Karen Baney

Biography

Karen Baney is passionate about writing stories full of flawed characters. She enjoys weaving together stories of second chances, redemption, and overcoming personal trials. As a transplant to Arizona in the late 1990s, she loves researching the state’s history and finding ways to seamlessly incorporate real history and real settings into her novels. In addition to writing and speaking, Karen works as a Software Development Manager for a Christian ministry.

Her faith plays an important role both in her life and in her writing. Karen and her husband, Jim, make their home in Gilbert, Arizona, with their two dogs, Bella and Daisy. Both Jim and Karen are active at Rock Point Church in Queen Creek, Arizona.

Where to find Karen Baney online

Books

Honeymoon with a Real Cowboy
Series: Vargas Ranch, 1.5. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 9,470. Language: English. Originally Published: March 29, 2024 by Desert Life Media. Categories: Fiction » Christian » General, Fiction » Christian » Romance, Fiction » Christian » Western, Fiction » Romance » Western, Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome
Happily ever after… ...wasn't as easy as they thought. As they head to Hawaii for their postponed honeymoon, will Dalton and River mend the cracks in their marriage? Or will bizarre circumstances drive them further apart? A Trouble in Paradise, Second Chance Christian Romance
Falling for a Bossy Cowboy
Series: Vargas Ranch, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 44,690. Language: English. Published: March 26, 2024 by Desert Life Media. Categories: Fiction » Christian » General, Fiction » Christian » Romance, Fiction » Christian » Western, Fiction » Romance » Western, Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome
She's famous and nearing the end of her career. He's blunt, bossy, and downright annoying. Will these two find the perfect balance between truth and love?
Falling for a Shy Cowboy
Series: Vargas Ranch, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 46,430. Language: English. Published: December 19, 2023 by Desert Life Media. Categories: Fiction » Christian » General, Fiction » Christian » Romance, Fiction » Christian » Western, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome
She's a single mom with a disabled son. He's been in love with her since high school but she's off-limits. Will this shy cowboy finally win her heart?
Falling for a Real Cowboy
Series: Vargas Ranch, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 48,680. Language: English. Published: November 21, 2023 by Desert Life Media. Categories: Fiction » Christian » General, Fiction » Christian » Romance, Fiction » Christian » Western, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome
She's trying to resurrect her career. He's sworn off women. Will this city-meets-country duo find love where they least expect it?
The Air I Breathe
Series: Steadfast Love, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 49,290. Language: English. Originally Published: August 15, 2023 by Desert Life Media. Categories: Fiction » Christian » General, Fiction » Christian » Romance, Fiction » Romance » General, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome
One moment of weakness destroyed everything. She upended her life and must start over. Will she find her footing again in this new town? Will she repeat the sins of her past? Will his guilt destroy his faith?
Colter Sons Series: 6 Book Box Set
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 301,760. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2023 by Desert Life Media. Categories: Fiction » Christian » General, Fiction » Christian » Short stories, Fiction » Christian » Western, Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome, Fiction » Romance » Collections & Anthologies
Family secrets, secret identities, blind ambition. All threaten to tear this family apart. Will adversity bring them closer together? Or will family dynamics scatter them as these five brothers move into manhood?
The Resilient Bride
Series: Colter Sons, Book 6. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 53,310. Language: English. Originally Published: April 25, 2023 by Desert Life Media. Categories: Fiction » Christian » General, Fiction » Christian » Historical, Fiction » Christian » Western, Fiction » Romance » Western, Fiction » Romance » Historical » American
Sweet romance about overcoming tragedy and finding new love. Childhood crush. Enemies to friends romance. After three attempts at love that left her heartbroken and alone, Violet (Colter) Gamble has given up on love. As a widowed single mother, she opens a pie shop at the train station in Prescott to feed weary travelers. When Zayne Harrison arrives in town, will give love a fourth try?
The Restless Wrangler
Series: Colter Sons, Book 5. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 54,280. Language: English. Published: June 7, 2023 by Desert Life Media. Categories: Fiction » Christian » General, Fiction » Christian » Historical, Fiction » Christian » Western, Fiction » Romance » Western, Fiction » Romance » Historical » American
Prodigal son story. Unplanned baby romance. Christian Historical Western. Preston Colter felt like he was the forgotten son. Years of drinking and drifting finally catch up to him. When a near-death experience recharts the course of his life, he finds himself face-to-face with an old flame. Will he prove he is a new and different man, or will he fall back into his old destructive ways?
Desert Manna
