Karen Kondazian

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Karen Kondazian's career as an actor, author, journalist and producer, started early in life... At the age of eight, Karen was chosen to be one of the infamous children on Art Linkletter's famous “Kids Say the Darndest Things.” The opportunity to miss school during tapings was all it took for Karen to abandon her life's goal of becoming a CIA spy and focus on acting.

She was born in Boston, completing her education at The University of Vienna and The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, after which she began her acting career in New York. Her first professional work was in the Off Broadway, award-winning production of Michael Cacoyannis' “The Trojan Women,” later winning the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Actress in “T

Overlooked No More:

Charley Parkhurst, Gold Rush Legend With a Hidden Identity

By Tim Arango

A swashbuckling, one-eyed stagecoach driver lived her life disguised as a man. After her death, the revelation that she was a woman provoked widespread astonishment.

An illustration of Charley Parkhurst. She earned the nickname “One-Eyed Charley” after she was kicked in the eye by a horse, which was per...

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“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

“But then it came to her…just change your mind about it. About everything. Shit. That was it. "What an idiot she was. It was that simple. Just decide to stop struggling and embrace it all as a gift. And in a single second, everything is different.”
Karen Kondazian, The Whip

“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.”
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Caine's Reckoning (Hell's Eight, #1) by Sarah McCarty
Caine's Reckoning, by Sarah McCarty (erotica)
The 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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Untamed (Medieval, #1) by Elizabeth Lowell
Untamed, by Elizabeth Lowell


Returning from the Crusades, unbowed and triumphant, the noble knight, Dominic le Sabre, comes to Scotland to claim his reward--the beautiful Saxon bride promised to him by the conqueror King.


The well-beloved daughter of a sacred tribe of Celtic mystics, Lady Margaret of Blackthorns vows never to yield to the bold Norman invader who has been forced upon her. For she fears an ancient curse may bring further bloodshed to her battle-scarred land ... and sorrow to her marriage bed.

With a word, the stunning, high-born enchantress could turn her wedding into war. But the savage fire of Dominic's embrace ignites an extraordinary love ...A love that neither violence nor treachery can tear asunder.
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The Wolfe by Kathryn Le Veque
The Wolfe, by Kathryn Le Veque
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After a nasty skirmish along the England/Scotland border at Bog Wood, a badly wounded knight has crawled off to die. As women from the Clan Scott fan out across the battlefield to collect the spoils of war, one woman breaks off from the pack. She is sickened by the tradition of stealing valuables off the dead and runs off to hide. In her hiding place, however, lingers the badly wounded knight. The young woman is frightened at first but her natural instinct to lend aid takes over. She tends the knight and saves his life. Little does the Lady Jordan Scott know that she has just saved the life of the dreaded English knight known to her people as The Wolf….

Several months later, peace is proposed along the border. An English groom is offered to a Scots bride. The Lady Jordan Scott is that bride and her groom is the aged and powerful Earl of Teviot, John de Longley. When Lord de Longley sends his mighty and hated army to collect his new bride, the captain of the army personally retrieves Lady Jordan. When Jordan looks upon the fearsome English knight, she realizes there is something oddly familiar about his voice. When the man finally reveals himself, she sees that it is none other than the man whose life she saved. Sir William de Wolfe, the scourge of the Scots, makes his presence known.

William has never forgotten about his Scots angel. One look at the Lady Jordan after all of these months and he is stricken with appreciation and adoration. He has thought of nothing else but the lady since the time she tended his injury and now, his infatuation with her takes flight. As he escorts her back to Northwood Castle to wed his liege, each passing minute sees him fall more and more hopelessly in love with her. Jordan comes to know the man beyond The Wolf of legend, and so the love story begins….

Join William and Jordan in a tale of true and utter devotion, of a love that bleeds beyond the boundaries of Scots and English, and where loyalty, friendship, and family bind them all together in this uncertain and political world. These are the dark days of dark times, but in the midst of a treacherous world of secrets and hatred, William and Jordan share a love that is only dreamt of.
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The Whip by Karen Kondazian
The Whip, by Karen Kondazian
The Whip is 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.
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Eyes of Silver, Eyes of Gold by Ellen O'Connell
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We are afraid, they said.
Come to the edge, he said.
They came to the edge,
He pushed them and they flew.
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They said: We are afraid.
Come to the edge, Life said.
They came. It pushed them...
And they flew.”
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Blak Rayne Nice to meet you, Karen! All the best. :D

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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.

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

Penelope Marzec Thanks for your friendship!

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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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