Books

In addition to her music, Karen has also written several novels and short-stories. This has come about not as fulfillment of a long-deferred childhood dream, nor through an overwhelming adult ambition, but simply because story ideas have come and should not go to waste. She has long-enjoyed the historical-romances of Alexandre Dumas, Rafael Sabatini, and Justin Huntly McCarthy (to name her favorites), and had written the occasional short story. Then, one day as she prepared to leave for work, the telephone rang just once, and only a half-ring at that. Karen grew intrigued by what that half-ring could mean. The wheels began to turn, and soon she had the idea for a story that, after a number of years, and much effort, and lots of revision and rewriting, became the novel The Eye of Phoebus.


The Eye of Phoebus

The Eye of Phoebus is an historical-romance (with some science-fiction elements) set in the 1890s. In the novel, Sir Thomas Malory (descendant of the eponymous knight of Newbold Revel who wrote Le Morte d'Arthur) and Miss Alice Ellsworth (a seamstress and composer) are thrown together by fate or clumsy dialing of that new technology, the telephone. They strive against Malory's old nemesis the Baron von Bernbaden to capture The Eye of Phoebus, an ancient and long-lost source of enormous power. The story ranges from Baltimore, to Rome, to Malta, and combines swashbuckling action with romance, humor, intrigue, and a quest.

The Eye of Phoebus includes more than 70 illustrations by the author, and a CD of incidental music. The CD may be sampled at the CDs page.

We invite you to listen to a 6-minute excerpt from Ch.22 of the book, as read by Stephen Amrhein, by clicking:

Listen to an excerpt

You may read the Prologue yourself by clicking:

Read an excerpt (PDF)

If you'd like to purchase a hardcover copy, including the CD of incidental music, you may do so by contacting Karen or by visiting the Lemon Drop Shop page.

The black-and-white edition (no CD) is also available at: Lulu Shop: The Eye of Phoebus B&W Edition

The full-color edition (without CD) is also available at: Lulu Shop: The Eye of Phoebus Color Edition




A Season in Prickleblossom Wood

A Season in Prickleblossom Wood recounts the adventures of Hedgehog and Quilly-pig, and their friends Sleepy-bear, Raccoon, Badger, and Doctor Fox, over the course of four seasons. This animal novella for adults of all ages is somewhat in the vein of The Wind in the Willows.

A Season in Prickleblossom Wood includes numerous illustrations by the author, and a CD with incidental music and a reading of "Summer" by Stephen Amrhein.

We invite you to listen to the first chapter from the book, as read by Stephen, by clicking:

Listen to Chapter One

If you'd like to purchase a hardcover copy, including the CD of "Summer", you may do so by contacting Karen or by visiting the Lemon Drop Shop page.

The black-and-white edition (no CD) is also available at: Lulu Shop: A Season in Prickleblossom Wood B&W Edition

The full-color edition (without CD) is also available at: Lulu Shop: A Season in Prickleblossom Wood Color Edition




The Tower of Kirklees

The Tower of Kirklees tells what actually happened after the Prioress of Kirklees brought Robin Hood into her tower. The ancient tale that asserts that she bled him to death is now dispelled by this true account of Robin and Marian and their companions as they are lured to the tower and begin their strangest adventure of all.

You may read the first chapter yourself by clicking:

Read Chapter 1 (PDF)


The Tower of Kirklees also has incidental music.

The suite may be listened to at the
Chamber Music page.

If you'd like to purchase a hardcover copy, you may do so by contacting Karen or by visiting the Lemon Drop Shop page.



Princess Paliné Film

The thirty-minute animated film was inspired-by and created-from Karen's short story and the incidental music she wrote to accompany it. This 9-minute montage-excerpt offers a teaser as to how the Princess Paliné learned the seven words that stay a dragon's hunger and cool its fires, thus saving her land from the great fire-serpent Malinon, when all the knights and paladins proved luckless.


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