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With a vivid imagination, the lessons learned in childhood, and the love of a close, Italian family, Karen began writing heartfelt, inspirational fiction novels, one which closely follows many of the conversations she and her mother shared through the years: Reflections From my Mother’s Kitchen: A Journey of Healing and Hope.

When her mother began showing signs of Alzheimer’s- type- dementia in the last several years, Karen once again stepped into the role of caregiver for her aging parents along with the help of a wonderful brother. It was watching the love between her parents into the golden years which inspired her fiction novels about dementia: Love Woven in Time, and Love Finds a Way.

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Farewell My Old Friend


Did you ever feel that a place you visited was more like an old friend than a destination? That is what Conneaut Lake Park had been in my lifetime. From when I was a little girl up until only about three years ago, this wonderfully nostalgic park held a special place in my heart.

As a small child, we didn't take elaborate vacations. When Dad said, let's pack up the car and

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“God loves each of us as if there is only one of us.

St. Augustine”
Karen Malena

“After what felt like eternity, the white paw retracted. Melvin, the mouse waited for ten, fifteen, and then thirty minutes. He poked his head back out of the hole and glanced around the room. Quietness had settled over the house and as he sniffed the air, the scent of cat was gone. Melvin scrambled onto the kitchen counter his nose to the air, whiskers working. At last he was rewarded with an open bag of animal crackers. Scooping one out with his tiny claws, he sat munching the vanilla cookie while watching for the hated cat.   *****   Piggy curled up on her human’s bed. Distressed over the filthy little mouse, she vowed to find him later. Nobody steals Matt’s food. Her human, Matt, who was oblivious to the scenario which had just gone on, spun around from his computer and scratched Piggy under her chin. Piggy closed her eyes as she enjoyed the attention.  She began to purr, and drifted off to sleep. Her last thought was: I’m coming for you mousy. Just see if I don’t. Piggy awoke the next morning, forgetting all about the mouse. The one thought, above all else, her most favorite in the world: food. She stretched her body and a yawn escaped her. Matt was still asleep, his arm flung across his face. Piggy prodded at her human to try and annoy him into waking, but to no avail. Her stomach gave a rumble, and she tried harder, pawing at feet this time. Matt rolled over, and one eye opened peering at her.”
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“God loves each of us as if there is only one of us.

St. Augustine”
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“I've heard it said before that those who don't learn from the past are bound to repeat it, and I just don't know what I think about that. I figure I don't have too much use for it. The past will just weigh on you if you spend too much time remembering it.”
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“Books are a uniquely portable magic.”
Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

“If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”
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“Get busy living or get busy dying.”
Stephen King, Different Seasons

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Karen Malena Beginning Monday, June 13th until Weds, June 15, my book will be free on Amazon kindle!


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Karen Malena One small mistake. One dire consequence. A world where privacy is completely gone. A world without speech. One good man. . .

Free Tues Aug 5th & Weds Aug 6th on Amazon:


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Karen Malena One small mistake . . . one dire consequence.

What would happen in a world without speech, a world where only electronic, texted conversing was permitted?
Ray Warren does the unthinkable. He seals his fate by speaking out in a moment of kindness in an era where speech has been outlawed. The year is 2050. Due to a lethal rise in terrorism and a powerful politician’s decree, officials now monitor all spoken and written communication. Military police exercise full control of any disobedience. Children born into the world are implanted with a special surgical chip which renders their vocal chords paralyzed. Ray, one good man, makes a bold gesture and in doing so, condemns himself and must leave the family he loves to ensure their safety.
In part one of Sound of Silence, a chilling new society is introduced leaving us with the question: What if?

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Karen Malena Sally wrote: "Thanks for your Goodreads friendship, Karen!

You're welcome and you also!!

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Sally Chambers Thanks for your Goodreads friendship, Karen!

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Sally Chambers Thanks for your Goodreads friendship, Karen!

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Karen Malena Cat lovers, claw machine enthusiasts, grandparents and everyone. Here is my family friendly fictional cat story for your enjoyment. Some of the proceeds will be going to help a feral cat community!


