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Karen King Books In Order

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Publication Order of The Amy Carter Mysteries Books

Dognapped! (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Perfect Summer (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Millionaire Plan (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sapphire Blue (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
I Do? ...or Do I? (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Never Say Forever (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Cornish Hotel by the Sea (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Bridesmaid's Dilemma (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Snowy Nights at the Lonely Hearts Hotel (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Year of Starting Over (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Single All the Way (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Stranger in My Bed (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Perfect Stepmother (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
One Summer in Cornwall (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mother-in-Law (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Spanish Wedding Disaster (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best Christmas Ever (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Family Reunion (2023)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Retreat (2023)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Children's Books

Christmas Fun (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Santa's Journey (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
I Don't Eat ToothpasteAnymore! (1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mystery Guest (1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Danger at Birbeck Hall (1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Where's God? (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Where's The Baby King? (1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Kelly and the Mermaid (1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Space Chase on Planet Zog (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Summer Fayre (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Even Smellier Socks Joke Book (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Busy Little Postman (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dinosaur Stories for 5 Year Olds (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Journey Into Space (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Teacher’s pet- Zany’s Jokes (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
School Rules Joke Book (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Stinking Space Jokes (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Little Wizard (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
And Me! (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Silly Moo! (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Moonlight and the Mermaid (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Little Fairy Horse (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sparkle the Sea Horse (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Unicorn Magic (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Really Horrible Science Jokes (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Really Horrible History Jokes (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Really Horrible Body Jokes (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best-Ever Kids' Knock Knock Joke Book (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Really Horrible Jokes Set (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Treasure Island: Press Out and Build Pirate Ship (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Witch Angel: The Scepter of Truth (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Get Writing Children's Fiction (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Karen King is the publisher of multiple bestselling children’s and adult fiction works. She went to grammar school and after graduation, she went to Open University where she got her bachelor’s degree.
She loves to call herself a teenage bride since by the time she was twenty-two, she already had three daughters.

She published “I Do – Or Do I?” her debut fiction novel in 2016 and has since then become quite the prolific author.

She now has more than ten dozen children’s fiction works, two psychological thrillers, more than a dozen romance novels, and many short stories that have been published in a range of popular magazines.

“The Cornish Hotel” her romance novel that came out in 2017 was a bestselling title across the world and was in the top 100 on Kindle Charts in both Australia and the United Kingdom.

Outside of her writing, she is very active in writer groups and is a member of the Society of Women Journalists and Writers, the Society of Authors, and the Romantic Novelists’ Association.

King is also a part-time lecturer of creative writing at Falmouth University and has also taught the same at the London School of Journalism and The Writers Bureau.

As for how she started writing, Karen King has said that it is something that she has been doing for as long as she can remember. When she was only ten, she began writing stories and poems and even got one of her poems published in a local paper.

King began writing professionally back in the 1980s. Back then she had four young children and was employed at several children’s magazines. This meant that she was working under a lot of pressure, which convinced her that she was a writer.
As such, much of her early work was commissioned by magazines. At some point, she was invited to pen three story/audiobooks focusing on several characters in a children’s magazine that she was then writing.

For this reason, these were some of her very first works, even if they were published under the wrong name. “Christmas Fun” was her first uncommissioned work, which she published under Scholastic.

The work was a collection of things to do and make for Christmas. At this time, she loved to do crafty things with her kids and these activities would be the inspiration for her debut work.

As for her debut romance work under Accent Press, she got the inspiration from visiting one of her grown-up daughters that was then living in Spain.

Over the years, Karen king progressed from children’s fiction into romance before she also ventured into psychological thrillers.

She first got into children’s fiction given that she then had young children and she believed she had all the content she needed for writing.

The commissioned work she did during that time paid the bills and she penned everything from plays, joke books picture books, early readers, and bits and bobs of non-fiction work.

Still, King always desired to pen a full-length romance, and hence when her children were grown up she decided to write a Mills and Boon type work.

While her initial work was rejected it was accepted as a Pocket Novel by “People’s Friend” before “Headline” republished it. With the confidence that she got from that debut, she has gone on to pen more than a dozen romances.
It is only in recent times that she ventured into psychological suspense. She had become very interested in relationships and people and to her psychological thrillers and romance are the opposite ends of the same coin.

For King, psychological thrillers are where love goes wrong and romances are where it goes right and hence, she loves to explore both scenarios.

Karen King’s novel “The Stranger in My Bed” is the beautiful story of Freya and Phil. When she first met Phil, she was instantly convinced that he was her soul mate.

He brought her roses at least once a week, booked them surprise trips to sun-soaked destinations, and could not have been more affectionate.
But as the months rolled by, the dream turned into a violent nightmare. She is now packing her things as she looks forward to escaping what is clearly a broken marriage.

Things get interesting when the police come calling and inform her that Phil has been involved in a terrible car crash. As he recovers and comes to, it is clear that he is suffering from insomnia.

He cannot remember anything about the bliss of their honeymoon and the days when they had a perfect relationship. All he is interested in is having a happy marriage. Freya knows just how dangerous it would be to give the man another chance.
But he seems to really need her and she has the opportunity to turn the tables and change their relationship. After all, he will likely believe everything she decides to tell him about their relationship.

However, as they embark on a brand new relationship whose life is in danger and whose is safe?

“The Perfect Stepmother” by Karen King is the story of Lily, a woman that dreamed only of being happy just as her parents were. Her parents had lived a happy and contented life in the suburbs where nothing ever seemed to phase them.
Even after they were surprised by a pregnancy twenty years after the birth of their supposed last born, they remained unphased.

However, the sweet and beautiful love story was tragically cut short following a painful battle with cancer that had taken Lily’s mother.

Lily was left heartbroken but also worried sick about her father who was filled with grief and the little girl Emma who would spend all of her childhood without a mother.

Lily is concerned and shocked when her father makes the decision to get married again less than a year after the death of her mother. She thinks it was too soon and she could not have been angrier with him and Maria his new wife.
Maria the new woman in their lives seems to love her father deeply and it is not long before she has formed strong bonds with Emma her little sister.

Lily seems the only person who cannot trust Maria but when Emma disappears, people start wondering if Lily could be right.

Karen King’s novel “The Mother-in-Law” opens on Dana’s wedding day. But even though it is supposed to be the best day of her life, she is not so sure if she is going to make it out alive.

As she puts on her elegant wedding dress, she tries hard to ignore her fears given that she has never looked so beautiful before. She believes Sam is her soul mate and she could not have been more grateful that she is marrying him.
Reaching for the bright yellow roses, she forces herself to be sunny and cheerful as she tries to forget recent events. The couple had been forced to stay with Sam’s parents for several weeks before the wedding and it had not been easy.
Looking down at her brilliant engagement ring, she pretends that she can see past the many accidents she is always having, which no one believes are mere coincidences.

She also pretends she does not notice the many barbed comments from his mother or the dark looks she keeps sending her way.

While she is getting married to the man of her dreams, she will try to pretend that the family’s secret is nothing, even though she knows her mother-in-law would kill to keep it in the shadows.

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