Karen Mason


Karen Mason was born in London in the 1970s and has been writing since childhood. When she was eight she was runner up in the Write a Limerick Competition on Blue Peter and at aged twenty two was a runner up in the now defunct Me! Magazine 'Write a Blockbuster' competition. In 2008 Karen decided to go down the self-publishing route and has since published several historical fiction novels including the Never Forget and Line of Passion series. In 2014 Karen was a runner up in the Good Housekeeping Novel Writing Competition and she was named a Writer to Watch.

2017 sees the release of Out of Darkness, the first book in an exciting new saga

Smashwords Interview

How do you approach cover design?
I have a theme (as everyone can see!). I like the single female on the cover that encapsulates the essence of one of my main characters. I took inspiration from the 1970s Roxy Music album covers with the impossibly beautiful girls with glossy, pouting lips and alluring eyes. I like to think my covers are a thing of beauty, and I also like to choose a font that relative to the time period of the novel.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Jane Eyre - because it is the ultimate love story, and of the triumph of the meek. I love that she ends up the one with the power, both financial and physical. And Rochester is so sexy!!
Star Dreams by June Flaum Singer - this book was very influential to me. It's loosely based around Jackie Kennedy, but with added storylines. It's quite obscure, but I love it!
Lace by Shirley Conran - the first grown up book I ever read.
The Profession of Violence by John Pearson - the biography of the Kray Twins. Anyone who reads my books will know that there is usually a crime element, be it a seedy 1950s club, or a murder. I also write my Phillipa Hardcastle books.
Stuart a Life Backwards by Alexander Masters - a wonderfully touching portrait of a homeless man which makes you think twice about those who are living on the streets.
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Where to find Karen Mason online

Where to buy in print



The Line of Passion
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 164,940. Language: English. Published: June 22, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Romance » Historical
Three generations of women, all ruled by their hearts. One, a poor girl who has married above her station but risks it all by falling in love with a penniless poet. Her daughter a beautiful actress who is facing a mid-life crisis and coming to terms with her sexuality, and finally her daughter. themarried MP who falls in love with another man, on the verge of her becoming Prime Minister
Out of Darkness
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 129,050. Language: English. Published: November 27, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
How long must a woman atone for her sins before she can move from out of the dark into light? Former Suffragette and unmarried mother Amelia Hicks is forced from her exile into London Society, when her beloved aunt dies. Finally allowed to blossom, she finds love, a purpose and quite possibly the son she gave away on the day he was born.
Tainted Love
Price: $2.50 USD. Words: 71,310. Language: English. Published: March 16, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Phillipa is asked to investigate a historical allegation of rape. The problem is, the victim committed suicide in 1990 and the men accused of the crime have spent decades using their power and influence to evade justice. Phillipa quickly realises she has bitten off more than she can chew and both herself and those she loves could be in serious danger.
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 59,230. Language: English. Published: October 16, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Phillipa has a battle on her hands, juggling the mysterious case of a missing woman who disappeared at the same time as a beautiful MP's assistant, and trying to find the truth behind the recent riots that have been plaguing South London. Sending her trusty assistant Sam into his first undercover mission, she wonders if she has bitten off more than she can chew.
Rise Like a Phoenix
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 159,020. Language: English. Published: July 23, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
The last instalment of the Never Forget Saga Sisters Angel and Rio are set for their final showdown. Angel is determined to gain control of Titan Records – her mother’s media empire, and Rio is doing all she can to cling onto it. With Angel trying to hold to her sanity, and Rio’s lack of confidence, crippling her, it could be anyone’s game. Who will prove victorious in this battle that has raged
Better the Devil You Know
Series: Never Forget. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 133,870. Language: English. Published: December 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
Angel and Rio are now young adults, trying to forge their way in the world, all the while carrying on the legacy of resentment and revenge that has blighted the lives of the generations before them. Rio escapes America, moving to England and finding success, love and heartache. Angel tries to make it as a rock star, all the while battling the childhood demons that torment her.
Where The Heart Is
Series: Never Forget, Book 5. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 109,350. Language: English. Published: May 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Romance » General
Book 5 of the Never Forget saga. Ellie and Viva are now successful businesswomen, battling to keep their marriages, families and careers. In the greedy 1980s, can these two young women really have it all? Or will sacrifices have to be made?
The Lucky Ones
Series: Never Forget, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 149,820. Language: English. Published: November 24, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Romance » General
Book 4 of the Never Forget Saga. Ellie and Viva, daughters of sisters Annie Holland and Iris Lindholm are now eighteen and desperate to make their way in the world without the help of their famous mothers. Fate brings the cousins together and a tentative friendship is formed, but the feud that has divided their family for years threatens to break the fragile bond that has been forged between them.
Teenage Kicks
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 48,830. Language: English. Published: August 11, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
When Phillipa Hardcastle is given the task of finding out who sent an anonymous email to Levi O'Neill - Crime Editor of The Sunday Wire, claiming to be from the killer of two recently murdered radio DJs, she uncovers an horrific secret linking the men; and faces a race against time to stop another murder from happening - this time on live television.
Never Tear Us Apart
Series: Never Forget, Book 3. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 110,980. Language: English. Published: April 19, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Family sagas
Book Three of the Never Forget Saga. Sisters Annie Holland and Iris Lindholm continue their bitter feud. Can motherhood and the success they find in the world of fashion change them? Or are the wounds both women carry from childhood, too deep to ever repair their relationship?
The Exciting Life
Series: Never Forget, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 65,560. Language: English. Published: January 28, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Romance » General
The sequel to Never Forget. Annie and Kenneth Holland, the brother and sister adopted by Nesta Villiers at the beginning of the second world war are now young adults. Annie widowed and debt ridden after the suicide of her racing driver husband, and Kenneth running Tanner Beresford, his aunt's company. Into their lives comes the mysterious Iris Lindholm, and things will never be the same again.
Paradise Lost
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 112,830. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
A new family saga from Karen Mason. All her adult life, Evie Wallis has held the secret that she is the true heir to Barnham House, the stately home nicknamed 'Paradise' because of its beauty. When she finally gets the chance to visit the house, a chain of events occur that make her question if her inheritance is what she really wants.
Scorpio Rising (A Phillipa Hardcastle Mystery)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 51,770. Language: English. Published: July 23, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
When private investigator Phillipa Hardcastle is accidentally handed the wrong bag, she finds herself embroiled in a case involving an amateur plastic surgeon who is disfiguring young girls. Is the person operating alone or are they part of a bigger organisation? Whatever the answer, Phillipa suddenly finds herself in more danger than she's been in a long time.
Never Forget
Series: Never Forget, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 130,310. Language: English. Published: April 10, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
1912 and on-board the Titanic, two very different women are embarking on journeys that will change the rest of their lives. Alice is the poor, pregnant girl running away with her criminal boyfriend. Nesta is the wealthy but barren wife of a cruel man who is threatening to divorce her. When the mighty ship sinks, a terrible crime is committed which means these women's lives are entwined forever.
Two Become One
Price: $1.75 USD. Words: 140,980. Language: English. Published: October 18, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
What would you do if you were told your long lost twin is actually one of the most famous and well-loved women in the world? That is what happens to 'bad-girl' Farrah O'Rourke, who is requested to go to the bedside of Antonia Smedley, the much-adored wife of the Mayor of London, who, at just thirty-eight, is dying of cancer. What will happen when these two very different women meet?
Mad About The Boy
Price: Free! Words: 108,730. Language: English. Published: October 6, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Former soap queen Elizabeth Maine is about to make her glorious comeback when she is suddenly faced with ghosts from her past, who threaten to expose the lies she has surrounded herself with over the years. She feels the time has come to tell the world the truth and write her biography, telling all about her traumatic childhood and the secrets she has kept hidden for so long.
Mrs Osbourne Regrets
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 29,320. Language: English. Published: September 22, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
When a British MP is exposed as homosexual, his wife Diana finds herself a social outcast. Her perfect 1950s, upper-class world is blown apart and she learns a lot about herself, motherhood, love and what is really important to her.
The True Tale of Jezebel Cole
Price: Free! Words: 86,390. Language: English. Published: September 21, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
When world famous novelist Patty Belleville goes missing, her daughter goes on a quest to uncover the real story behind her mother's disappearance and on the way discovers some horrific truths about the woman who has always been so distant with her. Will she ever find Patty? Or has something more sinister happened to her?
Only You
Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 135,280. Language: English. Published: September 17, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
The epic tale of Violet Spencer, a woman who rises from humble shop girl to the head of one of the world's biggest cosmetic companies. After surviving heartache, loss and an horrific attack, she faces her biggest challenge - holding onto her precious company when it's threatened with takeover.

