Karen Dean Benson decided to try her hand at writing romantic historical fiction somewhere between diapering her first child and kissing the sixth off to college. The Dominican Nuns in the Detroit, Michigan parochial system attempted to teach her how to diagram a sentence. Armed with this knowledge and her love of Jane Austen and Kathleen Woodiwiss’ memorable tales, she pounded out stories on a Royal Portable typewriter that bounced merrily across the desktop. The lusty voices of children in the background increased her fervor.
After graduating from Northwood University, she spent the next years in the woodlands of Northern Michigan relishing the beauty of the Au Sable River as her family grew. She swapped out the Royal for a thirty-pound Olympic that stayed put when typing.
Karen loves research, history, and tales of convoluted lives. She weaves all this against the backdrop of a by-gone era and tosses in plenty of problems to solve. Her novels involve young women blundering through the social constraints of the 18th and 19th Centuries.
She and husband Charlie divide their time between golf courses in Michigan and Florida.
Miss Brianna Walsh – a bonnie lass without a birthright. She paints likenesses of abandoned Ashcourt Manor. She secretly struggles with a deep insecurity arresting any notion of a future both for Ashcourt and herself.
Sir Finbarr O’Bannon – an heir to a ruined past. He’s returned to Hawthorn Village not to restore Ashcourt Manor in his mother’s memory, but to heal his own heart.
On the eve of the Battle of Gettysburg, as Northern and Southern military troops are gathering, Aisling O’Quinn musters the courage to escape the dreadful farm where she lives.
Can Aisling overcome the influence of her disastrous past? Is she strong enough to take control of the drastic changes and unfortunate circumstances she is about to face? Will her unresolved memories cripple her?
Here in Southwest Florida, we know a lot about the power of hurricanes. They can be terrifying, destructive demons playing havoc with human lives.
We know a lot about the power of love, too. We know love can survive storms of all kinds, and these ten new stories from Southwest Florida Romance Writers prove it. Here, love comes to rich and poor, young and old.
On a mist-covered road bordering the Thames, a careening carriage nearly runs over a young woman escaping a forced betrothal. A nobleman jumps from the carriage and runs to her rescue; two cultures collide, England and Spain. An heirloom locket and an irresistible chemistry are the stepping-stones to destiny.
Southwest Florida Romance Writers (SWFRW) offers a unique anthology with eleven original stories. They each feature a gorgeous Southwest Florida sunset, pink flamingos in all forms, and romance. Enjoy enchanting tales about love, including old and new love, lost love, second chances, and even puppy love.