Karen Dean Benson

Biography

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.

Where to buy in print

Series

Prickly Hawthorne Village
Historical Romance Series
Secret at Dark Castle
Price: $4.99 USD.
Come Here To Me
Price: $4.99 USD.
A Break in the Clouds
Price: $4.99 USD.
Ladies of Mischief
A series of historical stand alone novels, each following a strong willed heroine.

Books

A Break in the Clouds
Series: Prickly Hawthorne Village. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 104,010. Language: English. Published: November 16, 2021 by Melange Books, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical » General, Fiction » Historical » Regency
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.
Come Here To Me
Series: Prickly Hawthorne Village. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 104,290. Language: English. Published: October 6, 2020 by Melange Books, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical » General, Fiction » Romance » General
1840 Hawthorn Village, Co. Waterford - Ireland Christopher, a young doctor, Renata, a lovely herbalist, cremated ashes, a deathbed wish, and a wicked irascible mother combine to make a knotty mess.
Secret at Dark Castle
Series: Prickly Hawthorne Village. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 106,750. Language: English. Published: June 9, 2020 by Melange Books, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical » General, Fiction » Romance » Regency
A convent-raised lass finds something she didn’t know was missing.
Mulberry Bend, Aisling's Story
Series: Ladies of Mischief. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 114,890. Language: English. Published: November 22, 2016 by Melange Books, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA, Fiction » Romance » Historical » General
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?
From Florida With Love: Sunrise & Stormy Skies
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 90,050. Language: English. Published: August 16, 2016 by Melange Books, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author
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.
Mission Song: Chenoa’s Story
Series: Ladies of Mischief. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 115,760. Language: English. Published: February 6, 2016 by Melange Books, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Victorian, Fiction » Romance » Historical » General
Barely ten years between Chenoa and Don Sebastian, these two headstrong people must confront the sparks of hostility and magnetism—or they will not survive.
Devil’s Grace: Renn Arelia’s Story
Series: Ladies of Mischief. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 117,600. Language: English. Published: August 28, 2015 by Melange Books, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical » General, Fiction » Historical » Regency
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.
From Florida With Love: Sunsets & Happy Endings
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 70,260. Language: English. Published: June 5, 2014 by Melange Books, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author
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.