Well, gals, I’m super-duper excited to be starting my “Author of the Month” posts! For the month of June I’m featuring Karen Witemeyer!! She was the very first HCR author I ever read, and from that moment on I knew I would never been the same! *teehee * That may seem a bit melodramatic, but it’s not much of an exaggeration!
I love Karen’s style! I truly believe she is one of the best HCR authors out there. Her characters are lovable and real, and the stories never fail to be uplifting. I feel peaceful when I read her books, and I always end up with a smile.
This is what her website bio says about her:
“Karen Witemeyer is a deacon's wife and mother of three who believes the world needs more happily-ever-afters. To that end, she combines her love of bygone eras with her passion for helping women mature in Christ to craft historical romance novels that lift the spirit and nurture the soul.
After growing up in California, Karen moved to Texas to attend Abilene Christian University where she earned bachelor and master's degrees in Psychology. It was also there that she met and married her own Texas hero. He roped her in good, for she has lived in Texas ever since. In fact, she fell so in love with this rugged land of sweeping sunsets and enduring pioneer spirit, that she incorporates it into the pages of her novels, setting her stories in the small towns of a state that burgeoned into greatness in the mid- to late1800s.
Karen is living her dream by writing Christian historical romance novels for Bethany House.
[She is also a] two-time RITA® Finalist and winner of the coveted HOLT Medallion, CBA bestselling author. She is an avid cross-stitcher, shower singer, and bakes a mean apple cobbler.”
Her new book SHORT-STRAW BRIDE debuts tomorrow!! (My copy is coming soon and I’m counting the hours!) Already the reviews are glowing—I never would have doubted that—so I hope that you are ready to get a copy of your own! (Those of you who are following this blog will be entered to win a copy of her book! The drawing will be tomorrow--yay!!)
I plan to ask each author that I feature to share with us their favorite scripture. When I asked Karen, this is what she said: “As for favorite Bible verses, it is hard to pick just one. The one that keeps me going when I'm in the middle of a project is Philippians 1:6 - He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
And the one I keep on my desk as a reminder that writing is a ministry and not all about me is Psalm 115:1 - Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory.”
Thank you, Karen, for sharing your gift and lifting us up through your books!