All of Karen Ranney's books published on Smashwords were originally published between 1995 - 1999 by Kensington Publishing.
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Karen Ranney was first published in 1995. Since then, she’s gone on to write dozens of historical romances, most of them set in Scotland.
Her books have been described as evocative, intensely romantic stories featuring characters who leap off the page.
As an Air Force brat, Karen lived all over the world. In addition to being trapped in East Berlin and lost in Russia, she also numbers among her early adventures having her first date in Paris and traveling the entire route of the Orient Express.
She wanted to be an archeologist, a Foreign Service Officer, or a violinist. Instead, she became a decorated Navy Wave, a journalist, and the somewhat bemused mother of two sons. She’s also moderated a daily radio program, been a motivational speaker, and admits to having had more than six careers, among them Purchasing Director, Help Desk Analyst, Marketing Director, and a Human Resources Manager.
However, it is her love of books and a fascination with writing that have remained constant throughout her life. Writing allows her to live vicariously, travel to other centuries and answer that one eternal question – What if?
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(4.00 from 2 reviews)
The Unmentionables is a collection of short stories told by Victorian undergarments, from the under appreciated pair of drawers belonging to a countess, to the corset owned by a young miss, to a pair of enthusiastic stockings, and finally to a maid's shift.
The Greatest Gift
Originally published by Kensington Publishing in 1996.
Septimus is one of the Seraphim, an angel who'd once been human.
Julia Smithson captivated him from his first glimpse of her. As he watched her progress through life, Septimus found his heart touched. To save her, he does the one thing a Seraphim is not supposed to do - visit a mortal. And worse: to fall in love with one.
A Dance in the Dark
(4.00 from 1 review)
Novella originally published by Kensington Publishing in 1998 in the Anthology After Midnight.
Louisa is an heiress who is truly not beautiful. Douglas is a man who isn't simply a recluse. When Louisa finds a friend in Douglas, he knows it's the very worst thing that could happen to her.
In the darkness, however, almost anything is possible.
Originally published by Kensington Publishing in 1998. RITA finalist.
For young widow Kathryn Siddons, the end of a loveless marriage meant that she was at the mercy of her clan, which sent her off to the Highlands as a companion to her newly-married niece. And straight into the arms of a man who awakened long-denied dreams and long-forgotten desires – the one man she could not have.
A Promise of Love
(5.00 from 1 review)
Originally published by Kensington Publishing in 1997.
Twice-widowed Judith Cuthbertson becomes the reluctant bride of Alisdair MacLeod, the new laird of a once great clan, and, despite her determined defiance, finds herself drawn to the passionate stranger to whom she is wed.
(4.00 from 1 review)
Originally published by Kensington Publishing in 1995.
Tapestry is the story of first love/only love. Laura Blake has been in love with her next door neighbor, Alex Weston, ever since she was a child. The Seven Years War separated them, however, and in the intervening years, Alex lost his youthful enthusiasm for life while Laura grew into a woman more certain than ever of her feelings.
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