is still alive and kicking. It can be read as a stand alone as well, but if you read Full Steam Ahead, you'll be especially interested in it.

After that, my next full-length novel will be A Worthy Pursuit. I just turned this manuscript in this week Whew! Here's the tagline - A teacher on the run. A bounty hunter in pursuit. Can two enemies learn to trust before losing what they both hold dear? - Oh, and just to give it a fun little twist, the teacher has three of her students with her, all child prodigies of differing varieties. :-)(less)
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For those of you who have children, do you remember the excitement (and perhaps the anxiety) that filled you as you began selecting names? It’s a weighty responsibility, knowing your child will be saddled with whatever you choose for the length of his/her life. No pressure. Ha!

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"MORE THAN WORDS CAN SAY by Karen Witemeyer is second book in the Patchwork Family series. It’s the story of Abigail Kemp and Zacharias Hamilton – the perfect match?!?!?!?

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“Read. Everything you can get your hands on. Read until words become your friends. Them when you need to find one, they will jump into your mind, waving their hands for you to pick them. And you can select whichever you like, just like a captain choosing a stickball team.”
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Karen Witemeyer Of course! :-)

Grace wrote: "Wahoo! Thanks a TON for accepting my friend request, Karen!!!"


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Grace Johnson Wahoo! Thanks a TON for accepting my friend request, Karen!!!


message 35: by Karen

Karen Witemeyer Glad for the chance to get to know you a little better, Micaiah. Have a wonderful week!
~Karen

Micaiah wrote: "Thanks for accepting my friend request, Karen!"


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Micaiah Thanks for accepting my friend request, Karen!


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Karen Witemeyer Yes, there should be an audio version. It usually takes a couple months for the audible version to come out, but there is a contract for one. Enjoy!

Holli wrote: "Karen wrote: "Hi, Holli. I'm so glad Crockett's story lived up to your expectations. I'm always nervous when a new book releases that readers won't like it as well as previous stories. Thanks for t..."


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Holli Karen wrote: "Hi, Holli. I'm so glad Crockett's story lived up to your expectations. I'm always nervous when a new book releases that readers won't like it as well as previous stories. Thanks for the reassurance..."

That is the best news!!! I am very much looking forward to it! Also, is "Stealing the Preacher" going to be made into audio like your others? I'd love to add it to my traveling collection! :) Have a fantastic week!


message 31: by Karen

Karen Witemeyer Thanks, Nidah! I'm so glad you have enjoyed my stories. I'm a fan of Deeanne Gist, too. So fun. Hope you have a great week!

Nidah (SleepDreamWrite) wrote: "Love your books. You and Deeanne Gist are some of my favorite authors. I don't usually read this genre. But with your books, it just works. If that makes sense. Maybe it's the writing style, the se..."


message 30: by Karen

Karen Witemeyer Hi, Holli. I'm so glad Crockett's story lived up to your expectations. I'm always nervous when a new book releases that readers won't like it as well as previous stories. Thanks for the reassurance.

You'll be happy to know that Neill IS getting his own story. It's a novella, not a full-length novel, but it's coming in January, so you don't have to wait too long. It will be part of the collection titled A Match Made in Texas. Authors Mary Connealy, Regina Jennings, and Carol Cox are contributing stories as well. You're so right. I couldn't leave Neill out. :-)

Have a great week!
~Karen

Holli wrote: "Karen, I just finished "Stealing the Preacher". THE BEST BOOK EVER!!!!! I didn't think it possible to read a book I loved more than Short Straw Bride ... but it happened!!! You simply must consid..."


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Holli Karen, I just finished "Stealing the Preacher". THE BEST BOOK EVER!!!!! I didn't think it possible to read a book I loved more than Short Straw Bride ... but it happened!!! You simply must consider giving Neill his own story too!!!! You can't leave the youngest hanging, Karen! Pleaseeeeeee!? :) I wish there was more stars to hand out. This one goes far beyond 5 stars! BRILLIANT!


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Karen Witemeyer Abbi wrote: "I just finished Stealing the Preacher and I absolutely loved it! This just might be your best story yet! I let out a happy squeal/sigh as I read the last page! Thank you so much for writing such am..."

Thanks, Abbi! I'm always nervous when a story releases, never knowing if people will like it or not. I'm so glad you did. That makes my day!


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Abbi I just finished Stealing the Preacher and I absolutely loved it! This just might be your best story yet! I let out a happy squeal/sigh as I read the last page! Thank you so much for writing such amazing stories!


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Karen Witemeyer Bailey wrote: "I just pre-ordered Stealing the Preacher!! I am sooo excited!! I'll probably jump up and down and scream when it gets here. :D"

So fun, Bailey! I hope you love Crockett's story.


message 25: by Bailey

Bailey I just pre-ordered Stealing the Preacher!! I am sooo excited!! I'll probably jump up and down and scream when it gets here. :D


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Karen Witemeyer Alyssa wrote: "Read "Stealing the Preacher". Oh my gosh, it's my new favorite book! :)"

Alyssa, you just made my day! I'm always so nervous when a new book comes out, worried that people won't like it as well as previous ones. Thanks for reassuring me!


message 23: by Alyssa

Alyssa Read "Stealing the Preacher". Oh my gosh, it's my new favorite book! :)


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Karen Witemeyer Thanks, Caitlyn. That really means a lot to me. I think that book is one of the most emotional ones for me. I'm glad it touched your heart.
~Karen

Caitlyn wrote: "I finished To Win Her Heart a couple of days ago! I absolutely loved it!!! I wanted to let you know that Levi and Eden's story really touched my heart, especially the end of chapter 29 into chapte..."


