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Cowboys who thrill outside the arena as much as in.


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Spy school for young ladies in Jane Austen’s world.


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Two people inexplicably drawn to each other even though they have almost nothing in common.


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Rogues & Remarkable Women


Karen Harper

Karen Harper
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Blogging at Fresh Fiction

Karen Harper | Exclusive Interview by Teresa Cross: DARK STORM
May 31, 2019
The South Shores series, featuring Claire (Britten) Markwood, has been  Read More...

Karen Harper | Cash for Class: American Dollar Brides
April 17, 2019
One of the most unusual upper-class traditions during the American Gilded Age and the English Victorian and Edwardian Eras  Read More...

Karen Harper | Stepping Back Into History, THE ROYAL NANNY
December 7, 2016
My historical novels so far (seven and counting) have featured the lives of real historical British women, usually royal. Several featured Queen Elizabeth I; I  Read More...

Karen Harper | How I Grow a Suspense Novel
December 29, 2014
Since this 1990s, I’ve been writing suspense novels with an “average” heroine who is impacted by a terrible crime, but who rises above danger  Read More...

Karen Harper | Christmas Among The Amish
November 6, 2013
It should come as no surprise that the Amish celebrate Christmas differently from us "worldly" people.  That was one of the interesting elements of Amish  Read More...

Karen Harper | Mixing Amish Amateur Sleuths With Romance
July 11, 2012
For years I've written stories that my publisher, Mira Books, calls romantic suspense, and my July novella THE COVERED BRIDGE in the  Read More...

Karen Harper | Why the Amish?
August 20, 2011
I've written four previous romantic suspense novels set among the Amish, and FALL FROM PRIDE  Read More...

Karen Harper | Meet THE IRISH PRINCESS
February 1, 2011
Karen Harper’s historical novel, THE IRISH PRINCESS, tells the true story of a woman  Read More...

Karen Harper | What I Did On My Summer Vacation--(and How It Inspired My Novel)
January 25, 2010
Several years ago my husband and I took a two week trip to Alaska, one week by bus and train, one by cruise ship. I  Read More...

Karen Harper | A Novel Idea Takes Root
June 10, 2009
Every writer needs a 'hook for the book.' By this I don’t mean only a grabber beginning, but something unique about the theme or  Read More...

Karen Harper | RESEARCHING THE LIVING AND THE DEAD
December 11, 2008
No, I don’t write vampire novels, but I do write both contemporary and historical fiction. For the last ten years of my twenty-five  Read More...

A New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author, Karen Harper is a former college English instructor (The Ohio State University) and high school literature and writing teacher. A lifelong Ohioan, Karen and her husband love to travel. Besides her American settings, Karen loves the British Isles, where her Scottish and English roots run deep, and where she has set many of her historical novels about real British women: THE ROYAL NANNY, THE IT GIRLS (Oct. 2017), and AMERICAN DUCHESS, yet to come.

The Harpers lived in SW Florida for many winters so her suspense novels, the SOUTH SHORES SERIES, are set in the tropics. These books include CHASING SHADOWS, DROWNING TIDES and FALLING DARKNESS with SHALLOW GRAVE and other titles coming in the future.

Karen's books have been published in many foreign languages and are available in print and ebook formats in English. Most are in large print and audio. She won the Mary Higgins Clark Award for her Amish-setting novel, DARK ANGEL. Karen has given numerous talks to readers and writers across the country. Her author collection is with The Ohio State University Rare Books and Manuscript Library.

Ms. Harper passed away in 2020.

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Series

Cold Creek | South Shores

Books:

Under the Alaskan Ice, January 2021
Mass Market Paperback
The Queen's Secret, May 2020
Paperback / e-Book
Dark Storm, June 2019
South Shores #6
Mass Market Paperback / e-Book
American Duchess, March 2019
Paperback / e-Book
Silent Scream, December 2018
South Shores #5
Mass Market Paperback / e-Book
Shallow Grave, March 2018
South Shores #4
Mass Market Paperback / e-Book
The It Girls, November 2017
Paperback / e-Book
Falling Darkness, April 2017
South Shores #3
Mass Market Paperback / e-Book
Drowning Tides, February 2017
South Shore #2
Mass Market Paperback / e-Book
Chasing Shadows, December 2016
South Shores
Paperback / e-Book
The Royal Nanny, July 2016
Trade Size / e-Book
Broken Bonds, January 2015
Cold Creek #3
Paperback / e-Book
Forbidden Ground, November 2014
Cold Creek #2
Paperback / e-Book
Shattered Secrets, September 2014
Cold Creek #1
Paperback / e-Book
Upon a Winter's Night, November 2013
Home Valley Amish
Paperback / e-Book
Finding Mercy, October 2013
Paperback
Finding Mercy, November 2012
Paperback / e-Book
Dark Crossings, July 2012
Paperback / e-Book
Mistress Of Mourning, July 2012
Paperback / e-Book
Return To Grace, March 2012
Paperback / e-Book
Fall From Pride, August 2011
Paperback
The Queen's Governess, August 2011
Paperback (reprint)
Dark Angel, May 2011
Paperback
The Irish Princess, February 2011
Trade Size / e-Book
Dark Harvest, January 2011
Paperback
Dark Road Home, September 2010
Maplecreek Amish #1
Trade Size
The Queen's Governess, February 2010
Hardcover
Down River, February 2010
Mass Market Paperback
Deep Down, June 2009
Mass Market Paperback
Mistress Shakespeare, February 2009
Hardcover
The Hiding Place, November 2008
Mass Market Paperback
Below The Surface, February 2008
Paperback
The Hooded Hawke, December 2007
An Elizabeth I Mystery
Mass Market Paperback
Inferno, January 2007
Paperback
The First Princess of Wales, December 2006
Trade Size
The Fatal Fashione, December 2006
An Elizabeth I Mystery
Mass Market Paperback / e-Book
More Than Words, October 2006
Volume 3
Trade Size
Hurricane, June 2006
Paperback
Black Orchid, May 2006
Paperback (reprint)
The Falls, May 2006
Paperback (reprint)
The Stone Forest, May 2006
Paperback (reprint)
Empty Cradle, May 2006
Paperback (reprint)
The Last Boleyn, March 2006
Trade Size
The Fyre Mirror, February 2006
An Elizabeth I Mystery
Mass Market Paperback / e-Book
Dark Angel, June 2005
Maplecreek Amish Trilogy
Paperback
Dark Harvest, June 2004
Maplecreek Amish Trilogy
Paperback
Dark Road Home, May 2004
Maplecreek Amish Trilogy
Paperback
The Thorne Maze, October 2003
An Elizabeth I Mystery
Mass Market Paperback
The Queene's Cure, February 2003
An Elizabeth I Mystery
Mass Market Paperback
The Twylight Tower, February 2002
An Elizabeth I Mystery
Mass Market Paperback
The Tidal Poole, February 2001
Elizabeth I Mystery
Mass Market Paperback
The Poyson Garden, January 2000
Elizabeth I Mystery
Mass Market Paperback
A Country Christmas, November 1993
Paperback

 

 

 

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