LK Hunsaker


~ Literary Romance With An Artsy Twist ~

LK Hunsaker is the author of a string of novels centered around the arts and societal issues. Raised in Central Illinois in the midst of an artistic family and surrounded by cornfields, she married a career soldier and spent the next 20 years moving around the U.S. and abroad. During that time, she raised two children, worked a few odd jobs, finished her psychology degree, and embarked on a writing career. She and her husband are now settled in Western Pennsylvania surrounded by trees and lakes, but they still get restless feet and the urge to travel.

LK has been called one of the "great storytellers" with "brilliant writing" by reviewers and peers, and has won several peer awards and commendations. Her short stories, poems, reviews, and articles have been published in literary ezines and print magazines.

Smashwords Interview

What are your five favorite books, and why?
Only five? That's tough. Let's see:
1) I have to start with the Hardy Boys series because it pulled me back to my local library time and again until I read every single one they had, and thankfully, that was a lot. After I'd gone through them all, I started searching for other books that looked interesting. Of course there were plenty. I do love libraries!
2) John Jakes, the Kent Family Chronicles. I was so fully captivated by that series they might be the first books I reread (since I haven't yet reread a book). I read them back when I was a teen. I love history, especially American history, and the characters pulled me right in.
3) The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran. I love the whole inter-connectedness idea and it's truly uplifting. I'm Christian and follow Christ's teaching to love each other and treat people well (at least I try!), but I've studied enough world religion to realize at the heart of it all, the best and most influential religous leaders all really agree on that one thing: love each other and treat each other, and ourselves, well.
4) The Complete Works of William Shakespeare. Just ... yes. I haven't read them all yet but I plan to get there.
5) Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson. Not only is it a touching realistic story with beautiful societal content, but her prose is absolutely outstanding. I also love Gilead and Home. These will be rereads, as well. As a literary-bent writer, these are books not just to savor, but to study.
I cheated a bit using series, but I'm a writer who knows you have to break the rules at times.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read a lot of literary/mainstream fiction and I have since I was young. I also love historicals and my current author loves are Edward Rutherford and Frank Delaney. I tend more toward male authors for some reason. However, I do love a nice well-written deep characterization romance when I can find that. Now and then I read non-fiction, often music and other artist biographies. I like cozy mysteries, such as Roberta Isleib and Maggie Toussaint. I'm fairly open to most genres other than horror, graphic suspense, erotica, or sci fi (although I'm a Star Trek and original Star Wars fan).
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Where to buy in print