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Smashwords book reviews by Karen Mason

  • Brizecombe Hall on Feb. 21, 2012

    I really enjoyed this story. A weird amalgam of Jane Austen and Jane Eyre (my favourite book), it worked when it shouldn't. At times it was close to rip-off (Mrs Travers the kindly Mrs Fairfax), Ms Newcombe is obviously Blanche Ingram. A lot of Austen's heroines are the daughters of parsons who are not entitled to marry into the landed gentry. But despite this the story was engaging and kept me reading until the end, I think if the author put her mind to it and came up with an original story, but written in the same style, she could achieve something special, especially if she commited to a full-length Victorian novel. I would certainly read it. I was rather disappointed when Brizecombe Hall came to it's rather abrupt end, and would have preferred it after all her months of longing, we could have had more of an insight into Ann's feelings at the end.But all in all, a very good effort.
  • Elizabeth Clansham on April 09, 2012

    My first thought about Elizabeth Clansham is that it was written in the wrong era. Take out the sex, bad language and modern references, and it would make a fine historical novel. Indeed the old-fashioned names of Miss Clansham's pupils made me keep thinking it was set many years before. The book reads like a soap opera, full of characters with inter-weaving stories and this was where I became a little confused and frustrated. To me the most interesting characters were Elizabeth herself, her relationship with her uptight neighbour, and his slutty ex-girlfriend and her long-suffering daughter, and no sooner would I start getting into their stories, then I would be disturbed by irritating schoolchildren and fledgling lesbians. I am sure the whole thing would play out far better on screen than in a book and I would recommend that Chapman considers writing for television, as to maintain a story with so many characters, without getting confusing is an admirable achievement and one I think she should take further. For myself, I would have preferred there to be only one or two main stories running through the book, with the other characters as bit players rather than whole chunks dedicated to them. But if you don't mind this sort of storytelling then you will find Elizabeth Clansham well-written and engaging.