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 146,900. Language: English. Originally Published: May 17, 2023 by Desert Life Media. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author, Fiction » Christian » General, Fiction » Christian » Historical, Fiction » Christian » Short stories, Fiction » Christian » Western
Three different couples find God's provision, manna, in the Arizona desert. Set in Prescott, Arizona Territory from 1871-1873. 1) Beauty for Ashes - A second chances, starting over romance. 2) Joy for Mourning - A trapped together age gap romance. 3) Oaks of Justice - An enemies to sweethearts romance.
Starry Night Novellas
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 41,540. Language: English. Published: May 16, 2023 by Desert Life Media. Categories: Fiction » Christian » General, Fiction » Christian » Historical, Fiction » Christian » Short stories, Fiction » Christian » Western, Fiction » Romance » Holiday
Sweet, clean historical romance collection of three novellas: Caty's Craftsman, Penny's Pursuit, Dory's Desire. One starry night, three sisters pray for the man of their dreams. Caty hopes for a craftsman to love her. Penny must decide between her childhood sweetheart who returns home or the man she's engaged to. Dory fell in love with her sister's fiance, but he doesn't notice her.
Joy for Mourning
Series: Desert Manna, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 51,210. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2023 by Desert Life Media. Categories: Fiction » Christian » General, Fiction » Christian » Historical, Fiction » Christian » Western, Fiction » Romance » Western, Fiction » Romance » Historical » American
Unrequited love, enemies to friends, Historical Christian Romance Fiction. After many years, Joshua Harrison decides to return to Prescott. Single father and failure in love, he is afraid to try again, until he is stranded with the unconventional and beautiful Grace Talbert. Can he move past his heartache to open himself to love again?
Oaks of Justice
Series: Desert Manna, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 53,000. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2023 by Desert Life Media. Categories: Fiction » Christian » General, Fiction » Christian » Historical, Fiction » Christian » Western, Fiction » Romance » Western, Fiction » Romance » Historical » American
Enemies to friends, love at work, gripping Historical Christian Romance Fiction. Mel Larson is used to being underestimated as a female attorney. When her life is threatened, she flees. As the defense attorney, she goes head-to-head with the new District Attorney. When she apologizes to him for using some unconventional tactics, sparks fly, and she finds a love she had not been looking for.
The Resourceful Stockman
Series: Colter Sons, Book 4. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 57,620. Language: English. Published: April 25, 2023 by Desert Life Media. Categories: Fiction » Christian » General, Fiction » Christian » Historical, Fiction » Christian » Suspense, Fiction » Christian » Western, Fiction » Romance » Historical » American
Western romance. Murder mystery. Christian Western. Deacon Colter was happy in his job until his best friend takes a job as livestock inspector. He must confront his own obsessive-compulsive nature to support his friend. Even though he hopes for a family of his own one day, he believes that no woman will see past his quirks. Will he find a woman who can overlook his behavior to see his true heart?
The Railroad Magnate
Series: Colter Sons, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 54,200. Language: English. Published: April 21, 2023 by Desert Life Media. Categories: Fiction » Christian » General, Fiction » Christian » Historical, Fiction » Christian » Western, Fiction » Romance » Historical » American, Fiction » Romance » Historical » Gilded Age
Sweet western romance. Love at first sight. Age gap. As successful entrepreneur James Colter watches his younger brothers marry, his loneliness deepens. He has everything, except a wife and family of his own. When he dances with the daughter of an older friend, was it love at first sight, or will he put his personal dream on hold again to pursue his professional aspirations?
A Life Restored
Series: Prescott Pioneers, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 98,620. Language: English. Published: April 20, 2023 by Desert Life Media. Categories: Fiction » Christian » General, Fiction » Christian » Historical, Fiction » Christian » Western, Fiction » Romance » Western, Fiction » Romance » Historical » Victorian
Making mistakes is a part of life…Social butterfly, Caroline Larson, longs for adventure.  Since her best friend left Texas, she grows dissatisfied with her life.  A little lie to her parents sends her on the journey of her life.  Stranded in the Arizona desert, far from her final destination, she must rely on a stranger who gets under her skin.
The Roaming Adventurer
Series: Colter Sons, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 52,590. Language: English. Published: April 20, 2023 by Desert Life Media. Categories: Fiction » Christian » General, Fiction » Christian » Western, Fiction » Romance » Western, Fiction » Romance » Historical » General, Fiction » Romance » Historical » American
Main character disguise. Shotgun wedding. Boisterous Boone Colter settled into his career as a surveyor when his older brother approached him to survey a route for a new railroad. When Boone hires Jack Bennett, he never expected to be forced to choose between his desire for independence and protecting Jack. Will he rise to the occasion? Can he find a way to strike a balance?
A Dream Unfolding
