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About Karen L. Abrahamson
Karen L. Abrahamson (Karen L. McKee, K.L. Abrahamson) started her work life as a bookseller and then worked on passenger ferries, as a riding instructor, as a police officer, a correctional officer, a probation officer, and an ESL teacher, until finally running away and becoming a consultant to government and non-profit agencies. She recently ran away again to pursue her writing full time.
Karen writes fantasy, mystery and romance about dangerous places both at home and abroad. Her writing ranges from the fantastic world of the American Geological Survey where agents protect America using magical maps, to a summertime beach town where friends deal with romance and a mysterious bracelet, to mysteries set in places like the Canadian west coast, Burma, or chilly Russia. Hopefully you’ll enjoy these tales.
Karen currently writes six series. In Romance, her six book Unlocking Saga that begins with Unlocking Her Heart (Twisted Root Publishing) and is a contemporary paranormal romance involving six female friends, their men, and one very special bracelet.
Karen also writes Sunshine Coast novellas, beginning with Surviving Safe Harbor. They are stories of mythical beings finding love amid the forests and coves of the beautiful Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, Canada.
In Fantasy, the well-regarded American Geological Survey (AGS) series starts with Afterburn (Twisted Root Publishing). It provides a new take on Urban Fantasy with agents of the ultra-secret AGS striving to protect America from foreign and domestic efforts to rewrite the nation.
The Aung and Yamin series straddles mystery and fantasy as an aging puppet troupe singer, Aung, and his mischievous animate puppet compatriot, Yamin, solve mysteries involving the people and living spirits of 1820s Burma. The first book in the series, Death By Effigy (Guardbridge Press), was published in April 2017 with A Death in Passing and A Death in Umber soon following thereafter.
In mystery, far from the sweltering heat of Burma, in the chilly modern-day remains of an alternate Russia, Detective Alexander Kazakov delves into murders and other mayhem in a country caught between the warring Ottoman and Chinese Empires. After Yekaterina (Twisted Root Publishing) is the first book.
Back in our modern day world, retired school teacher Phoebe Clay embarked on a series of international adventures, starting in the chill waters of the Pacific Northwest in Through Dark Water (Twisted Root Publishing). and following up with adventures in India and Cambodia.
Karen and her various author personalities reside on the west coast of Canada where eagles, killer whales and two cats keep her company.
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Handsome detective, Danny Forester still doesn’t understand how the thing stalking the bracelet wearers once resided in his head—and yet he survived with his sanity and his life… he hopes.
When the police assign Detective Forester to watch over Victoria it doesn’t take long for attraction to spark, but momentary blackouts make Danny wonder whether he really has control of himself.
As the danger surrounding the bracelet mounts, Victoria finds herself torn: could rough-hewn Danny be the man she loves—or is he the one who will take her life?
In Unlocking Her Chances, Karen L. Abrahamson returns readers to the sweeping paranormal romance saga of a magical circle of friends and the ancient evil seeking a mysterious silver bracelet. The danger mounts in this tale of secrets, lust and love.
Kochi, India: a sleepy, historic city on India’s Arabian Sea coast, famous for its spices, its harbor and for the huge, picturesque, fishing nets that dip fish from the sea. The heat, the history and the climate lure backpackers and tourists from all over the globe, as well as photographers seeking a perfect shot of the sunset behind the nets.
Still recovering from a school shooting, retired school teacher Phoebe Clay comes to Kochi with her sister, Becca, and niece, Alice. Together, they work to put Phoebe’s trauma behind them. But when their tour guide turns up dead in one of the Chinese nets and the police suspect Becca—Phoebe can’t sit idly by and hope for the best.
To clear her sister, Phoebe must brave the corrupt practices and hostility of a country she doesn’t understand to stop a black market operation the world has forgotten about.
But not knowing your enemies comes at a cost. To protect her family Phoebe may have to pay the ultimate price.
Readers who enjoy vivid setting and strong female characters will love Phoebe Clay’s adventures.
Don’t miss out on Beneath Malabar Nets, the second novel in the Phoebe Clay mystery series. Click buy above.
“Fiction River: Fantastic Detectives is a great choice for anyone who loves it when genres are swirled together. It’s nominally more heavily influenced by mystery conventions and tropes, but the science fiction and fantasy elements in it are almost as strong.”
