In the late summer of a woman’s life she meets a handsome rancher who ignites her dormant passion, a passion that isn’t fully realized until she follows a yearning to the city of her youth where enlightenment becomes a costly foray. FINDING ROSE ROCKS is a 361-page contemporary women’s fiction. During the writing process, however, the heroine and hero insisted on the story’s becoming a steamy romance as well.
JENNIFER’S business fails and she decides that as soon as possible she will leave Oklahoma in a cloud of red dust and return to her San Diego roots. TROY comes along with a solution to her company’s woes. He has a velvety voice and appealing confidence. They begin a relationship; it deepens and then stalls after she’s called to the west coast on a family matter and decides to stay for the summer. She meets BEN with his irresistible charm. Her newfound self-awareness mingles with salty ocean breezes and eucalyptus-scented air to place her in Ben’s arms. Their liaison is heartfelt but brief, mid-life’s last hurrah. Jennifer realizes her heart is back on the southern prairie and returns to Troy’s ranch, but she may be one adventure too late.
FINDING ROSE ROCKS won first place in the 2014 Oklahoma City Writer’s contest and second place with Chesapeake Romance Writers. Finding Rose Rocks might be enjoyed by fans of Sue Monk Kidd’s The Mermaid’s Chair. Karen’s short story titled LETTING GO was published in The Dragon Poet Review, winter edition 2017. Her creative non-fiction story ROSE CHINTZ appeared in Peacock Journal in April 2017. Two of Karen’s short stories were published in the anthology Oklahoma, Fountain of the Heartland. Karen is a long-time Okie but hails from Southern California. Those two places are often reflected in her writing. Similar to her heroine, Karen’s livelihood includes management and renovation of an apartment complex in a reemerging part of Oklahoma City’s inner city. She is a member of Women’s Fiction Writers Association and Oklahoma Writer’s Federation. Karen is currently fine-tuning a raw-edged memoir. She studied literature at the University of Central Oklahoma.