Karen Cogan

Biography

A native of Houston, TX, Karen spent her early years enjoying life along the Gulf Coast. After high school, she attended Texas A&M as well as the University of Houston where she obtained a B.S. in early childhood education. She has written numerous articles and stories, books for children and novels for adults. She particularly enjoys writing contemporary and historical romance.
She now lives in the Southwest with her family and assorted pets. https://www.facebook.com/karencoganfanpage/

Smashwords Interview

Describe your desk
What desk? I work in my "big chair" with my computer in my lap.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
An e-mail newsletter has been helpful in getting the word out about new books and freebies. I always offer to option to subscribe here:http://eepurl.com/dBzqNX
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Where to find Karen Cogan online

Books

The Luckiest Woman Alive
Price: Free! Words: 6,820. Language: English. Published: June 8, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
Trish buys a lottery and is shocked to become a winner. When she is interviewed by a reporter for the community newspaper, she enjoys his company and they begin to date. Dating leads to talking about marriage. Her life is going well except for her worry about the man in the sedan who begins to follow her. Who is he and what does he want?
Retribution
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 98,660. Language: English. Published: May 19, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
In this romantic crime novel, Steve Yarrow returns from war to discover that his hometown is no safer than a war zone. His family is marked for murder and he is the first on the hit list. The only escape lies in identifying the assailant and the motive before it is too late.
Betrayal
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 62,690. Language: English. Published: May 19, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
When Bethany becomes the target of a hired killer, the stranger who saves her becomes her hope of survival..
Jack of Hearts
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 59,980. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Religious, Fiction » Christian » Romance
Ashley grieves the loss of her sister. Her only comfort is the little nephew who is left in her care. She is determined to raise him as her sister would wish. Though the uncle who shares custody has a playboy reputation, he appears to have changed. Can Ashley trust him with her nephew and her heart?
Made for Each Other: Contemporary Christian Romance
Price: Free! Words: 59,990. Language: English. Published: January 23, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Romance, Fiction » Religious
When Lissa arrives in New Mexico, she is attracted to Jason, a man in a creative profession. She believes the insecurity of his job would cause her stress and she has worked too hard, even at the expense of a guilty secret, to achieve success and be the only one making a living. Will she be able to ignore the attraction or will her heart lead her down the path of love?
The Flower Girl
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 101,610. Language: English. Published: January 12, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Camilla, the Flower Girl, though a bit slow, is happy with her job at the garden store. Her twin cousins are her only family and she loves them dearly. When her boss's husband makes a pass at her, Camilla is confused and upset. When he is murdered Camilla is the prime suspect. When other disturbing crimes occur, the young police detective strives to solve the cases before more murders occur.
Too Scared to Move
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 32,870. Language: English. Published: August 26, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Religious / Christian / Emotions & Feelings, Fiction » Children’s books » Religious / Christian / Friendship
What would happen if we could go back in time and have God say "yes" instead of "no" to one of our prayers? The strong-willed girl in this middle-grade novel gets a chance to find out.
Pancho Finds A Home
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,370. Language: English. Published: May 31, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Hispanic & Latino
Pancho Finds A Home is about a little dog who wanders into a small Mexican village that is preparing for a feast. He befriends a burro, hen and goat and prepares a special surprise for them.
Henry Asks
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 610. Language: English. Published: February 16, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Coming of age
Henry, the little bear, is curious. He asks lots of questions about the world around him. However, there is one thing that does not make him curious. It happens when his sister, Betty, cooks a meal.
A Relative Matter
Price: Free! Words: 51,420. Language: English. Published: February 11, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Regency, Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome
In this sweet Regency romance, Anne Taylor and her young brother, Jeremy, lose their grandfather. The estate passes to Jeremy. Since he is not of age, a guardian is named. The man is murdered and someone will stop at nothing to get his hands on the estate.
If There Were Two of Me
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 850. Language: English. Published: January 18, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Entertainment, Fiction » Adventure » Travel
This story begins with a little boy wondering what would happen if there were two of me. He imagines how one of him stays home while the other travels on exciting adventures. The imaginative illustrations spark children's curiosity about what they might do if there were two of them. The story engenders discussions as well as writing and illustrating. It is a go to for rhyme and story telling.
The God of Apple Juice and Spilled Milk Study Guide
