Posted by: Karen | October 16, 2017

I won!

Woke up this morning waaay earlier than usual to fly home from a family wedding – which, by the way, was much more affirming than the one that my main character attends in this book – to learn that I was the winner of the Put Your Heart in a Book Contest in the Contemporary Romance Series category!

Thanks for all the good luck y’all sent my way!


I will eventually be starting a new site for my writing adventures, but for now, your support here is so appreciated.

Right now, I’m seeking representation and/or a publisher, and am happy to say that a few agents and editors have already asked to read the manuscript.

The Way You Make Me Feel is set in 1988 in Boston and is the first of a trio (that’s the plan right now, anyway). Each book will feature a different couple; the connection is a fictional theater company called Shakespeare Boston.

I’d love to hear what you think of the setting and time period!



  1. I look forward to your books- that would be a great time and setting. So proud of you!

    • Thanks, Lee!

  2. Congratulations!!

  3. Congratulations!
    Looking forward to reading THE WAY. YOU MAKE ME FEEL!

  4. Congrats! I like the setting. That is an interesting time period. What made you choose it? I must remember 1988, but nothing jumps out like with “the ’60’s.” Enjoy your win, and good luck with your publishing journey.

    • In addition to having all the important elements of a romance, this story looks at gender roles and work and in relationships, and I wanted to look at those at a time when things were changing fast and behavior and expectations were still catching up. 1988 is pre Anita Hill, when sexual harassment was barely on people’s radar. I also had fun with telling a story about dating pre-cell phone and internet!

      • Thanks. Gives me the context now. When the Anita Hill story broke we all said ME TOO, and sadly here we are saying it again. I enjoy reading stories without all our technology of today. I am really looking forward to reading The Way You Make Me Feel.

      • Yeah, when I started writing this a year ago, I was thinking I was writing about how far we’ve come. But now, the progress is questionable. I’m glad you’re looking forward to reading it!

  5. WooHoo! I’m happy dancing for YOU!!!!!!! Congrats!


    Sent from my iPad


  7. Woo hoo! Congratulations!

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