Karen Witemeyer: author spotlight + giveaway

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Hi, reader friends! I’m simply delighted to feature today’s author! Her stories are among my favorites and must-reads for fans of historical romance. She’s sharing some of her favorites, her latest bookish news, and a giveaway for y’all!

about the author

Karen WitemeyerFor those who love to smile as they read, bestselling author Karen Witemeyer offers warm-hearted historical romances with a flair of 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 HOLT Medallion, ACFW Carol Award, Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award, National 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 substantial bonus content on her website. To learn more about Karen and her books, or to join her subscriber list, visit her website. Join Karen’s private FB fan group, the Posse.

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five favorites

Favorite secondary characters

Karen: The Chandler sisters from my Ladies of Harper’s Station series. This pair of maiden aunts couldn’t be more different from each other. Bertie (Alberta) Chandler is the soft, sweet, nurturer of the ladies in the women’s colony while her sister Henry (Henrietta) Chandler is the feisty, militant, suffragette. Whenever she believes an injustice has been done to one of her ladies, she dons her bloomers, fetches her revolver, and is ready to go to war.

Amos Bledsoe in Heart on the Line dubbed them Cookie Granny and Revolver Granny. One of my favorite Henry-isms is when she’s giving advice to the ladies after a villain set fire to the Harper’s Station church in No Other Will Do

“. . . worrying about tomorrow is as pointless as milking a dry cow. Leaves you frustrated, frazzled, and with nothing to show for your effort. On the other hand . . . a good night’s sleep can shrink any problem down to a manageable size. So that’s what I aim to do—get some sleep and leave the worrying to the Lord. I suggest you all do the same.”

Beth: I love the Chandler sisters! Henry is a teeny bit intimidating but Bertie is always nearby with a plate of cookies to soften her rough edges 😉

Favorite genre

Karen: I’m a historical romance gal all the way. I rarely read anything contemporary. Ever since my Little House on the Prairie days, I’ve loved escaping into the past through stories. Maybe it’s the big dresses, but something about historic settings enhances the fairy tale effect for me. So, when I decided to try my hand at writing, there was no question about what my genre of choice would be. Write what you love!

Beth: Historical romance is my first love genre!

Favorite time and place to write

laptop in bed

Karen: I’m most fresh in the morning, yet because of working a full-time day job, I rarely get to write in my sweet time spot. During the Christmas/New Year holiday, I was blessed with two weeks of vacation, and nearly every day, I carved out time to write directly after breakfast. My glamorous writing location? On my bed with my laptop. Not even a desk. Ha! But I didn’t mind. It’s so fabulous to get my page count goals met and still have the majority of the day to accomplish other tasks. During vacation, that included a lot of family board games. Play time!

Beth: That sounds like a lovely couple of weeks!

Favorite words

Karen: Early in my writing career, several years before I was published, I attended a local writers’ guild meeting where a lady spoke on the power of strong verbs. She gave an example that resonated with me so much, it became one of my favorite words—sagged. Probably not what you were expecting, huh? There’s just something about that word, though. It encapsulates such emotion yet can be so versatile—despair, disappointment, hopelessness, physical fatigue or emotional relief. It can be used to great effectiveness in a variety of settings and circumstances and paints such a vivid picture. You immediately know what the character is feeling. I try not to overuse it, but I bet if you read all of my books and searched for it, you’d find that word in nearly every story I’ve written.

Beth: Nope, wasn’t expecting that one! 😁

Favorite book setting

Karen: I already mentioned my love for historical settings, but what might be a surprise is that when I read for pleasure, the majority of the books I read are set in Regency England, not in the American West. This gives me some variety, though I have to be careful when I start writing that my characters don’t start slipping in British slang or upper crust vocabulary.

Beth: Variety is good! 

 

q&a

What is your go-to beverage?

Karen: Almost every mid-morning and mid-afternoon, I refuel with a large cup of hot tea. I don’t go in for fancy, flavored teas. I just like plain black tea sweetened with honey. A touch of caffeine, a touch of sweet, and I’m ready to power through.

Beth: Woo! A little bit of fuel to put some pep in your step 😉

What is your comfort food?

Karen: I love ice cream. If I’ve accomplished something, I look to ice cream as a reward. If I’ve had a rough day, I look to cheer myself with some creamy goodness. Unfortunately, it’s not too good for the waistline, so I try to restrain more often than I give in, but I do love a bowl of Blue Bell Chocolate Chip every so often.

Beth: Mmmmm, I love ice cream! 

 

books

Tell us about your latest release

Karen: Hearts Entwined is a fun novella anthology that I had the honor of working on with some great author friends—Mary Connealy, Regina Jennings, and Melissa Jagears. The four stories are loosely connected by the theme of how love can tie you up in knots. We had fun with the titles. My story is The Love Knot. Mary’s is The Tangled Ties That Bind. Regina has Bound and Determined, and Melissa has Tied and True.

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The Love Knot is the final story in the Ladies of Harper’s Station series. It stands alone, so you don’t need to have read the other stories in order to enjoy this one, but for those who have been looking forward to Claire’s story and finally discovering what led her to become a runaway mail-order bride in No Other Will Do, all is finally revealed.