—Long and Short Reviews on Fiction River: Fantastic Detectives
“Fiction River: Fantastic Detectives is a great read if you like to blend mystery with your fantasy. Check it out.”
—Keith West, Amazing Stories
Fiction River is an original anthology series. Initially, based on the anthology series of old—Universe, Orbit, Pulphouse—Fiction River rapidly evolved into its own entity. Fiction River publishes stories in many genres from all kinds of writers, with New York Times bestselling authors published alongside some of the best new voices in fiction. Fiction River also goes where no anthology series has gone before, with regular audio editions, produced in-house, and ebook and trade paperback volumes that never go out of print. And Fiction River is available in English worldwide.
Until Brett Main walks through the shop door. Kylee says she wants nothing to do with men, but she can’t deny the instant attraction pulling her and Brett together.
When a deadly paranormal force starts turning men into killers, Kylee finds herself in the crosshairs because of a strange bracelet locked tight to her wrist. She and Brett realize they must work to protect each other while battling the forces pitted against them—and their own attraction for each other.
In Unlocking Her Heart, Karen L. Abrahamson sweeps the reader into a heart-pounding journey of ancient danger and newfound love. A stunning paranormal romance that launches the fantastic Unlocking Saga focused around one very special bracelet.
Dark Waters is much more than a mystery. The smell of the sea air, the pounding waves, and the danger and excitement of kayaking in Canada's famed Inside Passage fill the pages of K. L. Abrahamson's spine-tingling tale involving whales, eagles ... and murder.
--Joanne Pence, USA Today bestselling author of The Angie Amalfi Mysteries
A DEAD AND MUTILATED WHALE.
A MURDERED BOY.
A GIRL IN DANGER.
A GUTSY SURVIVOR OF A SCHOOL SHOOTING MUST SURVIVE A PERILOUS JOURNEY TO SOLVE THE MYSTERY AND SAVE THE GIRL.
Johnstone Strait, British Columbia, Canada: A remote cluster of forested islands and beaches, home of orcas, bears and bald eagles. The presence of resident orcas lures scientists and whale watchers from all over the world, as well as kayakers seeking the quiet and the chance to get closer to nature on this pristine coastline.
Retired school teacher Phoebe Clay takes her beloved twelve-year-old niece, Alice, on a kayaking trip to paddle with orcas, hoping for a chance to bond with the girl and to recover from the crippling trauma of the school shooting that took the lives of three students—a shooting for which she secretly blames herself.
But on their first morning, a dead whale washes ashore. Then the murder of a young man reignites all of Phoebe’s debilitating trauma. A town with too many secrets, toxic ecological practices and a series of disappearances plunge Phoebe and Alice into a nightmare adventure.
And then Alice disappears.
Phoebe must conquer her fears in a terrifying rescue attempt.
Unless the dark water prevails…
Readers who enjoy vivid setting and strong female detectives will love Phoebe Clay’s adventures.
Don’t miss out on this first novel in the Phoebe Clay mystery series. Click buy above.
A traditional Burmese puppetry troupe is more than meets the eye: these puppets hold living spirits.
Disaster strikes the troupe on the eve of a royal wedding. One of the puppets is murdered - his neck broken, his spirit gone - and they can't perform without him. If they fail to perform at the King's command, they could lose their livelihoods, or worse, their lives.
Aung, the troupe's elderly singer, must navigate court intrigues and negotiate with angry spirits in search of answers. Joining him is a an unexpected, and impish, assistant. Their investigation shows them ancient gods seeking recognition, long-lost friends who have changed by the years, and a society turning from the old ways.
Can they discover who is sabotaging their performance and save the troupe?
This story sparkles with engaging characters, and is filled with the magic and traditions of South East Asia.
"A wonderful blend of conspiracy and playful spirits, with a pair of unique detectives - with no strings attached!" --Steven Poore, author of Heir of the North.
Come Catch the Wave of Western Canadian Crime Fiction with Crime Wave, the first anthology from members of the Canada West Chapter of Sisters in Crime. Crimes at sea, in coastal villages, in wind-tossed Prairie fields, on icy mountains, in valleys that, instead of offering shelter, trap their residents in fear. The mysteries unfurl in the cold of a Yukon winter night, on a boutique cruise ship, along the Pacific coast and in the BC interior, in a dying Alberta town as winter closes in and in a historical Saskatchewan farming community in the heat of summer. They're investigated by an amateur sleuth who’s smarter than the local police detective, a freezing cross-country skier, the desperate owners of a struggling B&B, a timid teenage girl, a young RCMP officer, a cruise-ship entertainer, and a senior combating both dementia and murder. The eight mystery stories in Crime Wave range from thrilling, to wistful, to laugh-out-loud funny.
