SEPTEMBER 2023 EDITION
Karen Wiesner’s Karen’s Quill Newsletter
In addition to having been a popular writing reference instructor and writer, professional blurbologist and freelance editor, Karen Wiesner is the accomplished author of 150 titles published, which have been nominated/won for over a hundred and thirty awards. Karen’s books cover such genres as women’s fiction, romance, mystery/police procedural/cozy, suspense, thriller, paranormal, supernatural, futuristic, fantasy, science fiction, gothic, inspirational/Christian, horror, chick-lit, and action/adventure. She also writes children’s books, poetry, and writing reference titles which have been repackaged in the 3D Fiction Fundamentals Collection. Karen will begin illustrating children's books starting in 2024.
On the Alien Romances Blog, I posted "Stop and Smell the Roses", a memorial for a dear friend who passed away recently, including some of my colored pencil flower artwork. You can see it here: https://aliendjinnromances.blogspot.com/2023/08/stop-and-smell-roses-by-karen-wiesner.html
In a two-part article called "Pros and Cons of Taking Break from Writing" on the Alien Romances Blog, I evaluated aging, progress, and momentum as well as talked about the indisputable value breaks provide one in their particular discipline along with the damage protracted absences from said discipline can also do.
Part 1: https://aliendjinnromances.blogspot.com/2023/08/pros-and-cons-of-taking-break-from.html
Part 2: https://aliendjinnromances.blogspot.com/2023/08/pros-and-cons-of-taking-break-from_0529933682.html
In celebration of all things Medieval, I've posted a simplified black and white sketch I did in 2022 of the painting The Accolade by Edmund Blair Leighton (1901). Go to Alien Romances Blog to see my rendition of it here: https://aliendjinnromances.blogspot.com/2023/08/medieval-art-celebration-by-karen.html
Note: If you click on the sketch, you can see a larger version of it. To see renditions of the original painting, visit https://www.bing.com/shop?q=the+accolade+by+edmund+blair+the+accolade+by+edmund+blair&FORM=SHOPPA&originIGUID=AE1D528EA0E24E15A835D91B7A769B38
In a new feature for my Friday columns on the Alien Romances Blog that I’m calling “Put This One on Your TBR List”, I’m reviewing books I love that other readers might not know about and should be told! Here's what I have so far:
The Martian, Artemis, and Project Hail Mary, science fiction novels, by Andy Weir:
The Death of Jane Lawrence, Gothic romantic horror, by Caitlin Starling:
The Expanse Series, a science fiction space opera saga, by S. A. Corey:
The Dark Elf Trilogy, a fantasy series by R.A. Salvatore:
The Mrs. Quent Trilogy, a Victorian retro-modernist, romantic historical gothic mystery series with fantastical elements by Galen Beckett:
The Luminous Dead, a sci-fi horror novel by Caitlin Starling: https://aliendjinnromances.blogspot.com/2023/06/karen-wiesner-book-review-luminous-dead.html
Visit me online here: https://karenwiesner.weebly.com/
In “Read What You Love”, I talked about what conditions, if any, cultivate or discourage a love of the written word along with the importance of reading what you love, regardless of your age, the genre or content appropriateness, your gender, or what's considered your "level". In the last two segments, I reviewed Brandon Mull's Young Adult fantasy series Fablehaven and its sequel Dragonwatch as well as Joseph Delaney's Spooksworld, a Young Adult fantasy multi-series.
Part 1: https://aliendjinnromances.blogspot.com/2023/06/read-what-you-love-part-1-by-karen-s.html
Part 2: https://aliendjinnromances.blogspot.com/2023/06/read-what-you-love-part-2-by-karen-s.html
Part 3: https://aliendjinnromances.blogspot.com/2023/06/read-what-you-love-part-3-by-karen-s.html
In “Reflections of Life", I looked back over the course of my life as an author who's looking forward to becoming an artist in retirement. I've learned to slow down and reflect on the past, savor the present, and look forward to the future. Interspersed through these ruminations each Friday, I included some of my own sketches.
Part 1: https://aliendjinnromances.blogspot.com/2023/04/reflections-of-life-part-1-by-karen-s.html
Part 2: https://aliendjinnromances.blogspot.com/2023/05/reflections-of-life-part-2-by-karen-s.html
Part 3: https://aliendjinnromances.blogspot.com/2023/05/reflections-of-life-part-3-by-karen-s.html
Part 4: https://aliendjinnromances.blogspot.com/2023/05/reflections-of-life-part-4-by-karen.html
Part 5: https://aliendjinnromances.blogspot.com/2023/05/reflections-of-life-part-5-by-karen-s.html
In "Details of Life", I discussed changing your perspective from the negative to positive when writing an obituary for yourself or for a loved one who's still alive on the Alien Romances Blog:
In "Taking the Bucket Out of the Bucket List", I discussed the wisdom and benefits of, and strategies for, drawing up a personal bucket list as early as possible--long before the curtain of a life is drawn.
Part 1: https://aliendjinnromances.blogspot.com/2023/03/taking-bucket-out-of-bucket-list-part-1.html
Part 2: https://aliendjinnromances.blogspot.com/2023/04/taking-bucket-out-of-bucket-list-part-2.html
NEWEST AND UPCOMING RELEASES
BONE OF MY BONE, Book 7: Bloodmoon Cove Spirits Series
Romantic Paranormal Horror
Available now in electronic and paperback
3D Fiction Fundamentals Collection, Book 3: WRITING THE STANDALONE SERIES (formerly titled WRITING THE FICTION SERIES) reissue
Karen S. Wiesner
Coming 2023 in paperback and electronic formats
Bonus Companion Booklet for WRITING THE STANDALONE SERIES
Karen S. Wiesner
Coming 2023 in paperback and electronic formats
Check out my Author Pages!
Writers Exchange: http://www.writers-exchange.com/Karen-Wiesner/ and http://www.writers-exchange.com/blog/
Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/Karen%20Wiesner
NEW! BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/karen-wiesner-1641e378-eb8c-420d-8373-93762208eae7
WHAT I'M WORKING ON
Look for my WIP Moments on my Facebook Author Page http://www.facebook.com/KarenWiesnerAuthor where I'll be posting about what I'm working on and the progress I'm making with each stage of my projects. You can also follow my progress here: https://karenwiesner.weebly.com/works-in-progress.html
In August, I:
-Wrote a piece with artwork for my Alien Romances Blog Friday column
-Did a final read-through and polish of LOST AND FOUND, Books 8 and 9: Bloodmoon Cove Spirits Series (2 novels in one collection); uploaded for publisher edits
In September and October, I'll be:
-Writing HELL HATH NO FURY, Book 10: Bloodmoon Cove Spirits Series (2024)
2023 WIP Goals: https://karenwiesner.weebly.com/works-in-progress.html
Feel free to direct your friends to this newsletter!
Welcome to Karen's Quill, the blog of author Karen Wiesner. In addition to being a popular writing reference instructor and writer, professional blurbologist and freelance editor, Karen is the accomplished author of nearly 150 titles published in the past 25 years, which have been nominated/won 134 awards, with 9 more releases contracted for spanning many genres and formats.
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