Here is the blurb specifically pertaining to The Love Knot: Claire Nevin has identified herself in many ways during her brief eighteen years: Irish immigrant; professional embroiderer; jilted fiancé; runaway mail-order bride; and most recently, apprentice healer for the ladies of Harper’s Station. The one role she treasures above all, however, is sister. When her troubled younger sibling sends her an unexpected package by rail, the gift, and the man who delivers it, threaten to redefine her life once again. Fighting to hold on to all she has built, will she lose what matters most?

Beth: I’m so fond of these stories!

Hearts Entwined by Karen Witemeyer, Mary Connealy, Regina Jennings, Melissa JagearsFour top historical romance novelists team up in this new collection to offer stories of love and romance with a twist of humor.

In Karen Witemeyer’s “The Love Knot,” Claire Nevin gets the surprise of her life awaiting her sister’s arrival by train.

Mary Connealy’s “The Tangled Ties That Bind” offers the story of two former best friends who are reunited while escaping a stampede.

Regina Jennings offers “Bound and Determined,” where a most unusual trip across barren Oklahoma plains is filled with adventure, romance, and . . . camels?

And Melissa Jagears’ “Tied and True” entertains with a tale of two hearts from different social classes who become entwined at a cotton thread factory.

Each tale is a fun blend of history and romance that will delight readers.

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Tell us about your next release

Karen: My next book will kick off a new series about a group of unwanted orphans who bond together to create their own family after the orphan train they are riding derails. The first book in the Patchwork Family series is Evangeline’s story – More Than Meets the Eye. It will release in June.

More Than Meets the Eye by Karen WitemeyerMany consider Evangeline Hamilton cursed. Orphaned at a young age and possessing a pair of mismatched eyes–one bright blue, the other dark brown–Eva has fought to find her way in a world that constantly rejects her. Yet the support of even one person can help overcome the world’s judgments, and Eva has two–Seth and Zach, two former orphans she now counts as brothers.

Seeking justice against the man who stole his birthright and destroyed his family, Logan Fowler arrives in 1880s Pecan Gap, Texas, to confront Zach Hamilton, the hardened criminal responsible for his father’s death. Only instead of finding a solitary ruthless gambler, he discovers a man not much older than himself with an unusual family. When Zach’s sister, Evangeline, insists on dousing Logan with sunshine every time their paths cross, Logan finds his quest completely derailed.

Who is truly responsible for his lost legacy, and will restoring the past satisfy if it means forfeiting a future with Evangeline?

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Beth: I’m so excited about these orphans and looking forward to this series! Thank you so much for sharing your favorites and book news with us, Karen!

 

giveaway

Karen Witemeyer has generously offered to send one Faithfully Bookish reader a signed paperback of Hearts Entwined!

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Does anyone else have a favorite word to share?
What are your favorite story elements in historical romance?

76 Comments


  1. // Reply

    Absolutely love all of Karen’s books and have each one to date! Excellent author!


    1. // Reply

      Thanks for being such a loyal reader, Lori!


  2. // Reply

    I love Karen’s books! Like Karen, I prefer black tea. I wonder if she has tried the Irish Breakfast or English Breakfast teas? These two are my favorites.


    1. // Reply

      Tea talk… um, I make a mean iced sweet tea but I don’t drink it 😊


    2. // Reply

      I’ve had English Breakfast tea. Yum! Right now I’m drinking Yorkshire tea. A reader friend recommended it. It’s good, too.


  3. // Reply

    I always enjoy Karen’s books as well as the other excellent authors of this novella collection. Historical fiction is one of my favorites, and I enjoy well researched locations (to learn something) as well as believable characters and situations.


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      Hi, Cathy. Believe it or not, I hated History class back in school. All those wars and dates and politics. Not my thing. Yet I adored historical fiction – books and TV show. Loved those old westerns! I think I’ve learned more about history from reading fiction than I ever learned from those classes in school.


  4. // Reply

    I really enjoy all of Karen’s books and am excited to read this with all the other author’s as well. 🙂


    1. // Reply

      It’s extra fun to do a collection with authors who are also friends, and whose books I enjoy reading myself!


  5. // Reply

    I love your books! Books that manage to establish the message of faith alongside some good old-fashioned humor always have a place in my heart and my book shelves.


    1. // Reply

      Thanks, Thea! One of my theme writing verses is Provbers 17:22 – A cheerful heart is good medicine. I figure we could all use a dose every now and then. 🙂 I know I need it.


  6. // Reply

    I like reading about cowboys and ranch life.


    1. // Reply

      You and me both, Linda. 🙂 Love those rugged heroes with innate chivalry and a code of honor.


  7. // Reply

    Sounds like a lot of fun went into writing this novella.


    1. // Reply

      Hi, Linda. We did have fun brainstorming themes and connections for the stories. Working with authors who are also friends make the process such a blessing!


