Caren J. Werlinger


Bestselling author Caren Werlinger published her first award-winning novel, Looking Through Windows, in 2008. Since then, she has published seventeen more novels, winning several more awards. In 2021, she was awarded the Alice B Medal for her body of work. Influenced by a diverse array of authors, including Rumer Godden, J.R.R. Tolkein, Ursula LeGuin, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Willa Cather and the Brontë sisters, Caren writes literary fiction that features the struggles and joys of characters readers can identify with. Her stories cover a wide range of genres: historical fiction, contemporary drama, and the award-winning Dragonmage Saga, a fantasy trilogy set in ancient Ireland. She has lived in Virginia for over thirty years where she practices physical therapy, teaches anatomy and lives with her wife and their canine fur-children.

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The New Shore
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 123,610. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2022 by Caren J. Werlinger. Categories: Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Lesbian
Life on Little Sister Island is about to get more complicated for some of the islanders. Kathleen’s strained relationship with her parents is put to the test when her mother’s health fails. For Rebecca, her role as Keeper has been her vocation, but when she encounters her first—and only—love, she questions whether it’s been worth it. Can the island work its magic to heal two wounded souls?
An Unlit Candle
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 120,490. Language: English. Published: September 24, 2021 by Caren J. Werlinger. Categories: Fiction » Religious, Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Lesbian
In 1960s Rochester, Patricia’s life in the family business is all planned out. She has no interest in throwing it away to become a nun, but some calls will not be ignored. In present day, Lauren is trying to put her life back together, focusing on her weaving and her chosen family. When Episcopal priest Gail stumbles into the abbey, all three women will need one another to deal with their demons.
Cast Me Gently
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 99,890. Language: English. Originally Published: November 7, 2020 by Caren J. Werlinger. Categories: Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Lesbian, Fiction » Historical » General
Teresa and Ellie couldn’t be more different. Teresa still lives at home with her Italian family, while Ellie has been on her own for years. When Teresa and Ellie meet and fall in love, their worlds clash. Ellie would love to be part of Teresa’s family, but they both know that will never happen. Sooner or later, Teresa will have to choose between the two halves of her heart—Ellie or her family.
Face the Wind
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 97,870. Language: English. Published: August 31, 2020 by Caren J. Werlinger. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit, Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Lesbian
Life on Little Sister Island is mostly good. Kathleen and Molly are happier than they’ve ever been. Miss Louisa has accepted that her time is coming to an end. When her family line dies out, so will her secrets. But when strangers arrive on the island, the events that follow will change everything. Little Sister has its own magic and a warning—a storm is coming.
Turning for Home
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 95,080. Language: English. Originally Published: April 30, 2020 by Caren J. Werlinger. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit, Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Lesbian
When Jules goes home for her grandfather’s funeral, the visit unleashes a flood of memories and sends her on a lonely—and familiar—path. Her partner, Kelli, feels Jules slipping away but can’t figure out how to pull her back. In desperation, she turns to Jules’s oldest friend—and her ex—Donna. When a lonely girl reaches out to Jules for help, the past and present are set on a collision course.
Invisible, as Music
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 114,450. Language: English. Published: November 15, 2019 by Caren J. Werlinger. Categories: Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Lesbian, Fiction » Historical » General
Henrietta Cochran has spent nearly forty years dealing with the effects of the polio she contracted in 1945 and putting up barriers to protect herself. Into her life sails Meryn Fleming: out, outspoken, and fiercely political. With Meryn’s youthful optimism pitted against Henrietta’s jaded acceptance of the world as it is, life will never be the same for either of them.
A Bittersweet Garden
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 87,240. Language: English. Originally Published: February 28, 2019 by Caren J. Werlinger. Categories: Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Lesbian, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(5.00 from 1 review)
Nora McNeill’s summer in Ireland is living up to her dreams, except for the ghost in her cottage. Briana Devlin isn’t interested in a fling with an American who’s leaving in a few months. As Nora’s ghost becomes more demanding, Briana watches Nora seem to fade away. Past and present are on a collision course, leaving Nora and Briana caught in a ghostly intrigue.
