I love indie publishing for lots of reasons. I can write the length I'd like, let the book proceed on its own without guidelines. One of the most important motivating factors in writing indie books is crossing genres. I can combine mystery, romance and suspense in any way I'd like.
My Search For Love Series began with two revised backlist titles that had been published by Harlequin. But then I wrote four original novels with the SEARCH FOR LOVE theme. My heroine in the first SEARCH book, NATHAN's VOW, visits each book for an important purpose--to find a missing person. She has a "gift" for it. Only HEARTFIRE, another backlist title, is a straight romance.
I'm working on Book 8. I'm keeping the title a secret for now. I'm about half way and need to fit it in between with my contracted titles, both mystery and romance. Book 8 takes a character from book 7, Beth from HER SISTER, and goes into detail about her story and background while also leading her to her own happily-ever-after.
The SEARCH FOR LOVE novels are available in e-book, print and audiobook formats. From romance to mystery to women's fiction, the SEARCH FOR LOVE series can suit any reader's need for an emotional and moving novel. Here's a bit more about each.
NATHAN'S VOW, Book 1. Contemporary Paranormal Romance
When Nathan Bradley's ex-wife disappears with his daughters, he does everything in his power to find them. His private investigator hits a wall and suggests Nathan convince psychic Gilliam Moore to help him. At first, Gillian is reluctant. She'd come to L.A. from Indiana to get lost in the crowd...to escape her gift that sometimes seemed more like a burden. As a manicurist, she is learning to relax again and enjoy life. But when Nathan makes his plea and shows her a picture of his girls, she knows she must help him. However, the spark and sizzle between them becomes a fascinating impediment to her progress. Gillian, who was once burnt by a divorced dad, tries to keep her perspective. But Nathan is a force to be reckoned with. Will her gift lead her to love or heartache once again?
JAKE'S BRIDE, Book 2. Contemporary marriage of convenience
Could Jake ever trust Sara again? Sara Standish knew private investigator Jake Donovan didn't want children. He'd lost his wife and child and his anguish was obvious. With their wedding only days away, she discovered she was pregnant. Should she marry Jake and trap him with a child he might not want? She loved him too much to do that so she called off their wedding and left Los Angeles without telling him about her pregnancy. Now four years later, a letter from her mother helps her realize she made a terrible mistake. Jake deserves to know he has a son. When Sara tells Jake the truth, she sees the sense of betrayal in his eyes. He will never be able to trust her again. But when he asks her to marry him for the sake of their son, she hopes her love can heal them both.
Although Jake has hardened his heart against Sara's beauty and gentle nature, he knows he wants to be a father to his son. The only way to do that? Marriage. But he doesn't expect to be caught in the web of loving Sara again. With Christmas near, can they really become a family? Only if he can leave the past behind. Can the traditions of Christmas make Jake whole? No, but maybe love can.
ALWAYS DEVOTED, Book 3. Contemporary romance/mystery
Single mom, Emma Henderson's worry about her missing sister threatens to overshadow her life. Media mogul Linc Granger offers Emma help, first by airing a nation-wide interview and then... By suggesting Emma consult with his friend Gillian Bradley who has a "gift" for finding missing persons.
As Emma and Linc walk the beach and she considers his unorthodox suggestion, Emma realizes she feels a sizzle of attraction to this man that she never felt with another--not even her late husband. Linc Granger is out of her league in so many ways. Yet her four-year-old daughter Becky believes he's her new best friend!
Emma and Linc's chemistry is impossible to deny as they consult with Gillian and follow leads to find Paige. What happens when their attraction explodes and they do find answers? Will Emma be able to leave the past behind to find a future with Linc?
ALWAYS HER COWBOY, Book 4.
A sweetly sexy contemporary ranch romance by Karen Rose Smith with an old-fashioned flavor but a modern twist.
Once a doctor, Zack leaves tragedy behind and heads for a life that once brought him peace. He finds a temporary job on the Rising Star Ranch in Wyoming. Lucy McIntyre, adopted into a large family who loves her, does her father a favor by checking the man's references as well as doing a face to face interview. Lucy never expects the sizzling magnetic pull toward Zackary Burke. Almost immediately she realizes he's a complicated man. But she has her own secret. And in the middle of Zack's interview she receives an unusual call from the family lawyer that could lead her on a search for a lost sibling.
Family and romance clash. But Lucy thaws Zack's heart until he wants to remain ALWAYS HER COWBOY.
HEARTFIRE, Book 5. Contemporary, reunion romance with family themes.
Tessa Kahill, renowned journalist who traveled the world, is falling in love with her best friend's husband all over again! Tessa and Max Winthrop dated before he met Leslie. But then Tessa left with secrets and dreams to follow her career, and Max married Leslie. With a child and what he considered a "perfect" marriage, Max was devastated when he lost his wife, his son's mother, and Tessa's best friend. A rocky road, a man and woman who are searching for love and a little boy who holds his own secret. They could be a real family if they could all become vulnerable and honest with each other. A heartfire has been burning for years. Will it lead to everlasting love?
Previously published as HEARTFIRE, HOMEFIRE with Silhouette Books under the pseudonym Kari Sutherland.
Cassidy Sullivan never knew who her dad was and she'd lost her mom. Her twin sister Lucy had found her with the help of a woman with an intuitive gift--Gillian Bradley. Should they try to find their father? What might happen if they do? But Cassie doesn't count on her foreman's nephew stealing her heart or his daughter confiding in her as if she were a mom in the midst of her search!
The search for a father and true love is a lot to handle at the same time. But Cassidy Sullivan isn't your ordinary cowgirl, and Ben O'Donnell could possibly become CASSIDY'S COWBOY.
HER SISTER, Book 7 in Karen Rose Smith's SEARCH FOR LOVE series.
Contemporary women's fiction with romance and mystery
Clare's little sister, Lynnie, was abducted twenty-seven years ago. Now the retired detective who has never been able to let go of the cold case has a lead. Lynnie could be alive!
Clare's neighbor, Joe, an occasional friend until now, gives her support and...wants more than friendship.
Clare's mom, Amanda, thrown together again with her ex-husband into a crisis discovers forgotten love beneath the regrets.
Clare's sixteen year old daughter, Shara, decides to run from her problems instead of facing them.
A devoted sister, a turmoiled mom and a rebellious daughter find their way back to each other in this contemporary ebook about three generations who discover love can knit their family back together again.
USA TODAY Bestselling Author Karen Rose Smith is an only child who delved into books at an early age. She learned about kindred spirits from Anne of Green Gables, solved mysteries with Nancy Drew and wished she could have been the rider on The Black Stallion. Yet even though she escaped often into story worlds, she had many aunts, uncles and cousins around her on weekends. Her sense of family and relationships began there. Maybe that's why families are a strong theme in her novels, whether mysteries or romances. Her 87th novel will be released in 2015.
Readers often ask her about her pastimes. She has herb, flowers and vegetable gardens that help her relax. In the winter, she cooks rather than gardens. And year round she spends most of her time with her husband, as well as her four rescued cats who are her constant companions. They chase rainbows from sun catchers, reminding her life isn't all about work, awards and bestseller lists. Everyone needs that rainbow to chase.
Karen looks forward to interacting with readers. They can find her at the links below.
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