Final Strokes
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 90,990. Language: English. Published: June 28, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Literature » Literary
Jenna Rhodes has life set up the way she wants, with a burgeoning career and her artist boyfriend at her side. While raising children and juggling job responsibilities, the two painters with different styles find they also have different visions of the future. Their separate choices and Jenna's resentments from the past push them to the far corners of their canvas. A Finishing Touches sequel.
Rehearsal: Of Chaotic Currents
Series: Rehearsal, Book 3. Price: $5.95 USD. Words: 236,030. Language: American English. Published: December 7, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General, Fiction » Literature » Literary
The Raucous crew is on the road moving along toward the end of the Seventies. With several number one hits and a UK tour, the band is set for bigger things and larger adventures. When a sudden explosion rocks them to their cores, the band members, management, and fans question their future. Third of a series.
Moondrops & Thistles
Price: $3.95 USD. Words: 156,710. Language: English. Published: July 4, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Historical » USA
Daws is a stalwart soldier entrenched in his work. Deanna is a fiery spirit on a mission. Love. Honor. Trust. Sacrifice.
Teacher's Pet
Price: Free! Words: 2,170. Language: English. Published: May 20, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
From the point of view of a little guy who sees things a little differently.
Moondrops & Thistles: short & spicy edition
Price: $1.95 USD. Words: 98,910. Language: English. Published: November 30, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American, Fiction » Romance » General
NaNoWriMo 2010 book. Last updated 2010-11-30 21:23:45
Goal reached!
Daws, a soldier dealing with the loss of his CO and friend, goes home on leave to New York City to regroup and runs into Deanna, a rain-drenched, love scorned ball of fire. Together, they try to refuel their own sparks and find a new direction.
Toward The Sky
Price: Free! Words: 2,240. Language: English. Published: August 24, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Daws returns to NYC from a military funeral to find a burst of new life in the guise of a rain-drenched love-scorned ball of fire. (Pre-edit scene from an in progress novel titled "Moondrops and Thistles," expected summer 2011)
Protect The Heart
Price: $1.95 USD. Words: 66,780. Language: English. Published: May 29, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Literature » War, Fiction » Romance » General
Abraham and Cameron leave their Snake River Valley homes to join the war effort while Maura, Cameron's near-betrothed, is left at home holding the pieces together. Over time and letters, she ponders her relationship with Cameron and is drawn to Abraham's artistic and poetic nature. A twist as unpredictable as the Snake itself brings Maura an unexpected ally and swift change of course.
Scattered Fake Sunflowers
Price: Free! Words: 2,390. Language: English. Published: February 21, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Sully finds a match to his vase in a place he never would have expected: the beginning of a short story series titled Nature's Molding.
Off The Moon
Price: $3.95 USD. Words: 162,570. Language: English. Published: December 3, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Romance » General
"Riveting" Ryan Reynauld is immersed in a world of music, parties, and temporary companionship. At the top of the pop charts, his biggest concern is the way his music is produced, until he finds a young woman on a window ledge. Against advice from family and friends, and through media attacks and fan protests, Ryan determines to care for her himself, making a promise that may destroy his career.
Rehearsal: The Highest Aim
Series: Rehearsal, Book 2. Price: $5.95 USD. Words: 318,410. Language: American English. Published: September 23, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General, Fiction » Literature » Literary
Susie, Duncan, and Evan lead Raucous through the music world jungle heading toward the top. Along the way, family secrets are revealed and new additions come along, and the friends must redefine themselves within their new roles. Second in a series of six.
Jacob's Cross
Price: Free! Words: 2,220. Language: English. Published: April 10, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Alicia goes fishing in the dark of night to wrestle with her grief and to try to understand the nature of loss and sacrifice.
Mount Good Take
Price: Free! Words: 3,210. Language: English. Published: March 22, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Derek fills a void in his own life by leading locals on weekend treks up a small mountain. This time, a young climber touches that void in a way he couldn't have imagined, or wanted. First published in Wanderings Magazine, Spring 2007. A short story.
Evan's Story
Series: Rehearsal. Price: Free! Words: 3,430. Language: English. Published: March 6, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
After losing his little brother, Evan relies on his best friend to help him pick up and move on. A Rehearsal-related free read.
The Water's Touch
Series: Rehearsal. Price: Free! Words: 2,670. Language: English. Published: March 6, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
During an escape to his beloved Scottish hills and loch, Duncan fights his own need in favor of another's. A Rehearsal-related short-story.
Rehearsal: A Different Drummer
Series: Rehearsal, Book 1. Price: $5.95 USD. Words: 284,090. Language: English. Published: January 22, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General
Susie Brooks is a dance teacher whose main stability is her best friend Evan Scott, a guitarist with a flair for the business world. When Duncan O'Neil, Evan’s friend, moves into their world, he changes the dynamics in the band and in Evan and Susie's relationship. Together, they struggle through love, loss, and secret passions during the world of 1970s rock music. First of a series. (2nd ed.)
Finishing Touches
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 78,190. Language: English. Published: January 7, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Jenna escaped demanding parents with an early marriage to an unknown artist, but her husband's success catapults her into another world she feels she doesn't belong. Newly widowed as a young mother, Jenna fights overwhelming artistic desires while she hides from her husband's shadow. Rejecting her impulses becomes impossible when another magnetic young artist begins to pull at her spirit.