Price: Free! Words: 6,420. Language: English. Published: January 2, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Life / Family, Nonfiction » Inspiration » Spiritual inspiration
My purpose in writing this study guide is to explore how our experiences as earthly parents lead to an understanding of God’s parental nature. We may not understand the reason for God’s answers just as our children may not understand the answers we give them. Let's explore why trust is the cure, whether for ourselves or our children.
The God of Apple Juice and Spilled MIlk
Price: Free! Words: 34,350. Language: English. Published: January 2, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Life / Family
Parenting can be an eye-opening experience. Our experiences as earthly parents to God’s leading and teaching of His children. The similarities give insight into God’s parental nature. We learn much about God through our love for our children. Let’s explore this idea together!
Henry Has the Hiccups
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,020. Language: English. Published: December 4, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Family / Multigenerational, Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Beginner
Henry is a little bear who can’t get rid of the hiccups. His family tells him to try many ways to cure them. Yet, nothing works. Grandma and Grandpa come over and Grandpa tells him a scary story to frighten the hiccups out of him. Even this doesn’t work. What will Henry do? Will he ever get rid of these hiccups?
Sunny Under the Sea
Price: Free! Words: 840. Language: English. Published: November 28, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Religious
Sunny the seahorse lives in the ocean with his friends. He is sad when one of them has a problem. In this story, Shrimp is upset because he is too small to hang his seaweed curtains. Pride keeps him from asking for help. When he is trapped and can't get free, will he swallow his pride and ask for help?
Chatty Clam Spreads Gossip
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 730. Language: English. Published: November 18, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
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Chatty Clam lives under the sea with Sunny the seahorse and all of their friends. Though Chatty wants to be nice, she can't stop gossiping because it makes her feel important. When she almost causes Sunny to lose a friend, he reminds her it is important to tell the truth.She wants to please God and do the right thing so she promises Sunny she will not gossip again.
The Gum Chewing Ghost
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 25,090. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Religious / Christian / Mysteries & Detective Stories, Fiction » Children’s books » Religious / Christian / Family
Ellen's palms grew damp as she stared into the inky darkness. The light above her head lit only the top of the stairs. The basement lay below. She shivered, hating the thought of going down all alone. She listened for sounds of moaning or clanking and heard nothing. Still, it was dark and spooky down there and she had the feeling someone was watching and waiting.
Henry's Loose Tooth
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 670. Language: English. Published: October 19, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Religious / Christian / Animals, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Henry the bear is worried about what it will feel like to lose his first tooth. How it comes out surprises him. He is happy until his older brother and sister tell him his friends will tease him. He tries two creative ways to replace it before he gives up. Will his friends laugh at him when he goes to school?
Between Best Friends
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 26,760. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Family / Multigenerational, Fiction » Coming of age
Stephanie is eager to move back to her home town. Her enthusiasm evaporates when she discovers her best friend has made a new best friend. To make matters worse, her grandmother, whom she hardly knows is coming to live with her family and share her room. Will she be able to accept the changes in her life?
Do Not Disturb
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 29,140. Language: English. Published: August 28, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Pirates
Taylor Armstrong likes to write adventure stories. He hangs a sign on his door when he’s not at school so he won’t be disturbed while writing his book about a kidnapped prince. Unfortunately, Taylor has problems with a bully at school. Arlo threatens Taylor if he won’t do homework for him. Follow along to read about the adventure of the kidnapped prince and see if Taylor can outsmart the bully.
The Great Camp-Off
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 22,030. Language: English. Published: August 23, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Comics & Graphic Novels / Media Tie-In, Fiction » Children’s books » Nature & the Natural World / Environment
Paul is a boy who dreams of camping. He and his best friend practice how to survive in the wilderness with the little knowledge they possess. When Paul's family takes a trip to the mountains, he likes cooking outdoors and sleeping in a tent. More than anything else, he likes exploring. He meets an old mountain who teaches him to pan for gold. and a survival skill that saves his life.
The Prodigal Heart
Price: Free! Words: 47,560. Language: English. Published: February 29, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Religious
Rachel thinks she has her life under control. She has succeeded in starting a business and she tells herself all her dreams have come true. But there is one dream that lies buried in her past, so painful that she tries never to think of it. She tries to erase all memory of her heart-stopping first love...until Jonathon walks back into her life as a widower with a young so

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