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Karen Malena Yvonne wrote: "Hi Karen,

Thanks for friending me!


Nice to meet you! Perhaps when my cat book is out, you'd be kind enough to review for me......we can talk as it gets closer. Thank you.

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Yvonne Hi Karen,

Thanks for friending me!


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Karen Malena The third volume of Piggy the cat's adventure is now available as an e book on Amazon! Based on my son's real life cat, Piggy, follow her crazy antics with her best buddy Melvin the mouse! These stories will not only make you chuckle out loud, but warm your heart!


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Karen Malena If you click this link, you'll be able to buy the paperback complete version of My Mother's Kitchen. This story is very dear to my heart, as it is based on some true incidents from me and my family. If you've experienced times in your life of insecurity, pain, health scares, waiting for news of a dear loved one, doubt, childhood fears, major surgery, it's all here. May the words of this book inspire you and help you to know we are all in this together, and the power of love is stronger than anything we face:


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Karen Malena Stop by the GZone tonight for my blogtalk radio interview! My crazy YouTube son Matt will be on with me discussing his popularity with the site! 6 pm eastern time!


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Karen Malena Last book in my heartfelt series...

Every woman’s fear.
When Kate finds a lump on her breast, will the love and support of her husband and family carry her through one of the most difficult times of her life?
In this final volume, as the story of Kate and her family comes to a close, share the emotional ups and downs, good times and bad, warmth and bonding once again in her mother’s kitchen.

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Karen Malena My "young at heart"/children's book is available on Amazon. First volume in a short story series:


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Karen Malena Almost finished with Something Wicked This Way Comes. Phew.... Although I like the poetic quality of this book, I find it a bit too much at times. There are moments I enjoy the deep, dark feel of it, and it certainly is very different from the movie, but how do writer's get away with such "talky" novels and we're slapped on the wrist for a few extra words at times in our own books?

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Karen Malena Has anyone read "a land more kind than home"? don't give away too much, but what are your thoughts? is it dark like pat conroy's works?

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Karen Malena Sharing volume 5 of my series....as I've said in other places, this is the most difficult to write in some ways since it dealt with true events from my own childhood. Hope it touches you....

I knew what my husband was trying to do. Build me up when I was faced with the lowest self-esteem of my life. He knew things about me nobody else did. The stories of my teenage years, the ugly duckling time in my life where I couldn’t do anything right, when young boys tormented me about my twisted body as scoliosis ravaged my spine. . .
In volume 5 of My Mother’s Kitchen, as failure threatens Kate, will her husband’s encouragement and love be enough to finally rid her of the old ghosts of insecurity?

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Karen Malena Right now I'm reading a really good book by a local author from my area called "I Want a New Life" by Michele Poydence. I am thoroughly enjoying her humor and touching moments as I learn from three ladies who I can certainly identify with. The next book I'll be reading is called "Between Two Bears" a collection of short stories by another local author, Alicia Stankay which seems poignant and charming.

I am very excited to purchase the book The Dressmaker though after seeing it in a magazine yesterday. I love, love, love all things Titanic and just know it will be one of the types of books I'll enjoy!

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Karen Malena It's funny but older blog posts of mine seem to be part of the inspiration for installments of my book series. Hope this little blog inspires you:

Who begins this vicious ride of insecurity? Is it our parents, our grandparents? Is it inborn, or does it develop little by little in our childhood.

It is an unwelcome companion in my life. Long have I fought to rid myself of the torturous road of insecurity. Long have I failed, only to let it hold me down, keep me down.

What advice would I give my son, my beloved family members, my dear friends? What can I tell you that will perhaps keep away, the unwanted companion which pokes its ugly head up on a daily basis?

Think back to a really good day. A day when the evils of self-loathing didn't appear at all. Rest in that day, letting good thoughts bathe you in their splendour. I think our evil companion never showed up on a day like that. I think thoughts of light, love, God perhaps, are what holds the enemy at bay.

What is your enemy? What is the anchor which weighs you down? For me, it has always been the stigma of my scoliosis, the fact I was different in so many ways from others. A time in my young adulthood when I should have been thinking thoughts of boys, makeup, fun. The bullies in school who preyed upon a young girl's worst nightmare.

