Karolyn Cairns

Publisher info

Karolyn Cairns-Black lives in West Virginia with her husband Adam and three rescue dogs. She's busy at work. Its been a great year. She just wrapped up the fifth and sixth installment of The Wicked series in two parts, both available now.
The follow up novels in The Viking Horde series are underway. Collin and Meghera's story titled A Viking's Heart is in works, the third in the series. The fourth installment about Joran and Allisande's son Storm is finished, to be published on the heels of A Viking's Heart. Two more novels are intended about their daughters Star and Wynter.
Karolyn also writes suspense thrillers under the pen name KJ Black. The Gift Horse, her second novel was a finalist winner in the Greenlight Award Contest.
Karolyn enjoys reviews and comments from her readers. She thanks you for all your encouragement and 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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Where to find Karolyn Cairns online

Twitter: @KarolynCairns
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Where to buy in print

The Gift Horse
Price: $2.99 USD. 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: $2.99 USD. 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.


The Viking Horde
Viking invaders storm England's shores for glory or vengeance, capturing far more than treasure in this ongoing saga of epic battles and unforeseen heroes.
A Viking's Love
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A Viking's Promise
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The Lost Tribe
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A Wicked Entrapment Part Two
Series: Wicked, Book 6. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 119,980. Language: English. Published: October 5, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical » General
Rose is cruelly cast aside without warning by Lord Yarborough. She refuses to acknowledge her unresolved feelings for the selfish, enigmatic man who kept her as his mistress, sent back to Dunleavy Hall to reclaim her son. Thrown headlong into certain danger, Rose is dragged back to England to face her hated guardian.
A Wicked Entrapment Part One
Series: Wicked, Book 5. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 119,260. Language: English. Published: June 21, 2020 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical » General
On the run and in fear for her life from her hateful half brother, Rose Dunleavy finds herself championed by an honorable British officer assigned to protect her. Lieutenant Michael Halloran is also running for his life, carrying a damning letter that changes everything in regard to Jaime’s tragic death. Rose seeks her half sister in Belfast for assistance.
A Wicked Entanglement
Series: Wicked, Book 4. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 163,050. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical » General, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Lord Iverleigh’s willful daughter always gets her way. All that Lady Rosalyn St. Armand ever wanted was to be a grand countess like her mother, to be accepted within London society. She falls in love with Jaime Dunleavy from the moment she first sees him. She vows she will marry the darkly handsome Irish lord at any cost, even knowing he is engaged to another.
Sinners and Saints
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 140,520. Language: English. Published: November 16, 2017 . Categories: Fiction » Western, Fiction » Romance » Historical » General
Elisha Mayhew despairs of her future after her father arranges for her to marry a man she despises within their faith. Having little choice, she leaves the Pennsylvania Mormon compound for the wilds of Wyoming Territory, praying that a better life waits for her out west.
A Viking's Promise
Series: The Viking Horde. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 110,000. Language: English. Published: May 13, 2016 . Categories: Fiction » Historical » Medieval
Lady Ambryn of Dannulf was sold into marriage twice to further her father’s ambitions. Twice a widow, a new alliance is arranged with the heir to the House of York. Too late she realizes this desperate alliance is doomed as the Great Heathen Army batters down the doors to her wedding feast.
The Ghost Who Loved Me
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 97,860. Language: English. Published: May 13, 2016 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
The Duchess of Westerleigh was cruelly banished by her estranged husband amid a scandal not of her making. Tormented by her love for another and trapped in her empty marriage, Elizabeth Carlisle believes the castle will remain her prison until she agrees with her husband’s despicable plan to achieve an heir. As soon as she arrived in Wales, she begins to suspect all was not what it seemed.
The Squatter's Daughter
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 115,410. Language: English. Published: April 20, 2016 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Born dirt poor to squatters in the harsh plains of west Texas; feisty young Raeanne Cullen dreams of escaping her bleak existence. After her drunkard of a father dies at the hands of a drifter and her faithless mother runs off, she is faced with the task of raising four younger brothers and a baby sister on her own. By chance a family member’s name is found printed in their mother’s bible.
A Wicked Arrangement
Series: Wicked, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 134,190. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2015 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Romance » Historical » General
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 » General
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
(4.00 from 1 review)
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
Series: The Viking Horde. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 159,620. Language: English. Published: August 21, 2012 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical » General, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
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: 138,160. Language: English. Published: July 26, 2012 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical » General
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 » General, Fiction » Inspirational
(4.00 from 1 review)
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: 76,930. Language: English. Published: April 16, 2012 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
(5.00 from 5 reviews)
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
(5.00 from 6 reviews)
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: Free! Words: 72,800. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2012 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
(4.75 from 8 reviews)
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: $2.99 USD. Words: 90,960. Language: English. Published: January 22, 2012 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal » General
(4.83 from 6 reviews)
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: $2.99 USD. Words: 157,840. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2012 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical » General
(5.00 from 6 reviews)
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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KJ Black
Latest book: The Gift Horse.
Published January 11, 2015.