FICTION BY KAREN BALL

 

Love's Surprise by Karen BallLove's Surprise

 

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In this collection of three whimsical and fresh stories of romance in unusual settings, Karen Ball's writing will delight readers of all ages and in every season. Infused with love, tenderness and humor, the stories are threaded together with common characters and themes.

 

The protagonist in "Valentine's Surprise" has been unlucky in love, so her sisters conspire and set her up with a blind date they're sure will be "The One." The date is surprisingly successful...until she discovers she went out with the wrong man!

 

In "Jericho's Walls," a widow's grown children try to forestall her annual April Fools' Day depression. They trick her into pet-sitting a ferret, and talk her into a major house renovation-to be done by the good-looking but distant Jericho Katz, whose spouse also has died. But can you help someone who doesn't think she wants it?

 

"An Unlikely Angel" is the story of a very successful lawyer who believes he's got everything he wants and needs in life. Then a charming but destructive Siberian Husky turns up. The man comes to learn what is truly valuable, with help from an even more charming and quirky girl-next-door, and the gentle nudge of...an angel?

 

 

What Lies Within by Karen BallWhat Lies Within - Family Honor Series #3

 

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Kyla Justice's name means "victorious." But that's the last thing she feels. Having fought long and hard to establish her construction business, her schedule is now full of plans for malls and subdivisions, but her heart is empty. Where are the projects that matter? Then she's given the opportunity to build a center for inner-city kids. The obstacles don't stop her: opposition from area gangs, minimal funding, hesitant and deceptive suppliers, even the man who claims to love her and would marry her---if she would sell her business. Soon things get messier and lives are endangered. Will Kyla learn to accept what lies within her and rely on others not just to succeed, but to survive?

 

 

Kaleidoscope Eyes by Karen BallKaleidoscope Eyes, Family Honor Series #2

 

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Annie Justice sees things differently. Her unconventional condition, synesthesia, helped make her one of the most sought-after stained-glass artists in the country. And teamed with her German shepherd, she's just as successful in her work with the K-9 Search and Rescue Team, finding people seemingly hidden from others eyes. But no one knows her expertise for hiding the childhood insecurities that plague her, until Jed Curry comes along. Then the search for a missing child goes awry, and Jed must reveal his true identity. He is prepared for Annie's anger, but not the hurt. And neither of them is prepared for the real trial ahead; something far more sinister and dangerous than their search. Can Jed and Annie overcome their unknown enemy, and the insecurities and secrets keeping them apart, before it is too late?

 

 

Shattered Justice by Karen BallShattered Justice, Family Honor Series #1

 

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There is no way sheriffs deputy Dan Justice could have prepared for this. He spent a lifetime ensuring that his actions and faith live up to the meaning of his name—Avidan: God is just. Then injustice invades his world, ripping away what matters most, forever robbing him of the life he once knew.

Can his sisters and small-town community, especially one woman who loves Dan, help him overcome the horrors he is facing? Or will bitterness and anger shatter him forever?

 

 

A Test of Faith by Karen BallA Test of Faith

 

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A mother's dreams of the perfect daughter are inevitably doomed to failure---but Anne never suspected they could fail so completely! Faith, her beloved little girl, cared nothing for tea parties or hairdos . . . or Mom's faith. But years later, when roles are reversed, Anne discovers that prayers are never lost on the heart of God.

 

 

 

The Breaking Point by Karen BallThe Breaking Point

 

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Years of marital strife have brought Gabe and Renee Roman to the very edge---relationally and spiritually. But their greatest test lies when their truck hurtles off a treacherous Oregon road, stranding them on a mountain pass in the midst of a blizzard. 

 

Can they surrender their prideful defenses for self-sacrifice . . . and survival?

 

 

 

Reunion by Karen BallReunion

 

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What's happening in Reunion is nothing short of a miracle...

 

Taylor Sorensen is in for the fight of her life. After sixty years wolves have returned to Wyoming. And the beautiful hidden valley they've chosen as home is none other than Taylor's secret refuge. Now she's determined: she will protect the wolves, no matter what.

 

But the man she trusted with her secret--and her heart--isn't who she thought he was. Connor Alexander is no ranch hand, as he portrayed when Taylor hired him. He's a wildlife biologist who's come to Reunion to see if the rumor of wolves is true. When Taylor discovers the truth, she's furious. And afraid. Can she trust Connor to help her--and the wolves?

 

 

Wilderness by Karen BallWilderness

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Mady and Jason find more than they bargained for in the Cascade Mountains...now all they have to do is survive!

 

When Mady Donovan signs on for a wilderness adventure, she's ready for anything. Or so she thinks. Then she meets Jason Tiber, who's as unpredictable as the terrain and weather of Washington's North Cascades. But the excitement really starts when these two take an unexpected step together--off a cliff! 

 

Lost in a brutal wilderness, where everything--from the terrain to the weather to the animals--seems determined to defeat them, Mady and Jason must learn to rely on each other to survive. Only in the very heart of danger do they finally discover the astounding reality of God's sufficiency, even in the most desperate circumstances.

 

 

Three Weddings and a Giggle by Karen BallThree Weddings and a Giggle - Bride on the Run

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Heiress Alexandria Wingate is determined to wait on God where marriage is concerned. Her father, however, waits on no one. Before Alex can say "I don't!" she's engaged. Finally she puts her foot down-an hour before her wedding. So it's out a window and down the rose trellis, wedding dress and all. 

 

Alex's bid for freedom takes her to Oregon, to a place where people get second chances... and to a man who may be the one she's waited for all her life. All she has to do is convince him.

 

 

Fools for Love a NovellaFools for Love - Jericho's Walls


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"Jericho's Walls" was a blast to write. Widow Kitty Hawk finds herself pet-sitting a mischievous ferret, a crazed terrier, and a cat aptly named Godzilla! 

 

Add Mr. Jericho Katz to the mix, and you can be sure there's fun--and romance--in store.

 

 

 

 

 

Hearts Delight a NovellaHeart's Delight - Valentine's Surprise


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"Valentine's Surprise" shows what happens when three older sisters set their youngest sibling up with a surprisingly successful blind date. 

 

Corie may have finally met Mr. Right--until she finds out she dated the wrong man!

 

 

 

 

 

Mistletoe a NovellaMistletoe - Unlikely Angel


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"Unlikely Angel" is one of my favorite stories that I've written--probably because it features a Siberian husky based on my own four-legged boy, Bo. 

 

In this story, Mac St. Clair's ordered life turns upside down when a destructive but loveable Siberian husky shows up on his doorstep. In spite of himself, Mac learns what matters most thanks to the help of his beautiful, quirky next-door neighbor--and the gentle nudge of An Unlikely Angel.