I have talked before about these ghosts, I have exorcised some of these demons. Yet it is only in reading God's word, His holy bible, where I can truly find the rest and peace which I yearn for. He tells me I am beloved, beautiful, blessed. He tells me I can call upon Him any hour of the day or night. How can I fear anything then, even something as strong as my insecurity, past voices, bad memories.

If it has been a long time since you opened the Good Book, don't wait another moment. Browse through the Psalms and their words of comfort. Check out the gospels and Jesus' words to all of us. Read an inspirational book, listen to a grand song. Watch a movie which makes you think and makes you cry.

Bask in the healing light of God. Let us rid ourselves of anything which threatens our peace. Let us encourage one another in this journey of life.

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Karen Malena Spent a lovely time last evening mentoring a young writer. I believe he'll go far. He puts me in mind of Tolkein or CS Lewis....fantastic worlds and a different type of language.....This is what we need! Very proud of him.

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Karen Malena I absolutely loved the movie The Hobbit! I know some fans of the book feel it's too much....but I think it's like a great supplement to the book, a companion, if you will.....some old friends and new. I am glad to be back in Middle Earth again for the next three years. I never left it anyway!!

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Karen Malena I have to share a sweet story. On Christmas morning Jim and I went to visit Uncle Hubert in the nursing home. We signed the guest book in the front lobby and walked through the doors to the hall that leads to the patient rooms. A little way up the hallway, Uncle Hubert was sitting in his wheelchair, the only patient in the immediate area, an expectant look on his face which broke into the most beautiful smile the instant he saw us. "Merry Christmas," he said, extending both arms toward us. We embraced and went into the dining room with him to chat. A lump formed in my throat as we spoke, realizing we probably got the most wonderful present by giving our time to this dear man. "I knew you were coming," he said to us. It was the strangest thing. We could have chosen any time that day for a visit, yet he knew in his heart it would be then. All our love, Uncle Hubert....

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Karen Malena My brother got me the book Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradburry. I loved the little movie from years ago, but I'm thinking the book will have that cozy feel to it even though it's somewhat horror. I liked the narration in the movie.

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Karen Malena September 11, 2001. A day that would forever change lives. When Kate receives a frantic phone call from her brother during his meeting in the twin towers, she rushes to her mother’s arms to await the uncertain outcome. But as the day goes by with no word from him, Kate cries out to God and begins to finally understand complete trust in Him is the only answer.

In volume 4 of My Mother’s Kitchen, share in the story of hope and courage which is revealed as a family’s faith grows stronger in the face of adversity.
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Karen Malena My new installment in the heartfelt continuing series: My Mother's Kitchen. Based on events from 9-11:


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Karen Malena A wonderful upcoming seminar for a good friend and great author:

Hi Girls!

Hope you can make this and please forward to anyone you know who may find it of interest!

You may want to plan a girls' lunch after the seminar in Oakmont. Many thanks!



I Want a New Life!

Free Seminar & Book Launch

Saturday, January 12, 10:30 a.m.

Oakmont Library

Based on the humorous inspirational book

by Oakmont author Michele Poydence

Presented by counselor Eileen Colianni.

Featuring Fun & Dramatic Staged Readings by Karen Hinkes!

Do You Want a New Life?

Everyone wants a new life in some area - be it a relationship, work, or overcoming a challenge - but how do you get a new life? Join counselor Eileen Colianni to explore the keys to changing your life. Based on Oakmont author Michele Poydence's new humorous & inspirational novel, I Want a New Life is about three friends who need a new life - pronto! Relax, learn and enjoy the dramatic short readings about each character by Karen Hinkes throughout the seminar.

You may win an I Want a New Life t-shirt, tote or other inspirational I Want a New Life product when you attend this free seminar. A percentage of profits from the I Want a New Life book and inspirational products will be donated to Oakmont Library, and to help women in need around the world.