A LONE-WOLF DETECTIVE MUST CHOOSE BETWEEN JUSTICE AND VENGENCE WHEN MURDER GETS PERSONAL IN THIS GRITTY NOVEL FILLED WITH MYSTERY AND ADVENTURE.
Alternate-history Russia, modern day: The Ottoman Empire stretches from the Mediterranean to the Pacific and keeps an uneasy peace with its nuclear rival, the Chinese Empire of the Sun. Acting as a buffer between the two corrupt empires lays the small country of Fergana, established by refugees from the destruction of Russia. There, in the shadow of empires, they have created their own uneasy peace with the tribal people who always inhabited these lands.
The body of a dead girl in a pink sweater draws disillusioned Detektiv Alexander Kazakov into an investigation that even the dead girl’s mother wants him to abandon. When the case links to the upcoming presidential election, and death stalks people close to Kazakov, it only strengthens his resolve to crush the evil behind the crime.
Forbidden to continue his enquiries, but driven by the need for truth, Kazakov conducts an unauthorized investigation working with a tribal doctor and an American spy. The case ignites racial tensions and threatens the country’s political stability. In a landscape of snow and brothels, Kazakov must catch a killer no one suspects before unknown forces unleashes cataclysmic war.
If you like Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch, and James Lee Burke’s Dave Robicheaux, you’ll love the gritty world of Alexander Kazakov.
Don’t miss out on this first novel in the Detective Kazakov mystery series. Click buy above.
Includes Short story A Tiger Heart Wrapp'd in a Woman's Hide.
In Terra Vargas’ dystopian city, Couver, society clings to civilization at the edge of the Coastal Mountains and on the small off-shore islands. In the mountain above the city a massive refugee camp overflows with hordes of displaced people - the deepee - who escaped the floods, earthquakes and volcanic activity that destroyed most of the Pacific Northwest of North America. Terra hates the deepee who killed her mother.
The arrival from India of a strange young man with a prophecy, and Terra’s discovery of a family savagely murdered by rogue deepee, set in motion an adventure that dredges up old horrors and powerful old magic. For Terra’s grandfather holds the key to how Couver survived when the rest of the Pacific Northwest died. That key rests in his bloodline - a bloodline Terra shares.
But the stranger’s prophecy came with a duty - to destroy the carriers of this bloodline before they destroy the world.
“An exciting and original addition to the urban fantasy genre.” Adrian Phoenix, Author of the Maker’s Song Series.
IN THIS SEXY FIRST NOVEL IN THE BESTSELLING AMERICAN GEOLOGICAL SURVEY SERIES, PROBLEM-CHILD AGENT VALLON DRAKE’S INVESTIGATION INTO HER PARTNER’S STRANGE MURDER PULLS HER INTO A RACE TO SAVE SEATTLE FROM DESTRUCTION.
The American Geological Survey, a secret arm of Homeland Security, protects America from foreign terrorists and America’s Gifted population—people who can reshape the landscape with their strange power. AGS agents share this same power, but work under Homeland Security’s strict control.
Orphaned at a young age, Vallon Drake knows her power keeps her apart from the normal people of Seattle. But she doesn’t feel she belongs with the AGS, either. She might be the most powerful agent in the AGS, but her lone-wolf attitude means her bosses don’t trust her.
When Vallon finds her latest partner entombed in the wall of a Seattle parking garage that didn’t exist a few hours before, she stumbles into a police investigation as chief suspect and into the path of a mysterious stranger who wields Gifted power beyond anything she’s ever seen before.
Pursuing her partner’s horrifying death reveals a string of murders and mutilations that all point toward a sociopathic suspect responsible for the apocalyptic power building under Seattle—a power that might hold the key to Vallon’s past, or that could erase the city right off the map.
If you like Harry Dresden, but with a unique magic stirred into the mix, you’ll enjoy the daring adventures of Vallon Drake.
Don’t miss out on this first novel in the American Geological Survey urban fantasy series. Click buy above.