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Smashwords book reviews by LK Hunsaker

  • Syzygy on June 02, 2011

    I have to start by saying I'm not a big paranormal/fantasy fan and it takes a lot to hold my interest in this genre. I also am not a fan of urban fiction. Even so, Syzygy grabbed me firmly by the wrist from the beginning with Berenstadt's unique word styling and gentle humor and kept yanking until I had no choice but wonder where this "narrated" story would lead. Although at times Bea grated my nerves, the supporting characters were charming/captivating/curious enough that mattered little. In fact, I was more intrigued by the supporting stories than the main line. And yet, that didn't bother me, either. The twist was in just the right place and the story moved along well. Syzygy is what an indie book should be: experimental, unique, well-written, and thoughtful. The deeper themes running through make this much more than a fun fantasy. Amanda Berenstadt is an author to watch.
  • Edinburgh Fog on Oct. 29, 2011

    Like Ms. Richardson's novel, A Different Kind of Honesty, this short story is beautifully crafted. The writing is both elegant and charming, and the characters are enjoyable with plenty of depth to make them feel like they could be the people next door. I enjoyed spending time at this literary Scottish pub and would have liked a bit more of the story. I look forward to Richardson's next release.
  • Cherry Cheesecake on Feb. 11, 2012

    A sweet story. I love real character growth!
  • A Christmas Collection: Sensual on Feb. 29, 2012

    Four stories to help you escape into a winter's evening. A nice read.
  • Deep As Bone on May 03, 2012

    Malla Duncan has created a page turning story of family jealousy and vengeance mixed with mystery, psychology, desire, and debacle. Beginning with a purposeful escape and a chance death, the story is well crafted and complex, lyrical and full of luscious setting detail, and provides plenty of twists. Duncan is an indie author with a mainstream feel and Deep As Bone is a satisfying read.
  • The Old Mermaid's Tale on June 02, 2012
    (no rating)
    Absolutely beautiful story of a young woman finding herself within place and within those around her. Being close to Erie myself, the setting truly grabbed me, as did the luscious description and slow-weaved prose. I almost never rate 5 stars. I'll definitely read more of Valentine's work.
  • Lemon and Lace on Feb. 11, 2013

    These three quick life vignettes have some very nice mood and imagery as well as real characters. I feel they could all have more to say and would enjoy reading them as longer shorts or even novellas. I'll watch for more Jenny Worstall fiction.
  • Texas Promise on March 15, 2013

    Texas Promise is a true Texas love story that shows the author's love for her own state of Texas and its history. Oh, and there is a love story mixed in with the scenery. Dalton and Jo experience growth and disappointments in the marriage they jump into as new adults just as the territory itself jumps in and finds itself as it establishes into a fully recognized state that can stand on its own as well as together with the union. I loved the metaphor of the couple echoing the territory, the ups and downs, love and hate, loss and renewal. Overall, Texas Promise is a bumpy, exciting ride amid a background of desert, tumbleweeds, and oil fields.
  • Face the Music on Nov. 30, 2013

    A fun read for a snowy no-power day that made the time fly.
  • Jazz on Jan. 31, 2014

    I have mixed feelings about this coming-of-age/struggling artists in Paris short story. It’s reminiscent of the Fitzgerald-era jazz age authors with dark undertones that highlight the seedier side of life. The problem is: it’s too much imitation and not enough something new. I don’t get the whole thing with William and his family’s bankruptcy. It doesn’t feel developed enough to make me believe it and it never comes of anything after being such a big part of the beginning. The first half of the story jumps around too often and leaves the reader confused about just where they are. Full review at Elucidate Publishing:
  • Texas Dreamer on May 20, 2014

    Texas Dreamer is a fun romp through Texas back when automobiles were still rare and oil was just starting to flow. Emilie is a strong southwestern woman who takes care of her father and gets him the help he needs, at her own cost. As most non-fictional women, she balances what is with what could be without a bunch of fuss and grabs the chance to better her life when she sees it. It was nice to have mention of Jo and Dalton from Texas Promise and I would have liked to peep in on their get-together with long lost brother Will, the hero in Texas Dreamer. Now and then I wanted to shake one of the characters and say, "Really?" but they figured things out in time without my help. ;-) Texas Dreamer is a nice escape, a quick read, romantic without being explicit, with bits of history thrown in along with the author's own upbeat, off-hand style that permeates everything she writes.