Oakmont Library is located at the intersection of Allegheny Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue , right across from Panera’s where there’s library parking. The seminar will conclude by lunchtime. Don’t leave Oakmont without visiting or doing a lunch, brunch or dessert with your friends at any of the excellent eateries like Oakmont Bakery, Hoffstatt’s or Chelsea’s (all on one street down on Allegheny Avenue) or at any of the many other restaurants in Oakmont!

Reserve your seat today at 412-828-9532!

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Karen Malena A little snippet from my upcoming novel. My labor of love and dedication to those who perished in 9-11.

I arrived at the office around 8:15. Gathering all my paperwork, I sat at my desk, organizing the words into coherent sentences. A cup of coffee sat next to me, untouched, while I cut and pasted, then cut some more. I was just starting to like what I saw before me when Jodi Branson, a nice lady I’d worked with for some time, rushed into my cubicle.
“Kate, did you hear what happened?” The look on her face scared me. A thousand possibilities entered my mind.
“What’s up, Jodi?” I asked, forcing myself to sound more cheerful than I felt at the moment.
“A plane crashed into one of the towers of the World Trade Center.”
Words that would change my life in an instant. I felt faint and sick, and the tiny bit of coffee I’d drank, and the bagel I’d eaten this morning threatened to come rushing up.
“Kate, what’s the matter?” Jodi stood there as the room spun for me, faster and faster. I pushed myself away from the desk and bolted up, scattering papers across the floor.
I ran into the lobby, eyes transfixed to the television set before me. Many others were gathered around, too stunned for words, some people crying, others way too talkative for me.
Jodi came over to me then. “Kate, what is it?”
“My brother is there, Jodi. Matt flew into New York city last night for some type of meeting.” My mouth felt like sandpaper. All the spit had dried up.
“He had an appointment at the World Trade Center for nine o’clock this. . .” My words trailed off as my eyes stared, transfixed at the living nightmare.

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Karen Malena New Christmas volume in My Mother's Kitchen. Based on true events:


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Karen Malena I watched Mom out of the corner of one eye. She looked tired. I got up to bring in the huge platter of cookies we’d baked together. Offering one to her first, I asked, “Did you have a nice time tonight, Mom? You were a little quieter than usual.”
“I was just thinking,” she said. “Did I ever tell you all about the Christmas Eve when I was ten? The night we had a special visitor?”
“I don’t think so, Mom,” I said. Knowing it was time for one of her long, unusual family tales; we settled in and waited for her to begin.

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Karen Malena Would love for you to drop by my facebook author page. I encourage any of you who would like to share some of your own works there:

Please "like" if you stop by, thanks!


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Karen Malena A very special thank you to author Dennis Snyder for a great new website he will be promoting some books on:


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Karen Malena A shoutout for a very dear friend of mine, Grace Yee and her first published e book. Grace is a young lady with a wicked sense of humor and a book which is like a fairy tale....but with a twist. Check it out:


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Karen Malena It's so funny but I usually have at least three books that I'm reading at any given time. One self help or inspirational, and two others. Right now I am reading The Stand, (well, re-reading) but it's the larger version which I consider just a bit too talky! And I'm reading Oliver Twist which is wonderful!!

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Karen Malena Volume II of my new short story series......

Some steel towns, like all small towns, have their secrets….
On a chilly Halloween night, nine-year-old Katie learns the shrouded mystery behind a creepy, old house in her neighborhood and that some things aren’t quite as they seem.
In Karen Malena’s autumn short story installment, pull up a chair and join the conversation with Kate and her mom over a warm slice of pumpkin pie as they continue to share stories in the warmth of her mother’s kitchen.

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Karen Malena Ellis Island, gateway to a new life

Posted: 05 Oct 2012 08:35 PM PDT

Karen Malena is today’s Adventurista

What was it like for newcomers passing through Ellis Island?

I wondered this, and more, about the brave souls who left the old world to pass through ports of entry like Ellis to begin a new life for themselves.

Did you know you can find the names of the actual ship that carried your loved ones to Ellis Island? I found my great-grandfather’s ship, the Verona, and a sketch of what it had looked like back in the day, along with the names of other passengers who travelled with him.