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    My favorite word is PATIENCE. It means the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset. I’m often not very good at it but I keep trying. It reminds us to wait for the good to come or to wait and the bad will pass but we can be patient and live in the here and now not allowing the past or future to mess up the now. 🙂

    Thanks for the chance to win a copy of “Hearts Entwined”. I’d love very much to read it.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net


    1. // Reply

      Great choice, Kay! I think there is a reason that in the list of descriptors for “love” in 1 Corinthians 13, that “patient” is listed first. So important yet so hard to master.


  9. // Reply

    Karen is one of my favorite authors, I am so excited for the new series in June.


    1. // Reply

      Thanks, Jennifer. I look forward to introducing you to Evangeline and Logan. 🙂


  10. // Reply

    Karen, I LOVE your books and sooooo ‘NEED’ this! Thank you for the chance to win a copy.

    wfnren at aol dot com


    1. // Reply

      Thanks, Wendy. Good luck with the giveaway!


  11. // Reply

    I always enjoy Karen Witemeyer’s stories, so I’m eagerly looking forward to these new narratives.


    1. // Reply

      Yay! Thanks, Michelle. 🙂


  12. // Reply

    What a fun post! And I can’t wait for More Than Meets the Eye. Just love the cover!


    1. // Reply

      Thanks, Jennifer. I was really pleased with how the cover turned out. I really wanted that close up on her eyes, and this fit the bill.


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    I really enjoy Karen’s books and own several of them, both in print and e-books. I like the way that she fits her characters into the historical settings so that I can learn more about the place and time period while I am living through the characters!


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      Thanks, Cheri! You’ve brightened my day. 🙂


    1. // Reply

      I hope you get a chance to enjoy them, Phyllis.


  14. // Reply

    Super excited for this book!


  15. // Reply

    I love how relationships weren’t just a guessing game in historical times. You could never mistake a hug, for example, as something other than what it was, as casually hugging someone was not socially acceptable.


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      Things were certainly different back then, but I’m sure many a suitor sweated over not knowing where he stood with a particular lady. 😉


  16. // Reply

    I love Karen’s books. I like to learn about things while reading enjoyable historical novels.


  17. // Reply

    Thank you for the interview! Enjoyed reading it 🙂


  18. // Reply

    This collection looks so fun. What a great bunch of authors! I need to read this!


  19. // Reply

    I’ve been eagerly anticipating this collection! I’m starting it tonight and though I enjoy all of the authors, I love mail-order bride stories so I’m looking forward to The Love Knot in particular.


  20. // Reply

    My favorite things about historical fiction is learning about life in years past. It’s interesting to see how life has evolved.


  21. // Reply

    I love Karen Witemeyer’s books. Looking forward to reading this book.


  22. // Reply

    Enjoy so many genres. I do love historical, but more likely as not, you’ll catch me reading suspense these days.



  23. // Reply

    What a fun interview! One of my favorite words is redeemed…I’m not sure that one even needs an explanation! =) Thank you for the opportunity to win. Crossing my fingers! Lol


  24. // Reply

    I don’t have a favorite word and I love all elements of historical romance!!


  25. // Reply

    Karen’s books are very popular in our church library. Not a favourite word, but my word for this year is giving.


  26. // Reply

    My favorite word for now is “get well.” Enough said!
    I always enjoy the humor Karen inserts into her novels!


  27. // Reply

    Hey Beth and Karen! My favorite word is GRACE!

    Blessings and ((((HUGS))))


  28. // Reply

    I think I need a trip to the library…. 🙂

    Thanks for the giveaway.


  29. // Reply

    Karen’s books are always enjoyable!

    Me, I like my tea hot too=)


  30. // Reply

    Not entering the giveaway because I’m currently reading Hearts Entwined (on story #3) — love it!


  31. // Reply

    Hi! I LOVE historical romance! The adventure is one of my favorite aspects. I like being transported to a different time and place.


  32. // Reply

    I don’t really have a favorite word. But I love historical fiction!! One of the things I love is when authors take the time to make it historically accurate, and I feel like I’m learning *and* being entertained at the same time. 🙂


  33. // Reply

    Hi.
    I read all the Little House books in grade school (I liked them, not loved) and I hated when my parents took me to historical museums. I didn’t want to see their way of life, their toys were 100+ years old, their clothes were old, yellow, and under glass. They had to learn how to sew (eww) and knit (I couldn’t get it to work) and garden and farm. There were no Barbies and My Little Ponies. I would have (insert drama here) died!!!!!
    But sophomore year of high school my friend introduced me to Love Comes Softly. Now I just can’t find enough Christian historical fiction!!
    Thanks for the giveaway, Beth.
    PS I learned how to crochet after college and love making stuffed animals.


  34. // Reply

    New to your books. Congrats on your new release!!


  35. // Reply

    Can’t wait to read this book! I love historical fiction!


  36. // Reply

    Karen does historical so well! #loveherstories the characters in any genre are what gets me to turn the pages


  37. // Reply

    I’m a huge fan also of Laura Ingalls Wilder and am lucky to live in the state of Minnesota where she spent time in Walnut Grove and Sleepy Eye. One of the nice things about MN whereas the cold and snow are not so nice! I think the two words that I like are kind and patient because you really can’t have the one without the other especially when you love someone.

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