Series: Prescott Pioneers, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 113,910. Language: English. Published: April 19, 2023 by Desert Life Media. Categories: Fiction » Western, Fiction » Christian » General, Fiction » Christian » Historical, Fiction » Christian » Western, Fiction » Romance » Historical » American
The promise of a new life and a chance to start over…Hannah Anderson had the life she always wanted, married to the man of her dreams. When her husband's brother gets in trouble with the law, the town turns against them, shattering her perfect life.  Now they are left with only one choice—to head west to the Arizona Territory in the hopes of creating a new life. Will the journey be worth the cost?
A Heart Renewed
Series: Prescott Pioneers, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 110,970. Language: English. Published: April 19, 2023 by Desert Life Media. Categories: Fiction » Christian » General, Fiction » Christian » Historical, Fiction » Christian » Western, Fiction » Romance » Western, Fiction » Romance » Historical » American
Julia Colter's brother tries to force her to marry an older rancher twice her age. When she refuses, her life becomes endangered.Adam Larson hopes to start his own horse training business. He gets pulled into difficult situation where he must decide whether to rescue a friend or not. What will the future hold for Julia and Adam?
A Hope Revealed
Series: Prescott Pioneers, Book 4. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 73,240. Language: English. Published: April 19, 2023 by Desert Life Media. Categories: Fiction » Christian » General, Fiction » Christian » Historical, Fiction » Christian » Western, Fiction » Romance » Western, Fiction » Romance » Historical » Victorian
Pain. Disappointment. Fear. Life turned out differently than Mary Colter expected. With her abusive husband either missing or dead, and the ranch gone, she is left to raise her two children on her own. When a neighbor takes compassion on her, she finds her hope ignited—perhaps she can start over in Arizona. Will Mary's hope for a life free from abuse finally be realized?
Hidden Prospects
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 75,380. Language: English. Published: April 14, 2023 by Desert Life Media. Categories: Fiction » Christian » General, Fiction » Christian » Historical, Fiction » Christian » Western, Fiction » Romance » Western, Fiction » Romance » Historical » Victorian
Millie Pritchett harbors a decades old secret that has kept her a spinster well into her late thirties. Because of the pain of her past mistakes, she has taken on a shy personality to protect her heart. She never expected she would end up working for such an attractive business man. Will the secrets of their pasts keep them from finding the hidden prospect of new love?
Prescott Pioneers: The Complete Series
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 376,230. Language: English. Published: April 14, 2023 by Desert Life Media. Categories: Fiction » Christian » General, Fiction » Christian » Historical, Fiction » Christian » Western, Fiction » Historical » General, Fiction » Romance » Historical » Victorian
The Prescott Pioneers Series is set in the Arizona Territory in the mid-1860s.  The series follows the lives of the Andersons, Colters, and Larsons as they make the journey west to a wild new territory. Will the cost be worth it?  What heartaches are in store?  Will their dreams be everything they hoped? 4 books in 1.
The Heart I Rescue
Series: Steadfast Love, Book 0. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 86,650. Language: English. Originally Published: December 2, 2013 by Desert Life Media. Categories: Fiction » Christian » General, Fiction » Christian » Romance, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome, Fiction » Romance » Workplace
She lost everyone. Her heartache keeps her distant. Reunited with a bully from her past. He had a crush on her in high school. Now they must work together on a new cutting-edge flight control system using her programming skills and his piloting experience. Is rescuing her the key to winning her heart?
Beauty for Ashes
Series: Desert Manna, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 52,120. Language: English. Published: March 2, 2023 by Desert Life Media. Categories: Fiction » Christian » General, Fiction » Christian » Historical, Fiction » Christian » Western, Fiction » Romance » Western, Fiction » Romance » Historical » American
Starting over. Second chances. Christian Western. Perry Quinn finally said goodbye to his late wife when his life is turned upside down. When he loses everything, he must humble himself and start over while trying to find the answers to why he lost everything. Along the way, a kind woman steals his heart and reminds him that there is beauty in the middle of the ashes of his life.
The Reluctant Cattleman
Series: Colter Sons, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 53,720. Language: English. Published: February 20, 2023 by Desert Life Media. Categories: Fiction » Christian » General, Fiction » Christian » Historical, Fiction » Christian » Romance, Fiction » Christian » Western, Fiction » Romance » Historical » American
A heartwarming western romance and coming of age story. As Sam Colter takes on more responsibilities at the family ranch, he feels his father's disappointment. He feels like the misfit of the family. When a journalist shows up to interview his mother, secrets from the past threaten his fledging sense of security. Can he overcome his fear and doubts to accept his role as a cattleman and rancher?

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