Karla Brandenburg

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Karla Brandenburg is an award-winning author of contemporary romance, with paranormal elements. She is an avid reader,.a card-carrying cookie-holic, enjoys baking and travel. For more information about Karla or her novels, visit her website.

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Karla Brandenburg Keep writing. You can edit bad writing. You can't edit nothing. I learned once that when you are struggling with where to go next, you put all your id…moreKeep writing. You can edit bad writing. You can't edit nothing. I learned once that when you are struggling with where to go next, you put all your ideas down like spokes on a wheel. Then you can prioritize them without losing them because you can't move past the point you're at. If you're stuck where you are, move on and come back to it later.(less)
Karla Brandenburg When I was a kid, I lived near a marshy area and we would ice skate there in the winter. Along the roadside of the marsh, there were several partial c…moreWhen I was a kid, I lived near a marshy area and we would ice skate there in the winter. Along the roadside of the marsh, there were several partial cement walls that were never completed. It was the first mystery I noticed. Logically, I could guess that putting foundations in a marsh wasn't the best idea, since they sank and leaned, but I actually went to the Village Hall to find out who built them. Seems like a contractor would have done some preparation before trying to build on marshy land. My imagination took me all kinds of places with why they stopped building, why they built there in the first place. I never did get an answer, and that marshland is now landscaped as "wetland." The cement walls are long gone, but I could definitely see them incorporated into a book.(less)
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Where to start? And a sneak preview.

As I embark on my next writing project, there's always the question of where to start.Books need a strong first chapter, something very few authors can get right on the first try. I need to portray the goals, the motivation, and the conflict - something that will immediately invest the reader into the pages that follow. Too often, I start with backstory, which is ALWAYS a problem. Nothing like
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Epitaph The Twins The Mirror The Architect The Selkie The Sculptor The Garden
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Touched by the Sun Living Canvas Return to Hoffman Grove Cookie Therapy
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Mist on the Meadow Gathering Mist Rising Mist The Mist Trilogy
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Return to Hoffman Grove (Romance)
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Description: After nine years away, a business venture forces Brody Parkhill to return to his home town. Trying to determine whether the building he’s been sent to assess would be a viable project for his boss, he is surprised to discover it houses a women’s crisis center. Further complicating his job, members of his old high school gang are involved in the center’s operations—the same friends he ran out on all those years ago. His boss questions where Brody’s loyalties lie and ultimately fires him. With no more to offer Cinda Cooper, the girl he left behind, than when he was a hot-headed teen, Brody must find a way to regain his job, save the center, and win her back. The last person Cinda Cooper expected to see after a night out was her best friend from high school, Brody Parkhill, the one who was supposed to help her escape her troubled home life. The one she hasn’t seen or heard from for nine years. But she’s too busy dealing with escalating acts of violence to deal with her feelings for him. Could these crimes have anything to do with Brody’s return to town? Or has her past caught up with her?

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Karla Brandenburg Celebrating my new release!

Kathleen is sassy and brassy and headed for trouble. Her boss is a notorious workaholic and the last associate to work with him got fired amid controversy. Still, Kathleen can’t resist the urge to push his buttons.

Sebastian is on the short list for promotion until the boss throws a grenade in his path in the person of Kathleen McCormick.
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Karla Brandenburg Tuesday is release day! Starting a new series with a suspenseful ghost story that includes a happily ever after for the survivors! Epitaph http://karlabrandenburg.com/epitaph.html

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Serena Great to connect with you on GR!

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Karla Brandenburg Looking for a beta reader to help me find "missing" pieces in my current WIP. Romance/suspense, with meddlesome ghosts. PM me for more information.

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Karla Brandenburg Smashwords is having a summer sale for the month of July. Among hundreds of other titles, Return to Hoffman Grove by Karla Brandenburg and Mist on the Meadow by Karla Brandenburg are half off.

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Karla Brandenburg Don’t say it was ‘delightful’; make us say ‘delightful’ when we’ve read the description. You see, all those words (horrifying, wonderful, hideous, exquisite) are only like saying to your readers ‘Please will you do the job for me.’
- C. S. Lewis

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Karla Brandenburg Rising Mist by Karla Brandenburg She’d caught Max off guard, as evidenced by the sharp intake of air when her lips touched his, but he recovered quickly, taking advantage of the kiss, which was warm, and soft and… deepening. She couldn’t think. In Max’s embrace, she could only feel, and he felt right. Warm and strong and protective and caring.

Four more days before the pre-order special price disappears!

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Karla Brandenburg Rising Mist by Karla Brandenburg Max glanced at the platforms. He should walk away from his fairy artist and go upstairs, grab something to eat while he waited for the 10:40 train. He was tempted, but the girl screamed vulnerability. He couldn’t, in good conscience, let her walk out into the urban jungle alone.

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Karla Brandenburg Puzzling together the cover for my new book. http://karlabrandenburg.blogspot.com/...

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Karla Brandenburg When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, 'I used everything you gave me
- Erma Bombeck

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Karla Brandenburg Diversion in the form of a giveaway I won! In Your Dreams by Kristan Higgins

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Karla Brandenburg Smashwords is having its annual summer sale. I've discounted Living Canvas (in anticipation of my upcoming release, Rekindling), and Intimate Distance. Look for the coupon when you checkout. See what else they have on sale! https://www.smashwords.com/profile/vi...

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Karla Brandenburg I'll be in the Chicago area on Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 9:30 – 10:30am., doing a signing at the Marriott Chicago Northwest. Want to come? Mary Balogh will be there, Lauren Dane, Simone Elkeles, Kristan Higgins, Julie James and a bunch of others! Hope you can make it!

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Karla Brandenburg It's Read an EBook Week at Smashwords! Find a new favorite at deep discount prices! https://www.smashwords.com/books/view...

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Karla Brandenburg Merry Christmas to me. Mist on the Meadow by Karla Brandenburg was awarded honorable mention in Writer's Digest's ebooks award in fiction!

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Ayr Bray Thanks for friending me, Karla! I look forward to sharing our ideas about books here on Goodreads.

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Karla Brandenburg Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway for Heart For Rent, with an Option by Karla Brandenburg . Winners, your book is on its way!

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Karla Brandenburg Mist on the Meadow. Looking for reviewers! Please send me a message if you are interested

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Karla Brandenburg Okay, I'm burned out on regency romances for a while. Still love them, but need something different now.

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Karla Brandenburg How many authors wouldn't like a ghost writer, the way the shoemaker had the elves?

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Karla Brandenburg Happy November! Early Christmas shopping. Today only download a free copy of Living Canvas at http://ow.ly/1Ph9Pt coupon code SX42K

Penelope Marzec Hi Karla,

It seems we have a similar interest in books. :^)

Thanks for your friendship!

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