Karolyn Cairns

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Karolyn Cairns-Black lives in Winchester, Virginia with her husband, Adam. She's back to work writing after some time off. Its been a great year. She just wrapped up The Gift Horse, a new psychological thriller under her pen name, KJ Black. She is currently working on books three to 'The Wicked Series' and 'The Lost Tribe Series'. 'A Wicked Arrangement' is in the works, and 'Fangs'.
Karolyn enjoys reviews and comments from readers. She thanks you for all your encouragement.
Two titles will be coming soon to Smashwords, The Squatter's Daughter, a western historical romance, and A Wicked Arrangement. Look for The Gift Horse before Christmas. Thanks for all of your support!

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I started writing when I was about ten years-old. I was always scratching away in notebooks, hiding them under the couch from my family. I was so embarrassed of it I didn't want anyone to know.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My new vampire romance novel was inspired by the basic premise of 'Be careful what you wish for'. I think we all wish we could change our lives, be something more than we are. My heroine in The Wanting personifies all of us, wishing we could break out of our own mediocrity. It also sends a message that having a different life creates different problems.
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The Gift Horse
Price: Free! Words: 111,220. Language: English. Published: January 11, 2015 by Karolyn Cairns. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Claire Mallory seems like your typical suburban Michigan housewife, dedicated to her successful attorney-husband, Jamie. A model wife and friend, none ever see what dwells underneath her seemingly docile exterior. After years of heart-wrenching loss, hopeless fertility treatments, and her husband’s blatant infidelities, no one would have ever have blamed Claire for finally snapping.
Five O'Clock Somewhere
Price: Free! Words: 105,560. Language: English. Published: July 7, 2014 by Karolyn Cairns. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Daniel Tolliver just got engaged. His beautiful fiancee, Liz is everything he could ever want in a woman. With her at his side, Dan sees a bright future for himself as a junior corporate attorney. Liz knows all the right people and his future success seems assured. Too soon, Dan discovers Liz comes with a warning label, one he chooses to ignore. Only one thing is sure, it's Five O'Clock Somewhere.


A Wicked Arrangement
Series: Wicked. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 134,190. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Romance » Historical
Gillian St. Armand fled her glittering life in high society London, embittered and disillusioned with her marriage of convenience. Free to pursue her own pleasures now that she’s met the terms of their hated arrangement, she is haunted by the lingering desire for the man she cannot forget. Though Gabriel gave his heart to another, years ago, Gillian is determined to bring her husband to heel.
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 91,240. Language: English. Published: March 3, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy, Fiction » Historical » Renaissance
The Honorable Lord Thaddeus Whitmore, the Marquess of Heath, and the heir to a great dukedom, was ship bound for the Caribbean, to beg the hand in marriage a foreign princess he neither wanted, or ever set his eyes upon. Princess Leira of Mer came upon the horrific sea battle, hearing the legendary heartsong the minute she set eyes upon the handsome land dweller.
The Wanting
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 128,020. Language: English. Published: December 17, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
A naïve beauty, orphaned and alone, Juliette St. Michael always longed for something more out of life, never imagining her innocent thoughts would ever be heard. An otherworldly creature hears her desperate pleas. The soon-to-be king of the Nocturnae, an ancient breed of vampire, begins to stalk her, with an insatiable taste for her that spans a century.
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 84,400. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Emily Walker just found out the disturbing truth about her husband's secret life. Forced to acknowledge her marriage wasn't as perfect as she thought after his death, Emily returns to her job as an advertising executive. She lands the account that is sure to make or break her career. There to help her come up with the perfect campaign is Ian Sawyer.
A Witch's Tale
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 95,140. Language: English. Published: August 9, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Paranormal
Madeline Farrand was condemned to burn for witchcraft when her spells go awry. A novice witch, she struggles to learn her craft on her own when her mentor dies. Sir Gavin de Mortaine swaggers to her rescue and stops her execution.
A Viking's Love
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 159,630. Language: English. Published: August 21, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Allisande of Lockwraithe paid the price for her father's treachery when the Viking invaders destroyed her home and abducted her for ransom. The Viking leader, Joran Ivarsson, swore to make her suffer as his slave, but one look into his fiery slave's eyes and he was the one captivated. Allisande expected to suffer at her captors hands, not feel the stirrings of desire for her barbaric new master.
The Libertine's Wife
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 138,180. Language: English. Published: July 26, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical
Lady Arianne Dunne went along with her brother's rash scheme to ensnare her a rich husband. In love with another man, she sees the wealthy marquis as merely a means to an end. Garret Spencer, the Marquis of Ravensford, is the last man any lady would seek as a husband. An unrepentant libertine of the worst sort, he has sworn off marriage.
Price: Free! Words: 103,370. Language: English. Published: April 19, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance, Fiction » Inspirational
Lindsay Morgan and Jace Turner had their whole lives ahead of them until one horrific act changed everything. Lindsay has to learn to live without Jace and come to terms with his murder. Jace finds himself in another place, off the beaten track from Heaven. A place called Oblivion. Determined to get back to his girl and make his murderer pay, Jace realizes the meaning of life and love.
Series: The Lost Tribe, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 76,940. Language: English. Published: April 16, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Tania has woken up after her forty year slumber. She has a ravenous hunger to reclaim Eli,the one she sees as her true mate. Vivvie and Eli return from their honeymoon overwhelmed with raising their young. Vivvie allows her doubts and fears to destroy her mate's trust.Renounced by Eli, she seeks out Jericho,her only friend, in a dream. The demon changes the rules, demanding the tribute its owed.
A Wicked Deception
Series: Wicked, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 137,070. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Catherine and Nicholas should have been happy. The Countess has gone to her death.Her past now resolved, Catherine learns her husband's secrets have come back to haunt them. While Nicholas sets the stage to destroy the man who devastated him as a child, Catherine remembers her feelings for Gabriel. She is torn once more between the man she married and the man who continues to hold her heart.
Tristan's Loins
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 73,410. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Aspiring author, Selene Weston didn't have a clue about how to write a romance novel. She created Tristan de Montfort, a twelfth century hero who embodied everything she felt important in a man. A magical ring makes Tristan real. Soon,he is jumping out of the pages and rewriting his own destiny from her desktop. He isn't happy with his snooty heroine, or the happy ending Selene has planned.
Series: The Lost Tribe, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 90,980. Language: English. Published: January 22, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Vivvie Collins was only there for the cheddar biscuits. A blind date at Red Lobster turns ugly and she is marked by an ancient beast out of spite for her rejection. Soon her roommate goes missing, every stray cat in the neighborhood is crawling over her patio, and she develops some serious issues of her own. The creature that stalks her isn't going anywhere. He marks his territory.
A Wicked Proposition
Series: Wicked, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 157,840. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical
Catherine arrives on her sister's doorstep seeking charity for herself and her young brothers, not the intrigue that is sparked by a jaded noblewoman, a missing diary, and a cruel misunderstanding.

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