Karen GoatKeeper


Growing up a city girl, I would never dream my favorite writing topics are all rural. Nubian goats are an important part of my life. Living in the country is special and so very foreign to most people now. There are now three books on this theme.
The Hazel Whitmore series has two books out. I did update them as people asked about the recipes Hazel uses. Cooking was something girls were expected to learn when I was growing up. Now cooking seems alien and difficult. There will be a third book in the series. The draft is started.
Dora's Story lets a goat take center stage at least some of the time. She may be only a goat but she means something more to the people around her. She changes some of their lives along the way.
My life never seems to slow down. At present I am doing the rewrite for Capri Capers, a 1930s movie serial melodrama. Yes, there are goats. There are two sets of villains. There are lots of cliff hangers.
Also on the list for work this year are The Pumpkin Project, a botany book full of puzzles, pumpkin facts and trivia and more; the third Hazel Whitmore book; a picture book; and a couple of drafts, one involving road rallies and a new series on the Planet Autumn.
The website continues with its weekly country living and nature commentaries. This year's science projects are on chemistry.
My background includes a B.A. in zoology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and several years teaching high school science in Arkansas and Missouri. My classes included two levels of biology and general science, basic chemistry, physics, earth science and anatomy/physiology.

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Dora's Story
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 110,070. Language: English. Published: November 3, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Literary, Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
Dora is a goat. To Emily Dora is a best friend and way into the world of goats. For Leonard Dora is a companion to help him cope with the loss of his livestock and failing health. For Miranda and Susanna Dora is a betrayer yet possibly a savior. To Shawn Dora is a way to be like his older siblings. Dora is just a goat, or is she?
Old Promises
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 65,370. Language: English. Published: October 5, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Family
A New York City girl, Hazel Whitmore is now 9 miles from the rural town of Crooked Creek, Missouri. Her New York apartment was neat and clean. Her new home is a hundred-year-old house. The rooms are full of dust and cobwebs. Popular in her New York school, Hazel is now shunned, the target of pranks. Her Grandfather Whitmore doesn't want her here. How far will he go to drive her away?
Broken Promises
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 65,780. Language: English. Published: February 6, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Family
"Your father was killed yesterday." Hazel's world implodes. Her father broke his promise to come home! Anger and frozen grief engulf her. Can a four-year-old boy show Hazel the way to a new life?

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Smashwords book reviews by Karen GoatKeeper

  • Tales from a farm - the Wild Bird on April 15, 2015

    This is indeed a delightful little book. The photographs are nice. The drawings were a bit light making them difficult to see in the PDF version. The author was very dedicated to successfully raise a baby bird like Fred the sparrow. Her homestead is an interesting place and I enjoyed my short visit.