Karla Brandenburg


Thanks for stopping by. I’m Karla Brandenburg, I’m married, and had the privilege of raising two children. Now I get to enjoy grandchildren. My assistant is an orange tabby, lovingly referred to as “the blonde cat.”

Raised on the gothic romances of Victoria Holt, I also enjoyed reading Stephen King and Rod Serling, which influences bring supernatural elements into the contemporary romances that I write. I’m a card-carrying cookie-holic and while I don’t like coffee as a rule, I do like all those fun flavors you can get in the individual serving pods. When I’m not at home in Illinois (where I’ve lived all of my life in various of Chicago’s suburbs) I enjoy travel, and many of those places crop up in the stories I write.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I started writing when I first started writing (i.e., when I was about six). I hand wrote a story (about cats) and sent it off to Random House. Imagine my surprise when they didn't publish it! They did, however, send me a very nice rejection letter.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Mist on the Meadow was developed from a "moment of grace." You know the ones where the whole world seems to stop for just a second to show you something ordinary and it seems extraordinary? Like the sun filtering through the trees or, in this case, a buck standing by the side of the road on a winter's day, majestic against the snow and huffing steam from his muzzle. I had to find a way to incorporate that perfect moment, and I did it with a little mysticism and fond memories. Add in some German heritage and stir.
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Gathering Mist
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 70,790. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Drawn into the danger that threatens Giselle, Scott must choose between his fear of what she is, or standing with her against encroaching evil.
Return to Hoffman Grove
Series: Northwest Suburbs, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 69,240. Language: American English. Published: October 12, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
After a nine-year absence, a hot-head returns to his home town, older and wiser. Now he wants to win the heart of the girl he left behind. Instead he has to protect her from the danger that follows him. ***The author will be donating fifty percent of the royalties from the sales of this book through July 1, 2015, to the Community Crisis Center in Elgin, Illinois in support of their programs.***
Heart for Rent, with an Option
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 65,910. Language: English. Published: November 3, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Is the attraction they share real? Or is it two people sharing grief?
Mist on the Meadow
Series: Kundigerin, 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 84,450. Language: English. Published: March 26, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Wolf Harper needs a Kundigerin, "one who knows," to close his grandmother's estate and save the failing family business; instead, professional baker Marissa Maitland rattles skeletons in his family's closet and ignites a passion Wolf has never felt before. Has he been bewitched? **Awarded Honorable Mention - Writers Digest Ebook Awards for Fiction.**
Living Canvas
Series: Northwest Suburbs, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 80,110. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Audrey MacDougall's new boss is cleaning house and to make matters worse, he is a “person of interest” in the mysterious disappearance of a young girl 20 years ago. Greg Ellison offers Audrey a chance to break away and start over, but what is it about Greg that pulls her out of the real world and inside a painting with him?
Touched by the Sun
Series: Northwest Suburbs, Book 1. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 59,300. Language: English. Published: December 16, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
10th Anniversary Edition of The Treasure of St. Paul. When school teacher Kira embarks on a light-hearted quest for the Holy Grail, she never imagines it will change her life.
Intimate Distance
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 73,430. Language: English. Published: January 9, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Julianne DeAngelo is working toward a degree in marketing, juggling a full-time job and planning a wedding. Driven to succeed, she joins an on-line marketing group where her mentor, Jack Guilder, becomes her confidante. The high profile ad campaign Jack and Julianne develop together propels them into the spotlight as the industry’s hottest couple, but can they withstand the heat?

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