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Caitlyn Santi I finished To Win Her Heart a couple of days ago! I absolutely loved it!!! I wanted to let you know that Levi and Eden's story really touched my heart, especially the end of chapter 29 into chapter 30!!! :D That was one of my favorite parts and I think that part touched me the most!! :-)


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Karen Witemeyer Thanks so much, Aerykah! You are such an encouragement to me. I've enjoyed interacting with you on some of the forums here, too. Happy reading!
~Karen

Aerykah wrote: "I just wanted to say thank you for writing such great Christian historical fiction! It's my favorite genre & you've become one of my favorite authors. I love all of your books (To Win Her Heart i..."


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Karen Witemeyer Thanks, Holli! You just made my day. I'm glad you are as excited about Crockett's story as I am. :-) I hope you love it!
~Karen

Holli wrote: "Karen wrote: "Hi, Caitlyn. I'm thrilled to have you as a friend on Goodreads. It's so much fun to connect with readers. I'm delighted that you had so much fun with the Archers. Crockett will get hi..."


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Aerykah I just wanted to say thank you for writing such great Christian historical fiction! It's my favorite genre & you've become one of my favorite authors. I love all of your books (To Win Her Heart is my favorite) and I'm really looking forward to your next one! :D

God Bless!
Aerykah :)


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Holli Karen wrote: "Hi, Caitlyn. I'm thrilled to have you as a friend on Goodreads. It's so much fun to connect with readers. I'm delighted that you had so much fun with the Archers. Crockett will get his own story ne..."

YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I just got done telling a dear friend of mine ... Jen Herd ... that I had hoped that "Stealing the Preacher" would be Crockett!!!! This is the best news ever!!! I do have to tell you that by far, your work is my favorite. I haven't found another book thus far who's character's rely so deeply on God's guidance. I am on pins and needs for your next release! Thank you for sharing your God given gift with your readers! Blessings -- Holli :)


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Karen Witemeyer Hi, Caitlyn. I'm thrilled to have you as a friend on Goodreads. It's so much fun to connect with readers. I'm delighted that you had so much fun with the Archers. Crockett will get his own story next. Be watching for Stealing the Preacher in June.

And have fun with Levi and Eden, too. Levi is one of my favorites. :-)

Blessings,
~Karen

Caitlyn wrote: "Thanks for adding me as a friend! :)
I really loved Short Straw Bride!!! And I am currently reading To Win Her Heart and loving it! Thanks for writing such awesome stories!!!"



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Caitlyn Santi Thanks for adding me as a friend! :)
I really loved Short Straw Bride!!! And I am currently reading To Win Her Heart and loving it! Thanks for writing such awesome stories!!!


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Karen Witemeyer Thanks so much, Ganise! I still have to pinch myself every now and then to prove it really happened. LOL

I hope you had a great conference!
~Karen

Ganise wrote: "Hi Karen! Thank you SO much for adding me as a friend! My sincere congratulations on your Carol win! ( I was SO happy for you :-)
God bless you! You are definitely a favorite author!"



message 13: by Karen

Karen Witemeyer Sure thing, Nicole. I love connecting with readers!
Nicole wrote: "Thanks for adding me, Karen!"


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Nicole Thanks for adding me, Karen!


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Karen Witemeyer Glad to have the chance to get to know you, Alice!
Alice wrote: "Hey thanks for adding me!"


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Caity Hey thanks for adding me!


Lindsay Huffman Karen, I am so excited to hear that! I was wondering what happened to Crockett. I can't wait to read it.


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Karen Witemeyer Lindsay wrote: "Karen, I just wanted to encourage you to keep writing. It is so refreshing to finally read GOOD Christian Romance novels. Please know that your talent for writing is a blessing to others and I can'..."

Thanks, Lindsay. I'm so glad you enjoy my stories. I hope to keep writing for many years to come. If you've read Short-Straw Bride, you might be interested to know that Crockett's story will be coming next. Be watching for Stealing the Preacher in June 2013!
Blessings,
~Karen


Lindsay Huffman Karen, I just wanted to encourage you to keep writing. It is so refreshing to finally read GOOD Christian Romance novels. Please know that your talent for writing is a blessing to others and I can't wait to read what you publish next!


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Karen Witemeyer Thanks, Abigail! Hope you have a fun week.
~Karen


Abigail Mitchell Happy Birthday! God Bless you on your birthday and always.


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Karen Witemeyer So glad you enjoyed it, Abigail! I love your enthusiasm. You've given me a smile today. Thanks!


Abigail Mitchell I just finished "To Win Her Heart" it was AMAZING, AWESOME, WONDERFUL and GREAT! I LOVE your books! Keep up the GREAT work.


Abigail Mitchell Thanks for adding me!


Pamela Hey Karen...Thanks for accepting my friend request.


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