When the Stars Sang
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 95,830. Language: English. Originally Published: March 5, 2018 by Caren J. Werlinger. Categories: Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Lesbian, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
When Kathleen Halloran returns to Little Sister Island nearly twenty-five years after her brother drowned there, her arrival stirs unwelcome memories for the islanders. Molly Cooper is determined to protect the island from this offlander. Molly and the islanders soon realize they may have misjudged her. But Molly and Kathleen will never have a future together until they all face the past.
The Beast That Never Was
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 63,770. Language: English. Originally Published: August 26, 2017 by Caren J. Werlinger. Categories: Fiction » Fairy tales, Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Lesbian
(5.00 from 1 review)
Lise’s father is dead. Now she and her mother and sisters must make a new life. Her mother wants her to wed, but Lise knows she never will. When she meets a mysterious woman in the forest, she feels the first stirrings of love. Odd sightings in the forest frighten the villagers, and their fear turns to hatred. As they hunt what they fear, only Lise stands between them and the woman she loves.
Twist of the Magi
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,150. Language: English. Published: November 6, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Lesbian, Fiction » Romance » General
(3.00 from 1 review)
Christmas is not looking very merry for Penny Havers – she won’t be seeing her family for the holidays; she hasn’t had a girlfriend in forever; she can’t get her stories published. When two young women are hired at the shop where she works, Penny begins to think her luck may have changed. Penny is about to learn that, when Christmas works its magic, what you hope for isn’t always what you get.
She Sings of Old, Unhappy, Far-off Things
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 84,470. Language: English. Originally Published: April 23, 2014 by Caren J. Werlinger. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Lesbian
(5.00 from 1 review)
Margaret Braithwaite, a fifty-ish professor, lives in the shadow of her famous husband, Gavin, who is terminally ill. When he hires Wyck Fitzsimmons to restore his gardens, Margaret slowly realizes her heart can feel love again. Gavin, though, is determined not to let death stop him from holding onto his wife. Love can take root in the most barren hearts, if Margaret and Wyck can let it grow.
Year of the Monsoon
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 72,600. Language: English. Originally Published: January 1, 2014 by Caren J. Werlinger. Categories: Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Lesbian
(5.00 from 1 review)
Leisa Yeats has a good life – family, job, relationship. But suddenly, she finds that her whole life was built on lies and secrets. Secrets about her adoption, secrets about her partner. Everything is turned upside down and in her desperation she reaches out to the wrong people. Finding her world shaken off its foundation, Leisa must figure out whom to hold to as the winds of change blow.
Neither Present Time
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 81,070. Language: English. Published: August 30, 2013 . Categories: Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Lesbian, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
On the surface, Beryl Gray is all staid contentment. She works as a university librarian and is in a long-term relationship, but nothing is what it seems. When she finds a book with an inscription dated 1945, she does not realize it will change her life. She sets out on an odyssey to find the women of the inscription, but little does she know that what she will truly discover is herself.
In This Small Spot
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 96,690. Language: English. Published: April 30, 2013 . Categories: Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Lesbian, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
In a world connected to computers and machines, Dr. Michele Stewart finds herself drowning in a life that no longer holds meaning. When she enters a monastery, her family and friends are sure that she has become a nun to run away from her life, but she feels more alive than she has in years. Soon the outside world intrudes, forcing her to confront demons she thought she had left behind.
Looking Through Windows
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 80,840. Language: English. Published: February 20, 2013 . Categories: Fiction » LGBTQ+ » Lesbian, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Emily moves to Vermont wanting only a fresh start. She doesn't plan on Ann, and she doesn't plan on the past following her. Ann helps Emily heal enough to re-discover that she can love, but then family and fate conspire to tear them apart. Ann's love could save Emily, but if they're to have a life together, Emily still has to face the biggest obstacle of all – herself.
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 79,140. Language: English. Published: November 28, 2012 . Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA, Fiction » Young adult or teen » LGBTQ+
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
In 1968, with her father MIA in Vietnam, Conn's family moves to her mother’s home where Conn is chosen as the one who must unravel the mystery surrounding her ancestor who disappeared soon after the Civil War. Set during two turbulent periods of American history, this book takes the reader on a journey through time as Conn tries to end the curse her family has lived with for a century.