Ellis Island, circa 1918 (photo courtesy of the Library of Congress)

In the early 1900’s, European immigrants travelled to America seeking new and better opportunities for their families. They would board a huge ship, and those who couldn’t afford to pay the fare for the upper decks were relegated to an area just below the main deck called “steerage,” an area originally designed to be a cargo hold.The conditions were crowded, with hundreds of people crammed into cramped quarters. Nighttime was especially uncomfortable with tiny, closely-packed palettes for beds.

When they arrived at Ellis Island, New York, the poor immigrants were ushered into a processing center which daily herded thousands through for screening. Inspectors questioned them first, and then they were poked and prodded by doctors and nurses looking for diseases or handicaps. This process took about four hours, and then they were free to leave. If they didn’t receive approval, they were sent back to their place of origin.

In the thirty five years of operation, 1892-1954, Ellis processed eight million immigrants. In 1897, a fire destroyed many of the records. 1907 saw the most, when 1,004,756 people passed through the portal. Estimates are that over a hundred million Americans can trace their ancestry through Ellis.

Italian immigrants settled in the Pittsburgh and Philadelphia areas. They worked as carpenters, brick-layers, shoe makers and clothiers. Many found jobs in the newly fabricated steel mills. As soon as they saved enough money for passage, and could arrange for accommodations, their families left behind in the old country joined them, processing through the same ports of entry.

Besides searching the records from Ellis Island, you can type a loved one’s name into the Google search engine. I recently searched for my grandfather’s history and found lots of details our family had forgotten.

Ancestry.com often has free trials so you can get a taste of how easy it is to search. The more information you have, such as spouse’s and children’s names, and where they were born, the more information you’ll turn up.

My grandfather Pietro Biancuci, who emigrated from Italy through Ellis Island

While I searched, I noticed that someone had corrected some misspelling of our family’s last name, and had left their email address. I wrote her, and a new friendship was forged. We laughed and cried together over dear loved ones, long gone.

My long lost, now found, relative gave me the name of another site. Family Search lets you search for free.

One of the search engines, Find a Grave, revealed the final resting place of my great-grandfather, Pietro. I found it, and as I stood there, tears coursing down my face over the end of my quest, I gave thanks for being born into a family who had such a strong patriarch, brave enough to leave the old world, pass through Ellis Island, and begin a new life in America.

My grandmother’s wedding party, with her father, my great grandfather, Pietro, standing directly behind her. (photograph property of the author)

With the power of the internet, and because of the meticulous records, your search for your ancestors might turn up even more than mine did, and I promise you’ll enjoy the adventure. I’d love to hear about what you turn up.


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Karen Malena

Karen Malena has several compelling stories about the search for her ancestors available on Amazon and Goodreads. A devoted mother, daughter and wife, she hopes to convey the ups and downs of true-to-life situations in her writing. Coming from an Italian family has given her passion, and a love of reading has given her the desire for creativity. Karen is a member of Ligonier Valley Writers, and Pittsburgh East Scribes.When she’s not tracking down distant relatives, she works in the dental field, where she developed a compassion for people of all walks and ages.

Contact her at scoutfinch15003@yahoo.com. Visit Karen’s Facebook page, and learn more about her books.

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Karen Malena A special thank you to author Beverly Nault for allowing me to write an article for her awesome site!

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Karen Malena Thank you to anyone who read my short story, My Mother's Kitchen! Made top 20 in hot, new short stories on Amazon!

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Karen Malena My short story made it into the top 20 hottest new releases on Amazon today! Doing happy dance! Thank you to anyone who made it possible!

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Karen Malena My new short story, My Mother's Kitchen, Volume I, Pietro's Song is available on Amazon & Barnes & Noble.


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Karen Malena Good morning everyone! Great news: A new short story series of mine will be available in e book form soon. It will be called: My Mother's Kitchen, and each volume will be about a 40 yr. old woman and her aging mother talking over coffee and cakes in Mom's kitchen, sharing stories of their past, their dreams, hopes, etc.....

Volume I will be called "Pietro's Song" where the women talk about a haunting, old photograph of an Italian immigrant, who happens to be their relative.

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