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Karen Tucker

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As a child, stories, poems etc fascinated me. I used to listen avidly to my mother as she read to me, even learning some of the pieces by heart and 'reading' along with her, long before I understood what the squiggles on the page meant. The one I remember with most fondness is a poem about 'coat of blue and red sou-wester'. Perhaps because of this attention from my mother, I was able to read and write before I started school, and by the age of 7, my parents were told I had a reading age of 14. This is probably why, when my teacher bought Topsy and Tim books for all her class, I alone was given something different - a magical children's novel by Noel Langley, entitled The Land of Green Ginger.

For as long as I can remember, I have made up my
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Karen Tucker As I reached out to touch the bloated body on the slab, the dead eyes snapped open. I screamed and turned to run, but a hand shot out, lightning-fast…moreAs I reached out to touch the bloated body on the slab, the dead eyes snapped open. I screamed and turned to run, but a hand shot out, lightning-fast - I was too late ...(less)
Karen Tucker What an interesting question! I have to say right from the start that I tend not to play favourites, so I can't give you a definition answer. Also, I…moreWhat an interesting question! I have to say right from the start that I tend not to play favourites, so I can't give you a definition answer. Also, I tend to read very little romantic fiction, so I would have to take my couples from the genres I read the most.

One of these is crime writing, and there are a couple of couples there who I like - Tommy and Tuppence from Agatha Christie's works and Lord Peter and Harriet Wimsey, creations of Dorothy L Sayers. And looking outside of romantic couples, there's an interesting dynamic between Hercule Poirot and his secretary, Miss Lemon, which sometimes makes me smile.

In fantasy, there are surprisingly few romantic couples, but I love the interaction between best friends Dante and Blays in The Cycle of Arawn, and of course there are the irascible Belgarath and beautiful Polgara in David Eddings' Belgariad and other books. In the children's series The Ranger's Apprentice, there are also some lovely couples (towards the end of the series), but in case you haven't read these books yet, I won't go into details. It's great to watch their relationships developing, through some difficult moments as well as shared experiences, and I think the nuances of the ways in which they change are really well portrayed.

Finally, I'm rather enjoying watching a relationship develop in the fantasy series for older children that I'm currently writing. Again, no spoilers, but I can't wait to see how it pans out in Book Three of the Grail Maiden series.(less)
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Healing the Wounds

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I'm so excited! At long last, after a year of writing, and six months of waiting on tenterhooks for it to be available, the new subscription website for my collaborative spiritual novel is up and running!

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Healing the Wounds (Literature & Fiction)
1 chapters   —   updated May 13, 2015 06:37PM
Description: Cathy Heritage has lost a child, an embryo she carried for only a few days. Haunted by the loss, she dreams about a past life in which she was brutally killed while pregnant, and learns the reason for a painful relationship break-up. As more past life issues on a similar theme begin to come to light, Cathy learns to find relief from the karmic emotions she has carried for many lifetimes, through forgiveness, understanding, acceptance and compassion. With tears and laughter, the unfailing support of good friends and her spirit guide, and initially the bewilderment and scorn of others, Cathy learns to release much of her past-life trauma. Along the way, she helps others release their own trauma, forms new friendships and frees herself to find a wonderful new relationship, as well as a possible new career. But the hardest lesson of all is to let go of the little girl she never got to hold.
Stories to Warm Your Heart (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: This small collection of short stories is designed to be read in those moments when you have a short time to yourself – on the bus, tube, subway, etc; in your lunch or tea break; or any time you have a few minutes to relax. There are six stories in all – six romantic or simply heartwarming moments to make you smile. They are: The Rainbows – a very short, but very romantic, starter The First Kiss? – a young man’s fancy turns again to the love of his life. Will he manage to tell her this time? What Comes Between – taking the brave step of living with her new love is only the start. Can she accommodate her man’s divided loyalties and accept his cat, too? Finally – A Rose! – they’ve waited a long time, but finally, the big day is here … and full of romance! The Once and Future Marriage? – can Pete and Dorothy’s marriage survive the boredom that seems to have set in? A Crazy Sort of Love – a temporary security assignment has unforeseen consequences.
Liberty Gibbens, Paranormal Investigator - Volume 1 (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: Following on from the success of the Horripilations volumes, two of these stories are inspired by, and pick up the loose ends from, those tales and resolve them. The other is a fictionalised version of a house-clearing I once did. Liberty Gibbens, also known as Libby, is an osteo-archaeologist by trade, but has a psychic talent that she is just beginning to learn to use and control. Through a series of short episodes in which her particular skills are much in demand, she develops her talents and her experience in the world of paranormal investigation. There are three short stories in this volume: The Voice in the Trees - intriguingly begun in the very short piece that opens Horripilations Volume 1, this story tells the tale behind the flash of white in the undergrowth and the screaming voice in Ruth's nightmare. Who is the woman, and why did she contact Libby's friend? Sarah's Dilemma - Libby is taken on a training assignment by the teacher from her development circle, to discover the truth behind an unexplained chill in the air and a smell of pipe smoke in the living room. Have the children really seen a flapper on the stairs? The Unwanted Guest - picking up on the story of the 'friendly persuasion' from Horripilations Volume 1, this is the story of the guitar-playing boy and Libby's attempt to dislodge him from the house he was unwittingly invited into.
Horripilations Volume 2 (Horror)
1 chapters   —   updated Jan 10, 2014 03:52AM
Description: A second short collection of short stories designed to be read in minutes – in your lunch break; on the train, bus, subway or tube; or snatched moments between caring for loved ones. More tales to chill your spine or just provoke a shiver. Volume Two contains: The Hanging Room – a short piece of flash fiction to really get the tingles going. Susan – when an old ‘friend’ from her schooldays starts appearing in her dreams, Cathy has no idea of the discoveries it will lead her to. No 1 Acacia Place – a chilling tale of sibling rivalry. Will the evil twin get her revenge? Full Circle – originally published by World Wide Writers in 2000, this old-fashioned tale of the old man in the attic and his chilling intention was originally written for an RL Stevenson anniversary competition, and is written in a style similar to that of the original writers of ghost stories.
Horripilations Volume 1 (Horror)
1 chapters   —   updated Jan 10, 2014 03:46AM
Description: In this short collection of short stories, each designed to be read in a few minutes, you will find a selection of tales to chill you to the marrow, or just to send a shiver down your spine. The stories in Volume One are: The Voice in the Trees – a short piece of flash fiction to get you looking over your shoulder. The Spirit of the Loch – short-listed for the Annual Ghost Story competition by Writers’ Magazine in the late 1990s, the tension builds in this story of lovers parted by death until the final, satisfying ending. A Bit of Friendly Persuasion – an ordinary tale of ordinary greed, with a shiver at the end. The Cleansing – a young woman inherits something she did not expect when she buys a new home in which to bring up her unborn child. Death in the Nightmare – what does the recurring dream Kelly suffers from mean, and how can it help her?
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“But what if I make a mistake?' Will asked.

Gilan threw back his head and laughed. 'A mistake? One mistake? You should be so lucky. You'll make dozens! I made four or five on my first day alone! Of course you'll make mistakes. Just don't make any of them twice. If you do mess things up, don't try to hide it. Don't try to rationalize it. Recognize it and admit it and learn from it. We never stop learning, none of us.”
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